State Sen. Bob Peterson honors Ted Ruble for his 50 years of service to American Legion Roy W. Wilson Post 694. (Photos by Rory Ryan/The Highland County Press.)
State Sen. Bob Peterson honors Ted Ruble for his 50 years of service to American Legion Roy W. Wilson Post 694. (Photos by Rory Ryan/The Highland County Press.)
By Rory Ryan
The Highland County Press

MOWRYSTOWN – Members of the American Legion Roy W. Wilson Post 694 in Mowrystown held a special recognition ceremony Monday, May 3 in honor of 50-year member Ted Ruble.

The Post 694 business meeting and ceremony were held at the Living Springs Community Church in Mowrystown.

According to Post Commander Chuck Emery, Mr. Ruble has a long and significant history with Post 694.

"Tonight, we honor Ted Ruble," Emery told Legion members. "Ted is a United States Navy veteran who has served our Post very well for many years."

"To the best of our knowledge, Ted joins the late Walter A. West as the only 50-year members of Post 694."

Emery noted that at one time, Post 694 was down to just about a dozen members, during which time Mr. Ruble fulfilled the responsibilities of commander, adjutant and treasurer.

"The American Legion Post 694 began here in 1947," Mr. Ruble noted. "My dad, uncle and cousins were members. When I was young, every Memorial Day they would have a parade and I would march along behind them. That's what got me interested in the service. I've always been proud of the American Legion."

Commander Emery and Post 694 organized a number of special proclamations in Mr. Ruble's honor, including one by fellow veteran Second District Congressman Brad Wenstrup, which was presented by Austin Heller, the congressman's military/veteran liaison.

"In the military, we are taught to put country over self, and you have embodied that principle your entire life," Wenstrup said in recognition of Mr. Ruble. "You have touched many lives through your leadership roles in the U.S. Navy as a senior master chief and in American Legion Post 694 as the post adjutant and post finance officer. Your service to our country and your community has truly made a difference. I join your family and friends in congratulating you on this milestone and thank you for your service. I wish you all the best."

State Senator and candidate for Congress Bob Peterson also presented a proclamation from the Ohio Senate. After honoring Mr. Ruble, Peterson acknowledged all of the American Legion members, saying: "I admire everything all of you have done for our great country. Thank you."

Highland County Board of Commissioners President Jeff Duncan also congratulated Mr. Ruble and read a proclamation from the county commission on behalf of fellow board members Terry Britton and David Daniels.

In addition, the national office of the American Legion honored Mr. Ruble's 50 years of service presented by Post 694 First Vice Commander Tom Walker, and Post 694 members presented a plaque commemorating his service to the veterans organization.

A reception in Mr. Ruble's honor was held at the conclusion of Post 694's May 3 meeting. Post 694 thanked John and Andrea Holt and Maplecrest Meats and More in Hillsboro for catering the reception.

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• In other news, members of American Legion Roy W. Wilson Post 694 along with volunteers from the Mowrystown Lions Club, Concord Junior Farmers 4-H Club, Mowrystown Church of Christ and Living Springs Community Church joined together for the Diehl Park cleanup on Saturday, May 1.

"We had approximately 40 volunteers plant flowers, mulch and install a new swing set," Emery said. "Volunteers swept the shelter areas, raked the sand area and mowed the entire park. Thanks to Lawrence Bradford and Mike Young for bringing their mowers."

Post 694 also presented two $500 scholarships to two Whiteoak High School seniors and $1,250 to the Georgetown Veterans Home to assist with outdoor furniture for the veterans. Another $1,000 donation was made to a Legion member who has been battling COVID-19.