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Gerald A. “Jerry” Dearth was head of ONU security for 20 years

Worked for Hardin County Sheriff's office for more than 27 years

Gerald A. “Jerry” Dearth, 84, passed away on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020 at 2:08 p.m. at Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.

He was born on May 27, 1936 in Ada to Jasper Earl and Aezelda B. (Robnolte) Dearth and they preceded him in death. On Dec. 20, 1975, he married Jean Anne VanAtta and she survives in Ada.  

Jerry retired from Ohio Northern University, Ada, where he was head of security for 20 years. He also worked for the Hardin County Sherriff’s office for over 27 years. He previously worked for Hanson-Neely Funeral Home for 8 years. 

Jennings "Jink" Richards was retired from Ford Motor

Jennings P. “Jink” Richards, 86, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, at 4:58 a.m. at Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.

He was born on April 14, 1934, in Quincy, West Virginia, to the late David Lee and Ida (White) Richards. On Dec. 23, 1974, Jennings married Ruby Wireman and she preceded him in death on June 11, 2015.

Jennings retired from Ford Motor Company of Lima, where he worked in the Small Parts Division. He was a member of the Ada Full Gospel Pentecostal Church.

David Allen 1964 - 2020

David T. Allen, 56, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, at 5:06 a.m. at Lima Memorial Health System.

He was born on Aug. 15, 1964, in Lima, to Kash and Patricia (Thompson) Allen. His father survives in Alger and his mother preceded him in death.

David was a truck driver. He formerly attended the Alger First United Methodist Church.  David enjoyed riding his motorcycle and had a love for music.

Also surviving is his children: David K. Allen of Alger and Melanie (Kyle) Albert of Forest; three grandchildren; his girlfriend, Ruth Cramer of Alger; and two sisters: Debbie (Ronald) Frazier of Ada and Julia (Steve) McClure of Alger.

Mark Daniels 1961-2020

 Mark A. Daniels, 58, went home to be with his wife, Teresa, on Dec. 1, 2020, at 9:32 a.m. at Mary Rutan Hospital in Bellefontaine, Ohio.

He was born on Dec. 28, 1961, in Lima, Ohio, to the late Rev. John and Thelma (Punches) Daniels, Sr. On Aug. 21, 1982, he married Teresa E. Overs and she preceded him in death on Aug. 20, 2018.

Mark worked as finish carpenter and contractor. 

William Wireman, Jr., 1952 - 2020

William Wireman, Jr., 68, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, at 3 p.m. at Lima Memorial Health System.

He was born on March 17, 1952, to the late William and Hester (Prater) Wireman, Sr.  William married Margaret “Maggie” Hawk and she survives in Waynesfield.

William previously worked as a truck driver for Otis Wright.

It was his wish to be cremated.  There will be no services at this time.

Bill Hoffer was retired as a custodian at ONU

William J. “Bill” Hoffer, age 70, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020 ,at 12:45 p.m. at his residence in Ada, surrounded by his family.

He was born on March 13, 1950, in Bluffton to the late Roy and Mary (Dunbar) Hoffer, Jr.  On Feb. 2, 1979, Bill married Diana M. Newland and she survives in Ada.

Bill worked as a custodian at Ohio Northern University, Ada.  He was an avid NASCAR and Ohio State Buckeye Fan.  Bill enjoyed art and doing paint by number on his IPad. He was a member of the Bluffton High School class of 1968.