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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. .

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.


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