Laderach named Ottawa Co. Veteran of the Year
Paul Laderach was honored as Ottawa County Veteran of the Year for 2013 at a celebration in his honor April 30 at VFW Post 8732, Oak Harbor. He is the third veteran in Ottawa County to receive this honor.
The Ottawa County Veterans Service Commission selected Laderach after reviewing several nominations. “Paul served our country with honor when our country needed him. Upon discharge, he continued to faithfully serve in the civilian sector. He has inspired, mentored and befriended many veterans, and I personally find his kindness and compassion an inspiration.” said Sara Toris, executive director, Ottawa County Veterans Service Office.
Laderach joined the U.S. Navy Jan. 18, 1937. He was honorably discharged April 26, 1945 after successfully attaining the rank of Chief Petty Officer and being awarded the American Defense Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal, American Area Medal, and Good Conduct Medal.
After settling into the civilian sector, he joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8732 and served as senior vice-commander, commander and chaplain.
Toris, who served as emcee of the celebration, was joined by Elizabeth Sutton, vice president, Ottawa County Veterans Service Commission, who presented Laderach with a U.S. flag, which flew above the Ottawa County Veterans Service Office on the day of the ceremony.
Ronald Distel, president, Ottawa County Veterans Service Commission, presented Laderach with a plaque. VFW Post 8732 Commander Gary Cagle, who nominated Laderach, thanked him for his service to the VFW.
The Board of County Commissioners of Ottawa County commended Laderach for his service to our country and dedication to county veterans, and proclaimed April 30, 2014, as “Paul A. Laderach Day” throughout the county.
Laderach’s sons, Dale and Timothy, attended the ceremony, along with several other family members and friends.
Timothy Laderach (standing), with (seated left to right) Ottawa County Veteran of the Year for 2013 Paul Laderach, and Dale Laderach
Retired teachers’ luncheon
The Lucas County Retired Teachers Association May luncheon will be held May 21 at noon at Toledo Country Club, 3949 River Rd., Toledo.
Guest speaker will be Mary Bilyeu, the new food editor for The Blade. Members are asked to bring children’s books, which will be donated to Read for Literacy.
Entrée choices include chicken a la king, beef stroganoff or cheese manicotti. The cost is $18.25. Reservations are due by May 13. Send a check with choice of entree to Robert Fetter, 7803 Shaftesbury, Sylvania, OH 43560.