Marvin M. “Bud” Miller, 85, passed away at 5:48 p.m. February 27, 2013 at Lima Memorial Health Systems. He was born on August 25, 1927, in Lima, to Winson J. & Bernice L. Ackerman Miller, who have preceded him in death. On November 4, 1951, he married Bernita L. Winget, who survives in Bluffton. Bud proudly served in the United States Army from 1945-47. He was a lifelong farmer, who also retired in 1983 from the Allen County Engineer’s Office. Mr. Miller was a member of the Bluffton First United Methodist Church and the Farm Bureau. He will be remembered for his storytelling.
Frederick H. Fritchie Jr., age 90, died at 3:15 a.m., Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton, Ohio. Fred was born on July 11, 1922 in Bluffton to Frederick H. and Nina E. (Filhart) Fritchie Sr. On September 3, 1948 Fred married Mildred E. Durding, who survives in Bluffton.
Carolyn (Kerry) Vore Dickey, 84, formerly of Bluffton, Ohio, passed away on February 24, 2013 in Prior Lake, MN. Preceded in death by her parents, Roger Miller (d. 1995) and Ida Panabaker (d. 1987) Vore, and one brother, Robert Vore (d. 1998), Carolyn was born in Lima, OH October 31, 1928. She graduated from Lafayette Jackson High School in 1946 and Bluffton College in 1950. Kerry taught kindergarten at Allen-East Primary School from 1968-1988.
David “Pete” L. Steiner died on Feb. 24, 2013 at the age of 75 at his residence. On April 3, 1937 he was born in Bluffton to Oliver R. and Helen L. Mumma Steiner, who proceeded him in death. On July 29, 1956 he married Nancy S. Andrews who survives in Bluffton. Pete was a 1955 graduate of the Bluffton High School. He had worked for 37 years at the Lima Ford Engine Plant and retired in 1995 at the age of 57. Pete was an avid golfer and he loved to Polka dance. He also liked to mushroom hunt and he was always up for a good time. Pete was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Bluffton.