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Wednesday, June 2, 2004

Melanie Bowman

Melanie A. Bowman, 48, 318 N. Cherry St., St. Marys, was found dead at her residence May 31, 2004, following an apparent heart attack.
   She was born Dec. 5, 1955, in Springfield, to Ray and Rosemary Houseworth Bowman. Her father survives in South Charleston.
   Also surviving are a son, Eric, and a daughter, Chastity (Tim) Sparks, all of St. Marys; two brothers, Walt (Dawn) of Medway and Carl of Springfield; three sisters, Tanya Perez, Rene Borden and Kara Oiler, all of Springfield; a sister-in-law, Dar Bowman, Springfield; and three grandchildren.
   A brother, Ray, is deceased.
   She was employed at Amcast Corporation, Wapakoneta, and was a Southern Baptist.
   Services are 11:30 a.m. Friday at Miller-Long & Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Ron Spurgeon officiating. Burial will be at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
   Calling is 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Robert Freytag

Robert J. Freytag, 75, 261 S. Lincoln St., Minster, died at 1:07 p.m. June 1, 2004, at his residence.
   He was born Oct. 4, 1928, in Fort Loramie, to Albert and Amelia Boerger Freytag. On April 6, 1953, he married Anne Hemmert who survives.
   Also surviving are two sons, David of Villa Hills, Ky., and Rob (Laura) of Dallas, Texas; two daughters, Katherine (Robert) McDevitt, Sidney, and Christina (Chris) Moeller, Concord, N.C.; two brothers, Karl (Ellen) of Sidney and Albert (Marge) of Minster; three sisters, Louise Tebbe, Findlay, Elsie Van Oss, Minster, and Margaret Schrimpf, Cincinnati; and eight grandchildren.
   Two sisters are deceased.
   He was a retired brick mason and a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, American Legion Post 387, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1391, and Cataract Fire Company, all of Minster. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
   Funeral Mass is 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. Louis Schmit officiating. Burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery, Sidney, with the Minster Firing Squad conducting military rites.
   Calling is 3:30-8 p.m. Friday and 12:30-1:15 p.m. Saturday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.

Otis Lake

Otis F. Lake, 82, 211 Celina St., Celina, died June 1, 2004, at his residence.
   Arrangements are pending at Routsong Funeral Home, Dayton.

William Rye

William S. Rye, 94, 111 S. Beech St., St. Marys, died at 12:33 a.m. today, June 2, 2004, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
   Arrangements are pending at Miller-Long & Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys.

Robert Smith

Robert F. Smith, 83, of Celina, died June 1, 2004, at the Miller House in Celina.
   He was born Aug. 31, 1920, in Deer River, Minn., to William and Mabel Fritz Smith. On Feb. 14, 1942, he married Mildred Elizabeth Eschenberg who died in 1971.
   Surviving are a son, Robert G. (Linda) of San Marcos, Texas; a daughter, Nancy J. (Robert) Miller, Celina; a daughter-in-law, Donna Smith, Vandalia; a sister-in-law, Phyllis Ann Lankford, Delray Beach, Fla.; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are a son, Michael A., and two brothers, William and Harold.
   He retired as an experimental machinist from the Aeronautical Systems Division at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in 1976. He previously worked at National Cash Register and Sheffield Gauge and was a restaurateur. He served stateside with the U.S. Army during World War II making parts for a prototype bridge eventually used to cross the Rhine River in Germany. He had boxed in the Golden Gloves program as a young man and participated in the Ohio Senior Olympics.
   Private memorial services will be held at the family's convenience, with the Rev. Linda K. Smith of Free Them Ministries in San Marcos delivering the eulogy.
   Contributions can be made to Celina Area Visiting Nurses and Hospice or a church of the donor's choice.
   Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, has charge of arrangements.


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