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.
Margie Jean Huber 88, of Melbourne, Fl. passed away Saturday, January 12, 2013. She was born October 24, 1924 in Ada Ohio and was a former resident of Bluffton, Ohio. Her parents were E.E. (Gene) & Alma Peterson and she graduated from Ada High School. Margie married C. Berdell Huber on January 1, 1943 in Bluffton, Ohio and they both were instrumental in founding The Northwest Ohio Antique Machinery Association. She retired from R C A in Findlay, Ohio. Margie was preceded in death by her husband Berdell in 2000.
Joel William (Bill) Baehr, 83, died at his home at 5:15 a.m. January 6, 2013, Chandler, Arizona. Joel was born in Bluffton to John and Edna Boehr on September 18, 1929. He had one brother, Richard of Bluffton, Ohio. Bill was blessed with energy; wit, with gifts in art and music. He was baptized by Rev. J.N. Smucker in the First Mennonite Church. He graduated from Pandora High School and Bluffton College with a major in art. He then went on to graduate from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Birmingham, Michigan. He volunteered, and had 2 years in the Marines.
Pastor Allan Ray Tschiegg went home to be with his Lord on Saturday evening, January 5, 2013, in Dallas, Oregon. He was born at home on the farm in Columbus Grove, Ohio on September 27, 1930 to Eldon and Grace (Lora) Tschiegg. He worked on the farm and at Farmers Grain Co. in Bluffton, Ohio until he left for Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, Nebraska. There he met the love of his life, Adelia Marie Heinrichs. A year later they were married while he was attending Grace Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. During his seminary years he was pastor of Pleasant Valley Community Church, just south of Warsaw, Indiana. It was there that they started their family.