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.

Roan, Elmer "Larry"

Written by David Green.

Elmer L. Roan, 83, of N. Market St., Hudson, Mich., died Thursday, May 31, 2007, at home.

He was born July 19, 1923, in Delaware Twp., Ohio, to Lurly Edward and Hermina (Kinstle) Roan. He married Idris Borton on July 20, 1943, in Waterloo, Ind., and she survives.

Elmer was a life-long Hudson area resident and graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1941. He retired from Kewaunee Manufacturing in Adrian, Mich., in 1985, with 34 years of service. He served in the U.S. Army in England and France during World War II.

Elmer was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Hudson Fire Department and E.M.S. for more than 22  years and as a radio dispatcher for the department from 1985 until 2007.

He had a love for art and made maps for Hudson, Clayton, Morenci, Addison, Manitou Beach, Britton and Onsted fire and ambulance departments. He also enjoyed archery, hunting and fishing.  He dearly loved his children, grandchildren and will be sadly missed by all.

Surviving Elmer besides his wife, Idris of Hudson, are three children, Susan (and Michael) Marry of Hudson, Gary Roan of Hudson and Tina (and Steven) Snider  of Fayette, Ohio; one daughter-in-law, Bonnie Roan of Hudson, 15 grandchildren,  15 great grandchildren and goddaughter, Danielle (Devloo) Blackmer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Rita Warner and Mary Barrett; one brother, Russell Roan; one son, Lurly Edward Roan; and great granddaughter, Traci Lynn Marry.

Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled  at 11 a.m. Monday, June 4, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hudson with Fr. Richard Eberle and Fr. H. Paul Ruddy as celebrants.  Military interment by the Hudson American Legion Hannan Colvin Post #180 will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Hudson.

Visitation is planned from 5-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m.     and 6-8:30 p.m., with a Prayer Service at 3 p.m. Sunday at Eagle Funeral Home in Hudson.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may make memorial contributions to Hudson Fire Department and E.M.S., Hospice of Lenawee County or Fr. H. Paul Ruddy Endowment  Fund.

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