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Dorothy Skelly, 95, was a retired Bluffton business woman

Retired Bluffton business woman Dorothy D. Skelly, 95, of Bluffton, died at 10:20 p.m. Nov. 16, 2014, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. She was born June 21, 1919, in Dayton to the late Charles and Sarah Ball Cox.  On May 3, 1942, she married John B. Skelly and he preceded her in death on Oct. 16, 1991.

Mrs. Skelly worked at Skelly Pharmacy in Bluffton and McComb, and owned Skelly Driver's Ed School and Cottage Gift Haus both of Bluffton. 


Funeral arrangements incomplete for Dorothy Skelly

Dorothy Skelly, 95 of Bluffton died November 16, 2014 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Arrangements are pending at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Alice Niswander was a retired fifth grade teacher in Bluffton schools

Alice V. Niswander, 89, of Bluffton died 5:35 am, Nov. 12, 2014, at Bridge Hospice, Findlay.  Shewas born July 3, 1925, in Lima to the late Amos and Phoebe Steiner Oyer. On Aug. 28, 1948, she married H. Ray Niswander and he preceded her in death Dec. 13, 2010.


Donald Stark served in Korea

Donald Benjamin Stark, 82, passed away November 10, 2014, at 11:27 p.m. at his residence.  Donald was born January 11, 1932 in Huron, OH, to the late Daniel and Alice (Hopkins) Stark.  On August 14, 1954 he married Marilyn Malott Stark and she survives.


Celebration of Life service for Amy Dunbar Nov. 15

A Celebration of Life service for Amy L. Dunbar who passed away October 30, 2014 will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15,  at the Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship of Lima, 875 W. Market Street, Lima.  The family will receive friends following the service.  Arrangements are entrusted with Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Ara Woolley was a member of Bluffton Senior Citizens

Ara Ellen Woolley, 95, of Rawson died November 4, 2014 at 5:35 a.m. at Bluffton Hospital.  Ara was born November 17, 1918 in McGuffey to the late Charles and Annie Wilson Patterson.  On June 27, 1937 she married Roy L. Woolley and he preceded her in death on April 5, 2000.


Russell Staley served 46 years as a Jackson Township trustee

Russell D. Staley, age 97, died on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at 12:13 p.m. at Richland Manor Nursing Home, Bluffton.

He was born on Oct. 3, 1917 in Jackson Township, Allen County, Ohio to George Washington and Edith Edna (Ackerman) Staley and they preceded him in death.


Amy Lynn Dunbar, 1962-2014

Amy Lynn Dunbar, 52, died Oct. 30, 2014. She was born Jan. 23, 1962, in Lansing, Mich.

She was schooled in and around Detroit and furthered her education at Ohio State University, Lima. Amy was an avid animal lover and intrepid horsewoman. She was proud to be a female cross-country truck driver.  

Survivors include her father, Henry Colin Dunbar of Bluffton; a daughter, Courtney Elizabeth (Andrew) Makin-Caudill of Defiance; a granddaughter, Autumn Leigh Caudill of Defiance, and a grandson, Logan Ray Caudill of Defiance.


Jacqueline Diller was an RN at Bluffton Hospital

Jacqueline "Jackie" K. Diller, 66, died Oct. 30, 2014, at her residence. She was born Nov. 7, 1947, in Toledo to the late Don  and Evelyn (Biede) Spilker. She married Daniel "Dan" J. Diller and he survives.

She was a registered nurse in the OB department of Bluffton Hospital. She was also a Licensed Massage Therapist She was a graduate of Lima Senior High School and Toledo School of Nursing.


Becky Lynn Burns-Reed was a 1975 Ada HS graduate

Becky Lynn Burns-Reed, 57, died at 4:08 p.m.Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at Mt. Carmel St. Ann's Medical Center, Westerville.

she was born April 29, 1957 in Jamestown, N.Y., to the late A. Chester and Patricia Ann (Woods) Burns. On March 15, 1997, she married Gary L. Reed, who survives in Ada.

She was a 1975 graduate of Ada High School. She had attended Ohio Northern University, and received her Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from Middle Tennessee State University, and received her nursing degree from Owens Community College in Findlay.