WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) today announced that the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs has passed legislation to rename the United States Postal Service (USPS) facility in Springboro. The bill would names the post office the Richard ‘Dick’ Chenault Post Office Building, after the Springboro native who served in World War II and was an active member of the Springboro community. Brown and Portman supported the legislation in the Senate, sending a letter to the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee, urging its passage. U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH-1) introduced this legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“When the U.S. Postal Service extended delivery to Springsboro, Dick Chenault was its first carrier for the community and spent 23 years with USPS,” said Brown. “Dick was no stranger to public service, having served during World War II, and later in the local police and fire departments. Renaming the Springsboro Post Office in his honor is a fitting way to thank his family for his contributions.”
“Dick Chenault was a World War II veteran and model citizen who served the Springboro community faithfully,” Portman stated. “By renaming the post office after him, we will honor his legacy and contributions to the country and the Springboro area.”
“Richard Chenault lived a life of service to his country and his community,” said Chabot. “Few people are as dedicated to their community as Mr. Chenault was to Springboro. The Richard Chenault Post Office will be an enduring reminder of everything he meant to the Springboro community, and everything the Springboro community meant to him.”
Born in 1925, Chenault was a lifelong resident of Springboro. He served in the Pacific Theater in World War II as part of the U.S. Army 1st Calvary. He was a member of the Clearcreek Township Volunteer Fire Department for 45 years, including 23 years as Fire Chief. He also served as a part time police officer in Springboro in the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s when the village had a largely volunteer police force. Chenault was a charter member and past president of the Springboro Lions Club. He held a perfect attendance record for 57 years.
Chenault also worked for USPS for 23 years. When home delivery of mail began in Springboro in 1965, Dick was the first letter carrier hired to deliver mail in Springboro. He is survived by his wife Phyllis, four children, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.