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Carol Groman was active in several Bluffton organizations

She took 6 overseas VOSH mission trips

Carol Anne (Sammet) Groman, 85, died at 6:10 a.m. on May 22, 2017 at Bluffton Hospital surrounded by her family and friends after three years of treatment for soft tissue sarcoma. 

Carol was born Jan. 6, 1932, in Marseilles to the late Ralph and Wilda (Bear) Sammet. On July 3, 1955, she married Morris Joseph Groman who died on Jan. 20, 2017.


Gary Marshall 1939 - 2017

Gary M. Marshall, 77, died May 19, 2017, at 10:49 at St. Rita's Inpatient Hospice in Lima. Gary was born July 18, 1939, in Greeley, Colo., to the late Paul and Rose (Markus) Marshall. In 1978, he married Sharon Parkins who survives. 

Gary was a supervisor/foreman at Motorola, JB Tool and Machine in Wapakoneta, RCA and DTR Industries in Bluffton.  He was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous with over 18 years of sobriety. 


Rebecca McClelland 1948 - 2017

Rebecca J. (Lehman) McClelland died May 18, 2017, in her home. She was born Aug. 7, 1948, to Richard and Gretchen (Sprunger) Lehman.

She is survived by children: Debra (Howie Welty) Wentz, Steve (Cindy) Blaski, Michelle (Steve) Logan, Jim (Valvette) McClelland, 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are siblings: Nancy (John) Turner, Jennifer (Bill) Davis, Tom (Barb) Lehman and Tony (Connie) Lehman.

In lieu of flowers, Becky’s family asks that you make donations to the Armes Family Cancer Care Center of Findlay or to Bridge Hospice.


Jay Bricker memorial service Saturday

A memorial service for Jay D. Bricker will begin at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 20, at the First United Methodist Church, Bluffton.


Cleora Zimmerly was active in several farm organizations

Cleora Zimmerly, 95, died 7:13 a.m. May 15, 2017, at Lost Creek Care Center, Lima. Cleora was born July 10, 1921, in Monroe Township to the late Louis A. and Naomi Spallinger Burkholder.  On March 5, 1941, she married Merlin Zimmerly and he preceded her in death on July 7, 2011. 


Larry Dillman owned Happy Ours Bar

Larry R. "Pickle" Dillman, 73,died May 12, 2017, in the Emergency Room of Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay.  Larry was born April 24, 1944, in Bluffton to the late Robert and JoAnn (Stonehill) Dillman.   On May 18, 1991, he married Dee Rettig who survives.

Pickle was a graduate of Bluffton High School and attended Bowling Green State University.  He was the co-owner of the former Happy Ours Bar in Bluffton.  Pickle was a member of the Findlay Moose Lodge #698.  He enjoyed bowling, playing cards and spending time with his grandchildren.


Evelyn Lugibihl owned Lugibihl Meat Market in Pandora

Operated with her husband, Wally Lugibihl

Evelyn Amelia Lugibihl, 95, died May 6, 2017, at Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay.

She was born Aug. 10, 1921, in Findlay to Emerson and Candace (Knepper) Street who preceded her in death. On May 1, 1948, she married Wallace Lugibihl who preceded her in death on Dec. 10, 1992.


Eilene Mericle was a lifelong resident of the community

M. Eilene Mericle, 93, died May 4, 2017, at 7:47 p.m. at Willow Ridge - Betty House in Bluffton.  Eilene was born April 4, 1924, in Orange Township near Bluffton to the late Ross and Arah (Ewing) Tripplehorn.  On Sept. 17, 1942 she married Gerald "Gene" Mericle who preceded her in death on Oct. 22, 1997.

Eilene was a homemaker and had also worked at Gillette Bakery and Crow's Dime Store both of Bluffton.  She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Bluffton and the Bluffton Senior Citizens. 


Darrel Yoder was a Pan American World Airways pilot for 32 years

Owen Darrel Yoder, 94, died on May 3, 2017 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. Darrel was the eldest child born on March 5, 1923, in Nappanee, Indiana, to the late Owen J. and Verda (Yoder) Yoder.

Darrel graduated from Topeka High School, in Topeka, Indiana. He attended Bluffton College and after serving in the armed forces graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. 


Thelma Bucher was a Pandora High School graduate

Thelma Pearl Bucher, 87, of Findlay and formerly of Road 4 in Pandora, died May 1, 2017, at Fox Run Manor, Findlay. Thelma was born Nov. 25, 1929, in Pandora, Ohio, to the late Err and Bertha (Nemire) Bridenbaugh.  On June 21, 1947, she married John Bucher who preceded her in death on March 28, 2011.

Thelma graduated from Pandora High School and then worked as a bookkeeper at Pandora Milling Company and later as a bookkeeper at Kersh Insurance in Ottawa, Ohio.  She also was a farmwife and helped on the family farm.