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December 15, 2017

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Obituaries

Evelyn Lugibihl owned Lugibihl Meat Market in Pandora

Operated with her husband, Wally Lugibihl

Evelyn Amelia Lugibihl, 95, died May 6, 2017, at Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay.

She was born Aug. 10, 1921, in Findlay to Emerson and Candace (Knepper) Street who preceded her in death. On May 1, 1948, she married Wallace Lugibihl who preceded her in death on Dec. 10, 1992.

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Eilene Mericle was a lifelong resident of the community

M. Eilene Mericle, 93, died May 4, 2017, at 7:47 p.m. at Willow Ridge - Betty House in Bluffton.  Eilene was born April 4, 1924, in Orange Township near Bluffton to the late Ross and Arah (Ewing) Tripplehorn.  On Sept. 17, 1942 she married Gerald "Gene" Mericle who preceded her in death on Oct. 22, 1997.

Eilene was a homemaker and had also worked at Gillette Bakery and Crow's Dime Store both of Bluffton.  She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Bluffton and the Bluffton Senior Citizens. 

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Darrel Yoder was a Pan American World Airways pilot for 32 years

Owen Darrel Yoder, 94, died on May 3, 2017 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. Darrel was the eldest child born on March 5, 1923, in Nappanee, Indiana, to the late Owen J. and Verda (Yoder) Yoder.

Darrel graduated from Topeka High School, in Topeka, Indiana. He attended Bluffton College and after serving in the armed forces graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. 

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Thelma Bucher was a Pandora High School graduate

Thelma Pearl Bucher, 87, of Findlay and formerly of Road 4 in Pandora, died May 1, 2017, at Fox Run Manor, Findlay. Thelma was born Nov. 25, 1929, in Pandora, Ohio, to the late Err and Bertha (Nemire) Bridenbaugh.  On June 21, 1947, she married John Bucher who preceded her in death on March 28, 2011.

Thelma graduated from Pandora High School and then worked as a bookkeeper at Pandora Milling Company and later as a bookkeeper at Kersh Insurance in Ottawa, Ohio.  She also was a farmwife and helped on the family farm. 

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Mary Alice Dodge 1931-2017

Mary Alice Dodge, 85, died April 28, 2017, at Bridge Hospice in Findlay.

Mary was born July 16, 1931, in Ada, Ohio, to Allen and Esther (Sites) High who preceded her in death. On Nov. 4, 1951, she married Rolland J. Dodge who survives.

Survivors include a daughter, Luann (Mark) Frisch of Carey, Ohio; a son, Dana Dodge of Bluffton; four grandchildren, Andrew Redick, Benjamin Redick, Travis Frisch, Joshua Dodge and six great-grandchildren.

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Phyllis Peggy Downey 1922-2017

Phyllis Peggy Downey, 94, died April 23, 2017, at Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton. She was born on April 24, 1922, in Wapakoneta, Ohio, the eldest daughter of Bernard and Alvina (Zwiebel) Winget. In 1945, she married Royal Downey, who died in 1979.

Phyllis was raised in Orange Township and graduated from Cory-Rawson High School. She worked at Triplett Corp. during the Depression and World War II, and was later a retired farm wife.

Phyllis was a member of the English Lutheran Church in Bluffton.

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