Major Contribution to Ravenna Schools
A 1928 graduate of Ravenna High School, Richard “Dick” Kertscher was an active member of the Debate Team, Dramatic Club and the Hi Times. At the collegiate level, he was also involved in drama and debate, as well as winning a college tennis championship. Upon graduation from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1932, he returned to Ravenna to become a partner and owner of Greene, Kertoche & Kertscher’s, Inc.. His induction into the Hall of Fame recognizes his political involvement and civic leadership in our community as well as his contributions to the Ravenna Schools. He served as a representative and President of Ravenna City Council and helped to write and legislate the Ravenna Fire and Zoning Ordinance. Dick was also Safety Director for the City of Ravenna and Chairman of the Ravenna Planning Commission. He was instrumental in the development of the Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority and became its first secretary. Additionally, Dick chaired the Portage County Republican party for thirty-eight years; led the Portage County Board of Elections for many years, and was a member of the Electoral College in 1980. The Boy Scouts, Elks Club, Red Cross, Chamber of Commerce and The First Congregational Church are but a few of the organizations that have benefitted through the years by Richard Kertscher’s commitment to his hometown. He was a member of the First Congregational Church’s scholarship committee which has benefitted many Ravenna High students. Named Kiwanian of the Year in 1991, Dick is also known as the “God Father” to Ravenna High School Key Club for his participation in an advisory role to them. His gentle style of leadership will benefit our schools and community for years to come.