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January 21, 2019

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Alice Ruth Ramseyer was born in China to missionary parents

Served with her husband as missionaries in Japan

Alice Ruth Pannabecker Ramseyer died Monday, Nov. 5, 2018.  She was born in Kai Chow, China, on Sept. 27, 1929, to Mennonite missionaries S. F. “Floyd” and Sylvia (Tschantz) Pannabecker. 

She joined two brothers in the family, Dick Pannabecker (long-time Bluffton resident) and Robert Pannabecker.  The family served on the Kai Chow mission  with the family of Floyd's identical twin Lloyd.


Funeral service for Alice Ruth Ramseyer on Nov. 9

Alice Ruth Ramseyer, 89, of Bluffton, died November 5, 2018, at Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.  Services will be held at 11a.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, at First Mennonite Church, Bluffton. 

Visitation will be Thursday from 5 – 7 p.m. at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton. 

Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Willard Brewster was retired from Lima Ford plant and was a farmer

Willard "Will" K. Brewster, 79, died Nov. 1, 2018, at Bluffton Hospital. Will was born July 13, 1939, in Monticello, Kentucky, to the late Clarence and Mary (Troxel) Brewster. On July 2, 1960 he married Janice Triplehorn Brewster who survives.

Will graduated from Cory-Rawson High School and served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper of the 82nd Airborne.  He worked at the Lima Ford Engine Plant and was a farmer. 


Barbara Wood was a resident of Willow Ridge

Barbara J. Wood, 91, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, at 8:55 a.m. at the Freida House at Willow Ridge, Bluffton.

She was born on Feb. 2, 1927, in Kenton, Ohio, to Chester E. and Helen (Griffis) Brown who preceded her in death.  On July 1, 1950, she married Charles E. Wood and he survives in Bluffton.

Barbara was a former office secretary at Kenton High School and a homemaker.  She was a member of the Ada First United Methodist Church.  She was a former member of the Christ United Methodist Church in Wauseon and Lake Panasoffkee United Methodist Church in Florida. 


Ann Badertscher was a Bluffton HS graduate

Ann E. Badertscher, 77, died Oct. 31, 2018, at the Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton.  Ann was born Jan. 26, 1941 in Bluffton to the late Denver and Olive (Schumacher) Zimmerly. On April 8, 1961, she married Robert Badertscher who survives.

Ann had previously worked for Marathon Oil Company in Findlay, Bluffton College and the Comfort Inn in Bluffton.  She was a member of the St John's United Church of Christ, Bluffton.  Ann enjoyed crocheting and was a Bluffton High School graduate.


Paul S. Schutz was a life-long Pandora resident

Paul S. Schutz, 96, died Oct. 31, 2018, at Hilty Memorial Home in Pandora. Paul was born Aug. 9, 1922, in Pandora to the late Hiram and Lucille (Weida) Schutz.  On March 27, 1948, he married Dorothy Knepper Schutz who preceded him in death on Feb. 16, 2010.

Paul graduated from Pandora High School and was a U.S. Army veteran serving in World War II. He was a farmer and had worked at McIntosh Industries in Bluffton. Paul was a member of Pandora United Methodist Church and the Pandora American Legion.