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Richard "Dick" Cole 1935-2016

Richard "Dick" Glenn Cole, 80, died June 2, 2016, at 8:36 a.m. at Bluffton Hospital Emergency Room. Richard was born July 24, 1935, in Lima to the late Robert and Elinor (Giberson) Cole. He was married to Carman Cole and she preceded him in death. On April 1, 2005, he married Betty (Crow) Cole who survives. 

Richard retired as a concrete mixer driver from Ernst Concrete, Lima.  

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Steven Yoder was a pastor at First Mennonite Church

Steven J. Yoder, 60, died June 1, 2016, at 2:35 p.m. at the Cleveland Clinic.  Steve was born Oct. 29, 1955 in Marysville, Ohio, to Henry and Lydia (Troyer) Yoder.  On July 31, 1982, he married Janet Jantzi Yoder who survives. 

Yoder was currently a pastor at First Mennonite Church in Bluffton. He served as a pastor in the Mennonite church for 22 years.

He was an active member of the Bluffton Area Ministerial Association and the Bluffton Lions Club. He graduated from Jonathan Alder High School, Prairie Bible Institute, the Ohio State University and Bethany Seminary.

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Funeral arrangements incomplete for Richard Cole

Richard G. Cole, 80, of Bluffton died June 2, 2016, at Bluffton Hospital Emergency Room. Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.

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Jeffery Brodman was a 1975 Bluffton HS graduate

Jeffrey A. Brodman, 58, of Bluffton died May 28, 2016, at 8:38 p.m. at St. Rita’s Hospice, Lima. Jeff was born September 4, 1957, in Upper Sandusky to Bernard and Nancy England Brodman. His mother survives in Bluffton.

Jeff was employed at Tower Automotive, Bluffton, where he worked for 30 years. He was a member of UAW Local 1327 and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Bluffton. He was a graduate of Bluffton High School 1975. 

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Funeral arrangements incomplete for Steve Yoder

Steven J. Yoder, 60, of Bluffton, died June 1, 2016, at the Cleveland Clinic.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.

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Victoria Bowers was a 2012 Bluffton University graduate

Victoria Anne 'Tori' Miller Bowers, 27, died Monday, May 30, 2016, in her sleep from a rare heart condition.

She was born May 9, 1989, in Wooster to Errol and Kathlene Suter Miller of Jeromesville, and married Myles Bowers on July 28, 2012. He survives.

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Jane Hoffman 1926-2016

Jane Hoffman, 89, died on Friday, May 27, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.

She was born on Nov. 11, 1926 in Lima, Ohio, to Francis and Lucille (Razor) Blosser who preceded her in death. On Oct. 11, 1947, she married Dallas Eugene Hoffman and he died on Nov. 24, 2010.

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Janet Sweigart was a retired ER nurse at Bluffton Hospital

Janet Kay (Binkley) Sweigart, 73, died on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in her sleep.

She was born on Aug. 24, 1942, in Lima, Ohio, to  Charles “Big Ed” and Mildred (Garrison) Binkley. Both parents have preceded her in death. She married John A. “Jack” Sweigart, Jr. on Sept. 1, 1963. Her husband preceded her in death in 2009.

Janet retired from Bluffton Hospital as an ER nurse. She graduated from Lima Memorial School of nursing and had worked on the 1st intensive care unit at Lima Memorial Hospital. She had also worked as an oncology nurse for Dr. Sharon Cole.

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Lucille Bucher was a retired Mennonite Memorial Home nurse

Lucille Bucher, 94, died May 24, 2016, at 6:10 p.m. at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Lucille was born Aug. 20, 1921, in Pandora to the late Albert and Sarah (Hilty) Burry.  On Feb. 19, 1942, she married Victor Bucher who preceded her in death on June 11, 2006.

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Jon Parkins was a 1978 graduate of Bluffton High School

Jon R. Parkins, 56, died on May 13, 2016, at the James Center in Columbus. He was born March 29, 1960, in Bluffton, Ohio, to William H. Parkins and Katherine V. Parkins, both of whom preceded him in death.

Jon graduated from Bluffton High school in 1978, and later attended Malone College on a track scholarship as well as Ohio State University.

He was employed at Tower Automotive of Bluffton. He was a competitive track and field athlete and later coach of men’s track and field, girls’ softball, and both boys’ and girls’ basketball.

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