Jack Park, 92, of Findlay, passed away Sunday, August 21, 2016 at the Bridge Hospice Care Center at Blanchard Valley Hospital. He was born August 2nd, 1924 to John and Helen (Hapeman) Park in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The family moved from White Haven in the Pocono Mountains to Findlay in 1936.
Following his service in World War II, Jack married Colleen VanWormer of Findlay in a double wedding held on Easter Sunday 1948 and shared with Colleen’s cousin Bill Phillips and Anna Rose Ward at the Howard Methodist Church. Preceded in death by Colleen in 2014 and by his son Danny in 1960, Jack is survived by his son Jerry.
As an ambulance driver and chauffeur for the U.S. Fifth Army, Jack served in the North African and Italian campaigns, then entered Japan with his occupation unit just following V-J Day. A happy, solid man always ready with a joke or song to share, Jack worked alongside his father John and thereafter some 35 years our region’s explosives for the Atlas Powder Company of Wilmington, Delaware. He loved this job and after retirement helped manage Northern Ohio Explosives in nearby Forest. Jack enjoyed his working camaraderie with colleagues while driving countless loads of explosives to stone quarries and construction projects.
Gathering for coffee and chatting with old friends at Bread Kneads was special for Jack, as was lunching with the gang at Southside Family Restaurant. Jack was a 60-year member of Masonic Lodge #224 of Findlay, and also a life member of Arlington’s VFW Post 4510. He belonged to the Classes of 1943 and 1946 at Findlay High School.
Jack’s family wishes to express heartfelt thanks to the wonderful volunteers and staff of Bridge Hospice, and also to Tiffany Moore, a great friend and patient advocate so supportive during Jack and Colleen’s final years.
A memorial service for Jack will be held at Howard United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 27th with Pastor David To and Ms. Marianne Higley officiating. HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500) has been entrusted with the arrangements. A private burial will take place at Maple Grove Cemetery. Memorials in Jack’s name may be made to Howard United Methodist Church or to Bridge Home Health & Hospice of Findlay.
Jacqueline Sue Cooper, 69, of Findlay, passed away Sunday, August 14, 2016 at Bridge Hospice Care Center. Daughter of Ralph and Violet Cooper, she was born September 1, 1946 in Findlay, Ohio.
Jacqueline spent her childhood in North Baltimore, Ohio, where she also graduated from High School in 1965. Jacqueline will be remembered for her love of nature, her hobby of gardening, and the flowers that bloomed profusely with her dedicated care. But most of all, she was a good listener, and always caring for others. This will be her legacy.
Jaqueline is survived by her mother, Violet of Findlay, OH; daughter, Michelle (Chris) Schwind of Austintown, OH; her beloved granddaughters, Courtney, and Kara Schwind; sisters, Barbara (Paul) Wymer of Upper Sandusky, Carol (Jess) Mallow of Lakeside; brother, James Cooper of Findlay; and her best friend, Kathy Bosse. She is also survived by her beloved cat, “Baby”. Jacqueline was preceded in death by her father, Ralph Cooper; and sister, Nancy Eblen.
At her request, there will be no formal services. A private family service 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 Jacqueline’s name may be made to the Bridge Home Health and Hospice, 15100 Birchaven Ln., Findlay, OH 45840 or the Humane Society & SPCA of Hancock County, 4550 Fostoria Ave, Findlay, OH 45840.
Donald E. “Bubba” Zehender, 65, of Findlay, passed away Friday, August 12, 2016 at the Bridge Hospice Care Center in Findlay. He was born on March 10, 1951 in Findlay to Fred and Betty (Zehender) Roberts. Donald married Nancy (Spence) Zehender in June of 1970 and she survives him.
Donald proudly served his country in the US Army from 1971 – 1974 before being honorably discharged. He was a life member of Amvets, VFW #5645, and the DAV. As well as a member of the American Legion and the Moose Lodge #698.
In addition to his loving wife, Nancy, of 46 years, Donald is survived by his mother, Betty (Zehender) Roberts; sons, Bryan, and Corey Zehender; daughter, Melissa Lytle; 8 grandchildren, Chelsey, and Shelbey Lytle, Aiden Havanas, Chase, Whitney, Ashlynn, and Dalton Zehender, and William Zehender Hamlin; 3 great-grandchildren; brothers, David (Kelly), and Danny (Kathy) Zehender; sisters, Karen (John) Kline, Ann Zehender, Doris Russler, Kathy (Jack) Smith, Caroline (Alan) Stevens, and Linda (John) Sipes. Donald was preceded in death by his father Fred; and brothers, Doug, and Dennis Zehender.
Friends and family may visit on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500). A funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. at the conclusion of visitation with the Hancock County Veteran’s Memorial Squad performing full military rites. Pastor Jim Klausing will officiate. Interment will take place at a later date in Maple Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Donald’s name may be made to the family in c/o Hufford Family Funeral Home.
Randy Scott Franklin, 50, of Tiffin, OH, passed away Monday, August 8, 2016. He was born on October 11, 1965 in Green Springs, OH to John D. and Beatrice (Halcomb) Franklin.
Randy graduated from Tiffin Columbian High School and attended Ohio State University.
Randy is survived by his sister, Brenda (Andy) Cardenas; and brothers, C. “Reed” (Glenda), Wendell (Julie), and Billy (Diane) Franklin. He was preceded in death by brother, Don Franklin; and sister, Pat Bland.
There will be no formal services planned at this time. HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500) has been entrusted with the arrangements. Memorial contributions in Randy’s name may be made to the family in c/o the Hufford Family Funeral Home.
Sandra J. Kozlevcar, 73, of Findlay, passed away Saturday, August 6, 2016 at Bridge Hospice Care Center. She was born on June 24, 1943 in Lima, Ohio to the late Robert W. Moran and Dixie J. (Crawford) Neuenschwander. Sandra married Gerald L. Kozlevcar and he survives in Findlay.
Sandra was a member of Stonebridge Church of God and of the ADAMHS board. She was a well-known volunteer of United Way-Hancock County and a distinguished emeritus membership of the Zonta Club of Findlay. She also retired as general manager from WKXA/WFIN Radio. Sandy was loved so very much by her family, friends, and community. You are greatly missed.
Sandy is survived by her daughters, Kathie Dunlap of Lima, OH, Rhonda Dunlap of Portsmouth, OH; step-daughters, Sharon Henry, and Kelly Kozlevcar both of Madison, OH; brothers, Robert (Marilyn) Moran of Bellview, FL, Willard (Carol) Moran, and Tim Moran both of Lima, OH, Dennis (Judy) Moran of Waynesfield, OH; sisters, Delores (Roger) Copas of Cridersville, OH, and Janice Driskill of Lebanon, OH. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Emma Edwards, and Abby Dunlap of Portsmouth, OH, Dakata Dunlap, Destiny, and Drake Daniels of Lima, OH, Taylor, Kennedy, Alex, and Henry of Madison, OH; and 1 great-grandchild, Azarion Daniels of Lima, OH. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ronald Dunlap; and step-father, Harry Neuenschwander; brothers, Max, and Daniel Moran.
Friends will be received on Friday, August 19, 2016 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Stonebridge Church of God, 2111 Stonehedge Dr., Findlay. A celebration of Sandra’s life will follow at 11 a.m. on Friday at the church with Pastor Michael Wise officiating. HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500) has been trusted with the arrangements. Memorial contributions in Sandy’s name may be made to Bridge Home Health and Hospice.
Dolores Mae “Candy” Cooper, 86, of Findlay, passed away Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at St. Catherine’s Manor. Daughter of the late Delphine D. and Ardith M. (Utterback) Kelley, she was born on January 20, 1930 in Elm Creek, Nebraska.
Dolores worked in retail for 50 years before retiring from JC Penney. Most recently she worked as a carrier for the Fostoria Review Times. She was never too far away from her .38 revolver. Dolores enjoyed family, friends, pets, playing cards, music, and dancing.
Dolores is survived by her children, Richard Kelley of Harrisburg, IL, Tina Cooper-Church of Fostoria, OH, Randy Cooper of Findlay, OH, Tammy Kirkland of Fostoria, OH, Angela Elam of Port Clinton, OH, and Rex Cooper of Fostoria, OH; 16 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren. Dolores was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Dale Kelley; her long-time companion, Keith L. Damon; and a grandchild, Kenny M. Herod.
According to Dolores’s wishes, there will be no visitation or service. HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500) has been entrusted with the arrangements. Memorial contributions in Dolores’s name may be made to the family in c/o Hufford Family Funeral Home.
Ralph E. Miles, 89, of Findlay, passed away Monday, August 1, 2016 at Blanchard Valley Hospital. He was born on February 3, 1927 to the late George C. and Hazel Marie (MacMurray) Miles. Ralph married Phyllis A. (Miller) Miles on September 4, 1959.
Ralph proudly served his country in the US Navy during WWII from 1944 – 1946 before being honorably discharged. He worked as an electrician for various companies, including 20 years of service at Findlay Electric/McNaughton McKay. Ralph was a member of the College First Church of God and an original participant of the Emmaus walk community. He also owned Smiley’s Sugar glazed popcorn for 35 years and was known as the “Candy Man”. He had his pilot’s license and enjoyed flying for many years.
Survivors include his loving wife, Phyllis, of 56 years; children, Ronald E. (Debi) Miles, Deana M. Miles, Angie L. (Randy) Wolford, and Stacy (Nick) Christian; 12 grandchildren, Bryan (Ann Marie), Bridget (Armando), Kim, Collin, Amanda, Josh, Megan, Jacob (Danni), Jaeda (Kenny), Jason (Emily), Elizabeth, and Cali; 6 great-grandchildren, Aleah, A.J., Kyle, Haidyn, Baileigh, and Otto; brother, Jerry (Judy) Miles; and sister, Helen (Larry) Karch. Ralph was preceded in death by brothers, Thomas, Richard, Dale, George P. Jr.; and sisters, Martha Miles, Sarah Altman, and Marie Cole.
Friends and family may visit on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 from 4 – 8 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. on Thursday, August 4 at College First Church of God with Pastor Dave Welker officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service (12 noon – 1:00 p.m.) at the church. Interment will follow in Knollcrest Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Ralph’s name may be made to the Bridge Home Health & Hospice or The Gideons International.
Aaron Andrew Schwarz, 39, of Mt. Blanchard, peacefully passed away Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at Bridge Hospice Care Center surrounded by family. He was born on March 31, 1977 in Pittsburgh, PA to James W. and Carol (Aaron) Schwarz. Aaron married Rebecca Lynn McKibben on May 13, 2006 and she survives.
Aaron was a Baldwin High School graduate and attended California University of Pennsylvania earning his bachelor’s degree. He coached for the Findlay Area Hockey Association for 3 years and was an avid hunter, fisherman, and outdoorsman. Aaron was a loving father, husband, son, nephew, friend, and brother. He always put others needs above his own. He will forever hold a special place in our hearts. Thank you to the James Cancer Center for their care and support. Also, thank you to Bridge Hospice Care Center for the compassion and care in Aaron’s final days.
In addition to his loving wife of 10 years, Aaron is survived by two sons, Blaize William James and Brooks Aaron Robert Schwarz both of Mt. Blanchard. He is also survived by a brother, Jay Schwarz of Providence, RI; sister, Robin Schwarz; aunts and uncles, Rhonda (Bob) Luczak, Paul (Margie) Aaron, and Walter, Bob, and Ronald Schwarz all of Pittsburgh. Aaron was preceded in death by grandparents, Earl A. and Kathleen Aaron, James and Mary Jane Schwarz Sr.
Friends and family may visit on Friday, July 29, 2016 from 11:00 – 12:30 p.m. at HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500). A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, at 1:00 p.m. at St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Bright Road, with Msgr. Michael Hohenbrink to celebrate. Interment will take place in Pittsburgh, PA at a later date. Memorial contributions in Aaron’s name may be made to the Cancer Patient Services, 1800 N. Blanchard St. #120, Findlay, OH 45840 or the Findlay Area Hockey Association, 3430 N. Main St., Findlay, OH 45840.
Jacqueline J. Durbin, 88, of Findlay, peacefully passed away on Sunday, Jul 24, 2016 surrounded by nothing but love from her family. She was born May 2, 1928 in Bluffton, OH to the late Dennis L. and Maurine L. (Badertscher) Zimmerman. Jacqueline married the love of her life, Henry G. Durbin, and they are now joined together.
Jacqueline was a member of Central Church of Christ in Findlay, Toast Mistress and enjoyed bible fellowship study.
Jacqueline is survived by her sons, Charles (Anne) Durbin of Grove City, William (Jeanne) Durbin, and James Durbin both of Findlay; daughters, Rebecca Durbin, and Christina Durbin both of Findlay; 6 grandchildren, William (Tracy) Durbin II, AJ Durbin, Elizabeth Cummins, Jonathon Cummins, Nicholas Durbin, and Scarlett Durbin; 4 great-grandchildren, Trameria, Maxwell, William, and Kay Lee. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by son, Richard Lee Durbin; and a brother, Douglas Zimmerman.
Friends and family may visit on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500). A graveside service will be held on Thursday, July 28 at 10:00 a.m. in Maple Grove Cemetery with Pastor Terry Furgeson. Memorial contributions in Jacqueline’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Britney N. Robbins
03/27/88 – 07/17/16
“Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free!”
Britney N. Robbins, 28, of Mt. Cory, passed away Sunday, July 17, 2016 at Wyandot Memorial Hospital. She was born on March 27, 1988 in Toledo, OH to James L. and Tonya J. (Barnd) Robbins.
Britney loved to sing, a loving soul that enjoyed karaoke. She loved the ocean and an occasional trip to the casino. Britney charmed her way into numerous lives, and left a major impact on so many. Her death leaves many heartbroken. We miss you forever Brit. Fly high.
A loving daughter, mother, sister, friend, and wife, Britney is survived by her parents, husband, Jason Allen Finerd; daughter, Aryiah T. Hoffbauer; sister, Brooke M. Robbins; nieces, Chylei, Raevyn, Emberly; and grandmother, Bonnie Robbins. She was preceded in death by grandparents, David and Donna Barnd; grandfather, Earnest “Ray” Robbins; and uncle, David P. Barnd II.
A celebration of Britney’s life will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2016 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. at Parkview Christian Church, 15035 OH-12, Findlay. A memorial service will follow at 2:00 at the conclusion of visitation with Pastor Neil Norheim officiating. A time of fellowship will take place at the Arcadia Park directly after services. HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500) has been entrusted with the arrangements. Memorial contributions in Britney’s name may be made to the family in c/o the funeral home, or to Brooke, or Tonya in c/o Aryiah.