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Joseph H. Powers - May 13, 1936 - August 23, 2023

Departed: 08/23/2023 (Bucyrus)
Obituary Preview: Joseph H. Powers passed away on August 23, 2023. He was 87 years old. Joe was born May 13, 1936 to Doris Vaughan in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and his birth name was Albert Vaughan (he later found out that his birth father was Albert Silveira). He lived with his aunt before being adopted by Francis and Dorothy Powers Masselink at the age of 22 months. Joe spent his early years living in Massachusetts but was then formally adopted by Horace and Mable Powers who lived in Michigan. Horace was a lawyer and judge, and Mable was a registered nurse. This is when Joe began his love for Michigan Wolverines football. Joe grew up in Nashville, Michigan and had a sister. Martha (Powers) Schimmelpfenneg survives and lives in Battle Creek, Michigan. Joe also found out later in life (around the age of 45) that he shared an older brother with Doris Vaughn. That brother’s name was Joe Vaughan, and he passed away in June 2023. He also found out more recently that he shared a sister with his birth father. Her name is Joanne Ferguson. Joanne grew up in New Bedford, Massachusetts and now lives in Peachtree City, Georgia. Joe was able to meet both of his half siblings and maintained a long-distance relationship with them on Facebook. Joe was a proud 1953 graduate of Nashville - W.K. Kellogg High School in Nashville, Michigan. He loved to share stories of his high school athletic career. He was a varsity letter winner in basketball, football, baseball and track. Joe briefly attended the University of Michigan and Michigan State University and served for two years in the US Army before making his move to Bucyrus, Ohio.
Joe moved to Bucyrus to accept a job with the Telegraph-Forum. He was the sports editor for the newspaper from 1961-1966. This is about the time he met a beautiful girl, Linda Rossman, at Millers Drive-In in Bucyrus. Joe and Linda were married on February 4, 1967 and lived a long life together loving, supporting and cheering on their children and grandchildren. Joe said that marrying Linda was the best thing that he ever did. Joe held various jobs (sports editor, harness horse trainer, and then circulation manager for the Telegraph-Forum), but his life changed when he entered the Ohio State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Education in 1977. After graduation, Joe accepted a teaching and coaching position with Wynford Local Schools and worked in the school system until retirement. Joe was proud of the positive relationships he built with students and colleagues, and he was an avid supporter of Wynford Royal athletics. Joe enjoyed crossword puzzles, reading classic literature, studying history, and taking on all challengers when it came to trivia.
Joe resided in Bucyrus his entire adult life and was able to live at home until a critical health event led to a trip to the emergency room. He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda who passed away on December 31, 2021. Joe is survived by three sons, Brad (Julie), Joey (Patty), and Mark (Tina); ten grandchildren: Nicole (Brandon) Teets, Michael (Emilee) Powers, Kaylee Powers, Ross Powers, Alyssa (Jerad) Butler, Shiloh Powers, Brett Powers, Jakob Powers, Luke Powers, and Braydon Powers; and six great grandchildren: Noah Teets, Isabella Teets, Jeremy Butler, Brady Powers, Justin Butler, and Bodie Teets.
As per Joe’s request, there will be no calling hours or funeral. However, family and friends will gather at a later time to share stories and celebrate his life. If friends would like to give a gift in Joe’s memory, please consider donations to the Bucyrus Public Library (Joe loved going to the library to feed his love of reading) and/or the Wynford Athletic Department (Joe coached varsity boys golf for a number of years and his grandson, Michael, is the current coach. And Joe loved his seat in the north end zone of the Wynford football field where he would go to support his Royals on Friday nights). These gifts will be accepted through Wise Funeral Service and expressions of sympathy are encouraged to be shared on his tribute wall.
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Beverly Grace Clark - June 27, 1935 - August 17, 2023

Departed: 08/17/2023 (Bucyrus)
Obituary Preview: Beverly G. Clark, 88, died Thursday, August 17, 2023 at home after two years of failing health.
She was born June 27, 1935 in Crawford County to the late Roy D. and Beulah F. (Cress) Johnson. She was the oldest of five, grew up as a tomboy on the family farm in Whetstone Twp., and attended Whetstone School. The Johnsons were hard working, fun, ornery, and loved to pick on each other. Bev met a “city boy” named Donald Clark when he and her cousin were hunting on the farm. They were married October 24, 1953 and had a beautiful life and family built on love, partnership, and faith. Outside the home, Bev worked most of her career in the craft department at Struble’s Drug Store. She also waited tables at Perkins and L&K and worked for Westinghouse and Marion General Hospital.
Bev’s faith was strong, and she was a devoted member of the Bucyrus Seventh-Day Adventist Church where she helped establish and run the Dorcas Ministry. Family was her first priority as she would drop whatever she was doing to help them. She and Don opened their home to many people from near and far who became extended family. Bev was very crafty with potholders being her most recent projects. She also collected countless birdhouses to place in and around her home where she gave special attention to her flower beds. When not at home or work, she and Don loved camping and Bev also frequented secondhand stores and garage sales looking for bargains and treasures.
Bev is survived by her husband of nearly 70 years, Donald W. Clark; children, Darlene (Merle) Schoonard, Brenda (Rodney) Herra, Tammy Clark, and David (Dawn) Clark; grandchildren, William Schoonard, Timothy (Donna) Schoonard, Rebecca Herra, Rodney (Jenifer) Herra Jr., Brent Clark, Clint Clark, and Kaylee Clark; great grandchildren, Annabelle (Marshall) McMillen, Eliyana Herra, and Ellis McGathey; sister, Connie (Ron) Fahl; sisters-in-law, Nancy Johnson and Ellen Johnson; and extended family, Lourdes Schoonard, Heisey Shrew, Allen Samuel, Julius Johnson, and Nerilla Loeak.
In addition to her parents, Bev was preceded in death by twin brothers, Ray and Sam Johnson; sister and brother-in-law, Joan (Orval) Burky; and extended family, Neree Inok.
The Clark family will receive friends on Sunday, August 20 from 2-5 pm at Wise Funeral Service in Bucyrus, where her funeral will be held on Monday at 1:00 pm with Pastor Patrick Mazani officiating. Burial will follow in Sixteen Cemetery (Whetstone Twp.).
Memorial donations can be made payable to Bucyrus Seventh-Day Adventist Church and given through the funeral home. Memories and photos are encouraged to be shared on Bev’s Tribute Wall.
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Everardo Naveja - March 15, 1955 - August 12, 2023

Departed: 08/12/2023 (Bucyrus)
Obituary Preview: Everardo Naveja, 68, of Bucyrus, passed peacefully at home on Saturday, August 12, 2023 in the presence of many who loved him.
Also known as Ed or Eddie, Everardo was born March 15, 1955 in Texas to the late Ernesto and Socorro (Morales) Naveja. His family moved to Bucyrus when he was a freshman in high school and this was the beginning of many lifelong friendships formed. He was a dominant running back for the Bucyrus Redman football team and graduated in 1974. Ed had the opportunity of playing semi pro football but being dedicated to his family, he opted to use his strong work ethic to provide for them. A characteristic that always stuck with him. He spent a total of 32 years and four months at Timken before retiring on October 25, 2006. Ed was selfless towards his family and friends and will be remembered for his big bright smile, which always lit up a room. He considered his daughter, his world; that is until he became a Pa-pa, then the “big guy”, his grandson took that spot. Although Ed still cherished his multiple, daily conversations with his daughter. He was also appreciative of some close friends and practically everyone in his high school graduating class for their longtime friendships and he was always up for their weekly get-togethers. Ed was happiest when outdoors and liked fishing in his earlier years. He enjoyed an occasional round of golf, but his biggest hobbies were tending to his yard, which was always immaculate in appearance; riding his bike; and walking. He had an artistic side and put his skills to work by creating burnt wood scripts, which became gifts for family and friends. Ed’s days were structured by his daily routine and those who knew him knew when NOT to call or visit. He was set in his ways until the very end! Prior to his passing, Ed shared with his daughter how thankful he was to everyone who sent cards or offered supportive comments through his battle with cancer. He always tried to be there for others, and by your actions, you were all there for him!
Ed is survived by his daughter, Adrienne (Chad) Fogle; grandson, Keagan Naveja Fogle; siblings, Connie Awbrey, Nellie Morris, Francisco “Pancho” Naveja, Raymundo (Sandy) Naveja, Homer (Cathy) Naveja, Maria Alicia (Brad) Stapleton, Letty VanScoit, Mary Gonzales and Ernie Naveja; special friends, Steve (Vicki) Dishon, Chris (Karen) Haldeman, Jeff Teynor, Jack Binnix and the 1974 Class of BHS as well as extended family members.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Chilo Naveja Sr.; brothers-in-law, Randy Morris and Richard Awbrey and niece and nephews, Vanessa (Herman) Cooper and Chilo Naveja Jr.
Friends are encouraged to dress casual for his memorial calling hours, which will be held from 4-5:55 pm Wednesday, August 16 at Wise Funeral Service, where a celebration of life service will begin that evening at 6:00 pm with his daughter sharing some of her special memories of dad. Friends will also have a chance to share, but if uncomfortable in doing so in person, please consider sharing on his tribute wall. This will allow his memory and stories of Eddie to shine on.
Also, in lieu of flowers, his family specifically requests that if you feel the need to send a gift, please consider a donation payable to 1974 Bucyrus High School Class or the Bucyrus Salvation Army or a charity of your choice. These gifts will be accepted through the funeral home.
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Danny L. Horsley - January 10, 1960 - August 04, 2023

Departed: 08/04/2023 (Bucyrus)
Obituary Preview: Danny L. Horsley, 63, died naturally and peacefully in his sleep Friday morning, August 4, 2023.
He was born in Bucyrus on January 10, 1960 to the late Alfred Donald Horsley Sr. and Brenda (Mustard) Hill who survives. Danny went to Bucyrus Schools and briefly lived near Ashtabula before returning. He met his sister’s friend, Carol Hayes, when they discovered they were both CB radio operators. They were married October 21, 1978 sharing family, partnership, and laughter for nearly 45 years.
“DanMan” was a simple man, gifted mechanic, and fixer of nearly anything. When he wasn’t underneath a car, he was accumulating gadgets from friends and businesses to repair. He worked for a number of repair shops including Downing Auto Wrecking, Randy’s Tire, Rall’s Automotive, and his own shop, Horsley Garage. He was currently working at WMS in Upper Sandusky. In years past, Danny built and competed in Demolition Derbies, winning one at the Crawford County Fair. He and Carol enjoyed NASCAR and got to visit a few tracks and various garages down south. He was a Steelers fan and will be remembered as an honest, stand-up guy who spoke his mind and had his customers’ and friends’ best interest at heart.
Danny is survived by his wife, Carol (Hayes) Horsley; sons, Matt (Patricia) Horsley and Joey Horsley (Shannon McDivitt); three grandchildren, Kailey, Aeden, and Brody; mother, Brenda; siblings, Peggy Claus, Portia Liles, Keith Horsley, and Chuck Horsley; brother-in-law, John (Deanna) Hayes; and many extended family.
In addition to his dad, he was preceded in death by brothers, Brian “Titz” Horsley and Don (Sheila Hedrick) Horsley; and brothers-in-law, Jim Liles and Ralph Claus.
Danny’s family invite friends to bring their stories and memories as they celebrate his life with a reception at Wise Funeral Service on Tuesday, August 8 from 3-6 pm.
Gifts to help with Danny’s funeral expenses are sincerely appreciated and can be made payable to Wise Funeral Service. Memories and photos can also be shared on Danny’s Tribute Wall.
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Charles F. Martin - September 01, 1930 - August 01, 2023

Departed: 08/01/2023 (Bucyrus)
Obituary Preview: Charles F. Martin, 92, died Tuesday morning, August 1, 2023 at Heritage of Hudson where he had resided for six years.
He was born in Bucyrus on September 1, 1930 to the late George C. and Carol (Neff) Martin. After moving to Liberty Twp. in fifth grade, Charles set his eyes on classmate Jannetta Stahl and never loved another. They graduated from Sulphur Springs High School in 1948 and were married September 3, 1950, sharing 66 years of marriage until her death on December 13, 2016. In addition to Charles’ full-time work on the Martin Family Farm, he was a welder, worked at Swan Rubber, and was an insurance adjuster. Charles was a longtime member of the former Zion UMC.
As a child, Charles loved animals and being adventurous. His family recalled the time they went to a meet and greet in Kenton with Gene Autry and Charles went missing. After a worrisome search, it was discovered he was with Mr. Autry’s horse, Champion, the whole time. Charles was very outgoing and could talk to anyone. He and Jannetta loved to travel and went all over the United States with Amish country and the Smoky Mountains being favorite destinations. When visiting Georgia, they attended church and sat in on President Carter’s Sunday School class. And who could forget the memorable encounter with a bear that Charles caught on film? Mostly, they loved to eat out and had several favorite restaurants they found on their journeys. At home, he was an avid reader of American history and enjoyed studying family history and attending reunions.
Charles is survived by children, Debra (Jerry) Stoffl of Aurora and John (Patty) Martin of Bucyrus; grandchildren, Amie (Brian) Caldwell, Eric Martin Wade, Jared Althouse, Tyler (Brittany) Althouse, Jerry (April) Stoffl, Christopher Stoffl, Britten (Tessa) Martin, Shelby Martin, and Bethany (Kyle) Rall; 16 great grandchildren; brother, James (Beverly) Martin; sister, Carol Ann (DeMont) Sponseller; along with many extended family.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by son, Charles David “Dave” Martin, and grandsons, Aaron Miller and Ryan Martin.
Services for Charles Martin will be held on Monday, August 7, at Scioto UMC, 3230 Lemert Rd., Bucyrus, Ohio. Family will receive friends from 10 to 10:55 am and the funeral will begin at 11:00 am with Chaplain John Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in Brokensword Cemetery.
Donations can be given through Wise Funeral Service to Bella Care Hospice or a charity of the donor’s choice and memories and photos can be shared on Charles’ tribute page.
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Joseph Allen Armbruster - April 06, 1936 - July 31, 2023

Departed: 07/31/2023 (Bucyrus)
Obituary Preview: If everyone had the mindset to make something better than it was, individuals would be inspired for generations to come. This is how Joe Armbruster lived his life, and he bettered many lives around him because of this mentality. On July 31, 2023, at the age of 87, Joe passed peacefully at home under the care of his family and OhioHealth Hospice.
He was born April 6, 1936 in Marion to the late Kenneth J. and Edna F. (Wood) Armbruster. Joe was a 1954 graduate of St. Mary’s High School and proud to serve in the Marine Corps. He met Donna Jean Keller at Lake Erie and their first date was at Valley Dale in Columbus, where they enjoyed dancing to Big Band music. They married on September 23, 1961 and kept dancing whenever the opportunity arose.
In addition to teaching life lessons to his family, Joe’s working career took him through many jobs in management and sales. He began working at Fairfield Engineering in Marion; Shunk Mfg., as a Purchasing Agent for Bucyrus; Iberia Earth Moving, as a GM; E & M Systems in Tucson, AZ., as an Engineer and Contract Manager; Bucyrus Golf Club as Pro Shop Manager; Charles Ritter Co. in Mansfield in sales, and their sister company, Diehl’s in Columbus, where he proudly received the contract to furnish the entire Franklin Office Tower Building. He did not retire until age 75 as he was such a people person who enjoyed all of his customers.
Joe certainly did his best to give back to the community and was a member of many organizations including, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, where he served as a longtime lector, Eucharistic Minister and member of the choir; the Knights of Columbus; Jaycees (past president); Bucyrus Rotary Club; Bucyrus Little Theatre; narrator for the Speak Easy Shows; served on the first Bratwurst Festival committee; mentored youth for several years in Bucyrus schools and spearheaded efforts to create Schines Art Park. He was also a member of both the Bucyrus Elks and Moose Lodge. Joe’s commitment to his community never went unnoticed as he was awarded the Golden Years Hall of Fame recipient in 2018 and Crawford County Citizen of the year in 2020.
Joe always enjoyed sports. He pitched in fast pitch softball leagues; earned many trophies for bowling and absolutely loved playing golf, especially the Senior League at Bucyrus. He was a 40-year member of the AHPC (poker club) and fellow members rightfully referred to him as “Happy”. Euchre was another favorite card game, and he and Donna enjoyed many Monday evenings at the Elks always hoping for the correct bowers.
Joe looked forward to any family gathering and was happiest during their vacations to Arizona and North Carolina. He always maintained a positive attitude and was always willing to share a hug with others. He will be remembered for his love of his family, his God, and his country.
Joe will be deeply missed by Donna, his wife of nearly 62 years; daughters, Lynn (Craig) Gordon and Amy (Ed) Murtha; grandchildren, Lydia (Joe) Del Col, Leanna Gordon, Sam Gordon and Elizabeth Murtha; great grandson, Lincoln Del Col and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by siblings, Robert E. Armbruster and Margaret Ann Price and an infant grandson, Joseph Gordon.
His family will receive friends from 4 – 7 pm Thursday, August 3 at Wise Funeral Service. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am Friday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Fr. Paul Fahrbach as Celebrant. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery where Military Rites will be provided by the Bucyrus Veterans Military Funeral Detail.
If desired, donations can be made payable to Holy Trinity Church or to OhioHealth Hospice. These gifts will be accepted through the funeral home and expressions of sympathy are encouraged to be shared on his tribute wall.
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Kenneth Ulrich Bell - December 27, 1940 - July 27, 2023

Departed: 07/27/2023 (Bucyrus)
Obituary Preview: Kenneth (Ken / Kenny) Bell, age 82, died Thursday, July 27, 2023. He was born December 27, 1940, in Fort Wayne, Indiana to Bertram Ulrich Bell and Helen (Klinger) Bell. He is survived by wife, Carol (Rehm); son, Eric (Ashley) Bell, and daughter, Lori (Gary) Chandler.
He met Carol, the love of his life, 65 years ago while sneaking over the fence into the Crawford County Fair. They had a 3-year courtship before traveling to Sparta, North Carolina to elope on July 8, 1961.
Ken was a member of the Masonic Lodge 139 and was very active in Aladdin Shrine of Columbus. With the Shrine, Ken was on the Advisory Trustee Board, and a member of the Ambassador club and past member of the Aladdin Drum & Bugle Corp. He was also a past President of the Bucyrus Shrine Fraternal Organization. He was very proud to be a Shriner and active member of the Bucyrus Shrine Yellow Roadsters (those cute little cars you see in the holiday parades). He loved riding in the parades and putting smiles on children’s faces.
He retired in 2007 from the Timken Roller Bearing plant in Bucyrus, Ohio after 36 years of service.
Ken attended high school in Nevada and Port Clinton, Ohio, with business courses in Columbus. In his teenage years, Ken spent time as a professional rodeo bull rider in Florida. He also generously volunteered as a fireman at the Holmes Township Volunteer Fire department for over 20 years.
Ken enjoyed fishing, traveling, boating, family gatherings, playing cards, and gardening.
Ken was a loving, caring husband and father and spent time with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren as much as possible. A true handyman, there weren’t many things he couldn’t fix, and he enjoyed teaching his children and grandchildren.
Ken was blessed with four grandchildren, Joshua (Alicia) Miller, Sierra Bell, Brittney Bell, and Seth Myers. Also, three great grandchildren, Klaudia Efaw, Alecia Miller, and Bentley Bell.
Ken was preceded in death by brother, Curtis Bell. Curt’s wife, Sally, and children Greg, Doug, Cheryl, and David Bell all survive.
Ken is also survived by sisters-in-law, Mary Ann Kerdolff, Shirley Rehm, Susan (Jim) Oberlander and many nieces and nephews and wonderful neighbors and friends.
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Jason Everett Chapman - November 13, 1971 - July 26, 2023

Departed: 07/26/2023 (Bucyrus)
Obituary Preview: Jason E. Chapman, 51, of Galion passed away at home on Wednesday, July 26, 2023. He was born in Marion to Guy M. Chapman and Beverly Everett Chapman on November 13, 1971. On May 23, 1998 he married the love of his life, Karen Scheffler of Bucyrus, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
A 1990 graduate of Buckeye Central High School, Jason spent his life in a truck cab delivering lumber products, Coca-Cola, or ethanol throughout central Ohio. Known for his organizational skills and his ability to tackle a project and creatively make improvements using materials on hand, he valued efficiency and hard work. He had a big heart and would help anyone in need, even donating his organs to Lifeline of Ohio. Tyler could always count on Jason to problem solve his way out of his “slight dilemmas” and Travis appreciated his willingness to give a helping hand and help fix any situation. Jason’s love for playing high school basketball made him an avid collegiate basketball fan who eagerly looked forward to March Madness. He also watched Wheel of Fortune, enjoyed westerns, and visited Hocking Hill with Karen.
Jason is survived by his wife, Karen, of 25 years; mother, Beverly Roby of Carey; son, Cody E. Chapman; stepsons, Tyler (Cassandra) and Travis Stuckert; mother-in-law, Julia Scheffler; brother-in-law, Mark (Marla) Scheffler, all of Bucyrus; aunt, Nancy (Tom) Hafer of LaRue; special cousin, Heather (Doug) Treadaway; step-grandchildren Titus, Claire, Charity, Thoman, Lillian, Abigail, and Isaiah; and his beloved cats.
Jason was preceded in death by his grandparents, Hershel and Wavie Chapman and Robert and Gertrude Everett; his father; father-in-law, Milton Scheffler; and stepfather, Bill Roby.
Visitation and service will be held at Wise Funeral Service in Bucyrus on Tuesday, August 1. Family will receive friends from 4-5:55 pm and the funeral will begin at 6:00 pm with Pastor Tanyce Addison officiating. He will be laid to rest in Oakwood Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial donations in lieu of flowers are encouraged to be made payable to Humane Society Serving Crawford County or a charity of the donor’s choice and given at the funeral home. Memories and photos can be shared on Jason’s Tribute Wall.
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William J. "Bill" Martin - September 19, 1927 - July 24, 2023

Departed: 07/24/2023 (Bucyrus)
Obituary Preview: William J. “Bill” Martin, 95, formerly of Bucyrus and residing in Danville for the past seven years allowing him to be closer to family, passed peacefully Monday, July 24, 2023 at Sycamore Run Nursing Home.
He was born September 19, 1927 in Draper, NC to the late James G. and Josephine (Turner) Martin. Bill was also preceded in death by his stepfather, Hayward Silcott. In April of 1946, he entered the Air Force where he served as a mechanic and worked on his share of P51 Mustang planes. This is where his passion for flying began. A hobby that would take him into his mid-70s. In the early 1950s Bill was introduced by a mutual friend to Betty Marie Vencill and following a brief courtship, they married on January 30, 1954. He always stated; “I married the most beautiful lady in Richlands, Virginia”, and they shared 66 wonderful years until her passing on August 5, 2020. Shortly after marriage, the family made their way to Bucyrus, where Bill worked at Swan Rubber, retiring as a foreman in December of 1985.
Before reaching the age of 60, Bill came to know the Lord, which completely turned his life around. He knew what God had given him and he did his very best to make up for what he felt “were so many lost years”. He witnessed to anyone up until recent months and he spent years worshipping at Calvary Baptist before joining Wayside Chapel in 2000. He served as a deacon, Sunday School teacher, Christian School Board member and assisted wherever else needed.
Bill was a sentimental man who loved his family. His daughters recall countless funny stories he’d make up when they were young; the listening ear he provided, and his advice and encouragement offered as they encountered challenges throughout life. They also cherished the many poems he secretly hide which always put a smile on their face when found (a tradition they have carried on). He proudly shared his love of fishing with his grandchildren and great grandchildren, memories they will reflect on for many years to come. He adored his wife, and they shared many airplane rides for breakfast, spent hours on their porch and often grabbed a coffee and coke from McDonald’s in preparation for their drive to Apple Valley Lake where they could take in the beauty that God created. In more recent years, Bill was happiest that he had the chance to visit the homes of all grandkids spread out across the country and see the happiness that God provided them.
For many years Bill or W.J. as some refer to him, began his morning with the Over the Hill Gang. A group that met at the airport for coffee and fellowship. He spent countless hours throughout many days using his mechanical skills to help fellow pilots with their planes, in return he always had a plane to fly. He referred to himself as “Mayor of the reservoir” as that’s where he was often found fishing. During the winter months, his hobby was making flies for fly fishing. These flies, were considered to be the finest of quality, as his attention to detail was second to no one. He also took meticulous care of anything he owned or worked on.
He served as an advisor for a number of years with the Air Explorers and was a longtime member of the Crawford County Conservation League.
Bill will be missed by his daughters, Elaine (Randy) Wert and Terri (Loren) Shifley; grandchildren, Rachel (Nate) Miller, Ryan (Jenny) Wert, Blaine (Kelsey) Shifley and Taylor (Adam) Schilperoort; great grandchildren, Grace Miller, Madi Miller, Gage Miller, Macy Miller, Kinsley Shifley, Duke Shifley, Brynn Shifley, Harper Schilperoort and Henry Schilperoort; sisters, Clara Yates and Dorothy (Joe) Vencill as well as a sister-in-law, Lillian Martin and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Ann Dotson and a brother Billy Martin.
Friends are invited to join Bill’s family at Crawford County Memory Gardens where his graveside service will be held at 1:00 pm Monday, July 31 with Pastor and longtime friend, Tim Compton officiating. Military Rites will be provided by the Air Force Honor Guard and the Bucyrus Veterans Military Funeral Detail.
If desired, donations can be made payable to either Wayside Christian School or Temple Christian Academy and will be accepted through Wise Funeral Service or at the cemetery on day of his service. Expressions of sympathy are encouraged to be shared on his Tribute Wall.
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John N. Schiefer - June 16, 1960 - July 23, 2023

Departed: 07/23/2023 (Bucyrus)
Obituary Preview: John N. Schiefer, 63, died unexpectedly Sunday morning, July 23, 2023 at Marion General Hospital from heart related complications.
He was born June 16, 1960 in Bucyrus to the late Norman and Ellie (Spiegel) Schiefer and raised on the family farm in Holmes Township. He graduated in 1978 from Wynford High School where he was active in FFA, band, theater productions, and managed the basketball team. All he ever wanted to do was raise a family, farm, and be a fireman and he lived his dream to the fullest. He met Vanessa Palm after being introduced by a mutual friend. After a brief courtship, they were married September 27, 1980. They partnered in life and farming, making every major decision together and started Schiefer Bins with John’s father in 1987. He retired from the Bucyrus Fire Department as a Lieutenant after 28 years and served on the Holmes Twp. VFD where he currently was the Chief.
If you knew John, you knew him to be a selfless public servant, husband, father, neighbor, and friend. His family couldn’t go out of state on vacation without running into someone he knew, let alone anywhere in Crawford County. His greatest blessings occurred every time his family gathered together for a meal. No project or job was too big to be put on hold if one of the grandkids had a program or game that needed to be attended. John took many young farmers and aspiring firefighters under his wing for a tour or encouraging talk. His absence will be felt by many and his infectious smile, laugh, and dependability will be missed.
John’s civic and church involvement includes his membership at Bucyrus United Methodist Church where he served on many committees and was the current head trustee, the former Grace UMC where he and Vanessa were youth leaders and active in Sunday School, Chief of Holmes Twp. VFD, Fire Inspector, member of the Crawford County Fire Chiefs, Wynford Elementary Building and Bond Committee, former national and state president of Ohio Young Farmers, Chairman of the Dairy Beef Feeder Committee with the Junior Fair, supporter of the Bucyrus Fire Department’s Toy Drive, and many other service related committees. John is survived by his bride of nearly 43 years, Vanessa Schiefer; children, Andy (Kristin) Schiefer and Marcy (Jeremy) Maglott; grandchildren, Preston and Olivia Schiefer and Karson, Kaiden, and Brycen Maglott; brother, Tom (Julie) Schiefer; mother-in-law, Charlotte Palm; sister-in-law, Joann Palm, along with nieces, nephews, and extended family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by father-in-law, Donald Palm and brother-in-law, Roy Palm
All services will be held at the Bucyrus UMC Worship Center, 227 S Walnut St., Bucyrus. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 26 from 1-9 pm. His funeral will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday with Pastors Becky Stephens, Bill Sowers, and Tom Schiefer participating. The funeral procession will go past the Bucyrus Fire Department and Holmes Twp. Fire Department en route to Brokensword Cemetery where his final call will be sounded, and bell tolled.
John often said, “Flowers die, but toys survive.” John wishes to see toys including fire trucks, tractors, and stuffed animals brought to his services to fill the church in lieu of flowers. They will be donated to children’s hospitals and the BFD toy drive to continue his service towards the community. Memorial donations can also be made payable to Bucyrus UMC, Holmes Twp VFD, or Wynford Athletic Boosters and given at the church or Wise Funeral Service.
Memories and photos can be shared on John’s Tribute Wall.
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Gene A. Disbennett - April 23, 1942 - July 22, 2023

Departed: 07/22/2023 (Bucyrus)
Obituary Preview: Gene Disbennett, 81, of Bucyrus, died Saturday, July 22, 2023 at Marion General Hospital.
He was born at home in Radnor, Ohio on April 23, 1942 to the late Walter H. and Ruth A. (Weiss) Disbennett. Gene was a 1960 graduate of Sulphur Springs High School and considered a dominate outside shooting threat for their basketball team. Following high school, Gene proudly served for a three-year period in the Army Reserves and on December 23, 1967 married his high school sweetheart, Patricia C. Loy, who survives.
Gene spent 35 years working as a machine attendant for a local bearing factory and retired in April of 2000. During his work years, he enrolled at Bowling Green State University and following his work shift, would drive to attend classes. He proudly earned both his B.S. in Education (1980) and his M.Ed. Guidance and Counseling (1985). Gene was a longtime owner and manager of rental properties and served as past president of the Area Landlords Association.
Gene had a passion for working with area youth and he did this through many different avenues. He served as a substitute teacher for area county schools; coached 8th-9th grade basketball for two seasons; coached Gra-Y Basketball for 20 years and umpired Little League baseball for six years.
He shared many cookouts and holiday gatherings with his family and loved time spent at their “mini farm” where he would fish, feed the birds and other creatures or tinker with things in his barn. He loved cars and along with the help of his son-in-law, restored a 1956 Chevy Bel Air. He enjoyed going on drives around town and out on country roads and was often seen in his old blue or red Chevy truck with a ball cap on his head. He enjoyed watching harness racing, had quite the mesh ballcap collection and for relaxation, could be found in front of the TV watching Gunsmoke. Gene was a member of Moose Lodge 669, where he enjoyed playing cards and AmVets Post 27.
In addition to Pat, his wife of 55 years, Gene is survived by children, Shelli (David) Franklin and Chad Disbennett; grandchildren, Alexa Franklin and Wyatt Franklin; siblings, Allen Disbennett, Timothy Disbennett, Shirley (John) Kalb and Marilyn Pargeon as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Walter Disbennett Jr.; sisters-in-law, Maize and Brenda Disbennett and a brother-in-law, Robert Pargeon.
A memorial graveside funeral will be held at 11:00 am Friday, July 28 at Oakwood Cemetery with Pastor Bill Wert officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Bucyrus Veterans Military Funeral Detail.
If desired, donations can be made payable to a charity of the donor’s choice and will be accepted through Wise Funeral Service. Expressions of sympathy are encouraged to be shared on his tribute wall.
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Michael E. Chester - March 12, 1950 - July 19, 2023

Departed: 07/19/2023 (Bucyrus)
Obituary Preview: Michael E. Chester, 73, died Wednesday, July 19, 2023 at his home under the care of his family and OhioHealth Hospice.
“I'm a firm believer in the theory that people only do their best at things they truly enjoy. It is difficult to excel at something you don’t enjoy.” This was stated by Jack Nicklaus and it’s fair to say Mike Chester certainly practiced this theory in the pride he took in caring for his family, doing his job, and also on the golf course as well as the bowling alley.
Mike was born March 12, 1950 in Bucyrus to the late Lyle E. and Dorothy J. (Lininger) Chester and was a 1968 graduate of Wynford High School. On December 4, 1969, he married Marsha A. Daiber and she survives. He served in the US Navy for four years and was trained in morse code and radio communication through the US Naval Training Center Bainbridge. Much of his service time was spent in Norfolk, Virginia. It was during this period of time he was introduced to the game of golf by fellow serviceman and close friend Nelson “Herk” Leyerle.
Mike returned home from the service and partnered with his dad in Chester Trucking. They delivered various products to individuals and area businesses. He eventually bought his own truck and did over-the-road-trucking for about 15 years, working for various companies. Wanting to be closer to home, Mike next took on a position with Putnam Trucking, where he worked until they closed. He finished his work career at Arctic Cat and worked part time at Valley View Golf Club, where he did a lot of mowing during the golf season and equipment maintenance during the winter months.
Mike’s passions included family, golf, and bowling. They shared many road trips together, which allowed them to see much of the country and, whenever they were home, their family spent many weekends together playing games and simply enjoying time spent with one another. Mike enjoyed many rounds of golf with family and friends, and many of those good times were had at Valley View. He golfed in various leagues and was always up for a good skins game. After his 50th birthday, he began entering US Senior Amateur Qualifiers and, in 2007, he qualified for the finals which were held at Flint Hills National in Wichita, Kansas. Though he didn’t make it out, it was one of his greatest golf experiences. He went on to become a Club Champion at Bucyrus and a 10-time Club Champ at Valley View. Once the winter months neared, a bowling ball replaced his golf clubs. Mike enjoyed bowling in various leagues, was fortunate enough to have rolled two 300 games, a 299, as well as qualifying for the Bill Bahm Invitational. He might still hold the record for getting knocked out of the tournament after rolling two 900s.
Mike was a member of Lemert United Methodist Church, Bucyrus Moose Lodge, and a former member of the Galion Elks Lodge. He enjoyed tinkering with, and regripping golf clubs. Their family took in many Bratwurst Festival Parades when they lived on S. Sandusky Ave and Mike was always up for an ice-cold Coca-Cola.
In addition to Marsha, his wife of 53 years, Mike is survived by sons, Phillip (Carissa) Chester and Steven (Jaclyn) Chester; grandchildren, Kaleb, Haley, and Abi Chester; sisters, Carol (Mike) Schreck and Joyce (Brenda Young) Liming; sisters-in-law, Carol Daiber and Kay (Mark) Voorhees; as well as several extended family members and some really great friends.
Services will be held on Monday, July 24 at Wise Funeral Service in Bucyrus. The Chester family will receive friends from 5-5:55 pm. At 6:00, military honors will be observed by the US Navy Honor Guard and Bucyrus Veteran Military Funeral Detail followed by his memorial service with Pastor Brad Smith officiating. Mike will be laid to rest in Brokensword Cemetery at a later date.
Contributions in Mike’s memory are encouraged to be made payable to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and left at the funeral home. Memories and photos can be shared on his Tribute Wall.
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Martin E. McMurray - October 02, 1928 - July 13, 2023

Departed: 07/13/2023 (Bucyrus)
Obituary Preview: Martin E. McMurray died of natural causes on July 13, 2023 in Bucyrus, Ohio at age 94.
Survivors include three sons, Brian R. McMurray, M. D. and wife Catherine, of Brentwood, Tennessee, Glen A. McMurray, D. D. S. and wife Nancy, of Bucyrus, Ohio, and Bruce H. McMurray and wife Julie, of Burton, Ohio; eight grandchildren Heather Hart (Emerson), Mary Ellen McMillin (Drew), Carolyn McMurray, Kelly Andress (George), Erin Ross (Jason), Corey McMurray (Jennifer), Zachary McMurray (Rannie), and Garrett McMurray (Brianna); and seventeen great grandchildren Lucie, Liam and Benjamin Hart, Noah, Addison and Daniel McMillin, Evelyn and Isla King, Olivia and Madelyn Andress, Norah and Charlotte Ross, Bailey and Dean McMurray, Luna McMurray, and Cameron and Aubrey McMurray.
He is predeceased by wife of 67 years, Carolyn and son Kelton S. McMurray, D. V. M. of Elkhorn, Wisconsin.
Martin was born in Washington, D. C., the son of the late Lucile and J. Arthur McMurray. He graduated from West Texas A&M University after completing studies at Woodrow Wilson and Sidwell Friends Schools in Washington, D. C. He was a leading baseball pitcher in college and played minor league ball before pursuing graduate studies at Clark University and Worcester State College. He met his wife, Carolyn, when they were in high school. Martin was the captain of the football team and Carolyn was the captain of the cheerleaders.
He retired from General Motors in 1983 in divisional sales management. Prior to joining GMC, he was with the McCulloch Corporation of Los Angeles, Scott-Atwater of Minneapolis and Bay State Abrasives of Massachusetts where he also directed a resident YMCA camp. He was active in many community activities including school board president, township supervisor, township tax assessor and served for fifteen years as chairman of two condominium associations. One of his favorite activities was college and career counseling for his family and others.
He was an avid tennis player who played six days a week for twenty-seven years. He and his wife, Carolyn, enjoyed cruising and world travel and Martin had visited all continental forty-eight states by the age of 19. He resided in Washington, D. C., California, Texas, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Minnesota, New York, Michigan and Ohio. After seasonally residing in Vermont and Maui for many years, he and Carolyn decided to split their years between the North Carolina mountains and Sarasota, Florida, before returning to Ohio. He asked that his obituary say, “I have been blessed by having the ideal wife and loving, achieving sons. Their marriages have been equally strong, and our eight grandchildren are achievers and solid citizens too. There are few things I would change in this wonderful life. I would wish for everyone to be as fortunate.”
The McMurray family will gather privately at Wise Funeral Home before laying Martin to rest in Oakwood Cemetery.
Memorial expressions may be made payable to Lowe-Volk Park Nature Center or the Kelton Scott McMurray Memorial Scholarship and given through Wise Funeral Service, 129 W Warren St., Bucyrus, Ohio 44820. Memories and photos are encouraged to be shared on his Tribute Wall.
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Hazel M. Christman - June 08, 1926 - July 09, 2023

Departed: 07/09/2023 (Bucyrus)
Obituary Preview: Hazel M. Christman, 97, died peacefully early Sunday, July 9, 2023 at Altercare of Bucyrus after years of failing health.
She was born June 8, 1926 in Monroe County, Ohio to the late George W. and Clara G. (Bintz) Hines. She was a 1944 graduate of Lewisville High School and married Robert D. Christman on September 2, 1950. The Christmans moved to Crawford County where he farmed and Hazel supported every way she could. Whether feeding her family or those helping with the farm work, her meals were memorable, especially the desserts. Robert preceded her in death on May 17, 2013.
Hazel was a supportive, easy-going, resourceful, and persistent lady who also enjoyed playing a good practical joke. She and Robert liked to play cards with friends and family in years past and took many trips “down home” to visit family. She was never one to stay idle as there were always chores and baking to be done, journaling to keep up, quilts to sew, crosswords to solve, and her grandchildren’s activities to attend. She took special delight in becoming a “GG” as her great grandchildren affectionately referred to her. Hazel was a member of Bucyrus United Methodist Church and the former Epworth congregation where she was active in the Ruth Circle.
Hazel is survived by children, Wesley (Tammy) Christman and Karen Christman; grandchildren Samantha (Kent) Williamson and their children, Adalynn and Hudson, and Zachary (Kim) Christman and their children, Gabriel and Haisley; sister, Mary Kocher; and nieces, nephews, and extended family. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by brother-in-law, Wayne Kocher.
The Christman family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 12 from 4-7 pm at Wise Funeral Service in Bucyrus, where her funeral will be held on Thursday at 11:00 am with Pastor Becky Stephens officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.
Memorial donations are encouraged to be made payable to Bucyrus UMC or Avita Hospice and given at the funeral home. Memories and photos can be shared on Hazel’s Tribute Wall.
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Donald E. Shawk - February 08, 1928 - July 07, 2023

Departed: 07/07/2023 (Bucyrus)
Obituary Preview: Donald E. Shawk, 95, died peacefully early Friday, July 7, 2023 at Orchard Park Assisted Living under the care of Gentiva Hospice.
He was born on the family farm in Liberty Township on February 8, 1928 to the late Russell and Viola (Coe) Shawk. After graduating from Sulphur Springs High School in 1946, Don joined his father in the farming operation and served in the US Army in the early 1950s. After returning, he earned his Bachelor’s in Animal Science from The Ohio State University. While in college, he met Nancy Jane Wolf and they were married on May 26, 1957. Don and Nancy raised their family and have been blessed to see their son and grandsons keep the family farm operating.
Don will be remembered for his work ethic and mechanical mind. He could fix anything and often had it working better once he worked on it. He was active in the Farm Bureau and Cattlemen’s Association and enjoyed their gatherings and trips. He and Nancy were able to visit most of the lower 48 states over the course of their life. Don was a member of Bucyrus United Methodist Church by way of Zion UMC and Grace UMC, where he was active in the Ever-Faithful Sunday School Class.
Don is survived by his bride of 66 years, Nancy Jane Shawk; daughter, Linda (Jon) Stentz; daughter-in-law, Victoria Shawk; grandchildren, Duane (Courtney) Shawk and their son Easton, Dwight Shawk, Sarah Stentz (Jeff Irelan) and their daughter Autumn, Melissa (Carlos) Alegria and their son Enzo, and Laura Stentz (Evan Moriarty) and their newborn twins Weston and Griffin; and his nieces, nephews, and extended family.
In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his son, Dale Shawk and sister, Lucille Abraham and her husband Edward.
Memorial services for Don Shawk will be held at Wise Funeral Service in Bucyrus on Saturday, July 15. Family will receive friends from 10-10:55 am and the service will follow at 11:00 am with Pastor Matt Anderson officiating.
Memorial donations are encouraged to be made payable to Bucyrus United Methodist Church for the scholarship fund. Memories and photos can be shared on Don’s Tribute Wall.
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Larry Snyder - June 20, 1936 - July 07, 2023

Departed: 07/07/2023 (Bucyrus)
Obituary Preview: Larry Snyder, 87, of Whetstone Twp. died suddenly of natural causes at his home on Friday, July 7, 2023.
He was born June 20, 1936 in Bucyrus to the late Kenneth and Carolyn (Wagner) Snyder. After graduating from Whetstone High School in 1954, Larry enlisted in the US Navy where he worked as an Aviation Mechanic in Oklahoma, Tennessee, Kansas, and Hawaii. After his discharge, he returned and helped his dad on the farm. He also met Mary Baumgardner and they were married on May 28, 1961. Larry began working for The Timken Co. in 1963 and retired after 35 years in the shipping center. He continued to farm, helped his brother build houses, and assisted his son-in-law at Greg’s Auto Service for several years.
Larry will be remembered by his sweet smile and kind spirit. He took time to talk to anyone and was nicknamed “The Mayor” since he never met a stranger. He stayed fit by keeping busy in his vegetable garden and riding his bicycle. He also collected farm toys and enjoyed following the Indians, Buckeyes, and any form of auto racing. Larry worshiped at the Whetstone Baptist Church and enjoyed breakfast gatherings with longtime friends.
Larry is survived by his bride of 62 years, Mary B. Snyder; children, Randy (Jeanine) Snyder and Nancy (Greg) Morrison; grandchildren, Jonathon Snyder, Josh Snyder, and Eric Morrison; brother, Edwin (Lauretta) Snyder; sister, Jean Ann (Dr. Steve) Nigh; along with nieces, nephews, and extended family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother, Roger Snyder.
Memorial services for Larry will be held on Saturday, August 5 at Whetstone Baptist Church. Family will receive friends from 10-10:55 am and the service will begin at 11:00 am with Pastor Larry Oxendine officiating. Urn burial will follow in Whetstone Cemetery with military rites by the US Navy Honor Guard and Bucyrus Veterans Military Funeral Detail.
Memorial donations can be made payable to Whetstone Baptist Church or Honor Flight Columbus and given through Wise Funeral Service in Bucyrus. Memories and photos can be shared on Larry’s Tribute Wall.
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Michael Eugene Briggs - June 22, 1949 - July 05, 2023

Departed: 07/05/2023 (Bucyrus)
Obituary Preview: Mike Briggs, 74, of Marion, passed peacefully on Wednesday, July 5, 2023 at Marion General Hospital following a hard fought battle with liver cancer.
He was born June 22, 1949 in Marion to the late Clarence E. and Donna M. (Trimmer) Briggs and was a 1967 graduate of Bucyrus High School. Shortly thereafter, he was drafted to serve in the Army during Vietnam. Mike’s training occurred at Fort Huachuca where he specialized in Communications. He then spent the remaining portion of his service time in Vietnam. He was proud to have been able to serve his country and upon returning home from the service, began working Maintenance at Whirlpool. His strong work ethic shown through to those around him for his 43 years with the company.
Mike had a great love for music and he found this enjoyment in his early teens. During his high school years, he played in garage bands and was a member of The Torn Pages which became The Knights of Day. His music of choice was 60s and 70s rock and he enjoyed his fair share of concerts over the years. Mike shared this love of music with his brother and his daughters. In more recent years, he was often referred to as “Mr. Music” as his knowledge of songs and bands was second to no one. Golf was another passion that kept him going. Up every day and out the door for his coffee and round of golf at the Golf Club of Bucyrus or wherever else he decided to play that day. He enjoyed the Wednesday travel league and was proud to have carded two holes in one. In earlier years, he enjoyed bowling and he’s always enjoyed rooting for his Indians, Browns, and Buckeyes.
Mike enjoyed many good times gathering with family and he and Barclay looked forward to their long weekend getaways. Their trip to California was an amazing adventure and he and his daughters were blown away “Like a Hurricane” at the 2018 Neil Young concert. In 2021, he experienced one of his greatest joys when he did the Honor Flight to DC. He was always a neat and tidy kind of guy who loved socializing with others. He was quick witted, had a great sense of humor and did an amazing Mick Jagger impersonation.
Mike will be missed by many, including his wife, Barclay; children, Heather (Chad) Lynn, Desra (William) Wells and Natalie (Patrick Mulcare) Briggs, Stephanie (Dave) Smith and Ryan (Megan) Lawson; grandchildren, Jordan Wilson, Veena Wells, Cohen Cogar, Marley Wells, Stella Lynn, Taylor (Derek) Detwiler and Keith Smith; great grandchildren, Liberty Smith, and Damien and Mason Detwiler; brother, Gregory (Linda) Briggs; a niece and nephew, Gretchen (Sam) Hart and Beau Michael (Melissa) Briggs as well as many close friends.
All services for Michael will be held on Tuesday, July 11. Memorial calling hours will be from 10 – 12 noon at Wise Funeral Service, where his memorial service will begin at 12:00 noon with Certified Celebrant Lisa Snyder officiating. Inurnment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery where full Military Rites will be provided by the Bucyrus Veterans Military Funeral Detail and the Army Honor Guard.
If desired, donations can be made payable to any preferred Veteran or Military organization or a charity of the donor’s choice. These gifts will be accepted through the funeral home and expressions of sympathy are encouraged to be shared on his tribute wall.
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Rita Ann Lydick - August 06, 1949 - July 02, 2023

Departed: 07/02/2023 (Bucyrus)
Obituary Preview: Rita Lydick, 73, of Bucyrus, passed peacefully on Sunday, July 2, 2023 at her home surrounded by her family following a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
She was born August 6, 1949 in Ashland, Ohio to the late William W. and Lavaughn “Bonnie” (Johnson) Wilson. Rita spent her entire youth and early adulthood in Ashland and always considered it home. She was a 1967 graduate of Ashland High School and like many other family members, she hired in at ODOT, starting in the DECA program at 17 and continuing for 35 years, referring to herself as a “glorified bookkeeper”. This is also where she met Matt Lydick, whom she married on November 16, 1983.
Rita enjoyed time spent with family, especially when little ones were present. She and Matt created countless memories from their many trips to Amish Country looking for antiques and visiting friends. She was also fond of travels to Michigan where she would visit family. Rita travelled to Hawaii and experienced the filming of Hawaii-Five-O and The Brady Bunch. Christmas was her favorite holiday, and this meant multiple shopping trips, including to Bronner’s in Frankenmuth. She had an extensive porcelain doll collection and was a very artistic and crafty individual. She often put her skills to work crocheting beautiful baby blankets which became gifts for family and friends. Rita spent many hours tending to her flowers and saw to it that the hummingbird bird feeders were full as she loved watching them zip around the yard. Another favorite hobby was genealogy, and she spent more time than most enthusiasts researching her family history, going back several generations. For relaxation, Rita could be found watching TV. Her absolute favorite show was Star Trek, but she also enjoyed older western shows and fictional disaster movies.
She will be deeply missed by her children, Scott Lydick, Stephanie Lydick and Samantha Lydick; grandchildren, Blake and Dominick, whom she adored; sister, Kristi (Jim) Kirtland; sister-in-law, Diann Stinehelfer; brother-in-law, John Mizick and many other extended family members including her “little buddy”, Caspian Hall, who brought her many smiles.
In addition to her parents, Rita was preceded in death by her husband of 32 years, Matt Lydick and a sister-in-law, Kathy Mizick.
Calling hours for Rita will be from 5 – 8 pm Friday, July 7 at Wise Funeral Service, 129 W. Warren St., Bucyrus, where her funeral will be held at 11:00 am Saturday with Pastor John Bouquet officiating. She will be laid to rest in Nevada Cemetery. For those unable to attend in person, her service can be viewed by visiting her tribute wall at
The family encourages those wishing to honor Rita to consider making a donation payable to No One Fights Alone or Wyandot Memorial Hospital Foundation (to benefit the Oncology Fund) or to a charity of the donor’s choice. These gifts will be accepted through the funeral home.
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Amber Marie Clark - December 09, 1993 - June 25, 2023

Departed: 06/25/2023 (Bucyrus)
Obituary Preview: Amber Clark, died Sunday, June 25, 2023 at her residence in Galion.
She was born December 9, 1993 in Marion Ohio to Aaron James Clark and the late Hazel Marie (Taylor) Clark. Throughout life, Amber faced her fair share of challenges, but she kept fighting and was proud of earning her GED. She was also proud of the support received from her Jericho House family and was a former volunteer, where she had a positive impact on others who she could relate with. Amber lastly worked at Kasai in Upper Sandusky.
Amber was full of love and compassion and cherished time spent with family and friends. She was happiest around others and for relaxation she did enjoy watching Netflix. She always ended calls or texts with I love you, and her dad and others on the receiving end will always have those three powerful and comforting words to hold onto. Amber formerly attended Crossroads in Mansfield and recently enjoyed worshipping online at Elevation.
Amber is survived by her dad, Aaron J. Clark; three children, Skilyar, Daymien and DeAndre; grandparents, Larry and Linda Clark; uncles and aunts, Dwain and Dawn Karcher, Evan Clark, Kevin and Debbie Hoover, Mike and Linda Caskey, and Allen and Marianne Kennedy as well as many other extended family members and friends whom she considered family.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Hazel Marie Clark; a sister, Ashley Marie Taylor-Frazier who died during infancy; grandparents, William and Bessie Taylor and an uncle, William Taylor.
Her family will hold a private service and expressions of sympathy are encouraged to be shared on her tribute wall.
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Billy R. Rush - June 07, 1954 - June 24, 2023

Departed: 06/24/2023 (Bucyrus)
Obituary Preview: Billy R. Rush, 69, of Hilliard and formerly of Bucyrus, died early Saturday, June 24, 2023 at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus after weeks of failing health.
He was born June 7, 1954 in Bucyrus to the late Bill L. Rush and Janis M. (Orewiler) Rush who survives. Billy graduated from Col. Crawford High School in 1972 and studied machine trades at Bucyrus High School. He worked as a machinist for The Timken Co. from 1973-2008 and studied Theology and Christian Education at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. He married Jennifer (Krull) Fannin in 2010 and they settled in Hilliard.
Billy will be remembered for his analytical mind, attention to detail, self-reliance, and encyclopedic knowledge for his varied interests. As with many in the Rush family, every project he put his mind to was done well. A jack of all trades, he built his home and helped many others on countless projects. Billy was a lifelong vegetarian who loved animals and kept a vast garden. He was a man of faith who loved his God and country. Billy also dabbled in photography and loved compiling photos and albums for his family.
Billy is survived by his wife, Jenni Rush; mother, Janis; children, Sarah Rush, Roy Rush (Kim Blakley), and Cheyenne Rush; stepson, Joseph Fannin II; grandchildren, Marie, Audra, Artemis, Calypso, Ezio, Emory, and Evelyn; former wife, Rose Kingston; former daughter-in-law, Amy Rush; brother, Roger (Phyllis) Rush; sister, Rita (Rodney) Rush Daly; and his much-loved nieces and nephews. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by stepdaughter, Ashley Gill.
The Rush family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 28 from 4-7 pm at Wise Funeral Service, 129 W. Warren St. in Bucyrus. A private graveside funeral will be held, and he will be laid to rest in Fairview Cemetery, Wayne County.
Memorial donations in lieu of flowers are encouraged to be made payable to a charity of the donor's choice and given through the funeral home. Memories and photos can be shared on Billy’s Tribute Wall.
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Thomas P. Steinmetz - May 22, 1948 - June 19, 2023

Departed: 06/19/2023 (Bucyrus)
Obituary Preview: Thomas P. Steinmetz, 75, of Bucyrus died Monday, June 19, 2023, at his residence under the care of Avita Hospice. He was born May 22, 1948, in Tiffin to the late John and Donna (McGowan) Steinmetz. He graduated from Tiffin Calvert High School and worked at The Timken Company for many years.
Thomas is survived by his four children, Amy (David) Abdeen, Cory (Stephanie) Steinmetz, Patrick (Alece) Steinmetz, and Andrea (Jason) Hoopes; longtime girlfriend, Lori Songer; siblings, Janet (Ken) Stahl, Lynn (Don) Warwick, and Dan (Jenny) Steinmetz; sisters-in-law, Gail Steinmetz and Julie Steinmetz; and seven grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Joe, Phil, and Dennis Steinmetz.
Per Tom’s request, no services will be held. Memories and tributes can be shared on Tom’s Tribute Wall.
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Dolores M. Brown - July 17, 1931 - June 17, 2023

Departed: 06/17/2023 (Bucyrus)
Obituary Preview: Dolores Marcile Brown, 91, of Bucyrus, passed peacefully early Saturday, June 17, 2023 at Altercare of Bucyrus.
She was born July 17, 1931 in Holmes Twp. Crawford County to the late Perry W. and Florence C. (Green) Miller. Dolores was a 1949 graduate of Holmes Liberty High School and on May 30, 1953, married Donald M. Brown who she met through church. He preceded her in death on July 17, 2008.
Dolores spent 15 years working at Sears as a Credit Clerk before becoming the Secretary at the former Holtshouse/Zahn Plumbing and Heating, currently Kinn Brothers, and retired in 1993.
She enjoyed time spent with family and whenever it involved her preparing a meal, everyone was in for a treat. Tuesdays were reserved for family “playdates”, which gave her opportunities to smile and create memories with her grandchildren. Dolores spent a lot of hours working in her garden and canned much of what she grew. She and Don traveled many Ohio roads in search of covered bridges and in more recent years, genealogy has become her favorite pastime.
Dolores enjoyed worshipping at Bucyrus Nazarene Church; was a member of the Crawford County Genealogical Society; Bucyrus Historical Society, the Ohio Historic Bridge Association and had quite the collection of salt and pepper shakers.
She is survived by children, Cheryl (James) Collene and Kenneth (Brenda Mollenkopf) Brown; grandchildren, Benjamin (Jennifer) Collene, Holly Collene, Patrick (Eunice) Collene, Arron (Shara) Collene and Michaeline (James) Stiner; 12 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren; siblings, Marlene (Clair) Saltzman, Gladys (Kenneth) Wolf, Norma “Jane” Miller, Dale (Donna) Miller, Marvin Miller, and Darle (Diana) Miller; sisters and brothers-in-law, Karen Miller, Norman (Lena) Brown, Jane Rader, Barbara (Chuck) Pfahler and Ron (Cathy) Brown as well as many nieces and nephews.
Dolores was preceded in death by siblings, Wilma (Marvin) Swart, Sharon Young, Evelyn Miller and Lyle Miller; sisters-in-law, Betty Miller and Janet Brown along with a brother-in-law, Dick Rader.
Visitation will be held from 10 – 11 am Tuesday, June 20 at Wise Funeral Service where her funeral will be held that day at 11:00 am with Pastor Ray LaSalle officiating. Dolores will be laid to rest in Brokensword Cemetery.
If desired, donations can be made payable to Bucyrus Nazarene Church or Crawford County Council on Aging. These gifts will be accepted through the funeral home and expressions of sympathy are encouraged to be shared on her tribute wall.
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Betty M. Foulk - August 31, 1923 - June 13, 2023

Departed: 06/13/2023 (Bucyrus)
Obituary Preview: Betty Mae Foulk, 99, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 13, 2023, at her home under the care of her family and friends.
Betty was born on August 31, 1923, the only child to Grace and Claude Watters. She grew up in the small northeastern town of Ravenna, Ohio, graduating from Ravenna High School. Betty left home to attend Kent State University in an era where few men and women attended college because the world was at war.
After completing her freshman year at Kent State, a patriotic Betty joined the war effort by working as a chemist at Goodyear Tire in Akron, Ohio. She was proud to say her job at Goodyear helped keep the military vehicles equipped with tires.
She returned to college the following year as a sophomore at Ohio Northern University majoring in Physical Education. There she immersed herself in the typical life of a college coed, particularly enjoying the activities and events of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority. She developed many lifelong friendships with her sorority sisters with whom she would stay in close contact her whole life.
While attending Ohio Northern, Betty also met a particular gentleman by the name of William ‘Bill’ Foulk. Although they knew each other, they never dated while in school.
It would not be until a few years after graduation that they would reconnect in Kent, Ohio where Betty was teaching Phys Ed at the local elementary school, and Bill was working as a pharmacist for his uncle Bob at Bob’s pharmacy. Betty would often frequent the local pharmacy lunch counter, and soon this old acquaintance turned from friendship to love.
When Bill proposed, Betty never dreamed they’d return to Bill’s hometown of Bucyrus, Ohio where Bill would go into business with his father at Foulk’s Rexall, but Betty came to adore the small town and all the wonderful friends and neighbors she made there. She found herself spending the next 75 years of her life hosting and attending countless dinner parties, Bridge, Euchre, and Pinochle clubs, and participating in various sports; bowling, tennis, golf, swimming, ping pong, and downhill skiing.
Upon returning from their honeymoon in early September of 1948, with no teaching jobs available, Betty began working at Dr. Dan Arnold’s office as a medical assistant where she stayed until the birth of her first son, Stephen, in 1951. Betty and Bill quickly grew their family, adding two more children: David and Susan.
Through the years Betty participated in many of her childrens’ school activities, acting as den mother and Brownie leader. Betty was a frequent substitute teacher in the Bucyrus City Schools when her children were students there. Upon the graduations of her three children, she resumed her career as a Family Living teacher at Bucyrus High School where many students fondly remember her as their favorite.
A lover of water, Betty also taught lifesaving and swimming lessons at Aumiller Park and the YMCA. The family spent many memorable weekends boating at Lake Erie. Betty loved to pick fresh peaches, strawberries, and corn on the drive up Route 4 to the Lake.
She was a dedicated wife and mother, making sure Bill had a hot, delicious meal delivered to him every night at the family pharmacy for nearly 50 years.
Never a day went by that Betty didn’t have plans of places to go and people to see, and she lived by the mantra, ‘keep moving’. Betty was a true adventurer and loved ‘peppy’ people.
This adventurous nature took her on travels to many countries including Germany, Italy, Ireland, England, Switzerland, Sweden, Portugal, Scottland, Whales, France, Russia, India, Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, Greece, Turkey, Kenya, South Africa, Tahiti, Iceland, Canada, and all 50 states including Alaska and Hawaii. In 1969, she chaperoned a group of her sons’ high school friends and other students from both Crawford and Wyandot counties on an unforgettable 3-week excursion across Europe. Over the years, she continued to host many foreign exchange teachers and students alike, and traveled to Italy where she taught English to Italian children.
Betty especially loved animals and wildlife, traveling to the Galapagos well into her 80’s to help send the turtles back to sea.
A lifelong learner, Betty read the latest books and attended the latest plays. She loved to partake in cuisine at the newest restaurants and kept up on the latest fashion, decorating, music trends, and technologies including her Apple Watch which she used to text and keep up with family and friends daily. Betty was nothing short of dynamic and embodied the art of living in the moment.
Betty will be remembered fondly as a wonderful grandmother and great-grandmother. ‘Grandma Betty’ exuberated energy, especially when spending time with her 7 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. She was always up for a game of golf, tennis, or ping pong and loved teaching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren the games Old Maid, Candy Land, Euchre, Up and Down the River, and Monopoly. Betty made a point of attending all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s special events, always remembering birthdays with cards, gifts, and angel food cakes with fresh strawberries or peaches. This summer would have marked her 100th birthday.
Betty is preceded in death by her parents and husband, William ‘Bill’ Foulk. Left to cherish her memory are sons, Stephen D. (Susan) of PA, and Dr. David W. (Jude) of Marion, daughter Susan L. Clouse of MI, honorary daughter German exchange student, Ulli Foltz Napoli, of Venegono Superiore (VA) Italy; grandchildren, Stephanie (Matthew) Hemmerick, Julie (Brian) Martin, David Matthew Foulk, Jessica Clouse, David Samuel Foulk, Justin (Ashley) Foulk, and Dr. Claudia (Drew) Mosley, great-grandchildren, Madeline and Simon Hemmerick, Harper Nelson, Sydney Martin, William, Jude, and Stephan Mosley, and Sutton and Noah Foulk, and her cherished friends and loving caretakers, Connie and Tim Musselman, and Lori and Tommy Starner.
In honor of her centenary, the family will be holding her service the weekend of her 100th birthday on Saturday, August 26, 2023, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bucyrus. Family will receive friends from 1:30-2:25 pm and memorial service will begin at 2:30 pm followed by a procession to Oakwood Cemetery for her urn burial. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at the VFW Annex immediately following the burial.
Memorial contributions may be made to The World Wildlife Fund, Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation, and The Nature Conservancy in care of Wise Funeral Home. Stories and photos are encouraged to be shared on her tribute wall.
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Gerald G. Crissinger - September 08, 1932 - June 10, 2023

Departed: 06/10/2023 (Bucyrus)
Obituary Preview: Gerald Glen Crissinger, 90, of Bucyrus passed away peacefully Saturday morning, June 10, 2023 at Galion Community Hospital. His health had been failing since a bad fall and broken hip occurred in early May.
He was a lifelong resident of Crawford County, born September 10, 1932 in Bucyrus to the late T.J. “Mike” and Ruth (Brinkman) Crissinger, and a graduate of Mt. Zion High School.
Gerald enjoyed a full life. In the 60s, he worked on the family dairy and grain farm. Work transitioned to operating his own livestock hauling company. One of Gerald’s customers, Wendell Burkholder, convinced him to join him as General Manager of Burkie’s Meats, a custom meat processing plant. He purchased the business in the early 1990s, changed the name to Glenville Packing, and it is still in operation today. Gerald retired in 2011.
Gerald was a 75-year member of the local chapter of the Ohio Grange where he served in many capacities. He also raised Belgian draft horses for many years.
Gerald is survived by his son, Jon (Heather) Crissinger; grandsons, Noah, Adam, and Levi; and nephews and niece, Glen (Ardelle) Noggle, Dave (Julie) Noggle, and Tena (Chase) Eyster. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Ruby Cover, and twin infant daughters.
Gerald’s family will receive friends on Monday, June 19 from 4-6 pm at Wise Funeral Service in Bucyrus. He will be laid to rest in Oakwood Cemetery.
Memories and photos can be shared on Gerald’s Tribute Wall.
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Charles F. Auck - September 11, 1928 - June 09, 2023

Departed: 06/09/2023 (Bucyrus)
Obituary Preview: Charles F. Auck, 94 passed away peacefully on June 9, 2023 at home with loving family.
He was born on September 11, 1928 in Bucyrus to the late Paul C. and Freda M. Kocher Auck. He married Marjorie L. Bardon Auck on July 2, 1950. He graduated from Bucyrus High School in 1946 and begin working at General Hydraulics in his senior year as machinist. He moved up to earn the job of Plant Manager (his family called him the Head Huncho). His company merged with Galion Ironworks and then again with Komastsu Dresser. He retired after 46 years and enjoyed his retirement for 31 years.
Charles will be remembered as a hard-working devoted husband and father sharing his story of growing up, ancestry, and teaching the children life lessons! He also was a great listener and lent advice on money, carpentry, and motor engine repair. He also was an avid gun and stamp collector who enjoyed watching the Buckeyes, Indians and, before their move, the Browns. As a life member of the Epworth Methodist Church he donated and had visitors from the church. He was an American Legion member for 44 years, having served in non-active Naval Reserve. While in the reserve, Charles served aboard the USS Kearsarge. The Kearsarge was scrapped in 1974, but a new ship by the same name was commissioned in 1992 which Charles’ grandson, Jeremiah Wadkins, served on in 1998-99. Charles also enjoyed building go-carts and motors with his father, so Gary could race. He made with the family fold down campers and a canoe. He really loved fishing, camping and cookouts with loved ones. At home he liked to listen to music legends and watch Judge Judy.
Charles is survived by his wife Marjorie Auck; children Gary (Marilyn) Auck, Deborah (Alva) Wadkins, and Linda (Glenn) Grubb; 7 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; brother Lester (Marvel) Auck; and also cousins Patti Ike and Barb Cullen. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Donna Jean Auck.
Services will be held at Wise Funeral Home in Bucyrus on Tuesday the 13th of June. Family will receive friends from 11 to 11:55 AM and the funeral will begin at 12 Noon with Pastor Brad Smith officiating and burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.
Memorable donations can be made payable to the charity of the donor’s choice and given at the funeral home. Memories and photos can be shared on Charles’ Tribute Wall.
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Facilities and Amenities

The funeral home is located at 129 West Warren St., Bucyrus, OH, 44820, and features a warm and welcoming atmosphere that is designed to make families feel comfortable and at ease. The facilities are modern and well-maintained, with ample parking and easy accessibility for those with disabilities. Wise Funeral Service also offers a range of amenities, including a chapel for services, a reception area for gatherings, and a selection of caskets, urns, and other funeral products.

Funeral Services Offered

Wise Funeral Service offers a wide range of funeral services to meet the unique needs of each family they serve. These services include:

  • Traditional funeral services with visitation and burial
  • Cremation services with memorialization options
  • Memorial services without the presence of the body
  • Pre-planning and pre-funding options
  • Monument sales and design

Personalized Funeral Options

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At Wise Funeral Service, the staff understands that every individual is unique, and that their funeral service should reflect their personality, interests, and accomplishments. To achieve this, the funeral home offers a range of personalized funeral options, including:

  • Customized caskets and urns
  • Special music and video tributes
  • Personalized obituaries and death notices
  • Dove releases or balloon releases
  • Military honors for veterans

Grief Support and Resources

Losing a loved one can be a devastating experience, and the grief that follows can be overwhelming. At Wise Funeral Service, the staff recognizes the importance of providing support and resources to families during this difficult time. The funeral home offers:

  • Grief counseling and support groups
  • Online obituaries and tribute pages
  • Afterservice care packages

Community Involvement

Wise Funeral Service is committed to giving back to the community they serve. The funeral home participates in various local events and charities, including:

  • Fundraising efforts for local organizations
  • Sponsorship of community events
  • Partnerships with local hospices and hospitals
  • Veterans' programs and initiatives

Contacting Wise Funeral Service

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the services offered by Wise Funeral Service, please don't hesitate to contact them. You can reach out by phone, email, or through their website. The staff is available 24/7 to provide guidance and support during your time of need.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an obituary?

An obituary is a written notice that announces the death of a person, typically including biographical information, funeral or memorial service details, and surviving family members. It serves as a way to share news of a loved one's passing with friends, family, and community.

Why are obituaries important?

Obituaries are important because they provide a way to honor and celebrate the life of the deceased, while also informing others of their passing. They can also serve as a historical record, providing valuable information for genealogical research and family history.

Who writes an obituary?

Typically, the obituary is written by a family member or close friend of the deceased, often with the assistance of a funeral home or obituary writer. In some cases, the deceased may have written their own obituary in advance.

What information should be included in an obituary?

A typical obituary includes the deceased's name, age, date of birth and death, place of residence, occupation, education, military service, hobbies, and surviving family members. It may also include funeral or memorial service details and charitable donation information.

How long should an obituary be?

The length of an obituary can vary depending on the publication and the family's wishes. Typically, it ranges from 100 to 500 words. Some online obituary platforms may have specific word count limits.

Can I include photos in an obituary?

Yes, many publications and online obituary platforms allow you to include one or more photos of the deceased. This can help personalize the obituary and make it more meaningful to readers.

How do I submit an obituary to a newspaper or online platform?

Contact the newspaper or online platform directly to inquire about their submission process and any specific requirements they may have. Some may accept submissions online, while others may require email or phone submissions.

How much does it cost to publish an obituary?

The cost of publishing an obituary varies depending on the publication and the length of the obituary. Some newspapers and online platforms offer free or low-cost options, while others may charge by the word or line.

Can I write my own obituary in advance?

Yes, many people choose to write their own obituaries in advance as a way to ensure that their life story is told accurately and with dignity. This can also be a therapeutic exercise in reflecting on one's life and accomplishments.

What is the difference between an obituary and a death notice?

A death notice is a brief announcement of a person's passing, typically including only basic information such as name, age, and date of death. An obituary provides more detailed information about the person's life and legacy.

Can I include humor or anecdotes in an obituary?

Absolutely! Obituaries can be a great way to showcase the personality and spirit of the deceased. Including humorous stories or anecdotes can help make the obituary more engaging and memorable.

How do I handle sensitive or difficult information in an obituary?

If there are sensitive or difficult aspects of the deceased's life that you're unsure how to address in the obituary, consider consulting with a funeral director or obituary writer for guidance. They can help you navigate these complex issues with sensitivity and tact.

Can I include quotes or poems in an obituary?

Yes! Quotes, poems, or other literary passages can add depth and meaning to an obituary. Choose ones that resonate with the deceased's personality, interests, or values.

What if I need to make corrections to an already-published obituary?

Contact the publication or online platform where the obituary was published as soon as possible to request corrections. They will guide you through their correction process.

How long does it take for an obituary to be published?

The timeframe for publishing an obituary varies depending on the publication's schedule and deadlines. Online platforms may publish immediately, while print newspapers may take several days or weeks.

Can I republish an obituary at a later date?

Yes! Many families choose to republish an obituary on special occasions such as anniversaries or birthdays. Check with the original publication or online platform for their republication policies.

What is an online obituary platform?

An online obituary platform is a website that allows users to create, publish, and share obituaries digitally. These platforms often offer additional features such as guest books, photo galleries, and donation links.

Are online obituaries permanent records?

Most online obituary platforms archive published obituaries permanently, making them accessible for years to come. However, it's essential to check each platform's archiving policies before publishing.

Yes! Many online obituary platforms allow you to share links to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. This makes it easy to notify friends and family across different networks.

How do I find archived obituaries from past years?

You can search online archives of newspapers or visit websites that specialize in archiving historical records such as GenealogyBank or Local libraries may also maintain archives of local newspapers.

Can I use an obituary as a eulogy at a funeral service?

Absolutely! An obituary can serve as a starting point for crafting a eulogy. You can expand upon the information provided in the obituary and add personal anecdotes to create a heartfelt tribute.

What if I'm struggling to write an obituary due to grief or emotional distress?

If you're finding it difficult to write an obituary due to emotional reasons, consider seeking support from a funeral director, counselor, or trusted friend or family member. They can offer guidance and assistance during this challenging time.

Can I include charitable donation information in an obituary?

Yes! Many families choose to include information about charitable donations in lieu of flowers. This allows friends and loved ones to make contributions in memory of the deceased.

How do I ensure that my loved one's legacy lives on after they're gone?

In addition to writing a thoughtful obituary, consider creating a memorial fund, planting trees or flowers in their honor, or establishing a scholarship in their name. These gestures can help keep their memory alive for years to come.

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About Jeffery Isleworth

Jeffery Isleworth is an experienced eulogy and funeral speech writer who has dedicated his career to helping people honor their loved ones in a meaningful way. With a background in writing and public speaking, Jeffery has a keen eye for detail and a talent for crafting heartfelt and authentic tributes that capture the essence of a person's life. Jeffery's passion for writing eulogies and funeral speeches stems from his belief that everyone deserves to be remembered with dignity and respect. He understands that this can be a challenging time for families and friends, and he strives to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible. Over the years, Jeffery has helped countless families create beautiful and memorable eulogies and funeral speeches. His clients appreciate his warm and empathetic approach, as well as his ability to capture the essence of their loved one's personality and life story. When he's not writing eulogies and funeral speeches, Jeffery enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and traveling. He believes that life is precious and should be celebrated, and he feels honored to help families do just that through his writing.