Mary Emma Triplett of Bluffton, Ohio passed from this life on September 30, 2014. She leaves behind a wonderful legacy of devotion to family, friends, people in crisis, her church, and her community. She was preceeded in death by her husband, William R. Triplett. Mary Emma was born on October 2, 1922 to Joseph and Hettie Cassel of Fairview Village, PA. She joined the US Army Nursing Corps soon after graduation from the University of Cincinnati Nursing School with a nursing degree and RN certification. She and Ropp (William R. Triplett) were married on September 1, 1946 after both having received honorable discharge from the army. Following a brief honeymoon they took up homemaking in Bluffton, Ohio.
Wesley Eugene Yoakam, 67, of Bluffton, died at 7:40 a.m. Sept. 29, 2014 at Bridge Hospice, Findlay. He was born March 26, 1947 in Bluffton to Doyt A. and Leah Pauline Clum Yoakam who preceded him in death.
Ruth Soldner Hartzler died Friday, September 19, 2014 at the Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. She was born May 11, 1922, in Berne, Indiana, to Dr. T. H. and Meta (Neuenschwander) Soldner. On March 2, 1946 she married Ellwyn Hartzler, who died October 20, 2000. Survivors include five children, Tim (Marybeth) of Bluffton, OH; Jan (Lonnie) Buerge of Kansas City, MO; Judy Hartzler of Columbus, OH; Sandi (Jim) Hostetler of Goshen, IN; and Alan (Staci) of Pettisville, OH; eleven grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother who died in infancy and a sister, Vera Grimm, who died last year.
Isabelle May West, 97, passed away on September 10, 2014 at the Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton, Ohio. She was born in Hancock County, Ohio on March 25, 1917 to the late G. Raymond and Mabel (Hamlin) Stewart. She married James F. West on May 20, 1943 and he preceded her in death on Feb. 15, 1999. Surviving are two sons: James S. (Carol) of Wapakoneta and John C. (Molly) of Phoenix, AZ. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Stacy (Tim) Nordahl, Kelly (Bret) Layman, Bradley (Sarah) West, Jillian (David) Francis, Taylor and Britton West. Her seven great grandchildren are: Madison, Lauren and Elliot Layman, Jacob and Lucas West, and Harper and Logan Nordahl.