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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. .

Curls and dimples: Shirley Temple dies at 85 PDF Print
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 9:33 PM

Associated Press


Shirley TempleAny kid who ever tap-danced at a talent show or put on a curly wig and auditioned for “Annie” can only dream of being as beloved — or as important — as Shirley Temple.

Temple, who died Monday night at 85, sang, danced, sobbed and grinned her way into the hearts of downcast Depression-era moviegoers and remains the ultimate child star decades later. Other pre-teens, from Macaulay Culkin to Miley Cyrus, have been as famous in their time. But none of them helped shape their time the way she did.

Margaret Elizabeth Powell PDF Print
Sunday, February 02, 2014 9:11 PM

April 7, 1921-Feb. 1, 2014


Margaret Elizabeth PowellMargaret Elizabeth Powell, 92, of Delphos died at 8:02 a.m. Saturday at Vancrest of Delphos.

She was born April 7, 1921, in Ottoville to Henry and Magdelena (Hohlbein) Pohl, who preceded him in death.

She married Norman “Si” Powell on Feb. 5, 1946. He died on March 27, 1989.

Survivors include three sons, Thomas (Marilyn) Powell of Powell, Michael Powell of Grove City and Jeff Powell of Delphos; six daughters, Marge (Bill) Robinson of Exeter, Calif., Patricia Rittger of Kernah, Texas, Theresa Menke of Middle Point, Deb (Tim) Maag of Ottoville, Cheri (Mike) Placke of Van Wert and Lisa (Bruce) Bendele of Ottoville; 22 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Stocklin; brothers, John, Ed and Elmer Pohl; and sisters, Clara Vondran, Lucille Clark and Dorothy Barnes.

She was a homemaker and a member of St. John’s the Evangelist Catholic Church.

Margaret’s passion was her family. She was also a seamstress and made several wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses. Crossword puzzles were a favorite pasttime. She was also a nature enthusiast.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Delphos St. John the Evangelist Church. Burial will follow in Ressurection Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home with a Parish Wake Service at 7:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to that of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.harterandschier.com.

Lucille G. Van Oss PDF Print
Sunday, February 02, 2014 9:10 PM

Sept. 21, 1921- Feb. 1, 2014


Lucille G. Van OssLucille G. Van Oss, 92, passed from this life at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Vancrest Health Care Center in Delphos.

Lucille was born on Sept. 21, 1921, to Nathaniel L. Staup and Pansie C. (Peterson) Staup, who preceded her in death.

On Sept. 2, 1940, she married Roland J. Van Oss, who passed away Dec. 24, 1991.

Lucille is survived by two daughters, Patricia (Tom) Van Oss-Davis of Centerville and Jeanie (Dave) Alt of Delphos; three granddaughters, Suzanne (David) Laudadio, Jennifer (Jeremy) Strapp and Julie (Shawn) Grime; two step-granddaughters, Ali (Jordan) Ross and Jennifer Davis; three grandsons, Eric (Jodi) Wegesin, Matt Wegesin and Jon (Anna) Dieringer; three step-grandsons, Andy (Jamie) Alt, Aaron (Christine) Alt and James Davis; six great-grandchildren, Amanda and Ryan Strapp, Logan and Ella Grime and Sarah and Thomas Dieringer; seven stepgreat-grandchildren, Sam, Josh and Luke Alt, Alexa Alt, Jackson Ross, Kristin Davis and Kate Davis; along with nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Annette Wegesin; a grandson, Steve Nomina; a great-granddaughter, Hannah Strapp; two brothers, Ralph and Ernie Staup; a sister, Luella McMichael; two sons-in-law, Bob Wegesin and Greg Dieringer; and her special feline companion, Miss Kitty.

Raised during the years of the Great Depression, Lucille’s life was one of unconditional love, acceptance, service to others, honesty and gratitude. She always placed the needs of others above her own. She had a beautiful, resilient spirit and strong faith. By example, her philosophy of life was passed on to her family. She was a true gift to all who were fortunate to have her in their lives. Her family came first to her always.

Lucille gave of her time generously. As a member of St. Rita’s Auxiliary, she volunteered in their gift shop for nearly 20 years. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and in her earlier years, she supported the church and school by volunteering at the annual church festival, in the “Mom’s Room”, and as a Juniorette leader. She gave to her community by her work at the Delphos Thrift Shop.

A special thanks to Dr. James Bowlus, who showed such honesty and compassion to Lucille and to her family as her days on earth became short, to the staff of Vancrest Assisted Living and Rehab for making the last six months of Lucille’s life the best that they could be and to the nurses of St. Rita’s Hospice.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos at 11 a.m. Friday, the Rev. Dave Reinhart will officiate. The Rev. James Van Oss will co-officiate. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery.

Friends may call at Strayer Funeral Home in Delphos from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday. A parish wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Rita’s Auxiliary or to the Medical Mission Sisters, 8400 Pine Road, Philadelphia, PA 19111-9986.

Online condolences may be shared at www.strayerfuneralhome.com.

Dorothy V. Foust PDF Print
Sunday, February 02, 2014 9:09 PM

July 30, 1922-Jan. 31, 2014


Dorothy V. Foust, 91, of Elida died at 5:45 p.m. Friday at Richland Manor.

She was born July 30, 1922, in Lima to Orphy and Evelyn (Loomis) Allen, who preceded him in death.

For 72 years, Dorothy shared her life with her husband, Howard Foust, whom she married on May 2, 1941.

Survivors include two sons, Howard L. (Reida) Foust Jr. of Lima and Michael A. (Pat) Foust of Port St. Lucy, Fla.; a daughter, Patricia A. Foust of Lima; a sister, Nettie Millrans of Mesa, Ariz.; sisters-in-law, Sue Allen of Defiance and Margie Allen of California; a brother-in-law, Clay “Derb” Knoch of Uniappolis; five grandchildren, Reed (Kelly) Foust, Allen (Tina) Foust, Laura Pelscher, Melissa (Ryan) Moore and Michael Scott Foust and (Cherrie); 13 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

She worked at Beckman’s in Delphos in sales.

Dorothy loved her grandchildren and her dog, Buddy. She also loved walking and quilting.

Funeral services will be at 8 p.m. today at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, the Rev. David Howell. Burial will be at a later date at Walnut Grove Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association and American Cancer Society.

Online condolence may be left at www.harterandschier.com.


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