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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.


Velma Kingsley memorial service March 8

A memorial service for Velma Kingsley, who died Dec. 20, 2013, will take place at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 8, at First Mennonite Church. The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.

Click here for Mrs. Kingsley's obituary, posted at the time of her death.


Jeff Ray celebration of life March 23 in Las Vegas

A celebration of the life, music and legacy of guitarist Jeff Ray, who died Jan. 18, 2014, will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 23, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nev.

Featuring performances by Jersey Boys, Dustree Productions, Rock Of Ages and Dance With Me cast members, members of Meat Loaf’s band, Cindy Lora-Renard, Michelle Johnson, Vita Corimbi, Joshua Adams, Skye Dee Miles, Penthouse Suite, Elyse Branch, Bella Electric Strings and other musicians.


Diane Barnes was retired village clerk of Ft. Shawnee

Diane L. Barnes, 76, of Beaverdam, died February 26, 2014 at her residence. She was born January 28, 1938 in Lima to the late Louis and Lucille Condon Baker.

Diane retired as clerk for the Village of Ft. Shawnee.


Freda Neiswander, 108, was born in Bluffton


Freda M. “Fritz” Neiswander, 108, formerly of Adrian, Mich., died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014.
She was born Jan. 4, 1906, in Ada, Ohio, the seventh of 16 children of Alfred and Adele (Grant) Criblez, and was raised on the family farm in Bluffton, Ohio.

She was married to Eugene C. Neiswander for 67 years, and he preceded her in death in 2001.


Nina Nuzum 1938-2014


Nina L. Nuzum, 75, of Bluffton died at her residence Feb. 25, 2014, at 6:55 p.m.  She was born Dec. 20, 1938 in Alvada to the late Wilson and Aimee Beck Fruth.  On June 23, 1956, she married Delmer Nuzum Sr. and he survives.

Mrs. Nuzum was a homemaker. She was a 1956 graduate of Vanlue High School.  


Barbara Tighe, 1919-2014

Barbara E. Tighe, 94, died Monday, February 24, 2014 at 3:30 a.m. at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton, Ohio.

She was born on June 15, 1919 in Hardin County, Ohio to Elza and Sara (Wingate) Elwood, who preceded her in death. On August 29, 1942 she married Andrew "Andy" Tighe and he died on August 10, 1997.

Barbara was a registered nurse and retired as a private duty nurse and administrator for Avanell Stambaugh. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church of Ada. She graduated from Ada High School and was a 1940 graduate of the Lima Memorial School of Nursing.


Jim Dailey was past owner of Southgate Lanes bowling alley

James L. Dailey, 86, died at 11:34 a.m. Feb. 20, 2014, at Richland Manor, Bluffton. He was born Nov. 12, 1927, in Portage Township, Hancock County, Ohio, to the late Dwight and Ollie (Clouser) Dailey. On July 17, 1949, he married Joan Burkholder and she survives.

Mr. Dailey had been the owner/operator of Southgate Lanes, Bluffton. He was a member of the First Mennonite Church, Bluffton. He was a member of the Lima Bowling Association Hall of Fame. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army.


Bob Green owned Bob's Barbership in Cairo

Robert "Bob"  E. Green, 75, of Cairo, died Feb. 17, 2014 at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.  He was born May 26, 1938 in Lima to the late C. Henry and Louise Bowers Green. On December 12, 1959, he married Colleen Nichols and she survives.

Robert retired from Roundy's-Scot Lad, Lima. He and his wife also owned and operated Sugar Bucket Antiques. Bob also was owner/operator of Bob's Barber Shop, Cairo.


Gerald Seem, 1932-2014

Gerald D. Seem, 81, of Bluffton, died February 18, 2014 at his residence. He was born November 29, 1932, in Bradner, to the late Howard Samuel and Mae Swartz Seem Sr. On October 27, 1953 he married Ruth Hottenstein and she survives.

Gerald retired from the Lima Ford Engine Plant.  He was a member of the Gospel Fellowship Church, Rawson.