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December 15, 2017

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Douglas Parkins was a Beaverdam High School graduate

Douglas Parkins, 77, died Monday, June 26, 2017, at Lost Creek Care Center in Lima. He was born Sept. 27, 1939, in McComb to William and Katherine Parkins who preceded him in death.

Douglas graduated from Beaverdam High School and was a maintenance man at Ex-Cello in Bluffton for many years. He was an avid outdoors-man and hunter.


Marie Beach 1998 - 2017

Marie R. Beach, 18, died June 19, 2017. Marie was born September 4, 1998, in Lima, to Scott D. and Jeanne M. (Nadeau) Beach who survive in Lima.

Marie had attended Shawnee High School, and graduated from ACE Academy. She soccer and played for Shawnee High School, Allen East High School and AC Elite Soccer Club. Marie was an active member of the 4-H and Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic Church in Ada.


Adam Schattschneider funeral arrangements incomplete

Adam J. Schattschneider, 51 of Bluffton, died June 26, 2017 at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.  Arrangements are pending at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Willis Sommer's connection to Bluffton University extended beyond three decades

Taught business and accounting and later served as vice president for fiscal affairs

Willis John Sommer, 71, died June 23, 2017, at Bridge Hospice Care Center in Findlay.  Willis was born Aug. 1, 1945, in Gridley, Illinois, to the late Willis and Aldine (Oyer) Sommer.  On May 22, 1976, he married Betty Detwiler Sommer who survives. 

Willis graduated from Gridley High School in Gridley, Illinois, and then received his degree in Business Administration from Bluffton College and later his Master's degree from Ohio University. 


Willis Sommer funeral arrangements incomplete

Willis J. Sommer, 71, died June 23, 2017, at Bridge Hospice Care Center in Findlay.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services in Bluffton.


Linda Wynkoop 1948 - 2017

Linda J. Wynkoop, 69, died June 21, 2017, at 8:40 p.m. at her residence. Linda was born Feb. 5, 1948 in Bluffton, Ohio, to Paul and Helen (Hartman) Rankin who preceded her in death. On Jan. 14, 1966, she married Dennis Wynkoop who survives.

Linda was a homemaker and enjoyed art and painting. 

Survivors also include a son, Lewis (Jesse Johnson) Wynkoop of Findlay; three grandchildren; and a sister, Rita (Bill) McVetta of Mt. Cory. 

There will be no service or visitation per Linda's wishes.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bridge Hospice.