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Mary Elizabeth Landis
Died-- In this place on Saturday last, Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Nathan M. and Amelia S. Landis, aged 10 months and 24 days. [Defiance Democrat, Aug 2, 1851]

Eliza Lane
Died--- January 10, near Ayresville, of a severe burn received on the 6th, Eliza, daughter of Mrs. Lucinda Lane, aged 3 years and 6 months. [Defiance Democrat, Jan 14, 1860]

Emmett S. Latty
Died - on Tuesday morning last, at the residence of his father, Judge Latty, of consumption, Emmett S. Latty, aged 25 years. [Defiance Democrat, April 29, 1871]

Irvin F Leppelmeier
Irvin F. Leppelmeier, 77, Edgerton, died at 4:35 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, 2006, in his home after an extended illness. He was born Sept. 14, 1928, in Defiance Countys Farmer Township, the son of Alvin and Sadie (Baerlin) Leppelmeier. In 1968, he married Ellen Vargo, who survives. He was a farmer, a member of Zion Lutheran Church, near Edgerton, and a former member of Williams County Farm Bureau. Also surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Brian (Sara) Lindquist, Winona Lake, Ind.; a brother, Lewis (Janice), Edgerton; and a sister, Mrs. Don (Nancy) Hook, Butler, Ind. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Zion Lutheran Church, near Edgerton, with Pastor Chris Sigmon officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday in Krill Funeral Home, Edgerton. [Crescent News, Feb. 15, 2006 Sub. by Ida Maack Recu]

Margaret Lewis
Died--- At her residence in this town, Mrs. Margaret Lewis, on the 17th inst., aged 37 years, 3 months. She was a native of Fairfield county, in the State; was left an orphan by the loss of both her parents at a very early age. After her marriage she removed to this place, which has been her residence for the last 19 years. In April, 1843, she united with the Presbyterian Church in this place, in which connection she continued till her death. Although her sufferings were severe, she seemed to be sustained by a humble confidence in the Redeemer of sinners, and has left to her numerous relatives comforting assurance that she was prepared for her great change. [Defiance Democrat Jan 25, 1851]

Paulina Maria Lough
On Saturday, the 19th ult., Paulina Maria, only daughter of Thomas and Helen E Lough, aged 2 years, 6 months and 2 days. - Ohio Statesman [Defiance Democrat, Aug 2, 1851]

Earl Allen Mann
Earl Allen Mann was born Jan. 5, 1884 on his grandfather Joseph Mann's farm in Milford Twp., Defiance Co. He was the second son and one of five children born to Joseph W. and Zelma Hootman Mann. He attended public school at Clarksville and Vanimmons schools in Milford Township. He attended Normal school in Edgerton and at Center Milford upon completing grade school.
He began teaching school at the age of 18 and taught in many of the township schools, Clarksville first, then District No. 5, Logan, Center Milford and Thompson school. At one time he was Milford Township Supt. From these schools he went to Evansport in 1914 where he taught High School for 4 years, before going to Mark Center High School where he taught for 6 years.
During his early teaching years Mr. Mann went 8 summers to Defiance College where he earned his B.A. degree in education. In 1925-26 he attended Ohio State University but his health prevented him from getting his Master's degree at that time. By taking Correspondence work he obtained his Master's degree later from a school in Tuscallosa, iowa. In 1926 he went to Mansfield where he taught in the High School until his retirement, caused by illness, in 1945. While in Mansfield he was Faculty Manager of Athletics, was Class Advisor for several classes, and was honored once in the Yearbook of the School.
On Sept. 3, 1905 he was united in Marriage with Maude B. Driver, who passed away in March, 1946. Mr. Mann had suffered from paralysis the year before his wife was deceased but he returned to his farm in Milford Township as he had planned to do truck gardening. His health prevented him from carrying on his old activities so he started writing poetry to fill the lonely hours. He is the author of "Driftwood Valley" which has been placed in the Martha Kinney Cooper Ohioana Library in Columbus, Ohio.
His church work paralleled his other teaching assignments. He was an Elder of the Church in Mansfield and a Life Elder at West Milford Church of Christ. He taught in Bible Schools wherever he was living and even taught a Men's Bible Class at the Indianola Church of Christ in Columbus, while he was at Ohio State University. He had never missed the Milford Township Sunday School convention since its organization 50 years ago. He sang many years in Church choirs and enjoyed singing in Male Quartetts.
In his younger days he was quite well known around Edgerton and Defiance County for his ability as a baseball player. He coached the High School basketball team while he was in Mark Center and loved all kinds of sports. He loved to hunt and fish and was a member of the Schoolmaster's bowling team while in Mansfield.
After his return to Milford Township he enjoyed his work with the Grange. He belonged to the Milford Grange and Pomona Grange.
Surviving him are his wife, Freada Dubridge Mann, Edon, Ohio with whom he was united in marriage on March3, 1952; two daughters, Mrs. Doris Saylor of Columbus, Ohio, and Beatrice Mehock of Mansfield, Ohio; four grandchildren; two great grandchildren; a brother, Ross Mann of Garrett, Ind., and three sisters, Mrs. Alma Diehl of Butler, Ind., Mrs. Claudia Driver of South Bend, Ind., and Mrs. Darla Fusselman of Edgerton, Ohio.
Burial was made in Scipio cemetery, Scipio Township, Allen County Ind., on March 19, 1955. [The Edgerton Earth Thursday, June 2,1955 - Submitted by Kate Watson]

James Franklin Matlock
On the 10th inst., at Clarksville James Franklin, youngest son of Jeremiah G and Sarah E Matlock, Aged 15 months, and 7 days, of lung fever. [Defiance Democrat Mar 1, 1851]

Patrick McCauley
Died - at his residence in Tiffin township, March 16th, 1871, after a short illness, Patrick McCauley, aged 68 years, 6 months and 16 days. The deceased was one of the oldest settlers in this county and an esteemed and vaulable citizen. [Unknown newspaper, Mar. 25, 1871]

Larry K. McCurdy
Defiance, OH - Larry K. McCurdy, 63, of Defiance died Friday, February 19, 2010 at Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice, Defiance, OH.
He was born on November 28, 1946 in Ft. Wayne, IN, the son of Fordice and Bernice (Rex) McCurdy.
He was a 1964 graduate of Hicksville High School.
On September 11, 1984 he was united in marriage with Margery Hammon and she survives.
Larry was a Lieutenant with the Defiance County Sheriffs Office from November 1, 1974 until his retirement on January 16, 2009. He was previously employed by Dana Weatherhead in Antwerp, OH while also a part time police officer at the Hicksville Police Department.
He was a member of the St. John Lutheran Church in Deifiance, OH, Hicksville Masonic Lodge #478 serving as Master in 1982, National Sheriffs Association and the Buckeye Sheriffs Association.
He is survived by his wife, three daughters: Lisa (John) Ritter of Galesburg, MI, Laura (Matt) Reineke and Laressa of Defiance, OH and 7 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Burial was at Scipio Cemetery, Harlan, IN. [The News Tribune, 02/24/2010 - Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Eva McFeeters
Mrs. Eva McFeeters, 76, widow of B. M. McFeeters, died Tuesday in her home two miles south of Ney. The body is in the Moats funeral home at Sherwood pending arrangements for services. She leaves one son, two daughters, one sister, 15 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. [The Bryan Press, Bryan, OH, 3/16/1944 - Sub by FoFG]

Napoleon McMahon
Died on Saturday morning last, after a long and painful illness, Napoleon McMahon, aged about 30 years. [Defiance Democrat Jan 12, 1850]

Francis Ferdinand Mekus
Defiance, Ohio, Nov 12 - Francis Ferdinand Mekus, Defiance county pioneer, who on August 3, celebrated his 100th birthday by saying long life may be attained by eating less, walking more and playing lots of pinochle, died today at his home, six miles north of Defiance, having lived 101 days of his 100th year. [Ft. Wayne News Sentinel, Nov 11, 1921]

James A. Mellon
Hicksville, OH - James A. Mellon, 71, died Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at Community Memorial Hospital, Hicksville, OH.
He was born March 10, 1938 in Morenci, MI, the son of the late Edward and the late Virien (Hand) Mellon. He was a graduate of Bryan High School with the class of 1956. On August 31, 1958 he was united in marriage with Janice (Hausch) and she preceded him in death on November 14, 1998. On March 23, 2002 he was united in marriage with Johanna (Orthman) and she survives.
James was a veteran of the US Army Reserves.
He was a machinist at Cooper Power Tools/Dotco in Hicksville, OH and Sheller Globe in Grabill, IN. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Hicksville and a former member of the Eagles Aerie 2556.
He is survived by his wife Johanna, four daughters - Sherry Woodall of Gallatin, TN, Vicki (Gary) Green, Jennifer Rickman of Hicksville, Mary Ellen (Doyle) Rittenhouse of Ney, one son, James R. (Debra) of Hicksville, OH., 10 grandchildren, three great grandchildren and one brother, Howard.
Preceding him in death were his first wife Janice, his parents and a brother Bob Mellon.
Burial was at Ney Cemetary, Ney, OH. [The News Tribune, 03/10/2010 - Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Mrs. Carl Miller
Former Milford Resident Dies
Mrs. Carl Miller, age 44, a former resident of Milford Township died in a hospital at Ft. Wayne last Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Miller with their family had moved from Milford Township to Mark Center last March.
Mrs. Miller had been afflicted with sugar diabetes for several months, but, had only been critically ill for a short time. She had been a patient at the Community Memorial Hospital in Hicksville before being removed to Ft. Wayne.
Mrs. Miller was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, its Rosary and Altar Societies, St. Michael's Study Club, The Milford Township Grange and the Mark Center Educational Society.
Surviving are the husband, eight sons, two daughters and two brothers, Everett Harter of Gary, Ind., and Francis Harter, Churubusco, Ind.
Funeral services were conducted from St. Michael's Church, Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. John Flynn officiating. Burial was in the Forest Home Cemetery at Hicksville. [THE EDGERTON EARTH, Thursday, December 10, 1953 - Submitted by Kate Watson]

John A. Miller
CONTINENTAL - John A. Miller, 55, died Monday, July 29 at the MCO Hospital in Toledo. He was born July 15, 1947 in Toledo, the son of Richard C. and Elizabeth (Sowers) Miller, who survive. On April 3, 1971, he married Essie Collins, who survives. He was a U.S. Army veteran, stationed in Germany and Korea. He was retired from Johns Manville in Defiance, and was a member of the Pleasantview Missionary Baptist Church in Junction. He is also survived by three brothers. He was preceded in death by a son, John Michael Lee Miller. Services were held Friday, Aug. 2 at the Pleasantview Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Chris Crowe and the Rev. Otis Mason officiating. Burial was in Memory Gardens in Defiance. Heitmeyer Funeral Home in Continental was in charge of the arrangements. [Paulding County Progress, Jul 29, 2002]

Clara Elizabeth Nagle
Died--- on the third inst., at Brunersburg, Clara Elizabeth, eldest daughter of John and Mary Nagle, aged two years and six months, of scarlet fever. [Defiance Democrat Feb 8, 1851]

Laura Newton
Died at the residence of her son, William Newton, in Defiance township, January 9, 1871, Mrs. Laura Newton, aged 70 years, 6 months and 25 days. [Defiance Democrat, Jan 7 1871 - Sub by L. Dietz]

Henry Duval Noble
Died--- On the evening of the 4th of April, this place, Henry Duval, only son of C L and A M Noble, aged six years, eight months, and 16 days. [Defiance Democrat, Apr 12, 1851]

Elijah Osborn
Elijah Osborn, for many years a respected resident of Richland twp, in the county died, on Monday of last week, aged 75 years. [Aug 20, 1870, Defiance Democrat]

Edward Pahl
Edward Pahl, 83, Buried In Defiance
Edward H. Pahl, 83, formerly of Edgerton and Defiance, died at 6 am Wednesday in St. Francis Home for the Aged, Tiffin.
Born in Washington Township, Defiance County, near Ney, Jan. 22, 1885, he was the son of Peter and Balbena Pahl.
He was married to the former Agnes Miller, of Edgerton, who died Oct. 30, 1954.
Only survivors are nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were at 10 am Saturday in St. John's Catholic Church, Defiance, with burial in the Riverside Cemetery, Defiance. [The Edgerton Earth Thursday, May 16, 1968]

James Panico
Ft. Wayne, IN - James "Hank" Panico, 50, died unexpectedly Saturday, April 24, 2010.
He was born on March 21, 1960 in Hicksville, OH, the son of Jack Panico and Coral (Stahl) Cocke.
He attended Fairview High School.
He was employed by H&E Machine Specialties in Ft. Wayne, IN.
He is survived by a son, Ken (Wendy) Panico of Wauseon, two daughters-Dayna Fortney of Defiance, Casandra Panico of South Haven, MS, two grandchildren, his mother Coral Cocke of Hicksville, two brothers, Jeff (Carmen) of Hicksville, John (Missy) of Mark Center, three sisters-Jaci (Dan) Underwood of Hicksville, Janice (Mike) Smith of Sherwood, Jill (Cory) LaGrow of Mascoutah, IL, and a special friend, Vicki Aldridge.
He was preceded in death by his father and an infant brother, Joseph.
Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetary, Grover Hill, OH. [The News Tribune, 04/28/2010 - Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Adelaide V. Phelps
At the residence of her father, in Defiance, after a lingering illness, on the 15th, of December, Adelaide V., eldest daughter of Edwin Phelps, aged 26 years, 7months, and 1 day. [Defiance Democrat (Defiance, OH) 24 Dec 1870, p. 2]

Phebe Phelps and John M Phelps
Near Antwerp, O., on Tuesday evening August 12, after an illness of 5 days, Phebe, consort of John M Phelps, aged 32 years and on Wednesday morning following of Erysipelas, after an illness of 6 days, John M Phelps, aged 34 years. They left four small children, one of them a babe five weeks old. [Defiance Democrat, Aug 30, 1851]

Louisa Phillips
Died suddenly, on Thursday morning last, Mrs. Louisa, wife of J. W. Phillips, a most estimable lady, aged 59 years. The funeral will take place on Sunday. Services at the Methodist church, at 10 a.m. [Defiance Democrat, May 27, 1871]

Betsy Platter
On the 24 inst., in Delaware township, Mrs. Betsy, wife of Geo. Platter, Esq. [Defiance Democrat Mar 1, 1851]

Fred Plum
ANTWERP - Fred Plum, 75, Antwerp, died at 12:20 p.m. Monday, June 17, at Community Memorial Hospital in Hicksville.
He was born March 29, 1927 in Auburn, Ind., the son of Bernard and Leitha (Roland) Plum. In 1947, he married Mary Hetrick, who survives. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and was a truck driver and heavy equipment operator for the Paulding County Highway Department. He had been a commission agent for Ashland Oil. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Antwerp, Antwerp VFW Post 5087, American Legion Post 253, and Hicksville Masonic Lodge.
Also surviving are two sons, two daughters, a brother, a sister, nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Richard Deardorf.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at Dooley Funeral Home in Antwerp, with the Rev. Jim Edwards officiating. Burial will be in Forest Home Cemetery, Hicksville, where military honors will be conducted by VFW and American Legion. Visitation is from 2-9 p.m. today, June 19, and from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday. A Masonic service will be conducted at 7 p.m. today. [Paulding County Progress, Jun 18, 2002]

Frederick Poole
Died--- On the 17th inst., in Noble township, Mr. Frederick Poole, aged about 44 years, a native of Carolina county, Md., of smallpox. [Defiance Democrat, Apr 26, 1851]

Fanny Maria Porter
Died--- At Independence, on Sunday, 6th inst., Fanny Maria, relict of the late Thomas B. Porter, aged about 20 years. [Defiance Democrat, Apr 19, 1851]

William Quaintance
HICKSVILLE -- William "Bill" Quaintance, 77, died Sunday, April 24, 2011, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on December 30, 1933, in Antwerp, Ohio, the son of Robert and Margaret (Dorsey) Quaintance. He was a 1952 graduate of Antwerp High School. On May 15, 1952, Bill was united in marriage with Peggy Dull and she survives. Bill served in the U.S. Navy in the Korean War aboard the USS Boxer, stationed in Guam. He worked as a quality control manager at PEC Industries in Florida and was a driver for Jim Schmidt dealership for over 20 years. Bill was a member of the First Church of Christ, Hicksville, men's golf league at Hickory Hills Golf Course, and a former member of the VFW and Eagles. Surviving Bill are his wife, Peggy; a son, Randy of Orlando, Florida; two daughters, Teri Ferguson of Orlando, Florida, Lori Jo (Fran) Nagel of Elgin, Illinois; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two brothers, Jim of Hicksville, and Jack of Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services for Bill will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Smith & Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville, with Pastor Jerold Tear officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2-5 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Scipio Cemetery, Harlan, Indiana. Memorials may be made to First Church of Christ.
Funeral services for Richard H. Beatty were held Monday, April 25, 2011, at St. John's Catholic Church. The Rev. George Wenzinger and Deacon Don Meyer co-officiated. Organist was David Moninger and soloist was Kristin Beatty. VFW Post 3360 conducted graveside military services. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Gene Batt, Jerry F. Mangas, Jason Phillips, Wayne Davis, David Lang and Robert Reeder. Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home handled the arrangements [Crescent News, Apr 26, 2011]

Paul Rau
Paul"Jim" Rau, 82, Defiance, passed away Tuesday, February, 2, 2010, at Valley Baptist Hospital in Harlingen, Texas.
He was born August 30, 1927, in Defiance, the son of the late Fred and Edith (Williamson) Rau. On August 10, 1946, he married his wife who survives. Mr. Rau was a life member of the VFW and Eagles, and proudly served in the Merchant Marines and the Ohio National Guard. He was a carpenter and electrician and was lovingly called"Mr. Gadget" by his children for his keen skills. He is survived by his wife, two sons, three daughters, twelve grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, two brothers, four sisters. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Fred “Junior" Rau and Robert"Tootle" Rau; two sisters, Shirley Osborn and Brenda Rau; and an infant son, Danny Joe. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, February 8, 2010, at Mast-Mock-Hoffman-Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance, officiated by Rev. Donna Stutzman. Burial will be in Myers Cemetery, Defiance County, with graveside military rites by VFW Post 3360 of Defiance. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. [Crescent-News, Feb 7, 2010]

George Reinbolt
Defiance, O., Oct 23 - Yesterday afternoon George Reinbolt, 24, accidentally shot himself with a flobert rifle while hunting, and will die. He has been attending college in Ada. ("The Daily Herald". Delphos, O; Oct 23, 1895 - Submitted by Linda Dietz)

Martha Replogle
Died--- In Evansport, on the 1st of February, Martha, wife of Charles Replogle of that place, and daughter of L. Heacock, of Defiance, aged 24 years, 3 months and 12 days. She left a daughter 3 weeks old. [Defiance Democrat, Feb 4, 1860]

Irvin William Retcher
ARTHUR - Irvin William Retcher, 88, of Arthur, died Wednesday, Feb. 18, at his home surrounded by his wife and children.
He was born July 9, 1920, the son of William and Henrietta (Hohenberger) Retcher, in the home he lived his entire life On July 9, 1940, he married his wife who survives. He was a World War II veteran, worked at GM Powertrain for three and one half years and at Johns Manville for 34 years. He was also a lifelong farmer. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church where he served on the board of elders, Johns Manville Retirement Group, chief steward and president of GBBA of Local #51 Union, Continental American Legion and a life member of Johns Manville Quarter Century Club.
Also surviving are 10 children, 41 grandchildren; and 39 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Virgil; a sister, Lavina Gerken; and a son-in-law, Bill Ratzlaff.
Irvin loved the Lord, his large family, his Bible, church family, farm life, laughter, basketball games and his dog, Tash.
Services were held Saturday, Feb. 21 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Defiance, with the Rev. Donald Luhring and Rev. Carol Retcher officiating.
Burial was in the Riverside Cemetery, Defiance with graveside services conducted by VFW Post # 3360. Mast-Mock-Hoffman-Hanenkrath-Clevenger- Schaffer Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. [Paulding County Progress, Feb 19, 2009]

Daniel B. Rhodes
Services for Daniel B. Rhodes, 87, who died Sunday in his home at Hicksville, were held at Hicksville, Tuesday with Rev. L. M. Davis of Bryan officiating. He leaves three sons, James and Dow of Hicksville and George of Bryan; seven daughters, Mrs. Marcena Bishop and Mrs. C. E. Six of Bryan, Mrs. Bernice Weber and Mrs. Clara Miller of Toledo, Mrs. Ora Houser of Hicksville, Mrs. Cora Zollers of Ft. Wayne, and Mrs. Ellen Landes of Detroit; one sister, Mrs. Ruthanna Miller of Bryan; 26 grandchildren, 46 great grandchildren, and six great great grandchildren. [The Bryan Press, April 13, 1944]

Hiram Ritchart
In Delaware township, of measles, on March 3d, Hiram Ritchart, aged 25 years. [Defiance Democrat, Mar 17, 1860]

Owen L. Ruhl
Owen R. Ruhl Funeral Tuesday
Owen L. Ruhl, 34, of Wauseon, died Saturday morning in the Veteran's Hospital at Fort Wayne where he had been a patient for the past several months. He was a veteran of World War 2.
Survivors include the mother and step-father Mr. and Mrs. Robert Morrison of Wauseon; one brother, Dennis Ruhl of Bryan, one sister, Mrs. Delores May of Waterloo also one step-brother, Robert Morrison of Sparta, Michigan and two step-sisters, Miss Betty Lou Morrison of Wauseon and Mrs. Nora Jean Fales of Kansas.
Funeral services were Tuesday in the Krill Funeral Home with burial in the Farmer cemetery. Reverend S. Glen Cameron of Bryan officiated. ["The Edgerton Earth" Thursday, November 9, 1961]

Volentine Sellinger
In this place on the 24th inst. Volentine Sellinger, aged 34 years and 5 months, of consumption. [Defiance Democrat Mar 29, 1851]

George P. Shaffer
On the 19th ins., George P., only son of Henry A., and Mary Shaffer, aged 11 months and 13 days, of smallpox. [Defiance Democrat Jan 25, 1851]

John Sheldon
An old man named John Sheldon, aged 82 years, residing in Tiffin township, was thrown from his horse, near the R.R. crossing, on the Brunersburg road and badly injured. He has since died. His horse was frightened by a passing train. [Defiance Democrat, Jan 7 1871 - Sub by L. Dietz]

Wm. Slater
In California, Mr. Wm. Slater, late of Clarksville, in this county. [Defiance Democrat Jan 18, 1851]

Richard Slattery
Hicksville, OH - Richard "Dick" Slattery, 74, died Tuesday, February 2, 2010 at Community Memorial Hospital, Hicksville, OH.
He was born June 7, 1935 in Mark Township, Defiance Co., OH the son of Bernard and Mary A. (Cussen) Slattery. He was a 1953 graduate of Mark Center High School. On April 21, 1956 he was united in marriage to Nancy Kline. Dick was the owner of Slattery Oil Company, Hicksville, OH and a farmer. He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He was a charter member and Past President of the Kiwanis Club, Eagles Aerie #2556 and a past member of the Volunteer Fire Department all of Hicksville, OH.
Dick is survived by his wife Nancy, three daughters, Ricci (Mike) Starrett, Defiance, OH, Chris Slattery, Paulding, OH, and Joni (Doug) Miller Hicksville, OH, a son Mitch (Cindy) Slattery, Edon, OH, six grandchildren, Nicholas Slattery, Michela Slattery, Andrea Slattery, Toni Slattery, Betty Fowler, Billie Casebeer; a brother Robert (Martha) Slattery, Hicksville, OH and mother-in-law Dortha Kline.
He was preceded in death by a brother Jerry Slattery. Burial was at Forest Home Cemetery, Hicksville, OH. [The News Tribune, 02/10/2010 - Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Homer Sontchi
DEFIANCE - Homer Sontchi, 92, of Defiance, died Thursday, April 16, In the Laurels of Defiance Nursing Center, where he has resided and received special loving care for the last three years.
He was born Jan. 1, 1917, in Wawaka, Ind., the son of Elon "Eli" and Rachel (Dix) Sontchi. Homer grew up in Paulding and graduated from Paulding High School in 1937. In 1941, he married Wilma Oelfke, who preceded him in death in 2000. He served in the U.S. Navy as a Seaman 1st Class during World War II from March 1944 until December 1945. He was employed by the City of Defiance as supervisor of the street department from 1963 until his retirement in 1982. He and his wife babysat for many years for two children, Lindsey (Harris) Stehulak and Michael Harris, whom they now consider family. Homer was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and a life member of VFW Post 3360.
Surviving are two daughters, two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, one special loving devoted niece, and many other nieces and nephews.
He also was preceded in death by a daughter in infancy, Janice; a granddaughter, Gina Melia; four brothers, George, John Edward and two in infancy; and three sisters, Florence, Marie and Dorothy. Services were held Sunday, April 19, in St. Paul Lutheran Church with the Rev. David Brobston officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery with graveside military rites performed by VFW Post 3360. Mast-Mock-Hoffman-Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, was in charge of arrangements. [Paulding County Progress, Apr 17, 2009]

Constant Southworth
At the residence of D. P. Ensign, in Farmer township, Constant Southworth, aged 76 years, 6 months and 10 days.

Mrs. Speaker

Died - at her residence, near Brunersburg, March 29th, Mrs. Speaker, aged 71 years. [Defiance Democrat, April 8, 1871]

James Sproll
Died - in this township on Sunday, 26th ult., of consumption, James Sproll, aged 21 years. [unknown newspaper, Mar. 4, 1871]

Samuel Spurgon
Drowned--- Samuel Spurgon, a son-in-law of B. Caldwell, was drowned in the Maumee river on Monday evening last. He was a worthy young man, a carpenter by trade and had been a part of the season employed on the canal in Tiffin. He left Defiance near dark on the ice, and when near Judge Evans', went in, and though his cries were heard, he was not rescued, as it was already dark and the ice very insecure. His body was recovered on Wednesday, a short distance from where he went down, in twenty feet of water. [Defiance Democrat, Feb 16, 1850]

George S. Stauffer
George Stauffer, 76, former Bryan man who moved to Hicksville 43 years ago, died at his home there yesterday. Services will be held in the Perkins & Reeb Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Sunday, with burial in Six Corners cemetery. [The Bryan Press, November 12, 1948 - Submitted by Kate Watson]

Carl V. Stevenson
Carl V. Stevenson, 80, Defiance, Ohio, died Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center, Defiance. He was born September 1, 1930, in Allen County, Ind., the son of Vernon and Ella (Gustin) Stevenson. On December 24, 1951, he married Norma J. Poper, who survives. He was a maintenance man at GM for 34 years, retiring in 1988, and a member of Defiance Christian Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War, a life member of VFW Post 3360 and a member of the American Legion, Masonic Lodge and Defiance Elks Lodge 147.
Surviving are his wife, Norma J. (Poper) Stevenson, Defiance; two daughters, two sons,10 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and three sisters. Preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers, Richard and John Stevenson; and two sisters, Madge Elliott and Eula Heckman. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 16, 2011, at Defiance Christian Church, with Rev. William Mesaeh and Rev. Brian Maxey officiating. Entombment will be at Riverview Memory Gardens mausoleum, rural Defiance, with VFW graveside rites by VFW Post 3360. Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Friday at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. [Defiance Crescent News, Apr 16, 2011]

Eliza Ann Stites
On the 28th ult., in Highland township, of consumption, Eliza Ann, wife of Henry Stites, aged 38 years. [Defiance Democrat Mar 8, 1851]

Ira Stough
Sudden Death- Early on Saturday morning last a Mr. Ira Stough of Striker, O., went to his barn to do his morning work, when he suddenly fell upon the floor and died instantly. An affection of the heart is believed to have been the cause of death. The deceased left a widow with several children. He was about 55 years of age. [Jan 8, 1870, Defiance Democrat]

John L. Streicher
JOHN L. "Jack" STREICHER, 71, of Defiance, formerly of Continental, died at 1:37 p.m. Feb 17, 2003, at Defiance Regional Medical Center. He was born Sept. 16.1931, in Continental to Louis and Metta (Lugabihl) Streicher, who preceded him in death He was raised by Chet and Fern Lugabihl. On June 30, 1990, he married his wife, who survives. Mr. Streicher had been a machine operator at B.F. Goodrich. He was a life member of American Legion Post 541 and its 40 et 8. Continental, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3360, Defiance. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War.
Survivors also include a son, a stepson, a daughter, four step-daughters, two brothers, and three grandchildren, 11 step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a step-daughter, Judith Bradford. Services will begin at 11 am Thursday at Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home, Defiance. Deacon George Newton will officiate. Burial will be in Riverview Memory Gardens, Defiance County . Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. [Lima News, Feb 18, 2003]

Asa Teeple
Died--- In Milford township, on the 30th ult., Mr. Asa Teeple, of consumption, aged 30 years, 2 months, and 21 days. [Defiance Democrat, May 10, 1851]

Lydia Thacker
Died- Mrs. Lydia, wife of Dr. I. N. Thacker, of this place, died on Friday the 11th inst., in the 38th year of her age. Her death was not unexpected, she having been in bad health for years, suffering from lung disease. [Jan. 22, 1870, Defiance Democrat]

Hannah Tharp
Mrs. Hannah Tharp, widow of the late Isaac L. Tharp, died week before last aged about 79 years. Mr. and Mrs. Tharp were among the earliest settlers in Farmer township, and did their full share in their day in making that township the rich and prosperous community it now is. [Jan. 1, 1870, Defiance Democrat]

William Thatcher
Sherwood: William "Bill" Thatcher Sr., 93, of Sherwood, OH passed away on Monday, May 24, 2010 at Parkview Hospital, Ft. Wayne. He retired from Rea Magnet Wire, Ft. Wayne after 31 years and he was a farmer. He is survived by three sons, 18 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and three sisters. He was preceded in death by his wife; two sons; a brother; and two sisters. Burial in Lost Creek Cemetery, Hicksville, OH, with full military honors. [The Journal Gazette, c. May 2010 - Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Mary Travis
Died--- Near Defiance, on Monday last, Mrs. Mary, wife of Ezra Travis, aged 36 years and 2 months. [Defiance Democrat, May 24, 1851]

Daniel Truby
Daniel Truby, infant son of C. C. Dixon. [Aug 20, 1870, Defiance Democrat]

John Edwin Tuttle
Died--- On the 30th of December, of typhoid fever, John Edwin, son of C and E A Tuttle, aged 4 years, 6 months and 23 days. [Defiance Democrat, Jan 7, 1860]

Frank Ufer
LOS ANGELES, April 7- Frank Ufer, 9l, who developed oil fields in Ohio , Oklahoma and Kansas in association with Harry Sinclair, is dead, He was a native of Defiance, O.. [Lima News, Apr 6, 1942]

Francis C. Umbers
Defiance, O., Jan 15 - Mrs. Francis C. Umbers, of East Defiance, died this morning. She was a member of the catholic church, and in conformity with custom lighted candles were placed about the remains. This afternoon as the body was left alone the burning candles set fire to the shroud. A passer-by discovered the fire and rushed in, but the flames were not extinguished until every vestige of clothing was burned from the body, which presented a charred and frightful appearance. [Omaha World Herald, Jan 16, 1893]

Isaac Wartender
Died--- On the 19th inst., in Hicksville township, Defiance county, Ohio, Mr. Isaac Wartender departed this earth- life and commenced his spiritual career on a more sublimated existence in the future life. He was sixty-six years of age and had been a resident of this county for twenty-six years. He has left a large class of relatives and numerous friends and acquaintances to mourn his loss. Com. [Defiance Democrat, Mar 31, 1860]

Terry Lee Watson
Terry Lee Watson, 61, Defiance, Ohio, died Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at Defiance Regional Medical Center. He was born November 18, 1949, in Defiance, the son of Glenn and Phoebe (Steele) Watson. On November 20, 1971, he married Bonnie Lantow, who survives. He served in the Vietnam War as a U.S. Army SP5, serving with the 9th Infantry Division. He was a laborer at GM Powertrain, retiring in 2004. He was a life member of VFW Post 3360 in Defiance and VFW Post 8218 in Napoleon. He was a member of AMVETS, Eagles, Moose and American Legion of Defiance and the Combat Vets Motorcycle Association. Also surviving are a son, a granddaughter, and a sister. Preceding him in death were his parents; two sisters, Rita and Judy Watson; two brothers, Glenn Watson Jr. and Larry Watson; and two half sisters, Rosemary Rau and Betty Jean Watson. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 15, 2011, at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home with Father Tim Kummerer officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Defiance, with military services by Defiance VFW Post 3360. Visitation is from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.[Defiance Crescent News, Apr 16, 2011]

Kate Way
Died--- In this place on Sunday last, Kate, daughter of Hon. Geo B and Jane Way, aged 12 years, 1 month, and 15 days. [Defiance Democrat, Aug 30, 1851]

Rodney Wilcox
Rites Today For Rodney Wilcox
Rodney Wilcox, 66, a stock trucker and gravel trucker for approximately 25 years, who resided three and one-half miles north of Six Corners, died this morning in the Hicksville Community Hospital, where he had been a patient since Thursday afternoon.
Mr. Wilcox was a charter member of the Milford Grange and a member of the Pomona and State Granges. Surviving are the widow, Lanah; a daughter, Mrs. Luella Treaster, Milford Township; a granddaughter and a brother, John E. Wilcox, Milford Township.
The body was taken to the Perkins and Reeb Funeral Home in Hicksville and then was returned to the residence at 5 pm on Tuesday. Services will be conducted at 2 pm today in the funeral home with Everett Reynolds, pastor of the Farmer Church of Christ officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery at Edgerton. [The Edgerton Earth Thursday, January 27, 1955]

Russell John Wilder
Russell John, son of Leroy W. and Iona B. Wilder, was born at Edgerton, Williams county, Ohio, February 20, 1910, and departed this life July 11, 1916, at his home in Sherwood, Defiance county, Ohio, aged 6 years, 4 months and 21 days.
He leaves to mourn their loss, father, mother, sister Gladys, grandmother, two grandfathers, aunts, uncles, cousins and many other relatives and friends. He was a loving and affectionate child both to his parents and Sunday school teacher. While we will miss him here heaven is made richer by his home coming. His presence there will be as a magnet to attract loved ones there to his divine abode.
Russell had been ailing for a week or ten days with what was supposed to be stomach trouble - his old ailment- but seemed to be getting better, when Saturday he became much worse and took to his bed. From that time he never rallied, the dreaded disease taking such a firm hold upon his little body that with all his vitality he could not overcome it and he passed away Tuesday morning. A specialist was summoned from Toledo who arrived Monday evening but in spite of all that could be done Little Russell was called in the brightness of the early day. Sympathy felt for the bereaved parents and little sister is beyond words. The funeral occurred Wednesday at 1:30pm from the late home, Rev. Colgan officiating, and interment was made in Sherwood cemetery. Many beautiful flowers were presented by those who loved him, and every little playmate grieves at their loss of a companion. [Submitted by Kate Watson]

Capt. Walter Wilhelm

Defiance, Oct 4 - Capt. Walter Wilhelm of this city, vice president amd general manager of the Eddystone Munitions Co., is dead at Philadelphia of Spanish influenza. [Plain Dealer, Oct 6, 1918]

Daniel Wilson
Suicide-- Daniel Wilson, an old settler of this township, and a much respected and wealthy citizen, destroyrd himself by cutting his throat on Wednesday morning of this week, with a razor, in a frightful manner. His age was between fifty and sixty. We have heard no cause for the rash act. -------- Crawford Co. Forum [Defiance Democrat, Jan 14, 1860]

Andrew Wisenburger
Mr. Andrew Wisenburger, a citizen of this place, while returning from the Junction on horseback, on the towing path, last Tuesday fell or was thrown from his hors, and by some means, got into the canal and was drowned. His body was found a short time afterwards, about three quarters of a mile below the Junction, and brought to his house in this place, from whence his remains were followed to the grave by his relatives and the citizens generally of the town on Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Wisenburger was quite a young man, and has left a wife, and two brothers in this place to mourn his loss. He was an industrious, useful citizen, of good moral character and habits, which render the circumstances attending, and the cause of the fatal accident, the more to be wondered and lamented. [Defiance Democrat, Sep 19, 1844]

Catharine Woods
Died--- On the 7th inst, at the residence of Mr. R. Strout, his adopted daughter, Miss Catharine Woods, aged 16 years, 5 months, and 19 days. [Defiance Democrat Jan 11, 1851]

Frances J. Wort
Hicksville, OH -- Frances J. Wort, 87, died Sunday, May 2, 2010 at her home.
She was born August 27, 1922 in Hicksville, the daughter of the late Alva and Alice (Parnham) Ames. She graduated from Hicksville High School with the class of 1940.
On December 16, 1945 she was united in marriage with Carl Wort and he died on September 5, 1992. She was a homemaker.
She attended the First Church of Christ, Hicksville.
Frances is survived by two sons: Tim (Julie) of Colorado, Dean (Roberta) of Hicksville, a daughter Carla (Glenwood II) Brown of Hicksville, grandchildren, Eric, Tracy, Nick, Jenifer, Amber, Drew, Kristi, five great grandchildren and two sisters.
She was preceded in death by her husband, a sister and three brothers.
Burial will be at Forest Home Cemetary, Hicksville. [The News Tribune, 05/05/2010 - Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Mary Ann Wright
Hicksville, OH - Mary Ann Wright, 79, died early Saturday February 27, 2010 at her home.
She was born April 9, 1930 in St. Petersburg, FL, daughter of Bonnie R. Morton.
She was a graduate of Hicksville High School. She became a bookkeeper for her husband's auto dealership and was the Hicksville Village Clerk. A private family graveside service was held at Forest Home Cemetery, Hicksville, OH. [The News Tribune, 03/03/2010 - Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Mary Jane Wright
Died- In Defiance, August 16, 1870, Mrs. Mary Jane, wife of G. C. Wright, of consumption, in her 25th year. [Aug. 27, 1870, Defiance Democrat]

Wilbur Wright
Mark Center, OH - Wilbur "Bill" Wright, 74 of Mark Center, OH died Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at the Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice, Defiance, OH.
Bill was born April 22, 1935 in Hicksville, OH the son of the late Wendell and Leila (Weaner) Wright.
He graduated as the Salutorian with the Hicksville High School class of 1953. He was awarded the State FFA Degree, which is the second highest level that can be achieved as an FFA member. He also attended International Business College and Defiance College.
On May 28, 1955 he was united in marriage with Pat (Schliesser) and she preceded him in death on May 11, 2007.
He retired from International Harvester, Springfield, OH and was a Driver's License Examiner of the State of OH. He also unpired wrestling and baseball games.
He was a member of the Mark Center United Methodist Church where he was a liturgist, Hicksville Masonic Lodge #478, past Officer of the Defiance County PERI, past Zoning Board Director and a Mark Township Trustee.
He is survived by a son, Rick (Kim) Wright of Mechanicsburg, OH; a daughter, Rhonda (Jerry) Fleming of Mark Center, a daughter-in-law, Sandy Wright of Hicksville, 13 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, a sister Pat (Al) McFadden of Gibralter, MI, a sister-in-law Ruth (Dave) Timbrook of Hicksville, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Pat, a son, Randy Wright and a great granddaughter, Addison Fleming. Burial was at Sherwood Cemetary, Sherwood, OH. [The News Tribune, 03/10/2010 - Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Sophia Yacky
Died--- On the 30th of March, at the residence of the Rev. A. Detzer, in Defiance, Miss Sophia Yacky, aged 24 years, 3 months, and 16 days. [Defiance Democrat, Apr 7, 1860]

Virginia Yearick
In this city, on Tuesday morning last, (April 29th) of scarlet fever, Virginia, daughter of Samuel and C A Yearick, aged three years and one month.- Ohio Statesman. [Defiance Democrat, May 10, 1851]

Arthur E. Yockum
Hicksville, OH - Arthur E. "Jake" Yockum, 75 died Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at his home.
He was born on December 4, 1934 in Delphos, OH to the late Arthur and Ella (Moyer) Yochum.
On December 4, 1962 he was united in marriage with Theresa Shewman and she survives.
Arthur worked at Edgerton Metals in Edgerton, OH.
He was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Hicksville.
He is survived by his wife Theresa, three daughters-Crystal Bassler of Paulding, OH, Karen (Scott) Vagnier of Hicksville, Kathy (Jeff) Holwager of Hamilton, IN, two sons, David of Waterloo, IN, Chuck of Hicksville, seven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, a sister Bonnie Harman of Bryan, OH, brother Pat Yochum of Ft. Wayne, IN, two half sisters-Joyce Kimmel of Scott, OH and Ann Jex of Van Wert, OH
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Frank Yochum, half brothers Ray Stuttler, Hank Stuttler, half sisters Ida Yoh and Mary Waldron. Burial was in Bethel Cemetary, Crane Township, OH. [The News Tribune, 04/28/2010 - Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Manuel Zeigler
Manuel Ziegler Passes Away
Manuel Zeigler, 85, who resided eight miles east of Edgerton, died about 11 am Monday in the Community Memorial Hospital, Hicksville, where he was taken early Sunday evening.
Surviving are a son, Orley Ziegler, Toledo and seven grandchildren. The body was taken to the Perkins and Reeb Funeral Home in Hicksville, where services were conducted at 3:30 pm yesterday. The Reverend Robert Bates, pastor of the Hicksville Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial was at Sherwood, O. ["The Edgerton Earth", Thursday, January 27, 1955 - Submitted by Kate Watson]


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