Alice I. Wingate, 92, of Bluffton died at 5:40 a.m. June 1, 2012 at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. She was born November 24, 1919 in Putnam County to Clarence and Esther Slusser Jones. On October 4, 1940 she married Paul R. Wingate and he preceded her in death on March 1, 2006. Mrs. Wingate was a homemaker and retired from the Bluffton High School Cafeteria after 16 years and had worked at Triplett Corp., Bluffton. She was a member of Ebenezer Mennonite Church, Bluffton and the Bluffton Senior Citizens. She was a graduate of Bluffton High School.
Lois I. King, 80, of Bluffton, Ohio, died May 21, 2012, in Ft. Myers, Fla. She was born in Richland Township on July 27, 1931, to Harley and Lavina (Burkholder) Marquart. She and her husband, Paul, were married on Oct. 11, 1952, at Ebenezer Mennonite Church, Bluffton. He survives. Also surviving are two sons, Timothy P. (Dawn) King, Bluffton, and John E. King of Florida. Five grandchildren also survive: Harley King, Zachary King, Cody King, Jennifer King and Justin King. Preceding her in death was a son, Bruce M. King, and a sister, Phyllis (Donald) Yaussy.
Richard Alex Gillespie, 38, of San Antonio, died May 25, 2012, in San Antonio. He was born Sept. 20, 1973, in Bowling Green to Robert L. Gillespie and Joyce L. Vail. His father and stepmother, Jean Gillespie, survive in Lima. His mother and stepfather, Greg Weaver, survive in Mocksville, N.C. A stepfather, John Goldsmith, survives in Galion. Mr. Gillespie was a nurse at Audie Murphy Veterans Affairs Hospital in San Antonio. He was a U.S. Army ranger with the 82nd Airborne Division. He was a graduate of Bluffton High School, The Ohio State University and Florida Atlantic University. He loved motorcycles, skydiving, hiking and making people laugh.
Jean H. Schumacher, 91 of Bluffton died at 3:57 p.m. May 25, 2012 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. She was born April 8, 1921 in Berne, Indiana to William and Lillie (Moser) Habegger. On July 2, 1944 she married Emerson Basinger and he died August 28, 1982. She then married Nelson Schumacher December 27, 1985 and he died December 22, 2011.