BELOIT - Former Goshen Gophers Don Weingart and John A. Thompson were honored as Distinguished Alumni during the 103rd annual banquet of the Goshen High School Alumni Association held Saturday night.
The event was hosted at West Branch High School with dinner prepared by the Damascus Ruritan Club. Besides presenting several scholarships to West Branch High School students, the Goshen High group honored two of their own for their accomplishments after high school.
Weingart, a Salem resident who has been serving as the Salem City Utilities Superintendent since Feb. 1, 1985, first joined the Salem City Utilities Department on June 2, 1952, right after graduating high school in 1952.
He and his wife, June, whom he married on June 12, 1953, have two children, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He just recently celebrated his 61st anniversary with the department where he started out in water distribution and water well maintenance and then transferred to the city's new water treatment plant when it opened in December 1952.
He was appointed Chief Operator-Plant Manager of the Salem water treatment plant in the early 1960's, a position he held until becoming Utilities Superintendent.
He holds an Ohio EPA Class III Water Supply Operator license and a Class II Wastewater Treatment Operator license.
Since he's been superintendent, the department has installed 22 miles of sanitary sewer lines, 36 miles of water main and 195 fire hydrants, gained 1.4 million gallons of additional water storage capacity, treated 21 billion gallons of potable water and 24 billion gallons of wastewater, purchased 206 acres of land, computerized 18 wastewater collection stations and 15 water distribution control points and established satellite service to the Elkton federal prison, the villages of Washingtonville and Leetonia for water supplies, and several county facilities on County Home Road.
Thompson, who resides in Fairborn, Ohio, graduated with the Class of 1941 and joined the service, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II in the 101st Airborne Division.
He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after 30 years in the service where he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star and the Meritorious Service Medal.