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.

Black, Warren

Written by Steve Lauber.

Warren J. Black, 64, of Fayette, Ohio, died July 13, 2013, at the Franciscan Care Center in Sylvania, Ohio, where he had been a resident for several months.

Warren was born Nov. 21, 1948, in Lima, Ohio, to the late Ralph Bowersock and Alice V. Green. He married Vicki L. Lumbrezer on Dec. 10, 1976, and she preceded him in death in 2002.

Warren was a member of the United States Army from 1969 to 1971. He retired from General Motors Company following 42 years of employment at the Defiance plant. Warren was an avid sports fan, and especially enjoyed football and baseball.

He is survived by three daughters, Lindsay Smith of South Carolina, Jennifer (and Kenneth) Kusz of Toledo, Ohio, and Amanda Black of Fayette; a brother, Wayne (and June) Black of Paulding, Ohio; three sisters, Dorothy (and Larry) Martin of Lima, Ohio, Cheryl (and Danny) Swan of South Carolina, and Arlene (and Rob) Mauck of Lima; and three grandchildren, Autumn Black, Hunter Smith and Benjamin Kusz; father-in-law, Bernard Lumbrezer of Fayette; and brother-in-law, Daniel Lumbrezer of Fayette.  

In addition to his parents and wife, Warren was preceded in death by a daughter in infancy, Erin Black, and a brother, Russ Black.

Funeral services are planned at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, at Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette, with Father Stephen Stanbery officiating. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Assumption, Ohio. Visitation is scheduled from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Our Lady of Mercy Church or the Gorham Fayette Fire Department.

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