Obituaries

Billy Dean Fridley

    Billy Dean Fridley, 81 of Pandora died at 2:48 p.m. October 22, 2012 at St. Rita’s Ambulatory Care Center, Glandorf.  He was born July 20, 1931 in Bluffton to Clarence and Edith (West) Fridley.  On June 5, 1953 he married Janice Diller and she survives.
   Billy retired from Ford Motor Company, Lima.  He also had a craft shop along with his wife.  He was a member of Pandora Missionary Church, and attended Missionary Church of Ottawa and Leipsic Church of the Nazarene.  He enjoyed model airplanes.  He was a U.S. Army veteran.  He graduated from Pandora-Gilboa High School.

Robin Sue Wilch

   Robin Sue Wilch, 58, of Lima died at 11:48 p.m. October 19, 2012 at St. Rita’s Medical Center Lima.  She was born December 27, 1953 in Bluffton.  Her father, Robert (Terri) Wilch survives near Bluffton and her mother, Sue Kempf Groves survives in Lima.
   Robin was the owner of Groves Bears in Bluffton.  She was an animal activist and worked with Deb’s Dogs and Lots of Love Animal Rescue.  She enjoyed yard sales and auctions.  She was a 1972 Bluffton High School graduate.
   Survivors also include two sisters, Victoria Cabot of Lima, Penny McGinn of Phoenix, AZ, a niece, Dallas Dunn of Los Angles, Ca and her beloved dog and cats.

Erma L. Augsburger

   Erma L. Augsburger, 93, of Bluffton died at 10:10 p.m. October 17, 2012 at the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  She was born July 21, 1919 in Lafayette to Albert O. and Sarah A. Hochstettler Badertscher.  On July 21, 1945 she married Ralph E. Augsburger and he preceded her in death on June 29, 1983. 
   Erma retired from Triplett Corp., Bluffton in 1981.  She had also worked at RCA, Findlay and Chamberlain’s Beauty Shop, Bluffton.  She was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Bluffton and its Women’s Circle and was a member and past officer of the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center.  She was a 1937 graduate of Rawson High School and Frederick’s Beauty Academy, Lima.

Richard Ray Cookson

    Richard Ray Cookson, 96, passed away at 3:30 a.m. October 15, 2012 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  He was born January 6, 1916 in Orange Township, Hancock County to Clarence and Mabel (Anderson) Cookson.  At the age of two his father died in the 1918 flu epidemic.  His sister Carol was six months old.  Eventually his mother sold the farm and purchased a home in Bluffton.

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