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April 28, 2017


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Kenneth Doss 1940 - 2017

Kenneth J. Doss, 77, of Tipp City and formerly of Bluffton died March 30, 2017 at 7:38 p.m. at Hospice of Dayton, Ohio. Kenneth was born Feb. 5, 1940, in Steelville, Missouri, to the late Kenneth and Edith (Towel) Doss. On Nov. 1, 1958, he married L. Carol Doss who preceded him in death on Sept. 30, 2014.

Kenneth graduated from Steelville High School. He was a draftsman and an insurance agent for Western-Southern. Kenneth attended Christian Life Center of Dayton and formerly New Life Assembly of God in Findlay.


Esther Neff spent many hours at the Senior Center

Esther Jane "Aunty Barley" Neff, 77, of Bluffton, died at 7:45 a.m., Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at Lima Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Van Buren Township on March 5, 1940 to the late George Willard and Fairy E. (Wilch) Neff.  Esther was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera, and regularly attended the English Lutheran Church, Bluffton. 

Esther is survived by one sister, Carolyn (Gerald) Rettig of Orange Township, Hancock County, numerous nieces and nephews.


Wanda Boutwell was proprietor of Arthur’s Round Table Restaurant, Lima

Wanda M. Boutwell, 89, died at 6:45 p.m., March 28, 2017, at the Hilty Memorial Home in Pandora. Wanda was born on Jan. 2, 1928, in Paulding County, Ohio, to the late Ernest and Edith (Dotson) Claypool. On October 16, 1948, she married Willis “Bill” Boutwell who preceded her in death on March 6, 2012.


Edna Mae Judy 1927 -2017

Edna Mae Judy, 89, died March 28, 2017, at Lima Memorial Health System.  Edna was born Oct. 10, 1927, in Breathitt County, Kentucky, to the late James and Mary (Higgins) Clemons. On Dec.10, 1947, she married Cecil Judy who preceded her in death on Nov. 15, 1989.

Edna was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening and spending time with her family. 


Graveside burial Friday in Bluffton for Tom Clark

A Celebration of Life memorial service for Tom Clark, formerly of Bluffton, will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, at Grace Church, 5504 E 146th St., Noblesville, Ind., with visitation beginning at 4:30 p.m. 

A graveside service will take place at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 24, at Maple Grove Cemetery in Bluffton.  For a complete obituary click here.


Edith Burkholder 1924 - 2017

Edith Lenore Burkholder, 92, died March 18, 2017, at 3:15 a.m. at Lima Convalescent Home.  Edith was born June 21, 1924, in Columbus Grove to the late Jesse and Helen (Moore) Lentz.  She married Jim Burkholder who preceded him in death on April 17, 1993.

She had worked at Terry's in Bluffton and Northland Lanes in Lima.


Bill Haller was retired from Ford plant, Lima

Bill H. Haller, 87, died at 7:15 p.m., Thursday, March 16, 2017, at at Lima Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family. 

Bill was born Dec. 12, 1929 in Van Buren, Ohio, to the late Herbert and Vera (Pierce) Haller. On Dec. 14, 1956, he married Shirley (Lamb) Haller who survives.  They were married for 60 years and had three children, Linda Rieck of Cairo, James Haller of Lima and Timothy (Gina) Haller of Lima; nine grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Bill was preceded in death by two sisters, Eileen Koehring and Jo Stonehill.


Tom Clark, BHS grad, was a past USA Wrestling Official of the Year

Former Bluffton resident, Thomas G. Clark, 59, of Fishers Ind., a 2008 Olympic referee and longtime leader within USA Wrestling, died on Friday, March 10, 2017, at home. He was born on Feb. 22, 1959, to James A. and Mary (Canaan) Clark in Bluffton, Ohio. His parents preceded him in death.


Former Bluffton resident Phyllis Bixel was 94

Former Bluffton resident, Phyllis Mary Bixel, 94, died Saturday, March 4, 2017, in Freeman S.D.

She was born in Kalamazoo, Mich., to Carlton and Erma (Sanford) Newton on Aug. 17, 1922.

Phyllis graduated from Western Michigan University in 1945 with a bachelor of science degree in occupational therapy and spent her first years of employment working at the Kalamazoo State Hospital, where her husband-to-be, James W. Bixel, was also employed as musical director through Civilian Public Service.


Julia Gable was active in many Bluffton organizations

Funeral service is March 16 at St. John's UCC

Julia A. Gable, 97, died Feb. 2, 2017, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. 

Julia was born Aug. 6, 1919, in Hancock County near Garner, Iowa, to the late Otto and Amelia (Katter) Schroer who preceded her in death. On Aug. 6, 1941, she married Rev. Vernon Oppermann and he preceded her in death on July 28, 1958.  She then married Karl Gable on Dec. 9, 1965 who preceded her in death on Nov. 21, 2002.