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March 23, 2019

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Richard Gratz was member of the Ohio Coaches’ Hall of Fame

A Bluffton HS and Bluffton College graduate

J. Richard “Rich” Gratz, 94, died at 3:31 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.

Rich was born on April 12, 1924, in Bluffton, Ohio, to the late Christian and Caddie (Cook) Gratz. On Sunday, Oct. 17, 1948, he married Betty L. (Roush) Gratz, who preceded him in death on Jan. 31, 2002.


Funeral arrangements incomplete for Richard Gratz

Richard Gratz, 94,  formerly of Bluffton, died at 3:31 a.m., Jan. 28, 2018, at Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima. Funeral arrangements in incomplete.



Sharon (Gratz) Jamison was a Bluffton HS graduate

Sharon Kaye Jamison, 73, of Celina and formerly of Bluffton died Jan. 26, 2019, at Lima Memorial Health System.  Sharon was born Jan. 29, 1945, in Lima to the late Wilford and Evelyn (Schaublin) Gratz who preceded her in death.  She was married to Charles Balliett who preceded her in death and later to A. Val Jamison who also preceded her in death.

Sharon graduated from Bluffton High School. She had worked at Triplett Corp., in Bluffton and after moving to New Mexico, she worked in the oil fields and also as a monitor technician for an alarm company. 


Funeral arrangements incomplete for Sharon Jamison

Sharon K. Jamison, 73, of Celina and formerly of Bluffton, died Jan. 26, 2019 at Lima Memorial Health System.  Arrangements are pending at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Bob Lee was involved in several Pandora and Putnam County organizations

He graduated from Bluffton High School; served in the U.S. Navy

Robert "Bob" D. Lee, 90, died Jan. 26, 2019, at Mercy Health - St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima.  Bob was born June 22, 1928 in Toledo, Ohio, to the late Garvin and Irttie (Dunlap) Lee.  On June 12, 1953, he married Miriam Basinger Lee who survives.


Margaret Kelly Neal 1922 - 2019

Margaret Kelly Neal, 96, of Tallahassee, Fla., died on Jan. 19, 2019. She was born Oct. 4, 1922, in Laurel Hill, Fla.

Among survivors are Elizabeth Kelly (Ray Person) of Bluffton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Margaret Neal Pastoral Care Fund at St. John's, or Grace Mission Episcopal Church, 303 W. Brevard St, Tallahassee, Fla., or a charity of your choice.

A funeral service is at 3 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31, at St. John's Episcopal Church, 211 N Monroe St, Tallahassee.

Arrangements are handled by Bevis Funeral Home, Tallahassee.