HARBOR, OHIO, FRIDAY, DECEMBER % 1949
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A. O. Dehn, County Superintendent, Dies
Funeral services for county superintendent A. 0, Dehn, 67, 217 E. Main St., Oak Harbor, were held Thursday, December 1 at 2 p. m. from the Gak Harbor Methodist Church. Rev. Ira Benton offi¬ ciated. Burial was in Elliston cemetery.
Mr. Dehn died early Monday morning at his
residence. —: ■ , '
He was born in Trowbridge, September 28, 1882, the son of Carl and Henrietta Zuhlke Dehn. A resident of Ottawa county dur¬ ing his entire life, he was gradua¬ ted from the University of Toledo and received his Master's degree from Ohio Stae.
A teacher in Ottawa county schools, Mr. . Dehn served almost two terms as county auditor be¬ fore he was named county super¬ intendent in 1914. He was the first superintendent ever appoint¬ ed in the county and the only one Ottawa county has had. He was�����the last of the original county superintendents in the state of Ohio.
During Mr. Dehn's long career in the field of education he was instrumental in starting the first county sight-saving class in the United States. Through his ef¬ forts Ottawa county schools se¬ cured the services of a full-time nurse. When he took over his post in 1914 there were over 100 separate schools in the county. Through his efforts, they were centralized and, at the present time, there are 13 county schools, including three on the islands.
Mr. Dehn was past president of the Northwestern Ohio Teachers^ Association, past president of the Northwestern Ohio County Super-
; intendents Association and a
\ member of the following organi¬ zations: National Education As-
. soci&tion, National School Ad¬ ministrators Association, Ohio E-
• ducation Association, Oak Har¬ bor Methodist Church and Official Board, Oak Harbor Masonic Lodge, F and AM, Wo. 495, Oak��Harbor Royal Arch Masons, No. 162, the Chamber of Commerce, Business Men's Association and district commissioner for Ottawa County Boy Scouts.
In 1909 Mr. Deta was married to Elizabeth Markley, who surviv¬ es him. He is also survived by two sons, Ralph E., Oak Harbor and Lt. (jg) Emerson C. Washington, D. C. a brother, Fred W., Trowbridge five sisters, Mrs. William Guth, Williston, Mrs. Herman Schutte, Oak Harbor, Mrs. Fred Gruenke, Trowbridge,
Mrs. George Marklev. Oak Har¬ bor and Mrs. Louis Flick, Gray¬
town. Two brothers and one sis¬ ter are deceased.
A meeting of the county Board of Education has been scheduled for 10 a. m. Friday to appoint a successor to Mr. Dehn. Elizabeth Offerman, Oak Harbor, assistant superintendent, is serving as tem¬ porary head of the department.
Mrs. Sarah M. Durdel'
ELMORE, 0.—Mrs. Sarah M. Durdel, 80, Elmore, died Sat¬ urday at 10 p.m. at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Robert Crozier, where she made her home. She was the widow of Harmon Durdel.
Mrs. Durdel was a member of Trinity Lutheran church, the Women of the Church and the Ladies Aid.
Surviving are daughters, Mrs. Crozier, and Mrs. Vernice Ren- wand, both of Elmore; nons, Gilbert, Walter and Edward, all of Toledo; sisters, Mrs. Elnora Zulch, Toledo; Mrs. Edith Wei- mer, Milton Center, and one brother, Jacob Sprunk, Wyan¬ dotte, Mich.; 27 grandchildren, and several great-grandchil¬ dren.
Friends may call at the Sa- broske and Myers funeral home | until Tuesday noon when the body will be taken to Trinity I Lutheran church for services at 2 p.m. The Rev. Ervin W. Gietz will conduct the services with burial to be in Union] cemetery.
The family asks that memo¬ rials be contributions to the building fund of the church.
The deceased was born Oc¬ tober 4, 1883, in Rocky Ridge, daughters of Fred and Lydia
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