Obituaries

James H. Miller (1938 – 2014)

James “Jim” H. Miller, age 76, of Edon, passed away at Evergreen Manor Nursing Home in Montpelier on Friday, July 18, 2014. Jim had worked in construction the majority of his life before becoming disabled. He was a member of the Williams County Coon Hunters and Bass Anglers. Jim was born July 2, 1938 in Kunkle, Ohio, to Eldred H. and Pauline L. (Sommers) Miller. He married Mary Lou Kissinger on October 6, 1957 in Columbia, Ohio and she survives. Jim is also survived by his children, Jeffery ... [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Betty J. Esterline (1927 – 2014)

Betty J. Esterline, 86, of Montpelier and formerly of Kunkle passed away Monday June 23rd at Fountain Park Inn and Villas. She was born on November 12, 1927 in Williams County to Waldo J. and Elva E. (Manley) Gilcher. Betty graduated from Montpelier High School in 1946. She is survived by one daughter, Bunnie (Steve) Brown of Milan, Ohio; two brothers, Don Gilcher of Montpelier and Jim (Gloria) Gilcher of Kunkle; two grandchildren, Staci (Moor) Barnicle of Milan, Ohio and Brett Brown of Tulsa, ... [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Jeffrey A. Thomas (1955 – 2014)

Jeffrey A. Thomas, 59, of Montpelier passed away early Wednesday morning at Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers in Bryan. He was born on January 9, 1955 in Montpelier to Leroy E. and Connie J. (Fireovid) Thomas. Jeff graduated from Montpelier High School in 1973. On May 27, 1984 he married Kim M. Easley in Albuquerque, New Mexico and she survives. Jeff was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Montpelier. Since 1987 Jeff has the owned and operated Kim Supply and Tomahawk Tool ... [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Terry Lynn Stark (1957 – 2014)

Terry Lynn Stark, age 57, of Swanton, Ohio, passed away on July 4 2014, at Ebeid Hospice Residency in Sylvania, Ohio. He was born on April 16, 1957, in Bryan, Ohio. A graduate of Bryan High School (‘75), Terry moved to Toledo, Ohio, where he worked for several area sign companies. Terry married Karen Jack in 1980, and they relocated to Swanton, Ohio, in 1990. Terry is survived by his children Casey Stark (Robert McCollough) and Aaron Stark (Jackie); grand-daughter Kenzie; parents Clarence ... [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Shirley Ann Graf (1936 – 2014)

Shirley Ann Graf (Wolf), 78, of Wauseon, Ohio left our world to be with the Lord Saturday July 12, 2014 at the Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center in Defiance, Ohio. She passed peacefully in the night after a short, courageous battle with cancer. On April 3, 1936, God sent an angel named Shirley Ann Wolf to her parents Frederick Henry Jacob Wolf and Edna Maude (Snow) Wolf. She grew up at the farm on Tedrow-Ottokee Road at the former Stage Coach Inn. She attended Wauseon High School where she ... [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Patricia A. Falco (1937 – 2014)

Patricia A. Falco, 77, of Montpelier passed away Sunday morning at home. She was born on June 23, 1937 in Gary, Indiana to Howard E. and Beulah A. (Harmon) Bechtol. Patti graduated from Montpelier High School in 1955. She married Dominic “Mickey” M. Falco and he preceded her in death in April 2000. Patti was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She was also a member of the Montpelier Ladies of the Moose #270 and the Eagles Auxiliary #2246. Patti was formerly an office manager at Mohawk ... [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Lorina Arps (1911 – 2014)

Lorina Arps, age 102, quietly and comfortably passed away Friday, July 11, 2014 at the Elizabeth Scott Care Center in Maumee. Lorina was born in Hamler, Ohio on December 28, 1911, the daughter of William and Katharina (Bruns) Kruse. She married Eldon G. Arps, and he preceded her in death in 2000. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Delta. Lorina’s family remembers her as a firm but loving task-master. She would helpfully instruct, but was not satisfied until you did it right! She ... [CLICK TO READ MORE]

Velma Ruffer (1932 – 2014)

Velma “Jo” Ruffer, age 82, of Stryker, passed away early Sunday morning, July 13, 2014 at the Community Hospital and Wellness Center in Bryan. Jo was born in Defiance on May 29, 1932, the daughter of William and Sarah (Roehrig) Steingass. On April 4, 1954 she married Jack M. Ruffer, and he preceded her in death in 2006. She was a member of the Stryker United Methodist Church. Jo enjoyed music and especially playing the organ. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. Surviving are ... [CLICK TO READ MORE]
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