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Anna Ruth Balmer was a retired Bluffton Main Street business owner

She and her husband, Harold, owned Balmer's, women's clothing store; Greg's Pharmacy located there today

Retired Bluffton business woman Anna Ruth Balmer, 93, of Bluffton, died Oct. 31, 2016, at Maplecrest, Bluffton.

She was born April 30, 1923, in Nappanee, Indiana, to the late Ezra and Anna (Christophal) Mullett. On Dec. 5, 1943, she married Harold Balmer who preceded her in death on April 28, 2012.

Anna was owner and operator of Balmer’s, Bluffton. She was an active member of First Mennonite Church, Bluffton.  Anna enjoyed sewing and polka dancing.  She designed the outfits used for the Maypole dance during May Day at Bluffton University. 

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Daniel DeLong was retired CEO and president of Triplett Corp.

Following purchase of Bluffton company from Penril Corp.

Daniel J. DeLong, 64, died Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, at his residence after an extended illness.

He was born Jan. 12, 1952, in Schenectady, New York, to Jesse and Shirley DeLong who preceded him in death. On Nov. 6, 1971, he married Claudia J. Bowman, who survives.

Mr. DeLong retired as President and CEO of Triplett Corp. in Bluffton. He was also the Executive VP and CFO of Triplett for 10 years prior to becoming President.

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Betty Reed previously worked at Triplett Corp., Bluffton

Betty J. Reed, 89, died on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, at 6:26 a.m. at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.

She was born on Aug. 14, 1927, in Kinniconick, Ky., to Ernest and Dorothy (Pell) Rhoden who preceded her in death. Betty married Elvin Reed and he preceded her in death in 1986.

Betty formerly worked for Triplett Corp. of Bluffton, Westinghouse of Lima and prior to her retirement she worked at the Marysville Correctional Facility. Betty was a homemaker. She was a USO volunteer and a member of the Kenton Moose Lodge #428 Ladies Auxiliary.

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Betty A. Barrere (Engle) 1920 - 2016

Betty A. Barrere (Engle), died at  3:12 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton, Ohio.

She was born on Sept. 13, 1920, in Van Wert, Ohio, to Arthur and Rilla (Files) Mooney.  They both preceded her in death.

On March 26, 1939, she married Philip Barrere, he preceded her in death, Oct. 30, 2001.

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Kay Miller was a former Bluffton school board member, Weekday Christian Ed teacher

Kay Miller, 62, of Bluffton, died on Oct. 22, 2016.
She was born on Oct. 23, 1953, in Hilliard, Ohio, to A.C. and Theresa Montgomery, who survive. She married Dave Miller on July 12, 1975, and he survives.

Kay was a graduate of Bethany College. She was very involved in the Bluffton Schools, serving many years as the president of the PTO and later serving many years on the school board.

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Harold Rau was a retired Bluffton businessman

Co-owner of M&R Plumbing and Heating from 1958 to 1997

Harold E. Rau, 84, died Oct. 22, 2016 at his home in Bluffton.  Harold was born April 9, 1932, at home in Paulding County, Ohio, to the late Ross and Edna (Titler) Rau.

He graduated from Continental High School in the class of 1950. On June 14, 1952, Harold married Ada (Buckmaster) Rau at the Mt. Calvary Church in Ayersville.

Harold Served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955 as a medic and was in the Army reserves from 1955 to 1957.

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Carolyn Risner 1938 - 2016

Carolyn J. Risner,  78, died on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, at noon at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.

She was born on June 1, 1938, in Lima, Ohio, to Claude and Della (Hall) Gullett who preceded her in death. On May 19, 1956, Carolyn married Paul E. Risner and he preceded her in death on Jan. 19, 2015.

She was a member of Grace Gospel Church of Ada. She loved her family and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

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Joan Lou (Clymer) Bauman was C-R teacher for 30 years

Joan Lou (Clymer) Bauman, 84, formerly of Bluffton and Rawson, OH, died at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, in her home in Indianapolis. She was born October 8, 1932 to the late Dale and Grace (Dietz) Clymer.

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Twylah Ludwig worked at Triplett Corp. for 38 years

Twylah Lavon Ludwig, 96, died Oct. 17, 2016, at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay. Twylah was born June 25, 1920, in Bairdstown, Ohio, to the late Arthur and Edna Pearl (Koons) Carnicom.  On May 8, 1948, she married Frederick Ludwig who preceded her in death on Oct. 31, 1975.

Twylah retired from Triplett Corporation, Bluffton after 38 years.  She was a member of Bluffton Presbyterian Church.  Twylah was a graduate of Bloomdale High School.

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Mary Moyer Criblez was a graduate of Lafayette High School

Mary Moyer Criblez, 71, died Oct. 13, 2016, following a stroke, 10 years to the week of the death of her husband, Thomas L. Criblez of Bluffton.

She was born March 8, 1945, in Lima to Adrian and Beulah (Roberts) Moyer who preceded her in death. Her sister, Janice Kuldau also preceded her in death.

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