Harold H. Backs, 83, 8651 Jackson St., Neptune, died at 11:39 a.m. July 24, 2004, at Lima Memorial Hospital.
He was born Feb. 14, 1921, in Mercer County, to A.J. and Elizabeth Guggenbiller Backs. On Jan. 26, 1946, he married Gertrude Holtman who died April 27, 1998.
Surviving are a son, Dave (Connie) of Sarasota, Fla.; a daughter, Connie (Keith) Buschur, Montezuma; four brothers, Richard and Robert (Jeannie), all of Marion, Ind., Paul (Ruth) of St. Henry, and Maurice (Sandy) of St. Joe; two sisters, Alice (John) Fiely, also of Marion, and Bernice (Doc) Kaup, Fort Recovery; two sisters-in-law, Ruth Backs, Marion, and Frieda Backs, St. Marys; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Two brothers, Art and Don, are deceased.
He retired after more than 40 years service with Lima Locomotive (Clark Equipment). He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the Veterans of Foreign Wars post, American Legion post, Loyal Order of Moose and the Knights of St. John, all of Celina. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Thomas Brenberger officiating. Burial will follow at St. Marys Catholic Cemetery, Celina.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina.
Contributions can be made to the church endowment fund or the American Heart Association.
Nicholas A. Dirksen, 22, 5471 S. 300 E., Portland, Ind., died July 21, 2004, of injuries received in a Darke County traffic accident (See story on 1A)
He was born June 24, 1982, in Portland, to Lester and Velma Frilling Dirksen. They survive in Portland.
Also surviving are four sisters, Jennifer, Janet, Sarah and Sharon, all of Portland.
He was a farmer and an employee of L.P.I. in Portland. He graduated in 2001 from Jay County High School, where he had been a member of the varsity basketball team and the Future Farmers of America. He also was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Portland.
Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Marty Sandhage officiating. Burial will follow at Green Park Cemetery, Portland.
Calling is 3-9 p.m, Ohio time. Wednesday and prior to the services Thursday at Baird-Freeman Funeral Home, Portland. A scripture service will be held there at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Contributions can be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Celina native Lester Lee "Hap" Bricker, 79, 3663 E. 200 N., Portland, Ind., died July 23, 2004, following an extended illness.
He was born Feb. 7, 1925, in Celina, to John K. and Mable Rush Bricker. On July 30, 1942, he married Myrtle D. Knittle who survives.
Also surviving are a son, Fred (Pat) of Ridgeville, Ind.; three daughters, Marjorie Steed Frazier, Kissimmee, Fla., Jackie (Bruce) Newton Petschke, Portland, and Judy (James) Weagant, Fort Recovery; four brothers, Earl and Carl, both of Greenville, Donald of Celina and Gene of Greenwood, Ind.; 12 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
He was a horse dealer and owner of Happy's Poultry and Happy's Circle B Ranch.
Funeral services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at Baird-Freeman Funeral Home, Portland, the Rev. Eric Fee presiding. Burial will follow at Salamonia Cemetery.
Calling is 3-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society or State of the Heart Home Health & Hospice.
Alvira Schoenlein, 84, County Road 33A, Wapakoneta, died at 11:22 p.m. July 25, 2004, at St. Marys Living Center.
She was born Sept. 3, 1919, in Maria Stein, to Edward and Rosalia Bertke Heitkamp. She married Herbert Schoenlein who died June 4, 1989.
Surviving are two sons, Eugene (Joan) of Wapakoneta and Richard (Jackie) of St. Marys; a daughter-in-law, Bernadette Schoenlein, St. Marys; two brothers, Dennis (Rita) Heitkamp and David (Teckla) Heitkamp, both of New Bremen; three sisters, Velma Bruns, Maria Stein, Alberta (David) Hackemoeller, New Bremen, and Junita Steinbrunner, Fort Recovery; a sister-in-law, Rosemary Heitkamp, McCartyville; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are a son, Leon; two brothers, Lloyd and Norbert Heitkamp; and a sister, Irene Ruschau.
She was a homemaker and a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and the Ladies Altar Sodality, both of Glynnwood.
Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church, the Rev. Oscar Seger officiating. Burial will follow at St. Thomas Cemetery, Glynnwood.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today and after 9 a.m. Tuesday at Miller-Long & Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys.
Louise E. Sparks, 82, 100 W. Spring St., St. Marys, died at 2:42 a.m. July 24, 2004, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
She was born Nov. 24, 1921, in Martin, Ky., to E.K. and Emma Lykins Frazier. She was married to Carl Thomas Sparks who died in 1987.
Surviving are two nephews whom she raised, Michael Frazier, Dayton, and Rick Frazier, St. Marys; a brother, E.K. (Anna Lea) Frazier Jr., St. Marys; and two sisters, Mary Jean (Robert) Hall and Bethel Liles, also of St. Marys.
Two brothers, Russell and Dale Frazier, are deceased.
She retired as an extrusion line employee at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., St. Marys, and was a member of Missionary Baptist Church, Martin, Ky.
Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at Miller-Long & Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Charles Richtmyer officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
Calling is 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to Celina Area Visiting Nurses.
Marguerite Vornholt, 88, 607 Red Oak Drive, St. Marys, died at 11:45 a.m. Saturday at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.
She was born Sept. 1, 1915, near St. Marys, to Marion and Mary Hackemeyer Duncan. On April 29, 1936, she married Myron Vornholt, who died May 9, 1986.
Surviving are two sons, Steven (Karen) of Harris, Mo., and Richard of St. Marys; two sisters, Ruth Lee, St. Marys, and Odessa (Carl) Klopfleisch, St. Marys; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A brother, Basil Duncan, and a sister, Lorine Dicke, are deceased.
A homemaker, she had worked at the former DWG Cigar Factory and Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys. In later years, she cared for elderly people in their homes. She was a 1933 graduate of Memorial High School and a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ and Hawthorne Chapter 119, Order of Eastern Star, all of St. Marys, and the Farm Bureau.
Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at Miller-Long & Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Patricia Minnich officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
Calling is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to the church.