Stan Agler, former Mayor of Van Wert, passed away in 2017. (DHI Media/File photo)
Stan Agler, former Mayor of Van Wert, passed away in 2017. (DHI Media/File photo)

VAN WERT – No matter what year it is, The Times Bulletin always receives a long list of local residents who pass away, Each of those people had a huge affect on the people around them in some way.

While The Times Bulletin wouldn’t normally consider an obituary as one of the “Top 10 Stories” of the year, it is impossible to ignore the fact that some deaths have a huge impact on nearly everyone in the community either by the position that person held in the community, through their personality, or through their actions. We would like to honor three of those people here in Story 4.

One such person was Stan Agler, former mayor of Van Wert. Agler died Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017.

Agler was first appointed the mayor position in 1980 and served three full terms. He was the first full-time mayor of Van Wert. Agler spent time on City Council, first beginning in 1968.

In 1996 Agler was appointed the Fourth Ward Councilman seat and was affiliated with a long list of organizations some of which included the Ohio Mayors Association, Ohio Municipal League, Fraternal Order of Police, Rotary International, and many more.

Agler was the first President of the Parks Board, and later created the first Parks and Recreation Department in Van Wert.

He spent more than 47 years in local government and dedicated much of his life to his community.

His leadership, creativity, and humor will be missed by many.

After his passing, current Mayor Jerry Mazur asked City Council to hold a moment of silence in Agler’s honor and expressed his sympathies.


Another death that impacted many in the community was the recent passing of Mike Chesbro who died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 3017.

The Times Bulletin published sever articles about Chesbro and his fight against stage four esophageal cancer. In January, The Times Bulletin was able to interview Chesbro who, in spite of his cancer, still found every way he could to give back to the community and continue to mentor youth.

Despite his diagnosis, Chesbro coached youth football in Van Wert and Convoy, baseball and softball in Wren, and Upward Basketball in Van Wert. He was very involved with outreach ministries, both at Pentecostal Way and Pioneer Christian Ministries and helped create the Turn Right, Go Straight program at Pentecostal Way Church in Van Wert to help youth become outstanding citizens.

After his diagnose in 2016, the community rallied around Chesbro, holding several fundraisers and benefits to help he and his family with medical costs.


In 2017 there was no story that was shared and viewed more times than Ryan Agler’s obituary, showing the impact that he had on the community and those around him.

Agler died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 and that week over 30,000 people visited his obituary on, nearly double that of the next “most visited” story.

The 25 year old was perhaps most known by those in the community who frequented Bob Evans. Agler worked as a server there for several years.

Ryan graduated from Van Wert High School in 2010 and The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in business in 2016. For over 15-years he danced and spent time at Kim Hohman’s Danceworks.

In his passing a scholarship fund was set up through Kim Hohman’s Danceworks.