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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.
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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

Pontious, Ronald

Written by David Green.

Ronald Pontious, 76, of  Sebring,  Fla., and formerly of Morenci,  Mich., died  Oct. 11, 2007, at his home.

He was born July 19, 1931, in  Wauseon, Ohio, to Orville and Marjorie (Sams) Pontious.

Ron graduated from  Morenci  High School and attended  Michigan  State University, majoring in agricultural engineering courses.  He worked as a dairy farmer near Morenci for many years and was employed as a sales representative for the Maumee Company in Adrian for 26 years. He fulfilled his passion for football by coaching for 10 years at Adrian  College.

Ron was a member of the Lenawee County Intermediate School District board for 18 years, serving as its president for 16 years. He was a member of the Morenci Board of Education for four years, serving as secretary of the board.  He was a member of the Lenawee County Association of School Boards and served as its first president. He held membership in the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association.

Ron retired from the Maumee Company and with his wife, Kathy, moved to Sebring in 1999.

He enjoyed golfing, gardening, fishing and football. He enjoyed sharing stories about coaching and analyzing football strategies.

Ron is survived by his wife of 14 years, Kathleen (Libke) Pontious; two sons, Kyle of Delta, Ohio, and Norman (and Tami) of Defiance, Ohio; four daughters, Michelle (and Gary) Schmitz of Lyons, Ohio, Toni (and Mark) Borton of Montpelier, Ohio, Linda (and Mike) Zenk of Philipsburg, Pa., and Sherri (and Mike) Borton of  Hudson, Mich.; 20 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his twin brother, Rollin “George” (and Connie) Pontious of Ruskin, Fla., and his brother, Paul (and Carol) of Lake Wales, Fla.; two stepchildren, Ty Blanchard of  Jackson, Wyo., and Beth Blanchard of Sebring, Fla.;  Dorie Pontious of  Morenci, the mother of his children; and many nieces and nephews.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents and a brother in infancy.

Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci. Visitation is planned from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be six of Ron’s grandsons; Aaron and Bryan Andrews, Lucas and Zachary Zenk, Gary Schmitz II and Rusty Farquhar.

Memorials may be made  to the Good Shepherd Hospice,  4418 Sun N Lake Boulevard,  Sebring, FL  33872.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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