KIMBOLTON -- The Kimbolton Homecoming Festival Committee has chosen Dana and Ella Gail (Ringer) McPeak as its grand marshals this year.
The festival will take place Aug. 24-25.
Dana was born in Morgan County on May 26, 1937. The family moved to Newcomerstown where his father was hired by Heller Tool Company in 1940. His first family introduction to Kimbolton was their move to the Weber farm. Subsequent to that, the family moved to the old Cotton place beside the church, where Dana had Scarlet Fever, then to Dewey Avenue, then to the old brick house across from the former Bell Nursing home. According to Dick Britton, the old brick house was constructed by his great-great-grandfather in 1847. He has three sisters, Sharma Bell, Delores Hursey, and Bernice Kay Arnold; three brothers, Russ, Bob and John. A sister, Jan and brother, Dick are deceased.
Dana attended eight years of elementary school at Kimbolton then attended a year at the Old Brown High School in Cambridge, then graduated from Plainfield High School in 1955, along with several Kimbolton classmates. Dana enjoyed basketball and baseball at school. After graduation, he attended Columbus Business School and went to work for Sears in Cambridge. He then joined the Marine Corps and following boot camp, Dana and Ella Gail were married on Jan. 26, 1957.
Their reception was held at the Kimbolton Elementary School which was the Grange at that time. They lived at Camp Pendleton, Calif., during Dana's service years. Their son, Michael was born there in 1958. They returned to Ohio where Dana went to work at Heller Tool as an accountant.
Dana was one of the first 18 members of the Kimbolton Fire Department.
In 1960, they moved to Columbus where Dana attended OSU and Ella Gail taught school. Their daughter, Michelle was born in 1964. Dana returned to work at Hellers, which was then known as Simond Saw & Steel, where he became division controller and plant manager.
The home they bought at Newcomerstown was partially built from the wood from the old Kimbolton Mill.
Dana retired in 2003 from Ansel International in Coshocton.
Ella Gail was born Aug. 21, 1937, at her aunt and uncle's home in Cambridge and grew up on the Ringer family farm in Kimbolton. She has two brothers, Dan and Tom Ringer. She attended Plainfield schools and after graduation, attended Muskingum College majoring in elementary education. She enjoyed being a majorette in band. After returning to Ohio from California, she returned to college and completed the cadet program and began her teaching career in Plainfield. She then taught at Newcomerstown Elementary Schools, retiring in 1996.
Their son, Michael, died in 2008 from cancer. They enjoy five grandchildren and look forward to becoming great-grandparents this year.
Dana enjoys hunting, fishing, playing golf, his homecoming committee activities, church and family.
Ella Gail enjoys church and homecoming activities, friends and family.