September 25th, 2012
Ralph Eugene “Gene” Purdy, 82, a lifelong resident of Spencerville, died at 9:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at St. Rita’s Medical Center, following a lengthy illness.
He was born on April 27, 1930, in Spencerville, to John Burdette and Thelma Grace DeLong Purdy, and they preceded him in death.
On Oct. 15, 1949, he married LaVonne “Bonnie” Strayer, and she preceded him in death on Aug. 2, 2007.
Eugene B. “Gene” Pleiman, 80, of Russia, died at 5:14 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at Wilson Memorial Hospital.
He was born on Aug. 8, 1932, in Russia, to August A. and Lavera (Voisard) Pleiman, and they preceded him in death.
On Nov. 28, 1953, at St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles, he married Mary Louise Finfrock, and she preceded him in death on Sept. 21, 2001.
He is survived by his daughters, Becky Pleiman of Russia, Diann (David) McGarvey of Davidsonville, Md., and Lori Ward of Lebanon; two grandchildren; seven siblings.
Paula Burris, 63, of St. Marys, died on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at Celina Manor Nursing Home.
Rites will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Miller – Long & Folk Funeral Home in St. Marys.
Visitation will be held from noon until time of services on Saturday at the funeral home.
A complete obituary will appear in tomorrow’s edition of this newspaper.
WAPAKONETA — The St. Marys Roughriders rode a second-half backwind en route to a 4-0 victory of the Wapakoneta Redskins.
They were pretty good going into that wind, too.
Molly Albert had two goals on the game for St. Marys. Kelly Heitkamp and Skylar Liming each added one goal to bring the Roughrider total to four.
St. Marys had 12 shots on the target, and the Redskin combination of Sara Foor and Mikayla Halfhill had eight saves.
The St. Marys Roughrider volleyball team put together a strong fifth set and defeated the Greenville Green Wave 20-25, 25-13, 26-24, 21-25 and 15-5 on Monday.
“We started a little slow in the first set,” Riders head coach Tricia Rosenbeck said. “In the second and third sets we started to play more aggressively. In the fourth set we played off and on, but we put everything together in the fifth set.”
MINSTER — The home course advantage played nicely into the hands of the Minster boys golf team and three Auglaize County golfers at the Midwest Athletic Conference’s championship meet.
The Wildcats captured the MAC title after following up an 8-1 regular season with a seven-strokes clear of its main competition, Versailles.
Minster shot a 323 team score to clinch the title after it was tied with Versailles with matching 8-1 conference records heading into the tournament.
ST. MARYS — Runners and walkers joined to participate in a local church’s run/walk event Saturday morning.
As part of Living Hope Assembly of God’s First 5K, a group of runners and walkers traveled 3.1 miles to help raise money for the church, which is located at 1130 Indiana Ave.
Organizer Glen Madden noted Saturday’s event was the first of its kind for the church.
Randy J. Weiler, 54, of Celina, died at 8:55 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.
He was born on Aug. 6, 1958, in St. Marys, to Richard Weiler and Bettey Cotterman Weiler, and his father preceded him in death. His mother survives in St. Marys.
He married Nancy Weitzel Weiler, and she survives in Celina.
Joy Ann (Rose) McLear, 59, of Greenville, died on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at her residence.
She was born on March 20, 1953, in Coldwater, the daughter of Raphael and Mary Helen (Waterbusch) Rose, and her father preceded her in death. Her mother survives her in New Bremen.
She is also survived by her siblings, Ronald Rose of New Bremen, Charlene (Mark) Piening of Minster, Robert Rose of Botkins, James Rose of New Bremen and Michael Rose of New Bremen; a brother-in-law, Jeff Sommer of Minster; a number of nieces and nephews.
Lee Kuck, 67, of New Bremen, died at 5:20 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at the St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.
He was born on Jan. 7, 1945, in New Bremen, the son Ewald and Esther (Quellhorst) Kuck, and they preceded him in death.