Melville D. Gehm, age 93, currently residing at Otterbein, St. Marys, passed away on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 12:45 pm. 


He was born June 27, 1927 in Rockford, Ohio to the late John and Icy (Canary) Gehm.  He married Margaret Louise (Bienz) Gehm on September 4, 1948, and she preceded him in death on November 24, 2009.  He is survived by a special friend, Marvel Lee Martin. 


Melville was a lifelong member of the Chattanooga Methodist Church.  While living at Otterbein he attended the Wayne Street United Methodist Church in St. Marys, as well as the Otterbein Worship Center.  He was a retired farmer and he retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in St. Marys after 30 years of employment.  He was a volunteer with the Chattanooga Fire Department for 27 years.  He was also a member of Shanes Masonic Lodge in Rockford, Ohio, the Scottish Rite of Dayton, the 32 Club, a former Shriner and member of The Shriner’s Hospital Unit.  Melville also belonged to the Celina VFW Post #5713 and the Celina American Legion Post #210.  Melville served in Japan as a medic with the 1st Calvary Division of the US Army, proudly serving his country.


Melville is survived by his three daughters: Linda (Jerry) Duff of Vandalia, Ronda (Robert) Klosterman of St. Marys, and Carol Gehm of Punta Gorda, Belize.  He also has two surviving grandchildren: Deanna (James) Griffiths of Aurora and Marcus (Mindy) Duff of Troy; seven great grandchildren, two step grandchildren, four step great grandchildren and six step great-great grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Donna (Jim) Greene of Pensacola, Florida. 

He was a devoted husband and loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Melville’s death was preceded by his wife, Margaret Louise (Bienz) Gehm, of sixty-two years, his brother, Melvin Gehm, and a grandson, Joshua Beougher. 


Due to the National Health Concerns of COVID -19, Melville’s funeral services will be private. 

Burial will follow at the UCC cemetery next to the church.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made Grand Lake Hospice, 1122 E Spring St, St. Marys, Ohio 45885.


Cisco Funeral Homes of Celina & St. Marys are honored to care for Melville and his family. 

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Matilda "Tillie" Fay Howell, age 92, of Celina, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at the Mercer County Hospital in Coldwater.

She was born in Paulding County, Ohio on February 4, 1928 to the late Eli and Emma (Gerber) Pfister.

On October 24, 1947, she married Eugene W. Howell, he preceded her in death on July 8, 2009.

Surviving are a daughter Suzanne Miller of Celina and a son and daughter-in-law Steve and Phyllis Howell of Bluffton, IN, four grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, brother John Pfister and sister Pauline Baxter.

Preceding her in death were a son-in-law Glen Miller Jr., a grandson, brother Elmer Pfister, three sisters Sophia Pfister, Marie Marten, and Louise Hierholzer.

She was a graduate of Rockford High School, a member of Mt. Tabor Church of God in Celina, and retired from Mersman Brothers after 26 years of service.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 28, 2020 at the Lehman-Dzendzel Funeral Home in Celina, with Rev. Steven Howell and Rev. Amee Paparella officiating. Burial will follow in North Grove Cemetery in Celina.

Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday before the service.

Attendees are required to wear masks, practice social distancing, and follow the COVID-19 guidelines established by Governor DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Tabor Church of God Building Fund 9744 U.S. 127 North, Celina, OH 45822.

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