Saturday, September 14, 2013 12:25 AM
May 21, 1919-Sept. 13, 2013
Carol Mae Shobe, 94, of Delphos, died at 2:45 a.m. Friday in the Vancrest Care Center in Delphos.
She was born May 21, 1919, in Delphos, to Earl Wayne and Helen Carol Strohl Prine, who preceded her in death.
On March 31, 1938, she married Warren L. Shobe, who preceded her in death on March 8, 1993.
She is survived by six children, Maynard L. (Carol) Shobe of Delphos, Chester L. (Glenda) Shobe of Ada, Sandra K. (James) Hirn of Spencerville, Thomas D. (Sharon) Shobe of Spencerville, Billy G. (Betty) Shobe of Delphos and Pamela L. (Michael) Carder of Delphos; 19 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and 18 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one grandchild and four siblings, Rose Marie Seibert, Martha Alice Bendle, Wayne E. Prine and Carl E. Prine.
Mrs. Shobe was a homemaker, enjoyed crocheting, cooking and especially making noodles.
She was a former member of the Ida Rebekah Lodge #391 and also the Northwest Ohio Field and Stream Association, both of Spencerville.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, with the Rev. Curtiss Randolph officiating. Entombment will follow in the Lima Memorial Park Mausoleum.
Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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Friday, September 13, 2013 12:13 AM
May 7, 1930-Sept. 11, 2013
William C. “Bill” Strayer, 83, of rural Elida, died at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday of an extended illness in the Roselawn Manor Nursing Home in Spencerville, where he was for a short while.
He was born May 7, 1930, in Amanda Township, Allen County, to Gale and Eulahla F. Boyer Strayer, who preceded him in death.
He married Frances L. Moore on Oct. 11, 1953, whom he met at The Ohio State University. They would have been married 60 years next month. She survives along with three children, Donald E. (Nancy E.) Strayer of Beavercreek, Nancy L. Strayer of Elida and Rebecca R. (Brent) English of Elida; and three grandchildren, Caroline Rose English, Lorraine Frances English and Aaron Strayer English, all of Elida.
Bill was preceded in death by his sister, Betty (John) Blymyer and baby boy Strayer.
He was a lifelong member of the Zion United Methodist Church near Elida.
He was a 1948 graduate of Elida High School and was a 1952 graduate of The Ohio State University, earning a B.S. Degree in Agriculture. He was a member of the Alpha Gamma Sigma Agricultural Fraternity and a member of the OSU Livestock Judging team in 1950, which he was recently honored for.
A lifelong farmer, he raised Registered Angus Cattle, which is a 90-year long continuous family tradition, making him the patriarch of the oldest Angus herd in the state of Ohio.
On Thursday, he, his son-in-law and grandson were recognized by the Allen County Soil and Water Conservation District as the 2013 outstanding co-operator.
He served as treasurer of the Ohio Angus Association for 20 years. He was a member of the Auglaize, Van Wert, Ohio, Black Swamp, West Central, Eastern Ohio and American Angus Associations. He was a long-time member and advisor for the Amanda Agricultural 4-H Club.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Zion United Methodist Church, with Pastor Mark Fuerstenau officiating and burial to follow in the Hartford Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today at the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home in Spencerville and after noon Saturday at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Zion United Methodist Church of Spencerville EMS.
Friday, September 13, 2013 12:11 AM
Sept. 24, 1924-Sept. 12, 2013
Oleta Marie Fronk, 88, of Delphos died at 1:40 a.m. Thursday at Vancrest Healthcare Center of Delphos.
She was born Sept. 24, 1924, to Don F. and Emma (Rice) Miller, who preceded her in death.
She was united in marriage to Kenneth L. Fronk on Sept. 30, 1945. He preceded her in death on Nov. 18, 2003. They had just celebrated 58 years of marriage before Kenneth’s passing.
Oleta was a designer and buyer at Shenk’s Bridal Boutique, where she enjoyed designing wedding dresses and formal wear for 30 years.
She enjoyed singing in the church choir for over 50 years. She also enjoyed taking her suppers to her family and friends who were shut ins.
She was a member of the Christian Endeavor as a youth member; past elder of the First United Presbyterian Church of Christ; and past president of the Woman’s Association, Rebecca and Ruth Circles. She was a past Deputy Grand Matron of District Eight of the Order of the Eastern Star and a past Matron of Delphos Chapter 26; and a 50-year, life member and titled secretary Emeritus for 30 years of service. She also belonged to the Grandmother Club.
Survivors include a son, Phillip (Denise Mathews) Fronk of Delphos; three daughters, Marcia (Walt) Barber of Beaverdam and Charlotte (John) Birkmeier and Susie (Dan G.) Rode of Delphos; a sister, Anne Miller of Delphos; nine grandchildren, Michelle (Dan) Steman of Delphos, Scott (Renee) Fronk of West Alexandria, Angella (Will) Eversole of Columbus Grove, Erin (Steve) Stark of Lima, Kelly Garmatter of Columbus Grove, Jason (Leslie) Birkmeier of Elida, Brian Birkmeier of Rawson, Kyle (Samantha) Rode and Lauren (Alan Trentman) Rode; 12 great-grandchildren, Domonic Munoz, Sierra Fronk, Max and Grant Eversole, Riley and Reese Stark, Klarrissa, Kalyn, Karsyn and Cade Garmatter and Easton and Ella Birkmeier; two sisters-in-laws, Catherine Miller and Anna Mae Miller of Delphos; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by a great-grandchild, Alexander Munoz; and three brothers, Dale F., Herbert L. and Robert W. Miller.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, the Rev. Harry Tolhurst officiating. Burial will take place at Walnut Grove Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 1-8 p.m. Sunday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home where an Eastern Star service will follow at 8:15 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to First United Presbyterian Church of Christ.
To leave online condolences for the family, visit www.harterandschier.com.
Thursday, September 12, 2013 12:00 AM
William C. “Bill” Strayer, 83, of rural Elida, died Wednesday at the Roselawn Manor Nursing Home in Spencerville.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home in Spencerville, where funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 12:08 AM
June 14, 1931
Sept. 10, 2013
Don “Gus” Hohenbrink, 82, of Ottawa passed away peacefully in his home at 8:02 a.m. Tuesday.
He was born June 14, 1931, in Kalida, to August and Magdalina (Altenburger Fischer) Hohenbrink, who preceded him in death.
On June 22, 1955, he married Phyllis Kreinbrink, who survives in Ottawa.
Also surviving are four children, Donna Britsch of Tega Cay, S.C., Rick (Beth) Hohenbrink of Findlay, Jan (Mike Bogart) Hohenbrink of Ottawa and Jill (Mark) Hovest of Pandora; 14 grandchildren: four stepgrandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; 10 step-great-grandchildren; a brother, Alfred Hohenbrink of Rockport; a sister, Alice Brooker of Phoenix, Ariz.; and a sister-in-law, Matilda Hohenbrink of Kalida.
He was also preceded in death by a son, David “Zeke” Hohenbrink and eight siblings, William, Harry and Sylvester Hohenbrink, Mary Gerding, Frances Schwertner, Gerald Fischer, Freda Fortman and Rita Kuhlman.
Don owned and founded Hohenbrink Excavating in 1955 and owned Putnam Refuse Services for 26 years. He served as an officer in the 8th Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ottawa, the Ottawa VFW, Ottawa Eagles, Ottawa American Legion, Findlay AMVETS, Lima Moose Lodge and the Ottawa Knights of Columbus.
He will be missed by many for his love of family and friends, his crazy sense of humor, his hard working business sense, his love of flowers, “his birds” and all his “grand dogs.” He has lived a good life and was loved by many.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ottawa, with Fr. Matt Jozefiak officiating. Burial will be at a later date in the church cemetery. Military rites by the Ottawa American Legion and VFW will take place after the mass at church. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at Love Funeral Home, Ottawa where there will be a VFW service at 7 p.m. and a K of C rosary at 7:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Putnam County Hospice or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences can be expressed at: www.lovefuneralhome.com.