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Leininger, Lange, Serna, Wyse Inducted Into Fulton County Agricultural Hall Of Fame

Inductees of the 2017 Fulton County Agricultural Hall of Fame are, from left: Walter Lange; the late Cathy Leininger, represented by her husband, Lee; Bill Serna, and Jane Wyse.– photo by Mary Huber

Inductees of the 2017 Fulton County Agricultural Hall of Fame are, from left: Walter Lange; the late Cathy Leininger, represented by her husband, Lee; Bill Serna, and Jane Wyse.– photo by Mary Huber

Four persons were inducted into the 2017 Fulton County Agricultural Hall of Fame at a ceremony at the Ruihley Park Pavilion, Monday, Aug. 21.

Inductees are Cathy Leininger, inducted posthumously; Walter H. Lange; Bill Serna; and Jane Wyse.


A lifelong resident of Fulton County, Leininger lived in the Fayette area.

She spent her lifetime exhibiting dairy cattle and promoting the dairy cattle industry at the Fulton County Fair until her death in 2014.

In 1972, she was the Ohio Holstein Queen. She assisted in the operation of Mor- Ann Holsteins, a small dairy farm in Fayette.

She and her husband, Lee, farmed 400 acres, and she was co-owner and operator of Cottonwood Vale registered Black & Red Holsteins.

Leininger was secretary to the Ohio District 10 Holstein Club, and a representative to the National Red and White and Holstein Dairy Cattle Association conventions.

She always worked hard to teach young people the value of agriculture.

Leininger participated in many groups, including Cub Scout/Boy Scout leader, Girl Scout leader, director for the Maumee Valley Girl Scout Council summer day camp, Fayette Cheerleading squad and a 4-H volunteer.

She also helped many groups organize fundraisers.

Leininger was active with the West Franklin United Methodist Church and Fayette United Methodist Church for more than 45 years.


Lange……………….. was recognized for his support of forestry management and the tree farm system in Fulton County.

He has maintained the 56- acre Lange Tree Farm for over 27 years in Swancreek Township. He has planted over 8,000 trees, including white oak, red oak, black walnut, black cherry, white pine and American chestnut.

In 2010, the Lange Tree Farm was recognized as the Ohio Tree Farm of the Year, and in 2011 as the National- Northeast Outstanding Regional

Tree Farm of the Year.

Lange conducts presentations and hosts camps for several school groups and clubs.

He helped establish Chestnut Education Plots at 4-H Camp Palmer and the Maumee State Forest. He also helped set up an American Chestnut Workshop & Tour in Swanton.

A member of the Swanton Tree Commission, he helped arrange several tree care workshops and arranged for Arbor Day tree plantings at Park Elementary School.

He hosts winter camps for the Boy Scouts, has authored and been awarded an American Forest Foundation-Tree Farm Education Grant, and travels often to Washington, D.C. to lobby on behalf of the family forest owners.

Lange is a member of St. Richard Catholic Church. He has been a member of the Swanton Village Tree Commission for five years, and has served on the Fulton County and Swancreek Township Zoning Commis- sion and the Swancreek Water District Board.

Lange has been the poultry show coordinator and weigh master continuously at the Fulton County Fair since 1980.

He served on the Fulton County Fair Board from 1996-2002, on the Fulton County Soil & Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors from 2003-2006, and is currently on the Advisory Board for Fulton County OSU Extension.


Serna. has contributed to Fulton County agriculture through his involvement in the Fulton County Fair.

He was an active member of the Fulton County Fair Board from 1989-2015, and was director in charge of the poultry building and harness racing.

Serna graduated from Lyons High School and served three years in the U.S. Marines.

When he became a fair board director in 1989, Serna was put in charge of the poultry barn, and it remained his responsibility his entire 27 years.

In 1997, Serna led the efforts to build the new poultry barn on the fairgrounds. He served on the advisory committee for best practices of county fair harness racing in Ohio.

Serna and his wife, Janice, raised five children, and have 10 grandchildren.

He served on the cemetery board of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church and is a current member of St. Casper’…s Church, Wauseon.


Wyse served nearly 28 years as the office associate for the Agriculture and Natural Resources program at the Ohio State University Extension Office.

She grew up on a dairy farm in Chesterfield Township, and continues to live there.

While at OSU Extension, Wyse provided support to 4-H programs. She has also helped coordinate quality agriculture pesticide recertification programs, nutrient management workshops, and regional agronomy programs.

Until her retirement this year, Wyse provided all the office support for the Fulton County Agriculture Hall of Fame program since its inception in 1983.

She previously worked for a local accountant, assisting farmers and small businesses prepare their income taxes.

Along with her husband, Terry, and sons’…….. …families, Wyse has been an active participant in family farm operations for over 40 years as bookkeeper, truck driver, meal deliverer, and errand runner.

Wyse has been a longtime member of North Clinton Church and helps by teaching, being a youth sponsor and youth mentor.

She is the secretary/treasurer for the board of the Northwest Ohio Agape House, a shelter for women and children.

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