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Saturday, October 2, 2004

Louis Giere

Louis Giere, 73, 216 S. Sixth St., Coldwater, died at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 30, 2004, at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home, Coldwater.
   He was born Sept. 13, 1931 in Coldwater to Carl H. and Gertrude D. (Kaiser) Giere.
   Surviving are two sisters, Dorothy Piekenbrock, Green Valley, Ariz., and Barbara (Larry) Goffena, Coldwater; a brother-in-law, Ivo Drees, Coldwater; and a number of nieces and nephews.
   A sister, Virginia, and two nephews are deceased.
   He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the infantry during the Korean War. He retired in 1986 from Printing Services, Dayton, and was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Coldwater, the Coldwater Knights of Columbus, Coldwater Veterans of Foreign Wars and Coldwater American Legion.
   Services will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Coldwater. The Rev. Ronald Wilker will officiate and burial will be in St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Coldwater. Military services will be conducted at the grave.
   Calling is Sunday, 2-8 p.m., at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater, and Monday from 9-10 a.m.
   Memorials may be directed to State of the Heart Home Health & Hospice and Cancer Association of Mercer County.

James Heitkamp

James Thomas Heitkamp, 51, 3774 Philothea Road, Coldwater, died at 8 a.m. Oct. 1, 2004, at his residence, of natural causes.
   He was born Feb. 9, 1953 in Coldwater to Ivo and Wilma (Dues) Heitkamp, both of whom survive in Philothea.
   Also surviving are two brothers, Gerald (Carol) Heitkamp, Philothea; and Jack (Linda) Heitkamp, St. Henry; four sisters, Joyce (Paul) Hart, Coldwater; Jane (Steve) Keller, New Weston; Judy (Ed) Brand, North Star; and Janice (Rod) Klenke, St. Anthony; and numerous nieces and nephews and three great-nieces and great-nephews.
   He was a 1971 graduate of Coldwater High School and 20-year volunteer at the Neurological Center for Development as a certified foot reflexologist. He was a member of St. Marys Catholic Church, Philothea, the Men's Holy Name Society of the Church, Adult Mass server, Wendelin Sportsmans Club and Companions of the Precious Blood. He formerly was employed at Hemmelgarn Eggs, Philothea.
   Services will be Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Marys church in Philothea. Burial will be in the St. Marys Cemetery, Philothea.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. Monday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater, and Tuesday from 9-10 a.m. at the funeral home.
   Memorials may be directed to the Neurological Center for Development, Burkettsville, or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Carl McMichael

Carl F. McMichael, 87, Spencer-ville, died at 11:48 a.m. Oct. 1, 2004, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima, following a sudden illness.
   He was born March 25, 1917, in Spencerville, to Lloyd and Bertha (Miller) McMichael. On Dec. 23, 1942, he married Maxine Ford, who survives.
   Also surviving are a daughter, Pamela S. (Doug) Graham, Wapakoneta; two sons, Brian C. (Georgia) McMichael, Spencerville, and Dr. Thomas L. (Erin) McMichael, Clarksville, Md.; seven grandchildren; a brother, W. Lowell McMichael, Spencerville; and a sister, Mary C. Youngblutt, Parrish, Fla.
   A brother, Harry F. McMichael, is deceased.
   He was a member of the Spencerville Untied Church of Christ and co-owned with his brother, Lowell, McMichael Bros. Trucking and Coal Yard and McMichael Bros. International Harvester Dealership, both in Spencerville. He was a 1935 graduate of Spencerville High School.
   In World War II he served in Patton's 3rd Army Division in France and Germany from 1942-1945. He was a member of the Bowersock Brothers Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 6772 and the Black Cat Club, both of Spencerville.
   Services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville, the Rev. Ronald L. Shifley officiating. Burial will follow in the Spencerville Cemetery, where grave side military rites will be conducted.
   Calling is 1-4 and 6-9 p.m. Sunday and after 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
   Memorials may be directed to the United Church of Christ Scholarship Fund or to the Spencerville Educational Foun-dation.

Michael Slusher

Michael Slusher, 61, 7556 Harris Road, Celina, died at 6:15 a.m. Sept. 30, 2004, at his residence following an extended illness.
   He was born Sept. 6, 1943, in Lima, to Fred and Connie Courtney Slusher. On April 6, 1963, he married Lynn Frank who survives.
   Also surviving are three sons, Tony (Lisa) of Richmond, Ind., Kelly (Lisa) of Celina, and Josh, at home; a daughter, Jodi (Dave) Spaulding, St. Marys; a brother, three sisters and eight grandchildren.
   A 1961 graduate of Wapakoneta High School, he was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Celina, and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church, the Rev. Richard Riedel officiated. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
   Calling is 6-8 p.m. Monday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys.
   Contributions can be made to Celina Visiting Nurses.


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