July 7th, 2014
Vincent L. Smith, 74, Convoy, Ohio, passed away at 4:40 a.m. Sunday, July 6, 2014, at his residence.
He was born May 30, 1940, in Fort Wayne, son of the late Charles and Opal (Lyon) Smith.
Vincent served in the United States Navy during Vietnam. He was a member of the Van Wert American Legion, transferring his membership from the Decatur American Legion. He was a retired barber and retired from Sunoco in Van Wert, Ohio. Vincent coached baseball in Wren, Ohio for many years.
Robert G. Walters Jr., 70, Decatur, passed away Saturday, July 5, 2014, at his residence. He was born Dec. 21, 1943, in Akron, to the late Robert G. and Edna M. (Barnes) Walters.
He married his wife of 50 years, Sharon K. Baker, Dec. 28, 1963; she survives.
Mildred L. Wanner, 92, Berne, died July 5, 2014, at Swiss Village.
She was born Sept. 16, 1921, in Adams County, to Ezra and Elta (Winteregg) Wanner.
Survivors are a brother, Kenneth Wanner of Berne, and many nephews and nieces.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Swiss Village, with visitation one hour prior to services. Officiating is Pastor Sam Birkey.
Burial will be in MRE Cemetery.
Decatur area residents celebrated America’s 238th birthday in star-spangled style Friday evening.
Ending with the city’s 22nd annual fireworks show at dusk, the grounds of Riverside Center began filling up much earlier in the evening as revelers assembled to take part in the festivities.
Some threw footballs or frisbees to pass the time, others visited with friends or spread out their blankets on the ground to wait for the opening ceremonies.
A crowd gathered on 2nd Street Saturday afternoon to bid a final farewell to former longtime Mayor Fred Isch. As Isch was carried to his final resting spot in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, the funeral procession paused for a moment in front of the City Hall office where he spent so many hours working for the city of Decatur.
The Monroe Town Council discussed how to tackle city ordinance violations during their monthly meeting Thursday.
According to Town Marshal Dio Hernandez, communication has been made with at least six property owners in an attempt to have them clean up their properties. Hernandez said two homes are forclosure properties and he will make contact with the banks that own the property.
MENTALLY TOUGH—Lucas Van De Weg (green shirt) stands with his family as he accepts the Don Ray Mental Attitude Award given out to one little leaguer every year in Monroe. Lucaas stands with (L-R) his father Ryan, mother Kristaa, Payton Binegar (Don Ray’s grandson), Louis Ray (Don’s wife), and Don’s daughter Chastity. (Photo provided)
Steven D. Seitz, 54, Decatur, was found Monday, June 30, 2014, after an accidental drowning following a kayak mishap.
He was born Aug. 22, 1959, in Decatur, to Vernon D. and Carol A. (Baumgartner) Seitz.
Steve was a 1978 Bellmont High School graduate. He was a former manager at CVS and Clark Oil Co.
Decatur’s annual Fourth of July celebration will kick off at 6 p.m. Friday at Riverside Center and will culminate some four hours later with the traditional fireworks display.
Decatur Mayor John Schultz announced today the city of Decatur has received permission from the office of Indiana Governor Mike Pence to fly all flags at half-staff in honor of the passing of five-term Mayor Fred Isch.
Schultz is requesting all of Decatur residents and businesses to lower flags to half-staff from Friday morning to Sunday evening.