Vandalia Lions Club to plant trees, will honor former city manager


The Vandalia Lions Club is set to plant three trees at Seger Park to memorialize former Vandalia City Manager Bruce Sucher and two other club members.

The trees have been purchased through the Vandalia Parks and Recreation Department Commemorative Tree Program. The trees will be planted in memory of Lions Club members Sucher, Ival Salyer and Wayne Davis.

The trees to be planted are a Crimson King Norway Maple for Sucher, a Colorado Blue Spruce for Salyer and a Chinkapin Oak for Davis.

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Sucher died in March 2017 at a basketball tournament in Pittsburgh with friends and family. His death was a shock to many, according to Communications Manager Rich Hopkins.

Sucher was a great asset to the community, Hopkins said, noting his numerous years of service as a Vandalia police officer, chief of police, and city manager until he retired in 2004. Sucher later served on the Vandalia Butler Board of Education.

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The Vandalia Recreation Center was renamed the Bruce Sucher Recreation Center in April.

Seger Park was developed by the Lions Club of Vandalia, according to Hopkins. The Lions Club provides the financial assistance to maintain the gazebo and brick sidewalk pavers.

This event is being held on Saturday, May 19, at 10 a.m. Seger Park is located on Tionda Drive, next to the Vandalia Senior Center.

Visit the city’s website or contact Hopkins at (937) 898-5891 for more information.



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