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Graveside burial Friday in Bluffton for Tom Clark

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. 

A graveside service will take place at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 24, at Maple Grove Cemetery in Bluffton.  For a complete obituary click here.


Edith Burkholder 1924 - 2017

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 Haller was retired from Ford plant, 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.


Tom Clark, BHS grad, was a past USA Wrestling Official of the Year

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.


Former Bluffton resident Phyllis Bixel was 94

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 Gable was active in many Bluffton organizations

Funeral service is March 16 at St. John's UCC

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.


Steve Swank was previous owner of S & K Mower

Served 30 years on Bluffton fire department; retired as captain

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. 


Funeral arrangements incomplete for Tom Clark

Thomas G. Clark, 59 of Noblesville, Indiana, and formerly of Bluffton, Ohio, died at his residence.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Dennis E. Boyd 1959-2017

Dennis E. Boyd, 57, died Friday, March 10, 2017, at Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay.  He was born Sept. 6, 1959, in Killeen, Texas to James and Wilma (Sargent) Boyd who survive in Orient, Ohio. 

 Dennis was employed by General Dynamics for 35 years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who truly enjoyed the outdoors.


Patricia McCafferty was retired from Bluffton Hospital

She also volunteered at the hospital

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.