Eileen Louise Firestine, 93, of Findlay, passed away Sunday, December 25, 2016 at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. She was born on January 14, 1923 to the late A. Albert and Bessie (Brandeberry) Scarr. Louise married C. Eugene “Gene” Firestine on February 25, 1944 in Van Buren, OH and he preceded her in death on March 10, 2003.
Louise graduated from Van Buren High School in 1940. She was a member of the Daughters of Union Veterans 1861 – 1865 Tent 152 Marietta Mungen. Her grandfather, John C. Brandeberry was a member of the 144 OVI. She was a former member of Van Buren United Methodist Church. Louise worked at Ohio Oil, RCA, Landmark, and Hancock Hybrides as a typist/secretary. Gene and Louise enjoyed traveling together. She enjoyed listening to music and loved her flower and vegetable gardens and houseplants. She was a doll and bear collector. Louise was a homemaker and helped her husband on the farm. She loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them.
Louise is survived by her children, Wanda (David) Cusac, Linda Firestine, Lynn E. (Cindy) Firestine all of Findlay, OH, and Connie Alge (Dwight) Nunn of Homestead, FL; grandchildren, Eric E. (Nicole) and Garret Firestine of Findlay, and Nicole (Jim) Beach of Parker, CO; great-grandchildren, Molly Kate, and Carson Firestine of Findlay, OH. She was preceded in death by sisters, Mrs. Joe (Lucille) Foster, and Francis Scarr.
Friends and family may visit on Friday, December 30, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500). A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. at the conclusion of visitation with Pastor Mark Hollinger officiating. Interment will follow in Bechtel Cemetery, Van Buren, OH. Memorial contributions in Louise’s name may be made to St. Marks United Methodist Church, 800 S. Main St., Findlay, OH 45840, or the Hancock County Humane Society, 4550 Fostoria Ave, Findlay, OH 45840, or to the Charity of the donor’s choice.
George R. (Shorty) Lentz, 92, of Findlay, passed away peacefully and went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at the home of his daughter. He was born October 6, 1924 in Cass Township to the late Paul and Florence (Coppes) Lentz. George married Ethel Kerr on June 1, 1946 and she preceded him in death in June.
Shorty worked as a welder at Garwood and later retired from Work Brau. He spent years racing at Millstream then moved on to caring for and working at the track. If he wasn’t at the tract, he was home buying and selling scrap metal, one of his passions. He really enjoyed going mushroom hunting in Michigan. It was something he looked forward to each spring. He and his wife of 70 years spent lots of their time going to auctions. Shorty will be remembered most by all the stories he loved to tell of his life’s journeys. He had so many and always made you laugh. It’s the stories that I will remember him for and be able to smile again. Shorty will be deeply missed by all.
Shorty is survived by four children, Howard (Nancy) Lentz, Phyllis Workman (Harold Donaldson), Joanna Shoup, and Sheila (Oscar) Muniz; 9 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Arthur Lentz, and John Lentz. He is also survived by a sister, Leotta (Barfell) Lafferty. Shorty was preceded in death by brothers, Earl, and David; sisters, Dorthy Lentz, and Mary Hartman; a granddaughter; and 2 great-grandsons.
Friends and family may visit on Friday, December 30, 2016 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500). A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the conclusion of visitation with Pastor Jim Klausing officiating. Burial will follow in Bechtel Cemetery, Van Buren, OH. Memorial contributions in Shorty’s name may be made to the Bridge Home Health and Hospice.
David Jones, 82, of Findlay, peacefully passed away Friday, December 23, 2016 at The Heritage in Findlay, OH. He was born in Bluffton, OH on August 13, 1934 to the late Clarence E. and Esther L. (Slusser) Jones. David married Maudra Snyder and she survives in Findlay. David loved growing up and helping his dad around the farm.
David is survived by his loving wife, Maudra of 23 years, his sister, Ruth Amstutz from Grangeville, ID, along with many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by sister-in-law, Joan Jones. Preceding him in death was his brother, Casey Jones; sisters, Margaret Herr, Alice Wingate, and Martha Beach; brothers-in-law, William Herr, Paul Wingate, Jack Beach, and Dwaine Amstutz.
Friends and family may visit on Thursday, December 29, 2016 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500). A funeral service will be held at the conclusion of the visitation at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Pastor Herbert Wright will officiate and interment will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions in David’s name may be made to the Bridge Home Health and Hospice.
Trey Dessie James, 24, of Findlay, passed away Friday, December 9, 2016 at Blanchard Valley Hospital. He was born in Findlay, OH on May 18, 1992 to Clifton W. Dickerson and Phaedra L. James.
Trey is survived by his mother; brothers and sister, Dominic James, D’on Cortez Stinson, and Chashauna Lynn James (Isaac Moore), all of Findlay, OH; his girlfriend and mother of his unborn child, Alyssa Rupple; nieces and nephews, Issys, Sana, Isaiah, Israel, Isaac, and Raja; aunt, Michelle James; uncles, Teddy James, Kenneth James, Anthony (Misty) James, and William James; cousins, Noah, Isaac, and Kailee James. He is also survived by his grandmother, Marlene Patricia Alexander of Findlay, OH; grandfather, Theodore James of Chicago, IL; and step-grandfather, Steven Hill. In addition to his father Clifton who is deceased, Trey was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, William C. and Kathy Bates; and Robert and Roberta James.
Friends and family may visit on Saturday, December 17, 2016 from 1:00 – 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 with Pastor Jim Klausing officiating. Memorial contributions in Trey’s name may be made to The Center for Safe and Healthy Kids, 1900 Chapel Drive, Findlay, OH 45840.
Echo Nichole Zimmerman, 29, passed away on December 9th, 2016 after a courageous battle with breast cancer. She is survived by her husband, Michael J.Zimmerman, her parents, James B. Gattshall and Deborah (Harper) Gattshall, her Grandparents Barbara Barnett and Jim & Pat Gattshall, as well as her four legged children, Harry and Lloyd.
Echo was born on December 26, 1986 in Marion, Ohio. She graduated Ridgedale High School in 2005 and attended The University of Findlay, where she received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 2010. She was an occupational therapist and certified lymphedema therapist with Bridge Home Health. She enjoyed her work and being able to make a difference in the community.
Echo got married to her husband Michael on October 18th, 2014. Echo enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She loved to golf with her husband Michael and father Jim as well as attended as many OSU football games as possible. She loved spending quality time with her mother Deborah and her grandmother, Barbara J. Barnett. She was also a doting aunt to her nephews & niece Michael, Issac, and Riley Pence.
When asked what information she would like in her obituary, she wanted the following statement be included: “I could not have survived as long as I had without the overwhelming support of my friends and family. I could ask anything from anyone and they would be there no matter what was going on in their lives. The support I received was incredible and I am so grateful for each and every one of you. I will be watching out for you from above.”
Echo was an amazing human being. She was kind, generous, and never met a stranger. She received such amazing support because she would have given amazing support to any friend in need. She was a wonderful wife, loving daughter, and a one of a kind friend. She will be profoundly missed.
Echo’s family and friends would like to extend their thanks and appreciation to Dr. Sharon Cole and all staff at Orion Cancer Care Center, Dr. Stephen Lutz and staff, and to Echo’s amazing coworkers at Bridge Home Health as well as Michael’s coworkers at Ohio Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. Arrangements are pending. Memorial contributions can be made to Cancer Patient Services, as they are an amazing resource for cancer patients in Hancock County.
Jonathan C. McElroy, 41, of Findlay, passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at his residence. He was born on November 29, 1975 in Wilmington, Ohio to Tim Gilbert and Jo Ann (McElroy) Ditchen.
Jonathan graduated from high school and attended Ohio State Beauty Academy. He enjoyed watching movies, playing video games, and loved animals.
Jonathan is survived by his parents; two brothers, Jeremiah Gilbert of Waynesville, OH, Brandon Ramsey of Mason, OH; two sisters, Christina Ramsey, and Rose Byrd of Middletown, OH. He is also survived by his partner, Sam Dickey of Findlay, OH.
Friends and family may visit on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500). Memorial contributions in Jonathan’s name may be made to the family in c/o Hufford Family Funeral Home.
William G. “Bill” Markins, 48, of Findlay, passed away December 6, 2016 at Bridge Hospice Care Center. He was born on September 21, 1968 in Findlay, Ohio to the late Arthur W. and Donna M. (Downing) Markins. William married Sherry Vining and she survives in Findlay.
William graduated from Findlay High School in 1987 and later worked as an Electronics Technician. He attended the Findlay Grace Brethren Church and enjoyed fishing. William was an excellent pool player, bowler, and a great cook.
William is survived by his daughter, Holly Benard; step-children, Matthew Vining, Aaron Deal, and Tracy (Michael) Morris; 4 grandchildren, Dahlia Cramer, Emmanual Vining, Michael Morris, and Major Morris; sisters, Deb Markins, Tina Markins, and Kristy Markins; step-mother, Sue Weihrauch; and an uncle, Cary Downing. In addition to his parents, William was preceded in death by an uncle, Glenn Downing; and nephew, Kyle Markins.
Funeral services will start at HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500) on Friday, December 9, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. and proceed to Maple Grove Cemetery where a graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m. with Pastor David Clark officiating. Memorial contributions in William’s name may be made to the family in c/o Hufford Family Funeral Home.
Marilyn Jean Cunningham, 68, of Findlay, passed away December 1, 2016 at her residence. She was born on February 6, 1948 in Findlay, OH to Raymond G. and Mary E. (Long) Beck Putcha. Marilyn was united in marriage to Arthur E. Cunningham on October 1976 and he preceded her in death on April 18, 1998.
Marilyn was an outgoing person who enjoyed camping and loved nature. Marilyn, Alice Thompson, and Patty Poe went everywhere together and they were known as The 3 Musketeers.
Marilyn is survived by her daughter, Jacqueline J. (Randy) Neville; step-daughter, Donna Cox; step-son, Rolley B. Cunningham; grandchildren, Randy J. Smith, and Holden E. (Kimberly) Smith; step-grandchildren, Troy, and Jody Cunningham, Laura, Arthur, Mellisa, Angie, and Joseph Cox, and Amber Cunningham; great-grandchildren, Tyson L. Hamlin, Lexandrea D. Bateson Smith, Braiden M. Wittenmyer, Jessica Smith, Izabella “Bella” M. Smith, and Tristan L. Smith; sister, Linda (Dennis) Burden; step-daughter-in-law, Coletta “Cal” Cunningham; and sister-in-law, Venelia Prater Beck. In addition to her late husband, Marilyn was preceded in death by step-sons, Vernon E. Cunningham, and Kenny Cunningham; and 2 brothers, Richard Beck, and Steven Beck.
Friends and family may visit on Friday, December 9, 2016 from Noon – 2:00 p.m. at HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500). A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Jerry Kellogg officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Marilyn’s name may be made to the Family in c/o Hufford Family Funeral Home.
Harold F. Dillery Sr., 71, of Findlay, passed away on Friday, November 25, 2016 at Blanchard Valley Hospital. He was born on August 06, 1945 in Fostoria, Ohio to the late William and Roberta (Poston) Dillery. Harold married Carol (Wildman) Dillery on December 22, 1968 and they shared 53 years together. Harold graduated from St. Wendelin High School, and was a self-employed contractor.
Harold is survived by his wife, Carol; sons, Harold “Butch” Dillery Jr., and David Dillery; daughter, Kimberly Dillery; 10 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. Harold was preceded in death by his brothers, Freddie Dillery and Charles Dillery Sr.; and a sister, Sharon Powell.
Friends and family may visit on Friday, December 2, 2016 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419) 422-1500. A funeral service will follow at 4 p.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Jim Klausing officiating. Memorial contributions in Harold’s name may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.