Obituaries

Vera A. Higgins

    Vera A. Higgins, 94 died at 7:05 a.m. January 27, 2013 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  She was born November 19, 1918 in Ada to the late James A. and Freda (Frankhauser) Hauenstein.  On August 9, 1940 she married Herbert Higgins and he died July 8, 2005.
Vera was a homemaker and was a member of Central Christian Church, Lima.  She enjoyed her grandchildren, playing piano and doing crosswords.  Vera was well known for her butterscotch pies.

Charles W. Binkley

   Charles W. Binkley, 83 died at 9:43 am January 27, 2013 at Richland Manor, Bluffton.  He was born April 17, 1929 in Lima to the late William and Mary (Fleming) Binkley.  On October 3, 1958 he married M. Aileen Diller and she survives.
   Charles retired from Phillips Corporation, Ottawa.  He was a member of the Pandora Church of Christ.  He enjoyed gardening, bicycle repairs and tinkering in the garage. 
   Survivors also include a sister in law Lucille Binkley of Lima and several nieces and nephews.
   Three brothers Robert, Chester and Russell Binkley; three sisters Lenore Crites, Lela GaGoudy, Pauline Motter and three infant sisters preceded him in death.

Edith M. Daft

   Edith M. Daft, age 81, died Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 10:05 p.m. at Bridge Hospice Care Center at Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay. 
   Edith was born on October 10, 1931 in Orange Township, Hancock County, Ohio to the Leonard and Flossie (Hartman) Henry, who preceded her in death.  She married J. Robert Daft on a beautiful Easter Sunday, March 25, 1951.  He survives at Maple Crest Retirement Center in Bluffton.
   She lived her entire married life on the family farm where she helped with the farming and raised her family. Edith loved her garden and enjoyed working with the livestock.  She was a member of the Bethel Church of Christ, where she taught Sunday school for many years and filled other positions.  She was a ten year 4-H advisor.

Catherine A. Cripe

   Catherine “Cathy” A. Cripe, 70, passed away at 2:24 p.m. January 16, 2013 at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.  She was born July 26, 1942, in Bluffton, Ohio, to the late Arthur and Cleota (Lanning) Lewis. 
   Cathy retired as a retail manager at “Welcome Home” in Houston, Texas.  She was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Bluffton.  She enjoyed the “60’s Girls’Group” and was a member of the Bluffton Senior Citizens where she enjoyed playing cards.  She resided in Bluffton for the last ten years with her sister Mary.
   Cathy was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was a 1960 graduate of Bluffton High School.

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