February 28th, 2012
Kathryn “Kitty” B. Luecke, 92, of 120 S. West St., St. Marys, died at 7 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, at Otterbein — St. Marys.
She was born on March 3, 1919, in St. Marys Township, Auglaize County, to Elmer and Mary (White) Youngs, and they preceded her in death.
On Oct. 18, 1956, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in St. Marys, she married Rodney S. Luecke, and he survives.
Ron Brumbaugh, 62, of Brookville, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at Good Samaritan Hospital.
He was born on Nov. 25, 1949, to Charles Russell and Naomi Mae (Uhrig) Brumbaugh.
He is survived by his sisters and brother-in-law, Denise Henderson of Brookville and Karen and Nick Ranly of Minster; two nieces; two nephews; two great-nieces.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Potsdam Church of the Brethren, 22 E. Cross St., Potsdam, with the Rev. Robert Kurtz officiating.
The St. Marys boys basketball team begins tournament play tonight in the second game at Lima Senior against the Wapakoneta Redskins.
At Coldwater, New Knoxville and Minster play the lone game in the Division IV sectional of Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
ST. MARYS (5-15) vs. WAPAKONETA (7-13)
NEW BREMEN — Firefighters from several local departments have arrived on the scene of a fire in downtown New Bremen. Crews were initially called to Fireside Pub for reports of smoke before 7 p.m. Monday. Officials at the scene have confirmed to The Evening Leader no one was injured as the result of the blaze and that it was contained to one building. More information will be published once it is released.
CELINA — Law enforcement officials in Mercer County are trying to determine if a home invasion Saturday morning near Mendon is linked to a double homicide near Fort Recovery in November.
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey held a press conference Monday morning to release details of a home invasion that took place shortly after midnight on Saturday at 12617 Dutton Road, just north of Ohio 117 near Mendon. Two people were inside the residence at the time — Kathy Fair, 47, and her father William Fair, 73.
Robert W. Springer, 95, of Wapakoneta, died at 10:05 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.
He was born on Sept. 29, 1916, in St. Marys, the son of Clarence W. and Kathryn (Makley) Springer, and they preceded him in death.
On Nov. 23, 1940, he married Roma M. Walters, and she preceded him in death on Nov. 4, 1995.
Robert Dieringer, 91, of Social Circle, Ga., died at 4:14 a.m. Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, his residence.
He was born on Friday, June 25, 1920, in St. Marys, the son of Frank Dieringer and Minnie Wieser Dieringer, and they preceded him in death.
On Aug. 1, 1946, Robert married Gladys Louise Hundley, and she preceded him in death on Dec. 11, 1996. They had been married for 50 years.
Charles “Chuck” Engle, 72, of Celina, died at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital.
He was born on June 29, 1939, in Kodak, Ky., to Benjamin Engle and Marie Sumner, and they preceded him in death.
On Dec. 2, 1961, he married Joan Murray, and she survives him.
He is also survived by a son, Charles Engle Jr. of St. Marys; a daughter, Karen (Charles) Tester of Celina; five brothers; five grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
“Leader Look Back,” is a collection of stories and headlines from 75, 50 and 25 years ago this week. This week’s edition examines stories from Feb. 21 to Feb. 27, 1937, 1962 and 1987.
75 years ago: East Bank Road was closed to traffic because spray blowing in from Lake St. Marys froze and formed a coating across the roadway. Already 20 inches above normal highs, it rose approximately two feet in the last day.
ST. MARYS — More than 30 speakers decked out in patriotic garb and armed with props took to the stage Sunday afternoon as part of an annual speech contest.
The St. Marys Eagles hosted the annual St. Marys City God, Flag and Country speech contest. The event featured speeches ranging from the abolition of slavery to how to make an American pizza and included three age groups — 10 to 11-year-olds, 12 to 13-year-olds and 14 to 15-year-olds.