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June 25, 2019

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June Campbell worked for Suter Produce after retiring

June Beverly Campbell, 91, of Bluffton and formerly of Austin, Pennsylvania, died May 11, 2019, at Willow Ridge Memorial Home in Bluffton, Ohio. 

June was born on January 15, 1928, in Austin, Pennsylvania to the late Oscar and Lena (Glaspy) McMullen. June is survived by her husband of 70 years, Claude.  They were married on Sept. 18, 1948 in Austin, Pa.  Also surviving is her son Dan (Judi) of Port Allegheny, Pa., and her daughter Holly Diehl (Lon) of Fort Wayne, Ind.  June had four grandchildren, Meghan, Maureen, Matthew and Kari.  She also had eight great-grandchildren.   


Richard Swisher Sr., was a member of the Beaverdam-Richland Township Fire Dept.

Retired as a mechanic from American Electric Power

Richard L. Swisher, Sr., 84, died May 12, 2019, at Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton. Richard was born Sept. 2, 1934, in Findlay to the late Lee and Leah (Nicholas) Swisher.  On June 30, 1956, he married Sharon Osborn Swisher who survives in Beaverdam.

Richard graduated from Findlay High School.  He retired as a mechanic from American Electric Power.  Richard was a member of the Beaverdam-Richland Fire Department and was a scoutmaster in Findlay and Beaverdam.  He also enjoyed fishing and camping with his family members. 


Helen Brooks was a retired nurse

1947 Bluffton High School graduate

Helen W. Brooks, 90, of Bluffton, Ohio, died May 6, 2019, at Hilty Memorial Home in Pandora.  She was born on April 18, 1929, in Putnam County to the late Harvey and Minnie (Balmer) Burkholder.  On Aug. 14, 1953, she married Gerald “Jerry” Brooks who preceded her in death on Sept. 8, 2014.

Helen was an avid gardener and had a love for art, antiques, classical musical and playing the piano.  She enjoyed collecting and was a master canner of produce. Helen enjoyed making and selling pies along with garden and orchard produce at the Bluffton Farmer’s Market.


Dr. Howard Shelly was a Bluffton general practitioner for 40 years

Bluffton College graduate, served on countless community organizations, delivered over 1,500 babies

CLICK HERE for an Icon interview with Dr. Shelly as he reflected on starting his practice in Bluffton in the 1950s.

Howard M. Shelly, M.D., 90, died Saturday, May 4, 2019, at Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton.  Howard was born Aug. 13, 1928 in Hereford Township, Pennsylvania, to Howard and Emma (Myers) Shelly who preceded him in death.


Harold Frederick Helmlinger 1925 - 2019

Harold Frederick Helmlinger, 94, died April 25, 2019, at Birchaven Nursing Home in Findlay.  Harold was born March 7, 1925, in Auglaize County, Ohio, to the late Philip and Sophia (Pulfer) Helmlinger.  On Jan. 29, 1950, he married Doris Bunn Helmlinger who survives.

Harold graduated from Jackson Center High School.  He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving in World War II and was a lifelong farmer.  Harold enjoyed spending time with his family and attending his grandchildren's sporting events.


Lois Thompson of Pandora had worked at Konalrad Products

Lois Louise Thompson, 87, died April 25, 2019, at Hilty Memorial Home in Pandora. Lois was born June 5, 1931, in Kenton to the late Dale and Lula (Smith) Cummins.  She was married to Roger Thompson who survives in Pandora. 

Lois graduated from Indian Lake High School.  She had been a homemaker and worked at Konalrad Products in Pandora.  Lois was a member of the Pandora Missionary Church.