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Profiles of Westward Home members

May 8, 2013
The Marietta Times

Dan Jones

Dan Jones is a resident of Marietta and spends most of his free time outdoors biking, kayaking, rowing, or running. He first came to Marietta as a college student in 1961 and has developed a lifelong love of the two local rivers (Ohio and Muskingum). He works full time as a real estate broker and is a member of the Marietta Noon Rotary Club and is the President of the Marietta Rowing & Cycling Club.

Gary Murphy

Gary Murphy is somewhat of a newcomer to the kayaking and cycling world, but he has been training hard for the past year to be a part of the Westward Home project.

Raised in Marietta, Ohio, Gary has been in active in the community for more than 40 years. He and his wife, Debbie, live in Marietta. Gary has two adult sons, Shawn (34) and Austin (32), from a previous marriage.

He graduated from Marietta High School in 1967 and in 1972 he graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Along with his father, Gary founded Magnetic Specialty Inc. (MSI). The company merged with Magnum Magnetics in 2005 after Gary helped build MSI to a company with $20 million in sales and a workforce of 125.

He is still employed at Magnum Magnetics and serves on a few boards for local non-profit groups, including the board of the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County. During this time he recognized the club's need for more space, so the Murphy family donated a 17,000 square foot building to the Harmar Community Center at 307 Gilman Ave. The HCC houses the Boys & Girls Club, and the long-term goal is to expand the space to build a gym and a kitchen that will be run by the Harvest of Hope.

Roger Murphy

Born in Crooksville, Ohio, and residing in Duncan Falls with his wife, Virgene, Roger is retired from the United Parcel Service and is currently a tennis instructor.

He enjoys biking and kayaking, which includes several weeklong rides in Ohio and New York. He is a member of the Marietta Rowing and Cycling Club.

Roger has one daughter, Rhonda (Don) Cassady, in Duncan Falls, and a son, Jack (Cassie) Murphy, in Mooresville, Ind. He also has four grandchildren, two step grandchildren and four great step grandchildren.

Peter Prigge

Born and raised in the metropolitan New York City area, Peter attended Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., studying engineering and business management.

Following college Peter worked for the International Operations of the Detroit Diesel Allison Division of General Motors holding positions as Sales Engineer, Field Engineer and Zone Manager. During that time he covered Africa and the Middle East living four years in Athens, Greece, and six years in Kuwait.

Peter recently retired from the Power Systems Division of General Electric as a Field Engineer in large steam turbines, gas turbines and large generators.

Currently he volunteers at the local V.A. Clinic and is active in Rotary, Marietta Rowing & Cycling Club, Friends of the Lower Muskingum River, Harmar Rifle Club and Marietta Amateur Radio Club. He also a licensed private pilot and is collecting old cars.

Charles (Bill) Wesel

Bill Wesel a lifelong resident of Marietta has been involved with the family business, Marietta Ignition, for more than 50 years. Bill is now retired and serves as president of the family owned WDA, Inc., a realty holding company.

Bill has been involved with The Ohio Automotive Wholesalers as president and board member. A member of Rotary International since 1978, he has been active on committees and served as president. He has actively supported the restoration efforts of the Colony /Hippodrome Theatre.

Bill served in the U.S. Air Force from 1953-57 as an aircraft and engine mechanic. He is a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and has served as Parish Council president. He enjoyed being a member of the choir for 50 years and Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus. Bill has five children: Bill, Ron, Diane, Karen and Tom. Bill and his wife, Sally, married in 1999.

RVing trips are adventures for Bill. He has traveled to the Florida Keys, Canada, Missouri, Michigan, the Dakotas and yearly enjoys the Indy 500.

Sally Smith Wesel

Sally, a native Mariettan, attended Ohio University and graduated from Marietta College. She is a member of Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity. She has enjoyed its alumnae activities such as serving on the House Corporation Board.

Sally worked as a home economist for the East Ohio Gas Co. in Canton and Warren, Ohio.After returning to Marietta, she taught first grade at Warren Elementary School then was employed by the Marietta City School System as an instructional aide and home tutor for 28 years.

She and Bill married 13 years ago and enjoy a large blended family of eight children and 15 grandchildren. Reading, music and gardening are her pleasures. She enjoys Florida weather and friends in the winter and their Marietta home in the summer. She has always been in love with historical Marietta and is active in civic ventures. She has been a member of Christ Memorial Episcopal Church, Williamstown since 1952 and serves on the Altar Guild and as vestry senior warden.



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