Dale Edward Wilkins, 72, passed away July 26, at his residence. Dale was born October 23, 1942, in Kenton. He was raised by his parents Lester and Virginia (Higgins) Wilkins who preceded him in death. On January 4, 2002, he married Karen Bowyer Wilkins, and she survives. Dale was an owner/operator of his own over the road semi. He was a member of the OOIDA Trucker’s Association and VFW Post 1275, Lima. He was a graduate of Lima Senior High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Survivors also include three daughters Gail A. Wilkins of Elida, Tracy L. Wilkins of Columbus, OH, Jodi K. (David H.) Topp of Sidney; and three grandchildren Tiahna L. Wilkins, Jessica A. Topp, and Joshua D. Topp
Stanley W. Schneck, 68, of Pandora, went home to be with the Lord at 7:53 p.m., Thursday, July 9, at The Ohio State University Medical Center. He was born Nov. 10, 1946, in Bluffton to Clarence and Helen (Burkhalter) Schneck and married Shirley Wingate Feb. 7, 1981. A lifelong resident of Pandora, Stan was deeply involved in both his community and in the building of Christ’s kingdom on the earth. He retired after 33 years at the First National Bank of Pandora to become Pandora village administrator. He had previously served Pandora as mayor, clerk-treasurer, and paramedic. With recent training as an auctioneer, he planned to continue pursuing the profession part-time in his retirement years.
Richard M. “Butch” Gladwell, 75, Columbus Grove, died at 10:38 a.m., July 6, at Lima Memorial Health System. Butch was born May 26, 1940, in Lima to the late Glenn and Margaret Smith Gladwell. On August 4, 1961, he married Virginia Williams, and she survives. Butch retired from Mid-Bus, formerly of Bluffton. He was a member of Ebenezer Mennonite Church, Bluffton, where he had been Sunday School Superintendent, youth leader, and coach of the church basketball and baseball teams. Butch donated and prepared fish for Wild Game Night at Ebenezer Church for 14 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and trapping.
Dorothy Mae (Dackin) Eastman was born March 20, 1925, in Putnam County to Russel and Velma (Carey) Dackin. She grew up working hard both on the family farm and in school where she excelled, skipping second grade and graduating as Valedictorian from Kalida High School. Following graduation she attended Northwestern Business School and was employed as a secretary at Westinghouse Corporation. On June 17, l945, she married Warren R. Eastman, and they began married life in Columbus Grove. In l958, Warren and Dorothy moved their family to Bluffton where they raised their daughter and four sons and were actively engaged in the community.