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Michael Waltz was a U.S. Army veteran

Michael A. Waltz, 66, of Rawson, Ohio, died the evening of January 13, 2015 at the OSU Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. Michael was born May, 13, 1948 in
Bluffton, Ohio to the late Ralph A. and Marie E. Waltz. On October 5, 1968, Michael
married Mary E. Reichenbach at the First Mennonite Church in Bluffton.


Evelyn Smith 1945-2015

Evelyn L. Smith, 69, of Lima died at 8:10 a.m. Jan. 14, 2015, at her residence.  She was born Aug. 8, 1945 in Trenton, New Jersey, to the late George and Elsie (Lemaster) Hakin. 

She spent her childhood in Osage, West Virginia ,before her family moved to Akron, Ohio.  In 1956 she spent half of her seventh grade in the Lima school.  Evelyn graduated from Shawnee School in 1963.  


Jay Richard Briggs died Jan. 7

Jay Richard Briggs, 75 of Bluffton died Jan. 7, 2015, at Bluffton Hospital.  Per his wishes there will be no services.  Arrangements are entrusted with Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Martha Pauline (Gerber) Brown was a Pandora native

Martha Pauline (Gerber) Brown, 97, native to Pandora, died Jan. 12, 2015, in Birmingham, Ala.  She was born July 27, 1917.

She was preceded in death by second son, Jared Paul Brown who died 3 days after his birth on Feb. 25, 1948, and by her  husband and missionary co-worker for 68 years, Rev. Dr. O. Carl Brown, Jr., on Nov. 12, 2010.       


Funeral service for Jack Adair on Monday

Jack Adair, 76, of Estero, Fla., died Jan. 7, 2015, at Joanne House, Bonita Springs, Fla.  

Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Monday at Ebenezer Mennonite Church, Bluffton.  Visitation will be from  4-8 p.m. Sunday at Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services, Bluffton. 

Other information is incomplete.


Elizabeth Dickey Lacy graduated from BHS

Elizabeth Dickey Lacy, age 62, of Toledo, Ohio, passed away on December 30,
2014 at Heartland of Oregon. She was born to Dale and Carolyn (Vore) Dickey
on November 26, 1952 in Princeton, NJ.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her mother, Carolyn Dickey. She is
survived by her father, Dale F. Dickey; sister, Johanna Dickey Rian (Neil
Anderson); niece, Katherine Schlesser (Kyle); and cousins  Keith Vore (Judy),
Jill Vore Gullette (Rick), Eric Vore (Kristy) and Jennifer Vore Boughan


Thomas Dukes was a 1978 Cory-Rawson High School graduate

Thomas Jay Dukes, 55, died Dec. 30, 2014, at his residence. He was born Oct. 2, 1959, in Bluffton to Lewis and Virginia (Sutter) Dukes. On Sept. 20, 1985, he married Kathy Beckler Dukes who survives.

He was a self-employed farmer and was owner/operator of TJD Trucking. He was a member of United in Christ United Methodist Church, Bluffton, and the Mt. Cory Masonic Lodge.  He was a 1978 graduate of Cory-Rawson High School. 


Donna Steiner 1928-2014

Donna Steiner, 86, died on Dec. 27, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. at the Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton, Ohio.  She was born on Nov. 27, 1928, in Wayne County, Michigan, to Harry D. and Mable I. (McPheron) Wingate who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by one older brother Albert R. Wingate, daughter-in-law Carol (von Stein) Steiner, and great grandson Josiah David Steiner.

She married Harley R. Steiner on July 30, 1948.  They were married over 66 years.


Kathleen Konst was a Bluffton High School graduate

Kathleen M. Konst, 92, died at 10:50 p.m. Dec. 15, 2014, at Willow Ridge, Bluffton. She was born July 1, 1922, in Bluffton to the late Edwin and Clara Freyman Niswander. On June 23, 1950, she married Albert Konst and he preceded her in death on Oct. 5, 2006. 

She was a secretary.  They lived in many states during Albert's career in the Air Force.  Kathleen and Albert enjoyed traveling in their motor home. They traveled to 49 states.  She was graduate of Bluffton High School and attended St. Mary's Catholic Church, Bluffton.


Marie Andrews worked at Triplett Corporation

Marie Elizabeth Andrews, 92, passed away December 11, 2014 at 9:34 a.m. at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.  Marie was born July 9, 1922 near Dola, Ohio to the late William and Sophia (Frank) Hartman. On February 24, 1952 she married Robert D. Andrews who preceded her in death on June 6, 1974.

Marie graduated from Arlington High School.  She had been a homemaker and also had worked at Triplett Corporation, Bluffton and Ohio Oil Company, Findlay.  Marie was a member of Emmanuel United Church of Christ, Bluffton.  She was an avid reader and loved music.