August 23, 2014


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Funeral arrangements incomplete for Darrin Conaway

Darrin L. Conaway, 50, died Jan. 8, 2014.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton


Dorothy Steiner was a Triplett Corp. retiree

Dorothy M. Steiner, 86, of Bluffton, died at 11:29 a.m. January 7, 2014 at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. She was born March 2, 1927, in Bluffton. Her parents were the late Oscar and Frances Wenger.  On Nov. 26, 1947 she married Franklin W. Steiner and he preceded her in death Feb. 23, 1993.

Mrs. Steiner retired from Triplett Corp., Bluffton, and was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Bluffton, She was a graduate of Bluffton High School.    


Edgar Cook was a Bluffton Sportsman, Triplett retiree and active in Masonic organizations

Edgar S. Cook, 95, of Bluffton died at 3:19 p.m., Dec. 26, 2013 at Willow Ridge, Bluffton. 

He was born January 9, 1918. in Westminster to Edgar R. and Bonnie M Scholfield Cook.  On May 27, 1944, he married Mary Jane Klay and she preceded him in death Oct. 25, 2012.


Funeral arrangements incomplete for Edgar Cook

Edgar S. Cook, 95, died Dec. 26, 2013 at Willow Ridge - Frieda House, Bluffton.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Sarah Ginther was a 1996 graduate of Pandora-Gilboa HS

Sarah R. Ginther, 36, of Bluffton, died at 7:46 p.m., Dec. 21, 2013 at Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus. 

She was born Dec. 2, 1977, in Bluffton to Dean and Mary Shank Luginbill and they survive in Pandora. On Nov. 11, 2000 she married Paul Ginther and he survives.

She was a homemaker. She was a member of St. John Mennonite Church, Pandora, a 1996 graduate of Pandora-Gilboa High School and graduated from Malone College with a bachelor's degree in social work.


Julie Osborn Betts was a Bluffton College graduate

Julie Anne Osborn Betts, 58, of Findlay, died at 3:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay. 

She was born on Aug. 4, 1955, to the late John F. and Marjorie (Phillips) Osborn in Columbus. She married Stephen C. Betts and they later divorced.

She is survived by her sons: Christopher D. Betts of Delaware, Ohio and John S. Betts of New York, N.Y.; daughter, Elizabeth J. Betts of Louisville, Ky.; brother, John P. (Donna) Osborn of Columbus; sister, Nancy J. (Stephen) Jacoby of Columbus; and by four nieces.


Funeral arrangements incomplete for Sarah Ginther

Sarah Ginther, 36, died Dec. 21, 2013, at OSU Medical Center, Columbus. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. John Mennonite Church, Pandora. 

Visitation will be Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the church. Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton


Mary Jane McDowell, 1929-2013

Mary Jane McDowell, 84, of Bluffton and formerly Columbus Grove, died at 10:46 p.m., Dec. 18, 2013, at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton, Ohio.

She was born Feb. 16, 1929, in Columbus Grove to Ralph O. and Florence E. (Ury) Roberts, who preceded her in death.

She married B. Milton McDowell on July 9, 1948, and he also preceded her in death on June 30, 2011.


Dorothy Yant 1926-2013

Dorothy E. Fittro Storer Yant, 87 died Dec. 21, 2013. at Wapak Manor. She was born Nov. 6, 1926, in Lynchburg, Ohio, to the late Roy A. and Edna (Monce) Fittro. On April 11, 1945, she married Leo Storer and he died Dec. 3, 1979. She then married Lawrence Yant, Jr. on Dec. 12, 1981 and he died June 10, 2000.

She retired from Hayes-Albion, Spencerville, Ohio. She also had worked at White Cottage Rentals, Lima for 40 years. She was a member of the Bluffton Senior Citizens and was an auxiliary member for United Transportation Union. She was a graduate of Wilmington High School.


Velma Kingsley 1916-2013

Velma Katherine (Emmert) Kingsley, 97, died at 7 a.m. on Dec. 20, 2013, at Frieda House, Bluffton, Ohio. She was born Sept. 30, 1916, to the late John and Grace (Plank) Emmert in Topeka Ind.  On Sept. 1, 1940, she married Leonard D. Kingsley who died on June 5, 2012.

Her early teaching career was interrupted by her whole-hearted embrace of motherhood; she later home-schooled some of her eight children when the family lived in Kupang, Timor, Indonesia.