Michael L. Fox, 56, of Rockford, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at UT Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio, after a recent motorcycle accident.  He was born on May 30, 1961, in Mercer County, Ohio, to Gary and Delight (Felver) Fox.  On November 19, 1983, he married his loving wife, Nikki Sapp, who survives in Rockford. 


Mike was a fun-loving husband, father, grandpa, son, brother, uncle, and friend. He loved his family dearly and especially loved their huge family vacations. Mike loved to ride his motorcycle and even joked that he would bury it with him some day. His love for riding with family and friends eventually inspired him and other family members to create the “Fox Family Ride for Autism” which raised money that the family donated to purchase electronic devices to help change the lives of many kids with autism, many of them local students. Mike lived all of his life in the Mercer county area and was involved in many organizations. He was a member of the Rockford Eagles and The Shanes Masonic Lodge. He graduated from Parkway High School in 1979 and worked at Plastipak Packaging in Jackson Center as a fork lift operator.    


Surviving in addition to his wife Nikki are their children: Son Zach (Amanda) Fox of Holly Springs, NC, and daughters Sarah (Jim) Manzoni, Lemont, PA and Rebecca Fox of Wapakoneta, OH. Also surviving are his mother, Delight Fox, of Rockford; Sister Holly (Chris) Snyder of Sylvania, OH; Brother Jeff (Curtis) Brock-Fox of Columbus, OH; Gary (Mandy) Fox of Rockford; 3 grandkids, 10 nieces and nephews; and 8 great-nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death was his father, Gary V. Fox.




Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. at Praise Point Church, Willshire, Ohio, with Pastor Mark Rutledge officiating.  Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Rockford, Ohio. Friends may call at Praise Point Church on Tuesday, September 19 from 2-8 p.m. and 1 hour prior to the funeral service on Wednesday. There will be services by the Rockford Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge #1292 at 7:00 p.m. followed by services by Shanes Lodge #377 F&AM Masonic Lodge at 7:30 p.m., both on Tuesday evening.


Memorials may be directed to iTaalk (Interactive Technology Assisting Autistic Little Kids) Autism Foundation.


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Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, has been entrusted with Mike’s services.




Daniel Dean Miesse 94, of Celina, OH, passed away September 14, 2017 at The Gardens of Celina.


He was born October 16, 1922, in Mercer County to Oran and Zella (Siler) Miesse, who are both deceased.  He was also preceded in death by his wife of 73 years Pauline Miller Miesse and his brother Robert Miesse.


He is survived by two sons Douglas (Anjel) Miesse of Midwest City, OK and Malcolm (Donna) Miesse of Decatur, IN.  Also surviving are three grandchildren Brian (Ann) Miesse, Greenfield, IN, Craig Miesse, San Jose, CA and Andy (Emily) Miesse, Durham, CT.  Six great-grandchildren Benjamin, Ella, Jacob, Samuel, Oliver, and Margot Miesse also survive.


Daniel graduated from Celina High School in the class of 1940.  He and Pauline were married November 8, 1943.  He worked at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton and Westinghouse in Lima prior to serving in the Army in WW II.  He retired from Goodyear St Marys as an industrial engineer after 37 years.  He is a long time member of St Paul’s United Methodist Church (now Grand Lake UMC) in Celina.


He enjoyed traveling and fishing and belonged to the Mercer County Sportsmen Club and the American Legion Post 210, Celina.


Visitation hours will be from 4 – 7 pm on Monday, September 18, 2017, in Cisco Funeral Home, Celina; where a prayer service will be held by the Celina VFW and American Legion Members at 7:00 pm.


Funeral services will begin at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 in the Grand Lake United Methodist Church, Celina, with Rev. Diane Mendelson officiating; the family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral at the church. 


Burial will follow at North Grove Cemetery in Celina; where military honors will be provided by the Celina American Legion Post and Celina VFW Post.


Memorial contributions can be made to Grand Lake United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund.


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