County home cemetery rededicated after rehab work

The Seneca County Board of Commissioners commended Boy Scout Troop 444 and Travis Gase for the completion of the Seneca County Home Cemetery rehabilitation project at the rededication ceremony Sunday.

“By Ohio law, we have the responsibility to take care of the indigent in the county,” Commissioner Fred Zoeller said. Zoeller also spoke about how the cemetery had fallen into disrepair.

“Fortunately, through the dedication of Troop 444 and under the direction of Travis Gase and with approval of the county commissioners, this project was able to take place,” he said.

Zoeller said that when Gase came into the commissioner’s office to propose the project, he did not know where the cemetery was. After visiting the cemetery, Zoeller said he knew the project was necessary.

“I could see very much that it was in bad shape,” he said. “I thought to myself … there’s no way in God’s green earth that this young man’s going to be able to take this project on.”

He said a total of 76 volunteers worked on the cemetery rehabilitation, and a total of $14,800 from donations, grants and in-kind contributions was spent on the project.

Zoeller thanked those involved, including Brad Borer, Mike Longanbach, Doug Haren, Gary Amlin, Rick Brodman, John Cummings, Mark Irving, Tim Welly, Eric Borer, Sheriff Bill Eckelberry and Seneca County Community Corrections.

He also thanked Lenny Clouse for assisting in obtaining recycled concrete.

“With that and the efforts of everyone here, (Gase) and Troop 444 were able to take this project on,” he said. “Like everything else in life, you have to have a team to get things done.”

Zoeller made two proclamations on behalf of the board of commissioners commending Troop 444 and Travis Gase for their volunteerism and their dedication to completing the rehabilitation project.

Zoeller also commended Tom Breidenbach for his focus on the project.

“I want to personally thank Tom for his diligence and dedication to this project that we all in Seneca County can be very proud of,” he said.

Gase also spoke about the project and said the cemetery was established along with the Seneca County Home in 1877. In 2011, he said he heard the proposal for fixing the cemetery.

“I felt it was my duty to take on this project to honor the past citizens of Seneca County as well as indigent citizens,” he said.

He said that there have been several attempts to repair the cemetery in the past, but they were not successful.

“The initial plan was to repair the worst rows and repair the broken stones,” he said. “After planning with my fellow Scouts and Scout leaders, the project grew to fixing the whole entire cemetery. This was a much needed repair.”

He said that the project grew from his Eagle Scout project to a community wide project.

“Due to major support from the community, this project went from being a good project to a great one,” he said.