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Jerry Musser owned J.F. Musser Co.

Jerry F. Musser, 72, died at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born Jan. 30, 1944, in Lima to the late Raymond and Dorothy (Jackson) Musser.  On May 9, 1964, he married Carol Kleman Musser and she survives.

Jerry worked at Wonder Bread 20 two years prior to starting his own business, J.F. Musser Co. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Bluffton.    

Jerry was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles both of Lima and Ottawa, the Sons of the American Legion and the Loyal Order of the Moose.


Charles Krohn owned Country Farm Supply in Pandora

Charles K. Krohn, 86, died June 11, 2016, at 2:30 p.m. at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora.  Charles was born April 25, 1930, in Pandora to the late Frank and Lillian (Hilty) Krohn. On July 28, 1951 he married Leila "Nancy" Shirk Krohn and she survives. 

Charles was a farmer and owned and operated Country Farm Supply in Pandora.  He was a member of Pandora Missionary Church, the Goldwing Club and Good Sam Club. Charles graduated from Pandora High School and attended Ft. Wayne Bible College.


Ima Jean Badertscher was retire from Triplett Corp.

Ima Jean Badertscher, 93, died June 4, 2016, at 7:05 a.m. at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Ima Jean was born March 15, 1923, in Hancock County, Ohio, to Gilbert and Carrie (Gallant) Montgomery who preceded him in death. On Oct. 11, 1944 he married Leland Badertscher who survives. 

Ima Jean retired from Triplett Corporation, Bluffton.  She was a member of Riley Creek Baptist Church, Bluffton. She enjoyed camping, spending time with her grandchildren and was a graduate of Mt. Cory High School.


Richard "Dick" Cole 1935-2016

Richard "Dick" Glenn Cole, 80, died June 2, 2016, at 8:36 a.m. at Bluffton Hospital Emergency Room. Richard was born July 24, 1935, in Lima to the late Robert and Elinor (Giberson) Cole. He was married to Carman Cole and she preceded him in death. On April 1, 2005, he married Betty (Crow) Cole who survives. 

Richard retired as a concrete mixer driver from Ernst Concrete, Lima.  


Steven Yoder was a pastor at First Mennonite Church

Steven J. Yoder, 60, died June 1, 2016, at 2:35 p.m. at the Cleveland Clinic.  Steve was born Oct. 29, 1955 in Marysville, Ohio, to Henry and Lydia (Troyer) Yoder.  On July 31, 1982, he married Janet Jantzi Yoder who survives. 

Yoder was currently a pastor at First Mennonite Church in Bluffton. He served as a pastor in the Mennonite church for 22 years.

He was an active member of the Bluffton Area Ministerial Association and the Bluffton Lions Club. He graduated from Jonathan Alder High School, Prairie Bible Institute, the Ohio State University and Bethany Seminary.


Funeral arrangements incomplete for Richard Cole

Richard G. Cole, 80, of Bluffton died June 2, 2016, at Bluffton Hospital Emergency Room. Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Jeffery Brodman was a 1975 Bluffton HS graduate

Jeffrey A. Brodman, 58, of Bluffton died May 28, 2016, at 8:38 p.m. at St. Rita’s Hospice, Lima. Jeff was born September 4, 1957, in Upper Sandusky to Bernard and Nancy England Brodman. His mother survives in Bluffton.

Jeff was employed at Tower Automotive, Bluffton, where he worked for 30 years. He was a member of UAW Local 1327 and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Bluffton. He was a graduate of Bluffton High School 1975. 


Funeral arrangements incomplete for Steve Yoder

Steven J. Yoder, 60, of Bluffton, died June 1, 2016, at the Cleveland Clinic.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Victoria Bowers was a 2012 Bluffton University graduate

Victoria Anne 'Tori' Miller Bowers, 27, died Monday, May 30, 2016, in her sleep from a rare heart condition.

She was born May 9, 1989, in Wooster to Errol and Kathlene Suter Miller of Jeromesville, and married Myles Bowers on July 28, 2012. He survives.


Jane Hoffman 1926-2016

Jane Hoffman, 89, died on Friday, May 27, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.

She was born on Nov. 11, 1926 in Lima, Ohio, to Francis and Lucille (Razor) Blosser who preceded her in death. On Oct. 11, 1947, she married Dallas Eugene Hoffman and he died on Nov. 24, 2010.