Ohio City - Richard “Dick” R. Ellinger, 94, passed away early Saturday at Hearth and Home in Van Wert. He was born on March 13, 1922, in Ohio City

He was the son of the late Perry Walter “Jack” Ellinger and Pearl Mae (Garrard) Ellinger. He is survived by his wife, Pauline, whom he married June 11, 1944. Other survivors include daughter Pamela M. (James) Ellinger McGrady of Dublin, Ohio and son, Denis W. Ellinger of Ohio City.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Fred, Ned, Homer, John, James, Leo, Eugene, and sister, Recie (Ellinger) Beach..

He was a 1943 graduate of Ohio City-Liberty School. He became a life-long member of the former Ohio City Church of God in 1925; and retired  from Continental Forest Industries (Greif Brothers) with 34 years of service. During his life, Dick was active in the community and served on the Vantage school board, the County school board, the Ohio City Church of God board, and the Boy Scouts. He also volunteered as a Big Brother and was a mentor for Project You & Me.

Friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at Cowan & Son Funeral Home, 616 S. Washington Street, Van Wert, Ohio. Service will follow at 6 p.m., with Pastor Brad Adams officiating.

Preferred memorials are to the Ohio City Park Association, P.O. Box 102, Ohio City, OH 45874.

Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded at: cowanfuneralhome.com.




Robert “Bob” Eugene Waldron, 82, of Celina, Ohio, formerly of Rockford, died Saturday morning, October 22, 2016, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, where he had been a patient the past week.  He was born on September 24, 1934 in Van Wert, Ohio, the son of Adrian and Ruth (Pool) Waldron. 


On August 29, 1954, he married Marjorie Bolenbaugh, and she survives in Celina.   Bob retired from Navistar in Fort Wayne and its later location in Urbana, after 30 years as a forklift operator. 


He and his family lived in Rockford from 1973-1990, when they moved to Florida.  They were in Florida until 2000, when they moved back to Ohio and have lived the past 16 years in Celina.  Bob was a member of the former Rockford United Brethren Church.  He had played on three bowling leagues when he was younger, and was an excellent bowler.  He loved to watch t.v. and was a big sports fan, especially a fan of O.S.U. and the Chicago Bears.  Bob loved to hunt and fish, and enjoyed gambling a little while playing a lot of cards!  He even was quite the pool shark in his time.


Surviving in addition to his wife, Marjorie of Celina, Ohio, are 5 sons and 1 daughter:  Gregory of Decatur, Indiana, Curt, Todd, and Vince of Celina, Vance (Jenni) Waldron of St. Marys, Ohio, and Debra Waldron of Celina.  Six grandchildren:  Michelle Carroll and Marc Papenbrock of Ft. Wayne, Indiana; Shawn (Melissa) Holderread-Waldron of Bremen, Indiana; Cassandra Waldron, Fort Wayne, Indiana; Alex Waldron of Chandler, Arizona; Adam Clark, Celina; and Malissa Clark, Monroe, Louisianna.  Also surviving are two step grandchildren:  Sarah (Quincy) Thomas, Ft. Wayne, Indiana and Cassie McDonald, Decatur, Indiana; seven great-grandchildren: Noah, Eli, McKenna, Brockston,  Meadow, Isabella, and Addyson; and two step great-grandchildren:  Willy and Quavi.  Surviving also are two brothers Kenneth Richard (Teresita) Waldron of Humble, Texas and Tom (Rosemary) Waldron of Sebring, Florida; two sisters:  Mitzi Orr of Sycamore, Tennessee and Lorrie (Billy) Joule of Auburndale, Florida; and two sisters-in-law:  Carole Doner of Van Wert and Jean (Thomas) Metzger, also of Van Wert and one brother-in-law, Jack (Sharon) Bolenbaugh of Van Wert.  Deceased is one great-grandchild, Wesley and a brother-in-law, Ron Doner.


Memorial services will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. at St. Peter’s Church, 303 N. Franklin St., in New Bremen, Ohio.  Officiating will be Pastor Ed Reinhardt.  Friends and family may call at the church from 1:00 p.m. up until the time of the service.  Memorials may be directed to the Doner’s Choice. 


Condolence may be expressed at ketchamripley.com.


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