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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.

Rix, Charles

Written by David Green.

Charles A. Rix, 92, of Fayette, Ohio, died March 2, 2011, at the Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center in Defiance, Ohio, surrounded by his family.

He was born Aug. 4, 1918, in Yorkshire, N.Y., to the late George and Nellie (Day) Rix. Charles married Charlotte Reese Oct. 29, 1948, in Hilton, N.Y., and she survives.

Charles lived his early life in Arcade, N.Y., where he graduated from high school in 1936. He furthered his education by obtaining a bachelor’s degree in social studies from Houghton College, and a master’s degree in education from Central Michigan in 1951.

He served his country in the United States Air Force from 1937-42. Upon a family visit to the area, he obtained a teaching position at a small school in Quincy, Mich., and later taught at Reading (Mich.) High School from 1952-59. He maintained relationships with many of his former students.

Charles and Charlotte also pastored for 10 years at Lake Gage Congregational Church near Angola, Ind. Charles later served as a principal at Gorham-Fayette High School from 1961-65, and later as a superintendant at Waldron Area Schools from 1965-71. Upon retirement from his education career, he worked for Associated Patrol in Archbold for 14 years.

Charles was a member of the Fayette United Methodist Church, the Michigan Education Association, and a 25-year member of the Fayette Lions Club. He was an avid outdoorsman, where he took part in hunting, fishing, gardening and camping with his family. His other passions included his love for dogs and his love for music. He liked to play the harmonica and also enjoyed bowling.

In addition to his wife, he survived by two daughters, Cherie Rix of Fayette, and Cheryl (and Kerwin) Kaufman of Noblesville, Ind.; three grandchildren, Stephen, Ryan, and Kyle Kaufman; and his cherished canine, Cookie.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, George, Jr., and Keith Rix; a sister, Mary Owens; and a granddaughter in infancy, Kristin Renee Kaufman.

Funeral services are planned at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at the Fayette United Methodist Church, with Pastor Katherine Currier officiating. Interment with military honors provided by the Fulton County Honor Guard will follow in Pleasant View Union Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette, as well as for one hour preceding the service Sunday at the church.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Fayette United Methodist Church or the Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center.

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