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March 3, 2015


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Rev. Howard J. Landes 1932-2015

Rev. Howard J. Landes, 82, died at the Inn at Amethyst on Feb. 26, 2015, in Peoria, Ariz.

He is survived by his wife, Wanda M. Landes, and his children and their families, Bruce and Roxanne Landes of Phoenix Ariz., Dean and Monica, Logan and his wife Lydia and Taylor Landes of Fountaintown Ind., and Alan and Vicki, Tiffany, Cassie and Joshua Landes of Niagara Falls, N.Y. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Sandra Landes, and grandson, Andrew Landes.


Marilyn Lansing was a retired Triplett employee

Marilyn Joanne Lansing, 88, died on Sunday, March 1, 2015, at 2 p.m. at her son’s residence in Ada.

She was born on Oct. 18, 1926, in Lima, Ohio to Clarence and Dolly (Adams) Tyree and they preceded her in death. On Aug. 13, 1949, she married Charles Lansing and he died on March 13, 1997.

She was a homemaker and formerly worked at Triplett Electric for 14 years. She was a member of the Ada Full Gospel Pentecostal Church of God.

Surviving is a son, Richard (Diane) Lansing of Ada; three grandchildren Kathy, Mike and Sara; and a great granddaughter, Payton.


Kathleen Konst committal service March 7

A committal service tor Kathleen Konst, 92, who died Dec. 15, 2014, at Willow Ridge, Bluffton will begin at 1 p.m.,  March 7, 2015 at Maple Grove Cemetery, Bluffton.


Betty Hauenstein 1927-2015

Betty J. Hauenstein, 87, of Bluffton died at 11:10 p.m. Feb. 26, 2015, at Willow Ridge, Bluffton. She was born June 13, 1927 in Columbus Grove to the late Wilbur and Edna Glancy Risser. On Aug. 14, 1947 she married Ellis B. Hauenstein who preceded her in death on March 15, 2011.

She was a homemaker and had previously worked at Stratton Greenhouse.  


Ralph Rammel: 1922-2015; well-known for creating rugs on the Senior Center loom

Ralph C. Rammel, 92, of Bluffton died at 6:43  p.m. Feb. 24, 2015, at Bluffton Hospital. He was born Dec. 25, 1922, in Ft. Recovery to the late John and Clara Homan Rammel. On Feb. 14, 1947 he married Geneva Blaksley who preceded him in death on April 24, 1990.


Peter Michael Mueller 1990-2015

Peter Michael Mueller, 24, of Ottoville died Feb. 21, 2015, at Bluffton Hospital. He was born May 16, 1990, in Rhinebeck, N.Y.  He is survived by his mother, Cindy Diller Mueller of Bluffton, his father Rev. Richard Mueller and stepmother Mrs. Lorraine Studt- Mueller of Daphne, Ala., a brother, Abram (Miles Romney) Mueller of Honolulu, Hi.,  maternal grandparents, Theodore and Joan Diller of Bluffton, and paternal grandmother, Anna Christ of Arnold, Mo. He was preceded in death by a paternal step grandfather, Clarence Christ. 


Nick Pieraccini was an associate at DTR Industries

Nicholas J. “Nick” Pieraccini, 43, died on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, at 2:13 p.m. at Lima Memorial Health System, Lima.

He was born on December 27, 1971, in Lima, Ohio to Nicholas and Nancy (Pellegrini) Pieraccini and they preceded him in death. On June 29, 2002, Nick married Glenna Rowe and she survives in Alger.

He was a 1991 graduate of Elida High School. He was an associate at DTR Industries, Bluffton.


Margie Steinman was a Pandora-Gilboa HS graduate

Margie Sue Steinman, 73, died at 11:58 a.m. Feb. 17, 2015, at the Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. She was born Nov. 2, 1941, in Bluffton to the late J. Adrian and Marceil Hilty Eck.  She was married to Jerry Steinman, and they were divorced and he preceded her in death.

She had been a receptionist at Hancock Family Services. She was a member of the Pandora United Methodist Church and a member of Parents Without Partners. She was a graduate of Pandora-Gilboa High School and attended Bluffton College. 


William M. Herr was a life-long farmer

William M. Herr, 96, died Feb. 9, 2015, at 3 a.m. at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. 

He  was born Oct. 25, 1918, in Bluffton to the late Daniel and Lavina (Burkholder) Herr.  On Nov. 1, 1939 he married Margaret Jones Herr who preceded him in death on Aug. 1, 2013.

Mr. Herr had been a life-long farmer. He was a member of Ebenezer Mennonite Church, Bluffton. He and was a graduate of Bluffton High School.


Donald Dalrymple was a U.S. Air Force veteran

Donald K. Dalrymple, 80, died on Feb. 8, 2015, at 2:37 a.m. at the Meadows of Ottawa in Ottawa, Ohio.

He was born on Sept. 28, 1934, in Lima, Ohio, to William F. and Beulah (Jones) Dalrymple and they preceded him in death. On May 24, 1958, he married Patricia LaRue and she survives in Pandora.

He retired from the Ford Motor Company, Lima, in 1997 after working for 32 years. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran who served from 1954 to 1958. He attended the Pandora Missionary Church.