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Clifford R. Murphy
06/26/1926 - 09/10/2014

Clifford Roy Murphy was born June 26, 1926 in Dille, West Virginia. He was the youngest of twelve children born to Henry Owen and Rebecca Mae (Camp) Murphy. He died September 10, 2014 at Stein Hospice in Sandusky after a courageous battle with myelodysplastic syndrome, a type of cancer.

Roy was a Navy veteran serving our country in World War II, where he was stationed on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific Ocean.

Roy married the love of his life, Emma Jean Kelly, in 1948. They celebrated 66 years of marriage this past March. Roy always wanted to be with Emma Jean and, with the exception of brief hospital stays, they never spent a night apart in their more than six decades of marriage.

After the war, Roy worked for several years in the West Virginia coal mines. In 1955, he and Emma Jean moved their family to Oak Harbor, Ohio, where they lived briefly before settling in Clyde, which they happily called home for more than fifty years. Roy was a devoted employee of Ford Motor Company, where he worked as a tow motor driver until retiring in 1983. Throughout his life, Roy owned several Fords and was proud to “buy American”.

Roy had many passions including Emma Jean’s cooking, gardening, Western movies, Cleveland Indians baseball and Mail Pouch tobacco. Roy was well versed in politics and current events, he closely watched gas prices and he loved a good bargain, which he would inevitably use as an excuse to buy things for family and friends. Like many veterans, Roy struggled with alcoholism for several years, but he was sober for the last nearly fifty years of his life and he was a strong supporter of Alcoholics’ Anonymous. Roy will be remembered by the many who loved him for his generous heart and his great sense of humor, which stayed with him to his final days.

Roy is survived by his wife, Emma Jean, daughter Sada Laurendeau, son-in-law David Laurendeau, son Claude Murphy, grandchildren David Laurendeau, Jr. (Nickie), Amy Laurendeau (Chris Lal), Brandi Skipper (Scott), Deneil Sanchez (Carlos) and Royce Laurendeau, six great-grandchildren, beloved friends Dennis and Cindy Mosier and their children and grandchildren, whom he considered his own, and numerous other family and loved ones far and near. He was preceded in death by his son, Clifford Henry Murphy, his parents and his eleven brothers and sisters.

The family will hold a private memorial service and asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Stein Hospice in honor of Roy’s extraordinary life.
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Bruce Ira Legg, Sr.
05/07/1923 - 09/05/2014

Bruce Ira Legg, Sr., 91, of Clyde, died on Fri., Sept. 5, 2014 at The Toledo Hospital.

Bruce was born in Athens, Ala. on May 7, 1923 to the now deceased Dennis E. and Lona R. (Dugger) Legg. He served in the US Army in WWII where he was a SGT.

Mr. Legg was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Clyde; the Clyde VFW, American Legion; Moose and Eagles.
He had worked for 41 years at the N&S Railroad prior to retirement. He had been the owner of the former Legg Tree Service until 1991; and then for 15 years had worked for WSOS delivering meals.

On Aug. 25, 1956, he married Ida Linger. She survives as do their children, Bruce I. Legg, Jr. (Fiancée Linda Shutters), Maumee; Brenda Bailey (Ray), Vickery; and Brian Legg (Tamitha) Legg, Fremont. Seven grandchildren, six great grandchildren and one sister, Opalene Hoover of Pa, also survive.

He was preceded in death by five brothers, Howard Legg; Marvin Legg; Milton Legg; Price Legg and Robert Legg, and one sister, Mamie Hoover.

Visitation will be on Tues., Sept. 9, 2014 from 9:00 AM until the service at 11:00 AM at the Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home, 218 South Main St., Clyde. Rev. Ray Kovach will officiate, with burial in Greenlawn Memory Gardens. Military rites will be provided by the Clyde VFW and American Legion.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s veteran charity of choice.
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Visitation Date: 09/09/2014

Visitation Location: Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home - 218 South Main St., Clyde

Service Date: 09/09/2014

Service Location: Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home - 218 S. Main St., Clyde

 

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Donna Blanco on September 9th, 2014 - 2:08 pm said:
Bruce I am very sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family.

Barb McWilliams Steward on September 8th, 2014 - 1:50 pm said:
Aunt Ida, Bruce, Brenda and Brian, so very sorry for your loss. Although it has been years since we've seen each other, sending you love, prayers and peace.


 

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Roderick D. Rohm
04/19/1961 - 08/29/2014

Roderick D. Rohm, 53, of Clyde, died Friday, August 29, 2014 as a result of an automobile accident.

He was born April 19, 1961 in Fremont to the late Raymond Dale and Regina (Nowak) Rohm.

Rick graduated from Ross High School and The Ohio State University with a degree in architecture. He enjoyed Native American culture and artifacts. He was an Eagle Scout and an avid coffee drinker. He liked wizards, dragons, and electronics.

He is survived by his siblings: Yvonne Rohm Wayland-Smith (Marc) of Clyde; Anita Rohm Williams (Bill) of Alabama; Randy Rohm (Sheila) of Fremont; Rebecca Rohm Netherland of Sandusky; and Veronica Rohm of Fremont.

A private family service will be held at East Harbor State Park, a favorite place of Rick’s. His graveside service will be 1:00pm Monday, September 8, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Fremont. Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home in Clyde is assisting the family with arrangements.

Because of Rick’s autism, a charity close to the family’s hearts is Autism Speaks. Memorials in memory of Rick may be given to Autism Speaks, 1060 State Rd 2nd Floor, Princeton, NJ 08540
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Service Date: 09/08/2014

Service Location: St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery - 997 Cleveland Street, Fremont

 

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Donald D. Baker
08/16/1933 - 08/31/2014

Donald D. Baker, 81, of Clyde, died Sunday, August 31, 2014 at Firelands Regional Medical Center.

He was born August 16, 1933 in Fremont to Merle and Hazel (Willis) Baker.

Don was a member of First United Methodist Church in Clyde, Clyde Eagles, and Clyde VFW. He had served our country in the US Army from 1957-1962. He retired from the Whirlpool Corp after 41 years.

He is survived by his daughters, Ronda Jean of Huron and Marcy Kay of Sandusky. His brother, Roland (Barb) Baker of Clyde and sisters-in-law, Iva Baker of Fremont and Arlene Baker of Clyde also survive.

In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his brothers: Robert, Richard, Harold, Herbert, Garold, Clayton, Delbert, Ross, Howard, Merlin "Dutch", Ralph, and his sister, Viola Farster... Read more

Visitation Date: 09/03/2014

Visitation Location: Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home - 218 South Main Street, Clyde

Funeral Date: 09/04/2014

Funeral Location: Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home - 218 South Main Street, Clyde

 

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Bob and Char Hernandez on September 4th, 2014 - 11:41 am said:
Marcy, Char and I were sorry to hear about your Dads passing. We just wanted you to know that even though we could not make it to the visitation, we are thinking of you and we will keep you in our prayers. Take care and God Bless.

Denny and Mary Kay Blair on September 2nd, 2014 - 9:38 pm said:
Rollie and Arlene, We are sorry that your brother (brother-in-law) Donald passed away. We extend our condolences to you and your family and wish you comfort in your memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Becky Brooks on September 2nd, 2014 - 12:25 am said:
Don was a regular visitor to the Clyde Enteprise office for years where he stopped to visit his niece. I can't count how many times he called to chat with her and I was taking messages. He was fun to talk to and I know he will be missed.

Beth Hackenburg on September 1st, 2014 - 11:26 pm said:
My thoughts and prayers to Don's family. Don was a very special man that I thought the world of. You couldn't help but smile when Don laughed. Don was a wonderful friend to my dad and they had a special friendship that gave my dad many chuckles. Thanks, Don, and Rest In Peace!


 

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Dorman G. "Whitey" Bigelow
09/11/1920 - 08/24/2014

Dorman G. “Whitey” Bigelow, 93, formerly of Clyde, died Sunday, August 24, 2014 at the Ohio Veteran’s Home in Sandusky.

He was born September 11, 1920 in Clyde to the late Franklin Anthony and Jenny Irene (Fitz) Bigelow.

Whitey served our county in the US Army during WWII. He had driven truck for Preston Trucking.

On January 24, 1948 he married Edythe A. (Jacobs) Bigelow and she preceded him in death on August 29, 2000.

Survivors include their daughters, Kimberly (Greg) Preston of Fremont; Susan (James) Milleson of Tennessee; and Elizabeth “Betty” Hackenburg. Ten grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren also survive.

Whitey was preceded in death by his parents, all his siblings, and a granddaughter.

A military graveside service will be 10:00am Friday, September 5, 2014 in the Veteran’s Section of McPherson Cemetery in Clyde. Military rites will be provided by the Clyde VFW and American Legion. Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home in Clyde is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorials may be given to the family in care of the Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home, 218 South Main Street, Clyde.... Read more

Service Date: 09/05/2014

Service Location: Veteran's Section of McPherson Cemetery - corner of US Route 20 and Ohio Route 101, Clyde

 

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Ginger Bigelow Beerbower on September 5th, 2014 - 9:22 pm said:
Uncle Whitey you will be greatly missed

Amy Neumann on September 3rd, 2014 - 10:38 pm said:
Grandpa you will forever be in our hearts. I will always remember the horse race papers we were never allowed to touch, and how you always twirled your toothpick in your mouth. Thanks for taking good care of grandma, and your family. Love you

Don and Roberta Bigelow on September 3rd, 2014 - 12:51 am said:
Sail along with the wind, Dear Uncle Whitey. We will miss you everyday. You have been a great Uncle to me and always tool time to talk. You are surely a Jewel. God Bless You

Amy Neumann on September 3rd, 2014 - 12:20 am said:
Grandpa , you will forever be in our hearts and our memories. Like the horse race papers on the end of the coffee table no one was allowed to touch. Or when you eould twirl your toothpick in your mouth. And how you just loved your family. Thanks for being you.

Jill Milleson on September 2nd, 2014 - 11:47 pm said:
Grandpa, you will be greatly missed!! With our love! Michael, Jill, Michael and Matthew xoxox

Melody Stiltner on September 2nd, 2014 - 1:50 am said:
Rest in Peace Whitey. It was an honor and pleasure to take care of you at OVH. I always looked forward in talking and keeping you informed on Clyde. You will be sadly missed for sure. Thoughts and prayers to family and friends.


 

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Diana Zerman Thurston
08/23/1951 - 08/21/2014

Diana Zerman Thurston, 62, of Valrico, Florida, formerly of Clyde, died Thursday, August 21, 2014 in Florida.

She was born August 23, 1951 in Fremont to Frank A. and Faye L. (Miller) Zerman.

Diana graduated from Clyde High School in 1970 and had lived in Texas, Michigan, and Florida.

She is survived by her mother, Faye Zerman Snyder of Palmetto, Florida; her partner, Don Rackley in Valrico, Florida; her brothers, Frank (Pat) Zerman of Mt. Gilead and Chuck (Becky) Zerman of Clyde; and nieces and nephews.

Diana was preceded in death by her father; her sister, Faye Myers; and her step-father, Norman Snyder.

A private family graveside service will be held at Bakertown Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials in memory of Diana can be given to the Moffet Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.... Read more

 

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Juanita Burrows
08/18/2014 - 08/24/2014

Juanita Burrows, 92, of Green Springs, Ohio died at the Promedica Memorial Hospital, Fremont, Ohio on Sun., Aug. 24, 2014.

Mrs. Burrows was born in Kentucky on March 31, 1922 to the now deceased Oscar and Honor (Clark) Jackson. She was a member of the Alliance Church in Fremont. Also a member of the Green Springs VFW Auxiliary for 59 years.

On Sept. 30, 1940, she married Art Burrows, he preceded her on Aug. 9, 1987.

Survivors include a daughter, Shirley (Barry) Covert, Green Springs, a son, Arthur Dwayne Burrows, Davenport, Fla; four grandchildren, including Terry (Karen) Covert; Jeff (Diane) Covert and Amy (Brian) Fjeldsted; seven great grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Juanita was preceded by four sisters, Margaret Hawkins; Grace Peters; Nona Lucas; Ellen Watts; and two brothers, Harry Jackson; Walter Jackson.

Visitation will be on Wed., Aug.27, 2014 from 4:00- 8:30 pm at Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home 218 S. Main St., Clyde. The funeral will be on Thurs., Aug. 28, 2014 at 10:30 AM at the Alliance Church in Fremont with the Rev. Glenn Merrill officiating. Burial will be in Green Springs Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Memorial Hospice.
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Visitation Date: 08/27/2014

Visitation Location: Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home - 218 S. main St., Clyde, Ohio

Service Date: 08/28/2014

Service Location: Alliance Church - Brush St., Fremont, Ohio

 

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Ruth Hill on August 27th, 2014 - 8:35 pm said:
Sending warm and caring thoughts to all the family of Juanita Burrows on the loss of their beloved mother and grandmother. My thoughts and prayers will be with all of you. May all your precious memories with Juanita help you through this difficult time


 

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N. Scott Myers
01/20/1965 - 08/21/2014

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Scott Myers, 49, lost his two year battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at his home in Clyde.

Scott was born in Sandusky on January 20, 1965 to the now deceased Norman G. and Marian (Cleveland) Myers. He graduated from Clyde High School in 1985. In 2012, he retired from Whirlpool Corp. He had been the owner of Myers & Son Lawn Care.

Scott was a member of The Clyde Eagles and Moose. He was a former member of the Clyde Kiwanis Club. His fifteen year membership in the Clyde Fire Dept., having held the position of Lieutenant, held a special place his Scott’s heart. He held several offices in the Clyde Fireman’s Assoc.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy (Rohrbacher) Myers; a son, Seth Myers, Clyde; a daughter, Kaylee Myers, Fremont; step daughter, Kari Mestrez, Sandusky; step son, Cory Rohrbacher, Fremont; Five step grandchildren, Gideon; Jarrett; Cati; Hayden; Noah; two brothers, Denny (Sheryl) Myers; Doug Myers, all of Clyde; two sisters, Vickie Shaffer (Fred Coleman), Green Springs; Patti Cooner (Jeff) Clyde. Nieces and nephews, Bobbi (Gerald) Hill; Brandi (Joe) Britt; Brian (Dionne) Myers; Kim (DeWayne) Nagle; Derek(Nicole) Myers; Paul Shaffer; Kevin(Michelle) Cooner; and Ashley Cooner.

Scott was preceded in death by his parents and brother, David Myers.

Visitation will be on Sunday, August 24, 2014 from Noon until 4:00 pm and 5-8:00 pm at the Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home, 218 S. Main St., Clyde. The Clyde Fireman Service will be at 8:00 pm. His funeral will be on Monday, August 25, 2014 at 10:30 AM at The First United Methodist Church, Clyde with Rev. Ray Kovach officiating. The funeral procession will be escorted by the Clyde Fire Department. Burial will be in Green Springs Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Clyde Fireman’s Assoc. Children’s Fire Safety Program or Stein Hospice.
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Visitation Date: 08/24/2014

Visitation Location: Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home - 218 South Main Street, Clyde

Service Date: 08/24/2014

Service Location: Michell-Auxter Funeral Home - 218 South Main Street, Clyde

Funeral Date: 08/25/2014

Funeral Location: First United Methodist Church - 510 West Maple Street, Clyde

 

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Beth Hackenburg on August 29th, 2014 - 3:58 am said:
My sympathy to Scott's entire family. I have two vivid memories of Scott when he would visit South Main School. When Scott would come to eat lunch with the kids they would ALL want him to sit with them. To pacify them he would move from table to table to talk to as many students as possible. The other memory is when the firemen would come to the school for a fire drill and Scott would head straight to the kitchen for a cookie. Scott would walk down the hall and cause a streak of jealousy with the other men so they also would head for the kitchen. Scott would always have a smile for everyone. Scott earned the love and respect from the elementary students and the older generation alike. Scott would do anything for anyone that was in need. Scott blew snow, mowed, painted, and trimmed (like none other) and still maintained a full time job at Whirlpool. Scott had an amazing work ethic that I am sure he inherited from his father, Norm. Scott will truly be missed by all but I am sure he has his arm around my Gram (Ruth Scheerer) saying, there's my girlfriend! Thank you, Scott, for all you have done for the young and older generation and The Clyde Community! You are surely a Special Angel!

Pamela (Morris) Eilrich on August 25th, 2014 - 1:13 am said:
Denny, Doug and all your family members, I extend my deepest sympathy to all of you.

Rebecca Bejarano on August 24th, 2014 - 6:09 pm said:
We met on the old line 2....we had alot of laughs and long talks...there was never a dull moment with you around...I was honored to be your friend....the dear lord has taken you home...no more pain...you will be sadly missed....rip my friend...God bless Nancy and the rest of the family

Grace Schoenfeld on August 23rd, 2014 - 2:15 pm said:
I can't begin to express how sad I am that Scott is gone from us. He touched so many, many people in the community and gave so selflessly of himself. My sincere sympathy to Nancy and all Scott's family. Know that he is with God this day in heaven.


 

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Robert L. Nellessen
01/31/1930 - 08/11/2014

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Robert (Bob) L. Nellessen left our world for God’s eternity on August 11, 2014 after losing his battle with melanoma which he fought for 5 years. He was surrounded by the love of his family—both those present beside him -- and those praying throughout the country.

Bob was born on January 31, 1930 in Evanston, Illinois. He grew up devoted to his Catholic faith attending parochial schools throughout his primary educational years. Bob held many jobs over his lifetime, including setting pins in the Red Crown Bowling alley, soda jerk at Lomar drug store, U.S. mail carrier, insurance investigator, snow plow driver, accountant, state bank examiner, and controller for a truck equipment company in Arizona. He grew up knowing the value of a nickel and was always extremely thrifty and guarded when spending money. As a child of the depression era, he learned to “make do” as his Mama always said. Bob was a Boy and Girl Scout leader for many years when his kids were little in Illinois. Through Scouting he learned to love the outdoors--camping, fishing and canoeing. Bob loved math, puzzles, cryptograms, reading and music. His favorite book of all time was Clowns of God by Morris West. He also loved piano music and his favorite musical group was Abba.

Bob’s love of the Catholic Church drew him to pursue the honor of Deacon. During his time of ministry, he was actively involved in the teen SEARCH program in Phoenix and prison ministry. He was a man known for his compassion and his laughter. One could not be around him very long without sharing a laugh or two---that was just who he was. He was a man of simple needs and found joy in puttering in his shed or “MacGyvering” something unusual that no one else would ever think of. Give him a rubber band --and he would build you a rocket.

Surviving Bob are his loving wife Trudy (Kusmer) of Fremont; his beloved son Joseph Jeffrey “J.J.” of Lindsey, Ohio; his wonderful daughter Cheryl Ann Hallman of Phoenix, Arizona; his son Robert A. Nellessen of northern California; and his daughter Paula J. Johnson of Phoenix, Arizona. He is also survived by his grandchildren Brittany and Justin Hallman of Phoenix, Arizona. Bob’s parents, Bernard Joseph and Eleanor Katherine (Blume) Nellessen of Evanston, IL predeceased him as did his sisters Doreen Elizabeth Hincker (George) and Suanne Rose McNamee. Bob has two surviving siblings: his brother Donald Bernard Nellessen (Patti Jo) of Mesa, Arizona and his sister Sally Josephine Nellessen of Denver, Colorado. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, throughout the country, whom he loved dearly.

Bob’s life will be celebrated with a memorial Mass at 11 a.m. on Saturday August 30, 2014 at Sacred Heart Parish in Fremont, Ohio with Fr. Ken Lill officiating and Deacon Alfredo Diaz assisting. Following the service, family and friends are invited to a luncheon in the church hall.

In lieu of flowers, Bob’s family request that contributions be made in his memory to Stein Hospice, Sandusky, Ohio who shared his final journey with grace and brought him compassion, dignity and peace.

We will miss him.
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Service Date: 08/30/2014

Service Location: Sacred Heart Catholic Church - 550 Smith Road, Fremont

 

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jen smith on August 26th, 2014 - 5:23 pm said:
I pray that Roberts love for you and JJ will always be in your heart to bring comfort to you when you are lonely, strength when you need it most and the knowledge that true love never ends. My heart goes out to you in this time of transition. ,

Pamela and David Eilrich on August 23rd, 2014 - 12:57 am said:
Trudy and Family, We send our sincerest sympathies to you. We are sorry we never met Bob. The details of his life were so inspiring. We send our love to you.


 

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Mary Ellen Sanford
06/21/1939 - 08/19/2014

Mary Ellen Sanford, 75, of Clyde, died Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at the Firelands Regional Medical Center.

She was born June 21, 1939 in Fremont to the late Darrell R. and Lelo B. (Meek) Hudson.

Mary Ellen was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Clyde, where she had served as secretary for many years. She graduated from Clyde High School in 1957. She enjoyed knitting, quilting, and cross stitch. She was a great cook who loved spending time with her family.

On June 22, 1957 she married William C. Sanford, Sr. He preceded her in death on July 17, 2014.

She is survived by their children: Carol Sanford of Orville, Ohio; Barbara (Rex) LeJeune of Fremont; William Jr. (Bev) Sanford of Oak Harbor; John (Jackie) Sanford of Clyde; and James Sanford of Clyde; three grandchildren: Jennifer Sanford; Courtney (Ben) Elam; and Chrissy Sanford; and two great-grandchildren: Cora and Benjamin Elam.

In addition to her parents, Mary Ellen was preceded in death by her daughter, Alison Sanford Halley; her grandson, John Sanford II; and her brother, Dave Hudson.

Graveside services will be held 11:00am Friday, August 22, 2014 at McPherson Cemetery in Clyde. Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home in Clyde is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Service Date: 08/22/2014

Service Location: McPherson Cemetery - corner of US Route 20 and State Route 101, Clyde

 

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Clifford R. Murphy

06/26/1926 - 09/10/2014

Clifford Roy Murphy was born June 26, 1926 in Dille, West Virginia. He was the youngest of twelve children born to Henry Owen and Rebecca Mae (Camp) ... Read more

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Bruce Ira Legg, Sr.

05/07/1923 - 09/05/2014

Bruce Ira Legg, Sr., 91, of Clyde, died on Fri., Sept. 5, 2014 at The Toledo Hospital. Bruce was born in Athens, Ala. on May 7, 1923 to the now dec... Read more

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Roderick D. Rohm

04/19/1961 - 08/29/2014

Roderick D. Rohm, 53, of Clyde, died Friday, August 29, 2014 as a result of an automobile accident. He was born April 19, 1961 in Fremont to the la... Read more

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