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NYGAARD - There's only one family in Bluffton with that last name. You'll find this plate on a silver-grey Honda Odyssey parked on Anna Circle. It belongs to Christian and Jamie Nygaard.

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Thomas Dukes was a 1978 Cory-Rawson High School graduate

Thomas Jay Dukes, 55, died Dec. 30, 2014, at his residence. He was born Oct. 2, 1959, in Bluffton to Lewis and Virginia (Sutter) Dukes. On Sept. 20, 1985, he married Kathy Beckler Dukes who survives.

He was a self-employed farmer and was owner/operator of TJD Trucking. He was a member of United in Christ United Methodist Church, Bluffton, and the Mt. Cory Masonic Lodge.  He was a 1978 graduate of Cory-Rawson High School. 


Donna Steiner 1928-2014

Donna Steiner, 86, died on Dec. 27, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. at the Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton, Ohio.  She was born on Nov. 27, 1928, in Wayne County, Michigan, to Harry D. and Mable I. (McPheron) Wingate who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by one older brother Albert R. Wingate, daughter-in-law Carol (von Stein) Steiner, and great grandson Josiah David Steiner.

She married Harley R. Steiner on July 30, 1948.  They were married over 66 years.


Kathleen Konst was a Bluffton High School graduate

Kathleen M. Konst, 92, died at 10:50 p.m. Dec. 15, 2014, at Willow Ridge, Bluffton. She was born July 1, 1922, in Bluffton to the late Edwin and Clara Freyman Niswander. On June 23, 1950, she married Albert Konst and he preceded her in death on Oct. 5, 2006. 

She was a secretary.  They lived in many states during Albert's career in the Air Force.  Kathleen and Albert enjoyed traveling in their motor home. They traveled to 49 states.  She was graduate of Bluffton High School and attended St. Mary's Catholic Church, Bluffton.


Marie Andrews worked at Triplett Corporation

Marie Elizabeth Andrews, 92, passed away December 11, 2014 at 9:34 a.m. at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.  Marie was born July 9, 1922 near Dola, Ohio to the late William and Sophia (Frank) Hartman. On February 24, 1952 she married Robert D. Andrews who preceded her in death on June 6, 1974.

Marie graduated from Arlington High School.  She had been a homemaker and also had worked at Triplett Corporation, Bluffton and Ohio Oil Company, Findlay.  Marie was a member of Emmanuel United Church of Christ, Bluffton.  She was an avid reader and loved music.


The Voice for BHS girls' basketball and volleyball games - Stan Hunt - celebration of life Tuesday

Stanley E. Hunt, 51, died Dec. 11, 2014, at Lima Memorial Hospital. He was born Jan. 7, 1963, in Defiance to Howard L. and Mary Ann (Wiseman) Hunt who survive in Lima.

He graduated from Elida High School in 1981. He was owner/operator of Top Quality Cable. Stan had coached girls basketball and softball teams for BFR and Bluffton Diamond Sports. 


Fredrick Porzelius had family members in Bluffton

Fredrick J. Porzelius, 81, of Chenoa, Ill., died at 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, at his residence.                                                    

He was born on May 24, 1933, in Secor, Ill., a son of Walter and Catherine Boeringa Porzelius. He married Marilyn Frobish on July 24, 1954, at the Salem Mennonite Church in rural Gridley. She survives.

Bluffton residents, who are survivors are his daughter, Janet (Tim) Schumacher and their children, Hannah, Isaac, Lily, Joseph  and Levi.


Linda Goecke 1950-2014

Linda Sue Goecke, 64, died Dec. 8, 2014, at 3:25 p.m., Lima Memorial Health System. 

She was born March 29, 1950, in Bluffton to the late Clarence and Norma (Bushong) Burkholder. On June 5, 1976 she married Dale Goecke who survives.

She attended Bluffton High School. She was a secretary at McBrowns/DNC Hydraulics, Rawson.  


Hiram Kohli, Jr., was part of past Swiss Day celebrations

Hiram M. "Junior", Kohli Jr., 88, of Greenville, Ohio, died Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, at Heartland of Greenville, Ohio.

He was born Oct. 11, 1926 in Pandora, Ohio, a son of the late Hiram M. and Sarah Jane (Wenger) Kohli.

Hehad previous owned Ohio Northern Egg Company in Huntington, W.V., and had served in the Army. He gave the opening Swiss invocation's for Swiss Days in Berne, Ind., and Swiss invocations Scripture reading yearly for Swiss Days and Bluffton College.


Jeffery Newland 1951-2014

Jeffrey P. Newland, 63, died on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. at Lost Creek Care Center, Lima.

He was born on Nov. 22, 1951, in Bluffton, Ohio to Torence Robert and Dorothea (Neu) Newland and they preceded him in death.

He formerly worked at Ohio Northern University in the Janitorial Department.


James Lewis was a graduate of Beaverdam High School

James "Jim" L. Lewis, 72, of Ada died at 9:35 p.m.  Dec. 1, 2014, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima, surrounded by his family.  He was born Aug. 25, 1942, in Beaverdam to the late Charles and LaVaun Reeder Lewis. On July 27, 1963, he married Betty Gaiffe and she survives.

He retired after 30 years from Ohio Northern University where he worked as a purchasing agent. He was a graduate of Beaverdam High School and a veteran of the Navy during the Cuban missile crisis.