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Funeral arrangements incomplete for Ruth Fritschi

Ruth Fritschi, 88, died Aug. 15, 2015, at Richland Manor, Bluffton. Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Memorial service Aug. 23 for Irene Hamman

J. Irene Hamman, 94, died Aug. 6, 2015, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Irene was born July 1, 1921, in New York City to Tracy and Mary (McKnight) Baseley who preceded her in death. On Oct. 1, 1944, she married Raymond Hamman who preceded her in death on April 11, 2000.

She was an active member of her church in each community where she lived, teaching Sunday school, VBS, singing in the choir, working on various committees, and hosting as needed. She served as a Girl Scout leader for several years and chaperoned more than one Junior Prom.


Charles Shepler had worked for Buckeye Pipeline for 45 years

Charles E. "Chuck" Shepler, 97, died Aug. 14, 2015, at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay.  Chuck was born June 3, 1918, in Rockford to the late Robert and Marintha (Roberts) Shepler. On Oct. 14, 1939, he married Augusta "Mim" (Kill) Shepler who preceded him in death on April 16, 2009.

Chuck had worked for Buckeye Pipeline for 45 years. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Bluffton. Chuck was a member of the Columbus Grove Eagles #2772, Bluffton Senior Citizens and the Ada VFW.  He was also a member of the Northwest Ohio Antique Machinery Association. 


Lawrence Amstutz was a graduate of Pandora High School

Lawrence Amstutz Jr., 87, of Pandora died 12:35 p.m., Aug.13, 2015, at the Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora.  Lawrence was born July 11, 1928, in Pandora to the late Lawrence and Verna Miller Amstutz.  On Dec. 9, 1960 he married Betty Dew at the Grace Methodist Church, Lima, and she survives. 

Lawrence retired from the Ford Engine Plant, Lima.  He was a member of the Pandora United Methodist Church. Lawrence was a graduate of Pandora High School and served in the Air Force during the Korean War. 


Jerry Joseph was a former DTR Industries associate

Gerald L. “Jerry” Joseph, 64, died on Friday, Aug. 7, at 3:34 p.m. at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.

He was born on Sept. 17, 1950 in Lima, Ohio, to John “Buck” Joseph, Jr. and Goldie (Courtright) Breece. His father survives in Arizona. His mother is deceased and dad, Robert (Vicki) Breece survives in Lakeview. On May 20, 1996, he married Kathy L. Mann and she survives in Harrod.

Jerry retired as an electrician from Continental Plastics, Lima, and DTR Manufacturing, Bluffton. He was a member of the Indian Lake Moose Lodge #1533.


Robert "Bob" Strohl 1958-2015

Robert "Bob" Phillip Strohl, 57, died Aug. 7, 2015 at his residence. Robert was born May 4, 1958, in Hammond, Ind., to Phillip and Donna (Austgen) Strohl.

Bob had worked as a construction worker.  


Irene Hamman funeral arrangements incomplete

J. Irene Hamman, 94, died Aug, 6, 2015 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Arrangements are pending at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Kaye Elwood was a member of County Line Church of the Brethren

Kaye E. Elwood, 79, died August 5, 2015, at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus. 

Kaye was born May 11, 1936, in Columbus Grove to Richard and M. Virginia (Lora) Staley who preceded her in death. On Feb. 23, 1957, she married Herbert Elwood and he survives.

Kaye had worked at Stratton Greenhouse, Bluffton. She was a member of County Line Church of the Brethren, Ada. 


Kelly Birchnaugh was a U.S. Army veteran

Kelly E. Birchnaugh, 65, died Aug. 1, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. at his residence. Kelly was born May 13, 1950, in Bluffton to Joseph and Evelyn (Petty) Birchnaugh who preceded him in death. On July 11, 1986, he married Debra Dray Birchnaugh and she survives.

Kelly was a heavy equipment operator for Gerken Materials, Bluffton. He was a U.S. Army veteran. 


Karen Sue "Susie" Herr 1960-2015

Karen Sue (Susie) Herr, 54, died at 12:20 a.m. on Aug. 1 at Richland Manor nursing home in Bluffton.

Susie was born on Dec. 11, 1960, in Bluffton, to Donald and Mary Ann (Basinger) Herr who survive. She is survived by her sister Terry Numbers of Ada and brothers Bob (Sharon) Herr of Cairo, Mardy (Lisa) Herr of Bluffton, Jim (Robin) Herr of Bluffton, and Jeremy (Tracie) Herr of McComb. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.