August 7th, 2012
Duane Allen Hower, 36, of Wapakoneta, died on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, in a motor vehicle accident.
He was born on Dec. 31, 1975, in Lima, to Eddie D. and Mickie S. (Howell) Hower, who survive in Wapakoneta.
Mr. Hower worked for Minster Machine, loved sports with his son and nephews, enjoyed playing pool and was a devoted father and uncle.
CELINA — The handler for the Mercer County K-9 unit has been suspended for more than a month in the wake of the animal’s death last week.
On Monday, Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced Deputy Chad Fortkamp, Zak’s handler, has been suspended without pay for 45 working days as a result of the events leading to the dog’s death last week. Grey noted the suspension equated to a $6,500 penalty.
CELINA — Dog lovers and their furry friends gathered at the shelterhouse at the Celina Rotary Dog Park Monday evening to remember one of their own — a fallen canine sheriff’s officer.
A group of area residents organized a celebration remembrance ceremony for Zak, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office K-9 who died last week after being left in the canine officer’s car.
ST. MARYS — The Evening Leader and the Wapakoneta Daily News will again have a $10,000 cash giveaway as a promotion for participating sponsors. The event, The $10,000 Dash for Cash, is being held after the success of previous giveaways.
This is the sixth time the newspapers have held a big-prize giveaway. Previously cars and gas cards have been given away.
Patrons can visit any of the 72 participating sponsors in The Evening Leader and Wapakoneta Daily News coverage area to enter.
WAPAKONETA — The grand champion market steer’s selling price, setting a new high-water mark for steers, highlighted the second day of the Auglaize County Fair livestock auction, but for the second consecutive year an emotional moment caused tears to flow for bidders and two exhibitors.
Caitlin Schaub sold the grand champion market steer for $20,000 to five buyers, far eclipsing the $11,600 paid for Paige Klopfenstein’s grand champion market steer last year.
ST. MARYS — Seven girls took to the stage on Sunday night, vying for the title of 2012 SummerFest Queen — in the end Brooke Hertenstein walked away with the crown and sash in front of a packed crowd at Memorial High School.
“It’s pretty exciting,” Hertenstein told The Evening Leader moments after being crowned. “I was not expecting it at all because I know all the girls did a pretty good job and I know it was really close.”
Mark A. Borger, 56, of 659 N. Sugar St., Celina, passed away at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at the Kindred Hospital in Lima.
He was born on June 14, 1956, in Celina, to the late Alfred (Haps) and Dorothy (Wendel) Borger.
Survivors include his brother and sister-in-law; sisters and brothers-in-law; a brother-in-law; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother and by a sister.
Evan Alexander Quinn, 20 months, of Mendon, died on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at his home.
He was born on Nov. 23, 2010, in Coldwater, to James and Karen (Depweg) Quinn.
He is survived by two brothers, Mason and Aiden; a grandmother, Susan Quinn of Neptune.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Savannah and grandparents Werner and Carla Depweg. Private family services will be held.
Hogenkamp Funeral Home in Coldwater is handling the arrangements. Condolences may be left at HogenkampFH.com.
Eunice P. Boggs 79, of Wapakoneta, died at 8:15 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, at Auglaize Acres.
Arrangements are incomplete at Schlosser Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Wapakoneta.
Phyllis E. Cox, 83, of New Bremen, died at 6:55 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, at the St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.
She was born on Feb. 12, 1929, in Springfield. She was the daughter of Forrest and Willa (Hall) McCaughey. On July 3, 1948, she married James Cox who died on Aug. 9, 1990.
Survivors include her children, Michael (Judy) Cox of Cleveland, Thomas (Marion) Cox of Austin, Texas, Susan (David) Gibboney of Troy and Jamie (Patrick) Lampert of New Bremen; seven grandchildren; four great-grandsons; her sister, Helen Wheaton of Leesburg.