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Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Recie Beach

Recie Beach, 79, 1172 Nanette Lane, Van Wert, died at 11:50 p.m. Sept. 26, 2004, at Van Wert Manor Nursing Home.
   She was born July 13, 1925, in Ohio City, to Perry Walter and Pearl May Garrard Ellinger. On April 13, 1947, she married Richard H. Beach who survives.
   Also surviving are two sons, Kevin (Jill) of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Brad of Indianapolis, Ind.; a daughter, Jackie (Gregory) Taylor, Cridersville; two brothers, Richard (Pauline) Ellinger, Ohio City, and Eugene (Nancy) Ellinger, Celina; four grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are five brothers, Homer, Leo R., Freddie Henry, John William and James Edwin Ellinger Sr.
   She was a homemaker and a 1943 graduate of Ohio City-Liberty Schools. She was a member of the Ohio City Church of God, where she was a charter member of the WCSC, former junior department superintendent and a church trustee.
   Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Revs. Matt Braun and Paul Rutledge officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Ohio City.
   Calling is 3-8 p.m. Wednesday at Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert.
   Contributions can be made to the church.

James Brenneman

James Brenneman, 61, of Spencerville, died Sept. 26, 2004, at his residence. Death was due to natural causes.
   He was born Sept. 27, 1942, in Lima, to Richard and Helen Hunt Brenneman Welsh. His mother survives in Delphos. On May 29, 1965, he married Sharree K. Goetz who survives.
   Other survivors include two daughters, Julianne (Chris) Barnett, Wapakoneta, and Sarah (Jason) Pohlman, Delphos; two brothers, Marvin (Nancy) of Delphos and Michael of Cincinnati; and five grandchildren.
   A self-employed farmer, he had worked in sales for Schwan's for 10 years and as a truck driver with Moo-Juice Express for seven years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Spencerville, a 32nd degree Mason in Toledo, a U.S. Army Reserves veteran and a 1960 graduate of Delphos Jefferson High School.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Harter & Schier Memorial Chapel, Delphos, the Rev. David Howell officiating. Burial will follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery, Delphos, where graveside military rites will be conducted.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. A Masonic service is also planned.
   Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.

Elizabeth Dirksen

Elizabeth Ida Dirksen, 86, 14807 U.S. 127, New Weston, died at 12:20 a.m. Sept. 25, 2004, at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home, Coldwater.
   She was born April 14, 1918, in Tennessee. On Aug. 29, 1936, she married Gregory Dirksen who died Nov. 2, 1998.
   Surviving are six sons, Clete and Ronald (Marilyn), all of New Weston, David (Rosemary) of Madison, Ind., Bernard (Anita) of Rossburg, John (Shirley) of Portersville, Miss., and Michael (Sherry) of Greenville; a daughter, Kathleen (Carl) Gasson, Versailles; a daughter-in-law, Kathy (Randy) Schulze, Fremont; 25 grandchildren and 52 great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are a son, William; infant twins, Mary Margaret and Mary Ann; a brother, a sister and a grandchild.
   She was a homemaker and a member of St. Louis Catholic Church, North Star.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. David Zink officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. today at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater, and 9-10:15 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

Richard Johnson

Richard Charles Johnson, 70, 114 W. Bennett St., Sidney, died Sept. 26, 2004, at his residence.
   He was born Oct. 9, 1933, in Logan County, to William and Margaret Bradley Johnson. On July 8, 1952, he married former Mercer County-area resident Shirley L. Holycross who survives.
   Also surviving are a son, R. Michael (Beth) of Bloomfield, Ind.; three daughters, Sheryl L. (Ken) Hatfield, Jackson Center, Peggy M. (Urb) Naseman, Houston, and Kathy (Tony) Keith, Anna; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
   Other survivors include six brothers-in-law, Don (Joan) Holycross, Carroll (Sally) Holycross, Darrell (Pat) Holycross, Aaron (Ruth) Holycross and Raymond (Lois) Holycross, all of Bellefontaine, and Harlan Jackson, Raymond; and six sisters-in-law, Agnes Murray and Tempa (Delmar) Cox, all of West Liberty, Betty (Herb) Black and Ruth Ann Wooddell, all of DeGraff, Mary Lou McCoy, Bellefontaine, and Pat Johnson, Pittsburgh.
   Deceased are a brother, a sister, a brother-in-law and a sister-in-law.
   A retired auto parts salesman, he began his career with Dunson Auto Supply Co. in Bellefontaine and had worked part-time at First Call Auto Supply, Sidney. He had been a fireman for the New York Central Railroad as well as a locomotive mechanic and certified auto technician.
   He was a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, the Fourth Degree Knights and the Loyal Order of Moose, all of Sidney. He also served on the Knights' district three initiation team.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. James Reutter officiating. Burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery, Sidney.
   Calling is 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Cromes Funeral Home, Sidney. A K of C service will be held there at 8 p.m.
   Contributions can be made to Wilson Hospice Care or the church.

Loren Seffernick

Loren Seffernick, 14, daughter of Bryan and Carol Seffernick, of Celina, died Sept. 27, 2004, at Children's Medical Center in Dayton. Death was due to natural causes.
   Arrangements are pending at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina.

John Siegrist

Cassella native John J. Siegrist, 75, Butler Township, Vandalia, died Sept., 26, 2004, at his residence.
   He was born April 13, 1929, in Cassella, to John and Philomena Braun Siegrist.
   Surviving with the former Martha L. Bertke, his wife of 50 years, are a son, Donald (Kathryn); two daughters, Michele Dickman and Patrice (William) Nickell; a brother, Sylan (Alfrieda) of Cassella; two sisters, Verena Mahle, Celina, and Rita (Clarence) Evers, Burkettsville; a sister-in-law, Bertha Siegrist, Celina; and four grandchildren.
   Deceased are a son, John U.; two brothers, the Rev. Urban and Cletus; two sisters, Catherine (Bernard) Backs and Sister Helen Marie; and a brother-in-law, Paul Mahle.
   He worked 37 years at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and volunteered for a 13-month tour of duty during the Vietnam War. He was a 1977 graduate of the University of Dayton.
   Siegrist has donated his body to the Wright State University School of Medicine.
   Memorial Mass is 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Christopher Catholic Church, Vandalia, the Rev. Francis Keferl officiating.
   Calling is after 10 a.m. Saturday at the church.
   Contributions can be made to the church or Hospice of Dayton.

Raymond Smith

Raymond I. Smith, 72, 400 E. Warren St., Celina, died at 8:26 a.m. Sept. 27, 2004, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
   He was born Nov. 30, 1931, in Fleming County, Ky., to Ocal and Gladys Hall Smith. On June 21, 1969, he married Patty White who survives.
   Also surviving are four sons, Rick Roberts, Cape Coral, Fla., Leslie (Shelly) and Ronald (Tina), all of Celina, and Ted (Geri) Roberts, Van Wert; two daughters, Shirley, Marion, Ind., and Robin (James) Smith, Celina; a brother, Donald of Waynesburg, Ky.; three sisters, Dixie Thurman, Deloris Stuttle and Doris Cook, all of Marion, Ind; and three grandchildren.
   A brother, Bueford, is deceased.
   He retired as a construction worker at Scioto-Darby Inc., Columbus. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Rockford and the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion posts, Loyal Order of Moose and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, all of Celina.
   Services are 1 p.m. Thursday at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Robert Metheny officiating. Burial will follow at Mercer Memory Gardens.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.


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