David L. Gillett, 78, died Thursday, October 16, at 10:25 a.m. in his home in Carmel, Indiana. David was born in Vickery, Ohio on March 14, 1936, to John and Gladys Gillett. He moved to Bluffton in 1967 to open Gillett’s Bakery, which he operated until 1984. While in Bluffton he attended the English Lutheran Church and was an active member of the Bluffton Music and Athletic Boosters, the Bluffton Sportsmen’s Club and the Masonic Lodge. He is survived by his wife Laura, a brother Gerald, a sister Carolyn, 4 children, John, Penny, Dan and Sheri, 11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son David (1994) and a grandson Daniel (1992). Mr. Gillett was a Veteran of the United States Navy.
Alice J. Kohli, 81, of Mt. Cory died at 4:19 a.m., October 7, 2014 at Bridge Hospice, Findlay. She was born December 20, 1932 in Ada to the late Eugene and Mozelle Bullock Thompson. On April 28, 1950 she married Harold B. Kohli and he preceded her in death on October 11, 2004.
Joan Marie Basinger, 80, passed away at 11:20 a.m. October 6, 2014 at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima. Joan was born December 30, 1933 in Orange Twp., Hancock County, Ohio to Ivan and Helen (Bell) Montgomery who preceded her in death. On April 2, 1965 she married Wallace Basinger and he survives. Joan retired from Pandora-Gilboa School where she was the high school secretary for 23 years. She was a member of the Pandora United Methodist Church. Joan enjoyed needle work, reading, going to her grandchildren’s activities and traveling with her retired friends. She was a 1951 graduate of Bluffton High School.
Margaret Gratz Detwiler, 94, of Toledo, Ohio passed away on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Born on July 30, 1920, in Bluffton, Ohio, she was the second of six children born to Homer and Edna Gratz. Margaret grew up in Bluffton on the Gratz family farm. Multi-talented and musically gifted, she “milked the cows in the morning” before going off to class carrying the cherished cello she loved to play in the orchestras of Bluffton High School and Bluffton College. Also well accomplished in piano and voice, she continued to perform in string quartets and choirs throughout her long life.