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Obituaries

Betty Cookson was former Senior Citizens director and was active in many community organizations

Betty Jean Cookson, 94, died on Nov. 16, 2015, at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. She was a lifelong resident of Bluffton where she raised her family and served the community. For the past several years, she lived at Maple Crest.

She was born on April 16, 1921, to Hiram and Edna Luginbuhl Neuenschwander (who predeceased her) in Richland Township, Allen County, Ohio. She married Richard R. Cookson on May 9, 1943, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 15, 2012. 

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Edward Murphy was active in Boy Scouts

Edward C. Murphy Jr., 79, died Nov. 12, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.

Ed was born Nov. 11, 1936, in Lima to Edward  and Philomena (Sheridan) Murphy who preceded him in death. On Sept. 2, 1961 he married Margaret "Peg" (Immele) Murphy and she survives.

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Danny Justus was retired from Honda

Danny Lee Justus, 68, died Nov. 9, 2015, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.  Danny was born June 1, 1947, in Hardin County to Adin and Marylyn (McDonald) Justus who preceded him in death. On Sept. 7, 1977 he married Connie Burden Justus and she survives.

Danny retired from Honda, Marysville, where he was a supervisor. He enjoyed being outdoors, working in the yard and collected knives.  Danny also enjoyed truck driving, mechanics and farming.

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Stanley Naylor was active in several Bluffton organizations

Stanley F. Naylor, 83, of Bluffton died at 7:45 p.m., Nov. 8, 2015, at Mennonite Memorial Home. 

He was born May 29, 1932, in Goshen, Ind., to Wilbur J. and Deltha (Metzler) Naylor. The family moved to Nappanee, Ind., where he grew up and graduated from high school in the class of 1950. 

He graduated from Bluffton College (University) in 1954 with a business degree and on Sept. 25 of that same year he married Ruth E. (Bundy) Naylor. They spent the next two years in alternative service at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

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David Torsell was a World War II veteran

David Mark Torsell Sr., 91, died at 11:55 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, at The Hilty Home in Pandora, Ohio.

David was born on Thursday, July 03, 1924, in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, to the late Joseph Francis and Verna (Palmer) Torsell.

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Thursday funeral service for Bluffton centennian Bertie Swank

Bertha "Bertie" Evadna Shrider Swank, 100, died Nov. 1, 2015, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. 

Bertie was born April 10, 1915, in Allen County on a farm near Lafayette, Ohio, to Charles and Louisa (Ramga) Shrider who preceded her in death.

On July 8, 1943, she married Frederick Andrew Swank who preceded her in death on April 5, 1978.

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Boyd Watkins worked for the Village of Bluffton public works department for 30 years

William Boyd Watkins, 83, died Oct. 27, 2015, at 10:54 p.m. at Bluffton Hospital.

Boyd was born April 5, 1932, in Bluffton to George and Agnes (Jones) Watkins who preceded him in death.

Boyd worked for the Village of Bluffton for 30 years in the public works department. He was a member of the First Missionary Church, Bluffton, and was an army veteran. 

Survivors include a sister-in-law, Rosezella Watkins of Lima and 17 nieces and nephews.

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Mary Lou Vercler worked in several Bluffton businesses

Mary Lou Vercler, 87, died Oct. 27, 2015, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton after a short illness.

She was born May 12, 1928, on a farm near Kouts, Ind., to the late Alpha and Martha (Zook) Baughman. After graduating from Kouts High School, she attended Ball State University for one year then graduated from Bethel College, Kansas, in 1950 with a degree in English and History. 

She then moved to Bloomington/Normal, Ill., where she was a high school teacher.  It was there she met and subsequently married J. Norman Vercler, a hospital medical technician on Dec. 26, 1951.

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Jimmy Koogler 1947-2015

James "Jimmy" L. Koogler, 68, died Oct. 23, 2015, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. 

Jimmy was born Sept. 8, 1947, in Lima to James and Margaret (Hefner) Koogler who preceded him in death.

Jimmy was active the Senior's program at Marimor Industries. He lived at Yale Bloom, Lima. Jimmy enjoyed looking through his magazines and drinking coffee. He loved being with people and never knew a stranger. Jimmy had many friends, caregivers and staff at Champaign Residential Services, Lima and Marimor who  loved him and enjoyed caring for him.

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Bernice Criblez was a retired Allen East school bus driver

Bernice L. Criblez, 85, of Bluffton,  died Oct. 22, 2015, at 2:50 p.m. at Richland Manor, Bluffton.  Bernice was born Aug. 3, 1930, in Lima to the late Lew and Martha Lones Hullibarger. On Aug. 8,1948, she married Marion E. Criblez who preceded her in death on May 18, 1998.

Bernice was a bus driver for the Allen East Schools.  She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, Lafayette, the  Eagles Ladies Auxiliary and  American Legion  Auxiliary both of Wapakoneta and the Farm Bureau. She was a graduate of Lafayette Jackson High School.  

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