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Judith Orr 1948 - 2017

Judith Ann Orr, 69, of Beaverdam died Oct. 30, 2017, at 5:59 p.m. at Lima Memorial Health System. Judy was born Jan. 23, 1948 in Bluffton to the late Clarence and Norma (Bushong) Burkholder. On March 29, 1968, she married David Orr who preceded her in death on April 27, 2016.

Judy was a homemaker.

Survivors include a special nephew, Bryan (Casey) Burkholder of Columbus Grove and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Judy was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Goecke and a nephew, Jeffrey Burkholder.


Jim Green initiated Omega Mechanical Design

Served on Cory-Rawson school board for eight years

James Edward Green, 89, of Bluffton died at 1:40 p.m., Oct. 28, 2017, at the Mennonite Memorial Home.

Jim was born on the family farm where he grew up in Putnam County on Aug. 3, 1928, to the late Milford and Anna Belle (Clark) Green. He graduated from Mt. Cory High School in 1946 and attended Bowling Green State University. On Sept. 12, 1948 he married Marilyn Irene Marquart.


Nora Swank Mericle was retired from Village of Bluffton

Nora M. (Holmes) Swank (Mericle), 93, died Oct. 26, 2017, at 12:35 a.m. at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Nora was born Oct. 19, 1924, in Bluffton to the late Roscoe I. and Eva (Eckenwiler) Holmes.  On Nov. 28, 1944, she married Joseph H. Swank who preceded her in death on March 15, 1997.  She then married William P. Mericle on Jan. 27, 2002, and he preceded her in death on March 15, 2005.


Dwight Bixel, farmer, served on many area boards

Volunteer for 20 years with Our Daily Bread

Dwight D. Bixel, 84, of Bluffton died at 10:26 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. He was born Jan. 22, 1933, in Putnam County to the late Stanley and Edith (Burkholder) Bixel. In 1955, he married Clarabeth (Diller) Bixel and she survives.

Dwight was a farmer, a former director of the Ohio Soybean Board and served as director for the G.W. Sugar Refinery.  He had also been a member of the Lima Farmer’s Club.


Ray Wilch was a 1949 Bluffton High School graduate

Ray L. Wilch, 86, died Oct. 20, 2017, at Bluffton Hospital.

Ray was born Oct. 7, 1931, in Jenera, Ohio, to Harvey and Roma Wilch, who preceded him in death. On May 1, 1977, he married Raelene (Campbell - Balmer) Wilch who survives.

Ray graduated from Bluffton High school in the class of 1949. In high school he was very athletic and was the captain of the football and basketball team.

Ray retired from Tuttle Construction in Lima where he was a bricklayer.


Marilyn “Jeanne” Sumney celebration of life Oct. 28

Marilyn “Jeanne” Sumney died Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, at 3:04 p.m. Jeanne was born to Madge Shrider on July 26, 1926, in Lima, Ohio. She married Dallas Cheney in 1944. To this marriage their only child, Linda, was born. Following divorce, she married W. Fred Sumney in 1983 and he died in 2004.