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Ward F. Guinther

August 23. 2013 7:54AM
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Ward F. Guinther, 57, died at 1:42 p.m. March 26, 2013, at his residence following a courageous seven month battle with cancer, surrounded by his family.

He was born April 15, 1955, in Sturgis, Mich., to the late Jack and Betty Gill Guinther. On May 13, 1999, he married Charity L. Michel, who survives.

Ward was an over the road truck driver most recently for Woods Brothers Trucking. He enjoyed NASCAR racing, hunting, fishing and playing computer games. Ward was an Army veteran.

Survivors also include three daughters, Jackie (Lyle) Bothe, of Aurora, S.D., Joellen Kay (Josh Brown) Lehman, of Columbus Grove, and Sarah Jean (T.J.) Melton, of Columbus Grove; six grandchildren, Jasmine, Nathan and Lyle Bothe, Alexis Lehman, Lila Lynn Brown, and Sadie Kay Melton; a brother, Tom (Mary Ann) Guinther, of Sebring, Fla.; a sister, Debbie (Pat) Davis, of Sturgis, Mich.; two brothers-in-law, Tim (June) Michel, of Maysville, N.C., and John (Deanna) Michel, of Columbus Grove; a sister-in-law, Joyce (Gary) Hauenstein, of Beaverdam; and a mother-in-law, Wanda (Kenny Smith) Heffner, of Columbus Grove.

A celebration of life service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton. Pastor Michael Downey will officiate.

Friends and family may call Saturday from 2 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of the funeral home.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at

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