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December 8, 2016


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NYGAARD - There's only one family in Bluffton with that last name. You'll find this plate on a silver-grey Honda Odyssey parked on Anna Circle. It belongs to Christian and Jamie Nygaard.

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Paul Cramer was a former Bluffton schools superintendent

Paul H. Cramer, Jr., 82, died on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 3:15 a.m. at Blanchard Place in Kenton, Ohio.

He was born on Oct. 19, 1923, in Lima, Ohio, to Rev. Paul H. and Mildred (Hullinger) Cramer who preceded him in death. His stepmother was Edna Christmer Cramer who also preceded him in death. He married Patsy Cox Cramer on Dec. 7, 1956, and she died on March 22, 1988.


Julie Schmidt was a BHS grad; worked at DTR Industries for 18 years

Julie Ann Schmidt, 56, of Pandora died June 24, 2016, at 9:17 a.m. at the Meadows of Ottawa. Julie was born Oct. 27, 1959, in Bluffton to Don and Pat (Joseph) Schmidt who survive in Pandora.

Julie worked at DTR Industries in Bluffton for 18 years.  She graduated from Bluffton High School and obtained her associate's degree from Lima Technical College.


Annie Stocking 1924 - 2016

Annie Leishman Stocking, 92, of Bluffton and formerly of Brook Park, Ohio, died June 20, 2016, at 3:25 p.m. at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. Annie was born June 15, 1924, in Kirkintilloch, Scotland, to the late Albert and Jessie (Leishman) Unwin.  Annie was the youngest of seven children and immigrated to the United States in 1948. On Sept. 11, 1954, she married Robert Stocking who preceded her in death on June 27, 2011.


Bill Gordon was GOBA director - funeral on Friday

William J. Gordon
The cycling community lost a leader and friend Saturday morning when William J. Gordon passed away suddenly while biking with friends.

A Dublin resident, Bill was born Feb. 22, 1959 in Elyria, Ohio. He graduated from Huron High School in 1977, and from Ohio Northern University in 1981 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.


Jerry Musser owned J.F. Musser Co.

Jerry F. Musser, 72, died at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born Jan. 30, 1944, in Lima to the late Raymond and Dorothy (Jackson) Musser.  On May 9, 1964, he married Carol Kleman Musser and she survives.

Jerry worked at Wonder Bread 20 two years prior to starting his own business, J.F. Musser Co. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Bluffton.    

Jerry was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles both of Lima and Ottawa, the Sons of the American Legion and the Loyal Order of the Moose.


Charles Krohn owned Country Farm Supply in Pandora

Charles K. Krohn, 86, died June 11, 2016, at 2:30 p.m. at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora.  Charles was born April 25, 1930, in Pandora to the late Frank and Lillian (Hilty) Krohn. On July 28, 1951 he married Leila "Nancy" Shirk Krohn and she survives. 

Charles was a farmer and owned and operated Country Farm Supply in Pandora.  He was a member of Pandora Missionary Church, the Goldwing Club and Good Sam Club. Charles graduated from Pandora High School and attended Ft. Wayne Bible College.


Ima Jean Badertscher was retire from Triplett Corp.

Ima Jean Badertscher, 93, died June 4, 2016, at 7:05 a.m. at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Ima Jean was born March 15, 1923, in Hancock County, Ohio, to Gilbert and Carrie (Gallant) Montgomery who preceded him in death. On Oct. 11, 1944 he married Leland Badertscher who survives. 

Ima Jean retired from Triplett Corporation, Bluffton.  She was a member of Riley Creek Baptist Church, Bluffton. She enjoyed camping, spending time with her grandchildren and was a graduate of Mt. Cory High School.


Richard "Dick" Cole 1935-2016

Richard "Dick" Glenn Cole, 80, died June 2, 2016, at 8:36 a.m. at Bluffton Hospital Emergency Room. Richard was born July 24, 1935, in Lima to the late Robert and Elinor (Giberson) Cole. He was married to Carman Cole and she preceded him in death. On April 1, 2005, he married Betty (Crow) Cole who survives. 

Richard retired as a concrete mixer driver from Ernst Concrete, Lima.  


Steven Yoder was a pastor at First Mennonite Church

Steven J. Yoder, 60, died June 1, 2016, at 2:35 p.m. at the Cleveland Clinic.  Steve was born Oct. 29, 1955 in Marysville, Ohio, to Henry and Lydia (Troyer) Yoder.  On July 31, 1982, he married Janet Jantzi Yoder who survives. 

Yoder was currently a pastor at First Mennonite Church in Bluffton. He served as a pastor in the Mennonite church for 22 years.

He was an active member of the Bluffton Area Ministerial Association and the Bluffton Lions Club. He graduated from Jonathan Alder High School, Prairie Bible Institute, the Ohio State University and Bethany Seminary.


Funeral arrangements incomplete for Richard Cole

Richard G. Cole, 80, of Bluffton died June 2, 2016, at Bluffton Hospital Emergency Room. Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.