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April 23, 2014

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Funeral arrangement incomplete for Donavin Montgomery

Donavin R. Montgomery, 91 died April 21, 2014 at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay.  Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton. 

Visitation will be Sunday from 2-6 p.m. at the funeral home.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.

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Floyd Hartman was a Mt. Cory High School graduate

Floyd H. Hartman, 87, of Bluffton died April 19, 2014, at 5:25 a.m., at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  He was born Feb. 14, 1927, in Orange Township, Hancock County to the late Purl and Bertha Cook Hartman.  On August 29, 1946, he married Jeannine Stewart and she survives. 

He was a farmer and also a steamfitter/welder with the Steamfitters Local 693.  He also owned Hartman's Southern Truck Parts. He was a member of Bluffton Trinity United Methodist Church and a graduate of Mt. Cory High School.

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Gene Stuckey was former operations manager of Hancock County Fair

Gene A. Stuckey, 72, of Delaware Twp., Hancock County, Ohio, died at 4:36 a.m.
on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Lima Memorial Hospital. He was born on June 9, 1941 to the late Dale S. and A. Marie (Lane) Stuckey in Delaware Twp. On Sept. 2, 1960, he married Connie J. Smith and she survives.

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Fairy Mesler 1923- 2014

Fairy E. Mesler, 90, died April 17, 2014, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. She was born Sept. 8, 1923 in Bluffton to the late Fred and Esma (Burkholder) Bronson. She married Harvey Mesler and he preceded her in death on Feb. 23, 1993.

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Mary Badertscher was a retired teacher

Mary Badertscher, 66, died on April 3, 2014. Mary (Bartholomew) was born in Vicksburg, Michigan, the middle of five siblings, includnig Russell, Jerry, Becky and Jim.

After college she moved to Metamora, Mich., where she worked as a home economics teacher and met Dean, her husband of 42 years. After retirement, the Badertschers moved to Bluffton, Ohio.

She is survived by her husband, her son Pete and his wife Sara, and her two grandchildren, Xandra and Roswen. Mary was a retired school teacher, having taught kindergarten and home economics as well as GRADS.

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James Suter memorial service April 12

A memorial service for James R. Suter will begin  at 11 a.m. on  Saturday, April 12, 2014, at the First Mennonite Church, Bluffton. A fellowship meal will follow the service.

For a complete obituary, published in January, click http://www.blufftonicon.com/news/2014/01/27/james-suter-sang-handels-mes....

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Dorothy Williams taught school for 38 years; volunteered with many organizations

Dorothy Williams, 94, of Bluffton died at 2:50 p.m. April 2, 2014, at Smithville-Western Care Center, Wooster.  She was born Feb. 6, 1920, in Pandora to the late Christian and Clara Suter Locher. 

Mrs. Williams was a retired teacher and guidance counselor, having been an educator for 38 years, the last 26 with Lima Public Schools. She also taught in Colorado, Wyoming, Washington, Nevada and American Dependent Schools of Japan. 

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Alice Frey, born in China, family escaped from Russia to U.S.

Alice  Frey, 85, died on March 27, 2014, at 9:30 am at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora.  Alice was born February 1, 1929 in Harbin, China to parents Aron and Agnes (Wiebe) Warkentin, who were fleeing Russia for religious freedom. On January 31, 1949, she married Lonas Frey Jr. who preceded her in death on November 27, 2009.

Alice had been a homemaker. She and her family also owned and operated Ohio Dusting Co. (Aerial Application) until 1986. She attended St. John Mennonite Church, Pandora. Alice and her husband traveled to many places, often in their own airplane.

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Dale Risser was a retired carpenter from Excello/Purepak

Dale E. Risser, 83, died March 24, 2014 at Lima Memorial Health System.  He was born Oct. 28, 1930 in Vaughnsville to the late Wilbur and Edna (Glancy) Risser.  On June 29, 1956, he married Joyce Augsburger and she survives.

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Joe Goodman was an Air Force veteran who served in the Korean Conflict

Joe L. Goodman, 82, of Bluffton died at 7:55 a.m. March 22, 2014, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. He was born Dec. 10, 1931, in Bluffton to the late Walter and Bessie Emans Goodman. On June 29, 1956, he married Lois L. Amstutz and she survives.

Also surviving are a daughter, Lisa (Robert) Hetzer of Dayton, two sons, Joe (Julie) Goodman of Marysville, Jerry (Susan) Goodman of Fostoria, eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren, a sister, Colleen Hight of Pandora, two brothers-in law, Chuck (Janice) and Butch (Iva) Amstutz.

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