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January 17, 2018

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Betty Sommer was a former faculty member at Bluffton University

Memorial service is Monday

Betty D. Sommer, 72, died Nov. 7, 2017, at Willow Ridge - Betty House in Bluffton. 

Betty was born Nov. 27, 1944, in Crisfield, Maryland, to the late Fred and Amelia (Kurtz) Detwiler. After meeting her late husband, Willis during voluntary service work in Kenya, they married on May 22, 1976.  Willis preceded her in death on June 23, 2017.

Betty graduated from Marion High School in Marion, Maryland. She received her bachelor's degree in Social Work from Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana, and later her master's degree in Social Work from the University of Denver. 


Barbara Engle, 1937-2017

Barbara Ann Engle, 79, died on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, at 4:40 p.m. at Willow Ridge, Bluffton.

She was born on Dec. 10, 1937, in Auglaize County, Ohio, to the late Frank and Thelma (Hadsel) Underwood.

On Aug. 20, 195,5 Barbara married Phillip E. Engle and he preceded her in death on Aug. 13, 1998.

Barbara formerly worked for Essex Wire of Kenton.

She later retired from the Allen County Children Services, Lima.

Barbara was a member of the County Line Church of the Brethren of Harrod and a former member of the Order of Eastern Stars of Waynesfield.


Judith Orr 1948 - 2017

Judith Ann Orr, 69, of Beaverdam died Oct. 30, 2017, at 5:59 p.m. at Lima Memorial Health System. Judy was born Jan. 23, 1948 in Bluffton to the late Clarence and Norma (Bushong) Burkholder. On March 29, 1968, she married David Orr who preceded her in death on April 27, 2016.

Judy was a homemaker.

Survivors include a special nephew, Bryan (Casey) Burkholder of Columbus Grove and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Judy was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Goecke and a nephew, Jeffrey Burkholder.


Jim Green initiated Omega Mechanical Design

Served on Cory-Rawson school board for eight years

James Edward Green, 89, of Bluffton died at 1:40 p.m., Oct. 28, 2017, at the Mennonite Memorial Home.

Jim was born on the family farm where he grew up in Putnam County on Aug. 3, 1928, to the late Milford and Anna Belle (Clark) Green. He graduated from Mt. Cory High School in 1946 and attended Bowling Green State University. On Sept. 12, 1948 he married Marilyn Irene Marquart.


Nora Swank Mericle was retired from Village of Bluffton

Nora M. (Holmes) Swank (Mericle), 93, died Oct. 26, 2017, at 12:35 a.m. at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Nora was born Oct. 19, 1924, in Bluffton to the late Roscoe I. and Eva (Eckenwiler) Holmes.  On Nov. 28, 1944, she married Joseph H. Swank who preceded her in death on March 15, 1997.  She then married William P. Mericle on Jan. 27, 2002, and he preceded her in death on March 15, 2005.


Dwight Bixel, farmer, served on many area boards

Volunteer for 20 years with Our Daily Bread

Dwight D. Bixel, 84, of Bluffton died at 10:26 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. He was born Jan. 22, 1933, in Putnam County to the late Stanley and Edith (Burkholder) Bixel. In 1955, he married Clarabeth (Diller) Bixel and she survives.

Dwight was a farmer, a former director of the Ohio Soybean Board and served as director for the G.W. Sugar Refinery.  He had also been a member of the Lima Farmer’s Club.