Obituaries

Maurice E. Fett

Maurice E. Fett, 86, passed away Wednesday, October 14th at Bridge Hospice Care Center in Findlay.
Mr. Fett was born in Bluffton on March 2, 1923 to Gilbert and Inez (Triplehorn) Fett. He first married Eula Locher Fett on May 1, 1949 and she died on September 16, 1991. He then married Maeola McClain on June 14, 1997, and she survives.
Also surviving are three sons, David (Mary) Fett, Robert (Sue) Fett, and Edward (Denise) Fett, all of Bluffton; a daughter, Carol (Larry) Hechler, Huntertown, Ind; a stepson, Michael (Cindy) McClain, of Vanlue; a stepdaughter, Laura (Kevin) Cavitt, of Findlay; 12 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; and 6 step-grandchildren.
Mr. Fett was the retired owner of Fett Hardware in Bluffton. He was a graduate of Bluffton High School and attended Ohio Northern University.
He was a member of the Bluffton English Lutheran Church, the Bluffton Masonic Lodge, Bluffton American Legion Post 382, member of Bluffton Senior Citizens, member and past president of the Bluffton Business Association and active in the development of downtown Bluffton, Board of Directors of Citizens National Bank for 40 years, President of Bluffton Stone Company, Lion's Club Citizen of the Year and a veteran of the Army Air Corps, WWII.
Funeral services were held Saturday, October 17th at English Lutheran Church in Bluffton. Rev. Kevin Mohr officiated. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery, Bluffton, with military rites conducted by the Bluffton Legion.
Memorials may be made to English Lutheran Church or Bridge Hospice.

Andrew Landes

Andrew Landes, 22, passed away on Monday, October 5, 2009.
Born on May 30, 1987, he was the son of Dean and Monica Landes of Fountaintown. He graduated from Lutheran High School in Indianapolis in 2006 and attended IUPUI. Andrew worked for Butler, Fairman, and Seufert in Indianapolis as a technician and was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in New Palestine, Indiana.
Surviving him are his parents, Dean and Monica Landes of Fountaintown; siblings, Logan P. Landes and Taylor A. Landes, both of Fountaintown; grandparents, John and Patricia Logan of Hartford City, Ind., and Reverend Howard J. and Wanda Landes of Sun City, Arizona; and his great-grandfather, Alfred Thornburgh of Upland, Indiana.
Visitation was held Friday, October 9, 2009, at Erlewein Mortuary in Greenfield. Funeral services took place on Saturday, October 10, 2009, at Zion Lutheran Church in New Palestine. Pastor Jason Taylor officiated and burial will follow at Zion Lutheran Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Zion Lutheran School of New Palestine or to Lutheran High School in Indianapolis. Friends may sign the online guestbook at www.erleweinmortuary.com.

Michael Burdette Emans

Michael B. Emans, 64, passed away on Monday, October 5th, 2009, in Olympia, Washington. Mike was born November 1, 1944, in Bluffton, Ohio to Charles and Virginia Emans. He grew up in Bluffton where he graduated from high school.
Mike served his country in the USAF from 1964-1968. On October 21st, 1967, he married his high school sweetheart, Elaine L. Naas. They made their home in the Chicago area. They relocated to Olympia in 1977, when Mike began working for the State of Washington in computer and telecommunications management. He retired from the Department of Information Services in 2004. Mike was a devoted husband, son, brother, father, grandfather and friend. His ultimate pleasure was spending time with his family. He enjoyed many hobbies: fishing, camping, playing musical instruments and photography.
He was preceded in death by his mother Virginia. Surviving him are his wife of 42 years, Elaine; children, Eric (Heather) and Todd; father, Charles; brother Greg (Lue), brother Jeff (Alain) and sister JoEllen (Harold) Dudgeon; and grandchildren Gracie and Annie Emans.
A memorial was held Saturday, October 10th, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Brethren Church, Olympia, Washington. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial gifts to be made to Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, 218 Overhulse Rd NE, Olympia, 98502 or Providence SoundHomeCare and Hospice, 3432 South Bay Road NE, Olympia, 98506.

Frieda J. Basinger

Frieda J. Basinger, 90, a long-time resident of the San Jose section of Bisbee, passed away on September 21, 2009. Frieda was born to Albert and Johanna Klay on October 16, 1918, in Bluffton. She moved to Bisbee 39 years ago with her husband, James H. Basinger, who was hired by Cochise College in Douglas to be the aviation instructor.
Freida loved the natural habitat of her property and spent some time gardening everyday. She enjoyed corresponding with her friends and family, and was a happy, friendly person.
Frieda was preceded in death by her husband James Basinger, her sister La Donna Smucker, and her brother Roger Klay. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Lois Klay.
At her request, there will be no local services. Bisbee Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

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