Scholarship established to honor Van Buren couple

A new scholarship in honor of L. Frick and Helen Hoadley has been established with the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation. The award will benefit a graduating senior of Van Buren High School who will pursue a trades career.
The scholarship, established by the Hoadleys’ son, Larry, and his wife, Leslie, is intended to encourage students to enroll in institutions that will help prepare them for future jobs in the trades.
L. Frick Hoadley was born in Van Buren in 1916. A 1934 graduate of Van Buren High School, he lived in the community for more than 96 years.
Frick Hoadley was a self-employed farmer who operated a family farm that was purchased in 1871 and has been in the family ever since. He served as a board member on the Van Buren and Hancock County school boards and as an Allen Township Clerk. He was a member of the Morris Chapter #265 Masonic Lodge in North Baltimore and Van Buren Presbyterian Church.
Helen Hoadley was born in Wyandot County in 1916 and graduated from Van Buren High School in 1934. From 1937-2013 she was a homemaker and assisted on the farm. Helen was a member of the Pythian Sisters of Ohio and Order of the Eastern Star Morris Chapter in North Baltimore.
Frick and Helen were married for more than 75 years and died one month apart in 2013. A son, Lynne, preceded them in death.
The first $500 scholarship will be presented in May. Applications will be accepted Feb. 5, through March 26, via the Community Foundation website. More information is available at
This is the second scholarship established at the Community Foundation designated to benefit Van Buren High School students. The first scholarship exclusively for a Van Buren student was also established by Larry and Leslie Hoadley in honor of Leslie’s parents, Leo and Virginia Woodward.



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