A Celebration of Life memorial service for Tom Clark, formerly of Bluffton, will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, at Grace Church, 5504 E 146th St., Noblesville, Ind., with visitation beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Edith Lenore Burkholder, 92, died March 18, 2017, at 3:15 a.m. at Lima Convalescent Home. Edith was born June 21, 1924, in Columbus Grove to the late Jesse and Helen (Moore) Lentz. She married Jim Burkholder who preceded him in death on April 17, 1993.
She had worked at Terry's in Bluffton and Northland Lanes in Lima.
Bill H. Haller, 87, died at 7:15 p.m., Thursday, March 16, 2017, at at Lima Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family.
Bill was born Dec. 12, 1929 in Van Buren, Ohio, to the late Herbert and Vera (Pierce) Haller. On Dec. 14, 1956, he married Shirley (Lamb) Haller who survives. They were married for 60 years and had three children, Linda Rieck of Cairo, James Haller of Lima and Timothy (Gina) Haller of Lima; nine grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Bill was preceded in death by two sisters, Eileen Koehring and Jo Stonehill.
Posted by Fred Steiner on March 15, 2017 - 10:22am
Former Bluffton resident, Thomas G. Clark, 59, of Fishers Ind., a 2008 Olympic referee and longtime leader within USA Wrestling, died on Friday, March 10, 2017, at home. He was born on Feb. 22, 1959, to James A. and Mary (Canaan) Clark in Bluffton, Ohio. His parents preceded him in death.
Posted by Fred Steiner on March 14, 2017 - 11:09am
Former Bluffton resident, Phyllis Mary Bixel, 94, died Saturday, March 4, 2017, in Freeman S.D.
She was born in Kalamazoo, Mich., to Carlton and Erma (Sanford) Newton on Aug. 17, 1922.
Phyllis graduated from Western Michigan University in 1945 with a bachelor of science degree in occupational therapy and spent her first years of employment working at the Kalamazoo State Hospital, where her husband-to-be, James W. Bixel, was also employed as musical director through Civilian Public Service.
Julia A. Gable, 97, died Feb. 2, 2017, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.
Julia was born Aug. 6, 1919, in Hancock County near Garner, Iowa, to the late Otto and Amelia (Katter) Schroer who preceded her in death. On Aug. 6, 1941, she married Rev. Vernon Oppermann and he preceded her in death on July 28, 1958. She then married Karl Gable on Dec. 9, 1965 who preceded her in death on Nov. 21, 2002.
Served 30 years on Bluffton fire department; retired as captain
Posted by Fred Steiner on March 11, 2017 - 8:40pm
Steven C. Swank, 55, died March 11, 2017 at Bluffton Hospital. Steve was born Oct. 19, 1961 in Bluffton to the late Charles and Helen (Zuercher) Swank.
Steve was a 1980 graduate of Bluffton High School. He was the owner/operator of S & K Mower of Bluffton that he owned for 25 years before becoming a custodian at Allen East High School.
He was a retired member of the Bluffton Fire Department after serving over 30 years where he had served as a captain. Steve was a past member of the Bluffton Sportsman’s Club and the Sons of the American Legion.
Patricia Ann McCafferty, 73, died March 5, 2017, at Bluffton Hospital. She was born May 17, 1943, in New Jersey to the late John and Anita (Matthews) Derry. On Oct. 21, 1977, she married Bob McCafferty who survives.
Pat graduated from Chagrin Falls High School in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. She retired from housekeeping at Bluffton Hospital and also volunteered at the hospital. She was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ in Bluffton. Pat enjoyed gardening, reading and traveling to Maine.