James E. Lawrence, 82, 1013 Kensington Lane, Celina, died at 5:45 p.m. March 1, 2006, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, Ind.
He was born Feb. 9, 1924, in Dunkirk, to Mearl and Donna Basore Lawrence. On Oct. 15, 1944, he married Nancy Jane Blue, who survives.
Also surviving are a son, Rob (Wendy), Warrensburg, Mo.; four daughters, Becky (Ted) Harter, Elkhart, Ind., Rhonda (Chuck) Moeller, Celina, Gena (Terry) Germann, Fort Wayne, and Rita (Tim) Clutter, Celina; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
He retired from Huffy, operated the St. Marys Dairy Queen and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a past president of Celina City Council and volunteer at Celina Area Visiting Nurses & Hospice and the Mercer County Historical Society. He was a member of the Celina Chamber of Commerce and Grand Lake Toast Masters. He also was a 60-year member and past master of the Masonic Lodge and past worthy patron of the Order of Eastern Star, Dunkirk.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Celina, the Rev. Robert Metheny officiating. Burial is at North Grove Cemetery.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina.
Contributions can be made to Call Food Pantry and Mercer County Historical Society.
Luella Luthman, 83, former Siegrist Jutte Road resident, died March 1, 2006, at Celina Manor.
Services are pending at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
Lynne E. Houts Sharpe, 46, 934 Columbia St., St. Marys, died March 1, 2006, at her residence.
An autopsy has been ordered to determine the cause of death, see additional article on A1.
Arrangements are pending at Miller Funeral Homes, St. Marys.