The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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.

Holtz, Robert

Written by David Green.

Robert C. “Bob” Holtz, 71, of rural Fayette, died Dec. 31, 2011, surrounded by family and friends at his home.

Bob was born May 21, 1940, in Benton Harbor, Mich., to the late Carl and Florence (Griffin) Holtz. He married JoAnne Wadsworth on Jan 2, 1959, and she preceded him in death Aug. 16, 1970. He later married Marcia (Earl) Schmig at Harrison Lake on June 15, 1985, and she survives.

Bob’s mother died in his infancy, and his aunt, Ida Holtz, raised him into young adulthood. He graduated from Pine Village High School in Indiana in 1959. Bob retired from Quality Tube Service in Fayette in 2002, after more than 20 years of service. He enjoyed camping, remote controlled boats, model trains and downhill skiing. He was talented in many skills involving the use of his hands, most notably wood crafting.

In addition to his wife, Bob is survived by three children, Robert D. Holtz of Melrose, Fla., Teresa (and Dick Warner) Montague of Fayette, and Richard “Dick” Holtz of Anderson, Mo.; two step-sons, Eric Schmig (and Missy Mason) of Edon, Ohio, and Adam Schmig of Pittsford, Mich.; two sisters, Avalynne (and Roy) Cooper of Goodland, Ind., and Debra (and Dave) McNeilly of Fayette; a brother, Tom Warner of Attica, Ind.; nine grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Steve (and Sandy) Earl of Hillsdale, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and first wife, JoAnne, he was preceded in death by his Aunt Ida.

A memorial visitation is planned from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, at Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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