A well-known figure in the Zanesville community is being remembered by his family and friends.
Dick Sorg passed away Tuesday night. He recently retired from the Muskingum Soil and Water Conservation District after nearly 40 years. Kenny Rupe worked closely with Sorg for much of that time. Rupe said he and Sorg shared a lot of laughs over the years.
"One of the young technicians we had here, we were always kind of tough on him, and he told us that we were like the old hecklers that sat in the balcony of The Muppets," said Rupe. "We got a laugh out of that one, and he went on to a much higher paying job, so I don’t know if we educated him or he just got tired of us."
Rupe said that Sorg was proud of the fact that other districts look to Muskingum as a leader.
"I think we felt that we were the best county in southeastern Ohio as far as technology and programs," said Rupe. "I don’t think anybody will argue that. One of his other proud accomplishments was when we won for the best soil and water conservation district in the United States."
Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said that Sorg was at his home on Mount Perry Road when he was struck and killed by lightning.