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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Richard Andrews

Richard C. Andrews, 42, of Rockford, died at 3:49 p.m. Aug. 15, 2005, at Adams County Memorial Hospital, Decatur, Ind. Death was due to natural causes.
   He was born May 6, 1963, in Decatur, Ind., to Roger and Janet Zizelman Andrews. His father survives in Rockford. On June 23, 1984, he married Stephanie Figley who survives.
   Also surviving are a son, Kyle, and two daughters, Amanda and Rebecca, all at home; and a sister, Paula (Randy) Linn, Rockford.
   He was operations manager at GLM Transport in Berne, Ind., and a member of Rockford Presbyterian Church and Shanes Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1291, both of Rockford.
   Services are 10 a.m. Friday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, Pastor Karen Long officiating. Burial will follow at Mercer Memory Gardens near Celina.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. Thursday and after 9 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Bernard Bruns

Bernard A. "Barney" Bruns, 92, formerly of 271 Maple St., St. Henry, died at 12:35 p.m. Aug. 12, 2005, at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home, Coldwater.
   He was born May 30, 1913, in St. Henry, to William F. and Rose Uhlenhake Bruns. On Aug. 19, 1947, he married Armella who died Sept. 20, 1996.
   Surviving are two sons, Frederick (Deborah) of Englewood and Michael (Candice) of Rushsylvania; three brothers, Wilfred (Alvera) of Winterhaven, Fla., Owen (Betty) of Brookville and Eugene (Eileen) of Burkettsville; two sisters, Eileen (Stanley) Braun, Kettering, and Pat (Roger) Niekamp, St. Henry; a sister-in-law, Agnes Bruns, Maria Stein; three grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
   Deceased are a stepmother, Clara Kaiser Bruns; a brother, Stanley; and a sister, Loneta Hickey.
   He had been a barber for more than 60 years primarily in St. Henry and also in Celina and Greenville. He also worked as a cabinet maker for Kessler Builders in Celina and was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church, where he had served as an usher, and St. Henry American Legion Post 648. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a 4-H advisor for 40 years.
   Funeral Mass was 10:30 a.m. today at the church, the Rev. Larry Wyen officiated. Burial followed at the cemetery with the Legion conducting military rites.
   Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry, had charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth Lawrence

Elizabeth C. Lawrence, 17, of Rockford, died Aug. 14, 2005, when her car ran off a Van Wert County road, drove over a guardrail and landed upside down in a water-filled ditch.
   She was born Oct. 21, 1987, in Bryan, to Rex E. and Sharon S. Rickenberg Lawrence. They survive in Rockford.
   Also surviving are a sister, Caroline, at home; and two grandmothers, Marion Rickenberg, Bryan, and June Lawrence, Bluffton, Ind.
   She would have been a senior at Parkway High School in Rockford. She formerly attended Bluffton High School, where she played flute in the concert band and participated in track, cross country and the National Honor Society and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Other activities included Youth for Christ, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the March of Dimes.
   Services are noon Friday at Goodwin Memorial Chapel, Bluffton, the Rev. Richard Buchstiner officiating. Burial will follow at Fountain Grove Cemetery, Bryan.
   Calling is 3-9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to the March of Dimes.

Pauline Little

Pauline A. Little, 82, 2611 Purdy Road, Rockford, died at 1:10 p.m. Aug. 14, 2005, at Van Wert County Hospital.
   She was born Jan. 28, 1923, in Landeck, to Harold and Bernice Louth Kill. On Sept. 23, 1941, she married Lavondale Little who died Nov. 26, 1994.
   Surviving are a son, Dennis of Rockford; three daughters, Barbara (David) Hileman, Rockford, Alice Miller, Celina, and Carol (Carl) Ricker, Venedocia; three brothers, Leonard Kill, Spencerville, Lester Kill, St. Marys, and Carl Kill, Celina; 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are an infant son, a son-in-law, a brother and four grandchildren.
   She was a homemaker and a member of First United Methodist Church and the Women's Circle, both of Rockford.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, Pastor Mike Berne officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Rockford.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and after 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to Visiting Nurses of Van Wert.

Donald McVicker

Donald L. "Don" McVicker, 51, of Lima, died at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 14, 2005, at his home. Death was due to natural causes.
   He was born May 7, 1954, to Eugene and Juanita (Wicker) McVicker who survive in Lima. On May 21, 1998, he married former Mercer County resident Diana Peggs who survives.
   Also surviving are a son, Dylan, and a daughter, Danielle, both at home; two brothers, Ed and David, both of Lima; and five sisters, Diana (Jim) Wittes, Toledo, Irene (Brad) Pepple, Vera Vaske and Dovie (Danny) Pellegrini, all of Lima, and Kathy (Paul) Spangler, Lakeview.
   A brother, Richard, and a sister, Marilyn J. Campbell, are deceased.
   He was manager of plant operations for Central Division HCR-Manor Care, a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the American Legion and Fraternal Order of Eagles, both of Lima.
   Services are 1 p.m. Thursday at Siferd Funeral Home Westwood Chapel, Lima, the Rev. Terry Brock officiating. Burial will follow at Lima Memorial Park Cemetery with Lima Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1275 conducting military rites.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today and Wednesday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to the Donald McVicker Children's Fund.

Robert Schwaberow

Robert F. Schwaberow, 88, formerly of 1409 Knoxville Ave., St. Marys, died at 5:55 a.m. Aug. 14, 2005, at Valley Nursing Home, St. Marys.
   He was born April 5, 1917, in Shelby County, to Henry and Helen Bellingham Schwaberow. On May 7, 1949, he married Mildred E. May who died Jan. 16, 1995.
   Surviving are two daughters, Marie (James) Reier and Jean (George) Henderson, all of St. Marys; two sisters, Lavera Hover and Margaret Truman, both of Findlay; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
   A brother and sister-in-law, Ralph and Mildred Schwaberow, are deceased.
   He retired from Ohio Department of Transportation District Seven, St. Marys, and farming. He also worked at St. Marys Hardware, the former St. Marys Woolen Mills and the Nazarene Church Camp at Grand Lake.
   Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Patricia Minnick officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
   Calling is after 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to the March of Dimes.


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