A great team
When the last drop of syrup has been consumed and the downtown cleaned up Saturday night, it’s time to start planning at the wrap up meeting a few weeks later.
“I have a wonderful set of committee chair people that have been with me many years who know their part of the festival flawlessly,” Scheets explained. When you have a supporting cast like this, it is easy to plan any event. I am truly blessed.”
When he’s not involved with the festival, what does he do in his spare time?
“I own a small repair business (Wakarusa Electronics). I have been repairing televisions for over 30 years, and I still love it when I have the time,” he said. “I also love working on old tube based radios and televisions.”
He’s on the Board of Directors of the Wakarusa Chamber of Commerce, the president of the Wakarusa Historical Society, of which there are now three groups helping to maintain nine buildings and two rail cars. During Educational Days in March, there are about 30 volunteers to help with the hundreds of youngsters that come through in three days.
He’s a sponsor, coach, and player on a men’s league softball team in Nappanee and a co-ed team in Elkhart; coach of a junior high baseball team for the Wakarusa Baseball program in Wakarusa; and a sponsor and participant on a bowling team in Goshen.
“I enjoy working with Paul (his son) with his 4-H projects, bike club and lamb club,” Scheets said. “I enjoy traveling to Purdue with Paul for all of the home football games, though the last couple of years have not been very joyful. I’m sure that will change. Because Paul is involved in football and basketball, I enjoy going to his games.”
Just the facts
Name: Robert Todd Scheets
Current town: Wakarusa
Daytime job: Engineering Department City of Mishawaka
Education: NorthWood High School, ITT Tech (Electronics), Ivy Tech (Electronics), Purdue (Engineering)
Children: Robert Paul Scheets
Hobbies: Consumer electronic repair, play softball, watching Paul at sporting events, going to Purdue games, working at the Museum.