Mary A. Rupp, age 69, of Wauseon, passed away Friday afternoon in her home after a battle with cancer. Together with her husband, Steve, they owned and operated Prairie Bee Camp in Chapleau, Ontario, Canada for 13 years, where they met many great friends. Mary and Steve also managed the Fulton County Airport and owned Rupp Aviation for seven years. The last seven years she was the giftware’s buyer and merchandiser and greenhouse manager at Ace Hardware in Wauseon.
Robert Freeman Amstutz passed away Sunday, August 5, 2012, at the Berlin Health and Rehab long term care facility in Berlin, Vermont, where he had lived since May. He was 85 years old. Robert was born on August 25, 1926 and grew up on the family farm in Bluffton, Ohio with his parents, Edwin and Zilla Amstutz. Farm life helped to shape him into a reliable and hardworking youth. The First Mennonite Church nurtured his faith, values, leadership abilities, and musical talents. During WWII, he was drafted and obtained conscientious objector status because of his faith. He was sent to Hill City, N. Dakota to do reconstruction work on a dam and later he went to work at Cleveland State Mental Hospital, which was then noted for exposing the horrible conditions in the care of mentally ill patients. These experiences were life changing for Robert.
Pauline M. Lutz Hirschler, 100 of Bluffton died August 2, 2012 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. She was born in Lima on December 20, 1911 to Alarta and Tymah Fay Roush Lutz. She married Alfred E. Hirschler on June 30, 1940 and he preceded her in death in 1972. They lived most of their married life in Springfield, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. Pauline returned to Ohio in 1998.
Arthur L. Hilty, 85, of Bluffton died at 3:25 p.m. July 26, 2012 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. He was born May 31, 1927 to Melvin and Helen Basinger Hilty who preceded him in death. In 1946 he graduated from Bluffton High School. On October 26, 1947 he married Jo Ann Basinger who survives in Bluffton.