Dedicated and Devoted Dads

. May 31, 2016.
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Rob Keys

Hometown: Findlay 
Kids: Katie (18), Casey (14), and Kaylee (7) 
Wife: Jenifer

What’s your favorite thing to do with the kids? I share different interests with each of my daughters. Katie and I enjoy watching Pittsburgh Penguins games. Kaylee and I play golf together. And Casey and I love to go out to eat. 

What happens on your ideal Father’s Day? I like to do what the girls want to do, as opposed to what I want. Just being together is the important thing. 

What is the most memorable gift/gesture you’ve received on Father’s Day? Homemade cards and crafts are the best. A lot of thought and love goes into them. 

What’s the top advice you’d give to your kids about growing up in the years to come? Trust in God and you can accomplish anything that you want to do. You can go anywhere and do anything with faith. 

Brian Andrews

Hometown: Findlay  
Kids: Lydia (8), Adalyn (5), and Preston (3)
Wife: Martie

What’s your favorite thing to do with the kids? I like to take the kids on special day trips. 

What happens on your ideal Father’s Day? I would spend the day at home: relaxing with the family, grilling out, and playing games. 

What is the most memorable gift/gesture you’ve received on Father’s Day? I got a surprise day trip to a Mud Hens game where we ate dinner at the park and stayed for post-game fireworks. 

What’s the top advice you’d give to your kids about growing up in the years to come? Study hard. Work purposefully. Play often.

Jim Stelter

Hometown: Findlay 
Kids: Eric (5) and Rose (1)  

What’s your favorite thing to do with the kids?  I like throwing a frisbee with Eric, or watching Rose learn how to walk. Seeing huge smiles and excitement on their faces out of such simple things is the most amazing feeling. It makes me feel like a kid again. 

What happens on your ideal Father’s Day? I treat Father’s Day the same as any other day: just spending time with my kids, making every moment memorable. I want to treasure every second I can. 

What is the most memorable gift/gesture you’ve received on Father’s Day? I got card that has three blocks spelling out DAD, along with three pictures. It makes me proud when I see it, to know that I’m a father of such wonderful children. 

What’s the top advice you’d give to your kids about growing up in the years to come? Be kind. Embrace life. Try new things. Don’t be afraid of failure. And keep smiling! 

Drew Aukerman

Hometown: Van Buren
Kids: Ema (5), Ellie (3), and Everly (2) 
Wife: Christina 

What’s your favorite thing to do with the kids? I like taking them on lunch dates, to have that special one-on-one time together with them. 

What happens on your ideal Father’s Day? I’d just want to stay home. On my ideal Father’s Day, we’d hang out at home and have a cookout. 

What is the most memorable gift/gesture you’ve received on Father’s Day? I got a really cool poem made out of the names of candy bars, with the candy bars taped to a posterboard. 

What’s the top advice you’d give to your kids about growing up in the years to come? I want them to treat each other with respect. I want them to realize that their siblings are their best friends and they need to show each other love. 

Travis Gingerich 

Hometown: Bluffton
Kids: Titus (2) and Ian (7 months)
Wife: Faith 

What’s your favorite thing to do with the kids? With Ian, I like to just hold him and try to make him laugh. With Titus, I like that we can be more active: running around, kicking the ball, and going for walks. He loves just being outside. 

What happens on your ideal Father’s Day? I’d just like to spend the day with my family. I don’t even want to go anywhere; I just want to have time together. 

What is the most memorable gift/gesture you’ve received on Father’s Day? Last year, Faith was pregnant and Titus was officially adopted only a few days before Father’s Day. Knowing that he was officially ours was the greatest gift I could have ever received. 

What’s the top advice you’d give to your kids about growing up in the years to come? I want to instill in them that we need to treat people with respect. Every person is special, and a loved child of God. I think it’s important that they start to view people that way when they’re young.