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.

Gleckler, Dale

Written by David Green.

Dale E. Gleckler, 81, of Lyons, Ohio, died March 17, 2012, at the Lenawee Medical Care Facility in Adrian, Mich.

He was born May 30, 1930, in Lyons, to the late Harvey George and Thelma L. (Rowland) Gleckler. He married Margaret “Shorty” Tobin on Aug. 4, 1951, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Assumption, Ohio, and she preceded him in death Dec. 28, 2010.

Dale was a life-long resident of Lyons and graduated from Lyons High School in 1948. From 1951 to 1953 he served his country in the Korean Conflict as a member of the United States Army. After his military service, he worked for SE Johnson Road Construction until retirement in 1992, and belonged to Local 18, Ohio Operating Engineers of Ohio.

Dale was active in his community, serving as a member of the Lyons Village Council for 12 years and the Lyons-Royalton Fire Department for 44 years. He also was a member of the Lyons VFW Post #7574 and the Lyons American Legion.

Dale is survived by three sons, Kim (and Linda) Gleckler of Lyons, Kip (and Jo) Gleckler of Clear Lake, Ind., and Kelly (and Andrea) Gleckler of Lyons; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Clarence and Howard Gleckler; and two sisters, Leona Gleckler and Ida Mae Slagle.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 22, at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci, with Rev. William VanValkenburg officiating. Burial will follow at the Lyons Cemetery in Lyons. Visitation Is scheduled from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Lenawee Medical Care Facility Activity Fund, Lyons-Royalton Twp. Fire Dept., or a charity of the donor's choice.

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