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Saturday, July 24, 2004

Thomas Cordonnier

Thomas August Cordonnier, 73, 101 Voisard St., Russia, died at 2:07 a.m. July 22, 2004, at his residence.
   He was born May 23, 1931, in Shelby County, to August Sr. and Freda Barhorst Cordonnier. On Aug. 23, 1952, he married Rosemary Richard, who died Jan. 25, 1993.
   Surviving are two sons, Ronald T. (Darla) of Venice, Fla., and Richard T. of Russia; two daughters, Deborah (Aaron) Rose-Milavec, Piqua, and Janice (Urban) Tebbe, Russia; five brothers, Paul and August Jr., both of Russia, Jim of Minster, Ken of New Knoxville and Bill of Carmichael, Calif.; two sisters, Rachelle of Kettering and Carol Johns of Piqua; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
   A son, Randy T., and a sister, Marie Schwartz, are deceased.
   In 1953, he and Leo H. Francis started Francis Products Inc. in Russia. It was sold in 1969 as Clopay Co. and he served as assistant plant manager, plant manager, vice president of distribution and vice president of industry relations prior to his 1997 retirement.
   He was a member of St. Remy Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and the Zoning Board, all of Russia, and director of the Door Operator Dealers of America. A 1949 graduate of Russia High School, he served in the U.S. Navy Reserves.
   Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. Frank Amberger officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
   Calling is 2-8 p.m. Sunday at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles.
   Contributions can be made to Wilson Hospice Care or New Choices, a shelter for domestic violence victims and their children.
  James Davis
   James C. Davis, 60, of Portland, Ind., died July 22, 2004, at his residence.
   He was born April 15, 1944, in Portland, to Bob and Esther Sanders Davis. His mother survives in Portland. On July 29, 1979, he married Diane Imel who survives.
   Also surviving are a brother, Barry of Portland, and five nieces and nephews.
   He was co-owner and operator of Davis Drilling since 1980. He also taught electronics at Redkey School and Jay County High School for several years. He was a member of the National Trappers Association, Indiana State Animal Damage Control and the Gold Wing Road Rider's Association.
   Graveside services are 11 a.m. today at Salamonia Cemetery in Salamonia, Ind., the Rev. Joe Hines officiating.
   Williamson & Spencer Funeral Home of Portland has charge of arrangements.
   Contributions can be made to Family Hospice of Northeast Indiana.

Ernest Rasawehr

Ernest F. Rasawehr, 86, formerly of 114 N. Green St., Mendon, died at 1:40 a.m. July 23, 2004, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
   He was born Aug. 30, 1917, in Mercer County, to Frederick and Matilda Hehmeyer Rasawehr. On Jan. 23, 1940, he married Betty E. Painter, who died Dec. 24, 2003.
   Surviving are a son, Jerry R. (Catherine) of Mendon; a sister, Pauline Donovan, St. Marys; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
   Deceased are a brother, John, and two sisters, Mildred Heindel and Lena Searight.
   He retired as a truck driver with the Mercer County Highway Department.
   Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Mendon, the Rev. Andrew Adkins officiating. Burial will follow at Mendon Cemetery.
   Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
   Contributions can be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

James Davis


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