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Howard James Smith PDF Print
Monday, December 30, 2013 9:00 PM


June 18, 1926 Dec. 30, 2013




Howard James SmithHoward James “Smitty the Cop” Smith, 87, of Delphos died at 10 a.m. Monday at Van Wert Manor.

He was born June 18, 1926, in Jenera to Oliver H. Smith and Mary R. (Smith) Hole, who preceded him in death.

Rita Jane (Bertling) Daley PDF Print
Friday, December 27, 2013 9:05 PM

Sept. 22, 1919-Dec. 27, 2013


Rita Jane (Bertling) DaleyRita Jane (Bertling) Daley, 94, of Lima passed away at 1 a.m. Friday at Lima Manor, Lima.

She was born Sept. 22, 1919, in Muntanna to George William & Mabel (Kestley) Bertling, who preceded her death.

Robert "Bob" Neumeier PDF Print
Friday, December 27, 2013 9:00 PM

Aug. 27, 1934-Dec. 26, 2013


Robert R. NeumeierRobert R. Neumeier of Delphos went home to Heaven on Thursday after a brief illness at Van Wert County Hospital.

Robert was born on Aug. 27, 1934, in Lima to Don and Irene Neumeier, who preceded him in death.

Last Updated on Friday, December 27, 2013 9:05 PM
Ronald L. Klopfenstein PDF Print
Wednesday, December 25, 2013 9:00 PM

KlopfensteinApril 11, 1938-Dec. 23, 2013

Ronald L. Klopfenstein, 75, mayor of the Village of Elida, passed away Monday afternoon at the St. Rita’s Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.

His Family… Ronald was born April 11, 1938, in Anna to Ernest and Mae (Wrigley) Klopfenstein, who preceded him in death. On Aug. 25, 1956, he married Loretta (Bell) Klopfenstein, who survives in Elida.

Ron is also survived by his children, Kim (Jim) Kline of Lakeview, Kurt (Pam) Klopfenstein of Huber Heights and Kent Klopfenstein of Ada; 12 grandchildren, Jace Metzner, Zach Metzner, Meghan Coil, Trevor Kline, Ronnie Milam, Jeremy Klopfenstein, Matthew Klopfenstein, Da’Oshia Klopfenstein, Da’Laquan Klopfenstein, Elicia Ross, Evanne Klopfenstein and Trey Klopfenstein; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Harold (Bev) Klopfenstein of Jackson Center and Russell (Linda) Klopfenstein of Beavercreek; and a son-like friend, Joe Wells.

He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Karen Milam; and a grandson, Jonathon Klopfenstein.

His Legacy… Ron graduated from Anna High School in Shelby County; went to Ohio Northern studying engineering; was an operator of heavy equipment at K&P Construction and then Degan Excavation, where he retired; was superintendent for a local construction company; mayor of the village of Elida; president of Division II of Bulldog Club of America; president of the Buckeye Bulldog Club; and show chairman for local and national shows BCA. He joined Elida Community Fire Company, Inc., as a volunteer firefighter, became an EMT with the fire company and later an EMT Advanced, starting IVs and defibrillation, and certified arson investigator through the state. Ron held various offices in the fire company and had been chairman of the board of directors of the fire company. He was a member of the Delphos Eagles Aerie 471, was an avid Buckeye fan and followed surrounding local sports accompanied by his wife.

His Farewell Services… A celebration of his life will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Elida, Rev. Paul Scannell officiating. A luncheon will immediately follow the service at the church fellowship hall with burial to follow at Pearl Cemetery, Sidney.

Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Strayer Funeral Home, 1840 E. Fifth St., Delphos, and for one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Memorial Contributions… Memorials may be made to the Hope Lodge at the Cleveland Clinic or the St. Rita’s Oncology Department.

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

Christopher Leo Kemper PDF Print
Monday, December 23, 2013 9:13 PM

Christopher Leo KemperNov. 14, 1973-Dec. 23, 2013

Christopher Leo Kemper, beloved husband and father, passed away Monday morning at the age of 40 at his residence in Delphos surrounded by his loving family.

His Family… Chris was born Nov. 14, 1973, in Lima to Jerry and Cyndi Kemper. On June 2, 2007, he married Erin (Gorman) Kemper.

Chris is survived by his mother, Cyndi of Delphos; his wife Erin of Delphos; two daughters, Cecilia “C.J.” Kemper and Christina Kemper, both at home; a brother, Jeff (Missy) Kemper and their children, Kevin and Brittany of Delphos; maternal grandmother, Cecilia Nartker of Delphos; father- and mother-in-law, Bill and Elaine Gorman of Delphos; and two brothers-in-law, Joe (Annette) Gorman and their children, Bailey, Joe and Tyler of Delphos and Gordon (Jenni) Richard and their son, Liam of Nashville, Tenn.

He was preceded in death by his father; two brothers, Scott Kemper and Kevin “Spanky” Kemper; his maternal grandfather, Robert E. Nartker; and paternal grandparents, Leo and Angela Kemper.

His Legacy… Chris was a teacher at Delphos St. John’s. He was a 1992 graduate of Delphos St. John’s and a 2000 graduate of Bowling Green State University. He was a substitute teacher for several years in the surrounding communities where he also coached junior varsity baseball for Ottoville High School. He was a Delphos Little League coach and worked for Delphos Parks and Recreation. As a member of the athletic boosters, Chris enjoyed working the concession stands for the Blue Jays. He was an avid Blue Jay and Chicago Cubs fan. Chris had a tremendous love for God, family and education believing that “with God all things are possible”. He was a loving devoted husband and father; his girls were his pride and joy. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church where he was a Eucharistic minister.

His Farewell Services… Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, the Rev. Dave Reinhart officiating. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday and from 2-8 p.m. Friday at Strayer Funeral Home, 1840 E. Fifth St., Delphos, where a Parish Wake Service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday.

Memorial Contributions… In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family for an education fund for C.J. and Christina Kemper or to St. John’s Teacher Endowment Fund. Online condolences may be shared at www.strayerfuneralhome.com.


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