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Cleora Skinner retired from Triplett Corp.

Cleora Louise Skinner, 97 died at 5:35 p.m. March 14, 2013, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. She was born Nov. 14, 1915 on the family farm in Jackson Township, Allen County, Ohio to the late Peter P. and Louise (Fett) Badertscher.  She was married to Forest Golden and later divorced.

She attended her first eight grades in a one-room school by the name of Peanut Center located on the corner of PeeVee and Sandusky roads. She graduated from Lafayette-Jackson High School in 1933 and Lima Business College in 1936.


Cleora Skinner funeral arrangements incomplete

Cleora Skinner, 97, died March 14, 2013 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Judy Mericle was a Pandora-Gilboa HS graduate

Judith “Judy” D. Mericle, 71 died at 11:45 p.m. March 13, 2013. at Lima Memorial Health System.  She was born July 6, 194,1 in Putnam County, Ohio to Grenfall and Geraldine “Jerry” (Stirn) Mericle.  Her mother survives in Bluffton.

She was retired as a legal secretary for Mike Bender Attorney. She was a member of Pandora Missionary Church. She was a Pandora-Gilboa graduate.


Gretchen Lehman volunteered with several community organizations

Gretchen O. Lehman, 91, of Pandora, died at 7:50 pm March 8, 2013, at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.  She was born Aug. 21, 1921, in Berne, Indiana, to the late B. Franklin and Nan Marie (Eckrote) Sprunger. On June 28, 1942 she married Richard B. Lehman and he died June 19, 1991.

Mrs. Lehman was a homemaker and had also worked as a cook at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. She was a member of the Pandora Missionary Church, the International Missionary Women, and was a charter member of Asi-No-Mas Club. She volunteered at Et Cetera Shop, Bluffton, and Hilty Memorial Home. 


Jeffrey Scott Graham received the National Defense Service Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal

Jeffrey Scott Graham, 45, passed away at 6:20 p.m. March 1, 2013 at Richland Manor Nursing Home. He was born on April 23, 1967, in Lakewood, to Robert B. & Karen L. Eke Graham.

He was a 1985 graduate of Bluffton High School. He then entered the United States Navy, where he had top-secret clearance, received the National Defense Service Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal, worked in Electronic Warfare, and was honorably discharged in 1991, as an EW3.


James Bertsche, missionary to Africa, was born in Bluffton

James E. Bertsche, 91, of Goshen, Ind., died at 9:55 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at Greencroft Health Care after a three month illness.

He was born June 20, 1921 in Bluffton, Ohio to Harry and Emma Steiner Bertsche. He married Genevieve “Jenny” Shuppert June 9, 1946, in South Bend, Ind.

She survives along with three children, Sandra (Rod King) of Goshen, Linda (Jim Yoder) of Port au Prince, Haiti and Tim (Laura Gilbertson) of Morton, Illinois; a sister, Ruth Covington, and seven grandchildren. Local survivers include two first-cousins, Alice Niswander and Fred Steiner.


Lola Basinger was a camp nurse in Civilian Public Service in WWII

Lola May Basinger, 96 died at 1:20 p.m. March 3, 2013 at Willow Ridge, Bluffton. She was born Sept. 27, 1916, in Roanoke, Illinois, to the late Rudolph and Matilda (Stalter) Schertz. 

On July 8, 1948, she married L. Eugene Basinger and he died July 1, 2011. 

She retired from Lima Convalescent Home as a registered nurse.  She had also nursed in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Virginia and Ohio.  She served as a camp nurse Civilian Public Service in World War II, which is where she met her husband, Gene. 


Marvin "Bud" Miller was a lifelong farmer

Marvin M. "Bud" Miller, 85, died at 5:48 p.m. Feb. 27, 2013, at Lima Memorial Health Systems. He was born on Aug. 25, 1927, in Lima, to Winson J. and Bernice L. Ackerman Miller, who have preceded him in death. On Nov. 4, 1951, he married Bernita L. Winget, who survives in Bluffton.

Mr. Miller served in the United States Army from 1945-47. He was a lifelong farmer, who also retired in 1983 from the Allen County Engineer's Office. He was a member of the Bluffton First United Methodist Church and the Farm Bureau. .


Carolyn Dickey was a teacher at Allen East from 1968-1988

Carolyn (Kerry) Vore Dickey, 84, formerly of Bluffton, died Feb. 24, 2013, in Prior Lake, Minn.

Preceded in death by her parents, Roger Miller (d. 1995) and Ida Panabaker (d. 1987) Vore, and one brother, Robert Vore (d. 1998).

Mrs. Dickey was born in Lima, Oct. 31, 1928. She graduated from Lafayette Jackson High School in 1946 and Bluffton College in 1950. She taught kindergarten at Allen-East  from 1968-1988.


Funeral arrangements for Frederick Fritchie incomplete

Frederick Fritchie, 90, died at 3:15 a.m. Feb. 26, 2013, at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.

Services will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday at English Lutheran Church. Friends may call one hour prior to services Saturday at the church. Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.