Obituaries

Earl W. Lehman

Dr. Earl W. Lehman, 89, of Bluffton died at 5:27 pm September 24, 2011 at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.  He was born in Riley Township on May 22, 1922 to Albert and Pauline Zimmerly Lehman.  On September 29, 1945 he married Edith Stuckey and she preceded him in death on April 7, 2011.

Ruth L. Ayers

Ruth L. Ayers,92, passed away peacefully September 25, 2011 at Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton.
   Ruth was born May 16, 1919 on the family farm near Pandora, OH to Ezra and Etta Davidson Amstutz. She married Wilbur Ayers in 1945 and he passed away in 1999.
   She is survived by their children, Keith (Rebecca) Ayers of Houston, TX, Marilyn (Tom) Beerman of Worthington, OH and John (Cheryl) Ayers of E. Greenwich, RI. There are five grandchildren, Kevin Ayers, League City, TX, Andrew Beerman, Park City, UT, Jennifer Bonnice, Oregon, OH, Bradley Ayers, Warwick, RI, Brian Ayers, Ligonier, PA and ten great-grandchildren She is also survived by her sister Marcile Henkener of Dublin, OH, her sister-in-law Mary Amstutz of Bluffton and ten nieces and nephews.
   She was preceded in death by brothers Ray and Fred Amstutz and granddaughter Deborah Blount. 

Betty Joan Laux


Betty Joan Laux, 79, of Tiffin, passed away at Elmwood at the Springs in Green Springs, at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, September 17, 2011.

Betty was born on December 7, 1931 to the late Delbert L. and Vera V. (Young) Laux.

Survivors include her sisters, Susan (John) Crumrine of Tiffin and Lynda (LeRoy) Humbert of Genoa, a niece, Laura (Chris) Irwin, three nephews, Douglas (Robin) Humbert, Dan (Debbie) Humbert, Tom (Heidi) Crumrine and dearly loved great nieces and nephews, Gabriel, Noah, Katelyn, Matthew, Amelia and Zoe.

Evelyn L. Michel Sutter

Evelyn L. Michel Sutter, 90, of Bluffton died at 7:53 pm, September 21, 2011 at Bluffton Hospital.  She was born September 5, 1921 in Allen County to Clinton and Leah Peterson Balmer.  On June 28, 1941 she married Clair Michel and he preceded her in death on August 1, 1984.  On December 10, 1988 she married Bud Sutter and he died on March 2, 2000.
Evelyn retired from Triplett Corp., Bluffton and had also worked at the Charles Company.  She was a member of the St. John’s United Church of Christ, Bluffton, the Bluffton Senior Citizens and the SHANNON Club of Bluffton. She enjoyed dancing and playing cards.  She was a graduate of Mt. Cory High School.

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