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Monday, June 10, 2013 12:36 AM


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DELPHOS — The 2013 Delphos City Schools “Hall of Honor” inductees were named Saturday during the school’s 138th Alumni Dinner at the Delphos Eagles Lodge. Rick Miller (class of 1970) and Jim Stockwell are the newest members of the elite club.


Miller’s nominator wrote: “The 2013 Hall of Honor recipient exemplifies the kind of person Delphos Jefferson is proud to have educated and graduated from its school system. As well as being a respected business professional, he is a person who cares about the community he lives in; cares about all of the youth as well as the senior citizens in our community; and he cares about preserving all the rich history our community offers. … Making Delphos a great place to live and raise kids is a passion of his. He is a humble, Christian man and is a great example to youth and adults.”


Miller has volunteered at the Delphos Postal Museum, Delphos Institute of Music, Delphos Canal Commission, Delphos Youth Center and the Delphos Senior Citizen Center, where he has served on the board of directors for 10 years at president and was instrumental in finding funding to keep the center open. He is a member of Rotary and works to bring the community the Music in Park series and educates high school seniors about points of interest and the history of Delphos. He has emceed the Delphos Canal Days Queen Pageant for years and is on the Arnold C. Dienstberger Foundation Board of Directors, which annually funnels thousands of dollars to the local schools and other worthy programs in the community. He has volunteered as emcee for the annual Relay for Life Trivia Contest and is an advocate of the Up to the Challenge and Families United campaigns, which work with special needs individuals. He is also an active member of his church, Trinity United Methodist.

Most will know Miller’s voice from his play-by-play commentary on Friday and Saturday evening sports broadcasts on WDOH.

Miller was unable to attend the banquet. His daughter, Angela (Miller) Eickholt, accepted his award.

Stockwell has been an active member of the Jefferson Booster Club, serving as an officer for many years, and was one of the first members to bring the Wildcat Special to reality. It remains the main fundraiser for the boosters today. He helped co-chair the PTO Carnival and was responsible for ordering, picking up and distributing the prizes to each of the games during the carnival. In 2001, he received the OHSAA award from Jefferson Schools for his exemplary contributions and service to the school.

Stockwell was one of the founders of the Optimist Club and in 1979, helped bring Junior Achievement programs to Delphos, working with kids in the community to teach them how to form and run businesses.

He coached Little League Football for 45 years, winning the division 19 times and is one of the few coaches with four champions and continues to coach the game he loves.

In 2007, he received the Van Wert Voice Honorary Certificate for his time and dedication to coaching and teaching the kids of Delphos the game of football along with life skills.

His nominator said: “This person has always been right there to help the students, the community and the school system in whatever capacity he could.”

Stockwell remains a booster member and still attends sporting events and volunteers his services.

The 2013 Jefferson Alumni Scholarship winners were also announced. They are Rachel Miller and Zachary Bland.

The oldest alumni in attendance were Miller (Teman) Spitnale (class of 1944) and Paul William “Bill” Dunlap (class of 1948).

Next year’s dinner is set for 6 p.m. June 14, 2014, at the Eagles.

Last Updated on Monday, June 10, 2013 1:08 AM

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