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May 22, 2018

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Monday funeral service for Bluffton' "small-town super hero"

Owen Weaver touched the lives of the community

Owen Richard Weaver, 10, died Jan. 17, 2018, at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus. Owen was born Aug. 14, 2007, in Lima to Chad and Melissa (Badgett) Weaver.

Owen was a 4th grader at Marimor Schools in Lima. He played in the Abilities Baseball League in Lima. Owen was a happy boy who loved school, people, and his dog, Ace. Owen had an exceptional bond with his three brothers. 


Funeral arrangements incomplete for Owen Weaver

Owen Weaver, 10, died at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Melvena Lewis was BHS secretary and Bluffton Hospital volunteer

She was one of the oldest living Bluffton HS graduates

Melvena M. Lewis, 98, of Bluffton passed away in her sleep at 12:40 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, at the Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton.  She was born March 4, 1919, in Bluffton to the late Ameiel and Sylvia (Moser) Amstutz. 

Melvena married her high school sweetheart Richard “Dutch” Lewis after his enlistment in World War II and at the war’s end they had one daughter, Joan R. Lewis. 


Gwendolyn Welch 1951 -2018

Gwendolyn Welch, 66, died Jan. 15, 2018, at her residence. Gwendolyn was born Nov. 11, 1951, in Wadsworth, Ohio, to the late Clifford and Laura Napier. On March 31, 1967, she married Bobby Jack Welch who survives.

Gwendolyn was a homemaker and enjoyed wood crafting.

Survivors also include three sons, Bobby Welch of Beaverdam, Bill Welch of Beaverdam, Danny (Sheila) Welch of McComb; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two brothers, Lonnie (Liz) Napier, Charles Napier; and two sisters, Diane (Mike) Allen of Tennessee and Ginger (Louie) Espianoza of Toledo.


Mary Kathryn Chamberlain 1930 - 2018

Mary Kathryn Chamberlain, 87, of Findlay and formerly a longtime resident of Rawson, Ohio, died at 2:05 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, at Primrose in Findlay. 

She was born on Aug. 4, 1930, in Fostoria, Ohio, to the late Clarence F. and Maudd A. (Gardner) Yates.  She was married on May 4, 1949, to the late Hugh E. Chamberlain who died on Nov. 29, 2012. 


Norma Guthrie was a retire realtor and business woman

Norma J. Guthrie, 77, died Jan. 14, 2018, at Mercy Health - St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima. Norma was born Nov. 20, 1940, in Cambridge, Ohio, to the late Roy and Eva (Stiles) Shelton.  On Feb. 2, 1958 he married Harold "Gus” Guthrie who survives in Ada.