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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.

Ranger, Harold

Written by David Green.

Harold H. (Buck) Ranger, 87, of Morenci, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2006, in Bloomfield, Mich.

He was born Jan. 15, 1919, in Medina Township to Claude G. and Rena Fay Ranger. He married Leila E. Rorick, May 30, 1941 in Seward, Ohio. She preceded him in death on June 11, 1992.

Buck lived his entire life in Morenci. After many years of farming, he went to work for the Parker Company in Morenci for 30 years. He retired from the company in 1981. 

For the last two years, Buck was a resident of the Charles Fay Village. He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Morenci and he was also a member of the Elks Lodge in Wauseon, Ohio.

He is is survived by two daughters, Barbara F. (and Darrel) Borton of Kennewick, Wash., and Lee Ann (and John) Bancroft of Royal Oak, Mich.; four grandchildren, Julie A. (and John) Toon of Richland, Wash., Nicole D. (and Geoff) Gronewald of Yakima, Wash., Benson A. (and Shelley) Bancroft of Huntington Woods, Mich. and Michael A. Bancroft of Royal Oak, Mich.; five great-grandchildren, Bailey R. Toon, Brady A. Toon, Abigail E. Gronewald, Mason H. Gronewald and Joley A. Bancroft and a sister, Bernita Stout of Tecumseh, Mich.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Gladys A. Spangler, Genevieve Gallagher and Alice E. Sutherland.

Graveside services are planned at noon Friday, March 17, at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Morenci Elementary School, c/o Jeanie Thompson, principal, 517 E. Locust St., Morenci, MI 49256 for the Elementary School Playground Fund, or to Charles Fay Village, 811 W. Coomer St., Morenci, MI 49256, to benefit the residents of the Village.

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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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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