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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.

Butler, Ralph III

Written by David Green.

Ralph O. Butler III, 89, of St. Clair Township, died Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006, in Port Huron Hospital after a brief illness.

He was born Jan. 24, 1917, in Galesburg, Ill., to the late Ralph O. and Nellie (Robb) Butler II. He married Alice Mae Rankin on July 4, 1942, in Hampton, Iowa.

Mr. Butler graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor of science in dairy industry. He owned and operated the Marysville Dairy, delivering milk to area schools and producing quality ice cream. He retired from Wesley’s Quaker Maid, Inc. of Detroit.

He was active in Boy Scouting for more than 60 years, earning Eagle Scout, serving as Scoutmaster of Troop #16 in Marysville and Troop #50 in St. Clair and was awarded the Silver Beaver Award. He was selected district delegate Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America Golden Jubilee Jamboree in Colorado Springs in 1960.

Mr. Butler was a lifetime Rotarian, a charter member of Marysville Rotary, past president of St. Clair Rotary and a two-time Paul Harris Fellow. Education was a priority in his life and he was proud that all of his seven children had earned masters degrees or beyond, with his support and encouragement.

He was a long-time member of Marysville United Methodist Church, serving as youth director, and was active in the morning men’s fellowship.

Mr. Butler is survived by his wife of 64 years, Alice; four sons, Ralph O. (andElizabeth Hall) Butler IV of Centerville, Ohio, Cdr. Arthur R. (and Carolyn Fordham) Butler USCG (ret) of Plymouth, Brinton L. (and Rosalyn Sampeer) Butler of Commerce Township, and Cdr. George E. (and Teresa Siemen) Butler USCG (ret) of Mililani, Hawaii; three daughters, Barbara (and Jack) Lansing of Lansing, Beverly (and Glenn) Davis of Smiths Creek and Lorraine (and the Rev. Craig) Pillow of Clayton; 16 grandchildren, Aileen (and John) Burke, Ralph O. Butler V, Alicia M. Butler, Amy (and Kenneth) Berry, Jill (and Curtis) Hahn, Jack (and Kelly) Lansing, William Lansing, Capt. Kristin (and Lt. Jonathan) McCall, Megan (and Capt. Justin) Schlanser, Todd Butler, Mark Butler, Wesley Pillow, Vance Pillow, Nathan Butler, Mathew Butler and Andrew Butler; seven great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Mrs. J.W. (Dorothy) Helscher of Washington, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by four brothers and a sister.

Funeral services were Nov. 6 at Marysville United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Barbara E. Welbaum officiating. Burial was in Morgan Cemetery in Dows, Iowa. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the Blue Water Council B.S.A. for Wood Badge Scholarships, Rotary Foundation or Marysville United Methodist Church.

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