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Scott Ryan Schindler
Former Celina resident Scott Ryan Schindler, 39, Fort Wayne, Ind., died Nov. 27 at Parkview Memorial Hospital, Fort Wayne, of injuries sustained in a traffic accident that occurred the previous night in Fort Wayne.
He was born Jan. 19, 1962, in Celina, to Marion and Betty (Smith) Schindler. They survive in Celina. Also surviving are a brother and his wife, Ted and Beth of Columbus; a sister, Brenda Webb, Fort Wayne; and a fiancee, Jenny Kanning, Fort Wayne. He had served as associate pastor and minister of music at Blackhawk Baptist Church in Fort Wayne for 17 years. He was director of the Living Christmas Tree program at the church, director of the Praise Teams and Worship Choir, music director for the Worldwide Youth for Christ Convention in Taiwan, coordinator of the Creative Arts Leadership Team and a clinician for the Choral Directors' Workshop. He also led a mission trip to Russia. He was a 1983 graduate of the Wright State University-Lake Campus, Celina, and a 1986 graduate of Fort Wayne Bible College. Services were 10 a.m. Saturday at the church with graveside services taking place at 3 p.m. at North Grove Cemetery, Celina. D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, had charge of arrangements.
[Daily Standard, Dec 4, 2001].

John Schlosser
John Schlosser, postmaster, of Carthagenia, Ohio, aged 52 years, died of typhoid fever, at his home last Friday. [Source: "Minster Home Light," (Minster, OH), Oct. 13, 1888; tr. by GT Transcription Team]

Vernon F. Schnarre
Vernon F. 'Sonny' Schnarre, 77, 425 Parker St., St. Marys, died at 9 a.m. Dec. 2 at his son's residence in Montpelier. He had been ill for some time.
He was born Jan. 28, 1924, in St. Marys, to Vernon Sr. and Martha (Hilgeman) Schnarre. On Aug. 24, 1947, he married Elizabeth Louise Dicke and she died Jan. 6, 1979.
Surviving are a son and his wife, Stephen and Elaine of Montpelier; a daughter, Sharon of Toledo; a sister, Wilma Kuenning, Celina; two granddaughters and two stepgrandchildren.
Deceased are a brother, John, and a sister, Roberta Oxtender.
He retired as a machinist from Parker-Hannifin Corp., St. Marys. He was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran, flying more than 50 combat missions as a tailgunner over the European Theatre during World War II. He was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ and the Men's Garden Club, both of St. Marys. He also judged numerous flower shows in the area.
Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Patricia Minnick officiating. Burial will be at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys. Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Miller-Long & Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys.

William Frederick Schneider
William Frederick Schneider, 58, veteran plumbing supply salesman, died in Dayton, a two-day illness of diphtheria caused his death, altho he had been in failing health several years. Schneider had been employed by the W. II. Kiefaber Co., of Dayton , for 17 years, during which he resided in Lima and had traveled thruout the area. His widow, the former Rachel Schiverdecker, is survived by her father, Alonzo Shiverdecker, 415 McPheron-av. Also surviving are a son, William Martin Schneider, at home; one sister, Mrs. M. J. Langkoh, Ft. Recovery , and a brother, Edward Schneider, Kankakee, Ill., One brother and a sister preceded him in death. Schneider was a member of Dayton Grace Methodist church and the Dayton Masonic lodge. He was a World War I veteran and member of the American Legion. Private funeral services will be conducted at 2 p. m. Friday in the May and Riffle funeral home at Ft. Recovery with Dr. Haven G. Werner, of Dayton, officiating. Burial will be in Green Mound cemetery, Ft. Recovery.
[Lima News, Apr 9, 1942]

Mat Schritz
CELINA, Feb. 5, Funeral services will be held at the St. Anthony Catholic church, Thursday morning at 9:00 for Mat Schritz, 93, owner of the general store at Skeels Cross Roads, who died at his home Tuesday morning, following a brief illness. Surviving are the widow, Anna Everting Schritz; one son, A. J. Schritz, Celina; five daughters, Mrs. Theresa Wintermute and Mrs. Margaret Bussy, both of Dayton; Mrs. J. L. Moes, Mentor; Mrs. Katherinc Post, Celina, and Mrs. Cecelia Reinhart, Bryant, Ind.; three brothers, Rev. John Schritz, Roscoe, Minn.; Rev. Philip Schritz, Gibsonburg , Ohio , and Dominic Schritz, Cleveland; one sister, Mrs. Margaret Casper, Luxenborg; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
[Lima News, Feb 5, 1941]

Randy J. Schroer
Randy J. Schroer, 41, 705 Lilac St., Coldwater, died of natural causes at 8:56 p.m. Nov. 29, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. He was born Aug. 21, 1960, in Coldwater, to Joseph H. and Loretta (Roessner) Schroer. His mother survives in Coldwater. Other survivors are three sisters and their wives, Cindy and Gary Schmiesing, Portland, Ind., Brenda and Chuck Smith, Rockford, and Melissa and John Hilgeford, Cassella; and several nieces and nephews.
He had worked at the former Huffy Bicycle Corp. in Celina, and was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Coldwater.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Cassella, the Rev. Frederick Ryder officiating. Burial is at the church cemetery.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Monday and 9-10 a.m. Tuesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.
[Daily Standard, Dec 1, 2001]

George W. Schuette
George W. Schuette, 83, 8103 Ohio 219, Celina, died at 9:30 p.m. Jan. 30, 2003, at his residence.
He was born Oct. 17, 1919, in Cincinnati, to George H. and Clara Hilbert Schuette. On Oct. 25, 1941, he married Laverne George who died Nov. 22, 1972. On June 28, 1975, he married Joan Bruns who survives.
Also surviving are two sons, a daughter, two step-sons, eight grandchildren, six step-grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He retired from Carl Subler Trucking, Versailles, and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Montezuma and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion of Coldwater. He also was a member of the Legionís Uniform Group.
Memorial Mass is 11 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. James Dugal officiating. Burial will be at a later date at St. Louis Cemetery, North Star. Calling is 9-10:30 a.m. Monday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
[Daily Standard, Feb 1, 2003]

Daniel F. Shaffer
Daniel F. "Danny" Shaffer, 63, died at 9:30 p.m. Nov. 3, 1994, at Van Wert County Hospital in Van Wert following a sudden illness. He was born April 27, 1931, in Rockford to Perry and Ruth (Wollet) Shaffer. On Feb. 10, 1951, he married Emma Lou Severns, who survives. Mr. Shaffer is a lifelong farmer and retired from International Harvester Corp., Fort Wayne, Ind. He graduated from Rockford High School. Survivors also include one son, Gary Shaffer, Rockford; one daughter, Susie (Don) Shaffer Miller, Rockford; one sister, Lois L. Shaffer Curth, Findlay; and three grandchildren. Services will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at W. H. Dick and Sons Funeral Home, Celina. The Rev. Steve G. Waterman will officiate. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Rockford. Friends may call from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
[Lima News, Nov 4, 1994]

Richard I. Shaffer
ROCKFORD - Richard I. Shaffer, 70, of here, died at 8 p.m. Thursday at Van Wert County Hospital. He was born July 5, 1921, in Rockford, the son of Frank and Nellie (Mihm) Shaffer. On Dec. 25, 1944, he married Jane Fishbaugh, who survives. Mr. Shaffer was retired from New Idea, and farming. He was a member of Olive Branch Church of God. Other survivors include one son, Bruce Shaffer of Celina; four daughters, Mrs. Royce (Barbara Ann) Williams, and Bonnie Jean Shaffer both of Rockford, Mrs. Freed us (Betty Lou) Daniels of Spencerville, and Mrs. Phillip (Beverly) Thorp of Franklin, Ind.; 13 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; one brother, Vergil Shaffer of Rockford; and one sister, Mrs. Irvin (Beatrice) Williams of Rockford. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at W. H. Dick and Sons Funeral Home, Celina, with Rev. Steven Waterman officiating. Burial will be in Tomlinson Cemetery, Rockford. Friends may call 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
[Lima News Aug 9, 1991]

Phoebe Shall
Mrs. Phoebe Shall, nee Worley, a former resident of this city, died last Friday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ed Wetzler, at Ada, where she had been a sufferer for a long time of tuberculosis. Deceased was born at Ft. Recovery, April 14, 1868. In June 1885 she was married to G. C. Shull, in this city, where she has made her home until three weeks ago, when she went to Ada to visit her daughter. Besides the daughter above mentioned, three other children survive - Mrs. Nora Gilmore, of this city and Earl and Miss Pearl. Funeral services were held at Ada. [The Celina Democrat. (Celina, O. [Ohio]), 12 March 1915]

Charles E. Shepherd
Charles E. Shepherd, died at 9:20 p.m. Monday at St. Rita's Hospital where he had been a patient for one week. Born 14 Jan., 1890 in Montezuma, OH.
He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel (Vinnie Colson) Shepherd. His wife Mary Lou (Herron) Shepherd died in 1959. He was a retired carpenter.
Surviving are three sons, Beven of 781 S. Atlantic; Leonard of 612 N. Metcalf; and Eugene of West Palm Beach, FL; a daughter Mrs. Goldie Camper of 234 Leonard; a stepson Roy Brock of 152 Grove; a brother Cary Shepherd of 1917 N. Adams St.; 25 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Chiles and Sons-Laman West Wayne Street Chapel.
Rev. Ronald Cannon officiating. Burial will be in Montezuma Cemetery.
Friends may call after 7 tonight.
[The Lima News, Tuesday, April, 1975, Lima, Allen Co., Ohio - Contrib. by Norita Moss]
Charles E. Shepherd
Father: Nathaniel Isaac Shepherd, b. 12 Aug. 1866 in Darke Co., Ohio
Mother: Virginia Mae Colson, b. 1874

Mary Lou Shepherd
Mary Lou Shepherd, 70, Rt. 2, died at her home at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, after being ill with a heart condition for one year. She was born Oct. 20, 1888 in Mercer County She was married Oct. 1, 1911 to Charles Shepherd. Surviving in addition to her husband are four sons: Roy A. Brock, of 152 Grove, Beven of 408 E. Hight; Leonard of Rt. 2,; Lafayette, and Eugene of 408 1/2 High; one daughter, Mrs. Goldie Camper of 168 Pine S. Pine St.; 28 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; one brother Raymond Herron of Celina. Two daughters, Hazel Shepherd and (Mary) Gladys Lewis preceded her in death. Funeral services will be conducted in Bayliff and Sons Funeral Home in Cridersville at 2:00 p.m. Sunday with Rev. Peckham officiating. Burial will be in Ellis Cemetery, south of Montezuma.
[The Lima News, Thursday, June 6, 1959 - Contrib. by Norita Moss]
Father: David Edward Herron
Mother: Mary Elizabeth Freeman
Marriage 1 - Elmer Elzworth Brock, b. 16 Jan. 1887 in Ft. Recovery, Gibson Twp., Mercer Co., Ohio
Roy Argo Brock, b. 8 Jul. 1910 in Celina, Mercer Co., Ohio
Marriage 2: Charles E. Shepherd, b. 14 Jan. 1890 in Montezuma, Mercer Co., Ohio
Married: 1 Oct. 1911 in Celina, Mercer Co., Ohio
Mary Gladys Shepherd, b. 23 May 1912 in Mercer Co., Ohio
Hazel Shepherd, b. 9 May 1914
Beven Shepherd, b. 5 Apr. 1916 in Celina, Mercer Co., Ohio
Casper Leonard Shepherd, b. 20 Jun. 1924 in Mercer Co., Ohio
Goldie Marcella Shepherd, b. 20 Jun. 1924 in Mercer Co., Ohio
Eugene F. Shepherd, b. 24 Jun. 1929 in Lima, Allen Co., Ohio

Nathaniel Isaac Shepherd
Nathaniel Isaac Shepherd, 83, retired carpenter, died at 8:15 a.m. in the home of his son Cary F. Shepherd, 1080 Findlay Road. He had been ill for the past six months. He was born in Darke Co., OH and resided in Celina, OH for 40 years, before coming to Lima six months ago to reside with his son.
Besides Cary, he is survived by two other sons, Charles E., Waynesfield and Jesse R., Findlay; a daughter, Mrs. Mary (Margaret) House of Portland, IN; a brother; 12 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren. The body will remain at the Chiles and Son Funeral Home until 1:00 p.m. then to be removed to the Montezuma Christian Church for services at 2:00 then to be removed to the Montezuma Christian Church for services at 2:00 p.m. The Rev. Otto Webb will officiate, assisted by Rev. Earl hart. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
[The Lima News, Nov. 17, 1949 Lima, Allen Co., Ohio - Sub. by Norita Moss]

Nathaniel Isaac Shepherd was the son of David Shepherd and Sarah Ann Brock of Darke Co., OH. He was brn 12 Aug. 1866 in Darke County, OH. He married Virginia (Vinnie) Mae Colson daughter of James Colson and Mary Magdalene Pitsenbarger. He was my great-grandfather. (Norita Moss)
Per Certified Copy of Death Certificate from Ohio State Department of Heath - dated 6 June 1996:
Nathaniel Isaac Shepherd died at 1080 Findlay Road, Lima, Allen County, Ohio on 16 October, 1949.
Date of Birth 12 August, 1866 - Occupation: Carpenter - Retired widowed
He was 83 years, 2 months and 4 days old.
Parents: David Shepherd and Sarah Ann Brock
Informant: Cary Shepherd - son
Cause of death: Coronary Thrombosis - Second cause: Uremia
I hereby attended deceased from 1 May, 1949 till death occurred at 8:15 a.m. on 16 Oct. 1949.
Signed by Dr. John E. Talbot, 500 Steiner Bldg., Lima, Ohio on 17 Oct. 1949
Burial: 18 October, 1949, Montezuma Cemetery, Mercer County, Ohio
Funeral Director: Russell M. Chiles
ALSO NOTE: Found Nathaniel listed in the Darke County, Ohio infirmary or Pauper house being admitted 4/13/1875 along with his brother, J. O. Shepherd. He was taken out on 3/29/1877 by Richard Mulvina Butler, T.P. and officially discharged on 9/6/1881.
(All notes per Norita Moss)

Natalie Rene Shinn, daughter of Douglas and Nancy (Briner) Shinn, 5097 Wabash Road, Coldwater, was stillborn at 3:05 a.m. April 3 at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
Other survivors include two brothers, Eric and Nathan Thompson; three sisters, Elicia, Nicole and Elaina Thompson; grandparents, Jerome and Cynthia Briner, Fort Recovery, Phyllis and Richard Ryan, Greenville, and Marjorie Shinn, Celina; and great-grandmother, Edith Briner, Fort Recovery.
Deceased is grandfather, James Shinn. Private graveside services will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Celina, the Rev. Kathleen Hayes officiating. There will be no visitation. W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina, handled arrangements.
[Daily Standard, Apr 5, 2001]

William Shinn
CELINA - Funeral services for William Shinn will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at W. H. Dick and Sons Funeral Home. Burial will be in Swamp College Cemetery, near here. Mr. Shinn, 66, of 125 Mercer died late Friday night in a veterans hospital in Brecksville. Survivors include two brothers, John and Vernon. both of here, and two sisters, Mrs. Ray (Helen) Pearson of Chicago and Mrs. Paul (Nita) Boise of here. Friends may call at the funeral home until 5 this afternoon and from 7 to 9 tonight.
[Lima News, May 16, 1977]

Nicholas B. Siegrist
CELINA, April 4 - Funeral services will be held at the St. Anthony Catholic church Monday morning at 9 o'clock for Nicholas B. Siegrist, 30, Washington-tp farmer, who died at a Dayton hospital Thursday. Surviving are the mother, two brothers, and two sisters. Burial in St. Anthony cemetery.
[The Lima News, Apr 5, 1942]

Vernon Smith
Smith, Vernon - Services will be at 2 p.m. today in W. H. Dick and Sons Funeral Home, Celina, with burial in Buck cemetery. [Jan 4, 1975]

Mrs. Julius Sommer
MINSTER, July 3-6 - Funeral services for Mrs. Julius Sommer, 53, well known local resident, who died Sunday at her home following: a six-day illness due to complications of diseases, will be held at 9 a. m. Thursday in St. Augustine Catholic church with Rev. Theodore Koehn officiating. Burial will be in St. Augustine cemetery. She was a member of St. Augustine church and affiliated with St. Monica Married Ladies Sodality. Surviving are the husband; a daughter, Viola, at home; a son, Maurice. also at home; four brothers. Anthony, Henry, Frank and Alvin Frierott, all of this village, and three sisters, Mrs. Charles Bornhorst, Miss Nora Frierott and Mrs. Herman Laut, also all of here. Funeral arrangements are in charge of A. L. Heinl.
[Lima News, July 16, 1940]

Kenneth W. Spahr
Kenneth W. Spahr, 89, 1024 Washington Ave., Greenville, died at 8:25 a.m. April 6 at Heartland Nursing Home, Greenville.
He was born April 4, 1912, in Burkettsville, to Greely and Myrtle (Spillers) Spahr. He was married to Ellen L. Swank, who died Feb. 13, 1995.
Survivors are two sons and their wives, James R. and Alice of Celina, and Wayne L. and Sheila of Greenville; a brother, Charles of Pitsburg; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Deceased are four brothers and four sisters. He was retired from Frigidaire, Dayton, and was a member of the Church of the Brethren. Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, the Rev. Joseph Soley officiating. Burial is at Miami Memorial Park, Covington. Calling is 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
[Daily Standard, Apr 7, 2001]

John Stark
John Stark, 75 year old farmer died Sunday afternoon following a two weeks' illness of Brights disease. Mr. Stark, son of Albert Stark was born May 23, 1866 in Mercer County and was married in 1910 to Mary E. Kircher who is a survivor. Surviving besides the wife are two sons, Frank Stark, of Lima and Paul at home. Also two sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Boward and Mrs. Fred Slanker, both of Salina, Ohio. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p. m. at the Winter Funeral Chapel with Rev. Joy Holliday officiating. Interment was in charge of Lloyd Winter & Son. [Richwood Gazette (Richwood, Ohio) 02 Oct 1941, Thursday, Page 4]

Fred Bernard Stuehr
Celina -- Fred Bernard Stuehr, 87, died at 9:20 a.m. Dec. 19, 2009, at Celina Manor Nursing Home, Celina. He will be cremated and the family will hold a private committal service in North Grove Cemetery at a later date. The Rev. Kim Miller will officiate. Lehman-Hogenkamp-Dzendzel Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
[Lima News Dec 21, 2009]

Mrs. Frank Stukenborg
ST. HENRY, Jan. 6, Solemn requiem high mass will be sung in St. Henry Catholic church at 9 a. m. Monday for Mrs. Frank Stukenborg, 52, who died in Lima District Tuberculosis hospital after a long illness. Fr. Robert Stukenborg, her son, will officiate, assisted by Fr. Pius A. Kanney and Fr. Rudolph Hess. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Born June 5, 1891 at Coldwater, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Shockman, she married Frank Stukenborg in Coldwater Nov. 15. 1910. Surviving are the husband and the following children: Fr. Stukenborg, Detroit; Mrs. John Reilly, Cincinnati: Mrs. Hugo Schoenlein, St. Henry; S. Sgt. William Stukenborg in France; Adeline Stukenborg, Dayton; Leona, Dorothy, Francis and Arthur, at home Brothers and sisters are Mrs. Charles Fox, Indianapolis, Ind.; Mrs. Ben Rose, St. Henry; Tony Shockman, Dayton, Albert Shockman, Coldwater. There are three grandchildren. She was a member of the Married Ladies' society of the St. Henry church.
[Lima News, Jan 6, 1945]


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