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Phil Yost was a 1968 Bluffton High School graduate

Phil Yost, 63, Bluffton native and Bluffton High School graduate, died at his California home on April 18, 2014. He was a former San Jose Mercury News editorial writer.

The following obituary was posted on the Mercury News.


Phil Yost was a gentle and decent man, a writer with an ethical compass that belied the stereotype of the cynical journalist. He was known for an unerring sense of fairness, a willingness to consider an argument from another side.


Willis Taylor was prominent Bluffton College athlete in the in 1950s

Willis Taylor, Jr., Bluffon College graduate from Youngstown, Ohio, died on March 27, 2014.

He was born to Rev. Willis Taylor, Sr. and Lucille Morris Taylor, on Sept. 14, 1945, in Mayersville, Miss. When he was seven years old, his family moved to Youngstown.

Willis graduated from South High School in 1954. He graduated in 1958 from Bluffton College, now Bluffton University. While at B.C. he played football, basketball, and ran track. Following college he enlisted in the U.S. Army for two years.

In 1960, he married Barbara Streid and moved to Chicago.


Earl Bennett funeral service May 4

A memorial service for Earl R. Bennett Sr. will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 4, 2014, at St. John Mennonite Church, Pandora. 

The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall following the service.  Mr. Bennett died Nov. 14, 2013, in Zephyrhills, Florida.


Donavin Montgomery was a lifelong Orange Township farmer

Donavin R. Montgomery, 91, died on April 21, 2014 at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay. He was born May 1, 1922 in Orange Township, Hancock County, Ohio to the late Walter and Pearl (Klinger) Montgomery. Donavin was married to Margaret Burkholder Montgomery and they divorced.


Marlenne Habegger was a Cory-Rawson graduate

Marlenne Sue Habegger, 66, of Bluffton died unexpectedly over the Easter weekend at her home. She was born in Findlay on August 13 1947.  Her mother,  Maxine Smith Leeper preceded her in death. Her father, William Leeper of Findlay survives. She married Edward Lynn Habegger in 1965.  He died in 2006 after a long battle with cancer. 

Marlenne was a homemaker.  She was a long time member of Pleasant View United Methodist Church, Mt. Cory, and a graduate of Cory-Rawson High School. 


Funeral arrangement incomplete for Donavin Montgomery

Donavin R. Montgomery, 91 died April 21, 2014 at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay.  Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton. 

Visitation will be Sunday from 2-6 p.m. at the funeral home.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Floyd Hartman was a Mt. Cory High School graduate

Floyd H. Hartman, 87, of Bluffton died April 19, 2014, at 5:25 a.m., at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  He was born Feb. 14, 1927, in Orange Township, Hancock County to the late Purl and Bertha Cook Hartman.  On August 29, 1946, he married Jeannine Stewart and she survives. 

He was a farmer and also a steamfitter/welder with the Steamfitters Local 693.  He also owned Hartman's Southern Truck Parts. He was a member of Bluffton Trinity United Methodist Church and a graduate of Mt. Cory High School.


Gene Stuckey was former operations manager of Hancock County Fair

Gene A. Stuckey, 72, of Delaware Twp., Hancock County, Ohio, died at 4:36 a.m.
on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Lima Memorial Hospital. He was born on June 9, 1941 to the late Dale S. and A. Marie (Lane) Stuckey in Delaware Twp. On Sept. 2, 1960, he married Connie J. Smith and she survives.


Fairy Mesler 1923- 2014

Fairy E. Mesler, 90, died April 17, 2014, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. She was born Sept. 8, 1923 in Bluffton to the late Fred and Esma (Burkholder) Bronson. She married Harvey Mesler and he preceded her in death on Feb. 23, 1993.


Mary Badertscher was a retired teacher

Mary Badertscher, 66, died on April 3, 2014. Mary (Bartholomew) was born in Vicksburg, Michigan, the middle of five siblings, includnig Russell, Jerry, Becky and Jim.

After college she moved to Metamora, Mich., where she worked as a home economics teacher and met Dean, her husband of 42 years. After retirement, the Badertschers moved to Bluffton, Ohio.

She is survived by her husband, her son Pete and his wife Sara, and her two grandchildren, Xandra and Roswen. Mary was a retired school teacher, having taught kindergarten and home economics as well as GRADS.