As the bitter cold December wind whipped through Greenlawn Cemetery, a group of people held a moment of silence for local soldiers killed in action.
â€śMay we continue to honor our veterans and their sacrifices for years to come,â€ť said Ralph Reynolds, a member of the local veterans organization Freedomâ€™s Colors, as he led the group gathered to lay the wreaths in remembrance of seven Wapakoneta soldiers killed in action.
â€śThis is one way of paying respect and saying thank you,â€ť he said as each wreath was laid.
Ryan Dean Berg, 7 months, of New Bremen, passed away peacefully at 3:32 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, 2011 at Cincinnati Childrenâ€™s Hospital surrounded by his family.
He was born on May 11, 2011, at the Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, the son of Stephanie Gillingham and Jamie Berg, who survive him in New Bremen.
Also surviving at home is his brother, Jay Michael Gillingham.
Services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Sidney, the Rev. George Gnade officiating.
Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church.
Lola Jean â€śJeanieâ€ť Miller, 80, of Wapakoneta, died at 4 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at her residence.
She was born Sept. 16, 1931, in Auglaize County, the daughter of Erma (Miller) and Fred Nuss, who preceded her in death. On Sept. 12, 1948, she married Robert L. â€śBobâ€ť Miller, and he died Oct. 12, 2002.
For one six-year-old at the Wapakoneta Elementary School, settling into the school routine was scary at first. However the kindergarten student of Abby Truesdale is settling into the dayâ€™s routine just fine, the young girl says.
â€śIt was really hard getting used to it,â€ť Avery Hudt said. â€śIt took a while getting used to it.â€ť
However, she said she may have had a little bit of an advantage getting used to school. The daughter of Karen and Josh Hudt said her mother works as a first grade teacher at Wapakoneta Elementary School and her grandmother works in the office.
Virgil Stienecker, 89, of St. Marys, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at Otterbein â€“ St. Marys.
Arrangements are incomplete at Miller Funeral Homes in St. Marys.
Dr. William A. Taylor, 83, of Findlay, died at 7:20 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, in Birchaven Retirement Village.
No public services or visiting hours are planned.
Arrangements are being handled by Bayliff & Son Funeral Home in Cridersville.
Robert W. Huckeriede, 78, 2405 Kensington Drive, St. Marys, died at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.
He was born Nov. 17, 1933, in Auglaize County, the son of A. Ruth (Steva) and Wilbur Huckeriede. On May 5, 1956, in the Evangelical & Reformed Church in New Knoxville, he married Shirley Janelle Kuck, who survives.
BOTKINS — Maybe the Botkins Trojans varsity boys basketball team was just off to too hot of a start this season.
School personnel canceled Friday’s meeting with the Houston Wildcats after a fire alarm went off just before 7 p.m. as the junior varsity was approaching half time. Approximately 700 people had to be evacuated from the gymnasium, taking refuge outside the building.
JACKSON CENTER — A rural Auglaize County beekeeper says people need to take beekeeping and the importance of honey in people’s diets more seriously.
Donald Steinke recently explained many problems happening in the industry, citing a report by the Food Safety News that reported more than three-fourths of what grocery stores and other retailers are selling as honey doesn’t fit the legal designation of honey.
Two churches are joining forces to bring in a family of musicians for a holiday event.
“Christmas with the Bowmans: God’s Idea of a Good Time” is scheduled to be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Plum Street Bible Church, 618 W. Plum St.
Blaine Bowman and His Good Time Band, which consists of Blaine Bowman, his wife, Christine, and their children, Luke and Tiffany, travel more than 50,000 miles a year to present the gospel.