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Former Bluffton Nationwide Insurance agent, Bruce Shelly, dies in Florida

Former Bluffton insurance agent, Bruce G. Shelly, 81 of Temple Terrace, Fla., died June 25, 2014. He was born in Wadsworth, Ohio, to Wilmer and Emma Shelly on Feb. 16, 1933.

Mr. Shelly graduated from high school in Boyertown, Pa., and graduated in Business Administration from Bluffton College.

After serving the U.S. Army Signal Corp as a cryptographer in Okinawa, he married his wife, Marilyn, on Aug. 30, 1957 in Gomer, Ohio. He was a Nationwide insurance agent in Bluffton for 31 years, earning membership into the Nationwide President’s Club.


Mary Margaret Arthur was a retired school teacher

Mary Margaret Arthur, 87, died at 1:45 p.m. June 20, 2014, at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. She was born April 10, 1927, in Lima to the late Raymond and LaDonna (Williams) Zimmerman. On Dec. 21, 1947, she married Melvyn C. Arthur and he died June 12, 2014.

Mrs. Arthur was a retired teacher. She taught at Beaverdam, Moulton and Pandora-Gilboa schools. She had also worked at City Loan in Lima.  She graduated from Beaverdam High School and Ohio Northern University.


Arrangements are incomplete for Mary Arthur

Mary Arthur, 87 died at 1:45 p.m. June 20, 2014, at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Gilboa United Methodist Church. 

Visitation will be Monday from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton. Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Terry Miller was a graduate of Beaverdam HS

Terry H. Miller, 75, died on June 18, 2014 at 2:20 p.m. at his residence. He was born November 11, 1938 in Allen County to the late Harold and Irene Bowers Miller.

Terry was retired from Van Wert Chrysler.  He was a member of Cairo United Methodist Church, Sager Masonic Lodge No. 513, Lafayette, 32nd Degree Valley of Toledo, Zenobia Shrine, Toledo, Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 370, Lima, and a graduate of Beaverdam High School. 


Mary Clark was a Triplett Corp. retiree

Mary Elizabeth Clark, 88, died on June 16, 2014, at 6:47 p.m. at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.

Mary was born Aug. 26, 1925, in McGuffey, Ohio, to the late John M. and Merle M. (Lewis) Canaan. On April 29, 1944, she married James A. "Cappy" Clark who preceded her in death on April 13, 1981.

Mary retired from Triplett Corporation, Bluffton.  She was a 1943 graduate of Ada High School. She was a member of the Beaverdam Church of Christ. Mary was a volunteer for the Bluffton Hospital Auxiliary and worked at the Shannon Theatre in Bluffton following retirement.


Dick Reeder was a former director of Amil Teller's Theatre

Richard "Dick" S. Reeder, 87 died at 6:40 a.m. June 16, 2014, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton, of complications from kidney disease. He was born Aug. 18, 1926, in Lima to the late Homer E. and Verda (Steinman) Reeder. 


Melvyn Arthur, former P-G superintendent, was a community leader

Melvyn C. Arthur, 88, died June 12, 2014, at 3:30 a.m. at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora.  Melvyn was born August 30, 1925 in West Elkton, Ohio, to Walter and Frieda (Burckhardt) Arthur who preceded him in death. On December 21, 1947 he married Mary Margaret Zimmerman Arthur and she survives.

Melvyn graduated from Alger High School. He served in the US Army 86th Blackhawk Infantry Division, where he attained the rank of Sgt/Maj. serving in both theatres of World War II. He later received his bachelor's degree from Ohio Northern University, Ada.


Maynard Badertscher built many homes in Bluffton; served on Bluffton council 10 years

Maynard R. Badertscher, 90, died June 10, 2014, at 1:20 a.m., Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. He was born Jan, 3, 1924 in Allen County, Ohio, to Albert O. and Sarah Hochstettler Badertscher who preceded him in death. On May 2, 1953, he married Joyce Kline Badertscher who survives.

Mr. Badertscher retired after building many houses as owner/operator of Maynard Badertscher & Assoc. where he built many homes in Bluffton and the surrounding areas.


Andrew R. Reese, 1987-2014

Andrew R. Reese, 26, of Bluffton died June 4, 2014, following an accident at his residence.  He was born Oct. 1, 1987, in Findlay to Gary and Shannon Boyle Reese who survive in Bluffton.

Andrew lived in Russia for year during his childhood. He grew up at Cable Road Alliance Church and, among other activities, he volunteered to run sound and power point for services for several years.  Later in Chicago, he worked grounds crew at Soldier Field and did stage and sound set-up for large concert venues. 

During his time in Chicago, he interned with two different skilled chefs.


Edna Dalke funeral service in Kansas June 7; burial in Bluffton

Edna Dalke, 93, died on May 20, 2014, at Pleasant View Home of Inman, Kansas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, Marilyn Dalke Busenitz, one son, Warren Dalke, and one 6 year old great-grandson, Bradley Dalke.

She is survived by her husband, Rev. Dan U. Dalke; daughters Cheryl Epp of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Arline Clark of Dayton; Vonda McEachern of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 2 sons, Dale Dalke of Vancouver, Wash.; Verle Dalke of Dallas, Ore.; 24 Grandchildren and 47 great-grandchildren.