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Dean Dearth was retired from Anderson Tractor

Dean D. Dearth, age 83, died on May 13, 2016 at 11:50 PM at Lima Memorial Health System, Lima. 

He was born on May 17, 1932, in Orange Township, Hancock County, Ohio, the house he lived in, to J. Kenneth and Mabel L. (Montgomery) Dearth who preceded him in death.   On Aug. 26, 1950, he married Sarah B. Willeke and she survives in Ada. 


Clarence Kooker was a public school teacher for 46 years

Clarence Martin Kooker, 87, died May 11, 2016, at 5:55 p.m. at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay. 

Clarence was born Nov. 14, 1928 in Quakertown, Pa., to Clarence S. and Florence (Bleam) Kooker.  After the death of his birth mother, his father remarried and Clarence was raised by Helen (Ahlum) Kooker.  On June 30, 1951, Clarence married Mary Nunemaker Kooker who survives.

Clarence graduated from Quakertown High School in Quakertown.  He received his Bachelor of Arts in Education from Bluffton College and his Master's degree from Bowling Green State University. 


Francis Geiger owned and operated Geiger Brothers Trucking, Pandora

Francis Carl Geiger, 95, died May 12, 2016, at 7:30 a.m. at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora.  Francis was born March 8, 1921, in Pandora to the late Grover and Corinna (Suter) Geiger. On Dec. 15, 1945 he married Mary (Core) Geiger who preceded him in death on Feb. 26, 2016.


Funeral arrangements incomplete for Clarence Kooker

Clarence M. Kooker, 87, of Bluffton died May 11, 2016, at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay.  Arrangements are pending at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Eloise Schick was a 1939 graduate of Lafayette-Jackson HS

L. Eloise Schick, 94, died May 10, 2016, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  She was born Jan. 2, 1922 in Allen County, Ohio to the late Chancey J. and Lulu (Doty) Spallinger.

Eloise graduated from LaFayette-Jackson High School in 1939.  On June 17, 1941, she married Harold P. Schick.  They celebrated over 64 years of marriage before his death on May 6, 2006.

Eloise was a hard working housewife who lived the farm life until moving into Bluffton in the early 1990s. 


Martha Amstutz was a 39-year employee of Triplett Corp.

Martha Jane Amstutz, 91, died May 9, 2016, at 12 p.m. at Richland Manor, Bluffton.  Martha was born March 23, 1925, near Findlay to the late Howard and Marie (Powell) Benson. On July 4, 1964, she married Dale Amstutz who preceded her in death on April 23, 2012.

Martha retired from Triplett Corp., Bluffton where she worked for 39 years.  She was a member of the First Brethren Church of Williamstown.  Martha enjoyed talking with her friends and neighbors on the telephone, camping and was a graduate of Arlington High School.


Mark Moyer, 1958-2016

Mark Lynn Moyer, 57, of McDonald, died Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at his home. 

He was born September 30, 1958 in Bluffton, OH, a son of the late Donald Moyer and Louise Reichenbach Schwieterman of Maria Stein, OH.

Moyer was a principal in contracts management for Atos, whose home office is in France, for the past 21 years.


Robert Ramseyer was a missionary to Japan for three decades

Robert Lewis Ramseyer, 86, died April 30, 2016, at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. He was born May 9, 1929, in Bloomington, Ill. 

In 1939, his family moved to Bluffton, where he graduated from the Bluffton High School in 1946 and Bluffton College in 1950. He and Alice Ruth Pannabecker were married in 1951.


Funeral service Friday for David "Rico" Rodriguez, owner of Owlsburg tavern building

Editor's Note:  David "Rico" Rodriguez  was the owner of Owlsburg tavern, also known earlier as Van's Corner. The tavern was located on the corner of State Route 235 and Old U.S. 30, north of Ada. As announced in the Icon last fall, he had planned to open Cherico's Restaurant in that building.

David S. “Rico” Rodriguez, 47, died on Sunday, May 1, 2016, at his residence in Bluffton. 


Louise Cantwell volunteered over 2,000 hours at Bluffton Hospital

A. Louise Cantwell, 91, died April 27, 2016, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Louise was born Oct. 4, 1924, in Three Rivers, Michigan, to the late Lester and June (Baxter) Luse.  On April 29, 1950, she married Leslie Cantwell, Jr. who preceded her in death on Nov. 29, 1989.