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November 17, 2017

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Eilene Mericle was a lifelong resident of the community

M. Eilene Mericle, 93, died May 4, 2017, at 7:47 p.m. at Willow Ridge - Betty House in Bluffton.  Eilene was born April 4, 1924, in Orange Township near Bluffton to the late Ross and Arah (Ewing) Tripplehorn.  On Sept. 17, 1942 she married Gerald "Gene" Mericle who preceded her in death on Oct. 22, 1997.

Eilene was a homemaker and had also worked at Gillette Bakery and Crow's Dime Store both of Bluffton.  She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Bluffton and the Bluffton Senior Citizens. 


Darrel Yoder was a Pan American World Airways pilot for 32 years

Owen Darrel Yoder, 94, died on May 3, 2017 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. Darrel was the eldest child born on March 5, 1923, in Nappanee, Indiana, to the late Owen J. and Verda (Yoder) Yoder.

Darrel graduated from Topeka High School, in Topeka, Indiana. He attended Bluffton College and after serving in the armed forces graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. 


Thelma Bucher was a Pandora High School graduate

Thelma Pearl Bucher, 87, of Findlay and formerly of Road 4 in Pandora, died May 1, 2017, at Fox Run Manor, Findlay. Thelma was born Nov. 25, 1929, in Pandora, Ohio, to the late Err and Bertha (Nemire) Bridenbaugh.  On June 21, 1947, she married John Bucher who preceded her in death on March 28, 2011.

Thelma graduated from Pandora High School and then worked as a bookkeeper at Pandora Milling Company and later as a bookkeeper at Kersh Insurance in Ottawa, Ohio.  She also was a farmwife and helped on the family farm. 


Mary Alice Dodge 1931-2017

Mary Alice Dodge, 85, died April 28, 2017, at Bridge Hospice in Findlay.

Mary was born July 16, 1931, in Ada, Ohio, to Allen and Esther (Sites) High who preceded her in death. On Nov. 4, 1951, she married Rolland J. Dodge who survives.

Survivors include a daughter, Luann (Mark) Frisch of Carey, Ohio; a son, Dana Dodge of Bluffton; four grandchildren, Andrew Redick, Benjamin Redick, Travis Frisch, Joshua Dodge and six great-grandchildren.


Phyllis Peggy Downey 1922-2017

Phyllis Peggy Downey, 94, died April 23, 2017, at Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton. She was born on April 24, 1922, in Wapakoneta, Ohio, the eldest daughter of Bernard and Alvina (Zwiebel) Winget. In 1945, she married Royal Downey, who died in 1979.

Phyllis was raised in Orange Township and graduated from Cory-Rawson High School. She worked at Triplett Corp. during the Depression and World War II, and was later a retired farm wife.

Phyllis was a member of the English Lutheran Church in Bluffton.


Lena Badertscher worked at Triplett Corp. 40 years

Lena May Badertscher, 85, died April 26, 2017 at 7:15 a.m. at Bluffton Hospital.  Lena was born Jan. 15, 1932, in Medina, Ohio, to the late George and Mary (Kendall) Preto. On June 27, 1959, she married Robert Badertscher and he survives.

Lena was a graduate of Bluffton High School and worked at Triplett Corporation, Bluffton from 1950-1990. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bluffton where she had taught catechism. She was a member of the Herb Club.


Jay Bricker was a former Bluffton council member

He served four years in the U.S. Coast Guard

Jay D. Bricker, 72, died April 23, 2017, at Willow Ridge surrounded by his family. Jay was born Nov. 6, 1944, in Lima, Ohio to Russell and Ruby Fern (Dorman) Bricker who preceded him in death.  He married Pam (Morton) Bricker who survives.

Jay was a member of the United States Coast Guard for four years. Jay worked for Ex-Cello, Whirlpool Corporation, owned a furniture refinishing business and ended his career at Stratton Auto Sales.

He was a former member of the Lions Club and a member of the American Legion in Bluffton. He was also a former Bluffton council member.


Max Rodabaugh was a Korean War veteran

Max Rodabaugh, 86, died April 20, 2017, at Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton. Max was born Nov. 6, 1930, in Hancock County, Ohio to Lawrence and B. Maree (Zinn) Rodabaugh who preceded him in death. On Dec. 26, 1954, he married Judith (Moe) Rodabaugh who survives.

 Max served in the United States Army during the Korean War took an Honor Flight in June of 2015.  After his time in the military, Max worked for Stoops Freightliner as a diesel mechanic foreman and retired after 34 years of employment.  Max was also a deacon at several churches.


Treva Sousley was a 1943 Bluffton HS graduate

Treva M. Sousley, 91, of Bluffton,died at 2:25 a.m., April 19, 2017 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Treva was born Dec. 15, 1925 in Beaverdam to the late Walter M. and Luella M. (Steiner) Hochstettler.  On April 1, 1945, she married Ralph R. Sousley of Ada and he preceded her in death on June 17, 1995.

Treva was a life-long member of Emmanuel United Church of Christ, Bluffton.  She was always active in the church and Sunday School until Ralph passed away.  Treva graduated from Bluffton High School in 1943 and was a homemaker.


David Leiber was a Bluffton High School graduate

David K. Leiber, 57, of Bluffton, died April 17, 2017, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.  David was born Nov. 14, 1959, in Bluffton to Donald and Lola (Dangler) Leiber. 

David graduated from Bluffton High School. He had been a farmer and also worked as a mechanic at Leiber Garage in Bluffton and OH Materials in Findlay.  He had attended Emmanuel United Church of Christ, Bluffton, enjoyed vacationing especially near the beach and spending time with family and friends.