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September 19, 2017


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This plate on a Corvette was spotted at the County Line Church of the Brethren car show in July. Maybe the son has a matching Corvette, too.

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Dorothy Holt was a Bluffton HS graduate

Dorothy J. Holt, 95, died at 11:15 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, while residing at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton, Ohio. 

She was born Oct. 22, 1921, in Columbus Grove, to Monroe and Elvina (Amstutz) Burkholder. On June 10, 1942, she married Wayne L. Holt, who preceded her in death on Dec. 1, 2009. They were married 67 years. 

She was a graduate of Bluffton High School. Dorothy was a member of the Cable Road Alliance Church and had been a member of the Columbus Grove Christian Church for many years.


Charlotte Anderson was a retired dietician at Bluffton Hospital

Charlotte Anderson, died Sept. 8, 2017 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.

Charlotte was born June 19, 1929, in Findlay, Ohio, to John and Julie (Crates) Walter who preceded her in death.  Survivors include: her husband of 66 years, Willis Anderson of Bluffton; three children, Steven (Karen) Anderson of Sunnyside, Washington, Kathy (Larry) Coburn of Phoenix, Arizona, Linda (Mike) Hampl of Louisville, Texas; a sister, Jane Cobert of California; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.


Lieutenant Colonel Robert M. “Bob” Wells was a BHS graduate

Lieutenant Colonel Robert M. “Bob” Wells (Ret United States Air Force) died at his home Sept. 2, 2017.

Bob is survived by his wife of 37 years Deborah Wells, his children Cindy Wiktor of New Braunfels, Texas, Cheryl Patterson and her husband, Larry of Dallas Texas, his stepdaughers Bridgette Kifer and her husband Doug of Summerville, Wendy Davis and her husband, David of Summerville, Holly Poe of Beaufort, South Carolina, and his brother, Dan Wells and his wife, Mary Beth of Jackson, Oregon.


Private burial for Willadene Keeney

Informal time of remembering and fellowship on Sept. 16

A private burial for Willadene Hartzler Keeney formerly of Bluffton, will take place on  Saturday, Sept. 16.

Following the burial there will be a gathering at First Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall, Bluffton, from 1-4 p.m. for friends and family. Family members invite persons to attend for an informal time of remembering and fellowship.

Willadene died on June 13, 2017 in North Newton, Kansas. For her complete obituary click here.


Phyllis Friesen private gravesite service planned

Phyllis Ruth (Sawatzky) Friesen, 77, died on Aug. 27, 2017. She was born on June 3, 1940, in Butterfield, Minnesota, to Rev. Victor and Ruth Louise (Phifer) Sawatzky. 

On June 2, 1961, she married Ronald Lee Friesen, who preceded her in death. Mrs. Friesen graduated from Pawnee Rock (Kansas) High School and attended Bethel College (Kansas).

Phyllis and her husband lived in Tanzania, East Africa for several years. She lived in Bluffton, Ohio, the rest of her life.


Sally Ann Parish grew up in Bluffton

Sally Ann Parish, 78, died Aug. 25, 2017, at The Villa at Silverbell Estates in Lake Orion, Michigan.   

She was born on April 5, 193, in Houktown, Ohio, to Carson and Martha (Schnegg) Parish who preceded her in death.

Sally spent her childhood in Bluffton, Ohio. After her marriage to Alex Wolff, she moved to Boyne City, Michigan, where she raised her family. Sally had a Bachelor’s of Art from Aquinas College and also received her LPN degree from Northwestern Michigan College.  She worked as an LPN for Grandvue Medical Center in Michigan.


Ronald Chidester was born in Bluffton

Ronald K. "Ron" Chidester, 78, of Millbury, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, at St. Luke's Hospital. Ron was born on Oct. 6, 1938, in Bluffton, Ohio, to Kenneth and Pauline (Eikenbury) Chidester. He married Glenna Myer on Oct. 5, 1957. Ron served  in the United States Navy.

Ron was  a lifetime member of the American Quarter Horse Association.

Ron graduated from The Ohio State University.


David Ernest was a Cory-Rawson HS graduate

David L. Ernest, 71, died Aug. 19, 2017, at the Ocala Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida.  David was born Feb. 22, 1946, in Findlay to the late Delmer and Juanita (Gearing) Ernest. On Feb. 25, 1967 he married Nancy Cupples Ernest and she survives.


Frederick Nordhaus was a former Bluffton High School band director

Frederick J. Nordhaus, 74, of Ottawa died at 9:35 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus. He was born March 1, 1943, in Ottawa to the late Arthur A. and Louise L. (Conn) Nordhaus. His longtime girlfriend, Patricia Goodkin survives in Ottawa.


Harry "Bill" Snyder was retired from Ford engine plant

Harry "Bill" Edward Snyder, 89, died July 29, 2017, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.Harry "Bill" was born Aug. 31, 1927, in Beaverdam, to Lawrence and Margaret (Bickmier) Snyder who preceded him in death.

On Feb. 22, 1948, he married Josephine Bassitt Snyder who preceded him in death on June 8, 1988. Bill retired from Lima Ford Engine Plant where he was a Hi-Lo driver.  He enjoyed music, woodworking, his grandchildren and riding the 4-wheeler with them.