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.

Sampson, Ken

Written by David Green.

Kenneth Sampson of Wisconsin died May 19, 2013, from complications associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Ken grew up in Morenci, Mich., the only child of Raymond and Iva Sampson. He put himself through Hillsdale College and Michigan State University, and graduated with a degree in dairy science. He married Judy Lockage soon after graduation, and they started a life together in Moorhead, Minn. Judy survives.

The couple moved to Green Bay where they raised their children. Ken spent his whole career in the cheese industry, working his way up to vice president of numerous cheese companies in Wisconsin. He sat on the Board of Directors of the United Way of both, Green Bay and Monroe. Prior to and after retirement, Ken helped Judy with her Christmas store businesses.

Ken’s passions included the Green Bay Packers and downhill skiing, as well as spending time with his grandchildren.

Besides his wife, Ken is survived by children Mike (and Missy), Dan (and Melanie) and Jenny (and Jim) Schiavo; six grandchildren, Max, Jacob, Matt, Maggie, Nicole and Saskia; a sister-in-law, Sandra (and John) Moore; and a cousin, Molly.

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Funeral services are scheduled at 11:30 a.m. May 25 at Gunderson Oregon Funeral Home, 1150 Park St., Oregon, WI. Visitation is planned at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. May 24, and from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service on May 25. A light lunch will follow the service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center School of Medicine and Public Health, Wisconsin Foundation, U.S. Bank Lockbox, P.O. Box 78807 Milwaukee, WI 53278-0807.

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