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Saturday, June 5, 2004

Robert Harter

Robert L. Harter, 72, of New Madison, died June 3, 2004, at his home.
   He was born Oct. 18, 1931, in Darke County, to Clinton O. and Onda L. Laughman Harter. On Jan. 27, 1952, he married Donna Riegle who survives.
   Other survivors are a son, Ronald and Kathy of Dublin; two daughters, Beverly (Ronald) Anders, Coldwater, and Carol (Mark) Baird, Zanesfield; a brother, Gerald (Aleta) of New Madison; and nine grandchildren.
   He was a residential home contractor with his father for many years before developing Twin Oaks Subdivision in New Madison, and establishing a plumbing, heating and air conditioning business. A certified state plumbing inspector for Darke County, he was assistant chief enforcement officer of the plumbing section of the Ohio Department of Health until his retirement in 1996.
   He was a member and trustee of the staff parish committee of New Madison United Methodist Church, and a member and chairman of the board of zoning appeals for Harrison Township. A U.S. Army veteran, he served in the military police division during the Korean War.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, the Rev. Fred Bernhard officiating. Burial is at Greenmound Cemetery, New Madison, with military services conducted by the Greenville Veterans Honor Guard.
   Calling is 5-8 p.m. Monday and 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. The Greenville Masonic Lodge will conduct a memorial service at the funeral home at 8 p.m. Monday, and a Scottish rite ring degree service will be held prior to services on Tuesday.
   Contributions can be made to Tri-Village Rescue Squad or the Valley of Dayton 32 degree Masonic Learning Center.

Clyde Mertz

Clyde V. Mertz, 76, of Ohio Street, Wapakoneta, died at 11:45 a.m. June 4, 2004, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.
   He was born Nov. 17, 1927, in St. Johns, to Vernon and Hope Rose Mertz. On June 7, 1952, he married Artiff Thitoff who died June 1, 2003.
   Surviving are a son, Clyde V. II of Wapakoneta; three daughters, Darlene (Thomas) Smith, Arcadia, Mich., and Christine Johnston and Tamara (Ron) Fullen, all of Wapakoneta; a sister, Vera (Jack) Stieg, Scottsdale, Ariz.; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are two brothers, Ralph and Earl.
   He was a retired truck driver with Stokely-Van Camp and Quaker Oats, and worked as a groundskeeper at Hawthorne Hills Golf Club, Lima. He was a member of Salem United Methodist Church, Wapakoneta. A U.S. Army veteran, he was a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie of Wapakoneta and Celina, Free and Accepted Masons, Celina, and the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Dayton.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, Wapakoneta, Pastor Ed Wallen officiating. Burial is at Greenlawn Cemetery, Wapakoneta. Military rites will be conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Wapakoneta.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday and 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. An Eagles memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday.
   Contributions can be made to the church.


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