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Ada W. Hach
MENDON - Ada W. Hach, 83, of here died at 1:35 a.m. Friday in the Celina Manor Nursing Home. Survivors include a son, Victor D. Lampy of Fort Worth , Texas ; two sisters, Mrs. Lula Madascy of here and Mrs. Ralph Anna Smith of Elkhart , Ind. ; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the W. H. Dick and Son Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mendon Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. [Lima News, Nov 17, 1979]

Tillie B. Hardin
Mrs. Tillie B. Hardin, 37, 905 Arch avenue, died at St. Rita's hospital Monday night, after a short illness. She was born in Fort Recovery and was the daughter of Mrs. Mary Hooper. A son Senus, two sisters, Edith and Mildred Hardin and two brothers, Herman and Christian all of 905 Arch avenue with the mother survive. Funeral services will be held at St. Johns Catholic church Wednesday at 7:30 o'clock. The body will be accompanied to Fort Recovery for burial.
[Lima News, Jan 13, 1920]

Paul H. Hausfeld
Paul H. Hausfeld, 82, 403 S. Market St., Coldwater, died Jan. 3, 2002, at Community Hospital, Coldwater.
He was born Jan. 7, 1920, in Coldwater, to Edward and Mary (Neumeier) Hausfeld. On June 3, 1944, he married Elizabeth Gilliam and she died Sept. 8, 2000.
Surviving are two sons, a daughter, two sisters, and seven grandchildren.
Deceased are five brothers, Ben, Louis, Linus, Adolph and James.
He retired from the former Pet Milk Co. in Coldwater after 43 years of service. He served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Coldwater.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Thomas Mannebach officiating. Burial will follow at St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Coldwater. Calling is 4-7 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater
[Daily Standard, Jan 6, 2003]

Jeffrey Allen Hay
Celina native Jeffrey Allen Hay, 46, of Lexington, Ky., died of natural causes April 9 in Kentucky. He was born in Celina to Robert and Patricia (Heckler) Hay, both whom survive in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. He was married to Linda Homan, who survives. Other survivors are three daughters, Kristy, Katie and Carrie, all of Lexington; a sister, Cathy Hay Collier, Akron; and a brother, Michael of Celina. He was a civil engineer for FMSM Civil Engineering and was a member of Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Lexington, and the American Society of Civil Engineers. Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Robert Nieberding officiating. Burial is at Calvary Cemetery. Calling is 5-8 p.m. today at W.R. Milward Mortuary-Southland, Lexington, Ky., with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.
[Daily Standard, Apr 10, 2001]

Jesse Haynes
ROCKFORD - Jesse Haynes, 82, of Rockford, died at 1 a. m. today In his residence of an apparant heart attack. Born on Nov. 28, 1890, in Beaverdam, Ky., he was the son of Alvin W. and Margaret (Aston) Haynes. Survivors include his widow, the former Lillian Blossom, whom he married on April 14, 1941; a brother, John of Chillicothe, and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Haynes was a retired railroad worker for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. He was a World War I veteran and a member of Community Church at Russell's Point, Lima Free and Accepted Masons and the Scottish Rite Masons and the Shrine Temple, both in Dayton. He was also a bugler for the Drum and Bugle Corps in Lima. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p. m. Thursday in Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in 1 Rockford with the Rev. Charles Haddock officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, where the Rockford Post, American Legion, will conduct military graveside services. Friends , may call at the funeral home after 11 p. m. Wednesday. Masonic services will be at the funeral home at 7:30 p. m. Wednesday.
[Van Wert Times, Dec 26, 1972]

Lilliah B. Haynes
ROCKFORD - Mrs. Lilliah B. Haynes, 80, of Rockford died at 4:50 p. m. Monday in Van Wert County Hospital, where she had been a patient Ifor three days. Born Oct. 26, 1892, in Rockford, she was a daughter of Benjamin and Frances (Eaken) Blossom. She was married April 14, 1941, to Jessie Haynes, who died in 1972. Mrs. Haynes was a member of the Rockford chapter of the Order of Eastern Star. Survivors include several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p. m. Thursday in Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, with the Rev. Ralph Burton officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 1:30 p. m. Wednesday.
[Van Wert Times, May 1, 1973]

Dean Hays
ROCKFORD - Dean Hays, 75. of Rt. 3, Rockford, died Monday in a Dayton nursing home. He was a son of Allen and Sarah (Cobb) Hays. He was married July 10, 1918, to Luella Robinson, who died July 13, 1969. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Frank ( Virginia ) Toller of Vero Beach, Fla., and Mrs. Thomas (Miriam) Jackson of Bolivar, Tenn. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a. m. Thursday in the Ketcham Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery . Friends may call at the funeral home after 1:30 p. m. Wednesday.
[Van Wert Times Feb 1, 1972]

Herman Hayse
ROCKFORD - Herman Hayse, 65, of Louisville . Ky. , died at 10 p.m. Sunday in Louisville, Ky., after a short illness. Born April 24, 1906, in Edmonson County, Ky., he was a son of James and Mary (Constant) Hayse. He was married to Laverne McGrew who died in 1965. Surviving are a daughter, i Mrs. Harold (Rosemary) Green of Rt. 3, Rockford . and a son, James, of Fortville. Ind. ; two sisters. Mrs. Iona Despain of Louisville and Mrs. Daphne Collins of Fortvllle. There are nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. A son Jesse preceded him in death. Funeral services win be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, the Rev. Norman Keen of Portland . Ind. . officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call after 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
[Van Wert Times Aug 9, 1971]

Margaret Hemmelgarn
Margaret 'Peg' Hemmelgarn, 77, 2270 U.S. 127, St. Henry, died at 3:50 a.m. Nov. 30 at Dayton Heart Hospital. She was born May 16, 1924, in Wendelin, to Thomas and Dora (Rammel) Hart. On June 30, 1945, she married Andy Hemmelgarn who survives.
Other survivors are two sons and their wives, Thomas and Carol of Cassella, and Vic and Deb of St. Henry; three daughters and their husbands, Carol and Ron Muhlenkamp and Dee and Dan Fullenkamp, all of Coldwater, and Lora and Stan Wilson, Kettering; four brothers and their wives, Linus and Emma Hart, George and Anna Marie Hart, and Leo and Dorothy Hart, all of Fort Recovery, and Al and Donna Hart of Celina; a sister and her husband, Ann and Joe Berning, Minster; a sister-in-law, Jean Hart, St. Henry; a brother-in-law and his wife, Leroy and Mildred Hemmelgarn of Celina; two sisters-in-law and their husbands, Teresa and Albert Steinbrunner, Fort Recovery, and Wilma and Cy Everman, Maria Stein, and two sisters-in-law, Bertha Dippold, Cassella, and Clara Grube, Fort Recovery; 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Deceased are a son, Ivan; a daughter, Mary; a brother, John; a sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Clarence Quinter; and a sister-in-law, Leona Hartings. She was a homemaker and former co-owner of The Fountain Inn, St. Henry. She was a member of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church and its Ladies Sodality of the parish and Bereavement Ministry. She was a member of the Catholic Knights of America, Cassella. Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Dec. 3 at the church, the Rev. Fred Ryder officiating. Burial is at the church cemetery. Calling is 2-8 p.m. Sunday and 9-10 a.m. Monday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.
[Daily Standard, Dec 1, 2001]

Lonnie Hensley
Rockford -- Lonnie Hensley, 84, died at 8:25 p.m. Jan. 30, 2010, at Laurels of Shane Hill, Rockford.
Services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Lehman-Hogenkamp-Dzendzel Funeral Home, Celina. The Rev. Kim Miller will officiate. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Rockford, with military rites by American Legion Post 210 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5713.
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to services Thursday at the funeral home.
[Lima News, Feb 2, 2010]

Ray R. High
MENDON - Ray R. High, 76, of Mendon died al 11:50 a. m Monday in Van Wert County Hospital. He was born Oct. 21,1900. in Mendon. a son of John and Mary (Lampy) High.
Survivors include three sons. Ray D. and Ralph. both of Mendon. and Paul of Miamisburg: a brother Lloyd of Mendon; three sisters. Mrs. Albert (Lela) Dudgeon of Rockford,. Mrs. Gladene Royer of Jackson Heights . N. Y., and Mrs. Donald (Lucille) Custer of Harrison , Ark.: eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Mr. High was preceded in death in 1968 by his wife, the former Mamie Spicer, a daughter and a brother. He was a member of the Mendon United Methodist Church and a retired employe of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., St. Marys Funeral services will lie at 1:30 p. m. Thursday in W. H. Dick and Son Funeral Home. Mendon, with the Rev. Terry L Pontius and the Rev. W. E. Stivers officiating Burial will he in Mercer Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-5 and 7-9 p. m. Wednesday in the funeral home.
[Van Wert Times, Feb 22, 1977]

Ben F. Hile
Celina -- Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday for Ben F. Hile, 82, who died Friday at his home here. Final rites will be conducted in the Dick and Stalter funeral home here with burial in Swamp College cemetery. Besides his widow, Vila, he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Cecil Clife, St. Marys, and Mrs. Leona Cencebaugh of here, and a step-daughter, Mrs. Frank Jenkins, also of here.
[The Lima News Jan. 18, 1948]

Inez P. Hirn
Former Mendon resident Inez P. Hirn, 95, died at 6:46 p.m. April 8 at Otterbein Retirement Community Center, St. Marys. She was born Dec. 28, 1905, in St. Marys, to Wesley and Margaret (Stewart) Gayer. On Oct. 2, 1926, she married Ernest H. Hirn, who died Sept. 7, 1982.
Survivors are a son and his wife, Paul and Vivian of St. Marys, and a son, Clyde of Pretoria, South Africa; two daughters and their husbands, Margaret and Don Baker, Spencerville, and Eloise and Lewis Hubble, Bradley, Ill.; two sisters, Laverne Worrell, Bakersfield, Calif., and Ada Gayer, St. Marys; a daughter-in-law, Phyllis of Mendon; 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Deceased are a son, Glen, a brother, Raymond Gayer, and a sister, Esther King. She was a homemaker and a member of Mendon United Methodist Church. She was a 1927 graduate of Lima Business College, and a 1925 graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School. Services are 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Mendon, the Rev. Paul Bunnell officiating. Burial is at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys. Calling is 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Contributions can be made to the church. Daily Standard Apr 9, 2001

Joseph J. Houser
Joseph J. Houser, 83, of Celina, died here at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Oliver Ruwoldt, with whom he had made his home for the last two years.
Surviving besides the daughter are two sons, Clarence of Mendon and Lawrence, of Celina; two other daughters, Mrs. Lucille Cook, Union City, In., and Mrs. Florence Black, Coldwater; a half-sister, Mrs. Joe McGee, Celina, and a half-brother, Ruffie Monroe, also of Celina.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Beaver chapel in Mercer-co. The body is at Pulskamp funeral home, Celina, where friends may call.
[The Lima News, Aug 2, 1952]

Lawrence Houser
Services for Lawrence Houser will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Vale-Stein-Lehman Funeral Home. Burial will be in Swamp College Cemetery. Mr. Houser, 82, of Total Care Nursing Home and formerly of South Sugar Street, died at 10:28 p.m. Monday in Coldwater Community Hospital. He was a retired employee of Steric Acid Plant. Friends may call after 3 p.m. today at the funeral home.
[The Lima News, April 20, 1977]

Sherman Houts
Celina- Sherman Houts, 72, died Sunday evening at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Noah Sliverdecker. He suffered a stroke several weeks ago.Besides Mrs. Sliverdecker he is survived by a son Clarence of Celina, and another daughter, Mrs. Farrie Miller of Indianapolis. Burial will be in North Grove cemetery.
[The Lima News, Feb 26, 1940]

William Hoverman
ROCKFORD - William Hoverman, 88, a retired farmer of Rt. 1 Rockford , died at 4: 45 p. m Wednesday in Van Wert County Hospital, where he had been a patient for 10 days.
Born Sept. 21, 1885, in Kossuth, he was a son of Conrad and Ida Mae (Hayes) Hoverman. He was married Dec. 24,1911, to Bertha Aaselman, who died Jan 28. 1970
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Brandt (Lenore) Rice of Ohio City; a son. William Jr. of Wapakoneta: a sister. Mrs. Ethel Diener of Fremont ; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will he at 1 p. m. Saturday in Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, with the Rev. Larry Hopkins officiating Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.
[Van Wert Times, Aug 15, 1974]

T. J. (Jeff) Howell
CELINA - T. J. (Jeff) Howell, 83, of Rt. 5, Celina, died at 6:20 p. m. Sunday in Van Wert County Hospital. He was born Nov. 16, 1889, in Mercer County , a son of Franklin and Catherine (Baucher) Howell. He married Clara Fetters on Aug. 18, 1909 She survives.
Other survivors include two sons, John of St. Marys and Lyle of South Whitley , Ind.,. three daughters. Miss Ermal Howell. Mrs. Gerald (Bernadine) Crouch and Miss Ruth Feister, all of Celina; four half-brothers, Russell of Celina. Ervin of New Hampshire, Earl of Piqua and George of Celina; five half-sisters. Mrs. Mabel Bollenbacher, Mrs. Blanche Sowdgers, and Mrs Guy (Beatrice) Nolan, all of Celina, and Mrs. Stella Yaney and Miss Lillie Howell, both of Union City; 14 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Mr. Howell was a member of Mt. Carmel Church of God. Celina. Funeral services will be at 2 p. m Wednesday in Mt.. Carmel Church Burial will be in Swamp College Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today and 3 to 9 p. m Tuesday in W. H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home. Celina.
[Van Wert Times Oct 29, 1973]


Mrs. Virtue O. Howell
CELINA - Services will at 2 p. m. Sunday for Mrs. Virtue O. Howell, 69, who died Thursday at her home of an apparent heart attack.
Born Aug. 14, 1902, in Union Township, Mercer County, she was the daughter of Michael and Rosa (Wilson) Wilson. She married Phillip D. Howell on Aug. 14, 1921, and he died Sept. 26, 1948.
Surviving are a son, Eugene of Rt. 1, Celina; two daughters, Mrs. John (Naomi) Williams of Celina and Mrs. Kenneth (Loverda) Myers of Rt. 3, Rockford; two sisters, Mrs. Clarence (Delma) McCristy of Rockford and Mrs. Fred (Nellie) Cain of Celina, three grandchildren and a great- grandchild. Mrs. Howell recently retired from Gibbons Hospital, where she had been employed for 24 years.
Funeral services will be at the W. H. Dick and Sons Funeral Home with the Rev. Paul Tewell officiating. Burial will be in Northgrove Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home.
[Van Wert Times, Jul 1, 1972]

Edwin A Howick
Edwin A Howick, 86, died at 11:25 p.m. Wednesday at Coldwater Community Hospital.
He was born Nov. 20, 1894 in Celina, the son of Stephen and Edith (Yocum) Howick.
Mr. Howick was a retired farmer.
Survivors include a son, Harold of Celina; and two grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at W.H. Dick and Sons Funeral Home, Celina. Burial will be in North Grove Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
[From The Lima News, Jan 24, 1981]

Elizabeth C. Hughes
Hughes, Mrs. Elizabeth C., Montezuma, O., re. 54. She was born in Hartford, Conn., in 1804 ; emigrated west upwards of 20 years ago, and had been a resident of Ohio most of this time ; in her 15th year experienced religion, and united with the church. Her piety was uniform and growing until she was taken to her final rest. In 1851 Mrs. H. removed to the village of Montezuma. The village had no Presbyterian church at this time. In a short time after her removal here a Presbyterian church was organized, consisting of five members ; but there was but one male member in the organization. They had no house of worship of their own. All the members were poor in the things of this world, except Mrs. H. Soon after the organization of the church a plan was entered upon to erect a Presbyterian church. On March 5, 1854, she had the privilege to witness the erection of a comfortable and a neat house consecrated to the service of the triune God. Mrs. H., in connection with her self-denying pastor, John Hawks, contributed largely of their substance towards this noble enterprise, which is an honor to the place. [Source: "Annual Obituary Notices of Eminent Persons who have died in the United States for 1858" by Hon. Nathan Crosby; John P. Jewett and Co., pub. 1859.] 




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