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PANDORA The 77-year-old man who fell through an iced-over pond Tuesday trying to save his dog died FridayStanley Newton died at St. Rita's Medical Center, where he was taken after Putnam County sheriff's deputies and other first responders pulled him and his Labrador retriever from a pond near his rural Pandora home. Newton saw the dog struggling after falling through a thin layer of ice, telling his wife, Janice Newton, that he didn't think the dog could survive. Newton fell through and could not get back on top of the ice.Deputy Gary Smith was the first to reach the scene. He was able to use a ladder to bring Newton and the dog in closer, but then fell in himself. The dog got out. Both the dog and Smith were fine.Newton was in the water between 20 and 30 minutes before responders could get him out. He was first taken to the Putnam County Ambulatory Care Center, where he was revived. He was then taken to St. Rita's, where he died Friday morning.Newton was a farmer and was retired from M&R Plumbing and Heating. He was a member and past elder of St. John Mennonite Church in Pandora. He and his wife were known for working with youth groups, going on mission trips and being active in The Gideons International. Funeral services for Newton will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. John Mennonite Church. Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. today at Chiles-Laman Funeral Home, Bluffton. You can comment on this story at www.limaohio.com.

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