From The Northwest Signal

For nearly 60 years, Larry “Moe” Brubaker informed Henry County residents writing news, sports and columns. On Monday morning, Brubaker, known affectionately by most as “The Moeman,” passed away following a fire at his Napoleon residence.

Napoleon Fire Chief Bob Bennett said crews responded to the 1100 block of Chelsea Avenue at about 3 a.m. after a report of smoke was received. Firefighters determined the fire was at 1166 Chelsea Ave.

“Smoke was about a foot off the floor,” Bennett said. “They quickly knocked the fire down, and discovered (Brubaker’s) body.”

Brubaker began reporting news to Henry County readers in 1957, when he graduated from Napoleon High School. He began by covering sports as a junior in high school for the Northwest News.

When that newspaper and the Henry County Signal merged, Brubaker became sports editor, a position he held until a few years ago. He then became senior editor and continued to write his popular Town Crier and Back to the Good Ole’ Days columns.

Throughout his illustrious career, Brubaker garnered numerous accolades, including being inducted into the Ohio Prep Sports Writers Hall of Fame, receiving the OHSAA Integrity, Ethics and Sportsmanship Award in 1999 and being named Napoleon Citizen of the Year in 1981.

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