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Amar Nath Bhattacharya taught in the ONU College of Pharmacy

How do you summarize a life in a few sentences? Some lives are covered using significant dates. Others, via family or work experience. For Amar Bhattacharya, his journey is best shared by chronicling the names he amassed over his lifetime.

Amar Nath Bhattacharya started out as "Bhondul" (meaning 'one who makes everything messy') on October 1, 1934 in what was then called Calcutta, India. Judging by his propensity to leave a mess in his wake, that childhood moniker appeared justified. He switched from "Bhondul" to "Cow Doctor" when he graduated from Bengal Veterinary College in the 1950's and worked as a government veterinarian (one can only assume with cows, based on the nickname) in a small Indian village. Delivering calves and regularly sticking his arms elbow-deep into large animals made "Cow Doctor" yearn for more, thus he leapt at the opportunity to pursue a Ph.D. in pharmacology at the Ohio State University in 1960. If he was ever called any nicknames as a grad student grunt, he never shared it with family.

Russell “Pete” Pedersen worked for Pepsi Beverage Co.

Russell T. “Pete” Pedersen, Jr., age 78, of Lima formerly of Ada, passed away on Monday, January 30, 2023, at Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.

He was born on February 22, 1944, in Ft. Wayne, Indiana to the late Russell and Rae Lydia (Hayes) Pedersen, Sr. On June 28, 1963, Pete married Linda Allen formerly of Alger and she survives in Lima.         

Mary Bowden was a Link Trainer Operator during WWII

Mary Frances Stambaugh Bowden, of Ada, Ohio passed away on January 30, 2023 at the age of 99. 

Mary was born October 19, 1923, in McGuffey, Ohio, to the late Jennings and Ellen Stambaugh. She graduated from Ada High School in 1941 and earned a two-year degree in Aviation Technology from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri in 1943. At Stephens she was chosen as the outstanding graduate from the Aviation Department. After college, she worked as a Link Trainer Operator in Brownsville, Texas, training Air Force pilots during WWII.

Orville “Bud” Hicks, Jr. was a welder

Orville “Bud” Hicks, Jr., age 70, of Kenton, passed away on Thursday, January 26, 2023, at 4:04 p.m. at Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.

He was born on June 28, 1952, in Kenton, Ohio to the late Orville “Squirrelly” and Ethel (Prater) Hicks.  On October 15, 1992, Bud married Nora Lamb and she survives in Kenton.

Also surviving are his two children: Brian Hicks of Kenton, and Heather Harshfield of Lakeview; four grandchildren and one great grandchild; and a sister, Norma Bailey of McGuffey.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Maretta “Rita” Crowe.

Kimberly Ann Badertscher was an athletic trainer

Kimberly Ann Badertscher, age 44, of Ada, passed away on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at 1:58 p.m. at the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, surrounded by her family.

She was born on May 6, 1978 in Lima, Ohio to Dale L. and Sharon R. (Foust) Badertscher. Her father, Dale preceded her in death and her mother, Sharon survives in Ada.

Kimberly is survived by her sister, Michelle (Eric) Stinehelfer of Amherst. Her three nieces and nephew: Mallory, Caleb, Abigail, and Makenzie who were the light of her life.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Angela Badertscher.

Amanda Markley taught 5th grade at Bluffton Elementary School

Amanda Jane (Rayl) Markley, age 43, of Lima, left this life at 1:58 a.m. Wednesday, January 25, 2023, at her home with the love of her family by her side.

She was born October 7, 1979, in Lima to Charles D. Rayl and Jane Laura (Staley) Rayl. Her mother survives in Lafayette and her father and stepmother, Janice Rayl survive in Lima. On June 18, 2005, she married her longtime friend, Aaron G. Markley who also survives.

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