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Celebration of Life for Michael Augsburger Nov. 16

A Celebration of Life Service has been scheduled for Michael K. Augsburger to be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Bluffton Town Hall, 154 N. Main St., Bluffton. 

The family will receive friends following the service until 4:30 p.m. at the town hall where light refreshments and desserts will be provided. 

Arrangements have been entrusted with Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Doris Bucher was a Triplett Corp. retiree

Doris J. Bucher, 81 died Nov. 8, 2013, at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. She was born Sept. 7, 1932 in Benton Ridge to the late Clifford and Lois (Reiter) Niswander. On October 3, 1954 she married Charles Bucher and he died August 2, 2005.

She retired from Triplett Corporation, Bluffton. She was a member of English Lutheran Church, Bluffton. She was a graduate of Cory-Rawson High School.


Michael Augsburger 1954-2013

Michael K. Augsburger, 59 died Nov. 5, 2013 at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. He was born Oct.16, 1954 in Bluffton to Donivan and Peggy (Eckenwiler) Augsburger. He married Paula Pursell and they were later divorced.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Bluffton. He was a member of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Bluffton.  

Survivors include a daughter Kim (Sean) Stevenson of Pandora; his mother Peggy Augsburger of Bluffton; and two brothers Jeffrey Augsburger of Bluffton and Mark (Denise) Augsburger of Novi, Michigan.


Sharon Bishop was a 1962 Bluffton High School graduate

Sharon Bishop, 69, of Findlay, died at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, at home surrounded by her family.

She was born on March 4, 1944 in Bluffton, to the late Oliver and Helen M. Steiner. On Aug. 31, 1968 she married Charles Bishop and he survives.

She is also survived by a daughter, Amy of Columbus, a son Stephen, a daughter-in-law Katie, and granddaughter Layla, all of Bloomington, Ind. She was preceded in death by a son, Andrew, a brother, David "Pete" Steiner, and stepfather, Cleon A. Steiner.


Sandra J. Urban 1934-2013


Sandra J. Urban, 79, of Bluffton, died 9:45 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 at the Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay. She was born on Sept. 16, 1934, in Bluffton, to the late Era E. and Max E. (Huffman) Urban.

She was retired from Franklin Office Products. She was preceded in death by her brother, Jack G. Urban and her sister, Shirley L. Bowman.

All services will be private. Arrangements have been entrusted to Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, Findlay. 


Lanelle Augsburger was a Beaverdam High School graduate

Lanelle Augsburger, 76, of Lima, died at 4 p.m. Nov. 3, 2013, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. She was born Aug. 10, 1937, in Ada, Ok., to John and Louise Kuykendall Manahan who preceded her in death. On Jan. 24, 1959, she married Dwain Augsburger and he survives.

She worked at Ex-Cell-O Corp., Bluffton.  She was a member of Rockport United Methodist Church and the Lima Senior Citizens. She was a graduate of Beaverdam High School.


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.