Doug Theaker

From left, State Rep. Mark Romanchuk, Richland Commissioner Marilyn John, Richland County 2018 Senior Citizen of the Year Doug Theaker, Mary Theaker, and Mansfield Mayor Tim Theaker.

ONTARIO – The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging Inc. has announced Doug Theaker has been selected as the 2018 Outstanding Senior Citizen for Richland County. He and eight other recipients were honored on Thursday, Aug. 23 at a ceremony hosted at Hawkins Corner.

Theaker was nominated by Debra Robinson from the Richland County Veterans Service Commission. In his nomination she shared that some of Theaker’s accomplishments include Ontario Village Councilman, Ontario Board of Education member for 20 years and President for 11 years, Pioneer Career and Technology Center President of Board of Education for 18 years, host of WMFD Rehab Telethon fundraiser for 28 years, Richland County United Way past president, and many more.

He actively seeks people in the community to interview on TV 68 for the WMFD “Senior Living” and “I Love My Job” programs and is always looking for an interesting story. He has been a professional speaker all over Ohio for many organizations from Rotary Club to Funeral Directors of Ohio.

Theaker is a Navy Veteran of the Korean War and the Commander of the Korean War Organization Mansfield Chapter 51. He is very active in all the community veterans programs and has been on the Richland County Veterans Service Commission for 35 years. He was on the Honor Flight in 2013 and has received the South Korean Peace Medal among other awards and honors.

Theaker received commendations from the Richland County Commissioners during the ceremony.

“We are incredibly blessed in Richland County to have Doug as one of our members and to have worked so diligently on behalf of so many organizations in Richland County,” said Commissioner Marilyn John. “It doesn’t matter where you go, whether it’s a board meeting somewhere or a community event or turning on the TV – Doug Theaker is there.”

Ohio State Representative Mark Romanchuk also presented Theaker with a proclamation.

“He’s really had a diverse impact on Richland County and its citizens," Romanchuk said. “We can’t be more grateful.”

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.

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.

RICHLAND COUNTY

NOMINEE: Douglas Theaker

NOMINATED BY: Debra Robinson, Richland County Veterans Service Commission

BACKGROUND & CONTRIBUTIONS:

Doug was born in Mansfield on Dec. 23, 1935. He is married to Mary Jean Theaker, and they have one daughter, two grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Doug graduated from Madison High School in 1954, earned a bachelor’s degree from Ashland University, and a master’s degree in education supervision from the University of Akron. He has completed graduate studies at the University of Alaska and The Ohio State University.

Doug, who is 83 years old, is an outstanding example of a Richland County Senior Citizen. He has a positive attitude of Mansfield and why you should live here such as excellent schools and leading colleges like The Ohio State University, North Central State College, and Ashland University College of Nursing.

He promotes Mansfield as a city that is affordable to live in and has a low crime rate. As past Director of Richland County Job and Family Services for 17 years, he understands the programs that Richland County has to assist its residents.

Some of Doug’s other accomplishments include Ontario Village Councilman, Ontario Board of Education member for 20 years and President for 11 years, Pioneer Career and Technology Center President of Board of Education for 18 years, host of WMFD Rehab Telethon fundraiser for 28 years, Richland County United Way past president, and many more.

He actively seeks people in the community to interview on TV 68 for the WMFD “Senior Living” and “I Love My Job” programs and is always looking for an interesting story. He has been a professional speaker all over Ohio for many organizations from Rotary Club to Funeral Directors of Ohio.

Theaker is a Navy Veteran of the Korean War and the Commander of the Korean War Organization Mansfield Chapter 51. He is very active in all the community veterans programs and has been on the Richland County Veterans Service Commission for 35 years and guided them through difficult times. He was on the Honor Flight in 2013 and has received the South Korean Peace Medal among other awards and honors.

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