Clete ‘Doc’ Vonderwell
Clete ‘Doc’ Vonderwell
DELPHOS, Ohio — Clete M. “Doc” Vonderwell, 81, of Delphos, passed away on Friday, April 7, 2017, at Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice Center in Van Wert.

He was born Oct. 25, 1935, in Saint Marys, Ohio, to Clarence and Matilda (Post) Vonderwell. Both preceded him in death. He was united in marriage on Aug. 1, 1992, to Mary Neumeier, she survives in Delphos.

He is survived by six sons, Michael (Vicki) Vonderwell of Wilmington, North Carolina, Arthur (Brenda) Vonderwell of Hilliard, Ohio, David (Sue) Vonderwell of Delphos, Donald (Barb) Vonderwell of Delphos, Daniel (Jen) Vonderwell of Thorntown, Indiana, and Richard (Jen) Vonderwell of Delphos; one daughter Marcey (Matty) Swift of Huber Heights, Ohio; two brothers, Ike (Laura) Vonderwell of Indiana and John Vonderwell of Delphos; two stepsons, Daniel (Marcie) Metzger and Anthony “Tony” (Kelli) Metzger, both of Delphos; brother and sisters-in-law, Kay and Roger Schlereth, Bill and JoAnn Neumeier, Rog and Candy Neumeier, Don and Lois Neumeier, Tom and Tami Neumeier, Gary “Tubby” and Marsha Neumeier, Joanie and Dave Nijak, Jerry and Doris Neumeier, Ben and Cheryl Neumeier, and Kathy Bates; grandchildren, Niki, Adam, Erin, Preston, Calvin, Brett, Trent, Mason, Tess, Joshua, A.J., Lillian, Evelyn, Madelyn, Aislyn, Isabelle, Desteni, Zak, Carla, and Dani; step-grandchildren, Dominic, Chase, Braylon, Aubrey, Maddox, and Ryker, and former wife, Lynne Huffman.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Anne Vonderwell; brother, Carl Vonderwell; sister, Rose Mary, and two sisters-in-law, Laura Vonderwell and Patricia Vonderwell.

Clete was a graduate of Delphos St. John’s, took college classes at St. Joseph College in Rensselaer, Indiana, where he played baseball. He then was accepted to the Ohio State Veterinary School in the fall of 1959, graduating in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural science. Doc was owner of the Vonderwell Clinic for 42 years, retiring in 2004. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, past president, charter member and co-founder of International Veterinary Acupuncture Society for two terms, taught acupuncture all over the world and treated canine units for the Van Wert Sheriff Department, he was a past president for St. John’s School and church. His love was treating harness horses, where he hosted many international veterinarians.

Mass of Christian burial will be on Monday, April 10, 2017, at 11 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Father will officiate. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may call on Saturday, April 8, 2017, and on Sunday, April 9, 2017, from 2-8 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. A parish wake will be held on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

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