2024 board of directors candidates

Posted on Jun 21 2024 in Jay County REMC

District 1


Moser is a lifelong Adams County resident. He was elected to the board in 2014 and is running unopposed. He serves on the co-op’s membership and public relations committee.

Moser lives in rural Decatur with his wife, Amy, and their two children, Grace and Kate. He graduated from Adams Central High School and continued his education at Vincennes University, earning a degree in diesel mechanics. Moser is self-employed as a grain and livestock farmer. He is on the Adams County Extension board’s crop committee and the board of the Christian Care Retirement Community of Bluffton. He is a member of the Apostolic Christian Church in Bluffton.

District 4


Angela (Angie) Lutes was born and raised in rural Jay County, daughter of Linda and the late Daniel Hilgeford. After attending college, she started her career in web development in northern Indiana. Ultimately, she moved back to Jay County, where she married Caleb Lutes and continued her career with SilverTowne in Winchester. Lutes has been married for 12 years and has two young boys, Gabriel and Graham. She looks forward to serving her local community as District 4 Director for the Jay County REMC and dedicating time to immersing herself in the cooperative.

District 8


Kenneth (Ken) Denton was first elected to the REMC Board of Directors in 2008. He and his wife of 46 years, Sidney Rene, grew up in Jay County. They have three adult children: Israel Denton, Kendra Lyons, and Brooke Keller (Tracy Keller). They have three granddaughters, ages 16, 13, and 12, who all live in the Jay County community.

Denton graduated from Jay County High School in 1977. He worked at Dana Corporation for 28 years as a journeyman tool grinder. When the company moved to Mexico, Denton went to Ivy Tech to receive an electrical certificate. Since he was elected, he has received his Credential Cooperative Director (CCD) certificate and his Board Leadership Certificate (BLC) from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).

Denton serves on the Jay County REMC Board of Directors, the Wabash Valley Power Alliance (WVPA) Board of Directors, and the ACES Board of Directors. He has previously been the chairman of the Executive Committee for the Wabash Valley Power Alliance Board of Directors and has served on numerous other committees on the three boards mentioned above.

Denton has felt privileged and enjoyed his time serving the members of Jay County REMC and representing them on all three boards of directors.


Joseph Stephen (Steve) Neargarder is a lifelong resident of Jay County. He graduated from Jay County High School. He also holds an associate degree in applied sciences from Northwestern Ohio. Neargarder has worked for 24 years as a driver, mechanic, and dispatch manager for KBL Transport (Formerly LPI and A. Landon Excavating). He also owns and operates Triple H Guns.

Neargarder and his wife, Holly, have been married for 14 years. They have two children, Holden and Haisley, and have volunteered for many local organizations, including Jay County Special Olympics, Jay County Chamber Winterfest, and the United Way of Jay County. The Neargarders belong to the Christ Chapel Church in Fort Recovery.

He is a self-proclaimed “jack of all trades” who loves helping others and spending time with his family and friends.