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Obituaries and Death Notices

H. Floyd Sailor
Rites for H. Floyd Sailor, 71, of Lakewood, who died Sunday, will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Schindewolf-Steiner-Stevens Funeral home here. Burial will be in Grove Cemetery. He was born in Carey. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge. His widow the former Clarabelle Haudenschild of Kenton survives. [Oct 11, 1955, Lima News]

Beverly J Spradlin Sanders
Beverly J Spradlin Sanders, 69, died at 12:30 a.m. Mar. 8, 2005, at her sister's residence in Kenton. Services will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Alger. The Rev. Ronald Fry will officiate. Burial will be in Preston Cemetery, Alger. Friends may call from 3 to 8 today and until time of services Thursday at the funeral home. [The Lima News, Mar 9, 2005]

Mary A. Schick
Mrs. Mary A. (Lillie) Schick, 60, of Alger, died at 10:20 p. m. Monday in Memorial hospital following an illness of nine months. She was born in Logan-co, Aug 2, 1885, the daughter of William and Susan Hurst Hayes, and had been a resident of Alger for approximately 42 years. She was a member of the Central Methodist church in Alger. Surviving are her husband Charles; daughter, Mrs. Clarence Hattery, Alger; brother, Grant Hayes, Toledo ; sister, Mrs. J. E. Nagley, Belle Center , O., and several nieces and nephews. The body will be removed from the Hanson funeral home in Alger to the home of Mrs. Hattery to remain until time of services, which will be at 2:30 p. m. Thursday in the Central Methodist church with Rev. Oscar McWert officiating and i Rev. H. H. McPherson' assisting. Burial will be in Preston cemetery near Alger. [Lima News, Jan 15, 1946]

Mrs. W. H. Schrader
Kenton - Last services for Mrs. W. H. Schrader, of Hutchinson, Kas., who died at her home there late Friday, will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Schindewolf funeral home, here. Burial will be in Grove cemetery. The body will arrive here Wednesday at 2:40 p.m. and will be taken to the funeral home where friends may call. Mrs. Schrader was a native of Lima. [The Lima News - Feb 17, 1941]

William Asa Shadley
ALGER. Jan. 3 - William Asa Shadley, 91, Alger Route 1 on the Shadley-rd, retired farmer, died at 2 p.m. Friday at his residence. Born Feb. 3, 1855, in Hardin-co, he was a pioneer of this community, helping to build the Erie railroad thru here and clear Scioto marsh. Surviving are a son, Lester, at home: three grandchildren and three nieces; a brother, Wilbur, and a sister, Mrs. Ed Feister, both of Alger. The body will remain in Preston funeral home, Ada , for services at .2 p. rn. Monday. Rev. Frank Brown, pastor of the Methodist church of Ada , will officiate and burial in Woodlawn cemetery. [Lima News, Jan 3, 1948]

Willis Melvin Shaffer
Age: 85, Address: Belle Center, Ohio
Date of Death: Saturday, August 26, 2000, 1:35 p.m.
Place of Death: Lima Memorial Hospital, Lima, Ohio
Date of Birth: February 28, 1915, McDonald Twp., Hardin Co., Ohio where he lived his entire life
Name of Father: George W. Shaffer (d)
Name of Mother: Virdie Simpson Shaffer (d)
Name of Spouse: Ruth May Ulrey Shaffer (died April 8, 1992)
Date of Marriage: August 5, 1939
Occupation: Retired Farmer & Former school bus driver for Roundhead Schools and was also former caretaker of McDonald Fairview Cemetery
Memberships: Rushsylvania Church of Christ, Rushsylvania, Ohio; Lawrence Valley Grange, Belle Center, Ohio
1 Daughter: Mrs. James (Sue) Parker, Belle Center, Ohio
6 Grandchildren: Mrs. Charles (Jill) Post, Bellefontaine, Ohio; Mrs. Alan (Ann) Cox, Bellefontaine, Ohio; David (Sheryl) Parker, Alger, Ohio; Kevin (Janel) Parker, Bellefontaine, Ohio; Keith (Sheila) Zack, Bellefontaine, Ohio; Greg (Kristie) Zack, Delphos, Ohio
4 Great-Grandsons; 4 Great-Granddaughters
[Source: Contributed by FoFG]

Israel Shane
KENTON. Jan. 3 - Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p. m. for Israel Shane, 85, of Forest who died at the Hardin-co hospital here Sunday. Burial was in Hueston cemetery near Forest. Shane was born Sept, 13, 1854, in Wyandot-co the son of Daniel and Julian Pound Shane. During his life was a farmer. Surviving are two sisters, three nephews and three nieces. He was married in to Elisabeth Yentzer who preceded him in death. [Lima News, Jan 3, 1940]

Ida Shark
Kenton - Funeral services for Miss Ida Shark, 56, of Hepburn, east of here, were conducted from the Hepburn United Brethren church in charge of Rev. C. F. Betz, pastor. Burial in Morrison cemetery. [The Lima News, Jan 27, 1929]

Shirley Sheldon
Kenton -- Funeral services for Shirley Sheldon, 10-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Sheldon of this city, will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Brindlay and Son mortuary here. Rev. Kenneth Shepherd of Lowellsville, Oh, and former pastor of First United Presbyterian church here, will be in charge and burial will be in Grove cemetery.
The little girl died Friday at Antonio hospital after an illness with which she was stricken last Sunday. She was a pupil in the fifth grade at Grammar school here and was graduated from West school last year. She attended First United Presbyterian where Mrs. Kenneth Shepherd, formerly Miss Helen Park, was her Sunday school teacher for a number of years
Surviving are her parents, her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Johnston. [unknown newspaper, Sep, 29, 1940]

Flora Sherman
Kenton - Died: Mrs. Flora Sherman, 24 [The Lima News (Lima, OH) 06 Mar 1920, p. 2]

Levi Shilling

Ada - Levi Shilling, 60, lifelong resident of this place, was suddenly stricken with neuralgia of the heart at his home three miles north of Ada at five p.m. Sunday evening. Shilling had just finished his evening chores. He came to the house and spoke to his wife of not feeling well and in a few minutes passed away. Doctors pronounced his death due to neuralgia of the heart. He leaves a wife and one daughter, Mrs. Ora Howard, of Findlay. He was prominent in political circles of this vicinity and county. Burial in Hassen cemetery, Hancock County. [Lima News, Dec 29, 1925]

Jacob Sieg
Kenton, Feb 23 -- Funeral services for Jacob Sieg, 76, life-long resident of this county, who died Sunday at his home south of here, will be held at 2 p. m. Wednesday, in the Porter funeral home here. Rev. W. S. Dibert of Belle Center Methodist church will be in charge. Burial will be in the Sieg cemetery. He had been ill for three months with a heart ailment. He was born Oct 31, 1866, in Hardin-co., and was a farmer. [Lima News, Feb 23, 1943]

Lillian Fae Slade
Lillian Fae Slade, 97, passed away peacefully from this life on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2009, in Farmington, N.M. She was born on Jan. 14, 1912, on the Corwin farm in Hardin County, a daughter of the late Ida Geneva (Corwin) Horne and Clarence Henry Horne. She is survived by a daughter, a granddaughter and great-granddaughter, and two nieces. Internment is planned for summer in Hale Township Cemetery near Ridgeway in the Corwin family plot with her infant son, Richard Zook. [Bellefontaine Examiner, Jan 13, 2010]

Mary A. Smilau
Kenton, Jun 2- Mrs. Mary A. Smilau, 67, is dead. [Plain Dealer, June 3, 1917]

Callie W. Smith
Kenton -- On Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. funeral services will be held for Mrs. Callie W. Smith, 72, at the late home in 420 E. Franklin-st here, where she died late Sunday after an illness of two months.
Rev. Herbert E Pfister, pastor of St. John Evangelical Reformed church here, will be in charge. Burial in Grove cemetery.
She was married to John Smith in Kenton on Jan. 26, 1886. He died Dec. 6 ,1932. Surviving are five sisters, Emma Weis, Louisa Weis, Mrs. Anna Dingess and Mrs. Edith M. Zingg, all of Kenton, and Mrs. Laura Brown of Detroit, Mich., and one brother, Fred Weis of Kenton. [The Lima News - Feb. 4, 1941]

Henry H. Smith
KENTON, Aug. 8 - Funeral services for Henry H. Smith, 88, of near Kenton, who died Thursday will he held at 2 p. m. Sunday at the Fairview church with Rev. Ira P. Benton of Ada officiating. Burial will be in the Smith cemetery. Mr. Smith was born September 23. 1847, in Hardin-co, the son of John and Susan (Weon) Smith, and had lived the major portion of his life here. Surviving are; one daughter, Mrs. Cloyd Sprang, of Kenton; one son, Harry Smith of Marysville; two brothers, Ada of Cessna-tp and Jacob of Canton, O., seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. [Lima News, Aug 9, 1936]

Robert L. Smith
Kenton - Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Schindewolf funeral home for Robert L. Smith, 46, Kenton cafe proprietor, who died suddenly Sunday afternoon at his home from a heart attack. Born in Blanchard-tp on Nov 20, 1899, the son of the late J. R. and Grace E. Smith, he had operated the local restaurant along with Guy Kearns, for 20 years. He was a member of the Moose, Elk and Eagle lodges. He is survived by his widow, Opal, and two brothers, Jay R. of Kenton, and Roy E., of Two Rivers, Wis. Rev. H. E. Pfister will officiate at services and burial will be in Grove cemetery. [Lima News, Apr 23, 1946]

Frances Ream Spar
Mrs. Francis (sic) Ream Spar was born in Starke (sic) Co, on July 9, 1835, and died in peace near Ada, O. on May 2, 1885 being the 50th year of her age. Mrs. Spar was a mother, wife and neighbor, all that a human being could be. As a christian (sic) she was a model of piety, "fervent in spirit, serving the Lord." At the Love Feast at Kingsley she expressed great joy in the spirit, but told us that she would not be with us long, and said that she wanted it distinctly understood that whenever she did go, she was ready.
She was troubled with disease of the heart, from which she died suddenly at the house of Mr. Andrews on her way home from Ada. She made it a point to live every hour in a state of readiness for her change of worlds.
When her voice had ceased, and the tongue failed to give utterance in words, she smiled in the face of Mrs. Bloxham, who was standing by, saying thereby that all was well. The funeral discourse was preached at Kingsley by Rev. L. Herbert, and appropriate prayer and remarks were made by Dr. Barnes, and she was laid away to sleep in the burying ground at Kingsley. May the Lord bless the bereaved family; they have the sympathy of all the people. [Unknown newspaper, c. May 1885 - Submitted by William Ream]

William Benjamin Spar
Preformed (sic) Over Remains of Mr. Sparr (sic) Sunday--A Well Known Citizen
The funeral of Mr. Sparr whose death occurred Friday was held from the Alger M. E. church Sunday at 2 o'clock and was largely attended. Mr. Sparr was one of the best known citizens of Marion township and his death was greatly regretted by many admiring friends.
Mr. Sparr was 78 years 9 months and 20 days old. He was born in Perry county in 1825 and came to Hancock county in 1833 and to Hardin county in 1877 where he lived until death claimed him. His faithful wife preceded him in death 19 years ago. Six children survive to mourn the loss of a good and devoted father. There are Mrs. Mary Mertz, of Allen county, B. F. Sparr, of Liberty tp., D. R. Sparr of Hale tp., J. W. Sparr of Buck tp., Mrs. Irene Southwick of Iowa, and Mrs. Minnie Conner who made her home with her father.
The funeral services were preached by Rev. Russard and a most impressive funeral discourse was given. The remains were laid to rest in Preston cemetery. [The Dailey Democrat, Hardin Co., OH., Mon., 12 Sep. 1904 - Sub. by William Ream]

Arthur H. Standfield
ALGER, May 22 - Arthur H. Standfield, 57, died at 12:30 a. m. Saturday in McKitrick hospital, Kenton. He had been a prominent business man in Kenton and
for 25 years operated a hardware store there.
Standfield lived in Alger for the last 10 years, He was born in Logan-co and was a former school teacher there. He was a member of the Alger M. E. church and of the Odd Fellows lodge.
Surviving are his widow, Molly, one daughter Joan, at home, two sisters and one brother. They are Mrs. Margaret Ansley, Miss Rebecca Standfield and Charles Standfield, all of Rushslyvania, O. Funeral service will be conducted at 2:30 p. m. Sunday in the Alger Methodist Episcopal church by the Rev. Ralph Tucker. Burial will be in Alger cemetery. [Lima News, May 22, 1937]

Patricia Stephenson
Kenton -- Funeral services for Mrs. Earl Stephenson, 36, former resident of Roundhead and Kenton who died in Cleveland on Sunday, wre held in Cleveland Tuesday. The body was shipped to Belle Center where further services will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Postlc funeral home. Burial will be in Roundhead cemetery.
Mrs. Stephenson, the former Miss Patricia Wagner, was stricken with paralysis last Wednesday as she returned to her home from a Parent-Teacher-assn meeting. She was removed to a Lakewood hospital and died Sunday without regaining consciousness.
She was born Aug. 10, 1904, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S.J. Wagner. She lived here when her father was a teacher at the North school and later went to Roundhead when he accepted a teaching position there. She was graduated from Roundhead high school and later attended Miami university. She was a teacher of home economics in Cleveland when she was married. She recently wrote a number of articles on home economics for several farm publications. When in Kenton she was a member of the United Presbyterian church. Surviving are her husband, two sons, Stephen Michael and Samuel Patrick Stephenson; her father S.J. Wagner of Roundhead, and a sister, Mrs. W.O. Dunson of Columbus. [unknown newspaper, Oct 1, 1940]

Henry C. Strahm
KENTON, Jan. 5 - Services for Henry C. Strahm, 88, native and lifelong resident of Hardin-co, who died at the Hardin County hospital Thursday afternoon will be at 2 p. m. Sunday from Schindewolf funeral home. Strahm was born in Cessna-tp Oct. 35, 1857 the son of Christian and Anna Kummer Strahm.. He was a member of the First Reformed church in Kenton and the K. of P. lodge. He leaves two brothers. Wiiliam Strahm of Kenton and Philip C. Strahm of Buck-tp. [Lima News, Jan 5, 1946]

Tom Strong
Kenton -- Funeral for "Uncle Tom" Strong, 95, one of the oldest and best known Masons in Ohio, who died at his home from infirmities, was conducted Tuesday afternoon in charge of the Toledo Consistory of Scottish Rite masons and Kenton Commandary of Knights Templar, No. 58. Officiating officials were Otto H. Hohly, grand master of the Ohio Grand Lodge, and Dr. Waldo M. Bowman, both of Toledo. Burial in Grove cemetery. [The Lima News, Jan 8, 1929]


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