ADA — Robert J. Reese, Holcim (US) Inc. retired engineer, was presented a new OU letterman’s jacket by Williams Construction of Tulsa and Holcim at a surprise dinner on March 6 at Doc’s Bar B Q. When Reese and his family moved from Denver to Ada in 1967, the truck carrying all of their household goods and family possessions crashed into the rain swollen South Canadian River on I-35 in Oklahoma City. Among the items lost was a prized OU letterman’s jacket, which Reese earned playing baseball while attending the University of Oklahoma College of Engineering. Reese, who is a World War II veteran, is also a World Champion Senior horse shoe pitcher.

Chris Kinder of Williams Construction of Tulsa heard Reese’s story, and he determined it would be possible to get a new OU letterman’s jacket and letter to replace the one that was lost almost 40 years ago.

Ivan Williams and Chris Kinder of Williams Construction, and Carlyle Hill, Holcim marketing manager, presented the jacket to Reese. Others in attendance included Neil and Christine Bragge (plant manager), Dan and Ann Northcutt, Bob and Linda Marks, Charlie and Brenda Krause, Bill and Joyce Simpson, Jim and Janine Stevens, Bill and Janette Black, Dale and Sharon Myers, Bob Cristelli, Dwight Hart, Sharon Beasley, Bill Stephens, Doug Davis, Marvin Byers, Dobber Bingamon, Clive and Betty Rigsby, Lyle and Erika Bailey.