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DELPHOS — More than 200 Jefferson Alumni filled the Eagles banquet hall Saturday to celebrate another year.

Classes honored were 1964 and 1944.

The 2014 Hall of Honor inductees were announced. The first female, Edna Jane Leininger Sadler, (class of 1932) joins fellow hall of honor members.


Sadler’s nominator said she was a charter member and president of the Women’s Society of Christian Service through Trinity United Methodist Church and helped organize and served as president of Church Women United. She was also a charter member of the Child Conservation League in Delphos and was the first woman appointed to the Delphos City Recreation Board.


Sadler was also a charter member and president of Phi Delta Sorority, a member of the Eastern Star, where she was appointed Grand Martha in 1956, a Sunday school teacher, an officer in the Delphos Republican Club and was a pool worker on election day for more than 50 years.

The nomination concluded: “She was an avid supporter of both Delphos Jefferson and Delphos St. John’s schools and served on the Arnold C. Dienstberger Foundation Board for 42 years until her death in 2010.

Bernie Himmeger , left, and Paul Sadler accepted the Hall of Fame awards for their parents. Himmeger’s father, Lee B. Himmeger and Sadler’s mother, Edna Jane Leininger Sadler, the 2014 inductees. Sadler’s son, Paul Sadler accepted her award.

“Mother was a loving wife and mother and doting grandmother,” he said. “Her class motto was ‘Find a way or make one’ and I think she lived it.”

The second Hall of Honor inductee was the late B. Lee Himmeger (class of 1952).

His nomination noted Himmeger was the school’s first-ever 1,000-point scorer in varsity basketball and went on to pursue a career in education from Findlay College, where he continued to play basketball and elected into the college’s Hall of Fame in 1972.

After graduating, he began teaching, serving as principal for 12 years and athletic director for 23.

“He loved teaching the importance of teamwork and share his philosophy of the 4 D’s — Discipline, Dedication, Determination and Desire — as a coach of baseball, track, tennis and golf for a number of years but it was during his 33 years he spent coaching basketball when he really left his mark,” his nominator wrote.

Himmeger enjoyed 527 victories, 58 of which were consecutive during a period when he had three undefeated regular seasons, a 70.4-percent win percentage, two state championships in three appearances, back-to-back State Class A Coach of Year awards, was named a member of the Hancock County Hall of Fame and the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.

A former assistant of his stated, “I was able to see the positive results and influence that coach had upon young people he worked closely with. Every young man who had the opportunity to participate in a program run by him was provided the opportunity to grow and develop into a productive citizen through lessons taught on and off the court.”

Himmeger retired with his wife back in Delphos and he was often seen peeking in the local gyms until the time of his death in 2003.

Himmeger’s son, Bernie Himmeger, accepted his award.

“Jefferson is where it all began for my father,” he said. “That’s where he learned that if you set a goal, you can achieve a goal.”

Winners of the 2014 Delphos Jefferson Alumni Scholarship were Rileigh Stockwell and Justin Stewart.

The oldest alumni in attendance were Millie Teman Spitnale and Wayne Dray and the Yochum family traveled the farthest — from France — to attend the dinner.

Many two and three-generations of attendees were also honored.

Last Updated on Sunday, June 15, 2014 8:32 PM

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