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May 14th, 2012

Astronaut follows in hero’s steps

May 14, 2012

On Sunday, a shuttle astronaut visited his hero’s hometown and the museum built in his honor — a prelude to his visit in July for Wapakoneta’s annual Summer Moon Festival and the “Run to the Moon” races.

NASA shuttle astronaut Gregory H. Johnson, who grew up in the Dayton area and later piloted the shuttle Endeavour, stopped to sign clear plastic engraved awards for the 5K and 10K races.

Run to the Moon Director Amy Kentner said Johnson’s visit is an amazing opportunity for Wapakoneta area residents.

One’s trash, another’s treasure

May 14, 2012

Even before the line of vehicles waiting to get rid of unwanted items wrapped around to where items were being unloaded by crews for the city’s Drop and Swap, many of the goods were already gone.

As residents, such as  Wapakoneta’s Nathan Johnson, approached the vehicles and collected items in which they were interested.

“We’re looking for washers and dryers, miscellaneous appliances and items we can rebuild and resell,” Johnson said.

Ardath Rohm, 86

May 14, 2012

Ardath R. Rohm, 86, of Wapakoneta, died at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, May 12, 2012, at Auglaize Acres in Wapakoneta.
Arrangements are incomplete at Schlosser Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Wapakoneta.

Victor Schneider, 95

May 14, 2012

Victor Schneider, 95, of St. Marys, died Saturday, May 12, 2012, at Otterbein-St. Marys.
Arrangements are incomplete at Miller Funeral Homes in St. Marys.

Bike day biggest ever

May 14, 2012

Good things don’t always come to an end, an event organizer says, they just keep getting bigger and bigger.

The fourth annual Bike Safety Day at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds turned out to be the best attended day yet, with 207 kids getting fitted with new helmets and approximately 250 total kids showing up in all.

The event was deemed a complete success by Marlene Froning, the event organizer.

Marian Kentner, 97

May 14, 2012

Marian C. Kentner, 97, of Wapakoneta, died at 8:20 p.m. Friday, May 11, 2012, at Wapakoneta Manor.
She was born April 5, 1915, in Moulton Township. Auglaize County, the daughter of Henrietta (Rohrbacher) and Grover Lynch, who preceded her in death. On March 5, 1938, she married Cletus V. Kentner, and he died Jan. 9, 1961.

William Yahl, 79

May 14, 2012

William R. “Bill” Yahl, 79, of Botkins, died at 4:17 a.m. Saturday, May 12, 2012, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Sept. 17, 1932, in St. Marys, the son of Martha (Greve) and Joseph Yahl, who preceded him in death. On Jan. 5, 1957, he married Mary K. Brown, and she survives.

Kenneth Gause, 71

May 14, 2012

Kenneth L. “Kenny” Gause Jr., 71, of Lima, died at 9:35 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at Lima Memorial Hospital.
He was born Sept. 16, 1940, in Lima, to Mary Todd and Kenneth Leroy Gause Sr., who preceded him in death. On March 6, 1986, he married Mary M. Smith, and she survives in Lima.
Also surviving are three sons, Jeff Gause, of Lima, Travis Gause, of Lima, and Kenny Gause III, of Lima, and a daughter, Nikki Jacks, of Lima.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Todd Gause and Scott Gause.

Cynthia Warnecke, 53

May 14, 2012

Cynthia S. “Cindy” Warnecke, 53, of Knox, Ind., formerly of Spencerville, died at 12:25 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at the Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis following a battle with leukemia since October of 2011.
She was born April 23, 1959, in Lima, the daughter of Janice R. (Burnfield) and Hubert E. “Herb” Warnecke. Her mother survives in Spencerville.
Services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Spencerville United Church of Christ, with the Rev. Vince Lavieri officiating. Burial will follow at Spencerville Cemetery.

Billy Eley, 85

May 14, 2012

Billy O. “Bill” Eley, 85, of Haines City, Fla., formerly of Spencerville, died at 3:14 a.m. Thursday, May 10, 2012, in the Winterhaven Hospital in Fla., following a six-year kidney ailment.
He was born July 26, 1926,, in Lima, the son of Naomi E. (Hasting) and Edgar C. Eley, who are deceased. On June 28, 1952, he married Phyllis Ann Faurot, who survives in Florida. He had lived in Lima, Cridersville and Spencerville until October 2000, when they moved to Florida.

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