Obituaries

  • Darrell R. Meeks, 1955 – 2017 - Print This ArticleCONTINENTAL – Darrell R. Meeks, 61, of Continental died at 10:39 p.m. Sunday, August 13, 2017 at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima. He was born December 11, 1955 in Defiance to the late Charles and Marian (Wolf) Meeks. On September 3, 1976 he married Carol McCullough who survives in Continental. Also surviving are three children, Michelle (Chase) Horstman of Ft. Jennings, Michael Meeks of Ottawa, and Megan (Arron Matthews) Meeks of Broughton; three grandchildren, Jacob, Alyse, and Rachel; a brother, Bob (Sue) Meeks of Findlay; a sister, Linda (John) Hill of Continental; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Darrell was retired from Steel Technologies, Ottawa. He was a member of North Creek United Methodist Church and was a 1974 graduate of Continental High School. He loved to play golf and Strat-O. Darrell was a fan of the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns, and the Ohio State Buckeyes. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 18, 2017 at North Creek United Methodist Church with Rev. Rick Noggle officiating. Burial will follow in Monroe Cemetery, Continental. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Continental and from 10 a.m. until the service on Friday at the church. Memorials may be made to the North Creek United Methodist Church. Condolences can be expressed at: www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.
  • William R. Bockrath, 1943 – 2017 - Print This Article OTTAWA – William R. Bockrath, 74, of Ottawa died at 3:35 a.m. Monday, August 14, 2017 at his residence. He was born June 3, 1943 in Ottawa to the late Amos and Martha (Agner) Bockrath. On June 22, 1974 he married Linda Laverty and she survives in Ottawa. Also surviving are two children, Andrew Bockrath of Ottawa and Rebecca “Becky” (Mark) Broxterman of Hamilton; two grandchildren; Amber Broxterman and Lindsay Broxterman; a brother: Victor Bockrath of Ottawa and a sister, Joyce (Eugene) Korte of Ottawa. He is also preceded in death by two brothers, Sylvester and Charles Bockrath. Bill worked at the former Weather Seal in Ottawa and retired from KMI. He was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and Precious Blood Companion’s. He was a former member of the Knights of Columbus in Ottawa and was a 1962 graduate of Glandorf High School. Bill was a volunteer for the Putnam County American Red Cross. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, August 17, 2017 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ottawa, with Fr. Matt Jozefiak officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at LOVE FUNERAL HOME, Ottawa, where a scripture service will be at 7:50 p.m. Memorials may be given to Putnam County Home Care and Hospice or Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Condolences may be expressed to: www.lovefuneralhome.com.
  • Robert N. (Bob) Williamson, 1929 – 2017 - Print This ArticleRobert N. (Bob) Williamson, 87, of Defiance, passed away on Monday, August 7, 2017 in Sylvania, Ohio. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother. He was born on August 13, 1929 in Continental, Ohio. On February 7, 1954 he married Helen (Hiltner) Williamson, who preceded him in death in 2005. He is survived by two children, two grandchildren, and his sister, Ruth “Susie” Curl. His son Robert “Chris” Williamson and his daughter, Brooke live in Stoughton, Wisconsin. His daughter Sandra Yobbagy, her husband Jon, and their son Jonathan live in Sylvania, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen (Hiltner) Williamson, grandson Jacob Williamson, parents Naomi and Nelson Williamson, brothers Roy, Kenneth, and George Williamson, and sister Alice Snyder. Robert who was affectionately known as “Buckeye Bob” was employed by Miller Bros. for forty years. He also served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and was deployed to Germany. Visiting hours will be from 4:00 to 8:00 pm on Friday, August 11, 2017 at Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance, and for one hour prior to services at the church. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Defiance, with Pastor Joe Payne officiating. Burial will follow the services at Riverside Cemetery, with military graveside rites accorded by VFW #3360. Memorials are suggested to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.
  • Mark P. Elling, 1966 – 2017 - Print This ArticleMark P. Elling, 50, of Marysville, OH, died Friday, June 16, 2017 after suffering from an aneurism. He was born December 27, 1966, in Napoleon, OH, the son of Karen (Bostelman-Elling) Johnston. He was a 1985 graduate of Continental High School and a 1987 graduate of the University of Northwestern Ohio with an Associate Degree in Business Administration. At the time of death, Mark was survived by his mother Karen and his step-father Mike, both of Summerfield, FL. (Karen was recently called home to the Lord on July 12, 2017.) He is also survived by his daughter Madelyn from Brookville, OH, his brother Chad and nephew Matthew Jaxson, both of Louisville, KY. Mark was preceded in death by his brother Matthew and his maternal grandparents, Paul and Luella Bostelman. Monroe Cemetery in Continental, OH will be Mark’s final resting place. Mark was a devoted father and avid animal lover. He was especially fond of horses and dogs. He loved a variety of outdoor activities including: motorcycle riding, hiking, fishing, camping, kayaking, bicycling and target shooting. Restoring vintage Honda motorcycles was one of his favorite pastimes. The family is planning a Celebration of Life Service on August 26, 2017 in Marysville, OH at the Wilson Funeral Home, Mannasmith Chapel, 621 W. 5th St., Marysville, OH 43040 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has created a college fund for Mark’s daughter. Donations may be mailed to: First Federal Bank, c/o Madelyn Elling – Memorial College Fund, 1177 […]
  • Philip Robert Horstman, 1959 – 2017 - Print This ArticlePhilip Robert Horstman, 58, of Lewis Center, OH has found peace after a heroic 6 year battle with kidney cancer on Saturday, August 05, 2017. He was born July 23, 1959 in Lima, OH to the late Alfred and Leona (Roof) Horstman. Philip was a graduate of Ottoville High School, Ottoville, OH and started working at GTE Sylvania, Ottawa, OH in 1977. Following graduation from The Ohio State University Phil worked for UPS for 35 years. He was a member of Powell United Methodist Church and enjoyed many outdoor athletic pursuits. He was an avid Buckeye fan. Phil is survived by Debi his loving wife of 25 years, children Andrew (fiancé Alexandra O’Brien), Kristina and Richard, brothers Alfred Jr. (Sandy), John (Shirley), Stephen (Virginia), Dennis (Tricia), Gary (Angela Westbeld) and Dale (Carolyn) all of Putnam County, OH, numerous nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends Thursday, August 10, 2017 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at SCHOEDINGER WORTHINGTON CHAPEL, 6699 N. High St. (1/2 mile south of I-270). Funeral service will be held Friday, August 11, 2017 at 10 AM at Powell United Methodist Church, 825 E. Olentangy St., Powell, OH 43065. Interment to follow at Kingwood Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hospice at Kobacker House or American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made to www.schoedinger.com
  • Ronald “Ron” Averesch, 1957 – 2017 - Print This Article KALIDA – Ronald “Ron” Averesch, 59, of Kalida died at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, July 29, 2017 at his residence. He was born August 30, 1957 in Lima to Raymond H. and Dorothea M. (Schroeder) Averesch. His father survives in Kalida, his mother is deceased. He was married to Pamela Holland and they are divorced. Ron is survived by two children, Charlie (Kristhena Rowe) Averesch and Dawn Averesch both of Continental, five grandchildren, Cassandra Marie Averesch, Joelynn Averesch, Gracee Averesch, Damian Lawhorn, and Braiden Lawhorn; two brothers, Norman (Ann Ellerbrock) Averesch of Miller City and Mike (Brenda) Averesch of Ottawa; and three sisters, Janet (Tim) Hermiller of Ottawa, Jean (Ron) Siefker of Glandorf, and Julie Wilkins of Columbus Grove. Ron worked for Remlinger Manufacturing, Kalida. He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Kalida He was an avid coon hunter and belonged to Brougham Coon Hunters Association and the NRA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Kalida with Fr. Mark Hoying officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. on Monday at LOVE FUNERAL HOME, Ottawa. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences can be expressed at: www.lovefuneralhome.com.
  • Edna (Shafer) Place, 1923 – 2017 - Print This Article Melrose – Edna L. Place, 94, of Melrose, died 12:45 a.m. Monday, July 31, 2017 at Wabash West-Millers Merry Manor, Wabash, Indiana. She was born July 18, 1923 in Perry Township, Putnam County, Ohio to the late Lloyd C. and Mary A. (Gillespie) Shafer. On February 6, 1941, she married Thomas A. Place who died July 18, 2001. Edna is survived by four children: Tom (Carrie) Place of Paso Robles, CA, Charles (Janet) Place of Shalimar, Fl., Barbara Ellis of Wabash, In. and Darlene (Victor) Compos, Weslaco, TX; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren; a sister: Edith Sword of Phar, TX and a sister-in-law: Romona Slaibe of Melrose. She is also preceded in death by 3 brothers, 3 sisters, 2 grandsons, a great-grandson and 2 son-in-laws. Edna was a homemaker. She was a member of Melrose United Methodist Church. She was a former owner of T&E Ceramics Shop and loved to travel. Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 5, 2017 at Melrose United Methodist Church, Melrose, with Rev. Eileen Kochensparger officiating. Burial will follow in Little Auglaize Cemetery, Melrose. Visitation will be Friday, 2 to 8 p.m. at HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Oakwood and Saturday, one hour prior to service at the church. Memorials may be given to the church. Condolences may be sent to: www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.
  • Dorothy Kramer, 1935 – 2017 - Print This ArticleKalida – Dorothy Kramer, 81, Continental, died 10:45 a.m., Sunday, July 30, 2017 at Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center. She was born November 25, 1935 in Kalida to the late Clarence and Henrietta (Grulick) Kramer. Dorothy is survived by two children: Jeanine (David) Shultz of Defiance and Jackie Eagleson of Continental; six grandchildren: Joe (Christine) Eagleson III, Jeremy (Lacey) Eagleson, Jennifer (Ryan Thompson) Delarber, Ashley (Austin) Varner, Alissa Shultz and Jody Moore and ten great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by a son, James; a sister and brother-in-law: Betty and Gail Reynolds; and a brother and sister-in-law: Harold and Margaret Kramer. Arrangements are being handled by Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Continental, Ohio. Condolences may be sent to: www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com
  • Rebecca “Becki” Trombley, 1973 – 2017 - Print This Article GLANDORF — Rebecca “Becki” Trombley, RN, 44 of Glandorf died 10:27 p.m. Saturday, July 22, 2017 at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima. She was born July 14, 1973 in Lima to James “Rick” and Kathy (Workman) Bishop, her father is deceased and her mother survives in Ottawa. On October 31, 1998 she married David Trombley, who survives in Glandorf. She is survived by her daughter, Jillian Trombley, at home; a sister: Robyn (Kurtis) Fauth of Columbus: 2 brothers: Chris Bishop of Ottawa and Jeremy (Terri) Bishop of Ottawa; father-in-law and mother-in-law: Doug and Esther Trombley of Glandorf; 3 brothers-in-law: Doug (Jamie) Trombley of Glandorf, Dan (Isabel) Trombley of MI, and Dean (Beth) Trombley of Glandorf; a sister-in-law: Deanna (Darrin) Ward of Lima; and 12 nieces and nephews: Sophia and Lauryn Fauth, Jasmin and Elias Bishop, Carson, Lauren, Mason, Riley, Breyson, Kayden, and Madalyn Trombley and Jenna Ward. She is preceded in death by her grandmother: Esther Workman. Becki was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Glandorf. She was a graduate of Continental High School, received her teaching degree from Defiance College and her nursing degree from Rhodes State. She had worked General Motors, Defiance and most recently for Putnam County Homecare and Hospice. She loved dogs and caring for her many patients. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with Father Rick Friebel officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery at […]
  • Karen M. Johnston, 1946 – 2017 - Print This ArticleSUMMERFIELD, Fla. — Karen M. Johnston, 71, Summerfield, FL, formerly of Continental, Ohio, passed away July 12, 2017, after a three-year battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Luella Bostelman; and two sons, Matthew and Mark. She is survived by her husband, Mike; son, Chad; two grandchildren, Madelyn and Matthew Jaxson; and daughter-in-law, Kim Elling. Services will be for immediate family only at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to the Putnam County Horse Association in memory of her son, Matthew Elling.

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