A book arch, donated in the memory of Dillon Spencer, has been added to the Tiffin Seneca Public Library.
Dillon, 21 of Tiffin, died in a car accident July 17. Dillon's fiancee, Chelsea Houtz, said the two had planned to be wed under the arch. The wedding was to take place Sept. 14.
"Dillon was a loving person. He idolized Chelsea," Rita Reinhart-Houtz, Chelsea's stepmom, said.
Paul Reinhart (left) and John Morrone assemble the arch at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library.
Chelsea Houtz and Dillon Spencer’s engagement photo.
Rita said that on the day of the accident, Dillon was taking his father to a doctor's appointment.
"He was a loving and compassionate person," she said.
Chelsea and Dillon loved books and loved to read. Rita said Chelsea saw a book arch online and thought it would be a wonderful idea. Rita also said she hand made the center pieces and bouquets out of paper flowers.
Dillon and Chelsea first met at Green Springs Elementary School in fifth grade. Chelsea said they were young, but she remembered him being goofy.
Rita said Chelsea moved to Tiffin, and during her senior year, the two started dating again.
"Dillon was devoted to Chelsea." Rita said. "They had a perfect relationship that everyone wished they could've had. He gave her whatever she wanted. They never fought; he worshipped her."
Dillon obtained all the books from the library during its 10-cent book sale.
Debby Roszman, community relations coordinator for the library, said he loaded his car down with book after book.
"People love the arch," Roszman said.
The arch is about 8 feet tall, with 192 books. Each book was attached to a metal pole through a hole that had been drilled in the center.
Chelsea said there wasn't one person who met Dillon who didn't love him instantly.
"He had a great personality," Chelsea said.
The arch was donated to the library because Chelsea said she didn't have room.
"We wanted to donate it in his memory and so people would be able to share that with me as a way to honor him," Chelsea said.
There is to be a plaque to dedicate the arch.
Chelsea said that she is going to miss Dillon's support and overall kindness the most.
"I'll miss everything about him," she said.