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Nora Hall
Mrs Nora Elsea Hall, 59, former Hancock county resident and native of Marion township, is dead at her home in Colson, Montana, according to word recieved here yesterday by a brother, L.G. Elsea, 710 South Blanchard street. Mrs. Hall, wife of B.F. Hall, left this county about 15 years ago. She is survived by her husband, three brothers, L.G. Elsea, L.H. Elsea and W.S. Elsea, all of Findlay, and one sister Mrs R.D. Hempley of Colbert, Mich. Mrs. Hempley is visiting in Findlay at the present time. L.G. Elsea left last night for Montana to attend the funeral, which will be held at Colson. [unknown source, Findlay, Ohio; 18 August 1927 - Sub. by Teresa Haines Rigney]

Roy S. Hare

Roy S. Hare, 67, died yesterday in his home, 609 California Blvd. Born in Findlay, O. Mr. Hare lived in Toledo 21 years. He was a precision tool grinder for the Electric Auto-Lite Co. for 23 years. He was a member of the Mechanics Educational Society of America and Lewis Avenue Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Murtle; stepsons, Edward Siegrist, Toledo, and William Siegrist, Lakewood, Calif; step-daughter, Mrs. Alfred Slay, Jackson, Miss; sisters, Mrs. Earl Slaughterbeck and Mrs. Ada Larkins, Toledo; Mrs.Iva Beam, Findlay, and Mrs. Hazel Gallant, Van Buren, O.; and a brother, Louie, Findlay, Services will be Saturday at 1 p m. in the Ansberg - West Mortuary. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Findlay.
[Toledo Blade, Dec 4, 1958]

Alice May Altman Harmes
Alice Harmes, 89, formerly of 917 Adams St., died at 2:15 a.m. Tuesday at the Heritage House.
She was born July 1, 1892, in Hancock County to Daniel and Amanda (Solomon) Altman. She married Arthur Eugene Harmes on Aug. 9, 1913, and he died in 1959.
Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Reeve (Norma) Eckman, 831 Hurd Ave.; Mrs. Ora (Maxine) Kelsey, Columbus; Mrs. Gerald (Margaret) Nelson, 1901 Jennifer Lane; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Harmes was a homemaker.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, the Rev. Elden Smith officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
[THE COURIER obituary, Findlay, Oh., Wed., 26 May 1982 - Sub by William Ream]

Arthur Eugene Harmes
Services Sunday For A. E. Harmes
Arthur Eugene Harmes, 69, 917 Adams St., a retired employee of the State of Ohio, died at 7 a.m. yesterday in Blanchard Valley Hospital. Mr. Harmes had been in ill health for the past 10 years and critically ill since Monday.
He was born July 6, 1888 in Findlay to William E. and Carrie (Arthur) Harmes and on Aug. 9, 1913 he married Alice Altman who survives. Also surviving are three daughters Mrs. Gerald B. (Margaret) Nelson, Shelbyville, Ind.; Mrs. Robert R. (Maxine) Kraft, Columbus; Mrs. Reeve (Norma) Eckman, 831 Hurd Ave.; sisters Mrs. Clarence G. Miller, 514 Second St.; Mrs. Clem Shroy, 1411 Park St., and a brother, Rae Harmes, 1520 Park St. A sister, Mrs. Grace Elton, preceded him in death.
Mr. Harmes was a member of the Eagles Club.
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the Coldren Funeral Home, the Rev. T. A. Ashton, Trinity Episcopal Church, officiating. Interment will be in Maple Grove Cemetery.
[THE REPUBLICAN COURIER obituary, Findlay, Oh., Sat., 5 Jul. 1958 - Sub by William Ream]

Floyd Robert Hartman
RAWSON, Feb. 5 - Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Thursday in the Mt. Cory Evangelical church for Floyd Robert Hartman, 36-year-old Eagle-tp farmer who died Tuesday at his home, northeast of here, from pulmonary embolism. He underwent an operation for appendicitis three weeks ago. He was born in Madison-tp and had resided all his life in Hancock-co. Surviving are his parents, Philip and Margaret Hartman, Blanchard-tp; his widow, Treva; two sons, Marion and Robert Dean; three brothers and three sisters including Miss Doris Hartman, of Bluffton. Rev. Kauffman of the Mt. Cory church, will officiate and burial will be in Clymer cemetery.
[Lima News, Feb 5, 1941]

Martin S. Heabler
FINDLAY . Jan. 2 — Final services will be conducted at 1:30 p. m. Wednesday in the Harmon funeral home, McComb, for Martin S. Heabler, 77, former McComb businessman who died Sunday at his home in Cleveland from a stroke of apoplexy. He had operated a tinning business in McComb before going to Cleveland 30 years ago, where he was engaged in the same business.
Surviving are his wife, a son, a daughter, brother and several nieces and nephews.
[Lima News Jan 2, 1940]

Ray E. Helfer
Findlay: Ray E. Helfer, 45; services Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Coldren Mortuary.
[Toledo Blade, Dec 4, 1958]

Mrs. Ralph Hemminger
FINDLAY, Nov. 4-Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Wednesday in the Springfield Lutheran church for Mrs. Ralph Hemminger, of Findlay who died Saturday in a Springfield hospital from injuries sustained in an auto collision near Urbana last Tuesday.
Mrs. Hemminger had been an employe of a drug store here. Her husband is manager of the Bonded Oil Co. station here. Surviving, in addition to her husband, are her mother and a sister, both of Springfield . She was a native of Rushsylvania.
[Lima News, Nov 4, 1940]

Laura Herbert
FINDLAY , Feb. 6 - Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p. m. Friday in the residence at McComb, for Mrs. Laura Herbert, mother of Lt. Gov. Paul M. Herbert, who died Tuesday night in the Findlay hospital. Rev. E. W. Barbee. pastor of the McComb Church of Christ, of which Mrs. Herbert was a member, will officiate at the funeral and burial will be in the McComb mausoleum. The body is at the home in McComb. Mrs. Herbert was a former school teacher, charter member of the Philomath society of McComb and a member of the Eastern Star order. The Ohio legislature Wednesday adopted resolutions extending its sympathy to Lt. Gov. Herbert and the senate appointed a committee of three members to attend the funeral. They are Senators Fred Adams (R-Wood), Fred R. Seibert (R-Auglaize) and John Connolly (D-Lucas). The lieutenant governor is presiding officer of the senate.
[Lima News, Feb 6, 1941]

Fred Hilty
Fred Hilty, 38 years old and for three years, a resident of El Dorado (KS), is in a critical condition in St. Francis hospital in Wichita , as the result of a self inflicted revolver wound. Hilty was found by a hotel maid in a room at the Milton rooms at noon Saturday. Hilty has been operating a string of tools for his brother, Lee R. Hilty, an oil field contractor and lived in El Dorado until a few months ago.
When found the wounded man was lying in a pool of blood, a bullet wound in his head. In the room was a hastily scrawled note to his brother which read: I done this. Forgive me. The amount of blood in the room lends to the belief that Hilty had been shot for some time before he was found. Hilty came to Kansas from Findlay , Ohio , three years ago.
[Walnut Valley Times, March 10, 1919 - PT - Sub by FoFG]

Harley C. Hostler
Grocer Member of village Council and Treasurer; Funeral Tuesday
Harley C. Hostler, 44, grocer at Mt. Blanchard for the past 20 years died at his home in Mt. Blanchard at 7 a.m. Sunday. Death was due to a heart attack following an illness of two weeks.
Mr. Hostler was born on Nov. 10, 1900, in Delaware township, the son of Henry and Elenora Sheldon Hostler. He married Miss Lillian Foor on Feb. 21, 1923, who survives. Three children were born to the union; Donald E. of Mt. Blanchard survives while Norman and Jerry Joe are deceased. Three brothers, A. Merle and Andrew R., of Mt. Blanchard, and Walter S. of Lima, also survives. One sister, Catherine, preceded him in death.
Active in civic affairs, Mr. Hostler served as Republican central committeeman, as member of the village council and treasurer of Mt. Blanchard. He was a member of the Knight of Pythias lodge and the Mt. Blanchard Methodist church.
His career as a grocer started at the age of nine years when he was a delivery boy for Fred Sampson. He entered the poultry and produce business with J. J. Foster, later going into the grocery business with his brother, Walter S. Hostler, and continued until six years ago when he assumed sole control.
Funeral services will be held at the Mt. Blanchard Methodist church at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. Rev. Ros Hurley, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Blanchard cemetery. The body will be taken from the Dally funeral home, Arlington, to the residence at 2 o'clock this afternoon.
[THE REPUBLICAN - COURIER, Findlay, Oh., Mon., 26 Mar. 1945, pg. 9 - Sub by William Ream]

Robert E. Hostler
MOUNT BLANCHARD --- Robert Hostler, 55, a former Mount Blanchard resident living in Tampa, Fla., died Tuesday in Tampa.
He was born July 28, 1922, in Mount Blanchard to Scott and Mabel (Foor) Hostler. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Don (Vivian) McKinley, Lima; Mrs. Charles (Marilyn) Rupert, Bellefontaine; and a brother, Paul, Hamilton. Mr. Hostler was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Dally Funeral Home, Arlington.
[THE COURIER obituary, Findlay, Oh., Wed., 4 Jan. 1978, pg. 5 - Sub by William Ream]

John D. Houdeshell
Obituary: Appeared in The Lima News, Jan 4, 1971
Facts Noted in Obituary
Born: April 3, 1883, in Van Buren Township, to Manuel and Mary Bame Houdeshell
Married to: Josie Riegle for 36 years; Jennie Kelly Cowles for 28 years
Died: Jan 3, 1971 Blanchard Valley Hospital
Survived by: wife; 2 daughters; 1 son; 1 step-daughter; 2 step-sons; 2 sisters
Burial: Arlington Cemetery

Teddy Joe Houdeshell
Obituary: Appeared in Van Wert Times, May 22, 1972
Facts Noted in Obituary
Born: Aug. 9, 1939, in Arlington, to Ray M. and Lucille (Dangler) Houdeshell
Died: May 20, 1972 Toledo Medical College Hospital
Survived by: mother; 2 daughters; 1 sister; 1 half-brother
Burial: Arlington Cemetery

John Hough
Findlay, Jan. 31- John Hough, 66, farmer, died today after a short illness.
[Cleveland Plain Dealer, Feb. 1, 1917 - Sub. by L. Dietz]

Martha Jane Howell
Mrs. Martha Jane Howell died Saturday in the residence, 1105 Cherry Street, after a three months' illness from heart disease. She was 88. A native of Vanlue, O. Mrs. Howell was born July 7, 1854., the daughter of Joseph & Hannah (Brown) Thompson. She moved to Toledo in 1936 after residing many years in Findlay, O. She was the oldest member of St. Paul's Evangelical Church, Findlay. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. May Schumate, Toledo; sons, George Huntley, Toledo, and Earl E Huntley, Fort Dodge, Kan.; a brother. W. L. Thompson, Pittsboro, Ind.; three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Services will be held tomorrow at 2 p. m. in the Coldren Funeral Home, Findlay. Interment will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Findlay.
[Toledo Blade, Aug 29, 1942]

Boyd G. Hutson
Obituary: Appeared in The Lima News, Mar 24, 1980
Facts Noted in Obituary
Born: abt 1899
Married to: Helen Simon
Occupation: retired in 1969 as auditor for the Ohio Welfare Department.
Died: Mar 23, 1980 Blanchard Valley Hospital
Survived by: wife; 2 sons; 7 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren
Burial: Maple Grove Cemetery, Findlay

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