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Jack Paullus was an Actor and Director at both Encore and Van Wert Civic Theatre. We are sad to hear of his passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Here is his obituary from Brickner Funeral Home:

John "Jack" Paullus, age 90 of Van Wert died at 2:59 AM Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at Vancrest Healthcare Center in Van Wert.  He was born March 29,1929 in Van Wert the son of the late John and Ruth (Lloyd) Paullus.  On September 6, 1952 he married the former Jean Brickner and she preceded him in death on January 26, 2014.
He is survived by his children Jeff (Trudy) Paullus of Gallatin, TN- Joi (Paul) Mergy of Van Wert- Joe (Jessica) Paullus of Noblesville, IN.  Grandchildren Alek (Mandy) Mergy- Kathryn Wilson- Jason Paullus- Anthony Gober.  Great-grandchildren Kaitlyn Aust - Maddison Mergy- Greyson Mergy. 
He was preceded in death by a brother, Ted Paullus and a sister Hannah Good.  
Jack was the purchasing manager for the former Van Wert Borden's Cheese Plant in Van Wert and then was employed by the former People's Bank.  
He was widely known throughout the Ohio and Indiana Theater Community as an accomplished actor and director.  He was a founding member of the Van Wert Civic Theater and Past President of the Ohio Community Theater Association.  He founded Stage Coach Dinner Theater and over his career acted in and directed over 150 theater productions.  
There will be visitation at Brickner Funeral Home Monday, July 15, 2019 from 10 - 11 followed by interment at Woodland Cemetery.  Immediately following the internment there will be a Celebration of Life for Jack at the Van Wert Elks Lodge located on 1 Elks Drive and Business US 224 West.
In lieu of flowers preferred memorials would be to the Van Wert Civic Theater or to the Van Wert Humane Society.


We have replaced all of the existing stage lights with LED lighting. These lights are more efficient and use about one-third the electrical power. The color selections for lighting effects can be adjusted at the control screen in the light booth. We replaced approximately forty-eight jell lights with twenty-seven LED lights. The cost of the theater lighting was about $55,000. Also several additional lights have been replaced around the theater with LED’s. Three additional spot lights were purchased and installed to complete the lighting requirements for the auditorium.
The retaining wall outside the theater leading into the overhead doors has been replaced. The air conditioner has been replaced in the lighting booth. The total Restricted Funds available as of January 16, 2018 is $12,790.00. We have the capital loan to pay off which take about $1500.00 every month. Thanks to everyone who has helped raise these funds and who has worked on our capital improvements.



Thanks to everyone who bought raffle tickets for the leg lamp from the production of Christmas Story. We made approximately $500 and was able to fund our purchase. Also thanks to all who donated items for the Christmas Raffle in the lobby. We hope everyone who purchased an item got something special for the holidays. The fund raisers will help support your local community theater.



1. Workers are scheduled for May 20 to work on painting the building. Several people will be used to
layout the dimensions, order the paint and do general preparations and painting.
2. We are still leveling out the stone in the parking lot. The plows and general use has moved some of
the stone around. The post at the driveway needs to be replaced.
3. We also have a major project to check out the roof on the building. We need to estimate the cost.
4. There is a leak on the side of the building that we need to repair to prevent water coming into the
5. We are also investigating resealing the parking lot.
6. Please look around the property and pick up loose papers and trash.
7. With mowing season the theater crew will be cutting grass.
8. Weeding is a constant battle on the property.