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Pamela K. Hall worked at Community Market

Pamela K. Hall, age 53, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 at 7:53 p.m.at Lima Memorial Health System, Lima.

She was born Dec. 16, 1958 in Jackson, Michigan to William and Rosa (Stacy) Minix, who preceded her in death. On May 28, 1997 she married Scott E. Hall who survives in LaFayette, Ohio.

Pamela worked at Community Market in Bluffton, Ohio for 9 years. She attended Hardin Northern High School. She enjoyed playing with her grandchildren in the backyard.


Annabelle Reese 1922-2012

Annabelle M. Reese, age 90, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 at 3:50 am at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.

She was born on March 2, 1922 in Hardin County, Ohio to Leslie and Hazel (Weber) Smith and they preceded her in death. On Oct. 20, 1940 she married Otas W. Reese and he preceded her in death on March 2, 2006.

Annabelle was a homemaker and she previously worked as a waitress for 25 years at Marriott Foods at Ohio Northern University, Ada. She was a member of the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church of Ada and a member of the United Methodist Women of the Church.


Hugh Chamberlain born in Bluffton

Hugh Eugene Chamberlain, 86, of Findlay died at 5:45 a.m. on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at The Heritage, Findlay, Ohio. 

Hugh was born on April 25,1926, to the late David Eugene and Willa Rose (Holmes) Chamberlain inBluffton. Hugh married Mary Kathryn Yates on May 5, 1949, and she

Hugh is survived by daughter, Claudia Ann (Edwin H. Morgan) Chamberlain of
Findlay; sister, Sue Ellen (Blaine Bauman) Hardwick of Bluffton; and a
granddaughter, Molly Morgenstern LaLonde.


Gerald Kidd retired from Beaverdam grain elevator

Gerald E. Kidd, 93 died at his residence at 6:00 AM November 24, 2012. 

He was born June 20, 1919 in Allen County to Cloyce and Lola (Cook) Kidd.  On February 1, 1943 he married Mary E. Holt and she died January 25, 2005.

Gerald was a lifelong farmer and retired from the Beaverdam Grain Elevator.  He was a member of Rockport United Methodist Church.  Gerald served in World War II as a Corporal with Company A 504th Military Police serving in Germany, Italy and Africa.


Ryan Sommers was a 2000 graduate of Pandora-Gilboa HS

Ryan M. Sommers, 30, died at 4:17 p.m. Nov. 20, 2012, at University of Toledo Medical Center after an extended illness surrounded by his family and friends. He was born Jan. 3, 1982, in Bluffton to John and Elaine (Andrews) Sommers who survive in Bluffton. 

He had been a computer IT Tech at First Solar Corporation, Perrysburg. He was a member of Emmanuel United Church of Christ, Bluffton. He was a 2000 graduate of Pandora-Gilboa High School and attended Bowling Green State University.


Nov. 25 memorial service for Ropp Triplett moved to The Centre

The memorial service for Ropp Triplett, who died on Nov. 10, has been moved to The Centre, 601 N. Main St., Bluffton. It was originally planned to be held at the Bluffton Presbyterian Church.

The service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 25, with Rev. Dr. Matthew Zuehlke officiating.

A visitation to celebrate his life will be held following the service from 3-5 p.m. at the Centre at Bluffton.


Death notice for Maurice Murray

Maurice Murray from Kingston, Washington, formerly from Ada, died on Nov.10, 2012.  He is survived by his wife, Dolores, daughters Shawn and Leesa, grandson, Tyler, stepchildren Ralph and Mary Gorichanaz, sisters, Jeanette (Max) Miller, and Marilyn (Howard) Shelly. Brothers Roger and Scott are both deceased.


David Rusmisel was a life-long dairy farmer

David C. Rusmisel, 93, died at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 12, 2012, at his residence.  He was born Nov. 24, 1918 in Allen County to Paul A. and Verna A. (Carroll) Rusmisel.  On Sept. 17, 1940, he married Margaret Lee Focht and she died Feb. 22, 2008.

Mr. Rusmisel was a dairy farmer.  He and his wife milked cows for 50-plus years.  He was an active member of Pleasant View Church of the Brethren, Elida, for 92 years where he had served as a deacon and church board member.  He donated a heifer to Heifer Project International in the early 1960s; she was affectionately named "Pleasant Moo.".


Betty Jo Sherman, 1934-2012

Betty Jo Sherman, 78, died on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 at 6:10 p.m. at Richland Manor Nursing Home, Bluffton.

She was born on Sept. 27, 1934 in Hardin County, Ohio to Carl B. and Rhea (McElroy) Gardner who preceded her in death.

She first married Grover Boutwell and they were divorced and he preceded her in death in 1975. She then married Billy L. Sherman on June 13, 1973 and he survives in Ada.


Community leader Ropp Triplett leaves a legacy of giving to and promoting the community

Community leader William Ropp Triplett, 92, of Bluffton, died Nov. 10, 2012, of natural causes. 

Mr. Triplett leaves behind a legacy of leadership and creativity that blessed his family, friends and community.  He was instrumental in Bluffton’s recreational venues, helping small businesses succeed and his innovative Christmas displays.  He also was dedicated to the associates of the family business, The Triplett Corporation, Bluffton.