Former commissioner, spouse, remembered with bench dedication


The memory of two long-time supporters of the county fair was honored Friday with the dedication of a bench in their name.

Nieces and a nephew of the late June and Warren “Jerry” Smith formally dedicated the seat to fair board president Skip Jackson following a brief meeting in the blue home products building, amidst the quilts and antiques.


From the left: Kay McMillen, Dave Beard and Kathy Drennen pose for pictures Friday with the bench they donated to the Logan County Fair in honor of their late aunt and uncle, June and Jerry Smith. (EXAMINER PHOTO | NATE SMITH)

“It’s appropriate we’re dedicating this bench here because June loved all the projects,” said Kay McMillen of DeGraff, a niece of the couple.

“She was a home economics teacher in DeGraff for a long time and she really was interested in all the different projects at the fair.”

Another niece, Kathy Drennen, came from Columbus, and nephew Dave Beard of Wapakoneta was also present Friday.

“We wanted to do something in their memory,” Mr. Beard said. “All the nieces and nephews got together to have the bench built and we’re donating it to the fair because we know how much (Mr. and Mrs. Smith) enjoyed and it.”

In addition to his support of the fair, Mr. Smith was a three-term commissioner through the 1970s.

Mr. Jackson said he remembered that Mrs. Smith was one of the chaperones on a high school class trip to Washington D.C. his junior year. The board president noted the bench’s finished condition.

“After the fair, we may move it into the office,” he said. “It won’t be left outside.”