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20 AUGUST 2021 WorldWide Drilling Resource ® In Memoriam Roger A. Wingerter (1939~2021) Wingerter Laboratories, Inc. is mourning the loss of Roger A. Wingerter on April 7, 2021. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on April 23, 1939, and moved with his parents to Miami, Florida, in 1941, where he lived for over 65 years before retiring to Sarasota, Florida. Roger had a zest for life, was actively involved with the community, and served various organizations. He was a member of Rotary International, serving as president of both the North Dade-North Miami Club and Rotary Club of Miami. He was Chairman of the Board for the North Dade YMCA, and founding member of Construction Material Engineering Council, Florida Concrete Products Association, and local American Concrete Institute chapters. Roger worked for and later took over his father’s engineering and testing firm, Wingerter Laboratories, Inc. As president of the com- pany, he mentored countless employees and students by having an open-lab policy, hosting field trips, and being an adjunct professor at University of Miami and Miami-Dade College. He encouraged everyone to “Learn 10 new things a day.” His greatest joy in life after his family, was his lifelong hobby of collecting antique tools by going to flea markets and swap meets. He also liked working with plants and staghorn ferns. His golden doodle “Tinker” brought him much joy over the past years. Roger is survived by his loving companion, Patricia; daughters Jennifer and Jill (Leon); granddaughters Jordyn and Jaleah; sisters Nancy (Richard) and Jane (Robert), many nephews, nieces, and cousins; and Patricia’s children, their spous- es, and grandchildren. Melvin R. “Mel” Jack (1953~2021) The Ontario Ground Water Association is mourning the loss of Honorary Member Melvin R. “Mel” Jack on June 12, 2021. Mel was raised on the family homestead in Emo, where he developed a strong work ethic. During his youth, Mel tried his hand at several jobs like farming, sawmill, and mining before he found his pas- sion of drilling. Once this was discovered, he started Mel’s Well Drilling in 1969. Over the next 44 years of his career, he drilled countless wells across the province, becoming known as Mel’s Wells. Mel was married in 1970 to his love, Susan. Mel and Susan enjoyed life and were extremely proud of their children. Before Susan passed away in 2005, they could be found at the racetrack, with their draft hors- es, or at the camper on Caliper Lake. When retirement knocked on the door, he sold the business. So with his schedule cleared, Mel started exploring the country from southern Ontario to western Canada, and down into the southwestern U.S. He was always stopping along the way to visit family, friends, and any drilling business he would see. He was an extraordinary woodworker who frequently gifted his work to individuals, family, and charitable organizations. He was proud supporter of Emo Speedway and a popular face at the poker table. Mel leaves behind his children Chad (Stacey), Clint, and Cara (Garrett); grandchildren Andrew, Cooper, Cayden, Carsyn, Danny, and Roger; dear friend Karen; and extended family. Thomas Walter “Tom” Zelony (1947~2021) With great sadness, the Michigan Ground Water Association shared the passing of longtime member Thomas Walter “Tom” Zelony on June 27, 2021. He was born in Highland Park, in 1947. He worked as a terminal manager in the trucking industry for 15 years before venturing into the well drilling business, working with his cousins Bill and Jim at Zelony Well Drilling. He spent his free time outdoors - hunting, fishing, waterskiing, snowmobiling, or just enjoying the weather. Tom leaves behind his brother Gary (Donna), nieces Jennifer (Norm) and Juli, many cousins, and special friends. Lest we forget...

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