August 12th, 2011
The new lieutenant on the midnight shift at the Wapakoneta Police Department, who also was recently assigned as the K-9 handler, says he is looking forward to the extra responsibility.
âIt was a goal, but it came a little quicker than I expected it to,â Joe Welker said of his newest position, which he began last week after scoring well on a written test.
He was named as the handler of the departmentâs new K-9, Rico, in April.
âYou canât really count on timing,â Welker, 29, said of positions and advancements in law enforcement. âBoth are something Iâve always wanted to do.â
DEFIANCE â The Wapakoneta Redskins girls golf team placed 12th in the 17-team Defiance Invitational on Thursday at the Auglaize Golf Club.
Shawnee was the overall winner, posting a team score of 332. Lima Central Catholic was second at 346.
Wapak carded a 407.
âI thought the ladies played pretty good today,â Wapak coach Dawn West said. âWe scored better than Tuesday overall but finished higher with a 12th place finish. There were more good caliber teams there today but I felt we held our own and did a nice job out there coming down seven shots from Tuesday.
CELINA â The Botkins Trojans varsity boys golf team finished a close second in a quad match Thursday at the Mercer County Elks Golf Club in Celina.
Botkins turned in a team score of 178, just one stroke behind winner Mississinawa Valleyâs 177.
Fort Recovery was third at 187 and Houston fourth with a 218.
Adam Bornhorst led Botkins with a 38. Connor Bornhorst carded a 44. Seth Hanna turned in a 47. And Cory Kies rounded out the Trojansâ scoring with a 49.
The Trojans return to action Tuesday morning at 8:30 at New Bremen.
Frederick Alan âAlâ Smith, 94, of Lima, died at 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, at Lost Creek Care Center.
He was born March 19, 1917, in Delphos, the son of Myrtle Etna (Westenbarger) and Frederick Percival Smith. On July 21, 1961, he married Martha Jane âJanieâ Chamberlin who survives in Lima.
Also surviving are three sons, Charles Smith, of Lima, Dale Alan Smith, of Wilmington, Jeffrey Courtad, of Lima; and a daughter, Janice Sliemers, of Perrysburg.
He was preceded in death by a son, Lawrence Smith.
Joyce E. Kogge, 75, 211 North Vine St., St. Marys, died at 7:51 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, at St. Ritas Medical Center in Lima.
She was born Jan. 9, 1936, in St. Marys, the daughter of Lillian (Piper) and E.B. Hall. On Feb. 22, 1952, she married LeRoy Kogge and he survives at the residence.
Also surviving are four daughters: Jeri Lipp, of Celina, Nancy Moeller, of Celina, Linda McDonald, of St. Marys, and Kristine Holt, of St. Marys.
Susan L. Warner, 52, 207 S. Franklin St., New Bremen, died Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, at her residence of natural causes.
She was born May 19, 1959, in St. Marys, the daughter of Evelyn (Gieseke) and Karl Warner.
Services will be held at a later date at the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen, with the Rev. Becky Erb Strang officiating. Burial will follow in the German Protestant Cemetery in New Bremen.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.
Betty L. Schroer, 88, 519 Westhaven Drive, New Bremen, died at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011 at Heritage Manor Nursing Center in Minster.
She was born on Jan. 21, 1923, in St. Marys, the daughter of Malinda (Gieseke) and Virgil Horn. On Sept. 25, 1955, she married Curtis Schroer who survives in New Bremen.
Also surviving are a son, Dwight Schroer, of New Bremen; and a daughter, Kathleen Aufderhaar, of Bluffton.
Services are at 2 p.m. Friday at German Protestant Cemetery in New Bremen, with the Rev. Stephen Wills officiating.
Carl R. âDickâ Heil, 92, of Cridersville, formerly of Wapakoneta, died at 12:20 a.m., Thursday Aug. 11, 2011, at Otterbein Cridersville.
Arrangements are incomplete at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, Wapakoneta.
Theresa Jane âTessâ Neal, 59, died at 3:12 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011, at her home in Waynesfield.
Arrangements are incomplete at Armentrout Funeral Home in Waynesfield.
Before heading to compete in a national pageant, a 17-year-old Wapakoneta High School senior gave her local community a preview of what she would be presenting to the nation next week.