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October 17, 2017

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Wesley Runk 1934 - 2017

Wesley Thomas Runk formerly of Lima, died on Sept. 23, 2017. He was born in Mansfield, Ohio, on July 26, 1934, to Wesley J. Runk and Mary Lane (Benson) Runk. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Carol, and his sister-in-law Bonnie.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Beth, and his brother, David. He is also survived by his son, David (Beth) Runk, his daughter Ellen, (Jeff) Shockey, and his son Tim (Megan) Runk, six grandsons, two granddaughters, three granddaughters-in-law and five great-grandsons.


Kevin Neff owned Keebler’s Towing & Auto Repair for 20 years

Kevin “Keebler" Wayne Neff, 58, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. Kevin was born May 22, 1959, in Bluffton, Ohio, to Richard and Beulah (Burkholder) Neff who preceded him in death.

 Kevin owned Keebler’s Towing & Auto Repair for 20 years.


Ricky Weyer 1954-2017

Ricky L. Weyer, 63, died on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, at Bluffton Hospital.

Ricky was born June 10, 1954, in Bluffton to Robert and Katherine (Bowsher) Weyer.

Survivors include: his mother, Katherine Weyer of Bluffton; three sons, Garrett (Tamara) Weyer of Beaverdam, Jeremiah (Megan) Weyer of Rockport, Nathaniel Weyer of Bluffton; four siblings, Kevin (Cathy) Weyer of Beaverdam, Bobby Weyer of Ada, Deb (Craig) Main of Bluffton, Cathy Derringer and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Weyer.


Jeanne Hall was a previous activities director at Hilty Home

Jeanne Ann Hall, 82, died Sept. 20, 2017, at her residence. Jeanne was born July 5, 1935, in Columbus Grove to the late M. Paul and Clela (Hilty) Amstutz. On Oct. 25, 1955, she married Delbert Hall who survives. 

Jeanne was a graduate of Columbus Grove High School. She was a homemaker and had worked as an activities director at Hilty Memorial Home in Pandora.  Jeanne was a member of the Pandora United Methodist Church, the Good Sam Camping Club and the Columbus Grove VFW Auxiliary. 


Dorothy Holt was a Bluffton HS graduate

Dorothy J. Holt, 95, died at 11:15 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, while residing at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton, Ohio. 

She was born Oct. 22, 1921, in Columbus Grove, to Monroe and Elvina (Amstutz) Burkholder. On June 10, 1942, she married Wayne L. Holt, who preceded her in death on Dec. 1, 2009. They were married 67 years. 

She was a graduate of Bluffton High School. Dorothy was a member of the Cable Road Alliance Church and had been a member of the Columbus Grove Christian Church for many years.


Charlotte Anderson was a retired dietician at Bluffton Hospital

Charlotte Anderson, died Sept. 8, 2017 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.

Charlotte was born June 19, 1929, in Findlay, Ohio, to John and Julie (Crates) Walter who preceded her in death.  Survivors include: her husband of 66 years, Willis Anderson of Bluffton; three children, Steven (Karen) Anderson of Sunnyside, Washington, Kathy (Larry) Coburn of Phoenix, Arizona, Linda (Mike) Hampl of Louisville, Texas; a sister, Jane Cobert of California; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.


Lieutenant Colonel Robert M. “Bob” Wells was a BHS graduate

Lieutenant Colonel Robert M. “Bob” Wells (Ret United States Air Force) died at his home Sept. 2, 2017.

Bob is survived by his wife of 37 years Deborah Wells, his children Cindy Wiktor of New Braunfels, Texas, Cheryl Patterson and her husband, Larry of Dallas Texas, his stepdaughers Bridgette Kifer and her husband Doug of Summerville, Wendy Davis and her husband, David of Summerville, Holly Poe of Beaufort, South Carolina, and his brother, Dan Wells and his wife, Mary Beth of Jackson, Oregon.


Private burial for Willadene Keeney

Informal time of remembering and fellowship on Sept. 16

A private burial for Willadene Hartzler Keeney formerly of Bluffton, will take place on  Saturday, Sept. 16.

Following the burial there will be a gathering at First Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall, Bluffton, from 1-4 p.m. for friends and family. Family members invite persons to attend for an informal time of remembering and fellowship.

Willadene died on June 13, 2017 in North Newton, Kansas. For her complete obituary click here.


Phyllis Friesen private gravesite service planned

Phyllis Ruth (Sawatzky) Friesen, 77, died on Aug. 27, 2017. She was born on June 3, 1940, in Butterfield, Minnesota, to Rev. Victor and Ruth Louise (Phifer) Sawatzky. 

On June 2, 1961, she married Ronald Lee Friesen, who preceded her in death. Mrs. Friesen graduated from Pawnee Rock (Kansas) High School and attended Bethel College (Kansas).

Phyllis and her husband lived in Tanzania, East Africa for several years. She lived in Bluffton, Ohio, the rest of her life.


Sally Ann Parish grew up in Bluffton

Sally Ann Parish, 78, died Aug. 25, 2017, at The Villa at Silverbell Estates in Lake Orion, Michigan.   

She was born on April 5, 193, in Houktown, Ohio, to Carson and Martha (Schnegg) Parish who preceded her in death.

Sally spent her childhood in Bluffton, Ohio. After her marriage to Alex Wolff, she moved to Boyne City, Michigan, where she raised her family. Sally had a Bachelor’s of Art from Aquinas College and also received her LPN degree from Northwestern Michigan College.  She worked as an LPN for Grandvue Medical Center in Michigan.