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Maxine M. Link PDF Print
Monday, February 17, 2014 9:00 PM

Maxine M. Link, 88, of Delphos, died Monday at Vancrest Healthcare Center.

Arrangements are incomplete at Harter and Schier Funeral Home.

Father of TV sketch comedy Sid Caesar dies at 91 PDF Print
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 9:23 PM

Sid CaesarNEW YORK (AP) — Milton Berle was the funnyman whose pioneering presence in the nation’s living rooms earned him the title Mr. Television.

But Berle echoed the past. His wildly popular wisecracks and cavorting were repurposed from his burlesque days for the brand-new miracle of TV.


Sid Caesar was different. Arriving on Berle’s heels in 1949, Caesar was the future of TV comedy — a future that was evergreen and, with his death on Wednesday at 91, is certain to survive him. To put it simply: Caesar invented TV sketch comedy and gave it stature as a funhouse mirror of the everyday.


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Larry E. Kurtz PDF Print
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 9:00 PM

Oct. 23, 1931-Feb. 11, 2014


Larry E. KurtzLarry E. Kurtz, 82, of Spencerville died at 2:05 a.m. Tuesday in the Roselawn Manor Nursing Home in Spencerville. He had been ill since August 2013.

He was born Oct. 23, 1931, in Lima to Harry E. and Hazel V. (Meeker) Kurtz, who preceded him in death.

On Oct. 27, 1951, he married Ruth Ilene Barnett, who survives, along with four daughters, Mary (Garland “Gar”) Williams of Botkins, Jean (Greg Evans) Williams of Lima, Carol Brincefield of Spencerville and Ellen (Brian) Franklin of Lima; 11 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; three half-sisters, Sandra Oakman of Maumee, Susan Keller and Cheryl Point both of Lima; and his sister-in-law, Barbara Kurtz of Lima.

His brother Gene “Red” Kurtz preceded him in death.

Larry was a 1949 graduate of Jefferson High School. He worked 30 years at the Fruehauf Manufacturing Company in Delphos until its closing as a welder and then in maintenance.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He loved fishing, mainly at Indian Lake, the outdoors, helping neighbors mow yards and was an avid walker. He had been active with his C.B. Radio with the handle “Doll Fly” and also was a Ham Radio operator talking all over the world.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home in Spencerville, the Rev. Jim Flatcher officiating. Burial will follow in the Spencerville Cemetery.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday and after 9 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Spencerville EMS.

Condolences may be expressed at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Marna M. Blackburn PDF Print
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 9:00 PM

March 9, 1936-Feb. 11, 2014


Marna M. BlackburnMarna M. Blackburn, 77, of Delphos died at 11:23 a.m. Tuesday at St. Rita’s Medical Center.

She was born March 9, 1936, in Delphos to Cecil and Dorothy (Renner) Richardson, who preceded her in death.

On April 19, 1958, she married Delbert Blackburn, who died Dec. 11, 2011.

Survivors include four sons, Steve (Laura) Blackburn of Cortlan and Dennis Blackburn, Jeff (Janet) Blackburn and Larry (Michelle) Blackburn of Delphos; four daughters, Dorothy (Keith) Kohler of Wapakoneta, Kim (Tim) Baldauf of Quincy, Stacey (Greg) Hermiller of Delphos and Keri (Damien) Mikesell of Elida; a sister, Deb Wiseman of Van Wert; a brother, Larry Renner of Van Wert; a half-brother, Randy Richardson of Lima;15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Blackburn worked at Teleflex in Van Wert for more than 16 years. She enjoyed gambling, traveling, reading and watching movies.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Preferred memorials are to the American Cancer Society.

Roger Dean “Birddog” Brown PDF Print
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 9:35 PM

Roger Dean “Birddog” BrownRoger Dean “Birddog” Brown was born on April 12, 1941, in Middle Point to Allen and Alta (Long) Brown, who preceded him in death.

On Dec. 23, 1961, he married Ellen (Donahue) Brown, who survives in Middle Point.

He is also survived by a daughter, Christina Brown of Middle Point; a brother, Tom (Sandy) Brown of Grover Hill; and sisters, Mary Paxson and Susan (Ron) White of Van Wert, Betty Booher of Grover Hill, Lucille Granger of Troy, Ruby (Joe) Delpico of Springfield and Marcille Fruchey of Killen, Texas.

Other survivors include special friends, Jim and Mona Kennedy, Donnie and Pam Eversole and Sherrie Friedrich.

He was preceded in death by a son, Randy Brown; a son-in-law, John Brown; brothers, Laurence, Richard, Gale, Carl “Bus” and Harold Brown and Dennis Robey; and sisters, Peg Anderson, Rose Sherman and Nancy Falke.

Roger was a veteran of the US Army having been stationed in Seoul, Korea, and Fort Hood, Texas. He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5803 Van Wert and a member of American Legion Post 178 in Van Wert. He also was a member of the Odd Fellows in Middle Point.

Roger had worked at the former Harold Balyeats Coal Yard in Van Wert, the former Continental Can Co. in Van Wert and for many years at the former Kennedy Manufacturing in Van Wert. He also enjoyed helping out the Middle Point Fire Department.

Calling will be from 2-8 p.m. Saturday at Brickner Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Brickner Funeral Home with Wayne Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at King Cemetery Middle Point with full military honors rendered by the Combined Honors Unit of VFW Post 5803 and American Legion Post 178.

Preferred memorials are contributions to the family.

Condolences may be left on the website, www.bricknerfuneralhome.com or sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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