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June 20th, 2012

Search starts: Man believed to go missing while fishing

June 20, 2012

CELINA — A boat found adrift on Grand Lake St. Marys Tuesday night sparked a search for a missing person that continued this morning.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft spokesperson John Wisse said officials received a report early Tuesday evening that an officer found a vacant boat adrift on the lake. Evidence found on the boat led to a search for a missing person — a 57-year-old male who was reportedly fishing on the 22-foot pontoon boat earlier in the day.

W’field native honored

June 20, 2012

Benjamin F. Yale, better known as Ben, always wanted to be in a position to help out.

Yale died at 11:58 p.m. June 13. The Waynesfield native had his hands involved in a lot of activity in the area.

However, Yale often operated behind the scenes and did not want any attention to himself, friends say. It was that trait, a quiet humbleness, they say that made him so well known.

Veterans groups hold fundraiser for memorial

June 20, 2012

The veterans organizations in Wapakoneta have joined forces to help beautify the entry to Veterans Memorial Park and help defray the costs of a new monument to be dedicated in July.

The Wapakoneta American Legion Post 330, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8445 and the Amvets Post 333 are holding a chicken dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 30 at Veterans Memorial Park. Tickets can be purchased through June 27.

John Grise, 61

June 20, 2012

John Grise, 61, of Celina, died Tuesday, June 19, 2012, in the emergency department at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.
Arrangements are incomplete at Miller Funeral Home in St. Marys.

Ernest Phlipot, 82

June 20, 2012

Ernest “Ernie” B. Phlipot, 82, of New Bremen, died at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.
He was born May 5, 1930, in Newport, the son of Lena (Francis) and Henry Phlipot. On Sept. 27, 1950, he married Jeannette Budde, who died June 16, 2004. On Feb. 10, 2007, he married Betty Donnerberg Bergman, and she died on July 24, 2009.
Surviving are four sons, Bill Phlipot, of New Bremen, Tom Phlipot, of New Bremen, Dan Phlipot, of Conyers, Ga., and Ken Phlipot, of Celina; and two daughters, Dot Scheer, of New Bremen, and Deb Scroggins, of Seabrook, Texas.

Joseph Henne, 99

June 20, 2012

Joseph D. Henne, 99, of Cridersville, died at 5:12 p.m. Saturday, June 16, 2012, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.
He was born April 23, 1913, in Salem Township, near Kossuth, the son of the late Ethel Richardson and Daniel Henne. On July 31, 1937, he married Evelyn L. Rasneor who died Nov. 2, 2006.

Gayla Will, 97

June 20, 2012

Gayla M. Will, 97, of Wapakoneta, formerly of rural Lima, died at 4:43 a.m. Monday, June 18, 2012, at Wapakoneta Manor.
She was born Aug. 5, 1915, in Amanda Township, Allen County, the daughter of Emma Mae (Masters) and Van B. Myers. On May 20, 1944, she married Donald Robert Will, and he died Feb. 21, 2011.
Survivors are two sons, Ronald Myers, of Florida, and Robert Will, of Cridersville.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Carol Ann.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be at the Wright Cemetery.
There will be no public visitation.

H. Phil McKibans, 85

June 20, 2012

H. Phil McKibans, 85, of New Bremen, died at 1:28 a.m. Monday, June 18, 2012, at his residence.
He was born March 28, 1927 in Akron, the son of Lillian (Trottman) and Howard McKibans. On May 14, 1949, he married Dorothy E. Milroy and she survives in New Bremen.
Also surviving are a daughter, Deborah Schrolucke, of New Knoxville, and two sons, Timothy McKibans, of Atlanta, Ga., and Thomas McKibans of Wellington, Fla.

Gale Fry, 70

June 20, 2012

Gale E. Fry, 70, of Wapakoneta, died at 8:06 a.m. Monday, June 18, 2012, at Auglaize Acres.
He was born July 9, 1941, the son of Iola (Cox) and Rex Fry, who preceded him in death. He was married to Betty Fry and she preceded her in death.
Surviving are a sister, Penny (Kelley) McGlinch, of New Bremen; six step-children, Robin (Ralph) Nelms, Bill (Vickie) Coil, John (Sally) Coil, Patti (Alan) Rodabaugh,Jammie (Merita) Roop, and Shawn Roop; and an aunt, Joann Stinebaugh, of Wapakoneta.

Ferd Heller, 86

June 20, 2012

Ferd F. Heller, 86, of Wapakoneta, died at 2:50 p.m. Saturday, June 16, 2012, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.
He was born Oct. 12, 1925, in Pottstown, Pa., the son of Helen (Seasholtz) and Walter Heller, and they preceded him in death. On June 28, 1952, he married Ruth E. Rentschler, and she survives.

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