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August 16, 2017


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We're assuming this is Peterson 2. It's a Hancock County plate the Icon spotted on a black Ford Expedition EL at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool.

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Robert Weyer, 1991 - 2016

Robert Weyer, 25, died on Sunday, July 31, 2016, at 3:30 a.m.

He was born on May 25, 1991, in Bluffton, Ohio, to Robert B. Weyer and Rachelle (Hoff) Benfield. His father survives in Ada and his mother and  step-father, William Benfield, also survive in Ada.

Robert worked at the Lowe’s Distribution Center, Findlay. He was a 2010 graduate of Ada High School.


Barbara Young 1934 - 2016

Barbara "Barb" D. Young, 82, died July 29, 2016, at 9:10 p.m. at her residence.  Barb was born March 3, 1934 in Lima to the late Lloyd and Gertrude (Jordan) Leigh.  On Feb. 13, 1975 she married Robert "Peewee" Young who preceded her in death on May 21, 2004.

Barb was a homemaker and enjoyed volunteering at the Et Cetera Shop and Richland Manor. 


Sandy Yoakam was a 1964 Pandora-Gilboa HS graduate

Sandra "Sandy" L. Yoakam, 69, of Reynoldsburg and formerly of Bluffton was died July 25, 2016, at her residence.  Sandy was born Oct. 17, 1946, in Lima, Ohio, to the late Myron and Mary Ellen (Rickly) Reichenbach.

Sandy had worked various jobs including the Christian Armory for 12 years, was a secretary at Bank One and was a typesetter at various newspapers and magazines, proofreader and editor. 

She was a member of Pleasant View United Methodist Church near Mt. Cory. Sandy was a 1964 graduate of Pandora-Gilboa High School.


Timothy Fisher 1955 - 2016

Timothy A. Fisher, 60, died on Saturday, July 16, 2016, at 9:28 p.m. at his residence.

He was born on Dec. 26, 1955 in Lima, Ohio, to Charles and Dorothy (Rush) Fisher and they are both deceased.

Timothy attended Bluffton High School.

Surviving are: a daughter, Lori Clay of Ada; 2 brothers: Kevin Fisher of Harrod and Chuck (Sharon) Fisher of LaFayette; 1 sister: Sandra Ulrey of Lima; and 3 granddaughters; and sister-in-law: Linda Fisher of Jackson Center.

Timothy was predeceased by a brother: Mike Fisher and a baby brother, Mark Fisher.


Weldon Geiger was a lifelong farmer

Weldon C. Geiger, 85, died July 16, 2016, at 11:40 a.m. at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Weldon was born March 6, 1931, in Bluffton to the late Pearl and Burdella (Amstutz) Geiger.  On Feb. 24, 1953 he married Marcine Welty Geiger who preceded him in death on Dec. 21, 2015.


Sara Benson was a 1957 Bluffton College graduate

Sara Benson, 83 of Eagle River, Alaska, died July 9, 2016 at the Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton, Ohio.

She was born to the late Ralph and Leoda Badertscher of Bluffton, Ohio, on Sept. 20, 1932.Sara was the oldest of her four siblings: Dean Badertscher of Bluffton, Ohio, Jane Walter of Baltimore, Ohio, and two brothers who preceded in death, Don Badertscher (Bluffton, OH) and Brian Badertscher (Lapeer, Mich.).


Janice Fridley was a 1953 Bluffton High School graduate

Janice L. Fridley, 81, died July 7, 2016, at 7:02 a.m., at the Elmcroft Nursing Home in Lima. Janice was born Dec. 7, 1934 in Bluffton, to Harley and Alma (Agin) Diller who preceded her in death. On June 5, 1953, she married Billy D. Fridley who preceded her in death on Oct. 22, 2012.


Richard Ruebush was retired from Cooper Tire and Rubber

Richard "Bud" Lee Ruebush, 85, died July 6, 2016, at 9:56 p.m., at the Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay. Richard was born Dec. 15, 1930, in Hancock County, Ohio, to Walter A. and Nellie C. (Shafer) Ruebush who preceded him in death. Richard married Doris "Jean" Dunlap Ruebush who survives in Bluffton.


Bob Harris was owner of Bluffton / Findlay KOA

Robert M. "Bob" Harris, 75, of Bluffton, died at 5:49 p.m. Monday, July 4, 2016, at Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay.

Bob was born April 12, 1941, in San Diego, Calif., to the late Merrill and Bernice (Pederson) Harris. On Nov. 14, 1992 he married Elaine (Eck) Harris who survives in Bluffton.

Bob was a Vietnam veteran of the United States Marines, serving as a Captain and pilot. He was awarded the Purple Heart. Bob was a graduate of the University of Colorado and retired in 1995 as a CPA and Federal Auditor for the United States Government.


Kimberly Smith was a long-time employee of Mennonite Memorial Home

Kimberly S. Smith, 34, daughter of Rick and Karen Smith, sister of Jerry Smith and Jessica Nelson, died on July 3, 2016, at Lima Memorial Health Systems, Lima.

Kim was born on Jan. 6, 1982, in Lima, Ohio to Rick and Karen (Mathewson) Smith who both survive her. She is also survived by her siblings Jerry Smith of Dunkirk, Jessica (Mike) Nelson of LaFayette and her significant other Christopher Lotz of Columbus. Also surviving are nieces: Mallorie, Harper, Veronica, Presley and Keltney and nephew, Shawn, and extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins.