Bernard Lynn Schiffke, 75, passed away Jan. 2, 2016, at 7:39 a.m. at Sunrise Hospital, Las Vegas, Nev. Bernard was born Dec. 8, 1940, in Ferndale, Mich., to Bernard and Mary (King) Schiffke who preceded him in death. On Sept. 6, 1994, he married Claudia Ury (Ream) who survives. Bernard was a graduate of Bluffton High School, class of 1958, and served in the United States Marine Corp from 1959 to 1963. He was an Engineering Technician for 30 years at Phillips Corporation in Ottawa, Ohio, and retired in 1996. They then moved to Las Vegas, Nev., to enjoy their retirement, where he resided until his death.
Nettie Mae Ferrall, 93, passed away Jan. 2, 2016, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton, where she had been a resident. Nettie was born March 15, 1922, in Pandora to the late Homer and Ella (Badertscher) Basinger.
Christina E. Detwiler, 90, passed away Dec. 25 at Willow Ridge in Bluffton, Ohio. Christina was born on April 6, 1925, in Columbiana County, Ohio, a daughter of Lester W. and Mary (Ziegler) Detwiler. She previously resided at Parkside Health Care Center in Columbiana. She attended First Mennonite Church in Bluffton, Ohio, and also Marimor MRDD Seniors in Lima, Ohio. Although “Tina” had limited ability to communicate her whole life, she was loving and much loved by all who knew her. Christina was cherished by her sister Joyce (Donald) Hostetler of Bluffton, Ohio, and her brother Willard (Patricia) Detwiler of Prescott, Ariz., and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Carolyn (Ralph) Basinger, and her brothers Ray and Harold (Jean) Detwiler.
Robert Stanford Kreider died on Dec. 27, 2015, at his home in North Newton, Kansas. Robert was born Jan. 2, 1919, in Sterling, Ill., son of Amos and Stella (Shoemaker) Kreider. In 1921, the family moved to Goshen, Ind., and in 1926 to Bluffton, Ohio. In 1929, Robert was baptized in the First Mennonite Church, Bluffton. In 1935, the family relocated to Newton, Kansas, and Robert entered Bethel College where he earned a B.A. in history. In 1941, Robert earned an M.A. in Social Ethics from the University of Chicago Divinity School.