Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame Inductees - Iowa 4-H Foundation

Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame Inductees

Posted in: 2021

2021 State Recognition Chuck Morris

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 5:45 PM
Chuck Morris began his 4-H career as a member of the Walnut Progressors 4-H Club in Dallas County. He participated in beef; swine; and science, mechanics and engineering projects early on, but especially appreciated his opportunities in the leadership program, where he learned about himself and the person he wanted...

2021 Wright County Brian and Joni Worden

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 5:43 PM
Brian Worden grew up in Dows, joining the Morgan Merrymakers 4-H Club for nine years. His favorite project areas were Beef, Swine, and Woodworking, winning the State Woodworking Award in 1979. Joni was a member of the Belmond Pleasant Peppy Pals 4-H Club for nine years. Her favorite project areas...

2021 Worth County Darrin & Susan Kliment

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 5:41 PM
Susan and Darrin Kliment have been amazing volunteer 4-H Club leaders for the Worth County Hartland Achievers 4-H Club. In addition, Susan has been the 4-H County Youth Coordinator two separate times in the past. Through these experiences she found that the key ingredients to a successful 4-Her are communications,...

2021 Woodbury County Steve Christensen

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 5:40 PM
Steve Christiansen has been an active supporter and volunteer for the Woodbury County 4-H program close to 40 years. His volunteer roles include 4-H Beef Superintendent, 4-H Overall Livestock/Animal Superintendent and committee member on the 4-H and Fair Committee. Steve’s favorite part of 4-H is helping the kids and he...

2021 Winneshiek County Beth Einck

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 5:39 PM
Winneshiek County is honored to present this year’s Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductee, Beth Einck. Beth has served as the dog superintendent for Winneshiek County since 1989. When the dog program began there were 6 participants and 2 classes. The program has grown to 18 classes and over 40...

2021 Winnebago County Mary Peterson

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 5:38 PM
Mary Peterson was born and raised in Winnebago County and still resides here with her husband, Dave. Her love for 4-H began at a young age when she became a 4-H member of the Buffalo Center 4-H club. Later in life, Mary added council member to her title, as she...

2021 Webster County Nicholas Schelle

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 5:37 PM
Webster County is pleased to announce the induction of Nicholas Schelle into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. Nicholas began his 4-H volunteer work with the Webster County 4-H program in 2005 when he chaperoned the Chicago 4-H trip and joined the Webster County Youth Committee. Additionally, Nicholas has been involved...

2021 Wayne County Barry & Tracy Andrews

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 5:36 PM
Wayne County would like to recognize Barry and Tracy for their numerous contributions to the Wayne County Fair and 4-H youth. The couple met in 1992 and resided on their family farm where they raised their children Makayla and Kyle. They manage a row crop and cow/calf herd operation. Barry and...

2021 Washington County Kevin Hora

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 5:35 PM
A familiar and beloved face on the fairgrounds is Kevin Hora. 4-Her’s have been known to comment, “He’s on the tractor again!” when Kevin Hora drives by during fair week. His commitment to 4-H is undeniable, starting with the strong and long-lasting family tradition of 4-H members. Hora’s father was...

2021 Warren County Dick Wittry

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 5:34 PM
Dick Wittry was first introduced to 4-H at a young age while living on his family farm near Mt. Carmel, Iowa. Due to being one of ten kids and moving to town in 6th grade, Dick did not have the typical 4-H journey and did not become involved in 4-H...

2021 Wapello County Margaret Skinner

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 5:18 PM
Margaret Skinner became involved with 4-H as a parent in 1999. As her boys became more involved, so did she. She has exhibited many years of service by volunteering to help with poultry and rabbit workshops, educating herself along the way so that she could further those programs in Wapello...

2021 Van Buren County John Charles Westercamp

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 5:11 PM
John Charles Westercamp was a long-time supporter of the Van Buren County 4-H program. He was the swine superintendent for many years and a swine project leader for the Trot Right In 4-H Club for 18 years. Charlie was also a member of the Van Buren County Fair Board. Even...

2021 Union County Oliver R. and Dorothy E. Eyberg

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 5:06 PM
Oliver R. and Dorothy E. Eyberg of Arispe, Iowa, certainly exemplify the 4-H Pledge, especially for their service to Union County 4-H in leadership and professional roles. Oliver was born March 14, 1920 and died Mary 23, 2007, a life-long resident of the Arispe area. Her served his country during...

201 Taylor County Paul & Marjorie Jones

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 5:04 PM
Paul and Margery have been to pretty much every Taylor County Fair for the last 50 years, since they moved back to Iowa in 1970. Paul’s involvement goes back to the 1940s, when he began showing livestock at the age of 10 or 11 as a member of the Ross...

2021 Tama County Judy Morrison

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 5:00 PM
Judy was not a 4-H member herself, although 4-H is in her blood. Her father’s aunt, Olive Lyons, was the teacher at the country school near Clarion where the 4-H emblem was born. Judy’s father was a club leader for many years. All three of her older siblings were in...
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2021 Story County Paul & Margot Eness

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 4:58 PM
Story County honors Paul Eness, who died in 2020, and Margot Eness for their outstanding support of Story County 4-H. Dr. Paul Eness served as Story County Fair and Iowa State Fair Veterinarian and Franklin Happy-Go-Luckies 4-H Club leader until his retirement from Iowa State University Clinical Sciences in 1996....

2021 Sioux County Bertha Lammers

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 4:56 PM
Bertha, alongside her husband, Harlan, spent decades giving to the 4-H community of Sioux County. She believed deeply in the values of education, agriculture, and hard work that move the 4-H program forward, and she was committed to seeing the program continue to grow in Sioux County. With the sudden...

2021 Shelby County Lorie Knudsen

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 4:53 PM
The 2021 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame nominee for Shelby County is Lorie (Lebeck) Knudsen. Lorie grew up on a farm outside of Walnut, Iowa. She and her husband, Dan, farm outside of Harlan where they raised their three children, Stefan, Greg and Katrina and now have 6 grandchildren. Lorie...

2021 Scott County Suzy VenHorst

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 4:51 PM
Scott County is honored to have Suzy VenHorst join the 4-H Hall of Fame. There is no better ambassador for the 4-H Program. Suzy’s four children were in 4-H and she served as a leader and volunteer for many years while they were members. She continued helping the county program...

2021 Sac County Armin & Dawn Christiansen

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 4:49 PM
Armin and Dawn Christiansen both have lived in Sac County ehir entire lives. Armin was born and raised near Early, Iowa where he belonged the Early Birds 4-H club and Dawn grew up near Nemaha, Iowa. Dawn she was a member of the Delaware Rainbows 4-H club. They both had...
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2021 Poweshiek County Sharon Ford

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 4:45 PM
Sharon Ford was a 4H member growing up. This developed into her helping with her children's' 4H club as a parent for a few years and then later deciding to take the role as a leader. She was a leader of the Bear Creek Pepper Uppers from 2005-2009. During her...

2021 West Pottawattamie County Matt & E’lise Bracker

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 4:43 PM
Matt & E'lise Bracker were raised in West Pottawattamie County. Both were members of the Hazel Dell Challengers 4-H Club and exhibited beef projects. Chelsea and Cade were members of the same 4-H club and exhibited beef projects. During those 16 years, Matt and E'lise assisted at 4-H meetings with...

2021 East Pottawattamie County Carolyn Bintz

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 4:41 PM
Carolyn embodies all that 4-H stands for Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. She has been involved in 4-H since 1968 when her oldest daughter Denise joined James Silver Crickets. That club joined the Pleasant Peppy Pals and Carolyn became the leader around 1972. She was an organizational leader for over...

2021 Polk County Gerald Joseph

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 4:37 PM
Gerald Joseph has been a dedicated Polk County 4-H volunteer for over 5 years. He has been heavily involved in ensuring the youth at Oakridge Neighborhood have access to all that Iowa 4-H has to offer. Gerald’s volunteer experience began by working with Polk County 4-H staff to bring afterschool...
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2021 Pocahontas County Lynn & Jeri Wenell

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 4:35 PM
Lynn and Jeri Wenell have both been very active and involved in the Pocahontas County 4-H program and ISU Extension and Outreach Pocahontas County for several years. Jeri served as a 4-H leader while her three sons were involved in 4-H. She not only led the Golden Horizons 4-H club...

2021 Plymouth County Joe Rotta

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 4:29 PM
Although Joe was never involved in 4-H growing up, he has lived the 4-H experience through his three children. His children were involved with swine, sheep, beef, and static projects at the county fair. Melissa and Lynnae were members of the Classy Clovers 4-H Club while his son Andrew was...

2021 Palo Alto County Dan Vonnahme

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 4:23 PM
Palo Alto County 4-H and the Palo Alto County Fair Board are proud and honored to have Dan Vonnahme from Algona, Iowa as their 2021 inductee to the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. Dan’s most significant contribution to 4-H is being a volunteer auctioneer at the Palo Alto County Fair...

2021 Page County Ed & Debbie Sunderman

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 4:22 PM
Ed and Debbie have been involved in 4-H one way or another their whole lives; as members, leaders, workers, parents and grandparents. Ed started 4-H at the age of 9 and was a member of the Pleasant Ridge 4-H Club in East River Township – Page County, Iowa. His first...
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2021 O’Brien County Marsha Rehder

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 4:20 PM
Marsha has worked in Extension for over 20 years. During this time, she has provided countless youth information, guidance, answers and a smile. Marsha filled the volunteer role of club leader for the G & W Feeders while her children were in 4-H. Her love for the O’Brien County Fair...

2021 Muscatine County Doug Hora

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 4:19 PM
Muscatine County Extension and Outreach is honored to nominate Doug Hora for the 2021 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. Doug started his first official connection with Muscatine County 4-H in 1971 when he became a member of the Wilton Hustlers 4-H Club. In 1998, he volunteered to be a leader for...

2021 Montgomery County Bill Drey

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 4:18 PM
Bill started out his 4-H journey by showing cattle at the county fair. Since that time, he has been involved in county and state fairs for over 58 years. Bill taught Agriculture Education for 30 years and served as the Montgomery County Extension Director and 4-H person for 12 years....

2021 Jackson County Skott & Christine Gent

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 1:42 PM
Skott and Christine Gent are from rural Monmouth, Iowa. Christine is a School Nurse for Midland Community Schools in Wyoming and Oxford Junction while Skott is a Retail Sales Agronomist for Innovative Ag Services in Andrew. They live and care for a 350 acre grain and livestock farm where they...

2021 Howard County Therma and Russell Fitzgerald

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 1:33 PM
To say agriculture and the utmost passion to continuously serve your community is a large part of Russell and Therma’s lives, is an understatement. With Russell growing up on the now 4 generation family farm, and Therma joining him upon their marriage in 1961, the couple continues to raise and...

2021 Henry County Dwayne & Andrea Wright

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 11:57 AM
Dwayne and Andrea Wright have lived a life of service to the Henry County 4-H program and the Henry County Fair. Dwayne was the talented volunteer 4-H Leader of the New London Pioneers for over 10 years. During that time, he organized the Henry County Fair Swine Committee, New Lonfon...

2021 Harrison County Jon Schaben

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 11:56 AM
Jon Schaben has been a part of the Harrison County 4-H program since the 1970s. He was the Harrison County Fair King in 1983 and the president of his Dunlap Knight Riders 4-H Club. Raising and selling cattle has always been a part of Jon’s life. After excelling in the...

2021 Hardin County Connie Rose

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 11:55 AM
Connie Rose had her first experience with Hardin County 4-H as a youth growing up south of Cleves. She was only involved for a few years, but still remembers how excited she was when a dress she sewed went on to the Iowa State Fair. When Connie and her husband...

2021 Hancock County Kris & Joan Hanson

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 11:54 AM
Kris and Joan Hanson have been instrumental behind the scenes at so many events. For more than 20 years, they have volunteered their time to help set-up our 4-H award program and banquet. Each year they organize and help manage the prep work and the kids helping at our fair...

2021 Hamilton County Janice (Jan) Faint

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 11:53 AM
Janice (Jan) Faint began her 4-H journey in 1951 by joining a Pocahontas County 4-H club. After a few years, her family moved to Blairsburg where she became a Blairsburg Happy Hustlers Girls Club member. Jan enjoyed gardening and home grounds project areas. Her mother encouraged this project area so...

2021 Guthrie County Jimmy Hummel

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 11:52 AM
Although Jimmy wasn't in 4-H when he was young, he saw the value when his daughter joined and has been advocate since. His enthusiasm is contagious when he talks about all the different areas of 4-H. He has served as a 4-H leader and a member of the Guthrie County...

2021 Grundy County Dave Deeringer

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 11:51 AM
Never being a 4-H member himself, Dave Deeringer quickly learned the ropes as his three children, Brittanee, Dakota & Tanner, joined when they were young. Dave grew up in 4-H through his children. He started in the sheep barn learning how to shear lambs, then teaching others how to shear...

2021 Greene County Jacque Andrew

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 11:50 AM
From an early start at age six helping her older sisters show their beef projects to service on the Iowa 4-H Foundation board, 4-H has played a formative role in Jacque (Eilbert) Andrew’s life. As a Boone County 4-H’er, she was a member of the Dodge Dainty Damsels and Dodge...

2021 Fremont County Grant Schaaf

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 11:49 AM
Grant Schaaf’s email address, 4hdad1995, tells you everything you need to know about this inductee! Grant, the youngest of three kids, grew up in 4-H. With a wide age gap between each of his siblings, his father was a 4-H leader for over 30 years! As a Riverside Rocket 4-H member,...

2021 Franklin County Barb Ristau

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 11:46 AM
For the past 30 years Barb Ristau has been the face of the Franklin County 4-H Food Stand on the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Hampton, Iowa. During the 1980's time period, the fair was experiencing a lot of growth, and therefore it became evident that the food stand needed to...

2021 Floyd County Sue Bortz

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 11:44 AM
Sue Bortz has been involved with the Floyd County 4-H program for a number of years through volunteering as a parent, Extension Council Member, to 4-H Youth Committee Member and most recently as the 4-H Food stand Manager. Sue served at least 8 years as a 4-H Youth Committee Member with...

2021 Fayette County Lois Langreck

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 11:43 AM
Lois Langreck started her 4-H career in 1975 when her oldest daughter started 4-H. In 1979, she became a leader for her daughter’s club, the Eden Starlets, located in the Waucoma area. The Eden Starlets later changed names and became the Eden Outer Limits. Lois continued as a 4-H club...

2021 Emmet County Gary Myers

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 11:41 AM
Gary has been serving Emmet County 4-H’ers for the past 12 years as one of the club leaders of Center Champions. You can always count on Gary to lend a helping hand any time of year. His passion for the Emmet County 4-H Program is very strong. Gary has been...

2021 Dubuque County Leo Mallie

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 11:00 AM
Leo Mallie grew up in Cedar County in Eastern Iowa. While in 4-H, he was Cedar County Historian. After high school, he went on to Iowa State College in Ames and earned a B.S. in Agronomy. Upon graduating, he was hired by Dubuque County Extension as Extension Assistant – Youth...

2021 Dickinson County Doug & Teresa Loerts

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:59 AM
Doug and Teresa Loerts have served Dickinson County 4-H for longer than many can remember. Doug has served as the Dickinson County Fair Board President since 2017/18, is the sheep and goat superintendent for the county fair, and has been a strong supporter of the 4-H program even before his...

2021 Des Moines County Dwight & Lanette Byerly

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:58 AM
Dwight and Lanette Byerly’s involvement in the Des Moines County 4-H program is untypical compared to others. Neither were involved in 4-H as youth, but the years of service they have provided to countless 4-H’ers, as well as adults, is priceless! Dwight and Lanette served as 4-H leaders of the Pleasant...

2021 Delaware County Kelly Jared

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:56 AM
4-H has always been a special part of Kelly Jared’s life. From a young age she watched her dad, Norman Boss, serve as a long-time 4-H club leader and dedicated assistant at the county 4-H and FFA dairy show each year. He showed by example just how much 4-H relies...

2021 Decatur County Jack Van Laar

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:55 AM
Jack Van Laar has been an Extension County Director in Decatur County for the past forty-five years. During this time, he has provided extensive support to local 4-H'ers participating in the livestock, wildlife, and shooting sports project areas. Jack strives to provide opportunities for all youth by advocating for them,...

2021 Davis County Lana Minnick

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:54 AM
Davis County Extension and Outreach is proud to recognize Lana Minnick as the 2021 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductee from Bloomfield. Lana has been involved with the 4-H program beginning as a 4-H member of the New Hope 4-H Club in Davis County as a youth, then as a...

2021 Dallas County Dan & Ila Taylor

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:53 AM
Dan and Ila Taylor of Bouton, Iowa, have a long line of 4-H and community involvement. Growing up on a family farm, they each became very involved in 4-H in their respective Iowa counties, Dallas and Scott County. They both started in 4-H around 1969, when they first became members....

2021 Crawford County Linda Kuhlmann

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:51 AM
In the fall of 1982, Linda became a leader of the Merry Maidens/Charter Oak Achievers 4-H Club. Both of her daughters would become members of this club. What started out as a way to spend time with her daughters, ended up being 30 years of helping many young members in...

2021 Clinton County LuAnn Farrell

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:50 AM
LuAnn Farrell from Bryant, Iowa was very active in the Clinton County 4-H program for decades. As she grew up, LuAnn was encouraged to be involved in the 4-H program. She started as a member of the Clinton Busy Bodies 4-H Club, growing into the club leader role for the...

2021 Clayton County Linda Zuercher

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:49 AM
Linda Zuercher is a very dedicated supporter of the Clayton County 4-H program. Growing up she was a member of the Luana Sunny Sues 4-H Club, and later she served as a leader of the Grand Meadow 4-H Club. While in 4-H she attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, Citizenship...

2021 Clay County Becky Simons

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:48 AM
Becky is a long-time Clay County 4-H volunteer. She is a bright spot during the Clay County Fair and is always friendly, welcoming, and helpful. A recollection from former Clay County 4-H’er and current Clay County 4-H volunteer, Jamie Lucht, describes Becky’s style of volunteering: “My first encounters with Becky would...
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2021 Clarke County Kathy Taylor

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:47 AM
Kathy Taylor has spent much of her life involved with the Clarke County 4-H. Kathy is an alumnus of the Fremont Feenix 4-H Club in Clarke County. During her 4-H career, she participated in projects such as fashion revue, sewing, cooking, and beef. As an adult, Kathy became a 4-H...

2021 Chickasaw County Leah Schwickerath

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:46 AM
Leah Schwickerath has been dedicated to the Chickasaw County 4-H Program for 18 years and countless hours. Leah's 4-H career started with her own membership to the D&R Clover Leaf Club. During her time as a 4-H member, she was involved in many different projects at the achievement show. These...

2021 Cherokee County Janet Sullivan

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:44 AM
Cherokee County has been exceptionally blessed with great 4-H leaders and this year’s Hall of Fame honoree is no exception. Janet Sullivan lives everyday putting others ahead of herself. She shows this in every aspect of her life. She started her ability to lead and get things done at a...

2021 Cerro Gordo County Paul Butler

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:43 AM
Paul Butler is a true servant leader in Cerro Gordo County 4-H. His contributions leave a legacy that is large in our county. From 4-H member to 4-H leader to beef superintendent, Paul has volunteered without reservation. As a child, Paul attended his first fair at just weeks old. Born...

2021 Cedar County Douglas Schroeder

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:42 AM
Douglas Schroeder has been participating in or volunteering for the Cedar County 4-H Program most of his life. He was a member of the Harmony Hustlers 4-H Club in the 1970s and was very active in the beef project area. Doug and his wife, Glenda, live in Cedar County, where...

2021 Cass County Dennis & Marilyn Jipsen

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:41 AM
Dennis and Marilyn Jipsen are the 2021 Cass County Hall of Fame inductees. Marilyn grew up as a 4-H member and participated in the West Pottawattamie County Fair. She showed cattle and took various baking and sewing projects. Some of her fond memories include participating in the 4-H Foreign Exchange Program...
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2021 Carroll County Lora Reever

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:39 AM
Lora has been a dedicated volunteer to the Carroll County 4-H program for over 15 years. She began volunteering for the 4-H program with her oldest son, Will, and continued to volunteer with both of her other children, Wes and Whitney. Even though Lora's children have all graduated high school...

2021 Monroe County Denny & Janet Cason

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:38 AM
Denny & Janet Cason planted roots in rural Monroe County in 1976 where they began Cason’s Pride and Joy Simmentals. They have raised purebred Simmental cattle for over 40 years. The Cason’s have been lifelong supporters of Monroe County 4-H. They have 2 sons, Colton and Landon, who were also...

2021 Monona County Jerry Rice

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:37 AM
Jerry Rice was never in 4-H, but his wife Barbara was. Jerry met his wife in grade school but did not know he would wed her until they met again when she was a nurse's aide and he was a patient in a hospital for surgery. They married and moved...

2021 Calhoun County Annette Wedemeyer

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:37 AM
Annette Wedemeyer was a Calhoun County 4-H leader for the Union 4-H Club for 14 years. Annette impacted the lives of many 4-H youth during her years as club leader. She was very patient, organized, and thoughtful and wanted all members to learn and have fun while being part of...

2021 Butler County Deb Steere

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:35 AM
Deb Steere has been a great supporter of 4-H for many years. Deb was a member of Butler County 4-H herself and enjoyed sewing projects. Her renewed involvement in 4-H began when her own four children became active in the program in the fall of 1984. Deb’s skill set, which...

2021 Buena Vista County Sheri Van Berkum

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:33 AM
Sherie Van Berkum has positively and generously contributed to the Buena Vista County 4-H program in numerous capacities over the past 17 years. She spent 12 years as an involved and supportive 4-H mom, 10 years as a vibrant club leader to the Maple Valley Motivators and Maple Valley Agriculturists,...

2021 Buchanan County Randy Andrews

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:32 AM
Randy became involved with the 4-H program when his oldest daughter Katie joined 4-H and started showing sheep and swine back in 1989. His other two children, Molly and Brian, followed in Katie’s footsteps with all three being involved in the livestock showing. Randy is actively involved with helping in...

2021 Bremer County Ed, Shirley, and Gene Huck

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:31 AM
Ed Huck and his parents Shirley and the late Gene Huck are Bremer County’s 2021 inductees into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. They are life-long supporters of the 4-H program. Gene and Shirley were 4-H leaders as their children were growing up. They were strong believers in leadership and...

2021 Boone County Bonnie Sorenson

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:30 AM
Bonnie Sorenson’s caring heart and passion for 4-H learning was the driving force behind her 40 years of volunteering in Boone County. She started as a 4-H club leader of the Boxholm Busy Bees in 1982. At the time, this was an all-girls club of which her daughter was an...

2021 Black Hawk County Steve & Loretta Doepke

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:25 AM
There is no better way to describe Loretta and Steve Doepke except to say both are lifelong 4-H’ers. Both were raised on family farms near Denver, Iowa where both families supported 4-H. Loretta grew up a Bennington Booster 4-H Club member, where she carried projects including foods & nutrition, home...

2021 Benton County Brian McNulty

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:23 AM
Our Benton County Hall of Fame nominee became involved in 4-H in the late 1980s as a member of the Eldorado Young Master Farmers 4-H Club. His project was showing dairy cattle which was a natural progression from living and working on the family dairy farm with his dad and...

2021 Audubon County Julie McVay

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:22 AM
Julie has called Audubon County “home” nearly her entire life. Her passion for “making the best better” shows in her involvement in the lives of young people in our county. Julie began her 4-H career as a nine year member of the Cameron Homemakers 4-H Club in Audubon County. Throughout...

2021 Appanoose County Brent Martsching

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:20 AM
Brent Martsching has been a part of the Appanoose County Extension Council for approximately 20 years, serving as secretary for the majority of that time. Brent has been involved in 4-H for most of his life as a member of the Wells Rustlers 4-H Club, then serving as a volunteer...

2021 Allamakee County Mark & Barb Howe

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:18 AM
The Allamakee County 4-H Program is proud to recognize Mark and Barb Howe as the 2021 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductees from Allamakee County. This year’s recipients have been active supporters of the Allamakee County 4-H program for over 30 years. As a youth, Mark was a member of...

2021 Adams County Barb Fuller

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:15 AM
Barbara (Wiese) Fuller joined the Colfax Cloverettes of Boone County in the 1960s and enjoyed membership until she graduated. She participated in a number of project areas, including raising and showing dairy cattle. She also attended the Citizenship Washington Focus in Washington, DC. Both of Barb’s parents were 4-H volunteers...

2021 Adair County Tom Doud

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:14 AM
Tom has been involved in 4-H in some aspect beginning when he was nine years old. He loved showing cattle, hogs, and sheep at the Adair County Fair for nine years with the Lincoln Hawks 4-H Club. During his later high school years, Tom was asked to be a junior...

2021 Mitchell County Jerry Philipp

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:12 AM
Jerry was a 4-H member in Floyd County growing up. He exhibited swine, sheep, and halter calves. He and a friend gave an educational presentation on farrowing crates, which was a new idea at the time. It's a story you should ask him to tell! Jerry earned his Bachelor's in Education...

2021 Mills County David & Mary Trowbridge

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:11 AM
David and Mary Trowbridge have been involved in Mills County 4-H since 2008 when their youngest daughter, MacKenzie, joined the Mills County Prize Winners 4-H Club. David has been a lifelong 4-H’er, showing cattle at the Holt County Fair in Nebraska. Growing up in rural Nebraska on a dairy farm,...

2021 Marshall County Jeff & Christy Hibbs

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:09 AM
Jeff & Christy Hibbs have been active volunteers in Marshall County for 40 years, supporting and promoting 4-H and agriculture in a variety of ways. They have served as leaders of the Clemons 4-H Club, and been very active supporters of the Liscomb 4-H Club for many years where their...

2021 Marion County Mark Drost

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:07 AM
Mark Drost grew up in Tracy, Iowa. He was a member of the Tracy Tigers during his time as a 4-H member. Mark showed both cattle and a pony at the Marion County Fair. Mark really enjoyed his time in 4-H and has a lot of lifetime friendships that were...

2021 Mahaska County David Willemsen

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:03 AM
David Willemsen has been active with Mahaska County 4-H since 1986 when he started as a project leader. In 1990, he became an Advanced Feeder Pen Superintendent and has enjoyed working with the 4-H youth and their exhibits each year. He assists with the local beef weigh-ins and at the...

2021 Madison County Lois Stuart

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 9:33 AM
Lois Stuart was Madison County Extension's 4-H Aide for 18 years. During that time, she helped start a dairy goat program at the county fair. She was known to have the biggest dairy goat program in Iowa at that time. Lois believed in the 4-H program. She made projects exciting...

2021 Lyon County George Meyer

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 9:17 AM
When people hear the word "4-H" in Lyon County, they think of the "best four days of summer” at the county fair. Those four fun-filled days, take preparation by many friendly faces. George Meyer was one of those faces that will likely be remembered for his dedication to making it...
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2021 Lucas County Hunter Brothers - Mike and Nick

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 9:15 AM
Mike and Nick Hunter, grew up on a family farm in Derby, Iowa where their passion for farming and caring for livestock started. After graduating from Iowa State University, they began farming together in 1983 and formed Hunter Brothers Inc., raising livestock and crops. They began to diversify their farming...

2021 Louisa County Don & Judy Wilson

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 9:13 AM
In 4-H there are a few that win the awards and honors and the claims to fame. But there are others who shine even more brightly as they quietly get the work done day after day; lead the clubs; donate year after year for trophies; attend the fairs, the rally...

2021 Linn County Jeff Barrick

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 9:12 AM
Jeff Barrick's volunteer career started in 1984. For the past 37 years, he has held many different roles in the Linn County 4-H Program. He has been a club leader for Washington Busy Beavers, a member of the Swine Committee, and Cat and Pet Committee Chair. Jeff has a love...
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2021 Lee County Mary Weisinger

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 9:11 AM
Lee County would like to recognize Mary Weisinger as our 4-H Hall of Fame recipient for the 2021 Iowa State Fair. We would like to recognize Mary for the numerous contributions she has given to the Lee County Fair and 4-H youth program. Mary grew up a city girl in...
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2021 Kossuth County Nancy (Finnestad) Borchardt

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 9:09 AM
Nancy (Finnestad) Borchardt started her 4-H adventure with the Fairfield True Workers 4-H Club in Palo Alto County. During her 4-H days as a youth, she enjoyed trying new project areas and showing pigs at the county fair. She also took part in the state 4-H conference and the Washington...

2021 Keokuk County Joan Colbert

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 9:08 AM
Joan Colbert of Sigourney, Iowa has been selected as Keokuk County’s 4-H Hall of Fame recipient for 2021. Joan was a co-leader for the Keokuk Kookies 4-H Club with Irene Cassens from 1975-1985. Joan has also been a member of the Keokuk County Expo Board since 1991. Joan has played...

2021 Jones County Raymond Bowers

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 9:07 AM
Raymond Bowers is a valued volunteer for the Jones County 4-H program. He has been a 4-H club leader, Shooting Sports trained instructor and Shooting Sports club leader, poultry superintendent, and Youth Committee member for the past 20 years. Ray is dependable and always has positive youth development as his...

2021 Johnson County Teresa Marshall-Kasper

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 9:06 AM
Teresa Marshall-Kasper was a ten year 4-H member in Illinois and in her words, “I loved 4-H and everything about it!” Gaining communication skills through 4-H demonstrations, participating in the State 4-H Conference at the University of Illinois, and attending the Citizenship Washington Focus in Washington DC gave her local,...

2021 Jefferson County Bill & Becky Goehring

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 9:05 AM
Bill and Becky Goehring of Libertyville, Iowa, have been active supporters of 4-H for many years. They have been active supporters of 4-H in Jefferson County, Van Buren County, and other surrounding counties. In 1986, Bill’s family took ownership of the Keosauqua Sale Barn, where he met Becky, whom he...

2021 Jasper County Jill Titus

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 9:03 AM
Jill Titus is in her 29th year of leading the Sherman Sunbeams 4-H Club in Jasper County. She began as a leader in 1992 when her children, Tiffany, Heather, and Trevor were in 4-H. Currently her grandchildren are Sherman Sunbeam members. Jill has always been one to give back to...
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