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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.

Vallieu, Kenneth Jr.

Written by David Green.

Kenneth Sylvester Vallieu, Jr., 64, of Hillsdale, Mich., died March 22, 2010, at University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor.

He was born Sept. 16, 1945, in Dayton, Ohio, to Mildred Marcine (Smith) and Kenneth Sylvester Vallieu, Sr.  He married Barbara Hart on Aug. 5, 1967, in Morenci, Mich., and she survives.

Ken graduated from Camden-Frontier High School in 1963, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in turf grass management from Michigan State University in 1967, and earned a master’s degree in education from Michigan State University in 1971.

Ken taught chemistry, biology and computer technologies at Camden-Frontier Schools, retiring after 38 years of service. He also coached football, basketball and baseball and later became the athletic director at Camden-Frontier. He also coached basketball at Hillsdale High School.

He was an avid golfer and a member of the Hillsdale Golf and Country Club. He was a member of the Hillsdale First United Methodist Church and served on many church committees. He was a member of the M.S.U. Alumni Association and a member of the Hillsdale County M.S.U. Alumni Association.  

Ken was very interested in the history of the Civil War. He enjoyed building model airplanes and he was a car enthusiast who especially enjoyed Corvettes. He had a passion for all sports and was an avid fan of the Detroit Lions, Tigers, Pistons, and Red Wings and the Michigan State University Spartans. Despite Ken’s failing health, he was able to complete the circuit of Big Ten away Spartan football games last fall. 

Besides his wife, Ken is survived by two children, Kristin Marie (and Geoff) Malosh of Pittsburgh, Pa. and Brian Allan (and Mary) Vallieu of Midland, Mich.; two grandchildren, Alexandra and Masha; and a sister, Jeannine (and Jack) Wikle of Tecumseh, Mich.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter, Megan.

A celebration Ken’s life is scheduled at 11 a.m. Friday at the Hillsdale First United Methodist Church with Pastors Ned Wyse and Curtis Jensen officiating.

Visitation is planned from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Don Eby Gymnasium at Camden-Frontier School and Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the Hillsdale First United Methodist Church.

Arrangements were handled by VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Camden-Frontier School Library or the Hillsdale County M.S.U. Alumni Scholarship Fund.

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