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January 15, 2019

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Norman Beidler was a Bluffton HS graduate

Was a member of the 1939-40 basketball team that advanced to the state tournament

Norman Beidler, 93,  of Turlock, Calif., died on Sept. 19, 2018.

Norman was born  Oct. 15, 1924, in Bluffton, Ohio, to parents Harvey and Minnie Beidler. He was a member of the 1939-40 Bluffton High School basketball team that advanced to the state basketball tournament.

He entered the Army shortly after graduating high school and served in Patton's 3rd Army, 249th Corps of Engineers in the European theatre of WWII from 1943-1945. He participated in the Battle of the Bulge.


Daniel J. Amstutz was active in the Pandora community

1969 Pandora-Gilboa HS graduate; involved in agriculture

Daniel J. Amstutz, 67, of Pandora died  Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, at Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo. He was born May 14, 1951, in Bluffton to Fred and Mary (Schmidt) Amstutz.  On Sept. 4, 1971, he married Marty Shank and she survives. 


Funeral service for Tommy Jennings Oct. 20


Tommy Jennings, 72, died Sept. 12, 2018, at Mercy Health - St. Rita's Medical Center.  Tommy was born April 5, 1946 in Bluffton to the late D. Winston and Ruth (Watt) Jennings.  

Tommy graduated from Bluffton High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict. 

Survivors include a daughter, Michelle; a son, Bradley; two grandsons, Derek (Aleshia) and Tyler; five great grandchildren, Kensington, Kolby, Jaden, Scarlett and Oliver; and a brother, Larry (Tricia).

Tommy was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Caitlin.


Mildred Burkholder was retired from Bluffton Hospital

And she served there as a volunteer

Mildred B. Burkholder, 84, of Bluffton died at 10:50 a.m., Oct. 15, 2018, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Millie was born Nov. 15, 1933 in Paintsville, Kentucky, to the late Lacy and Cloie (Lemaster) Brown.  On Aug. 24, 1957, she married David E. Burkholder who preceded her in death on May 10, 2004. 


Funeral arrangements for Dan Amstutz incomplete

Daniel F. Amstutz, 67, of Pandora died Oct. 15, 2018 at Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Janice Welty Block was a past May Day queen at Bluffton

She was a native of Pandora

Janice Marie Block of Thompson, Iowa, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018.  Janice was born on a farm in Pandora, Ohio, on Feb. 20, 1927 to the parents of Daniel Lee Welty and Faery Manilla Welty (Balmer).

She graduated from Pandora High School as valedictorian of her class.  She completed a bachelor’s degree in biology at Bluffton College where she was also  May Queen.