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Billy Rowe was retired from DTR Industries

Billy G. Rowe, 72, died on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, at 5:40 a.m. at his residence in Alger.

He was born on July 20, 1944, in Shelby, Ohio, to Estle and Rosie (Lillo) Rowe who preceded him in death. On Jan. 29, 1964, he married Cheryl D. Weller and she survives in Alger.

Billy previously worked at the Ohio Kentucky Manufacturing Co. in Ada. He then worked for 26 years as a carpenter for Teledyne Ohio Steel in Lima. Billy then retired after working for 13 years for DTR Industries in Bluffton. He was a graduate of Alger High School.


Visitation Tuesday for Helen Driver, 99

Helen E. Driver, 99, died at 2:35 a.m., Aug. 14, 2016, at Bluffton Hospital.

Helen was born Sept. 16, 1916, in Allen County to Russell and Edith (Brenneman) Wolfe, who preceded her in death. On Oct. 13, 1940, she married Marion J. Driver who died on Sept. 22, 1997.


Sandra Webb 1953 - 2016

Sandra J. Webb, 62, died on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 at 8:09 a.m. at Lima Memorial Health System.

She was born on Aug. 29, 1953, in Lima, Ohio to Richard Lester and Goldie (Moore) Moore who preceded her in death. On June 20, 1970, she married Kenneth E. Webb and he survives in Lima.

Sandra was a homemaker and she previously worked at Rudolph Foods Co. in Westminster.


James Satterwhite was a Bluffton University professor

Dr. James Haywood Satterwhite, Ph. D., died Aug. 10, 2016, at 2 p.m. at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora.  James was born Dec. 28, 1946, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to James P. and Altha (Smith) Satterwhite. On Jan. 23, 1976, he married Olwen Pritchard who survives in Bluffton.

James was a graduate of the Canadian Academy in Japan, received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of South Florida and his Master's and Doctorate degrees from University of Washington in Seattle. 


Wayne Habegger was a World War II veteran

Wayne W. Habegger, 93, of Vero Beach, Fla., and formerly of Bluffton died Aug. 4, 2016, at VNA Hospice House, Vero Beach.  Wayne was born Sept. 29, 1922, in Bluffton to the late Joseph and Eva (Perkins) Habegger. On May 4, 1951, he married Verba Fisher Habegger who preceded him in death on Sept. 8, 2011.

Wayne was a self-employed carpenter and also taught carpentry at Four County Vocational School in Archbold.  Wayne attended Fellsmere Historical Church in Fellsmere, Florida. 


Services for Judith Ruth Augsburger will be held in Florida

Judith Ruth Augsburger, 82, of Bluffton died Aug. 2, 2016, at 2 a.m. at her residence.  Judith was born Jan. 21, 1934 in Cortez, Florida, to the late John and Mamie (Bonnell) McDonald who were commercial fishermen. On Feb. 12, 1956 she married Bill Augsburger who preceded her in death on April 29, 1987.


Robert Weyer, 1991 - 2016

Robert Weyer, 25, died on Sunday, July 31, 2016, at 3:30 a.m.

He was born on May 25, 1991, in Bluffton, Ohio, to Robert B. Weyer and Rachelle (Hoff) Benfield. His father survives in Ada and his mother and  step-father, William Benfield, also survive in Ada.

Robert worked at the Lowe’s Distribution Center, Findlay. He was a 2010 graduate of Ada High School.


Barbara Young 1934 - 2016

Barbara "Barb" D. Young, 82, died July 29, 2016, at 9:10 p.m. at her residence.  Barb was born March 3, 1934 in Lima to the late Lloyd and Gertrude (Jordan) Leigh.  On Feb. 13, 1975 she married Robert "Peewee" Young who preceded her in death on May 21, 2004.

Barb was a homemaker and enjoyed volunteering at the Et Cetera Shop and Richland Manor. 


Sandy Yoakam was a 1964 Pandora-Gilboa HS graduate

Sandra "Sandy" L. Yoakam, 69, of Reynoldsburg and formerly of Bluffton was died July 25, 2016, at her residence.  Sandy was born Oct. 17, 1946, in Lima, Ohio, to the late Myron and Mary Ellen (Rickly) Reichenbach.

Sandy had worked various jobs including the Christian Armory for 12 years, was a secretary at Bank One and was a typesetter at various newspapers and magazines, proofreader and editor. 

She was a member of Pleasant View United Methodist Church near Mt. Cory. Sandy was a 1964 graduate of Pandora-Gilboa High School.


Timothy Fisher 1955 - 2016

Timothy A. Fisher, 60, died on Saturday, July 16, 2016, at 9:28 p.m. at his residence.

He was born on Dec. 26, 1955 in Lima, Ohio, to Charles and Dorothy (Rush) Fisher and they are both deceased.

Timothy attended Bluffton High School.

Surviving are: a daughter, Lori Clay of Ada; 2 brothers: Kevin Fisher of Harrod and Chuck (Sharon) Fisher of LaFayette; 1 sister: Sandra Ulrey of Lima; and 3 granddaughters; and sister-in-law: Linda Fisher of Jackson Center.

Timothy was predeceased by a brother: Mike Fisher and a baby brother, Mark Fisher.