Obituaries

Mary A. Hale (82) of Shelby died Saturday, August 11, 2018.
Friends called Wednesday, August 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lindsey Kocher Funeral Service with services being held at 1 p.m. Burial was held at Maple Grove Cemetery, New Haven.

Kathleen West, age 84, resident of Willard, Ohio, passed away on Monday, August 6, 2018 at Blossom Nursing and Rehabilitation. She was born on August 30, 1933 in Hueysville, Kentucky to the late Everett and Eunice (Saunders) Patton. Kathleen was a 1951 Willard High School graduate. She was offered a four year Presidential Scholarship to Heidelberg University, but had turned it down when she met and married, Thomas "Tim" West, on March 14, 1953. She was payroll supervisor at MTD in Willard for 42 years. Kathleen was a 70 year member of the First Assembly of God in Willard. She was also part of the Red Hats, American Legion Auxiliary, Huron County Republican Women, volunteer at the local food bank, and the volunteer center of Huron County. Kathleen was an avid reader and enjoyed singing and music.
Kathleen is survived by her two daughters, Pamela (Gene) Williams Rumer of Perrysburg, Kathy (Barry) Tuttle of New Haven; two grandchildren, Sheena (Aaron) Williams Nyros of Columbus, Thomas Tuttle of New Haven; and a great-granddaughter, Juniper Nyros of Columbus.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Thomas West; brother, Adrian Patton; and aunt and uncle who loved and raised her like she was their own, Thurs and Orville "Red" Horne.
No calling hours will be observed and graveside services will take place at a later date. Memorial contributions in Kathleen's name may be made to the Hope Center in Willard. Online condolences may be made to visiting www.secorfuneralhomes.com


North Fairfield, Ohio – Katherine M. “Kathy” Oney, 80, of North Fairfield, Ohio, passed away Thursday morning, August 9, 2018, in her home. She was born December 29, 1937 in North Fairfield, Ohio, to the late Claude T. and Agnes M. (Baumeier) Reed.
Kathy was a 1955 graduate of North Fairfield High School. She was an original member of the North Fairfield Civic Club Street Fair Committee. Kathy was also a member of the North Fairfield Historical Society, Firelands Rails to Trails, the Huron County Library Board, the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, the Huron County Humane Society, and the South Central Athletic Booster Club. She was an avid reader, enjoyed baking, flower gardening, was an avid Cleveland Indians fan, and was a lifelong lover of small dogs. Kathy especially enjoyed attending her granddaughter’s school concerts, musical theatre, and athletic events.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Gordon D. Oney of North Fairfield, Ohio, by her son and daughter in law, Bryan and Wendy Oney of North Fairfield, Ohio, and by her granddaughters, Hannah and Sarah Oney of North Fairfield, Ohio. Kathy is also survived by her brother and sister in law, Harley and Ruth Reed of Peru, Ohio, numerous nieces and nephews, and by lifelong friends, Donna Abbott, Marge Keysor, and Teddy Wiggins. She was preceded in death by her son, David A. Oney in 2009.
Friends called on Sunday, August 12, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Walker Funeral Home, 98 West Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio, where funeral services will be held on Monday, August 13, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Robert Hudberg, Pastor of the Foundation Church, will officiate. Interment will be in North Fairfield Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice Service, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, Ohio 44870, to the Huron County Humane Society, 246 Woodlawn Avenue, Norwalk, Ohio 44857, or to the donor’s favorite charity. Online condolences may be made by going to www.edwalkerfuneralhome.com.


William W. "Bill" Eicher, age 81, of Willard, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at Ohio Health Mansfield.
He was born on July 27, 1937, in Chatfield, Ohio to the late Morris and Goldie (Johnson) Eicher. William graduated from Chatfield High School in 1955 and served in the U.S. Army in 1955-1957. He retired from North Central Electrical Co-op in Attica after 39 years of service. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in New Washington, OH and he enjoyed woodworking, landscaping, reading and attending family get-to-gethers. Bill also loved traveling and spending time in Florida in the winter.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Patricia A. (Moomaw) Hedden Eicher, whom he married on October 2, 1982; three children, Jill (Brian) Mitsch of Bradford, OH; Shelly (Tom) Richards of Plain City, OH; and David Eicher of Plain City, OH; six grandchildren, Sophie Eicher, Lindsey, Kristen and Nathan Richards, Chris and Ben Mitsch; three step children, Kim (Larry) Rice of Huron, OH; Craig (Connie) Hedden of Dublin, OH and Andrew Hedden of Willard; four step grandchildren, Amie (Jon) Hobson, Karis (David) Thiel, Graham and Matthew Hedden; three step great-grandchildren, Saige Hobson, Margot Hobson and Lincoln Thiel; and a sister, Zona (Bob) Stillions of Mt. Vernon, OH.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his first wife, Jana (Darr) Eicher and two sisters, Zoa and Barbara.
Visitation will be on Monday, August 13, 2018, (today) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Secor Funeral Home in Willard, Ohio, where the funeral service will be at 1 p.m. with Pastor Tom Pairan officiating. Burial will follow at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery in New Washington, Ohio.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation, St. John's Lutheran Church, or donor's choice. Online condolences may be made to his family at www.secorfuneralhomes.com.


Joseph "Dave" Branson, age 66, of Maumee passed away on August 6, 2018 at Mercy Health- St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo.
He was born to Joe and Jean (Christian) Branson on November 6, 1951 in Pennington Gap, Virginia.
He was an electronics tech at CB & I for 30 years, and spent 15 years as a Laboratory Technician at St. Vincent Medical Center. Joe was an avid golfer, fisherman, and sailor. He enjoyed running, biking, and participating in 10k's and Triathlons. Joe enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling to his home in Venice, Florida, and tending to his Hibiscus. He attended St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Maumee.
Joe brightened up any room he walked into. His laugh and wittiness were contagious and never met a person he did not consider a friend. We know he is up there talking about the elusive "green flash", making holes in one and sending his positive energy and love to all of us down here.
Joe is survived by his loving bride of 33 years, Leslie; sons, Scott, Mark (Morgan), Matthew; daughter, Tracy (Alan) Flak; grandchildren, Eli, Miles, Vaughn, Liv, Nolan; parents, Jean and Joe Branson; brother, Tim (Mary) Branson; father-in-law, Lester (Gloria) Seward; sisters-in-law, Vikki Chandler, Robin Seward; nephews, James and David Branson. Also surviving is his infamous golf posse, Dan, Jeff, Goodie, and Randy; foster dog, Addie. He was preceded in death by his grandparents; mother-in-law, Betty Seward; and canine companion, Gracie.
Friends and Family will be received at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home, 501 Conant St, Maumee from 3 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 9, 2018. The Funeral Ceremony will be on Friday, August 10, 2018 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 104 W Broadway St, Maumee at 11 a.m.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Toledo Area Humane Society or Mercy Health Foundation Alcuin Bennett Fund. The family would like to thank the nurses of St. Vincent's on 4C, the Ohio State James Cancer Hospital, especially Dr. Rosko for all their loving care.


William "Hoppy" B. Sexton, age 74, of Shelby died Saturday morning August 4, 2018 surrounded by loving family following a courageous 3 1/2 year battle with cancer.
Born November 3, 1943 in Richlands, VA to Commodore Perry & Melvina (Carnes) Sexton, he has been a Richland County resident since 1945. A graduate of Plymouth High School, Hoppy had worked at Sarca Mfg., the Salesbook, Daily Globe and Mansfield News Journal. He was a member of the Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, where he was very active with CCD, Lector and calling bingo. Hoppy was also a member of the Toastmasters and the Promise Keepers and he loved reading, Sci-Fi, astronomy, math, science, computer programming and visiting the lighthouse in Marblehead and Cedar Point with his wife. Hoppy had a corny sense of humor and loved to laugh, especially at puns he would make up.
He is survived by his wife, Joan Louise (Robertson) Sexton, whom he married August 28, 1965; his three children, Stephanie Sexton of Mansfield, Stephen (Tasha) Sexton of Lawrenceburg, TN and Scott (Janel) Sexton of Mansfield; five grandchildren, Sierra, Zachary, Haley, Dustin and Cannon; his siblings, Chelsea Sexton, Marie Marcum, Ruth Gaston, Ellis Dean Hicks and David Hicks.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and seven siblings, Walter, Gracie, Charles, Dennis, Boyd, Commodore Perry "CP" Jr. and Raymond.
Friends may call at the Barkdull Funeral Home & Crematory in Shelby on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. A funeral mass will be held at the Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church on Thursday at 11:00 AM. Father Chris Mileski will officiate.
Memorial expressions may be made to the Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church.
Online condolences may be made at www.barkdullfu neralhome.com


Thomas Jay Hillard, age 87, died after a short illness, on February 27, 2018 in Foley Alabama. Thomas was a graduate of Shelby High School, class of 1948, and was a Navy vet. He is survived by a daughter in South Carolina and a brother, David, class of ‘52, in Louisiana.



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