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October 09, 2023

Meet the Kendal at Home Members Inducted into Ohio’s Senior Citizens Hall of Fame

The Senior Citizens Hall of Fame, created by the Ohio Department of Aging, is an annual recognition of inspiring and dedicated older Ohioans who have changed lives with their achievements and contributions.


This year, Rich and Peggy Bowman, Beavercreek residents and Air Force veterans, were inducted into the Hall of Fame for their extensive contributions to the Beavercreek Township Fire Department (BTFD) and other areas worth recognition. Despite being retired, this couple continues to work for their community and prioritize service above all else. 


Their induction into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame is a well-deserved honor. Kendal at Home is proud to have such an accomplished couple among their members. We hope that their ability to age successfully at home continues to play a part in their significant community contributions.


About Peggy and Rich

Peggy Bowman was a public affairs officer who staffed Space Shuttle launches and was constantly creating. Her passion for creating led her to turn wool into yarn, knit yarn into sweaters or weave it into fabric, and even watercolor into illustrated travel diaries when she was not writing the history of her Ohio community’s fire department. Rich Bowman stood alert on Minuteman Missiles and managed significant Air Force acquisition programs before he started driving golf balls and constantly remodeling the house.


Peggy and Rich created the Beavercreek Township Fire Department Auxiliary, where Peggy led for 19 years, with Rich acting as her deputy. The Bowman couple’s dedication to the community and their passion for service has inspired many. Peggy and Rich’s contributions have played a pivotal role in helping many people in their community.


Even after transferring leadership in 2014, they actively responded to an EF-3 tornado in 2019, assisting emergency responders and assessing damage to justify FEMA requests. Then, in 2020, they contributed by helping to coordinate the distribution of over 40,000 COVID-19 vaccines to the community.


An Inspiration to Many

In addition to the inductees, their families, and friends, other dignitaries were on hand for the ceremony, including members of Gov. DeWine’s Cabinet, members of the Ohio General Assembly, and leaders with the Ohio Advisory Council for Aging and the state’s 12 Area Agencies on Aging, as well as partner organizations and associations within the state’s aging network.


The honorees were each invited on stage and presented with an award as the event hosts read biographies of their accomplishments to the assembled crowd.


Rich and Peggy Bowman’s work with the Beavercreek Township Fire Department (BTFD) and the community is a testament to their dedication and passion for service.


Their induction into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame is a well-deserved honor. Celebrating them today reminds us of the power of kindness, dedication, and passion in changing lives regardless of age.


We extend our heartfelt congratulations to this inspiring couple and thank them for their incredible service to the community.


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