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Friday, October 7, 2005

Norman Heiland

Norman E. Heiland, 78, 10429 Half Hill Road, Mendon, formerly of Sidney, died at 6:50 p.m. Oct. 5, 2005, at The Ohio State University Medical Center.
   He was born Aug. 8, 1927, in Botkins, to Arthur and Alice Engle Heiland. On Jan. 18, 1950, he married Betty Rose, who died on Sept. 2, 1987. On June 10, 2000, he married Lorraine Mowery, who survives in Mendon.
   Also surviving are a son, John (Ann) of Sidney; two daughters, Rebecca of Sidney, and Deborah Harris, DeKalb, Ill.; two stepsons, Thomas Mowery, Van Wert, and Stephen Mowery, St. Marys; a stepdaugher, Teresa Cornett, St. Marys; a sister, Dolores (Ed) Applegate, Sidney; and two grandchildren.
   Deceased is a stepson, Dennis Mowery.
   He was retired from Baumfolder Corporation, Sidney, and a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Celina.
   Services are 1 p.m. Sunday at Cromes Funeral Home, Sidney. Burial is at Pearl Cemetery, Swanders.
   Contributions can be made to the Rockford Rescue Squad. Condolences can be expressed at

Urban Ratermann

Urban Edwin "Turp" Ratermann, 80, of Greenback Road, Fort Loramie, died at 4:40 p.m. Oct. 6, 2005, at Dorothy Love Retirement Community, Sidney.
   He was born Feb. 22, 1925, in Fort Loramie, to Adolph F. and Catherine Seifert Ratermann. On May 13, 1950, he married Pauline E. Cole, who survives.
   Also surviving are six sons, Frank (Illean) of Sidney, Philip (Lisa) of Tipp City, and Steve (Chris), Fred, Karl (Roberta) and Matt (Jane), all of Fort Loramie; two daughters, Leah (Dennis) Wente, New Bremen, and Mary Ann (Greg) Novitsky, Flower Mound, Texas; a brother, Cyril (Nena) of Mount View, Calif.; a sister-in-law, Elizabeth of Punta Gorda, Fla.; and 23 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
   Deceased are three brothers and two sisters.
   He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II, who completed 33 Combat Missions and received four Bronze Stars. He owned and operated Ratermann Insurance Agency until 1986. He served 16 years as mayor, six years on the board of public affairs, and eight years on the school board, all in Fort Loramie.
   He was a charter member and president of Fort Loramie Kiwanis and charter member of GYM Inc. and Fort Loramie Athletic Boosters. He was a member of American Legion Post 355 and St. Michael Catholic Church, Fort Loramie. He was active in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Fort Loramie Youth Organization and the former Fort Loramie Business Association.
   He was a 1943 graduate of Fort Loramie High School and studied law at University of Dayton and Ohio Northern University.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. Steven Shoup officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Full military honors will be presented by the Legion.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. Sunday and 9-10 a.m. Monday at Gehret Funeral Home, Fort Loramie.
   Contributions can be made to Hahn-Hufford Center of Hope Rehabilitation Center or Fort Loramie Education Foundation Scholarship Fund.

Marie Violet

Marie Ruth Violet, 74, of Spencerville, died at 5:35 p.m. Oct. 5, 2005, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima, from complications following an automobile accident on Sept. 26.
   She was born Sept. 9, 1931, in Phillipsburg, N.J., to Harry and Ruth Schaible Lesher. On Aug. 16, 1953, she married Charles O. Violet, who died in the same accident.
   Surviving are a son, David Charles of Auburn, Ind.; a daughter, Diane Marie (Bruce) Binkley, Spencerville; a brother Dick (Barb) Lesher, Ocala, Fla.; a sister, Jean (Gene) Wilson, Van Wert; a brother-in-law, Ben (Karen) of Delphos; five sisters-in-law, Betty (Phill) Murdick, Columbus, Grace (Jim) Marihugh, Delphos, Sharon (John) Murray, Winchester, Ky., Jane of Springfield and Norma of Delphos; and five grandchildren.
   She was retired after 23 years as a sales associate for J.C. Penney in the Lima Mall. She was a 1950 graduate of Van Wert High School and a cheerleading adviser at Hoaglin-Jackson, Republic, Leipsic and Spencerville schools. She served on the Spencerville Library Board and was a member of the Order of Eastern Star in Republic.
   Services are 10 a.m. Monday at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville, the Rev. Ronald L. Shifley officiating. Burial will follow in the Spencerville Cemetery.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to the Spencerville Athletic Boosters.


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