November 22, 2014


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Jerry Marshall was retired Bluffton barber; served on village council

Jerry Lee Marshall, 73, died at 12:15 a.m. Dec. 20, 2012, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. He was born August 22, 1939, in Mt. Blanchard, Ohio, to the late Frank “Pete” and Eva (Bame) Marshall. 

On March 16, 1958, he married Saundra “Becky” Anspach at United Methodist Church, Forest, and she survives. They were married for 54 years.


Visitation for George Huser on Friday

George R. Huser, 82 died Dec. 19, 2012 at Bluffton Hospital.  A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Pandora United Methodist Church. 

Visitation will be Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton, and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Charles J. Neal, 1938 - 2012

Charles J. Neal, 76 of Bluffton, Ohio died Dec. 17, 2012 at 12:30 PM at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima. 

He was born November 11, 1938 in Dewitt, Illinois to John F. and Elsie M. (Sherman) Neal.  On November 22, 1958 he married Freada Meadows and she survives.

He had been a gravedigger in Pythian Ridge Cemetery, Sturgis, Kentucky working with Whitsell Funeral Home.  He had also been a heavy equipment operator.  He attended Lima Community Church where he volunteered his time in grounds keeping.  


Richard Minck funeral arrangements incomplete

Funeral arrangements are incomplete for Richard Minck, Bluffton native, who died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, in St. Petersburg, Fla.


E. Jeanette Slechter was a Bluffton University graduate

E. Jeanette Slechter, 85, died on Dec. 15, 2012, at 2:20 A.M. at Lima Memorial Health System in Lima.

Born May 4, 1927 in Jackson Twp, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Cassius Lyncon Ballinger and the late Clara Ida (Grant) Ballinger.

She married Robert H. Slechter on February 14, 1947. He preceded her in death on December 27, 2007.


David Gibbs was a member of the Northwest Ohio Antique Machinery Association

David A. Gibbs, 69 of Rawson died at 2:54 a.m., Dec. 15, 2012, at Lima Memorial Health System. 

He was born June 11, 1943 in Bluffton to Albert and Helen (Habegger) Gibbs.  On March 19, 1961 he married Carol Foltz and she survives.

He retired from Roppe Rubber Corp., Fostoria as a truck and shuttle driver and was also a farmer.  He was a member of Moose Lodge #698, Findlay, the Liars Club and the Northwest Ohio Antique Machinery Association.  He was the owner of Gibbs RV Park, Indian Lake.


Constance Kay Rettig, 1945 - 2012

Constance "Connie" Kay Rettig, 67, of Rawson passed away at 8:40 p.m. on
Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay.

Connie was born on October 9, 1945, to the late Ralph and Irene (Myers) Bond in Findlay. Connie married Philip C. Rettig on November 23, 1963, and he survives.



Martha L. Coates, 1915-2012

Martha L. Coates, 97, died at 11 a.m. Dec. 11, 2012, at Richland Manor Nursing Home, Bluffton.

She was born Oct. 20, 1915, in Jackson Township to Clinton E. and Neva E. Akerman Fisher, who preceded her in death.

On July 9, 1938, she married Lewis D. Coates, who died May 20, 1989.

Martha was a homemaker. She was a life member of Zion Lutheran Church, Lafayette, and its WELCA women's group.


Eugenie K. Dunbar-Kidd, 1916-2012

Eugenie K. Dunbar-Kidd, age 96, died on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 8:15 a.m. at her residence in Ada.

She was born on June 11, 1916 in Freeman, South Dakota to Ludwig F. and Friederika (Hermann) Schamber who preceded her in death.

She first married William Henry Dunbar and he died August 8, 1950. She then married Robert H. Kidd and he died on May 13, 1980.

In her early years, she worked for a Dry Cleaning Company and Lima Packing Company.

She was employed at Bluffton College in the cafeteria and Pickerington Security Services, where she worked as a guard.


Dorothy "Dottie" Anderson logged over 40,000 hours in aerial flight

Dottie Anderson Shelton died on Dec. 8, 2012, at the Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton, Ohio, where she had resided for several weeks. The daughter of Jesse and Pearl Guin Anderson, she was born on Jan. 7, 1926, in Columbus Grove. In 2004, Dottie married Lloyd Shelton of Bowling Green, who died on June 26, 2012.