Frank E. Kitch

Frank Edward Kitch, 76, of Findlay, passed away at 6:22 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Blanchard Valley Hospital. He was born on May 25, 1940 in Youngstown, Ohio to the late William E. and Mildred (Reighard) Kitch. Frank married Judy Craig in Lima in 1966 and later divorced. She survives in Findlay.

Frank worked at Phillips in Ottawa, Whirlpool in Findlay, and retired from Laborers’ Local Union #329 in Lima where he also served as an election judge many times. He proudly served his country in the US Army from 1958 – 1960 before being honorably discharged. He was a life member of AMVETS Post #21 in Findlay for 46 years. Frank was Past Post Commander, winning All State Commander’s Award. He also served on the AMVETS State Color Guard from 1973 til 1993. Presently served as Chaplain and Americanism Chairman which he dearly loved.

Frank is survived by his two children, Jeffery Kitch of Findlay, Michelle (Kevin) Kreais of New Lebanon, OH; a step-daughter, Suzanne Straley of Leipsic; his grandchildren, Carleena (Brian) Kingery of Fostoria, Stephanie Kreais of Carey, Jacob Kreais of Findlay, and Jenna (Eric) Coppler of Bowling Green, Amanda (Ryan Stechschulte) Straley of Ottawa, Matthew Straley of Findlay, Meagan, Stephanie, and Andrew Straley all of Leipsic; great-grandchildren, Michael Solarik, Ethan, Ellicia, Ellie Kingery, Dana J. Portensos, Landyn, and Evalynn Stechschulte. He is also survived by a sister, Edna (Carmen) Tasione, and a brother, Don Dixey both of Youngstown; also his companion of 28 years, Sue Thompson. Frank was preceded in death by a son, Michael F. Kitch.

The family would like to extend a big thank you to the staff on the 5th floor, the I.C.U. Unit, and the Emergency Room at Blanchard Valley Hospital, as well at Hanco for the compassionate care during Frank’s journey.

Friends and family may visit on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500). A funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Pastor Jim Klausing will officiate. Memorial contributions in Frank’s name may be made to the AMVETS Post #21, 423 W. Trenton Ave., Findlay, Ohio 45840.

William E. Malone

 

William Edward Malone, 78, of Findlay, peacefully passed away May 15, 2017 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was born to the late Van and Dorothy (Tipton) Malone on July 17, 1938 in Cumberland, Maryland. Bill married his true love Julie Ann Iliff on December 31, 1960 and together raised five children.

Bill graduated from Fort Hill High School, in Cumberland, Maryland in 1956. He proudly served his country in the US Air Force for four years before being honorably discharged.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of 56 years Julie; son, David (Diane) Beckford; daughters, Deb Shafer, Kim (Danny) Miller, Lisa (Ray) Decker, and Leslie (Ruediger) Schuh; his 18 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers, Gale (Sharon) Malone, and Harold (Deb) Malone; and his sister, Jill (Ark) Rowley; many nieces and nephews in Maryland; and his best friends, Claude and JoAnne Janes and family. Bill was preceded in death by his brothers, Jerry Malone and John Malone; nephew, Chad Malone; and son-in-law, Jim Shafer.

Bill would want you to know he has checked out of this mortal coil and is off to the Promise Land!

In this land you will find many magnificent things, streets paved in gold, an eternal choir of angels singing, no more tears, no more pain and no more strife.

As for him, you can find him quietly walking through his own private garden wearing his old and tattered tennis shoes wrapped in duct tape. Yep, the shoes he refused to give up because “they work just fine for gardening”.

In his garden you will find only the best, such as baby maple trees planted in buckets ready to share with family and friends and if you’re extra special he will throw in a potted tomato plant just for fun.

If words and spelling just aren’t your thing, Bill wants you to know he’s got you covered. His daily dose of reading and cross word puzzles will leave you baffled and amazed. You will be happy to have the master of words in your back pocket, ready to help at a moment’s notice. When you see him on the other side, ask him what a palindrome is and he will be glad to share.

The recycle king will leave behind many things to help you with your daily activities; plastic containers, bottles, thread, old envelopes (they make for great note taking), newspapers and even dryer lint. One last tip he’s leaving mankind…dryer lint makes a great fire starter!

If you need any odds and ends from garage sales, Bill is your guy. Call up an order to him and he will have lots of cool things waiting for you in the big blue sky.

As for this simple man who lived a simple life…He’s received his final assignment here on earth and soon will be cutting a rug in Paradise!

He will save you a spot on the dance floor of Heaven!

The family would like to extend a thank you to the staff at Bridge Hospice of Findlay and to the staff at Palliative Care for their compassionate care shown to Bill during his time

Family will receive friends from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 22, 2017 at HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500) with a celebration of life beginning at 4 p.m. Doji Sossu will officiate and the Hancock County Veteran’s Memorial Squad will perform full military rites. Memorial contributions in Bill’s name may be made to the Cancer Patient Services, 1800 N. Blanchard St. Suite 120, Findlay, Ohio 45840 or the Humane Society & SPCA of Hancock County, 4550 Fostoria Ave., Findlay, Ohio 45840.

 

 

Gerald D. George

Gerald D. George, 76, of Findlay, peacefully passed away Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Fox Run Manor surrounded by his loving family. He was born to the late David H. and Mildred C. (Schweitzer) George on June 26, 1940 in Findlay, Ohio. Gerald shared 51 years of marriage with his great love, Mary (Bish) George before her passing on September 22, 2012.

Gerald worked at Hancock Brick and Tile Company and retired from Hancor after 30 years of service. He proudly served in the US Marine before being honorably discharged.

Gerald is survived by his sons, Gerald George of Findlay, OH, Dave George (Tracie Glick) of Fostoria, OH; daughters, Suellen (Rolland) Norris of Findlay, and Mary (Rob) Williams of Arlington, OH; grandchildren, Ryan Norris (Tracey Haygood), Michael George, Seth (Brianne) George, and Braydon George; and great-grandchildren, Andy, Aidan, Blake, Aria, Kira, and Carter. He is also survived by his brother, Mike (Doris) George of New Hampshire; and sister, Charlette (Chuck) Mangio of Massachusetts. In addition to his wife, and parents, Gerald was preceded in death by his brother, Joe George.

The family would like to extend a very special thank you to the staff at Fox Run Manor and to the staff at Bridge Hospice for their kind and compassionate care shown to Gerald.

Friends and family may visit on Friday, May 19, 2017 from 1 – 3 p.m. and 5 – 7 p.m. at HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500). A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 20th at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Chaplain Kathy Fenimore officiating. Interment will follow in Knollcrest Cemetery with the Hancock County Veteran’s Memorial Squad performing full military rites. A dinner reception will follow at Fox Run Manor, Cooper Community Room, 11745 Township Road 145, Findlay, Ohio 45840. Memorial contributions in Gerald’s name may be made to Bridge Home Health and Hospice, 15100 Birchaven Lane, Findlay, Ohio 45840.

Charles F. Thames

Charles F. Thames, 88, of Forest, Ohio, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at the Hardin Hills Health Center, Kenton, Ohio. He was born to the late Clarence B. and Maud (Chestnut) Thames on December 29, 1928 in Hope Hull, Alabama. On July of 1954, Charles married Estella M. Lawrence and she survives.

Charles loved his family and loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He would collect aluminum cans and give the money to the church he attended at First Baptist Church in Forest. He had a great love for the Lord and enjoyed visiting nursing homes.

In addition to his loving wife Estella of 62 years, Charles is survived by his son, Eddie (Peg) Thames; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one niece; two nephews; and daughter-in-law, Pam Thames. Charles was preceded in death by his brothers, Pete, and James Thames; sisters, Francis, Earleen, and Ernestine; and his step-sister, Francis.

A Celebration of Charles Life will be held at a later date. HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500) has been entrusted with the arrangements. Memorial contributions in Charles’s name may be made to the First Baptist Church, 206 N. Martin St., Forest, Ohio 45843.

Kala R. Athey

Beloved mother, daughter, and sister, Kala Renee Athey, 41, of Findlay, peacefully passed away April 25, 2017 surrounded by her loving family at Bridge Hospice Care Center in Bowling Green, Ohio. She was born to Russell L. Walters, Jr. and Susan M. (Mimna) Brown on December 1, 1975 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Kala graduated from Glen Burnie High School in Maryland and attended Rhodes State College. She enjoyed baking, was a fantastic cake decorator, and loved to dance.

Kala is survived by her parents; son, Jason Quade of Prince Fredrick, Maryland; daughters, Chelsey Athey of Fernandina Beach, Florida, and Kristina Athey of Columbus Grove, Ohio. She is also survived by her brother, Anthony Walters of Findlay, Ohio; and sisters, Misti Walters of Pasadena, Maryland, Valerie Castle of Glen Burnie, Maryland, and Kelly Stevens of Hanover, Maryland.

Friends and family may visit on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. at HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500). A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. at the conclusion of visitation at the funeral home. Chaplain Kathy Fenimore will officiate. Memorial contributions in Kala’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Phyllis R. Rieder

Phyllis Ruth Rieder, 88, of Findlay, passed away April 23, 2017 at Fox Run Manor. She was born to the late Ralph and Emma (Shaffer) Schmidt on December 30, 1928 in Owensville, Missouri. Phyllis married Donald W. Rieder on April 1952 and he preceded her in death on August 21, 1988.

Phyllis is survived by her son, Donn (Kim) Rieder of Jenera, Ohio; 5 grandchildren, Christie (Andy) Lammers of Findlay,Ohio, Candice (Ryan) Korkos of Indiana, Chad (Ashley) Rieder of Indiana, Clay (Angie) Rieder of Warsaw, Indiana, and Chloe Rieder of Jenera, Ohio; and 8 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, and parents, Phyllis was preceded in death by a son, David Rieder; brother, Ralph Schmidt; and her sister, Ann Giesler.

A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. at the First United Church of Christ, 2100 Greendale Ave, Findlay, Ohio 45840. The Reverend Dale Smith will officiate. Burial will be private. HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500) has been entrusted with the arrangements. Memorial contributions in Phyllis’s name may be made to the Hancock County Humane Society.

 

Eric Lee Dietelbach

Our only beloved son went to heaven to be with our Lord and Savior on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 2:04 p.m. at the Cleveland Clinic Hospital, he was 43 years old.

He is survived by his parents, Debra and Frederick Dietelbach; sisters, Michelle Rihana and Jasmine Dietelbach; and the love of his life, his faithful friend and campion, Koda, his beloved dog; uncles, Mike, Bob, Ray, and Tony. Preceded in death by grandparents, Helen and Norman Davis, John R. Dietelbach Sr., and Donita Gill; uncles, John Jr., Dick, Dave, and Tim Dietelbach.

Growing up he was in many sports, bowling, football, golf, and baseball, where they made city champs. Went on to race motocross at the Pontiac Silverdome. Race street stock, then went on to sprint car racing where he made Rookie of the Year in 1995 and was in Open Wheel Magazine. Big fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Ohio State, and NASCAR. He had a love for nature and loved to help his friend farm, snowmobiling and four wheeling, but what he loved the most was family, friends, campfires, and tradition. He was a big advocate for people with disabilities and had a big heart. Eric was quick witted and had a sparkle in his eye and could make you smile. He lived life to the fullest. A special thank you to the Cleveland Clinic Hospital for the respect and care of our son.

Eric was also a member of the Trinity Baptist Church. A special thank you to Pastor Michael Spann.

If you would like to donate, Eric would like you to simply be an organ donor to give someone a chance of life as was given to him.
Friends and family may visit on Friday, April 28, 2017 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. at HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500). Graveside services will be private.

Patricia J. Bauman

Patty J. Bauman, 62, of rural Rawson, passed away Easter morning at Blanchard Valley Bridge Hospice.
Patty was born on February 23, 1955, the third of four daughters born to Ray F. and M. Evalyn Bauman. She was a graduate of Cory-Rawson High School and attended Owens Technical College, receiving her Associate’s Degree in Food Service and studied bookkeeping at Findlay College. Patty worked as bookkeeper at Brinkman’s Farm, Arlington, for the past 20 years.

Patty is survived by her parents; her older sister, Rebecca (Ric) Herrold of Toledo, Ohio; and her younger sister, Kathleen Lawson of Hilliard, Ohio. She is also survived by her special cousin, Pamela (Steve) Rettig of Rawson, Ohio. Patty was preceded in death by her sister, Margery Quinland.

Patty found great delight in her nieces and nephews; Dhakirah (Tasmin) Hamin, daughter and son, of Miami, Florida; Stedroy Quinland, and Ray J. Quinland of Atlanta, Georgia; Derek (Julie) Lawson and sons, of Hinckley, Ohio; and Natalie Lawson and daughter of Marion, Ohio.

Patty enjoyed flowers, gardening, decorating, cooking, and especially her many cats, and sharing all of those with her family and friends. She was a longtime member of Hoe’n Hope Garden Club.

Friends and family are welcome to attend a graveside service on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Cemetery near Arlington. The Reverend Thomas Frey will officiate. HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500) has been entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Patty’s name can be made to the Hancock County Humane Society.

Richard Joe Stacy

Richard Joe Stacy, 84, of Findlay, Ohio passed away on April 13, 2017 at 9:05 in the morning surrounded by his wife and family. Richard was born on August 12, 1932 to Lynn and Margaret Stacy of Findlay, Ohio. He grew up on the Stacy farm with his brothers, Albert, John, Max and Ronald.

He is survived by brother Albert (Barbara) Stacy, brother Max (Marjorie) Stacy, brother Ronald (Susan) Stacy and sister-in-law Sharon Stacy.

He was the oldest son and loved playing sports. During high school at Van Buren he played football, basketball, baseball and wrestling. He was undefeated in wrestling and proud of it. Richard went on to marry his high school sweetheart, Joanne, on June 9, 1951, before heading to Virginia to serve in the United States Army where he served from 1952 – 1954 as Staff Sergeant. Richard and Joanne were married for 65 wonderful years. Together they raised three children, Michael (Debra) Stacy of Van Buren, Ohio, Linda (Tim) Carles of Van Buren, Ohio, and Lisa (David) Wolfe-Erickson of Findlay, Ohio. Upon returning to Findlay, Richard followed in his family’s roots, he continued farming and started working for the United States Postal Service. He decided to start selling insurance in the evenings. In 1955, Richard and Joanne founded Stacy Insurance Agency. Their commitment, dedication and long sacrificed hours grew their business from a side garage on North Main Street in Findlay to one of the largest independent insurance agencies in Northwest Ohio. Recently, celebrated 67 years of business in the community. Richard treated each employee like family. His welcoming smile and kind heart left each client feeling content and well protected as part of his own family.

Richard served as the President of the Farmers Club, Findlay Independent Insurance Agents and Findlay Jaycees. He was a member of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. He loved serving his community and was proud to be from Findlay. He was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Parish and the Findlay County Club. After retiring in 2003, you could catch him golfing with all of his friends or on the beach enjoying his sweetheart, JoJo. Richard loved his grandchildren and enjoyed supporting all of their interest wherever that might take him. Stacey (Donald) Foltz of Van Buren, Ohio, Jill (David) Caldwell of Stowe, Ohio, Matthew (Lynae) Stacy of McComb, Ohio, Errol and Andrew Wolfe of Findlay, Ohio and Sadie and Bradyn Erickson of Findlay, Ohio. Along with his great-grandchildren, Hunter and Carson Foltz of Van Buren, Ohio.

Richard was known as “Gee” to his grandchildren who loved him dearly. Richard was a loyal Ohio sports fan. The Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Cavaliers were his pride and joy. He’d hardly miss a game. Many will remember his Ohio State Buckeye vans with his musical tunes. He would light up with that twinkle in his eyes and contagious smile that made every person feel loved. His family will continue to honor all the values he stood for throughout his 84 years.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Bridge Home Health and Hospice or Cancer Patient Services. There will be a Mass on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Michael the Archangel, 750 Bright Road, Findlay, Ohio 45840. The family will be available for calling hours at 10:00 a.m. at the church. Followed by a Celebration of Life Open House from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. at the Findlay Country Club, 1500 Country Club Drive, Findlay, Ohio 45840. HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500) has been entrusted with the arrangements

Janice A. Siefer

Janice Ann Siefer, 54, of Findlay, peacefully passed away at her home surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, April 16, 2017. She was born on January 3, 1963 to Robert C. and Patricia A. (Eckman) Siefer.

Jan enjoyed riding her Harley, July 4th celebrations, going to concerts, camping, and needle point. Most of all, she loved spending time with her five grandchildren.

Janice is survived by her life partner, Mark Keeran; father; sons, Dustin Siefer, Robert C. (Elizabeth) Siefer II, and Arian Keeran; daughters, Nora Keeran, and Amber Hartley; grandchildren, Tristan, Ethan, Zack, Jeanie, and Elias; her brothers, Robert (Tina), Leroy (Cheryl), and Allan (Tammy) Siefer; and sisters, Rosemary, and Marilyn Siefer. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Janice was preceded in death by her mother.

A Celebration of life will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Janice’s home. HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500) has been entrusted with the arrangements. Memorial contributions can be made to Mark Keeran in c/o her grandchildren.