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Jaye Bumbaugh, retired Bluffton art professor, was an ONU graduate

Retired Bluffton University art professor Jaye Bumbaugh of Lima, died Friday, July 25, 2020, at The Kobacker House in Columbus. 

Jaye was born July 30, 1937, to Glenn and Grace (Thorpe) Bumbaugh in Lorain, Ohio. He graduated from Ohio Northern University in 1959. 

Jaye taught junior high and senior high school classes at Midview Schools,  Grafton, and then in the Bluffton schools.

After completing his Master of Fine Arts at Bowling Green State University in 1967, he joined the faculty of Bluffton University teaching art courses and served as department chair for many of the 37 years he was there.

Phil Dawson 1939 - 2020

 Phillip D. “Phil” Dawson, 80, passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at 12:22 a.m. at his residence in West Newton.

He was born on Oct. 21, 1939, in Harrod to the late Donald C. and Lucille R. (Smith) Dawson, Sr.  On June 15, 1974, he married Sharon L. Focht and she survives in West Newton.

Phil worked at Ford Motor Company, Lima Engine Plant.  He was a member of the Alger Assembly of God Church. Phil was a U.S. Army veteran serving from 1957-1959.

Carolyn Sue Coe was a graduate of Alger High School

Carolyn Sue Coe, age 76, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 25, 2020, at 1:18 p.m. at Lima Memorial Health System, Lima, surrounded by her family.

She was born on March 2, 1944, in Lima to James and Anna (Shrider) Ramsdell. Her father preceded her in death and her mother survives in Lima.

Carolyn was a secretary for Lima Memorial Health System. Carolyn was a lifelong traveler, artist, friend, daughter, mother and grandmother. She loved the California desert and lived in Palm Springs for many years before returning to the Lima area when her health declined several years ago.

While in California, Carolyn was President Reagan’s EKG tech in the 1980s.

Nancy Fernandez 1960 - 2020

Nancy J. Fernandez, age 59, passed away on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at 6:45 p.m. at her residence, surrounded by her family.

She was born on Feb. 27, 1961, in Lima, Ohio, to the late Charles and Eva (Halter) Seibert. On July 20, 2020, Nancy married Joel Moguel Fernandez and he survives in Harrod.

Nancy was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She attended St. Gerard Catholic Church, Lima.

Donald Varner 1953 - 2020

Donald A. Varner, 67, died on Friday, July 17, 2020, at 7:20 p.m. at Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.   

He was born on May 5, 1953, in Bellefontaine, Ohio, to the late Leigh and Leabelle (Baier) Varner. Donald married Kay L. Dysert and she preceded him in death on June 3, 2016.

Donald worked as a millwright for Industrial Movers of Kenton.  He was a member of the Alger Assembly of God Church.

Jon Umphress was active in several Ada organizations

Held a deep interest in the community and its history

Ada civic leader Jon W. Umphress, 70, passed away on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, at 1:34 a.m. at Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center.

He was born on Dec. 13, 1949, in Lima to the late Wilbur and Virginia (Foss) Umphress. On June 20, 1971, Jon married Susan J. Epley and she survives in Ada.

Throughout his life, Jon worked at the Kenton Times, WKTN Radio Station, the Ada Police Department, and WTGN Christian Radio Station.  He was a frequent contributor to Ada Icon.

He was actively involved with the Ada Kiwanis Club, the Historical Society of Ada, and ham radio.  He was a member of the McGuffey Church of Christ.