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July 20, 2019

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Clarence Basinger was a former Columbus Grove postmaster

Clarence Kenneth Basinger, 94, died March 25, 2019, at his residence.  Kenneth was born Nov. 7, 1924 in Allen County, Ohio, to the late Clarence and Cora (Lora) Basinger. On March 6, 1957, he married Joan (Cheney) Basinger who preceded him in death on Jan. 22, 2019.

Kenneth was a graduate of Columbus Grove High School in 1942 and spent one year at Bluffton College before being inducted into the U.S. Army in July 1943.  He served three years in the South Pacific and Philippines during World War II. 


Funeral arrangements incomplete for Clarence Basinger

Clarence Kenneth Basinger, 94, died March 25, 2019, at his residence. Services will begin at 11 a.m., Monday, April 1, at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton. Visitation will be Sunday from 2 – 5 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Rosemary Meyer was Bluffton Senior Citizens director for 12 years

Very involved at St. Mary's Catholic Church

Rosemary Lucy Batt Meyer, 78 of Bluffton, died on March 22, 2019. at her residence. Born May 20, 1940, to Virgil and Rosa (Hesselschwardt) Batt, both deceased.

Rosemary was the fourth of their eight children. Preceded in death by sister Valetta Keeterle of Defiance, Rosemary is survived by siblings Loretta Dieringer of Wauseon, Edward Batt of Defiance, Barbara Krugh of Defiance, Father Anthony Batt of Carrollton, Virginia Fenstermaker of Ossian, Ind., and Steven Batt of Napoleon. 


Gordon Shivley was a retired Bluffton HS guidance counselor

Gordon R. Shivley, 71, retired Bluffton High School guidance counselor, of rural Delphos, died on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at 7:17 a.m. at St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima.

He was born on Oct. 2, 1947 in Lima, Ohio, to the late Cleo Shivley and Marjorie {Stover} Shivley VanTilburg. On June 28, 1969, he married Velma Paroubek, who preceded him in death May 18, 2015.


Verla Diller was a retired LPN at Mennonite Home

Verla Ernestine Diller, 93, died on Monday, March 18, 2019, at Lima Memorial Hospital. 

Verla was born to Vearl and Eva (DeHart) Kitt on Feb.27, 1926, on the family farm in Wauneta, Nebraska, on the South Divide.

Verla graduated Wauneta High School in 1945. She married Doyle Ralph Carpenter, Aug. 30, 1945. Two daughters, Josephine and Delores were born to this union. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1965. Verla returned to school earning her LPN degree and license, in 1966. She served the Mennonite Memorial Home for the next 29 years.


Bill Frideger was a controller at Procter and Gamble

William "Bill" Allen Frideger II, 45, died March 19, 2019, at his residence. Bill was born March 16, 1974, in St. Marys, Ohio, to William and Maria "Angie" (Franco) Frideger. On May 11, 2002, he married Amy Dues Frideger who survives.

Bill graduated from St. Marys Memorial High School. He also had attended Lima Technical College. Bill worked at Procter and Gamble in the engineering department as a controller.  He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bluffton.