Members of Sunbury’s Col. Benson W. Hough American Legion Post 457 recently awarded the post’s annual community service awards to Don Lettie and Indco Electrical Contractors Inc.
Lettie, a resident of Galena, was awarded the 2015 individual recognition award. Indco, a company located in Sunbury, was the business award recipient.
Each year for the past four years an individual and a business in the local community have been selected by Post 457 members to receive recognition for going above and beyond the normal expectations of service to their community. This year’s awards were presented during a June 25 dinner meeting.
Lettie served in the U.S. Navy from 1958 to 1962. He then took a job as manager of the state of Ohio’s data services and worked there until retirement.
Lettie said his first computer was a UNIVAC 1, and was the size of a large house. His cellphone now has more memory than the UNIVAC.
“Throughout his life, Don has always found time to volunteer for any project he was asked to help with,” said Post 457 Commander Roy Terry. “He is a longtime member of the Sunbury Lions Club where he has served in most of the offices. He currently heads up the American Red Cross blood drive effort at Sunbury United Methodist Church.”
Terry said Lettie also works with Big Walnut Friends Who Share, a local social service agency and food bank, and is also active in the Sunbury United Methodist Church and operates its video equipment as well as participating in many other church activities.
Indco Electrical has 14 employees and is recognized as a leader in the industrial electrical field. Some of Indco’s past projects are assembly lines, weld centers, clean rooms, robotic automation and material handling. It is also in the tele-data field.
“Indco owner Paul Johnson is active in many community activities and presently serves on the board of directors of the Big Walnut Area Chamber of Commerce,” Terry said. “He donates his time, expertise and equipment for such projects as the July 4 parade, Christmas tree lighting and most any other community activity he is asked to help with.”