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Raymond Nesler was a retired farmer

Raymond E. Nesler, 88 died July 20, 2013, at Ohio Veteran's Home, Sandusky.  He was born Aug. 4, 1924, in Hancock County to the late Clarence and Verna (Longbrake) Nesler. 

On Aug. 14, 1949, he married Mary Ellen Boehm and she survives. Raymond was a retired farmer and had also been a gasoline distributor.  He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Jenera.  He enjoyed working with draft horses and refinishing furniture.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving in World War II where he received a Purple Heart.


Vera Grimm was a former teacher at Holgate High School

Vera L. Grimm, 87 died at 2:40 p.m. July 17, 2013, at Willow Ridge, Bluffton. She was born July 18, 1925 in Berne, Ind. to the late Tilman and Meta (Neuenschwander) Soldner. On June 17, 1948, she married Henry B. Grimm and he died Oct. 19, 1996. 

Mrs. Grimm was a home economics teacher at Holgate High School. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Bluffton. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, singing and was a member of the "Singing Wives Pastors Group." She graduated from Berne High School and Bluffton College.


Dorthy Lloyd was one of the oldest living BHS graduates

Dorothy E. Lloyd, 98, died at 4:40 a.m. July 12, 2013, at Willow Ridge, Bluffton. 

She was born Dec. 15, 1914, in Findlay to the late Charles and Merrine (Montgomery) Lloyd.

She retired from Bluffton Community Hospital in 1982 and also had worked at the Boss Manufacturing Company in Bluffton for 25 years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Bluffton, Lima YWCA and Bluffton Senior Citizens Center. 


Clarebelle Wilson 1931-2013

Clarabelle I. Wilson, 82 died at 1:55 p.m. July 10, 2013, at Richland Manor Nursing Home. 

She was born Jan. 27, 1931, in Sidney, Ohio, to the late Caleb and Rosa (Albaugh) Shipp.  On May 8, 1948, she married Leonard Wilson and he died Aug. 27, 1999. Mrs. Wilson was a homemaker.  

Survivors include two daughters Ruby (Mike) Allgire of Columbus Grove, Becky (Steve) Creps of Lima; a son Leonard (Jan) Wilson of Lima; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and a sister AdaMae Levring of Cape Coral, Florida.
A grandson Jacob Creps preceded her in death.


Funeral arrangements for Clareballe Wilson incomplete

Clarabelle Wilson, 82, died July 10, 2013, at Richland Manor, Bluffton.  Arrangements are pending at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton


Marcia Forbes 1936-2013

Marcia J. Forbes, 75, died July 9, 2013, at her residence in Bluffton.  She was born March 4, 1936, in Ashley, Ind., to the late Russell and Kathren (Bartels) Wiler. On Aug. 10, 1957, she married Arthur "A.J." Forbes and he died June 4, 2008.

Mrs. Forbes had been a bookkeeper for Lincoln Life and Klink Trucking.  She was a member of the Ashley-Hudson Church of the Nazarene. She was a 1956 graduate of Ashley High School.


Irene Louise Burkholder was a former employee of Beaverdam post office

Irene Louise Burkholder, 89, of Lima died at 8:57 p.m. July 5, 2013, at Otterbein Cridersville Retirement Center. She was born July 11,  1923 in Ossian, Ind., to Wilson and Louise Elett Snider who preceded her in death. On April 20, 1947, she married Martin D. Burkholder who died April 5, 2010.

Mrs. Burkholder worked for American Airlines prior to her marriage and later worked at the Beaverdam Post Office. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, Lafayette.   


Services for life-long Bluffton resident Arlene Geiser on Monday

Lois Arlene Geiser, 73, died July 4, 2013, at home with her family. She was born Oct. 16, 1939, in Bluffton to Sidney and Thelma (Wingate) Balmer, who preceded her in death. She married Ron Geiser July 1, 1961, and he survives.

Also surviving are sons Jon (Sara), Byron, Mich., and Deron (Michele), Bluffton, and daughter Kamala (Eric) Renick, Cincinnati. Grandchildren are Sam, Shane and Zac Geiser, Byron, Mich.; Kristi and Jaret Geiser, Bluffton; and Sydney and Ethan Renick, Cincinnati.


Lenola Grismore was a member of St. John Mennonite Churh


Lenola R. Grismore, 101, of Pandora died June 29, 2013 at her residence. She was born near Columbus Grove Jan. 23, 1912, to Peter and Susan Diller Nusbaum. On April 4, 1936, she married Maurice M. Grismore and he preceded her in death on Sept. 5, 1977.

Mrs. Grismore was a homemaker.  She was a member of St. John Mennonite Church, Pandora, and its Sunday school and Missionary Society. She was a graduate of Columbus Grove High School and attended Bluffton College.


Rosemary Smith was a 1972 graduate of Bluffton High School

Rosemary "Rose" Smith, 59, of Bluffton died at 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at the Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay. She was born on April 21, 1954 to the late Harry W. and Hildegarde (Schmogil) Klay in Bluffton. Rose married Douglas D. Smith on June 24, 1978, and he survives.

She is also survived by a brother-in-law, David (Brenda) Smith of New Albany; two nieces, Angela (Luke) Slater of Johnston, and Katrina Couch of Columbus and best friend, Sue Fett of Bluffton.