Ronald and Mary Ann Dull

From left, Mayor Matt Miller, Mary Ann Dull (awardee), Ronald Dull (awardee), County Commissioner Jim Justice, and State Representative Darrell Kick were part of the festivities at the Area Agency on Aging in Ontario on Thursday.

ASHLAND – The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging Inc. is proud to announce Ronald and Mary Ann Dull have been selected as the 2019 Outstanding Senior Citizen for Ashland County.

They and eight other recipients were honored on Thursday, Aug. 22 at a ceremony hosted at Hawkins Corner.

The Dulls were nominated by Kayla Conway of Ashland County. In her nomination, she shared that they have been in charge of the City of Ashland’s Memorial Day parade and program for more than 29 years. Ronald initiated the start of Veterans Day at the Ashland County Fair in 1989 and Mary Ann is in charge of the parade line every year.

Mary Ann and the Ashland County Fair Board are planning a Wall of Honor in the Veterans Building at the Ashland County Fairgrounds. The wall will honor all veterans who served in war and in peace, living and deceased, for their services and sacrifices to secure freedom. 

Vietnam War veteran Ronald E. Dull, a member of Harry Higgins Post 88 of the American Legion, Ashland, was just elected as his 13th year as Commander of Post 88. He was named Veteran of the Year in 1997 and 2001 from the Veterans of Vietnam War Post 9. Every year Mr. Dull conducts the Veteran’s Day, Pearl Harbor and Four Chaplains memorial at the post home.

Mary Ann Dull is a 33-year member of the Harry Higgins Unit 88 of the American Legion Auxiliary. She received the Leadership Award in 2018 from the Department of Ohio American Legion Auxiliary for her strong leadership in the organization. She and her husband Ronald work together side by side doing projects.

Mayor Matt Miller, County Commissioner Jim Justice and State Representative Darrell Kick recognized Ronald and Mary Ann Dull for their achievements and contributions.

Each year the Area Agency on Aging honors senior citizens who are making a difference in their communities and present a positive image of aging.

There is one award recipient for each county in the Agency’s service area (Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox, Marion, Morrow, Richland, Seneca, and Wyandot.)

Awardees must first be nominated by an individual or organization involved with seniors. They are then selected by the Agency based on the impact of their contributions and accomplishments within the community made after reaching age 60.

Additionally, the following residents of Ashland County received the 2019 Safe Driver Award at the ceremony: Cindy Baughman, Paul Uebel. John Chorpening, Jim Norris, Vic Staley, Ruby Murphy, Doug Fike, Doug Pelton, Pat Madden, Ken Uhler, Cindy Litten, Ed Herrick, Ron Lyme and Roy Wallace.

The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc., located at 2131 Park Avenue West in Ontario, provides leadership, collaboration, coordination and services to older adults, people with disabilities, their caregivers & resource networks that support individual choice, independence and dignity.

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