STANTON — Montcalm County commissioners are honoring one of their own.
Carl Paepke died last Wednesday at his Pierson home after fighting lung cancer. He was 86 years old.
At Monday’s regular Board of Commissioners meeting, commissioners unanimously approved a resolution honoring Paepke’s years of service to the county, along with a special plaque.
Paepke joined the Board of Commissioners on Jan. 1, 1995. He served as chairman of the Parks & Recreation Committee and the Solid Waste Committee. He also served on the Finance & Personnel Committee, Health & Human Services Committee, Law Enforcement & Courts Committee and as a representative to the Mid-Michigan District Health Department Board.
Also at Monday’s meeting, Commissioner Ron Retzloff of Crystal proposed renaming Flat River Nature Park in Paepke’s honor, as Paepke was chairman of the Parks & Recreation Committee.
Commissioners unanimously agreed to rename the Montcalm Township park as Carl Paepke Flat River Nature Park.
“I think it’s a wonderful idea,” said Commissioner John Johansen of Montcalm Township.
Paepke was in his 18th year as commissioner for District 5, which encompasses Maple Valley, Pierson and Pine townships.
Commissioners will appoint someone to fill the remainder of Paepke’s term, which expires at the end of this year. Candidates must be a resident of Maple Valley, Pierson or Pine townships to be eligible to apply for the position. Applications are available online at montcalm.org or from Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer’s office in the Administrative Building (old courthouse) in Stanton.
The deadline to apply for the position is 4 p.m. May 7. Commissioners will appoint a new District 5 commissioner at a special meeting scheduled for 1 p.m. May 14.
Johansen reminded his fellow commissioners that Paepke, who was a Republican, will be honored at the annual Montcalm County Republicans’ Lincoln Day Dinner on May 11 in Sheridan. A meet and greet will begin at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley will be the featured speaker while State Sen. Judy Emmons and State Rep. Rick Outman also will be present.
Tickets for the Lincoln Day Dinner are $30 each or $50 per couple and may be purchased from Johansen or Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard.