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Ronald Chidester was born in Bluffton

Ronald K. "Ron" Chidester, 78, of Millbury, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, at St. Luke's Hospital. Ron was born on Oct. 6, 1938, in Bluffton, Ohio, to Kenneth and Pauline (Eikenbury) Chidester. He married Glenna Myer on Oct. 5, 1957. Ron served  in the United States Navy.

Ron was  a lifetime member of the American Quarter Horse Association.

Ron graduated from The Ohio State University.


David Ernest was a Cory-Rawson HS graduate

David L. Ernest, 71, died Aug. 19, 2017, at the Ocala Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida.  David was born Feb. 22, 1946, in Findlay to the late Delmer and Juanita (Gearing) Ernest. On Feb. 25, 1967 he married Nancy Cupples Ernest and she survives.


Frederick Nordhaus was a former Bluffton High School band director

Frederick J. Nordhaus, 74, of Ottawa died at 9:35 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus. He was born March 1, 1943, in Ottawa to the late Arthur A. and Louise L. (Conn) Nordhaus. His longtime girlfriend, Patricia Goodkin survives in Ottawa.


Harry "Bill" Snyder was retired from Ford engine plant

Harry "Bill" Edward Snyder, 89, died July 29, 2017, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.Harry "Bill" was born Aug. 31, 1927, in Beaverdam, to Lawrence and Margaret (Bickmier) Snyder who preceded him in death.

On Feb. 22, 1948, he married Josephine Bassitt Snyder who preceded him in death on June 8, 1988. Bill retired from Lima Ford Engine Plant where he was a Hi-Lo driver.  He enjoyed music, woodworking, his grandchildren and riding the 4-wheeler with them.


Lois Layne was a BHS grad, waitressed at Ingall Restaurant

Lois M. Layne, 75, died July 24, 2017, at her residence.  Lois was born Jan. 29, 1942, in Bluffton to the late Louis and Gladys (Schick) Criblez. 

After graduating from Bluffton High School, Lois moved to Texas.  While living in Texas, Lois was an inspector at Deluxe Check Printing Company.  Upon moving back to Ohio, she worked at Monsanto Chemicals for 15 years as a quality control inspector.  She later worked at Wilson Football Factory in Ada, as a waitress at Ingalls Restaurant and at Triplett Corporation both in Bluffton. 


Funeral arrangements incomplete for Lois Layne

Lois Layne, 75, of Bluffton died July 24, 2017 at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Evelyn Luginbuhl was a retired English teacher in Bluffton schools

25-year volunteer at Et Cetera Shop

Evelyn Luginbuhl, 94, died July 10, 2017, at the Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton.  Evelyn was born Jan. 25, 1923, in Bucyrus, Ohio, to the late Russell and Lula (Smith) Johnson. On May 26, 1946, she married Darvin Luginbuhl who preceded her in death on April 26, 2013.


Dr. James G. Diller was born in Bluffton

He opened the first plastic surgical practice at the Toledo Clinic

Dr. James G. Diller, 88, a plastic surgeon in Toledo, Ohio, for more than 20 years, died on July 3, 2017.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jean (Miller); daughters, Collette Chattopadhyay, Janelle, Jeanine, and Nicole Diller; a son, Christopher Diller; seven grandchildren, Jacqueline Chattopadhyay, Simca and Luke Bouma, Elena and Celia Diller, James and Grant Murphy; and a sister, Ruth (Diller) Sawyer and a brother, Timothy Diller.


Visitation for Adam Schattschneider on Thursday

Memorial service Friday at English Lutheran Church

Adam James Schattschneider, 51, died June 26, 2017, at St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima. Adam was born March 24, 1966, in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, to Donald and Marion (Mistelske) Schattschneider.  

Adam received his bachelor’s degree from University of Minnesota - Duluth, his Master's of Music from Indiana University - Bloomington and his Doctor of Music in Woodwind Pedagogy from Indiana University - Bloomington. Adam was a professor of music at Bluffton University. He was a member of English Lutheran Church in Bluffton.


Douglas Parkins was a Beaverdam High School graduate

Douglas Parkins, 77, died Monday, June 26, 2017, at Lost Creek Care Center in Lima. He was born Sept. 27, 1939, in McComb to William and Katherine Parkins who preceded him in death.

Douglas graduated from Beaverdam High School and was a maintenance man at Ex-Cello in Bluffton for many years. He was an avid outdoors-man and hunter.