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.

Parke, Ronald

Written by David Green.

Ronald L. Parke, 73, of Montpelier, Ohio, died June 22, 2011, at his home, surrounded by his family and friends.

He was born Jan. 27, 1938, in Hudson, Mich., the son of Vernon and Jessie (Walter) Parke. He married Margery Shaffer on June 8, 1963, in Morenci, and she survives.

Ron graduated from Wright Township High School in Waldron, Mich. He was employed as an iron worker with Union Local #55 in Toledo for 48 years, retiring in 2003.

He was a veteran of the United States Navy and was a member of the American Legion Post #368 in Morenci. He was also a member of Wauseon Masonic Lodge #349, the Zenobia Shrine and the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Toledo.

Ron served as a two-term trustee at Lake Seneca. He was co-owner of the Nest Bar in Fayette for three years. He was an avid Michigan Wolverine, NASCAR, and Detroit sports teams fan. He also coached women’s softball for many years, leading his teams to many tournament championships.

Besides his wife, Ron is survived by five daughters, Lisa Parke of Cleveland, Ohio, Lynn Parke of Bryan, Ohio, Lori (and Dan) Poynter of Montpelier, and Teresa (and Mike) Ehens and Andrea (and John) Jones, both of Illinois; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; one brother, Lowell Parke of Panama City, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother, Robert Parke; and one sister, Viola Atkinson.

Funeral services were June 27 at Krill Funeral Home in Bryan, with Pastor Louie Weber officiating. Interment followed in Riverside Cemetery in Montpelier with graveside military rites conducted by Morenci American Legion Post #368.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Oasis Fellowship Christian Church in Wauseon, or Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers Hospital Hospice.

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