Golden Hoosier Awards For Three Area Senior Citizens
By Mike Perleberg
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – A few people who have shown the willingness to look out for others are being honored with The Golden Hoosier Award.
The 2014 awards ceremony was held Friday, May 30 in Indianapolis with Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann bestowing it upon 18 senior citizens from across the state. The Golden Hoosier Award recognizes outstanding seniors for their lifetime of service to their communities. The ideal recipient is considered an unsung hero who has not received previous recognition for the impact they have made in the lives of others and the community.
Joseph Wayne Peace, of Osgood, was one of the local recipients of the award. Peace is a highly decorated Vietnam Veteran who has received two combat wounded Purple Heart awards.
“Today, he continues to serve others by assisting veterans who are applying for healthcare benefits. For over 25 years, he has spent a great deal of time traveling to meet with other veterans and using his experience to help them navigate the Veterans Affairs system,” said State Representative Randy Frye (R-Greensburg).
Peace was nominated for the award by Holley Rose of the Ripley County Health Department.
The other local recipients are a couple: Richard and Leona Adams, of Florence, Indiana. They were nominated by Jennifer McClellan of LifeTime Resources.
The two Switzerland Countians have given very much time to their community since retiring in the late 1990s, says Frye.
“Richard serves as the Veterans Service Officer in Switzerland County, helping veterans and their families receive benefits they have earned and deserve. In the meantime, Leona keeps busy with several organizations. She has volunteered as a Pink Lady with the Dearborn County Hospital and also helps families by giving her talent to the local food pantry and to a United Methodist Women’s Group. As a cancer survivor herself, Leona is also involved with Relay for Life,” said Frye.