UPPER SANDUSKY, OHIO — Fairhaven Community resident Lew Gottfried recently completed his latest tome, Protecting Our Liberty. The book honors veterans of all wars, with a focus on veterans from Wyandot County. Protecting Our Liberty includes many short stories and pictures, and costs $30. Veterans and their family members can purchase the book for $20. All proceeds from his book sales will go to Fairhaven Community.
The 92-year-old Lew is now hard at work on his ninth book, The End, about World War II. The End will feature stories from WWII residents who currently reside within a United Church Homes community. Lew is still looking for stories, but finds that some veterans are reticent to discuss their war experiences. The project is very important to Lew. He wants the younger generations to know about WWII and American war history.
Lew and his wife Fran have been married for 71 years. They moved to Fairhaven five years ago. Lew wrote his first book at age 75. His second career as an author began after he retired as Wyandot County Treasurer in 1986. Lew was awarded the United Church Homes Spirit award last year due to his untiring volunteer efforts at Fairhaven. He also remains active with dirtball tournaments, playing on two leagues and enjoys working with dogs. Lew said that Fairhaven is the best place around, and we love having him here.