June 27th, 2014
Frances Geraldine Grubb, 71, of Denton, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. She was born on Jan. 18, 1943, in Prince William County, Va., to Willard Ermal Acord and Freda Irene Holbrook Acord.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at 2:30 pm in the Chapel of DeBerry Funeral Directors.
Diane Davenport, 57, of Uniopolis, died Thursday, June 26, 2014, at her home. She was born Aug. 30, 1956, in Lima, to the late Walter and Dorothy Carter Davenport.
Diane had worked at Huffy and DTR. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, her grandchildren and planning family functions.
Ferd R. Link, 94, of Wapakoneta, died at 7:23 a.m. on Friday, June 27, 2014, at Auglaize Acres. He was born Jan. 24, 1920, Moulton Township, Auglaize County, the son of Ferdinand and Nellie (Wheeler) Link, who preceded him in death. On Nov. 17, 1943, he married Betty J. Berg, and she died Aug. 2, 2006.
Going out with a bang, the St. Joe Festival will conclude its Fourth of July activities with a fireworks display, beginning at 11 p.m. at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds.
The grandstands will be opened up to those on the grounds for viewing. According to St. Joe Festival Chair Mike Wurst, the display has lasted an approximate half hour in previous years. Wurst said he has received “rave reviews” of the festival’s fireworks display.
For the 64th year St. Joseph Catholic Church will be holding their annual July 4 Festival at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds July 3 and 4.
The festival begins on July 3 at 4 p.m. and goes until 9:30 p.m. On Friday July 4 the festival starts off strong with the Firecracker 5K at 9 a.m. The fun continues all day Friday ending with fireworks at 11 p.m.
In less than one week, many local residents will celebrate the Fourth of July by gathering with friends and family. Some will attend public fireworks displays, while others will celebrate in their own backyards. In either case, it’s important to know how to do so safely and to understand Ohio law regarding fireworks.
Law enforcement agencies from the area visited the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office this week to honor an individual who has spent the last 25 1/2 years serving the county.
Detective Sergeant Jerry Sawmiller is retiring from the sheriff’s office to pursue a new position. He said he felt it was time for a change.
Special Response Team Commander Mike Vorhees, with the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office, said he has “come up through the ranks” with Sawmiller, as they were both original members of the county’s special response team.
In an effort to improve the drainage capabilities of farm fields and residential homes, three ditch projects have been approved by the Board of County Commissioners and are set to begin within the next two months.
Auglaize County Engineer Doug Reinhart said the projects will involve replacing 100-year-old subsurface tile buried underneath farm fields and residential basements located in several places throughout the county.
Morris L. “Mose” Koch, 82, of Cridersville, died at 8:05 a.m. on Thursday, June 26, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born Dec. 11, 1931, in rural Cridersville, to the late Grover C. and Bonnie Koch. On Sept. 11, 1954, he married Mary Hengstler, who survives.
Carl E. Larger, 83, of Wapakoneta, died at 1:50 p.m. on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at Wapakoneta Manor. He was born on March 8, 1931, in Shelby County, to Andrew H. and Josephine (Seger) Larger, who preceded him in death.
On Oct. 2, 1954, he married Helen G. Dapore and she survives in Wapakoneta.