Obituaries

William “Bill” Copeland, 68

William “Bill” Copeland, born in Lenawee County on March 22, 1952 to Clarence and Enid (Wyant) Copeland, passed away September 11, 2020, after a long illness. He married the love of his life, Debra Demoulin, in 1986. Bill was the founder of his own business, Precision AG. Bill’s big love was his …

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Norell R. Burnham, 83

Norell R. Burnham, 83 years, of Alvordton, Ohio passed away Wednesday, September 9, 2020 in the emergency room at Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers, Bryan. Norell was born January 31, 1937, in Spencer, South Dakota, the son of the late Lloyd and Vesta (Doty) Burnham. He married Viola Tschetter on …

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Leona Marie (Grine) Whitis, 92

Leona Marie (Grine) Whitis passed away on Sept. 8, 2020, returning home to sit next to her Lord and Savior and reuniting with her beloved husband and son. Leona was born on Feb. 6, 1928, to Edward and Clara Grine, both of whom preceded her in death. Leona’s stepfather, Joe …

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Helen Susann Anspaugh, 70

Helen Susann Anspaugh, 70, of Stow, OH passed away on September 8, 2020 at her home. She was born on March 19, 1951 in Bryan to Richard Earnest and Bozka Anna (Mach) Anspaugh. Helen graduated from Edon High School in 1969, went on to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree from Kent …

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Gilbert Stevenson “Gil” Champion, II, 52

Gilbert Stevenson “Gil” Champion, II, age 52, of Morenci, Michigan died on Monday, September 7, 2020 at University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was born on November 1, 1967 to Gilbert S. “Steve” Champion, Sr. and Shirley J. (Willeman) Champion in San Francisco, California. Gil lead …

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James F. Wheeler, Sr., 86

James F. Wheeler, Sr., age 86, of Edgerton, Ohio, died at 2:12 A.M. on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at his home after a brief illness. Mr. Wheeler was a graduate of Bryan High School and served in the United States Army. He was employed by Bryan Custom Plastics, retiring with …

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Phyllis “Jean” Brillhart, 89

Phyllis “Jean” Brillhart, age 89, of Edon, Ohio, passed away at 5:30 A. M. on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at SKLD Health Care Center in Bryan, where she was a resident. Mrs. Brillhart was a 1948 graduate of Roundhead High School. She enjoyed reading, sewing, and cooking. Jean was born …

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Donald F. Shumaker, 79

Donald F. Shumaker, age 79, of Bryan, Ohio, passed away at 9:57 A.M. on Monday, September 7, 2020, at his home. Mr. Shumaker has been affiliated with the Bryan City Schools for nearly 50 years, serving as a teacher and Athletic Director for Bryan City Schools for 25 years and …

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Andrea Renee Roerig, 57

Andrea Renee Roerig, 57, of Montpelier, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, September 6, 2020, at her home. She was born on July 9, 1963, in Coldwater, Michigan, to Jack and Sylvia (Duckett) Wages. Andrea graduated from Coldwater High School and went on to attend Ferris State University. On August 18, 1984, she …

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Dennis “Denny” F. Goebel, 76

Dennis “Denny” F. Goebel, 76, of Alvordton, passed away Saturday, September 6, 2020 at Promedica Toledo Hospital.  He was born on October 28, 1943 in Edgerton to Bernard and Henrietta (Miller) Goebel.  Denny spent his career working in construction as a general laborer. He is survived by his wife JoAnn …

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