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Joan Basinger was former Pandora-Gilboa HS secretary

Joan Marie Basinger, 80, died at 11:20 a.m. Oct. 6, 2014, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.  She was born Dec. 30, 1933, in Orange Township, Hancock County, Ohio to Ivan and Helen (Bell) Montgomery who preceded her in death. On April 2, 1965, she married Wallace Basinger and he survives.

Mrs. Basinger retired from Pandora-Gilboa School where she was the high school secretary for 23 years. She was a member of the Pandora United Methodist Church. She was a 1951 graduate of Bluffton High School.


Carol Doss 1941-2014

L. Carol Doss, 73, of Bluffton died Sept. 30, 2014, at 11:45 a.m. at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay.  She was born June 28, 1941, in Sullivan, Mo, to Tracy and Elvie (Ridenour) Hardecke who preceded her in death. On Nov. 1, 1958 she married Kenneth  Doss Jr. and he survives.


Services on Saturday for Mary Emma Triplett, community leader

Bluffton community leader, Mary Emma Triplett, died, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. She was preceeded in death by her 
husband, William R. (Ropp) Triplett.

Mrs. Triplett was born on Oct. 2, 1922, to Joseph and Hettie Cassel of Fairview Village, Pa. She joined the U.S. Army 
Nursing Corps soon after graduation from the University of Cincinnati Nursing School with a nursing degree and RN 

She and Ropp were married on Sept. 1, 1946, after both having received honorable discharge 
from the army. 


Wesley Yoakam was a 1969 Bluffton College graduate

Wesley Eugene Yoakam, 67 of Bluffton, died at 7:40 a.m. Sept. 29, 2014 at Bridge Hospice, Findlay. He was born  March 26, 1947, in Bluffton to Doyt A. and Leah Pauline Clum Yoakam who preceded him in death.

Mr. Yoakam was a 1965 graduate of LaFayette-Jackson High School. He was the class valedictorian. He then attended Bluffton College and graduated in 1969 with a B.S. in English Education.


Ruth Hartzler volunteers with several Mennonite church agencies

Ruth Soldner Hartzler died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at the Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora.

She was born May 11, 1922, in Berne, Indiana, to Dr. T. H. and Meta (Neuenschwander) Soldner. She on March 2, 1946 married Ellwyn Hartzler, who died Oct. 20, 2000.


Ruth Hartzler funeral arrangements incomplete

Ruth E. Hartzler, 92, of Pandora, died at 2:28 p.m. Sept. 19, 2014, at the Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Community leader Isabelle West was active in many Bluffton organizations

Isabelle May West, 97, died on Sept. 10, 2014, at the Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton, Ohio.

She was born in Hancock County, Ohio on March 25, 1917, to the late G. Raymond and Mabel (Hamlin) Stewart. She married James F. West on May 20, 1943, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 15, 1999.


Arrangements pending for Isabelle West funeral service

Isabelle M. West, 97, of Bluffton, died Sept. 10, 2014, at Willow Ridge, Bluffton. Services will  begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church, Bluffton. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Sunday at Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services, Bluffton.  Other arrangements are pending.


Harold "Skeet" VanScoder was active in many Pandora organizations; owned Skeets' Body Shop for 40 years

Harold "Skeet" VanScoder, 88, of Pandora passed away September 9, 2014 at 4:30 a.m. at the Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. Skeet was born November 3, 1925 in Pandora to Harry and Caroline Schumacher VanScoder.  On September 26, 1959 he married Rosemary Higgins, who preceded him in death on April 21, 2011.


Gerald Brooks was a former Bluffton school board member

Gerald "Jerry" DeVon Brooks, 85, of Bluffton died at 12:45 p.m. Sept. 8, 2014, at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. He was born Oct. 28, 1928, in Palmer Township, Putnam County to the late Malcolm and Violet (Preble) Brooks. On Aug. 14, 1953, he married Helen Burkholder, who survives.