James "Jim" Dean Badertscher, 82, died April 8, 2016, at 2:15 p.m. at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. Jim was born July 17, 1933, in Bluffton to the late Edwin and Mae (Murray) Badertscher. On July 18, 1959, he married Ruth Hankish Badertscher who survives.
Jim retired from Lima Ford Engine Plant after 20 years. He was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ and attended St. Mary's Catholic Church both of Bluffton. Jim was a member of American Legion Post #382, Bluffton, graduated from Bluffton High School, attended Bluffton College and was a U.S. Army veteran.
Claralice Hanna Wolf died on March 30, 2016. Claralice was born in Lampang, Thailand, on March 4, 1921, to Loren Stanley Hanna and Hazel Brunner Hanna, both of California. Both parents served as life-long missionaries in Thailand.
Claralice was educated at Kodaikanal International School in Tamil Nadu, India, and at Wheaton Academy and Wheaton College in Illinois, graduating in 1943. While a first-year student at Wheaton College she met Carl Wolf and abandoned her plan to become a medical missionary in favor of life as a minister’s wife. She and Carl were married in August 1943.
Julia A. Luginbill, 83, of Columbus Grove died March 31, 2016, at 12:50 a.m. at the Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. Julia was born July 16, 1932, in Lima to the late Floyd and Margaret Griffith Sandy. On Oct. 25, 1953, she married Kenneth Luginbill and he preceded her in death on Aug. 5, 2002.
Dan Maynard Gleason, 76, died March 28, 2016, at 6:04 a.m. at the Cleveland Clinic. Dan was born May 21, 1939 in Bluffton to the late Clarence Michael and Mildred (Zahrend) Gleason. On August 31, 1958 he married Jean Arnold Gleason who survives.
Dan was a heavy equipment operator for Degan Excavating. He was a member of the Ohio Operating Engineers. He was a member of the Pleasant View United Church of the Brethren, Lima, where he was a board member, deacon, treasurer and Sunday School superintendent.
Celia Mae Blough, 93, of Bluffton died on March 24, 2016, at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. Celia was born on Dec. 15, 1922 on a farm in Wayne County, close to Dalton, Ohio. Her parents were Adam and Lydia (Sprunger) Amstutz. In June, 1946, she married Robert J. Blough, M.D., and he died July 22, 2004.
Celia attended grade school for eight years at the Sonnenberg School. She graduated from Dalton High School in 1940 and Bluffton College in 1945. During her husband’s medical internship in Lima, Ohio, she taught at Lima Bath Elementary School.
Darlyn Rae "Darly" Sommers, 84, of Bluffton, died March 20, 2016, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.
Darlyn was born May 1, 1931, in Allen County Ohio to Calvin and Huldah (Badertscher) Garmatter who preceded her in death. On March 14, 1953, Darlyn married Dean Robert Sommers at the Ebenezer Mennonite Church. They were married over 63 years. Dean survives Darlyn in Bluffton.
Jan E. Basinger, 78, of Pandora died 10:22 p.m., March 17, 2016, at her daughter’s residence. Jan was born June 5, 1937, in Bluffton to the late Sidney and Velma Bucher Herr. On Dec. 18, 1960, she married Roger Basinger who preceded her in death on April 27, 2010.
Jan worked at Sager's Appliance, Ottawa, She was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Chapter #52 and a graduate of Lima South High School. She was involved in community service and made lap throws for all Hilty Home residents.