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Funeral arrangements for John Neuenschwander incomplete

John Neuenschwander, 69, of Pandora died Jan. 30, 2014, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Ruth Ann Bormuth helped start the Gathering Basket herb society

Ruth Ann (von Stein) Bormuth, 90, of Rawson died at 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 at the Arlington Good Samaritan Center, Arlington. She was born on April 2, 1923, to the late Ivan and Maude (Marquart) von Stein, Sr. in Eagle Twp., Hancock County. She married Herbert John Bormuth on Jan. 11, 1942, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 1, 2013.


Tommy "Tink" Hall was former owner of Cast Away Skydivers Club of Ada

Tommy R. "Tink" Hall, 67, died on Friday Jan. 24, 2014, at his residence in Bluffton.

He was born on Nov. 12, 1946, in Prestonsburg, Ky., to Tommy and Alta (Frasure) Hall and they preceded him in death. On Nov. 27, 1976 he married Lee Ann Woolley Arlington and she survives in Bluffton.

Mr. Hall was a U.S. Army Veteran who served during the Vietnam War and in the Army National Guard. He was the past owner of Cast Away Skydivers Club of Ada. He retired from Ford Motor Company of Lima. He was a life member of the VFW Post #9381of Ada and was an avid golfer.


Betty Harps was born in Beaverdam

Betty B. Harps, 93, died in the early morning on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at her residence in Denham Springs, La.

She was born on Aug. 11, 1920, in Beaverdam, Ohio, to John and Hazel (Young) Mort and they preceded her in death. On Nov. 22, 1937 she married Earl B. Harps and he survives in Denham Springs, La.


James Alt was retired from Ford Engine Plant


James G. Alt, 90, of Bluffton died 3:06 a.m. Jan. 27, 2014, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. He was born Feb. 15, 1923, in Putnam County to the late Arthur and Elizabeth Nadler Alt. On Feb. 16, 1957 he married Ursula Nussbaum and she survives.

He retired from the Ford Engine Plant, Lima. He was a  member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Bluffton, VFW Post 9381, Ada, and Putnam County DAV Chapter 77.   


James Suter sang in Handel's "Messiah" for 60 years

James Russell Suter, 97, died early Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton, Ohio.


Geneva Powell funeral rescheduled for Monday

The Geneva Powell funeral has been rescheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, at Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services, Bluffton due to weather. 


Dick Tschetter pastored at St. John Mennonite; after retirement was on staff of Ebenezer Mennonite

Richard "Dick" Tschetter, 95 died Jan. 23, 2014, at his residence. He was born to Peter P. and Carra (Dirks) Tschetter on Dec. 17, 1918, in Canton, Kansas. He grew up at Bridgewater and Freeman, S.D. and graduated from Freeman High School.  He also graduated from Grace Bible Institute (now Grace University) in Omaha, Neb., and from Bethel College in North Newton, Kan. 


Geneva Powell 1920-2014

Geneva Powell, 93, of Pandora died Jan. 22, 2014, at 7 a.m. at the Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. She was born Dec. 7, 1920, in Beech Grove, Tenn., to the late John and Myrtle Hatmaker Bennett. In 1941 she married Johnnie Powell who preceded her in death on Jan. 26, 1981. 

She was a homemaker. She was raised in the Baptist Church. 


Jeff Ray was guitarist with Jersey Boys, Las Vegas; mother lives in Bluffton

Jeff Ray, 43, died as the result of an accident Jan. 18, 2014, in Seattle, Wash.  He was born in Toledo, April 19, 1970. 

He is survived by his mother, Alice Chumbley Lora, and stepfather, Ronald Lora of Bluffton, his father, Roger D. Ray, and stepmother Katarina Ruedi Ray, of Toledo, his sister, Leah Ray, and her husband, Kevin Grzyb, of Chicago, his aunt, Jan Turbeville, of Little Rock, Ark., and a nephew, Dexter Ray Grzyb, of Chicago.