rally together to help county employee
Beth Rumsey, Staff Writer
What started as a cough resulted in the discovery
of lung cancer for John Vanosdol, Ripley County Highway Garage
employee for 27 years. After learning that Vanosdol faces a total
lung removal due to the cancer, friends and fellow employees organized
a benefit to be held on Saturday, March 21 at the Friendship Fire
Hall in Friendship.
He takes pride in his job, said longtime friend Wayne
Peace. According to Peace, Vanosdol drives the road grader, helping
to keep the county roads repaired and free of snow in the winter.
He loves to go fishing, hiking, and bike riding, said
Peace. Vanosdol also served his country in Vietnam, receiving
the Purple Heart.
Surgery for the lung removal is scheduled sometime this week,
postponed due to complications such as low protein levels and
blood clots in the other lung. According to Peace, Vanosdol is
anxious to return to work. He told me that he will be back
to work soon after his surgery, said Peace.
The benefit begins at noon and will continue until 11:00 p.m.
and will feature a silent auction and dancing to the Centerline
Band. The meal will feature pork sandwiches, donated by county
garage supervisor Junior Heaton, as well as a variety of homemade
A mini chopper, donated by Chuck Folz, will be given away. Donations
for the silent auction will be accepted. For more information
on the benefit, or to make a donation, contact Chuck Folz at 812-528-8225;
Steve Schonegg, 812-654-3281; or Pat Thomas at 812-667-5598.