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Saturday, September 18, 2004

Lucille Kessen

Lucille M. Kessen, 71, W. Elizabeth St., Coldwater, died at 7:25 p.m. Sept. 16, 2004, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.
   She was born March 24, 1933, in St. Henry, to Raymond and Hilda Schulte Heitkamp. On July 3, 1951, she married Kenneth Kessen who survives.
   Other survivors include a son, Jerry (Joan) of Coldwater; four daughters, Judy (Ron) Roessner, Coldwater, Cindy (Randy) Bennett and Michele (Jerry) Hirsch, all of Celina; and Shirley McDermitt, St. Marys; four brothers, Ivo (Millie) Heitkamp and Louis (Thelma) Heitkamp, all of St. Henry, Alvin (Linda) Heitkamp, Coldwater, and Dan Heitkamp, Dayton; six sisters, Mary Alice (Julius) Ahrens, Maria Stein, Joan Reigelsperger and Rose Ann (Ivo) Schmidt, all of Coldwater, Dorothy (Arthur) Brunswick, Beavercreek, Charlene (Mike) Sell, Greenville, and Ruth Frantz, Dayton; a brother-in-law, Leroy (Phyllis) of Coldwater; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
   Deceased is a brother, Lavern Heitkamp; and two brothers-in-law, Louis Reigelsperger and Ralph Kessen.
   She was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary, both of Coldwater.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. Ronald Wilker officiating. Burial is the St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Coldwater.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. Sunday and 9-10 a.m. Monday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.

Mary Lykins

Mary E. Lykins, 71, Bayview Road, Celina, died at 3:50 a.m. Sept. 17, 2004, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.
   She was born Aug. 9, 1933, in Battlecreek, Mich., to William and Lucy Bailer. Her husband, Eugene Lykins, died June 7, 2004.
   Survivors include a daughter, Cinthia of Celina; a brother, William (Rab) Bailer, Dayton; a grandson, Raymond (Alicia) Shaffer of West Virginia and a great-granddaughter, Avery Elizabeth.
   She was a department manager for Sears & Roebuck, Dayton, for 26 years. She was a former member of the First Presbyterian Church, Celina, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Auxiliary, Fort Recovery.
   Services are 4 p.m. Monday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater, the Rev. Tony Richmond officiating.
   Calling is 2-4 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Larry Parker

Larry Parker, 60, of Village Mills, Texas, died Sept. 10, 2004, at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital, Beaumont, Texas. Death was due to natural causes.
   He was born May 24, 1944, in Texas, to Albert and Opal Hargraves Parker. His wife, the former Marilyn Westgerdes, survives.
   Other survivors are a son, Scott (Kimberly) of Chester, Texas; a brother, Ralph Hargraves, Austin, Texas; a sister, Barbara Platt, Sour Lake, Texas; a mother-in-law, Mildred Westgerdes, Versailles; and two granddaughters.
   Also surviving are seven brothers-in-law, Ron Westgerdes, Coldwater, Ken Westgerdes, Yorkshire, Dan Westgerdes, Minster, Paul Westgerdes, Portland, Ind., Gerry Westgerdes of Indianapolis, Ind., Herb Westgerdes, Fort Recovery, and Bill Westgerdes, Celina; and three sisters-in-law, Jo Jackson of Tennessee, Arlene Luttmer, Versailles, and Sandy Knoth, Fort Recovery.
   Deceased is a brother, Luther Neil Parker.
   A U.S. Navy veteran, he retired as a supervisor for Ameripol-Synpol in Port Neches, Texas, and was a Little League T-ball coach in Warren, Texas.
   Services were held Sept. 14 in Texas, with burial at Village Mills Cemetery.

Bessie VanKirk

Bessie D. VanKirk, 94, of La Mirada, Calif., died Sept. 16, 2004, at Kindred Hospital, La Mirada.
   She was born May 5, 1910, in Burkettsville, to John and Bertha Arnett Thwaits. On Sept. 22, 1928, she married Ralph VanKirk who is deceased.
   Survivors include a son, Roy of Whittier, Calif.; a brother, Roy Thwaits, Orlando, Fla.; two sisters, Frances Kyle, Fort Recovery, and Dorothy (James) Wright, Portland, Ind.; three grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
   Deceased are three sisters and a brother.
   She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, Fort Recovery.
   Graveside services are 6 p.m. Wednesday at Springhill Cemetery, Fort Recovery, the Rev. Verl Ballmer officiating.
   Calling is 4-5:45 p.m. Wednesday at Brockman & Boeckman Funeral Home, Fort Recovery.


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