John Dell


SHERWOOD -- John H. Dell, 76, of Sherwood, passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at St. Luke's Hospital, Maumee, unexpectedly after complications relating to an illness.

John was born December 5, 1936, in Delaware Township, Defiance County, Ohio, to the late Charles I. and Gladys (Kuhn) Dell. He was a 1954 graduate of Sherwood High School. John was an Army veteran. He married Mary Rose Froelich on August 25, 1962, in Defiance, and she survives. A lifelong farmer, John also worked for General Motors in Defiance for 42 years, retiring in 1999. He was a member of St. Isidore Catholic Church and the Holy Name Society. John loved to care for his sheep and cows. He tinkered in the garage and could fix anything, many times "making something out of nothing."

Surviving are his wife, Mary, of Sherwood; four children, Rita Dell of Wauseon, Ohio, Catherine (Craig) Sheets of Berkey, Ohio, Charlene (Shawn) Patane of Syracuse, New York, and Andrew Dell of Bryan; seven grandchildren; one sister, Sylvia Culler of Edon.

He was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Donna Jean Dell; one brother, Vernon C. Dell; and one sister, Betty Tonjes.

The family will receive relatives and friends on Friday, March 15, 2013, from 2-8 p.m. in the Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home, 230 East Elm Street, Sherwood, where the rosary will be recited at 7:15 p.m. Friday. Funeral services for John H. Dell will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 16, 2013, at St. Isidore Catholic Church, Marysdale, 06324 Ohio 15, Defiance, Ohio, with Father Robert J. Kill officiating. Interment will follow in Sherwood Cemetery, Sherwood, Ohio.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider memorial contributions to St. Isidore Parish. Condolences may be sent to the family or the online guest book may be signed at

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