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July 9th, 2012

Melvin Keller, 85

July 9, 2012

Melvin G. Keller, 85, of Wapakoneta, died Saturday July 7, 2012, at his residence.
He was born Sept. 8, 1926, in Auglaize County, the son of Emma (Elsass) and Henry C. Keller, who preceded him in death.
Surviving are two brothers, Willis Keller, of Wapakoneta, and Edison Keller, of Wapakoneta; a sister, Elzena Zwiebel, of Wapakoneta; and a nephew, David (Virginia) Zwiebel, of Wapakoneta.
He was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, Henry (Sandra) Keller; a half-sister, Irene King; a brother-in-law, Eugene “Whitey” Zwiebel; and a sister-in-law, Arlene Keller.

Josephine Davidson, 94

July 9, 2012

Josephine F. “Jo” Davidson, 94, of Cridersville, formerly of Wapakoneta, died at 11:35 p.m. Saturday, July 7, 2012, at Otterbein Cridersville.
She was born June 21, 1918, in DeGraff, the daughter of Nell (James) and Howard Doane, who preceded her in death. On Sept. 9, 1939, she married Glen V. Davidson, and he died May 21, 2002.

David Baxter, 65

July 9, 2012

David A. Baxter, 65, of Wapakoneta, died Friday afternoon, July 6, 2012, at Mary Rutan Hospital Emergency Room in Bellefontaine following a sudden illness.

David Baxter, 65

July 9, 2012

David Baxter, 65, of Wapakoneta, died Friday afternoon, July 6, 2012, at Mary Rutan Hospital in Bellefontaine.
Arrangements are incomplete at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta.

Lloyd Mathwig Jr., 67

July 9, 2012

Lloyd L. “Bud” Mathwig Jr. 67, of Lima, died at 6:17 a.m. Friday, July 6, 2012, at his residence.
He was born Oct. 7, 1944, in Caliente, Nev., the son of Rose (Smith) and Lloyd L. “Matt” Sr. Mathwig. On May 20, 2003, he married in Gatlinburg, Tenn., he married Dona Custer, and she survives in Lima.
Also surviving are four daughters, Teresa Decker, of Spencerville, Donna Medley, of Haines City, Fla., Tonya Pride, of Cairo, and Crystal Michael of Lima; and a son, Jeffrey Mathwig, of Columbus;.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Jimmy Mathwig and David Mathwig.

Roxanne Frank, 94

July 9, 2012

Roxanne Doris Frank, 94, of Lima, died at 8:55 p.m. Sunday, July 1, 2012, at Shawnee Manor.
She was born April 17, 1918, in Lima, the daughter of Icy Marvel Hester and Thaddeus Doyle Plummer, who preceded her in death. She married Harry C. Martin on Jan. 1, 1937, and he preceded her in death in July of 1958. She later married James F. Frank on Dec. 15, 1962, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 2, 2001.
Memorial services are scheduled to be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Fletcher Cemetery, in Lima, with the Rev. Philip Brenneman officiating.

Kathryn Downey, 92

July 9, 2012

Kathryn R. Downey, 92, of Wapakoneta, formerly of Syracuse, N.Y., died at 4 a.m. Monday, July 2, 2012, in her home.
She was born Dec. 3, 1919, on Tipperary Hill in Syracuse, N.Y., the daughter of Margaret (Daly) Thomas Reilly, who preceded her in death. On Sept. 14 1 1946, she married Russell K. Downey, who passed away June 11, 2008.

Jerry Rains, 70

July 9, 2012

Jerry W. Rains, 70, of Wapakoneta, died at 9:08 a.m. Friday, July 6, 2012, at Lima Memorial Health Systems.
He was born July 1, 1942, in Middlesboro, Ky., the son of Frank Jarvis and Ollie Marie Margraves Rains, who preceded him in death. On June 10, 1967, he married Christine A. Merricle, and she survives in Wapakoneta.

Passion for sports: Wapak youth umpires, involved on many teams

July 9, 2012

For two days, nearly 50 teams played at Veterans Memorial Park — with the top teams coming back on Sunday to determine the winners of the 2012 Moon City Classic.

Keeping the teams in line between the lines are the umpires, including  Wapakoneta High School senior Kyle Gibson. The others range from classmates such as Joel Hegemier and Nathan Bracy to OHSAA certified umpires Brian Schoonover, Mike Sparks, Micah Shoup and Mark Maus.

New organizer heads D.C. trip

July 9, 2012

A new coordinator plans to head Wapakoneta City Schools’ eighth-grade trip to Washington D.C. in the fall.

Jason Johnson recently was approved to take over for Roger Herriott, a district technology coordinator who has organized the trip for approximately 15 years.

Johnson, a special education and science teacher at Wapakoneta High School, is to receive $805 for a supplemental contract coordinating the trip district eighth-graders have been making for more than 20 years.

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