“Doc” Vonderwell
“Doc” Vonderwell

Oct. 25, 1935-April 7, 2017

DELPHOS — Clete M. “Doc” Vonderwell, 81, of Delphos passed away on Friday at Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice Center in Van Wert.

He was born October 25, 1935, in St. Marys to Clarence and Matilda (Post) Vonderwell, who preceded him in death. He was united in marriage on Aug. 1, 1992, to Mary Neumeier, who survives in Delphos.

He is also survived by six sons, Michael (Vicki) Vonderwell of Wilmington, North Carolina, Arthur (Brenda) Vonderwell of Hilliard, David (Sue) Vonderwell of Delphos, Donald (Barb) Vonderwell of Delphos, Daniel (Jen) Vonderwell of Cheney, Washington, and Richard (Jen) Vonderwell of Delphos; one daughter Marcy (Matty) Swift of Huber Height; two brothers, Ike Vonderwell of Indiana and John Vonderwell of Delphos; two step-sons, Daniel (Marcie) Metzger and Anthony “Tony” (Kelli) Metzger, both of Delphos; brother and sisters-in-law, Kay (Roger) Schlereth, Bill (JoAnn) Neumeier, Rog (Candy) Neumeier, Don (Lois) Neumeier, Tom (Tami) Neumeier, Gary “Tubby” (Marsha) Neumeier, Joanie (Dave) Nijak, Jerry (Doris) Neumeier, Ben (Cheryl) Neumeier and Kathy Bates; grandchildren, Niki, Adam, Erin, Preston, Calvin, Brett, Trent, Mason, Tess, Joshua, A.J., Lillian, Evelyn, Madelyn, Aislyn, Isabelle, Desteni, Zak, Carla and Dani; stepgrandchildren, Dominic, Chase, Braylon, Aubrey, Maddox and Ryker; and former wife, Lynne Huffman.

He was preceded in death by a daughter Anne Vonderwell; brother, Carl Vonderwell; sister, Rose Mary; and two sisters-in-law, Laura Vonderwell and Patricia Vonderwell.

Clete was a graduate of Delphos St. John’s, he then attended Oblate Preparatory School, where he was a junior seminarian. He later took college classes at St. Joseph College in Rensselaer, Indiana, where he played baseball. He then got accepted to the Ohio State Veterinary School in the fall of 1959, graduating in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural science. Doc was owner of the Vonderwell Clinic for 42 years, retiring in 2004.

He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church; past president, charter member and co-founder of International Veterinary Acupuncture Society for two terms; taught acupuncture all over the world; and treated canine units for the Van Wert Sheriff Department. He was a past president for St. John’s School and Church. His love was treating harness horses, where he hosted many international veterinarians.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, the Rev. Daniel Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. on Saturday and on Sunday at Harter and Schier funeral Home. A parish wake will be held on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

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