By Nancy Kline

Sentinel Staff Writer

COLUMBUS GROVE - Jerry Watkins was among friends when he was presented a special certificate last week.

Sitting at Jerry’s Marathon drinking coffee, he was presented a certificate by Columbus Grove American Legion Commander Paul Karcher, commemorating Watkins 70 years as a member of the American Legion Post 516.

Watkins said he is a member of the Columbus Grove American Legion and Columbus Grove VFW.

Jerry joined the U.S Army in 1949. He served in the military for five years.

He enjoys going into his business everyday. “I opened it in 1960,” he said “He also owns Jerry’s Used Car business.

At 91 years old, Jerry said he enjoys doing a little work each day at his business. “I used to fly,” he said. “But now I’m too old.”

Karcher said Jerry preferred to receive his recognition at his business instead of during a special ceremony. ‘That’s okay,” Karcher said. “We just felt it was important to honor him for his longevity with the American Legion.