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Helen Hilty memorial service on April 12

A memorial service for Helen Hilty, who died Jan. 18, 2019, will be at 11 a.m., on Friday, April 12, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the Bluffton Presbyterian Church with Rev. Karol Farris will officiating.

Private family interment will be held on April 11, at Campbell Cemetery, Columbus Grove.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Putnam County District Library-Columbus Grove Branch, the Bluffton Presbyterian Church or the Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio.

Online condolences may be expressed at hartmansonsfuneralhome.com.


Jim Baxter was retired superintendent of Pandora-Gilboa schools

Past president of the Ohio Retired Teachers Association, played football at BGSU

James D. Baxter, 94, died March 16, 2019, at Hilty Memorial Home. Jim was born Nov. 10, 1924, in Columbus Grove to the late John and Lucille (Starkweather) Baxter On June 20, 1948, he married M. Lois Simpson Baxter who preceded him in death on Dec. 17, 2013.

Jim graduated from Columbus Grove High School in 1942, received his bachelor's degree in 1948 from Bowling Green State University and his Master's Degree from the University of Michigan in 1952.  He also attended Denison University, Baldwin-Wallace University and Ohio Wesleyan University. 


Christopher Wren 1960 - 2019

Christopher A. "Chris" Wren, 58, died at 8:03 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2019, at his residence. 

Chris was born April 24, 1960, in Lima, to Gary and Trudy (Sellers) Wren. On Sept. 21, 2013 he married Carla Sue (Tibbs) Wren who survives in Bluffton, Ohio. 

Chris was a 1978 graduate of Bath High School. He retired from Time Warner Cable after 30 years of service.


Memorial service for Marilyn Augsburger on March 23

Marilyn Eileen Augsburger, 77, of Pandora died on March 9, 2019. She was born on June 17, 1941, in Mt. Cory to the late Vernon L. and Odessa L. (Basinger) Augsburger. 

Marilyn was employed at Rosebrook's IGA, Ted's Market and the Hilty Memorial Home. She was a member of the Pandora United Methodist Church.

Survivors include three sisters, Janice Augsburger of Pandora, Margaret Miller of Bowling Green and Grace Burkhart of Columbus Grove.


Richard Jordan was a Bluffton businessman

Was active in many community organizations

Bluffton businessman Richard "Dick" H. Jordan, 84, died March 8, 2019, at his daughter's residence in Bluffton. Dick was born May 17, 1934 in Toledo, Ohio, to the late James, Sr,. and Lenore (Willauer) Jordan. On Sept. 17, 1956, he married Mary Ann Fleming Jordan who survives.

Dick graduated from Bluffton High School in 1951. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving from 1956 - 1958 and later graduated from Bluffton College in 1984.


Marilyn Augsburger funeral arrangements pending

Marilyn Augsburger, 77, died on March 8, 2019, at her residence in Pandora.  Arrangements are pending at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.