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Gail Benroth taught elementary school and owned a ski and sail business

Gail Allen Benroth died March 19 after complications from multiple strokes and a battle with pneumonia. He was born October 29, 1942. He married Joan Ball (Williams) in 1970 and they were married for 26 years.

He served four years in the US Air Force as a jet engine mechanic before attending college at Utah State University where he earned a degree in social work and elementary education.


Marie Place, 1916-2015

Marie C. Place, 99, of Bluffton, died at 9:20 a.m. March 29, at Willow Ridge - Bettye House, Bluffton. She was born March 12, 1916, in Bluffton to the late Jacob and Lena (Scherler) Schnegg. She was married to Harry Richard Place and he preceded her in death.

Per Marie's wishes, she will be cremated with private burial at a later date in Ebenezer Mennonite Cemetery, Bluffton. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton.


Canadian student wins Smith Peace Oratorical Contest

Bluffton University sophomore Emily Huxman, from Waterloo, Ontario, won the university’s annual C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest on March 25.

In addition to earning a $175 cash prize, Huxman—who placed second last year—qualified for a binational contest with top finishers from other North American Mennonite colleges.

In her speech, “Reducing Global Violence against Women through Education,” Huxman argued for a peace church approach to providing education and reducing violence by strengthening networks of people who have yielded their lives to the reign of God.

Education, mentors helped mold longtime Reds’ trainer

Larry Starr was in his 60s when he decided to pursue a doctorate in education at Nova Southeastern University in Florida.

The coursework for the degree was done in two years, the former Cincinnati Reds trainer said March 25 at Bluffton University, but the required dissertation became—as it does for many doctoral candidates—a stumbling block.

Everett and Parker help Beavers finish fifth at Hanover

March 28, 2015


HANOVER, Ind. - With the cancellation of the Dick Small Invitational at Defiance College due to sub-freezing temperatures, the Bluffton University Beavers traveled to Panther Country to compete in the Hanover College Track & Field Invitational on Saturday, March 28.

Bluffton baseball splits at Hanover for series victory

March 28, 2015
By: Ryan Schadewald, sports information assistant

Game 1 Stats  I  Game 2 Stats

HANOVER, Ind. - The Bluffton University baseball team split a doubleheader with the Hanover College Panthers on Saturday, Mar. 28. The Beavers won game one, 12-2, but fell in 10 innings in the nightcap, 10-9. Bluffton finished the series at 13-6 and 6-1 in HCAC play while Hanover is 8-8 and 4-4 in the conference.

...and, here's the Bluffton High School honor roll

Here is Bluffton High School’s 3rd quarter Honor Roll for 2014-2015 school year:

9th Grade – all A:

Madison Bassett, Dakota Bricker, Leah Conley, Lucie Fett, Tabitha Geiger, Kimberly Gordon, Christian Groman, Garrett Habegger, Christopher Harnish, Sydney Hoff, Kayla Kindle, Kelli Leugers, Darby Prichard,  Aimee Ritter, Nicole Schweyer

10th Grade – all A:


Here you go - the just-now released middle school honor roll

Bluffton Middle School Honor Roll – 3rd Quarter – 2014-2015

All “A” Honor Roll:
6th Grade:  Simon Derstine, Rebekah Hoff, Levi Hohenbrink, Nicholas Jebsen, Brenna Kindle, Evan Mayden, Joshua Mehaffie, Joshua Meyer, Melina Meza, Thad Mittendorf, Grace Myers, Isaac Pimentel, Lauren Rhodes, Alexi Rieman, Tanner Schultz, Julia Smallcombe, Celia Smith


Beavers open series at Hanover with 9-6 victory

March 27, 2015
By: Ryan Schadewald, sports information assistant


HANOVER, Ind.  - The Bluffton University baseball team built an early 6-0 lead and withstood a Panther rally that saw Hanover knot the score at six after six innings but the Beavers responded with three late tallies for a 9-6 win on Friday, March 27, 2015. Bluffton stays perfect atop the HCAC at 5-0 (12-5 overall), while host Hanover dipped to 7-7 and 3-3 in the conference.

Norman Vercler was hospital X-ray technologist 22 years; later operated Norm's Electronics

J. Norman Vercler died at 9:30 a.m. March 27, 2015, at the Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease.  He had been a resident of Bluffton for 58 years.

He was born March 14, 1925, in Meadows, Ill., to the late Elmer and Naomi (Claudon) Vercler. He graduated from Chenoa High School and went on for further studies at Illinois State Normal University where he majored in science.  After graduation, he began work at Mennonite Hospital in Bloomington as head medical technician, a position he held until 1956.