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David Rusmisel was a life-long dairy farmer

David C. Rusmisel, 93, died at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 12, 2012, at his residence.  He was born Nov. 24, 1918 in Allen County to Paul A. and Verna A. (Carroll) Rusmisel.  On Sept. 17, 1940, he married Margaret Lee Focht and she died Feb. 22, 2008.

Mr. Rusmisel was a dairy farmer.  He and his wife milked cows for 50-plus years.  He was an active member of Pleasant View Church of the Brethren, Elida, for 92 years where he had served as a deacon and church board member.  He donated a heifer to Heifer Project International in the early 1960s; she was affectionately named "Pleasant Moo.".


Betty Jo Sherman, 1934-2012

Betty Jo Sherman, 78, died on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 at 6:10 p.m. at Richland Manor Nursing Home, Bluffton.

She was born on Sept. 27, 1934 in Hardin County, Ohio to Carl B. and Rhea (McElroy) Gardner who preceded her in death.

She first married Grover Boutwell and they were divorced and he preceded her in death in 1975. She then married Billy L. Sherman on June 13, 1973 and he survives in Ada.


Community leader Ropp Triplett leaves a legacy of giving to and promoting the community

Community leader William Ropp Triplett, 92, of Bluffton, died Nov. 10, 2012, of natural causes. 

Mr. Triplett leaves behind a legacy of leadership and creativity that blessed his family, friends and community.  He was instrumental in Bluffton’s recreational venues, helping small businesses succeed and his innovative Christmas displays.  He also was dedicated to the associates of the family business, The Triplett Corporation, Bluffton.


Helen Hover was born in Bluffton in 1926

Helen L. Hover, 86, formerly of Lima, died at 2:45 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, in the Roselawn Manor Nursing Home, Spencerville, following a brief illness.

She was born Jan. 8, 1926, in Bluffton, a daughter of Charles Calvin and Lillie Carma Walters Burkholder. On June 24, 1942, she married Waldo Richard “Shorty” Hover, who died Aug. 1, 1999.

Surviving are four children: Larry L. (Diana) Hover of Pasadena, Texas; Gregory A. (Cheryl) Hover of Spencerville; Marlene K. (John) Prenzlin of Fostoria; and Carol D. (Philip) Endicott of Lima.


Jane Geiger Parati grew up in Bluffton

Jane Anne Geiger Parati of Ashfield, Mass., formerly of Charlotte, N.C., died on Oct. 15, 2012. She was born in Bluffton and her parents were Frederick Steiner Geiger and Doris Stultz Geiger.

Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Robert Parati, daughter Nan Parati, both of Ashfield, daughter, Chris Parati Roseman and husband, William, of Concord, N.C., son, Tim Parati, of Charlotte, and son, Jon Parati, and wife, Lingyun of Woodinville, Washington. Grandchildren are Elyse and Micki Roseman of Concord and Giovanni and Asia Parati of Woodinville.


Genevieve Leightner was active in Pandora Missionary Church


Genevieve Marie Leightner, 97, of Pandora died at 8:15 am Nov. 1, 2012, at Bluffton Hospital. She was born Feb. 24, 1915, in Toledo to Edward Guy and Maude Murbach Dilgart. On Sept. 16, 1939, she married Clinton Edward Leightner and he preceded her in death on Sept. 9, 2004.


Dr. James L. Spinelli was grandson of the late Del McGinnis

Dr. James L. Spinelli, Columbia, South Carolina,  Retired Colonel US Army, was born in Wurzburg, Germany. He entered the United States Army in June 1974, as a distinguished graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. He received his Medical Degree at USUHS In 1982, in Bethesda, MD.

He was the grandson of former Bluffton resident Del McGinnis and he spent some time in Bluffton while he was growing up.


Gregory Schramm had many Bluffton connections

Gregory Paul Schramm, 58, of Newport Beach, Calif., formerly of Columbus Grove, died at 7:20 a.m. Oct. 24, 2012, at his residence.

He was born Nov. 29, 1953, in Lima to Arthur Schramm and Gladys Schumaker Reese. His father survives in Lima. His mother and stepfather, Gary Reese, survive in Elida. On April 14, 2000, he married Kimberly Sitton, who survives.


E. Wayne Amstutz owned Amstutz Insurance Agency for 40 years

Retired Bluffton businessman, E. Wayne Amstutz, 90, of Bluffton died at 12:18 a.m. Oct. 26, 2012 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. 

Wayne and his twin brother, Dwaine, were born in Bluffton to Benjamin and Naomi Amstutz on Aug. 30, 1922. When he was 4 years old his mother died.  In 1931 his father married Elma Diller. Wayne grew up on the family farm in Putnam County. On Feb. 16, 1947 he married Louise Wilch and she survives.


Mary Jane Cook was a 1936 Bluffton High School graduate