Obituaries

Timothy J. West, age 37, passed away on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 in Shelby, Ohio following a short illness. He was born on December 25, 1979 in Willard, Ohio to David Jr. and Virginia (Furr) West and had been a Willard resident most of his life. Tim enjoyed fishing and loved his children.
He is survived by his parents, David and Jenny West of Willard; two children, Dakota and Jerzee West; a brother, Matt West (Michelle Riffe) of Norwalk; a sister, Miranda (Adam) Obermiller of Clyde; a niece and nephew, Helana and Morgan Obermiller; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
He preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, John and Viola Furr; and paternal grandmother, Mary Martin.
Visitation will be held at the Auburn Christian Tabernacle, 6604 Baker 47 Road, Shelby, OH 44875, on Monday, October 16, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM where the funeral service will be held at 3:00 PM with Ronald "Keith" Slone officiating. Online condolences can be made at www.secorfuneralhomes.com.


Anna L. Montgomery, age 80, resident of Willard, Ohio passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at the Willard Mercy Hospital. She was born on March 3, 1937 to the late Thomas and Annie (Martin) Gibson and had been a resident of Willard most of her life. She was retired from the former Pioneer Rubber Company in Willard and was a member of the Willard United Baptist Church.
She is survived by one daughter, Lisa Montgomery of Willard; four sons, Ben (Becky) Montgomery of Juliet, TN, Danny (Beth) Montgomery of Shelby, John (Kathy) Montgomery of Plymouth, and Robert "Bubba" (Julie) Montgomery of Willard; seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren; two brothers, Donel (Marge) Gibson of Elyria, and Thomas (Laurie) Gibson of Mobile, AL; three sisters, Wanda (James) Hale of Greenwich, OH, Elnora (Russell) Patton of Perrysburg, OH and Janet (William) Barnett of Ft. Worth, TX; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by a daughter, Theresa Ann Montgomery; one brother, Merland Gibson; and two sisters, Dorsey Summers and Betty Row.
Visitation will be held at the Secor Funeral Home in Willard, Ohio on Monday, October 16, 2017 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. Funeral Services will be held at the Willard United Baptist Church on Tuesday at 11:00 AM with Pastor Danny Hamilton officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in New Haven, Ohio. Memorials contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association. Online condolences can be made at www.secorfuneralhomes.com.


Clarence E. "Ed" Brown, age 49, resident of Willard, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at Stein Hospice Care Center in Sandusky.
He was born on June 13, 1968 in Garrett, Kentucky to Ernest Kimberlin and Evelena (Gibson) Brown. Ed is a 1986 graduate of Willard High School and had worked for Tom Thompson Remodeling. He was a member of the VFW and had enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his daughter, Cassandra Ruby of Ashland, Ohio; a son, Dustin Wright of Lexington, Kentucky; mother, Evelena Brown of Willard, Ohio; two sisters, Ruth Howard of Hueysville, Kentucky, Rose Maye of Willard, Ohio; a brother, Charles Gibson of Willard, Ohio; numerous nieces and nephews; and three grandchildren, Haley and Zane Wright, and Brooklynn Ruby.
Ed was preceded in death by his father, Ernest Kimberlin; grandmother, Millie Sallee; a brother, Roger "RB" Brown; a grandson, Braxton Ruby; and a nephew, Charles Gibson, Jr.
Friends may call at the Secor Funeral Home in Willard, Ohio on Friday, October 20, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with funeral services being at 1 p.m. with Pastor George Boyer officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in Willard.
Memorial contributions can be made to Stein Hospice of Sandusky. Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.secorfuneralhomes.com.


Randolph "Randy" L. Philbrick, age 65, of Willard, passed away on Friday, October 13, 2017.
Visitation was on Tuesday, October 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Secor Funeral Home in Willard, where his funeral service was on Wednesday, October 18 at 11 a.m. Burial will be at a later date at Greenlawn Cemetery in Greenwich, Ohio.


John T. Stanley, 80 of Willard passed away on Sunday October 15, 2017 at the Stein Hospice in Sandusky.
John was born September 8, 1937 in Cincinnati, OH to the late Horace John Stanley and Edith Jane (Taylor) Stanley.
He was first married June 13, 1959 to Betty Lou (Hahn) Stanley who preceded him in death on Oct. 11, 1998. On June 23, 2001 he married Linda Jean (Bletz) Buurma Stanley who survives. John was also preceded in death by a brother Horace Paul Stanley.
In addition to wife Linda, John is survived by his children Kathie Stanley Dodds, Hilliard OH; CPO John T. Stanley, USN, ret. ,Grove City OH; Diane (Stanley) & Husband MCPO Ray Cox, USN, ret, St. Pete Beach Fl; Ch Maj Jack S. Stanley, USAF, ret. & Wife Stacy (Hutton), Panama City Fl; Maj Kevin B. Stanley, USAF, ret.; Faith (Stanley) & Husband Jeff Olen, Cape Coral Fl; grandchildren John, Stephanie, Michelle, Blake, Marlon, Scott, Brandon, April, Emaly, Mary Lou, and Fischer; eight great-grandchildren; step children Charlotte & Husband Eric Mulvane, Willard OH; Ryan & Wife Jenn Buurma, Pinckney MI; Andy & Wife Alenna Buurma, Miamisburg OH; Laura & Husband Randy White, Wellington OH; step grandchildren Maria, Kyler, Meredith, Peyton, Carson, Kaydia, Brynn, Lucas, Rowan, Sydney, Emrie,and Maryn; and brother Clarence Pete Stanley Houston Tx
John grew up in Cincinnati OH and attended Nyack College NY. In early years John served as a Pastor at the First Alliance Church in Frankfort IN. Eventually his travels brought him closer to home in Ohio where he began his service in 1967 as a Police Officer in Bucyrus Ohio. He advanced from Patrolman to Captain. In 1987 he was recognized by the VFW for capturing those attempting to vandalize the American and POW/MIA Flags in the Bucyrus town square. He was awarded the American Legion Certificate of Commendation in 1987. He was named the 1989 State of Ohio Police Officer of the Year.
In the 1990s John organized the Drug Abuse Resistance Education “DARE” program for Bucyrus, and served as its officer into his retirement. In 2000 John was awarded Citizen of the Year for his DARE work for Crawford County by Bucyrus Area Chamber of Commerce.
John was an avid reader and had the heart of an explorer. His love of nature and volunteerism took him and his family to amazing adventures that frequently included Lake Superior and the Smoky Mountains. John served as a volunteer throughout his giving life: At Beulah Beach Camp, Vermillion OH; Lighthouse Keeper, Apostle Islands, Bayfield Wisconsin; Grand Traverse, Crisp Point and Mission Point MI; Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Trainman, including the Polar Express and Thomas The Train expeditions; Mansfield Hospital and the Willard Hospital where he was a Volunteer of the year.
He served as elder, minister of music and choir director at Willard Christian Reform Church. He was a founding elder and Choir Director at First Alliance Church, Bucyrus.
The love of music shown through John’s life. His particular interest in the pipe organ led to an inexhaustible wealth of knowledge in this area. He studied and played organ and piano. A highlight of his youth included participating in the National Interscholastic Music Golden Anniversary Gala Concert in 1956. John participated in chorale and voice performances throughout his days. John and Wife Linda were members of the Mansfield Symphony Chorus for many years.
John knew how to enjoy the better things in life and that money was no object whether someone had millions, tons, or none (and was much nearer to the later). He taught this to his children and anyone else who needed teaching. He made the most of every opportunity, always did his best (especially if no one was looking), he respected everyone and found the adventure in it all: Good Music -- from La Bohem to Broadway to Durufle', Good Art -- from painting to sculpture to architecture, Good Food -- from French souffle to fried perch to Toy Wan, Good clothing -- from cashmere long coats to pit shined Florsheims, Good Sights -- from Staten Island to the Smokies to the Canadian outback, Good Work -- from fixing cars to waxing the pews at church to woodwork and construction. No good experience come without good work, and the sacrifice of other more immediate pleasures.
John Stanley was the most gallant of men and above all, loved his Lord Jesus. He served God faithfully throughout his days and has left an immeasurable legacy for his family and all who knew him.
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday (today) at 11 a.m. in the Bucyrus First Alliance Church with Rev. William Strader and Rev. Torence Visser officiating, burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the Munz-Pirnstill Funeral Home on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. The F.O.P. Ritual Service will be held at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Celeryville Christian School, Malabar Farm Foundation, or the Stein Hospice Center through the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy can be left at www.munzpirnstill.com


Richard Damon “Dick” Koontz, age 79, of Shelby, died Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at his home.
Dick was born October 23, 1937 in Shelby, to Kenneth Merle and Elaine Daisy (Kibler) Koontz. He was a 1955 graduate of Shelby High School and, immediately following graduation, began working at the Shelby Autocall until joining the United States Navy in June of 1956. He had a career in the Navy as an electronic instructor until his retirement in March of 1976. Following his Navy retirement, Dick became a junior year electronic instructor at Penta County Joint Vocational School in Perrysburg, Ohio from September of 1976 until June of 1982. Upon leaving Penta County JVS he joined the United States Navy Electronics School in Great Lakes, IL as an instructor and retired in 1988.
Dick was a life member of several organizations, including: Shelby American Legion, Shelby VFW, North Charleston, SC Masonic Lodge #369, and the National Rifle Association. Other memberships include Shelby Owls Club, Fleet Reserve Association, and Shelby F.O.E.. After his retirement Dick traveled the United States by train and car. He enjoyed helping his neighbors, walking at the reservoir, and loved dogs, especially his dog, Snapper.
Dick was preceded in death by his mother and stepfather: Elaine and Joseph Dolan and his father and step-mother: Kenneth and Lois Koontz.
At Dick’s request there will be no calling hours or funeral services. Care for Dick is being provided by Bob, Catherine, and Jake at the Turner Funeral Home in Shelby. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shelby Foundation, 142 North Gamble Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875.
To share a memory or express a condolence, please visit: www.turnerfu neralhomeshelby.com


Timothy J. West, age 37, passed away on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 in Shelby, Ohio following a short illness. He was born on December 25, 1979 in Willard, Ohio to David Jr. and Virginia (Furr) West and had been a Willard resident most of his life. Tim enjoyed fishing and loved his children.
He is survived by his parents, David and Jenny West of Willard; two children, Dakota and Jerzee West; a brother, Matt West (Michelle Riffe) of Norwalk; a sister, Miranda (Adam) Obermiller of Clyde; a niece and nephew, Helana and Morgan Obermiller; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
He preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, John and Viola Furr; and paternal grandmother, Mary Martin.
Visitation will be held at the Auburn Christian Tabernacle, 6604 Baker 47 Road, Shelby, OH 44875, on Monday, October 16, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM where the funeral service will be held at 3:00 PM with Ronald "Keith" Slone officiating. Online condolences can be made at www.secorfu neralhomes.com


Robert W. Arnold age 72, resident of Shelby died at Crestwood Care Center on October 15, 2017.
He was born on January 30, 1945 to Charles W. and Dorothy (Lutz) Arnold in Lancaster, OH. Robert attended school at Fairfield Union High School. He was a member of Mansfield Baptist Temple.
Robert enjoyed landscaping and was an avid sports fan. He enjoyed many sports including drag racing and fishing.
Robert is survived by his wife, Virginia Arnold, whom he wed on August 16, 1980; brother, Gary Arnold of Wisconsin; and sister, Rose Young of Memphis, Tennessee; sister-in-law, Linda L. Armstrong & her fiancé John Hristovska; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at the Shauck Cemetery, following visitation at Barkdull Funeral Home & Crematory.
Reverend Dianna Barr will officiate.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM at Barkdull Funeral Home & Crematory.
Online condolences can be given at www.barkdullfuneralhome.com.

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