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June 20, 2019

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Eleanor Linden Thurston of Indianapolis was a Bluffton HS graduate

Former Bluffton resident Eleanor Linden Thurston, 89, of Indianapolis, Indiana, died on April 18, 2019.

Born July 5, 1929, in Normal, Illinois to George W. Linden and Ruth (Lantz)
Linden. Ellie grew up in Bluffton, Ohio, and graduated from Bluffton High
School. She graduated from The College of Wooster, Ohio, and obtained her
master's in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University. As an
Occupational Therapist she helped polio patients in Durham, North Carolina
and Chicago, Illinois.


Paul Dyck served as Mennonite Memorial Home administrator for 18 years

Memorial service to be held May 19

Paul I. Dyck, 93, of Bluffton died April 13, 2019.  He was born on Jan 14, 1926, in Olds, Alberta, Canada. He married Lois Mae (Bartel) Dyck on Aug. 14, 1956 and she preceded him in death on Dec. 8, 2005.

CLICK HERE for a column "Remembering Paul Dyck."

After completing undergraduate (Bethel College, Kansas) and seminary training (Chicago Theological Seminary), he and his wife moved to India in 1956 with their two young sons, to serve as missionaries with the Mennonite Mission Board.


Jean Ann Stratton 1936 - 2019

Jean Ann Stratton 82, died on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at 1:20 a.m. at Lima Memorial Health System. 

She was born on June 20, 1936, in Lima, Ohio, to the late Oliver and Clara (Wilson) Amstutz. On May 22, 1954, Jean married Rolla M. Stratton Sr. and he preceded her in death on Sept. 7, 2015.

Jean was a homemaker.


Dale Fall owned Fall and Son Container Service

Dale G. Fall, 60, died on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at 5:40 p.m. at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay.

He was born on April 11, 1958, in Kenton, Ohio, to Nelson and Winifred (Stewart) Fall.  His father preceded him in death and his mother survives in Kenton. On June 24, 2004, Dale married Sharon Hollon and she survives in McGuffey.

Dale was a self-employed truck driver and was owner of Fall & Son Container Service.


Bill Dodge was retired as a custodial supervisor at ONU

Was an Ada HS grad and a WWII veteran

William R. “Bill” Dodge, 94, died on Monday, April 8, 2019, at 8 a.m. at Lima Memorial Health System.

He was born on March 10, 1925, in Ada, Ohio to Elza and Marjory Ann (McBride) Dodge who preceded him in death.  On Aug. 21, 1949, Bill married Janice L. Busick and she survives in Ada.


Karlton Plaugher was active in several Ada organizations

Karlton D. Plaugher, 78, died on Thursday, April 4, 2019, at 7:02 a.m. at Carriage Court, Hillard, Ohio.

He was born on March 5, 1941, in Harrod, Ohio, to the late Odie K. and Dorotha O. (Kettimon) Plaugher. On Aug. 29, 1962, Karlton married Maxine Fleming and she preceded him in death on March 27, 2009.

Karlton was a self employed carpenter. He was a member of the St. Mark's Lutheran Church of Ada. He was a member of the Elks of Kenton, the Ada Rotary Club and the former Ada Masonic Lodge F&AM #513.