November 26, 2010
DELPHOS — The induction of five to the Delphos St. John’s School Hall of Fame Sunday will be special, but the time inductees will spend with current students Monday is what it’s really all about.
“We want to give our kids the opportunity to see what someone from a small school and small town can accomplish,” said Bob Ebbeskotte, of the hall of fame committee. “Just because they are a small school, doesn’t mean they can’t do great things.”
Headed into the hall of fame is Mary Scherger Bonhomme for professional achievement, Jim Carder and Jerry Carder for athletic achievement, Ollie Sever (posthumously) for service to St. John’s, and Ronnie Grothouse for service to mankind.
Ebbeskotte described the inductees as another great group.
“When we started, we wanted to recognize alumni who have gone on to do great things, both locally and all over the world,” he said.
Bonhomme, a 1970 graduate, is associate provost and dean of online learning at Florida Institute of Technology. She has held several positions in higher education, always advancing technology. She is a recipient of numerous awards, including one from the institute, which recognizes contributions in the advancement of women. She’s served on numerous boards.
Twins Jim and Jerry Carder, of the class of 1964, broke numerous school basketball records and led their team to the regional finals as co-captains their senior year.
Delphos fans are loud, enthusiastic and loyal,” Jim Carder said.
“And the fans have always been a big part of our success,” his brother added.
The twins earned numerous honors in high school and did the same at the then Findlay College. Jim is the second leading scorer in the college’s history, and Jerry is third. Jim is a retired Lima Central Catholic High School teacher and coach. Jerry is a retired University of Toledo administrator and basketball announcer.
Sever, a 1932 graduate, started working for St. John’s in 1937, earning just $50 a month. As head maintenance engineer, he helped convert the heating system in the school from coal to gas, was there to change the pipe organ and church bells over to electric, and was there for countless renovations, festivals and sporting events. He designed and built the church nativity scene.
“His first passion was clearly Delphos St. John’s parish and school,” said his son, Joe Sever. “And it was an intimate part of is life for 45 years.”
A 1961 graduate of St. John’s, Grothouse is involved in the Delphos Kiwanis and the Stadium Club. His dedication to the school includes transporting equipment and scouting tapes for high school sports. He supports youth sports, as well as Camp Wilson and Camp High Hope. Grothouse was named Tri-County Man of the Year and earned a Jefferson Award for Public Service.