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Funeral arrangements incomplete for Clarence Kooker

Clarence M. Kooker, 87, of Bluffton died May 11, 2016, at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay.  Arrangements are pending at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Eloise Schick was a 1939 graduate of Lafayette-Jackson HS

L. Eloise Schick, 94, died May 10, 2016, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  She was born Jan. 2, 1922 in Allen County, Ohio to the late Chancey J. and Lulu (Doty) Spallinger.

Eloise graduated from LaFayette-Jackson High School in 1939.  On June 17, 1941, she married Harold P. Schick.  They celebrated over 64 years of marriage before his death on May 6, 2006.

Eloise was a hard working housewife who lived the farm life until moving into Bluffton in the early 1990s. 


Martha Amstutz was a 39-year employee of Triplett Corp.

Martha Jane Amstutz, 91, died May 9, 2016, at 12 p.m. at Richland Manor, Bluffton.  Martha was born March 23, 1925, near Findlay to the late Howard and Marie (Powell) Benson. On July 4, 1964, she married Dale Amstutz who preceded her in death on April 23, 2012.

Martha retired from Triplett Corp., Bluffton where she worked for 39 years.  She was a member of the First Brethren Church of Williamstown.  Martha enjoyed talking with her friends and neighbors on the telephone, camping and was a graduate of Arlington High School.


Mark Moyer, 1958-2016

Mark Lynn Moyer, 57, of McDonald, died Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at his home. 

He was born September 30, 1958 in Bluffton, OH, a son of the late Donald Moyer and Louise Reichenbach Schwieterman of Maria Stein, OH.

Moyer was a principal in contracts management for Atos, whose home office is in France, for the past 21 years.


Robert Ramseyer was a missionary to Japan for three decades

Robert Lewis Ramseyer, 86, died April 30, 2016, at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. He was born May 9, 1929, in Bloomington, Ill. 

In 1939, his family moved to Bluffton, where he graduated from the Bluffton High School in 1946 and Bluffton College in 1950. He and Alice Ruth Pannabecker were married in 1951.


Funeral service Friday for David "Rico" Rodriguez, owner of Owlsburg tavern building

Editor's Note:  David "Rico" Rodriguez  was the owner of Owlsburg tavern, also known earlier as Van's Corner. The tavern was located on the corner of State Route 235 and Old U.S. 30, north of Ada. As announced in the Icon last fall, he had planned to open Cherico's Restaurant in that building.

David S. “Rico” Rodriguez, 47, died on Sunday, May 1, 2016, at his residence in Bluffton. 


Louise Cantwell volunteered over 2,000 hours at Bluffton Hospital

A. Louise Cantwell, 91, died April 27, 2016, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Louise was born Oct. 4, 1924, in Three Rivers, Michigan, to the late Lester and June (Baxter) Luse.  On April 29, 1950, she married Leslie Cantwell, Jr. who preceded her in death on Nov. 29, 1989.


Homer Miller was a WWII Army Air Force pilot

Homer Edward Miller, 92, died April 28, 2016, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Homer was born May 27, 1923 in Gomer, Ohio, to the late Homer and Cecile (Rigdon) Miller who preceded him in death. On May 2, 1947, he married Dorothy (Davis) Miller who survives.

Homer was a lifetime farmer and retired as a tool and die maker from Superior Coach in Lima.  He was a pilot in the Army Air Force during World War II.  Homer was a 60-year member of the Masonic Lodge #72 in Delphos and member of the Allen County Farm Bureau.  He was a graduate of Gomer High School.


David Orr was retired from Lima Ford Engine Plant after working 40 years

David Clare Orr, 81, died April 27, 2016 at Bluffton Hospital.  David was born April 23, 1935, in Flint, Mich., to the late Clifton and Arlene (Blackmer) Orr.  On March 29, 1968, he married Judy Burkholder Orr who survives.

David retired from Lima Ford Engine Plant after 40 years.  He enjoyed NASCAR and was a car and motorcycle enthusiast.  David was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Korean Conflict.


Funeral service April 30 for 99-year-old Glada Zoe Basinger

Glada Zoe Basinger, 99, died April 27, 2016, at Bluffton Hospital. Glada was born April 18, 1917, in Hancock, County, to the late John and Mary (Barkimer) Wilkins.  On Jan. 18, 1942, she married Robert H. Basinger and he preceded her in death on Nov. 7, 1994. 

Glada was a homemaker and was a member of the Bethel United Church of Christ near Ada. She enjoyed being a seamstress and baking pies and cookies.