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Mary Clark was a Triplett Corp. retiree

Mary Elizabeth Clark, 88, died on June 16, 2014, at 6:47 p.m. at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.

Mary was born Aug. 26, 1925, in McGuffey, Ohio, to the late John M. and Merle M. (Lewis) Canaan. On April 29, 1944, she married James A. "Cappy" Clark who preceded her in death on April 13, 1981.

Mary retired from Triplett Corporation, Bluffton.  She was a 1943 graduate of Ada High School. She was a member of the Beaverdam Church of Christ. Mary was a volunteer for the Bluffton Hospital Auxiliary and worked at the Shannon Theatre in Bluffton following retirement.


Dick Reeder was a former director of Amil Teller's Theatre

Richard "Dick" S. Reeder, 87 died at 6:40 a.m. June 16, 2014, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton, of complications from kidney disease. He was born Aug. 18, 1926, in Lima to the late Homer E. and Verda (Steinman) Reeder. 


Melvyn Arthur, former P-G superintendent, was a community leader

Melvyn C. Arthur, 88, died June 12, 2014, at 3:30 a.m. at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora.  Melvyn was born August 30, 1925 in West Elkton, Ohio, to Walter and Frieda (Burckhardt) Arthur who preceded him in death. On December 21, 1947 he married Mary Margaret Zimmerman Arthur and she survives.

Melvyn graduated from Alger High School. He served in the US Army 86th Blackhawk Infantry Division, where he attained the rank of Sgt/Maj. serving in both theatres of World War II. He later received his bachelor's degree from Ohio Northern University, Ada.


Maynard Badertscher built many homes in Bluffton; served on Bluffton council 10 years

Maynard R. Badertscher, 90, died June 10, 2014, at 1:20 a.m., Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. He was born Jan, 3, 1924 in Allen County, Ohio, to Albert O. and Sarah Hochstettler Badertscher who preceded him in death. On May 2, 1953, he married Joyce Kline Badertscher who survives.

Mr. Badertscher retired after building many houses as owner/operator of Maynard Badertscher & Assoc. where he built many homes in Bluffton and the surrounding areas.


Andrew R. Reese, 1987-2014

Andrew R. Reese, 26, of Bluffton died June 4, 2014, following an accident at his residence.  He was born Oct. 1, 1987, in Findlay to Gary and Shannon Boyle Reese who survive in Bluffton.

Andrew lived in Russia for year during his childhood. He grew up at Cable Road Alliance Church and, among other activities, he volunteered to run sound and power point for services for several years.  Later in Chicago, he worked grounds crew at Soldier Field and did stage and sound set-up for large concert venues. 

During his time in Chicago, he interned with two different skilled chefs.


Edna Dalke funeral service in Kansas June 7; burial in Bluffton

Edna Dalke, 93, died on May 20, 2014, at Pleasant View Home of Inman, Kansas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, Marilyn Dalke Busenitz, one son, Warren Dalke, and one 6 year old great-grandson, Bradley Dalke.

She is survived by her husband, Rev. Dan U. Dalke; daughters Cheryl Epp of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Arline Clark of Dayton; Vonda McEachern of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 2 sons, Dale Dalke of Vancouver, Wash.; Verle Dalke of Dallas, Ore.; 24 Grandchildren and 47 great-grandchildren.


Robert Zimmerman was active in many Beaverdam organizations; was on Bluffton school board

Robert Zimmerman, 84, died at 6 p.m., May 30, 2014.  He was born Dec.25, 1929, in Beaverdam to the late Raymond and LaDonna Williams Zimmerman. On Nov. 5, 1950 he married Elizabeth "Betty" Pepple and she preceded him in death on Oct.15, 2008.


Arrangements incomplete for Carrie L. Neuenschwander Assmann

Kay L. Assmann, 108, died May 28, 2014, in Knoxville, Tennessee.  Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday June 7 at 3580 Road R, Pandora - the family homestead.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Robert Barnett was active in many Bluffton organizations

Robert E. Barnett, 95, died at 12:04 a.m. on Thursday, May 29, at Bluffton Hospital. He was born on Aug. 27, 1918, in Whitehouse, Ohio, to the late Paul Barnett and Bertha (Studer) Barnett. He was married for 71 years to Mary Marshall Barnett who survives. Their wedding took place in San Antonio, Texas Dec. 24, 1942. 


Louise Reichenbach was a Triplett Corp. retiree

Louise C. Reichenbach, 90, of Bluffton died at 2:05 a.m. May 27, 2014, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  She was born May 1, 1924, in Zanesville to the late Lewis and Clara Hinkle Burkholder. On June 14, 1941 she married Amos W. Reichenbach and he preceded her in death on Feb. 27, 1995.

Louise retired from Triplett Corp., Bluffton after 35 years. She was a member of the Bluffton Presbyterian Church and  the Bluffton Senior Citizens.