Obituaries

Arthur L. Hilty

   Arthur L. Hilty, 85, of Bluffton died at 3:25 p.m. July 26, 2012 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  He was born May 31, 1927 to Melvin and Helen Basinger Hilty who preceded him in death. In 1946 he graduated from Bluffton High School.  On October 26, 1947 he married Jo Ann Basinger who survives in Bluffton. 

Clyde W. Hartman

   Clyde W. Hartman, 88, of Bluffton died at 6:15 pm July 14, 2012 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. He was born January 17, 1924 in Orange Township to Wilbur and Alberta Basinger Hartman. On June 1, 1947 he married Mary Alice Ream and she survives.
   Mr. Hartman was a retired farmer and carpenter.  He was a wood carver and enjoyed making toys.  He was a member of the Bethel Church of Christ, Ada, where he served as an elder for many years and was also a Sunday school teacher, member of the choir and a men’s quartette.  Clyde was a member of the Blanchard Valley Farmers’ Co-op and a former member of the Farm Bureau.  He was a 1942 Mt. Cory High School graduate and a WWII Navy Veteran.

David A. Moser

   David A. Moser, 58, of Mt. Cory died at 2:56 pm July 13, 2012 at Bluffton Hospital.  He was born December 31, 1953 in Bluffton to James A. and Mary Jane Joseph Moser who preceded him in death.  On July 2, 1977 he married Linda Shepler and she survives.
   David retired from CSX after 38 years.  He was a member of the Findlay Moose, and the Eagles, American Legion and VFW, all of Columbus Grove.  He enjoyed NASCAR, fishing, Harley motorcycles, woodworking, Ohio State University sports, country music and playing pool.  He was a 1972 graduate of Bluffton High School.  He loved spending time with his family, especially his granddaughters.

Donavin S. Gratz

   Donavin S. Gratz, 93, of Lancaster, PA, died June 26, 2012 at Hospice of Lancaster County. He was the husband of Gayle Amstutz Gratz for 72 years. Born in Bluffton, Ohio he was the son of the late Homer S. and Edna Badertscher Gratz.
   Donavin is survived by his wife, Gayle Amstutz Gratz; his daughter, Jane K., wife of George Knerr of Lancaster, PA.; two sisters, Margaret Detwiler of Toledo, OH, Joan Slotter of Castle Rock, CO; three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
   Donavin was preceded in death by his son, Brett Alan; two brothers, Homer Jr. and Russell; and a sister, Kathleen.

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