Phyllis Mary Bixel was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to Carlton and Erma (Sanford) Newton on Aug. 17, 1922, and quietly passed away in the early morning hours of Saturday, March 4, at Oakview Terrace in Freeman, South Dakota, where she had been a resident for a year-and-a-half. She was 94. Phyllis graduated from Western Michigan University in 1945 with a bachelor of science degree in occupational therapy and spent her first years of employment working at the Kalamazoo State Hospital, where her husband-to-be, James W. Bixel, was also employed as musical director through Civilian Public Service.
Dennis E. Boyd, 57, died Friday, March 10, 2017, at Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay. He was born Sept. 6, 1959, in Killeen, Texas, to James and Wilma (Sargent) Boyd who survive in Orient, Ohio. Dennis was employed by General Dynamics for 35 years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who truly enjoyed the outdoors. Survivors also include a fiancé, Millie Wilson; stepson, Scott (Nancy) Wilson; grandchildren, Cory (Cassidy Baker) Wilson, Ryan Wilson, Sarah Wilson, Tanner Wilson, Lincoln Deringer; great grandson, Ian Wilson; niece, Jennifer and Jasmin Truman. Dennis also had many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
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.