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Henry Jenkins
Henry Jenkins, 85, of 224 Ironwood Dr., Sidney went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 9:30 AM. He gave up the struggle in this present life and is now resting peacefully. What a blessing to be with the Lord on Easter Sunday! He was born to the late Ham and Virgie (Blanton) Jenkins, Sr. on April 19, 1926 in Magoffin County, Kentucky. On June 20, 1959 he married the former Mildred Fletcher (Preston), who survives him along with two sons and their wives; Gary and Cathy Fletcher and Jack and Sandy Fletcher, both of Sidney. Also four daughters; Sandra Gosnell, Janet and Charlie Robbins, Brenda and Hurstle Davis, all of Sidney, and Patty and Roger Bowersock of St. Marys. He also leaves behind twenty grandchildren, twenty-seven great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Henry was preceded in death by two sons; Johnie Fletcher and Joseph Jenkins, and six brothers; Ernest, Melvin, Townsel, Harlan, Noah and Ham Jr. Mr. Jenkins was retired from the Copeland Corporation after a career of 32 years. He was a WWII veteran, and after receiving a medical discharge from the Navy, he proudly served his country in the United States Army. He was a member of the Sidney American Legion Post #217. Most importantly, Henry loved serving the Lord. He was a member of the Shiloh United Baptist Church in Yellow Springs, OH. He loved singing songs of praise to his loving savior and wherever he went, everyone loved to hear him sing. He will be sadly missed by his many family and friends. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 10:30 AM at the Shiloh United Baptist Church, 660 W. Hyde Rd., Yellow Springs, OH 45387, with Elder Denver Caudill officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Cedar Point Cemetery in Pasco. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 5 to 8 PM at the Cromes Funeral Home, 302. S. Main Ave., Sidney, and at the church from 9:30 AM until the hour of service. [unknown newspaper, c. April 2011]

Clark F. Kempfer
Clark F. Kempfer 89, of 2500 N.Kuther Rd. passed away Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 5 A.M. in the Wilson Memorial Hospital emergency room.
He was born on July 2, 1921 in Anna, Ohio, the son of the late Edward and Amanda (Helmlinger) Kempfer. On July 11, 1946 he married the former Mildred E. Stryker who preceded him in death on March 30, 2000. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Jerry (Linda) Gephart of Ft.Loramie, one granddaughter, Mrs. Aaron (Jenny) Frilling , two great grandchildren, Lane and Ellen and a special friend, Bernice Ahrendt. He was preceded in death by a sister, Ruby Presser and two half- sisters, Gladys Henkener and Ruth Jones.
Mr.Kempfer retired after 35 years of service as a Rural Postal Carrier for the US Post Office in Sidney. Following his retirement from the postal system, he worked part time for various Sidney florist shops as a delivery person. Clark was a WWII Air Force veteran, a member of St.John's Lutheran Church, the Sidney American Legion Post #217, Sidney Senior Citizens, the Retired Rural Letter Carriers Assoc. and graduated from Anna High School with the Class of 1939. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday April 20, 2011 at 10:30 A.M. from the Cromes Funeral Home, 302 S.Main Ave. with Chaplain Keith Matthews officiating. Burial will be at Cedar Point Cemetery in Pasco. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 4 to 8 P.M. at the funeral home. [unknown newspaper, c. April 2011]

Easton H. Line
Easton H. Line, 76, died at his home in East Sidney Thursday, following an illness of several months duration. He is survived by his widow and two sons, Clyde of Richmond, Ind., and Ray of Piqua. Funeral services will be held at the home Saturday at 2 p.m.. Interment will be made at Cedar Point cemetery. [The Lima News, June 12, 1925 - Sub. by L. Dietz]

Dorothy M. Luedeke
Former New Bremen resident Dorothy M. Luedeke, 92, died at 5:45 p.m. July 3 at Celina Manor Nursing Home. She was born June 12, 1909, in Fort Loramie, to William and Maude (Chambers) Bouknecht. On April 27, 1929, she married Ray W. Luedeke who died Sept. 22, 1994. Survivors are a son and his wife, Ben and Gundi of Montezuma; two daughters, Virgene MOHRMAN, Wapakoneta, and Betty BELTON, Celina; a half-brother, Harold Bouknecht of Ala.; 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and two great-great- grandchildren. Deceased are a son, Cliff, a granddaughter, Betty, two great- grandsons and a half-brother, Robert Bouknecht. She was a homemaker and retired from Crown Equipment Corp., New Bremen. She was a member of St. Peter's United Church of Christ, New Bremen. Services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. Stephen Wills officiating. Burial is at German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen. Calling is 6-9 p.m. Friday at Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home,
New Bremen, and 9:30 a.m. until time of services Saturday at the church. [Celina Daily Standard : July 3, 2001 - Contributed by Norita Moss]

Bert M. Martin
Sidney, Feb 12 - Funeral services for Bert M. Martin, widely-known Orange-tp farmer who died Friday afternoon at his home from complications resulting from a broken hip, were held at the Kerr funeral home Monday afternoon. Interment was made in Graceland cemetery. Martin was the son of Thomas and Margaret A (Linn) Martin. Born Feb 6, 1871 in Orange-to, he was married twice. His first marriage was with Delma Sims of Orange-tp, who died on April 8, 1917. They were the parents of one son, Chester M., who resides near Fletcher. His second marriage was with Mrs. Emma Stephenson Marrs of Shelby-co on March 3, 1920, and she survives with his son and two granddaughters, two step-sons, John and Chester Marrs, and a grandson. Four brothers and a sister also survive. [Lima News, Feb 12, 1940 - Sub by L. Dietz]

Will McCullough
Sidney, May 1- Will McCullough, 86, pioneer resident of Shelby county, and Civil War veteran, died at Anna, eight miles north of here today. [Plain Dealer, May 2, 1916]

Marie Palmisano
Funeral services for Mrs. Marie Palmisano, 73, widow of August Palmisano, who died Wednesday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry Cianciola, on S. Miami-av, will be held Monday morning. Solemn high mass will be celebrated at Graceland cemetery. Surviving are three children, James, George and Mrs. Henry Ciancolo and 12 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and two sisters, Mrs. Fred Ciancolo and Mrs. James Ciancolo. [Lima News, Jan 4, 1935]

John G. Schnippel
Botkins -- John G. Schnippel, 85, died at 4:30 a.m. Dec. 20, 2009, at Dorothy Love Nursing Home, Sidney.
He was born Feb. 27, 1924, in Wapakoneta to Albert J. and Marie Kelley Schnippel, who preceded him in death. On Feb. 12, 1947, he married Catherine Metz, who died Dec. 31, 2004.
Mr. Schnippel retired from Botkins Grain & Feed as a salesman and truck driver. He was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Botkins, and the Botkins Community Club. He was also a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Wapakoneta. He enjoyed all sports, especially bowling and golf.
Survivors include four children, Karen Coppock, of Greenville, Daniel (Rita) Schnippel, of Botkins, Keven (Marsha) Schnippel, of Troy, and David (Edna) Schnippel of Sidney; 14 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and three siblings, Mary Stienke, of Sidney, Catherine (Russ) Helmlinger, of Jackson Center, and Joe (Evonne) Schnippel, of Botkins.
He was preceded in death by a brother, James Schnippel; a son-in-law, Richard Coppock; and a brother-in-law, Vernon Stienke.
A memorial Mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Botkins. The Rev. Patrick Sloneker will officiate. Entombment next to his wife will be later in Fort Myers Memorial Gardens, Fort Myers, Fla. [Lima News, Dec 21, 2009]

George A. Short
Sidney, Nov. 20. Funeral services for George A. Short, 62, widely known as the proprietor of Short's Landing on the south shore of Lake Loramie, who died Wednesday were held at the Reformed Church in Fort Loramie at 2:30 o'clock Saturday. Burial in the Newport Cemetery. Rev. Cecil Good of Lima officiating. He was born and spent the greater part of his life in Shelby County. He is survived by his wife Emma Chambers Robbins Short and one daughter Agnes Ruth; and one brother. Perry Short of Newport also survives. [Lima News, Nov. 20, 1937 - contributed by Norita Moss]

Irena A. Siegel
Irena A. Siegel, 96, formerly of Newport, died at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001, at her residence in Fort Loramie.
She was born Aug. 5, 1904, in Minster, the daughter of Henry and Mary (Fleckenstein) Sommer. On Nov. 15, 1921, she married Frank J. Siegel, who died Dec. 8, 1966.
Survivors include four daughters, Barbara (Ralph) BROWN of Lakeview, Geraldine (John) PERMENTER of Troy, Carol STREIB of Versailles and Judy (John) HOLTVOGT of Fort Loramie; a son, Thomas (Norma) Siegel of Newport; a sister, Clara FADER of Dayton; two daughters- in-law, Hilda Siegel of Fort Loramie and Barbara Siegel of Piqua; a son-in-law,
Melvin BERGMAN of Newport; 32 grandchildren and 37 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two daughters, two sons, a brother, four sisters, and six grandchildren.
Mrs. Siegel was a cook at Earls Island Restaurant in Lake Loramie for 28 years. She was one of the original organizers of the Fort Loramie High School Band. She was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Newport, the Knights of St. John Auxiliary and Rosary and the Alter Sodality of the church.
A mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with the Rev. Steven Shoup officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 to 10 a.m Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home in Minster. [St. Marys Evening Leader : Wed Jan 31 , 2001 - Contributed by Norita Moss]

Joseph Spraul
Joseph Spraul, pioneer of Shelby county, died yesterday, aged 80 years and 9 months. The funeral will be held Thursday from Holy Angels church. [Lima Daily News, Dec 1, 1908]

John Scott Staley
SIDNEY, April 3—Funeral rites for John Scott Staley, lifelong resident of Port Jefferson who died at the home of his son Wednesday evening from complications resulting from a paralytic stroke, will be held at" the Methodist church at Port Jefferson on Saturday morning at 10 o'clock. Interment will be made in Glen cemetery. Staley was born April 16, 1867, near Port Jefferson. He married Miss Barbara Rose Wagner on June 14, 1896, and she preceded him in death in 1929. Two sons and five daughters survive with a sister and two brothers and 13 grandchildren. [Lima News, Apr 3, 1942]

Warren E. Venerable
Services for Warren E. Venerable, 28, near Anna, formerly an employe of the Lima Ordance Depot, were to be at 2 p. m. Saturday in Rumley church, near Ann. Burial was to be in Pearl cemetery. Mr. Venerable died Wednesday in the home of his mother, Mrs. Sarah Venerable, near Anna. He was a veteran of World War II. Surviving are two brothers, Harold, 1219 1/2 W. Spring-st and Raymond, near Anna; five sisters, Mrs. Gladys Moxey, 515 S. Nye-st; Mrs. Miriam Reeves, Cleveland; Mrs. Donna King, Mrs. Loretta Chapman and Mrs. Doria Childs, all of Columbus. [Lima News, Jan 7, 1950]

Harvey W. Wiford
Sidney, Feb 12- Harvey W. Wiford, 84, died Friday evening after a long period of ill health. He was the son of George and Mary Wiford and was born in Dinsmore-tp and spent the greater part of his life in that community.
Surviving him is one brother, G. A. Wiford of Jackson Center. He never married. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Dearth funeral home. Burial in the Infirmary cemetery. [Lima News, Feb 12, 1940 - Sub by L. Dietz]

Adam Milton Young
Sidney - Feb. 2—Services for Adam Milton Young, 70, retired railroad employee, who died at his home in Anna Thursday, will be held Saturday. 2 p. m_ at the Brell funeral home in Anna, with burial in Pearl cemetery, Swanders. He was born in Anna and is survived by his wife, Cora E.Young and by the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Alesha Friestuhler, Anna; Russell Young, Anna; John Robert Young, Anna; Mrs. George Reeves. Jackson Center ; and Mrs. Carrie Poland, Fletcher. [Piqua Daily Call, Feb 2, 1945]


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