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September 29th

Gerald D. “Watermelon” Keller, 78

September 29, 2014

Gerald D. “Watermelon” Keller, 78, of rural Spencerville, died 1:10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at his residence, following an extended illness, with his family at his side. He had been a Spencer Twp. Trustee for the past 12 years.

Charles E. Stonehill, 86

September 29, 2014

Charles E. Stonehill, 86, of Wapakoneta, died at 3:10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26 at his residence. He was born Jan. 8, 1928, in Orange Twp., Hancock County Ohio to the late Swan Doyal and Harriett Mary Ewing Stonehille. He married Evelyn I. Stemen July 3, 1958 and she survives in Wapakoneta.

September 25th

Richard (Rick) H. Bowersock, 62

September 25, 2014

Richard (Rick) H. Bowersock, 62, of New Castle, Colo., died Sept. 18, 2014, after a short battle with cancer.

He was born Jan. 28, 1952, the son of Harvey and Dorothy (Metzger) Bowersock. He married Amy Roediger, who survives in Wapakoneta, with whom they have three children. He then married Danita Lee, who survives in New Castle.

Ferrell Wayne Spencer, 75

September 25, 2014

Ferrell Wayne Spencer, 75, of De Graff, Ohio, passed away Sunday Sept. 21, 2014, at the Kobacker Care Center Hospice in Columbus. He was born March 31, 1939, in Waynesfield, the son of Stanley and Mary Ann (Gossard) Spencer.

Mr. Spencer was a member of the Mt. Tabor Church of God, a U.S. Army Vietnam War veteran, and retired from Superfoods/Nash Finch. He loved spending time with his family and friends for meals and fellowship.

Martha Christine Simmons, 97

September 25, 2014

Martha Christine Simmons, 97, of St. Marys, formerly of Princeton, W.Va., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Community.

September 22nd

Alma Lee Rhodes, 78

September 22, 2014

Alma Lee Rhodes, 78, of 14047 Glynwood–New Knoxville Road in rural St. Marys, died at 10:59 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at her residence. She was born Sept. 7, 1936, in Little Clear Creek, near Pineville, Ky., to Robert Eual and Verda (Partin) Webb.

On Dec. 18, 1954, in Jellico, Tenn., she married Matt S. Rhodes, who survives.

September 19th

Patricia L. Libbee, 83

September 19, 2014

Patricia L. Libbee, 83, of 20340 Middle Pike, Wapakoneta, Ohio, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, at 8:45 p.m., at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima. She was born Sept. 9, 1931, in Sidney, the daughter of Nicholas and Helen (Sherman) Romaker and they are deceased. She was married on May 17, 1952, to Gordon S. Libbee, and he survives in Wapakoneta. 

September 17th

Richard E. Miller, 70

September 17, 2014

Richard E. Miller, 70, of rural Wapakoneta, died at 8:25 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, at Wapakoneta Manor. He was born Dec. 29, 1943, to the late Arlie E. and Marie E. (Brincefield) Miller. On May 18, 1974, he married Wavalene Bowsher, who survives.

Mr. Miller had been a custodian for the Wapakoneta City School system. He was a member of Eagles Lodge, Aerie 691 and Labor's Union 329. He had served in the National Guard and was a NASCAR fan.

Karen Blackburn Miller, 56

September 17, 2014

Karen Blackburn Miller, 56, passed away Sept. 10, 2014, at her residence. She was born Nov. 19, 1957, in Wapakoneta, to Elmer and Rose (King) Blackburn, who have preceded her in death.

Survivors include her son, Chad Eberle, of Findlay; her beloved canine companion, Zoe; and six siblings, David (Jackie) Billiter, of Wapakoneta, Sharon  Jones, of Wapakoneta, Jack Blackburn, of Dacula, Ga., Patricia Widmark, of Wapakoneta, Pamela Reynolds, of Lima, and Sandra (Roger) Woods, of Lima. She was preceded in death by her three brothers, Wade, Charles and Bruce Blackburn.

September 16th

Ruth C. Carter, 83

September 16, 2014

Ruth C. Carter, 83, of Wapakoneta, died at 4:45 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, at Auglaize Acres. She was born June 21, 1931, in Celina, the daughter of Steve and Christine (Hemmelgarn) Bensman.  

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