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Thomas L. Spencer, 1932-2013

Thomas L. Spencer, age 80, died Saturday, August 3, 2013 at his residence in Harrod, Ohio.

He was born on September 5, 1932 in Hardin County, Ohio to Myrel T. and Thelma Beartrice (Gossard) Spencer, and they preceded him in death.

Thomas was a farmer and he retired from the Ford Motor Company, Lima where he worked on the assembly line. He was a graduate of Roundhead High School in 1950. He was a member of the Hog Creek Game Club and of the UAW Local #1219 of Lima.

Wednesday funeral service for former Ada police chief, Thomas Gibson

Former Ada Police Chief Thomas Gibson, Jr., 81, died Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 at 10:26 a.m.at Lima Memorial Health System, Lima, Ohio. He was born on Feb. 15, 1932, in McCutchenville, Ohio, to Thomas and Ada (Hale ) Gibson; both are deceased. On May 19, 1952, he married Christina R. Martin. She survives in Ada, Ohio.

Damien Howard was an Allen East HS and Apollo graduate

Damien D. Howard, 20, died at 2:35 a.m. on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 in Hardin County, Ohio due to an auto accident.

He was born on Jan. 16, 1993, in Kenton, Ohio to Paul Howard and Angela (Bailey) Howard, his father survives in McGuffey and his mother survives in Alger.

Damien worked as a fork lift driver at Honda of America, East Liberty. In 2012 he graduated from Allen East High School and Apollo.

Also surviving are a sister, Donna Hewitt of Harrod; paternal grandmother, Mary Howard of McGuffey; maternal grandmother, Barb Morrison of Alger

Dave Simon served in countless Ada community activities

David A. Simon, 65, died Saturday, July 27, 2013, at 10:40 a.m. at his residence in rural Ada. He was born on June 10, 1948, in Lima, Ohio to Sylvan "Dutch" and Wanda (Morrison) Simon; both are deceased. Oct. 11, 1969 he married Karen Krofft and she survives in Ada.

Dave retired as a Machinist from Dana Corporation in Lima, and was a member of the UAW Local 1765. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran. He volunteered his service to the Ada community for 18 years as a member of the Ada-Liberty Volunteer Fire Department ending his service as a Captain. Dave was a 1966 graduate of Ada High School.

Dr. Kenneth Wildman was professor at ONU for 28 years

Dr. Kenneth N. Wildman
BORN: January 20, 1942
DIED: July 14, 2013
Dr. Kenneth N. Wildman, 71, died on Sunday, July 14, 2013, at 12:20 p.m. at Lima Memorial Health System, Lima.

He was born on Jan. 20, 1942, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Philip and Sophie (Rucklis) Wildman and they preceded him in death. On Jan. 3, 1963 he married Penelope B. "Penny" Brownell and she survives in Ada.

Dr. Wildman was a Professor and Department Chairman of Psychology and Sociology at Ohio Northern University for 28 years. He was a licensed psychologist who did arbitration and mediation. He was a boxing judge.

Josephine Willeke, lifelong Ada resident was an Ada HS and ONU graduate

Josephine N. (Rayl) Willeke, 86, died Sunday, July 14, 2013, at 6:31 am at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.

She was born on Sept. 28, 1926 in Ada, to Charles I. and Kathryn C. (Businger) Rayl and they preceded her in death. On March 30, 1946, she married Robert E. Willeke and he died on Dec. 17, 2001.

She taught school at Arlington for 13 years and was an elementary principal for 12 years also at Arlington. She was a 1944 graduate of Ada High School, a 1965 graduate of Ohio Northern University, Ada, and a 1974 graduate of Bowling Green University.