November 24, 2014


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John Beckler, 1936-2014

John R. Beckler Jr., 77, died on March 14, 2014 at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora.  He was born on July 29, 1936 in Leadwood, Missouri to the late John and Audrey (Rice) Beckler. On July 20, 1958, he married Marilyn Shoemaker and she survives.

John had been a truck driver for Signal Delivery, Findlay. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Bluffton, the Pandora American Legion, Masonic Lodge Post 418, Mt. Cory, the Teamsters Union and was a veteran of the U.S. Marines Corp.


Kimberly Lynn Nussbaum was a 1975 Bluffton High School graduate

Kimberly Lynn Nussbaum of Columbia City, Ind., died on March 13, 2014, at Parkview Hospital in Ft. Wayne, Ind.. She was born on Jan. 9, 1957, in Nelsonville, Ohio, to Don and Tresa Burris who preceded her in death. She married Roger Gross who died on July 4, 1993. On March 4, 1994, she married Steve Nussbaum who died on April 26, 2004. She is survived by her companion, Dan Chivington.

Kim was a 1975 graduate of Bluffton High School. Kim was an organ donor.


Betty Wirt operated the "Cubby Hole" in Ada

Betty Kathryn Wirt, 87, died on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 9:05 p.m. at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.

She was born on April 2, 1926 in Pittsburgh, Pa., to William and Elizabeth (Hasson) Knox and they preceded her in death. On May 15, 1946 she married Merle E. Wirt and he died on November 1, 2010.


Donald Wherly operated Wherly's Market

Donald D. Wherly, 78, died March 12, 2014, at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay. He was born February 17, 1936, in Putnam County to the late Rolla and Myrtle (Cherry) Wherly. On April 22, 1966, he married Jean A. Moser Schaller and she survives.

Mr. Wherly had been a self-employed farmer. He and his wife owned and operated Wherly's Farm Market. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Findlay, and the Bluffton Flying Club. He was active in the Pandora Tennis Club. Survivors also include a sister, Shirley Kline of Mt. Cory.


Robert Amstutz was a graduate of Beaverdam High School


Robert A. Amstutz, 76, of Beaverdam, died at 4:20 p.m. March 9, 2014. at Bluffton Hospital. He was born Oct. 6, 1937, in Bluffton, to the late Jess and Mary Burkholder Amstutz. On June 30, 1957, he married Peggy A. Lewis and she preceded him in death on July 29, 2013.

Mr. Amstutz retired from Ex-Cell-O/Airfoil-Textron, Bluffton. He was a member of St. John Mennonite Church, Pandora, and a member of the Gideons, where he was active in their jail ministry. He was also active with Transport for Christ. He was a graduate of Beaverdam High School.


Joyce Wymer, 1957-2014

Joyce Ann Wymer, 56, died Friday, March 7, 2014 at 11:00 p.m. at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima, Ohio.

She was born on October 15, 1957 in Lima to E. Jack and Marilyn (Mason) Goldsmith. Her father preceded her in death and her mother survives in Wapakoneta. On June 15, 1974, she married B. Keith Wymer and he survives in Alger.

Joyce was an LPN at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima for eight years. She previously worked at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.


Connie Gross was retired from Wilson Sporting Goods

Connie Sue Gross, 70, died on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 1:48 a.m. at Lima Memorial Health Systems, Lima.

She was born on October 28, 1943 in Steven Branch, Ky., to James and Pauline (VanHoose) Phillips and they preceded her in death. On July 1, 1961 she married Marion Gross, Jr. and he survives in Alger.

Connie retired after 12 years from Wilson Sporting Goods of Ada, where she worked as a sewer. She operated the Alger Variety Store for 7 years. She was an active member of the Auglaize Free United Baptist Church, Maysville.


Kathryn VanScoder Fruchey, 92, was a Pandora High School graduate

Kathryn E. VanScoder Fruchey, 92, of Pandora and formerly of Tampa, Fla., died at 11:40 a.m., March 3, 2014, at the Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora.

She was born September 9, 1921 in Ottawa to Harry and Caroline Schumacher VanScoder.  On July 25, 1941, she married Samuel E. Fruchey and he preceded her in death on April 5, 1984.

A graduate of Pandora High School, Kathryn was a homemaker who enjoyed working with ceramics.  She also enjoyed fishing and bowling.


Judith Samson was a Pandora-Gilboa HS graduate


Judith Samson, 68, of Placentia, Calif., passed away February 7, 2014.

Judy was born on August 12, 1945 in Pandora, Ohio to Warren and Idella (Gratz) Bridenbaugh.  She graduated from Pandora-Gilboa Schools and Indiana Weslyan.

Judy was a teacher for the Ontario-Montclair school district for over 30 years. In retirement, she volunteered in the community and was an active church member. She is survived by her husband Keith, sons Geoffrey and Joshua, daughter in law Natalie, grandson Colin (all in California) and brothers Dale and Daryl Bridenbaugh (Pandora, Ohio).


Funeral arrangements for Kathryn Fruchey incomplete

Kathryn Fruchey, 92, of Pandora died March 3, 2014 at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.