February 9th, 2012
Norma Jean Buck, 87, of 1130 Jefferson Ave., Celina, died at 11:40 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at Mercer County Community Hospital in Coldwater.
She was born on Sept. 23, 1924, in Mercer County, to John and Ruth (Cordier) Kuhn, and they preceded her in death.
On April 4, 1953, she married Carl Buck, and he survives her in Celina.
She is also survived by a daughter, Lynn Kay (Rick) Krogman of Celina; two grandchildren; two brothers; two sisters; a sister-in-law.
She was preceded in death by three brothers; a sister; two brothers-in-law.
Donald L. Belton, 68, 00650 Southland Road, New Bremen, died at 12:50 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.
He was born on Jan. 23, 1944, in Barberton, to Jess and Margaret (Nieter) Belton.
On July 25, 1964, he married Sarah Shaffer, and she survives.
He is also survived by a daughter, Sandra (Tim) Meckstroth of St. Marys; a son, John Belton of St. Marys; five grandchildren, Justin, Nathan and Aaron Belton and Colin and Chad Meckstroth.
NEW KNOXVILLE — A hardworking man, who gave his all no matter what he did will be remembered for that, those who knew Larry Fledderjohann and worked alongside him for years say.
“I met Larry as a board member and he became a very good friend,” Auglaize County Elections Board Chair Fran Engle said of Fledderjohann, who at age 68 died Monday evening at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.
He had been battling several types of cancer, including spine and brain cancer, for the past nine months.
Larry Fledderjohann, 68, of 12093 Plattner Pike, St. Marys, died at 9:46 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.
He was born on Oct. 5, 1943, in Lima, the son of Vernon and Gladys (Stroh) Fledderjohann, and his mother preceded him in death on Jan. 15. He father preceded him in death as well.
On June 27, 1964, he married Paula Bubp, and she survives at the residence.
Frederick J. Cook, 79, of 1023 S. Wayne St., St. Marys, died on Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.
He was born on Feb. 16, 1932, in Auglaize County, to Hugh and Gertrude (Schneider) Cook, and they preceded him in death.
On July 3, 1952, in St. Marys, he married Patricia Ann Wurster, and she survives.
Randy E. Goodwin, 62, of Commerce Township, Mich., died at 1:25 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, at his residence.
He was born on Feb. 8, 1949, in Kenton, to Richard “Ernie” Goodwin and Mary Lou (Bailey) Goodwin, and his father preceded him in death. His mother survives him in Van Wert.
He married Belinda (Collins) Goodwin, and she survives him in Commerce Township, Mich.
How a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school boysbasketball teams in the fifth of seven weekly Associated Press polls, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses):
CELINA — Deputies in Mercer County arrested four people for allegedly stealing farm animals.
In a news release, Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said deputies arrested Ricky L. Crouch, 50, of 8709 E. 600 North, Bryant, Ind., and Chad M. Crouch, 28, 537 Touvelle St., Celina. Both men were charged with break and entering, a fifth-degree felony.
Also arrested were Lisa R. Crouch, 42, of 8709 E. 600 North, Bryant, Ind., and Christina L. Crouch, 29, 737 Touvelle St., Celina. Both were charged with receiving stolen property, a first-degree misdemeanor.
ST. MARYS — On July 21, 2000, Chad Klosterman was preparing for his normal Friday night movie with his wife but wanted to check the condition of his four-wheeler before selling it the next day.
He took it out for a ride around his South Carolina neighborhood where the roads were not yet completed and a lane of the traffic was stocked with concrete drainage culverts waiting to be installed.
ST. MARYS — A local eighth-grade student recently nabbed the top honor in a statewide essay competition, and she will be competing next at the national level.
Lindi Cisco, a student in Jonathan Beougher’s class at St. Marys Middle School, competed at the state level in the Patriot’s Pen competition, where she took first place, at the VFW’s Mid-Winter Conference held in Columbus Jan. 28.