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January 27th

Cridersville to upgrade Tower Park

January 27, 2012

CRIDERSVILLE — Cridersville Village Council members discussed the possibility of renovating the ball diamonds at Tower Park and decided this is a project they want to complete this year — the sooner the better.

Tower Park is the home to three softball diamonds, which need some major updating and fixing.

“We need to make an effort to improve the diamonds,” Cridersville Mayor Lorali Myers said. “This is an opportunity for children to utilize the diamonds and to have adult softball teams visit our town.”

K. Lenore Shappell, 99

January 27, 2012

K. Lenore Shappell, 99, of Cridersville, died at 9:57 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home in Cridersville, with the Rev. David Thompson officiating. Burial will follow at St. Matthew Cemetery.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Arrangements are incomplete at the funeral home.

Paul Cales, 71

January 27, 2012

Paul E. Cales, 71, 11190 Schroeder Road, Lot 13, St. Marys, formerly of Dayton and Sidney, died unexpectedly at 6:56 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.
He was born April 11, 1940, in Greenup, Ky., the son of Esta (Henson) and Henry Cales. On June 4, 1988, he married Bobbie Sue Neth and she survives at the residence.

John Henry, 87

January 27, 2012

John Ernest Henry, 87, of Lima, died at 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, at his residence.
He was born July 23, 1924; the son of Lois Carlous and George Henry. On Oct. 31, 1942, he married Freda A. Davis, who survives in Lima.
Also surviving is a son, Daniel J. “Dan” Henry, of Lima; and a daughter, Sarah Rose Kuhns, of Lima.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home in Cridersville, with the Rev. Terry Davy officiating. Burial will follow in Shawnee Cemetery with Military Rites conducted by VFW Post 8445.

Wilbur Warner, 90

January 27, 2012

Wilbur W. Warner, 90 1110 Nagel Street, St. Marys, died at 9:07 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.
He was born Nov. 19, 1921, in New Bremen, the son of Flora (Lutterbein) and Raleigh Warner. On June 4, 1949, he married Jean Blank and she survives at the residence.
Also surviving is a daughter, Mary Bell, of Evanston, Ill.
He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Edwin Warner.

Fred Aukerman Jr., 81

January 27, 2012

Fred Aukerman Jr., 81, a resident of Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Community, formerly of Findlay, died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, at Mercer County Community Hospital in Coldwater.
He was born Aug. 19, 1930, in Wabash, Ind., the son of Fred H. B. and Ruby (Keefer) Aukerman. On June 5, 1955, at Oak Grove Church of God in Columbia City, Ind., he married Arline E. Hawn, and she survives at the residence in St. Marys.
Also surviving are two sons, Hugh Aukerman, of Celina, and Roger Aukerman, of Normal, Ill.; and a daughter, Betty Kennedy, of Wooster.

Albert Allenbach, 82

January 27, 2012

Albert W. Allenbach, age 82, of Lima, died at 5:50 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, at Wyngate Senior Living Center in Lima.
He was born Feb. 10, 1929, in Holmes County, the son of Marie Mishler and Christian Allenbach. On Feb. 14, 1953, he married Dorothy J. Urwin, who survives in Lima.
Surviving are three sons, Chris Allenbach, of Lima, Keith Allenbach, of Gahanna, and Brian Allenbach, of Lima; and two daughters, Linda Wilkerson, of Sagamore Hills, and Debora Gray of Navarre.

Byron Parlette, 75

January 27, 2012

Byron Lloyd Parlette, 75, of Longview, Wash., passed away Nov. 23, 2011, at his home.
He was born Nov. 12, 1936, in Uniopolis, the son of the late Opal (Spees) and Lee Parlette. In 1960, he married Glenna Adkins, who passed away in 1975.
Surviving are two daughters, Peggy Bell, of Corinth, Maine, and Barbara (Carl) Diebler, of Bucyrus; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.; two sisters, Judy (James) Stingel, and Joan (Dean) Bussart; and two brothers, Gordon L. (Virginia) Parlette, and Jack (Mary) Parlette.

Ruberta Hemmert, 88

January 27, 2012

Ruberta C. Hemmert, 88, of rural Botkins, died at 4:43 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, surrounded by her family.
She was born Jan. 2, 1924, in Rhine, the daughter of Alvina (Greve) and Peter Steinke, who preceded her in death. On June 10, 1943, she married Elmo Edward Hemmert, and he survives.

Building treasures: A Cinderella-style automobile affair

January 27, 2012

ST. JOHNS — There is an absolute truth in the adage, “One man’s trash is a another man’s treasure.

Everett Gross has always tinkered with fixing up old cars, an interest he developed from working with his father, Doyle Gross.

In the summer of 2000, Gross discovered his pièce de résistance. While attending a car swap meet at the Clark County Fairgrounds in Springfield, Gross found a 1938 DeSoto that was on its last leg.

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