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Edwin Perry

Edwin Perry

Edwin (Ed) Winfield Perry

Edwin (Ed) Winfield Perry, 77, of Wauseon, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2007, at the University of Toledo Medical Center.

Edwin was born May 17, 1930, in Willard, to Branch S. Perry and Kathryn H. Perry of North Fairfield. He attended North Fairfield High School and Savannah-Clear Creek Butler High School, graduating as co-salutatorian in 1948.

Edwin volunteered for military service, joining the Army in June 1948. Following his basic training in Fort Jackson, S.C., he was stationed in the Panama Canal Zone. He was honorably discharged from the Army in late May of 1952.

Edwin worked his way through his undergraduate studies, attending Gordon College of Theology and Missions in Boston, Mass., Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C., and ultimately obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in 1960 at Wilmington (Ohio) College.

His first teaching position was as a mathematics teacher in the New Vienna, Ohio school system. He continued his graduate studies and obtained a Masters of Music degree from the University of South Florida in 1974.

In 1975, Edwin was hired in the Wauseon Exempted Village High School as an instructor of English, mathematics, speech/drama, and director of theater. He continued additional graduate studies at the Bowling Green State University.

Edwin was instrumental in beginning the Wauseon High School Band Camp at Lake Wawasee in Syracuse, Ind., in 1977. In 2001, on the 25th anniversary of the camp, former band camp attendees surprised Edwin with a celebration of their recollections, an event he cherished.

Edwin was also known as “The Voice” of the Wauseon High School Marching Indians for 31 years. He officially retired from full-time teaching in June of 1991, having completed 33 years of full-time teaching in the State of Ohio.

Since that date, he remained “retired” by substitute teaching in the local high schools, and in the mid 1990s he also began as an adjunct professor at Northwest State Community College, in Archbold. At the college, he was responsible for instructing in composition and mathematics.

Edwin was a respected role model for his students. He was quick with a “Hi Guy,” smile and a joke, yet firm in his expectations of them. He was always available to his students with guidance and encouragement.

On July 20, 1990, Edwin and the former Lenabelle (Bettie) Rychener were united in marriage at the chapel at Sauder Village. They shared 17 loving and adventurous years together.

A natural performer, Ed was active
with Perrysburg Singers Theater, Ft. Defiance Players, Maumee Valley Theater, and Archbold Community Theatre. The community may remember him as Scrooge in A Christmas

Carol, The Wizard in Oz, the Rabbi in Fiddler on the Roof, Horace Vandergelder in Hello Dolly!, and The King in The King and I. He was also a member of the Northwesternaires Barbershop Chorus of Defiance, and lent his booming bass to the GEMM-Dandies barbershop quartet for many years.

Faith was an integral part of Ed’s life as shown by his deep commitment to St. John’s Christian Church, in Archbold. He was a member of the St. John’s Mission Committee and traveled extensively with Habitat for Humanity. He also made six trips to the Dominican Republic to assist in community building projects.

Ed served on the Church Consistory, and was a member of the Chancel Choir of which he was president for several years.

Edwin is survived by his brothers Ken, David, and John; several nieces and nephews; his beloved “little spouse,” Bettie, a step-son, Ron and wife Tomma Rychener, and his grandchildren Manda, Maren, Marly and her husband Craig, all of whom were with him when he joined the Hallelujah Chorus.

A teacher to the end, Ed donated his body to the University of Toledo Medical Center for research.

A memorial service will be held at St. John’s Christian Church in Archbold, on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007, at 11 am. Memorial donations may be made to the St. John’s Christian Church.

Gerald W. Miller

Gerald W. Miller, age 78 years, of Archbold, passed away early Wednesday morning, Oct. 31, 2007, at the University of Toledo Medical Center, where he was a patient for 10 days.

He was born July 25, 1929, near Fayette, a son of Solomon and Ada (Balser) Miller. He married Anna R. Grime on April 28, 1951, and she preceded him in death on June 17, 2005.

A lifelong resident of the Fayette/ Archbold area, he farmed, and worked at Delta Livestock, Lugbill Auction, and mowed roadsides for Fulton County.

He was a member of St. John’s Christian Church in Archbold, and the Farm Bureau.

He is survived by four daughters, Vicki Stannard of Wauseon, Debra Volkman and Cindy (Warren) Sauder, both of Archbold, and Laurie Miller of Fayette; a special friend, Bonnie Merillat of Fayette; six grandchildren; three step-granddaughters; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Alice Rowe and Helen Cook, both of Archbold.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a son-in-law, Rodney Stannard; two brothers, Carl Miller and Lowell Miller.

Services were held on Saturday at St. John’s Christian Church with Pastor Adam Just officiating. Interment followed in the Archbold Cemetery.

Short Funeral Home in Archbold was in charge of the arrangements. The family suggests that memorials be given to Hospice of Williams & Fulton Counties, St. John’s Christian Church, or to the family’s choice.

Olga L. Summers, 89, Archbold, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007, at Fairlawn Haven Nursing Home, Archbold. Survivors include her husband, William; twin children, Diane (William) Phelps, Archbold, and Dennis (Joyce) Summers, Wauseon; four grandchildren; two greatgrandchildren; and one sister, Hildegard Honold, Sheboygan, Wis. Interment is in the Archbold Cemetery.

Patricia A. Dehnbostel, 78, Archbold, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007, at the Defiance Inpatient Hospice. Survivors include her husband, Wallace; one daughter, Mary Lynn Dehnbostel Vaughn, New York, N.Y.; one brother, John (Marjorie) Omler, Waterville; and one sister, Gloria (Ardon) Smith, Columbus. Interment was in the Wauseon Union Cemetery.

Lester L. Roth, 84, Archbold, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007, at the Archbold Hospital.
Arrangements are pending at Short Funeral Home in Archbold.



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