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Monday, January 17, 2005

Douglas Baker

Douglas James Baker, 15, of Holt, Mich., died Jan. 12, 2005, of injuries sustained in a multi-vehicle pileup near Lansing, Mich.
   He was born July 23, 1989, in Toledo, to James Douglas and Cathy Lynn Chase Baker. They survive in Holt.
   Other survivors include two sisters, Amanda Faye and Aarika Jaye of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; and the grandparents, Bernard and Joan Baker, Celina, and Leo and Judy Holmes, Holt.
   He was a ninth-grader at Holt High School and a participant in the Special Olympics program.
   Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church of Holt, the Rev. Bruce A. Brooks officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Ridge Cemetery.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Estes-Leadley Holt/Delphi Chapel.
   Contributions can be made to Special Olympics.

E. Paul Knapke

E. Paul "Bud" Knapke, 70, 3660 state Route 118, Coldwater, died at 12:55 p.m. Jan. 15, 2005, at his residence.
   He was born Feb. 21, 1934, in Coldwater, to Arthur and Agnes Henke Knapke. On Nov. 23, 1961, he married Mary Sudhoff who survives.
   Also surviving are a son, Jack (Shelly) of Cincinnati; four daughters, Laurie (Craig) Muhlenkamp, Coldwater, Paula (Tim) Hawk, Cincinnati, Gay (Mark) Brunswick, Bellefontaine, and Connie (Kurt) Barhorst, Sidney; two sisters, Verlina (Ervin) Ahrens, Osgood, and Doris Ann (Duke) Brunswick, St. Henry; and 10 grandchildren.
   He had worked as a heating, ventilation and air conditioning technician for CW Service in Coldwater before retiring in 1999. He also worked as a carpenter for Wagner Construction and a Meadow Gold distributor for eight years. He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, the Holy Name Society of the church, Knights of Columbus Council 1991, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 3025, American Legion Post 470 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5135, all of Coldwater, and served as an engineer in the U.S. Army.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Ronald Wilker officiating. Burial will follow at St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Coldwater, with the American Legion and VFW conducting military rites.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater. The Legion will conduct a prayer service at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday with a K of C service following at 7:45 p.m.
   Contributions can be made to State of the Heart Home Health & Hospice or Gerad Center for Cancer Treatment in Celina.

Freda Marsee

Freda Marsee, 77, of Rockford, died at 8:04 a.m. Jan. 16, 2005, at Van Wert County Hospital.
   She was born July 18, 1927, in Speedwell, Tenn., to John Logan and "Pete" Martha Jane Blackburn Poteet. On Dec. 31, 1945, she married Lenis M. Marsee who survives.
   Also surviving are a daughter, Debra Coleen of Rockford; a brother, Coleman Poteet, Lewisburg, Tenn.; and three sisters, Leona Price and Viola Davis, both of Speedwell, Tenn., and Dorothy Weaver, LaFollette, Tenn.
   A brother, Grover Poteet, is deceased.
   Services are 8 p.m. Tuesday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, the Rev. James Sturgeon officiating. Calling will precede the service from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday.
   Calling will be 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at Reece Funeral Home in Speedwell with graveside services at 11 a.m. Thursday at Yokum Cemetery, Speedwell.

Joseph Meyer Jr.

Joseph E. Meyer Jr., 65, 124 Walnut St., St. Marys, died at 2:45 a.m. Jan. 16, 2005, at Valley Nursing Home, St. Marys. Death was due to cancer.
   He was born July 4, 1938, in Middletown, to Joseph and Lucile Finfrock Meyer. His mother survives in St. Marys. On Aug. 15, 1959, he married Judith Neese who survives.
   Also surviving are a son, Nicholas (Tamara) of St. Paris; three daughters, Julie Kishler, Laurie Amato and Beth (Dan) Noneman, all of St. Marys; two brothers, Michael (Dru) of New Bremen and Brother Thomas A., S.D.S., New Holstein, Wis.; and 11 grandchildren.
   He had owned and operated Hunter Printing Co. in St. Marys for more than 30 years prior to his retirement. He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, St. Marys, past president and secretary of the College Community Arts Council and a 1957 graduate of Holy Angels High School, Sidney.
   Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at Miller-Long & Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Tony Cutcher officiating. Burial will follow at Gethsemane Cemetery, St. Marys.
   Calling is 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to the Arts Council or St. Marys Community Library.

Florence Mueller

Florence M. Mueller, 91, of Spencerville, died at 4:10 p.m. Jan. 16, 2005, at Otterbein-Cridersville Care Center.
   Arrangements are pending at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville.
  Allen Flowers
   Services for Allen E. Flowers were 11 a.m. Jan. 13, 2005, at Lehman Funeral Home, the Rev. Harold Flowers officiated. Organist was Margaret Fisher.
   Burial was 10 a.m. Jan. 15, 2005, at St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery, Wabash, with Shane Flowers and Kenny Germann as pallbearers. The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts, both of Celina, conducted military rites.

Allen Flowers


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