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Kenneth E. Fisher

Kenneth E. Fisher, age 67, resident of Baudette, MN and formerly of Shelby, went to be with his Lord and Savior on June 8, 2021.

Ken was born March 20, 1954 in Shelby, Ohio. At a very early age, he demonstrated great mechanical ability and a great passion for fishing. He graduated from Shelby High School in 1972 and pursued a career in auto mechanics and sales. Later in life he learned how to design and build computers. He also worked with the Teen Challenge ministry in Minneapolis.

Ken first went to Baudette on a fishing trip, fell in love with the area and its people, moved there, and has been a resident ever since.

Ken is survived by a daughter: Andrea; five siblings: Robert Fisher of Phoenix, AZ, Richard (Lynn) Fisher of Phoenix, AZ, Dianne (Tom) Stover of Sparks, NV, Tom (Priscilla) Fisher of Howard, OH, and Carol (Doug) McQuide of Reno, NV; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother: Margaret Mary (Rosi) Fisher and father: Francis A. “Dutch” Fisher.

Family and friends are welcome on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 from 9-11 am at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. At 11 am, we will depart the funeral home in procession to Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Cemetery, South Gamble Street, Shelby, for graveside services and burial. Pastor Patrick Bailey will officiate the services.

Appropriate ways to express sympathy for those unable to attend may be done by leaving an online condolence at www.PenwellTurner.com or by leaving a comment on Ken’s obituary on the funeral home’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/PenwellFuneral.

Floyd Lewis Rietveld

Floyd Lewis Rietveld lived an incredible life full of many personal and professional accomplishments of which he was extremely proud. He passed away on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital, at the age of 94, exactly 5 months to the day after his dear wife of 72 years, Anne. After her passing, he chose to write his life story as he saw it. Here are his words:

“I was born in Celeryville, Ohio on November 11, 1926 to Cornelius and Florence (Postema) Rietveld. I had an older brother and older sister.

I got my primary education in a one room schoolhouse. I dropped out of high school when I was 17 years old and enlisted in the Navy during WWII. I later graduated from Shelby Senior High School after the war was over. I furthered my education under the GI Bill at MSOE University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I graduated from their Engineering College.

After discharge from the Navy, I worked as a fireman for the Pennsylvania Railroad. It was during this time that I met Anne Ardelle Barnhart while attending the Baptist church in Shelby. Later we were married on December 18, 1948 in the same Baptist church where we met.

Throughout my life I worked as an Engineer for Surface Combustion, Toledo and National Cash Register (NCR), Dayton. My work also included contracts in St. Louis. I was given many challenging assignments in my career such as helping to develop the first curved glass windshield for automobiles.

I enjoyed performing meaningful projects. I always thought “outside the box” and was an inventor. My first invention was the hinge on Little Golden Books for children (still used to this day). I did this while I was in college. After I retired, I invented a “camera handle” to hold and steady small cameras.

Annie and I traveled and vacationed at many places- many of them historical sites. We also flew to London on the Concorde enroute to visit my family in Holland. We returned home on the QE2.

I love music and art. I was an art collector and also an artist. I have written several songs and recorded them on CDs. I played the organ as well. I am also a pilot and love to fly. Annie would fly with me some of the time.”

To add to Floyd’s take on his life, he was genuine, kind, generous, and truly a joy to visit. His numerous associations also included Washington Heights Baptist Church where he was an active member and Cedarville University.

Although Annie and Floyd had no children, Floyd is survived by many nieces and nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Family and friends are welcome on Friday, June 18, 2021 from 10-11 am at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby where funeral services will immediately follow at 11 am.  Dr. Paul Dixon, former President of Cedarville University and personal friend of Annie and Floyd, will officiate the services and entombment will be in a private mausoleum at Oakland Cemetery in Shelby. Military honors will be conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail.  Memorial contributions may be made to Cedarville University, give.cedarville.edu.

Appropriate ways to express sympathy for those unable to attend may be done by leaving an online condolence at www.PenwellTurner.com or by leaving a comment on Floyd’s obituary on the funeral home’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/PenwellFuneral.

Joseph R. “Joe” Kuhns

Joseph R. “Joe” Kuhns, age 53, of Shelby, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, June 6, 2021 at OhioHealth Shelby Hospital.

Joe was born April 26, 1968 in Fremont, Ohio, the son of the late Vivian (Snow) Mesnard and Russell Kuhns. A machinist by trade, Joe was most recently employed by MD&A Turbines in Marion. Joe was an incredibly talented woodworker- not just a woodworker, but truly an artist. His intricate pieces often moved those he crafted them for to tears because of their beauty. Joe was also incredibly handy and, as the saying goes, was a “jack of all trades and master of none”. Together with his wife, Shelley, they enjoyed throwing darts and were members of Life Point Community Church in Plymouth where Joe was active with the security team.

Shelley was a true caregiver to Joe throughout his illnesses and always told her that she “was his angel.” Shelley now has Joe as hers. Joe married Shelley (Evans) Kuhns on June 10, 2017, and she survives along with his children: Amanda Jo Mata and Anthony Kuhns both of Tiffin; grandchildren: Kaia, Cora, and Sophia; stepchildren: Brennan Osborn of Cleveland and Luke Rundag of Mansfield; special friends: Dawn Irving and Dwight and Brandi Gregory; and other relatives and friends.

Family and friends are welcome on Thursday, June 10, 2021 from 4-7 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will be held on Friday, June 11, 2021 at 11 am. Pastor Rich Hurles will officiate the services and burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Shelby. For those wishing, memorial contributions may be made to Shelley Kuhns for assistance with offsetting medical bills and left in care of the funeral home.

Appropriate ways to express sympathy for those unable to attend may be done by leaving an online condolence on Joe’s obituary at www.PenwellTurner.com or by leaving a comment on his post on the funeral home’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/PenwellFuneral.

To watch Joe’s tribute video, follow this link: https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/Q6RW9JK55YTT448M

Thomas Edward Korbas

Thomas Edward Korbas, 83, of Greenwood, Indiana passed away on May 26, 2021 at the Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Tom was born on May 27, 1937 in Shelby, Ohio to the late John and Mary Korbas.

Tom graduated in 1955 from Shelby High School, where he was a member of the golf team. He served in the US Army and Army Reserves from 1960-1966, including time at the DMZ in Korea.

Tom married Judith Hetler in 1963 in Mansfield Ohio. Tom and Judy traveled throughout the continental US and Canada with friends and family and expanded their travels after retirement to include Alaska, Hawaii and several Caribbean islands. Tom was a life-long golfer and played for many years in several golf leagues, as well as playing Sunday mornings with family and friends. He enjoyed TV and movie westerns and military shows, hunting and fishing, playing card games with his grandchildren, and spending time with his large extended family. Tom worked for Ohio Seamless Tube (Tuby) for more than 30 years until he retired in 1999. He was a member of the American Legion and an Honorary Life Member of the Knights of Columbus.

Tom is survived by his wife of 57 years, Judith (Hetler) Korbas; two daughters, Annette Korbas of Greenwood, Indiana, and Rose Ortiz of Rio Rancho, New Mexico; and three grandchildren, Andrew Ortiz (Kayli), Dominic Ortiz and Rachel Ortiz; brothers Rudy Korbas, Jim Korbas (Ann), Mike Korbas (Patty) and sister Theresa Tash; brother-in-law Fred (Jeannie) Hetler; sister-in-law Mary Stirtzinger; a very large and loving extended family, and many, many friends.

Tom was preceded in death by his son Brian Korbas, parents John and Mary Korbas; brothers Steve (Gaylee) Korbas, Joe (Virginia) Korbas, and Paul Korbas; sister Marianne Korbas; sister-in-law Marilyn Korbas; and brother-in-law Philip Stirtzinger.

The family thanks the staff at Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis, IN for their care, support, and compassion.

Family and friends are welcome Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, from 2-4 pm and 5-7 pm, where the rosary will be recited at 7 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 10:30 am at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 29 West Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875. Fr. Chris Mileski will officiate and burial will follow in the church cemetery, where military honors will be conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church or to the Indianapolis VAMC Homeless Veterans Program, 1481 West 10th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202-2884, make checks payable to Indianapolis VAMC-135 in the memo of check put *Homeless Veterans Program*.

Condolences may be left on the funeral home’s website, or Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/PenwellFuneral.

John Michael Roth

John Michael Roth, age 58, of Shelby, died Sunday, May 23, 2021 at OhioHealth Marion General Hospital.

John was born April 10, 1963 in Shelby to James Alan and Constance Jean (Oates) Roth. He was a 1981 graduate of Shelby High School and Pioneer Joint Vocational School. John had worked for John’s Auto Parts for several years prior to spending the majority of his career in various departments for the City of Shelby, retiring in 2016 from the Line Department. He also was a volunteer firefighter for the Shelby Fire Department.

John loved anything outside and was known for his meticulously cared for lawn. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, and baseball and also liked traveling.

John is survived by his wife, Dr. Theresa Ann (Driscoll) Roth, whom he wed on September 14, 1985; his mother: Connie Roth of Shelby; brother and sister: Jerry (Lynnette) Roth of Shelby and Jodi Korbas (Christina Downs) of Columbus; his mother-in-law: Barbara Driscoll of Shelby; in-laws: Patricia Sponseller of Seattle, WA, Beth Driscoll of Shelby, and Commander Jim Driscoll (fiancé, Edy) of Poquoson, VA; 12 nieces and nephews: Nikki (Curt) Keller, Ali (Doug) Weltmer, Ashleigh Roth, Rachael (Jake) Alfrey, Konnor Korbas, Kody Korbas, Lesley Mayorga, Hannah (Jas) Burks, Denver Burks, Lauren Driscoll, Anna Driscoll, and James Driscoll; an aunt: Judy (Rich) Messner; and numerous other relatives and friends. His father, James Alan Roth, and father-in-law, James Driscoll, preceded him in death.

Family and friends are welcome to attend a life celebration gathering on Thursday, May 27, 2021 from 4-7 pm at the Shelby Crossing Golf Course and Event Center pavilion, 3885 Laser Road, Shelby. Please come in casual dress. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Harmony House, 124 W 3rd Street, Mansfield, Ohio 44902 or to the Shelby Foundation, 142 North Gamble Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875 specifically for the Shelby Y Endowment Fund.

Care for John and his family is being provided by the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Appropriate ways to express sympathy for those unable to attend may be done by leaving an online condolence on John’s obituary at www.PenwellTurner.com or by leaving a comment on his post on the funeral home’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/PenwellFuneral.

MaryAnn Jean Allamon

MaryAnn Jean Allamon, age 85, of Shelby, died unexpectedly at her home on Thursday, May 20, 2021.

MaryAnn was born July 26, 1935 in Republic, PA, the daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Klima) Vresko. A graduate of Red Stone High School in Republic, PA, she worked as a switchboard operator in PA prior to moving to Shelby with her late husband, Ray, and their family in 1960. In Shelby, she worked for Ballonoff Metal Products and later for AMF until its closing.

MaryAnn loved to bowl and play bingo and especially enjoyed going for walks. She was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Penn State Nittany Lions. MaryAnn was a faithful member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Shelby.

Survivors include her 7 children: Richard Allamon of Shelby, Cheryl (Larry) Schunke of Fredericktown, Timothy (Nancy) Allamon of Bucyrus, David (Cathey) Allamon of Lubbock, TX, Linda (Jim) Darnell of McClelland Town, PA, Christine (Jesse) Sanders of Center Line, MI, and Deborah Hamilton of Shelby; 16 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Ray E. Allamon, on September 1, 2004; a granddaughter: Bernice Adkins; a brother: Bob Vresko; and a sister: Gertrude Vresko.

Family and friends are welcome at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 from 5-7 pm and also from 9:30-10:30 am on Thursday, May 27, 2021 where funeral services will immediately follow at 10:30 am. Fr. Chris Mileski will officiate with burial following in Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the church, 29 West Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875.

Appropriate ways to express sympathy for those unable to attend may be done by leaving an online condolence on MaryAnn’s obituary at www.PenwellTurner.com or by leaving a comment on her post on the funeral home’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/PenwellFuneral.

Barbara Jean “Barb” Holmer

Barbara Jean “Barb” Holmer, age 68, of Shelby, died Tuesday morning, May 11, 2021 at Liberty Nursing Center of Mansfield.

Barb was born January 15, 1953 in Tiffin to the late Leonard Anthony and Bernadette (Falter) Holmer. She was a 1971 graduate of Seneca East High School. Barb began her working career at Pioneer Rubber in Willard/Attica and most recently had worked for a janitorial service through The Rehab Center in Mansfield.

Barb’s hobbies included collecting small trinkets (especially dolls), gardening, and always had a soft spot in her heart for any kind of animal. She was a member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Shelby.

In addition to her parents, Barb was preceded in death by her sisters: Kathleen Metzger and Susan Athy. Her survivors include her brothers-in-law: Michael Metzger and Paul Athy; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.

Family and friends are welcome on Friday, May 14, 2021 from 9:30-10:30 am at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Mass of Christian Burial will follow the visitation on Friday at 11 am at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 29 West Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875. Fr. Chris Mileski will be the celebrant and burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the church.

Condolences may be left on the funeral home’s website, www.PenwellTurner.com, or Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/PenwellFuneral.

Gary R. Blanton

Gary R. Blanton, age 69, of Shelby, went peacefully to be with the Lord on Wednesday night, May 5, 2021 at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital after a brief illness.

Gary was born March 18, 1952 in Mansfield to the late Hade and Dorothy (Tackett) Blanton. To sum up Gary’s life, there were two things of importance: family and music. Since childhood, music has been part of his life. He began singing at the age of 17 with his family, known then as the Gospel Crusaders and now as The Blanton Family. Since 1969 he has traveled the country playing in thousands of churches and festivals spreading the gospel message through his music ministry. Gary especially loved to sing at funerals and bring comfort to families in their time of sorrow and grief. Music was everything to him.

Gary thoroughly enjoyed his working career in construction and was the owner of Blanton Home Improvement. He also relished time spent trap shooting with his grandson, Curtis.

Gary is survived by his wife of 51 years, Donna J. (McClain) Blanton, whom he wed on October 11, 1969; his daughters: Pam (Steve) Brown of Mansfield and Dorothy (Doug) Oyster of Mansfield; grandchildren: Curtis Oyler, Mason Oyster, Douglas Oyster, Jr., and David Oyster; his special fur-baby children and grandchildren: Gibson, Biscuit, Smokey, and Pebbles; his special sister: Sandy (Martin) Spurgeon of Ontario and siblings: Shirley Sutton of Mansfield, Phyllis Blanton of Shelby, and Harold (Judy) Blanton of Mansfield; family friend: Lynn Wallace; special nieces and nephew: Jessica (Marc) Daugherty, Melissa Spurgeon, Alisha (Steve) Clay, and David Blanton; special great nieces: Nevaeh Spurgeon, Johanna Daugherty, and Kallee “Roxy” Daugherty; in-laws: Carolyn Blanton, Marian Blanton, Cheryl Blanton, Lorie Blanton, and Rhonda and Lee Johnson; and numerous other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, Gary was preceded in death by his 5 brothers: Vernon, Robert, Charles, Thomas, and Michael.

Family and friends are welcome on Monday, May 10, 2021 from 1-3 and 6-8 pm at the Cornerstone Freewill Baptist Church, 1602 Walker Lake Road, Ontario, Ohio 44906, where funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 11 am. The family kindly requests that those attending wear masks. Revs. Lucian Baker and Rick Keesee will officiate the services with burial following in Oakland Cemetery in Shelby. For those wishing, memorial contributions may be made to the church.

Care for Gary and his family is being provided by the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875. Appropriate ways to express sympathy for those unable to attend may be done by leaving an online condolence on Gary’s obituary at www.PenwellTurner.com or by leaving a comment on his post on the funeral home’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/PenwellFuneral.

Anna W. Zimmerman

Anna W. Zimmerman, age 88 years, 1 month, and 6 days, of Shiloh, died Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at the home of her daughter, Susan.

She was born March 29, 1933 in Leacock Township, Lancaster County, PA to the late Harry L. and Anna H. (Weaver) Oberholtzer. She married John Aaron N. Zimmerman on January 6, 1955 and he preceded her in death on September 9, 2020. Anna was a member of Blooming Grove Old Order Mennonite Church.

Surviving are 12 sons and 4 daughters: Irvin (Martha) of Shiloh, Harold (Esther) of Shiloh, David (Lydia) of Shiloh, John Aaron (Eunice) of Shiloh, Alvin (Norma) of Greenwich, Alta (Ammon) Martin of New Holland, PA, Eli (Irene) of Sardinia, OH, Emory (Ella) of Shiloh, Amos (Alma) of Ashland, Lawrence (Norma) of Willard, Steven of Paradise, PA, Anna Mae (Leonard) Zimmerman of Penn Yan, NY, Susan (Harlan) Shirk of New Holland, PA, Leroy (Ella Mae) of Carson City, MI, Samuel (Lillian) of Shiloh, and Lena (David) Horning of Greenwich; 127 grandchildren and 186 great grandchildren; and 4 brothers: John, Joseph, Harry and David. In addition to her parents and husband, Anna was preceded in death by 4 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; and 2 brothers and 4 sisters.

Family and friends are welcome on Sunday, May 9, 2021 from 1-4 pm at the home of her son, Samuel, 1125 Free Road, Shiloh. Funeral services will be on Monday, May 10, 2021 at 9:30 am at Blooming Grove Old Order Mennonite Church, Free Road, Shiloh. Bishop Alvin Hoover will officiate services. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Care for Anna and her family is being provided by the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby.

Reba Hunt

Reba Hunt, age 73, of Crestline, died Thursday, April 29, 2021 at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital after a brief and unexpected illness.

Reba was born March 28, 1948 in Portsmouth to the late Clarence and Helen Louise (Stamper) Erwin. She was a 1966 graduate of Madison High School. Reba was a longtime employee of Buckeye Bakery and had worked at the Mansfield Hearing Aid Center. She was a lead volunteer for the Cookies 4 iPads program through the Make It Fit Foundation, which gifted iPads to children with Autism. Reba was a longtime member of Journey Life Center and, most recently, Peace in the Valley in Mansfield.

Reba was a gospel singer, singing in church and with The Gospel Three and then The Homeward Bound Singers. She most recently sang with her daughter, Melissa, and has helped jump start her singing career, even singing at the Grand Ole Opry together. She loved children and assisted in raising many children over the years. She was known as a behind the scenes giver. Reba enjoyed feeding those in need and buying toys for children around the holidays.

On August 28, 1967, Reba married Wetzel Hunt. Wetzel survives along with her three daughters: Angela (Larry) Parsons of Bucyrus, Melissa (Dave) Satterfield of Ashland, and Krista Michelle Ash of Mansfield; grandchildren: Christopher (Kristie) Williams, Jeffrey Burgess, Mikayla Burgess (fiancé Jake Smith), Jewel Prater, Ashley Prater, Lexi Prater, David Satterfield, Chase Satterfield, and Dalton Satterfield; great-grandchildren: Christopher Williams II, Adalyn Williams, Evelyn Williams, and Carter Smith; sister: Shary (Clemont) Rose of Bellville; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to her parents, Reba was preceded in death by her siblings: Bobby Erwin, Gary Erwin, and Elizabeth Head.

Family and friends are welcome Wednesday, May 5, 2021 from 11 am until the start of her funeral services at 1 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Pastor Harvey Studer will officiate services and burial will follow in the Oak Grove Memorial Park in Lexington. Memorial contributions may be made to the Make It Fit Foundation, http://www.makeitfit.org/donate/

Appropriate ways to express sympathy for those unable to attend may be done by leaving an online condolence on Reba’s obituary at www.PenwellTurner.com or by leaving a comment on her post on the funeral home’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/PenwellFuneral.