Ronald Lee Lewis, 73, of Findlay, passed away Sunday, June 18, 2017 at Blanchard Valley Hospital. He was born June 1, 1944 to the late George and Josephine (Sonnanstine) Lewis in Bowling Green, Ohio. Ronald married Jeanette Landon and she survives him in Findlay.
Ronald was a machinist and the owner of his own business, Lewis Lawn Care and Snowplowing. He was a member of the Sandusky Valley Riders and Delta Raceway. He loved owning a motocross race team and loved playing poker. Ronald loved spending time with his kids and grandkids. Always on the go till the end.
In addition to his loving wife, Jeanette, Ronald is survived by his sons, Aaron (Darlene) Lewis, Joseph (Amanda) Lewis; step-son, Tim (Valerie) Scott; daughters, Mary Lewis, and April Lewis; 18 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his nephew, Lonnie Gobrecht. Ronald was preceded in death by his grandchildren, Ava Mae, and Eli Lee Lewis.
Friends and family may visit on Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 12 – 2 p.m. and 6 – 8 p.m. at HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500). Memorial contributions in Ronald’s name may be made to the Howl-a-Day Inn, 609 E. Bigelow Ave, Findlay, Ohio 45840.
Doris “Doe” Varner Reagan, 90, of Findlay and formerly of Pompano Beach, Florida, passed away May 25, 2017 at Fox Run Assisted Living. She was born on September 24, 1926 in Wapakoneta, Ohio to the late William and Ethel (Wright) Varner. Doris married Ed Lamson and they divorced. She then married Walter Gano and he preceded her in death. Doris married John Reagan and he preceded her in death.
The family moved to Findlay in 1928. Doris graduated from Findlay High School in 1944. She then moved to Lima, Ohio in 1950 and later moved to Pompano Beach, Florida in 1972 where she worked as a manager and buyer for a gift shop until her retirement. Doris returned to Findlay to be close to her family. She enjoyed traveling, knitting and reading. While at Fox Run she was blessed with good friends and a very caring staff.
Doris is survived by a grandson, Tyler C. Price; granddaughter, Gretchen Weir; son-in-law, Steve Niswonger; nieces, Cindy (Joe) Metzger, Barbara Leisure, and Kathie (Jim) Johnston; and a nephew, William Varner. She was preceded in death by her daughter Linda Niswonger; brothers, Tommy Varner, and Robert Varner; sisters, Katie Pressnell, and Ruth Busick, and nephews, Robert Busick, and David Busick; and a niece, Annette Gallagher.
Friends and family may visit on Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500). Memorial contributions in Doris’s name may be made to the Humane Society & SPCA of Hancock County, 4550 Fostoria Ave, Findlay, Ohio 45840.
David S. Ritchie, 68, of Findlay, passed away Monday, June 5, 2017 at Hospice Care Center in Bowing Green, Ohio. He was born to the late Edward C. and Inga N. (Finstad) Ritchie in Pittsburgh, PA on February 21, 1949.
David is survived by his sister Robin K. Ritchie of Findlay; and his brother-in-law, Brian Bell of Findlay.
Phyllis A. Cascaden, 87, passed away on June 3, 2017 in Findlay, Ohio. She was born on September 24, 1929 in Seneca County, Ohio to the late Floyd and Marian (Ewing) Hassinger. On May 16, 1946, she married William Cascaden in Waterloo, Indiana and he died on August 31, 2004.
Phyllis worked at General Electric for nearly 30 years. In retirement, her and her husband lived in Punta Gorda, Florida for many years.
Phyllis is survived by her granddaughters, Heather (Michael) Peters, and Megan (Jason) Neeld; great-grandsons, Chase and Andrew Neeld; brothers, Raymond Hassinger of Massillon, Ohio, Neil Hassinger of Wadsworth, Ohio, and Jerry Hassinger of Melmore, Ohio; sisters, Connie Biller of Tiffin, Ruth Johnson of McCutchenville, and Patty Reichart of Columbia, Indiana. Phyllis was preceded in death by her children, William and Barbara; brothers, William Hassinger and Gene Hassinger; sister, Nancy Tackett; and great-granddaughter, Jocelyn Neeld.
There will be no visitation. There will be a remembrance at a later date for family. 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 Charity of the Donor’s choice.
SSG. (Ret.) Nathan Ray Speck, 35, of Fayetteville, North Caroline passed away Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Born January 16, 1982 in Findlay, Ohio he was the only son of Julie (Bailey) Losoya-Harthi.
Nathan loved spending time with his children. He graduated from Findlay High School in 2000. He enlisted in the US Army in 2006 and on May 28, 2007, Nathan hit an I.E.D. while serving in Iraq and was awarded the Purple Heart. After 10 years of service to his country, he retired with an honorable discharge as Staff Sargent. He was a volunteer with Operation Tattooing Freedom and was also an adaptive athlete with Operation Enduring Warrior. Nathan loved helping the Veteran community and spreading awareness for PTSD. Nathan was the epitome of a soldier with his loyalty to the Army and soldiers he served with.
In addition to his mother Julie, who resides in Findlay, Nathan is also survived by his foster parents, Dennis and Pam (Webb) Jacobs of Arkansas; his son, Alexander Speck; and daughter, Autumn Speck, both of Kansas; step-children, Uriah and Loreli Nutt, both of Fayetteville; fiancé, Jennifer Garland of Fayetteville; and former wife, Heather Speck of Kansas.
Friends and family may visit on Friday, June 9, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500). A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the conclusion of visitation with Pastor Mike Nartker officiating. Interment will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery with the Hancock County Veteran’s Memorial Squad performing full military rites. Memorial contributions are suggested for the benefit of his children in care of Heather Speck, 5604 CR 11, Kansas, Ohio 44841.
Donald R. Sleasman, 80, of Findlay, passed away peacefully and went to be with his Lord and Savior on May 27, 2017 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was born to the late Peter R. and Emma H. (Miller) Sleasman on June 5, 1936 in Indian Head, Pennsylvania. Donald married E. Arlene Durstine in 1958 and together they raised four children.
Donald graduated from Connellsville High School in Pennsylvania. He retired from Cooper Tire and Rubber Company after 42 years of service and with perfect attendance. He was a member of the Cooper Fishing Club, Conservation League, enjoyed hunting and fishing and also spending time at their home away from home at Paradise Acres Campground. Donald loved watching his grandchildren’s sporting events. He proudly served his country in the US Marines before being honorably discharged.
In addition to his loving wife, Arlene of 58 years, Donald is survived by his children, Sharon (Kevin Gossard) Van Heck of Arlington, OH, Rodney (Kerri) Sleasman of Arcadia, OH, Richard (Amy) Sleasman of Findlay, OH; grandchildren, Nicholas and Jesse Sleasman, Brian (Hannah), Brock and Bryce Van Heck, Christopher Sleasman, Joshua and Taylor Parker, Dylan Tennison, Matthew (Nicole), Bret, Mark, Seth and Emma Sleasman. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren, Peyton, Bostyn and Maddox Sleasman, Bentley Rader, Marli and Lilli Sleasman, Ellie Sleasman, Mack Van Heck, Elizabeth Parker, Ethan and Noah Parker; his sister, Betty DeWitt of Auburn, IN. Donald was preceded in death by his daughter, Sandra Parker; son-in-law, Scott Van Heck; brother, J. D. Miller; and his sister, Thelma Pritts.
Friends and family may visit on Friday, June 2, 2017 from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 p.m. at HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500). A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, June 3rd at 12 noon with Pastor William Reist officiating. Interment will follow in Knollcrest Cemetery with the Hancock County Veteran’s Memorial Squad performing full military rites. Memorial contributions in Donald’s name may be made to the Bridge Home Health and Hospice or Cancer Patient Services or to the Charity of the donor’s choice.
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 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, 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, 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.