Ohio State Highway Patrol Retirees' Association
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Welcome to the Ohio State Highway Patrol Retirees' Association's website. It is designed to serve as a communications link by providing information and services to Association members, current Ohio State Highway Patrol employees, other law enforcement personnel and the public at large.

The "Public", or open access area of the site, includes information about the Association, History of the Patrol, links to other sites related to the Retirees' Association and Upcoming Social Activities.

The "Members Only" area of the website is accessible by Association members through the use of a password. This area includes information on the illness of members, the death of a member or immediate family, meeting notes and other important announcements. 

We are proud of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, our Association, and retirees of the Patrol. We consider them to be the best group of people anywhere to associate with!
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The Members Only page was updated 
October 20th, 2021
Coming Retirements - 

Information to send congratulatory cards or attend  final day festivities can be found on the Members-Coming Events Page 

IS2 Ronald Bean, Findlay DHQ                                            October 30th 

Tpr. Philip Mohre, Findlay DHQ                                          November 1st

AP1 Sharon Michael, Columbus Patrol Post                    November 1st

Tpr. Douglas Bitler, OIS                                                           November 5th

Tpr. Robert Pargeon, Findlay DHQ                                     November 5th

Sgt. Donald Kelly, Jackson DHQ                                           November 5th 

MCES Douglas Vansickle, Findlay DHQ                            December 31st

Link to the Auxiliary Academy Store
by clicking on the 'Smokey' key fob icon

State Checkbook
Click on the photos to view video slideshows of recent events sponsored or supported by the Retiree's Association.
Old Guard Videos
Link to the coming events calendar at ohprs.org for all coming events involving our active and retired members.
Gil Jones Tribute Video 2020
2020 Curt Kordel 90th Birthday Party 
Louis Sharp Classroom Dedication 2020
A Visit with Evelyn Reiss
Snowbird 2020 Fellowship at the Marriott
2020 Snowbird Golf Scramble 
Gil Jones Leap Year Birthday Celebration 2020
Snowbird 2020 Business Meeting & Luncheon 
Your Guide to a 
Better Retirement
Our Prayer List 
for our friends in distress (Updated 10/15)  

Many of those in our patrol family, or their family members, are suffering through the hardships of cancer treatments or other life threatening illnesses.  A complete prayer list of our friends in distress can be found on the Member's Page. 

Retired Captain Don Slemmer suffered a serious fall at his home seriously injuring his arm and leg. He has been treated and is recovering at his home. 

Retired Sergeant Bob Vanderwissel has been in Riverside Hospital for about two weeks in critical care. He currently has a feeding tube and can't talk on the phone due to the pain it causes. He can however read short text messages.  Originally he had a tear in his aorta near his spline but has no idea what is wrong at this point. 

Candy Miller, wife of retired Trooper Jerry Miller, has been diagnosed with advance pancreatic cancer and has entered into Hospice Care. 

Retired Captain Charlie Ireland is being treated for early stage dementia and other health related issues. 

Retired Sergeant Tommie Paisley has been battling bladder cancer and leukemia and is under hospice care at his home in Zanesville. Tom's children Mike, Matt, and Mollie are looking after him and asking for prayers from his OSHP friends. 

While cleaning his camper, getting ready for the trip to Ohio to attend Rev. Ellsworth's memorial service, retired Colonel Paul McClellan lost his balance and fell off a ladder. He suffered a broken right shoulder (in a sling) and a left wrist (in a cast). He also has a concussion. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers as he recovers.

Information to send cards of encouragement can be found on the Member's page. Prayers are always encouraged and appreciated. If there are others in our patrol family that are in some type of distress or difficulty please let us know so we can add them to our prayer list.

Fred Raby Tribute Video 2020
The Third Quarter Business Meeting Notes (August 21st) are now available for viewing on the Members - Coming Events page.
Tommie Paisley
Welcome to the 
Retiree's Association
Lt. Colonel Teaford
Fourth Quarter Meeting Notes for the Annual Meeting & Luncheon  (Aladdin Shrine Center, Grove City, Ohio ) conducted on October 2nd, 2021 can be viewed on the Members / Coming Events Page
With our condolences we report the passing of Retired Trooper Gary L. McKenna, age 65, on Sunday, October 3, 2021. Gary graduated from the 112th academy class on March 28, 1983 and retired May 30, 2014. He is survived by his children; Jonathon, Danielle, Joshua, and Justin.

Service and condolence information can be found on the Member's page. 
Paul and Margie McClellan
Sunbird Reunion, Waldo 2021
​Patricia Ann Fogt, age 77, went to her Heavenly home on October 8 in Springfield, Ohio. She had resided at Springfield Masonic Community since 2010. She is the sister of retired Sergeant Richard Fogt, 86th Academy Class and sister-in-law of retired Staff Lieutenant Ginny Fogt, 102nd Academy Class.

Service and condolence information can be found on the member's page. 
 With our concolences, we report the passing of Auxiliary Sergeant Eric J. Gelsomino, 60, assigned to the Warren Patrol Post on Friday, October 15, 2021 at the St. Elizabeth Medical Center Boardman following complications of Covid pneumonia. Auxiliary Sergeant Gelsomino is survived by his wife, Trish Gelsomino, son Eric and daughter Gina. Sgt. Gelsomino is the first active duty auxiliary officer to die as the result of COVID 19 and the fourth active duty (uniform) COVID related death. 

Service and condolence information can be found on the Member's page.
We had a great time with friends at the OSHPRA annual dinner at the Aladdin Shrine Center in Grove City.  Thank you Lt. Colonel Chuck Jones for attending and providing the update on things within the active ranks.  Elections were conducted; the Executive Board for 2022 will be President Robert Booker, 1st VP Dale Larue, 2nd VP Ginny Fogt, Secretary Christine Untrauer and Treasurer Brenda Collins, with Past President Butch Collins.  Thank you for your continued service.

Watch the Annual Luncheon video on Vimeo.
Don & Joann Slemmer with family at the Snowbird Reunion a few years ago.