Ohio Bowling Hall of Fame inducts Marion’s Ivan Lanius

MARION — Ivan Lanius is not an elite bowler and certainly not a hall of fame caliber bowler.

“I was a little better than average, but I wouldn’t be included if you named the top 25 bowlers in Marion. I wasn’t one of them,” he said with a chuckle.

Nevertheless, Lanius is the newest member of the Ohio Bowling Hall of Fame, making it as a “pioneer in the sport of bowling,” according to the plaque presented to him during the annual banquet held May 21 in Dublin.

The 75-year-old Marion native and resident earned his spot by serving the sport and the competitors who participated.

“I just enjoyed it. It’s the people,” Lanius said.

He started bowling as a teen in 1961 in the AJBC Junior Bowling League at Palace Recreation, a long ago second-floor, 12-lane facility downtown.

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