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January 23, 2021

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Opal Webb 1925 - 2021

Opal Webb, 95, died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, at 2:20 a.m. at the Lost Creek Care Center, Lima.

She was born on Sept. 3, 1925, in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, to the late Merda B. and Dora (Adams) Williams. On Sept. 18, 1942 Opal married Charles H. Webb and he preceded her in death on March 14, 1976.


Russell Ludwig was a retired machinist at Ex-Cell-O

He was a Cory-Rawson HS graduate

Russell E. Ludwig, 84, died Jan. 21, 2021, at Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay.  Russell was born Feb. 8, 1936, in Rawson to the late Paul and Vera (Painter) Ludwig. On Jan. 4, 1955, he married Mary Ellen Burkholder and she survives. 

Russell graduated from Cory-Rawson High School. He worked at and retired from Ex-Cello Corporation in Bluffton where he had been a machinist. Russell enjoyed working with wood doing crafts. 


Joyce Long 1940 - 2021

Joyce A. Long, 80, died on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, at 4:15 p.m. at Vancrest of Ada.

She was born on June 14, 1940, in Lima, Ohio, to Irvin and Edna (Hassan) Vandemark who preceded her in death. On Nov. 12, 1960 she married Edison D. Long and he preceded her in death on May 7, 2013. 

Joyce was a homemaker. 

Surviving are two sons: Edward (Rose) Long of Radnor and Donald (Ranea) Long of Bluffton; a daughter, Cindy Sweigart of Beaverdam; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren;  

She was preceded in death by a grandson, Terry Lee Williams, Jr.


John M. Symonds II 1963 - 2021

John M. Symonds II died Jan. 16, 2021, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.

John was born on April 27, 1963, to John M. Symonds I and Barbara (Wolfe) Symonds. His mother survives in Troy, Ohio. John is survived by three children, Brittany (Kenny) Owens, Wesley Symonds, and Eric (Kara) Layman. 

On Dec. 29, 2013, he married Rebecca (McCune) who survives in Lima.  

John graduated from Wapakoneta High School in 1982. He studied at Lima Technical College and has spent most of his life managing restaurants.    


Bob Plaugher was retired from Scot Lad

Robert "Bob" Lee Plaugher, 81, died Jan. 15, 2021, at his residence.  Bob was born March 12, 1939, in Lima to the late Raymond and Dorothea (Burns) Plaugher who preceded him in death. On May 19, 1962, he married Rita Mae Plaugher, they were later divorced and she survives in Lima. 

Bob graduated from Lima Senior High School. He worked for and retired from Scot Lad Foods after 30-plus years. Bob was also self-employed hauling livestock and hay over the countryside after retirement. He also was a farmer and had worked at the Beaverdam Elevator. 


Thelma Ridenhour was retired from Triplett

Thelma Elizabeth Ridenour, 94, died Jan. 14, 2021, at Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay.  Thelma was born Aug. 5, 1926, in Continental, Ohio, to the late Orville and Fannie (Prowant) Etter. On March 5, 1945, she married Harold Ridenour who preceded her in death on Jan. 12, 2009.  She later married Marvin Wolford and he survives in Mt. Cory.