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Lester F. Elliott 1920-2012

Lester F. Elliott, 92, of Bluffton, died at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28, 2012, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. 

He was born Feb. 8, 1920 in Sidney, Ohio, to Ferris O. and Margaret B. (Rhodehamel) Elliott. On June 29, 1974 he married Florence May Tabner and she survives.

Mr. Elliott had retired from Leroy Dresser, Sidney, as a tool and die maker. He was a member of the English Lutheran Church, Bluffton. He was a World War II Army veteran, lifetime member of VFW Post #1275, lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge, Bluffton. 


Marjorie Diller 1930-2012


Marjorie M. Diller, 82, of Bluffton died at 3:34 am Sept. 29, 2012, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  She was born April 22, 1930, in Bluffton to Omer and Wilma Neuenschwander Gratz. On July 5, 1949, she married Roger Diller and he preceded her in death on Feb. 25, 2010.
Mrs. Diller retired from First National Bank, Pandora.  She was a member of St. John Mennonite Church, Pandora. She was a graduate of Poplar Bluff High School, Poplar Bluff, Mo., and attended Bluffton College and Northwest Business College.


Kenneth Steiner, 95, was a lifetime farmer

Kenneth R. Steiner, 95 of Bluffton died at 8:30 a.m. September 28, 2012, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. He was born Oct. 28, 1916 in Pandora to Clarence and Cora (Rupp) Steiner. On October 27, 1940 he married Lenora G. Schroll and she died September 10, 1999.


Lois King memorial service on Sept. 23

Bluffton resident, Lois I. King, who died May 21 in Florida, will have a memorial service at 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 23, at First Mennonite Church, Bluffton.

King, 80, died  in Ft. Myers, Fla. She was born in Richland Township on July 27, 1931, to Harley and Lavina (Burkholder) Marquart.

She and her husband, Paul, were married on Oct. 11, 1952, at Ebenezer Mennonite Church, Bluffton. He survives.


Adin C. Justus was a U.S. Army veteran

Adin C. Justus, 85, died at 6 a.m. Sept. 16, 2012, at the Gables in Marysville, Ohio.  He was born June 19, 1927 in Galina, Ohio to Adin E. and Jessie Freshwater Justus.  On March 14, 1953 he married Marilyn McDonald and she died Feb. 6, 2004.
Adin retired from Sheller-Globe. He was a member of Lima Baptist Temple. He was a veteran of the United States Army.


Robert Barkimer owned Bob's IGA in Columbus Grove

Robert M. “Bob” Barkimer, 89, died at 1:48 p.m. at his daughter’s residence on Sunday Sept. 16, 2012. He was born Nov. 13, 1922 in Columbus Grove to Clarence and Myrtle (Featheringill) Barkimer. On June 19, 1943 he married Mary Ellen Burkholder and she died Aug. 15, 2002.


Vera E. Burkholder taught first grade at Allen East for 19 years

Vera Burkholder

Vera E. Burkholder, 97, of Bluffton died at 8:55 a.m. Aug. 31, 2012, at Richland Manor, Bluffton. She was born June 28, 1915, in Orange Township to Samuel and Matilda Kiene Burkholder.
She was a first grade teacher at Allen East School from 1963 to 1982. She had also worked at Triplett Corp., Bluffton for 20 years.


George L. Brenneman was a former Rawson mayor

George L. Brenneman

George L. Brenneman, 81, of Rawson, died at 3:12 p.m. Aug. 28, 2012 at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. He was born June 25, 1931, in Shreve to Clifford and Grace Stair Brenneman.
On July 29, 1951, he married Christina "Jylene" Boston and she preceded him in death on June 27, 2006.
Mr. Brenneman retired from Mid-West Laser, Findlay, and also owned Brenneman Enterprises/Husqvarna Dealership in Rawson. He was a past mayor of Rawson and was a member of the Rawson Fire Department for 40 years, where he had been assistant chief.


Katherine Jo Wilson was a 1972 Cory-Rawson High School graduate

Katherine Jo Wilson

Katherine Jo Wilson, 58, of Findlay died at 10:10 a.m. Aug. 27, 2012, at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay. She was born March 18, 1954, in Lima to Robert F. and Betty Davenport Walters. Her mother survives in Bluffton. On Sept. 23, 1995 she married John D. Wilson and he survives.
She worked with her husband at Customer Service Transport, Findlay. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, and decorating. She was a 1972 graduate of Cory-Rawson High School.


Merilyn J. Crabill was a 1935 Bluffton High School graduate

Merilyn J. Crabill

Merilyn J. Crabill, 94, of Arlington died Monday, Aug. 27, 2012 at Lake West Medical Center, Willoughby, after a brief illness. She was born on June 5, 1918 to the late John and Goldie (Burns) Battles in Bluffton, OH. She married William "Ed" Crabill on May 26, 1946, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 25, 2009, after 63 years of marriage.