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Area Agency on Aging selects James Gatchell as 2018 Outstanding Senior Citizen for Wyandot County

  Posted on August 23, 2018

Ontario OH – The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging Inc. is proud to announce James Gatchell has been selected as the 2018 Outstanding Senior Citizen for Wyandot County. He and eight other recipients were honored on Thursday, Aug. 23 at a ceremony hosted at Hawkins Corner.


Gatchell was nominated by Vicki Charlton from Wyandot County Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. In his nomination, she shared that Gatchell has been a life-long citizen of Wyandot County, where he graduated from Salem High School. He attended Heidelberg University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history and english.


Gatchell has been a dedicated worker contributing to many organizations, causes, and charities.  He worked as an educator for Marion Junior High School and the high school before retiring. He also volunteered as a firefighter for Pitt Township Fire Department and later served as Mayor of Harpster.


Gatchell is a board member of the Wyandot County Historical Society and the Upper Sandusky Lions Club. He was honored with the “Service Above Self” award by the Upper Sandusky Rotary Club.


Along with his wife, he volunteers regularly with bingo, communion, and bible study at the Wyandot County Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Gatchell also volunteers at Bringman Clark Funeral Home as a door greeter, traffic control, and being there for those who grieve.


“Jim’s continued volunteerism and positive work ethic has not only enriched his life but the community in which he has graciously lived his whole life,” said Charlton in the nomination.  “Jim’s passion for helping people and being active has kept him young and has given him a sense of purpose.” 


Gatchell received commendations from the Wyandot County Commissioners at the ceremony.


“We are honored to have Jim in our community,” said Commissioner Bill Clinger. “He’s a fine example of what a public servant should be.”


Each year the Area Agency on Aging honors senior citizens who are making a difference in their communities and present a positive image of aging.


There is one award recipient for each county in the Agency’s service area (Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox, Marion, Morrow, Richland, Seneca, and Wyandot.)


Awardees must first be nominated by an individual or organization involved with seniors. They are then selected by the Agency based on the impact of their contributions and accomplishments within the community made after reaching age 60.


Additionally, the following residents of Wyandot County received the 2018 Safe Driver Award at the ceremony:Ron Boose, Dave Fadley, Robert Harbour, Bill Lambrite, Joe Meeker, James Moore, Carl Noggle, Debra Parsons, Vince Rodriguez, Donald Secoy, Chuck Stiger, Jim Swartz, Larry Webster and Irvin Woods.                                                


The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc., located at 2131 Park Avenue West in Ontario, provides leadership, collaboration, coordination and services to older adults, people with disabilities, their caregivers & resource networks that support individual choice, independence and dignity.