Life lay before us,
There was so much to do.
The world was ours to conquer and explore
When we left Columbian High School's door.
There were jobs to be found
Further education to be had,
And someday becoming Moms and Dads.
Some chose to travel many miles away
For others, this was the place to stay.
Some may have accomplished
Most of the things they had planned
And think life has been just grand.
While in other lives
Many changes had to be made,
We had to make lots of adjustments
Along life’s way.
No matter what
When we gather once more,
I’m sure we’ll be glad
We’ve made it this far.
But as we read here of the classmates we knew
We will also learn we are short a few.
Some have departed this life along the way
And will be absent from our Reunion day.
Now as they are listed here,
Some will remember things
That they did or said.
Faces will become vivid once more
Though they won't come thru the Reunion door.
So let us live our lives
Mindful of the things we say and do,
For the next one missing
Might be me or you.
Matthew A. Johnson, 25, of Tiffin, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2008, at the Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville, Tenn.
Matthew was born Feb. 28, 1983, in Columbus, to George A. Johnson Jr. who preceded him in death and Gwen M. (Howell) Johnson who survives in Tiffin.
Other survivors include two brothers, G. Chip Johnson III of Sanford, Fla., and Christopher Johnson of Tiffin; maternal grandmother, Adrienne Howell of Tipp City; many aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends.
Matthew was a student of Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa Falls, Ga. He was a member of the Central Alliance Church in Mt. Airy, Ga. Matthew enjoyed doing volunteer work, studying Hebrew and also was a self-taught guitar player. Matthew was a 2001 graduate of Columbian High School.
Matthew was also preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Albert C. Howell M.D., and his paternal grandparents, George A. and Virginia Johnson Sr.
The funeral is 11 a.m., Saturday, at Engle - Shook Funeral Home in Tiffin, with the Rev. Donna Van Trees officiating. Burial is at the Fairmont Cemetery following the services on Saturday.
Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday, and 10-11 a.m. Saturday, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Alliance Church in Mt. Airy, Ga. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.engleshookfuneralhome.com
All though he didn't graduate with us...he was still a classmate.
James W. Gibson, 28, of Tiffin, died at 4:19 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, at his residence.
James was born Sept. 6, 1982, in Tiffin, to Harrison and Paula (Rex) Gibson, who survive in Tiffin.
Other survivors include his daughter, Aubree Rose Gibson of Tiffin; two brothers, Wendle Gibson and Michael (Semara) Gibson, and a sister, Audrey (Anthony) Jackson, all of Tiffin; and his paternal grandmother, Audrey Rex of Fremont.
James worked as a handyman around Tiffin. He enjoyed working on cars, riding his motorcycle and just spending time with his daughter, family and friends.
The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, at Engle-Shook Funeral Home and Crematory, 135 N. Washington St., Tiffin, OH 44883, (419) 447-1221, with the Rev. David Spradlin officiating. Burial will follow at Fairmont Cemetery.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family, in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left for the family, and the live webcast may be viewed, at www.engleshookfuneralhome.com.
Andrew M. Weisenauer, 30, of Tiffin, died Friday, June 22, 2012, at his home after a sudden illness.
He was born April 5, 1982, in Tiffin, to Kenneth and Dorothy Diane (Varney) Weisenauer.
Survivors include his father and step-mother, Kenneth and Deborah Weisenauer of Bellevue; a brother, Adam Wiesenauer of Findlay; his maternal grandfather, Walter Varney of Nevada, Ohio; and several aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Diane Swick; a brother, Aaron S. Weisenauer; paternal grandparents, Jessie and Alma Weisenauer; and his maternal grandmother, Dorothy Varney.
The service is 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 26, at the Lindsey-Olds Funeral Home, 3085 S. SR 19, Bloomville, with Pastor Darla Metz officiating. Burial is in Nevada Cemetery, Nevada.
Visitation is 11 a.m.12:30 p.m., Tuesday, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Online condolences may be made to the family atwww.lindseyoldsfh.com.