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.

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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