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Margaret Houshower directed Bluffton College's first reading center

Margaret Houshower, 94, died Sept. 23, 2015, at the Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton. Margaret was born on Sept. 8, 1921, in Bluffton to Herbert W. and Olga (Kennel) Berky. She was a graduate of  Bluffton High School and Bluffton College ’42 where she met her husband, Mark Houshower. They celebrated 65 years of marriage before his death in 2009. 


Funeral arrangements incomplete for Margaret Houshower

Margaret Houshower, 94, of Bluffton died Sept. 23, 2015 at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Fred A. Putnam, 1936-2015

Fred A. Putnam, 79, Pandora, OH and formerly of Chenao & Bloomington, IL passed away at Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay, at 9:15 pm, September 20, 2015. He was born, July 14, 1936 at Collison, IL, the son of Roy H. & Alta B. Welshire Putnam. He married Betty L. Wade on Sept. 21, 1958 at Clarksville EUB Church, Lexington, IL. She survives in Pandora.


John D. Harris was retired CEO of Indianapolis CPA firm

John D. Harris, 71, of Elm Grove Wisc., and Naples Fla., died Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. He was born in Bluffton  on Jan. 12, 1944, and was formerly a resident of Indianapolis. He is survived by his wife Lilly Harris (nee Stjarnstrom) and sister Linda (Chuck) Sullivan.

Other survivors are daughters Beth Harris of Indianapolis, Kristena (Brad) Schotanus of Chicago, Britt (Steve) Gosenheimer of Milwaukee and son Scott Engstrom of Montana.


Frank Stawowy 1948-2015

Frank Paul Stawowy, 67, passed away September 14, 2015 at Bluffton Hospital.  Frank was born July 28, 1948 in Detroit, MI, to the late Frank and Sophie (Tront) Stawowy. He married Susan  Thomas who survives. 

Frank retired as a controls engineer. Frank was a U.S. Army veteran. Survivors also include two brothers  Donald (Nancy) Stawowy of MI, David (Joan) Stawowy of AZ; and two sisters Phyllis (John) Mondro of MI and Carol (Duane) Clark of MI.


Don Schweingruber touched the lives of countless students at Bluffton University

Donald Lee Schweingruber, 75, of Bluffton, died Saturday, Sept. 12. Don had been living with multiple myeloma for the past 15 years and was in hospice care when he died.

Don was born April 4, 1940, in Ellwood City, Pa., to Russell and Dorothy Schweingruber and grew up on a farm in Butler County. He graduated from Zelienople High School in 1958 and Thiel College in 1963. He continued his education at Miami University, where he met Nancy Hoeltje. They married in 1965.


Funeral arrangements incomplete for Don Schweingruber

Donald Schweingruber, 75, of Bluffton died September 12, 2015 at Bluffton Hospital.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Janice Ruth Smith Reese 1931-2015

Janice Ruth Smith Reese, 84, of Lima died on Sept. 5, 2015, at Lima Memorial Hospital,  after a brief illness.    


Judy Kingery was a 1963 Bluffton High School graduate

Judith (Judy) K. Kingery, 70, died on Sept. 6, 2015 at Brookhaven Rehabilitation Center in Brookville, Ohio.
Judy was born in Bluffton and was the daughter of Kenneth and Pauline (Eikenbary) Chidester, who preceded her in death.  Judy was a 1963 Bluffton High School graduate. Judy was married to Ronald Kingery.

Survivors include a daughter Jodi (Kevin) Brooks of Sevierville, Tenn., and son Scott Stelzer of Findlay; two stepdaughters Loretta and Katie; 10 grandchildren Tyler (and wife Amanda), Brett, Brandon, Dylan, Chad, Grace, Lily, Meghan, Kaley, and Koby. 


Funeral service for Wava Taylor on Sept. 15

Wava J. Taylor, 89, died 4:05 a.m. Sept. 10, 2015, at Richland Manor, Bluffton.  Wava was born April 4,1926, in Bluffton to the late Roy and Ethel Geiger Lehman.

Wava was a cook and worked at area restaurants. 

Survivors include a daughter, Donna Deitrick of North Baltimore, three sons, Bob Deitrick, Ed (Linda) Deitrick, and Fred Deitrick all of Findlay, nine grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and a sister-in-law, Ortha Lehman of Alta Loma, CA.  She was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Lehman.