He is also
survived by his mother, Peg (Grimm) Wheeler, Celina, OH; three children,
Joel (Catherine Champa) Seibert, Columbus, OH, Josh (Brandee) Reeder,
Celina, OH, and Angel Reeder, Rockford, OH; six siblings Sherry (Joe)
Schoenlein, Maria Stein, OH, Terry (Darla) Seibert, Mendon, OH, Denise
(Mike) Bowling, Mendon, OH, Kerry (Jim) Hunter, Celina, OH, Barry
Wheeler, Celina, OH,; and four grandchildren, Ryan, Kalynn, Micah, and
He was preceded in
death by his father, Larry L. Seibert and brother Darrel Seibert.
He was a 1977
graduate of Celina Senior High School, Celina, OH and a 1981 graduate of
Defiance College, Defiance, OH; where he received his bachelor’s degree
in music education. He was a very accomplished musician. Although he
could play several instruments, his favorite was the bassoon and he was
the principal bassoonist for several venues over the past few years
including Lima Area Concert Band and Grand Lake Symphony Orchestra.
Early in his musical career he played saxophone with the West Ohio Big
Band. Larry also tutored several music students over the years.
His work history
includes 20 plus years for Bob’s Audio and Video in Celina as a
television and appliance technician, H&S Company, Celina, OH, Sears, and
Moran Refrigeration, St. Marys, OH.
During his lifetime he was an amateur radio operator and a member of the ARRL. He also enjoyed remote controlled airplanes and helicopters.
Larry could fix almost anything. He had the uncanny ability to brighten up anyone’s day and didn't know a stranger.
His family meant
the world to him and he was very proud of them. He will be greatly
missed by his family and his many friends and acquaintances.
will be from 2-4 and 6-8 pm on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, in Cisco
Funeral Home, Celina.
will begin at 10:30 am on Thursday morning in the Grand Lake United
Methodist Church, Celina, OH with Rev. Matt Overman, officiating. The
family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral at the
Burial will follow
at Mendon Cemetery, Mendon, OH.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Lima Area Concert Band and/or Grand Lake Symphony Orchestra and/or to a high school music program of the donor’s choice.
Thomas E. Williams, 80, of Rockford, Ohio, died at 3:46 p.m. on Saturday, January 28, 2017, at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima, Ohio, where he had been a patient. He was born in Rockford on June 29, 1936, to Maurice and La Verne (Lawrence) Williams.
He was a graduate of Rockford High School and a U.S. Army veteran. On August 9, 1959, he married Pat Frysinger, and she preceded in death on April 4, 2008. Tom worked at Reynolds & Reynolds in Celina, Ohio, for 43 years, retiring in 2002. He had lived in the Rockford area all his life, and was Rockford’s Citizen of the Year in 2003. He was a member of the Rockford Fire Department from 1965-2016, and was honored by the fire department and community for 50 years of service with the fire department; he also served as the Assistant Chief for a period of time. He was a member of the Rockford United Methodist Church, and a choir member there, and also served as the custodian at the former First United Methodist Church, now the Rockford United Methodist Church. He had served on the Rockford Police Department, and was a charter member of both the Rockford EMS and the Rockford Shanes Crossing Historical Society. He was a member of the Rockford Tree Committee and of the Rockford Lions Club. Tom had been working at Lee’s Ace Hardware in Van Wert, Ohio.
Surviving are one son, Todd (Jill) Williams, one daughter, Darla (Marvin) Hammitt, and one grand daughter, Amy Bruce, all of Rockford. Three brothers and three sisters also survive: Maurice Lee Williams, Rockford, Ohio; William (Barbara) Williams, Mendon, Ohio; Larry (Karen) Williams, St. Marys, Ohio; Patty Raudabaugh, Van Wert, Ohio; Nancy (Larry) Florence, Coldwater, Ohio; and Arlene Reilly, Van Wert, Ohio; deceased are four brothers: Jack, Don, Robert Eugene, and John Williams, and four sisters: Joan Williams, Phyllis Stover, Mary Lou Caywood, and Norma Jean Williams.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 2, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at New Horizons Community Church in Rockford with Pastor Chip Steffy officiating, assisted by Pastor Dave Souers.
Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Rockford.
Friends may call at New Horizons Community Church, St. Rte. 118, South of Rockford, from 2-8 pm on Wednesday, and one hour prior to the service on Thursday. There will be a service at 7:00 pm on Wednesday provided by the Mercer County Color Guard, who will also have graveside honors on Thursday. Memorials may be directed to the Rockford Fire Department. Condolences may be expressed at ketchamripley.com.
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