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December 5, 2019

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Rhea Hall was retired from Wilson Sporting Goods

Rhea E. Hall, 93, died on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, at 4:54 p.m, at Vancrest of Ada. 

She was born in Hardin County, Ohio on July 29, 1926, to the late Frank and Aurabelle (Sowers) Shadley.  On Dec. 21, 1942, Rhea married Oscar Hall and he preceded her in death on Sept. 5, 1994.

Rhea retired in 1985 from Wilson Sporting Goods in Ada after working as a sewer and stamper. She attended the United Methodist Church.

Dennis Casper was a 1962 Ada HS graduate

Dennis M. Casper, 75, died on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, at 7:10 p.m. at OSU Wexner Medical Center, Columbus.

He was born on July 20, 1944, in Kenton to the late Alva E. and Elwanda J. (Candler) Casper. On Feb. 10, 2017, Dennis married JoAnna Keller and she survives in Bluffton.

Dennis was employed for several years at Ex-Cello Corp. in Lima.  He then worked as a machine operator at Rockwell International in Kenton where retired after 30 years.  

Mary S. Wireman 1928 - 2019

Mary S. Wireman,  91, died on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, at 11:03 p.m. at Vancrest of Ada.

She was born on Jan. 3, 1928, in Hueysville, Kentucky, to the late William H. and Laura (Whitaker) Smith.  On Aug. 24, 1946, Mary married Robert B. Wireman and he preceded her in death on Oct. 8, 1985.

Mary was a homemaker.  She was a member of the Pentecostal Tabernacle Church of God, Alger.

Nathan Avery was a navy veteran

Nathan E. Avery, 48, died on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, at the Dayton Veterans Administration Hospital. 

He was born on Nov. 13, 1971, to Ralph E. and Linda K. (Montague) Avery, Jr., they survive in Alger. 

Nathan worked for Eagle Coach in Cincinnati as a finish inspector. He attended the Alger Assembly of God Church.   Nathan was a U.S. navy veteran who served during the Gulf War on the USS Hunley.  He received his associate degree in Quality Control from Rhodes State College. 

Nathan is also survived by his two daughters: Eliza Ruby Page Avery and Eris Jade Faith Avery both of Wapakoneta; a brother, Travis J. Avery of Lima; and two nephews.

Betty Crouse was St. Paul UCC organist for 40 years

Betty Rose Crouse, 95, died on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, at 2:54 a.m. at Bridge Findlay Hospice Care Center. 

She was born on July 15, 1924, in Ada, Ohio, to the late Ernest P. and Ethel G. (Montgomery) Klingler. On May 30, 1942, Betty married Raymond Eugene Crouse and he preceded her in death on June 5, 2015.

Private burial planned for Carl Kouba

Carroll Charles “Carl” Kouba, 88, of Lima, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, at his home in Fort Shawnee.  He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 36 years, F. Irene (Plummer), who passed in 2003.

Carroll was born on Feb. 1, 1931, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Frank and Othelia (Krochot) Kouba.  He graduated from East Tech High School in 1950, where he ran the two-mile relay as a member of the track team with brother his Frank.  

He graduated from Fenn College (Cleveland State) in 1954 with a degree in Electrical Engineering.  After college Carroll would serve four years in the US Army as a Radio Technician in the Signal Corp during the Korean War.