Wolverine Pullers, Inc.
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Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Arps family on the passing of Tom Arps of the "Black Widow" TWD
Tom was a pioneer of the TWD class.
Visitation Friday September 15 from 2:00 to 8:00
Rodenberg funeral home
1010 Westmoreland Ave
Napoleon OH 43545
Funeral Saturday September 16 at 11:00
with visitation one hour before service
St Paul Luthern Church
1075 Glenwood Ave
Napoleon OH 43545
Obituary for Thomas ArpsThomas H. Arps, 74, of Napoleon, Ohio passed away Monday, September 11, 2017 at his home. He was born on May 15, 1943 in Defiance, Ohio to the late Henry (Hank) and Hilda Marie Arps. He married Sharon Olmstead on May 15, 1982 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Napoleon and she survives.
Tom worked at Gerken Construction for 14 years and a few years at Napoleon Spring. He then started his transmission business repairing transmissions and retiring later in 2009. Tom was very inventive especially when it came to fixing things. He will be most remembered for his truck pulling and owner of the Black Widow. He was in the truck and tractor pulling family for over 40 years. He was a member of the NTPA Pulling Association, Wolverine Pullers, and the Ohio State Pulling Association. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Napoleon. He enjoyed listening to polka music and tinkering in his shop.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon; daughter, Amy Jo Arps (Jim Buchhop) of Ridgeville Corners, Ohio; sisters, Janice (Tavi) Prundeanu of Dexter, Michigan, Karen (Ed) Gerken of Defiance, Ohio, Phyllis (Kenny) Miller of Ridgeville Corners, Ohio, and Joann (Terry) Robinson of Garrett, Indiana.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Napoleon. Interment will follow the service at St. Mark's Cemetery in Defiance, Ohio.
Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, September 15 at Rodenberger Funeral Home, Napoleon and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.
Memorials are suggested to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Napoleon or CHP Defiance Inpatient Hospice.
Online condolences may be made at www.rodenbergerfuneralhome.com.
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Points page updated 9/5/17
2016 AWARD WINNERS
PULL OF THE YEAR - SALINE MI
THANK YOU MAX AND SANDY SIMPSON
PULLER OF THE YEAR - DAVE WEISS
THANK YOU TOM WORTH
CREW AWARD - LEE BUTTS
THANK YOU BOYER FAMILY
RECOGNITION AWARD - LAURA AND ANNA VANSPLINTERN
SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD - STAN WARDA
MOST IMPROVED - JON SILSBY
CHAMPION DAVE WEISS
RUNNER UP GARY VANBLARICUM
3RD DAVE BOS
CHAMPION ALAN JUDY
RUNNER UP DON DEANE
3RD MIKE SCHOENMANN
CHAMPION LEE BUTTS
RUNNER UP FELDKAMP PULLING TEAM
3RD KEVIN MIGNAULT
CHAMPION DAVID KOGLIN
RUNNER UP POTTER/GRIFKA
3RD SHEPERD PULLING TEAM
CHAMPION JON SILSBY
RUNNER UP LEE BUTTS
3RD DAVE WHELAN
THANK YOU DAN,CAROL NEARPASS AND JON, SANDY SILSBY FOR SPONSORING THE AWARD JACKETS
THANK YOU DAVE DANN FOR PROVIDING CHAMPION AND RUNNER UP WITH PICTURES
WE HONORED OUR OUTGOING PRESIDENT DUANE CREEDON, THANK YOU FOR 10 YEARS OF SERVICE