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May 26, 2015


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Lee Conaway served in Korea; received a Purple Heart Award

LeRoy “Lee” Conaway, 83 died May 17, 2013, at his residence after a two month battle of cancer. 

He was born July 26, 1929, in Lima to the late Elmer and Anna (Mills) Conaway.  On May 7, 1954 he married Gayla Wynkoop and she survives.

He owned and operated Lee’s Hydraulics, Lima, for over 40 years and retired in 1985 after 28 years from the Lima Ford Engine Plant. He had owned, trained, and raised harness horses. He had served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict where he received the Purple Heart Award. 


Richard Goodenbour 1960-2013

Richard Nicholas Goodenbour, 53 of Bluffton died at 12:10 pm May 7, 2013 at Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay. He was born March 19, 1960 in Benson, Minnesota, to the late Robert E. and Rosella E. (Nelson) Goodenbour. On May 29, 1999, he married Rachel Clemens and she survives.

Richard was a self-employed accountant.

Survivors also include a brother Brad (Renee) Goodenbour of Benson, Minnesota; and four nephews Joel, Bryce, Brent and Brandon Goodenbour.


Harriet Badertscher was a Bluffton HS graduate

Harriet E. Badertscher, 76, died April 25, 2013, at Willow Ridge – Frieda House, Bluffton. 

She was born Oct. 23, 1936, in Bluffton to the late Edwin and Mae (Murray) Badertscher.  On April 26, 1958, she married Don L. Badertscher and he died Nov. 7, 2003.

Mrs. Badertscher was a homemaker. She was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Bluffton. She was a graduate of Bluffton High School.


Bluffton artist Darvin Luginbuhl inspired a generation of students

Darvin R. Luginbuhl, 91, of Bluffton, died the morning of April 26, 2013 at his residence.  He was born Dec. 29, 1921, in Bluffton to William and Fannie Steiner Luginbuhl. On May 26, 1946, he married Evelyn Johnson and she survives.

Mr. Luginbuhl taught art in the Wapakoneta Public Schools for eight years after his graduation from then Bluffton College in 1946.


Darvin Luginbuhl funeral arrangements incomplete

Darvin Luginbuhl, 91, died April 26, 2013 at his residence in Bluffton. Arrangments are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Harriet Badertscher funeral arrangements incomplete

Harriet Badertscher, 76 died April 25, 2013 at Willow Ridge - Frieda House in Bluffton.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Daryl Amstutz was a graduate of Mt. Cory High School

Daryl L. Amstutz, 85, died at 2:20 a.m. April 26, 2013, at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora.  He was born Aug. 1, 1927, in Orange Township, Bluffton to the late Samuel F. and Carrie Z. (Ewing) Amstutz. 

On July 1, 1945 he married Eileen M. Steiner and she survives.

Mr. Amstutz retired as an inspector at Lima Ford Engine Plant.  He was a member of Pandora United Methodist Church. He was a graduate of Mt. Cory High School.


Elizabeth Burner 1933-2013

Elizabeth A. Burner, 79, of Findlay died at 7:42 a.m. April 24, 2013 at the Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. She was born Sept. 6, 1933, in Benton Ridge to Frederick and Georgia Bivin Hissong. On June 23, 1957 she married Dion “Bob” Burner and he preceded her in death on Sept. 21, 2006.


Elizabeth Ann Burner funeral arrangements incomplete

Elizabeth Ann Burner, 79, died at 7:42 am April 24, 2013, at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Margaret "Peg" Dukes, 1933-2013

Margaret “Peg” J. Dukes, 79, of Pandora, died in her home on April 23, 2013. She was born June 25, 1933, in Findlay, Ohio, to the late Daniel and Edna (Boalo) Fox. She married Richard D. Dukes on Nov. 21, 1954, who survives in Pandora.

She was a homemaker and a life-long member of Pleasant View United Methodist Church where she was a Sunday School teacher for over 20 years.

Survivors include a son Richard L. (Donna) Dukes; daughters Beth (John) Lee, Dana Dukes-Norton (Brian), all of Pandora; and Judy Dukes, of Leipsic.