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Daniel Sommers was a 1973 Bluffton High School graduate

Daniel L. Sommers, Powell, Ohio, died at his home on May 19, 2014. He was a certified prosthetist/orthotist in Columbus.

He was born Oct. 22, 1954, to Dean and Darlyn (Garmatter) Sommers in Bluffton, Ohio, where they still reside. Dan married Debra L. (Anderson) Sommers, also from Bluffton, in 1983. He is also survived by brothers Bill, three nephews, Andrew (Ali), Eric (Amanda), and Ryan; and Tom (Cindy) Sommers, two nieces Jene and Adele, all from the Bluffton area.

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Bradley Koontz was a Cory-Rawson HS grad

Bradley M. Koontz, 41 died Saturday, May 17, 2014, at his home. He was born July 7, 1972, in Bluffton to John R. and Sue (Crawford) Koontz who survive in Bluffton. 

HE worked as a team leader at Roki Industries, Findlay, for the past 13 years. He was a member of the Mt. Cory United Methodist Church. He was a graduate of Cory-Rawson High School.

Survivors also include a daughter Ashley Koontz of Bluffton; a brother Brian (Melissa French) Koontz of Findlay; half brother Alan (Holly) Koontz of Holgate; and a maternal grandmother Treva Crawford of Bluffton.

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Lee Grismore taught at Ohio Northern University

Dr. F.L. (Lee) Grismore Jr., 77, of Ada, died at home on Monday, May 13, 2014.

He was the son of Fred and Princess (Long) Grismore of Pandora, Ohio.  Born on June 11, 1936, he grew up on the family farm and graduated from Pandora-Gilboa High School in 1954. He received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Ohio Northern University in 1958, an MSEE from the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy in 1961 and his PhD from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1970.

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Joel Kimmel was one of the oldest living BHS graduates

Joel R. Kimmel, 92, of Bluffton died at 8 a.m. May 10, 2014 at the Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. He was born July 18, 1921, in Lima to the late Leslie and Minnie Bigler Kimmel. 

On Aug. 17, 1947 he married Rebecca Hofstetter and she preceded him in death on Dec. 10, 1989.  He then married Madlyn Isham Marquart on June 15, 1991, and she died March 10, 2012. 

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Phil Yost was a 1968 Bluffton High School graduate

Phil Yost, 63, Bluffton native and Bluffton High School graduate, died at his California home on April 18, 2014. He was a former San Jose Mercury News editorial writer.

The following obituary was posted on the Mercury News.

 

Phil Yost was a gentle and decent man, a writer with an ethical compass that belied the stereotype of the cynical journalist. He was known for an unerring sense of fairness, a willingness to consider an argument from another side.

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Willis Taylor was prominent Bluffton College athlete in the in 1950s

Willis Taylor, Jr., Bluffon College graduate from Youngstown, Ohio, died on March 27, 2014.

He was born to Rev. Willis Taylor, Sr. and Lucille Morris Taylor, on Sept. 14, 1945, in Mayersville, Miss. When he was seven years old, his family moved to Youngstown.

Willis graduated from South High School in 1954. He graduated in 1958 from Bluffton College, now Bluffton University. While at B.C. he played football, basketball, and ran track. Following college he enlisted in the U.S. Army for two years.

In 1960, he married Barbara Streid and moved to Chicago.

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Earl Bennett funeral service May 4

A memorial service for Earl R. Bennett Sr. will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 4, 2014, at St. John Mennonite Church, Pandora. 

The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall following the service.  Mr. Bennett died Nov. 14, 2013, in Zephyrhills, Florida.

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Donavin Montgomery was a lifelong Orange Township farmer

Donavin R. Montgomery, 91, died on April 21, 2014 at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay. He was born May 1, 1922 in Orange Township, Hancock County, Ohio to the late Walter and Pearl (Klinger) Montgomery. Donavin was married to Margaret Burkholder Montgomery and they divorced.

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Marlenne Habegger was a Cory-Rawson graduate

Marlenne Sue Habegger, 66, of Bluffton died unexpectedly over the Easter weekend at her home. She was born in Findlay on August 13 1947.  Her mother,  Maxine Smith Leeper preceded her in death. Her father, William Leeper of Findlay survives. She married Edward Lynn Habegger in 1965.  He died in 2006 after a long battle with cancer. 

Marlenne was a homemaker.  She was a long time member of Pleasant View United Methodist Church, Mt. Cory, and a graduate of Cory-Rawson High School. 

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Funeral arrangement incomplete for Donavin Montgomery

Donavin R. Montgomery, 91 died April 21, 2014 at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay.  Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton. 

Visitation will be Sunday from 2-6 p.m. at the funeral home.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.

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