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Obituaries

Louise Cantwell volunteered over 2,000 hours at Bluffton Hospital

A. Louise Cantwell, 91, died April 27, 2016, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Louise was born Oct. 4, 1924, in Three Rivers, Michigan, to the late Lester and June (Baxter) Luse.  On April 29, 1950, she married Leslie Cantwell, Jr. who preceded her in death on Nov. 29, 1989.

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Homer Miller was a WWII Army Air Force pilot

Homer Edward Miller, 92, died April 28, 2016, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Homer was born May 27, 1923 in Gomer, Ohio, to the late Homer and Cecile (Rigdon) Miller who preceded him in death. On May 2, 1947, he married Dorothy (Davis) Miller who survives.

Homer was a lifetime farmer and retired as a tool and die maker from Superior Coach in Lima.  He was a pilot in the Army Air Force during World War II.  Homer was a 60-year member of the Masonic Lodge #72 in Delphos and member of the Allen County Farm Bureau.  He was a graduate of Gomer High School.

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David Orr was retired from Lima Ford Engine Plant after working 40 years

David Clare Orr, 81, died April 27, 2016 at Bluffton Hospital.  David was born April 23, 1935, in Flint, Mich., to the late Clifton and Arlene (Blackmer) Orr.  On March 29, 1968, he married Judy Burkholder Orr who survives.

David retired from Lima Ford Engine Plant after 40 years.  He enjoyed NASCAR and was a car and motorcycle enthusiast.  David was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Korean Conflict.

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Funeral service April 30 for 99-year-old Glada Zoe Basinger

Glada Zoe Basinger, 99, died April 27, 2016, at Bluffton Hospital. Glada was born April 18, 1917, in Hancock, County, to the late John and Mary (Barkimer) Wilkins.  On Jan. 18, 1942, she married Robert H. Basinger and he preceded her in death on Nov. 7, 1994. 

Glada was a homemaker and was a member of the Bethel United Church of Christ near Ada. She enjoyed being a seamstress and baking pies and cookies.

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Funeral service April 30 for 99-year-old Glada Zoe Basinger

Glada Zoe Basinger, 99, died April 27, 2016, at Bluffton Hospital. Glada was born April 18, 1917, in Hancock, County, to the late John and Mary (Barkimer) Wilkins.  On Jan. 18, 1942, she married Robert H. Basinger and he preceded her in death on Nov. 7, 1994. 

Glada was a homemaker and was a member of the Bethel United Church of Christ near Ada. She enjoyed being a seamstress and baking pies and cookies.

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Susan Lehman Sommer was a Bluffton HS and Bluffton College graduate

Susan Lehman Sommer, 68, of Tremont, Ill., died at 2:56 p.m. Saturday, April 23, 2016, at her home.

She was born July 11, 1947, in Bluffton, Ohio, to Carl M. and Sarah Miller Lehman. She married James T. Sommer on Aug. 18, 1968, in Bluffton; he survives.

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Clifford Harris 1920-2016

Clifford Alton Harris, 95, died April 20, 2016, at his residence. Clifford was born May 19, 1920, in Vanlue, Ohio, to Charles and Bertha (Beck) Harris who preceded him in death. On Dec. 30, 1939, he married Thelma Cupp Harris who preceded him in death on May 8, 2009.

Clifford retired from Dana Corporation in Lima.  He was an avid carpenter, was a master craftsman and fisherman.  Clifford was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

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Ray Morris was a 1970 Pandora-Gilboa HS graduate

Ray E. Morris, 63, died April 17, 2016, at 4:25 p.m. at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay.  Ray was born Oct. 13, 1952, in Bluffton to Cliff and Jesse (Miller) Morris.  He married Gail Stainbrook and they were divorced. On Feb. 1, 2000, he married Karen Diller Morris who survives in Pandora. 

Ray was an owner/operator - truck driver for his own trucking company.  He last drove for Gangloff Industries of Logansport, Ind. Ray was a 1970 graduate of Pandora-Gilboa High School.

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James Badertscher, 82, was a Bluffton High School graduate

James "Jim" Dean Badertscher, 82, died April 8, 2016, at 2:15 p.m. at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Jim was born July 17, 1933, in Bluffton to the late Edwin and Mae (Murray) Badertscher.  On July 18, 1959, he married Ruth Hankish Badertscher who survives.

Jim retired from Lima Ford Engine Plant after 20 years.  He was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ and attended St. Mary's Catholic Church both of Bluffton.  Jim was a member of American Legion Post #382, Bluffton, graduated from Bluffton High School, attended Bluffton College and was a U.S. Army veteran. 

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Byron "Barney" Spallinger was a graduate of Beaverdam High School

Byron “Barney” Spallinger, died Thursday, March 31, 2016, at Grand View Hospital. He was the husband of the late Arlene (Reiff) Spallinger who died in 2008.

Born Jan. 19, 1928, in Beaverdam, Ohio he was the son of the late Homer and Elizabeth (Augsburger) Spallinger. Mr. Spallinger was a graduate of Beaverdam High School.

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