Archive - Obituary
August 5th, 2011
Sandra K. âKatieâ Phillips died at 5:20 a.m., Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, at St. Ritaâs Medical Center after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
She was born Jan. 18, 1944, in Wapakoneta to Violet (Grothaus) and Eugene âRedâ Dill who preceded her in death. On Feb. 22, 1964, she married William I. Phillips who survives in St. Johns.
Arthur D. Pursley, 76, of Madison, died 5:20 p.m., Monday, July 25, 2011, at Madison Health Care. He was born Feb. 24, 1935 in Lima, to Rose Ethel (Hatcher) and Lorenzo Dow Pursley. Both parents are deceased.
Mr. Pursley retired from the U. S. Air Force and had worked for NAS.
Survivors include one brother, Jim (Nadean) Pursley, of Vista, Calif., and a sister, Cecilia Hicks, of Forest.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Leonard and Benie Pursley; and sisters, Elsie Secor, Viola Stough, Jane Pursley Hoyt, Mary Louise Pursley and Betty Painter.
Eleanor Sprague, 97, of Cridersville, formerly of Lima and Fort Myers, Fla., died at 9:45 a.m. Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, at Otterbein-Cridersville.
She was born June 6, 1914, in Lima, the daughter of Frances M. (Baker) and Earl Marshall. On July 30, 1932, she married Floyd H. Sprague and he died March 4, 2002.
Surviving is a son, Larry E. Sprague, of Lima.
Services are at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the Otterbein-Cridersville community room, the Rev. Phyllis Fetzer officiating..
Contributions can be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, Otterbein-Cridersville or St. Ritaâs Hospice.
Norma K. Sensabaugh Garn, 69, of Wapakoneta, and formerly of Spencerville and Erie, Pa., died at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, July 31, 2011, at Auglaize Acres Nursing Home in Wapakoneta, where she had resided since April 1.
She was born Oct. 8, 1941, in Sardinia, the daughter of Joy (Stotler) and Normal âPopeyeâ Sensabaugh, who preceded her in death. On Oct. 20, 1979, she married Kaye Garn and he died June 23, 1997.
Mildred Margaret âMillieâ Rayburn Porter Craft, 87, of Wapakoneta, died Sunday, July 31, 2011, at her residence of natural causes.
She was born Jan. 22, 1924, in Clark Co., the daughter of Florence Margaret (Pilcher) and John Charles Rayburn, Sr., who preceded her in death. On Aug. 1, 1942, she married Harold Russell Porter, Sr., and he died in Feb. 1951. Then in Oct. 1955, she married Frederick Andrew Craft, and he died in Aug. 2005.
Mildred M. Craft, of Wapakoneta, died Sunday, July 31, 2011, at her residence.
Arrangements are incomplete at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta.
Jack J. Emrick, 45, of Wapakoneta, died at 1:25 p.m., Saturday, July 30, 2011, at the Lima Memorial Health System emergency room from injuries sustained in an accident at his home site near Wapakoneta.
He was born Feb. 7, 1966, in Lima, the son of Ruth (Thuman) and James Walker Emrick. His mother survives in Wapakoneta, and his father died April 19, 2011. He is also survived by his partner Lisa Bowman.
G.M. Alsbaugh, 85, of Celina, died July 19, 2011 at Celina Manor Nursing Home.
He was born Oct. 16, 1925, in Willshire, to Ruah (Clouse) and Arnold Alspaugh. On Jan. 11, 1948, he married Bonnie Burke and she preceded him in death.
Surviving are four sons, Albert (Dayle) Alspuagh, of Rockford, Terry (Beth) Alspaugh, of Decatur, Ind., Mark (Rhonda) Alsbaugh, of Celina, and Todd (Melissa) Alspaugh, of Greenville.
Services are at 4 p.m. Aug. 7 at Village Community Center at Shaneâs Park in Rockford, the Rev. David Burden officiating.
Norman Henry Schrolucke, 90, formerly of 10472 Plattner Pike, New Knoxville, died Wednesday evening, July 27, 2011, at the St. Marys Living Center.
He was born Feb. 7, 1921, in Van Buren Township, Shelby County, the son of Louise (Henschen) and Henry Schrolucke. On July 4, 1943, he married LaRue Eversman on July and she preceded him in death Feb. 19, 1990.
He was preceded in death by two daughters, Beth Thomas and Judy Grimes.
Eileen Marie Gierhart, 91, of Green Springs, and formerly of Lima and Bradenton, Fla., died at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at Elmwood Health Center in Green Springs.
She was born Feb. 21,1920, in Defiance, the daughter of Helen (Pocock) and John Diringer. Both parents are deceased. On June 29, 1942, she married Ralph Edward Gierhart, who died October 13, 2006.