3 to be inducted to Alumni Hall of Fame

By Evelyn Long - For the Sentinel

Robert “Bob” Kreis

Robert “Bob” Kreis

Merle Fisher

Betty Mattix Dietsch

CARDINGTON — Three Cardington-Lincoln High School alumni will be inducted into the school’s Alumni Hall of Fame during the school’s annual alumni party Saturday, May 28.

To be inducted are Betty Mattix Dietsch, Merle Fisher and Robert “Bob” Kreis.

Dietsch, who graduated in 1946, is a retired teacher. She earned degrees from The Ohio State University and taught English, Composition and communication at Mount Gilead High School, Marion Technical College and Harding High School. Her second handbook was so successful, it was used internationally and had five editions printed and is still selling.

Her poems and short stories were published and included one titled “listen UP – Local Dog Rex has some words to share.” this is written from the dog’s perspective and published in the Marion Star. One of her published books is titled “Writing for Results.”

Betty is a resident of Marion She was nominated by her classmate Grace Shaw Stock.

Merle Fisher graduated from Cardington High School in 1930 where he was active in sports, playing on the championship team in 1929.

Following his marriage to Dorothy Neal he farmed and worked at Whirlpool, Marion. His health forced himto retire in 1970 and he then served on the Cardington-Lincoln Board of Education from January 1956 to December 1964, serving as president part of that time. During this time a new school building was constructed for $765,960. To keep construction

costs down, the board personally labored to build the football field.

One evening Merle was found there sowing grass seed by flashlight.

This devotion led to naming the football field “The Merle Fisher Athletic Field.” He was also active with the FFA program and the Athletic Boosters.

A scholarship was established in his name in 2001.

Merle and his wife, the late Dorothy Neal, were parents of five children. He passed away in 1971. Merle was nominated by his son, Dave, who will accept his award.

Robert “Bob” Kreis, a 1940 graduate, was drafted in 1943 and was eager to help his country any way he could. He had been a self taught ham radio operator and had a working knowledge of Morse-code, which was very new at that time. After his six years were completed, he spent th next 16 years working for the civilian, non-government company, RCA, until 1966, then 20 years working for the Army and Air Force as a civilian non-government company, RCA, until 1966 then 20 years working for the Army and Air Fofce as a civilian broad casting engineer.

To enhance the military sites he oversaw, either stateside at the Army Depots or Air Force bases he was assigned to, statewide or overseas posts, in southeast Aisa, (Vietnam).

With RCA private co-attached to U Su government in southeast Aisa, Vietnam, 1967-68 and 1969.

His career continued in many areas of electronics until his death in 1986.

He was nominated by his niece, Jane Kreis Welch.

The Cardngton-Lincoln High School Hall of Fame is chaired by Gary Ebert, a member of the executive committee.

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Robert “Bob” Kreis
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Merle Fisher
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Betty Mattix Dietsch
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By Evelyn Long

For the Sentinel