Armco employees held their eighth official retirement party on Aug. 7 at the American Legion in Washington C.H. They even celebrated 52 years of labor at the local steel buildings plant, which is no longer in business.
A social hour was held to renew acquaintances.
The invocation before the meal was given by Phil Johnson. It was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. A delicious buffet dinner was prepared and served by the Legion staff.
After the meal, chairman Eddie Fisher welcomed the former employees and pointed out that the great number of attendees was a wonderful testimony to the true established friendships made over the years by the employees. He also introduced the committee for the evening’s event.
Retirees came from many parts of Ohio and the farthest one came from Terre Haute, Ind. to attend the reunion. The oldest attendee was Daryl Hamby, who is 96 years of age. Paul Hurtt was recognized with 47 years of continuous service.
Gary Herdman read the names of the 27 co-workers who have died since the last reunion two years ago. A moment of silence was held in remembrance of these employees. Gary also recognized Eddie Fisher for all of the years he has organized the Armco Reunion.
Eddie Fisher introduced guest speaker Jeff Shaw, retired Major League baseball player. Jeff resides in Washington C.H. with his wife, Julie, and children.
Jeff took his attentive audience on his baseball journey from Little League to the big leagues. He cited numerous local individuals responsible for his success, close friends, college and professional coaches, players and family and one individual in particular when things were at their darkest, his mother. Jeff wanted no more tryouts as he felt he never had a chance in making a team. His mother said, “Try one time for more” so he did and he was on his way to fame, fortune and stardom. Nothing was given to Jeff, he made it the old fashioned way. He earned it.
The committee for the reunion was Eddie Fisher, chairman, Wilma Dorn, Deanna Edwards, Betty Fulwider, Jack Hatmacher, Gary Herdman, John Mason and Hayward and Bertie Riley.
Those in attendance were: Dave Adams, Fred Allen, Larry Anderson, Ronnie Anderson, Dick Anthony, Norman Armbrust, Jim Barnhart, Delores Belles, Roger Belles, Bill Benson, Olan Bentley, Bob Blake, Dennis Bond, Kenny Bond, David Boswell, Roger Boswell, Don Campbell, Alford Carr, Larry Cokonougher, Charles Curl, Homer Curry, Scott Dailey, Tricia Jolly, Dave DaRif, Arthur Deakyne, Emil Doddroe, Wilma Dorn, Deanna Edwards, Peanut Edwards, Ed Fisher, Mark Fisher, Ed Forsythe, Frank Free, Jr., Frank Free, Sr., Betty Fulwider, Howard Gardner, Randy Gardner, Gary Green, John Grooms, Candy Hadden, Janie Hall, Daryl Hamby and guest, Jim Hamilton, Jack Hatmacher, Gary Herdman, Denver Hixon, Kennny Holbert, Bob Huff, Dave Huffman, Paul Hurtt, Buck Harris, Larry Johnson, Paul Johnson, Phil Johnson, Gary Kinzer, Russell Klontz, John Mason, Dale Matthews, Marvin Matthews, Joel McDonald, Gerald Merriman, Gary Mickle, Gary Miller, Shirley Moats, Bob Moore, Lenna Morre, Dorothy Morton, Gerald Newlon, Eddie Orr, Jack Pavey, Jerry Pavey, Joe Pope, Kevin Ramey, Bertie Riley, Hayward Riley, Ray Rittenhouse, Dale Bothwell,Mike Selig, Jeff Shaw, Aaron Shipley, Jeff Smith, Joe Smith, Pat Smith, Robyn Smith, Walter Smithson, Gary Speakman, Tonya Speakmen, Ronnie Sword, Debbie Taylor, Orlan VanDyne, Phil Williams, Dale Wilson, Gayle Womack, Dale Zimmerman and Charlie Zinn.