House passes legislation to honor war heroes

COLUMBUS — The Ohio House of Representatives passed a bill to honor service members from Auglaize and Paulding counties with memorial road namings Wednesday, per announcements from Rep. Angie King (R-Celina) and Rep. Roy Klopfenstein (R-Haviland).

House Bill 380 would establish the Staff Sgt. Zachary Wobler Memorial Highway along U.S. 127 near Wobler’s childhood home in Paulding County. Wobler died in action in Iraq on Feb. 6, 2005, at the age of 24.

The bill also recognizes a five-mile stretch of U.S. 33 in Auglaize County as the Army Staff Sgt. Charles V. Kettler Memorial Highway, in honor of a Ohio National Guardsman killed during World War II.

A five-mile piece of state Route 29 in Auglaize County will be called the the Army Sgt. Herbert C. Linville Memorial Highway, after a World War II soldier who died July 11, 1943, in an attack on the Solomon Islands.

A three-mile stretch of state Route 66 in Auglaize County will be named for Army Sgt. Ronnie Blair Memorial Highway, an Army squad leader who died Oct. 10, 1968, in Vietnam.

The bill heads to the Ohio Senate next before going to the governor for his signature.