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October 7, 2015


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Don Luginbuhl served 29 years in the U.S. Army

Don Robert Luginbuhl, 58, died April 9, 2015 at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay.  He was born June 20, 1956, in Bluffton to Robert and Allene (Stuber) Luginbuhl who preceded him in death. On Sept. 26, 1987, he married Denise (Thompson) Luginbuhl and she survives.


Robert Bassitt was a former LaFayette police chief

Robert E. "Bob" Bassitt Sr., 88, died April 7, 2015, at 8:21 p.m., Lima Memorial Health System.

He was born Oct. 27, 1926 in Beaverdam, to Carl and Mildred (James) Bassitt who preceded him in death.

He married Laura Fay Johnson on Sept. 1, 1947, at the Labor Day Rodeo on horseback in Ada, Ohio.


Funeral arrangements incomplete for Don Luginbuhl

Don R. Luginbuhl, 58 died April 9, 2015 at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Nancy Dyer born in 1908, lived to be 107 years old

Nancy Jane Dyer, 107, died April 2, 2015, at 5:19 p.m. at  Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.

She was born March 6, 1908, in Middlecreek, Ky., to George and Mary Tennessee (Prater) England who preceded her in death. On April 20, 1929, she married Gladys "Glad" Dyer who preceded her in death on Nov. 23, 1978.


Robert W. Housh 1930-2015

Robert "Bob" W. Housh, 84, died at 7:45 a.m. March 31, 2015, at his residence.He was born Oct. 5, 1930, in LaMoure, N.D., to the late Charles and Dorothy (Witt) Housh. On Dec. 7, 1962, he married Gloria (Bruse) Housh who survives.


James Edie was a 1963 Bluffton High School graduate

James E. Edie of Pandora, Ohio, died March 24, 2015, at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus.

He was the son of Don C. and Betty J. (Weber) Edie both of whom are deceased. He is survived by a son, James Paul Edie of Clyde; two grandchildren, Kayla A. Edie of Wauseon and Elijah J. Edie of New Bremen.

He is also survived by his companion Joyce Lynch of Tiffin, his former spouse, Pauline Kinsinger Edie Watts of Lima and sisters: Bonnie L. Bruhn of Indianapolis, Ind., and Sandra K. (Duane) Nusbaum of Southern Pines, N.C.


Gail Benroth taught elementary school and owned a ski and sail business

Gail Allen Benroth died March 19 after complications from multiple strokes and a battle with pneumonia. He was born October 29, 1942. He married Joan Ball (Williams) in 1970 and they were married for 26 years.

He served four years in the US Air Force as a jet engine mechanic before attending college at Utah State University where he earned a degree in social work and elementary education.


Marie Place, 1916-2015

Marie C. Place, 99, of Bluffton, died at 9:20 a.m. March 29, at Willow Ridge - Bettye House, Bluffton. She was born March 12, 1916, in Bluffton to the late Jacob and Lena (Scherler) Schnegg. She was married to Harry Richard Place and he preceded her in death.

Per Marie's wishes, she will be cremated with private burial at a later date in Ebenezer Mennonite Cemetery, Bluffton. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Norman Vercler was hospital X-ray technologist 22 years; later operated Norm's Electronics

J. Norman Vercler died at 9:30 a.m. March 27, 2015, at the Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease.  He had been a resident of Bluffton for 58 years.

He was born March 14, 1925, in Meadows, Ill., to the late Elmer and Naomi (Claudon) Vercler. He graduated from Chenoa High School and went on for further studies at Illinois State Normal University where he majored in science.  After graduation, he began work at Mennonite Hospital in Bloomington as head medical technician, a position he held until 1956.


Paul Kersh was a Pandora-Gilboa HS graduate

Paul Dean Kersh, 57, of Pandora died March 26, 2015, at his residence following a sudden illness. He was born Sept. 27, 1957, in Columbus to Robert and Eleanor Pingle Kersh.

He worked for the Benton Ridge Telephone Company since 1983. He enjoyed bowling, fishing and hunting and was a member of the Leipsic Fishing & Hunting Assoc. He was a graduate of Pandora-Gilboa High School.