Thursday, November 28, 2013 9:11 PM
Jan. 18, 1930-Nov. 26, 2013
Evelyn M. Thatcher, 83, of Delphos and formerly of Lima, died at 9:50 p.m. Tuesday in St. Rita’s Medical Center, following an extended illness, with her daughters and family at her side.
She was born Jan. 18, 1930, in Spencerville, to Charles M. and Grace I. (Counts) Harruff, who preceded her in death.
On June 27, 1953, she married Ira C. Thatcher, who preceded her in death on Jan. 18, 1982.
She is survived by four daughters, Karen E. Robey, Kimberly E. Zimmerman and Donna M. (Gus) Cira, all of Lima and Dorothea M. (Timothy) Siefker of Delphos; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Emerson E. (Beverly) Thatcher of Lincoln, Ill.; a sister, Kathryn L. Gay of Lima; and a sister-in-law, Janet Harruff of St. Marys.
Evelyn was preceded in death by two infant daughters, Kathy and Alice Thatcher; two brothers, Kenneth F. Thatcher and Willis O. Thatcher; and two sisters, Ruth D. Isham and Edna M. Edens.
She had worked as a cook at the Allen Inn and Lost Creek Care Centers in Lima and also for Service America. Later on, she maintained the Wapakoneta Rest Stops on I-75. She loved being with her daughters and her many grandchildren. She enjoyed watching the old Western movies and the Hallmark channels.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home in Spencerville with the Rev. John Spyker officiating. Burial will follow in the Goodwin Cemetery near Elgin.
Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral.
Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Association.
Condolences may be expressed online at
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 9:15 PM
Sept. 25, 1925
Nov. 25, 2013
Winfred E. “Bud” Agness, 88, of Spencerville and formerly of Grover Hill, died at 9:55 a.m. Monday at Roselawn Manor Nursing Home in Spencerville, where he had resided since May 22, 2013.
He was born Sept. 25, 1925, in Grover Hill to William “Billy” and Pearl (Hoy) Agness, who preceded him in death.
On Oct. 3, 1945, he married his loving wife of 68 years, Mary H. Wilson, who survives in Spencerville.
Other survivors include a son, William “Bill” Agness of Lima; a daughter, Yvonne Murdick of Worthington; and granddog Shelby.
Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville, the Rev. Keith Hamblin officiating. Burial will be in Spencerville Cemetery, with military graveside rites conducted by the Spencerville Veterans.
Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials are to Roselawn Manor Nursing Home Activities Fund.
Condolences may be expressed at
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 9:14 PM
July 9, 1926-Nov. 24, 2013
LaDonna M. “Brownie” Metzger, 87, of Spencerville, died at 4:47 a.m. Sunday at St. Rita’s Medical Center.
She was born July 9, 1926, in Hume to Ortha and Lea (Bowsher) Fantz, who preceded her in death.
On Aug. 12, 1944, she married Vernon Metzger, who preceded her in death on June 30, 2004.
Survivors include a son, Lyle Metzger of Spencerville; two daughters, Cheryl (Nick) George of Lima and Deb (Bill Harman) Laudick of Spencerville; six grandchildren, Angela (Timothy) Wagner of Bluffton, Paula (Matt) Russell of Toledo, Lorrie George and Rusty George of Lima, Stacy Friesner of Russells Point and Bill Harman Jr. of Mason; and six great-grandchildren, Elijah Wenger, Aiden Stewart, Tyler Friesner, Maddie Friesner, Joey Harman and Brady Harman.
She was also preceded in death by a brother, Donovan Fantz.
Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. today at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville, the Rev. Elaine Mikesell officiating. Burial will be in Spencerville Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are to Roselawn Manor Activity Fund or donor’s choice.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 9:13 PM
Sept. 30, 1957-Nov. 25, 2013
Ralph E. Prine, 56, of Delphos, died at 5:55 p.m. Monday at St. Rita’s Medical Center.
He was born Sept. 30, 1957, in Lima to Larry Prine and Betty (Carles) Moser. His father preceded him in death. His mother survives in Findlay.
On March 31, 1980, he married Lucy M. Barnett, who survives in Delphos.
Other survivors include three daughters, Yvonne (Ben) Twining and Lena (Brian) Bailey of Lima and Sarah Prine of Delphos; two sisters, Virginia Christman of Findlay and Patty Prine of Tulsa, Okla.; four brothers, Larry (Sharon) Prine of Howe, Ind., Dennis (Stephanie) Prine and Rodney (Kay) Prine of Lima and Eddie (Becky) Prine of Tulsa; two grandchildren, Colton and Ayden Bailey of Lima; three granddaughters by heart, Skylynn Prine, Dakota Gallaspie and Savannah Gallaspie of Lima; 18 nieces and nephews and 28 great-nieces and nephews; and his stepmother, Mary Prine of Tulsa.
He was also preceded in death by his stepfather, Ron Moser; and a brother, Jay Allen Strunk.
Ralph worked at Army’s Auto Wrecking for more than 30 years as a parts mechanic. He graduated in 1976 from Lima Senior High School. He enjoyed playing golf and bowling and watching the Browns and Ohio State football. He loved spending time with his family and his beloved dog, Libby.
Funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, Pastor Wayne Prater officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery.
Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials are to the family.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 9:12 PM
Aug. 3, 1930-Nov. 26, 2013
Alice M. Fischbach, 83, of Fort Jennings, died at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday at her residence.
She was born Aug. 3, 1930, in Fort Jennings to Fred and Martha (Ricker) Lucke, who preceded her in death.
She married Raphael J. Fischbach, who passed on June 6, 1993.
Survivors include a son, Kenny (Julie) Fischbach of Fort Jennings; two daughters, Lynette Fischbach of Elida and Cheryl Feathers of Fort Jennings; seven sisters, Betty (Rick) Ricker, Wilma Humpert and Josie (Arnie) Mohler all of Delphos, Norma Burgei of Ottoville, Doris (Art) Neidert and Karen (Larry) Heitmeyer both of Fort Jennings and Sister Mary Ann Lucke of Tiffin; a sister-in-law, Ruth Lucke of Fort Jennings; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by two sons, David and Paul Fischbach; a sister, Vera Menke; three brothers, John, Elmer and Donald Lucke; and one grandson, Ryan Feathers.
She worked at JCPenney for 22 years.
Mrs. Fischbach enjoyed crocheting and working of crossword puzzles. She also enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.
She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.
A Mass of Christian burial will be at noon Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fort Jennings, where there will be a memorial visitation one hour prior to the service with the Rev. Charles Obinwa officiating.
Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, where there will be a Parish Wake at 7:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church.
To leave online condolences for the family, visit www.harterandschier.com.