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Obituaries and Death Notices

Jessie Allen
Mrs. Jessie Allen passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Sumner Friday morning at 6 o'clock, Nov. 15. She had been an invalid since undergoing a brain tumor operation five years ago.
Jessie Spangler was born Aug. 9, 1877 in Farmer township to William and Mary Bowers Spangler and spent her early life in Kansas. Later returning and on Jan. 1, 1901, was married to Darius Allen of Farmer. They lived their entire married life near Farmer until five years ago when they came to live with their daughter near Hicksville, later moving to northeast of Edgerton.
Surviving are the husband, the daughter, one granddaughter, Delores; two brothers, Chester and Floyd Spangler of Fillmore, Calif.; two sisters, Mrs. Melvin Phillips of Fillmore, Calif., and Mrs Evelyn Greenhoe, of Whittier, Calif.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Nov. 17 at 2:30 at Farmer Church of Christ, Rev. S.G. Cameron, minister. Interment was at Farmer cemetery. [The Edgerton Earth, Thursday, November 21, 1946 - Submitted by Kate Watson]

Dead - a German laborer named Ashbach, employed on the two-story brick building near the Union School House, fell from the roof to the ground on Friday last, injuring him fatally - he died that night. [Unknown newspaper, July 22, 1871]

Clara Ashton
Mrs. Clara Ashton, 83; services Friday at 2 p.m. in Mansfield and Mast Mortuary. [Toledo Blade, Dec 4, 1958]

Eugene G. Ashton
Died--- On Wednesday morning, Feb 22d, Eugene G., H, son of William W and Eliza S Ashton, aged 1 year, 7 months, and 6 days. [Defiance Democrat, Feb 25, 1860]

Ellen Backus
Died - on Wednesday evening last, Mrs. Ellen, wife of Geo. C. Backus, aged 33 years. [unknown newspaper, Feb 18, 1871]

George C. Backus
At his residence in Defiance, March 22d, George C. Backus, aged 46 years, a well known business man of this place. [Unknown newspaper, Mar. 25, 1871]

Ledru R. Banks
Died--- in Charloe, on the 16th inst., Ledru R., son of R. S. and Harriet Banks, of croup, aged 1 year, 2 months and 25 days. [Defiance Democrat Mar 29, 1851]

Mary Anna Baumann
In Highland township of consumption, December 20th, Mary Anna, only daughter of John and Anna Mary Baumann, aged 23 years, 9 months and 5 days. [Defiance Democrat (Defiance, OH) 24 Dec 1870, p. 2, tr. by KT]

Edward Bell
In Defiance township, December 16th, Edward Bell, aged 42 years. [Defiance Democrat (Defiance, OH) 24 Dec 1870, p. 2, tr. by KT]

Merton J. Bell
ANTWERP - Merton J. "Hap" Bell, 75, died at 6 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at his residence.
He was born Sept. 1, 1926 in Harlan, Ind., the son of Merton and Madonna (Franks) Bell. On Oct. 29, 1948, he married Marilyn Speiser, who survives. He was a WWII Army veteran, a car repairman for the Pennsylvania Railroad, and also was employed as a core setter for 22 years at General Motors. He was a member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Antwerp, and a member of the Antwerp VFW Post #5087. Also surviving are three sons, two daughters, two brothers, four sisters, 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were a sister, Delores Stultz; and a great-granddaughter.
Services were held Saturday, Aug. 17 at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Antwerp, with the Rev. Randy Gragg officiating. Burial was in the Six Corners Cemetery in Hicksville. Arrangements were made by Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp. [Paulding County Progress, Aug 14, 2002]

Joseph Bellamy
Died--- in this place, on Saturday, the 7th inst., Joseph Bellamy, of consumption, aged about fifty years. [Defiance Democrat Feb 15, 1851]

Rudolphine Biede
Died, on Friday evening 29th ult., Miss Rudolphine Biede, aged 37 years. [Defiance Democrat (Defiance, OH) 7 Oct 1854; tr. by KT]

Thomas Bishop
Drowned - a young man, named Thomas Bishop, of this vicinity and recently married, was drowned last week in the Maumee, near Independence, while fishing. [Unknown newspaper, June 24, 1871]

John W. Blain
Died--- On the 15th ult., John W., son of David Blain, of Hicksville township, aged 4 years and 8 months, of lung fever. [Defiance Democrat Mar 8, 1851]

Peter Blair
Recent deaths of early settlers- Peter Blair, in Delaware township, December 28th, aged 62 years, 10 months and 12 days [Defiance Democrat, Jan 7 1871 - Sub by L. Dietz]

Donald F. Boroff
SHERWOOD - Donald F. Boroff, 75, Sherwood, died Monday, Aug. 19, in his home.
He was born May 8, 1927 in Latty, the son of William and Jenny (Neal) Boroff. In 1951, he married his wife Margaret (Nan), who survives. He was a machinist for Aro Corp. in Bryan, retiring in 1989 after 30 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII. He was a former fire chief of Sherwood-Delaware Volunteer Fire Department where he served for 50 years, an emergency medical technician, Boy Scout leader of Troop 139, a member of the Sherwood Baseball Association and a sanctioned baseball and softball umpire and coach.
Also surviving are three sons, a daughter, a brother, two sisters, 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren
Preceding him in death were his parents; four brothers, Chester “Dale,” Wilbur “Shorty,” Robert and Rex; and three sisters, Myrtle Goeltzenleuchter, Dory Yenser and Gusta Boroff.
Services were held Saturday, Aug. 24, in Rice Funeral Home, Sherwood, with the Rev. Barry Bryan officiating. Burial was in Sherwood Cemetery. [Paulding County Progress, Aug 20, 2002]

Emma Bradshaw
Rites Held For Emma Bradshaw
Funeral services were conducted at 2:30 pm Tuesday in the Mansfield and Mast Funeral Home in Defiance for Mrs. Emma Bradshaw, 94, who died Friday night at her home in Delaware Township near Ney.
Her daughters Blanche and Francis Bradshaw were teachers in the Fish Creek and Bratten School near Edgerton many years ago. They were roomers in the Frank Blair and Geo. X. Herman homes at one time during a school term.
Also surviving is a son C.H. Bradshaw of Wayne, Ohio, a daughter Edna at home and a granddaughter. Burial was made in the Riverside Cemetery. ["The Edgerton Earth" Thursday, December 2, 1954 - Submitted by Kate Watson]

John M Brown
On the 13th inst., in this place Mr. John M Brown, aged about 21 years.[Defiance Democrat Feb 15, 1851]

Wesley Brown
Died - April 14th, Wesley, son of Abram and Elizabeth Brown, aged 11 months and 21 days. [Defiance Democrat, April 22, 1871]

Wallace Buda
Wallace Buda Rites Are Held
Wallace Buda, 80, brother of Will Buda, died at his home near Bryan, Tuesday, May 31, at 1am. Surviving are the wife, Florence; two sons, Rev. Robert Buda, and Ned Buda; two daughters, Mrs. Mona Cook and Anna at home;two brothers, Will of Edgerton and Frank of Lorain, O.; and one son who was killed in action in World War I.
Funeral services will be conducted today at 2 pm at the Union Church, Farmer. Burial will be in Farmer Cemetery. [The Edgerton Earth Thursday, June 2, 1955 - Submitted by Kate Watson]

John S. Cannon
John S. Cannon, a well known attorney of Bryan, died at that place on Wednesday morning, 18th inst., after a brief illness. [Toledo Commercial, January 26, 1871]

Patricia L. Caperton
Hicksville, OH - Patricia L. Caperton, 80, died Thursday, November 19, 2009 at Community Memorial Hospital, Hicksville where she had been a patient since Sunday.
She was born on July 28, 1929 to Clayton and Auline (VanZile) Chorpenning in Hicksville, OH.
Pat retired from Sheller Globe in Grabill, IN. She was a member of the First Church of Christ, Hicksville where she was a past deaconess and a member of the Women's Council. She was an avid reader of mysteries and enjoyed the outdoors. Preceding her in death were her parents, two sisters Deloris Lewis and Peggy Jo Smith. [The News Tribune, 09/25/2009 - Submitted by Kate Watson]

Leroy Carpenter and Albert Merwin
Defiance, O., March 29 - Leroy Carpenter, 16, and Albert Merwin, 17, were drowned in the Auglaise river, twelve miles south of here, their buggy being swept away by the swift current while they were attempting to drive through the water which covered the roadway leading to a bridge. Carpenter was a student at Defiance college. The flood here is now receding. [Duluth News-Tribune, Mar 30, 1904]

Homer L. Caryer
Edgerton, OH - Homer L. Caryer, 49, died Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at the Community Hospital and Wellness Center, Bryan, OH. He was born on August 22, 1960 in Hicksville, OH, the son of Homer and Helen (Ankney) Caryer. [The News Tribune, 03/17/2010 - Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Clara G. Case
Died - in Denver, January 30, 1871, Clara G. Case, aged 36 years, wife of General F. M. Case
The death of Mrs. F. M. Case, yesterday, cast a general gloom over the community. A lady of culture and refinement, she was well known and loved and respected by a wide circle of friends who will mourn her loss. The funeral will take place today at 2 o'clock.
The above notices we copy from the Denver Rocky Mountain News. The lady referred to will be remembered as a daughter of Gen. Gilson, some years since a resident of Defiance. [unknown newspaper, February 11, 1871]

Everett D. Chapman
Mark Center, OH - Everett D. Chapman, 64 died early Thursday morning, February 25, 2010 at the University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI. [The News Tribune, 03/03/2010 - Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Henry Clemens
Defiance, O., Jan 2 - On the Maumee river, just east of this city last night, Henry Clemens, aged 26, and Miss Lillian Diels, aged 21, were skating on the ice near the Independence dam, when they skated into an open space. There were no witnesses to the drowning, but several girls who were skating near heard a cry and splash and hurrying to the spot, saw a broken place in the thin coating of ice, which covered the open space. They gave the alarm and in less than a half hour the bodied of the young young people were taken from the water. The young couple had been engaged for several years and they were to be married in the near future. [State Newspaper, Jan 3, 1895]

John Cline
John Cline, in Noble township, Dec. 26th aged 45 years. [Defiance Democrat, Jan 7 1871 - Sub by L. Dietz]

Ethel G. Conkey
Ethel G. Conkey Is Buried Friday
Mrs. Ethel Grace Conkey, 79, of Farmer, died in Cameron Hospital last Monday evening. She was born in Defiance County and was a member of the Church of Christ and Ladies Aid of Farmer.
Surviving are one son, Maurice of Orange, Calif.; and a daughter, Mrs. Alice Jane Ferrebee of Edgerton, 10 grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Ella Lee of Farmer and Mrs. Alice Greene of San Francisco; two brothers, Dale Donley of Morenci and Hugh Donley of Vaughn, Wash.
Services were held in the Oberlin-Ford Funeral Home at 2 pm Friday with Rev. Paul Rosebrock officiating. Burial was in the Farmer Cemetery. [The Edgerton Earth Thursday, November 9, 1961]

Mary Conrad
On the 16th inst., at the residence of her son-in-law, John Snider, near Evansport, Mrs. Mary Conrad, widow of the late Woolery Conrad, and mother of Jacob Coy, Mrs. Jacob Hall and Mrs. John Snider, aged 83 years and 6 months. [Defiance Democrat (Defiance, OH) 24 Dec 1870, p. 2, tr. by KT]

David Cook
On the 4th inst., Mr. David Cook, aged 36 years, of smallpox. [Defiance Democrat Mar 8, 1851]

Fred Countryman
Fred Countryman, 84, died at the home of his brother, Allen Countryman, of Hicksville, Monday. Surviving are three brothers, Allen, Ora Countryman, of Monticello, Ind., and Willis Countryman, of Butler, Ohio; two sisters, Mrs. Emma Baron, Newville, Ind., and Mrs. Lillie Cover, of Portland, Oregon. [The Edgerton Earth, Thursday, April 24, 1941 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Frederick G. Cox
Died--- On Sunday last, of consumption, Frederick G. Cox, aged 40 years. [Defiance Democrat, Mar 17, 1860]

John Craig
On the morning of the 20th inst., in this place, John Craig, of consumption.[Defiance Democrat Mar 1, 1851]

Margaret Crampton
Margaret Crampton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Steele of Oakwood, near Defiance, Ohio, died at the St. Joseph hospital at 8 o'clock last night, after a short illness of influenza. Remains were shipped to Oakwood today at 3 o'clock. Besides her parents the deceased leaves a husband. [Ft Wayne News Sentinel, Nov 6, 1918]

Marley Davidson
DEFIANCE, O., July 16 - Marley B. Davison, 94, Continental, a retired Defiance Township farmer, died yesterday in a Paulding rest home. Mr. Davison was a member of North Mt. Zion Church near Rice in Putnam County, and Sharon Grange. He was born in Hamilton, O., lived a number of years near Sidney, Ill., and then farmed in Defiance near here from 1914 to 1946.
He is survived by son, Merle, Oakwood; two grandsons, and six great-grandsons. Burial in the Myers Cemetery south of Defiance. [The Blade: Toledo, Ohio, 07/16/1964 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Zephaniah H. Davis

Died- on Monday morning last, Zephaniah H. Davis, an early settler in Defiance, aged about 59 years. Mr. Davis had been badly afflicted with paralysis for the past year. [Unknown newspaper, June 24, 1871]

David Donaldson
In Tiffin township, on Saturday, the 22d inst., Mr. David Donaldson, of typhoid fever, aged about 26 years. [Defiance Democrat Mar 1, 1851, Tr by KT]

Capt. John D. Downer
Died, in Defiance, at the residence of Dr. Porter, on the 25th inst., Capt. John D. Downer, of Terre Haute, Ind., aged about 45 years.  [Defiance Democrat (Defiance, OH) 27 May 1854, Tr by KT]

Tena Duerk
Tena Duerk Buried Saturday
Mrs. Tena Duerk, 69, died at her home in Defiance last Wednesday night. Mrs. Duerk had been in failing health for several years and bedfast the past year. Preceding her indeath was her husband Martin Duerk and she is survived by two sons and three daughters; 10 grandchildren; a brother, Lewis Miller, of Sherwood and three sisters. She also had many relatives in the vicinity. Funeral services were in charge of the Smith Brothers-Rupp Funeral Home with the Rev. O.G. Hebestreit officiating and were conducted Saturday at 2:00 pm in St. John's Lutheran Church. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery. [The Edgerton Earth Thursday, December 23, 1954 - Submitted by Kate Watson]

Orsa L. Dunn
Died, June 28th Orsa L. Dunn, aged 8 years, 10 months and 22 days.  [Defiance Democrat (Defiance, OH) 2 Jul 1870, pg 2, tr. by KT]

Burned to Death--- A little child named Ealy was burned to death in Mt. Gilead a few days since. The mother had left it alone a few moments for the purpose of attending to something out of the house, and hearing it scream, rushed in and found it all in flames. The little sufferer lingered for some hours in great agony when death kindly put an end to its torture. [Defiance Democrat, Jan 14, 1860]

Verne Eck
Verne Eck, son of Andrew and Elizabeth Eck, was born at Clarksville, Defiance county, Ohio on March 11, 1896 and departed this life on December 11, 1938 at the age of forty-two years and eleven months.
Losing his mother in boyhood he made his home in Toledo, Ohio, with his sister, Mrs. Mack Artz. For sixteen years he was employed as mechanic at the Toledo Ship Yards. The last several years he worked as engineer and fireman at the Oak Manufacturing Company.
He leaves to mourn his departure three sisters, Mrs. Olin Welch of Minong, Wisconsin; Mrs. Mack Artz of Bowling Green, Ohio; Mrs. E.D. Worthington of Tekonsha, Michigan; and four brothers Charles and Henry of Toledo, Ohio; Fred of Butler, Ind., Frank of Edgerton, and a host of nephews and nieces.
Services were held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Eck and burial at Maple Grove cemetery. [The Edgerton Earth, Edgerton, Williams County, OH, Thursday, December 22,1938 - Submitted by Kate Watson]

William Francis Eldridge
On the 19th ult., William Francis, son of W F and H M Eldridge, aged 4 months and 3 days. [Defiance Democrat, Aug 2, 1851]

George C. Evans
Died--- at Defiance, on the morning of the first, inst. of summer complaint George C., son of George W. B. and Cornelia M Evans, aged eleven months. [Defiance Democrat, Oct 3, 1844]

George W B Evans
Died --- In Sacramento City, California on the 16th of December 1st, Mr. George W B Evans, formerly of this place, aged 31 years. [Defiance Democrat Mar 1, 1851]

Oliver Evans
Died--- On the 16th of August last, of cholera, while on his way to California, Mr. Oliver Evans, aged about ? years. The deceased was formerly a resident of this county, and highly esteemed by all who knew him. He died about 12 to 15 miles from the sink of the Marys River, on what is called the Big Meadow. [Defiance Democrat Jan 18, 1851]

Frank G. Fee
Frank G. Fee Rites Are Friday
Frank G. Fee, a retired automobile salesman and businessman of Hicksville, died at 3:30 am Wednesday in his home at 228 N. Michigan Ave. in Edgerton. In failing health for some time, he had been in and out of the hospital several times.
Born Dec. 16, 1882 in Milford township, Defiance county, he was the son of William and Marry Eck Fee. He grew to manhood near his birthplace. On Feb. 25, 1903 he was united in marriage with Iva Hopkins. They began housekeeping in Milford township, where Mr. Fee farmed. They went to Hicksville in 1920 where Mr. Fee became a car salesman and a partner in a furniture store for several years. A trustee of Milford township several terms, he was also a trustee of the Six Corners Cemetery, of which he was persident until his resignation a month ago.
Mrs. Fee died April 21, 1952.
Mr. Fee is survived by a brother, Arthur, Milford township; a nephew and two nieces.
Friends may call at the Perkins and Reeb Funeral home after noon today (Thursday). Services will be held Friday at 2 pm with Rev. Burton L. Crosby of the EUB church officiating. Burial will be in Six Corners Cemetery. [The Edgerton Earth, June 1, 1961]

Scott S. Figley
Scott Simon Figley, 91, brother of Mrs. Achsa Meloncon of Bryan, died Wednesday in Tiffin township. Services will be held at 10:30 Saturday morning in the Mansfield Funeral Home in Defiance, with burial in Clinkey cemetery. He leaves a daughter, three sisters, one brother, 23 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. [The Bryan Press, November 11, 1948 - Submitted by Kate Watson]

Kathryn Cline Fisher
Paulding, OH - Kathryn (Haver) Cline Fisher, 91, died early Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at the Country Inn Enhanced Living Center, Paulding, OH.
Born May 6, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Jesse and the late Irma (Bernard) Haver.
She was a 1936 graduate of Mark Township High School. In 1936 she married William M. Cline and he died in 1949. In 1953 she married Raymond Fisher and he preceded her in death in 1989.
Kathryn was employed as a cashier at the Kroger store in Montpelier, OH and was a cook in the Mark Center School cafeteria.
She was a member of the Mark Center United Methodist Church, an active DAR member, Bryan Eastern Stars Chapter 248 for 68 years and the Montpelier Garden club.
She is survived by four sons, Norman (Marie Clark) Cline, Jerry (Sharon) Cline, both of Hicksville, OH, Bill (Louann) Cline of Allentown, PA, Pat (Cindi) Fisher of New Buffalo, MI; two daughters, Marcia (Larry) Pressler of Haviland, OH, Daniel (Kathleen) Bonjovi of Toledo, OH; 21 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, 4 great great grandchildren; four brothers Charles, Don, Lynn of Hicksville, OH, Max of Sherwood, four sisters, Lois Gump, Margaret Sailer of Hicksville, OH, Dorothy Teague of Coldwater, MI, and Carolyn Miller of Mark Center, OH.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, A. Robert during WWII, Richard and Bernard Haver. Burial was at Lost Creek Cemetary, Farmer Township. [The News Tribune, 03/10/2010 - Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Ellen Fitzpatrick
On Friday, 12th inst., in this place, Ellen, daughter of Timothy Fitzpatrick, aged 9 years., 2 months and 16 days. [Defiance Democrat, Apr 19, 1851]

Ferris Garrett
In this place on Thursday morning last, Ferris, infant son of Thomas and Mary E Garrett, aged 11 days. [Defiance Democrat, May 24, 1851]

Mara Bell Gibson
On Saturday morning last, Mara Bell Gibson, daughter of the late John N. Gibson, aged 12 years. [Defiance Democrat, April 8, 1871]

Mary Gilbert
On the 11th inst., at Brunersburg, Mrs. Mary Gilbert, aged about 33 years.[Defiance Democrat Feb 15, 1851]

Nancy Goehring
On the 18th inst., Nancy, daughter of Godfrey and Julia Ann Goehring, aged 6 months, of lung fever. [Defiance Democrat Mar 1, 1851]

Cora Green
Mrs. Cora Geren, 72, former Ney resident, died Friday in the home of a daughter in Defiance. Services were held Tuesday afternoon in Ney Church of God, Rev. S. F. Bauders officiating, and burial was in Ney cemetery. She leaves six sons, Edgar of Ney, Grant of Montpelier, Curtis of West Milgrove, Virgil of Bryan, and Chester and Clyde of Defiance; four daughters, Mrs. Dessie Stambaugh of Bryan, Mrs. Rilla Miller of Denver, Colo., Mrs. Alta Goedde and Mrs. Halle Moser of Defiance; a brother, Sumner Burbic of Lapeer, Mich.; four half-brothers, Walter Maisch of Bryan and Ora, Virgil and John Maisch of Ney; and a half-sister, Mrs. Dollie Strusaker of Ney. [The Bryan Press, April 13, 1944 - Sub by FoFG]

Richard Paul Green
Hicksville, OH - Richard Paul "Dick" Green, 82, died at his home on Sunday, Feb ruary 28, 2010.
Dick was born to the late Paul and Lelah (Ridenour) Green on July 2, 1927 in Hicksville, OH.
Dick graduated from Hicksville High School in 1945. He was a member of the Aces basketball team and also played in a semi-pro league in Ft. Wayne, IN.
He served in the US Army Air Corp. He was a member of the Air Force Band.
Burial is at Lost Creek Cemetery, Farmer Township. [The News Tribune, 03/03/2010 - Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Asa Haggart
Defiance, Ohio, April 2 - Asa Haggart for fifty years a resident of Defiance county, died this week. Funeral was held today at the home here. At one time he conducted a bazaar store at the St. Joe, Ind. Mr. Haggart was engaged in several business ventures at the county seat and was a well known citizen of that place. [Ft. Wayne News Sentinel, Apr 2, 1921]

Jacob Hall
In Tiffin township, on Sunday, 6th inst., Jacob Hall, aged 48 years. [Defiance Democrat, Apr 19, 1851]

Wesley A. Haller
In Noble township, Wednesday morning last, Wesley A. Haller, aged 55 years.

Zerah E. Hammon
Zerah E. Hammon, 67, former Firestone Tire Store proprietor; body in Mansfield and Mast Mortuary. [Toledo Blade, Dec 4, 1958]

Mary Adelaid and Fredrick William Haymaker
In Brunersburg, on the 8th inst., Mary Adelaid, aged 6 months and 17 days. On the 13th inst., Fredrick William, aged 2 years, children of Wm. D. and Almira B. Haymaker; both scarlet fever. [Defiance Democrat Jan 18, 1851]

Robert Allen Hedrick
Robert Allen Hedrick, 84, Defiance, Ohio, died Sunday, January 31, 2010, at Brookview Healthcare Center, Defiance.
Mr. Hedrick was born September 20, 1925, the son of Myrtle (Elliott) and William Hedrick in Defiance. He received a BS degree in education at Defiance College and an MS in education at Indiana University. He was employed as a public school superintendent nearly his entire career in Adams Township, Medina, Galion and Campbell, Ohio. He also served as director of personnel at the Lorain County Board of MR/DD and the assistant director/superintendent of the Diman Regional Vocational School in Fall River, Massachusetts.
Mr. Hedrick served in the Army and Air Force Reserves. He served in World War II with the 9th Army in Europe. He also served in Korea with the 45th Infantry Division and achieved the rank of major in both branches, receiving many awards and commendations. After discharge from active duty, Mr. Hedrick served with the Ohio Army National Guard Combat Engineers and the U.S. Air Force Reserves based at Youngstown Air Base and at Homestead Air Force Base in Florida. He was a member of Phi Delta Kappa, American Association of School Administrators, Buckeye Association of School Administrators, Ohio Retired Teachers Association and Retired Officers Association, and was a life member of the VFW.
Mr. Hedrick is survived by four children, and two step-children, and nine grandchildren, He is also survived by a brother, and sister, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Hedrick is predeceased by his parents; sisters, Letha Jane Miler and Mary M. Jacoby; and brothers, Arden Hedrick and John Hedrick, and Lee and Howard, in infancy. He is also predeceased by his former wife, Eleanor Schmidt Hedrick.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 5, 2010, at Mast-Mock-Hoffman-Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, with Rev. Lee Genter officiating. Internment will be at Riverside Cemetery, Defiance, with graveside military rites by VFW Post 3360. Friends may call at the funeral home in Defiance on Thursday, February 4, 2010, from 4-8 p.m.
Mr. Hedrick enjoyed a full life of family, friends, golf and travel. He will be greatly missed. [Crescent News, Feb 2, 2010]

James A. Helf
Hicksville, OH - James A. Helf, of Hicksville, died Friday June 11, 2010 at Parkview Hospital, Ft. Wayne, IN. [The News Tribune - Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

George Washington Hendryx
Died, in Springfield, Williams county, on the 1st inst. George Washington, youngest son of Barzillni and Clarissa Hendryx, aged 2 months and 26 days. [Defiance Democrat (Defiance, OH) 7 Oct 1854; tr. by KT]

Florine Hettinger
Hicksville - Florine I. Hettinger, 88, died at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday at Hickory Creek of Hicksville. She was born June 3, 1914, in Ossian, Ind., the daughter of William and Ida (Jones) Trenary.
Surviving are a daughter, Betty Trenary, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; a son, Donald Stanley, Port Huron, Mich.; a step-son, Joe Taylor, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; a sister, Irma Gerth, Yoder, Ind.;four grandchildren and five great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville, with Pastor Lloyd Turnbull officiating. [The Crescent-News, Defiance, OH, 06/28/2002 - Sub by Kate Watson]

Joe E. Hetz
Joe E. Hetz, 84, Defiance, passed away Sunday morning, January 31, 2010, in his home.
He was born in Hicksville, Ohio, on March 25, 1925, the son of the late Joseph and Mary Jane (Smith) Hetz. Joe married Dorothy Kisabeth in 1945, who passed away in 1982. In 1983, he married Pauline Vetter, who passed away Nov. 29, 2009. Joe was a member of St. John's Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, the 4th Degree K of C and the VFW and was an avid Ohio State fan. He was a World War II Army staff sergeant serving in the South Pacific and the Philippines. Joe had worked at General Motors as a safety director.
Surviving are four daughters, a sister, and a sister-in-law. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Linda Hetz; an infant daughter, Angela Rose Hetz; a sister, Marie Hetz; and a brother, Carroll Hetz.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. John's Catholic Church at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 3, with Father Todd Dominique officiating. Friends are invited to call Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home, Defiance. The 4th Degree Knights of Columbus will stand honor guard from 6-8 p.m. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery where VFW Post 3360 will conduct honorary military rites. [Crescent News, Feb 1, 2010]

Jacob M. Hilty
Hicksville, OH - 54, died at his home Friday April 16, 2010.
He was born May 5, 1955 the son of the late Menno and Mary Alice (Miller) Hilty at Ft. Wayne, IN.
He was united in marriage to MeLinda Schwartz on March 10, 1974.
He was employed by Graber & Graber Construction where he specialized in concrete. He was a member of the West Milford Church of Christ and served as a Deacon.
Jacob is survived by his wife MeLinda, a daughter Laura Hilty, five sons Alan, Leon, Larry (Carrie), Pete (Megan Meyers) and Lynn (Jennifer); three sisters Margaret Ann Yoder, Adeline Bowen and Mary Brandenberger; four brothers Menno Jr., Jonas, Amos and John.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Louis.
Burial was at Forest Home Cemetary. [The News Tribune, 04/21/2010 - Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

George Homer
Died--- in Hicksville, Defiance county on Thursday 14th inst., of consumption, George Homer, aged 54 years, a native of Huntington County, Pennsylvania. [Defiance Democrat, Feb 23, 1850]

Geo. R. Hudspeth
Of typhoid pneumonia, on the 12th day of February A.D. 1860, at his residence in Tully township, Van Wert county, Ohio, Geo. R. Hudspeth, aged about 27 years. The deceased was an upright honorable and correct young man. He had a large circle of friends. Four weeks since we published a notice of his marriage to Miss Brodnix-- Thus early was the bright hopes of the happy couple blasted. Instead of joy and happiness to the young and buoyant hopes of the youthful maid, death and bereavement occupy their stead. [Defiance Democrat, Feb 25, 1860]

Roy Gene Hueppelsheuser
BRYAN - Roy Gene Hueppelsheuser, 59, died Saturday, Aug. 1, at Twin Rivers Care Center in Defiance, as a result of injuries sustained in a house fire on June 26. He was born on July 8, 1950 in Marion, Ind., the son of Forest and Dorothy (McDaniels) Hueppelsheuser, who both preceded him in death. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Vietnam War as a medic. He was self-employed and was a past member of the Bryan Eagles. He is survived by a daughter, a son, five grandchildren; two sisters, and two brothers. He also was preceded in death by a son, Billy Gene Hueppelsheuser. There will be no visitation or services. Smith & Brown Funeral Home of Hicksville was in charge of the arrangements. [Paulding County Progress, Aug 2, 2009]

Arlie E. Hulbert
Fort Wayne, IN - Arlie E. Hulbert, 83, died Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at Heritage Park Nursing Home, Ft. Wayne, IN.
He was born on January 18, 1927 in Hicksville, OH, the son of the late Elmer & C leo (Scott) Hulbert.
On August 10, 1947 he was united in marriage to Harriett Gerig and she survives.
He served in the United States Navy from 1944-1948 during WWII.
Arlie was retired from Norfolk & Western railroad where he was a conductor and brakeman.
He is survived by his wife, two daughters; Lana Carrier of Churubusco, IN, Deana (Milt) Lengacher of Ft. Wayne, IN; a son Jim Hulbert of Bluffton, IN, 10 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, four brothers and one sister. He was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters.
Burial was at Forest Home Cemetary, Hicksville.
[The News Tribune, 05/12/2010 - Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Nona B. Husted
Hicksville, OH - Nona B. Husted, 83, of Hicksville, died Sunday February 28, 2010 at Hickory Creek at Hicksville with her daughters and granddaughter at her side.
Nona was born April 12, 1926 in Hicksville, the daughter of Ora Glen and Mary (Scranton) Countryman. She attended the West Milford Church of Christ and walked to the country school. She was a 1944 graduate of Hicksville High School. Following high school she worked on the ration board and Ohio Power. On September 29, 1946 she married Robert Hilbert in Hicksville, OH.
She married Robert Husted of Hicksville on April 21, 1984.
She is buried at Six Corners Cemetery, rural Hicksville, OH. [The News Tribune, 03/03/2010]

Nicholas Jestes
Died---- On the 26th ult, in this place, Mr. Nicholas Jestes, of consumption aged about 50 years. [Defiance Democrat, Jan 4, 1851]

Marion Jones
Hicksville, OH - Marion Jones, 104, formerly of Hicksville, died Saturday February 13, 2010 at the Bryan Care and Rehabilitation Center, Bryan, OH. Burial will be at Six Corners Cemetery, Hicksville, OH. [The News Tribune, 02/17/2010 - Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Henry Karlo
Died, on Monday last, Henry Karlo, aged 45 years. [Defiance Democrat (Defiance, OH) 7 Oct 1854; tr. by KT]

Parmenus Kibble
Parmenus Kibble, Dec. 22d, in Tiffin township, aged 82 years [Defiance Democrat, Jan 7 1871 - Sub by L. Dietz]

Glenna Kief
Hicksville, OH - Glenna Kief, 68, died early Sunday morning, May 23, 2010 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne, IN. Smith & Brown Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. [The News Tribune, c. May 2010]

Roger Kiessling
Walks Into Drop-Off While Wading In The Auglaize
DEFIANCE, O., Aug. 24 - A 10-year-old Defiance boy drowned yesterday when he stepped into a hole while wading in the Auglaize River.
The victim was Roger Kiessling, 10, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kiessling. The boy was fishing with his brother, Marvin, and a neighbor boy, when he began wading in the shallow water. He apparently stepped off the edge of a piece of slate into the hole, according to sheriff's deputies. His father said the boy could swim only 30 or 40 feet. The boy was born in Defiance, lived here all his life and would have been a fourth grade pupil in Slocum School. Surviving also are brothers, Edwin, of Taylor, Mich.; Marvin and Francis, at home; sisters, Mrs. Delbert Martin, Cloverdale, and Mrs. Lavern Miller, Defiance. The boy was a member of the First Baptist Church in Defiance.
Services will be Wednesday at 3 pm in the Mansfield-Mast Mortuary in Defiance. The body will be at the mortuary after 6 pm Tuesday. [The Blade, Toledo, OH, August 24, 1964 - Sub by Kate Watson]

Benjamin N. King
Died--- In this place on the 6th instant, at seven o'clock a. .m. Benjamin N., son of James King, aged one year, one month, and twenty-nine days. [Defiance Democrat, Sep 12, 1844]

Dr. Thomas Kinmont
Hicksville, O., July 5 - Dr. Thomas Kinmont, 83 years old, Hicksville's first mayor died at his home here this morning at 2:30 o'clock. Dr. Kinmont was one of the best known residents of Defiance county. He had been a resident of Hicksville since 1848. When the civil war was declared, Dr. Kinmont enlisted with the Twenty-first Ohio infantry, serving as a second lieutenant. He participated in a number of battles of the civil war and was seriously wounded at the battle of Shiloh. For years Dr. Kinmont served on the pension board. Two sisters and one brother survive. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at his home. [Fort Wayne News Sentinel, Jul 5, 1918]

Horace Kittenring
Thursday morning, December 22d, Horace, infant son of Peter and Frances Kittenring. [Defiance Democrat (Defiance, OH) 24 Dec 1870, p. 2]

William Henry Koons
Died--- On the 18th inst., at Brunnersburg, William Henry, youngest son of F A and Elizabeth Koons, aged 4 years and 10 months of inflamation of the brain. [Defiance Democrat Feb 22, 1851]

Elizabeth Krotz
Died- on Monday morning last, 23d inst., Mrs. Elizabeth, wife of Charles Krotz of this vicinity, aged 42 years and 7 months. Toledo Commercial, January 26, 1871]


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