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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.

Figgins, Edward

Written by David Green.

 Edward D. Figgins, 80, of Allen St., Fayette, Ohio, died Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, at Flower Hospital in Sylvania,  Ohio, surrounded by his family.

He was born Dec. 1, 1930, in Alvordton, Ohio, to the late DeVillo and Juanita (Severence) Figgins. He married Grace Cully on April 14, 1951, in Angola, Ind., and she preceded him in death Nov. 24, 1988. Ed married Irene Lichtenwald on July 5, 1993, in Fairbanks, Alaska, and she preceded him in death March 4, 2005.

Ed was a longtime resident of Fayette. He retired from TRW in Fayette, formerly Fayette Manufacturing, after 45 years of service. He was a member of the Gorham Fayette Fire Department and the Eagles in Bryan. He attended the Fayette United Methodist Church.

Ed was an avid Detroit Tigers baseball fan and enjoyed listening to Ernie Harwell, who Ed often quoted, “It’s long-gone.” He enjoyed attending Fayette basketball games, gardening, golfing, and fishing trips in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. He dearly loved his children and grandchildren.

Surviving Ed are four children, Cynthia, Beverly, Barbara, and Michael (and Daun) Figgins, all of Fayette; four grandchildren, Brock (and Tonya) Figgins of Wauseon, Ohio, Mackalyn, Jillian, and Jocelyn of Fayette; great-grandchildren, Brianna, Jonah, Andrew, and Gavin; two step-great grandchildren, Amber and Ashtyn of Wauseon; four brothers, Ralph (and Jan) Figgins of Fayette, Robert (and Carolyn) Figgins of Bryan, Ohio, Larry Figgins of Alvordton, Ohio, and Ronald (and Deb) Figgins of Alvordton; three sisters, Janet Borton of Alvordton, Phylis (and Ronald) Hesselschwardt of Defiance, Ohio, and Karen Draper of Jackson, Mich.; six step-children, Kathy Amos, Alan (and Ella) Lichtenwald, David (and Becky) Lichtenwald, Karen (and Curtis) Bentley, Ronald (and Melody) Lichtenwald, and Vicki Lichtenwald; and several nieces and nephews.

 He was preceded in death by his parents; both of his wives; a grandson, Collin Figgins; and a brother Harold “Pete” Figgins.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 31 at the Fayette United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in the Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. Visitation is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Fayette United Methodist Church, Normal Memorial Library, or the Gorham-Fayette Fire Department.

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