The Washington community suffered the loss of two volunteers and public servants the past week with the deaths of Bob Mahon and John Uhrmann. They set an example of community involvement while in their prime years of life.

Mahon was the postmaster in Washington for a number of years and he followed in the “provide service” for postal customers mode that was the trademark of his mentor, the late Postmaster T. W. “Buck” Sincox. Mahon served on the Washington Park Board, school board and the city council. He also served on a number of committees over the years.

Uhrmann was a charter member of the Washington Jaycees. He was one of the leaders in founding the Jaycees, and served on numerous committees supporting various causes. His memberships over different periods include the Elks, Optimists and Lions. When there was a county school board, he served a term as president. He was elected to two terms as Franklin County auditor.

Both men were World War II veterans. Mahon also served his country during the Korean War. Both were members of veterans’ organizations. They were members of what Tom Brokow called “The Greatest Generation.”