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March 27, 2015


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Vera Core spent much of her career in Main Street businesses; was former senior citizens director

Vera Kathryn Gratz Core died at 12:10 a.m., July 9, 2014, at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. She was born on June 5, 1917, in Bluffton to the late Ernest and Lena Boegli Gratz. On Nov. 28, 1937 she was married to George Richard Core who died Feb. 24, 1997.


Paul Reichenbach was owner of Reichenbach Lumber

Paul F. Reichenbach died in his home on July 3, 2014.

He was born Jan. 26, 1928, in Pandora to the late Hiram and Edna (Zimmerman) Reichenbach.  On July 25, 1948, he married M. Jean (Burkholder) Reichenbach, who survives in Bluffton.

He was a 1945 graduate of Bluffton High School and served in the United States Army.  He worked in the lumber business for many years beginning at Steinman Brothers Lumber, then at Tuttle Lumber and finally as owner of Reichenbach Lumber in Bluffton.  In retirement Paul worked in real estate for a time. 


Carolyn Grismore 1949-2014

Carolyn Sue (Spicer) Grismore, 65, of Pandora died on July 2, 2014 at the Bridge Hospice Care Center in Findlay.  She was born on May 25, 1949, to Robert and Dorothy Spicer in Lima.  She married Mark Grismore on Feb. 22, 1969 in Pandora.

Carol attended Pandora-Gilboa H.S. but graduated from Bath High School.  She was a member of St. John Mennonite Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mark, and her parents. 


Arabella Nicole Bricker stillborn June 20

Arabella Nicole Bricker was stillborn June 20, 2014, at Bluffton Hospital. She was the daughter of Jesse and Tara Marsh Bricker of Bluffton.  She is survived by a brother, Sebastian Bricker,  maternal grandparents, Pam and Cliff Marsh of Bluffton and paternal grandmother, Barbara Marino of Pittsburgh, Pa. 

She was preceded in death by her paternal great grandfather, Keith Bricker. There will be no public services.  Arrangements are through Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Paul Shilling, Rawson, was a life-long carpenter

Paul Richard Shilling, 94, of Rawson died at 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, June 28, 2014, at his residence. He was born on June 18, 1920 in Van Buren Township to the late George and Catherine (Hannewald) Shilling. He married Harriette E. Fett on Jan. 27, 1946 and she survives.


Former Bluffton Nationwide Insurance agent, Bruce Shelly, dies in Florida

Former Bluffton insurance agent, Bruce G. Shelly, 81 of Temple Terrace, Fla., died June 25, 2014. He was born in Wadsworth, Ohio, to Wilmer and Emma Shelly on Feb. 16, 1933.

Mr. Shelly graduated from high school in Boyertown, Pa., and graduated in Business Administration from Bluffton College.

After serving the U.S. Army Signal Corp as a cryptographer in Okinawa, he married his wife, Marilyn, on Aug. 30, 1957 in Gomer, Ohio. He was a Nationwide insurance agent in Bluffton for 31 years, earning membership into the Nationwide President’s Club.


Mary Margaret Arthur was a retired school teacher

Mary Margaret Arthur, 87, died at 1:45 p.m. June 20, 2014, at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. She was born April 10, 1927, in Lima to the late Raymond and LaDonna (Williams) Zimmerman. On Dec. 21, 1947, she married Melvyn C. Arthur and he died June 12, 2014.

Mrs. Arthur was a retired teacher. She taught at Beaverdam, Moulton and Pandora-Gilboa schools. She had also worked at City Loan in Lima.  She graduated from Beaverdam High School and Ohio Northern University.


Arrangements are incomplete for Mary Arthur

Mary Arthur, 87 died at 1:45 p.m. June 20, 2014, at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Gilboa United Methodist Church. 

Visitation will be Monday from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton. Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Terry Miller was a graduate of Beaverdam HS

Terry H. Miller, 75, died on June 18, 2014 at 2:20 p.m. at his residence. He was born November 11, 1938 in Allen County to the late Harold and Irene Bowers Miller.

Terry was retired from Van Wert Chrysler.  He was a member of Cairo United Methodist Church, Sager Masonic Lodge No. 513, Lafayette, 32nd Degree Valley of Toledo, Zenobia Shrine, Toledo, Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 370, Lima, and a graduate of Beaverdam High School. 


Mary Clark was a Triplett Corp. retiree

Mary Elizabeth Clark, 88, died on June 16, 2014, at 6:47 p.m. at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.

Mary was born Aug. 26, 1925, in McGuffey, Ohio, to the late John M. and Merle M. (Lewis) Canaan. On April 29, 1944, she married James A. "Cappy" Clark who preceded her in death on April 13, 1981.

Mary retired from Triplett Corporation, Bluffton.  She was a 1943 graduate of Ada High School. She was a member of the Beaverdam Church of Christ. Mary was a volunteer for the Bluffton Hospital Auxiliary and worked at the Shannon Theatre in Bluffton following retirement.