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Stephen Wayne Bailey
Stephen Wayne Bailey, 41, of Elida, died of natural causes at 7:58 a.m. April 6 at St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima.
He was born Aug. 13, 1959, in Lima, to Wayne E. and Regina (Benny) Bailey, both whom survive in Lima. On Nov. 26, 1980, he married Lisa Ann Ridenour, who survives. Other survivors are two sons, Travis Michael and Nicholas Lloyd, both at home; a brother and his wife, Jeffrey and Karin of State College, Pa.; a brother, Rick of Lima; two sisters and their husbands, Vicky and Wes Starkey, and Sherri and Steven Maurer, all of Lima; and a sister, Stephanie Butler, Wauseon. He was a service technician for Apria Healthcare and was a former employee of Lima Medical Supply. He was a member of Marion Baptist Church, Delphos, and a 1977 graduate of Bath High School in Lima. Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church, the Rev. Jay Lobach officiating. Burial is at Memorial Park Cemetery, Lima. Calling is 2-5 p.m. Sunday and 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Monday at Siferd Funeral Home, Westwood Chapel, Lima.
[Daily Standard, Apr 7, 2001]

Amber Kay Baird
Amber Kay Baird, 55, died of natural causes at 8:51 p.m. April 8 at her residence at 627 S. Harrison St., Van Wert. She was born Dec. 7, 1945, in Celina, to Charles Edward and Margarete Alice (Cotterman) Ward. On Jan. 11, 1964, she married Lawrence J. Baird, who survives. Other survivors are two sons and their wives, Lawrence J. Jr. and Ruby of Van Wert, and Jammie Eric and Tyren of Middleburg, and a son, Nicholas Kyle at home; two daughters and their husbands, Robin N. and Christian Stampfli, Laloche, Switzerland, and Stephanie Lynn and Chris Burrows, Celina, and a daughter, Michele Renee of Van Wert; a brother and his wife, Dennis G. and Kathy of Moulton; and five grandchildren.
Deceased is a brother, Charles Edward Ward Jr. She managed Brookside Carry-Out in Van Wert and Paulding, and was a former employee of Molly's Restaurant, Van Wert. She was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church and its Catholic Ladies of Columbus and altar and rosary societies.
Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert, the Rev. J.M. Schmelzer officiating. Burial is at Scott Cemetery.
Calling is 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with a wake service at 8:45 p.m.
[Daily Standard, Apr 10, 2001]

Floyd A. Baltzell
ROCKFORD - Floyd A. Baltzell, 69, of here, died at 9:S0 a.m. Friday in the Shane Hill Nursing Home, where he had been a patient for three weeks.
Survivors include five sons, Fred, James and Gary of here, Ned of Mendon and Wayne of Lansing , Mich. ; two half-brothers; a sister; 13 grand-children and one great-grand-child.
Masonic services will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, where funeral services at 1:30 p.m. Monday. Burial will be in Neptune Cemetery. Friends may call after 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
[Lima News, Jun 2, 1973]

William A. Bauchar
Celina, July 30- Funeral services will be held at the home, Thursday afternoon at 2:30, for William A. Bauchar, 69, who died at his home here, Tuesday morning, following a heart attack. Surviving are the widow, Racheal; two sons, Wm. Bauchar, Celina; and Joseph Bauchar, one daughter, Mrs. Mary Huffman, East Liverpool, one brother, Andrew Bauchar, Ann Arbor, Oh., one sister; Mrs. Mollie Dysert, Celina; nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Burial will be in Liberty cemetery.
[Lima News, Jul 30, 1941]

Cecile B. Bauer
CELINA - Cecile B. Bauer, 81, died at 11 a.m. Thursday at her home. Born Sept. 28. 1900, in Hopewell Township, she was the daughter of John and Rilla Rutledge McCristy. In August 1923, she married Adolph Bauer, who died in May 1936. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs: Edward Betty) Shope of Rockford and Mrs. Ray (Mae) Miller of Celina; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Clarence McCristy of Celina; and a sister Mrs. Rosco (Catherine) Lung of Fort Wayne, Ind. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at W.H. Dick and Sons Funeral Home, Rev. Lynn Harris officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Rockford. Friends may call from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
[Lima News, Oct 9, 1981]

Delorius M. Beemer
Delorius M. Beemer, 80, 221 Norton St., Rossburg, died Dec. 3 at Community Hospital, Coldwater. She was born July 18, 1921, in Darke County, to John and Virgie (Zeller) Rodeheffer. Her husband, William R. Beemer, died April 18, 1981. Surviving are two daughters and their husbands, Thelma and Don Loxley, Greenville, and Joyce and Arthur Stukenborg, St. Henry; a brother, Daniel Rodeheffer, Sidney; three sisters, Dora Howard, Greenville, Dorsa McCullough, Versailles, and Delma Shepherd, Union City, Ind.; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren. Deceased are a brother, David Rodeheffer, and four sisters, Delcie Moody, Dortha Braymeier, Deffie Miley and Desta Anthony. She retired from the Lambert Corp., Ansonia, and attended Rossburg United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Versailles. Services are 2 p.m. Thursday at Oliver Funeral Home, Greenville, the Rev. Ed Brown officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memory Gardens. Calling is 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
[Daily Standard, Dec 4, 2001]

Charles Thomas Behm Sr.
Celina -- Charles Thomas Behm Sr., 77, life-long resident of Mercer-co, died at 10:15 a.m. Thursday at the county home where he had been an inmate for the last 14 years. He was born March 16, 1868, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Chris Behm. His wife died in 1934 and one daughter is deceased. Surviving are four sons, William of Ft. Wayne, Clarence of Celina, Chris of Wapakoneta and Charles Jr., of Celina. There are 11 grandchildren, one sister Mrs. Lydia Plummer of Akron, and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Eva Behm of Celina. Funeral rites are planned for 9 a.m. Saturday at the local Catholic church. Burial will be in Swamp College cemetery.
[The Lima News, Nov. 11, 1946]

Vivian Louise Bell
Mendon- Vivian Louise Bell, 71, died at 10:25 p.m. Jan. 15, 2000, at her residence. She was born Dec.19,1928, in Union Township. Mercer County to Earl L. and Mary Ada (Rader Wilkins). On Dec. 20,1945, she married Fred Bell, who survives. Mrs. Bell was a homemaker and had been a child care provider. She was a member of Ross Church of the Brethren, Mendon, and the Mendon Women's Civic Club. Survivors also include a son, Kevin (Emily) Bell of Mendon; a daughter, Karen Kittle Bell of Fort Recovery; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son. Korwin Bell ; and a granddaughter. Services will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday at W. H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Mendon. The Rev. Torn McDonald will officiate. Burial will be in Mendon Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
[Lima News, Jan 16, 2000]

George Belna
George Belna, 83, of Rockford, died at 5:05 a.m. April 7 at The Laurels of Shane Hill, Rockford. He was born March 21, 1918, in Burnham, Ill., to John and Mary (Skibo) Belna. On Dec. 27, 1954, he married Elizabeth J. Barna, who survives. Other survivors are three sons and their wives, Rick and Joyce of Columbia City, Ind., Larry and Carmi of Temperance, Mich., and Rob and Nancy of Rockford; two brothers and their wives, Pete and Lucille of Coldwater, and Sam and Jeri of California; a sister and her husband, Marie and Steve Stevens, Garden Grove, Calif.; a half-sister, Irene Burden, Painsville; and seven grandchildren. Deceased are four brothers, Alex, John Jr., Nick and Metro. He was retired as an ironworker at Martin, Inc., Fort Wayne, Ind., and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of St. Teresa Catholic Church, Rockford. Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Thomas Brenberger officiating. Burial is at Riverside Cemetery, Rockford. Calling is 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, with a wake service at 7:30 p.m.
[Daily Standard, Apr 9, 2001]

Richard Ray Beougher
Richard Ray Beougher, 84, Celina, died Feb. 21, 2003, at 12:03 a.m. at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys. Death was due to natural causes.
He was born Sept. 23, 1918 in Mercer County to Domer and Flossie (Barker) Beougher. On Jan. 3, 1942 he was married to Celia Shimp, who survives.
Also surviving are two sons, a daughter, a brother, a sister, ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Deceased are three brothers, Russell, Paul and Don and a sister, Belva Sutter.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the United States Army in Germany. He was retired from Beougher Farm Drainage and had worked as yard boss at Carter Lumber. He was a member of the Celina VFW Post 5713. Services are Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina. The Rev. Bruce Strine will officiate and burial will be in Swamp College Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 2-8 p.m.
[Daily Standard, Feb 22, 2003]

John William Berry
FORT RECOVERY - John William Berry, 88, of here died at 4 a.m. today at his residence. He had been a banker for 23 years at Spencerville. Area survivors include four sisters, Mrs. Gerald Sisler of Lima and Mrs. Charles Britten, Mrs. Walter Neidhendt and Mrs. Harry Cope, all of Spencerville. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Brockman Funeral Home, here, with burial in Springhill Cemetery, here. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
[Lima News, May 16, 1977]

Ado Bertke
Ado Bertke, 29, of Maria Stein, O., died in St. Rita's hospital at 3:35 a.m. Friday from complications of diseases. He had been ill for three weeks. He was born in Maria Stein, April 4, 1903, to Henry and Agnes Gorke Bertke. Burial in St. John's cemetery, Maria Stein.
[Lima News, Apr 15, 1932]

Cyril Edwin Bertke
Cyril ( Cy ) Edwin Bertke age 90, formerly of Zillah St. in Celina passed away at 5:00p.m. on Wednesday Jan. 9, 2008 at the Otterbein Home in St. Marys. He was born on June 16, 1917 to the late Leo & Anna (Lindhaus) Bertke in Cassella, Ohio. On Oct. 4, 1949 he married his wife of 55 yrs, Dorothy E. Dahlinghaus, who died on Aug. 24, 2004. Survivors include a son, two daughters, 4 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild, three brothers; and two sisters
He was preceded in death by his brothers & sister-in-law Leander (Charlie) & Alvera Bertke, Dennis Bertke, sisters and brother-in-law Mary Ann Bertke, Marinus Bertke and Euleta & Werner Bensman. He went to St. Henry High School, he was in the U.S. Army Air Corp. during WWII and served in Africa and Italy. He was a Band Saw operator for 40 years at Mersman Brother in Celina, where he retired from in 1982. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Celina and the Holy Name Society of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He was a member of the Catholic Knights of America Council # 943 of Cassella. He was a member of the Celina V.F.W. Post #5713.
[Daily Standard, Jan 10, 2009]

Blanch M. Bigelow
Blanch M. Bigelow, age 55 yrs., died Tuesday July 31, 1951, in a Toledo hospital. Born June 22, 1896 in Celina, she was the daughter of Martin and Alice Dowden Bigelow. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Mary Michaels, Rockford, Two half brothers, John and Bert Bigelow. Funeral arrangements are in charge of the Ketcham funeral home, Rockford. Burial in Swamp College cemetery.
[Daily Standard, Aug 3, 1951]

Loretta Blatteau
Celina - Loretta Blatteau, 78, died at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday in Community Hospital, Coldwater. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Robert (Mary) Schott and Dorothy Blatteau, both of here, and Ruth Dauby of Miamisburg; 27 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 tonight at W.H. Dick and Sons Funeral Home.
[From The Lima News, Aug 26, 1976]

Lawrence Bockrath
Lawrence 'Bill' Bockrath, 71, was found dead April 5 at his residence at 5209 Mason Road, Fort Loramie. He was born Nov. 27, 1929, in St. Marys, to Lawrence Sr. and Bonnie (Shimp) Bockrath. On Jan. 15, 1962, he married Linda Barnhill, who survives.
Other survivors are five sons and their wives, Jerry and Rose of Spencerville, Dave and Deb of Sidney, Allen and Carrie of Fort Loramie, Robert and Joyce of Sidney, and Larry and Belinda of St. Marys; five sons, Tom of Kentucky, Bruce of Maria Stein, Gary of Fort Loramie, Mark and Danny, both of Sidney; five daughters, Linda of Delphos, Debbie of Sidney, Mary and Molly, both of Sidney, and Cindy of Fort Loramie; a sister, Mary Lou Havener, Piqua; 31 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Deceased are two granddaughters. He was retired from Shelby County Mental Health Clinic and had worked as a truck driver. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Private family services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys. Calling is 11 a.m. until time of services Saturday at the funeral home.
[Daily Standard, Apr 6, 2001]

Homer M. Bowles
Mendon- Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Anderson Bethel church for Homer M. Bowles, 67, a native of Indiana, who died Saturday evening at his home north of here. He is survived by his wife, Margaret. Burial will be in Spencerville cemetery.
[From The Lima News Feb 26, 1940]

Alonzo Bradford
Alonzo Bradford, age 62 yrs., died Saturday Feb. 3, 1951, suddenly following a heart attack at the Louden Snyder residence where he lived. Born Aug 8, 1889 in Buckland, Auglaize co., he was the son of Daniel and Lena Hartman Bigelow. A sister and a brother survive, William of Lima, and Mrs. Mable Bechtol, Ft. Recovery. He was a WWI veteran and came to Ft. Recovery 4 years ago to live. Funeral arrangements are in charge of Riffle funeral home, Ft. Recovery. Burial in Spring Hill cemetery, Ft. Recovery.
[Daily Standard, Feb 6, 1951]

Delbert E. Bradford
Word has been received of the death of former Celina resident Delbert E. Bradford, 67, on April 4 at his residence in Downey, Calif. He was born July 3, 1933, to Glenn and Violet Bradford. On Sept. 19, 1955, he married Savella Bauer, who survives. Other survivors are two daughters, Kathy and Toni, and a son, Jay. A daughter, Candy, is deceased. His parents owned the former Bradford Brothers Master Market. He was a Celina Senior High School graduate. Rev. Ralph Corbin Services for Rev. Ralph Corbin were held at 11 a.m. April 7 at Mount Tabor Church of God, Celina, the Revs. Rick Mason, Robert Eatherton and Richard Van Horn officiating. Organist Janelle Nuding accompanied vocalist Pat Nuding. Burial will be held at a later date at Wharton Cemetery. W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Mendon, handled arrangements.
[Daily Standard, Apr 9, 2001]

Esther M. Bradford
Esther M. Bradford, age 2 yr. 2m., 23d, died Wednesday, march 11, 1931 at home of double pneumonia. She was born December 16, 1928, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willis Bradford. Besides the parents she is survived by one brother Paul, and a sister Wavaline, paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George Bradford, and maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Now. Burial in Swamp College cemetery.
[Daily Standard, Mar. 12, 1931]

Myrtle Brandt
CELINA - Mrs. Myrtle Brandt, 74, of here died at 1:40 am. Saturday In Joint Township Memorial Hospital at St Marys She was born Dec 28. 1906, in Mercer County, the daughter of Leroy and Catherine (Hoenie) Pierstorff. On Jan. 25, 1930. she married Emil Brandt, who died Dec.19,1954. Mrs. Brandt was a member of Zion Lutheran Church. Chattanooga. Services will be 1:30 p.m Tuesday at Zion Lutheran Church. Rev. Gary Anderson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call after 2 p.m. Monday at W .H. Dick and Sons Funeral Home, Celina.
[Lima News, Mar 15, 1981]

Agnes 'Marie' Brumm
Former Fort Recovery resident Agnes 'Marie' Brumm, 93, 6550 E. State Route 26, Portland, Ind., died at 12:55 a.m. April 5 at Community Hospital, Coldwater.
She was born March 8, 1908, in Salamonia, Ind., to Charles and Minnie (Atkinson) Jetter. On June 26, 1933, she married Luther Brumm, who died July 2, 1985. Survivors are two daughters and their husbands, Joyce and Alvin Alig, St. Henry, and Marilyn and Larry 'Butch' Acheson, Portland, Ind.; a son and his wife, Noel and Karen of Danville, Ind.; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Deceased is a sister, Onda Stump.
She and her husband owned and operated the former Brumm Market, and she was employed at the former Peoples Bank, both in Fort Recovery. She was a member of Order of Eastern Star 111, Fort Recovery, and attended the former United Church of Christ, Fort Recovery. Services are 3 p.m. Sunday at Brockman & Boeckman Funeral Home, Fort Recovery, the Rev. Richard Bailey officiating. Burial is at Springhill Cemetery, Fort Recovery. Calling is 3-8 p.m. Saturday and after 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
[Daily Standard, Apr 5, 2001]

Laura Brush
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the Mercer Methodist church, with burial in Roberts cemetery. The body will remain in the Noel Brush residence, Mercer, until services. Ketcham funeral home, Rockford, is in charge
. [Lima News May 7, 1950]

Lester G. Buening
Lester G. Buening, age 80, of Saint Henry, Ohio, died Tuesday, January 1, 2008 at The Gardens at St. Henry, Ohio. He was born June 25, 1927, in Coldwater, Ohio to the late Aloys and Leona (Huelskamp) Buening. He married Betty Lou (Ahlers) Buening on April 26, 1952 in St. Henry, Ohio and she survives. He is survived by two sons: a daughter, 10 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren, a brother, a sister, three sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law. He is preceded in death by a granddaughter, a brother Gerald; brothers-in-law Albert Buening and Joseph Ahlers and a sister-in-law Catherine Ahlers. He attended St. Henry Church and was a Veteran of the US Army serving in WWII, a member of the Coldwater V. F. W. Post 5135 and Fraternal Order of Eagles #3025 Coldwater, Ohio. He retired from the former New Idea plant in Coldwater after 42 years. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Henry Church on Saturday, January 5, 2008 at 10:30 AM. Visitation will be at Hogenkamp Funeral Home - St. Henry on Friday, January 4, 2008 from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM and on Saturday January 5, 2008 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM. Burial will be at St. Henry Cemetery, in St. Henry, Ohio. The Coldwater V.F.W. Post will conduct military rites at the cemetery.
[Daily Standard, Jan 2, 2008]

Anthony Buschur
Funeral services will be held at the St. Henry Catholic church Saturday at 9 o'clock. He was a life-long resident of Mercer-co, who died at his home in St. Henry on Wednesday following a lingering illness of complications. Surviving are the widow, Sophia, one daughter, five sons, one sister, three brothers, and 26 grandchildren. Burial in St. Elizabeth cemetery at Coldwater.
[The Lima News, Jan. 16, 1942]

James Byron
ROCKFORD - James Byron, 44, died at 9.30 p.m. Saturday shortly after admittance to Van Wert County Hospital following an apparent heart attack.
He was born Jan. 12, 1937, in Cincinnati, the son of Leo and Kathryn Green Byron. His mother, Kathryn West, survives in McCreary County, Ky. On June 29, 1972, he married Cecelia Martin, who also survives.
Survivors also include four sons, Richard Byron, Robert Byron and James Byron, all at home, and Gregory Byron with the U.S. Marine Corps; two stepsons, Donald and Gerald, both at home; four daughters, Sandra Byron, Joanne Byron, Jeanie Byron and Carol Byron, all of Springfield; four stepdaughters, Deborah Vann of Celina, Kathy Johnson of Springfield, Vickie Field of Rockford and Catherine, at home; four grandchildren; and a sister, Joan Watson of McCreary County, Ky. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rev. Mark Rutledge officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call anytime today at the funeral home.
[Lima News, May 11, 1981]





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