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December 15, 2017

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Bob Harris was owner of Bluffton / Findlay KOA

Robert M. "Bob" Harris, 75, of Bluffton, died at 5:49 p.m. Monday, July 4, 2016, at Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay.

Bob was born April 12, 1941, in San Diego, Calif., to the late Merrill and Bernice (Pederson) Harris. On Nov. 14, 1992 he married Elaine (Eck) Harris who survives in Bluffton.

Bob was a Vietnam veteran of the United States Marines, serving as a Captain and pilot. He was awarded the Purple Heart. Bob was a graduate of the University of Colorado and retired in 1995 as a CPA and Federal Auditor for the United States Government.


Kimberly Smith was a long-time employee of Mennonite Memorial Home

Kimberly S. Smith, 34, daughter of Rick and Karen Smith, sister of Jerry Smith and Jessica Nelson, died on July 3, 2016, at Lima Memorial Health Systems, Lima.

Kim was born on Jan. 6, 1982, in Lima, Ohio to Rick and Karen (Mathewson) Smith who both survive her. She is also survived by her siblings Jerry Smith of Dunkirk, Jessica (Mike) Nelson of LaFayette and her significant other Christopher Lotz of Columbus. Also surviving are nieces: Mallorie, Harper, Veronica, Presley and Keltney and nephew, Shawn, and extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins.


Paul Cramer was a former Bluffton schools superintendent

Paul H. Cramer, Jr., 82, died on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 3:15 a.m. at Blanchard Place in Kenton, Ohio.

He was born on Oct. 19, 1923, in Lima, Ohio, to Rev. Paul H. and Mildred (Hullinger) Cramer who preceded him in death. His stepmother was Edna Christmer Cramer who also preceded him in death. He married Patsy Cox Cramer on Dec. 7, 1956, and she died on March 22, 1988.


Julie Schmidt was a BHS grad; worked at DTR Industries for 18 years

Julie Ann Schmidt, 56, of Pandora died June 24, 2016, at 9:17 a.m. at the Meadows of Ottawa. Julie was born Oct. 27, 1959, in Bluffton to Don and Pat (Joseph) Schmidt who survive in Pandora.

Julie worked at DTR Industries in Bluffton for 18 years.  She graduated from Bluffton High School and obtained her associate's degree from Lima Technical College.


Annie Stocking 1924 - 2016

Annie Leishman Stocking, 92, of Bluffton and formerly of Brook Park, Ohio, died June 20, 2016, at 3:25 p.m. at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. Annie was born June 15, 1924, in Kirkintilloch, Scotland, to the late Albert and Jessie (Leishman) Unwin.  Annie was the youngest of seven children and immigrated to the United States in 1948. On Sept. 11, 1954, she married Robert Stocking who preceded her in death on June 27, 2011.


Bill Gordon was GOBA director - funeral on Friday

William J. Gordon
The cycling community lost a leader and friend Saturday morning when William J. Gordon passed away suddenly while biking with friends.

A Dublin resident, Bill was born Feb. 22, 1959 in Elyria, Ohio. He graduated from Huron High School in 1977, and from Ohio Northern University in 1981 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.