November 22, 2014


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Funeral arrangements incomplete for Esther Luginbuhl

Esther P. Luginbuhl, 92, of Bluffton died at 8:10 a.m. Nov. 28, 2013, at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Ellen Messing, 1935-2013


Ellen Messing, 78, of Bluffton, died Nov. 21, 2013 at her residence. She was born April 23, 1935, in Ada to the late Rufus G. and Lillian M. Howard Smith. 

She retired from Sprint where she was an operator and dispatcher.  She was a member of the English Lutheran Church, Bluffton and the Ada VFW.  She was a 1953 graduate of Ada High School.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Louis David Brentlinger.


Helen McOwen had retired as bookkeeper at Steinman Brothers Lumber Co.

Helen L. McOwen, 91, of Pandora died at 7:40 a.m. Nov. 20, 2013, at the Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. She was born Nov. 6, 1922 in Putnam County to Clarence and Edith Thomas Hofferbert. On Dec. 26, 1944 she married Roger McOwen and he preceded her in death on November 28, 1982.

She had been a bookkeeper at Steinman Brothers Lumber Company in Bluffton.  She was a member of the Pandora United Methodist, the Gideon's Auxiliary and the Asi No Mas Club of Pandora.  She was a graduate of Vaughnsville High School and attended Northwest Business College, Lima.


Eleanor Judith Hillemann, 1919-2013

Eleanor Judith Hillemann, 94, died Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. She was born on March 18, 1919, at Bluff Dale Ranch near Almont, N.D. Her parents, Emelie Sorum Pederson, and Jonathan Pederson, were homesteaders and the children of Norwegian immigrants. She was the fourth of six daughters.


Paul King 1929-2013

John King provided the following death notice:

Paul M. King of Bluffton, died on Feb. 13, 2013, in Fort Myers Beach, Fla.

He was born to Jay and Lulu King on April 17, 1929, in Ohio. He served in the Air Force and was stationed in Denver, Colo., and Anchorage, Ak. He graduated from Bluffton College with a degree in business. He met his wife, Lois (Marquart), at Bluffton and they had three children.

He was an agent and district manager for Nationwide Insurance and later became director of development at Bluffton University.


Kyle Trentman, 1994-2013

Kyle E. Trentman, 19, died Nov. 11, 2013, at Cleveland Clinic. He was born April 17, 1994, in Lima to Scott Trentman and Jennifer Bowers. 


Harold Henry was a retiree from Bluffton's Excello

Harold W. Henry, 75, died on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 at 5 a.m. at Lima Memorial Health Systems, Lima.

He was born on Dec. 6, 1937 in Bluffton, Ohio, to the late Leonard H. and Flossie L. (Hartman) Henry. On June 2, 1957 he married Clarice M. Jump who survives in Ada.

Mr. Henry was a 1955 graduate of Ada High School. He was a lifelong member of the Bethel Church of Christ. He was a retired farmer, co-owner of the B&H Garage and the Sohio Station in Ada and he previously worked at Excello in Bluffton.


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.