October 7th, 2014
Karen S. Rowdon, 76, Monroe, died this morning. Arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton & Hirschy Funeral Home.
Brian R. “Bake” Baker, 39, Rockford, Ohio, died at 12:31 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at the Mercer County Community Hospital Emergency Room. He was born in Van Wert Dec. 24, 1974, to Bob and Barb (Kline) Baker.
He was employed by Thunderbird Products in Decatur and was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Rockford. He lived in the area his entire life.
Joseph M. Miller, 90, passed away Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, at Kingston Care Center in Fort Wayne. He was born in Decatur.
He was a World War II U.S. Army Air Corp Veteran and worked as a Technician with G.T.E. for 30 years, retiring in 1978. After retiring he owned and operated his own electrical company.
He was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and American Legion Post 296.
The Adams County Commissioners Monday afternoon approved the appraisal of three residences on 4th Street in Decatur in their pursuit of land to purchase for the location of a parking lot to accommodate their planned construction of a new superior court building on 3rd Street.
A probable cause affidavit filed with the Adams County Circuit Court in the child molestation case against a 71-year-old Geneva man alleges unwanted sexual advances and touches on the part of the defendant were directed toward a 7-year-old female.
Richard A. Monroe was arrested Thursday by Berne police officers and was charged with child molesting, a Level 4 felony. He taken to the Adams County jail, where he was ordered held without bond. Monroe was scheduled to make his initial court appearance at 8:15 a.m. today.
Pony rides were one of the more popular outdoor attractions Saturday at the Lehman Park Festival in Berne. Many of the festival’s activities were pushed indoors by unseasonably cold weather.
Richard J. “Smitty” Schmit, 65, Geneva, passed away at 6:58 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, at Adams Memorial Hospital. He was born in Decatur Tuesday, June 28, 1949.
Charlene M. Shoup, 80, Decatur, passed away Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, at Lutheran Hospital. Charlene was born in Decatur Dec. 4, 1933, to the late Charles D. and Mabel (Ladd) Eyanson. She married Robert Shoup Oct. 31, 1953; he survives.
Magdalene E. Butcher, 101, Decatur, died Friday, Oct.3, 2014, at Woodcrest Nursing Center. She was born in Adams County Jan. 3, 1913, to the late John Henry and Ida (Egly) Borne. On Aug. 8, 1935, she married Robert C. Butcher; he preceded her in death Oct.7, 1998.
She was a member a St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, the Faith Circle and the Historical Club.
Roderick Edwin Farmer, 72, Rockford, died Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, at the Laurels of Shane Hill.
Surviving are his second wife, Yvonne Beeks; one daughter and two step-sons: Anita Renee (Kevin) Morton of Rockford, Ohio; Dave (Kazumi) Grimm of Phoenix, Ariz., and Jon Grimm of Nampa, Idaho. A brother, John (Judy) Farmer of Rockford, also survives, along with five grandchildren.