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LaMar Fleagle
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Monday, November 14, 2005

Hirm Crow

Hirm Crow, 97, 8119 U.S. 33, Neptune, died at 9:50 p.m. Nov. 11, 2005, at The Gardens in Celina.
   He was born March 14, 1908, in Neptune, to Samuel C. and Etta Murlin Crow. On June 28, 1934, he married Lucille Selby, who died May 4, 2005.
   Survivors are a son, Hirm Eugene, of Phoenix, Ariz.; two daughters, Etta Lou and Betty, both of Celina; two sisters-in-law, Gertrude Miller, Celina, and Lucille Selby, St. Marys.
   Deceased is a brother, George.
   He graduated from Neptune High school in 1927 and drove a school bus for 38 years. He worked 50 years at Lutz-Crow Garage, Neptune, and was an OX 5 (engine) aviation pioneer. He was a member of the Mercer County Sportsman Association.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Tim Clutter officiating. Burial will be at Neptune Cemetery.
   Calling is 3-6 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to the Neptune Church of God.

LaMar Fleagle

Dr. LaMar Fleagle, 87, a resident of Otterbein Retirement Community, St. Marys, formerly of 849 W. Spring St., St. Marys, died at 3 p.m. Nov. 12, 2005, at his residence.
   He was born April 9, 1918, in Sherwood, to Harold and Eva Shook Fleagle. On Sept. 7, 1947, he married Norene Utley, who survives.
   Also surviving are three sons, James (Karen) of Van Wert, David of Louisville, Ky, and Dr. Kurt of Dayton; a sister, Janet (Al) Collins, Richmond, Mich.; two sisters-in-law, Vera of Celina, and Kay of Boulder, Colo.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are three brothers, Dean, Robert and Donald.
   He was a dentist in St. Marys and a member of the Ohio Dental Association and Northwest Ohio Dental Association. In 1935, he graduated from Latty High School, in 1939 he graduated from Bowling Green State University and in 1950 received his doctor of dental surgery degree from Ohio State University. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served as a captain in the signal corps in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, American Legion Post 323 and Free & Accepted Masons 121, Mercer Lodge, all of St. Marys.
   Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at Miller-Long and Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Keith Kivlin officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Otterbein St. Marys.

Elsie Gerlach

Elsie E. Gerlach, 73, 1001 Woodview Drive, Coldwater, died at 9:05 a.m. Nov. 13, 2005, at Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater.
   She was born July 31, 1932, in St. Anthony, to Leo and Alfrieda Muhlenkamp Krieg. On Oct. 23, 1954, she married Robert Gerlach, who survives.
   Also surviving are five sons, Dan (Terri) of Sidney, Doug (Cheri) of Celina, Alan (Pam) of Wapakoneta, and Steve (Jane) and Bill (Valerie), all of Coldwater; two brothers, Virgil (Rosie) and Harold (Pat) Krieg, all of Fort Recovery; four sisters, Lucile (Carl) Rose and Marie (John) Sacher, all of Celina, Marlene (Ron) Schmitz, Miamisburg, and Karen Bergman, Yorkshire; a brother-in-law, Ralph Fullenkamp, Fort Recovery; 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are two brothers, Kenneth and Eugene Krieg; a sister, Onalee Fullenkamp; a brother-in-law, Don Bergman; and a grandchild.
   She was a homemaker and a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, St. Ann's Rosary Altar Sodality, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and Community Hospital Volunteers Association, all of Coldwater.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Thomas Dorn officiating. Burial will be at St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Coldwater.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
   Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association.

Audrey Pitts

Audrey Pitts, 83, formerly of Botkins, died at 8:32 a.m. Nov. 12, 2005, at Wapakoneta Manor Nursing Home.
   She was born Dec. 21, 1912, in Maplewood, to Charles W. and Grace Kelly Andrews. On March 2, 1945, she married Marvin D. Pitts, who died in 1970.
   Survivors are two sons, Dan (Roberta) and Lee (Mary Lou), all of Botkins; a daughter, Kathy (Bob) Klima, Wapakoneta; 11 grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and four stepgreat-grandchildren.
   She graduated in 1939 from Sidney High School, attended the University of Cincinnati and left in her junior year to work as a secretary at Wright Patterson Air Base, Dayton, and Leroi, Sidney. She started teaching and after 20 years received her bachelors of arts in education from Ohio Northern University and masters in education from Bowling Green University. She retired from teaching in 1987 after 37 years at Botkins High School. A senior class adviser and play director, she began the Girls Athletic Association and the Botkins chapter of the National Honor Society.
   Services are 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Cromes Funeral Home, Sidney, the Rev. Al Swartz officiating. Burial will be at Cedar Point Cemetery, Pasco.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to the library of any of the following schools: Botkins Local, Jackson Center or the Alternative School of Shelby County.

Harold Protsman

Harold R. Protsman, 82, 6951 Oregon Road, Celina, died at 7:50 a.m. Nov. 12, 2005, at Celina Manor Nursing Home.
   He was born March 31, 1923, in Union Township, to Harley R. and Flossie Bogart Protsman.
   Surviving are a nephew, Kenneth (Mariann) Pubentz, Celina and two great-nephrews.
   Deceased are a sister, Gladene Pubentz; and brother-in-law, Robert Pubentz.
   He retired as a teacher from Four County Joint Vocational School, Archbold, and worked as an insurance agent and as a realtor for Mary Hale, Celina. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Air Force and Infantry. He graduated with bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Bowling Green State University. He was a member of the Mendon and Rockford Masonic Lodge and the Valley of Dayton Antioch Shriners.
   Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina. Burial will be in North Grove Cemetery, Celina.
   Calling is 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to Celina Area Visiting Nurses & Hospice.

Martha Sharp

Martha Lucille Sharp, 85, of Rockford, died the morning of Nov. 12, 2005, at the Ashtabula Medical Center.
   She was born Dec. 7, 1919, in Ohio City, to Charles and M. Gertrude Walters Ault. On Sept. 3, 1944, she married Arlo Dean Sharp, who died Jan. 9, 1978.
   Surviving are two daughters, Linda (Paul) Clemens, Ashtabula, and Rebecca (Frank) Barron, Branford, Conn.; a sister, Rhea Lockhart, Ohio City; and three grandchildren.
   Deceased are two brothers, Wayne and Waldo Ault; and three sisters, Ava Ault, Evelyn Ochsle and Arlo Rader.
   She was a clerk at B&W (Winkler's) IGA store, Rockford, and a member of the Rockford United Methodist Church, formerly Grace United Methodist Church.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, the Rev. Mike Berne officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, Rockford.
   Calling is 5-8 p.m. Thursday and after 9:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Casimer Sliwinski

Casimer J. Sliwinski, 82, of Celina, died at 4 p.m. Nov. 11, 2005, at Lima Memorial Hospital.
   He was born Aug. 14, 1923, in Detroit, Mich., to Walter and Magdalena Sliwinski. On April 26, 1947, he married Margaret Hornak, who survives.
   Also surviving are twin daughters, Anita (Neal) Good, Elida, and Mariea (James) Downing, Memphis, Tenn.; a sister, Lottie Lappin, Michigan; three grandchildren; a great-grandchild; a stepgrandchild; and a stepgreat-grandchild.
   Deceased are two sisters, Catherine Stawowy and Henrietta Kunkle.
   He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the infantry in the Philippines. He was a retired engineer and tool maker for General Motors.
   Funeral Mass is 9 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Montezuma, the Rev. James Dugal officiating. Burial will be private.
   Calling is 4-6 p.m. today at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina.
   Contributions can be made to St. Judes Children Hospital, Memphis.

Darrell Wagaman

Darrell G. "Wogie" Wagaman, 62, of Greenville, died during the afternoon on Nov. 11, 2005, at his home following a sudden illness.
   He was born March 25, 1943, in Greenville, to Peter William Wagaman and Inez Lucille Zeller Wagaman-Lutz. His mother survives in Greenville. On Aug. 10, 1996, he married Annie Harrison, who survives.
   Also surviving are three sons, Mark (Katrina) and Brian, all of Union City, and Garrett Stewart, Greenville; a stepson, David Harrison, Versailles; a sister, Karen (Ron) Quinter, Burkettsville; and three grandchildren.
   Deceased is his twin brother, Dale.
   He retired from the former Harrison Radiator, Dayton. He was a member of Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 329 and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2177, both of Greenville.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home, Greenville, the Rev. Eric Fee officiating. Burial will follow in the Gettysburg Cemetery.
   Calling is 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. The Loyal Order of Moose will conduct a lodge of sorrow at 7:30 p.m.
   Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association.
   Condolences can be sent to the family at www.oliverfloyd.com.


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