A devoted husband and fa-ther, Steve Hill was married toJeri Hill for 35 years. They re-cently relocated to the Gulf Shores of Alabama where Stevewent home to be with Jesus,Sunday, March 9.Steve Hill was born inAnkara, Turkey in 1954 to amilitary family. Later theymoved to Huntsville, Alabama.In his early teen years, his strug-gle with drug addiction began,resulting in several run-ins withthe law.In 1975, Steve’s life took adramatic turn after a near deathexperience due to a drug over-dose. He had been suffering for three days with violent convul-sions when a Lutheran vicar visited his home and offered to pray with him. As Steve calledupon the name of Jesus, theconvulsions ceased and he washealed, delivered, and glori-ously made new.Shortly after his miraculousconversion, his past caught upwith him and he was arresteddue to several unlawful activi-ties prior to receiving Christ.Steve was facing serious felonycharges and should have beenincarcerated. However, God in-tervened and instead of prison,he was probated to the TeenChallenge drug and alcohol pro-gram. Upon graduating, he was se-lected to attend David Wilker-son’s Twin Oaks BibleAcademy in Lindale, Texas,where he met his future wife,Jeri Larson. They were marriedin 1979. The young couple soonentered into full time ministry,and began working with Out-reach Ministries of Alabamaunder the direction of Jim Sum-mers. From Alabama, they went onto serve as youth pastors inPanama City and Tallahassee,Florida. They soon began tosense a call to foreign missions,and doors opened for them torelocate to Argentina to plantchurches. In a span of seven of years,they planted seven churches inArgentina and held crusadesthroughout South America.Their ministry expanded to planting several churches andestablishing Teen Challengecenters in Granada, Spain andBaranovichi, Belarus. Stevewas preparing for a crusade inBelarus when his plans were di-vinely diverted. On Father’s Day 1995, hewas invited to preach a serviceat Brownsville Assembly of God in Pensacola, Florida. Re-vival ignited, sparking whatsoon became known around theworld as the Brownsville Re-vival. This was the longest run-ning church revival in Americanhistory to date, drawing a cumu-lative attendance of over four million people from more than150 nations. Steve preached four nights aweek for five years during therevival, and hundreds of thou-sands came to Christ and re-ceived a fresh touch from God.He began holding arena cru-sades throughout America andacross the world. Burdened withthe desire to reach the multi-tudes who couldn’t come to therevival, in 2000 he relocated hisministry to Dallas, Texas, whereinternational travel would bemore easily facilitated. While at a crusade in Vienna,Austria in 2002, the Lord spoketo him, instructing him that itwas time to plant a church in theDallas/Fort Worth area. In 2003,he founded Heartland WorldMinistries Church and a year later established HeartlandSchool of Ministry. He servedas senior pastor until 2012,when his battle with cancer ren-dered him unable to continue. Despite the brutal affects of
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melanoma, he continued tominister by launching severalInternet evangelism projects in-cluding ProdigalsOnly.com, awebsite that has helped to leadthousands of prodigals back home to Jesus. During this timeSteve also wrote several booksand numerous articles, in addi-tion to launching a television broadcast called From theFrontlines. Following the example set byhis own spiritual fathers DavidWilkerson and Leonard Raven-hill, Steve sought to invest him-self into the future generation of young evangelists and minis-ters. He spent hours pouringinto these upcoming leaders,training, discipling, and equip- ping them for the work of theministry, often disregarding hisown pain and physical limita-tions. Steve Hill has been hailed asone of the greatest evangelistsof this generation, knownworldwide for his passion for Jesus and his selfless dedicationto reach the lost. His message of revival and repentance has trulytouched the hearts of millions.Steve’s heart was always onreaching the lost whether preaching to the multitudes or sharing Jesus with people one-on-one. Often times, he wouldstep away from the crowds thatcame to his meetings to give aword of encouragement to a lit-tle child or to spend a few min-utes praying with a drug addict,a prostitute or gang member. He preached with tears and regard-less of the occasion, whether awedding, graduation services,or funerals, was poised to givean altar call to the lost. His greatest desire was to seeJesus one day and cast thecrown of his rewards at the feetof his Lord. His family mournshis loss but is filled with joyknowing that Steve is now faceto face with the One he loved sodearly. Finally he has heardthose long awaited words,“Well done, my good and faith-ful servant.”Steve gave everything he hadto whatever the Lord asked of him. Nothing was ever donehalfheartedly but with completededication. He was meticulous,always striving for excellence inevery detail. He lived life withintense passion, giving his heartand soul to everything he did,which is why in 34 years of ministry, he accomplished thework of several lifetimes.He is preceded by his father Frederick Whiting Hill and hismother Ann Eskelinen Hill. Heis survived by his wife, Jeri Hill;son, Ryan Hill; daughter,Shelby (Aaron) Levy; anddaughter, Kelsey Hill; sister,Marcia (Daniel) Pate, George(Lynné) Hill, and Susan (Fred)Pieper. Funeral service was held Fri-day, March 14 at BrownsvilleAssembly of God Church.Faith Chapel Funeral Home North, 1000 Hwy 29S, Canton-ment, Fla., was in charge of arrangements. You may expresscondolences online atwww.fcfhs.com.
PAULDING – DeWayne H.Warner, age 61, went to hisHeavenly home on Sunday,March 9.He was born June 1, 1952 inAlma, Mich., the son of BretHunt and Loretta Jean (Hagen)Warner. He served in the U.S. Navy for over 20 years andwas a member of the VFWPost #587.He leaves behind his lovingwife, April (Dix) Warner;aunts, uncles; nieces andnephews.He was preceded in death byhis parents; stepfather, Frank Warner; a sister, Debra; andtwo brothers, Rusty and an in-fant.Funeral services were heldFriday, March 14 at St. PaulEvangelical Lutheran Church,Paulding. Burial will be at alater date. Den Herder FuneralHome, Paulding, was in chargeof arrangements.Donations may be made inlieu of flowers to the family c/oDen Herder Funeral Home.Online condolences may besent to www.denherderfh.com.
OAKWOOD – Dane C.Budd, 82, of Oakwood, died at6:17 a.m. Wednesday, March12 at Defiance Area In-patientHospice Center.He was born Jan.28, 1932 inDupont tothe lateWilliamand Thelma(Rambo)Budd. OnJune 11,1955, he married Alice Weber,who died Dec. 3, 2009. Daneretired from General Motors in1989, after working there over 37 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Dane was amember of the UAW #211, Ea-gles, Defiance VFW Post3360, Amvets and the Moose.He was an avid clock collec-tor, turtle trapper and enjoyedmetal detecting. Dane andAlice enjoyed traveling thecountry on bus or train trips.Dane is survived by twosons, Lonnie (Rhonda) Buddand Jeff (Marie) Budd, all of Oakwood; four grandchil-dren, Rachel (Rob) Vance,Brandy Spice, Jeffrey Buddand Rochelle Budd; fivegreat-grandchildren and oneon the way; three brothers,Donald (Jean) Budd of Kun-kle, Homer Budd of Lima andRonnie Budd of BowlingGreen; a sister, Judy (Marv)Brenzo of Norwalk; manynieces and nephews and manyspecial friends, too many toname.Dane also was preceded indeath by four sisters, FernCrampton, Dolly Luderman, Nancy Myers and Pat Wilson;and three brothers, John,Robert and David Budd.
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A funeral service was heldMonday, March 17 at Heit-meyer Funeral Home, Oak-wood, with Pastor StanHarmon officiating. Militarygraveside rites by DefianceVFW Post 3360 followed inSherman Cemetery, Charloe.Memorials may be given tothe Auglaize Chapel Churchof God.Condolences may be sentto www.heitmeyerfuneal-home.com.
PAULDING – Anna MariaFree, age 50, died Thursday,March 13, at her residence. She was born March 29,1963 in Paulding, the daugh-ter of William and Martha(Reinhart) Wilhelm. On July19, 1985, she married Alan R.Free. She was employed bythe former Patrick YoungLaw Office assecretary/bookkeeper. Shewas a member of DivineMercy Catholic Parish,Paulding.She is survived by her hus- band, Alan Free, Paulding; adaughter, Elizabeth “Beth”(Mark) Barnes, Lees Summit,Mo.; two brothers, Randy(Vicki) Wilhelm and Mitch(Amy) Wilhelm, both of Paulding; a sister, Angie(Tim) Bostelman, Payne; andnieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister,Deborah Ann Wilhelm.A Mass of Christian Burialwas held Monday, March 17at Divine Mercy CatholicParish, Paulding. Burial wasin St. Paul Cemetery, Pauld-ing. Den Herder FuneralHome, Paulding, was incharge of arrangements.Donations may be made toMasses or the Paulding VFWPost #587 Women’s Auxil-iary.Online condolences may besent to www.denherderfh.com.
PAYNE – Delane Schmidt,79, of Payne, passed awayFriday, March 14.
VAN WERT – Doris R.(Smith) Scott, 87, of Van Wert, passed away at 12:05 p.m.Sunday, March 16 at Van WertInpatient Hospice Center.
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VAN WERT — The Vantage Career Center Board of Education appropriated the last of the construction funds from the school’s budget. District Treasurer Lori Davis pre-sented a list of additions to the appropriationlist for fiscal year 2014 which included an ad-ditional $20,000 in revenues appropriated andover $111,000 more in expenses. Davis notedthat this zeroed out several accounts related tothe renovation project, but that money should be used by the end of the school year.Davis also noted that Vantage received morethan $200,000 as part of the district’s share of the payments made from Blue Creek WindFarm. From Paulding County, $82,000 wentto Vantage while from Van Wert County thedistrict received $141,000. That money was part of the payment in lieu of taxes presentedto each county treasurer.Vantage is still waiting for final confirma-tion on the green energy status of the buildingfollowing the renovation project. Superintend-ent Staci Kaufman reported that the district isassured of at least a gold LEEDS rating, butmay have enough points from its solar field toqualify for platinum. The rating signifies howenvironmentally efficient the building is. Finalnotification on the building is expected anyday.Board members approved new contracts for a few staff members: MaryAnn Hall, PetePrichard, Adelina Alvarez, Lucas Compton,Lori Gunderman, James Martin, John Ring-wald, and Jourdan Tomlinson. The retirementof Kent Taylor, electricity instructor was ac-cepted as of May 31. Ben Winans was ap- pointed as the district’s homeless liaison.In other action, the board approvedovernight field trips for FFA, BPA, SkillsUSA, and FCCLA, approved the 2014-15school calendar, the Van Wert CommunityReinvestment Agreement with Rhodes Invest-ment, and the reinvestment area tax exemptionwith Justin and Amber Huff of Continental.The board also accepted donations fromMiller’s Textile Services, Advanced Chassisof Antwerp, Ottawa Gladorf Rotary Club, andthe Hicksville Rotary Club.