Erma Ruth Height
Erma Ruth Height

VAN WERT — Erma Ruth Height died at 3:15 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at Van Wert Hospital.

She was born Oct. 7, 1926, in Sullivan, Ill., the daughter of Charles Harry Voyles and Adaline Belle (Aiken) Voyles. Her husband, Elvin A. Height, died Sept. 28, 2003.

She is survived by three daughters: Nancy S. (Robert) Raser of Parma, Mich., Linda M Cosgrove of Jackson, Mich., Brenda J. (David) Cullen of Van Wert and two stepdaughters: Penny R. Thompson of Van Wert and Carolyn K. (Tommy) Firestien of Fort Wayne, Ind. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three sons: Courtney J. Cosgrove, Elvin A. Height, and Patrick W. Height; also three grandsons; three sisters, and one brother.

She had been employed for more than 30 years by Phillips Lighting and retired in 1988. She loved family life with all of her grandchildren and will be long remembered for her storytelling. She also received a great amount of enjoyment sitting on her porch watching birds, especially hummingbirds and cardinals.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at Brickner Funeral Home with the Rev. Steve Robinson officiating. Calling will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.

Preferred memorials are to VFW Post 5803, Van Wert.

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