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Arrangements incomplete for Joe Goodman

Joe L. Goodman, 82, of Bluffton, died at 7:55 am March 22, 2014, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services, Bluffton.


John Kleinhen, 1945-2014

John R. Kleinhen, 68, of Ada died at 10 a.m. on March 16, 2014 at Lima Manor. He was born May 29, 1945 in Fostoria to the late Robert and Mary Crawford Kleinhen.

John was a self-employed painter who enjoyed working on classic cars and reading. He was a graduate of Fostoria High School.

Survivors include a son, Robert (Mallory) Kleinhen of Kansas City, Mo., three grandsons, Kaden, Collin and Jace Kleinhen, and two brothers, Steven (Julie) Kleinhen of Eaton, Ohio and Dennis Kleinhen of Naples, Fla.


Joseph Pope, 1938-2014

Joseph E. Pope, 75, died on Sunday, March 16, 2014, at 6 p.m. at Richland Manor Nursing Home, Bluffton.

He was born on Dec. 22, 1938, in Dunkirk, Ohio, to William and Nellie (Gillen) Pope and they preceded him in death. On April 17, 1965 he married Bonnie Lou Zurcher and she survives in Ada.

He retired from Ford Motor Company of Lima, after working for 32 years. He was a member of the UAW Union #1219.


John Beckler, 1936-2014

John R. Beckler Jr., 77, died on March 14, 2014 at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora.  He was born on July 29, 1936 in Leadwood, Missouri to the late John and Audrey (Rice) Beckler. On July 20, 1958, he married Marilyn Shoemaker and she survives.

John had been a truck driver for Signal Delivery, Findlay. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Bluffton, the Pandora American Legion, Masonic Lodge Post 418, Mt. Cory, the Teamsters Union and was a veteran of the U.S. Marines Corp.


Kimberly Lynn Nussbaum was a 1975 Bluffton High School graduate

Kimberly Lynn Nussbaum of Columbia City, Ind., died on March 13, 2014, at Parkview Hospital in Ft. Wayne, Ind.. She was born on Jan. 9, 1957, in Nelsonville, Ohio, to Don and Tresa Burris who preceded her in death. She married Roger Gross who died on July 4, 1993. On March 4, 1994, she married Steve Nussbaum who died on April 26, 2004. She is survived by her companion, Dan Chivington.

Kim was a 1975 graduate of Bluffton High School. Kim was an organ donor.


Betty Wirt operated the "Cubby Hole" in Ada

Betty Kathryn Wirt, 87, died on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 9:05 p.m. at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.

She was born on April 2, 1926 in Pittsburgh, Pa., to William and Elizabeth (Hasson) Knox and they preceded her in death. On May 15, 1946 she married Merle E. Wirt and he died on November 1, 2010.


Donald Wherly operated Wherly's Market

Donald D. Wherly, 78, died March 12, 2014, at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay. He was born February 17, 1936, in Putnam County to the late Rolla and Myrtle (Cherry) Wherly. On April 22, 1966, he married Jean A. Moser Schaller and she survives.

Mr. Wherly had been a self-employed farmer. He and his wife owned and operated Wherly's Farm Market. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Findlay, and the Bluffton Flying Club. He was active in the Pandora Tennis Club. Survivors also include a sister, Shirley Kline of Mt. Cory.


Robert Amstutz was a graduate of Beaverdam High School


Robert A. Amstutz, 76, of Beaverdam, died at 4:20 p.m. March 9, 2014. at Bluffton Hospital. He was born Oct. 6, 1937, in Bluffton, to the late Jess and Mary Burkholder Amstutz. On June 30, 1957, he married Peggy A. Lewis and she preceded him in death on July 29, 2013.

Mr. Amstutz retired from Ex-Cell-O/Airfoil-Textron, Bluffton. He was a member of St. John Mennonite Church, Pandora, and a member of the Gideons, where he was active in their jail ministry. He was also active with Transport for Christ. He was a graduate of Beaverdam High School.


Joyce Wymer, 1957-2014

Joyce Ann Wymer, 56, died Friday, March 7, 2014 at 11:00 p.m. at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima, Ohio.

She was born on October 15, 1957 in Lima to E. Jack and Marilyn (Mason) Goldsmith. Her father preceded her in death and her mother survives in Wapakoneta. On June 15, 1974, she married B. Keith Wymer and he survives in Alger.

Joyce was an LPN at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima for eight years. She previously worked at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.


Connie Gross was retired from Wilson Sporting Goods

Connie Sue Gross, 70, died on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 1:48 a.m. at Lima Memorial Health Systems, Lima.

She was born on October 28, 1943 in Steven Branch, Ky., to James and Pauline (VanHoose) Phillips and they preceded her in death. On July 1, 1961 she married Marion Gross, Jr. and he survives in Alger.

Connie retired after 12 years from Wilson Sporting Goods of Ada, where she worked as a sewer. She operated the Alger Variety Store for 7 years. She was an active member of the Auglaize Free United Baptist Church, Maysville.