The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

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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.

Raabe, Richard "Dick"

Written by David Green.

Richard “Dick” W. Raabe, 79, of Traverse City, Mich., died Jan. 30, 2010, after a brief illness, in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he spent the winter months.

Dick was born in Morenci, Mich., to Elmer Charles Raabe, M.D., and Madeline.

Dick was president of the Class of 1948 at Morenci High School and served in the U.S. Navy from 1949-50. He graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1954 and began his career as a social studies teacher at Romulus High School. He was a former teacher in several southeast Michigan school systems from 1954 to 1998. He was a successful and respected high school tennis coach for more than a decade.

Dick is remembered as a beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, companion and close friend to many. He was a man strong in his spiritual life as well as intellectual pursuits. Dick raised his three children with his former wife Barbara (Bolhuis) Raabe of Holland, Mich., who was also a teacher. He was a lifelong sports enthusiast participating in cross country skiing events in the Traverse City area and an accomplished tennis player all of his adult life. Dick loved to walk Casey, the dog. He was constantly surrounded with all types of books as a passionate reader and he belonged to numerous book clubs.

Dick was also an accomplished watercolor artist as well as other media. He was a member of the Ann Arbor Unitarian Universalist Church for more than 25 years and a member of the Traverse City Unitarian Universalist Church for more than 10 years.

Dick was a great believer in living simply and gave to many charities including the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, the American Cancer Society, Heifer International, National Public Radio and Goodwill Industries.

He is survived by two daughters, Julie Raabe (and Chris) Gentry, of Cadillac, Mich., and Jean Raabe, of Grand Rapids, Mich.; a son, David (and Sandy) Raabe, of Westmoreland, NH; his former wife and constant companion of 30 years, Lynn  Raabe, of Northville, Mich.; stepson Kevin (and Sarah) Wright of Phoenix, Ariz.; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by sisters Virginia Secrest of Morenci and Janice Bebo, of Methuen, Mass.

Family members are planning memorial services at First Unitarian Church of Ann Arbor at 3 p.m. April 18 and in Traverse City at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse at 7 p.m. April 21. A private burial service for family members will be scheduled in Morenci.

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