Obituaries

Louise Sexton, 79, of Willard, died Thursday, October 23, at St. Vincent's Hospital, Toledo. Funeral Services were be held at 1 p.m. Monday, October 27, 2014 at the Lindsey-Kocher Funeral Service, 323 Myrtle Ave, Willard.

Friends may call 11 a.m. Monday until the time of the service.

Online condolences may be made at Lindseykocher.com.

Richard B. Love, 97, of Willard, passed away Thursday October 23, 2014, at The Willows at Willard. Richard was born October 7, 1917 to William and Florence (Purdy) Love, just outside of Hayesville, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his twin brother William.

He graduated from high school in 1935 at Hayesville. Both he and his brother developed a love for motorcycles. In 1937 Richard rode west to California and worked for the summer at Yosemite National Park. He was a "powder monkey" and helped clear rock for the first permanent roads at the park.

In 1940, Richard married Eunice Neikirk and they had three children, Patricia (John) Shatzer of Tiffin, Linda Lutz of Willard, and James (Kathy) Love of Attica; eleven grandchildren, twenty-nine great-grandchildren, and six great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Genevieve Strouse, of Wooster, Ohio.

When Pearl Harbor was bombed in 1941, Richard joined the Navy. He was sent to Hawaii and spent his enlistment helping to break the Japanese codes. He finished his Navy experience in Washington, D.C.

After returning to Ohio in 1945, Richard was employed by the Ohio State Patrol where he became one of the first motorcyclists in uniform. He later worked for a trucking company as a safety inspector, and then finished his career as a Deputy Sheriff in Seneca County, where he spent 25 years.

Richard was a 60 year member of the Attica Masonic Lodge #367 F & AM and a past-member of the Tiffin Shrine Club. He was also a member for over 50 years of the Zenobia Shrine (Toledo) and also a member of Legion of Honor. While he was in Florida, he was active in the York Rite of Freemasonry of Florida, serving as High Priest of Chapter.

Richard had a long and enjoyable retirement, spending 18 winters at Lake Worth, Florida, and his summers in Ohio. When in Ohio, his time was spent on his Gold Wing Honda. He belonged to many motorcycle clubs and he made numerous trips across the country, riding through the Rocky Mountains was his favorite. Richard had many wonderful memories and many good friends.

Military graveside services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. on November 1, 2014, by American Legion Post #257 of Loudonville and VFW Post 8586 of Perrysville, at the Vermillion Cemetery on South State Route 60 in Hayesville, Ohio. Visitation will be Saturday, November 1, 2014, from 10 a.m. -12 p.m. at the Lindsey – Olds Funeral Home, 3085 S. State Route 19, Bloomville. Attica Lodge #367 F&AM will conduct Masonic services at 9:45 a.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospital for children 2211 North Oak Park Ave. Chicago, Il 60707-3392.

Online condolences may be made to the family at lindseyoldsfh.com.

Michael Rhett Hafner, age 65, went to be with his Lord on October 16, 2014 after a sudden illness. Michael is survived by his wife of 35 years, Susan Lana Hafner of Lake Charles, La.; his parents, Esther and Charles Hafner, sister Carol (John) Niedermeier, niece Heather Niedermeier, and nephew Cody Michael Niedermeier, all of Willard.

Michael was a 1967 graduate of Willard High School. He attended the Ohio State University and Malone College and graduated from Central Bible College with a degree in Biblical Studies. Michael retired from SASOL after 36 years. He was a licensed minister and took joy in teaching the Bible to others. He began his ministry playing the trumpet in church. We are confident he and Jesus will be talking things over about that last trumpet blast. Michael loved teaching and discussing prophesy. Now he knows the correct answers.

Michael's generous heart was evident in death by his wishes to donate his body that others may live. He and his wife founded a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing the truth: "One touch from God is greater than all the world has to offer". Their prayer network provides pillows and pillowcases embroidered with "One Touch" to those in addiction centers, orphanages, shelters, human trafficking, our troops and many more in over 30 countries.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to One Touch Awakening, P.O. Box 16838, Lake Charles, LA, 70616. There will be a memorial service on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at First Assembly of God Church, Main Street, Willard, Ohio with calling hours at 10:30 a.m. and the service at 11 a.m. with a light luncheon to follow.

Elsie Myers, age 79, of Willard, passed away Saturday, October 25, 2014 at her home.

She was born November 18, 1934 in Willard, to the late Charles and Josephine (Granda) Ludban and has been a life long resident. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Willard. Mrs. Myers was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She enjoyed spending time with her family.

She is survived by nine children, Steve (Eva) Burkhalter; Ruth (Ed) Howard; Sandy (Arlen) Warren; Nancy (Robert) Resendez; Tom (Robin) Burkhalter; Kenneth (Denice) Burkhalter; Brenda (Daren) Frankart; Anne (Tim) Dellinger; and Jennifer Bills; twenty grandchildren; twenty eight great grandchildren; three sisters, Dorothy Ballentine; Grace Mahl and Nancy Daniel.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her loving husband, Richard A. Myers on July 28, 2014; two granddaughters; a grandson; three brothers, Frank, Charles and Thomas Ludban; and three sisters, Jenny Cradlebaugh; Betty Burks; Anna Wiles; an infant sister, Caroline; and a special niece, Laura "Babe" Lafferty.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the First Assembly of God Church in Willard, where the funeral service was held at 4 p.m. with Reverends Jon Buerger and Tony Cooper officiating. Burial will not be observed at this time. Memorial contributions can be made to First Assembly of God Church. Online condolences can be made at www.secorfuneralhomes.com

Gloria Jean (Swope) (Lefever) Cooke, 74, died in Berthoud, Colorado on Oct. 21, 2014, from cancer. She was born in Medina,July 13, 1940 to Robert and Eloise (McFadden) Swope. She was a 1958 graduate of Savannah High School and had attended Ashland College. She lived for many years on Hanley Road in Mansfield and was formerly co- manager and operator of Lex Lanes in Lexington.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Georgia Lefever. She is survived by her son James Lee Lefever of Windsor, Colorado;her sister Jan (Ed) Winbigler of Shelby, her sister Debbie (John) Dieker of Westerville, several nieces and nephews;two aunts - Betty Woodburn of Ashland and Ardith McFadden of Sullivan, and several cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 at the Savannah United Methodist Church, 10 W. Main St., Savannah, OH. Burial will be at the Ashland County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions ;may be sent to: Gentiva Hospice of Loveland, Gentiva Foundation, 1615 Fox Trail Drive Suite 230, Loveland, CO 80538.

Hazel A. Sammons, age 93, resident of Mansfield, died Sunday, October 26, 2014 at the Cleveland Clinic. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Barkdull Funeral Home in Shelby.

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