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November 17, 2017

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Stanley Naylor was active in several Bluffton organizations

Stanley F. Naylor, 83, of Bluffton died at 7:45 p.m., Nov. 8, 2015, at Mennonite Memorial Home. 

He was born May 29, 1932, in Goshen, Ind., to Wilbur J. and Deltha (Metzler) Naylor. The family moved to Nappanee, Ind., where he grew up and graduated from high school in the class of 1950. 

He graduated from Bluffton College (University) in 1954 with a business degree and on Sept. 25 of that same year he married Ruth E. (Bundy) Naylor. They spent the next two years in alternative service at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.


David Torsell was a World War II veteran

David Mark Torsell Sr., 91, died at 11:55 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, at The Hilty Home in Pandora, Ohio.

David was born on Thursday, July 03, 1924, in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, to the late Joseph Francis and Verna (Palmer) Torsell.


Thursday funeral service for Bluffton centennian Bertie Swank

Bertha "Bertie" Evadna Shrider Swank, 100, died Nov. 1, 2015, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. 

Bertie was born April 10, 1915, in Allen County on a farm near Lafayette, Ohio, to Charles and Louisa (Ramga) Shrider who preceded her in death.

On July 8, 1943, she married Frederick Andrew Swank who preceded her in death on April 5, 1978.


Boyd Watkins worked for the Village of Bluffton public works department for 30 years

William Boyd Watkins, 83, died Oct. 27, 2015, at 10:54 p.m. at Bluffton Hospital.

Boyd was born April 5, 1932, in Bluffton to George and Agnes (Jones) Watkins who preceded him in death.

Boyd worked for the Village of Bluffton for 30 years in the public works department. He was a member of the First Missionary Church, Bluffton, and was an army veteran. 

Survivors include a sister-in-law, Rosezella Watkins of Lima and 17 nieces and nephews.


Mary Lou Vercler worked in several Bluffton businesses

Mary Lou Vercler, 87, died Oct. 27, 2015, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton after a short illness.

She was born May 12, 1928, on a farm near Kouts, Ind., to the late Alpha and Martha (Zook) Baughman. After graduating from Kouts High School, she attended Ball State University for one year then graduated from Bethel College, Kansas, in 1950 with a degree in English and History. 

She then moved to Bloomington/Normal, Ill., where she was a high school teacher.  It was there she met and subsequently married J. Norman Vercler, a hospital medical technician on Dec. 26, 1951.


Jimmy Koogler 1947-2015

James "Jimmy" L. Koogler, 68, died Oct. 23, 2015, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. 

Jimmy was born Sept. 8, 1947, in Lima to James and Margaret (Hefner) Koogler who preceded him in death.

Jimmy was active the Senior's program at Marimor Industries. He lived at Yale Bloom, Lima. Jimmy enjoyed looking through his magazines and drinking coffee. He loved being with people and never knew a stranger. Jimmy had many friends, caregivers and staff at Champaign Residential Services, Lima and Marimor who  loved him and enjoyed caring for him.


Bernice Criblez was a retired Allen East school bus driver

Bernice L. Criblez, 85, of Bluffton,  died Oct. 22, 2015, at 2:50 p.m. at Richland Manor, Bluffton.  Bernice was born Aug. 3, 1930, in Lima to the late Lew and Martha Lones Hullibarger. On Aug. 8,1948, she married Marion E. Criblez who preceded her in death on May 18, 1998.

Bernice was a bus driver for the Allen East Schools.  She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, Lafayette, the  Eagles Ladies Auxiliary and  American Legion  Auxiliary both of Wapakoneta and the Farm Bureau. She was a graduate of Lafayette Jackson High School.  


Thomas "Skip" Bassitt was a former Bluffton school board member

Thomas "Skip" Edgar Bassitt, 72, of Lecanto, Fla., and formerly of Bluffton died Oct. 21, 2015, at his residence.

Thomas was born Dec. 4, 1942, in Bluffton to the late Loren "Bill" and Margaret "Peg" (McGuire) Bassitt.  On Aug. 28, 1999, he married Sharen Fuller Bassitt and she survives.


Funeral arrangements for Thomas "Skip" Bassitt pending

Thomas "Skip" E. Bassitt Sr,, 72 of Lecanto, Fla., and formerly of Bluffton died Oct. 21, 2015 at his residence.  Arrangements are pending at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton


Elinor Laing 1941-2015

Elinor M. Laing, 74, died 9 p.m. Oct. 14, 2015, at Shawnee Manor, Lima. Elinor was born Jan. 3, 1941 in Dola to Lloyd and Mary Neil Kindle. On July 3, 1959, she married Edward Laing and he preceded her in death on Sept. 12, 1985. 

Elinor worked at several area restaurants. She was a graduate of Dola High School.