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Monday, October 23, 2006

Larry Amspaugh

Larry E. Amspaugh, 66, of Union City, died Oct. 21, 2006, at Wayne Hospital, Greenville.
   He was born March 24, 1940, in Union City, Ind., to Lawrence and Garnet Shade Amspaugh. His wife of 48 years, Salley Eley Amspaugh, survives.
   Also surviving are two sons, Duane (Marcia) and Donnie (Paula); a daughter, Debby (Terry) Thobe; a brother, Steve (Julie); a sister, Donna (Charles) Hill; 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are a brother, Allen and a sister, Dolores.
   He was employed at Mercer Landmark, New Weston, and was a farmer in Darke County. He attended Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church, Tipp City.
   Celebration of Life service is 11 a.m. Tuesday at Reichard Funeral Home Inc., Union City, Ind., the Rev. Terry Haworth officiating.
   Calling is 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to Shawnee Prairie, Ginghamsburg Church Youth Ministry or by planting a Maple tree.

Alice Bowsher

Alice C. Bowsher, 93, of Lima, died at 1:25 p.m. Oct. 21, 2006, at Lima Convalescent Home.
   She was born Feb. 3, 1913, in Allen County, to Fredrick and Edith Anderson Lawrence. On Aug. 28, 1932, she married Ardrey R. Bowsher, who died April 27, 1961.
   Survivors are a brother, Carl (Helen) Lawrence, Cridersville; a sister, Martha Boogher, Lima; a daughter-in-law, Betty, Celina; two sisters-in-law, Eunice Lawrence, Atlanta, Ga., and Evelyn Lawrence, Huntington, Ind.; three grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are a son, Lester E.; and four brothers, Vernon, Cloyd, George and Leroy Lawrence.
   She worked as a teller for Huntington National Bank for 27 years, retiring in 1978. She first worked at Autokraft Box Corp. and at Westinghouse during World War II. She was a member of First Baptist Church and its Good Cheer Class, Lima.
   Services are 3 p.m. Wednesday at Chaberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home, Lima, the Rev. George Pirtle officiating. Burial is at St. Matthews Cemetery, Lima.
   Calling is after 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to the church, Juvenile Diabetes Association or donor's choice.
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Joan Bruns

Mercer County native Joan M. Pax Bruns, 72, of in Ottoville, died at 5:45 a.m. Oct. 21, 2006, at her residence.
   She was born April 16, 1934, in New Weston, to Jacob and Antoinette Nordenbrock Pax. On Aug. 20, 1955, she married Robert A. Bruns, who survives.
   Also surviving are two sons, Michael (Donna), Coldwater, and David (Barb), Tiffin; five daughters, Teresa (James) Bloomfield, Lima, Angela (Mark) Utrup, Delphos, Carol (Shawn) McGee, Cincinnati, Janet (Curt) Cok, Willard, and Barbara (Eric) Mueller, Bowling Green; four brothers, James Pax, Texas, Clyde (Anne) Pax, Charlottesville, Va., Alfred (Mary) Pax, Columbus, and Charles (Julie) Pax, Cambridge, Md.; four sisters, Adeline Laihr, Columbus, Mary Hunt, Cleveland, Dorothy (Ed) Stoermer, Vandalia, and Sister Joel Pax, South Bend, Ind.; and 15 grandchildren.
   Deceased are two brothers, Paul and Henry Pax and a sister, Grace Pax.
   In her 34 years in education she taught at Coldwater, Cranberry School and Ottoville Elementary. The past 20 years were devoted to children with special needs and for 14 years she was an educational consultant with Putnam County Schools. She graduated in three years in 1951 from St. Henry High School; from the Lay Ministry & Diaconate Formation Program and Work-Study Coordinators (OASWSC); in 1955 with her bachelor's degree in education from St. Francis College, Fort Wayne, Ind.; and in 1966 with her master's degree in education from Bowling Green University.
   She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville, and its altar-rosary society, liturgy committee, lector, Eucharistic minister and teacher. She was also a member of the Child Conservation League (CCL) of Delphos and Ottoville.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church, the Rev. John Stites and Deacon Jose Flores officiating. Burial is at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Ottoville.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. today and 9-10 a.m. Tuesday at Harter & Schier Funeral Home, Delphos. Parish Wake Service is 7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home with Deacon Flores officiating.
   Contributions can be made to Ottoville Immaculate Conception Educational Foundation.

Connie Martin

Connie C. Martin, 51, 121 Ohio Street, St. Marys, died at 11 a.m. Oct. 21, 2006, at her residence, following an extended illness.
   She was born Dec. 31, 1954, in St. Marys, to John E. and Marjorie Miller Martin. Her mother survives in St. Marys and father is deceased. On Nov. 22, 1983, she married Robert Martin, who survives.
   Also surviving are a son, Justin, Fort Bragg, N.C.; a daughter, Katrina, St. Marys; and a half sister, Molly (Keith) Kosiewicz, Independence.
   Deceased are an infant daughter, Amber; two brothers, John Jr. and Larry; and a sister, Sheryl Perry.
   She worked at the former Fisher Cheese Co., Wapakoneta, and as a nursing assistant at Auglaize Acres Nursing Home, Wapakoneta, and Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys. She was a 1974 graduate of Memorial High School and a member of Zion Lutheran Church, both of St. Marys.
   Services are 2 p.m. Thursday at the church the Rev. Bill Maki officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
   Calling is 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at Miller-Long & Folk Funeral Home, High Street Chapel, St. Marys.

John Nagy

John K. Nagy, 87, 6100 Nagy Road, Montezuma, died this morning Oct. 23, 2006, at Celina Manor.
   Arrangements are pending at Lehman-Hogenkamp-Dzendzel Funeral Home, Celina.

Richard Reed

Richard "Richie" Lee Reed, 39, 17857 state Route 66, St. Marys, was pronounced dead at 3:38 p.m. Oct. 21, 2006, at the emergency department of St. Rita's Hospital, Lima, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
   He was born Jan. 29, 1967, in Bowling Green, to Ron and Mary Margaret McAtee Reed. His mother is deceased. His father survives with wife, Barbara Faze in St. Marys. His fiancee, Victoria Ferren, survives in St. Marys.
   Also surviving is a sister, Teresa (Jeff) Hays, St. Marys.
   Deceased are a brother, Robert; and grandparents, John and Beata McAtee.
   He was currently employed at Crown Equipment Corp. and served as a police officer in New Knoxville. He was a 1985 graduate of Memorial High School, St. Marys, and Ohio Peace Officers Academy. He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, St. Marys.
   Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Thursday at the church the Rev. Anthony Cutcher officiating. Burial will follow at Gethsemane Cemetery, St. Marys.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, and after 10 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Lafe Scheer Jr.

Former New Bremen resident Lafe Jack Scheer Jr., 80, of Wapakoneta, died at 5:25 p.m. Oct. 22, 2006, at his residence.
   He was born March 26, 1926, in Lock Two, to Lafe W. and Wilma Oberwitte Scheer. He was married to Rachel Katterheinrich, who died in 1992. On April 28, 1993, he married Joan Linder, who survives.
   Also surviving are three sons, Jerry, of Missouri, and John (Cathy) and Jeff (Debbie), all of New Bremen; two daughters, JoAnne (Bill) Schweissguth and Judy (Frank) Cook, all of Missouri; two stepsons, Stephen (Kathy) Linder, Jamestown, and Jeffrey Linder, Gahanna; three stepdaughters, Kathy (Douglas) Rath, Defiance, Susan (Michael) McCormick, West Chester, and Mary Beth (Russ) Barton, Westerville; three brothers, Roger (Vernita), St. Marys, Delbert (Juanita), New Bremen; and James (Lucille), Minster; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are three brothers, Ralph, Robert and William; and a sister, Lella May Bilger.
   He was a retired member of New Bremen-German Twp. Fire Department and retired from Precision Strip Corp. of Minster in 1989, where he was an over the road semitrailer operator. He was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, New Bremen; American Legion Post 241, New Bremen; Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8445 and Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks Lodge 1170, both of Wapakoneta.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. John W. Tostrick officiating. Burial will follow in German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen.
   Calling is 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, New Bremen.
   Contributions can be made to American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association.

Shane Smith

Shane A. Smith, 31, 1417 Canterbury Drive, Celina, died at 8:20 a.m. Oct. 21, 2006, at his home. Death was due to natural causes.
   He was born May 30, 1975, in Greenville, to Linda A. Smith Seals, who survives in Celina. On May 12, 1994, he married Michelle Gray, who survives.
   Also surviving are a daughter, Sabrina N., Celina; a son, Kaleb Zachary, Celina; stepfather, Brian Seals, Celina, two grandparents, Stanley, Celina, and Eileen Evans, Ansonia; and a father-in-law, Paul Gray, Celina.
   Deceased is a mother-in-law, Judy Kennedy Gray.
   He was a production supervisor for 12 years, last working at Toledo Molding & Die, Delphos. He attended Grace Missionary Church, Celina.
   Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Stephen Howell officiating. Burial will follow in North Grove Cemetery, Celina.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Lehman-Hogenkamp-Dzendzel Funeral Home, Celina.
   Contributions can be made to Celina Area Visiting Nurses and Hospice or Mercer County Cancer Association.


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