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What a night out! (this is part 2)

Bluffton, Beaverdam, Pandora celebrates National Night Out


Photos by Jamie Nygaard
Where were you Tuesday evening?

Chance are if you live in Bluffton, Beavedam or Pandora, you were at the National Night Out celebration at the Bluffton swimming pool.

Mary Kathryn Gratz Carrier was a former clerk of Bluffton schools

Mary Kathryn (Gratz) Carrier, 91, of Sandusky died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, surrounded by her family.

She was born July 26, 1927, near Rockport, in Allen County and was a 1945 graduate of Columbus Grove High School. Prior to her marriage, Mary was employed as the clerk of Bluffton Schools in Bluffton. After moving to Sandusky and raising a family, she was employed at the former Asher Brothers Auto Parts where she retired in 1990.


Thurman Goddard was retired after 40 years at Whirlpool

Thurman Wesley Goddard, 84, died Aug. 11, 2018, at his residence in Pandora.  Thurman was born Aug. 11, 1933, in Redhouse, West Virginia, to the late Grant and Selma (Jividen) Goddard.  On Dec. 16, 1966, he married Pamela Brammer Goddard who survives.


Michael Bucher was a 1973 Bluffton High School graduate

Michael Lee Bucher, 62, of Findlay died Aug. 12, 2018, at The Heritage in Findlay.  Michael was born Sept. 6, 1955 in Bluffton to the late Charles and Doris (Niswander) Bucher.

Michael was a 1973 graduate of Bluffton High School.  He was a business manager at Findlay Industries prior to his retirement.  Michael was a member of English Lutheran Church in Bluffton.  He enjoyed his music, his art, painting and golfing. 


ODOT road project update affecting Bluffton this week

The following bridge repair and culvert projects on or along Interstate 75 between the village of Beaverdam and the village of Bluffton will have the following impacts to traffic:

Rev. Donald Rock was a pastor in the United Church of Christ

He was active in the greater church on teams and committees of the United Church of Christ

Rev. Donald Rock, 81, died Aug. 11, 2018, at Willow Ridge – Betty House, in Bluffton.  Don was born Oct. 10, 1936, in Cleveland, Ohio, to the late Clayton L. and Dorothy (Vollman) Rock.  On June 7, 1958, he married Shirley (Derringer) Rock and she survives.

Donald graduated from Camp Hill High School in Pennsylvania in 1955, Heidelberg College in 1959, and Methodist Theological Seminary in 1994.

He served in the U.S. Army, Fort Knox, Kentucky, in Armor Training Headquarters.  He was a member of the American Legion Post 382 – Bluffton, serving as Chaplain.