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Louis Terry Chappell was a physician

Louis Terry Chappell, known to all as Terry, died in Bluffton, Ohio, Monday, February 12, 2024. Terry was born in 1942 in South Haven, Michigan to Louis and Pauline Chappell.

In his youth, Terry enjoyed boy scouts, sports and being outdoors. He was the President and Co-Valedictorian of his high school class. After undergraduate studies at DePauw University, Terry attended medical school at the University of Michigan, where he met Bobbie Heiks at a meeting of medical students opposing the Vietnam War. In less than two weeks they were engaged and married in three months. As a student, Terry had developed pacifist convictions, which he found affirmed in Bobbie’s Mennonite heritage. The couple also became convinced members of the Religious Society of Friends, and would be deeply involved in the First Mennonite Church during their Bluffton years, raising their four children in both faiths.

Terry’s medical positions took them to Ogden, Utah and Harlan, Kentucky before they settled in Bobbie’s hometown of Bluffton. They lived for three years in a land trust community called Quaker Earth, near Cedar Mills, Ohio, a place that remained a cherished destination for their family and a wide circle of friends for years after the Chappells moved back to Bluffton.

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Mary Stahlman was a teacher

Mary Stahlman was taken peacefully by the Lord on February 9 at the age of 86. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Elma and William Badertscher and her older brother, John Badertscher. She is survived by her son, Jeff and his wife Sharon of Westerville, Ohio and grandchildren, Andrea Stahlman of New York City and Nick Stahlman and his wife Holly of Parker, Colorado and her great granddaughter, Elliot and by her sister Martha and husband Lowell Hostetler of Bluffton, Ohio.

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John S. Dennis worked at Clymer Enterprises

John S. Dennis, 63, passed away February 8, 2024 at Mercy Health - St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.  John was born April 20, 1960 in Steubenville, Ohio to Glen and Judith (Davis) Dennis.   

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Kaitlyn Ann Cunningham obituary

With heavy hearts, we announce the death of Kaitlyn Ann Cunningham of Toledo, Ohio, who passed away on February 6, 2024 at the age of 28.

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John R. Skelly graduated from Bluffton High School

UPDATED 5:12 p.m. February 5

John R. Skelly, 75, of Ironton, Ohio, passed away Saturday, February 3, 2024, at Community Hospice Care Center, Ashland, Kentucky.  John was born January 30, 1949, a son to the late John B. and Dorothy D. (Cox) Skelly.  He is survived by his loving wife, Roberta (Bobbi) A. (Swartz) Skelly, whom he married January 3, 1981.

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Mark A. Shulaw was self-employed

Mark A. Shulaw, 60, passed away January 28, 2024 at Bluffton Hospital. Mark was born April 17, 1963 in Findlay to the late Paul Jr. and Janet (Wise) Shulaw. 

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