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Donald Thompson was a former fire chief of Beaverdam-Richland Township

Donald "Darold" Russell Thompson, 79, died March 16, 2016, at 2:46 p.m. at Bluffton Hospital.  Donald was born Oct. 16, 1936 in Maysville, Ohio to the late Homer and Mabel (Irlgen) Thompson.  On June 28, 1959, he married Elaine Basinger Thompson who survives.

Donald retired from Roundy's, Lima as a maintenance man.  After retirement, he worked as a mower for the Village of Bluffton. He had been the fire chief for the Beaverdam-Richland Fire Department for many years. He graduated from Cory-Rawson High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.


Richard Benroth was a Bluffton High School graduate

Richard D. Benroth, 80, of Bluffton died at 7:42 p.m. March 13, 2016, at his residence.  Richard was born July 1, 1935 in Bluffton to the late Emory and Cleona Welty Benroth.  On May 5, 1961 he married Jane Alspach and she survives. 

Richard retired from Hysan Automotive, Findlay.  He was a graduate of Bluffton High School and served in the US Army.


Wilma E. “Willie” Abbott 1931 - 2016

Wilma E. “Willie” Abbott, 84, of Findlay, died at 12:50 a.m. March 9, 2016, at Birchaven Village, Findlay.

Wilma was born March 13, 1931, in Columbus Grove to the late Clyde and Ina Foster Benroth.  On Sept. 1, 1949, she married Kenneth Abbott and he preceded her in death on March 22, 1998.

Wilma was a homemaker.  She was a member of Pandora United Methodist Church and a member of the former Asi No Mas Club, Pandora.  She loved traveling, flowers and dancing. 


Ruth I. Seem 1938 - 2016

Ruth I. Seem, 79, of Bluffton died March 6, 2016, at 6 a.m. at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. 

Ruth was born May 19, 1938, in Fostoria to the late Robert and Wilda Criswell Hottenstein.  On Oct. 27, 1953, she married Gerald D. Seem who preceded her in death on Feb. 18, 2014.

Ruth was a homemaker. She was a member of Gospel Fellowship Church, Rawson. She enjoyed reading and cross stitching. 


Della Thompson was a 1974 Ada High School graduate

Della A. Thompson, 61, of Ada died at 11:47 a.m., March 5, 2016, at Bridge Hospice, Findlay.  Della was born March 10, 1954, in Kenton to Newt and Evelyn Smith Thompson and they preceded her in death. 

Della worked in the cafeteria at Ohio Northern University.  She was a member of Riley Creek Baptist Church, Bluffton, where she was active in the Ladies Bible Study and helped in the nursery.  She loved to read the Bible.  Della was a 1974 graduate of Ada High School. 


Sally Tracy was a Bluffton High School graduate

Sally D. Tracy, 77, of Lima died at 4:05 p.m. March 7, 2016 ,at Lima Memorial Health System. Sally was born in Bluffton Aug. 15, 1938 to Ralph and Evelyn Porter Reichenbach.  On April 14, 1978 she married Bill Tracy and he survives. 

Sally was homemaker.  Sally and Bill had operated a soup kitchen at the Calvary Chapel of Praise, Lima.  he was a graduate of Bluffton High School and attended Bowling Green State University.


Jeanette Beach 1923 - 2016

Jeanette L. Beach, 92, of Bluffton died at 11:30 p.m. March 3, 2016 at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.  Jeanette was born in Bluffton Sept. 8, 1923 to Charles and Lillie Walters Burkholder.  On Feb. 7, 1942, she married Franklin Beach who preceded her in death on April 11, 1990.

Jeanette was a homemaker who enjoyed drawing, painting and writing songs that she played on the guitar.  She loved to travel.


Wanda Pannabecker taught piano for over 50 years

Wanda June (Suter) Pannabecker died at 2 p.m. Feb. 28, 2016, at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. She was born June 18, 1922, in Leipsic to Harvey and Sylvia (Lugibihl) Suter. On June 16, 1945, she married Richard F. Pannabecker, who died Oct. 24, 1997.
She was a graduate of Columbus Grove High School and graduated from Bluffton College in 1944 with a major in English and minor in music. She taught at Middle Point High School from 1944-45, and taught private piano and guitar lessons for more than 50 years.


Cheryl Freed was a 1982 Cory-Rawson HS graduate

Cheryl Sue Freed, 51, of rural Jenera died at 3:38 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, at the James Cancer Center in Columbus following three-year battle with sarcoma cancer.  

She was born May 10, 1964, to Dwight and Norma J. (Weihrauch) Rader, they survive in rural Bluffton.  On Oct. 19, 1991, she married Scott A. Freed and he survives.  Also surviving are their three sons, Corey A.; Jordan A. and Matthew S., all of rural Jenera; brothers, Jeff (Julie) Rader of Westerville; Keith Rader of Middletown and sister, Annette (Nick) Stuckey of Rawson.  


Funeral arrangements incomplete for Wanda Pannabecker

Wanda S. Pannabecker, 93, of Bluffton died Feb. 28, 2016,  at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services, Bluffton.