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Mark Delisle

June 23, 2017


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052887 - The Icon first thought this was a a zip code, but upon further study, we believe the owner of this plate was born on May  28, 2987. We welcome clarification from any Icon view with more information. We spotted this plate on a blue Honda CR-V in Ada. (The monthly renewal sticker confirmed our birthday theory.)

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Funeral arrangements incomplete for Jack Newton Shoupe

John “Jack” Newton Shoupe, 83, died Feb. 21, 2017, at Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton. Arrangements are pending at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Service, Bluffton.


Former Bluffton resident Evan B. Steiner dies in Florida

Former Bluffton resident Evan B. Steiner died Feb. 19, 2017, in Florida, where he lived.

He was born on April 28, 1924, in Bluffton, Ohio, to Mary (Balmer) and Soloman Steiner.  On April 5, 1947, he married Betty Kohli; and, this year they would have celebrated 70 years of marriage.

His children are Carol (Tom) Bell, Westerville, Ohio/Hobe Sound, Fla.; Greg (Chris), Hobe Sound, Fla.,/Indian River, Mich.; Bob (Patsy), Hobe Sound, Fla./Highlands, N.C.  

He has eight grand-children, 17 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.


Chuck Gossard 1955 - 2017

Charles (Chuck) Gossard, 61, died Feb. 18, 2017, at Lima Memorial Health System surrounded by his family.

Chuck was born March 29, 1955, in Bluffton, Ohio, to Lewis and Bernice (Crawfis) Gossard who preceded him in death.

Chuck worked at Wilson Football Factory in Ada. He was also a stay at home father. 


Beverly Steiner was retired director of laboratory operations at Bluffton Hospital

She was a Pandora-Gilboa graduate

Beverly Steiner, 82,  died Feb. 15, 2017, at Bridge Hospice Care Center in Findlay.

Beverly was born April 22, 1934, in Bluffton, Ohio, to Albert and Irene (Cherry) Schutz who preceded her in death. On July 6, 1957, she married Ralph Steiner who preceded her in death on Nov. 3, 2016.


Funeral arrangements incomplete for Beverly Steiner

Beverly Steiner, 82, died Feb. 15, 2017, at Bridge Hospice Care Center in Findlay. Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles- Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Kenneth Knitz was former Village of Bloomdale police chief

Kenneth Wayne Knitz, 81, died Feb, 14, 2017, at Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay.  Kenneth was born Jan. 24, 1936, in Gibsonburg to the late A. Wayne and Edna (Houtz) Knitz.  On Feb. 10, 1955, he married Nancy Lee Knitz who survives.

Ken graduated from Troy-Luckey High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.  He retired as a machinist at Atlas Crankshaft in Fostoria after 28 years.  Ken was an active member of Pandora United Methodist Church and a 34 year member of the Bloomdale Fire and EMS. 


Rhonda Staley was a 1986 graduate of McComb High School

Rhonda S. Staley, 48 of Bluffton died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. 

She was born on March 20, 1968 to William C. Nigh, Jr. and Sue F. Nigh. Rhonda married Dan Staley on Aug. 1, 1992, and he survives along with her mother, Sue F. Nigh of North Baltimore, three children; Bridgette G. Staley of Fostoria, Jared R. Staley of Minneapolis, Minn., and Nathaniel N. Staley of Bluffton.


Allison Neuenschwander was a past Beaverdam village council member

Allison Neuenschwander, 87, died Feb. 5, 2017, at Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton.  Allison was born Nov. 25, 1928 in Columbus Grove to the late Hiram and Edna (Luginbihl) Neuenschwander who preceded him in death. On July 24, 1954, he married Gloria Beemer who preceded him in death on Oct. 26, 2014.


Julia Gable memorial service March 16

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

A Memorial Service will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 16, 2017, at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Bluffton. 

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  Arrangements are under the direction of Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Bruce N. Marshall was a 1967 Bluffton HS graduate

Bruce N. Marshall, 68, of Hartford, Connecticut, and formerly of Bluffton died Feb. 1, 2017, while on hospice at Riverside Health and Rehabilitation Center in Hartford, Connecticut, after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. Bruce was born Dec. 12, 1948, in Bluffton to Kimmel and Maxine (Cook) Marshall who preceded him in death.