June 6th, 2012
By JOHN S. HULLINGER
COLUMBUS â€” It wasnâ€™t supposed to happen this year.
But that didnâ€™t make it any easier when it didnâ€™t.
Conventional wisdom from the beginning was that the junior-laden Wapakoneta Redskins were getting primed at a run for the state baseball title in 2013.
Then 2012 happened.
Defending Division II state champions Columbus St. Francis DeSales handed the Redskins a 3-2 defeat and claimed a repeat state championship Saturday at Huntington Park in Columbus.
For one Wapakoneta High School junior, the second time was a charm. However, she is hoping the old adage of “third time is a charm” will hold true.
After filling out the application during her sophomore year but not placing, junior Nicole Brown connected the second time around with a third place finish in entrepreneurship at the state level in FFA competition.
In its second year, there is a new sponsor, a new course and a new date for the Wapakoneta Firecracker 5K run and walk.
But one thing has not changed, an organizer says, the event is fun for the entire family.
A local retiring teacher was once a student in the classroom where she taught.
Elisha Smith, a Wapakoneta Middle School sixth-grade teacher, retired at the end of the school year, and her science and social studies classroom was once her chemistry classroom when she attended high school.
Smith, a 1975 graduate of Wapakoneta High School, attended classes in the former high school in the now middle school building.
Elaine V. Ludwig Putman Morvay, 89, of Lima, died at 4:40 a.m. Thursday, March 29, 2012, in Lima Memorial Health Care.
She was born Oct. 8, 1922, in Delphos, the daughter of the late Goldie Marie Musser and Garvin Johnston Ludwig.
Surviving are three sons, Dennis Putman, of Lima, Randy Morvay, of Lima, and Gary Morvay, of Lima.
Private graveside services will be held at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Delphos, with the Rev. Ronald Jones officiating.
Arrangements are being handled by Bayliff & Son Funeral Home in Cridersville.
Rose E. Keith, 93, 231 S. Main St., St. Marys, died at 4:39 p.m. Sunday, June 3, 2012 at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.
She was born April 9, 1919, in Lily, Ky., the daughter of Mary (Hoskins) and George Thompson. In 1953, she married Elmer Keith, and he died April 9, 1978.
Surviving are three daughters, Irene Tuttle, of Middletown, Cheryl Simms, of St. Marys, and Vivian June Keith, of St. Marys.
She was preceded in death by infant twin sons Ronny and Donny Thompson.
Richard E. â€śDickâ€ť Place, 87, of rural Cridersville, died at 8:35 a.m. Sunday, June 3, 2012, at the Otterbein-Cridersville Senior Living Center.
He was born Jan. 23, 1925, in Spencerville, the son of Sylvia I. (Sutton) and Arthur L. Place. On May 20, 1950, he married Beryl M. Patterson, who survives.
Also surviving are three daughters, Cindy Newcomer, of Lima, Becky Rider, of Elida, and Melinda Bryan, of Dublin.
Emalynn Jean Wofford is the cherished stillborn daughter of Cody and Erika Wofford, of Fort Benning, Ga. She became a precious child of God at 7:50 p.m. Thursday, May 31, 2012, at Lima Memorial Health Systems in Lima.
Emalynn Jean will always be lovingly remembered by her maternal grandparent, Heather Myers Poynter, and paternal grandparents Bobby Wofford and Ronnie Wofford Sr., all of Wapakoneta.
Kenneth D. Lutz, 76, 260 N. Spruce St., St. Marys, died at 6:25 p.m. Friday, June 1, 2012 at his residence.
He was born Feb. 4, 1936, in St. Marys, to Alice (Schmidt) and Charles Lutz. On Sept. 9, 1960, in St. Marys, he married J. Gale McGlothen, who died June 24, 1911.
Surviving are a son, Steven Lutz, of Liberty Township; and two daughters, Dr. Lori Lutz, of Marietta, and Kendra Lutz of Greenfield, Ind.
Services are at 11 a.m. Thursday at Zion Lutheran Church in St. Marys. Private family burial will take place at Resthaven Memory Gardens near Moulton.
Gerelda â€śGerryâ€ť Anthony, 83, of Wapakoneta, died at 4:50 p.m. Friday, June 1, 2012, at her residence surrounded by her loving family.
She was born Dec. 3, 1928, in Wapakoneta, the daughter of Lillian (Morscheck) and Frederick J. Wahrer, who preceded her in death. On Sept. 19, 1953, she married John L. Anthony, and he survives.