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Rebuilding 40 Years After the Devastating Tornado in Xenia
XENIA -- It's now 40 years since the tornado that leveled a lot of Xenia, and those living there, still think about that day, the destruction and the loss.
Geyer's Office Supply is a staple in Xenia, and has been sitting on this corner on Main Street, since the tornado destroyed the old building and they decided to build a new life.
Ron Geyer has been the face of this small hometown business for nearly 40 years.
His first day of work at his dad's shop was an eventful one.
"We heard that there was a tornado in the area," said Geyer.
A F5 tornado, was barreling towards his family's business in downtown Xenia.
"I actually stepped out to see if I could see it and I actually saw it coming down the street," he said, "It looked like a flock of birds flying in a circle, very large, but didn't realize at the time what you're seeing but it was actually house roofs
This is a picture of the building before the tornado hit, but after, the three story building was just one story.
"The devastation was just unbelievable, there was nothing left in so many places." said Geyer.
But the real devastation came later for Ron and his family, after they learned an employee lost their daughter, son and granddaughter.
"You don't ever obviously get over that, the rebuilding and the coming back from the business is the easy part, it's the loss of life that's the real devastation." he said.
A loss that to this day is honored.
A sign, that the City of Xenia, along with their memories, lives.
"This is where our families are, this is where our friends are," said Geyer, "We've had a great life in Xenia and the community has supported us for forever, so yeah we're real proud to be a part of Xenia."
The City of Xenia is hosting a number of events for the 40th Anniversary. They start later this month.
For a complete list of the events, click here.
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