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July 26, 2014


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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. 


Don Moser was a retired corporate pilot for Dana Corp.

Donald L. Moser, 63, of Liberty Center and formerly of Bluffton, died Dec. 19, 2013, at Toledo Hospital.  He was born April 9, 1950, in Bluffton to Harvey L. and Betty A. (Spallinger) Moser. On June 6, 1970, he married Janelle Miller and she survives.


Funeral arrangements for Velma Kingsley are incomplete

Velma K. Kingsley, 97, died Dec. 20, 2013, at Willow Ridge - Frieda House, Bluffton.  Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Claude Boyer, retired Grace Mennonite pastor, was a volunteer at Ten Thousand Villages

Claude F. Boyer, 84, of Bluffton died at 5:50 a.m., Dec. 17, 2013, at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. He was born Aug. 2, 1929, in Quakertown, Pa., to the late Marcus and Reda Meck Boyer. On June 29, 1952, he married Mary Maust and she survives.

Boyoer was a retired Mennonite minister. He served at Deep Run Mennonite Church, Bedminster, Pa., First Mennonite Church, Sugarcreek, First Mennonite Church, Reedley, Calif., and Grace Mennonite Church, Pandora.


Lois Baxter was retired Columbus Grove teacher

M. Lois Baxter, 87, died Dec. 17, 2013 at St. Rita's Ambulatory Care Center, Glandorf. She was born June 26, 1926 in McCutchenville, Ohio, to the late Roy Calvin and May (Powell) Simpson. On June 20, 1948, she married James D. Baxter and he survives.

Lois retired in 1985 from teaching physical education and English at Columbus Grove High School. She had also taught at Morenci Public Schools, Morenci, Mich., and Anthony Wayne Local Schools, Whitehouse, Ohio. 


Funeral arrangements incomplete for Claude Boyer

Claude F. Boyer, 84, of Bluffton died at 5:50 a.m. Dec. 17, 2013 at the Mennonite Memorial Home. Bluffton. 

Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services, Bluffton.