Melvin J. Evers, 79, of Fort Recovery, died on Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, at Mercer County Community Hospital in Coldwater.
He was born on Feb. 25, 1932, in Fort Recovery, to Stephen Evers and Agnes Fiely.
On May 16, 1953, in St. Rose, he married Mary (Voskuhl) Evers, and she survives.
James M. Luneke, 64, of 5448 Wilson Drive, Celina, died at 1:45 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at his residence.
He was born on July 31, 1947, in Dayton, to Carl L. and Gertrude R. (Raffel) Luneke, and they preceded him in death.
On March 11, 1967, in Richmond, Ind., he married Phyllis A. George, and she survives.
He is also survived by two sons, James Luneke of Dayton and Tim Luneke of Dayton; a daughter, Angela (Rodney) Simpson of Celina; four grandchildren; a sister.
He was preceded in death by a brother; a sister.
Paul J. Ranly, 91, of 263 N. Hanover St., Minster, died on Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, in St. Marys.
He was born on April 14, 1920, in Cassella, to Peter and Sophia (Speck) Ranly, and they preceded him in death.
On April 15, 1944, he married Erma Mary Obringer, and she preceded him in death on Dec. 12, 1980. On Jan. 7, 1984, he married Marie F. (Post) Koesters, and she survives in St. Henry.
Bessie R. Oellerman, 82, of 206 E. State St., Botkins, died at 1:20 a.m. Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, at her residence.
She was born on June 19, 1929, in Salem Township, in rural Auglaize County, to John Francis and Bessie Mae (Toler) Jackson, and they preceded her in death.
On April 14, 1956, she married Warren “Gene” Oellerman, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 11, 2002.
Judy Kay Gross, 62, of 15140 Valley Road, Wapakoneta, died at 5:44 a.m. Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, at Lima Memorial Hospital in Lima.
She was born on Dec. 24, 1949, in Lima, the daughter of Woodrow and Onolee (Miller) Piehl, and they preceded her in death.
DEFIANCE — St. Marys’ Madison Taylor’s diving title and Jared Deubler’s record-setting performance in the boys’ 100-yard backstroke event headlined the Roughrider boys and girls swim teams competition at the Western Buckeye League Championships at the Defiance YMCA on Thursday and Saturday.
Taylor , a Memorial High School freshman, won convincingly with a 308.45 score on Thursday — 20 points clear of a trio of Celina divers who finished second, third and fourth. Celina’s Dethora Hasenjager finished second.
“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 Jan. 23 to 30, 1937, 1962 and 1987.
75 years ago: Ohio National Guardsmen from St. Marys and Celina mobilized and left to go to Portsmouth and Cincinnati to assist in flood relief. Company K went to Cincinnati and a medical detachment from Celina also left for the impacted region.
Keith J. Gehle, 66, of Rockford, died at 7:27 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, at Van Wert County Hospital.
He was born on May 19, 1945, in Celina, to Al and Florence (Leugers) Gehle, and they preceded him in death.
On Aug. 27, 1966, he married Margaret M. Homan, and she survives in Rockford.