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August 20, 2017


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We're assuming this is Peterson 2. It's a Hancock County plate the Icon spotted on a black Ford Expedition EL at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool.

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Former Bluffton resident Phyllis Bixel was 94

Former Bluffton resident, Phyllis Mary Bixel, 94, died Saturday, March 4, 2017, in Freeman S.D.

She was born in Kalamazoo, Mich., to Carlton and Erma (Sanford) Newton on Aug. 17, 1922.

Phyllis graduated from Western Michigan University in 1945 with a bachelor of science degree in occupational therapy and spent her first years of employment working at the Kalamazoo State Hospital, where her husband-to-be, James W. Bixel, was also employed as musical director through Civilian Public Service.


Julia Gable was active in many Bluffton organizations

Funeral service is March 16 at St. John's UCC

Julia A. Gable, 97, died Feb. 2, 2017, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. 

Julia was born Aug. 6, 1919, in Hancock County near Garner, Iowa, to the late Otto and Amelia (Katter) Schroer who preceded her in death. On Aug. 6, 1941, she married Rev. Vernon Oppermann and he preceded her in death on July 28, 1958.  She then married Karl Gable on Dec. 9, 1965 who preceded her in death on Nov. 21, 2002.


Steve Swank was previous owner of S & K Mower

Served 30 years on Bluffton fire department; retired as captain

Steven C. Swank, 55, died March 11, 2017 at Bluffton Hospital.  Steve was born Oct. 19, 1961 in Bluffton to the late Charles and Helen (Zuercher) Swank. 

Steve was a 1980 graduate of Bluffton High School.  He was the owner/operator of S & K Mower of Bluffton that he owned for 25 years before becoming a custodian at Allen East High School. 

He was a retired member of the Bluffton Fire Department after serving over 30 years where he had served as a captain.  Steve was a past member of the Bluffton Sportsman’s Club and the Sons of the American Legion. 


Funeral arrangements incomplete for Tom Clark

Thomas G. Clark, 59 of Noblesville, Indiana, and formerly of Bluffton, Ohio, died at his residence.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Dennis E. Boyd 1959-2017

Dennis E. Boyd, 57, died Friday, March 10, 2017, at Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay.  He was born Sept. 6, 1959, in Killeen, Texas to James and Wilma (Sargent) Boyd who survive in Orient, Ohio. 

 Dennis was employed by General Dynamics for 35 years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who truly enjoyed the outdoors.


Patricia McCafferty was retired from Bluffton Hospital

She also volunteered at the hospital

Patricia Ann McCafferty, 73, died March 5, 2017, at Bluffton Hospital. She was born May 17, 1943, in New Jersey to the late John and Anita (Matthews) Derry.  On Oct. 21, 1977, she married Bob McCafferty who survives.

Pat graduated from Chagrin Falls High School in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.  She retired from housekeeping at Bluffton Hospital and also volunteered at the hospital.  She was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ in Bluffton.  Pat enjoyed gardening, reading and traveling to Maine. 


Marie Welty was involved in many Pandora community activities

R. Marie Welty, 88, died March 4, 2017, at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora.  Marie was born Jan. 12, 1929, in Findlay to the late Charles and Cecile (Davis) Leader.  On March 18, 1949, she married Donald "Red" Welty who preceded her in death on July 16, 1976.

Marie graduated from Findlay High School and then worked as a candy striper at Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay.  She later worked as a switchboard operator at Bell Telephone, Pandora Dry Goods, Menke's Pharmacy, Pandora Lunch Box, and Pandora Medical Center and as a self-employed homemaker service. 


Royce Engle was an Et Cetera Shop volunteer

Royce Allen Engle, 98, died Feb. 24, 2017, at Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton.

A memorial services will be held Saturday, March 4, at 11 a.m. at First Mennonite Church, Bluffton.

He was born near Abilene, Kansas, on Nov. 2, 1918, to Homer and Myrta Hildebrand Engle.

Royce graduated from Messiah Academy (high school), Grantham, Pa., in 1938.  He also graduated from Goshen College and two weeks prior to graduation, married Doris Stuckey in May of 1942. Doris died in 1994.


Janice Umphress was a 1945 Bluffton High School graduate

Janice L. Umphress, 89, died on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, at 2:57 a.m. at Memorial Hospital of Union County in Marysville, Ohio.

She was born on Jan. 27, 1928, in Lima, Ohio, to Lee and Rhoda (Hammer) Wingate who preceded her in death. On June 28, 1946, Janice married Maurice "Morrie" Umphress and he died on Aug. 7, 2010.

Janice was a homemaker. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Ada and the Women's Guild of the church. Janice was a 1945 graduate of Bluffton High School. She was a member of the Ada Senior Citizens.


John "Jack" Newton Shoupe was an Air Force veteran

John “Jack” Newton Shoupe, 83, died Feb. 21, 2017, at Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton. John was born July 13, 1933, in Findlay to Roscoe and Helen (Kelchner) Shoupe, who preceded him in death. On March 4, 1962, he married Louise (Herr) Shoupe who survives.

Jack was an Air Force veteran during the Korean Conflict. He worked for Meadow Gold Dairy as a salesman until his retirement.