Vern Doenges, the first-ever recipient of the Auglaize County Historical Societyâ€™s Lifetime Achievement Award, sings a song to praise the people at the 50th anniversary banquet in November at the First English Lutheran Church. (Staff photo/File)
Local community members share their feelings on the death of Vernon Doenges, who died early Sunday morning. As you will see, Vern worked with many people and had many interests. His knowledge and generosity will be missed.
DEB ZWEZ-Publisher Wapak Daily News:
I’ve often said there are a couple of people I’ve come across during my time in Wapakoneta that I hoped would live forever and Vern Doenges was one of those. You know you don’t come across men like Vern much anymore. He was old-school courteous, he was well-versed in the community history and he was very willing to share that history.
Obviously Vern had been the author of Looking Back long before I came back to the paper, but I was pleased to be able to have the time working with him that I did. He never missed a deadline, he was charming and wonderful to work with, and he will be missed.
CHRIS ROBY-Director of Auglaize County Council on Aging:
I think he was a valuable asset to Auglaize County, in being our auditor for so many years and also just all of the information, if there’s anything in Auglaize County that you needed to know all you needed to do was go to Vern. I’ve never ever not seen him join in with a song to cheer people up. He loved to sing. I know he played in a band, I just feel from our perspective he really exemplified the aging population perfectly in my opinion. He stayed busy in doing things up until he just couldn’t anymore. He’s just one of those people that I’ll never forget. He’s just a wonderful mentor and a wonderful man. He’s going to be in our hearts forever.
For more community reactions, see the Tuesday, Feb. 4 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.