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Dedication Jim Zimmerman thanked Coach Gasaway for giving him a his sports career. He added that he was honored to know too fine gentlemen and the community was fortunate to have both of them. Cont'd From Front Page Mayor Jim Fuhrer said that he was no athlete, but he appreciated both men for their contribution to the people Of the community. Loren Holmes was glad to know both men, stating they were like family. Loren passed along an anecdote that gave everyone in atten- dance a good chuckle. He said years ago he was in Gettysburg South Dakota (his original home town) on a visit. He met a fellow from Minnesota. During the conversation the fellow asked Loren where he was from. Loren replied he was from a real small town in Illinois called Mount Pulaski. The fellow from Min- nesota then asked, "Do you know Ed Butkovich?" Loren said what were the odds, here I was 1000 miles from Mount Pulaski and somebody knew Ed Butkov- ich. They had known each other from when Ed was a youngster and stayed at a lodge in Minnesota where this fellow grew up. Derek Martin recalled how both Coach Gasaway and Coach Butkovich were always there for the kids. - ...... His personal recollection was how you could knock .... on coach Gasaway's door ,:. and you were welcomed in ..... A personal recollection that has remained with Derek over the years was eight 9:30 PM knock on the door and there was Coach Butkovich checking up on him after he had been hurt in practice. Derek said he had been talking on the phone for some time with his girlfriend and since Coach Butkovich couldn't get through on the phone, he drove out to the house to see how he was doing. Derek said both men have always been a class act and that he learned so much from both and he hoped he was passing what he learned on to his children. Pat Butkovich thanked the Park Board for the honor they bestowed on her husband. Pat went on to entertain those in atten- dance with a bit of a back- ground on her and Ed. She said that she had met Ed while he was in college and she was in high school. The first time they met Ed asked her if she would be interested in playing tennis the . next day. That said she'd didn't play tennis, but she said she would. When she told her mother of the invi- tation, her mother asked if he was in her class and she .. replied no. Her mother then said I don't think you're g- going to go. That said the next day it rained and she g and dad went to the movies to see "Picnic". After that date she knew Ed was the one. Pat said she and Ed were married when she gradu- ated high school and he graduated college. For six o years Ed coached at Bath. When their daughter Julie - m reaching the age to start kindergarten Pat told Ed Was they needed to find a school that had a kindergarten for her. Ed started applying at different schools and , interviewed at Mount Pulaski high school. When Ed . returned home from the interview he told Pat, "they P have a gorgeous gym". Pat said that's fine but do they to have kindergarten? Ed replied oh yeah.., they have o I-I kindergarten, co That said they moved to Mt. Pulaski and had a wonderful life that she would not trade for anything. She added that whether you liked Ed or not you had to love him because he did care so much about your kids. Bob Gasaway thanked the Park Board for honoring him. He said he was accept- ing the honor and it was humbling. He then thanked everyone for coming out on a warm day'for the dedica- tion and thanked the speak- ers for their warm com- ments. 2O Thank You From Pat Butkovich and Family Thanks to those of you who took the time this busy Saturday to attend the dedication of the Robert L. Gasaway Ball Field and the Ed Butkovich Drive. Thank You From Robert L. Gasaway The dedication of the baseball field at Veterans Park was just a tremendous honor. I thank the Park District Board in naming it for me, and those Stuart Edenbush and his committee made our day a very mem- orable one as did those of you who attended and shared your members are Stu Erlenbush, Jodi Deibert, Derek Martin, Jeff Anderson, and Anita White. memories of Coach Bob and Coach Ed. You all wilt hold a special place in our hearts forever. Many thanks to all! The tributes given by so many speakers were so greatly appreci- ated. Among those speakers, were Pat Walsh, Jim Zimmerman, Stu Erlenbush, Larry Garrison, John Jaggi, Loren Holmes, Derek Martin, and Mayor Jim Fuhrer. Thanks to all the people who came out to the dedication. This is really, really, special to me. All Photos in this edition of the paper were the combined effort of Allen Schaal and Mt Pulaski Times Mt. Pulaski Times USPS No. 365-660 is published semi-monthly (twenty-four times-issues) per year by Michael Lakin, 311 S. Weshington St., Mt. Pulaski, Illinois 62548. 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