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June 20, 2019

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Frances Clum was the first woman on LaFayette village council

Frances Coral (Everett) Clum, age 94, died on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 5:10 p.m. at Vancrest of Ada.

She was born September 1, 1924 in Lima, Ohio to Delmar and Lucille (Swick) Everett, who preceded her in death.  Frances married James Corwin Clum on September 8, 1942 and he died November 12, 1992.       


Ronald Zimmerly was a dairy farmer and postal employee

Served in Panama during WWII

Ronald K. Zimmerly, 92, died April 2, 2019, at his residence. Ronald was born Feb. 3, 1927, in Bluffton to the late Melvin and Eunice Lavina (Gratz) Zimmerly.  On Nov. 7, 1952, he married Norma Montgomery Zimmerly who preceded him in death on Sept. 25, 2009.

Ronald was a graduate of Bluffton High School and served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Panama. Ronald was a dairy farmer of registered Holsteins. He also was a rural and city carrier in Bluffton and worked inside the Lima Post Office. 


Tom Coe was a retired teacher in Ada and Allen East

Funeral Arrangements are incomplete at this time

Thomas E. Coe, 80, died on Sunday, March 31, 2019, at 6:33 a.m. at Mercy Health St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima, Ohio.  

He was born on Aug. 11, 1938, in Willard, Ohio, to the late James and Corinne (Greer) Coe.  On Oct. 17, 1959 Tom married Ann Lowry and she survives in Bluffton.

Tom was an educator for over 30 years for Ada High School and Allen East High School prior to retiring. He was a member of the Ada First United Methodist Church.


Daniel Zimmerly was a retired lieutenant in the Allen County Sheriff's Office

Daniel Raymond Zimmerly, 66, died March 29, 2019, at Shawnee Manor Nursing Home.  Dan was born April 1, 1952, in Lima to the late Clayton and Barbara (Montgomery) Zimmerly.  On May 16, 1983, he married Cheryl Skelly Zimmerly who survives.


Dennis Arnold was retired from Ford 

Dennis L. Arnold, 76, died on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at 1:35 a.m., at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.

He was born on May 28, 1942, in Lima, Ohio, to Francis D. and Betty (Wise) Arnold and they preceded him in death. On Aug. 29, 1964, Dennis married Judith “Judy” Schenkemeyer and she survives in LaFayette.


Clarence Basinger was a former Columbus Grove postmaster

Clarence Kenneth Basinger, 94, died March 25, 2019, at his residence.  Kenneth was born Nov. 7, 1924 in Allen County, Ohio, to the late Clarence and Cora (Lora) Basinger. On March 6, 1957, he married Joan (Cheney) Basinger who preceded him in death on Jan. 22, 2019.

Kenneth was a graduate of Columbus Grove High School in 1942 and spent one year at Bluffton College before being inducted into the U.S. Army in July 1943.  He served three years in the South Pacific and Philippines during World War II.