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Wade Lehman 1936 - 2018

Wade A. Lehman, 81, died on July 21, 2018, at his residence. He was born Oct. 20, 1936, in Bluffton to the late Peter A. and Eunice (Burkholder) Lehman.  

Wade served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Korea for 2 years after the Korean War.  He was a member of the Army's traveling basketball team and also

He worked for 30 years at Scotlad/Roundy's foods and was a member of Moose Lodge 199 and Eagles Lodge Aerie 370 both in Lima. 

Wade loved woodworking and often made handcrafted donations to the Mennonite Relief Sale held in Kidron, Ohio. 


Evelyn Kay Treen was a former Bluffton hairdresser

Evelyn Kay Treen, 72, of Bluffton, died at 9:06 a.m., Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Mercy-St. Rita’s Medical Center. She was born Sept. 21, 1945, in Lima, to Raymond G. and Dolores Dorothy “Dee” (Daniels) Ribley who preceded her in death. She was previously married to Carl R. Treen who survives.


Joanne Emma Avers 1936 - 2018

Mother of Debbie Mohr of Bluffton

Joanne Emma Avers, 81, formerly of Clyde, died Friday, July 6, 2018, at the home of her daughter in Carroll, Ohio.

Joanne was born Dec. 6, 1936, in Fremont to Lawrence A. & Velma T (Binger) Ferkel. She graduated from Green Springs High School in 1954 and received her bachelor's degree from Capital University in Columbus. 

On Aug 20, 1955, she married Rev. Robert Paul Avers. They spent 10 years as missionaries in Ethiopia.


William Gaines was active in multiple community organizations

He was Santa Claus, Cub Scout den master, coached soccer, operated a lawn service

William M. Gaines III, 70, died July 8, 2018, in Grove City, Ohio.  Bill was born March 12, 1948, in Dayton to the late William and Leona (Furay) Gaines.  On Sept. 6, 1969, he married Brenda Ferguson Gaines who survives.


Funeral arrangements incomplete for William Gaines

William Gaines III, 70 of Bluffton died July 8, 2018, in Grove City.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Mary Koontz was retired craft director at Senior Center

Visitation Sunday at Chiles-Laman, Bluffton

Mary L. Koontz, 95, died on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, at 9:10a.m. at Willow Ridge in Bluffton. She was born October 21, 1922 in St. Marys, Ohio to Theodore and Edna (Schmehl) Schultz who preceded her in death. On June 6, 1948 she married Jasper "Joe" Koontz and they celebrated 53 1/2 years of marriage before he died on Nov. 23, 2001.

She graduated from Bluffton High School in  1940. She attended Fredericks Beauty School, Lima, graduating in December of 1940.