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October 17, 2017

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Obituaries

Janice Umphress was a 1945 Bluffton High School graduate

Janice L. Umphress, 89, died on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, at 2:57 a.m. at Memorial Hospital of Union County in Marysville, Ohio.

She was born on Jan. 27, 1928, in Lima, Ohio, to Lee and Rhoda (Hammer) Wingate who preceded her in death. On June 28, 1946, Janice married Maurice "Morrie" Umphress and he died on Aug. 7, 2010.

Janice was a homemaker. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Ada and the Women's Guild of the church. Janice was a 1945 graduate of Bluffton High School. She was a member of the Ada Senior Citizens.

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John "Jack" Newton Shoupe was an Air Force veteran

John “Jack” Newton Shoupe, 83, died Feb. 21, 2017, at Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton. John was born July 13, 1933, in Findlay to Roscoe and Helen (Kelchner) Shoupe, who preceded him in death. On March 4, 1962, he married Louise (Herr) Shoupe who survives.

Jack was an Air Force veteran during the Korean Conflict. He worked for Meadow Gold Dairy as a salesman until his retirement.

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Dolores Stoodt was a 1954 graduate of LaFayette Jackson High School

Dolores M. Stoodt, 80, died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, at 8:20 a.m. at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.

She was born on July 20, 1936, in LaFayette, Ohio, to John Wesley and Thelma (Kidd) Stoodt.

They preceded her in death.

Dolores retired from First Federal Savings and Loan of Lima where she worked as a teller. She then was the secretary for the West Central Ohio Kidney Foundation.

She was a member of the Liberty Chapel United Methodist Church, LaFayette and a 1954 graduate of LaFayette Jackson High School.

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Funeral arrangements incomplete for Jack Newton Shoupe

John “Jack” Newton Shoupe, 83, died Feb. 21, 2017, at Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton. Arrangements are pending at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Service, Bluffton.
 

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Former Bluffton resident Evan B. Steiner dies in Florida

Former Bluffton resident Evan B. Steiner died Feb. 19, 2017, in Florida, where he lived.

He was born on April 28, 1924, in Bluffton, Ohio, to Mary (Balmer) and Soloman Steiner.  On April 5, 1947, he married Betty Kohli; and, this year they would have celebrated 70 years of marriage.

His children are Carol (Tom) Bell, Westerville, Ohio/Hobe Sound, Fla.; Greg (Chris), Hobe Sound, Fla.,/Indian River, Mich.; Bob (Patsy), Hobe Sound, Fla./Highlands, N.C.  

He has eight grand-children, 17 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.

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Chuck Gossard 1955 - 2017

Charles (Chuck) Gossard, 61, died Feb. 18, 2017, at Lima Memorial Health System surrounded by his family.

Chuck was born March 29, 1955, in Bluffton, Ohio, to Lewis and Bernice (Crawfis) Gossard who preceded him in death.

Chuck worked at Wilson Football Factory in Ada. He was also a stay at home father. 

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Beverly Steiner was retired director of laboratory operations at Bluffton Hospital

She was a Pandora-Gilboa graduate

Beverly Steiner, 82,  died Feb. 15, 2017, at Bridge Hospice Care Center in Findlay.

Beverly was born April 22, 1934, in Bluffton, Ohio, to Albert and Irene (Cherry) Schutz who preceded her in death. On July 6, 1957, she married Ralph Steiner who preceded her in death on Nov. 3, 2016.

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Funeral arrangements incomplete for Beverly Steiner

Beverly Steiner, 82, died Feb. 15, 2017, at Bridge Hospice Care Center in Findlay. Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles- Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.

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Kenneth Knitz was former Village of Bloomdale police chief

Kenneth Wayne Knitz, 81, died Feb, 14, 2017, at Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay.  Kenneth was born Jan. 24, 1936, in Gibsonburg to the late A. Wayne and Edna (Houtz) Knitz.  On Feb. 10, 1955, he married Nancy Lee Knitz who survives.

Ken graduated from Troy-Luckey High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.  He retired as a machinist at Atlas Crankshaft in Fostoria after 28 years.  Ken was an active member of Pandora United Methodist Church and a 34 year member of the Bloomdale Fire and EMS. 

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Rhonda Staley was a 1986 graduate of McComb High School

Rhonda S. Staley, 48 of Bluffton died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. 

She was born on March 20, 1968 to William C. Nigh, Jr. and Sue F. Nigh. Rhonda married Dan Staley on Aug. 1, 1992, and he survives along with her mother, Sue F. Nigh of North Baltimore, three children; Bridgette G. Staley of Fostoria, Jared R. Staley of Minneapolis, Minn., and Nathaniel N. Staley of Bluffton.

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