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Charles Kissling 1927-2015

Charles Sherman Kissling, 88, died Dec. 20, 2015, at 10:30 a.m., Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. Charles was born Sept. 24, 1927 in McGuffey to Lacy and Ilo (Good) Kissling who preceded him in death. On Feb. 12, 1950 he married Marian Dirmeyer Kissling who survives.

Charles retired from the United Telephone Company where he was a lineman.  He was a member of the Pleasant View Church of the Brethren, Lima. He was a graduate of McGuffey High School.  He was a U.S. Navy veteran.


Annetta Dudgeon was a Cory-Rawson High School graduate

Annetta Kay Dudgeon, 77,  died Dec. 20, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay. 

Annetta was born August 31, 1938, in Bluffton to Lester and Helen (Dreisbach) Habegger who preceded her in death. On March 6, 1970 she married Larry Dudgeon who survives.

Annetta was a homemaker and had previously worked as a secretary at M&R Plumbing and Heating in Bluffton. She was a member of Pleasant View United Methodist Church, Mt. Cory. 


Shaun O'Dell 1981-2015

Shaun Alan O'Dell, 34, died Dec. 19, 2015, at Lima Manor. Shaun was born July 26, 1981, in Bluffton to Gregory L. O’Dell and Barbara (Karhoff) Weber. 

Shaun enjoyed collecting coins, playing lottery tickets and watching the Food Network.  He enjoyed spending time with his ferrets and shopping especially for food.


Margie Geiger 1935-2015

Margie Charlene Geiger, 80, died Dec. 18, 2015, at Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay. 

Margie was born Dec. 15, 1935, in Riley Township, Putnam County, Ohio, to Alvan and Mary Christina (Lora) Basinger who preceded her in death. On March 21, 1954, she married Merrel Dwight Geiger who preceded her in death on July 16, 1990.


Charles Kissling funeral arrangements incomplete

Charles Kissling, 88 of Bluffton, died Dec. 20, 2015, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. 

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. 

Arrangements are pending at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Margie Geiger funeral arrangements incomplete

Margie Geiger, 80 of Bluffton died Dec. 18, 2015, at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Lloyd "Walt" Early was a World War II veteran

Lloyd "Walt" Early, 93, of Jenera, died on Thursday at the Good Samaritan Home in Arlington. Walt was born on Aug., 7, 1922 in Allen County to the late Schuyler C. and Josephine L. (Bundy) Early. He was married to Marilyn W. Betz, Marjory E. Robbins and Betty A. VanDeventer and they all have preceded him in death.


Sandra Diller Rinnert was a Bluffton HS and Bluffton College graduate

Sandra Lee (Diller) Rinnert died on Dec. 14, 2015. The daughter of Silas and Ruth (Greding) Diller was born in Bluffton, Ohio, on Nov. 30, 1942.  She graduated from Bluffton High School and Bluffton College in Elementary Education.

Sandy taught elementary school for many years. She retired from Waterville Elementary in the Anthony Wayne School District in 200.


Wayne Welch 1940-2915

Wayne E. Welch, 75, of Mt. Cory died 5:10 a.m. Dec. 12, 2015 at Bridge Hospice, Findlay.  Wayne was born May 28, 1940, in Putnam County to the late Mearl E. and Elleen M. Campbell Welch.  On July 18, 1970 he married Deborah Walters and she survives. 


Libby Schmenk was a Pandora High School graduate

Catherine Elizabeth "Libby" Schmenk, 86, died Dec. 11, 2015, at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora.  Libby was born Jan. 6, 1929 in Bluffton to the late Dave and Ethel (Owens) Fisher.  On Sept. 27, 1952, she married Leo T. Schmenk who preceded her in death on April 21, 1986.

Libby was a homemaker.  She had also worked at Triplett Corporation, Bluffton.  Libby was an active member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Bluffton. She was a 1946 graduate of Pandora High School.