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Unless noted otherwise, these were submitted by Linda Dietz

Arthur Bair
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Harris funeral home for Arthur Bair, traffic victim who died Monday in St. Rita's hospital. Rev. C. J. Archer, pastor of the U. B. church of Columbus Grove, will officiate and burial in Ottawa River cemetery. He is survived by his father Dan of Columbus Grove; two brothers, Nolan of Bucyrus and Gladwin, of Columbus Grove; and three sisters, Marion, at home, Mrs. Donald Rhoades, of Marion; and Mrs. J. S. Aispach, of Columbus Grove.
[Lima News, Jan 4, 1940]

Amos J. Banning
OTTAWA, Sept. 9- Amos J. Banning, 74, prominent Ottawa citizen and proprietor of the Banning tailor shop here, died at 8 o'clock last night at Memorial hospital, Limn, where ho had been a patient for 10 days suffering from injuries received when he stepped in the path of an automobile driven by Harold Huffman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Huffman of Ottawa. Pneumonia developed which caused his death. He was born in Hardin Co., Feb. 14, 1860, to Anthony and Louise Cessna Banning. He is survived by his wife, who prior to her marriage was Miss Mae Handy, daughter of the late Judge William H. Handy; and one sister who resides in Kenton. Funeral services will be held from the Masonic temple Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock. Burial will be at Kenton, his former home.
[Lima News, Sep 10, 1933]

C. Daniel Barber

C. Daniel Barber, 77, died at 9:29 a.m. April 25, 2011, at the Putnam County Ambulatory Care Center, Glandorf.
He was born March 9, 1934, in De Pere, Wis., to Orville and Nell Messinger Barber, who preceded him in death. On June 20, 1965, he married Janice Fessler, who survives in Ottawa. Mr. Barber retired as an electrician from Ford Motor Co. Lima Engine Plant. He was a Navy veteran serving during peacetime. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9142, Ottawa, and Lodge 325 Free & Accepted Masons. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Ottawa. He loved traveling and fishing.
Survivors also include a daughter, Kim (Eric) Hartzell, of Fenton, Mich.; a grandson, Nate Hartzell; and a brother, David Barber, of Syracuse, N.Y. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Lisa Rose Barber.
Services will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at Trinity United Methodist Church, Ottawa. The Rev. Lynda Lockwood will officiate. Burial will be in Harman Cemetery, Gilboa, with military rites by the VFW Post 9142.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Love Funeral Home, Ottawa, where a Masonic service will be held at 6:30 p.m. and a VFW service at 7 p.m., and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.
[Lima News May 7, 1950]

Walter R. Bartz
[The Lima News, Feb. 21, 1980]
Facts Noted in Obituary
Born: Oct 10, 1901 in Putnam County, to John and Mary (Kerns) Bartz
Married: Margaret M. Burbage for 58 years
Died: Feb. 17, 1980 t the Marysville Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Ariz.
Survived by: wife; 1 daughter; 1 son; 1 sister; 6 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren
Burial: Cascade Cemetery

Aldus M Basinger
[The Lima News, Mar 8, 2000]
Facts Noted in Obituary:
Born: Sep 27, 1919 near Columbus Grove to Clarence & Cora Lora Basinger
Occupation: farmer
Died: Mar 7, 2000 at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora
Survived by: 3 brothers
Burial: Reformed Mennonite Cemetery, Bluffton

Orpha E. Basinger
[The Lima News, Sep 22, 1997]
Facts Noted in Obituary
Born: June 12, 1894, in Columbus Grove, to Peter A. and Persis Basinger Amstutz
Married: Hiram L. Basinger for 47 years
Occupation: retired after 23 years as a postal clerk at the Pandora Post Office
Died: Sept. 21, 1997, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton
Survived by: 1 daughter; 7 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren
Military: WWI Army Nurses Corps Veteran
Burial: Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Pandora

Mary Basserman
COLUMBUS GROVE, Nov. 7 -- Mrs. Mary Basserman, 96, died at 7:30 a. m. Thursday at the home of a son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Burnett, of here. She also is survived by another daughter, Mrs. R. C. Ketzenearger, of Rawson, and a son, R. D. Pugh, of Sacramento , Calif. Mrs. Basserman, a member of the Church of the Brethren, had resided all her life in Hancock and Putnam-counties. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p. m. Saturday at the Burnett home with Rev. J. J. Anglemyer, of Bluffton, officiating. Burial will be in a Bluffton cemetery. The body will he removed from the Hartman and Son funeral home to the residence Thursday afternoon. [
Lima News, Nov 7, 1940]

Ida Beckwith
COLUMBUS GROVE, O., July 16 - Mrs. Ida Beckwith, died yesterday in a Saline, Mich., nursing home. A native of Toledo, she was a member of the Presbyterian Church, Ideal Club, and was a charter member of the Pleasant Grange. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Dan Hall, Saline, Mich., and two grandchildren. Burial in Truro Cemetery.
["The Blade", Toledo, Ohio, 07/16/1964 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Lola Bell
Mrs. Lola Bell, wife of H. C. Bell, passed away at the ctiy hospital Saturday night, at ten o'clock. Mrs. Bell was taken sick a week ago last Thursday, and was taken to the hospital the following Sunday. She was operated on, but pneumonia set in and her condition grew rapidly worse until the time of her death. She was born in Putnam county, June 4, 1882, and is survived by the bereaved husband and little daughter four years old, and six brothers and two sisters. The remains were taken to the residence, 821 east Second street, and will be shipped to Van Wert. Monday, for interment.
[Lima Morning News, Aug 8, 1909]

Charlie H. Bennett
Leipsic - Charlie H. Bennett, 93, died at 8:16 a.m. Dec. 1, 2009, at St. Rita?s Medical Center.
He was born Nov. 6, 1916, in Leipsic to William and Maud (Werner) Bennett, who preceded him in death. On July 13, 1946, he married Edith Andrews, who died April 13, 1994. They were married for 47 years.
Mr. Bennett retired as an assistant postmaster from the U.S. Postal Service in Bowling Green. He was a life member of First Christian Church, Leipsic, where he was very involved, serving as a deacon and on various church committees. He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, serving as a code breaker with the 415th Signal Co. Aviation in the Pacific Theater. He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9547 and American Legion Post 287, both in Leipsic. He distinguished himself as a 70-year award recipient of the Free & Accepted Masons. He loved baseball and was an umpire for high school, college and semipro for 46 years. He served several years as a baseball rules interpreter for northwest Ohio. In June 1993, he was inducted into the Ohio High School Officials Hall of Fame. He was an avid sports enthusiast, who was a familiar fixture at the Leipsic ballpark and Liberty Lanes, where he bowled until he was 88. In 1977, he was voted into the Putnam County Bowling Association Hall of Fame. His greatest sports honor was in 2008, when the Leipsic council informed him the new sports complex would be named for him, with the dedication to be held in the spring of 2010.
Survivors include a son, a daughter, two grandchildren, a sister, and several nieces and nephews and their families.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Bruce Bennett; and two sisters, Mary Bennett and Florence Noell. Services will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Christian Church, Leipsic. The Rev. Tim Eding will officiate. Burial will be in Sugar Ridge Cemetery, Leipsic, with military rites by VFW Post 9547 and American Legion Post 287. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until time of services Saturday at the church. Arrangements are by Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Leipsic. [Lima News Dec 3, 2009]

Albert A. Berelsman

FORT JENNINGS - Albert A. Berelsman, age 85, died at 9:27 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, at Van Wert County Hospital.
He was born July 29, 1924, in Fort Jennings, the son of the late Anton and Elizabeth (Wieging) Berelsman. He married Beatrice Wahmhoff on Nov. 25, 1950 and she preceded him in death on Aug. 23, 1953. He then married Mabel C. Calvelage on Sept. 27, 1954, and she survives in Fort Jennings.
Also surviving are three sons, five daughters, 18 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; two sisters, and two sisters-in-law. He was preceded in death by a son, Gerald Berelsman; a son-in-law, Craig Fike; a granddaughter, Ashley Berelsman; a great-grandson, Nathan Gasser; a great-granddaughter, Mallory Gasser; five brothers, William, Linus, Hubert, Norbert and Ambrose Berelsman; and four sisters, Margaret Erhart, Cecelia Plescher, Mary Hoersten and Loretta Leatherman. Mr. Berelsman was a retired farmer and retired from Warner and Swasey of Lima. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fort Jennings. He was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Fort Jennings American Legion Post 715.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Thursday, Dec. 31, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fort Jennings. Fr. Joseph Przybysz officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery with military rites by the Fort Jennings American Legion.Funeral arrangements were handled by Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Jackson Township.
[Putnam County Sentinel, Jan 6, 2010]

Peter Berg
[Van Wert Times, May 21, 1991]
Facts Noted in Obituary
Born: Oct. 29, 1902, in the Netherlands, the son of William and Henerika (Cook) Berg.
Married: Nora Ann Wilson for 56 years
Occupation: worked for 26 years at Allied Agri, retiring in 1976
Died: May 21, 1991 Lima Memorial Hospital
Survived by: wife; 3 sons; 1 daughter; 9 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren
Burial: Sugar Ridge Cemetery, Leipsic

Jacob C. Best
Columbus Grove- Funeral services were held this afternoon at 1:30 o'clock over the body of Jacob C. Best, ex-county commissioner and civil war veteran at the home of his son, John Best near Kalida, west of this place Bright's disease caused his death, at the age of 67 years on Monday evening at 6 o'clock. He had been critically ill for a week. Mr. Best was well known over southern Putnam and northern Allen counties. For two terms he serves as commissioner of Putnam county and was prominent in Grand Army affairs. George Best of Columbus Grove is a brother. He was born in Pleasant township. Burial will be in Clevenger cemetery.
[The Times - Democrat, Jan 12, 1916]

Henry Birkemier
New Cleveland - Funeral services will be held in the Holy Family Catholic church here at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, with burial in Glandorf cemetery. Birkemier died Sunday in his home in New Cleveland. Arrangements are in charge of the Fischer and Son funeral home.
[The Lima News, Jan. 13, 1942]

Sarah Blockberger
[The Lima News, Jan. 27, 1972]
Facts Noted in Obituary
Born: Dec. 14, 1882, in Putnam County, she was the daughter of Abraham and Martha (Westenbarger) Askins
Married: Walter C. Blockberger for 59 years
Occupation: homemaker
Died: Jan. 26, 1972 Columbia Nursing Home, Lima
Survived by: husband; 4 sons; 1 daughter; 8 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 1 sister
Burial: Vaughnsville Cemetery

Jacob E. Bogart
Jacob E. Bogart, 82, died Monday at his home in Columbus Grove following a short illness. He was born in Missouri Aug 3, 1853, the son of John and Frances Fruchey Bogart. Surviving are a son, Lemuel of Columbus Grove; a daughter, Mrs. Charles Beam, of Columbus Grove, a brother, I. E. Bogart, of Columbus Grove; four sisters, Mrs. Frank Rau and Mrs. Alice Mohler, of Columbus Grove, Mrs. Ella Cawley of Troy, and Mrs. Callie Sterling of Wynn, Arkansas. The body will be removed to the home Monday evening. Funeral services will be held at the First Untied Brethren church at 3 p.m. Tuesday with the Rev. W. E. Bovey officiating. Burial in the Truro cemetery.
[Lima News, Dec 23, 1935]

Mary Ann Brinkman
OTTOVILLE, May 8-- Mrs. Mary Ann Brinkman, 80, Ottoville, died at 7:15 p. m. Sunday in a Toledo hospital following an extended illness. Mrs. Brinkman was preceded in death by her husband, Gerhard. Surviving are eight daughters, Mrs. Joseph Kreitemeier and Mrs. Fred Koch. Columbus Grove; Mrs. Albert Hempfling, Delphos; Mrs. Isadore Friemoth and Mrs. Cornell Martz, Ottoville; Mrs. Frank Fenbirt, Ft. Jennings; Sister Mary Mathews, Norwood; Mrs. Edward Began, Hornville, N. Y.; three sons, Ben, Tiffin; Joseph, Delphos, and Alex. Youngstown . Six children are dead. The body will, remain at the Kolkmeyer funeral home, Delphos, pending completion of arrangements. [unknown newspaper/date]

Henry Brokamp

Glandorf -- The body of Henry Brokamp, 77, who died at the institution of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Toledo, was accompanied Friday to Glandorf and taken to the Fletcher mortuary. Services were held Saturday morning in St. John's Roman Catholic church. burial was in the church cemetery, beside the grave of his wife who died three years ago.
[The Lima News, Jan 27, 1929]

Phillppina Brumley
Leipsic, Dec, 1- Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon for Mrs. Phillppina Brumley, 91, who died at her home here after an extended illness. She was born in Fairfield Co., Oh, Sep 16, 1842, daughter of Solomon and Christina Wagner Leffler. She married Joseph Brumley, who preceded her in death.She had lived with her daughter Florine, and had been a resident of this community all her life. She is survived by eight children, Florine Brumley Mrs. John Denhart, Mrs. Dan Denhart, Mrs. Alva Stewart, Dan, Ben, Oscar and John Brumley. Services were held from the residence with Rev. Moon of the Methodist church officiating.
[Lima News, Dec 1, 1933]

Charlotte Buckmaster
CONTINENTAL, Feb 8 - Funeral services for Charlotte Buckmaster, 88, who died at her home south of here "Wednesday afternoon after an illness of two weeks will be held at 2 p. m. Sunday in Mt. Pleasant church. She had been a lifelong resident of Putnam-co and death was due to infirmities. Her husband and one son preceded her in death. Other survivors are five sons and five daughters - Earl of Ottawa, Eli of Cloverdale, Will, Curry and Dan at home; Mrs. Etta Hart of Waverly, Va., Mrs. Jane Grove of Kalida. Mrs. Lizzie Smith of Cloverdale, Emma Sigler of Deshler, and Rona Phalyn of Lima . Burial in Varner cemetery.
[Lima News, Feb 8, 1941]

Henry J. Buddelmeyer
Requiem solemn high mass will be held for Henry J. Buddelmeyer, 59, in St. John?s Catholic church in Glandorf at 9:15 a.m. Thursday with burial following in the church cemetery. Buddelmeyer died yesterday in his Glandorf home. He was born in Glandorf on March 25, 1881, and had lived here all his life. On June 19, 1916, he was united in marriage with Anna Uphaus in Glandorf. For many years he worked the farm of the Sisters of the Precious Blood at Glandorf, but until his retirement a short time ago he served for 18 years as a janitor of the Glandorf high school building. His widow and one brother, August Buddelmeyer, of Glandorf, remain. Arrangements are in charge of the Fischer and Son funeral home of Ottawa.
[The Lima News, Ottawa - June 4, 1940]

Lila R. Burman
[The Lima News, Mar 20, 1981]
Facts Noted in Obituary
Born: Jan. 5, 1930, in Putnam County, the daughter of Walter H. and W. J. Miller Burman.
Occupation: was an executive secretary at Vistron Corp
Died: Mar 19, 1981 at St. Rita's Medical Center
Survived by: mother; 1 brother; 1 sister
Burial: Ottawa River Cemetery

Susan Butler
Ottawa -- Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Trinity Methodist church here for Mrs. Susan (Bogart) Butler, 72, in charge of Rev. J. W. Willoughby with burial in Harman cemetery. Mrs. Butler died at 6:40 p.m. yesterday in her home here. She failed to recover from a stroke of paraylysis suffered in January, 1945. She was born in Mercer-co Dec. 10, 1875, and was married Feb. 1, 1942 to Watson Butler., who died Oct 18, 1944. Mrs. Butler was a member of the Rebekah lodge and the Trinity Methodist church here. One sister, Mrs. Rosa Ann Stoodt of Beaverdam and four brothers, Silas, William and Perry of Mercer-co and Otis of Hillman, Mich., survive. The body will remain at the Pope funeral home until time of services.
[The Lima News, Jan. 12, 1948]

Letitia L. Byquist
[The Lima News, Jan 13, 1986]
Facts Noted in Obituary
Born: Nov. 16, 1906, in Lima, the daughter of Earl and Blanche Jones Fenton.
Married: Stanley H. Byquist for 62 years
Occupation: homemaker
Died: Jan 11, 1986 at Indian River Memorial Hospital, Vero Beach, Fla.
Survived by: 2 sons; 2 daughters; 9 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren
Burial: Vaughnsville Cemetery

Stanley H. Byquist
[The Lima News, Jan 4, 1986]
Facts Noted in Obituary
Born: Jan. 31, 1904, in Bloomington, ILL., the son of John and Halda Larson Byquist.
Married: Letitia Fenton for 62 years
Occupation: Owned and operated Apollo Products
Died: Jan 3, 1986 at Paradise Oaks Nursing Home, Cloverdale.
Survived by: wife; 2 sons; 2 daughters; 8 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; 1 sister
Burial: Vaughnsville Cemetery


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