Spencerville names Citizen of the Year


First Posted: 4/24/2014

SPENCERVILLE —When Steve Haller and his wife Marilyn decided to tie the knot 15 years ago, the pair was faced with a decision.

Steve lived in Bath Township and Marilyn lived in Spencerville. Both owned their homes, but naturally they only needed one. The decision they made has paid off huge dividends for the citizens of Spencerville as Haller was named the 2014 Citizen of the Year in the village.

“My wife said we were going to live here and that was that,” Haller said, smiling.

Spencerville Chamber of Commerce President Shanna Holland called Haller “a very humble guy who doesn’t like to be in the spotlight much.”

Haller has given many volunteer hours to the Spencerville Garden Club during his membership and his 15-year presidency. He was also instrumental in reconstructing the log cabin for the Spencerville Historical Society, and has given unselfishly to his friends, neighbors, village and community.

“He is a guy that gives to others and doesn’t want anything in return,” Holland said. “He is a very behind the scenes type of guy who just likes to help people.

Holland said the award has been given out by the chamber since the 1970s.

Haller, 62, retired from Dana Corporation in 2007. He said adjusting to his new hometown has been very easy because of the type of residents in the town.

“It is a small community and everyone is friendly and helpful,” Haller said. “That is what stands out most about this town. The willingness of everyone to help.”