Douglas Bigelow
Clarence Buckloh
Harold Bollenbacher
Irene Fink
Gary Halbert
Rev. Frederick Ryder
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Tuesday, July 5, 2005

Douglas Bigelow

Douglas Alan Bigelow, 43, 1760 Cassella-Montezuma Road, Maria Stein, died at 1:08 a.m. July 2, 2005, at Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the cause of his sudden illness.
   He was born May 2, 1962, in Celina, to David Bigelow and Luella Coil. His father survives in Rockford and his mother and stepfather, Dane Coil, survive in Montezuma.
   Surviving with Rita, his wife of 11 years, are three stepdaughters, Amanda (Nathan) Suchland, St. Marys, Shawna Hart, Celina, and Sheri Hart, Rossburg; three sisters, Karin (Pete) DeLaurentis, Columbus, Barb Peggs, Montezuma, and Laurie (Larry) Feltz, Cassella; two half brothers, Bruce and Jim, both of Columbus; two half sisters, Sara of Toledo and Rebecca Yakubovich, Corbine, Ky.; and three grandchildren.
   He was a machinist at Chickasaw Machine & Tool and a member of Southmoor Shores Sportsman Club and the Ohio National Guard, St. Marys.
   Funeral Mass is 1 p.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Montezuma, the Rev. Les Schmidt officiating. Burial will follow at Macedon Cemetery.
   Calling is after 10 a.m. Thursday at the church.
   Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, has charge of arrangements.

Clarence Buckloh

Clarence Buckloh, 87, 111 Circle Drive, St. Marys, formerly of Rockford, died at 7:50 p.m. July 1, 2005, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
   He was born July 24, 1917, in Coldwater, to Charles and Florence West Buckloh. On April 5, 1947, he married Rose Anna Spencer who died March 20, 2004.
   Surviving are two sisters-in-law, Ruth Buckloh, Coldwater, and Dorothy Buckloh, Celina; and several nieces and nephews.
   Deceased are three brothers, Cleon, Harold and Cloyd, and three sisters, Omaya Buckloh, Marcella VanTilburg and Ruth Massey.
   He was a farmer and a member of Rockford United Methodist Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5713, Celina, Rockford American Legion Post 508, Ohio Farm Bureau, Buckeye State Sheriff's Association and served on the Mercer County Fair Board. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II with the 411th Artillery Battalion in Normandy and Central Europe, earning four bronze stars.
   Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, Pastor John A. Rager and Pastor Michael Berne officiating. Burial will follow at Swamp College Cemetery.
   Calling is 4-8 p.m. today and after 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to the Otterbein of St. Marys Retirement Community.

Harold Bollenbacher

Harold J. Bollenbacher, 75, of Rockford, died at 2:50 p.m. July 4, 2005, at the Laurels of Shane Hill, Rockford.
   Arrangements are pending at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford.

Irene Fink

Cassella native Irene D. Fink, 73, of Lima, died at 10:45 a.m. July 1, 2005, at her residence.
   She was born Nov. 30, 1931, in Cassella, to Raymond and Alma Bertke Broerman. On June 18, 1955, she married Arnold L. Fink who died May 28, 1996.
   Surviving are a son, Larry J. of Lima; three daughters, Deborah A. (Rob) Burkholder, Janice M. (Robert) Landers and Connie S. (Keith) Burkholder, all of Lima; three brothers, Daniel (Marilou) Broerman, St. Henry, Fred (Alma) Broerman, Versailles, and Edgar Broerman, Lima; two sisters, Benita Rindler, St. Henry, and Roseann (Raymond) Bednarcick, Dover, Del.; and 10 grandchildren.
   She was a member of St. Gerard Catholic Church, Lima, a 1949 graduate of St. John's High School, Maria Stein, and a 1952 graduate of St. Elizabeth's School of Nursing, Dayton.
   Funeral Mass was at 10 a.m. today at the church with burial at a later date in Gethsemani Cemetery, Lima.
   Chiles & Sons-Laman Shawnee Chapel, Lima, had charge of arrangements.
   Contributions can be made to St. Rita's Hospice.

Gary Halbert

Gary R. Halbert, of Sebring, Fla., formerly of 1805 state Route 703 West, St. Marys, died June 17, 2005, at his home.
   He was born in Martin, Ky., to Ed and Rhoda Flannery Halbert. The family did not provide his birth date.
   Surviving with his wife, the former Sandra Strohl, are a daughter, Stefanie of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; two sisters, Jewell (Jack) Sullivan, Sebring, and Jonette of Martin; a sister-in-law, Ruth Strohl, Celina, and nieces and nephews.
   Two brothers, Donahue and Stanley, are deceased.
   He had worked as a supervisor at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., and was the original owner/developer of Rolling Hills Estates, both of St. Marys. He and his wife also established the following businesses in the St. Marys area: Halbert's Auto Sales, Halbert's Tire & Exhaust, The Style Salon & Family Hair Care, Pizza Shack, Steffie's and Chicken America. After moving to Sebring, he worked in sales at Alan Jay Chevrolet and Cadillac and was co-owner of American Roofing Central Inc.
   He was a member of First Baptist Church, Sebring, and a former member of Hillsdale Baptist Church in St. Marys, where he served as building chairman during the construction of the fellowship hall, Sebring Kiwanis Club, Mercer Lodge Free & Accepted Masons Chapter 167, St. Marys, and the Ancient and Accepted Order of Antioch Shrine, Valley of Dayton. He was a veteran of Wold war II, where he served as a paratroper in the 82nd Airborn Division.
   Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at the St. Marys church, the Revs. Gene McBride and Gary Adams officiating.
   Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, has charge of arrangements.
   Contributions can be made to the St. Marys church or a charity of the donor's choice.

Rev. Frederick Ryder

The Rev. Frederick Ryder, C.PP.S., 69, St. Charles Center, Carthagena, died at 12:48 a.m. July 2, 2005, at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton.
   He was born Dec. 12, 1935, in Detroit, to Thom -as and Marguerite Hageman Ryder.
   Surviving are a sister, Patricia Nemeth, East China, Mich.; two nephews, a niece and five great-nieces and nephews.
   Deceased are a brother, Thomas Jr., and a brother-in-law, Eugene Nemeth.
   He entered the Missionaries of the Precious Blood in 1949 and was ordained in 1963. He served as assistant pastor at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Cleveland and St. Mary Catholic Church in Piqua before joining the U.S. Navy as a chaplain in 1970 and was assigned to the U.S. Marine Corps. He continued his service with the U.S. Navy from 1978 to 1991 attaining the rank of commander. He served at various duty stations including three tours of duty in Vietnam.
   Following retirement from the military, he served as pastor at the St. Rose Catholic Church, St. Rose, and Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Cassella, before retiring to St. Charles in 2002.
   Funeral Mass is 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Charles, the Revs. Emil Labbe and Louis Schmit con-celebrating and the Rev. Ken Schroeder as homilist. Burial with military honors will follow at the community cemetery.
   Calling is 1-5 and 7-9 p.m. today at St. Charles, where a wake service is set for 7 p.m.
   Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater, has charge of arrangements.
   Contributions can be made to the Society of the Precious Blood pension fund.

Donna Wagner

Donna Jo Wagner, 60, 812 Pro Drive, Celina, died at 1:37 p.m. July 2, 2005, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys. Death was due to natural causes.
   She was born July 15, 1944, in Connersville, Ind., to Eugene and Josephine Hendricks Wedding.
   Surviving with her husband, Harold O. Wagner, are three sons, Robert of Celina, Timothy (Wendy) of Muncie, Ind., and Ernest (Wendy) of Sparta, Tenn.; two daughters, Juanita (Henry) Wheeler, St. Marys, and Crystal of Union City, Ind.; three brothers, Mardale (Carla) Gannon, Portland, Ind., Wayne Wedding, LaPorte, Ind., and Eugene Jr. (Patty) Wedding, St. Marys; three sisters, Connie Keiber, St. Marys, Melissa Hammonds, Connersville, Ind., and Christina Ridgeway, Portland; and eight grandchildren.
   A son, David, and a sister, Shirley Nunnery, are deceased.
   She was a homemaker.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery.
   Calling is 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.


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