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Bob Neff was active in many community organizations

Was a Bluffton HS graduate and a retired architect

Robert “Bob” D. Neff, 66, died Friday morning, Jan. 11, 2019, at Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay.  He was born Nov. 6, 1952, in Bluffton, Ohio, to Richard and Beulah (Burkholder) Neff who preceded him in death.

On May 6, 1978, Bob married Nancy (Schumacher) Neff, who survives.

CLICK HERE for a column about Bob's heart transplant.


Funeral arrangements incomplete for Bob Neff

Robert “Bob” D. Neff, 66, of Bluffton died Jan. 11, 2019 at Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay. 

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 19, at English Lutheran Church in Bluffton. 

Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 18, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.  at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton and one hour prior to the service at the church. 

Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Valarie Campbell was a Bluffton High School graduate

Valarie Jane Campbell, 62, died Jan. 10, 2019, at her residence.  Valarie was born July 2, 1956, in Bluffton to the late Raymond and Marcene (Ransbottom) Spangler. On Sept. 19, 1987, she married David Campbell who survives.

Valarie graduated from Bluffton High School and Bowling Green State University.  She had also received her massage license.  Valarie had worked at Philips Corporation in Ottawa and Matrix Essentials in Solon, Ohio. 


Luther Shetler memorial service is Jan. 19

A memorial service for Luther Shetler who died Dec. 15, 2018, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 19, at First Mennonite Church in Bluffton. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Bluffton University, Camp Friedenswald, First Mennonite Church or Goshen College.  Arrangements have been entrusted with Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services in Bluffton.

Click here for the obituary posted in December.


Burton Yost taught for 27 years in Bluffton College religion department

Had sabbaticals in Taiwan, India, Korea; participated in archaeological dig in Israel

Burton G. Yost, 90, died Jan. 7, 2019, at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Burton was born March 5, 1928, in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, to William F. Yost and Alice (Gross) Yost. On Aug. 21, 1949, Burton married Elnore Rosenberger in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, and she survives.

Burton graduated from Lansdale High School in 1945. He received his BA from Bluffton College in 1949, his Master of Divinity from Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Chicago in 1953 and his MA and PhD from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.


Norma Sue Ackerman 1937 - 2019

Norma Sue Ackerman, 81, of Bluffton died at 4:25 a.m., Monday, Jan. 7, 2019 at the Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton. She was born, May 11, 1937 to the late Christian and Mildred (Bryan) Wagler. 

Sue was a member of the English Lutheran Church in Bluffton.  She had worked at Millager's of Bluffton, Bluffton University and also volunteered for the American Cancer Society.

Survivors include Larry Ackerman of Bluffton; a son, Chris (Beth) Ackerman of Bluffton; two grandchildren, Cierra and Braeden Ackerman.