October 23, 2014



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Jeff Ray was guitarist with Jersey Boys, Las Vegas; mother lives in Bluffton

Jeff Ray, 43, died as the result of an accident Jan. 18, 2014, in Seattle, Wash.  He was born in Toledo, April 19, 1970. 

He is survived by his mother, Alice Chumbley Lora, and stepfather, Ronald Lora of Bluffton, his father, Roger D. Ray, and stepmother Katarina Ruedi Ray, of Toledo, his sister, Leah Ray, and her husband, Kevin Grzyb, of Chicago, his aunt, Jan Turbeville, of Little Rock, Ark., and a nephew, Dexter Ray Grzyb, of Chicago. 


John Thomas was a Bluffton High School graduate

John C. Thomas, of Derby, Kan., died at his daughter's residence, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. He was born in Lima, Ohio on June 6, 1949, to John H. and Leta Arlene (Hoffman) Thomas. 

He was a graduate of Bluffton High School. He had served for 20 years in the U.S. Air Force and retired in 1987. He was a member of the Derby VFW, Mulvane American Legion, was a past Kansas State Commander for the American Legion, and a member of the Spencer Moose. 


Darrin Conaway was a Sprint car owner

Darrin L. Conaway, 50 died Jan. 8, 2014, in Liberty Township, Hardin County, Ohio. He was born May 23, 1963, in Bluffton to LeRoy "Lee" and Gayla (Wynkoop) Conaway. He had previously been married to Cassandra Snyder. 

He was an Sprint car owner of Conaway Motor Sports in which he had previously won a national championship. 


Doreen Metheney was a 1983 Bluffton High School graduate

Doreen Dae Metheney, 48 of Houston, Texas, and formerly of Bluffton died Jan. 4, 2014.  She was born Aug. 28, 1965 in Bluffton to the late Gordon and Doris (Rowley) Metheney, Sr. 

She graduated from Bluffton High School in 1983.  She lived and worked in Findlay until the early 1990s and moved to Fort Walton Beach, Florida, where she lived and worked until her illness took her to St. Luke's Medical Center in Houston, Texas. 


Funeral arrangements incomplete for Darrin Conaway

Darrin L. Conaway, 50, died Jan. 8, 2014.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton


Dorothy Steiner was a Triplett Corp. retiree

Dorothy M. Steiner, 86, of Bluffton, died at 11:29 a.m. January 7, 2014 at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. She was born March 2, 1927, in Bluffton. Her parents were the late Oscar and Frances Wenger.  On Nov. 26, 1947 she married Franklin W. Steiner and he preceded her in death Feb. 23, 1993.

Mrs. Steiner retired from Triplett Corp., Bluffton, and was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Bluffton, She was a graduate of Bluffton High School.    


Edgar Cook was a Bluffton Sportsman, Triplett retiree and active in Masonic organizations

Edgar S. Cook, 95, of Bluffton died at 3:19 p.m., Dec. 26, 2013 at Willow Ridge, Bluffton. 

He was born January 9, 1918. in Westminster to Edgar R. and Bonnie M Scholfield Cook.  On May 27, 1944, he married Mary Jane Klay and she preceded him in death Oct. 25, 2012.


Funeral arrangements incomplete for Edgar Cook

Edgar S. Cook, 95, died Dec. 26, 2013 at Willow Ridge - Frieda House, Bluffton.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Sarah Ginther was a 1996 graduate of Pandora-Gilboa HS

Sarah R. Ginther, 36, of Bluffton, died at 7:46 p.m., Dec. 21, 2013 at Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus. 

She was born Dec. 2, 1977, in Bluffton to Dean and Mary Shank Luginbill and they survive in Pandora. On Nov. 11, 2000 she married Paul Ginther and he survives.

She was a homemaker. She was a member of St. John Mennonite Church, Pandora, a 1996 graduate of Pandora-Gilboa High School and graduated from Malone College with a bachelor's degree in social work.


Julie Osborn Betts was a Bluffton College graduate

Julie Anne Osborn Betts, 58, of Findlay, died at 3:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay. 

She was born on Aug. 4, 1955, to the late John F. and Marjorie (Phillips) Osborn in Columbus. She married Stephen C. Betts and they later divorced.

She is survived by her sons: Christopher D. Betts of Delaware, Ohio and John S. Betts of New York, N.Y.; daughter, Elizabeth J. Betts of Louisville, Ky.; brother, John P. (Donna) Osborn of Columbus; sister, Nancy J. (Stephen) Jacoby of Columbus; and by four nieces.