October 21st, 2011
Richard L. âRickâ Thomes, 55, 15404 Wapak â Fisher Road, Wapakoneta, died Friday, Oct. 14, 2011 at his residence.
He was born September 14, 1956, in St. Marys, the son of Jane L. (Schmehl) and John Robert Thomes. His mother survives.
Also surviving is a son, Troy M. Thomes of Celina.
Services are at 2 p.m. Friday at Miller Funeral Home in St. Marys. Military Rites will be provided by VFW Post 9289 and American Legion Post 323 funeral detail. Private family burial will follow at the Elm Grove Cemetery in St. Marys.
Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
George F. Walti, 80 of Lima, died at 1:59 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, at Lima Memorial Health Systems.
He was born Dec. 17, 1930, in Lima, the son of Ida (Shroyer) and Carl Walti. On Nov, 26, 1980, he married Charlene Kay Hollar, who survives in Lima. He was formerly married to Wanda Mosley and Della Musser.
Also surviving are a son, Carl Walti, of Cridersville; and two daughters, Debra Harp, of Alger, and Ida Kessler, of St. Marys.
No public services or visiting hours are planned.
Memorial contributions may be given to the American Cancer Society or Allen County Fair.
Dorothy L. (Heckman) Duffman, 50, of Lima, died Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, at her residence.
She was born Feb. 16, 1961, the daughter of Shirley I. (Hamby) and James J. Hamby. On Dec. 29, 1988, she married Donald R. Duffman, who survives.
Also surviving are a son, Donnie J.R. Duffman, of Lima; and three daughters, Jamie L. Lacey, of New Knoxville, Ashley N. Williams, of Lima, and Twila S. Mills, of Lima.
Services are at 7 p.m. Thursday at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Shawnee Chapel in Lima, with the Rev. David McGregor officiating.
As the Wapakoneta Redskins entered Week 9 of the high school football season a year ago, they had already exceeded expectations.
The memories of a 1-9 season in 2009 were gone and a playoff berth seemed in the bag.
Then came a 46-15 loss to Kenton in Week 9 and a 28-21 defeat at the hands of the Elida Bulldogs seven days later.
Suddenly it was time to pack up the equipment and start thinking about next year.
Now itâs next year.
Wapakoneta Redskins senior Andy Faller became the first boys soccer player from Wapakoneta to be named the Western Buckeye League Player of the Year when the All-WBL teams were announced on Wednesday.
Faller said he was âspeechlessâ when varsity coach Marc Dyrness told him he had won the award.
âI kind of thought I was going to be in the running for it,â Faller said. âBut I had my doubts with Bath winning the WBL. I thought one of their players was going to get it. ... I was really happy.â
LIMA â Talk about your interesting finishes.
The Wapakoneta Redskins reversed a bizarre momentum shift in the fifth game to pull out a 3-2 win over the Bath Wildcats in a Division II volleyball sectional semifinal Wednesday night at Lima Senior High School.
After pulling out to an 8-4 lead in the crucial fifth-game tiebreaker, Wapak was called for an illegal substitution.
The error had occurred two points earlier, so two points were taken from the Wapak score and Bath was awarded a penalty point and the serve.
Suddenly it was just a one-point 6-5 lead and the Wildcats were serving.
SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP â The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys soccer season came to an abrupt end as the Elida Bulldogs pulled off a 3-0 upset win in a Division II sectional semifinal Wednesday night at a rain-soaked Shawnee Field.
In a match that more closely resembled water polo than soccer at times, players raced through and slipped in puddles as the ball skipped all over the field.
A steady rain began falling early in the afternoon and only seemed to intensify as the match wore on.
Sound fiscal policy for the past decade and more paid off, a city elected official says, because city administrators have learned the city is in a stronger position to take advantage of state and federal funds for future street improvement projects.
State Sen. Keith Faber, R-Celina, and state Rep. Jim Buchy, R-Greenville, spoke in detail Wednesday on the need to approve Issue 2 during a public meeting sponsored by the Auglaize County Patriots at the Wapakoneta Eagles.
The issue, which was an attachment to the recently passed budget bill in Ohio, limits some of the negotiating powers for public workers such as policeman, fireman, and teachers. Both legislators immediately came out in support of the issue and dispelled what they called myths about the issue.
A new physician has come back to her home area to practice in a familiar place.
Botkins Local Schools graduate Jamie Szelagowski recently moved back to the area and now works at a local family practice â one in which she used to be a patient.
âI always knew I wanted to be a doctor,â Szelagowski said, âand now I get to work with the doctors I grew up with.â
Szelagowski is the newest physician at Auglaize Family Practice Center, in Wapakoneta, along with physicians she had growing up, Parmie Herman, and George Herman and Deron Horman.