Clarence Bowlby
Kathryn Branch
Elizabeth Fetter
Eugene Garman
William Houser
Edward Link
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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Clarence Bowlby

Clarence A. Bowlby, 76, 6387 Hasis Road, Celina, died at 2:17 p.m. July 24, 2005, at The Cleveland Clinic.
   He was born Feb. 18, 1929, in Darke County, to Harold H. and Ethel M. Delk Bowlby.
   Surviving with his wife, the former Janice Canary, are two sons, Don (Rhonda) and Kelly (Tami), all of Celina; two daughters, Deborah Hole, St. Marys, and Beverly (Steven) Stansbury, Rossburg; a sister, Evelyn (Bob) Weitz, Celina; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
   A sister, Helen, is deceased.
   He retired from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., St. Marys, after 38 years and also farmed. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Celina, a member of the American Motorcycle Association and a U.S. Army veteran who served during the Korean War.
   Services are 1 p.m. Thursday at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Pastor Jason Tyas officiating. Burial will follow at Swamp College Cemetery.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to The Cleveland Clinic or the church.

Kathryn Branch

Kathryn Branch, 91, of Coldwater, died July 24, 2005, at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home, Coldwater.
   She was born May 18, 1914, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Michael and Maud Hannon. On May 4, 1935, she married Robert O. Branch who died June 8, 1994.
   Surviving are four sons, William (Mel) of Cape Coral, Fla., Patrick (Cathy) of Fairfax, Va., James of Mound, Minn., and Richard (June) of Coldwater; two daughters, Betty (John) Gaus, Noblesville, Ind., and Gail (Michael) Lee, Hoover, Ala.; 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are a brother, Emmett Hannon, and a sister, Patricia Schiebold.
   She was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church, Port Charlotte, Fla., and Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Coldwater.
   Services are to be held in Port Charlotte.

Elizabeth Fetter

Elizabeth M. "Libby" Fetter, 53, of Shawnee, formerly of Spencerville, died at 11:30 p.m. July 24, 2005, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima, following a sudden illness.
   She was born Jan. 21, 1952, in Lima, to Everett and Elsie Bell Miller. On July 10, 1978, she married Richard D. Fetter who survives.
   Also surviving are a son, Tony of Bloomington, Ind.; a brother, Art (Twink) of Spencerville; a sister, Loretta (Ed) Armentrout of Lima; a nephew and a niece.
   She was a medical coder in the emergency department at Mary Rutan Hospital, Bellefontaine, and sold Longaberger Baskets. A 1969 graduate of Spencerville High School, she studied medical coding at Rhodes State College, Lima, and was a member of Lima First Church of the Nazarene, where she sang in the choir, served on the prayer chain and participated in the Women's Ministry. She served two years in the U.S. Navy.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville, the Revs. Jeffrey Rollison and Louis Reindel officiating. Burial will follow at Spencerville Cemetery with military rites conducted by Bowersock Brothers Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6772 and Harry J. Reynolds American Legion Post 191, both of Spencerville.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Eugene Garman

Eugene E. Garman, 84, 352 E. Washington St., St. Henry, died at 11:20 a.m. July 25, 2005, at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home, Coldwater.
   He was born Jan. 22, 1921, in Coldwater, to Aloys and Ottilia Gottes Garman. On June 26, 1948, he married Rose Ann Tohle who survives.
   Also surviving are two sons, John (Anna) of Celina, and Thomas of Indianapolis; a brother, Leroy of Wapakoneta; two sisters, Alberta Reno, Indianapolis, and Lucille Moorman, Celina; a grandchild and a great-grandchild.
   A sister, Rose Evelyn Deardorf, is deceased.
   He retired from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., St. Marys, after 30 years and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Larry Wyen officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
   Calling is 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and 9-10:15 a.m. Thursday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.

William Houser

William Houser, 72, of Mendon, died early today, July 26, 2005, at the Laurels of Shane Hill, Rockford.
   Arrangements are pending at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina.

Edward Link

Cassella native Dr. Edward A. Link, 72, of Sidney, died July 24, 2005, at his home.
   He was born Oct. 26, 1932, in Cassella, to August and Anna Lennartz Link. On Aug. 25, 1958, he married Anne Mandel who survives.
   Also surviving are six daughters, Virginia Loewenstine, Cincinnati, Karen Banker, Pembroke Pines, Fla., Elizabeth of San Francisco, Calif., Victoria Lochbihler, Charlotte, N.C., Diane of Middletown, and Jeanette Zelei, St. Peters, Mo.; a brother, Gustave of Fort Recovery; two sisters, Mary Ann Klosterman, Fort Recovery, and Victoria of Celina; and eight grandchildren.
   Four siblings are deceased.
   In 1963, he established a family medical practice in Sidney which he maintained for 40 years. He served as Shelby County health commissioner in the 1960s, spearheading many improvements including free immunizations for county residents, and as president of the Shelby County Medical Society. He also implemented the concept of countywide health fairs in the 1980s. He was a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church, Sidney, and a graduate of Marquette University Medical School, Milwaukee.
   Memorial Mass is 10:30 a.m. Aug. 3 at the church. Calling will follow until 3 p.m. at the Sidney Holiday Inn.
   In keeping with his wishes, the body was donated to the Ohio State University Medical School.
   Contributions can be made to the Shelby County Health Assistance Program or the church.
   Cromes Funeral Home, Sidney, has charge of local arrangements.

Beatrice Putman

Beatrice Irene Putman, 84, of Rockford, died at 7:53 a.m. July 25, 2005, at Van Wert County Hospital.
   She was born Nov. 26, 1920, in Haviland, to Arthur R. and Daisy May Imbody McCoy. On May 12, 1941, she married Jacob C. Putman who died Sept. 28, 1989.
   Surviving are three sons, Dennis (Sharon) of Findlay, Charles (Mary Lou) of Westerville, and David E. (Rita) of Rockford; two daughters, Sheryl Smith, Elkhart, Ind., and Brenda (Alan) Case, Willshire; a sister, Bernice Garrett, Oxnard, Calif.; 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are a daughter, Karen Moore; four brothers, Bud, Kenneth, Wayne and Jack McCoy; and three grandchildren.
   A homemaker and farmer, she attended Mount Zion United Brethren Church.
   Services are 11 a.m. Friday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, Pastor Jody Harr officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Ohio City.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday and after 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to The Foundation Fighting Blindness of Baltimore, Md.

Helen Taylor

Helen Taylor, 91, of Mendon, died July 25, 2005, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
   Arrangements are pending at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Mendon.


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