Our Obituaries

Marcene S. Martz

May 14, 1924 - October 19, 2013

Marcene S. Martz, 89, of Bluffton died October 19, 2013 in Mesquite, TX. She was born May 14, 1924 in Hancock County to Swan D. and Harriet Ewing Stonehill. On October 20, 1946 she married Donald Martz and he preceded her in death on December 12, 2001. Marcene retired from Ex-Cell-O Corp., Bluffton where she was a receptionist. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Bluffton where...
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Ray L. Burkholder

July 13, 1917 - October 17, 2013

Ray L. Burkholder, 96 of Pandora, Ohio beloved father, retired farmer, and renowned National Weather Service Observer departed this life Thursday, October 17, 2013 at the Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora surrounded by his family. He was born July 3, 1917 in rural Pandora, Putnam County to the late Christian C. and Bertha (Zuercher) Burkholder. Following the death of his mother in 1921 Ray resided...
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Robert Brown

November 14, 1934 - October 11, 2013

Bluffton Robert C. Brown, 80, of Bluffton died October 12, 2013 at Richland Manor, Bluffton. He was born April 25, 1933 in Findlay to Harry C. and Winifred Ruby Harman Brown. Robert was a retired welder for Werk-Brau of Findlay and Clark Equipment, Lima. He also worked at the Et Cetera Shop, Bluffton. He was a member of First Mennonite Church, Bluffton. He was a Navy veteran. Survivors...
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Richard E. Schwab

October 17, 1938 - September 27, 2013

Pandora Richard E. Schwab, 74 died at his residence on September 27, 2013. He was born October 17, 1938 in Ottawa, Ohio to the late Leonard W. and Frances G. (Conine) Schwab. On November 19, 1960 he married Mary Powell Schwab and she survives. Richard retired from Lima Ford Engine Plant in 1991 after 34 years. He enjoyed golfing, watching college basketball, hunting and fishing. He was a U.S....
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Robert E. Sims, Sr.

June 28, 1948 - September 25, 2013

Robert E. Sims, 65, of Columbus died Sept. 25, 2013 at his residence. He was born June 28, 1948 in Ft. Wayne, IN to Frank and Mary Amstutz Sims. He was a Army veteran serving in Viet Nam. Graveside services will begin at 1 pm Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at the Dayton National Cemetery.
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Carol A. Bogart

October 25, 1935 - September 22, 2013

Bluffton Carol A. Bogart , 77 died September 22, 2013 at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay. She was born October 25, 1935 in Delphos to the late Cloyd and Naomi (Krugh) Best. On July 25, 1955 she married Gene Bogart and he died October 1, 2000. She retired from the business office at Bluffton Hospital. She was a member of Emmanuel United Church of Christ, Bluffton. She loved reading and...
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Richard W. Young

April 17, 1952 - September 18, 2013

Richard "Dick" Wayne Young, 61 of Bluffton died September 18, 2013 at his residence. He was born April 17, 1952 in Bluffton to Edison and Hilda Binkley Young. His mother survives in Bluffton. Richard graduated from Cory-Rawson High School in 1970. He worked at Hills Department Store, Findlay for 30 years and then at Home Depot. He is also survived by his brother, Roger L. Young of...
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Christopher B. Kohli

July 7, 1960 - September 12, 2013

Bluffton Christopher B. Kohli, 53 died September 12, 2013 at his residence. He was born July 7, 1960 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana to the late Maurice and Rowena (Boyer) Kohli Jr. On July 29, 1981 he married Beth Businger and she survives in Rawson. Chris was a retired pipefitter for Lima Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 776. He enjoyed football and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He...
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Mary Jane Eikenbary

May 23, 1923 - August 29, 2013

Mary Jane Pratt Eikenbary, 90, of Bluffton died at 9:57 am, August 29, 2013 at the Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. She was born May 23, 1923 in Hardin County to Oren and Nellie Witham Pratt who preceded her in death. On September 1, 1940 she married Paul Eikenbary who died on October 4, 2001. Mary was an avid Bluffton Pirate and McComb Panther fan when her son and grandsons played sports for...
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Phyllis M. Suter

November 1, 1924 - August 22, 2013

Pandora Phyllis M. Suter, 88 died August 22, 2013 at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. She was born November 1, 1924 in Berne, Indiana to the late Albert and Elma (Welty) Sprunger. On June 18, 1950 she married Dwight Suter and he died March 7, 1997. Phyllis was an English and special education teacher for Pandora-Gilboa Schools. She was a member of Grace Mennonite Church, Pandora. She enjoyed...
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Barbara M. Gardiner

September 14, 1920 - August 9, 2013

Pandora Barbara M. Gardiner, 92 died August 9, 2013 at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. She was born September 14, 1920 in Putnam County to the late William G. and Eve (Deitler) Carr. On May 11, 1946 she married John L. Gardiner and he died March 9, 2004 Barbara was a homemaker. Survivors include a son Peter Gardiner of Port Orchard, WA; two grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and a sister...
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Margaret L. Herr

January 22, 1918 - August 1, 2013

Bluffton Margaret L. Herr, 95 went to be with her Lord whom she loved August 1, 2013. She passed away at 2:25 pm at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. She was born January 22, 1918 in Bluffton to the late Clarence and Esther (Slusser) Jones. On November 1, 1939 she married William M. Herr and he survives. Margaret was a homemaker, farm wife and had worked at Triplett Corporation, Bluffton....
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Peggy A. Amstutz

March 25, 1939 - July 29, 2013

Beaverdam Peggy A. Amstutz, 74 died at 3:22 pm July 29, 2013 at the Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay. She was born March 25, 1939 in Allen County to the late Morris and Martha (Dunlap) Lewis. On June 30, 1957 she married Robert Amstutz and he survives. Peggy was a homemaker and had worked at Family True Value Hardware, Bluffton. She was a member of St. John Mennonite Church, Pandora. She...
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Vera L. Grimm

July 18, 1925 - July 17, 2013

Bluffton Vera L. Grimm, 87 died at 2:40 pm July 17, 2013 at Willow Ridge, Bluffton. She was born July 18, 1925 in Berne, Indiana to the late Tilman and Meta (Neuenschwander) Soldner. On June 17, 1948 she married Henry B. Grimm and he died October 19, 1996. Vera was a home economics teacher at Holgate High School. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Bluffton. Vera enjoyed...
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Dorothy E. Lloyd

December 15, 1914 - July 12, 2013

Bluffton Dorothy E. Lloyd, 98 died at 4:40 am July 12, 2013 at Willow Ridge, Bluffton. She was born December 15, 1914 in Findlay to the late Charles and Merrine (Montgomery) Lloyd. Dorothy retired from Bluffton Community Hospital in 1982 and also had worked at the Boss Manufacturing Company in Bluffton for 25 years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Bluffton, Lima YWCA and...
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Liam and Lawson Sudlow

July 11, 2013 - July 11, 2013

Pandora Twin boys Liam Michael Sudlow and Lawson James Sudlow were stillborn July 11, 2013 in Toledo to Nicole Frick and Tyler Sudlow both of Pandora. Survivors also include maternal grandparents Bruce and Kym Frick of Pandora; paternal grandmother JoAnn Sudlow of Leipsic and paternal grandfather James Sudlow of Leipsic; paternal great grandmother Ann Sudlow of Leipsic; two aunts Emily Frick of...
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Marcia Forbes

March 4, 1938 - July 9, 2013

Bluffton, Ohio Marcia J. Forbes, 75 died July 9, 2013 at her residence in Bluffton. She was born March 4, 1936 in Ashley, Indiana to the late Russell and Kathren (Bartels) Wiler. On August 10, 1957 she married Arthur "A.J." Forbes and he died June 4, 2008. Marcia had been a bookkeeper for Lincoln Life and Klink Trucking. She was a member of the Ashley-Hudson Church of the Nazarene. She...
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Lenola R. Grismore

January 23, 1912 - June 29, 2013

Lenola R. Grismore, 101, of Pandora died June 29, 2013 at her residence. She was born near Columbus Grove January 23, 1912 to Peter and Susan Diller Nusbaum. On April 4, 1936 she married Maurice M. Grismore and he preceded her in death on September 5, 1977. Mrs. Grismore was a homemaker. She was a member of St. John Mennonite Church, Pandora and its Sunday school and Missionary Society. She...
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Harold E. Andrews

July 15, 1922 - June 21, 2013

Beaverdam Harold E. Andrews, 90 died at 2:30 am June 21, 2013 at Lima Memorial Health System. He was born July 15, 1922 in Bluffton to the late Paul and Clara (Fett) Andrews. Harold attended the Phillips one room school until fourth grade. He later graduated from Beaverdam High School in 1940. After graduating from high school he helped farm on the family farm until he entered the U.S. Army...
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Carol A. Reigle

October 12, 1933 - June 2, 2013

Carol Ann Reigle, 79 died June 2, 2013 at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo. She was born October 12, 1933 in Findlay to the late Harold and Margaret (Gordon) Frontz. On March 28, 1954 she married Clarence D. Reigle and he died June 15, 2001. Carol retired from Marathon Oil Company, Findlay and had been a cook at Mt. Cory Middle School. She was a member of the English Lutheran Church,...
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Bernice M. Reichenbach

June 29, 1924 - May 24, 2013

Bernice Marie Oberly Reichenbach, 88, died at 9:35 p.m. Friday, May 24, 2013, at Willow Ridge, Bluffton. She was born in Putnam County, Ohio, on June 29, 1924, to Reno and Bertha Hochstettler Oberly, who preceded her in death. On December 17, 1944, she married Fred Reichenbach, who died July 24, 1998. Mrs. Reichenbach was a 1942 graduate of Mt. Cory High School. She worked at Electric Auto...
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LeRoy Conaway

July 6, 1929 - May 17, 2013

LeRoy "Lee" Conaway, 83 passed away May 17, 2013 at his residence peacefully after a courageous two month battle of cancer. He was born July 26, 1929 in Lima to the late Elmer and Anna (Mills) Conaway. On May 7, 1954 he married Gayla Wynkoop and she survives. Lee owned and operated Lee's Hydraulics, Lima for over 40 years and retired in 1985 after 28 years from the Lima Ford Engine Plant. He...
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Daryl L. Amstutz

August 1, 1927 - April 26, 2013

Leipsic Daryl L. Amstutz, 85 died at 2:20 am April 26, 2013 at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. He was born August 1, 1927 in Orange Township/Bluffton to the late Samuel F. and Carrie Z. (Ewing) Amstutz. On July 1, 1945 he married Eileen M. Steiner and she survives. Daryl retired as an inspector at Lima Ford Engine Plant. He was a member of Pandora United Methodist Church. He was a "Red Coat"...
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Harriet Eileen Badertscher

October 23, 1936 - April 25, 2013

Bluffton Harriet E. Badertscher, 76 died April 25, 2013 at Willow Ridge – Frieda House, Bluffton. She was born October 23, 1936 in Bluffton to the late Edwin and Mae (Murray) Badertscher. On April 26, 1958 she married Don L. Badertscher and he died November 7, 2003. Harriet was a homemaker. After raising her children, she enjoyed helping raise her grandchildren and any neighborhood...
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Elizabeth Ann Burner

September 6, 1933 - April 24, 2013

Pandora Elizabeth A. Burner, 79 died at 7:42 am April 24, 2013 at the Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. She was born September 6, 1933 in Benton Ridge to Frederick and Georgia Bivin Hissong. On June 23, 1957 she married Dion "Bob" Burner and he preceded her in death on September 21, 2006. Elizabeth was a homemaker and had been a sales clerk at House of Awards of Findlay and also was an...
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Harold W. Spallinger

September 18, 1926 - April 12, 2013

Harold W. Spallinger, 86, of Pandora died at 3:20 pm April 12, 2013 at the Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. He was born September 18, 1926 in Toledo to Hiram and Gladys Irene Doty Spallinger. On October 14, 1949 he married Rosalie Clifton and she survives. Mr. Spallinger retired from General Dynamics, Lima. He enjoyed making birdhouses. Survivors also include two sons, George (Kathy)...
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Clyde W. Augsburger

October 2, 1928 - April 8, 2013

Bluffton Clyde W. Augsburger, 84 of Bluffton passed away April 8, 2013 at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton surrounded by family who kept a loving vigil at his bedside and begins a celebration of his life and legacy that will continue as long as any of us who knew him remains. Clyde was born in Bluffton on October 2, 1928 to the late Omar and Fannie (Frankhauser) Augsburger. On July 11, 1948...
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Louise E. Amstutz

December 21, 1927 - March 29, 2013

Bluffton Louise E. Amstutz, 85 died at 9:04 pm March 29, 2013 at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay. She was born December 21, 1927 in Hancock County to the late Harvey and Roma (Wilch) Wilch. On February 16, 1947 she married E. Wayne Amstutz and he died October 26, 2012. Louise worked for her husband's insurance agency, Amstutz Insurance, Bluffton and was a licensed insurance agent. She was...
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John Leroy Treft

October 15, 1928 - March 25, 2013

Bluffton John Leroy Treft, 84, rejoined the love his life, Marilyn Faith Painter Treft on Monday March 25, 2013. He "crossed over" peacefully in his home with family at his side after a brave six-month battle against stroke. His faith never wavered, courage never faltered and he inspired all those who cared for him. John was born in Findlay, Ohio on October 15, 1928, the eldest child of Millard...
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Bertha E. Scoles

February 24, 1916 - March 24, 2013

Bluffton Bertha E. Scoles, 97 died March 24, 2013 at her residence. She was born in Belvidere, Illinois on February 24, 1916 to the late Orville and Marry (Masse) Coulter. She married Cleo Garau and he preceded her in death. On November 24, 1965 she married Gerald Scoles and he died December 31, 1995. Bertha retired from Triplett Corporation, Bluffton and was a farmer's wife. She was a...
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Judy D. Mericle

July 6, 1941 - March 13, 2013

Pandora Judith "Judy" D. Mericle, 71 died at 11:45 pm March 13, 2013 at Lima Memorial Health System. She was born July 6, 1941 in Putnam County, Ohio to Grenfall and Geraldine "Jerry" (Stirn) Mericle. Her mother survives in Bluffton. Judy retired as a legal secretary for Mike Bender Atty. She was a member of Pandora Missionary Church. Judy enjoyed playing dominoes and cards. She also enjoyed...
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Gretchen O. Lehman

August 21, 1921 - March 8, 2013

Pandora Gretchen O. Lehman, 91 of Pandora passed away at 7:50 pm March 8, 2013 at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. She was born August 21, 1921 in Berne, Indiana to the late B. Franklin and Nan Marie (Eckrote) Sprunger. On June 28, 1942 she married Richard B. Lehman and he died June 19, 1991. Gretchen was a homemaker and had also worked as a cook at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. She was a...
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Lola M. Basinger

September 27, 1916 - March 3, 2013

Bluffton Lola May Basinger, 96 died at 1:20 pm March 3, 2013 at Willow Ridge, Bluffton. She was born September 27, 1916 in Roanoke, Illinois to the late Rudolph and Matilda (Stalter) Schertz. On July 8, 1948 she married L. Eugene Basinger and he died July 1, 2011. She retired from Lima Convalescent Home as a registered nurse. She had also nursed in Chicago, Washington DC, Virginia and Ohio. ...
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Jeffrey Scott Graham

April 23, 1967 - March 1, 2013

Jeffrey Scott Graham, 45, passed away at 6:20 p.m. March 1, 2013 at Richland Manor Nursing Home. He was born on April 23, 1967, in Lakewood, to Robert B. & Karen L. Eke Graham. He was a 1985 graduate of Bluffton High School. He then entered the United States Navy, where he had top-secret clearance, received the National Defense Service Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal, worked in Electronic...
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Jacob D. Reprogle

July 2, 1981 - February 27, 2013

Jacob D. Reprogle, 31, of Temperance, Mich., formerly of Bluffton, died at 2 a.m. Feb. 27, 2013, in Monroe County, Mich. He was born July 2, 1981, in Bluffton to Gary L. and Rebecca A. Krohn Reprogle. His father survives in Lakeview, and his mother in Pandora. His fianceé, Christie Knapp, survives in Temperance, Mich. Mr. Reprogle enjoyed fishing, camping and hunting, but most of all he...
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Marjorie J. Marquart

August 6, 1923 - February 10, 2013

Bluffton Marjorie J. Marquart, 89 died at 10:45 pm February 10, 2013 at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. She was born August 6, 1923 in Bluffton to the late Charles F. and Fairy D. (Diefendeifer) Stratton. She was married to Frank Houston in June 1943 and he died in World War II in September, 1944. On July 8, 1947 she married Paul Marquart and he died October 13, 1992. Marjorie was the...
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John T. Warren

June 25, 1931 - January 30, 2013

Bluffton John T. Warren, 81 of Bluffton died January 30, 2013 at his residence. He was born June 25, 1931 in Bluffton to the late Clyde and Eulalia (McCormick) Warren. He married Roberta Klingler and she preceded him in death January 3, 1975. John was a John Deere Implement Dealer for 25 years in Bluffton and later Kenton. He was an auctioneer with his father Clyde Warren and Sons Auctions. ...
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Ruth Grismore

July 18, 1920 - January 29, 2013

Bluffton Ruth Grismore, 92 died January 29, 2013 at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. She was born July 18, 1920 in Columbus Grove to the late Oliver and Elsie (Strunk) Beam. On March 8, 1941 she married Maurice L. Grismore. They lived in Pandora for many years. He died May 27, 1985 after 44 years of marriage. Ruth had worked at Triplett Corporation, Bluffton for many years. She was a member...
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Charles W. Binkley

April 17, 1929 - January 27, 2013

Bluffton Charles W. Binkley, 83 died at 9:43 am January 27, 2013 at Richland Manor, Bluffton. He was born April 17, 1929 in Lima to the late William and Mary (Fleming) Binkley. On October 3, 1958 he married M. Aileen Diller and she survives. Charles retired from Phillips Corporation, Ottawa. He was a member of the Pandora Church of Christ. He enjoyed gardening, bicycle repairs and tinkering...
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Catherine A. Cripe

July 26, 1942 - January 16, 2013

Bluffton Catherine "Cathy" A. Cripe, 70, passed away at 2:24 PM January 16, 2013 at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. She was born July 26, 1942, in Bluffton, Ohio, to the late Arthur and Cleota (Lanning) Lewis. Cathy retired as a retail manager at "Welcome Home" in Houston, Texas. She was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Bluffton. She enjoyed the "60's Girls'Group" and was a...
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Princess G. Grismore

May 2, 1914 - January 8, 2013

Pandora Princess Gladys Long Grismore, 98 died at 11:50 am January 8, 2013 at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. She was born May 2, 1914 in Lima to the late Floyd and Louise (Lauck) Long. She also had a stepfather Omar Johnson who preceded her in death. On August 31, 1935 she married Fred L. Grismore and he died November 29, 1981. She was a former employee of Lima Printing and Ledger Company. ...
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Dorothy J. Edinger

January 7, 1931 - January 1, 2013

Bluffton Dorothy J. "Dottie" Edinger, 81 of Bluffton died at 2:45 am January 1, 2013 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. She was born January 7, 1931 in Mt. Cory to the late John and Anna (Gorby) Bowersox. On June 28, 1953 she married Norman Edinger and he died December 5, 1992. Dottie retired from Bluffton Hospital. She was a member of Ebenezer Mennonite Church, Bluffton. She loved all...
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Kathryn L. Huston Rosenberger

May 31, 1927 - December 29, 2012

Mt. Cory Kathryn L. (Peterson) Huston Rosenberger, 85 of Mt. Cory passed away at 11:50 pm December 29, 2012 at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay. She was born May 31, 1927 in Leipsic to the late Ray and Alma (Osenbaugh) Peterson. On June 12, 1946 she married Lloyd E. Huston and he died November 8, 1994. She then married William Rosenberger August 10, 2003 and he died in December, 2008. She...
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Dorothy J. Anderson

January 7, 1926 - December 8, 2012

Bluffton Dorothy J. Anderson Dottie Anderson Shelton died on December 8, 2012, at the Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton, Ohio, where she had resided for several weeks. The daughter of Jesse and Pearl Guin Anderson, she was born on January 7, 1926, in Columbus Grove. In 2004, Dottie married Lloyd Shelton of Bowling Green, who died on June 26, 2012. A brother, Byron F., also preceded Dottie in...
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Milford Franklin Brunk

June 9, 1922 - December 5, 2012

Bluffton Milford F. Brunk, 90 of Bluffton passed away at 1:44 AM December 5, 2012 at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Bluffton. He was born on June 9, 1922 in Biglerville, Pennsylvania to Christ and Jannet (Leakey) Brunk. He married Beatrice Hartman and she survives. Survivors also include a daughter Susie (Bob) Swartley of Bluffton. No services or visitation will be held.
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Vera E. Burkholder

June 28, 1915 - August 31, 2012

Vera E. Burkholder, 97, of Bluffton died at 8:55 am August 31, 2012, at Richland Manor, Bluffton. She was born June 28, 1915 in Orange Township to Samuel and Matilda Kiene Burkholder Vera was a first grade teacher at Allen East School from 1963 to 1982. She had also worked at Triplett Corp., Bluffton for 20 years. She enjoyed working with children, being with nieces and nephews and bird...
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George L. Brenneman

June 25, 1931 - August 28, 2012

George L. Brenneman, 81, of Rawson died at 3:12 pm August 28, 2012 at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. He was born June 25, 1931 in Shreve to Clifford and Grace Stair Brenneman. On July 29, 1951 he married Christina "Jylene" Boston and she preceded him in death on June 27, 2006. Mr. Brenneman retired from Mid-West Laser, Findlay and also owned Brenneman Enterprises/Husqubarna Dealership...
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Lois E. Agin

August 24, 1917 - August 27, 2012

Lois E. Agin, 95, of Bluffton died at 9:06 am August 27, 2012 at her residence. She was born August 24, 1917 in Bluffton to William P. and Susan Klingler Clark Agin. Miss Agin retired from Triplett Corp., Bluffton in 1983. She was a graduate of Bluffton High School. She loved to crochet, garden, watch birds and play cards. Many nieces and nephews survive her. She was preceded in death by six...
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Larry B. Kahle

December 4, 1947 - August 20, 2012

Larry B. Kahle, 64 of Bluffton died August 20, 2012 at his residence in Bluffton. He was born December 4, 1947 in Lima to Linus and Irene Niese Kahle. His mother survives in Columbus Grove. Mr. Kahle worked at the former McIntosh Industries, Bluffton. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Bluffton and the Bluffton American Legion Post 382. Larry was a 1966 Bluffton High School...
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Helen M. Wood

April 17, 1930 - July 27, 2012

Helen L. Wood, 82, of Lima died at 8:34 pm July 27, 2012 at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. She was born April 17, 1930 in Warren to Joseph and Mary Meek Petyia. On February 18, 1950 she married David "Woody" Wood and he preceded her in death on April 24, 2012. Helen was retired from GET-Sylvania in Ottawa. She enjoyed her flower garden and visiting with neighbors. Helen was a graduate of...
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Arthur L. Hilty

May 31, 1927 - July 26, 2012

Arthur L. Hilty, 85, of Bluffton died at 3:25 pm July 26, 2012 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. He was born May 31, 1927 to Melvin and Helen Basinger Hilty who preceded him in death. In 1946 he graduated from Bluffton High School. On October 26, 1947 he married Jo Ann Basinger who survives in Bluffton. He was the fourth generation to live on the family farm where he was a dairy farmer. ...
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Janice Mae Bulkley

May 16, 1941 - July 25, 2012

Janice Mae' Hilty Bulkley was born on May 16, 1941, to Herbert Herman and Mabel Ruth Hilty, at Bluffton Hospital in Bluffton, Ohio. She spent her young life growing up on the family farm in Pandora, Ohio. She had two sisters, Sarah Helen and Karen, as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins Jan's loving family survives her: Robert Lee Bulkley, husband of almost 48 years (on August 8th). Her...
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Clyde W. Hartman

January 17, 1947 - July 14, 2012

Clyde W. Hartman, 88, of Bluffton died at 6:15 pm July 14, 2012 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. He was born January 17, 1924 in Orange Township to Wilbur and Alberta Basinger Hartman. On June 1, 1947 he married Mary Alice Ream and she survives. Mr. Hartman was a retired farmer and carpenter. He was a wood carver and enjoyed making toys. He was a member of the Bethel Church of Christ, Ada,...
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David A. Moser

December 31, 1953 - July 13, 2012

David A. Moser, 58, of Mt. Cory died at 2:56 pm July 13, 2012 at Bluffton Hospital. He was born December 31, 1953 in Bluffton to James A. and Mary Jane Joseph Moser who preceded him in death. On July 2, 1977 he married Linda Shepler and she survives. David retired from CSX after 38 years. He was a member of the Findlay Moose, and the Eagles, American Legion and VFW, all of Columbus Grove. ...
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Leonard A. Rieman

May 11, 1922 - July 8, 2012

Leonard A. Rieman, 90 of Columbus Grove died at 4:25 pm July 8, 2012 at Putnam Acres, Ottawa. He was born May 11, 1922 in Glandorf to Louis and Appolonia Maag Rieman. On April 14, 1948 he married Rosella F. Diemer and she preceded him in death on April 11, 2005. Mr. Rieman was a farmer and also retired from Phillips ECG, Ottawa. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Bluffton where...
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P. Arthur Arnold

October 28, 1917 - June 12, 2012

P. Arthur Arnold, 94, of Monroe Township, died at Richland Manor Nursing Home, Bluffton, at 11: 10 p.m June 12, 2012. He was born Oct. 28, 1917 to Roy & Lilly Yant Arnold in Richland Township, Allen County. On Nov. 23, 1936 he married Erma Miller, who died Dec.3 2009, they were married 73 years. Art was a member of Pleasant View Church of the Brethren where he served as trustee, various other...
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Leonard Deal Kingsley

September 24, 1916 - June 5, 2012

Bluffton Leonard Deal Kingsley, 95 died at 9:20 AM June 5, 2012 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. He was born in LaGrange County, Indiana to Ray S. and Mertie (Deal) Kingsley. On September 1, 1940 he married Velma K. Emmert and she survives. Leonard worked as an educator (teacher and school administrator) most of his life. He retired as superintendent of Penta-County Vocational High...
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Kay L. Amstutz

January 9, 1963 - June 3, 2012

Kay L. Amstutz 49, of Rawson, Passed away Sunday evening at 5:15 PM at The Bluffton Hospital. Kay was born in Bluffton on January 9, 1963 to Phyllis (Pearson) Amstutz who survives at Rawson and the late James R Amstutz. Kay was a 1981 graduate of Cory-Rawson High School where she was an Honors Student and enjoyed playing softball. She went on to the University of Northwestern Ohio to study...
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Adaline Deeds

September 19, 1938 - May 19, 2012

Adaline "Dolly" Deeds, 74, of Beaverdam die at 8:20 pm at her residence. She was born September 19, 1937 in Washington Township MI to Clarence and Theresa Diveto Cain. On January 1, 1996 she married Donald Deeds and he preceded her in death on June 3, 2009. Adaline was a homemaker. She was a member of the Moose and Eagles in Lima. She enjoyed working in her flowers gardens. She was gifted...
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Laurabelle Crawfis

March 11, 1932 - April 30, 2012

Laurabelle Crawfis, 80, of Gilboa died April 30, 2012 at her residence. She was born March 11, 1932 in Findlay to Everett C. and Edna M. Stuber Crawfis. Miss. Crawfis retired from AT&T in Findlay and Toledo. She was a graduate of Findlay High School. She enjoyed reading, playing lottery tickets and her family. Survivors include a sister, Viola Johnston of Findlay and many nieces and nephews. ...
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Norma J. Bassitt

September 26, 1934 - October 22, 2011

Norma J. Bassitt, 77, of Bluffton died at 2:40 pm, October 22, 2011 at Richland Manor, Bluffton, She was born September 26, 1934 in Lima to Kenneth James and Lillian Dysert Harbert. She was married to Loren Bassitt who preceded her in death. Mrs. Bassitt retired from Richland Manor, Bluffton where she was a nurse's aid. Survivors include two sons, Frederick A. Butcher of Bellefontaine, Steven...
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Betty L. Bash

February 4, 1923 - October 14, 2011

Betty L. Bash, 88 died at 5:00 PM October 14, 2011 at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. She was born February 4, 1923 in West Mansfield, Ohio to William "Jack" and Marjorie (Salter) Frost. On July 21, 1940 she married Dallas J. Bash and he died November 28, 2007. She had worked at Steinman Bros. Lumber Company, Triplett Corporation, Diamond Savings and Loan all in Bluffton and Aldens of...
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William Wiess

July 20, 1941 - October 11, 2011

William Wiess, 70, of Rawson died 2:30 pm October 11, 2011 at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. He was born July 20, 1941 in Bluffton to Jess and Dorothy Swank Wiess. On October 10, 1965 he married Marsha Lawrence and she survives. William worked at Clark Equipment, Lima and Centrex Corp., Findlay. He enjoyed antique tractors and going to tractor pulls. Survivors also include three sons,...
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Pauline M. Geiger

December 25, 1927 - October 10, 2011

Pauline M. Geiger, 83, of Pandora died at 8:22 am October 10, 2011 at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. She was born December 25, 1927 in Detroit. MI to Robert and Hazel Sams Thomas. On July 27, 1956 she married Grover Geiger and he survives. Mrs. Geiger was Secretary/Treasurer of Geiger Transportation, Archbold and Country Acres, Pandora. Se was a member of Grace Mennonite Church,...
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Florence R. Duffield

May 12, 1913 - September 29, 2011

Bluffton Florence R. Duffield, 98 of Bluffton, Ohio died at 1:25 PM September 29, 2011 at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. She was born on May 12, 1913 in Van Buren to Matthew and Olive Lauer Duffield who preceded her in death. She graduated from Van Buren High School and Bowling Green State University. She taught typing, shorthand, bookkeeping and other business courses at Bluffton High...
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Elizabeth A. Hauenstein

March 4, 1933 - September 16, 2011

Elizabeth A. Hauenstein, 78 of Lima died at 12:10 am, September 16, 2011 at her residence. She was born March 4, 1933 in St. Marys, to Bernard and Bessie Arnett Lengerich, who preceded her in death. On July 19, 1952 she married Charles D. Hauenstein, who died on March 15, 1991...
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Ronald E. Conrad

March 23, 1945 - August 27, 2011

Ronald E. Conrad, 66, of Columbus Grove died at 12:36am August 27, 2011 at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima, He was born in Lima March 23, 1945 to Virgil and Arvilla Naas Conrad. On August 25, 1972 he married Joyce Williams and she survives. Ron retired from Accubuilt, Lima where he worked as an accountant for 43 years. He graduated from Bath High School, Northwest Business College and served in...
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Betty M. Picklesimer

July 13, 1937 - August 26, 2011

Betty Marie Picklesimer, 74, of Bluffton went home to be with her Lord at 4 pm August 26, 2011at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. Betty was born July 13, 1937 in Vanlue to Charles and Eva Watson Grant. On July 25, 1958 she married James Leo Picklesimer and he preceded her in death on October 29, 1996. Betty graduated from Mt. Blanchard High School and attended Ohio Northern University...
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Richard W. Augsburger

February 20, 1924 - August 26, 2011

Richard Wayne Augsburger, 87, of Bluffton, died at 9:30 am August 26, 2011 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. He was born February 20, 1924 in Bluffton to Harley E. and Rhoda Stratton Augsburger who preceded him in death. On February 3, 1946 he married Virginia G. Roberts and she survives. Richard was a 1942 graduate of Bluffton High School. He served three year in US Army during WWII and...
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Helen L. Neiswander

March 7, 1915 - July 29, 2011

Helen L. Neiswander, 96 passed away at 1:30 AM July 29, 2011 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. She was born March 7, 1915 in Pandora to Grover and Corinna (Suter) Geiger. On April 4, 1942 she married Robert Michael Neiswander and he died April 27, 1985. Helen worked at Triplett Corporation, Bluffton and the Bluffton School Cafeteria. She was a member of First Mennonite Church, Bluffton and...
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Keith Moyer

December 6, 1954 - July 28, 2011

Rawson Keith E. Moyer, 56 of Rawson died at 2:27 AM at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay. He was born December 6, 1954 in Lima to Edwin and Dorothea (Tissot) Moyer. He worked as a police officer for Deshler, North Baltimore and McComb and also worked at McBrown Industries, Rawson. He was a lifetime member of North American Hunting Club and National Rifle Association. He was an avid hunter. ...
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Larry Ned Althaus

December 7, 1938 - July 20, 2011

Larry Ned Althaus, 72, of Bluffton died at 5:40 pm July 20, 2011 at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. He was born December 7, 1938 in Bluffton to Henry and Gertrude Diller Althaus. On December 13, 1958 he married Patricia Drury and she survives. Mr. Althaus was a farmer and retired from the Ford Motor Company as a toolmaker. He was a member of First Mennonite Church, Bluffton where he served...
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O. Geniece King

August 8, 1928 - July 14, 2011

O. Geniece King, 82 of Bluffton died at 4:39 am July 14, 2011 at Mt. Carmel East Hospital, Columbus. She was born August 8, 1928 in Mt. Cory to Stanley and Vera Beuchler Wagner. On June 28, 1947 she married Robert King and he preceded her in death on February 27, 1984. Mrs. King retired as cafeteria manager at the Bluffton schools after 31 years. She was a member of St; John's United Church...
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Pauline M. Swearengin

February 22, 1917 - July 8, 2011

Pauline M. Sigler Swearengin, 94, of Leipsic died at 5:20 am, July 8, 2011 at the Putnam Acres Care Center, Ottawa. She was born February 22, 1917 in Toledo to Ora and May Floyd Wood. On August 24, 1932 she married Ralph Sigler and he preceded her in death on December 12, 1959. On December 7, 1963 she married John Swearengin and he died July 6, 1987. Pauline was a homemaker. She was a...
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Donald Donley

May 7, 1966 - July 4, 2011

Donald Donley, 45, of Bluffton died at 9:20 pm July 4, 2011 at his residence. He was born May 7, 1966 in Findlay to Robert N. and Camille Chamberlain Donley and the preceded him in death. On May 22, 1992 he married Margaret Evilsizer and she survives. Don was a paramedic for Medcorp, Lima. He had also been a volunteer fireman for the Dunkirk, Ada and Beaverdam Fire Departments. He enjoyed...
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Diana G. Dillman

March 20, 1947 - June 28, 2011

Diana G. Dillman, 64 of Bluffton died at 6:00 PM June 28, 2011 at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. She was born March 20, 1947 in Sharpsburg, Kentucky to Cecil "Pete" Walters and Elizabeth Robinson Cole. On September 3, 1965 she married James Dillman who survives. Diana was previously co-owner at the Village Cut n Curl, Bluffton. She had also been a dental assistant at Dr. Huss's office,...
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Robert M. Stocking

August 7, 1921 - June 27, 2011

Bluffton Robert M. Stocking, 89 of Bluffton and formerly of Brook Park, Ohio died at 3:20 PM June 27, 2011 at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay. He was born August 7, 1921 in Cleveland to Milan and Leah (Dumm) Stocking. On September 11, 1954 he married Annie Unwin and she survives in Bluffton and formerly in Brook Park. He was a driver/salesman for Lee Pet Supply and Service Pets Supplies. ...
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Joan Rae Lewis

August 19, 1946 - June 26, 2011

Joan Rae Lewis, 64, of Bluffton died at 8:58 pm, June 26, 2011 at Bluffton Hospital. She was born August 19, 1946 in Bluffton to Richard and Melvena Amstutz Lewis. Her mother survives in Bluffton. Joan retired from Riverdale School where she taught physical education and also retired from the Arlington Pharmacy. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Findlay and the Eastern Star....
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Jack L. Weyer

April 14, 1931 - June 26, 2011

Bluffton Jack L. Weyer, 80 of Bluffton passed away at 7:41 AM at Bluffton Hospital. He was born April 14, 1931 in Vaughnsville, Ohio to Lewis and Bessie (Briggs) Weyer. On June 22, 1950 he married Lillian Zimmerman and she died April 17, 2011 He had worked at Ex-Cello which later became Pure Pak where he retired. He was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church, Bluffton. He was a member of...
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Mary Jane Hartman

July 2, 1931 - June 18, 2011

Mary Jane Hartman, 79, of Bluffton died at 4:06 pm June 18, 2011 at Heritage Manor, Findlay. She was born July 2, 1931 in Lima to Philip and Stella Reichenbach Marquart. On October 28, 1949 she married Daryl E. Hartman and he preceded her in death on April 19, 2011. Mrs. Hartman worked at the Cory-Rawson School in the cafeteria and as a teacher's aid. Mary and Daryl were active in the Cory...
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Rotha G. Riggenbach

July 18, 1926 - May 10, 2011

Rotha Grace Riggenbach, 84 of Columbus Grove and formerly of Delphos, died at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at Putnam Acres Care Center in Ottawa. Rotha was born on July 18, 1926 in Akron, Ohio to the late Clarence S. and Laura E. (Bohn) Dauber. She married Ray W Riggenbach on August 5, 1946 and he preceded her in death on February 7, 2010. Rotha had a short career as a secretary for...
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Robert J. VanDerVeer

April 18, 1928 - May 8, 2011

Robert J. VanDerVeer, 88, of Jenera died 9:00 pm, May 8, 2011 at Bluffton Hospital. He was born April 26, 1933 in Paynesville to Jay and Lydia VanDerVeer. On April 18, 1948 he married Dorothy Grismore and she preceded him in death on December 10, 2001. Mr. VanDerVeer was a farmer and had worked at GW Sugar Company, Findlay. He was a member of Riley Creek Baptist Church and a WWII Army veteran....
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Janet K. Shulaw-Hampp

September 4, 1943 - May 5, 2011

Bluffton Janet K. Shulaw-Hampp, 67 went to be with the Lord on May 5, 2011 at 5:29 PM after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She passed at her daughter's residence in Lima surrounded by her children. She was bon on September 4, 1943 in Kenton, Ohio to Ralph and Naomi (Grabow) Wise who preceded her in death. On September 3, 1962 she married her high school sweetheart Paul L. Shulaw Jr. who...
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Galen K. Graymire

January 19, 1915 - May 5, 2011

Galen Kenneth Graymire, 96, of Harrod died at 3:15 am, May 5, 2011 at Richland Manor, Bluffton. He was born January 19, 1915 in Allen County to Hiram and Alma Fox Graymire. On December 5, 1939 he married Hazel E. Riggle and she preceded him in death on October 12, 1994. Mr. Graymire was retired from the Lima Ford Engine Plant. He had been residing in Florida since 1984 where he was a member of...
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Rosemary Ann VanScoder

June 15, 1926 - April 21, 2011

Rosemary Ann VanScoder, 84, of Pandora, died 7:12 pm, April 21, 2011 at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima. She was born June 15, 1926 in Lima to Maurice and Mary Josephine O’Connell Higgins who preceded her in death. On September 26, 1959 she married Harold “Skeet” VanScoder and he survives. Mrs. VanScoder was a homemaker. She was a secretary at the Equity Dairy, Lima. She...
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Lillian M. Weyer

November 26, 1930 - April 17, 2011

Bluffton Lillian Mae Weyer, 80 died at 11:45 AM April 17, 2011 at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay. She was born November 26, 1930 in Lima to Karl and Magdalean (Kayser) Zimmerman. On June 22, 1950 she married Jack Weyer and he survives. She retired from Bluffton Schools as a librarian and treasurer after 21 years. She also worked at the Peerless Ohio Glove Factory, Triplett Corporation,...
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Frederick D. Williams

March 12, 1945 - April 16, 2011

Bluffton Fred D. Williams, 66 died at 9:45 AM April 16, 2011 at Golden Living Center, Lima. He was born March 12, 1945 in Bluffton to Francis R. and Dorothy M. (Augsburger) Williams. He had worked at Rusco, Lugabill Florist, Diller Medical, and A to Z Meats. He was a member of Ebenezer Mennonite Church, Bluffton. He was an avid fisherman and loved playing basketball, billiards, and bowling. ...
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Alpha Smallwood

March 4, 1930 - April 12, 2011

Bluffton Alpha Smallwood, 81 of Bluffton died at 10:45 AM April 12, 2011 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. She was born March 4, 1930 in Clay County, Kentucky to Charles and Avis (Napier) Roberts. She married James "Slick" Smallwood and he preceded her in death. Alpha was a homemaker. She enjoyed traveling with her husband and attending flea markets and Blue Grass festivals. One of her...
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Edith J. Lehman

November 27, 1925 - April 7, 2011

Edith J. Lehman, 85, of Bluffton died 2:14 am April 7, 2011 at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. She was born November 27, 1925 in Normal, IL to Earl and Florence Guth Stuckey. On September 29, 1945 she married Earl W. Lehman and he survives. Mrs. Lehman was a piano teacher and accompanist. She was also a partner in Reistman's Clothing Store, Bluffton. She was a member of the First Mennonite...
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Jean Moore

April 7, 2011 - April 7, 2011

Bluffton Jean Moore, 91 of Allen Park, Michigan died at 6:35 PM April 6, 2011 at Charlotte Stephenson Manor, Adrian, MI. On July 5, 1919 she was born to Leonard and Ida (Mann) Zimmerly on a beloved Pandora family farm that in time would become a century old. Sewing, embroidery work, a love of nature, and antiques were among her interests. At Pandora High School Jean played on the Varsity...
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June M. Ericson

December 31, 1928 - April 6, 2011

Tucson, Arizona June Marie Hauenstein Ludwig Ericson, 82 of Tucson and formerly of Bluffton, Ohio died April 6, 2011 at her residence in Tucson. She was born December 31, 1928 in Bluffton to Clyde and Mary (Sutter) Hauenstein. June was a sales manager for American Family Life Insurance retiring in 1995. She was a member of B.P.O.E. #54 Lima, American Legion Auxiliary Post 96, Lima, Ohio where...
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Oliver W. Schutz

September 25, 1922 - April 6, 2011

Oliver W. Schutz, 88, of Pandora died at 7:11 pm April 6, 2011 at his residence. He was born September 25, 1922 in Pandora to Edward E. and Estella Hilty Schutz. On August 5, 1950 he married Rachel Eicher on August 5, 1950 and she survives. Oliver was a farmer and also drove truck. He was a member of Grace Mennonite Church, Pandora. He loved music and sang in the church choir, the Swiss...
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Carol Louise Jordan Edwards

July 3, 1943 - February 27, 2011

Bluffton Carol Louise Jordan Edwards, 67 died at 2:40 AM Sunday February 27, 2011 at her home in Bluffton following a month’s illness. She was born to James T. Sr. and Lenore L. Willauer Jordan on July 3, 1943 in Toledo, Ohio. The youngest of triplets, the Rev. Dr. Henderson L.V. Shinn at Grace Evangelical & Reformed Church, Toledo, baptized her with her brothers into the Christian faith. ...
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Maurice Criblez

February 25, 1915 - February 25, 2011

Bluffton Maurice "Dock" Grant Criblez, 96 of Bluffton died at 11:07 February 25, 2011 at Lima Memorial Health System Emergency Center. He was born February 25, 1915 in Bluffton to Alfred and Adel (Grant) Criblez. On February 15, 1942 he married Mildred Parker Criblez and she survives. He was a dairy farmer. He was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Bluffton and was a charter...
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Evelyn F. Everett

November 7, 1928 - February 20, 2011

Evelyn F. Everett, 82 of Bluffton passed away at 12:10 PM February 20, 2011 at Hilty Memorial Home, Bluffton. She was born November 7, 1928 in Mt. Cory, Ohio to Harry and Erma (Kroske) Steinman. On February 2, 1948 she married Lyle Everett and he died March 22, 1999. Evelyn had worked at the Glove Factory in Bluffton and was also a Lima News carrier agent for over 30 years. She was a Mt....
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Shawn Combs

October 22, 1967 - February 14, 2011

Bluffton Shawn Combs, 43 of rural Bluffton died at 9:41 PM February 14, 2011 at Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay. He was born October 22, 1967 in Lima, Ohio to Bill Combs and Nedra Reed. On December 8, 1990 he married Stacy Brewster and she survives. He had worked for All Star Heating and Plumbing, Findlay. He enjoyed his family and friends, fishing, being outdoors and his country drives...
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Jo Stonehill

August 31, 1931 - February 3, 2011

Jo Stonehill, 79 of Bluffton passed away at 4:20 PM February 3, 2011 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. She was born August 31, 1931 in Bluffton to Herbert and Vera (Pierce) Haller. On August 17, 1952 she married Elmer D. Stonehill and he died June 27, 1991. Mrs. Stonehill had been a homemaker. She was a member of the St. John's United Church of Christ, Bluffton. She was also a member...
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Phyllis L. Ehrman Moser

May 6, 1920 - January 22, 2011

Bluffton Phyllis Lydia Ehrman Moser, 90 of Bluffton passed away at 6:25 AM January 22, 2011 at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. She was on May 6, 1920 in Henrietta, Ohio to Elmer O. and Gertrude (Kneisel) Portmann. On August 8, 1945 she married James H. Ehrman and he died December 5, 1994. She married Rolland Ward Moser on September 19, 1997 and he died November 21, 2008. She had been an...
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Esther Kirkendall

March 8, 1935 - January 21, 2011

Bluffton Esther L. Kirkendall, 75 of Bluffton and formerly of Lima passed away at 11:22 AM January 21, 2011 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. She was born March 8, 1935 in West Liberty, Ohio to Boyd A. and Ruth E. (Hartzler) Lapp. On April 15, 1956 she married Darrel E. Kirkendall and he survives. Esther retired as a cafeteria worker from Elida High School. She was a member of Tri-County...
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Billy A. Chidester

June 1, 1929 - December 21, 2010

Bluffton Billy A. Chidester, 81 of Bluffton passed away at 7:30 PM December 21, 2010 at Bluffton Hospital. He was born on June 1, 1929 in Cridersville, Ohio to Charles LeRoy and Roberta (Church) Chidester. On April 8, 1951 he married Barbara Leigh. He later married Thelma Knupp on February 1, 1986 and she died October 4, 2009. Mr. Chidester retired after 46 1/2 years from Nickel Plate-Norfolk...
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