(1-24-18) Today Celina Police Chief Tom Wale posted the following on Facebook after the death of former Celina Police Officer Larry Regedanz.

The Celina Police Department would like to take a moment to remember one of it’s own. Larry E. Regedanz, a former police sergeant left us to be with the Lord yesterday, January 23, 2018.

Larry first came to the Celina Police Department as a temporary patrolman on March 18, 1978. He was hired full time on August 12th of that year after scoring high on the civil service test. On October 19, 1981 Larry made sergeant after just 3-1/2 years of service. Sgt. Regedanz medically retired on February 1, 1994.

Those of us who had the good fortune to work with Larry remember him as a kind person. He not only looked out for the younger officers, but, also tried to teach them to be fair and empathetic to the people they dealt with. He truly had the attitude that we worked for the people of Celina and he had an interest in helping them with problems they came to police with. Larry did not believe law enforcement officers should be heavy handed, rather, they should try to understand the issues people were facing and find a way to help them. He was truly an asset to this community and will be missed by all who knew him.

May God bless Larry and his family.
Chief Tom Wale



Larry E. Regedanz, age 68, of Celina, passed away at 5:45 P.M., Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.

He was born in Celina on January 5, 1950, to the late Ralph E. & Freda L. (Chaney) Regedanz.

Larry and the former Linda Yohey were married on April 13, 1968 and she survives, along with their three Sons: Larry W. (Stacy) Regedanz of Celina, Len E. Regedanz of St. Marys and Andy (Annie) Regedanz of Celina, and Grandchildren: Gage Regedanz, Taylor Regedanz, Anthony Martins, Kennedey Regedanz, Blake Ley, Kacey Regedanz, Cayden Ley, Jack Regedanz.

Also surviving are six Brothers & Sisters: Marla (Kevin) Mallory, Karen Regedanz, Elaine Regedanz, Julie (Bob) Vantilburg, Darrin (Becky) Regedanz and Kevin Regedanz, and a Brother-in-law, Michael (Diana) Yohey, all of Celina. He was preceded in death by a Brother & Sister-in-law, Darrell & Charlene Regedanz, a Great Grandchild, Kayah Jo Regedanz, his Parents-in-law, Nelson & Mary Ellen Yohey, and a Brother-in-law & Sister-in-law, Bruce & Davonna Yohey.

A 1968 graduate of Celina High School, Larry worked for the City of Celina as a police officer from March 18, 1978 to February 2, 1994, when he took a medical retirement. He had attained the rank of Sargent with the Police Department in 1981.

Larry enjoyed fishing, CB Radio, and Cincinnati Bengals Football, and spending time with his Grandkids and family.

Private services will be held for the family and a Celebration of Life to be held for the public.

Burial will be at Mercer Memory Gardens, Celina.

In lieu of flowers, please make a Memorial Contribution to a charity of your choice, or “Pay it Forward” and do a good deed in memory of Larry.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Arrangements are being handled by W.H. DICK & SONS – HELLWARTH FUNERAL HOME, CELINA