‘Besides the kids and grandkids, nothing was more important to them than the township’
by BETH ALTENA
Jim McIntyre served Courtland Township first as a trustee from 1998 to 1992 and then as supervisor until his unexpected death in 2010. On Friday, Sept. 16, family members, firefighters and township and county officials joined in remembering the service of Jim and wife Kletis. The township dedicated Fire Station II in their honor with a ribbon-cutting unveiling a new sign, memorial and plaque.
“Besides the kids and grandkids, nothing was more important to them than the township,” said son Doug.
MaryAnn Anderson said she, current supervisor Chuck Porter and Jim all ran for office the same year in 1998. The dedication Jim and Kletis showed for their community was profound and made many improvements to the township possible.
Porter said Jim had the qualities that make a supervisor successful, which are character traits that also make farmers successful. “He knew there is a time for planting and for harvesting,” said Porter. “He had honesty, humility, a strong work ethic, and was conservative financially. He had the principals to take chances and to take risks.”
Porter used the example of the North Kent Sewer Authority as one risk McIntyre believed in, and also building the second fire station.
“Because of his personality, things ran smoothly for the township,” Porter noted. He joked that there have been very few residents during the meetings under McIntyre’s reign, a sign of good leadership.
Kletis was supportive of all the efforts of the township and always provided refreshments at events and decorated the township offices for holidays. She was the driving force behind a celebration of the township’s 150th birthday. Daughter-in-law Phylis McIntyre was touched deeply by the township’s desire to create a permanent memorial for Jim and Kletis. She called the celebration bittersweet.
“We’d rather still have dad, but this is wonderful for the township to do,” said Phylis.