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Mary Jane Cook was a 1936 Bluffton High School graduate


Funeral service for Robin Wilch, owner of Groves Bears, Tuesday

Bluffton businesswoman Robin Sue Wilch, 58, of Lima died at 11:48 p.m. Oct. 19, 2012 at St. Rita’s Medical Center Lima.  She was born Dec. 27, 1953 in Bluffton. Her father, Robert (Terri) Wilch survives near Bluffton and her mother, Sue Kempf Groves, survives in Lima.


Funeral arrangements incomplete for Main Street businessperson Robin Wilch

Funeral arrangements for Robin Wilch are incomplete on Saturday morning. Wilch, owner of Groves Quality Antiques and Collectibles, 204 N. Main Street, died on Friday evening, Oct. 19. Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services, Bluffton chapel, is handling the arrangements.

Wilch has operated the Main Street business for several years, after taking it over from her mother, Sue Groves, who first started it as Groves Bears. The business had been the largest teddy bear store in Ohio.



Cheri M. "Dixie Rose" Warren 1956-2012

Cheri M. "Dixie Rose" Warren, 56, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012 at 4:23 p.m. at her residence in Kenton, Ohio.

She was born on Oct. 11, 1956 in Kenton, Ohio to Carl D. and F. Jeanne (Vermillion) Hepner who preceded her in death. She first married Keith O. Steele and they were divorced, he survives in Kenton, Ohio. She later married John A. Warren and he survives in Kenton, Ohio.

Cheri worked in sales at Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Lima. However she was best known for being a radio personality at T-102 of Lima, Ohio.


Bluffton native James Miller dies at age 93 in Mission, Texas

Bluffton native James Franklin Miller, Sr. died Oct. 14, 2012 at age 93 at his home in Mission, Texas.

He was born on Nov. 20, 1918 in Bluffton, Ohio, to Charles and Bertha Miller. The youngest of five children, he was their only boy. Jim graduated from high school and entered Bluffton College at age 16.


Erma Augsburger was retired from Triplett Corp.


Erma L. Augsburger, 93, of Bluffton died at 10:10 p.m. Oct. 17, 2012, at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. She was born July 21, 1919, in Lafayette to Albert O. and Sarah A. Hochstettler Badertscher. On July 21, 1945 she married Ralph E. Augsburger and he preceded her in death on June 29, 1983. 


Charles Emans was a 1932 Bluffton High School graduate

Charles R. Emans, 98, died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, in Olympia, Washington.  He was born in Bluffton, Ohio, June 25, 1914, to Charles F. and Mary A. (Shoemaker) Emans. He married Virginia Bell, Jan. 1, 1939, and they were divorced. He graduated from Bluffton High School in 1932, and attended Bluffton College. 


Richard Cookson, retired Bluffton businessman, received the Bronze Star in World War II

Lifelong Bluffton resident Richard Ray Cookson, 96 died at 3:30 a.m. Oct. 15, 2012, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. He was born Jan. 6, 1916, in Orange Township, Hancock County to Clarence and Mabel (Anderson) Cookson. 

At the age of two his father died in the 1918 flu epidemic. His sister Carol was six months old. Eventually his mother sold the farm and purchased a home in Bluffton.


Edgar Huber was a 1943 graduate of Bluffton High School

Edgar E. Huber, 87 died at 2:45 a.m. Oct. 15, 2012, at Richland Manor Nursing Home, Bluffton.  He was born July 28, 1925, in Richland Township to Harry and Nellie (Klingler) Huber. On June 26, 1954 he married Anita Althaus and she survives.

Mr. Huber was a farmer. He had worked in building and grounds at Ohio Northern University. He was a member of Grace Mennonite Church, Pandora. He was a 1943 graduate of Bluffton High School.He was a Marine veteran of World War II.


Beatrice "Bee" Lansing retired from Triplett Corp. in 1970

Beatrice A. "Bee" Lansing, 92, died at 8:20 a.m. Oct. 10, 2012, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.

She was born Sept. 8, 1920, in Newark to Lorenzo Dell and Lorah Alice Dunn Glover, who preceded her in death. On Sept. 21, 1940, she married Floyd Franklin Lansing, who died Dec. 24, 1992.

Mrs. Lansing retired in 1970 as a supervisor from Triplett Electric Corp. after 17 years. She was a member of Ada Full Gospel Church. She lived most of her life in Ada. She was a member of Hix'n Chix Square Dance Club, Maysville. She had been owner of Northland Mobile Home Court, Ada.