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Ronald Curtis 1944-2020

Ronald E. “Ron” Curtis, age 76, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, at 12:40 a.m. at Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.

He was born on July 29, 1944, in Lima, Ohio to the late Earl and Fern (Shields) Curtis.  On November 26, 1969 Ronald married Kathy Knupp and she survives in Lima.

Ronald retired from Dana Corporation. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran who served from 1963 to 1965.  He was a member of the Eagles Post #370 of Lima. Ronald loved to golf, play cards and watch his grandchildren play sports.   

Charles Smith funeral service on Tuesday

Charles F. “Chuck” Smith, Jr., 61, passed away on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in the early morning due to an auto accident. 

He was born on Aug. 12, 1959 in Washington, D.C., to Charles and Etta (Kearns) Smith, Sr.  His father preceded him in death and his mother survives in Harrod.      

Chuck worked as an independent insurance agent. He was a member of the Abundant Life Assembly of God Church in Kenton. Chuck was always generous with his time, money and love. He loved people, Mexican food and was known as the “Cookie Man.” Chuck especially loved his children and grandchildren.   

He taught a generation of pharmacists at ONU

Louis D. Vottero was a professor, assistant dean and interim dean of the Raabe College of Pharmacy

Retired ONU pharmacy faculty member Louis D. Vottero, 87, of St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada, died at home on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, with his wife of 64 years, Barbara June Field Vottero, at his side.

He is survived by their four sons, Louis (Tammy) of Albuquerque, N.M., John (Lynn) of Bexley, Ohio, Brett (Jane)of Wilbraham, Mass., and David (Lisa) of Columbus, Ohio. 

Also surviving are 11 grandchildren: Andrew, Matthew, Nick, Amelia, Louis, Gina, Grace, Chloe, Jacob, Elijah and Audrey, and one great-grandson, Lucas. 

Paul Warner, Sr., 1946-2020

 Paul C. Warner Sr., 73, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, at his residence in Lima, surrounded by his family.        

He was born on Dec. 18, 1946, in Lima, to the late Merrill and Rowena (Swarner) Warner. Paul was raised by his grandparents the late Clay and Audrey Warner. He was previously married to Linda Warner. Paul’s longtime partner Vickie McKee survives in Starr, South Carolina.

Paul worked as a contractor. He was a member of the Gethsemeni Baptist Church in Starr, S.C. He was a U.S. Army Veteran who served from 1966 to 1968 in the Vietnam War.  Paul is a member of the American Legion Post #172 in Starr, S.C.

Thomas Wilson was a former Hardin County fair manager

Thomas Rex Wilson, 76, died on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 4:15 P.M. at Lima Memorial Health System. 

He was born on May 14, 1944, in Tiffin, Ohio, to the late H. Rex and Dorothy (Croy) Wilson. Thomas married Julie Rader and she preceded him in death on Friday, February 16, 2018.  He later married Sue Meeks and she survives in Findlay.

Thomas was a lifetime farmer. He attended the College First Church of God in Findlay.  He served in the Army National Guard. Thomas served on the Hardin County Fair Board and was a former fair manager. He was an avid golfer.  Thomas loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Private family service planned for Ada resident Janet Leonard

 Janet M. Leonard, 85, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at 2:17 p.m. at her residence in Ada.

She was born on April 30, 1935, in Rochester, New York, to the late Charles D. and Marion (LaPlant) Walker.  Janet first married Theodore Grumsha and he passed away.  She then married John Leonard and he also passed away.

Janet is survived by her son, Paul Grumsha of Ada; her three daughters: Pamella Grumsha of Ada, Kimberly Grumsha of Lake Worth, Florida, and Julie (Edward) Bovender of Ada; five grandchildren; a brother, Robert Walker of Ada; and a sister, Sharryn of Rochester, NY.