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    Perry M. Ziko, 44

    Perry M. Ziko, age 44, died Saturday afternoon, Sept. 14, 2019, in Allen County. Funeral arrangements are pending with the Goodwin – Cale & Harnish Memorial Chapel in Bluffton.

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    Rev. Robert Graham Jackson Sr., 89

    Reverend Robert Graham Jackson Sr. passed away on Sept. 13, 2019, in South Bend. He was born on March 2, 1930, in Madison to the late Finnell and Glenita Wheeler Jackson and he grew up in Trimble County, Ky.  During his college years, he felt a calling from God to serve as a minister and began his career as a pastor in the Methodist Church. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Butler University in 1958 and was ordained as an elder in the United Methodist Church. He received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree from DePauw University in 1979. His is ministerial career spanned nearly 50 years in…

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    Ida M. Aschliman, 95

    Ida M. Aschliman, 95, of Bluffton, passed away Sunday afternoon, Sept. 15, 2019, at her residence.   Ida was born Sept. 10, 1924, in Adams County, to George Ringger and Leah Steffen Ringger.  She married Robert C. “Bob” Aschliman Aug. 28, 1943, in Lewistown, Ill. He preceded her in death Jan. 8, 2013. A member of the Apostolic Christian Church, Ida was a lifelong homemaker.  Ida loved to bake and cook.  She deeply loved her family and especially spending time with her grandchildren. Survivors include three daughters, Becky (Perry) Isch of Bluffton, Vicki (Steve) Bucher of Morton, Ill., and Gayle (Clint) Bucher of Carmel; three sons, Keith “Skip” (Connie) Aschliman,…

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    Ida Mae Aschliman, 95

    Ida Mae Aschliman, 95, of Bluffton, Sunday afternoon, Sept. 15, 2019, at her residence. Arrangements are pending at the Goodwin – Cale & Harnish Memorial Chapel in Bluffton.

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    Peggy Sue Griffin, 49

    Peggy Sue Griffin, 49, of Warren, died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, at her home in Warren. She was born on Monday, Aug. 24, 1970, in Bedford.    Survivors include her mother, Ladonaa (Dye) Tuell of Warren; children,  Jonathon (Lisa) Tuell of Wabash, Candice (Samantha) Mayer of Peru, Torie Griffin of Peru, Anthony Griffin of Roann, Charlene Griffin of Monticello; 12 grandchildren; and sisters Joanna Nevils of Fort Wayne,and Gina Bryant and Missy Detamore of Warren. She was preceded in death by her father, John Tuell, grandmother, Ruth Imogene Dye, and father-in-law, Charlie Myers. Calling hours are from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at  Glancy – H. Brown &…

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    Kathy Jo Warner, 47

    Kathy Jo Warner, 47, of Bradenton, Fla., a former resident of Wells County, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, at the Tidewell Hospice Center in Bradenton  She was born Jan. 21, 1972, in Hartford City, to Joseph M. Gilbert and Mary E. Gilbert.  Her mother survives in Bradenton. Also surviving are her husband, Lyle Warner of Bradenton; two stepdaughters, Krysta Warner of Sarasota, Fla., and Kylie Warner of Bradenton; a brother, Robert Davis of Montpelier; and a sister, Beth Anne Lennon of Sarasota.  She was preceded her in death by her father and by a sister, Kelly Lynn Davis. Calling will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at…

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    Clara Mossburg, 96

    Clara Mossburg, 96, of Warren, died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 at Heritage Pointe.  She was born Nov. 6, 1922, in Eaton to Isola and Clarence Turner; they preceded her in death. She married Robert O. Mossburg Aug. 30, 1941, in Warren, IN; he preceded her in death Aug. 15, 1972. Survivors include two son, Jim Mossburg and Dan Mossburg, both of Warren; a daughter, Carol Chrisman of Bluffton; a sister, Mary M. Newton of Dunkirk; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Downing; brothers, Clifford, Clarence and Arthur Turner; and sisters, Elsie Welsch and Frances Taylor.  A private service will be…

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    Joel Arthur Hockemeyer, 24

    Joel Arthur Hockemeyer, 24, of Fort Wayne passed away on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in Fort Wayne.  Joel was born on Sept. 13, 1994, in Fort Wayne to Brent A. Hockemeyer and Tiffiny J. (McBride) Simmons. He attended Heritage High School and graduated from Wayne High School with the class of 2013. Joel had a natural talent and passion for music. He loved spending time with his son and family and fishing. Joel is survived by his father, Brent A. (Shellie) Hockemeyer of Decatur, his mother, Tiffiny J. Simmons of Fort Wayne, along with his son, Ashton Arthur Hockemeyer of Fort Wayne. He is also survived by his brothers and…

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    Merlin R. Nash, 79

    Merlin R. Nash, 79, died Sunday evening, Sept. 8, 2019, at the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. Arrangements are pending at the Goodwin – Cale & Harnish Memorial Chapel in Bluffton.

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    Paul D. Schmidt, 87

    Paul D. Schmidt, 87, of Hartford City, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, at Bluffton Regional Medical Center. He was born Oct. 30, 1931, in Blackford County. He married Shirley Ann (Falk) Schmidt June 26, 1955, in Montpelier.  Survivors include his children, Christopher Schmidt of Montpelier, Diane (Kenny) Hall of Montpelier, Adam (Mary) Schmidt of Warren, and Andrew Schmidt of Montpelier; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.  He was preceded in death by his father, Orville Schmidt; mother, Dora Stevens Schmidt; wife, Shirley Ann Falk Schmidt; and siblings, Mabel Spencer, Milo Schmidt, Betty Laura Alexander, Clifford Schmidt, Glen Schmidt, Bertha Guillium, Inez Michael, Nina Lykins, Orville Schmidt, and Marion Schmidt.  Calling hours…

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    John L. Smith, 59

    John L. Smith, 59, of Ossian, passed away on Friday evening, Sept. 6, 2019, at his residence. He was born Oct. 26, 1959, in Fort Wayne to Troy M. and Iona M Dawson Smith. He attended Norwell High School. John worked for Standard Plastics in Bluffton and was the owner/operator of S & H Roofing and Construction for 15 years.  John and Diane S. Smith were married Feb. 5, 1995, in Ossian. Survivors include his wife, Diane of Ossian; along with seven children, Tiffany (Eric) Bendes, Kristi (Loren) Landis, Amy Smith, Dillon Smith, Athena (Les) Bagley, Amanda (Charles) Seidenstricker, all of Bluffton, and Jamie Aldred of Decatur. He was a…

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    Jonnie E. Kidwell, 52

    Jonnie E. Kidwell, 52, of Bluffton, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, at Bluffton Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are pending at Goodwin-Cale & Harnish Memorial Chapel.

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    Charlene Gobernatz, 65

    Charlene Gobernatz, 65, of Bluffton, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, at Bluffton Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are pending at Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home.

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    R. Steve Thompson, 63

    R. Steve Thompson, 63, of Muncie left this earthly home Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. He was born Sept. 22, 1955, in Champaign, Ill., to Robert and Marlyn Thompson. He is survived by his wife, Jean Alice, and his beloved companion Miss Kitty. Other survivors include sisters Pam (Mike) Meeks and Barbara Taylor of Bluffton; a brother, Randy (Alaina) Thompson of Muncie; nephews, Jason (Amanda) and Justin (Kendale) Thompson, Jesse (Balliegh) Williams, Chad (Angela) and David (Jeni) Meeks, and Miles (Heidi) Taylor; and many great-nieces and great-nephews. An avid Colts fan, he loved golf, camping, the Indy 500 and fixing anything. His exceptional woodworking skills…

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    Roger J. Horrell, 72

    Roger James Horrell, 72, of Warren, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. He was born April 25, 1947, in Huntington County, James W. and Corinne C. Kitt Horrell; they preceded him in death. He married Wilberta “Billie” Cramer Horrell Dec. 20, 1970, in Warren; she survives in Warren. Additional survivors include a son, Tracy (Kristen) Horrell of Russiaville; daughter, LaTishia Horrell of Markle; three grandchildren; a brother, Ron (Sue) Horrell of Huntington, and a sister, Janice Bolin of North Webster. Calling hours are from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at Glancy-H. Brown & Son Funeral Home in Warren, from 10 to 11 a.m.…

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    Judith A. ‘Judy’ Martin, 71

    Judith A. “Judy” Martin, 71, of Decatur, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. She was united in marriage to Lowell F. Martin Aug. 3, 1968, in Decatur. She received a bachelor’s degree in piano performance and taught at both Fort Wayne Bible College and IPFW. Judy also owned and operated Martin Music in Decatur for over 40 years.  She is survived by her husband, Lowell Martin of Decatur; daughter, Melanie (Joe) Wolpert of Decatur; son, Matt (Dee Ann) Martin of Plainfield; and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Don L. and Mildred M. Stonebraker Hakes. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept.…

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    Kay Brown Richards, 89

    Kay Brown Richards, 89, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, in Naples, Fla. She was born on March 2, 1930, in Bluffton to Harry K. and Marjorie Kunkel Brown. Kay graduated from Bluffton High School in 1948. She earned her B.S. in elementary education from Indiana University in 1952 and received her master’s degree in elementary education in 1955. She taught kindergarten in Fort Wayne at Harrison Hill and Abbett Schools from 1952 until 1958. Kay was a member of Tri Kappa – Bluffton, Kappa Alpha Theta, P.E.O. and Fort Wayne Junior League. Kay and William C. Richards were united in marriage June 24, 1957, at the First United…

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    Rosella L. ‘Rosie’ Heyerly, 93

    Rosella L. “Rosie” Heyerly, age 93, of Bluffton, passed away Wednesday morning, Sept. 4, 2019, at Christian Care Retirement Community. Rosie was born April 4, 1926, in Adams County to Albert and Aldine Aschliman Heyerly. Both parents preceded her in death. A 1944 graduate of Kirkland High School, Rosie was a lifelong member of the Apostolic Christian Church.  She worked as an Avon saleslady for 50 years. Rosie enjoyed playing the piano and mandolin. She loved to cook and sing with her family. She also enjoyed her garden and canning the produce. Survivors include a brother, Simon “Pete” (Delores) Heyerly of Bluffton, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to…

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    Mary Helen Grove, 78

    Mary Helen Grove, 78, of Royal Palm Beach, Fla., passed away Sept. 1, 2019, with her family by her side. She was born in November of 1940 in Bluffton to Joseph and Geneva Micklitsch. She graduated from Bluffton High School and married Keith Grove in 1958. Mary is survived by her brother Max Micklitsch of Bethesda, Md.,  and her two sons, Scot A. Grove of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Douglas K. Grove of Boca Raton, Fla. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Ashley Olshefski, Kyle Grove, and John Michael Grove. Other loving family members include Vickie Grove, Suzanne Turney and John La Spina. Mary has one great-grandchild, Nora…

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    Angela R. ‘Angi’ Smith, 58

    Angela R. “Angi” Smith, 58, of Pennville, died at her home on Sept. 1, 2019. She was born on March 18, 1961, in Hartford City to Gary W. and Rita E. Davis Rogers. She married Timothy Raymond Smith on Mary 7, 1979, in Huntington.  Survivors include her husband, Timothy R. Smith; son, Timothy J. (Lydia Claire) Smith of Montpelier; daughter, Emily Rene’ (Nicholas) Ellis of Pennville; stepson, Chad Carpenter of Portland; father, Gary W. Rogers of Montpelier; brother, Jeff Rogers of Poneto; sisters, Jaylyn (Chris) Gaglione of Connecticut, Jodie (Kenny) Hummer of Montpelier, and Edwina (Dan) Ocasio of Montpelier, parents-in-law, Clyde and Darlene Smith of Pennville; and nine grandchildren. She…

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    Riley Brandon Garrett, 24

    Riley Brandon Garrett, 24, of Montpelier, died in July 2019. He was born on Jan. 20, 1995, in Muncie to Eric and Jenny Johnson Garrett. Survivors include his parents; sister, Katie Garett; and his grandparents, Dean and Jeannine Garrett.  He was preceded in death by his grandfather, James Johnson, and grandmother, Donna Johnson. Visitation will be from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Walker & Glancy Funeral Home, Montpelier. A service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.   Online condolences at: www.glancyfuneralhomes.com

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    LeaBeth ‘Cookie’ Raber Rosie, 96

    LeaBeth “Cookie” Raber Rosie, 96, of Bluffton, passed away Monday afternoon, Sept. 2, 2019, at River Terrace Estates in Bluffton.  Cookie was born Oct. 25, 1922, in Kewanna, Ind., to William H. and Bertha Grace Jones Cook and the family moved to Monroeville in 1927 and she graduated of Monroeville High School in 1940. After graduating from Fort Wayne Business School, she worked in the Cost Department of General Electric until her marriage to J. Wayne Raber in 1944, and he preceded her in death in 1989. She loved the farm life where they raised three children. She was an active member of the Liberty Center Methodist Church and served…

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    Lea Beth Raber Rosie, 96

    Lea Beth “Cookie” Raber Rosie, 96, of Bluffton, died Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, at River Terrace Estates in Bluffton. Arrangements are pending at the Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home.

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    Joel Swart, 41

    Joel Swart, 41, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. He was born on Feb. 11, 1978 in Kettering, Ohio. He received an associate’s degree, later working as an engineer. Joel was one of the founders of the Pour Misfits brew crew. He loved to attend many concerts and watching the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Blackhawks. He also loved his dogs Tank, Zombie, and Bruce.  He is survived by his wife, Sara (Crull) Swart; daughter, Kaylee Buhr; mother, Betty (Johnson) Swart; Marvin (Joyce) Crull; and brother in-law, JR (Kristin) Crull;  and niece and nephews. Joel is proceeded in passing by his father, Warren Swart, and grandparents, Robert…

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    Richard ‘Dick’ Moser, 91

    Richard “Dick” F. Moser, 91 of Bluffton, passed away on Saturday evening, Aug. 31, 2019, at his residence. He was born July 29, 1928, in Adams County to Frank and Eva Love Moser. He graduated from Hartford High School in 1946 and served our country in the United States Army from 1952 to 1954, during the Korean War. Richard and Marjorie R. Schaffter Moser were married on April 21, 1951, in Vera Cruz.   A long-haul truck driver for many years, Richard retired from driving for the Kroger Company. He also farmed for many years and enjoyed golfing, loved boating and traveling. For 26 years, Richard and Marjorie enjoyed spending their…

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    Donald E. Smith, 97

    Donald E. Smith, age 97, of Bluffton, passed away at 4:10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. He graduated from Huntington High School in 1941 and served with the U.S. Army during World War II as a commander in the 777th Tank Battalion in the European Theater. He was an industrial electrician, retiring in 1985 from Zimmer, a division of Bristol Myers in Warsaw. While in Huntington he was employed by Memcor. He was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntington, where he was a member of the Holy Name Society, and was a member of the American Legion. He was a talented woodworker, designing and building his…

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    Ronald A. Mang, 72

    Ronald A. Mang, 72, a resident of Jackson Township in Wells County, died Thursday, Aug. 29, at Parkview Huntington Hospital. Arrangements are pending at the Walker and Glancy Funeral Home in Montpelier. 

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    Riley B. Garrett, 24

    Riley B. Garrett, 24, of Muncie and a former resident of Montpelier, died in July of 2019. Arrangements are pending at the Walker and Glancy Funeral Home in Montpelier. 

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    Fred D. Sliger, 80

    Fred D. Sliger, 80, died Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, at his residence in Zanesville. He was born Feb. 12, 1939, in Bluffton. Fred married Loretta Sue Ifer on May 25, 1957; she survives in Zanesville.  Survivors also include a son, Monty (Sharon) Sliger of Zanesville, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons, Rodney and Nathan Sliger. In accordance to his wishes, there will be no public services. Private family services will be held at a later date. Goodwin – Cale & Harnish Memorial Chapel have been entrusted with funeral arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.goodwincaleharnish.com

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    Larry G. Mankey, 77

    Larry Gene Mankey, 77, of Robinson, Texas, and formerly of Wells County, died Friday, Aug. 23, 2019.  He was born June 2, 1942, near Craigville to Earl and Ruth Mankey, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Jeannie; his two sons, Brian Mankey and Larry (Erica) Mankey; one grandson; three sisters, Linda, Donna, and Betty; and one brother, John.   He will be buried at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas. Arrangements are being handled by  Pecan Grove Funeral Home in Waco, Texas.

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    Harold A. ‘Skip’ Smith, 86

    Harold A. “Skip” Smith, 86, of Ossian, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. He was born April 3, 1933, in Laredo, Texas, to Harold Smith and Eudelia Flores Smith. Skip served honorably in the U.S. Navy. He enjoyed building models, most recently airplane models. Skip was also an avid Chicago Cubs fan. He married Eva Maggart Carnall Smith in June of 1988; his wife survives. Surviving are his children, Rick (Kathy) Smith, Randy Smith, Kevin Smith, and Kory (Patty) Smith, all of Fort Wayne; three stepchildren, David (Denise) Carnall of Crawfordsville, Lisa Worden of Ossian, and Jennifer Bryant of Moscow, Idaho; and 16 grandchildren…

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    M. Helen Hoover-Woods, 96

    M. Helen Hoover-Woods, 96, of Heritage Pointe, Warren and formerly of Wells County, passed away at 9:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, at Heritage Pointe. She was born on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 1922, in Huntington County. Helen was a 1940 graduate of Lancaster High School in Huntington County. She was a member of the Union Church in rural Huntington, where she was in the 55-and-over group and Willing Hands group. She retired after 31 years of service from Montgomery Ward, where she had been clerk. She will be sadly missed by her son, Roger (Vickie) Hoover of Huntington; daughter, Margaret (Jack) Bentley of Warren; daughter, Jane Hitzfield of Ossian; sister,…

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    Gary L. Haynes, 67

    Gary Lee Haynes, 67, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. Born May 23, 1952, in Fort Wayne, to Victor and Harriet Higgins Haynes, Gary was a graduate of North Side High School. He was a factory worker for many years and was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting, and animals. He was a simple but complicated man who liked to wheel and deal. Gary is survived by his children, Rebecca (Vincent Hill) Haynes and Daniel Haynes; grandchildren, Aiyden, Ivy, and Malia Hill; brother, Victor Haynes; and niece, Sarah (Haynes) Leach.  Also preceding him in passing are his sister, Peggy Haynes; and brother, George Haynes. A…

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    Kenneth W. Gephart, 70

    Kenneth W. Gephart, 70, of Bluffton, passed away Sunday evening, Aug. 25, 2019, at Bluffton Regional Medical Center. Kenneth was born in Wells County May 14, 1949, to Joseph D. and Margarette A. Cobbum Gephart; both parents preceded him in death. He married Linda L. Campbell in Bluffton July 28, 1968; she survives in Bluffton. A 1967 graduate of Bluffton High School, Kenneth was employed by the City of Bluffton for 34 years. He served as supervisor of the Water Department until his retirement in August 2011. Kenneth was a member of the Bluffton Wesleyan Chapel in Bluffton, where he served on the board of directors for the church and…

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    William C. ‘Bill’ Bowman, 68

    William C. “Bill” Bowman, 68 of Bluffton, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at Ossian Health and Rehabilitation Center.  Bill was born Dec. 3, 1950, in Bluffton to James W. and Carolyn J. Murray Bowman. He graduated from Bluffton High School in 1969.  He furthered his education at Lincoln Technology Institute in Indianapolis and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Bluffton.  Bill enjoyed many years with Boy Scouts of America, building race cars, fishing and traveling. Bill worked as a diesel mechanic at the state highway garage, Wells County Highway Department and Gerber’s Garage, along with other garages. For many years, Bill enjoyed playing Santa…

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    Kenneth Gephart, 70

    Kenneth Gephart, 70, died Sunday evening, Aug. 25, 2019, at Bluffton Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are pending at Goodwin — Cale & Harnish Memorial Chapel, Bluffton. 

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    William C. Bowman, 68

    William “Bill” C. Bowman, 68, of Bluffton, died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at Ossian Health and Rehabilitation. Arrangements are pending at Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home.