Julia A. Gable, 97, passed away Feb. 2, 2017, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. Julia was born Aug. 6, 1919, in Hancock County near Garner, Iowa, to the late Otto and Amelia (Katter) Schroer who preceded her in death. On Aug. 6, 1941, she married Rev. Vernon Oppermann, and he preceded her in death on July 28, 1958. She then married Karl Gable on Dec. 9, 1965, who preceded her in death on Nov. 21, 2002. Julia graduated from Hayfield High School in 1936 and was employed at Mission House College in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. She worked for Dr. F. D. Rodabaugh in Bluffton from 1958 until 1991.
Patricia Ann McCafferty, 73, passed away March 5, 2017, at Bluffton Hospital. She was born May 17, 1943 in New Jersey to the late John and Anita (Matthews) Derry. On October 21, 1977, she married Bob McCafferty who survives. Pat graduated from Chagrin Falls High School in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. She retired from housekeeping at Bluffton Hospital and also volunteered at the hospital. She was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Bluffton. Pat enjoyed gardening, reading and traveling to Maine.
Royce Allen Engle, 98, passed away Feb. 24, 2017, at Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton. Royce Allen Engle was born near Abilene, Kansas, on Nov. 2, 1918, to Homer and Myrta Hildebrand Engle. Royce was the oldest of three boys. Royce’s father was the pastor of the Brethren in Christ (BIC) Church where Royce was baptized as a ten year old.
John “Jack” Newton Shoupe, 83, passed away Feb. 21, 2017, at Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton. John was born July 13, 1933, in Findlay to Roscoe and Helen (Kelchner) Shoupe, who preceded him in death. On March 4, 1962, he married Louise (Herr) Shoupe who survives. Jack was an Air Force veteran during the Korean Conflict. He worked for Meadow Gold Dairy as a salesman until his retirement. He enjoyed golf and bowling. Jack was an amazing man who never knew a stranger. He was loved by all who knew him and will be missed greatly.