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

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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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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.

Russell, Weldon

Written by David Green.

 

Weldon Reed Russell, 87, of Manitou Beach, Mich., died July 20, 2013, at Provincial House in Adrian, Mich. 

He was born March 4, 1926, in Gorham Township, Ohio, to William and Gertrude (Crane) Russell. On Sept. 30, 1950, in Angola, Ind., he married Imo Tucker and she survives.

Weldon lived most of his life in the Morenci, Mich., area, moving to Manitou Beach in 2010.  He was formerly employed at Bohn Aluminum in Adrian from where he retired in 1990. Weldon was a Seaman First Class in the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving from December 1943 through May 1946. He loved the bus trips with Ollie and Ken, and enjoyed playing cards and for 30 years going fishing in Canada.

In addition to his wife, Weldon is survived by a daughter, Michele (and Tom) McKnight of Manitou Beach; two sons, Allen (and Julie) Russell of Brooklyn, Mich., and Mark (and Maribeth) Russell of Chicago, Ill.; four grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Weldon was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Wayne Russell; and a half sister, Leona Russell.

Following Weldon's request, there will be a private graveside service at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci at a later date.

Funeral arrangements were through the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci.  

 

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