The Van Wert County Courthouse

Monday, Aug. 15, 2022

Obituaries can be emailed to or faxed to 419.238.2578. As of January 15, 2020, the Van Wert independent will no longer accept no-cost death notices. As of April 15, 2021, the cost of full obituaries will be $75 (including a photo). Obituary payments can be sent to: Van Wert independent, P.O. Box 546, Van Wert, OH 45891. Local funeral homes are billed for full obituaries, while out-of-town funeral homes can also be billed, if so requested.

POSTED: 12/28/10 at 3:42 pm. FILED UNDER: Info

Roy Lee Noggle, 79, of Haviland, passed away Tuesday, August 9, 2022, at Dupont Hospital after an extended battle with cancer.

Roy was born May 17, 1943, in Paulding to Mildred (Keys) and William Lee Noggle, who both preceded him in death.

Roy Noggle

Roy worked as a farmer, custom ditcher, and semi-truck owner-operator. He and his wife, Jo, loved being on the road. They had traveled to all the states except Hawaii and put over half a million miles on their motorcycle vacationing to different places. Roy also enjoyed camping, fishing, boating, and snowmobiling. He has been a member of the Payne Masonic Lodge for 50 years and was a part of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association. Above all, Roy loved his family and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He will be sadly missed by his wife Jo Ann, who recently celebrated 60 years of marriage this past June; children, David (Amy) Noggle and Cynthia (Kenneth) Trammell; siblings, Donna (Paul) Fishbaugh and Randy (Margie) Noggle; grandchildren, Courtney, Emily (Ryan), Karlee, and Levi; four great-grandchildren, and three nephews.

Viewing is from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, August 14, at Dooley Funeral Home in Payne. Funeral services will beheld at 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 15, with viewing one hour prior at the funeral home.

He will be laid to rest at Blue Creek Cemetery.

Preferred memorials: the Country Chapel Methodist Church, Haviland.

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POSTED: 08/10/22 at 3:34 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Glen D. Dunlap, 85, of Van Wert, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Monday evening, August 9, 2022, at Van Wert Manor Nursing Home.

Glen Dunlap

He was born on June 2, 1937, in Van Wert County the son of Berl Austin and Mary Esther (Caris) Dunlap, who both preceded her in death. He married the former Bonnie Lou Parks August 31, 1958, and she passed away December 6, 2021.

Family members include his four children, Dennis A. (Lisa) Dunlap of Defiance and their children, Austin (Jessica) Dunlap, Aaron (Ashlyn) Dunlap, Kara (Blake) Cooper and Daniel (Dimare) Dunlap; Jeffrey D. (MaryAnn) Dunlap of Van Wert and their children, Kylie (Jake) Schroeder, Britni (Josh) Dempsey, Whitni Paige Dunlap (Andrew), and Laine Dunlap; Jill L. (Michael) Fast of Van Wert and their children, Zane and Jace Fast, and Jennifer R. (Jeremy) Best of Convoy and their children, Ethan and Lillie Best; nine great grandchildren, Evan, Hadley, Elliot, Adalyn, Elijah, Aubree, Erica, Nora, and Jax; a sister, Janet Myers of Venedocia: a niece, Penny Clark, and a nephew, Kelly (Valerie) Parks.

Glen was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret “Peg” Beard.

Glen was a 1955 graduate of Hoaglin-Jackson High School and attended Grace Bible Church. He retired as plant manager for American Ready Mix then worked for several years at Alexander & Bebout. He enjoyed spending time with family and following his grandkids school and sporting events. There were special times with family at their summer cottage on the Auglaize River.

The public is welcome to a graveside service and interment will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, August 11, at Middle Creek Cemetery near Grover Hill with Pastor Lance Hostetler officiating.

Preferred memorials are to Grace Bible Church.

Online condolences may be expressed on the Tribute Wall at

POSTED: 08/09/22 at 11:47 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Marilyn R. Jones, 82, of Ottoville, passed away at 8:16 a.m. Monday, August 8, 2022, at Lima Memorial.

She was born on March 2, 1940, in Van Wert, the daughter of the late George “Harold” and Dorothy (Pangle) Gamble. She married D. Morgan Jones August 7, 1966, and he preceded her in death in 2007. Together, they shared many years of memories.

Marilyn Jones

Marilyn was a 1958 graduate of York High School. She retired from Wells Fargo Bank, formerly Peoples Bank, in Van Wert after 41 years of service.

Marilyn was a past President of the Van Wert Jaycee Mates and Ohio JCI Senate. She was also involved with Ohio Jaycee Women. Marilyn served as the longtime treasurer for the Van Wert County 4-H Council. Most importantly, Marilyn loved spending time with her family and friends, especially her granddaughter, Leanna.

Surviving are her daughter, Melissa (Denny) Schnipke of Ottoville; her granddaughter, Leanna Schnipke; her sister, Janet (Doug) Miller of Van Wert, and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Paul and Wayne Gamble, and a sister, Mildred Heath.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, August 12, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, Van Wert. Interment will follow in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, August 11, and one hour prior to services Friday, both at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials: the Ohio JCI Senate Charitable and Education Foundation.

Online condolences may be expressed at

POSTED: 08/08/22 at 7:06 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Mary Beard Cowgill, 99, of Van Wert, passed away at 8:20 a.m. Monday, August 8, 2022, at Vancrest of Van Wert.

Mary Cowgill

She was born on April 5, 1923, the daughter of Perry and Maude Springer, who both preceded her in death. She was married to Joe Cowgill who also preceded her in death in 1971. Mary was also preceded in death by two daughters, Janet Crowe and Sue Raney.

Family survivors include her three sons, Jerry (Shirley) Beard, James “Jim” (Teresa) Beard, and Rick (Debbie) Beard all of Van Wert; a daughter, Evelyn (Gerald) Breece of Van Wert; 17 grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Mary was a member of Calvary Evangelical Church, Van Wert.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 11, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert, with Pastor Clark Williman officiating. Interment will follow at Ridge Cemetery. Calling hours will held from 9-11 a.m. prior to the service on Thursday.

Preferred memorials: donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be expressed on the Tribute Wall at

POSTED: 08/08/22 at 5:24 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Darlene June Sutton, 92, of Van Wert passed away Sunday morning, August 7, 2022, at Homestead at Towne Center. 

Darlene Sutton

She was born on June 16, 1930, in Van Wert the daughter of Frederick Nicholas and Viola Norma (Hunter) Eibling, who both preceded her in death. She married Donald Clifford Sutton December 11, 1948, and he passed away March 15, 2015. She then married Bob J. Galloway on August 29, 2015, and he preceded her in death on March 13, 2021. 

Family survivors include her two sons, Gary L. (Debbie) Sutton of Bradenton, Florida and Rick L. (Kathy) Sutton of Ohio City; a sister, Lola Whitaker of Van Wert; a son-in-law, Joe L. Hoffman; two step sons, Kenneth (Shirley) Galloway and Larry (Sandy) Galloway; five grandchildren, and ten- great grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Cheryl Lynn “Sheri” Hoffman and a sister, Eloise Greulach. 

Darlene was a 1948 graduate of Ohio City-Liberty High School. She was a member of the Ohio City United Methodist Church where she served in many positions including church choir, teaching Sunday school and Bible school and serving on many committees. Darlene was a partner alongside of her husband in the farming operation. Their hobby was traveling and they also wintered for many years in Florida. She served on the State Farm Bureau Camping Committee for 20 years and was County Farm Bureau Women’s Chairperson. She was a member of Farm Bureau Council 3-OC. 

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday August 9, 2022, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert, with Pastor Gary Genter officiating. Interment will follow at Ohio City Woodlawn Cemetery. Calling hours will be held from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Tuesday. 

Preferred memorials: Ohio City United Methodist Church. 

Online condolences may be expressed on the Tribute Wall at

POSTED: 08/08/22 at 8:45 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Don Knerr, 99, formerly of Payne, passed away at 4:56 a.m., Sunday, August 7, 2022, at Vancrest of Van Wert. 

Don Knerr

He was born on September 2, 1922, in Union Township, the son of Otto Wilhelm and Clara Augusta (White) Knerr, who both preceded him in death. He married the former Joan Dull March 17, 1946, and she survives after 76 years of marriage. 

Other family members include his four children Ronald (Gail) Knerr of Pueblo, Colorado, Deborah (Ronald) Roe of Trinidad, Colorado, Dr. Joel (Michelle) Knerr of Convoy, and Mary Ann (Robert) Phelps of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; eleven grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; eight great- grandchildren; and seven step-great-grandchildren 

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Joshua Knerr and four brothers, Dean, Paul, Glenn and Mark Knerr. 

Don was a 1940 graduate of Union High School and attended Bowling Green College. He was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Convoy. He was supervisor of industrial engineering at International Harvester in Ft. Wayne until his retirement in 1982, after 35 years of service. Don enjoyed golfing, fishing and hunting mushrooms. 

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, August 12, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Ohio City Woodlawn Cemetery. Calling hours will be held from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, August 11. 

Preferred memorials: the Van Wert Salvation Army or the USO. 

Online condolences may be expressed on the Tribute Wall at

POSTED: 08/08/22 at 8:43 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

There will be a celebration of the life of Robert K.Sealscott from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, August 21, at the Elks Lodge, 1196 Elks Drive, Van Wert. Please plan to share your stories of Bob and wear Bob’s favorite island attire.

On Monday August 22, 2022 at 2:00 His interment service with the Military Honor Guard will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, August 22, at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetary, 20963 W. Hoff Rd., Elwood, Illinois. Refreshments will follow at Stone City VFW, 124 Stone City Dr. Joliet, Illinois.

Sealscott, of Fort Myers, Florida, passed away February 10.

POSTED: 08/07/22 at 6:44 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Terry Lee Schaffner, 80, of Dunwoody, Georgia passed away at 8:50 p.m. Sunday, July 31, 2022, at his residence.

Terry Lee Schaffner

He was born November 20, 1941, in Decatur, Indiana to Glenda (Rauch) Schaffner and John Schaffner, who both preceded him in death. He married Karen (Stenger) Schaffner on November 17, 1973, and she survives.

Other survivors include a daughter, Erin Schaffner of Dunwoody, Georgia; a son, Matthew “Dusty” (Angela) Schaffner of Decatur, Georgia; three grandsons, Carlson, Caleb, and Zachary Schaffner of Decatur, Georgia; a sister, Carolyn (Bob) Todd of Punta Gorda, Florida, and a brother, Tom (Deb) Schaffner of Van Wert. Also surviving are Terry’s nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters, Marilyn Schaffner and Jo Ellen (Jeff) Gold.

Terry graduated from Convoy Union High School in 1959 and attended International Business College. He had retired from Aeroquip (Eaton) in Van Wert and was currently employed at Olympic Pool Plastering in Norcross, Georgia as an accountant. He was a founding member of Calvary Evangelical Church of Van Wert and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Terry was known for his humor and never met a stranger. He enjoyed traveling, sports, games, and time with friends and family whether close or far away. He will be deeply missed.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials: Calvary Evangelical Church, 10686 Van Wert-Decatur Road, Van Wert, Ohio 45891

POSTED: 08/04/22 at 2:22 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Joy N. Kraner, 80, of Rockford, passed away Tuesday, August 2, 2022, at Parkview Regional Medical Center.

She was born September 20, 1941, in Van Wert to Robert Sink and Nadine (Fox) Sink, who both preceded her in death. She married her sweetheart, Homer Kraner, March 5, 1960, and he passed away December 10, 2020.

Joy Kraner

Joy was a farmer’s wife, whose main concentration was her family. She loved to cook and loved to garden. Joy was also an avid reader. But what Joy loved most were her grandchildren.

Survivors include six children, Mitchel (Robin) Kraner of Ohio City, Greg Kraner, Melody (Scott) Hileman of Van Wert, Robert (Stacie) Kraner of Rockford, Megan Kraner of Van Wert, and Andrew (Kathryn) Kraner of Celina; one brother, Tom (Nancy) Sink of Van Wert; 26 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, Joy was preceded in death by a grandson, Cyrus.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 6, at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, with Stuart Wyatt officiating. Interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery in Rockford. Family and friends will be received from 5-7 p.m. Friday, August 5, and one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials: Community Health Professionals, Celina.

To share in Joy‘s online memorial, visit

POSTED: 08/04/22 at 4:37 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Tom Laudick, 71, of Upper Arlington, passed away on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, several months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

He was born December 5, 1950, in Van Wert to Robert and Rosella Laudick, who both preceded him in death. He graduated from Miami University of Ohio, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta. He was a hot air balloonist, sign carver, handyman, and Seiko watch salesman before co-founding Leo-Alfred Jewelers in 1983. Tom was the creative force behind the success of the business and was a master at designing fine jewelry.

Tom Laudick

He will be missed by his wife, Pat, his son Robert “Bink,” his daughters Zoe Juarez and Julie (John) Dougherty, his siblings, Larry (Penny), Karen (Jim), Dick (Susan) and Steve (Barb), along with many other family members, friends, neighbors, and his three Land Rover Defenders.

Always wandering, (usually) never lost, he took the back roads in his Land Rovers all over North America from Alaska to Baja, Labrador to Florida. When he wasn’t on a road trip, he was usually up in his workshop tinkering. He made beautiful rustic furniture and boxes out of scrap lumber, and had a reputation for figuring out how to fix just about anything with whatever he had on hand. Despite his independent nature, he was still a true people person. He could strike up a conversation with anyone. He was honest, humble, generous and always willing to give someone a hand. He was very loving and supportive of his family, encouraging them to think for themselves and pursue their passions in life.

He donated his body to The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Division of Anatomy Body Donation Program.

All are welcome to join for a celebration of life at the Amelita Mirolo Barn, 4395 Carriage Hill Lane, Upper Arlington, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, August 14. A tribute to Tom will be given at 12 p.m. and guests are welcome to stay until 2 p.m. to share stories and pay their respects.

In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials: the Precision Cancer Medicine at OSU (address donations to Nan Halley Steyn, The James Cancer Hospital, 14 E. 15th Ave. Columbus, Ohio 43201 Precision Cancer Medicine Fund No. 315680), or in honor of Tom, donate your time or resources to a local cause that matters to you.

POSTED: 08/01/22 at 7:15 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries