Lowell E. Loughridge, 87, of 1909 Knapke Court, Celina, died on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at Celina Manor.
He was born on Jan. 23, 1924, in Celina, to James L. and Ilo D. (Ford) Loughridge, and they preceded him in death.
On Oct. 17, 1945, he married Lucille C. Meier, and she preceded him in death on July 22, 2009.
Janet S. Mackenbach, 64, of 12012 Evans Road, Mendon, died at 9:55 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.
She was born on Dec. 1, 1946, in Buckland, to Gerald and Leota (King) Shoffstall, and they preceded her in death.
On April 20, 1964, in Wapakoneta, she married Thomas A. Mackenbach, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 5, 2006.
Iva Jean Gibson, 77, of 111 Clearview Court, St. Marys, died on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at the Golden Living Center in St. Marys.
She was born on Jan. 14, 1934, in Middlesboro, Ky., the daughter of Rubin and Woodie (Webb) Burns, and they preceded her in death.
On June 10, 1954, she married Kenneth Gibson, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 20, 2000.
She is survived by her two children, Gary (Charlene) Gibson of St. Marys and Lisa (David) Coates of Scottsburg, Ind.; nine grandchildren; one brother, the Rev. Jack (Opal) Burns of St. Marys.
NEW BREMEN — Five candidates will be competing for two open slots next week in the New Bremen Board of Education election.
Scott Bertke, Kami Fox, Troy Grillot, Robert Parker and Timothy Paul are on the ballot for two spots in the Nov. 8 election.
Bertke, a lifelong resident of New Bremen, said he is interested in joining the school board because he would like to serve the community.
NEW BREMEN — The products of hours of hard work and an abundance of creativity were on display Sunday afternoon at Crown Pavilion as area children and adults participated in the annual Cider Time Parade and costume contest.
The annual event, organized by the American Legion Post 241, Sons of the American Legion Squadron 241 and the New Bremen EMS, began with a parade through New Bremen, starting at La Piazza and ending at Crown Pavilion, where participants were met with donuts and cider.
Dick West left his St. Marys Memorial assistant defensive coaching job in the 1970s knowing full well the head coaching spot of the Roughriders wouldn’t be available any time soon — not with Skip Baughman entrenched in his third decade at the position.
In what could be his final trip to the stadium named after his mentor, West left St. Marys on Friday night a 42-21 winner with his Shawnee Indians.
ELIDA — Lima Bath defeated the St. Marys girls soccer team 1-0 in a Division II district final match at Elida on Saturday afternoon.
St. Marys bows out of the tournament with a 13-2-4 record.
"It's always disappointing when you lose in a district final match," St. Marys head coach Paul Dingledine said.
Bath scored the match's lone goal with 13:32 left in the first half on a header off a corner kick.
The Minster girls cross country team and New Knoxville's Isaac Kuntz are headed to Hebron.
The Wildcats and the Ranger sophomore will run at National Trail Raceway next Saturday morning in the Division III state cross country championships.
Minster will run at 11 a.m. and Kuntz will run in the boys Division III race at 1:30 p.m.
Division II at Tiffin
A pair of Roughriders finished their cross country seasons on Saturday at Tiffin.
ST. MARYS — D.J. Manning became the first St. Marys running back to ever rush for 2,000 yards in a season, but it was Lima Shawnee that emerged from Friday night's game with a .500 record after a 42-21 win over the Roughriders at Skip Baughman Stadium on Friday night.
Shawnee's Sam Altenbach rushed for 226 yards and found the end zone four times, as the speedy but tough tailback went over 1,000 yards for the season.
Shawnee has won five straight games over St. Marys.
MINSTER — If projections hold up, the Minster football team will play Springfield Catholic Central for the second straight year in the first round of the playoffs next Saturday night.
JoeEitel.com projects Minster to be the sixth-seed in Division VI's Region 24 after the Wildcats stunned Coldwater, 22-6, on Friday night to deny the Cavaliers a piece of the MAC title. Minster beat the top-seeded Irish in Springfield, 44-21, in the first round of its Cinderella run through the playoffs to the regional title game.