John R. Boyce, 88, of Van Wert, died at 4:55 PM Tuesday January 12, 2016. at Van Wert Co. Hospital.  He was born April 22, 1927,  in Rockford, Ohio,  the son of the late Roland and Esther (Heil) Boyce.  On August 4, 1947, he married the love of his life, Grace Mocabee who preceded him in death August 19, 2012.

He is survived by his children:  David (Karla) Boyce and Sandra (Jim) Sheets, all of Van Wert- Grandchildren: Lori (Tony) Tate- Craig (Angie) Sheets- Corey (Andrea) Boyce- Jennifer Boyce- Tamara (Pat) Williamson- Angela (Rob) Curtis- Amy (Tom) Limbean- 17 Great Grandchildren -1 Brother, Tom Boyce, Rockford.

Besides his wife and parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Joanne Watkins.

John is a retired employee of the former Continental Can Co. and a member of the former Rockford Presbyterian Church.  He was an Army veteran of WW II and a member of Van Wert American Legion Post 178.  He was a former little league coach and an avid sportsman enjoying fishing, hunting bowling, and golf.  He thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his family and was adored by his grandchildren and great-grandchilden.  He especially enjoyed traveling and visited almost all of the states. 

Funeral Services will be at 2:00 PM Sunday, January 17, 2016, at Brickner Funeral Home with Rev. Paul W. Miller officiating.  Burial will follow at Ohio City Woodlawn Cemetery with Military Graveside Rites rendered by the combined Honors Unit of American Legion Post 178 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5803.

Visitation will be from 2 - 8 PM Saturday January 16, 2016, at Brickner Funeral Home.

Preferred Memorials are to the Wounded Warriors or Van Wert Hospice Center.



Randy L. Gutierrez, 59, of Rockford, Ohio, died at 11:15 AM Tuesday, January 12, 2016, at the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.  He was born December  6, 1956, in Van Wert, the son of the late John and Josephine (Marez) Gutierrez. 

He is survived by his wife, Jeanene (Rutledge) Gutierrez of Rockford- Children Jordan Gutierrez of Costa Mesa, CA and Cassie Gutierrez of Rockford-His wonderful Grandchildren Logan and Lucy of Rockford-  Father and Mother-in-law Jack and Phyllis Rutledge of Celina- Sibilings John (Paula) Gutierrez of Paulding- Diann (Jeff) Ebel of Grover HIll- Gil (Denise) Gutierrez of Van Wert- Sue Szuch of Elida- Lou (Steve) Biberstine of Ohio City- Twin Brother Ron Gutierrez of Tallahassee, FL- David (Marsha) Gutierrez of Fort Wayne, IN- Bernadine (Klayton) Hooper of Cloverdale- Mariea (Dan) Moreland  of Van Wert- along with many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his brother Daniel Gutierrez, Sister Theresa Gutierrez, and brother-in-law David Szuch.

Randy was a retired welder for Strick Corporation of Monroe, IN and finished his working career as an employee with the Van Wert Rural King.  He also served Rockford as a member of the City Council. 

Friends may call at Brickner Funeral Home Friday, January 15, 2016, from 2 - 6 and at 6 there will be a Rosary and Funeral Service with Father Charles Obinwa officiating.

Preferred memorials are to the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center and to the Rockford Splash Pad.



Angela Jean Harmon, 52, of Harrison Township, died at 10:33 a.m., shortly after arrival Tuesday at Van Wert County Hospital.

She was born on September 11, 1963, in Van Wert, the daughter of Michael and Eloise M. (Kreischer) Biro, Sr., who survive in rural Van Wert. On Sept. 13, 1986, she married Jeff A. Harmon who also survives.

Other family members include two sons, Joshua A. (Cassandra) Harmon of Ohio City and Jacob A. Harmon of Van Wert; a daughter, Alison E. Harmon of Van Wert; one brother, Michael (Laura) Biro, Jr., of Convoy; and one sister, Patti (Bruce) Taylor of Convoy.  

Angie was a 1981 graduate of Crestview High School and also the Ravenscroft Beauty Academy in Fort Wayne. She owned and operated Angles Hair & Tanning Salon. She was a member of St. Paulís Reformed Church in America.

ďAs you smile down on us from above, We cry and miss you, but remember your love.
Your laugh was something that we can never replace, Oh, how beautiful you were always a smile on your face.
Always standing strong, you were our rock, As you soar through heaven keep an eye on your flock.
You would have made the best Grandmother, Because love like yours, well there is no other.
We will continue our lives in the ways you have taught, Mommy we love you, and you will never be forgot.Ē

Love Always, Jeff, Josh, Ali, Jake, Cassandra and Tony

Services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 16, 2016, at St. Paulís Reformed Church in America in Harrison Township with Pastor Chad Strabbing officiating. Calling hours are Friday 1 - 7 p.m., at Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert and one hour prior to the services Saturday at the Church.

Preferred memorials are to the St. Paulís Reformed Church in America.


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