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Vera Higgins, 1918 - 2013

Vera A. Higgins, 94 died at 7:05 am January 27, 2013 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. 

She was born November 19, 1918 in Ada to the late James A. and Freda (Frankhauser) Hauenstein. 

On August 9, 1940 she married Herbert Higgins and he died July 8, 2005. Vera was a homemaker and was a member of Central Christian Church, Lima.  


Funeral arrangements incomplete for Vera Higgins, 94

Vera A. Higgins, 94 died at 7:05 a.m. Jan. 27, 2013 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Roger Wannemacher was father of a Bluffton resident

Roger J. Wannemacher, 73, died 2:43 p.m. Friday, January 18, 2013 at Putnam County Ambulatory Care Center, Glandorf. 

He was born March 25, 1939 in Cloverdale to Oscar and Rita (Burgei) Wannemacher.  His mother survives in Cloverdale and his father is deceased. 

On November 3, 1962, he married Marilyn Ellerbrock, with just celebrating 50 yrs of marriage.  She survives in Cloverdale.


Edith Daft was member of Bethel Church of Christ.

Edith M. Daft, 81, of Bluffton, formerly of Ada, died Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 10:05 p.m. at Bridge Hospice Care Center at Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay.

Edith was born on October 10, 1931 in Orange Township, Hancock County, Ohio to the Leonard and Flossie (Hartman) Henry, who preceded her in death.

She married J. Robert Daft in 1951. He survives at Maple Crest Retirement Center in Bluffton.


Private funeral services for Walter Marshall, former BHS principal

Former Bluffton High School principal Walter Leonard “Bud” Marshall, 78, of Three Rivers, Michigan, died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

He was born in Lima to  James Walter and Thelma Brown Marshall. Walter was a 1952 graduate of Shawnee High School and a 1957 graduate of Ohio Northern University. He earned a Masters degree of Education from Indiana University. He was a member of Sigma Phi fraternity.


Allan Ray Tschiegg grew up in Bluffton

Pastor Allan Ray Tschiegg died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Dallas, Oregon. He was born at home on the farm in Columbus Grove, Ohio, on September 27, 1930 to Eldon and Grace (Lora) Tschiegg.

He worked on the farm and at Farmers Grain Co. in Bluffton, Ohio until he left for Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, Nebraska. There he met Adelia Marie Heinrichs. A year later they were married while he was attending Grace Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. During his seminary years he was pastor of Pleasant Valley Community Church, south of Warsaw, Ind.


Kay Parent was a Bluffton High School and Bluffton College graduate

Bluffton native Kay (Rodabaugh) Parent, 64 of Kettering, Ohio, died at her home, Jan. 14, 2013.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Franklin and Lois Rodabaugh and a sister, Rosanne Dolan. She graduated from Bluffton High School in 1966 and from Bluffton College in 1970.


Cathy Cripe was a 1960 Bluffton High School graduate

Catherine “Cathy” A. Cripe, 70, died at 2:24 p.m. Jan. 16, 2013 at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.  She was born July 26, 1942, in Bluffton, Ohio, to the late Arthur and Cleota (Lanning) Lewis. 

Cathy retired as a retail manager at “Welcome Home” in Houston, Texas.  She was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Bluffton.  She enjoyed the "60’s Girls’ Group" and was a member of the Bluffton Senior Citizens where she enjoyed playing cards.  She resided in Bluffton for the last 10 years with her sister, Mary.


Former Bluffton resident, Margie Huber, dies in Florida

Margie Jean Huber, 88, of Melbourne, Fl. passed away Saturday, January 12, 2013.

She was born October 24, 1924 in Ada Ohio and was a former resident of Bluffton, Ohio. Her parents were E.E. (Gene) & Alma Peterson and she graduated from Ada High School.

Margie married C. Berdell Huber on January 1, 1943 in Bluffton, Ohio and they both were instrumental in founding The Northwest Ohio Antique Machinery Association.
She retired from R C A in Findlay, Ohio.

Margie was preceded in death by her husband Berdell in 2000.


Joel William (Bill) Boehr grew up in this community

Joel William (Bill) Boehr, 83, died at his home in Chandler, Ariz., at 5:15 a.m., Jan. 6, 2013. He was born in Bluffton to John and Edna Boehr on Sept. 18, 1929. He is survived by a brother, Richard (Corrinne) Boehr, of Bluffton.

Mr. Boehr graduated from Pandora High School and from Bluffton College, where he majored in art. He then went on to graduate from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Birmingham, Mich. He volunteered and served two years in the United State Marine Corp.