The Wauseon Downtown Association has announced that Jim and Dee Spiess will be grand marshals for the 2021 Christmas Parade.
The couple are retired teachers, calling Wauseon their home for 53 years. Corporately, they served 69 years in public school classrooms.
Jim served as the vocational agricultural teacher at Wauseon High School. His leadership in the community includes serving on the Wauseon Tree Commission for 18 years, as an assistant Wauseon High School track coach, on the selection committee for the Fulton County Hall of Fame, and as a Board Member for Open Door.
Jim also served as the FFA Advisor at Wauseon High school. He was honored as the Ohio Vocational Agriculture Teacher of the Year, and was elected past president of Ohio Vo Ag Teachers.
Jim is a member of the Fulton County Agricultural Hall of Fame, and he was also a national finalist for both the Vocational Teacher of the Year as well as the Soil Conservation Teacher of the Year. While serving as Wauseon’s FFA Chapter Advisor, the chapter received national recognition for being one of the top 10 FFA’s in the United States in the area of Community Service.
Jim has also received the Wauseon High school Legends of Learning Award.
Dee served the Pike-Delta-York school system as a reading teacher. Highlights of her 31 years of service were the planning of Family Reading Nights and Right To Read Week.
Dee is a Jennings Scholar, and she has also received an Education Award from the American Legion.
She and Jim have been married for 56 years. They have children and four grandchildren. Both are active members of the Wauseon Trinity Lutheran Church and deliver Meals on Wheels locally.
Jim and Dee will lead the Wauseon Christmas Parade on Fulton Street in downtown Wauseon on Saturday at 7 p.m. They will ride through the streets of Wauseon in a beautiful horse drawn carriage in the annual lighted parade. Organizers said Wauseon is grateful for their years of leadership and community service.
Archbold’s Parade of Lights will be held downtown on Friday evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The Archbold Police Department has asked that all vehicles that need to be parked within the parade route arrive before 5:45 p.m. At that time all intersections along the parade route will be closed and no vehicular traffic will be allowed until the parade is complete.
A Santa Party will take place before the parade at town hall on W. Holland Street from 4:45 p.m. to about 6 p.m. Santa will be on hand for free photos.
There will also be live Christmas music by Joey Lewis and free hot chocolate and popcorn.