Deb Gallmeier and John Brenneman are the newest members
of the Delphos City Schools Hall of Honor. (DHI Media/
Nancy Spencer)
Deb Gallmeier and John Brenneman are the newest members of the Delphos City Schools Hall of Honor. (DHI Media/ Nancy Spencer)

DELPHOS — After a two-year hiatus, the Jefferson Alumni Association was able to have its membership gather for dinner, awards and fellowship.

The highlight of the evening was the announcement of the 2022 class of the Hall of Honor. Deb (Long) Gallmeier, class of 1970; and John R. Brenneman, class. of 1953 are the newest inductees.

While in school, Gallmeier’s talents were showcased in choir, band, girls’ glee and ensemble and she was also very active in Y-Teens, Science Club, FFA and the school paper, the Re-echo.

Gallmeier marred her high school sweetheart, Mike Gallmeier, in 1971 and formed a “conglomeration of giving” to a community that they loved. Mike became mayor in 2008 and he and Delphos’s first lady established the program “Free Food On Us” to help citizens of the Delphos School District in need of assistance to feed their families.

When Mike passed away, she and their children formed the Mike Gallmeier Foundation to continue the “Free Food On Us” program providing bi-monthly distributions of food, Hygiene supplies, organized coat drives and offers an opportunity for local students and other community members to volunteer and be part of the giving. The foundation recently took over the “Back to School” that will continue to supply needy families with school supplies.

After graduation, Gallmeier became a nurse and served and cared for patients for 44 years until her retirement in 2015. She served the Delphos City School District as a bus driver for many years, was an active member of the Jefferson Choir Boosters and served on the board of education for 18 years, the eighth longest service in the district’s history.

She also served on the West Ohio Community Action Partnership Board and is still on the board of Delphos Senior Citizens Inc. In 2020, she was named The Delphos Herald’s Tri-County Woman of the Year.

Brenneman served in the US Marine Corps after high school and graduated from The Ohio State University in 1961 with a business degree. He was the 1958 men’s singles bowling champion for the Buckeyes.

He started a business of coin laundries and dry cleaners, including his practice of offering free cleaning service for American flags, which earned him a patriotism award from the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

During the time of raising his family, he was very involved in the West Jefferson Local School District, including eight years as a board member and more than 40 years as an active member and office holder of the West Jefferson Athletic Boosters. He was named fan of the year twice by the football team and once by the wrestling team. In 1986, he founded the adopt a family program for Christmas as was its chairman for 10 years.

His community service was honored in 2003 by the West Jefferson Alumni Association and 2013 by the Jefferson Local Board of Education.

He also served Delphos by starting two scholarship awards in 1998 in memory of his parents that supported Jefferson graduates for more than two decades.

The 2022 scholarship winners were also recognized. They are Jaina Bloom and Cory Redmon.

Those who traveled the farthest for the dinner was Sabrina Trentman Shiller from Los Angelse and David Kunze from Preston, Idaho. The oldest in attendance were Louise Brenneman Sroufe, class of 1957; and John R. Brenneman, class of 1953.

Graduates with two generations in attendance included: Trevor and Jacob Violet; Michelle Feathers Dellinger and Holly Dellinger; Ruthann Dunlap Wittler and Rob Wittler; Shelly Schleeter Redmon and Cody Redmon; and Christine Youngpeter Bloom and Jaina Bloom.