John Pease, 87
John J. Pease, of Bluffton, passed away at 2 a.m. Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at River Terrace Estates. John was born on Oct. 4, 1924, in Wells County, to Lester R. Pease and Evelyn D. (Speheger) Pease. He married Esther L. (Ginter) in Wells County on April 14, 1946. She preceded him in death on July 27, 2001. John married Phyllis (Barnett) Langel in Adams County on Sept. 24, 2002, and she survives.John was a graduate of Bluffton High School. He was a U.S. Army World War II veteran having served our country from July 29, 1943, to Jan. 24, 1946, in the European Theater.John worked for 27 and a half years for the U.S. Postal Service and retired as the superintendent of postal operations in December of 1980. In his retirement, John worked as a bus driver and van driver for Bluffton Harrison Schools for 17 years. John was a member of First Baptist Church in Bluffton for more than 70 years. He formerly served as treasurer, trustee and sang in the choir. He was a former member of the Bluffton Kiwanis Club and served as its president in 1967. He was a member of the Grover Sheets American Legion Post #111 for more than 60 years. John was also a member of the Bluffton Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Mizpah Shrine Temple and the Eastern Star having formerly served as Worthy Patron. In addition to his wife, John is survived by two daughters, Gloria (Noel) Phegley, of Columbia City, Janet (Herb) Heyerly, of Bluffton; two stepsons, Donald W. Langel, of Lafayette, Timothy B. Langel, of Linn Grove; three stepdaughters, Sarah J. (Jonathan) Stutzman, of Berne, Catherine A. (Kelley) Householder, of Bluffton, Beth I. (Carl) Waterman, of Sullivan; two grandchildren, Abby (Jared) English, of South Whitley, Jamie (Ryan) Peppler, of Columbia City; five stepgrandchildren, Jade Heyerly, of Bluffton, Jared (Angel) Heyerly, of Ossian, Amanda Householder, of Lancaster, Ohio, Melissa Householder, of O’Fallon, Ill., Brad (Jennifer) Waterman, of Sullivan and eight great-grandchildren. John was also preceded in death by two sons, James Alan Pease in 1963 and Thomas R. Pease in 2003. Calling hours are 1 to 4 and 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, at Thoma/Rich, Chaney & Lemler Funeral Home and one hour prior to services Saturday, at the church. A service celebrating John’s life will be conducted Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Bluffton with Pastor Bud Abrams officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post #111 and the U.S. Army Honor Guard. Preferred memorials are to First Baptist Church or to the local hospice agency, Family Life Care. Online condolences may be made at www.thomarich.com.