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Andrew R. Reese, 1987-2014

Andrew R. Reese, 26, of Bluffton died June 4, 2014, following an accident at his residence.  He was born Oct. 1, 1987, in Findlay to Gary and Shannon Boyle Reese who survive in Bluffton.

Andrew lived in Russia for year during his childhood. He grew up at Cable Road Alliance Church and, among other activities, he volunteered to run sound and power point for services for several years.  Later in Chicago, he worked grounds crew at Soldier Field and did stage and sound set-up for large concert venues. 

During his time in Chicago, he interned with two different skilled chefs.


Edna Dalke funeral service in Kansas June 7; burial in Bluffton

Edna Dalke, 93, died on May 20, 2014, at Pleasant View Home of Inman, Kansas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, Marilyn Dalke Busenitz, one son, Warren Dalke, and one 6 year old great-grandson, Bradley Dalke.

She is survived by her husband, Rev. Dan U. Dalke; daughters Cheryl Epp of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Arline Clark of Dayton; Vonda McEachern of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 2 sons, Dale Dalke of Vancouver, Wash.; Verle Dalke of Dallas, Ore.; 24 Grandchildren and 47 great-grandchildren.


Robert Zimmerman was active in many Beaverdam organizations; was on Bluffton school board

Robert Zimmerman, 84, died at 6 p.m., May 30, 2014.  He was born Dec.25, 1929, in Beaverdam to the late Raymond and LaDonna Williams Zimmerman. On Nov. 5, 1950 he married Elizabeth "Betty" Pepple and she preceded him in death on Oct.15, 2008.


Arrangements incomplete for Carrie L. Neuenschwander Assmann

Kay L. Assmann, 108, died May 28, 2014, in Knoxville, Tennessee.  Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday June 7 at 3580 Road R, Pandora - the family homestead.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Robert Barnett was active in many Bluffton organizations

Robert E. Barnett, 95, died at 12:04 a.m. on Thursday, May 29, at Bluffton Hospital. He was born on Aug. 27, 1918, in Whitehouse, Ohio, to the late Paul Barnett and Bertha (Studer) Barnett. He was married for 71 years to Mary Marshall Barnett who survives. Their wedding took place in San Antonio, Texas Dec. 24, 1942. 


Louise Reichenbach was a Triplett Corp. retiree

Louise C. Reichenbach, 90, of Bluffton died at 2:05 a.m. May 27, 2014, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  She was born May 1, 1924, in Zanesville to the late Lewis and Clara Hinkle Burkholder. On June 14, 1941 she married Amos W. Reichenbach and he preceded her in death on Feb. 27, 1995.

Louise retired from Triplett Corp., Bluffton after 35 years. She was a member of the Bluffton Presbyterian Church and  the Bluffton Senior Citizens.  


Kenneth Adams 1927-2014

Kenneth Ray Adams, 86, of Ottawa, Ohio, died May 23, 2014 at the Meadows at Putnam Acres, Ottawa.

He was born December 13, 1927 in Rimer to the late Burl and Velma (Davis) Adams. On May 29, 1952 he married Betty Lou Laux and she died February 12, 1989. On February 1, 1991 he married Frances Downing and she survives.

Kenneth was a laborer at New Idea Implement, Rockford, and had also been a farmer. He was a member of the Pandora United Methodist Church and the Moose and Eagles Clubs in Celina. He was a Rockford High School graduate.


Kenneth Adams funeral arrangements incomplete

Kenneth R. Adams, 86 of Ottawa, died May 23, 2014, at the Meadows at Putnam Acres, Ottawa.  Arrangements are pending at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Daniel Sommers was a 1973 Bluffton High School graduate

Daniel L. Sommers, Powell, Ohio, died at his home on May 19, 2014. He was a certified prosthetist/orthotist in Columbus.

He was born Oct. 22, 1954, to Dean and Darlyn (Garmatter) Sommers in Bluffton, Ohio, where they still reside. Dan married Debra L. (Anderson) Sommers, also from Bluffton, in 1983. He is also survived by brothers Bill, three nephews, Andrew (Ali), Eric (Amanda), and Ryan; and Tom (Cindy) Sommers, two nieces Jene and Adele, all from the Bluffton area.


Bradley Koontz was a Cory-Rawson HS grad

Bradley M. Koontz, 41 died Saturday, May 17, 2014, at his home. He was born July 7, 1972, in Bluffton to John R. and Sue (Crawford) Koontz who survive in Bluffton. 

HE worked as a team leader at Roki Industries, Findlay, for the past 13 years. He was a member of the Mt. Cory United Methodist Church. He was a graduate of Cory-Rawson High School.

Survivors also include a daughter Ashley Koontz of Bluffton; a brother Brian (Melissa French) Koontz of Findlay; half brother Alan (Holly) Koontz of Holgate; and a maternal grandmother Treva Crawford of Bluffton.