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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.


Funeral arrangement incomplete for Harold "Skeet" VanScoder

Harold "Skeet" VanScoder, 88 died Sept. 9, 2014, at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Aurora R. Bayes funeral service Monday

Aurora Rose Bayes, 3 days, died September 1, 2014 at Bluffton Hospital. She was born August 29, 2014 in Lima to Timmy Bayes and Darian Kiracofe who both survive near Columbus Grove.


Funeral service Aug. 26 for retired Bluffton business woman JoAnn Bender

JoAnn Bender, 84, of Bluffton died Aug. 22, 2014, at 7:55 p.m. at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  She was born Sept. 8, 1929, in Fostoria to Clarence and Mildred Seitz Brunn. On Aug. 4, 1948 she married Robert F. Bender and he preceded her in death on Dec. 14, 2011.

Mrs. Bender was the owner of JoAnn's Beauty Shop, Bluffton for over 15 years. She then joined her husband as owners of  A-Z Portion Control Meats, Bluffton. She was an active music booster supporter. She was a graduate of Lima Senior High School. 


Rachel Yoakam was a Bluffton High School graduate

Rachel Mary Yoakam, 75, died Aug. 12, 2014, at 10:10 p.m. at St. Rita's Medical Center, LIma. She was born June 29, 1939, in Lima to Carl and Edith Hartman DeVier who preceded her in death. On June 7, 1958, she married Gerald "Jerry" Yoakam and he survives in Lakeview.

She graduated from Bluffton High School. She was a homemaker and member of First Mennonite Church, Bluffton.   


Wanda Brown of Ada had worked at Triplett

Wanda J. Brown,  82, died on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 at 5:47 a.m. at Richland Manor Nursing Home, Bluffton.

She was born on Oct. 8, 1931, in Hancock County, Ohio to Charles R. and Frances (Marquart) Gossman and they preceded her in death. She was formerly married to Russell Brown from 1950 to 1975 and he survives in Ada.


Dolyn Thompson 1958-2014

Dolyn O. Thompson, 55, of Loveland passed away July 30, 2014. Dolyn was born August 25, 1958 in Blythe, Calif. His parents are Charles Case and Beverly Thompson. After graduation from high school in West Virginia, Dolyn entered the Navy and was honorably discharged.


Thursday memorial service at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Bluffton, for Ralf Bronnemeier

A memorial service for Ralf Bronnemeier, Grob Systems CEO, who died in a plane accident on July 27, will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 31, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Bluffton. Rev. David Ross will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Bluffton Food Pantry, P.O. Box 52, Bluffton, Ohio. 


Maxine McCafferty was a 1942 Pandora High School graduate

Maxine J. McCafferty, 90, died July 24, 2014, at 9:31 p.m. at her daughter's residence in Lima. She was born March 26, 1924, in Riley Township-Pandora to the late Clarence and Eddyth (West) Fridley. On Nov. 20, 1942, she married William J. "Bill" McCafferty who preceded her in death on Oct. 16, 2002.

She had worked in the cafeteria at Bluffton Elementary School and had previously worked at Triplett Corp., Bluffton. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and Bluffton Senior Citizens. She was a 1942 graduate of Pandora High School.