July 5th, 2011
Leon E. Gerling, 85, 525 W. Bremen St., New Knoxville,, died at 9:47 a.m. Saturday, July 2, 2011, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.
He was born Nov. 5, 1925, in Minster, the son of Jennie (Bolheimer) and Frank Gerling. On Aug. 2, 1972, he married Rosemary W. Landwehr Burris and she survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Thomas Gerling of Celina and Edward Gerling of Winchester, Ind.
Services are at 3 p.m. Wednesday at St. Peterâ€™s Church in New Bremen, with the Rev. Stephen Wills officiating. Burial will follow at Willow Grove Cemetery in New Bremen.
Alice Virginia Sidener, 89, died peacefully at 4:50 p.m. on Saturday, July 2, 2011, at Otterbein in Cridersville.
She was born March 16, 1922, in Lima, the daughter of Henrietta (Stork) and Louis Schlegel, who preceded her in death. On June 19, 1942, she married Charles F. Sidener who survives in Cridersville.
Mary J. Davis, age 87, of Cridersville, died 12:02 a.m. Friday, July 1, 2011 at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center in Lima.
She was born March 21, 1924, in Lima the daughter of Benjamin Leroy and Lucille Comb Burden.
On March 8, 1947, she married Donald Earl Davis and he preceded her in death.
Surviving are three children, Nancy C. (Steve) Fisher, of Ada, Diane K. Davis, of Cridersville and Alan (Billie) Davis, of Lakeview.
She was preceded in death by a son, Earl E. Davis.
Verena M. Nichols, 95, of rural Wapakoneta, died at 2:33 p.m. Sunday, July 3, 2011, at Wapakoneta Manor.
She was born Jan. 20, 1916, in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of Saarah (Wilhelm) and Gideon P. Steiner, who preceded her in death. On April 25, 1948, she married Walter F. Nichols, and he died March 30, 1977.
Fewer than 11 miles of county roadway is scheduled for resurfacing in 2011.
â€śItâ€™s the fewest number of miles weâ€™ve paved since 1984,â€ť Auglaize County Engineer Doug Reinhart said as he submitted plans to the Auglaize County commissioners this week. â€śIf we stay at that, weâ€™ll have a 30-year rotation on county roads. Roads we paved this year, we wouldnâ€™t be back to resurface again until 2041.â€ť
The single bid submitted for the work was for a little more than $1 million from Shelly Corporation, of Findlay. It includes all materials needed for the resurfacing.
From the time Maverick Liles was young boy, he knew somehow he was going to be involved in the agricultural industry.
â€śBefore we moved here, we lived close to my grandparents,â€ť the 2011 Wapakoneta High School graduate said. â€śThey had a 1,200-acre crop farm and a swine farm. I spent a lot of time there. I still work there two or three days a week.â€ť
This yearâ€™s annual St. Joe Fourth of July Festival was deemed an overall success by organizers as the event culminated with a fireworks display Monday night.
â€śWe had a few spells of high heat, but overall the weather cooperated very well,â€ť St. Joe Fourth of July past chair Tom Vehorn said. â€śWe had a large crowd that was very enthusiastic in participating in the different events we had.â€ť
Vehorn said the motorcycle poker run that began at 1 p.m. Monday was well attended, as well as the kiddie tractor pulls held Monday and the tractor and truck pull held Sunday.
David F. Hegemier, 84, 18590 State Route 29, New Knoxville, died Monday, July 4, 2011, at his residence.
He was born June 22, 1927, in Auglaize County, the son of Esther (Roediger) and August Hegemier. On Nov. 1, 1947, he married Virginia â€śGinnyâ€ť Glass and she survives at the residence.
Richard L. â€śRichâ€ť Houchin, 59, of Lakeview, passed away Sunday, July 3, 2011, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.
He was born March 17, 1952, in Bellefontaine, the son of the late Jane (Sturm) and Richard J. Houchin. On May 2, 1983, in Greennville, he married Jayne Sacksteder and she survives.
MINSTER â€” Regardless of what happens Wednesday, the Wapakoneta ACME baseball team is headed to the district tournament.
Wapak earned that honor with yet another thrilling, come-from-behind win.
Wapak scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning to rally to a 6-4 win over St. Marys in a sectional semifinal Sunday at Hanover Park in Minster.
â€śItâ€™s a huge, huge win,â€ť Wapak coach Willie Sammetinger said. â€śI canâ€™t say enough.â€ť