October 22, 2014



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Lowell Amstutz funeral service Nov. 4

Lowell Keith Amstutz, 81, Bluffton, died Oct. 31, 2013, at Blanchard Valley Hospital at 6:45 p.m.  

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Colleen (Cummins) Amstutz as well as his brothers James (Sue Ellen) Amstutz and Marlin (Gloria) Amstutz.

Along with his wife and brothers, he is survived by seven children: Diana Amstutz, Findlay, Cheryl (Roger) Watkins, Brownsmills, New Jersey, Kim (John) Thomas, Freesoil, Mich., Robin (Mike) Hicks, Bluffton, Mark (Lorie) Amstutz, Findlay, Michael (Kathie) Amstutz, Bluffton, and Steven (Elaine) Amstutz, Columbus Grove.


Dorothy Herrmann worked at Triplett Corp. for 43 years

Dorothy E. Herrmann, 86, died Nov. 1, 2013, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. She was born June 11, 1927, in Columbus Grove to the late John M. and Esther H. (Leichty) Dunbar. On June 15, 1946, she married John R. Herrmann and he preceded her in death Jan. 23, 1991.

Mrs. Herrmann retired from Triplett Corp., Bluffton after 43 years.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Bluffton where she had served on parish council. She enjoyed bowling and had played on the Triplett Corp. softball team. She was a 1945 graduate of Bluffton High School.


Martha Beach was a retired Triplett Corp. employee


Martha Jane Beach, 91, of Jenera died at 6:10 a.m. Oct. 28, 2013 at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  She was born March 13, 1922, in Monroe Township, Allen County to Clarence and Esther Slusser Jones. On Jan. 13, 1951 she married Eugene W. Beach and he preceded her in death on May 28, 1973.

Mrs. Beach retired from Triplett Corp., Bluffton. She was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jenera. She was a graduate of Mt. Cory High School.


Donavin Dunbar fought in the Battle of the Bulge

Donavin D. Dunbar, 90, died on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at 1:05 a.m. at Hardin Hills Health Center, Kenton.

He was born on Nov. 25, 1922 in Columbus Grove, Ohio, to John and Esther (Liecthy) Dunbar and they preceded him in death. On June 25, 1943, he married Betty J. Stauffer and she preceded him in death on December 6, 2007.


Marcene Martz was active in the Bluffton American Legion Auxiliary

Marcene S. Martz, 89, of Bluffton died Oct. 19, 2013 in Mesquite, Texas.  She was born May 14, 1924, in Hancock County to Swan D. and Harriet Ewing Stonehill. On Oct. 20, 1946 she married Donald Martz and he preceded her in death on Dec. 12, 2001.

She retired from Ex-Cell-O Corp., Bluffton where she was a receptionist. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Bluffton where she had served as secretary of the church board, sang in the choir and was a member of United Methodist Women.


Funeral arrangements incomplete for Marcene Martz

Marcene S. Martz, 89, of Bluffton died Oct. 19, 2013, in Mesquite, Texas.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Mr. Weatherman, Ray Burkholder, dies at age 96

Ray L. Burkholder, 96 of Pandora, retired farmer, and renowned National Weather Service observer died Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, at the Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora.

He was born July 3, 1917, in rural Pandora to the late Christian C. and Bertha (Zuercher) Burkholder. Following the death of his mother in 1921 Ray resided with his paternal uncle and aunt, Amos and Katie Burkholder, until his father’s marriage to Irma (Foltz) in 1925.


William Johnson was Cory-Rawson's first all-state football player

William "Bill" Johnson, 65, of Forest, was born in Lima, Ohio, on Aug. 7, 1948, to Howard W. and Norma (Waltz) Johnson. He died at 12:15 p.m. on Oct. 15, 2013 at his residence. He married Jacquelynn "Jacki" Schey on Nov. 28, 1970, and she survives.

A graduate of Cory-Rawson High School in 1966, he was the first All-State Football player from the school, as well as an All-State baseball player. He attended The Ohio State University and played his freshman year on the baseball and football teams.


Robert C. Brown was a Navy veteran

Robert C. Brown, 80, of Bluffton died Oct. 12, 2013, at Richland Manor, Bluffton. He was born April 25, 1933, in Findlay to Harry C. and Winifred Ruby Harman Brown. 

Hewas a retired welder for Werk-Brau of Findlay and Clark Equipment, Lima. He also worked at the Et Cetera Shop, Bluffton. He was a member of First Mennonite Church, Bluffton. He was a Navy veteran.


Pauline Pursell was a graduate of Lima Central High School

Pauline Pursell, 78, died Oct. 11, 2013, at her residence. She was born Nov. 14, 1934, in Richmond, Kentucky, to the late Luther and Aline (Hornsby) Shaw. On Dec.24, 1963 she married Paul Pursell and he survives.

Mrs. Pursell had worked at Lima Ford Engine Plant in the cafeteria and also a homemaker and farm wife. She attended the Lima Community Church.  She was a member of the Ford Retirees. She graduated from Lima Central High School.