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July 2, 2015

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Obituaries

Phillip Kingsley taught psychology at Bluffton University for 18 years; was president of Swiss Community Historical Society

Phillip R. Kingsley, 72, died May 22, 2015, at 9:55 a.m. at Frieda House, Willow Ridge Drive, Bluffton, Ohio. For the past two years he suffered the progressive diminishments of ALS.

He was born Oct. 21, 1942, in Kendallville, Ind., to Leonard and Velma (Emmert) Kingsley who preceded him in death. On Dec. 27, 1966, he married Judith Hilty Kingsley.

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Dorothy Town, 1932-2015

Dorothy Faye Town, 83 died May 22, 2015 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. Dorothy was born January 16, 1932 in Tippecanoe, Ind. to the late Charles and Donnis (Smith) Fisher. On October 18, 1951 she married Robert Town and he survives.

Dorothy was an amazing homemaker.  She enjoyed spending time with her family, vacationing, her flowers and was a graduate of Tippecanoe High School in Indiana.

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Funeral arrangements incomplete for Phillip Kingsley

Phillip R. Kingsley, 72 of Bluffton died Friday, May 22, 2015 at Willow Ridge - Frieda House, Bluffton.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.

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Memorial service for Elizabeth Dickey Lacy June 13

A memorial service for the late Elizabeth Dickey Lacy will be held on June
13, 2015 at 10 a.m., Collingwood Presbyterian Church, 2108 Collingwood
Blvd, Toledo, followed by a graveside service at 4 p.m., at Pleasant View
Church of the Brethren, 4950 N Thayer Rd, Lima. All who wish to celebrate her
life are welcome to attend.

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Celebration of life event in memory of Ruth Whitt June 4

Friends and family of the late Ruth Whitt will gather at the Bluffton village park at 2 p.m., Thursday, June 4, in a celebration of Ruth's life, according to her husband, Wales.

Ruth Whitt was a long-time Bluffton resident who died July 16, 2014, in a hospital in Augusta, Ga.

While in Bluffton she worked with the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce, Bluffton News and owned Jan's clothing store, now The Black Lab.

All are invited to stop  by and meet the family.

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Dean Miller was a 1978 graduate of Pandora-Gilboa High School

Former Pandora resident Dean Alan Miller, 55, of Dawsonville, Ga., died May 14, 2015, at 1:35 p.m. following an extended illness. He was born Dec. 28, 1959, in Pandora, to Ellen Mae Miller and the late Paul E. Miller. He was married to his wife of 24 years, Susan Nelson Miller on March 30, 1985, who also preceded him in death.

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Bluffton native Lynnita Millay funeral service at St. John's UCC

Lynnita Linda (Swank) Millay, 74, of Jenera died Thursday morning, May 14, 2015, at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay. She was born March 1, 1941, in Bluffton to Bertrand and Juanita (Lora) Swank.  She married Marvin Millay on Jan. 30, 1981,  and he survives.

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Memorial service for Orletta Templin at First Mennonite May 30

Orletta M. Templin, 92, of Bluffton died May 13, 2015, at 10:50 a.m. at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. She was born Dec. 16, 1922, in Hillsboro, Kansas, to the late Edward and Frieda Kessler Warkentin. On June 4, 1947, she married Lawrence Templin and he survives. 

She graduated from Lehigh High School, Lehigh, Kansas, and Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas. She was a teacher at Goessel High School, Goessel, Kansas, and retired from the library at Bluffton College. 

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Bart Steiner was a 1979 graduate of Pandora-Gilboa High School

Bart H. Steiner, 54, of Sentinel Road, Lake Placid, N.Y., died at his home Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Mr. Steiner was born Feb. 17, 1961, in Buffton. He was the son of Walter and Betsy (Zuercher) Steiner.   

He was a graduate of Pandora-Gilboa High School, class of 1979. He was employed by Socar Corporation and was also employed by Bigelow Glass Inc., Findlay. After moving to Lake Placid, he had worked at Lake Placid Rental and Supply. 

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Rodney Fruchey 1957-2015

Rodney W. Fruchey, 58, died May 13, 2015, in Bluffton after a battle with cancer. He was born Jan. 26, 1957 in Bluffton to the late Robert and Clara (Parthemore) Fruchey. On April 25, 2009, he married Sandra Foster and she survives in Bellefontaine. 

Rodney was an independent over-the-road truck driver logging nearly two million miles.   He attended Kenton High School.

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