May 23, 1922Jan. 10, 2014
Elmer Arnold Gerdeman, 91, of Columbus and formerly of Delphos, passed away Friday evening at his home sur-rounded by his loving family.He was born May 23, 1922, in Van Wert County, west of Delphos, to Alfred Joseph and Clara Leona (Reindl) Gerdemann.On July 1, 1943, he mar-ried Ida Mae Isabel Murray of Fort Wayne, Ind., who preceded him in death on May 16, 2008, less than two months before their 65th anniversary.He was also predeceased by a son, Donald Gerdeman, and a brother, Irvin Gerdemann.Elmer is survived by two daughters, Karen Dudley of St. Paul, Minn., and Judith Kochs of Columbus; a son, Robert (Beverly) Gerdeman of Anacortes, Wash.; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, Matt (Vickie) Dudley, Lizzie and Julia; Dave (Melissa) Dudley, Will and Nora; Analise Gerdeman, Erika (Brad) Deweese, Mauria Gerdeman, Diedre Gerdeman and Austin Kochs; a sister, Lois (Kenneth) Blankemeyer; three broth-ers, Don Gerdeman, Herb (Clarann) Gerdeman and Rich (Mary Lou) Gerdeman, all of Delphos; a sister-in-law, Carlene Gerdemann of Delphos; and many nieces and nephews. He is also sur-vived by his Navy buddy and life-long friend, Sam Grey of Port Huron, Michigan.Elmer attended Auer School, a one-room school-house, and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1940, where “Iron Man” lettered in football and was awarded an honorable men-tion in the state for his perfor-mance in that sport.He joined the US Navy on March 20, 1943. While on leave following boot-train-ing and before Machinists School at Great Lakes Naval Training Station in Illinois, Elmer married his sweetheart, Ida Mae. With his promotion to the rank of Watertender, he served in charge of the boiler rooms on the tank landing ship USS LST-656 and on the destroyer USS Fletcher DD-445.After the war, Elmer returned to civilian life and his bride and began studies in elec-trical engineering at Tri-State College (now re-named Trine University) in Angola, Ind.Following his college grad-uation in 1948, he was hired by National Cash Register in Dayton, where he worked until he accepted employment at ITT Corporation in Fort Wayne in 1956.In 1961, Elmer and his family moved to the Columbus area, where he worked in aerospace engi-neering at North American Aviation (which later became Rockwell International and is now part of Boeing).He accepted an offer in 1971 to manage the Columbus branch of Dayton Scientific, Inc., a computer systems design and engineering com-pany. He directed the compa-ny’s operations in Columbus and at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton until his retirement in 1992.A member of Knights of Columbus Council 5253, the Ohio LST/Amphibs Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Inventor’s Council (for holding or con-tributing to several patents), and an avid reader and tin-kerer, Elmer still lived in Columbus, although his heart remained in Delphos.Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos, the Rev. Chris Bohnsack officiating. Delphos Veterans Council will conduct military rites following the Mass at the church. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery east of Delphos.Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Strayer Funeral Home, 1840 E. Fifth St., Delphos, where a K of C Service will be held at 7:15 p.m. followed by a Parish Wake Service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will also be offered one hour prior to the service on Saturday.In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Elmer’s favorite causes: he was an enthusiastic advocate of organ donation (information at www.organdonor.gov) and of blood and platelet dona-tions to the American Red Cross; he also supported Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital (www.stjude.org) and the Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorpro- ject.org). Online condolences may be shared at www.stray-erfuneralhome.com.2 – The Herald Wednesday, January 15, 2014
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George F. Lang
May 2, 1946-Jan. 12, 2014
George F. Lang, 67, of Holland, passed away Sunday.He was born May 2, 1946, in Delphos to James and Ann Lang, who preceded him in death.He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Susan (Nomina) Lang, his two children, Barbara Lang (Thomas McCartney) and Ann Trulley (Richard) and his grandchildren, Alexander and Madeline McCartney.George is also preceded in death by a brother, James Brady Lang.He graduated from Delphos St. John’s High School in 1964. After graduating from Bowling Green State University, George became a CPA and began his own accounting firm, George Lang and Associates. He took great pride in his business and in his relationships with his clients.George was also a tremendous fan of all sports, a great booster of BGSU athletics, an avid golfer and amateur fisherman. He loved holding a great ticket to a great event. With family and friends, he attended everything from col-lege football tailgates, Tigers games and the Kentucky Derby to Broadway shows and the Central Catholic Spring Musical.Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday at St. Richard Catholic Church in Swanton. Interment is private.Friends and family will be received from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Road, Toledo, with a prayer service and a “sharing of memories” at 7 p.m.In lieu of flowers, dona-tions may be made to the Mercy Foundation for Cancer Care, Toledo.View and sign the online reg-istry at CoyleFuneralHome.com.
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Elmer Arnold Gerdeman
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Frank C. Williams
Oct. 17, 1940Jan. 2, 2014
Frank C. Williams, 73, of Queen Creek, Ariz., and formerly of Delphos, died on Jan. 2 after a prolonged illness.He was born on Oct. 17, 1940, in Venedocia to John A. Sr. and Helen (Backus) Williams, who preceded him in death.He is survived by his spouse, Billie V. Williams; their son, William Williams; and stepdaughter, Diana C. Ortiz. He is also survived by a former spouse, Sharon Williams; their sons, Timothy (Lecia) Williams, Keith (Mary) Williams and Kevin (Kami) Williams; six grandchildren, Jessica, Collin, Jacob, Erin, Casey and Cody Williams; his brother, John A. (Earline) Williams Jr.; a sister, Mary Lou (Keith) Harman; and brother in-law, Phil Kuhn. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Donnie Williams; one sis-ter, Virginia (Ginny) Kuhn; and a granddaughter, Demi Williams.Mr. Williams was a meat cutter and retired from Krogers. He was a Delphos St. John’s graduate, class of 1958. He also served in the Army National Guard.A funeral service was held on Jan. 8 at San Tan Mountain View Funeral Home in Queen Creek, Ariz.Services in Delphos will be announced at a later date.A girl, Lucy Irene, was born Jan. 9 at Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus to Craig and Mallory Honigford of Columbus.Grandparents are Mike and Denise Honigford of Delphos and Rob and Tina Weller of Springfield.Great-grandparents include the late Elmer and Lucille Pohlman and the late Bud and Dorothy Honigford.
Arrest warrant leads to drug search
DELPHOS — During the evening hours of Monday, Delphos patrol officers went to a residence located at 227 West Clime St., Lot 19, to look for an individual who had a warrant issued for their arrest.While at this location, officers made contact with individuals inside the residence, however, the wanted individual was not there. During this interaction with those inside the trailer, officers observed what they believed to be marijuana.Delphos officers, along with a Van Wert County Sheriff’s Deputy, secured the residence and obtained a search warrant.At approximately 10:25 p.m., officers from the Delphos Police Department, along with mem-bers of the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force, served the search warrant at this location.Found inside the residence were the following items that were seized for evidentiary purposes:• A small quantity of sus-pected dried marijuana;• A large quantity of sus-pected drug paraphernalia;• Items and equipment con-sistent with an operation to grow marijuana; and• A small quantity of live, suspected marijuana plants.At this time, there have been no formal charges filed, pending prosecutorial review.
The following individuals appeared Tuesday before Judge Charles Steele in Van Wert County Common Pleas Court:James Yoder,
19, Dalton, was sentenced for failure to stop after an accident, a misdemeanor of the first degree.His sentence was three years community control, 30 days jail at later date, 200 hours community service, driver’s license suspended one year, ordered to pay restitution to the victim of $2,000, pay $1,000 fine and court costs.A 180-days jail term was deferred pending completion of community control.
20, Delphos, was sentenced for one count of trafficking drugs and two counts of breaking and entering, all felonies of the fifth degree.She was sentenced to three years of community control on each count, concurrent; up to six months at WORTH Center; 30 days jail at a later date; 200 hours community service; two years intensive probation; driver’s license suspended six months; and she was ordered to pay court costs and partial appointed attorney fees.
Troopers seize thousands of Rx pills, liquid codeine
LIMA – A Michigan man is facing felony drug charg-es after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 5,400 illegal prescription pills and 51 ounces of liquid codeine, worth a nearly $50,000, following a traffic stop in Allen County.Troopers stopped a rented 2014 Nissan Altima, with Ohio registration, for a speed violation on I-75 near milepost 125 at 9:02 a.m. Saturday. Criminal indica-tors were observed and a Lima Police Department drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 4,654 Hydrocodone pills, 300 Oxycontin pills, 446 Zanax pills, eight bottles of liquid codeine and a small amount of heroin.The driver, LaKeith Lewis, 44, of Oak Park, Mich., was incarcer-ated in the Allen County Jail and charged with possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony; and three counts each of possession and traf-ficking in schedule II, schedule III and schedule IV substances, all third-degree felonies.
One Year Ago
Five area young men achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and were recognized at a recent Court of Honor at the Delphos Eagles. Austin Etzler, Kyle Klausing, Zachary Siefker, Derrick Erman and Jacob Violet reached the high-est distinction for a Scout.
25 Years Ago – 1989
Rachel Klaus, a seventh-grader from St. John’s Elementary School, won the school spelling bee Friday. Chanda Hoehn, also in the seventh grade, was runner-up. Rachel won a 35 mm camera and Chanda won a digital quartz watch. Rachel will compete in the Van Wert County spelling bee in March. Chanda will go to the Allen County competition Feb. 4.Delphos Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3035 is sponsor-ing a presentation on the Civil War 118th Ohio Regiment Jan. 30 at the post home. The presentation will be given by former Delphos resident Mike Klinger, who is presently compiling information for a book-length history of the 118th Ohio volunteers.St. John’s Blue Jays escaped with their scalps as the Fort Recovery Indians went on the warpath Friday night in St. John’s gymnasium. The Blue Jays squeaked by with a 58-52 win. Three Blue Jays were in double digits. Steve Jettinghoff came up with 19 markers; Scott Suever, 13; and Duane Grothause, 10. Curt Mager added nine.
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