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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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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.

Meeker, Ralph

Written by David Green.

Ralph M. Meeker, 78, of Lyons, Ohio, died Sept. 24, 2010, at Toledo Hospital.

Ralph was a self-employed carpenter who owned and operated Meeker Woodworking in Lyons for more than 19 years. He was also a grain and hog farmer.

Ralph was a veteran of the Korean War and a recipient of the Purple Heart. He was a devoted Toledo Mud Hens fan and a season ticket holder for more than 30 years, as well as a member of the Hens Booster Club. He received a Letter of Intent to play for the Detroit Tigers, but also received his draft letter at the same time, calling him to serve in the Army.

Ralph was a member of the Lions Club, the Elks Lodge #2462, a volunteer fireman for the Lyons Royalton Township Volunteer Fire Department, a member of the Friendship Singers Quartet, and an avid follower of harness racing.

Ralph belonged to the Lyons Christian Church where he was a deacon, past president of the Men’s Fellowship, and headed the building committee for the construction of the Lyons Christian Church Fellowship Hall. He also coached Little League baseball in Lyons and enjoyed wintering in Florida.

Ralph is survived by his wife, Mary; children, Tim (and Karen) Meeker, Lori (and Tom) Himelhan and Marcia (and Glenn) Hartman; a brother, Paul (and Peggy) Meeker; a sister, Norma (and Charles) Schuch; grandchildren, Joel and Janelle Himelhan, Emily Bernath, and Allison and Brian Carr; step-grandchildren, April Miller, Jennifer Carboni and Laura Allen; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Morris and Gladys Meeker.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Sept. 28, at Lyons Christian Church. Visitation is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, at Weigel Funeral Home, Metamora, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lyons Christian Church Building Fund, the American Heart Association or the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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