Bradley A. Swander, 49 years old of Willshire, Ohio, passed away on Friday, February 26, 2016 at IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.


He was born on Thursday, February 2, 1967 in Huntington, Indiana the son of Carl and Nila (Vining) Swander.  He married Nichole L. Berry on December 5, 1992 in Decatur, Indiana.


Brad was a member of Praise Point in Willshire, Ohio. He loved fishing, golfing, and watching IU basketball.  Brad loved his dog, Hoosier, and loved to go on vacation and spend time with his family.


He was employed at CAPT in Celina, Ohio for ten years and prior to that he had worked at the Fort Wayne Foundry for 20 years.


Surviving are his wife, Nikki Swander of Willshire; three daughters, Amber, Madison, and Grace Swander, all of Willshire; parents, Carl & Nila Swander of Rockford; sister, Rochelle (Lowell) Kissinger of Bradford, OH; in-laws, Jack & Cindy Berry of Willshire; brother-in-law, Chuck (Michelle) Berry of Van Wert; brother-in-law, Brad (Jodi) Berry of Willshire; and eight nieces & nephews.


Preceding Bradley in death was a brother, Derrick "Chip" Swander; maternal grandparents, James & Sally Vining;  and paternal grandparents,  Raymond & Wilma Swander. 


Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at Praise Point in Willshire, Ohio with Pastor Brad Kittle and Pastor Mark Rutledge officiating.  Interment will follow in the Willshire Cemetery.


Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 1 at Praise Point Church in Willshire and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.


In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials be made to Camp COTUBIC or IU Methodist Critical Care Family Fund.





Richard H. Samples, 77, of Rockford, Ohio passed away on Friday, February 26, 2016 in Ft Myers, FL. He was born on November 11, 1938 in Mercer County Ohio to the late John Stanley Samples and Nora Marie (Kettering) Samples. On May 7, 1960 he married Sondra A. Schlickman in Willshire, Ohio and she survives.


Richard attended the Chattanooga United Methodist Church and was a lifetime Mercer County farmer. He collected classic Ford cars, trucks and tractors and enjoyed family sports activities.


He is survived by his wife Sondra of Rockford, OH; two sons, Kerry D. (Rhonda) Samples, Defiance, OH, Steven S. (Teri) Samples, Rockford, OH; one daughter Susan D. (Ed) Vachino, Myerstown, PA; and seven grandchildren Christine (Tom) Tabor, Elise (fiancé Greg Chrzastek) Vachino, Stephanie (Ricky) Bailey, Katelyn (Adam) Dumire, Beau Samples, Riley Samples and Xavier Samples; and one great grandchild Henry Tabor.


Visitation will be from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 3, 2016 at the Haggard, Sefton & Hirschy Funeral Home, Decatur, IN.


Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 4, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Haggard, Sefton & Hirschy Funeral Home, with Pastor Tom Brunstrup officiating.


Burial will take place at the Willshire Cemetery.


Memorials may be made to the Willshire Park Fund.



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