Once in a Lifetime

People know this man as a crooner.
People know this man as the longest serving Auglaize County elected public official.
People know this man as a historian and a collector.
Today, Vern Doenges is now known as the first-ever recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award bestowed Thursday by the Auglaize County Historical Society.
“This is very gratifying, but the first thought that comes to mind is ‘Why me?’ ” said Doenges, who talked to the Wapakoneta Daily News prior to the dinner and his acceptance of the award in a fashion truly his own by serenading the 125 people attending the Auglaize County Historical Society 50th anniversary banquet. “I can think of other people who are deserving, but I guess the committee made a decision. I am just flabbergasted and there are relatives who have traveled great distances to get here.”
The 91-year-old Wapakoneta resident was surrounded by his four children, including his daughters, Nell, Nina and Noreen, and son, Nick, and grandchildren.
For more information on Doenges, see the Friday, Nov. 22 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.