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Obituaries

Lois Baxter was retired Columbus Grove teacher

M. Lois Baxter, 87, died Dec. 17, 2013 at St. Rita's Ambulatory Care Center, Glandorf. She was born June 26, 1926 in McCutchenville, Ohio, to the late Roy Calvin and May (Powell) Simpson. On June 20, 1948, she married James D. Baxter and he survives.

Lois retired in 1985 from teaching physical education and English at Columbus Grove High School. She had also taught at Morenci Public Schools, Morenci, Mich., and Anthony Wayne Local Schools, Whitehouse, Ohio. 

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Funeral arrangements incomplete for Claude Boyer

Claude F. Boyer, 84, of Bluffton died at 5:50 a.m. Dec. 17, 2013 at the Mennonite Memorial Home. Bluffton. 

Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services, Bluffton.

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Harold Bruhn 1924-2013

Harold B. Bruhn, Indianapolis, Ind., died Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.

Mr. Bruhn of Indianapolis, Ind., and formerly of Dayton, was born Oct. 17, 1924, in Kiel, Germany. He was preceded in death by his parents Christian and Hertha Bruhn, brother, Arnold Bruhn, and grandson, Janson Bruhn.

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Evelyn Steiner was retired after teaching 29 years in Bluffton school system

Evelyn M. Steiner, 93, died Dec. 7, 2013, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. She was born Oct. 13, 1920 in Kingsport, Tenn., to the late Kinder and Elsie (Johnson) Mitchell. On Nov. 1, 1941, she married Charles H. Steiner and he died July 2, 1994.

She retired from teaching after 29 years in the Bluffton and Beaverdam School systems.  She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Bluffton, where she was very active in the United Methodist Women, a lay leader, choir member, Methodist Conference. She was also a member of Alpha Gamma and Bluffton College Phi Beta Kappa. 

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"Gene" Zimmerly had retired after working 40 years with Allen County Engineer's Office

Glenn Eugene "Gene" Zimmerly, 78, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 at 1:05 a.m. at Richland Manor, Bluffton, Ohio.

He suffered a stroke 19 years ago and stayed home for 16 ½ years then spent the last 2 ½ years at Richland Manor.

He was born on Jan. 1, 1936, in Allen County, Ohio to Glenn L. and Helen J. (Allstetter) Zimmerly, who preceded him in death. On Sept. 25, 1955 he married Carolyn Joyce McElwain and she survives in Lima.

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Rosalie Spallinger 1929-2013

Rosalie M. Spallinger, 84, died Dec. 4, 2013, at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. She was born June 29, 1929, in Lima to the late Daniel and Lilian (Bedford) Clifton. She married Harold Spallinger and he died April 12, 2013.

She retired from RCA Corporation, Findlay, and had previously worked at Triplett Corp., Bluffton.  

Survivors include two sons Lynn (Glenda) Spallinger of Pandora, George (Kathy) Spallinger of Findlay, Ill.; six grandchildren; two step grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and six step great grandchildren.

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Myrna Engelhardt was co-owner of Englehardt Landscaping

 

Myrna A. Engelhardt, 71, of Bluffton died at 2:55 pm Dec. 3, 2013, at the Wexner Medical Center, Columbus. She was born March 8, 1942, in Wapakoneta to the late Ned K. and Mary E. Harshbarger Krapf. On March 10, 1962 she married David Engelhardt and he survives.

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Lillian Koontz Crates taught piano lessons and participated in several area musical groups

Lillian Irene (Koontz) Crates, 89, of rural Arlington, died at 4:15 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, in Findlay, Ohio. She was born in Jenks, Okla., on March 19, 1924, to Jasper and Linda (Lugibill) Koontz Dray.

On July 20, 1941, she married Herbert G. Crates and they were married for 67 years until his death on Nov. 8, 2008. They had five children: Sandra (Bruce) Dacre , Delaware, Ohio; Larry (Rindy) Crates, Arlington; Charles Crates, Arlington;  Mary (Tom) Phillips, Climax, Mich.; Jack (Elaine) Crates, Findlay.

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Herbert Bormuth, rural Rawson, was a lifelong farmer

Herbert J. Bormuth, 92, of rural Rawson, died at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 at the Arlington Good Samaritan Center. He was born on Feb. 28, 1921, to the late Oliver and Alma (Schaller) Bormuth in Van Buren Twp., Hancock County. He married Ruth Ann von Stein on Jan. 11, 1942, and she survives.

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LaVera Neufeld was missionary in Congo; volunteered in several Bluffton organizations

LaVera  Neufeld died on Dec. 1, 2013, at Frieda House, Bluffton, Ohio. She was born Sept. 26, 1927, in Inman, Kan., the second of five children born to Curt and Sarah Androes Regehr. The family moved to Dalhart, Texas, for several years during the Dust Bowl, but later returned to Inman. 

She attended West Eagle and Welcome rural schools, often riding the family horse, Blackie. LaVera and her cousin, Lilly Ann Regehr, were driven to high school by Elmer Neufeld and his brother, Herb.

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