Dean D. Dearth, age 83, died on May 13, 2016 at 11:50 PM at Lima Memorial Health System, Lima.
He was born on May 17, 1932, in Orange Township, Hancock County, Ohio, the house he lived in, to J. Kenneth and Mabel L. (Montgomery) Dearth who preceded him in death. On Aug. 26, 1950, he married Sarah B. Willeke and she survives in Ada.
Clarence Martin Kooker, 87, died May 11, 2016, at 5:55 p.m. at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay.
Clarence was born Nov. 14, 1928 in Quakertown, Pa., to Clarence S. and Florence (Bleam) Kooker. After the death of his birth mother, his father remarried and Clarence was raised by Helen (Ahlum) Kooker. On June 30, 1951, Clarence married Mary Nunemaker Kooker who survives.
Clarence graduated from Quakertown High School in Quakertown. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Education from Bluffton College and his Master's degree from Bowling Green State University.
Francis Carl Geiger, 95, died May 12, 2016, at 7:30 a.m. at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. Francis was born March 8, 1921, in Pandora to the late Grover and Corinna (Suter) Geiger. On Dec. 15, 1945 he married Mary (Core) Geiger who preceded him in death on Feb. 26, 2016.
Martha Jane Amstutz, 91, died May 9, 2016, at 12 p.m. at Richland Manor, Bluffton. Martha was born March 23, 1925, near Findlay to the late Howard and Marie (Powell) Benson. On July 4, 1964, she married Dale Amstutz who preceded her in death on April 23, 2012.
Martha retired from Triplett Corp., Bluffton where she worked for 39 years. She was a member of the First Brethren Church of Williamstown. Martha enjoyed talking with her friends and neighbors on the telephone, camping and was a graduate of Arlington High School.
Editor's Note: David "Rico" Rodriguez was the owner of Owlsburg tavern, also known earlier as Van's Corner. The tavern was located on the corner of State Route 235 and Old U.S. 30, north of Ada. As announced in the Icon last fall, he had planned to open Cherico's Restaurant in that building.
David S. Rico Rodriguez, 47, died on Sunday, May 1, 2016, at his residence in Bluffton.
A. Louise Cantwell, 91, died April 27, 2016, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. Louise was born Oct. 4, 1924, in Three Rivers, Michigan, to the late Lester and June (Baxter) Luse. On April 29, 1950, she married Leslie Cantwell, Jr. who preceded her in death on Nov. 29, 1989.