Obituaries

John William VanAtta

   John William VanAtta, age 82, of Arlington died at 11:02 p.m. on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at the Hospice Care Center in Findlay. He was born on November 4, 1930 in Eagle Township to the late Murvin Burr and Gladys L.(Yates) VanAtta. On October 16, 1949, he married Helen M. VonStein and they divorced. On December 3, 1977 he married Sylvia Greer Risner and she survives.
   He is also survived by two sons: Gregory S.(Rose) VanAtta of Pandora and Daniel J. (Cindy) VanAtta of Williamstown and two daughters: Diane S. (Dale) Nicholson of Williamstown and Linda K.(Arthur) Klopp of Tiffin.

Richard H. McKinley

   Richard H. McKinley 89 passed away in his sleep August 26, 2013, at the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky, Ohio.
   He was born December 5, 1923 near Mt, Orab, Ohio, to James and Esther McKinley. He served in the United States Army during World War II from February 9th 1943 through November 27, 1945. Richard was wounded in combat during Patten’s third army’s crossing of the Moselle River. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his service.
   Richard was retired from the Nationwide Insurance Company where he operated a successful agency in Blanchester, Ohio.
   He married Violet Ogden on September 29, 1945. They remained together for 58 years until her death September 2, 2004.
Richard was preceded in death by his current wife June Curry who passed away August 11, 2013, whom he married February 1, 2005.

Gordin Todd Walls

   Gordin Todd Walls, age 44, left his earthly body in exchange for a new heavenly body at 5:29 p.m. on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at his parents’ home in Ada, Ohio.
   He was born on July 31, 1969 in Livonia, Michigan to Willliam R. and Betty J. (Gordin) Walls who reside in Ada.     
   Todd was a graduate of Ada H.S. and the University of Northwestern Ohio with an assoc. degree in automotive mechanics. To say he led an amazing life, in spite of incredible difficulties due to a congenital heart defect, would be an understatement, compared to the tremendous love and encouragement he gave his friends and family. A true and brave heart, he has gone on to be with his trusted heavenly Father.

Phyllis M. Suter

   Phyllis M. Suter, 88 died August 22, 2013 at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.  She was born November 1, 1924 in Berne, Indiana to the late Albert and Elma (Welty) Sprunger.  On June 18, 1950 she married Dwight Suter and he died March 7, 1997.
   Phyllis was an English and special education teacher for Pandora-Gilboa Schools.  She was a member of Grace Mennonite Church, Pandora.  She enjoyed quilting, reading, traveling and spending time with her grandchildren.  Phyllis was a graduate of Berne High School and Goshen College.
   Survivors include two daughters Martha (John) Martens of Middlebury, Indiana, Joanna Suter of Columbus, Ohio; two sons Robert L. (Joyce) Suter of Pandora; William (Donna) Suter of Pandora; five grandchildren; a brother Orlando Sprunger of Berne, Indiana; and a sister Marguerite Wiebe of Visalia, California.

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