• Michael P. Dorley, age 72 of Lima, passed away Friday, October 13, 2023, at 2:27 p.m. at his residence. Mike was born December 5, 1950 in Lima to Patrick and Mary (McAuliffe) Dorley who preceded him in death. On November 21, 1970 he married Diane Clancy Dorley who preceded him in death on June 14, 2012. Survivors include their children: Dan (Michael) Dorley and Angie (Marc) Bowker both of Lima and Mike C. Dorley of Dayton; grandsons: Conner (Courtney) Bowker, Ethan Bowker and Kevin Bowker; and his siblings: Sheila Baldwin of Atlanta, GA, Trish (Joe) Edd of Charlotte, NC, Monica Dorley of Lima, Maureen Dorley of Rochester, NY, and a sister-in-law, Tania Dorley of Ottawa, Canada. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by their son, Doug A. Dorley, the following siblings, Anne M. Dorley, Tim Dorley, and a niece Mara Baldwin. Mike had been a pipefitter for Local #776 for 40 years. He was a 1969 graduate of L.C.C. High School. He was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church. He was a volunteer at St. Charles School cafeteria and St. Charles Church for the funeral luncheons. He had also been an usher at The Civic Center. His Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 21, 2023 at St. Charles Catholic Church. Burial will be in Gethsemani Cemetery following the service. Visitation will be Friday, from 2-8 p.m., at the Shawnee Chapel of Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, where a Parish Wake Service will begin at 8:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Brain Foundation, 201 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55415-1126, St. Charles Elementary School or Lima Central Catholic High School. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.chiles-lamanfh.com.
  • George D. Lino, age 86, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 24, 2023. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Phyllis; three children, Brian (Julie) Lino, Shalene (Scott) Germani, and Brooke (Shaun) Davis; as well as his sister, Colette (Jim) MacDonald. He had five loving grandchildren, Anthony (Alisha), Jamie, and Troy Lino, Drew and Reed Davis; and one great-granddaughter, Mackenzie Lino. George was preceded in death by his parents, George Dominic and Catherine Agnes (Murphy) Lino; and his niece, Cathy Sue Branum. George was born in Denver, Colorado, and grew up in Canyon City. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1955, serving for 3 years on the USS Diamond Head. Upon honorable discharge, he then enlisted in the US Army in 1958, serving his country for an additional 3 years. George's proudest memories were of his many jumps as a paratrooper – "Just say airborne!" and "Tuck and roll!" were phrases his kids heard anytime they faced life's challenges. George's experience in the service played a very important role in his life, igniting a love for travel and meeting people. If you knew George, you know he never met a stranger. Once you had looked him in the eye and shaken his hand, you were always referred to as "my good friend, so-and-so." He made it a point to stay in touch with many of those good friends over the years and especially enjoyed reunions with his veteran and high school friends. Though he was not one to use the internet, he was quite resourceful and enjoyed tracking down lost friends to reconnect. George married Phyllis A. Daniels in Denver on July 11, 1970. He began a new career as a deep-sea diver and underwater welder attending school in Long Beach, California then traveling to New Orleans, Louisiana to work in the oil fields. He next worked in Africa and later Roanoke, Virginia, and Troy, Ohio as a pipefitter/welder, before settling in Toledo in 1980. George was a proud member of Pipefitters Union #776 based out of Lima for many years – he still attended Union meetings until his passing and enjoyed marching in Labor Day Parades for many years. After retiring, George took up golf, achieving not one, but two holes-in-one. He also enjoyed bowling and reading non-fiction. His favorite topics included politics, the military, history, and the mafia. Services will be hosted at Walker Funeral Home, 5155 Sylvania Ave., on Saturday, July 1. Visitation will take place from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Service with military honors will begin at 11:30 a.m. followed by interment at Toledo Memorial Park Cemetery, 6382 Monroe St. A reception with refreshments will follow at Garden Park Christian/First Baptist Church, 6520 Pilliod Road, Holland. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cure SMA at www.curesma.org or 800-886-1762. walkerfuneralhomes.com
  • Raymond “Dale” Monce, born on January 27, 1947 of New Port Richey, Florida and Celina, Ohio passed away on Thursday, April 6, 2023 in New Port Richey, Florida.  Raymond was predeceased in death by his parents, his two sons, Ronald and Raymond, and his dog, Jake. Raymond is survived by his grandsons, Jayson, Daniel and Ronald, his brother, Tom and his sister, Arlene, nieces and nephews, his daughter-in-law, Amy, and his Miss Vicki’s on the River Family. Dale is an Army Veteran and a retired welder and member of the Plumbers, Pipefitters and Service Technicians UA Local #776, Union in Lima, Ohio. A Celebration of Life will be held for Raymond at Miss Vicki’s on the River on Monday, April 17, 2023 at 6:00.
  • James (Jim) Paul Vogt of Dover, Indiana, peacefully passed away surrounded by family on the afternoon of March 31, 2023. He was 84 years old.
    Jim, fondly known as PoPo, was born to Edward and Mildred (nee McMullen) in Cincinnati, Ohio, on March 15, 1939. He was a 1957 graduate of Elder High School, where he excelled on the gridiron for the Panthers. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army, proudly serving as a U.S. Army Paratrooper with Divisions of the 82nd, 101st, and 11th Airborne (Germany). Following his military service, he dedicated 37 years collectively as a proud Asbestos Workers and Pipefitters Union member.
    He was known as a free spirit with a penchant for learning languages, mainly German and Spanish, and was not shy about practicing with anyone who would listen. He was passionate about aviation and earned his private pilot's license while working full-time and raising a family. His reputation for being a skilled craftsman was unprecedented by his peers in the trades he worked in, and by the age of forty, he managed to build his first house with the help of his three sons and close friends working in various trades.
    Above all, he was a devoted husband to his childhood sweetheart, Marjory, a dedicated father, and a friend to many.
    He is survived by his wife Marjory (nee Buchert) of 60 years, and five children, Michael (Cindy), Mark (Shauna), Jimmy (Kim), Lori, Lisa (Tom), Grandfather of 12, and Great grandfather of 4.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Alzheimer's Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, Ohio 45203. A private visitation will be held at Niedhard-Minges Funeral Home, followed by a private burial at St. Joe's Cemetery.
    On April 11, 2023, the family requests you to join them in a 'Celebration of Life' event from 1pm-4pm at The Farm, 239 Anderson Ferry Road, Cincinnati, OH 45238.
  • Gary R. McKinley, age 70, passed away on February 9, 2023, at 4:03 pm, at his residence surrounded by his family. Gary was born May 24, 1952, in Macon, GA, to Harold "Jim" J. and Susan (Lee) McKinley who preceded him in death. Gary is survived by his fiance, Melissa A. Selby of Lima, OH, sons: Jaret (Brenda) McKinley of Delphos, OH and Jake (Lydia) McKinley of Lima, OH, 3 grandchildren: Corbin, Adelyn and Morgan, 2 brothers: Dewey (Kathy) McKinley and Greg (Darcey) McKinley and his fur baby, "Piper Sue". He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Paige, a brother, Jim McKinley and his previous wife, June V. (Kill) McKinley. Gary was a 1970 graduate of Spencerville High School. He had also attended Texas A & M University and the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Instructor Training. Gary had worked with Plumbers and Pipefitters Local # 776 from 1977 until he retired in 2013. He was a member of the American Legion, VFW and the Eagles. Gary also belonged to ABATE. He loved riding Harley Davidson motorcycles, golfing, "Tuesday Nights" with his golfing buddies at Fat Jacks, spending time at the Waiting Room, poker runs and grilling. When he was younger he had coached little league baseball for his sons and his bother Greg. He loved The Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Browns and was a lifetime fan of the music of John Prine. He will be remembered as being a dedicated father and grandfather and was a very generous person that would help people out in a way that wouldn't bring attention to himself. There will be a Celebration of Life Motorcycle procession starting at 12 noon on April 15, 2023 leaving the Eagles in Delphos traveling to his final resting place in the Spencerville Cemetery for burial of cremated remains and military honors that will be performed by the VFW and the U.S. Army at 1:00 pm. Following the cemetery services there will be a time of gathering and meal back at the Eagles in Delphos. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Benevolence Fund of the Local #776 @ 1300 Bowman Rd., Lima, OH 45804, c/o Gary McKinley. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.chiles-lamanfh.com.
  • James Douglas Hempker, age 76, passed away at 9:35 p.m. on Friday November 11, 2022, surrounded by his family in the comfort of his home after a brave and courageous battle with Mesothelioma. James was born September 7, 1946 in Lima, OH, to the late James M. and Virginia C. (Williams) Hempker. On August 8, 1970 he married his wife of 52 years, Cheryl (Riner) Hempker. James was a 1964 graduate of Lima Central Catholic High School and proudly served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He served in the 9th Infantry and was awarded the National Defense Medal, Expert Rifle Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with a Bronze Service star and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. James retired in 2005 from the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union #776 after 37 years of service. James was an avid sportsman, enjoyed deer hunting and he especially loved spending time maintaining his property. Most of all, James was a proud husband, dad and grandpa who loved spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl; three children, Jeffrey (Carol) Hempker of Cumming, GA, Jennifer (Craig) Shivley of Lima and James C. (Rebecca) Hempker of Troy; seven grandchildren, Jordan (Brittany) Hempker, Jacob (Destiny) Shivley, Benjamin Hempker, Jack Shivley, Elise Hempker, Emma Hempker, Matthew Hempker and one great-grandchild on the way; three sisters, Pam Hunt, Mary (Mike) Caprella, Wanda (Joe) Hornung, brother, Dennis Hempker and his best friend, Louie Treglia. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Tom Hempker. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, November 17, 2022, at Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services, Shawnee Chapel. Father David Ross will officiate the service and burial will follow in Shawnee Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided by the United States Army and the VFW #1275. The family will receive friends from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. Thursday, November 17, prior to the service at the funeral home. The family request in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made in James' honor to Vietnam Veterans of America at www.vva.org, 8719 Colesville Rd, Suite 100, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.chiles-lamanfh.com.
  • Robert Lee "Bob" Ludwig, 82, of Lima, passed away Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022, at his home.

    Bob was born Dec. 25, 1939, in Hancock County, to Paul and Bernice (Painter) Ludwig. Bob worked for Plumber and Pipefitters Union until his retirement and he was a member of the union for 55 years. After his retirement, he built Kala's Greenhouse where he was the owner and operator for 17 years. Bob was a member of Masonic Lodge # 804 in Mt. Cory and he was a life member of Moose Lodge # 199 in Lima. He enjoyed gardening, going for a nice drive, and he always kept busy and had a story to tell. Bob will be deeply missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. He is survived by three daughters, Debbie Meeks, Lonnie Ludwig, and Christina (Mario) Ludwig-Moralez; stepson, Edgar (Patty) Vallez; daughter-in-law, Cheri Ludwig; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brother, Jim Ludwig; and sister-in-law, Mary Ellen Ludwig. Bob was preceded in death by his parents; son, Greg Ludwig; sister, Kay Eileen Bradigan; and two brothers, Russell Ludwig and Wayne Ludwig. Bob's funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022, CHILES-LAMAN FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES, SHAWNEE CHAPEL. Burial will be at Hasson Cemetery following the service. Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022, at the funeral home. A Masonic Service will be at 7:30 p.m. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.chiles-lamanfh.com.
  • William “Bill,” Wetmore, age 83, went to be with the Lord on Monday, September 26, 2022, at 7:16 am., surrounded by his loving family. Bill was born on November 11, 1938 in Toledo, Ohio, the son of George and Ruth (Hohman) Wetmore, his parents are both deceased. On October 9, 1982, he was married to Patricia Barnett Ritchie, and she survives him in Lima. Bill was a Pipefitter, a skilled tradesman working out of Local 776 of the (Plumbers and Pipefitters Union. He worked for Tilton Corp., Smith Boughan, and Bechtel Corp., and had worked at many different jobsites, among them; Procter and Gamble, Minster Machine, the Met Bank, the Lima Refinery, Cook Nuclear Plant, and many of the Department stores in Lima. He was a Veteran of the United States Army, and was an MP, from 1956-1959. He loved to build things and to restore old things. He built 4 kit cars (2 dune buggies, a Bradley, and an MG), enjoyed model railroading, model building in general, having won awards for his exquisite work. He was an avid fisherman, camping and traveling much of the US. Bill was a past member of the Gold Wing Motorcycle Club, BPOE Elks Lodge 54, and was a proud member of Local 776. He received his 60- year award this year; it was a moment he was truly proud of. Throughout his years of employment, Bill was well respected as a Pipefitter, and as a friend.  One of his greatest moments was when he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. In addition to his wonderful wife Pat, whom he dearly loved, he is survived by his children; Cindy (Augustine) Tuma of Lima, Becky (Reed) Nutt, of Delphos, Wanda (Dan) Murphy of Bryan Texas, and William (Missy) Wetmore Jr. of Hebron, OH. Bill had 3 siblings; Kathy (Scott Kramer) Vermillion of Ada, George (Jill) Wetmore of Troy, and Rick (Jean) Wetmore of Lima. His grandchildren; Libby (Shawn) Nutt of Valparaiso IN, Coralynne Wetmore (of Lima), Miranda Carroll, and Mary Hill, and Gabriel Grubb and Emily Grubb (of Hebron); Great-grandchildren; Alli (Sierra) Diller of Westfield IN., Zaylin (Cassandra McGue) Nutt of Ada, Casey Nutt, and Sophia Nutt of Valparaiso, IN. Friends may call on Monday, October 3, at HANNEMAN-SIFERD FUNERAL HOME 506 N. Cable Rd., Lima Ohio 45805 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. Funeral Service will be held at the funeral home on October 4, 2022, at 12:30 pm, with a visitation 1 hour prior to service. Pastor Neal Whitney of The Church at Allentown will officiate the service. Interment will follow services at Memorial Park Mausoleum, where this Veteran will be given a final salute by Active Duty Army, The American Legion 96/VFW 1275 Honor Guard, and the Patriot Guard Riders. To express condolences online, please go to: www.hannemanfuneralhomes.com.
  • Phillip W. "Phil" Stauffer, age 80, was called into the presence of the Lord at 5:18 a.m. Friday, August 26, 2022, at Lima Memorial Health System. Phil was born January 21, 1942 in Lima, OH, to the late Cloyne W. and Florence E. (Lusk) Stauffer. Phil proudly served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He retired in 2009 from the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union #776. Phil enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid golfer. He was a racing fan, especially of NASCAR and was an avid fan of the Cleveland Browns and The Ohio State Buckeyes. He especially loved spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by his two sons, Brent (Dionne) Stauffer of Crestview, FL and Craig A. (Patty) Stauffer of Lima; five grandchildren, Justin Andrew Stauffer of Fort Myers, FL, Ian Wesley (Danielle) Stauffer of Anchorage, AK, Tyler Stauffer of Lima, Cody Stauffer of MS and Emily Stauffer of Panama City, FL; one great grandson, Clark Wesley Stauffer of Anchorage AK; Sister, Sandi L. Kruger of Lima, brother-in-law, Robert D. "Rick" Shindeldecker of Harrod; the entire Stauffer and Lusk family and many nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his 1st wife, Gloria Ann Stauffer; 2nd wife, Mary M. Stauffer; sister, Karen M. (Stauffer) Shindeldecker; brother, Robert A. Stauffer and sister-in-law, Donna Stauffer. Phil's wishes were that no services be observed. Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, P.O. Box 1525, Ranson, WV 25438 or the Wounded Warrior Project. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.chiles-lamanfh.com.
  • Terry Lee Steele, 65, passed away on July 10, 2022, at his residence. Terry was born on November 2, 1956 in Lima, Ohio, to Vernon L. and Joyce (Mobley) Steele. Terry was a graduate of the Lima Senior Adult Education Program. He was also a member of the Plumbers-Pipefitters Local Union 776. Terry was an avid Cleveland Browns and Ohio State Buckeyes fan and enjoyed spending time with his family, kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. He loved to golf, fish, and cooking, especially for family cookouts. He is survived by his children, Terry Steele Jr., Jody (Scott) Shaw, Brandy Steele, and Katie Steele; mother of his children, Cheryl Morlock; grandchildren, Jessica, Kaylynn, Jayden, Carli (Trent), Jewel, Kayleb, Olivia, Kennedy, Elijah, and Kaliyah; great-grandchildren, Braxton, Avalynn, and Austin Jr.; and his siblings, John Steele, Rick Steele, and Donna (David) Williams. He was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter, Brianna Longmeier, and a sister, Connie Stolzenenberg. The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home, Lima, Ohio. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 14, 2022 at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Allentown Cemetery, Allentown. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements handled by Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed at www.chamberlainhuckeriede.com.


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