VAN WERT — Larry Webb said he doesn’t think he deserves recognition. He said he just gets people organized and they do the work.
They say the Convoy native has been instrumental to the success of the Van Wert County Historical Society, the Lincoln Highway Historic By-Way and many local festivals and events.
“There’s no person that is more deserving,” Art Weber wrote in his Jefferson Award nomination letter, echoing what he heard from others while preparing the nomination.
“He is filled with ideas, but also seeks the ideas of others,” Weber wrote. “He gathers helpers but works side-by-side with them.”
That’s Webb’s way.
“If you have a vision, that you’d like to get something accomplished,” Webb said, “you have to get a group of people who have the same vision as you do to make it happen.”
Webb has worked with the historical society for more than 25 years. He has helped bring a caboose to the grounds, as well as an old schoolhouse, log house and barn. He has helped organize festivals from the Holiday at Home on the Fourth of July to the Railroad Weekend at the museum. He has also helped with bike tours and arts festivals.
“I’ve always been interested in community work,” he said. “To promote the community or event or group to bring people to our community and have people know where Van Wert City and Van Wert County is.”
Webb ran a barber shop in Van Wert for 40 years. He has served on the Crestview School Board, Convention and Visitors Bureau, Ohio Chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association and the Van Wert Park Board’s Bicycle Trail Committee. He is an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church and has served as youth pastor and in other positions. He has also been a Little League baseball coach,
Webb lives in Van Wert with his wife, Diane. He has three children, Greg, Sheri and Jodie, and three grandsons, Duncan, Nathan and Dane.
“I’m humbled,” Webb said. “I never expected anyone to nominate me for anything like this. There’s so many other people that work with you to have a successful event.”