July 10th, 2012
The storm that passed through Wapakoneta and the rest of the county June 29 wreaked plenty of havoc on the Auglaize County Fairgrounds, Auglaize County Fairgrounds Manager Fred Piehl told members of the Auglaize County Fairboard during a regular meeting Monday.
Piehl said 15 trees on the property were lost or damaged during the storm, with several buildings also sustaining damage.
“In general, if you drove around the grounds, it was a sight to see,” Piehl said.
Organizers of the Run to the Moon are asking just that question of children ages 7 to14 in order to pick a couple of Wapakoneta youth to share a meal with Space Shuttle Endeavour pilot Col. Gregory H. Johnson on Friday, July 20, the 43rd anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon.
Entry forms for the contest are running in the Wapakoneta Daily News, with a Saturday deadline for entries. The winners are to be determined by their answers to this question: “If you could ask Astronaut Greg Johnson one question, what would it be, and why?”
Melvin G. Keller, 85, of Wapakoneta, died Saturday July 7, 2012, at his residence.
He was born Sept. 8, 1926, in Auglaize County, the son of Emma (Elsass) and Henry C. Keller, who preceded him in death.
Surviving are two brothers, Willis Keller, of Wapakoneta, and Edison Keller, of Wapakoneta; a sister, Elzena Zwiebel, of Wapakoneta; and a nephew, David (Virginia) Zwiebel, of Wapakoneta.
He was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, Henry (Sandra) Keller; a half-sister, Irene King; a brother-in-law, Eugene â€śWhiteyâ€ť Zwiebel; and a sister-in-law, Arlene Keller.
Josephine F. â€śJoâ€ť Davidson, 94, of Cridersville, formerly of Wapakoneta, died at 11:35 p.m. Saturday, July 7, 2012, at Otterbein Cridersville.
She was born June 21, 1918, in DeGraff, the daughter of Nell (James) and Howard Doane, who preceded her in death. On Sept. 9, 1939, she married Glen V. Davidson, and he died May 21, 2002.
David A. Baxter, 65, of Wapakoneta, died Friday afternoon, July 6, 2012, at Mary Rutan Hospital Emergency Room in Bellefontaine following a sudden illness.
David Baxter, 65, of Wapakoneta, died Friday afternoon, July 6, 2012, at Mary Rutan Hospital in Bellefontaine.
Arrangements are incomplete at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta.
Lloyd L. â€śBudâ€ť Mathwig Jr. 67, of Lima, died at 6:17 a.m. Friday, July 6, 2012, at his residence.
He was born Oct. 7, 1944, in Caliente, Nev., the son of Rose (Smith) and Lloyd L. â€śMattâ€ť Sr. Mathwig. On May 20, 2003, he married in Gatlinburg, Tenn., he married Dona Custer, and she survives in Lima.
Also surviving are four daughters, Teresa Decker, of Spencerville, Donna Medley, of Haines City, Fla., Tonya Pride, of Cairo, and Crystal Michael of Lima; and a son, Jeffrey Mathwig, of Columbus;.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Jimmy Mathwig and David Mathwig.
Roxanne Doris Frank, 94, of Lima, died at 8:55 p.m. Sunday, July 1, 2012, at Shawnee Manor.
She was born April 17, 1918, in Lima, the daughter of Icy Marvel Hester and Thaddeus Doyle Plummer, who preceded her in death. She married Harry C. Martin on Jan. 1, 1937, and he preceded her in death in July of 1958. She later married James F. Frank on Dec. 15, 1962, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 2, 2001.
Memorial services are scheduled to be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Fletcher Cemetery, in Lima, with the Rev. Philip Brenneman officiating.
Kathryn R. Downey, 92, of Wapakoneta, formerly of Syracuse, N.Y., died at 4 a.m. Monday, July 2, 2012, in her home.
She was born Dec. 3, 1919, on Tipperary Hill in Syracuse, N.Y., the daughter of Margaret (Daly) Thomas Reilly, who preceded her in death. On Sept. 14 1 1946, she married Russell K. Downey, who passed away June 11, 2008.
Jerry W. Rains, 70, of Wapakoneta, died at 9:08 a.m. Friday, July 6, 2012, at Lima Memorial Health Systems.
He was born July 1, 1942, in Middlesboro, Ky., the son of Frank Jarvis and Ollie Marie Margraves Rains, who preceded him in death. On June 10, 1967, he married Christine A. Merricle, and she survives in Wapakoneta.