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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.

Wyse, Ivan "Sparks"

Written by David Green.

Ivan L. “Sparks” Wyse, 79, of Archbold, Ohio, died Jan. 27, 2006 at his home.

He was born Dec. 4, 1926 near Archbold, to Jesse and Anna (Short) Wyse. He married Martha Borton on April 10, 1955 and she survives.

Ivan worked for New York Mineral & Mining in Panama for two years. He then worked for Miller Bros. Construction for 22 years and lived in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Kentucky. For the past 25 years he and his wife owned and operated S-W Alfalfa Mills in rural Archbold. He served as director of the Ohio Blenders, Inc. and as president of the American Alfalfa Processors. He was a member of the Evangelical Mennonite Church in Archbold.

Besides his wife, he is survived by one son Rex (and Joy) Wyse of Talihini, Okla.; four daughters, Jan (and Jerry) Stevens, Rachel (and Peter) Grieser and Kasey (and Joshua) Grime, all of Archbold and Jill Wyse of West Unity; 10 grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; three brothers, Dale (and Geneva) Wyse and John D. (and Sharon) Wyse, both of Archbold and Lester (and Lynette) Wyse of Brattleboro, Vt., and two sisters, Janice Wyse of Glendale, Ariz. and Judy (and Sanford) Wyse of Archbold.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Bruce, and an infant daughter, Pamela.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday) at the Evangelical Mennonite Church with pastors Brad Bame and Charles Zimmerman officiating. Interment will follow in Pettisville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mennonite Disaster Service. Arrangements were handled by Short Funeral Home in Archbold.

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