George M. Wince, age 78, died on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, at 3:00 a.m. at his residence in Ada. He was born on Dec. 20, 1936, in McClain County, Ill., to Homer and Rose (Lorch) Wince who preceded him in death. On June 2, 1973, he married Carol Jean Fleming, and she survives in Ada. George had been a lifelong farmer, he also did backhoe work for many years. He and his brother Glenn were the first farmers in the area to have an egg-layer business. He had also worked part time for the Village of Ada and later for Liberty Township.
Betty L. Lewis, 73, Ada, passed away Sept. 27, 2015, at 5:44 p.m. at Cleveland Clinic. Betty was born Sept. 2, 1942, in Bluffton to William “Kaiser” and Mary Holmes Gaiffe. On July 27, 1963, she married James “Jim” Lewis, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 1, 2014. Betty was a homemaker and a true matriarch of her family. She supported all of her children’s and grandchildren’s activities. She enjoyed camping, swimming, and eating out with friends and family. Betty was a graduate of Bluffton High School.
Margaret Houshower, 94, died Sept. 23, 2015, at the Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton. Margaret was born on Sept. 8, 1921, in Bluffton to Herbert W. and Olga (Kennel) Berky. She was a graduate of Bluffton High School and Bluffton College ’42 where she met her husband, Mark Houshower. They celebrated 65 years of marriage before his death in 2009.
Fred A. Putnam, 79, Pandora, Ohio, and formerly of Chenao and Bloomington, Ill., passed away at Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay, at 9:15 p.m., Sept. 20, 2015. He was born, July 14, 1936, at Collison, Ill., the son of Roy H. and Alta B. Welshire Putnam. He married Betty L. Wade on Sept. 21, 1958, at Clarksville EUB Church, Lexington, Ill. She survives in Pandora. Also surviving is one daughter, Anna M. (David) Freeman, Rawson, Ohio; three sisters: Phyllis (Mike) Koerner, Broadlands, Ill.; Paula (Dale) Laumeier, Manito, Ill. and Shirley Keith, Greenville, N. C.; 4 grandsons: Keith A. Monkman Jr., Bloomington, Ill.; Lucian D. Freeman, Bluffton, Ohio; Frederick A. Freeman, Mason, Ohio; and Colt E. Freeman, Columbus Grove, Ohio.; and 2 great grandchildren. His parents preceded him in death.