Obituaries

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Joan 'Tiger' Klier

Joan “Tiger” Amanda Klier, 87, of Lyons, Ohio, died Feb. 20, 2021, at her daughter’s home.

She was born Feb. 13, 1934, in New Bremen, Ohio, to Clifford and Lilas (Tontrup) Quellhorst.

Joan married the love of her life, William Richard Klier, Jr., on Nov. 20, 1951. In 1979, they moved to Lyons and owned and operated Carl Smith & Son Insurance Agency. Joan was a member of the Fulton County Historical Society and served on Lyons Village Council. In her spare time, she enjoyed crocheting afghans and gave them away to veterans throughout the area.

Joan is survived by her son Bill Klier of Toledo, Ohio, and daughter Lori (and Roy) Wiegand of Perrysburg, Ohio; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brother Kim Quellhorst; sister Bonnie Elsass; and many nieces and nephews.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter Cheryl; son Randall and sister Nancy Heitkamp.

Services at Weigel Funeral Home in Metamora will be private. Interment will follow at Lyons Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions are suggested to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 E. River Rd., Perrysburg, OH 43551.

Glenn Flint

Glenn Elmer Flint, 59, died Feb. 18, 2021, at his home in Angola, Ind., surrounded by his family.

Glenn was born April 16, 1961, in Morenci, Mich., to Royal and Janet (Davis) Flint.

Glenn graduated from Waldron (Mich.) High School and also graduated from Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Mich., and Huntington University’s Graduate School of Christian Ministry in Huntington, Ind.

He married Jean A. Huffman on Dec. 18, 1982.

Glenn was an associate pastor, director of music and worship ministries and a member of Fairview Missionary Church in Angola since 2002. Prior to his work at Fairview, he worked at three other churches since 1983, when he and his wife joined the ministry. Glenn was licensed and ordained with the Church of the United Brethren Christ.

He loved music, harmonica playing and pointing people to Christ through music. Glenn enjoyed singing patriotic songs for many area churches and also for community and sports events.

He worked with the Steuben County Literacy Coalition reading to the children at Hendry Park Elementary School for the program known as “Real Men Read.”

Glenn enjoyed fishing and leisurely bike rides and was an enthusiastic photographer. He was a Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions, and University of Michigan football and basketball fan.

In addition to his wife, Glenn is survived by his mother, Janet Flint Tinney of Angola; daughters Anna (and Levi) Marti of Sycamore, Ill., and Lyndee (and Greg) Neumayer of Goshen, Ind.; seven grandchildren, Layden, Alletheia, Esther, Mathias, Anastasia, Marshall and Sophia; brother Dr. Stephen (and Suzanne) Flint of Chambersburg, Pa.; stepsister Kathy (and Mark) Towers of Fayette, Ohio; and stepbrother Ric Tinney of Texas.

He was preceded in death by his father Royal Flint; stepfather Richard Tinney; and stepbrother Michael Tinney.

Visitation is planned from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, at Fairview Missionary Church in Angola. Funeral services are planned at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the church, with Pastor Norman Fuller and Pastor Joel Greenwood officiating.

Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Steuben County, Ind.

Memorials are suggested to the Steuben County Literacy Coalition for the “Real Men Read” program or to Fairview Missionary Church for the music and drama ministries.

Stanley Berger

Stanley Berger, 69, of Morenci, Mich., died Feb. 18, 2021, at ProMedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital, Adrian, Mich.

Stanley was born July 13, 1951, in Adrian to John and Katherine (Sallows) Berger. On Aug. 17, 1986, in Morenci, he married Susan A. Double and she survives. Stanley attended Weston United Methodist Church, enjoyed watching TV, going to fairs, festivals and movie theaters, and he loved to eat. Stanley loved his dogs and grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children Cheryl (and Tommy) Workman, Scott (and Rebecca) Berger, Jason Berger, and Sheila (and Jesse) Moyer; siblings Lawrence Berger and Linda Mort; niece Sarah Cole; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Shirley Pfeffer; sister-in-law Pam Berger; and brother-in-law George Mort.

Visitation is planned from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci. The funeral service will be private, with Pastor Donna Galloway officiating. Burial will be held in Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lenawee County Humane Society.

Arrangements were made with Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci.

debra wheeler

Debra S. Wheeler, 79, of Bryan, Ohio, died Feb. 15, 2021, at McLaren St. Luke’s Hospital in Maumee, Ohio.

Debra was born Jan. 28, 1942, in Charleston, West Virginia, to Andrew and Pauline (Blankenship (Faber)) Litchfield. On April 1, 1970, she married William “Bill” L. Wheeler, on his birthday, in West Unity, Ohio, and he preceded her in death Jan. 3, 2018.

Debra worked at the former Beatrice Foods in Archbold; served as the dietary supervisor for Oral Roberts University, University Village in Tulsa, Oklahoma; and most recently worked and retired from Kamco in West Unity.

In her free time, she loved to spend time with her grandchildren. Her other hobbies include crocheting, cooking and watching the Hallmark Channel. Her favorite movie was “A Country Wedding.” She was a member of Restoration Tabernacle in Defiance, Ohio.

Debra is survived by children Karen (and Vic) Potter, Curt (and Laura) Coffman, Carol (and Alan) Warner, Kevin (and Lisa) Coffman, and Billie Wheeler; 23 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brother Richard (and Dongsu) Litchfield; and sister Teresa Funk.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two granddaughters, Courtney Sue Vincent and Nicole Elizabeth Wheeler; three brothers, Charles Martin, Ronald and Michael Litchfield; and two sisters, Patricia Legg and Judy Terry.

Visitation is planned from 1 to 3 and 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Fayette Chapel. Funeral services will be private at noon Saturday, with a public interment to follow at Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. Pastor H. G. Strickland will officiate.

Memorial gifts are suggested to Restoration Tabernacle.

Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Fayette Chapel is handling arrangements.

maynard Raker

Maynard P. Raker, 85, of Fayette, Ohio, died Feb. 10, 2021, at ProMedica Toledo Hospital.

He was born April 1, 1935, in Archbold, Ohio, to Marion Paul and Isabel (Taylor) Raker. He graduated from Gorham-Fayette High School, and then served his country in the United States Army. On Jan. 18, 2015, he married Vicki Schnitkey, and she survives.

Maynard farmed and trained race horses his whole life. He was a member of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, the Indiana Harness Horsemen's Association and the United States Trotting Association. When he wasn't farming or training horses, he loved to spend time with his family and have coffee at the round table at Smith's Restaurant in Wauseon.

In addition to his wife, Maynard is survived by daughters Pam (and Carl) Farough, Annette (and Scott) Whitmer, Kimberly (and Brad) Nofziger, and Mara (and Matthew) Hoadley; son Mike Raker; grandchildren Kevin (and Erin) Raker, Ashley (and Matthew) Thorn, Erin (and Aric) Young, Caden, Grahm and Mila Nofziger, and Aria Hoadley; and great-grandchildren Jameson Raker and Tatum and Scarlett Young.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Luella Christianson.

A memorial service is planned at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at Fayette Christian Church, with Pastor Mary Jo Bray officiating. Visitation is scheduled from 1 p.m. until the time of service.

Memorial gifts are suggested to Gorham-Fayette Fire Department.

The Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Fayette Chapel handled arrangements.

David Fausey

David L. Fausey, 62, of Morenci, Mich., died Feb. 8, 2021, at Toledo Hospital.

David is survived by sisters Linda and Theresa Fausey; son John R. Fausey; daughter Carrie Ashbaugh; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Fern Fausey, and two grandchildren.

There will be no services and cremation has taken place.

Memorial contribution are suggested to the family at 610 Sycamore St., West Unity, OH 43570.

Short Funeral Home in Archbold, Ohio, handled the arrangements.

Betty Erbskorn

Betty Jean (Essex) Erbskorn, 91, of Morenci, Mich., died Feb. 4, 2021, at her home under the loving care of her family.

She was born March 5, 1929, in Elkhart, Ind., to George and Sylvia (Dirr) Essex. She graduated from Chesterfield High School with the class of 1947. Betty married John Fredrick Erbskorn on Nov. 27, 1948, in Seward, Ohio, and he preceded her in death March 4, 2006.

Betty was a member of the Morenci Congregational Church and Morenci Senior Center, and was a life member of the Morenci Garden Club. She was a co-writer of Gardener’s Grapevine in the State Line Observer and loved her co-workers and the kids at Morenci Area High School.

She spent most every day with her great-grandsons, Max and Ro, who put as much joy in her life as she did in theirs. She enjoyed watching her great-grandchildren who live far away on Facebook and FaceTime during the COVID pandemic. The time that she spent with her family and friends was her greatest joy.

Betty is survived by two sons, Kenneth (and Viola) Erbskorn of Milford, Ohio, and Arthur (and Jo) Erbskorn of Morenci; five grandchildren, Jacquie, Nicholas, Kara, Jacob and Kyle; and seven great-grandchildren, Maximus, Roman, Sage, Everett, Jolea, Keegan and Alex.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Mayline Hartman, Ruth Pike, Helen Piercy, Sylvia “Dolly” Boulis and Nina Fackler; and brother Earl Essex.

Services for Betty will be private, with Pastor Greg Morrison officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee.

Arrangements were made with Eagle-Marry Funeral Home - Morenci Chapel.

sandra Berry

Sandra Sue Berry, 65, of Fayette, Ohio, died Feb. 3, 2021, at Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born on April 17, 1955, in Adrian, Mich., the daughter of LaVon and Marilyn (Huntley) Campbell. She was a graduate of Gorham Fayette High School and had been employed by M&S Corporation in Hudson as a secretary.

Sandra loved her horses and all animals. She enjoyed being outside whether it was for fishing, camping, showing her horses, or watching her grandchildren’s ball games.

In addition to her father, Sandra is survived by her two children, Adam (and April) Bailey and Tonya Bailey; four grandchildren, Alexis Mapes, Shawna Lester, Tyson Bailey and Reilly Bailey; brother Tom (and Bonnie) Berry; four sisters, Brenda (and Bill) Dickey, Lisa Meyers, Rebecca Shadbolt and Vickie Betz. She was preceded in death by her mother and grandparents.

Visitation is planned from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Fayette. Funeral services will be private at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, with Pastor Donna Galloway officiating. Public burial will follow in Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette.

Memorial contributions may be given to the family through the Crowd Funding link on the Eagle-Marry website.


chad Miller

Chad A. Miller, 80, of Morenci, Mich., died peacefully Feb. 1, 2021, at his home under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Lenawee.

Chad was born Dec. 15, 1940, in Madison Center, Mich., to Charles and Lucille (Stevens) Miller. On Aug. 21, 1960, he married Carol Jean Munk in Hudson, Mich., and she survives.

Chad served his country with the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1965. He worked as a barber at Varsity Barber Shop in Morenci for many years, retiring in 2006.

When Chad wasn’t working, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing golf, bowling, and playing slo-pitch softball, until he tripped over the chalk line, breaking his shoulder, and ending his career.

He also enjoyed playing cards, including euchre and pedro, and watching sports events, especially his beloved Detroit teams. Above all that, his greatest joys were his family and keeping a “perfect” yard, which only became more impeccable as the years went on.

In addition to his wife, Chad is survived by his children, Daniel (and Kathy) Miller of Pittsford, Mich., and Donna (and Bruce) Merillat of Morenci; a brother, James (and Marguerite) Miller of Hillsdale, Mich.; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents and five siblings, Wendell Miller, Earl Miller, Blanch Bancroft, Bonnie Doran and Daniel Miller.

Visitation is planned from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home - Morenci Chapel. Private family funeral services are scheduled at 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Pastor and nephew Gary Miller will officiate.

Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Morenci, at a later date.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee.

Ramona campbell

Ramona Dale Campbell, 70, of Bryan, Ohio, died Jan. 20, 2021, at St. Vincent's Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio.

She was born on Aug. 18, 1950, to Ivan R. and Virginia I. (Kemp) Ford in Morenci, Mich.

Ramona was a 1968 graduate of Gorham Fayette High School and went on to take some college classes to further her education. She worked as a rural carrier for the U.S. Postal Service.

Ramona had a strong faith and love for her God, her country and her family. She was a member of the New Life Worship Center in Bryan. She enjoyed crafts, drawing and creating watercolor paintings. Ramona also loved to cheer on her beloved Ohio State Buckeyes during football season.

She is survived by three children, William “Ty” (and Heather Lee) Campbell, Shelby Walters and Allison Taylor; sister Rose (and Dave) Reade; 11 grandchildren, Logan Smith, Andrea Taylor, Sebastian Walters, Chelsey Taylor, Sierra Walters, Carly Smith, Brittney O’Niell, Addison Campbell, Blaze Campbell, Fisher Campbell and Stella Campbell; six great-grandchildren, Blayk-Rose Taylor, Divinity Rain Smith, Quinton Garza, Maci-Ann Taylor, Delilah Mackenzie and Ava Stites.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Roland Dean Ford; and a sister, Roxanne Smith.

Visitation is planned from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home - Fayette Chapel. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the New Life Worship Center.

MATTHEW 'jim' bower

Matthew James "Jim" Bower, 74, of Hudson, Mich., died Jan. 22, 2021, at his home.

Jim was born Aug. 11, 1946, in Canton, Ohio. At the age of 12, he was adopted and became the son of Ernest and Leola (Erchlacher) Bower. After graduating from Addison High School, he studied at Jackson Business University and Jackson College, and also enrolled in online Bible courses.

On Nov. 25, 1967, at Manitou Beach Bible Church, Jim was married to Susan Merillat by Pastor Jack Nickelson. Jim had been employed with Jackson Die Cast, then owned and operated Baron Insurance in Toledo, Ohio, for more than 20 years, retiring in 1999. He attended Medina Federated Church and loved squaredancing with the Onsted Turnabouts. He enjoyed quilting, fishing, gardening, traveling, and collecting priceless treasures, especially teddy bears. Jim's greatest blessings were his three girls and fur babies.

In addition to his wife, Jim is survived by his daughter Abbie Bower (and Ron Lundin) and granddaughter Angel Bower.

He was preceded in death by his parents and father- and mother-in-law, Dale and Dorothy Merillat.

Memorial services are planned at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, at Medina Federated Church, with Pastor Darren Lemmon and Pastor Dan Stokes officiating. Inurnment will take place in Lime Creek Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Medina Federated Church or to the family via the CrowdFunding link. Arrangements are under the direction of Eagle-Marry Funeral Home - Hudson Chapel.

Wanda Thompson

Wanda I. Thompson, 92, of rural West Unity, Ohio, died Jan. 21, 2021, at the home of her daughter while under the care of CHP Hospice.

Born March 14, 1928, in Munson, Mich., she was the only daughter and eldest child of Lowell and Amanda (King) Borton.

Wanda grew up near Fayette and graduated with the Class of 1946 from Gorham-Fayette High School. On Dec. 1 of that year, she married the love of her life, Bernard “Red” Thompson. They first made their home north of Alvordton, Ohio, before settling in rural West Unity in 1955, which remained the family home until earlier this year.

Wanda found joy in always keeping busy, whether raising her children or working outside of the home. She first worked in Morenci at the school cafeteria. After her children became adults, she worked for Sauder’s Barn Restaurant in Archbold, Ohio, where she was known for her signature personal birthday mini-cakes. When Sauder’s Heritage Inn opened, she worked in laundry and at the breakfast bar. Her combined tenure at Sauder exceeded 30 years before she retired only for health reasons in 2015 at the age of 87.

She was also locally renowned for her elegant and delicious cakes for various occasions, especially weddings. Wanda previously played the piano at Munson United Brethren Church, where she was then a member, and was currently a faithful member of Fayette Church of the Nazarene.

Wanda is survived by her children Linda (and Sherman) Hathaway of West Unity, Larry (and Donna) Thompson of West Unity, Rick (and Tina) Thompson of West Unity, and Lori (and Tom) Waidelich of Archbold; a brother, Jim (and Retha) Borton of Adrian, Mich.; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Wanda was preceded in death by her husband Bernard on Oct. 3, 1995; her parents; and son Danny Thompson.

Visitation is planned from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, at Fayette Church of the Nazarene. A private family funeral service will take place with Pastor Andy Reynard officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. Arrangements were handled by Wagley Funeral Homes of Adrian.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Fayette Church of the Nazarene.


Ruth Smith

Elda “Ruth” Lewis Smith, 96, died Dec. 12, 2020, at Arcadia Care in Clifton, Ill.

Ruth was born July 25, 1924, in Lenawee County, Mich, the daughter of Arthur and Evelyn (Richard) Lewis. A lifelong learner, Ruth was valedictorian of her graduating class from Waldron High School. On Nov. 22, 1944, she married John (Jack) Peter Smith in Kalamazoo, Mich., and they settled in Morenci, Mich., where they resided for more than 50 years. In 2007, Jack and Ruth moved to Bourbonnais, Ill., to be near family.

Ruth worked in the medical office of Dr. Keith Whitehouse and Dr. Rebilo Diccion and did the bookkeeping for Smith’s Good News, the business she owned with Jack in Morenci.

Ruth was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. She will always be remembered as an amazing homemaker, gifted seamstress, talented baker and sharer of poetry. She enjoyed healthy living, traveling, reading, sewing, playing games and participating at the First Baptist Church in Morenci where she was a member for many years.

Ruth is survived by son Mark A. (and Cheryl) Smith of Bourbonnais; daughter Becky L. (and Casey) Hamill, of Englewood, Col.; five granddaughters, Jennifer (and Alun) Champion of Lake Barrington, Ill., Jessica (and Andy) Corbus of Bourbonnais, Hillary (and Rob) Humphreys of Nashville, Tenn., Libby (and Ethan) Antonson of Denver, Col., and Heidi Hamill (and Brent Cowles) of Denver; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and nine siblings, Arthur Lynn Lewis, Helen Marie Lewis, Glen Lewis, Maureen Sterling, Virginia Welch, Thelma Mercer, Velma Davis, Betty Jean Wagner and Roberta Brock.

A graveside service will be scheduled in Morenci at a later date.


Elizabeth Ladd

Elizabeth Clara (Wiederkehr) Ladd, 99, of Waldron, Mich., died Jan. 15, 2021, surrounded by her family, at her son’s home where she had resided for the past 13 years.

She was born May 25, 1921, in Stryker, Ohio, the daughter of Benjamin J. and Clara E. (Weber) Wiederkehr.

In 1925, she moved with her family to Adrian, Mich. After attending several area churches, she along with her parents and a small group of people started the South Branch Chapel, now the Berean Baptist Church, in 1942 at the corner of Main and Beecher. Elizabeth served as the pianist and first organist and the last living charter member of the church.

It was at this church she met the love of her life, Earnest L. Ladd and they were married there on Feb. 1, 1947. In 1954, the Ladds joined the Ridgeville Bible Church (now Jasper Bible Church) to run the music program there. After doing a dual music program for a few months in early 1955 with the Brotherhood Tabernacle in Adrian, they soon realized they could only do one and stayed at the Tabernacle to assist with their live Sunday morning worship service on WABJ until the church closed in the early 1960s.

They then took a hiatus from music for a few years while attending Clayton Bible Church. In 1965, they moved to their farm on US-127 near Waldron and started attending Prattville Community Church, where Elizabeth served as a deaconess, mission board member, and treasurer for many years. After purchasing an organ in 1974, she served as the organist for more than 40 years. In addition, she served as the treasurer on the Board of Child Evangelism Fellowship in Lenawee County in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Elizabeth attended Adrian Public Schools where she graduated in 1939. She worked for a lawyer in Adrian for $5 a week and considered that her college education.

In the 1940s, she was one of three office personnel at Emma L. Bixby Hospital in Adrian and in the 1950s she was a bookkeeper at Gordon Burgess Bookkeeping in Adrian. While working there she also assisted every Tuesday in the office at Adrian Livestock Auction where she frequently closed out the sale.

She worked as a funeral planner, bookkeeper and organist at Everiss Funeral Home in the early 1960s. After moving to Waldron in the late 1960s, she was secretary and bookkeeper for the superintendent at Waldron Area Schools. After this, the 1970s and early 1980s brought her back to the now Everiss-Wagley Funeral Home doing the same as before. In addition to this, she ran Ladd’s Bookkeeping and Income Tax Service out of her Waldron residence for more than 40 years.

Elizabeth is survived by sons Stephen (and Dixie) Ladd of Waldron and Mark (and Janet) Ladd of Bryan, Ohio; grandsons Matthew (and Vicki) Ladd of Cuba, Mo., Joseph (and Erin) Ladd of Waldron and Nicholas (and Shari) Ladd of Hesston, Kan.; granddaughters Amanda (and Donald) Achenbach of Waldron and Tina Ladd of Adrian; 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandsons; one step-great-grandson and one step-great-great grandson; sister-in-law Helen Bennett of Adrian; and brothers-in-law Richard Ladd of Tennessee and Dan Ladd of Kentucky.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; youngest son, John Earnest Ladd; and her oldest grandson, Michael Stephen Ladd; and siblings Ruth Shrader, Margaret Diller-Abshire and Wayne Wiederkehr.

Funeral services are planned at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at Prattville Community Church with her grandson, Pastor Nicholas Ladd, officiating. Burial will follow at Tedrow Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Prattville Community Church and again Friday at the church from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Memorial donations are suggested to Prattville Community Church or Hospice of Lenawee. Arrangements were handled by Wagley Funeral Home.

Gene Beaverson

Gene W. Beaverson, 83, a lifelong resident of Fayette, Ohio, died Jan. 16, 2021, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo.

He was born Nov. 1, 1937, at the family home in Gorham Township, the first of two sons born to Willard and Irene (Schroeder) Beaverson.

Gene was a 1955 graduate of Gorham-Fayette High School. He earned licensure as a real estate agent and broker. An entrepreneur at heart, Gene founded Beaverson Realty, a business he successfully ran for his entire life. The word “retirement” was not in his vocabulary. A lifetime of dedication and hard work included formerly serving as supervisor of the 50 + 5 in West Unity and as an auctioneer. He worked in construction and developed and managed several apartments, duplexes, rental homes, and self-storage units within Fayette and the surrounding area. He was also instrumental in bringing the Sterling Company (now Circle K) to Fayette.

On New Year’s Day 1975, Gene married the former Barbara Smith, and she survives. He attended the Lauber Hill Reformed Mennonite Church and was a former member of the Morenci Area Hospital board, the Fayette village council, and the Morenci Eagles.

In his spare time, Gene enjoyed spending time fishing on the family pond. His favorite pastime was meeting friends for coffee in Alvordton and discussing day-to-day happenings. He enjoyed exercising and walking his dog while he visited around town, as well as finding great pleasure in mowing his yard. He also enjoyed riding his scooter around town with his dog by his side. Gene was very proud of his family and loved them beyond measure.

In addition to his wife, Gene is survived by five daughters, Barb (and Kent) Lester of Fayette, Fawn Schaffner of Fayette, Cindy (and Tracy) Mitchell of Pickerington, Ohio, Chris (and Tim) Pennington of Fayette, and Danni (and Brian) Keefer of Fayette; 16 grandchildren, Natasha, Andrew, Chad, Ryan, Hillary, Lindsey, Wes, Nathan, Brittany, Aaron, Austin, Alec, Adriana, Tyler, Paige and Trey; and 22 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Gene was preceded in death by his son, Michael G. Beaverson, and his brother, Donald Lee Beaverson.

Visitation is planned from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, from at the FUMC Family Life Center in Fayette. Funeral services will be private for family members and private burial will take place Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lauber Hill Cemetery Fund or the Gorham Fayette Fire Department.

Arrangements were made with Wagley Funeral Home, Adrian, Mich.

A live-stream of the service will be accessible at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at www.WagleyFuneralHomes.com and will be available for the next three months.


Wally Borton

Wallace (Wally) Borton, 95, of Morenci, Mich., died Jan. 11, 2021, with his wife by his side.

Wally was born Dec. 29, 1925, in Fayette, Ohio. He graduated from Fayette High School in 1943. After high school, he enlisted in the Navy and fought in World War II. Upon returning to the states, he fell in love with Iola Markel, and they spent 72 years together in marriage faithfully loving and serving each other, their family and God.

Wally leaves behind a legacy of faith and family for his children and grandchildren to carry on. He loved fishing, watching ball games, and playing tennis. Wally had a strong work ethic and spent 30 years working his own construction business. He spent his life proclaiming the truth of Jesus and serving those around him, including serving in prison ministries and the Morenci Moody Adam Crusades. He and Iola raised their family in the Baptist Church. Throughout his life, he had a peaceful confidence about him that came from knowing his identity in Christ. His favorite verse to share with others was Proverbs 15:1, “A soft answer turns away wrath.”

Wally is survived by his wife Iola of Morenci; five children, Becky Miller of Morenci, Thomas (and Robin) Borton of Morenci, Shelly (and Peter) Larsen of Holland, Mich., Lorie (and Haines) Dennis of Otisville, Mich., and Karrie (and Dave) Rydzinski of Adrian, Mich.; siblings Mac Borton of Fayette, Martha Wyse of Archbold, Ohio, Helen Turnow of Curtis, Ohio, and Dan Borton of Columbus, Ohio; 16 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.

Visitation is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, and from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. The celebration of life service will follow at 1 p.m. Both events are scheduled at the Morenci Church of the Nazarene, 751 N. Summit St.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Holt International or Hospice of Lenawee.

Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci Chapel, is handling arrangements.

Tracy Gleason

Tracy L. Gleason, 57, of Swanton, Ohio, died Jan. 4, 2021, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born in Morenci, Mich., on Sept. 26, 1963, to Joanna (Wood, Gleason) Spiess and the late Norman Gleason.

Tracy was a 1982 graduate of Evergreen High School. In 1999 he married Lisa (Guyer) Witte, who survives.

He was a union member of Carpenters Local 351 for more than 35 years and owned/operated Green Acres greenhouse in Archbold, Ohio, for more than 20 years. His passions included carpentry, agriculture, horticulture, and his various pet dogs. He will be remembered for his hard-working, helpful, and generous nature – he was always willing to lend a hand.

In addition to his wife, Tracy is survived by his mother, Joanna (Chalmers) Spiess of Delta, Ohio; sister Terrie (and Kevin) Freeman of Delta; step-children Josh Witte of Napoleon, Ashley Witte of Napoleon, and Matt (and Maria) Witte of Delta; step-grandchildren Caleb and Alex Zamora and Sophia Witte; and nephew and niece Gabe and Abby Freeman.

Tracy was preceded in death by his father in 2001 and father-in-law, Renwick Guyer in 2018.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Heartland Hospice in Toledo.

Larry Snow

Larry D. Snow, 71, of rural Archbold,Ohio, formerly of Pettisville, Ohio, died Jan. 3, 2021.

Born Aug. 2, 1949, in Morenci, Mich., he was the son of Clifford and Doris (Bacon) Snow.

Larry lived his formative years in Fayette and graduated from Gorham-Fayette High School with the Class of 1967. He furthered his education by obtaining an associate degree at Jackson Business College.

He married the love of his life, Sheryl Lea Apple, on April 24, 1971, in Bryan, Ohio, in a ceremony led by Pastor Richard Keese, and she preceded him in death April 11, 2017. Larry and Sheryl raised their family in West Unity, Ohio, before later building a home in rural Pettisville. Larry spent his professional career working as the vice president of Handy & Harmon of Archbold, and later as a purchasing manager for Sauder Manufacturing Company.

Larry was called to ministry in 1988 and pastored for 32 years at West Franklin Church of Christ near West Unity. He was known as a selfless servant who loved to share the love of Jesus with everyone he encountered. He was a current board member for Team Expansion Mission Project.

Larry was skilled at woodworking and made many crafts and treasured keepsakes for his family. Larry and Sheryl marketed their crafts at various craft shows. They also co-owned a puppy business, Snow’s Poodles and Doodles.

At age 60, Larry received the gift of life from his son, Eric, through a necessary kidney transplant and was an advocate of Donate for Life ever since. Larry was an avid Detroit Tigers baseball fan, to state it lightly. Larry’s greatest passion, however, was his family whom he adored.

Larry is survived by son Eric (and Brooke) Snow of Defiance, Ohio; daughters Melissa (and Dan) McKeever of Archbold and Angie (and Mark) Billups of Fayette; brother Roger (and Kathy) Snow of Huntsville, N.C.; two sisters, Janet Reynolds and Myrna (and Richard) Brown, both of Wauseon, Ohio; 10 grandchildren, Zach, Grant (and Hannah), Marina (and Michael), Logan (and Sami), Morgan (and Matt), Brennan, Ashton, Drake, Kendyl (and Chris), and Summer; two great-grandchildren, Emma and Wynter; mother-in-law Joyce Apple of Alvordton, Ohio; four sisters-in-law, Cindy (and Rob) Heller, Connie (and Kent) Landis, Sandy (and Troy) Carpenter, and Jan Seymour; a brother-in-law, Dave Apple; and numerous nieces and nephews and extended family.

Larry was preceded in death by wife; parents; father-in-law Richard Apple; two brothers-in-law, Jerry Reynolds and Ron Apple; and sister-in-law Sherry Apple.

Visitation is planned from noon until 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, at the Church of Christ at West Unity. A victory celebration will follow at 6 p.m. with son-in-law Mark Billups and nephew Larry Kennedy officiating. Cremation will follow and burial will take place at a later date at the Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette.

Arrangements were handled by Wagley Funeral Home, Adrian, Mich.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Donate for Life.

For those unable to be present, a live streaming of the service will be accessible from Larry’s tribute wall on www.WagleyFuneralHome.com, where a link to view the recording will be available for 90 days.

Jackie Green

Rachel Jacqueline “Jackie” Green, 96, formerly of Morenci, Mich., died Dec. 30, 2020, at Charter Senior Living in Sylvania, Ohio, where she had resided since May 2019.

Jackie was born Oct. 13, 1924, in Detroit, Mich., to Elton and Florence (Woodison) Barret. She was the third of four daughters and remained close to her sisters throughout her life.

A few highlights of her childhood included winning a freckle competition and serving as a drum major for her high school band after the family moved to Mt. Pleasant, Mich. Working through high school, she saved money for college and graduated from Central Michigan University in 1946 with a physical education degree. Her love of dance led her to involvement in university productions.

During college she met her future husband, Robert Green, at a MSU/CMU fraternity-sorority social. They were married in Highland Park, Mich., on June 19, 1948.

After living briefly in Port Huron, Mich., the couple moved to Bob’s home town of Morenci, Mich., where he began serving as publisher of the Morenci Observer.

When the last of her children was in school in 1962, she began teaching physical education at Morenci Area Schools. She soon began studying for an elementary school teaching certificate and served as a second grade teacher for many years.

Jackie enjoyed making connections and helping people, and she was active in community services and events. She joined the local Child Study Club shortly after arriving in Morenci. She was a member of the Morenci Social Services Committee that formed in the 1970s to aid families in need at Christmas.

She was active in committees and functions through the First Congregational Church, was a member of the Morenci Garden Club, the Morenci Area Hospital Auxiliary, and the Red Hat Society.

In 1998 she organized the first Dixieland worship service at the Congregational Church and served as the Second Line Leader with the Ecumenical Jazz Band.

She was a Soft Aerobics instructor in Morenci for several years and served as a volunteer with Hospice of Lenawee. She and her husband were chosen Morenci Citizens of the Year in 1999.

Jackie is survived by sons David (and Colleen Leddy), Daniel (and Liz Rambus) and Thomas (and Ginny Gadbois Green); a son-in-law, Richard Ball; grandchildren Lisa (and Travis) Schmid, Megan (and Seth) Murphy, Janell (and Paul) Troutman, Benjamin (and Sarah) Green, Rosanna (and Taylor) Ballinger, Madelyn (and Travis Heeren) Green, Erin (and Jack McFarland) Green and Kerry (and Mart Viirand) Green; great-grandchildren Caroline and Elizabeth Ballinger, Ryland, Holden and Barret Green, and Evelyn Murphy; and sister Joan Neuwirth; and many nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters Lois Traverse and Naomi “Toni” Wright; and a daughter, Diane Ball.

No funeral services are planned during the pandemic. A memorial stone will be erected at Morenci’s Oak Grove Cemetery.

Memorial donations are suggested to Stair District Library or Morenci’s First Congregational Church.

John D. Van Havel

John Dennis Van Havel, 59, of rural Hudson, Mich., died at home Dec. 24, 2020.

He was born Aug. 22, 1961, to John Jay and Gayle (Hunt) Van Havel. He attended Morenci Area High School, where he excelled in track and auto mechanics, graduating in 1980.

John was a man of many trades. For years he ran his own trucking business (Van Havel Transfer). He was a skilled diesel mechanic and licensed welder, and he enjoyed farming.

John loved old western movies and participated in competitive cowboy shooting. He loved to collect and restore old firearms. He spoke passionately about politics and history, and in his leisure time, he enjoyed reading historic books.

John was active in the Sons of the American Legion and had many friends there. For the past decade he held many positions within the group, most recently the Zone 2 Commander. He was also on the Medina Township Planning Commission.

John loved to share a good laugh with family and friends and could always be counted on for a new raunchy joke to share.

On July 30, 1982, he married Karen Tejkl, and they had two daughters, Holly and Lacy. On June 12, 1999, he married Deborah Garcia.

John is survived by his daughters, Holly (and Broc) Nichelson and Lacy (and Brooks) Allen; father, John Jay (and Carol); brothers, Jeffrey (and Teresa), Jerry (and Lisa), Jason (and Misty); grandchildren, Braedon, Brielle, Natalie, Kendall and Henley; numerous nieces and nephews; step-children Victor (and Julie) Garcia, Steven (and Joyce) Garcia, Kym (and Dan) Baker, Krys (and John) Griffiths, Janie (and Chris) Bailey, and Maegen (and Jay) Sheldon and their families.

He was preceded in death by his mother and grandparents.

Visitation is planned from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Morenci Chapel. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing regulations, only a limited number of individuals will be allowed in the chapel at a time and face coverings will be required.

A private memorial service is scheduled Wednesday at 11 a.m., with public inurnment to follow at Oak Grove Cemetery.

Memorial gifts are suggested to the Morenci American Legion Post 368 or the Sons of the American Legion.

The Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Morenci Chapel handled arrangements.

Deborah Van Havel

Deborah Kay Van Havel, 71, of rural Hudson, Mich., died Dec. 24, 2020, at her home.

She was born Jan. 25, 1949, in Morenci, Mich., to Roger and Iva (VanArsdalen) Masters. Deborah had been employed with Hitt Trophy, National Can, Fayette Tubular Products, and retired from Sauder Woodworking in 2011.

She was a member of the Legion Auxiliary, Morenci Post #368, and she loved her dogs, Baby and Girly, that were always by her side. Among her other favorites were gardening, being outside, baking (she was known as having the best pie crust recipe), tractor pulls and fishing, and was an avid bowler.

Deborah is survived by her six children, Victor (and Julie) Garcia of Wauseon, Ohio, Steven (and Joyce) Garcia of Fayette, Ohio, Kym (and Dan) Baker of Stryker, Ohio, Krys (and John) Griffiths of Fayette, Janie (and Chris) Bailey of Marengo, and Maegan (and Jay) Sheldon of Blissfield, Mich.; grandchildren Victor Ray, Kylee, and Logan Garcia, Ashley (and Joel) Link, Ethan Baker, Taylor and Hunter Griffiths, Makaylin and Wyatt Bailey, and Kaydence Sheldon; great-grandchildren Aiden, Carli and Ella Link; step-daughters Holly (and Broc) Nichelson and Lacy (and Brooks) Allen and their children; brother Mark (and LuAnn) Masters of Morenci; and sister Mary (and Mike) McDowell of Morenci.

She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband Victor Ruiz Garcia; and granddaughter Ashtyn McCrae Baker.

Visitation is planned from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 3, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home - Fayette Chapel. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing regulations, only a limited number of individuals will be allowed in the chapel at a time and face coverings will be required

Funeral services will be private at 1 p.m. Monday, with public burial to follow in Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Morenci American Legion, Morenci Post #368, or to the Legion Auxiliary.


Lloyd harris

Lloyd R. Harris, 60, of Seneca, Mich., died Dec. 27, 2020, at Allegiance Henry Ford Hospital, in Jackson, Mich.

Lloyd was born Feb. 29, 1960, in Morenci, Mich., to Lloyd H. and Betty I. (Bryan) Harris. He married Diana Sandahl on May 20, 1988, in Toledo, Ohio, and she preceded him in death Dec. 29, 2013.

Lloyd was known to have a generous heart. He enjoyed hunting and being outdoors. His great joy was the sound of a dog’s howl on a late-night coon hunt. However, lately he would stop everything and do anything for his grandkids.

Lloyd is survived sons Lloyd Harris, Jr., and Mathew (and Stacy) Sandahl; sisters Brenda (and Terry) Sharp and Vickie (and Russell LaFountain) Baker; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; four nieces and three nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Brad and Shelby Harris.

Cremation has taken place and a graveside service will be held at a later date at Packard Cemetery, with Rev. Bill VanValkenburg officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Arrangements were handled by Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci.


Frederick Sneider

Frederick “Fred” Alexander Sneider, 72, of Perrysburg, Ohio, died Dec. 19, 2020, at his home.

He was born in Toledo on Oct. 21, 1948, to Francis Bernard and Marie (Smith) Sneider.

Fred married his sweetheart, Dorothy Daoust on June 20, 1969, and they spent 48 years together until her passing Jan. 16, 2018.

Fred enjoyed bowling, golfing, playing cards (especially poker), camping and spending time with his family. Fred was a fan of Toledo Rocket football and loved to go dancing with his girlfriend. He retired from Marathon Specialty Projects as a controller. He was a member of the Elks and a faithful member of St. John XXIII Catholic Church.

Fred is survived by his children Pamela (and Steve) Miller, Cheryl (and Geoff) Plummer, Marilyn (and Mike) Trafelet, Becky (and Sean) Stover, Angela (and Billy) Horn, Vincent Anthony Sneider, Veronica Charlene (and Pete) Millon, Joseph (and Kayla) Sneider; 22 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; siblings Jim (and Fran) Sneider, Larissa Sneider and Jan (and Mike) O’Rouke; girlfriend, Linda McKinsey.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife; brother Thomas Sneider; and son-in-law Timothy Ort.

A memorial mass is planned at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, at St. John XXIII Catholic Church, 24250 Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg. Burial will follow in Fort Meigs Union Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to St. John XXIII Catholic Church.

Arrangements were handled by Walker Funeral Homes.

Margaret Porter

Margaret Louise Porter, 93, of Morenci, Mich., passed into the arms of Jesus Dec. 26, 2020, at her residence.

She was born in Jeffersonville, Ind., Sept. 15, 1927, to Jacob Frank and Matilda Catherine (Kaelin) Hutt. On March 24, 1949, she married Roger Lewis Porter. He preceded her in death Sept. 5, 2010.

Margaret was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church in Morenci and attended Morenci Church of the Nazarene. Margaret enjoyed time with her family, music—especially playing organ and piano—reading and walking.

Margaret is survived by son Randall (and Jeannie) Porter; daughters Catherine (and Todd) Walker, Nancy (and James) Walker, and Anne (and David) Fowkes; 17 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Jean Brooks.

Funeral services are planned at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, at Morenci Church of the Nazarene, with son-in-law Todd Walker officiating. Private interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. Visitation is also scheduled at the church from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. until noon Wednesday.

Memorial gifts are suggested to Africa Inland Missions for the ministry of Jamie and Kim Viands. Contact Randall Porter for information.

Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Morenci Chapel is handling arrangements.

Barbara Jane Kruse

Barbara Jane Kruse, 80, of Morenci, Mich., died Dec. 16, 2020, at Lenawee Medical Care Facility in Adrian, Mich.

She was born in Seneca Township, Mich., on April 22, 1940, to Donald and Marie (Richardson) Roth. Jane attended and graduated from Morenci High School. She married William Kruse, Jr., in Seneca Township on Jan. 25, 1959, and he preceded her in death Dec. 6, 2019.

Jane worked for more than 25 years as a housekeeper at Morenci Area Hospital. In her spare time, she enjoyed yard work, playing Bingo, and square dancing. Her two favorite pastimes were her grandchildren and riding the motorcycle with her husband.

Surviving Jane are sons Jack (and Peggy) Kruse of Wauseon, Ohio, and Dale (and Dawne) Kruse of Richlands, N.C.; two granddaughters, Taylor (and Benjamin) Van Gorden and Kailey (and Seth) Burkholder; brother Jerry (and Lizbeth) Roth; sister Jean Brazee; and brother-in-law Don Emmons.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters Joan Emmons and Janet (and Alan) Livingston; and brother-in-law Ross Brazee.

Private funeral services are planned Monday, Dec. 21, and Rev. William Van Valkenburg will officiate. Public interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. Public visitation is scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Morenci Chapel. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and social distancing regulations, only a limited number of individuals will be allowed in the chapel at a time and facial coverings are required.

Memorial gifts are suggested to Morenci Area EMS.

Almeda Overmyer

Almeda Faye Thompson Overmyer, 85, of Morenci, Mich., died Dec. 18, 2020, surrounded by her family at home.

She was born June 13, 1935, to Ella (Stover) and Arnett Williams in Artie, W. Va. She was proud to be the oldest of 11 children. She married Vernon Thompson and had two sons, David and Michael. Almeda and Vernon parted ways and he died in 1983. Almeda then married the love of her life, Russel Overmyer, on June 10, 1978, and he preceded her in death Sept. 18, 2004.

Almeda worked at Morenci Rubber Products from December 1965 until the factory closed in October 1991. She then worked as a cook at Morenci Area Hospital from October 1991 until 1996.

Almeda loved spending time with her family, spoiling her grandkids and great-grandkids, quilting, reading her Bible, baking, gardening, sitting in her chair in the front yard and taking walks to look at the nature that God created. Almeda was known as a remarkable woman who would do anything for anyone.

She is survived by children Dave (and Brenda) Thompson and Mike (and Nancy) Thompson, both of Morenci, Nancy Loop of Tipton, Mich., Cheryl (and Bruce) Stricklin of Hudson, Mich., and Joe (and Diana) Overmyer of Morenci; siblings Kenneth (and Pat) Williams, Lowell Williams, Doug (and Cathy) Williams, Sandra Borton and Greta Peterson, all of Morenci, Junior (and JoAnn) Williams of Wauseon, Ohio; sisters-in-law Darlene Williams of Clear Creek, W. Va., Mary Merillat of Fayette, Ohio, Jackie Overmyer and Michelle Williams, both of Morenci; 14 grandchildren, Angela Fipps, Heather Speiser, Kristie Thompson, Jason Thompson, Cody Thompson, Amy Dunn, Kassi Crawford, Brad Stricklin, Josh Overmyer, Melissa Overmyer, Sara Loop, Jamie Longman, Lisa Wandel and Kaylee Overmyer; 24 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Almeda was preceded in death by her parents; her first and second husbands; three brothers, Gary Williams, Alden Williams and Dennis Williams; sister Judith Cornell; and son-in-law John Loop.

Visitation is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Morenci. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing regulation, only a limited number of individuals will be allowed in the chapel at a time and facial coverings are required. Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, at Seneca Community Church, with Pastor Jon Ruse officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee.

Sue Double

Sue A. Double, 82, of Wauseon, Ohio, died, Dec.14, 2020, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio.

She was born Oct. 15, 1938, in Edon, Ohio, the daughter of Ernest and Pauline (Case) Keller. She married Wayne Double on April 20, 1957, and he preceded her in death May 1, 1998.

A lifelong resident of the Archbold/Wauseon area, Sue was a homemaker and worked at the former Globe-Weiss Systems in Wauseon. She also served as a babysitter for area families.

Sue enjoyed camping, baking, reading, and monthly outings at Loma Linda Restaurant with her girlfriends. She was a lifelong member of the Nazarene Church in Archbold and recently attended the Wauseon Community Church.

Sue is survived by four children, Ronald (and Julie) Double of Bryan, Ohio, Johnna Richmond of Delta, Ohio, Troy (and Julie) Double of Archbold, Ohio, and Jody Sands (and Dale Baggemes) of Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Melvin (and Rosie) Case of Wauseon and Steve (and Brenda) Case of Archbold; and one sister, Joan Westfall of Archbold.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two great-granddaughters; and a brother, Jerry Case.

Due to COVID-19, there will be no visitation. A public graveside service is planned at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Archbold Cemetery, with Pastor Jeff Sheldon officiating. Short Funeral Home in Archbold handled the arrangements.

Ronny Pickering

Ronny Charles Pickering, 76, of Jerome, Mich., died Dec. 6, 2020, at his home.

He was born Feb. 20, 1944, in San Diego, Calif., to Benjamin and Mary (Rodriguez) Pickering. He served in the U.S. Marines from 1963 to 1967.

Ronny had been employed by American Chain and Cable and most recently by General Motors in Adrian, Mich., before retiring June 1, 2001. He was a member of the VFW Post #1584 and the Onsted American Legion Post #550. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, traveling, and playing scratch-off tickets.

Ronny was known to have a great sense of humor. He enjoyed helping and caring for others and loved spending time with his family.

Ronny is survived by daughters Mary (and Eric) Johnson of Morenci, Mich., and Amy DeLine of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; brothers Steve (and Debbie) Pickering of Dallas, Ore., Phillip Pickering of Dallas, Jeff Pickering of Dallas, Scott Pickering of Dallas, Terry (and Peggy) Pickering of McKenzie River, Ore.; Jamie (and Rebecca) of Aumsville, Ore.; sisters Karen Romano of Chandler, Ariz., and Jodi Anderson of Dallas; eight grandchildren, Lucas and Zachary Johnson, Madison (and Mark) Mathis, Sage Satterfield, Kennedy Satterfield, Kendal (and Aaron) Hendrickson, Kayla DeLine and Shea Glaw; great-granddaughter Ofelia Satterfield; cousin Barb (and Harvey) Lloyd; and niece Lorrie Pickering (Ritz) of Fla.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents Edna and Charles Randolph; brothers Larry Pickering and Michael Pickering; sister Linda Pickering; and grandson Ethan Satterfield.

Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be planned in the spring of 2021.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee. Arrangements were handled by Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.

Stephen Borton

Stephen Stanley Borton, 77, of Morenci, Mich., died Dec. 9, 2020, at Oasis at Adrian.

He was born Aug. 22, 1943, in Adrian, Mich., the son of Kirk and Barbara (Judson) Borton. After graduating from Morenci High School. After graduating from Morenci Area High School, Steve joined the U.S. Army, serving during the Cuban Missile Crisis from December 1962 to December 1965.

Steve married Cynthia Howard and she preceded him in death. He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Morenci. Steve had an adventurous soul. He loved riding motorcycles and lived in many different areas throughout the U.S. He was a horticulturist at heart and had a gift for growing houseplants that took over sections of his home. Most of all, Steve had a kind heart and he loved his family.

Steve is survived by his children La Cinda (and Jeff) Womack of Novi, Mich., Justin Pigg of Toledo, Ohio, and Sara (and David) Lynch of Warner Robins, Ga.; two sisters, Mary Jane (and Steve Geer) Dopp of Tecumseh, Mich., and Lisa (and David) Stambaugh of Fayette, Ohio; four grandchildren, Adam Bedingfield, Dashal Womack, Astrid Pigg and Rudy Pigg; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents.

Services will be private and burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the First Congregational Church in Morenci or to Hospice of Lenawee.

Arrangements were handled by Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci.

Ruth Nyce

Ruth Opal Yoder Nyce, 93, formerly of Fayette, Ohio, died Dec. 10, 2020, at Fairlawn Haven in Archbold, Ohio.

She was born March 21, 1927, in Louisville, Ohio, to Fred and Emma (Miller) Yoder. She married Robert W. Nyce on Aug. 2, 1950, in Louisville.

Ruth grew up in Louisville and graduated from Louisville High School in 1945. After high school, she attended Goshen College where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in music.

After their marriage, Ruth and Bob moved to Pennsylvania where Bob attended Hahnemann Medical school in Philadelphia. Ruth taught music during this time in multiple country schools and in Blooming Glen High School. In July 1956, the Nyces moved to Fayette where they lived for 50 years.

Ruth was very involved in the community. She served on the Fayette Opera House board of directors, performed as a member of the Pretenders, and was a member of the Fayette Woman’s Club. Ruth was very supportive of “Doc Nyce’s” medical practice for 47 years.

Music was an important part of Ruth’s life. She directed women’s choirs, mixed choirs, accompanied musicals at school, and directed the bell choir at Zion Mennonite Church for 20 years where she was a member. She accompanied many local soloists throughout the years.

Ruth enjoyed camping trips, cooking and entertaining. She spent time each summer with the “Lake Gang” which included her good friends from Fayette.

Ruth is survived by four children, Karen (and Randy) Stuckey of West Unity, Ohio, Richard (and Eileen) Nyce of Pettisville, Ohio, Susan (and Kirk) Stiffney of Goshen, Ind., and Philip (and Maribeth) Nyce of Jones, Mich.; 10 grandchildren, Emily, Jonathan, Rustin, Matthew, Hope, Kyle, Joshua, Aaron, Peter and David; and 11 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years and by a son, William Jay Nyce, in 1986.

Private interment will be at Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. Memorial gifts are suggested to Archbold Fish Pantry, P.O. Box 5, Archbold, OH 43502.

Eagle-Marry Funeral Home – Fayette Chapel is handling arrangements.

Franklin Stover

Franklin M. Stover, 81, of Lyons, Ohio, died Dec. 6, 2020, at Fulton County Health Center in Wauseon, Ohio.

He was born Nov. 4, 1939, in Ameagle, W.V. to Clifford and Flossie (Williams) Stover. He married Bonnie J. Platt on Aug. 25, 1958, and she preceded him in death Sept. 23, 1973. On Sept. 11, 1991, in Greenup, Ky., he married Sharon K. Ferris and she survives.

Franklin had been employed by the Miller Brothers Construction Company as a road construction truck driver. Franklin loved sports, especially football and baseball. He was an avid New York Yankees fan, enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Roger (and Barb) Stover and Terry (and Autumn) Stover; three daughters, Deborah (and Charles) Beck, Carol Mynhier, and Amy (and Steven) Bennett; a brother, Buddy Stover; 20 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his first wife and his parents, Franklin was preceded in death by his son Clifton; sister Jacquline Andrews; brother Rudy Stover; and granddaughter Abigail Eller.

A private graveside service is planned Thursday, Dec. 10, at Canandaigua Cemetery, with Rev. Dr. Sam Wickard officiating. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Memorial gifts are suggested to Morenci Athletic Boosters.

The Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Morenci handled arrangements.

Suzanne Adams

Suzanne “Sue” Adelle Adams, 71, of Morenci, Mich., died Dec. 5, 2020, due to complications of a stroke, at home under the care of Hospice of Careline Health Group, Comfort Care and her loving husband of 37 years, Mike Adams.

Sue was born March 23, 1949, in Adrian, Mich., to Clair and Verla Nadine (Clark) Sower. She graduated in 1968 from Blissfield High School.

Sue married Mike Adams of Morenci Dec. 16, 1983, in Fayette, Ohio, and he survives.

Her family was very important to her as were her nieces and nephews and many cousins. Sue loved to help people and her heart was filled with kindness for others. She loved to garden, play softball, make ceramics and paint. She loved to read Steven King books and do crossword puzzles. Her mind was said to be the equivalent of the modern day Google.

Sue worked hard all her life at various businesses, including Peter Stamping in Fayette, Dura in Adrian, Mich., Draper Decor in Monroe, Mich., and JaDo Campground in Irish Hills, Mich.

In addition to her husband, Sue is survived by two children, Angela (and Brian) Roe of Grand Haven, Mich., and Jacob Adams of Kalamazoo, Mich.; three granddaughters, Kelsey Kuhn of Adrian, Kendall Kuhn of Adrian and Kyle Kuhn of Grand Haven; three brothers, Charlie (and Janice) Sower of Holt, Mich., Donald (and Lois) Sower of Adrian and Steven (and Lynne) Sower of Tuscon, Ariz.; and one sister, Kay (and Doug) Miller of Irish Hills.

Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will planned at a later date.

Arrangements were handled by J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home in Adrian.

Ann Warner

In the arms of her loving husband, Rosalie Ann Warner, age 82 passed from this life to her heavenly home Friday, Dec. 4, 2020.

Ann, as everyone knew her, was born March 25, 1938, to Everett and Aldyth (Tuttle) Barnes. She attended Morenci High School, a graduate in the class of 1956. On Oct. 3, 1987, Ann married Woodrow (Woody) Warner in Seneca. After years of dedicated work in positions from secretary to estimator, she retired from Swenk-Tuttle Press in 1996.

Surviving Ann, in addition to her husband, Woody, are daughters Judy (and Steve) McHan of Dahlonega, Ga., Jacquie Crow of San Antonio, Texas, Lucy Warner of Dallas, Texas, Melissa (and Mark) Garland of Marengo, Ohio, and a daughter-in-law, Cathy Schoonover of Hudson, Mich. She was also blessed with eight grandchildren, Mark (and Nawana) McHan, Sam (and Ashley) McHan, Garrett (and Mayela) Schoonover, Hannah Schoonover, Joshua (and Cassie) Garland, Michael (and Alex) Garland, Jeremiah (and Steven) Garland and James Garland. Ann is also survived by 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Jeff Schoonover.

Ann lived nearly all of her life in the Morenci and Seneca communities. She was a former member of Seneca Community Church and current member of First Baptist Church of Weston. She shared her gift of music, singing in choir, small groups, and solos. She was a Sunday School teacher where she touched many lives. Ann was also known for her green thumb, and until her health prevented it, she could be found tending her rose garden. Continuing her love of nature, Ann enjoyed watching a variety of birds visit the feeders outside her windows. An avid reader throughout her life, she was never far from her current book, and usually would read with one of her beloved cats snuggled on her lap.

Friends and family are welcome to visit Thursday, Dec. 10, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci Chapel. Funeral services are scheduled Friday, Dec. 11, with burial in Oak Grove Cemetery. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and social distancing restrictions, only 25 individuals will be allowed in the chapel at a time, and masks are required.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Weston. Envelopes are available at Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci Chapel, where arrangements have been entrusted.

Rose Sallows

Rose Sallows, 88, of Morenci, Mich., died Dec. 4, 2020, at Caring Dunn Right, the residence of her granddaughter.

She was born March 19, 1932, in Clayton, Mich., to Clyde and Stella E. (Simpson) Flint. On Nov. 29, 1954, she married Robert Sallows in Toledo, Ohio, and he preceded her in death in 2006.

Rose worked for many years as a waitress in various local restaurants. She was fun-loving, enjoyed music and dancing, and planting flowers. Another one of her favorite pastimes was shopping ’til “we” dropped. She was always there to lend a helping hand for anyone.

Rose is survived by daughters Sue (and Bill) Fee and Clara Moore; sons Jeffrey (and Cathy) and David (and Carla Repp) Sallows; grandchildren Jessica (and Heith) Dunn, Tonya, Paula and James Moore, Cheri (and Craig) Kent, Mindy Sallows, Stephanie Mossing, Michelle Jarell, Shane Curtis, Christopher(and Maria) Curtis, Shelly Jones, Leather Sallows, Kristen (and Joe) Hiller; and many great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by brothers Delbert, Clyde Jr., and Eugene; sisters Vivian Smith, Gertrude Bailey, Joanne Poll, Shirley Brock, Virginia Blohm and Margarete Fox; and sons-in-law, Jerry Curtis and James Moore.

Cremation will take place. Services and inurnment at Oak Grove Cemetery will be planned at a later date. Memorial gifts are suggested to Morenci Food Pantry or the Salvation Army.

Eagle-Marry Funeral Home in Morenci handled arrangements.

Herbert Mansfield

Herbert Mansfield, 92, died Dec. 4, 2020, at Traverse Manor Assisted Living in Traverse City, Mich., after battling the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Herb was born Oct. 4, 1928, to Wayne and Ida May (Johnson) Mansfield on the family farm near Morenci, Mich. He was a graduate of Morenci High School. After graduation, Herb married the love of his life and best friend Evelyn May (Porter) on Aug. 16, 1947, in Morenci. Together they raised a loving family on their crop and dairy farm in Lenawee County, raising dairy and beef cattle and eventually just crop farming before retiring. During his farming days, he would tend to the needs of the cattle and crops and take a break long enough to drive a school bus for the Morenci Area Schools district.

For 38 years, Herbert and Evelyn enjoyed their winters in Leesburg, Fla., where they were very involved in the Holiday Mission Church. After arriving back home to Michigan, it didn’t take long for Herbert to have the truck packed back up ready for another traveling adventure.

Herbert is survived by son Thomas (and Donna) Mansfield of Traverse City; daughters Carol (and Marv) Studinger of Traverse City and Emilie (and Mike) Calvert of Broken Arrow, OK; daughter-in-law Susie Mansfield of Newaygo, Mich.; grandchildren Brook (and Bill) Yeager of Windermere, Fla., Aaron (and Lori) Mansfield of Traverse City; Abigail (and Aaron) Shier of Fort Mill, S.C., Lindsey (and Gym) Hinderer of St. Louis, Mo., Amber (and Steve) Yarber of Charlotte, N.C., Major Luke (and Andrea) Calvert of Parker, Col., Bree Gail (and Brandon) Stuk of Jenison, Mich., Corinn (and Nick) Kowalski of Traverse City, Dr. Bryton (and Jillian) Mansfield of Grand Rapids, Mich., and SPC Seth (and Amy) Calvert of Broken Arrow, OK; great-grandchildren; Cameron and Boden Mansfield, Will Yeager, Judson, Julia and Adeline Stuk, Nola, Bronson, Brecht and Lakeland Mansfield, Lincoln, Alexis and Raelynn Shier, Will and Hank Hinderer, Porter, Weston, Elliott, Lilli, Hudson and Genevieve Kowalski, Anniston Yarber and Olivia and Penelope Calvert; sister Maureen Mansfield-Smith; sister-in-law Margaret Porter; many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his wife; son Brad Mansfield; grandson Bronson Mansfield; granddaughter Shannon Brook Suydam; sister Eva Marie Beck Boydston; brother Nored Mansfield; sister-in-law Merle Mansfield-Speiser; his parents; and a son-in-law, Robert Suydam.

A memorial service honoring Herbert’s life will take place at a later date.

Memorial donations are suggested to Hospice of Michigan or Love Thy Neighbor Grand Traverse.

Arrangements were handled by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home of Traverse City.

Reva Miller

Reva Mae Miller, 87, of Gaslight Village Assisted Living in Adrian, Mich., died Dec. 6, 2020, at ProMedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital from the COVID-19 coronavirus. She lived at Gaslight Village for the past three years.

Reva was born Aug. 9, 1933, in Lyons, Ohio, the daughter of Ralph and Lola (Robinson) Seigneur. On Sept. 7, 1952, in Lyons, she married William J. Miller.

She lived most of her life in the Lyons area and was known as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She was a graduate of Lyons High School. Before her retirement, Reva was employed with the Toledo Blade newspaper in Toledo, Ohio. She was a member of the East Chesterfield Christian Church.

Reva is survived by a daughter, Cheryl (and Francis) Ladd of Sand Creek, Mich.; two sons, Ken (and Sheri) Miller of Hollywood, S.C., and Mark (and Patricia) Miller of Archbold, Ohio; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Vava Campbell and Vivian Seigneur; and three brothers, Paul (and Joyce) Seigneur, Lyle Seigneur and Max (and June) Seigneur.

She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. A private burial will take place in Lyons Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to East Chesterfield Christian Church or to the Alzheimer’s Association of Michigan. Arrangements were handled by Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci.

Scotty Frey

Scotty Joe Frey, 58, of Morenci, Mich., died Dec. 3, 2020, at his home.

He was born Oct. 18, 1962, in Morenci, to Donald and Joanne (Redman) Frey. He was a graduate of Morenci Area High School. On April 16, 1983, in Morenci, he married Kelly Machelle Merillat and she survives.

Over the years, Scotty had been employed with Morenci Super Valu, Morenci and Hudson hospitals, and Sauder Woodworking. Scotty attended Medina Federated Church, was a lifetime member of the NRA, Morenci American Legion Post 368 SAL, and the Masonic Lodge Fairfield Lodge #125.

He enjoyed trap shooting, hunting and fishing with his son, restoring tractors, trips to Fletcher’s Pond, and family trips. Scotty loved the Lord, spending time and providing for his family, and serving others.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Dr. Chas Frey, DPT; daughter, Kelsey Frey; two brothers, Gary Frey and Tony Frey; sister Janie Frey; mother and father-in-law Donald and Carol Merillat; grandmother Mary Merillat; brothers-in-law Chris (and Molly) Merillat and Kent (and Jeanelle) Merillat; several aunts and uncles; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

All services will be private. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Memorial gifts are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Eagle-Marry Funeral Home, Morenci Chapel, is handling arrangements.