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Obituaries

Iris Nancy Walters, 84

April 16, 2014

Iris Nancy “Kitten” Walters, 84, of Wapakoneta, went home to be with her Lord at 4:11 p.m., April 14, 2014, at Lima Memorial Health Systems from a short illness.

She was born March 31, 1930, in Lima, to John Robert and Edithmae Moore Schultheis who preceded her in death.

She married her high school sweetheart Lee ‘Sam’ Walters July 3, 1949, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 3, 2011.

Survivors include children, Debbie (Earl) Caudill, Greg (Cathy) Walters, Mike (Angie) Walters, Connie (Derrick) Martin, Seth (Haley) Walters and a foster son, Tom (Diane) Frank.

Roger L. Sunderland, 74

April 15, 2014

Roger L. Sunderland, 74, of Wapakoneta, died at 1:11 a.m., Monday, April 14, 2014, at his home surrounded by is family. He was born in Lima on Sept. 9, 1939, to Martin Jacob and Minnie E. Brown Sunderland — both parents preceded him in death. On June 10, 1961, he married Dolores A. Gierhart, who survives in Wapakoneta.

Mr. Sunderland was retired from Teledyne-Ohio Steel. He enjoyed music, spending time in his garage and with his family.

Gilbert F. “Bud” Ice, 96

April 14, 2014

Gilbert F. “Bud” Ice, 96, of 06433 IOOF Road, Spencerville, Ohio, died unexpectedly at 8:05 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2014, in the emergency department of Saint Rita's Medical Center, in Lima.

He was born Aug. 15, 1917, in Saint Marys, the son of Gilbert and Florence (Croft) Ice.

He married Jeanette Roberts on Aug. 15, 1966, and she preceded him in death on June 11, 1993.

Robert Henry Niemeyer, 84

April 14, 2014

Robert Henry Niemeyer, 84, of 08816 Washington Pike, Wapakoneta, Ohio, died at 9 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014, at his residence, following a short illness.

He was born July 28, 1929, in Moulton, the son of Gustave and Elsie (Buddemeyer) Niemeyer.

He married Mary L. Rohr on Nov. 7, 1949, in New Knoxville, and she preceded him in death on Feb. 27, 2014.

Shirley A. Bonnoront, 86

April 14, 2014

Shirley A. Bonnoront, 86, of Wapakoneta, died Sunday morning, April 13, 2014, at Auglaize Acres.  She was born Nov. 13, 1927, in Wapakoneta, the daughter of Howard and Alethia (Elliott) Bonnoront, who preceded her in death.  

Survivors include, cousins, Mary Dee (Donald) Malueg, of Wapakoneta, Steven (Lisa) Malueg, of Lima, Rebecca (Greg) Ott, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., and Sheri (Mike) Toth, of Pickerington.

Loren A. Cox, 84

April 14, 2014

Loren A. Cox, 84, of Ridgeway, passed away on Friday, April 11, 2014, at Hardin Memorial Hospital, in Kenton.

He was born on Jan. 30, 1930, in Huntsville, a son of the late Kenneth T. and Emma Belle (Barr) Cox.  On Feb. 11, 1950, he married his first wife, Dorothy Lay, and they divorced. He then married his second wife, the former Eileen Lenore Epps on Nov. 25, 1978, and she preceded him in death on May 15, 2009.  Also preceding him in death were a sister, Ann Docie and brothers, Paul L. and Leonard Cox.

Robert D. Lee, 72

April 8, 2014

Robert D. Lee, 72, of Jackson Center, died at 5:09 p.m., Sunday, April 6, 2014, at St. Rita’s Medical Center, in Lima. He was born Oct. 9, 1941, in Spencerville, the son of Dean and Thelma (South) Lee, who preceded him in death. On Nov. 27, 1965, he married Grace A. Shepard, and she died Nov. 18, 1997.

Thomas Jerome (Jerry) Carr, 72

April 7, 2014

Thomas Jerome (Jerry) Carr passed away March 28, 2014, after a battle with lung cancer. Born on May 11, 1941 to John and Mary (Mason) Carr in Roanoke, Va., he grew up in Wapakoneta, attended St. Joseph Elementary and High School, St. Joseph College and Wright State University. Jerry served in the security service with the USAF, stationed in Okinawa.

Mike E. Cope, 57

April 3, 2014

Mike E. Cope, 57, of Cridersville, died Saturday, March 29, 2014, at his residence.

He was born Dec. 30, 1956, in Lima, to Daniel H. and Icie Irene Fickle Cope, who preceded him in death.
Mr. Cope was a member of VFW Post 1275 and American Legion Post 96.  He served in both the U.S. Army and Navy.

Steve A. Rowe, 58

April 2, 2014

Steve A. Rowe, 58, of New Knoxville, died at 2:10 p.m., March 31, 2014, at the Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, in St. Marys. He was born Oct. 22, 1955, the son of Thomas R. Rowe and Chessie (Webb) Bennett. His father is deceased and his mother survives in Beauford, S.C. On Sept. 30, 2008, he married Linda Shaner, who survives.

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