Sherman Lemen was honored for his 44 years as a Ripley County educator by Lois Luken, Andrea Westerfeld and other retired teachers at the April Ripley County Retired Teachers meeting.
His teaching assignment began in 1936 at Osgood where he taught fifth- to eighth-grade math. In 1946, he became the Holton High School principal and continued there for four years. He then went to Napoleon High School and taught bookkeeping and served as principal from 1950-60.
After consolidation of Napoleon and Osgood (Jac-Cen-Del), he served as superintendent from 1960-80. He retired July 1, 1980.
Recently, he celebrated his 98th birthday with his four children and their families. Two of his four children also became teachers. Larry Lemen retired from Batesville High School, and Martha Kessens is currently a teacher at South Ripley Elementary School.
Lemen is still an active card player and regularly attends the RCRT meetings. He is also an Osgood Baptist Church and Osgood Lion’s Club member.