Congratulations to this year’s Coldwater Community Picnic Parade Grand Marshalls
Our first 2018 parade Grand Marshal is Bob Stelzer. Bob graduated from Celina IC and moved to Coldwater after marrying his wife Eileen. Bob and Eileen will be celebrating 63 years of marriage this coming May. They have six children (3 boys & 3 girls), fifteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
After graduating from high school Bob got a job at New Idea working as a draftsman. He worked at New Idea for 45 years in Engineering. At the time of his retirement he was an Engineering Manager for the Engineering department. Since retiring from New Idea, Bob has had several part time jobs. Some of the places he has worked for are Bruns Construction, Schwieterman Pharmacy and the Neurological Center in Burketsville. With his engineering background, Bob would help make equipment for the patients at the Neurological Center to use.
Bob has also been active in the Coldwater community throughout his life. He has been an active member of the Knights of Columbus for 65 years. One year he held the title of Grand Knight and he has also organized the K of C Picnic. He is also a member of the New Idea Historic Preservation Committee. Bob was President of the Coldwater Community Picnic back in 1976. Some of the attractions during his president year were the 6th Annual Ohio State Championship Tug-O-War competition, Western Style Square Dancing and they served two chicken dinners, Deep Fried on Saturday and BBQ on Sunday.
In his free time Bob enjoys watching his grandchildren play sports and other activities they are in. He likes watching sports on television; some of his favorites are the Olympics, basketball, football and baseball. He enjoys watching high school football, baseball, basketball, track & cross country.
Our second 2018 parade Grand Marshal is Ken Schwieterman. Ken graduated from Coldwater High School and attended college in Columbus. Upon graduating college Ken and his wife Marilyn lived in Columbus for 5 years before moving back to Coldwater. Ken and Marilyn have been married for 53 years. They have three children (Kenneth Jr., Sandra & Lynda) and 5 grandchildren.
Ken owned and operated the True Value Hardware store in Portland, IN for 35 years and worked there for 4 additional years after selling the business. He currently works at Wal-Mart in Celina, OH in the hardware department.
Ken has also been active in the Coldwater community. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a charter member of the Kiwanis Club. Ken was President of the Coldwater Community Picnic back in 1971. One of the differences between the picnic now and back when he was president is the picnic used to be held in the Southwest corner of the park. Ken has always liked to be involved in the community and enjoys meeting new people in the activities he has been a part of.
In his free time Ken enjoys traveling with his wife to see their children and grandchildren.
Our third 2018 parade Grand Marshal is Jay Hogenkamp. Jay graduated from Minster in 1958. He went to college in Cincinnati and graduated in 1961. Jay and his wife, Lois (Thobe), moved to Coldwater in 1965 and will be celebrating 55 years of marriage this year. They have five children, fifteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Upon graduating college, Jay went to work with his father at Hogenkamp Funeral Home in St. Henry. In 1965 Jay started managing Hogenkamp Funeral Home in Coldwater, OH. He still helps part-time at the funeral homes in Minster, St. Henry, Coldwater & Russia, OH. Jay and his wife also help part-time for Roses to Memories in St. Henry.
Jay has been involved in many organizations throughout his life. He has been president of the Eagles and Elks Club. He is currently on the Board of Directors for The Neurological Center and St. Charles Living Center. He also previously served on the Board of Directors for the Peoples Bank Company in Coldwater for 25 years and for Hospice. Although no longer on the board he is still active with Hospice. Jay was the president of the Coldwater Community Picnic in 1978. He remembers that during the week of the picnic, he had several funerals that week and his vice president Harold Feltz had to take care of the picnic duties for him.
In his free time Jay enjoys playing golf from time to time. He also enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Our fourth and final 2018 parade Grand Marshal is Bob Pleiman. Bob went to Coldwater High School for two years before circumstances forced him to help on the family farm. Bob married Betty (Grilliot) in 1954. They were married for 63 years at the time of Betty’s passing in October of 2017. They have five children, thirteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
After working on the family farm for a few years, Bob went to work for Fishers Furniture. He also worked at New Idea. He did construction work for H.A. Dorsten for 30 years until his retirement. At H.A. Dorsten he did a lot of the concrete work for the projects the company did.
Bob has been active in the Coldwater community throughout his life. He has been president of the PTO, served on the Holy Trinity Finance Committee and sang in the Holy Trinity church choir for 40 years. He also has done a lot of work with the Jaycee’s organization. He remembers doing a bunch of work in the community park and also being involved with construction of the high school football field. Bob was president of the Coldwater Community Picnic back in 1967. One of his favorite memories of the picnic was when they had to spray the dirt baseball diamond with kerosene and light it on fire. They did this so the dirt would dry as much as possible, so they could hold the annual Tug-of-War competition.
In his free time Bob enjoys doing woodworking in his basement. He also goes camping from time to time and likes to fish. Bob also enjoys tending to his large garden.