Bud & Betty Plank

Bud & Betty Plank

Edward (Bud) Plank was a native of Ashland whose ancestors settled here in the 1850s.

Betty Hood moved to Ashland with her family in 1939. Both graduated from Ashland High School and Ashland College five years apart. The couple married in 1952 and in 1960 took their two nieces to raise following the death of their parents in a private airplane crash.

After a stint in the Air Force during WWII, Bud returned to AHS where he taught Physical Education and later Driver’s Education for 30 years. He also coached baseball for 24 years and was an assistant basketball coach for 18 years. He had been named Teacher of the Year and had the baseball diamond named Bud Plank Field in his honor.

Betty taught at Polk and Wadsworth before being hired to teach American Literature and Journalism at AHS. She also was the advisor to the school paper. She taught here for 16 years and substituted for 18 more. Due to their association with young people in the classroom and gym, as well as their relationship in after school activities, the couple enjoyed their years of teaching.

As a member of the board of the Ashland County Historical Society, Betty became interested in local history. This led to her writing a column for the Ashland Times-Gazette and incorporating these into three books for the benefit of future generations.

She has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of Ashland High School.

Because of their combined years of more than 55 years as teachers and their association with the students they taught, they have established a scholarship available to young people entering the field of education in the hope that they will enjoy teaching as much as they did.

Betty has designated the Ashland County Community Foundation as the recipient of her Assurity Life Insurance Policy to be designated for the Betty and Bud Plank Scholarship because they feel this will be beneficial in carrying out this objective.

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Betty Perry

Betty Perry

Betty Perry, the daughter of Frances Barr Laird and John Edgar Laird, was born at Samaritan Hospital. She was educated in Ashland City Schools and graduated from AshlandHigh School in 1957. She married Charles Perry in 1960, who died of colon cancer in 1999. He was the founding President of Florida International University, a state university in Miami, Florida with a current enrollment of over 30,000 students. His entrepreneurial career moved them to seven states during which they reared their two children, Tom and Lynn. Betty completed an Associate Degree in Humanities at Miami-Dade Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Florida International University, and a Master of Science in Health Care Planning and Policy at the College of Urban Affairs at Georgia StateUniversity in Atlanta.

Throughout her lifetime, art and music have been her passion, having been encouraged by her parents, “Doc” Pete, Cal Rogers and Mrs. Garrigus, her voice teacher. A high school Scholastic Art Award honorable mention encouraged her art interest. She has explored studio art, namely water media via university courses and workshops and hopes to complete her BFA in art in the near future.

She believes it is the future generation and their exposure and education which offer the hope of preserving and enjoying fine art, jazz, classical and “show” music. She has chosen ACCF to handle her gift in the most efficient way to underwrite her charitable desires.

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Charles A. Pealer

Charles A. Pealer

Charles was born on December 17, 1935 in Jelloway, Ohio. A 1953 Loudonville High School graduate, Mr. Pealer attended The Ohio State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

After graduation, he spent 31 years working on jet engines for General Electric Corporation in Cincinnati, Ohio. Following his career with G.E., Charles returned to the Pealer family home in Jelloway where he currently resides.

Mr. Pealer recalls with much appreciation the financial help he received from Ms. Effie White, his mother’s cousin, which enabled him to obtain his college education. He is forever grateful to Effie and now wishes to give back by establishing a scholarship to assist students graduating from Loudonville-Perrysville High School.

Through his estate plan, Charles is establishing the “Charles A. Pealer and Effie White Endowed Scholarship Fund.” Scholarships will be awarded annually to the Valedictorian and Salutatorian of L-P High School. Charles said, “I chose the Ashland County Community Foundation to hold this scholarship because it is a credible organization and will provide responsible management of the scholarship in keeping with my wishes.”

Inez A. Page

Inez A. Page

Inez A. Page, who died in 2004 at the age of 103, was a caring, sensitive individual who valued education and was committed to her profession of educating future generations. She was born in Tescott, Kansas in 1901 to Dennis and Louise Daum O’Brien. Ms. Page graduated from EmporiaState Teachers College in Kansas and served as an elementary school teacher for the Salina Kansas schools for many years. An Ashland resident since 1940, Ms. Page was a member of the Presbyterian Church for more than 50 years and a member of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed playing bridge and traveling throughout the world. Her husband, Hermon, preceded her in death in 1974.

In her later years, Inez found a charitable gift annuity with the Ashland County Community Foundation appropriate to meet her needs. During her lifetime, she received a fixed distribution each quarter; the residual dollars, upon her death, were distributed as she designated. Her love and value of education will be perpetuated through her establishment of a scholarship for education majors, and her foresight and ability to see beyond the present day is represented in her unrestricted gift to help meet the ever-changing needs of the Ashland Community.

Ms. Page was a content, positive, and generous lady – an inspiration to us all.

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Robert and Mary Mitchell

Robert and Mary Mitchell

Robert Mitchell and Mary Doughty were born and raised in Spencerville, Ohio. They married on August 11, 1945 and joined the membership of St. Mary’s MethodistChurch before relocating to the Ashland area in 1970.

Mary worked as a secretary while Robert chose the path of a Chemical Engineer. Mr. Mitchell was employed by Ashland Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company for six years and the previous 25 years for St. Mary’s Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. He also served in the chemical division of the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of American Legion Post 88.

Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell were members of United Methodist Church of Savannah before Robert’s death in December 2003 and Mary’s in July 2005.

In wishing to help make “Ashland County a better place to work and to live…for generations to come,” Mary designated ACCF as a beneficiary of the Mitchell’s trust. Their unrestricted gift to the Foundation will forever help meet the changing needs of the Ashland Community. To Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell, we extend a heartfelt thank you.

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John (Jack) Thomas and Barbara Lamson Miller

John (Jack) Thomas and Barbara Lamson Miller

Jack graduated from Ashland High School in 1954 and Ashland College in 1959. Jack worked in sales following graduation and in 1970 founded Mid-Ohio Cleaning and Supply in Mansfield, Ohio. They provided janitorial services in Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Michigan until 1996 when Jack retired and sold the business. Jack’s interests were sports, especially golf, where he competed in local, state and national tournaments, winning over 50 events. Jack is a member of the A.H.S. Sports Hall of Fame, is on the governing body of the Ohio Golf Association and was a member of the Society of Senior Golf Association.

Barbara graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in 1955 and Ashland College in 1965. Following her high school graduation, she was employed as a private secretary at Cooper-Bessemer in Mt. Vernon. In 1956 she enrolled at AC in the Cadet teaching program and received her B.S. in Elementary Education. She taught at Montgomery School in Ashland, Petworth School in D.C. and Mifflin School in Mansfield, retiring in 1965 to be a full-time mom. Barbara uses her teaching skills to teach the Bible, write her own study guides and mentor young women. Both Jack and Barb enjoy tutoring children and helping with the youth tennis program.

Jack and Barbara were college sweethearts and have been married 52 years, have four children, ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild. They’ve always wanted to set up a foundation to help other people, and they think the Ashland County Community Foundation is a perfect avenue for accomplishing this goal.

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Jim and Phyllis McClure

Jim and Phyllis McClure

Jim and Phyllis McClure were born and raised in the Loudonville area.

Jim was a Ford-Mercury dealer for 36 years, and was active in National Dealer affairs. He was a member of the Ford National Dealer Council, Chairman of the Cleveland District Advertising Committee, and a member of the National Dealer Franchising Committee, where the Ford franchise was re-written with dealer input. He also served on the National Marketing Committee. He was a trustee for the Ohio Auto Dealers Assn., representing the 32nd Ohio Senatorial District.

Jim served for 31 years on the Farmers Bank Board, being Chairman for 11 years. McClure also served on the First Knox National Bank Board and the First Knox Corp. Board.

McClure was active in local affairs, receiving the Loudonville-Mohican Area Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Achievement Award for 2000. He also found the prospect and made initial contacts, resulting in “Step II” coming to this area.

Phyllis taught High School Vocational Home Economics in the L-PSchool system for 20 years. She was Chairman of the committee that established “Helping Hands” a service that provides help for those in need living in the L-P school district.

She served on the Ohio State Board of Agriculture, at that time responsible for the Ohio State Fair. Being the only woman on the board, she was responsible for the Women’s activities at the fair.

The McClure’s have two children, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Jim and Phyllis feel the Ashland County Community Foundation adds to the quality of life in Ashland County. Having been involved with the Foundation since its inception, the McClure’s desire to facilitate this “good” long into the future with their legacy gift.

Barbara McCammon

Barbara McCammon

Barbara (Bobbi) Brandt McCammon was born and raised in Ashland. In high school, she belonged to several clubs and played flute and piccolo in band and orchestra. During World War II, she was a “Minute Maid” and helped her country by selling war bonds and stamps at various events.

She attended Wooster College and was vice president of her sophomore class. She had to quit college when her father became ill, at which time she started working at the Ashland Bank & Savings, which later became Bank One. Bobbie worked there for 40 years and retired in 1987 as an administrative officer and executive secretary.

On February 12, 1949 Bobbi married Wallace McCammon who died in 1987, after which she moved to Brethren CareVillage. She is a member of the First UnitedMethodist Church and the Eastern Star.

As Bobbi has no family near her, she wished to make a charitable gift annuity to an organization which would provide her with adequate income as well as benefit the Ashland community. She found the ACCF to be an excellent source for these desires. She has named several charities to benefit from her gift at the termination of her annuity payments.

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Dan and Mary Ellen Martine

Dan and Mary Ellen Martine

Dan and Mary Ellen were married on February 2, 1963 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. They have two children and five grandchildren. Dan spent 10 years with General Tire and Rubber in Akron and came to Ashland in 1969. He has been in the real estate sales and investment field in the Ashland area for the last 30 years.

“We chose to distribute funds back to the community through the Ashland County Community Foundation by way of a donor advised fund, whereby our children would participate annually to advise where the funds would be distributed. The community has been wonderful to us and this is a way for us to say ‘Thank you.’”

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Fred and Margaret Koehl

Fred and Margaret Koehl

Fred graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Journalism. It was there that he met his wife Margaret (Bobbie) on a blind date. They married after graduation and returned to Ashland where Fred pursued his chosen vocation and resumed working for the Ashland Times-Gazette. Fred’s first newspaper venture was at nine years of age when he sold newspapers for the Ashland Times-Gazette for 3 cents each.

Fred served on the destroyer, Aaron Ward, as a Fighter Director. The ship was attacked and approximately half the crew was injured or killed.

Fred and Bobbie returned to Ashland to his parent’s home on Center Street where Fred resumed the duties as publisher of the Times-Gazette until his retirement in 1980. Fred continues to hold the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the Retired Reserve of the U.S. Navy. A video tape is available of Fred’s war experience from the Veterans History Committee of the Ashland County Historical Society.

The Koehls established a charitable gift annuity with the Foundation. This gift provides the Koehls with income during their lifetimes and support to their favorite charities for perpetuity. We deeply appreciate their service and contributions to the Ashland community.

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