Margie Heiss: February 22, 1925-March 17, 2017

Heiss, Margie 001Margie Heiss, 92, of Delphos, passed away on Friday, March 17, 2017, at Vancrest Healthcare Center of Delphos. She was born February 22, 1925, to Louis and Sophia C. (Wannemacher) Heckman. Both preceded her in death. She was united in marriage to David E. Heiss on April 14, 1951; he preceded her in death on October 5, 1983.

She is survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by four sisters, Dorothy Heckman, Gertrude Shay, Agnes Archdeacon, and Mary C. Heckman; and one brother Paul J. Heckman.

She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and Alter Rosary Society. She had worked in nursing homes, private homes, and hospitals. Margie enjoyed sewing, golf, bowling, gardening, and playing bridge.

Mass of Christian burial will be on Thursday March 23, 2017 at 10:30 am at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Ottoville Ohio. Visitation will be at Harter and Schier Funeral Home Wednesday March 22, from 6-8 pm, where a scripture service will be held. Burial will in Church Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to St. Jude’s.

 

Jason R. Ebbeskotte: August 16, 1977-March 17, 2017

Jason Ebbeskotte pictureJason R. Ebbeskotte, 39, of Delphos, passed away on Friday, March 17, 2017, at Lima Memorial Hospital. He was born August 16, 1977, in Lima to Louis and Barbara (Honigford) Ebbeskotte, his father preceded him in death and his mother survives in Venedocia. He was united in marriage on May 27, 2016, to Tamara Kennedy, she survives in Lima.

He is survived by a son, Jake Ebbeskotte; step-son, Kamarin Lane; two sisters, Lisa (Wayne Rogers) Lindeman of MD and Sara (David) Stearns of Rockford; many nieces and nephews; and maternal grandparents, Dolores and Richard Honigford of Landeck.

Jason was employed with Grothouse Plumbing and Heating as a plumber for the past 12 years, was a member of the Official Michigan Fan Club, and was a 1996 graduate of Delphos St. John’s. He enjoyed comic books, Michigan Football, and was a true family man. He enjoyed taking care of his mother and especially loved spending time with his step-son, Kamarin Lane.

Funeral services will be on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. Father Dennis Walsh will officiate. Burial will follow in St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Landeck. Friends may call on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 2-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

William L. “Billy” Smith: October 10, 1976 – March 14, 2017

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William L. “Billy” Smith, 40, passed away Tuesday, March 14, in Delphos.

He was born October 10, 1976, in Delphos to William and Sharon (Martin) Smith.  Both survive in Delphos.  He is also survived by two sons, Kobe and Kaden; and three daughters, twins Kayla and Kylee, and Kailyn Smith all of Delphos.  Billy is also survived by a sister, Amanda (Chad) Kyler of Shawnee; and maternal grandmother, Mary Martin. Billy was preceded in death by a sister, Michele Kay “Shelly” Smith, and maternal grandfather, Joseph Martin.

Billy was a 1995 graduate of Delphos Jefferson High School. He was employed by The Carpenters Union.  He loved playing video games with his sons, and enjoyed playing basketball with all of his kids.  He was an avid Buckeyes, Lakers and Tigers fan.

Funeral Services will be on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at 11:00 with viewing one hour prior to the service at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. Reverend Terry Martin will officiate. Burial will follow in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Friends may call on Friday, March 17, 2017, from 2-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Thomas B. Miller: December 24, 1929-March 11, 2017

Tom Miller picture for obitThomas B. Miller, 87, of Delphos, passed away on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Sarah Jane Living Center in Delphos. He was born December 24, 1929, in Landeck to Ferd and Agnes (Pohlman) Miller. Both preceded him in death. He was united in marriage to the love of his life Agnes Grothouse on September 20, 1951, she survives in Delphos. They had celebrated 65 years of marriage.

He is survived by three sons, Denny (Melanie) Miller of Middle Point, Gary (Pat) Miller of Dayton, and Mark (Linda) Miller of Delphos; 9 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Rick Miller, whose wife Michelle Miller survives in Toledo.

He was a member of St. John’s the Evangelist Catholic Church, K of C #1362, Eagles #471, American Legion #268, a life member of the VFW #3035, the Delphos Car Club, and the Lima Elks. Tom worked for Shardco Cable Vision, now known as Time Warner Cable as their chief technician and operational manager, where he set up, designed, and installed the first cable systems in Delphos. He started with them in 1968, retiring after 25 years of service. In retirement he started working for Harter and Son Funeral Home, from 1993 until present. In his younger years he had his own milk route, played the accordion in the family band, he coached little league baseball and was a Cub Scout Master. Tom was an Army Veteran during the Korean War; Tom was in charge of the service for honoring and burying of the fallen soldiers. He was there to meet them at the airport and stayed with them until military grave rites where complete. He was an avid car enthusiast, especially with the Mustangs he collected.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, March 17, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at St. John’s the Evangelist Catholic Church, with military grave rites by the Delphos Veterans Council. Father George Mahas will be officiating. Burial will follow in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday, March 16, 2017, from 2-8 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. A K of C Rosary service will be held at 7:00 p.m. and a parish wake at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Delphos St. John’s School, or Delphos Jefferson.

Melford James “Skip” Will: January 4, 1930-March 9, 2017

Melford Will pictureMelford James “Skip” Will, 87, of Delphos, passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Cleveland Clinic. He was born January 4, 1930, in Delphos to Robert and Elizabeth (Sendelbach) Will. Both preceded him in death. He was united in marriage to Nancy Morris on October 27, 1951, she survives in Delphos.

He is survived by three children, Pam (Dick) Oder, Jim (Mary-Ann) Will, and Laura (Stuart) Payne; a sister, Irma Ricker; six grandchildren, Kim (Jeff) Bates, John, Anne, and William Payne, and Hannah and Olivia Will; five great-grandchildren, Kylie, Kayla, and Kelsey Bates and Noah Will. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Elmer, Don “Tack”, and Merle Will; and three sisters, Ruth Raines, Esther Lemke, and Melba Jane Ellerbrock.

He had attended Trinity United Methodist Church and was a past member of The Delphos Country Club. He was owner of the Carriage Inn from 1978-1995, and had also worked at Fruehauf for 15 years, and delivered mobile homes for 10 years.

Funeral services will begin on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. with viewing one hour prior to the service at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. Pastor Rich Rakay will officiate. Burial will be at a later date. Friends may call on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Delphos Relay for Life or Sarah Jane Living Center Activities Department.

Marcella “Sally” Niemeyer: December 10, 1923-March 9, 2017

Marcella Niemeyer pictureMarcella “Sally” Niemeyer, 93, of Delphos, passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at Sarah Jane Living Center. She was born December 10, 1923, in Fort Jennings, to William and Rosa (Miller) Ricker. Both preceded her in death. She was united in marriage to Bernard Niemeyer on October 26, 1946, he preceded her in death on January 10, 1991.

She is survived by a son, Mike (Linda) Niemeyer of Lima; a daughter, Lisa (Gregg) Faurot of Delphos; four grandchildren, Lindsey (Josh) Conner, Jenna (Adam) Kroeger, Alyssa Faurot, and Ann (Dale) Perkins; five great-grandchildren; and her dog “Dessi”. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Alice Ellerbrock, Bertha Kuhlman, and Marie Maag; and a grandson, Mark Niemeyer.

She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, CL of C, a life time member of the VFW #3035, and a past member of the Eagles. She loved the outdoors and was very meticulous in taking care of her yard. She enjoyed going to the lake and fishing. She was a care giver at heart and always willing to help her family and friends. Sally had worked at K.P. Manufacturing and at Myers Cleaners.

Mass of Christian burial will be on Monday, March 13, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Father Dennis Walsh will officiate. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may call on Sunday, March 12, 2017, from 2-8 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. A parish wake will be held at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Parish Foundation.

Mary Katherine Moore: October 31, 1932-March 4, 2017

Mary Moore pictureMary Katherine Moore, of Elida, passed away on March 4, 2017, at Vancrest of Delphos .She was born on October 31, 1932, to Edward and Eva (Brenneman) Stalter. Both preceded her in death.  On November 10, 1950, she was united in marriage to Maynard Moore.  He preceded her in death.

Survivors include one daughter, Peggy Hanes of Lima; two sons, Robert (Mary Ann) Moore of Elida and Jeffrey Moore of Spencerville; one brother, Fred (Mary Lou) Stalter of Florida; 14 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren.  Mary was a member of Salem Mennonite Church.  She was a housewife and a foster parent.

Services will begin on Friday, March 10, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Salem Mennonite Cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Thursday from 4-7 p.m. and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service.  Contributions can be made to Angels for Animals.

James D. Bryan: February 17, 1936 – March 4, 2017

 James D. Bryan, 81, 0f Delphos, passed away at his residence surrounded by his family on Saturday, March 4, 2017.

He was born February 17, 1936, in Delphos to Harley and Nina (Hershey) Bryan. They preceded him in death.

 On January 7, 1956, he was united in marriage to Patricia A.King.  She preceded him in death on August 21, 2015.

Survivors include one son, Rodney J. (Vickie) Bryan of Spencerville; three daughters, Kathleen M. Bryan of Delphos, Laura A. (Chuck) Peters of Cloverdale and Robin D. (Ronald) Caudill of Lima; a sister, Mary Neuman of Delphos; three grandchildren, Rachel (Andrew) Munshower, Michelle (Keith) Kimmet and Zachary (Amanda Milligan) Bryan; four great-grandsons, Luke Bryan, Gavin and Wyatt Kimmet and Austin Munshower.    

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Roy, Kenneth and Paul Bryan; and two sisters, Leota Rybicki and Ruby Bryan.

Jim was a member of First Assembly of God Church in Delphos. He was a spray painter at Freuhauf for 38 years and retired from Neuman Industries.  He had also been a member of the Army National Guard.  Jim was a member of the Delphos Jefferson Band Boosters from 1973- 1986. He also drove the Jefferson band equipment bus for many years.

Jim loved sports. He was an avid OSU fan along with the Reds and the Delphos Jefferson Wildcats. At Delphos Stadium Park he was a coach of both men’s and women’s softball and was an umpire.  In his later years he was an armchair coach where he never lost a championship!

 Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at 11:00 am at First Assembly of God Church in Delphos with visitation one hour prior. Burial will follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery.  Visitation will be Tuesday, March 7, 2017, from 2:00-8:00 pm at Harter and Schier Funeral Home.   Memorial contributions can be made to First Assembly of God Church.                                                  

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Michael Lawrence: October 28, 1943-February 27, 2017

picMichael Lawrence, 73, of Delphos, passed away on February, 27, 2017, at St. Rita’s Medical Center surrounded by his family. He was born on October 28, 1943, to Lester and Daisy (Johnson) Lawrence. Both preceded him in death.  On March 8, 1974, he was united in marriage to Sharon Carder, she survives in Delphos.

He is survived by 3 children, Theresa (Steve) Goodwin of Delphos, Mark Vulgamott of Cloverdale and Phillip Vulgamott of Spencerville; 3 brothers Al (Dee) Lawrence of Fayette, Charles “Chuck”(Linda) Lawrence of Lima and Tom (Judy) Lawrence of Huntsville; a sister-in-law, Betty (Duane) Wolford of Van Wert and a brother-in-law, Ronald (Mary) Carder of Elida. He is preceded in death by a granddaughter, Shannon Goodwin and a brother James Lawrence.

Mike was in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the American Legion #268.  Mike had worked for New Delphos Manufacturing and Suever Stone Quarry.   He loved fishing with his sons, LeBron James, Cleveland Browns and teasing his daughter.

Services will be held on Thursday, March 2, 2017, at 11 a.m., at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, with Rev Gary Fish and Rev Glen Prine officiating. The Delphos Veterans Council will conduct military graveside rites following the service at the funeral home.  Burial will follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions can be made to the Animal Shelter in Lima.

Richard Tavenner: January 11, 1934-February 22, 2017

Richard Tavenner pictureRichard Tavenner, 83, of Fort Jennings, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at Wexner Medical Center in Columbus. He was born January 11, 1934, to William and Blanche (Stewart) Tavenner. Both preceded him in death. He married the love of his life Jean Schultz on Aug 11, 1955; she preceded him in death on Mar 28, 2016.

He is survived by three daughters, Deborah Tavenner of Columbus, Susan (Joe) Peschel of Toledo, and Barbara (Jon) Warren of Colona, IL; and a son, Dan (Christine) Tavenner of Colorado Springs, CO; four grandchildren, Ben (Kendalyn) Diroll, Carrie Diroll, Andrew Tavenner, and Winifred (Craig) Hitchman. He is also survived by his sister June Miller of Lima.  He was preceded in death by brother Bill (Mary Lou) Tavenner, sister LaDonna (Arthur) Metz, grandson Christopher Warren, and brother-in-law, Carl Miller.

Dick was a 1952 graduate of Gomer High School where he played Baseball and Basketball. He worked for over 43 years at Fort Jennings Equity.  Much of that time at the Rushmore Branch working alone.  He helped many area farmers opening the elevator early and staying late, especially during harvest.  Dick was always willing to help his Rushmore neighbors clearing snow from driveways and tilling gardens with his tractor.  He was a member of Ridge United Methodist Church and Trinity UMC, Delphos. He and Jean, his wife, took pride in planting their large garden each year, growing an abundance of fruits and veggies, which they shared with many. He especially enjoyed the challenges of growing watermelon and cantaloupe.  Watching the cardinals and finches on the feeder outside brought him lots of enjoyment. We would like to express a special Thank You to Tyrone, our father’s companion and friend over the past year.

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 27, 2017, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. Rev. Rich Rakay will officiate.  Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Sunday from 2-8 at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Monday.  Memorial contributions can be made to Delphos Trinity United Methodist Church, “Sew Helpful” program