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Funeral arrangements incomplete for Dora "Dean" Faine

Dora Deane “Dean” Faine, 87, died Jan. 14, 2017, at Good Samaritan Care Center in Arlington, Ohio. Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services in Bluffton.   



Donald Wright 1947 - 2017

Donald E. Wright, 69, died on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, at 2:58 p.m. at Hardin Memorial Hospital ER, Kenton.

He was born on July 27, 1947, in Burlington, Mich., to Herman and Irene (Holbrook) Wright, who preceded him in death.

On May 22, 1971, Donald married Mary T. Tighe and she preceded him in death on Jan. 21, 2011.

Donald served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1966-1967.

He retired from Nash-Finch Company as a Receiving Supervisor after 15 years.


Harold Lehman was a resident of Mennonite Memorial Home

Harold Eugene Lehman, 84, died on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton, Ohio, where he resided since December 2014.

Harold was born Aug. 6, 1932, in Lancaster County, Pa., to Daniel and Ada (Hossler) Lehman who preceded him in death. On Feb. 3, 1954, he married Beulah (Kinsey) Lehman who died Aug. 5, 1998.  On Nov. 18, 2000, he married Bonnie (Krantz) Lehman who survives.


Maxine McCafferty visitation on Wednesday

Maxine Y. McCafferty, 86, died Jan. 9, 2017, at 4:30 a.m. at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Maxine was born Aug. 19, 1930, in Bluffton to the late Louis and Gladys (Schick) Criblez.  She married Max McCafferty who preceded her in death on June 6, 1989.

Maxine was a homemaker and had been a janitor at Triplett Corporation, Bluffton.  She was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ in Bluffton. 


Funeral service for Lee Cookson Jan. 6 in Texas

Was a 1965 BHS graduate and senior class president

Richard Lee Cookson, 69, of Katy, Texas, died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016.

Lee was born in Bluffton, Ohio, on April 16, 1947. He was an Eagle Scout and graduated from Bluffton High School in 1965, where he was senior class president and a defensive back on the Pirates football team.

Lee graduated from Bowling Green State University in Ohio with a degree in history, and was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society.


Della Honse, 97, was a Bluffton High School graduate

Della Amanda Pifer Allen Honse, 97, of Pharr, Texas, and formerly of Bluffton died Dec. 28, 2016, at her residence in Pharr, Texas.
Della was born Aug. 15, 1919, to the late Ami G. and Verna (Pifer) Pifer of Bluffton, Ohio. Mrs. Honse graduated from Bluffton High School, and The University of Findlay.

Della served in the Marine Corps from 1944 to 1946. Boot training was at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, then she was stationed at El Toro Marine Air Station in Irvine, California.


Ruth Schaublin was a Bluffton High School graduate

Ruth L. Schaublin, 92, died Dec. 24, 2016, at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora.  Ruth was born Oct. 4, 1924 in Richland Township, Allen County, Ohio, to the late Wilbert and Hulda (Suter) Schumacher. On Oct. 25, 1947, she married Ormel Schaublin who preceded her in death on Oct. 15, 2000.

Ruth was a graduate of Bluffton High School and was a homemaker.  She was a member of Grace Mennonite Church in Pandora and enjoyed cooking, gardening, quilting and sewing.


Dorothy Shroyer 1933 - 2016

Dorothy P. Shroyer, 83, died at 12:10 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.

She was born on May 26, 1933, in New Bedford, Mass., to John P. and Edwina V. (Furtado) Roza, Sr., who preceded her in death. On Aug. 20, 1955, Dorothy married George Raymond Shroyer who survives in Ada.

Dorothy was a homemaker.


William Gieseler was retired from Proctor and Gamble

William L. "Bill" Gieseler, 73, died on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, at 3:32 p.m.

He was born on March 2, 1943 in Dayton, Ohio, to Harold L. and Dolores Kathryn (McGlumphy) Gieseler who preceded him in death. On Nov. 16, 1968, Bill married Paula K. Scott and she survives in Alger.


Robert Fleming was an associate professor at OSU

Robert D. Fleming, 73, died on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, at 12:28 a.m. at Otterbein Cridersville Nursing Home, Criderville, Ohio.

He was born on Sept. 20, 1943, in Bluffton, Ohio to Gerald R. and Dorothy J. (Smith) Fleming who preceded him in death. On Nov. 1, 1963, Robert married Linny K. Plate and she survives in LaFayette.