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Thursday, June 3, 2004

Richard Berube

Richard Marie Berube, 68, of Newark, died May 24, 2004, at his residence.
   He was born Sept. 12, 1935, in Woonsocket, R.I., to Joseph Emile and Marthe Tardiff Berube.
   Surviving with his wife, the former Marcia Huelsman of St. Henry, are two sons, Michael D. Berube, Ogden, Utah, and Gregory Paul (Melissa) Muhlenkamp, Montana; two daughters, Marthe Ann (Donald) Amende, Newark, and Sandra Lynn (Jody) Muhlenkamp Peppersack, Richmond, Va.; three sisters, Pierette (John) Olinger, Heath; Ghislaine Parenteau, Woonsocket, and Sister Roseanne of Montreal, Canada; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ralph and Marie Huelsman, St. Henry; and three grandchildren.
   Two brothers and four sisters are deceased.
   He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1980 after 26 years of service. He later served as senior industrial electricity teacher at the Licking County Joint Vocational School, retiring in 2002 after 22 years. He was a member of Spring Hills Baptist Church and founder of Land of Legend Fly Fishing Club.
   Services were May 27 at Brucker & Kishler Funeral Home, Newark, the Rev. Jeff Pound and Jody Peppersack officiated. A military service followed.

E. Hubert Cowger

E. Hubert Cowger, 89, formerly of 09630 County Road 33A, Wapakoneta, died at 9:30 a.m. June 2, 2004, at St. Marys Living Center.
   He was born Jan. 12, 1915, in Hocker Valley, W. Va., to George and Martha Ware Cowger. On Nov. 24, 1946, he married E. Annalee Stump who survives.
   Also surviving are a son, Gregory (Julie) of Waynesville; a daughter, Starla Dobson, Vance, S.C.; a sister, Amy Robinson, Mansfield; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are three brothers, James, Emerson and Lawrence, and four sisters, Esther Dodrill, Elizabeth Roode and Hattie and Ida Cowger.
   He retired from the shipping department at Parker-Hannifin Corp. He was a member of Hillsdale Baptist Church, St. Marys, and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
   Services are 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Miller-Long & Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys, with ministers Terry Baker and Ron Sturgeon officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens near Moulton.
   Calling is 5-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to the church building fund or the Alzheimer's Foundation.

Otis Lake Jr.

Otis F. Lake Jr., 82, 211 Celina St., Celina, died June 1, 2004, at his residence.
   He was born Jan. 29, 1922, in Dayton, to Otis F. Sr. and Fannie Tobias Lake. On Jan. 3, 1942, he married Josephine Anne Murlin who died May 10, 1993.
   Surviving are three sons, James (Jerry) of Dayton, David (Kathy) of Perrysburg, and John (Taffy) of Celina; a daughter, Virginia Burroughs, Dayton; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
   Twin sons, Otis F. III and Joseph Ray, are deceased.
   He retired from Dayton Public Schools after serving 30 years as a teacher and administrator. A 1939 graduate of Stivers High School, he received a bachelor's degree from the University of Dayton and a master's degree from Miami University. He was a former member of Dorothy Lane American Baptist Church, Dayton, and a life member of the American Legion post, Celina, and Veterans of Foreign Wars post, Kettering.
   Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at Routsong Funeral Home, Dayton, the Rev. Mary Jane Leech officiating. Burial will follow at Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery.
   Calling is 5-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to the church.

William Rye

William Scarlett Rye, 94, 111 S. Beach St., St. Marys, died at 12:33 a.m. June 2, 2004, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
   He was born June 6, 1909, in Belleville, N.J., to Percival and Agnes Scarlett Rye. On June 5, 1947, he married Rosemary Dingledine who survives.
   Also surviving are two sons, William (Jane) of St. Marys, and Thomas (Vicki) of Friendswood, Texas; two daughters, Scarlett A. Rye and Therese (William) Purpura, both of Columbus; six grandchildren and three stepgrandchildren.
   Deceased are a daughter-in-law, Louise Wendel Rye; a brother, Charles; and a sister, Delia McCaleb.
   He operated a Chrysler-Plymouth dealership in St. Marys and was a partner in Call & Rye Motor Sales. He later retired as manager of American Budget Company and also worked part time at Logan Furniture, both of St. Marys. He was a graduate of Lake View High School and the University of Illinois, Chicago
   He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, St. Marys, where he served as first secretary of the parish council and an usher, a member and past grand knight of Knights of Columbus Council 1592 and a life member of American Legion Post 323, St. Marys. He served as president of the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the United Way and a coach/leader with the Little League baseball, Pony League baseball and Cub Scout programs. He served with the U.S. Army Air Force in the Pacific Theatre during World War II and later as a captain in the Army Reserves.
   Funeral Mass is 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. James O. Byrne officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Gethsemane Cemetery, St. Marys.
   Calling is 5-9 p.m. Friday at Miller-Long & Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys.
   Contributions can be made to Holy Rosary School.


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