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David Bowers obituary, 1942-2017

CENTERVILLE, Ind. – David Charles Bowers, age 75, of Centerville, Indiana, died Monday, November 13, 2017, at his home after an 11 month battle with a glioblastoma brain tumor.

He was born September 1, 1942, in Mansfield, Ohio, to C. Walter and Louise Kochheiser Bowers. David’s mother died when he was an infant. He was raised in Bellville, Ohio, by his father and stepmother, Ella Vogel Bowers. David was a 1960 graduate of Bellville High School in Ohio and a 1964 graduate of Taylor University. He earned a master’s degree from Indiana University.

David was a teacher and track and cross country coach at Kendallville/East Noble High School from 1964-1968. He served in various roles at Richmond High School from 1968-1989 as a teacher, guidance counselor, Director of Guidance, Assistant Principal, and track and cross country coach. David was Principal for four years at Lincoln High School. He served as the Curriculum Director and Assistant to the Superintendent for the Western Wayne School District, retiring in 2002. After retiring from public schools, David supervised student teachers for I.U. East and Anderson University. He had the joy of finishing his coaching career by coaching with his brother, Ted, as an assistant track coach at his alma mater, Taylor University, for eight years and at Earlham College for two years. David was a Master Track Official, traveling all over the country officiating college meets, conference championships, Olympic trials, and the Pan Am Games. He positively impacted countless lives as a coach, educator, volunteer, and community leader.

David enjoyed raising sheep, starting with a small flock of Southdowns in the 1950s. Over the course of his life, he raised several breeds and took his children and grandchildren to shows and sales across the country. In 2017, David raised the All American National Champion Southdown Ewe. Additionally, he loved traveling and spending time with his grandchildren.

David loved the Lord and was an active and devoted member of the Centerville United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Patricia Baird Bowers; daughter, Kelli (Tim) Hoeflinger of Columbus, Indiana; sons, Kyle (Agata) Bowers of Warsaw, Poland, Kevin (Tracy) Bowers of Bellbrook, Ohio, and Kraig Bowers of Lafayette, Indiana; grandchildren, Ewa Puzynowska, Trevor, Kate, Brayden, and Mallory Bowers, and Layne and Drew Hoeflinger; three brothers, Roger (Peg) Bowers of Arizona, Ted (Dana) Bowers of Alabama, and Ed (Flor) Bowers of Costa Rica; step-mother, Ella Vogel Bowers Spayde; nieces; nephews; and many friends, students, athletes, and colleagues.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation for David Charles Bowers will be from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, November 18, 2017, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond. Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 19, 2017, in Bryan Cemetery, Centerville. A Celebration of Life will follow at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, November 19, 2017, at Centerville United Methodist Church with Rev. Ted Chalk officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Dave Bowers Sheep Scholarship Fund, c/o Wayne County Federal Credit Union, 3010 West Main St., Richmond, IN 47374 or Taylor University, Memo designation: Dave Bowers Track Scholarship Fund, 236 West Reade Ave., Upland, IN 46989.

Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at www.doanmillsfuneralhome.com.

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Larry Mrozinski obituary, 1956-2017

Lawrence Edward “Larry” Mrozinski, 61 of San Pierre passed away Tuesday, November 14, 2017.  He was born March 16, 1956 in LaPorte to Edward Mrozinski & Geraldine DePoy, graduated from New Prairie High School in 1974, received a B.S. from Purdue University in Animal Science and a Master’s degree from North Dakota State University in Ruminant Nutrition.  Larry had owned and operated Heinold Feeds for many years and was currently a dairy nutritionist with Papillon Agricultural Services.  Larry was a nationally renowned judge and breeder of sheep, also enjoyed raising ducks on the family farm and loved spending time RV’ing with family and friends.  His abundant love of life will continue in the hearts and minds of the universe of friends he cultivated wherever he went.  On July 15, 1978 Larry married Deb Barker, who survives, along with their children: Amy Mrozinski of Grand Rapids, MI, Andrea (Tanner) Schwartz  and their children, Logan & Layla of Cutler, IN, John Mrozinski of Kansas, his mother, Geraldine DePoy of Rolling Prairie, brothers: Tom (Rita) & John (Lori) Mrozinski of Rolling Prairie.  He was preceded in death by his father, Edward and brother, Mark Mrozinski.
A visitation will be held Friday, November 17th from 2-7 PM at Moeller Funeral Home, 104 Roosevelt Rd., Valparaiso.  The funeral mass will be held Saturday, November 18th at 10:00 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 204 N. Ohio St., Wanatah.

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2017 Stars of Louisville Sale & NAILE schedule

The 26th Annual Stars of Louisville Southdown Sale (click here: 2017 Stars of Louisville Flier ) will be held Saturday, November 11th at 12:30pm in the East Hall of the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky.  This historic sale offers some of the very best Southdowns year-after-year.  Offering bred yearling ewes, fall ewe lambs, and spring ewe lambs.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
8am Begin receiving sheep

Friday, November 10, 2017
10am Junior breeding sheep showmanship
4pm Board of Directors Informal Meeting
4pm Market Lamb Showmanship
4pm Lead Line Classes
6pm All Junior sheep must be checked-in

Saturday, November 11, 2017
8am Junior Wether show
9am Southdown Skillathon
12:30pm 26th Annual Stars of Louisville Sale – East Hall
6pm Southdown Social, followed by 135th Annual ASBA Annual Meeting, Junior Mixer for youth

Sunday, November 12, 2017
8am Junior Southdown Breeding Show – Rings 3&4
12pm Open Southdown sheep must be checked-in
6pm Junior Southdown sheep released

Monday, November 13, 2017
8am National Open Southdown Show – Ring 1
6pm Open Southdown Sheep released

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Selection of the Supreme Champion Ram & Ewe following the 8am Open show

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Don Ella Howard obituary, 1927-2017

We are saddened to report the passing of Don Ella Howard.  Please keep the Howard family in your thoughts and prayers.

Don Ella (Tow) Howard went to the Lord on October 19th, 2017, at the age of 90 at Comanche County General Rehabilitation Center in Lawton, Oklahoma. She was born May 1st, 1927, at Fleetwood, Oklahoma. She was the oldest of nine children born to Floyd and Marie Tow.
Don Ella graduated from high school at Sugden, Oklahoma. She attended college at Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha, Oklahoma. After college, she taught at various schools in Jefferson County. Since she was baptized at the age 12 at Beaver Creek by the Sugden Methodist Church, Don Ella has been an active member and supporter of the Methodist Church everywhere she lived.
Don Ella married Duron H. Howard on September 2nd, 1949, at the Waurika United Methodist Church. They lived on a ranch southeast of Waurika until October of 1954, when they moved to Byars, Oklahoma. They purchased a ranch at Mulhall, Oklahoma, and moved there in the fall of 1958. They lived there until 1992 when they moved back to the Howard Ranch at Waurika.
Don Ella was very active in Church, 4-H, FFA, Extension Homemakers, Sorosis Club, and state and national sheep and wool growers. She was Director of the Make it With Wool Student Contest of Oklahoma. She participated in Oklahoma Farm Bureau Women and was awarded the President’s gavel for outstanding leadership and service. She enjoyed judging Wool and Lamb Lead contests at state, regional, and national fairs. She was involved in activities in association with Duron on boards with Oklahoma State University, the United Methodist Church, and numerous sheep and cattle organizations. Duron and Don Ella were named Oklahoma Farm Family of the Year in 1957. In 2005, the Oklahoma Youth Expo inducted the Howard family as their first annual Hall of Fame award for their contributions to Oklahoma agriculture.
She was preceded in death by her husband Duron Howard, her son Darin Howard, her parents Floyd Tow and Marie (Langdon) Tow, brothers Maurice Tow and Larry Tow, and grandsons John Dreier and David Dreier. She is survived by four children, Debra Dreier, Newton, KS; Durene Sampson, Cameron, OK; Dennis Howard, Waurika, OK; Darrell Howard, Mulhall, OK; nineteen grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters Gwen (Tow) Cox, Peggy (Tow) Phelps, and Phylis (Tow) Cogdill, and brothers Dwayne Tow, Jack Tow, and Phillip Tow.
Funeral services for Don Ella will be at 2:00 PM, Sunday, October 22, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church in Waurika with Adam Brinson officiating. Burial will be in the Waurika Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 7:00 PM Saturday at the Dudley Funeral Home Chapel in Waurika. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Waurika.

OBITUARY LINK HERE

 

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Annual Journal & Directory published!

Enjoy the annual American Southdown Breeders’ Association publication HERE !

Thank you to the new Editor, Kayla Jennings, for a fine job.  The booklet includes beautiful ads, insights into NAILE activities, messages from the President and Secretary, official listing of all members, and plenty of other fun Southdown topics.

 

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Behind the Knit: A Blanket for Scholarship Funds

Behind the Knit: A Blanket for Scholarship Funds

Each year the American Southdown Breeders Association receives a one
of a kind hand knitted Southdown wool blanket that is donated to help
raise funds for their scholarship program. Yet many association members
do not know the story behind these truly unique blankets that have helped
raise thousands of dollars which in return are given directly back to junior
members. Sue Ann Carpenter, from Michigan, is the knitter behind these
beautiful blankets. Wanting to find a way to give back to the Association,
while promoting the versatility of breed, Sue generously donates her time
and talent to construct a blanket each year made out of pure Southdown
wool from her own flock. “Southdown wool is a very viable product that
should not just be thrown away.”
Sue’s involvement in the Southdown breed began in 1989 when her son,
Dan, decided he wanted to show sheep in 4-H. She remembers sitting
down with him going through the breeds listed on the Livestock
Conservancy and discovering the many attributes the Southdown
breed had which they admired. Even though Sue had established a
flock of Karakuls, the original spark for her passion in working with
fiber, the Southdown breed was a good fit for Dan to be able to exhibit
at area shows in Michigan. She quickly realized Southdown wool was
a soft fiber to work with that resisted felting and was ideal for spinning.
Since then, the “Sassy Ewe” spinner has been utilizing the wool from
her Southdown flock of 18 ewes to make yarn which she sells at local
farmers markets in the area.
The design inspiration for the blanket each year is themed around stars
which seem fitting since the NAILE is home to the Stars of Louisville Sale
and the greatest stars of all, the youth who exhibit there. Each blanket
also has the year knitted into the design and is 100% natural, no dyes.
Sue strives to demonstrate the original beauty of Southdown fiber. The
number of hours she spends on a single blanket is hard to comprehend. It
all starts with the shearing of the sheep, skirting the fleece, washing the
wool, picking and carding, roving, and finally spinning the wool fibers into
yarn. On average it takes 2 ½ pounds of yarn to make the blanket. Sue
recommends shearing ewes prior to lambing and leaving one year growth
to have enough staple length, approximately three inches, for the
spinning process.
Many Southdown breeders look at the wool from their sheep as an after
thought and have a “where can I get rid of it” mindset. Sue wants to dispel
the negative connotation people have for Southdown wool by getting
them to use it. She actively promotes using the fiber and encourages
other to pick up the skill of knitting by helping to teach others and attends
fiber events across the Midwest. “Working with wool fiber allows me to
use my creative process and I find it very relaxing.” A word of advice for
those just getting started, do not over think things. “All you want to do is
twist fibers to hold them together. Practice for 20 minutes at a time.” Sue

also encourages those interested in working with fiber to find a local
spinners gild to help get connected with others who can help.
Thank you to Sue for your countless hours of dedication to the
Southdown breed and Association. We are grateful to have members like
you who help to promote all facets the breed has to offer people. This
year’s blanket will be auctioned off during the Southdown Social held on
November 11 th . Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to own a one of a
kind Southdown treasure.

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2017 National Southdown Sale Results

Official results are posted on the ASBA website, Show & Sale Results page.  Click Here!

A message from Willoughby Sales regarding the 2017 National Southdown Show and Sale:

Thank you for allowing us to serve as sale management for the 2017 National Southdown Show and Sale. With 34 consignors the American Southdown Association was well represented from top breeders from across the Nation. This year’s Ketchum Equipment and Townsend Sales top consignor was Maddox Southdowns. Congratulations to them and to all of the consignors who made for a stellar sale weekend. As always thank you for supporting this National Sale Weekend by presenting these quality animals. We appreciate YOU!

As we look forward to 2018 we hope that you will mark your calendars to join us once again!

Here are the Stats!
• Southdown Avg. $993

• Rams $939
• Yearling Rams Avg. $450
• Fall Rams Avg. $963
• Spring Rams Avg. $900

• Ewes Avg. $1020
• Yearling Ewes Avg. $784
• Fall Ewe Lambs Avg. $1150
• Spring Ewe Lambs $1120

Once again congratulations to the sellers and buyers alike.

Sincerely,
Dan, Carol and Justin Willoughby

 

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2017 Sales & Shows

***Please continue to check this post as we progress through the year for more information as it becomes available.***

 

2017 Annual AJSA Ambassador Online Sale

The third annual AJSA Ambassador Online Sale will be held April 17th.  The sale is organized by the AJSA Ambassador Team and hosted by Willoughby Livestock Sales.  Ambassadors work with Southdown breeders from across the country to consign an elite set of ewes for sale. Breeders donate a portion of the sale proceeds to the Ambassador program which is used to fund the Ambassador organized junior activities throughout the year.  Yearling ewes, fall ewes, and ewe lambs are all futurity nominated. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to help support our junior members.   https://www.wlivestock.com/Willoughby/Home/sheep

 

2017 Annual Hoosier Heartland Southdown Sale

The 5th annual Hoosier Heartland Southdown Sale hosted by the Indiana Southdown Association will be April 19th.  It will be online only at Willoughby Livestock.  $20 per head entry fee and 10% commission (3% goes to the Indiana Southdown Association).  Entry fees and commission will be deducted from settlement checks.  Out-of-state consignors are welcome.  Sale consignors must be a member of the Indiana Southdown Association. Join by March 1st for $20 and mail payment to Kellie Kuhn, 3475 S. 840 W, Manilla IN 46150.  Please include your email address in correspondence  with $20 payment for membership.  For questions, contact Lynn Kuhn at 317-513-0564.

 

Wisconsin Southdown Stars Sale and Symposium; Starter Ewe Program

This event will be held on April 22nd, 2017 at the UW Agriculture Research Center Public Events building, Arlington, WI. Details can be found at the Wisconsin Southdown Association’s website (www.wisconsinsouthdowns.com). Pictures of sale sheep will be posted through the Association’s website in an online catalog. Bidders who cannot attend the sale in person can bid online or by phone.  Bid online here:  www.32auctions.com/stars2017

For those new to sheep or the breed, several short sessions will start the day and will teach basic information necessary to having a successful start with Southdowns; shearing/trimming, lamb feeding and health. There will be sheep onsite the day of the sale available to view prior to the sale starting promptly at Noon.

The 2017 “Starter Ewe Lambs” will be awarded to several Wisconsin youth at the event. Starter ewe lamb applications are due on March 1st and can be found at the website listed above. The Starter Ewe Lamb program is in its 8th year and has been an extremely successful way for youth who currently don’t have Southdowns to get a start in the breed. The youth are provided with a high quality ewe lamb including mentorship from the donating breeder. Southdowns have become one of the most popular breeds in Wisconsin for youth sheep projects due to the strong network of breeders and the Southdown’s moderate size, good temperament and that the breed are “slick sheared” by the youth before showing, minimizing the cost and time of fitting.

Sheep purchased at this sale in 2017 that are ASBA Futurity nominated will be eligible for a $1,000 cash jackpot sponsored by the WI Southdown Association which will be awarded at the All American Junior Show, which will be held in Madison, WI this year. The highest placing Yearling, Fall and Ewe Lamb at the 2017 All American Junior Show purchased in the 2017 sale will be eligible to compete for the jackpot money. Details about the jackpot and the All American Junior Show can be found on the Association’s website www.wisconsinsouthdowns.com

If you are unable to visit the website or need more details on the event or Starter Ewe Program, please contact WSA President, Dan Smerchek at dsmerchek@northernlakesvet.com

 

2017 National Southdown Sale & Futurity Kickoff Junior Show

Plan to attend the 2017 National Southdown Sale at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Richmond, Indiana!  We’re pleased to bring it back to Richmond for a second year.  A show of the consignments will be at 4:30pm EST on Friday, April 28th with Mark Hoge judging.  The sale will be at 9:30am EST on Saturday, April 29th.  Yearling rams and ewes, Fall rams and ewes, as well as January and February born ewe and ram lambs are eligible. Entries due April 1st. For more information and entry form visit:  https://www.wlivestock.com/Willoughby/Page/nationalsouthdownshowandsale

After the show of sale consignments on Friday, there will be three educational sessions, each 30 minutes long, on the topics of Southdown Breed Type, Merchandising, and Identification & Registration.

The 2017 Junior National Futurity Kickoff will also be on April 29th at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Richmond, IN. Sheep purchased that morning in the National Sale are eligible for the show!  This show is not limited to only futurity nominated sheep – all sheep that you wish to show are welcome!  The show will have all classes (including market lambs). Juniors can begin check-in and market lamb weigh-in at 10am EST.  The show is scheduled to begin at 1:00pm EST with showmanship for all ages, and then classes for rams, market lambs, and ewes.  All ages of sheep will be shown from oldest to youngest.  The judge is Stacy Scramlin Zuelly.  Advance entry is not required – enter and pay entry the day of show.  Here’s the schedule and the entry form:  2017 ASBA Southdown Futurity Schedule and Entry Form Also, a reminder to print and prepare your Futurity Point Recording forms.  The 2017 futurity points form is now ready for you – look for it on the Forms page.

 

 

 

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2017 Wisconsin Southdown Stars Sale and Starter Ewe Program

The Wisconsin Southdown Stars Sale and Symposium will be held on April 22nd, 2017 at the UW Agriculture Research Center Public Events building, Arlington, WI. Details can be found at the Wisconsin Southdown Association’s website (www.wisconsinsouthdowns.com). Pictures of sale sheep will be posted through the Association’s website in an online catalog. Bidders who cannot attend the sale in person can bid online or by phone.

For those new to sheep or the breed, several short sessions will start the day and will teach basic information necessary to having a successful start with Southdowns; shearing/trimming, lamb feeding and health. There will be sheep onsite the day of the sale available to view prior to the sale starting promptly at Noon.

The 2017 “Starter Ewe Lambs” will be awarded to several Wisconsin youth at the event. Starter ewe lamb applications are due on March 1st and can be found at the website listed above. The Starter Ewe Lamb program is in its 8th year and has been an extremely successful way for youth who currently don’t have Southdowns to get a start in the breed. The youth are provided with a high quality ewe lamb including mentorship from the donating breeder. Southdowns have become one of the most popular breeds in Wisconsin for youth sheep projects due to the strong network of breeders and the Southdown’s moderate size, good temperament and that the breed are “slick sheared” by the youth before showing, minimizing the cost and time of fitting.

Sheep purchased at this sale in 2017 that are ASBA Futurity nominated will be eligible for a $1,000 cash jackpot sponsored by the WI Southdown Association which will be awarded at the All American Junior Show, which will be held in Madison, WI this year. The highest placing Yearling, Fall and Ewe Lamb at the 2017 All American Junior Show purchased in the 2017 sale will be eligible to compete for the jackpot money. Details about the jackpot and the All American Junior Show can be found on the Association’s website.

If you are unable to visit the website or need more details on the event or Starter Ewe Program, please contact WSA President, Dan Smerchek at dsmerchek@northernlakesvet.com

 

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Wisconsin Association Awards $1,000 to Southdown Futurity Winners

Rio, WI, December 12, 2016

The Wisconsin Southdown Association (WSA) announces the winners of the $1,000 Jackpot the association offered in conjunction with the Wisconsin Southdown Stars Sale held this spring. Fall and Spring ewe lambs purchased in this sale were eligible for the jackpot when the youth participated in the American Southdown Breeders Association (ASBA) “Pot ‘O Gold” futurity.

A fall ewe purchased by Jaleigh Oldenburg, Mulhall, OK and spring ewe lamb purchased by Hannah Schultz, Fort Atkinson, WI were the highest placing animals in the ASBA Futurity purchased in the Wisconsin Southdown Stars Sale in their respective age groups. Oldenburg was awarded $570 and Schulz $430 in the Wisconsin Jackpot. These awards were in addition to the money awarded to Oldenburg and Schultz by the ASBA.

Enthusiasm is growing in Wisconsin for the “Pot ‘O Gold” Futurity as more Wisconsin junior members participated in the ASBA Futurity in 2016 than any other year. WSJA members who competed in 2016 included Kyliegha Daniels, Andrew Formo, Caleb Formo, Dylan Klug, Isaac Kohlman, Carson Lobdell, Casey Lobdell and Hannah Schultz. Five of the top eight ewe division placings were won by Wisconsin youth.

The American Southdown Breeders Association established the “Pot ‘O Gold” Youth Futurity Program to provide an incentive based award system for youth to encourage and reward high quality purchases at ASBA sanctioned sales. Complete results for the futurity can be found at www.southdownsheep.org .

The Wisconsin Southdown Association will be holding its 2017 Southdown Stars Sale & Symposium on Saturday, April 22nd. The event will again feature a $1,000 jackpot as well as a high quality set of Southdowns for sale, educational sessions for youth and adults and an opportunity to network with other Southdowns breeders. Watch the WSA website (www.wisconsinsouthdowns.com) or the association’s social media pages for details closer to the event.

If you are unable to visit the association’s website and need more details on the event, please contact WSA President, Dan Smerchek at (715) 347-1957 or dsmerchek@northernlakesvet.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hannah Schultz

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