March 8th, 2012
UNIOPOLIS — The small village of Otway in southwestern Ohio was fortunate to not have any deaths in its community during the March 2 tornado outbreak that ravaged the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys as well as much of the south. However, fate wasn’t as kind to much of the equipment at the volunteer Otway Fire Department.
St. MARYS — With less federal and state funding and fewer grants available, Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) members are making financial plans for the future.
“We’re having discussions,” Wapak-oneta Fire Chief and LEPC Chair Kendall Krites told the group during a regular meeting Wednesday in St. Marys. “I have concerns looking down the road.”
After leading the congregation in an opening prayer, the Rev. Steve Nelson, of First English Lutheran Church, went back to his seat, picked up a baseball bat with his right hand and put a baseball cap on his head.
He then returned to the podium to give his meditation at the weekly Lenten Luncheon, sponsored by the Wapakoneta Area Ministerial Association.
Nelson spoke Wednesday on the topic of “He saved others, he cannot save himself” during the Lenten Luncheon at St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Berniece I. Henning, 82, 14210 State Route 116, St. Marys, died at 5:26 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at Joint Township District Hospital in St. Marys.
She was born March 31, 1929, in Celina, to Nellie (McDonald) and Charles Boice.
On Feb. 28, 1948 in Covington, Ky., she married Edwin R. Henning, who died Nov. 26, 2002.
Surviving are two sons, Edwin D. Henning, of Marion, and Terry Henning, of St. Marys; and two daughters, Janiece Henning, of St. Marys, and Nan Luedeke, of St. Marys.
Bernard D. â€śBernieâ€ť McCarty, 84, of Wapakoneta, died at 12:42 p.m., Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at Wapakoneta, Manor.
He was born March 21, 1927, in a farm home in Marion Township, Hardin County, the son of Francis (Fields) and Hobart McCarty, who preceded him in death. On June 8, 1947, he married Mary Ann Copeland, and she survives.
Also surviving are a son, Ronald J. McCarty, of Wapakoneta; two sisters, Darlene Beelman, of Perrysburg, and Sondra (Bob) Bird, of Yuma, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Myra Van Voorhis.
Rita Jean (Scheblo) Wilfong, 63, of Holt, Mich., formerly of Wapakoneta, died at 10:40 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at her residence.
She was born Dec. 9, 1948, in Lima, the daughter of Esther L. (West) and John A. Scheblo, who preceded her in death. On Sept. 30, 1972, she married Michael A. Wilfong, and he survives.
Also surviving are a brother, Richard (Jane Berres) Scheblo, of Wapakoneta; 24 nieces and nephews; and 34 great-nieces and nephews.
Waynesfield-Goshen grad Gray Horn was named the South Region Men’s Field Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Monday.
The University of Florida senior was the SEC champion in the heptathlon and is the nation’s second-ranked in the event, having scored 5,971 points in the Texas A&M Challenge in January, a performance that makes Horn the seventh-best heptathlete in NCAA history. Horn also finished the season among the nation’s top 20 in the long jump.
CELINA â€” The investigation into a double homicide and home invasion in Mercer County continues.
In a news release, Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said the investigation into the homicides of Robert Grube and Colleen Grube on Nov. 29 and 30, near Fort Recovery, and the home invasion of Kathy and William Fair, near Mendon, are still being investigated. The two cases have not been linked although there are several similarities to the crimes.
Victor L. McKinney, 63, 430 Huffman St., St. Marys, died at 10:15 a.m., Monday, March 5, 2012, at Golden Living Center -Valley.
He was born July 25, 1948, in Celina, to Gladys (Coil) and Raymond McKinney. On Oct. 3, 1993, in Waynesfield, he married Leslie Rone, who died Oct. 18, 2011.
He is survived by his sister, Janet White, of St. Marys.
Funeral rites are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Ross Church of the Brethren, with the Rev. Keith Stoller officiating. Burial will follow at the Resthaven Memorial Gardens, near Moulton.
Rita Jean Wilfong, 63, of Holt, Mich,, formerly of Wapakoneta, died at 10:40 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at her residence.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta.
Other arrangements are incomplete at the funeral home.