Mr. Davy McClure Memorialized with Bench from Class of '92

JEROMESVILLE (9/14/22)--As a part of their 30-year reunion, the class of 1992 dedicated a bench at the September 9 home varsity football game in the memory of classmate Mr. Davy McClure, who passed away in September of 2020.

The members of the class made individual donations to cover the expense of the bench, roughly $650.

The balance of the donations were gifted as a scholarship to Mr. McClure's son Christopher.

The carbon steel bench was made by students in the Advanced Manufacturing program at the Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center. The class of '92 expresses special thanks to Mr. Jim Simmerlng, the course's instructor, for his help with the project.

The class envisions the bench becoming a part of the public entrance pathway to the athletic complex once the new campus is completed.

In the meanwhile the bench will be stored at the current high school with an anticipated installation in the spring of 2023.

Others who would like to honor Mr. McClure are invited to donate to the Friends of the Ashland County Parks, which is seeking to raise $495,000 to erect the Davy McClure Outdoor Education Shelter at the Tom Kruse Wildlife Conservation Park, located at the intersection of Ohio 60 and County Road 1754.

Providing an educational base camp, the shelter will offer a unique outdoor learning experience for school, scout, and 4H groups, along with others interested in nature.

Mr. McClure is a former Ashland County Park District Commissioner. He was passionate about outdoor education for youth. It was his dream that a facility would be built to aid in that education, making it, along with all elements of the park, accessible to Ashland County residents of all ability levels.