September 2, 2014


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Lillian Koontz Crates taught piano lessons and participated in several area musical groups

Lillian Irene (Koontz) Crates, 89, of rural Arlington, died at 4:15 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, in Findlay, Ohio. She was born in Jenks, Okla., on March 19, 1924, to Jasper and Linda (Lugibill) Koontz Dray.

On July 20, 1941, she married Herbert G. Crates and they were married for 67 years until his death on Nov. 8, 2008. They had five children: Sandra (Bruce) Dacre , Delaware, Ohio; Larry (Rindy) Crates, Arlington; Charles Crates, Arlington;  Mary (Tom) Phillips, Climax, Mich.; Jack (Elaine) Crates, Findlay.


Herbert Bormuth, rural Rawson, was a lifelong farmer

Herbert J. Bormuth, 92, of rural Rawson, died at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 at the Arlington Good Samaritan Center. He was born on Feb. 28, 1921, to the late Oliver and Alma (Schaller) Bormuth in Van Buren Twp., Hancock County. He married Ruth Ann von Stein on Jan. 11, 1942, and she survives.


LaVera Neufeld was missionary in Congo; volunteered in several Bluffton organizations

LaVera  Neufeld died on Dec. 1, 2013, at Frieda House, Bluffton, Ohio. She was born Sept. 26, 1927, in Inman, Kan., the second of five children born to Curt and Sarah Androes Regehr. The family moved to Dalhart, Texas, for several years during the Dust Bowl, but later returned to Inman. 

She attended West Eagle and Welcome rural schools, often riding the family horse, Blackie. LaVera and her cousin, Lilly Ann Regehr, were driven to high school by Elmer Neufeld and his brother, Herb.


Services for Esther Luginbuhl on Monday

Esther P. Luginbuhl, 92, died at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton on Nov. 28, 2013.  She was born Jan. 30, 1921 in Mount Blanchard to George and Naomi Crawford Shoemaker, who preceded her in death.  On May 16, 1943 she married Delbert Luginbuhl who preceded her in death on Oct. 22, 1987. 

Mrs. Luginbuhl graduated from Pandora High School in 1939. She worked in a variety of places during the years, including Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton University, Urich's IGA, and Triplett Corporation.  She was a member of First Mennonite Church, Bluffton. 


Funeral arrangements incomplete for Esther Luginbuhl

Esther P. Luginbuhl, 92, of Bluffton died at 8:10 a.m. Nov. 28, 2013, at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Ellen Messing, 1935-2013


Ellen Messing, 78, of Bluffton, died Nov. 21, 2013 at her residence. She was born April 23, 1935, in Ada to the late Rufus G. and Lillian M. Howard Smith. 

She retired from Sprint where she was an operator and dispatcher.  She was a member of the English Lutheran Church, Bluffton and the Ada VFW.  She was a 1953 graduate of Ada High School.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Louis David Brentlinger.


Helen McOwen had retired as bookkeeper at Steinman Brothers Lumber Co.

Helen L. McOwen, 91, of Pandora died at 7:40 a.m. Nov. 20, 2013, at the Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. She was born Nov. 6, 1922 in Putnam County to Clarence and Edith Thomas Hofferbert. On Dec. 26, 1944 she married Roger McOwen and he preceded her in death on November 28, 1982.

She had been a bookkeeper at Steinman Brothers Lumber Company in Bluffton.  She was a member of the Pandora United Methodist, the Gideon's Auxiliary and the Asi No Mas Club of Pandora.  She was a graduate of Vaughnsville High School and attended Northwest Business College, Lima.


Eleanor Judith Hillemann, 1919-2013

Eleanor Judith Hillemann, 94, died Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. She was born on March 18, 1919, at Bluff Dale Ranch near Almont, N.D. Her parents, Emelie Sorum Pederson, and Jonathan Pederson, were homesteaders and the children of Norwegian immigrants. She was the fourth of six daughters.


Paul King 1929-2013

John King provided the following death notice:

Paul M. King of Bluffton, died on Feb. 13, 2013, in Fort Myers Beach, Fla.

He was born to Jay and Lulu King on April 17, 1929, in Ohio. He served in the Air Force and was stationed in Denver, Colo., and Anchorage, Ak. He graduated from Bluffton College with a degree in business. He met his wife, Lois (Marquart), at Bluffton and they had three children.

He was an agent and district manager for Nationwide Insurance and later became director of development at Bluffton University.


Kyle Trentman, 1994-2013

Kyle E. Trentman, 19, died Nov. 11, 2013, at Cleveland Clinic. He was born April 17, 1994, in Lima to Scott Trentman and Jennifer Bowers.