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2015 Wright County- Rita Mersch

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 4:38 PM
Rita Mersch was a 4-H leader of the Eagle Red Peppers for 20 years from 1964-1984. Sadly, Rita passed away in 2002. She became a leader when her oldest daughter, had been a 4-H member for approximately three years. She was a 4-H leader for all three of her daughters....

2015 Worth County- Jayne Lupkes

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 4:35 PM
Jayne Lupkes has been very dedicated to embracing and enhancing the 4-H program in Worth County throughout the past 30 years. She is serving on the County Extension Council, the 4-H committee, has been a 4-H leader and helper throughout those 30 years along with having her children and now...

2015 Woodbury County- Allan and Polly Pithan

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 4:34 PM
I PLEDGE MY HEAD TO CLEARER THINKING… Allan and Polly Pithan began their 4-H careers representing Woodbury County in 1960. Polly, a nine-year member of the Active Anthonettes where she exhibited in the Foods, Textiles, and Home Improvement projects.. She was involved in numerous community service activities, held club officer positions,...

2015 Winneshiek County- Mildred Lyons

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 4:32 PM
Mildred Lyons has been involved in 4-H since her teen years when she was a member of 4-H in Wright County. She participated and exhibited at the local and state level. One of her favorite stories is telling about the time she went to the state fair with her father....

2015 Webster County- Ruth Schmalenberger

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 4:30 PM
While contributions can be measured in many ways, the ultimate contributions most important to any 4-H program are those that keep strong the legacy of learning by doing. In the case of Ruth Schmalenberger, her contributions have not only expanded the legacy and importance of the 4-H program through her...

2015 Wayne County- Leroy and Pat Perkins

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 4:28 PM
Wayne County would like to introduce Leroy and Pat Perkins as our Hall of Fame selection for the 2015 Iowa State Fair. We would like to honor Leroy and Pat for their countless contributions they have provided to our Wayne County Fair for the last 50 years. Their dedication and...
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2015 Washington County- Harold and Shirley Bohr

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 4:26 PM
Harold and Shirley Bohr have been involved with 4-H and the Washington County Fair for a number of years in a multitude of ways. Harold passed away in 2014 and Shirley has stepped down from some of her organizational duties. Their smiles, cheerful ways, and helping hands have made 4-H...

2015 Warren County- Joy Rouse

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 4:24 PM
Joy Rouse lives in Indianola, Iowa. Joy was the Warren County Extension Director for many years. She had the knowledge and history to answer questions, find information, and make sure tasks were being completed. One 4-H volunteer commented that, “For as long as I can remember, Warren County 4-H meant Joy...

2015 Wapello County- Ron and Cindy Donahue

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 4:22 PM
Ron and Cindy Donohue's involvement in 4-H can be traced back to when they were both children. Ron vividly remembers showing the reserved grand champion steer at the Johnson County 4-H fair while Cindy entered exhibits and demonstrations at the Hamilton County Fair. Ron and Cindy passed on the 4-H tradition...

2015 Van Buren County- David L. Smith

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 4:20 PM
David L. Smith was an assistant leader and leader of the Jolly Trio 4-H club for 25 years. Before that, he was the leader of an all-boys club, the Harrisburg Beavers. The Jolly Trio Club has always been one of the largest and most active clubs in the county. As...

2015 Union County- Mary O'Riley

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 4:09 PM
Mary O’Riley is a teacher at heart. The opportunity to be a positive influence in the lives of young people and help them develop their potential to be the best they can be attracted Mary to 4-H as a young mother. She has been a devoted 4-H volunteer in Union...
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2015 Taylor County- Linda Wheeler

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 4:06 PM
Linda Wheeler joined the Platte Peppy Pals, all girls 4-H club, in 1977 at the age of nine, in Taylor County. During her 10 years in 4-H she enjoyed taking exhibits to the fair to be judged. Many of her exhibits included clothing, photography, woodworking, ceramics and pottery. As an active 4-H...

2015 Tama County- Ann McMullin

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 4:00 PM
Ann McMullin began what has become a lifelong association with and dedication to 4-H and Iowa State University Extension while growing up on the family dairy farm. At age 10 she joined both a girls club and 4-H boys club. During the next decade, she completed many home economics and...
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2015 Story County- Jarilyn Upchurch

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 3:54 PM
Jarilyn (Jerry) Upchurch has been an integral part of the Story County 4-H program for over 35 years. In 2005 she was recognized for 25 years of service as a 4-H club leader. She continues to serve as the Story County superintendent of the Flower Garden project. As a 4-H...
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2015 Sioux County- Mark Pottebaum

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 3:47 PM
Past recipients of this award have volunteered for 4-H for 20, 30 and even 40 years. Mark Pottebaum may be a more recent volunteer with a mere decade as an official volunteer, but his voice, influence and passion for 4-H have all made an impact. Mark shares his passion for...
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2015 Shelby County- Paula Behrendt

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 3:44 PM
Paula Behrendt has dedicated over 50 years of her life to Shelby County, 10 of which were spent working as the office assistant at the ISU Extension office in Shelby County. Paula graduated from Irwin-Kirkman High School and the University of Northern Iowa. She spent 36 years as a teacher...

2015 Scott County- Scott Campbell

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 3:43 PM
Scott Campbell may know all the 4-Hers in Scott County better than anyone! For over 30 years, he has spent time with them at each fair, listening to their stories, sharing in their successes and recording their accomplishments for a special fair edition of The North Scott Press. He spends...
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2015 Sac County- Marilyn Obmann

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:41 AM
Marilyn started as 4-H leader for The Viola Violets in 1977 when her daughter was active in the club. Later when her son was of the age to join 4-H, Marilyn and husband Fred, along with 2 other couples helped start a boys club that continues today. Marilyn continued to...
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2015 Ringgold County- Lois Hunt

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:41 AM
Lois “Cookie” Hunt from Ringgold County is remembered for her many years of service to 4-H and Extension programming in this county as well as all over Iowa. She was a co-leader in the Jolly Jinglers 4-H Club for 16 years. The wide variety of learning and community service projects...

2015 Poweskiek County- Betsy Cranston

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:41 AM
The Poweshiek County 4-H Program is proud to honor Betsy Cranston as their 2015 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductee. Betsy became actively involved in the Poweshiek County 4-H program in 2011 by taking on a leadership role within the Deep River Helping Hands 4-H Club. As a club leader, Betsy...

2015 Pottawattamie County (East)- Gene and Sharell Fritz

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:41 AM
Gene and Sharell Fritz’s life-long passions began in 4-H. Both began their 4-H career in 1951. Their parents were club leaders, and Sharell’s grandmother was also a leader. They have guided two more generations of youth in 4-H; their own three children: Melissa, Greg, and Guthrey and grandchildren. Gene’s love of...

2015 Polk County- Ron and Bev Shivers

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:40 AM
Ron and Bev Shivers exhibit outstanding service to the Polk County 4-H program and have done so for several decades. The Shivers’ investment in youth development is that of time, support and monetary contributions. From donating Polk County Fair t-shirts for exhibitors to buying livestock from 4-H members, the Shivers...
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2015 Pocahontas County- Sarah Munson

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:40 AM
4-H tradition runs deep within Sarah’s roots. Sarah’s parents were 4-H leaders and Sarah was an active 4-H’er throughout her youth. Keeping with tradition, Sarah married a 4-H’er (Glenn) and raised 2 children in the Iowa 4-H program. Sarah was a 4-H leader until her youngest child graduated from high...

2015 Plymouth County- Dennis Baldwin

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:40 AM
In July of 1988, Dennis’s son Chad showed lambs in his first sheep show. This began a long association with the Plymouth County Fair. Within a few years Dennis was asked to join the sheep committee and the rest is history. During the past 25 years Dennis has watched his...

2015 Palo Alto County- Keyron and Esty Rogarty

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:40 AM
As we reflect back, the time and commitment that Keyron and Esty Fogarty of Cylinder have given to supporting and improving 4-H in Palo Alto County has been truly amazing. Keyron Joseph Fogarty was born in December of 1926 and was a member of the Fern Valley Wide Awakes 4-H...

2015 Page County- Neil McCoy

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:40 AM
Neil McCoy was an active member of the Valley Boosters 4-H Club for nine years and held many offices. He served as the Page County Boys 4-H President in 1967. Neil especially enjoyed showing Guernsey dairy cattle. After graduating from high school, Neil attended Iowa State University. After graduation, he...
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2015 O'Brien County- Sherry Durst

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:39 AM
Sherry Durst has been involved with the 4-H program for a number of years. She was the O’Brien Extension office secretary for 15 ½ years. While working at the Extension office she learned and became familiar with the 4-H program. Sherry currently serves as the O’Brien County Fair Board secretary....

2015 Muscatine County- Marla Maas

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:39 AM
Marla Mass’s first experience with 4-H began as a nine year old when she joined the Wapsie Best 4-H club. Little did she know the impact 4-H would have on her life. As a 4-H’er, she enrolled in the usual projects, home improvement, food & nutrition, photography, sewing, and market and...

2015 Montgomery County- Carol Sparr

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:39 AM
Carol Sparr grew up on a farm near Rulo, Nebraska. She graduated from Falls City, Nebraska High School and Peru State College. Carol has been married to her husband Ted for 48 years and they have made their home in Red Oak, Iowa. Carol became involved in 4- H when...

2015 Monroe County- Ron and Marlene Clark

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:39 AM
4-H has strong roots in the Clark family. Ron grew up showing cattle and holding various offices in the Union Leaders 4-H club in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. He was the oldest of five Clark children to be active members of that club near the town of Lovilia,...

2015 Monona County- Cheri Hardison

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:39 AM
Cheri Hardison and husband, Bob, manage and live on an acreage near Onawa, Iowa. They have been married 40 years in August of 2015. They are blessed with 3 children, Colton, Carla, and Kelsey, that were all active in 4-H. Cheri was a 4-H member of the Jordan Sunshine 4-H...

2015 Mitchell County- Terry and Allison Kruse

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:38 AM
Terry and Allison Kruse have served the Mitchell County 4-H program in a variety of ways over the past years. Terry has been the lead beef superintendent and has helped with the weigh-ins, workshops and the County 4-H Beef Show for more than a decade. Allison has been a 4-H club...

2015 Mills County- James Paul

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:38 AM
James Paul began his career as a Henderson Hornets 4-H member in 1966. He learned organizational and leadership skills while serving as secretary and president of his club. He enjoyed showing beef, swine, rabbits and photography at the county fair. As a youth, James understood the importance of going the “extra...
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2015 Marshall County- Larry and Jacki Henchal

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:38 AM
Larry and Jackie Henchal were instrumental in growing 4-H’ers on the west side of Marshall County in the late 1970s and early ‘80s. Larry took charge of the “boys club,” Central Iowa Livestock, where his son Randy was a member while Jackie assisted in the leadership of the State Center...

2015 Marion County- Martha Reed

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:38 AM
Martha Reed has been involved in Marion County 4-H for most of her life. Growing up, she exhibited sheep at the Marion County Fair. While raising three sons with her husband John she was a leader of the Melcher Mi-Ts 4-H club for 16 years. Martha took a club that...

2015 Mahaska County- Richard Sammons

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:38 AM
Richard Sammons was passionate about the Southern Iowa Fair. In high school, he was a member of the Eddyville FFA chapter. After high school, he married his wife Julie. They became parents of a daughter, Tayler. Taylor was active in 4-H and FFA, so Richard became involved with her projects...

2015 Madison County- Rita Huntrods

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:38 AM
Rita Huntrods was a nine year member of the Lee Stars 4-H Club in Madison County, Iowa. She was a very active 4-H’er, participating as an elected officer in her club numerous years. She participated in a variety of project areas, including sheep, clothing, style review, home furnishings, and food...

2015 Lyon County- Harriet Metzger

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:38 AM
Harriet Metzger became a leader of the Alvord Hawkeyes 4-H Club in the early 90’s. She was told by her daughter “You should be the leader or I may go to 4-H in another town.” Harriet decided that she would take on this challenge. Harriet was always willing to try new...
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2015 Lucas County- Ed and Sid Shanks

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:37 AM
Father and son, Ed & Sid Shanks were both lifelong residents of the Lucas County. They were always big supporters of Lucas County 4-H program. Whether it was actually being in 4-H themselves, parenting their own kids in 4-H, serving on the youth committees, sleeping at the fairgrounds all night...
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2015 Louisa County- F.D. and Lucile Smylie

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:37 AM
F. D. grew up in Columbus Junction and Louisa County and graduated from Iowa State. Then he did what so many young people want to do – he left Iowa for California! Lucile was raised on a farm, graduated from Grandview High School and the University of Iowa then began...

2015 Linn County- Clifford Henderson

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:37 AM
The Linn County 4-H Horse Committee was established in 1968 by Clifford J. Henderson of Marion and several other dedicated volunteers. Under his direction, Horse Camp was established at Camp Wapsi. One-day workshops on specific topics and skills were presented, such as: nutrition, grooming, horsemanship and showmanship. Youth especially enjoyed...
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2015 Lee County- Cathy Holtcamp

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:37 AM
Cathy Holtkamp was born and raised in Lee County. She and her husband, Larry Holtkamp, have four children who were all very active in 4-H. In 1986, Cathy took a job working for Lee County Extension. She became the County Youth Coordinator and was actively involved in a program that...
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2015 Keokuk County- David and Kay Witte

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:30 AM
Both David and Kay served on the Keokuk County Extension Agricultural Council. It was a rewarding and learning time for both of them. Kay helped judge the Clover Kids at the Expo as they proudly brought in their exhibits to be shared. Kay stated, “I just praise them for their...

2015 Jones County- Gerald and Verlyn Stolte

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:29 AM
Verlyn & Jerry have been married 52 years. Their volunteer 4-H experience began when their daughter was in her third year of 4-H. Verlyn was a 4-H club leader for Morley Merry Maidens and Morley M & M’s for the next 35 years! Verlyn continues to support Jones County 4-H...
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2015 Johnson County- Nick and Georgie Greiner

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:29 AM
The Greiner’s involvement with the Johnson County 4-H program began in approximately 1970. Nick was asked to assist with the 4-H sheep program at the Johnson County Fair. He soon became the sheep superintendent, a position he held until 2013. Nick and Georgie organized and taught many sheep/lamb workshops and...

2015 Jefferson County- Linda McIntire

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:29 AM
Linda McIntire started her 4-H affiliation growing up on a farm in Wapello County. On weekends her love of horses kicked in travelling and competitively showing horses all over including the Iowa State Fair. Linda also competed in the cowgirl Queen contest twice, both times receiving 1st runner up. She...

2015 Jasper County- Jeannie Boetcher

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:28 AM
Jeannie Boetcher has been involved with the 4-H program most of her life. At the age of nine she joined the Atomic Starlets for a year and then she became a member of the Jolly Workers 4-H club. She remained a member until graduating high school. She became an assistant...

2015 Jackson County- Leland and Jeanette Lane

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:28 AM
Head, Heart, Hands & Health; these are all things that are part of Leland & Jeanette Lane’s everyday life. Leland has been active in 4-H since youth as a member and involvement has continued into Leland and Jeanette’s married life as club leaders, committee members, Dairy Promotion Board members and...

2015 Iowa County- George Hunt

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:28 AM
For the past 26 years, George Hunt has contributed hundreds of volunteer hours. From serving as 4-H Club Leader, Beef Superintendent, 4-H Committee Member, Iowa County 4-H Foundation Director, Iowa County Extension Council Member, and as a member on the Iowa County Fair Board overall his support for Iowa...
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2015 Ida County- Tom Conover

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:28 AM
Tom Conover was born and raised at Bonnie Acres Farm south of Holstein, in Ida County. As a youth, he was active in the Battle Boys 4-H Club for 8 years. His projects included Hereford breeding cattle, Belgian draft horses, and Berkshire swine. He earned the “I Dare You” Award,...
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2015 Humboldt County- Daniel and Jean Holste

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:28 AM
Daniel and Jean have been positive influences to the Humboldt County 4-H program and have enjoyed the time they have invested in this program. They were asked to be a part of the program by former Humboldt County Youth Coordinator, David Stephens. The Holstes are Master Gardeners. They have taught...

2015 Howard County- Glen and Alice Klimesh Family

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:27 AM
The Klimesh family has been involved in 4-H since 1966. Alice and (the late) Glen Klimesh had 10 children: Glenda, Arla, Keith, Lyle, Ronnie, Loren, Jan, Stac, Kurt and Kent. Of their ten children, eight of them were members in the 4-H organization. The Klimesh children were members of the...

2015 Harrison County- David Seilstad

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:17 AM
David Seilstad has worked for ISU Extension and Outreach for over 25 years. He is the Youth Program Specialist for Region 17 which is made up of 7 southwest area counties with his office in Harrison County. David started the First Lego League in Harrison County several years ago which has...

2015 Hardin County- Richelle Stowe

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:17 AM
She’s been a 4-Her for life – literally. Since before she could walk, Richelle Stowe was attending Pleasant Peppy Teens 4-H meetings with her six older sisters and her mother, who was the leader of the club. When she was finally able to join the club, she thrived in the...

2015 Hancock County- Glen and Terry Greiman

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:16 AM
Glen and Terri Greiman have a history rich with 4-H involvement. Glen grew up as a 4-Her and made sure his kids were involved as soon as they were old enough. Glen and Terri have given countless hours to Hancock County 4-H and the county fair. Glen served on the...

2015 Hamilton County- Dan and Donna Ryherd

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:16 AM
Dan and Donna Ryherd have been very active volunteers for the Hamilton County 4-H program for the past 30 years. They began their volunteer services during the time their children Mark, Lee, Grant and Jan were involved in the 4-H program and have continued serving Hamilton County 4-H’ers. Donna was a...

2015 Guthrie County- Jim and Lisa Calvert

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:16 AM
Jim Calvert began his 4-H career as a member of the Wichita Wildcats 4-H club in Guthrie County. After going to college and receiving a degree in agricultural education he returned to Guthrie Center High School as the agricultural and FFA instructor where he taught for the past 35 years....

2015 Grundy County- Curtis and Lorieann Kyhl

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:14 AM
Curt & Lorieann Kyhl have been actively involved in 4-H from the time their son Chris and daughter Kayla enrolled in 4-H. They have always offered a helping hand wherever it is needed during the year and especially during the week of fair. They have always been huge supporters of...

2015 Greene County- David and Cheri Roquet

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:13 AM
Over the years, David and Cherie Roquet have greatly impacted countless youth and families through the Greene County 4-H program. This influence was especially significant during the 15 years Cherie served as 4-H Youth Coordinator and David was an active member of the fair board. Cherie grew up in Knoxville...

2015 Fremont County- Tom and Norma Troxel

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:13 AM
Tom and Norma Troxel, living on a Century Farm in rural Farragut have been involved in Fremont County 4-H for most of their lives. Tom, a 4th generation ag producer was both a member, and a leader, of the Southeast Future Farmers 4-H Club. Norma, one of 11 kids, was...

2015 Franklin County- Carolyn Oleson

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:13 AM
For the past 48 years, Carolyn Oleson has been a 4-H Volunteer in Franklin County! Carolyn began her involvement in 4-H as a member of the Scott Scotties 4-H Club, and later became a leader of that same club when her daughters joined. Carolyn continued lending a helping hand to...

2015 Floyd County- Sue Sedgwick

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:13 AM
Susan Sedgwick began her 4-H volunteer career while working on the family farm south of Charles City. She served on the Floyd County Extension Board of Directors Council from 1990-present. She has held many offices on this council with the most recent as treasurer. Her personal and dedicated leadership as...
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2015 Fayette County- Norma Kerr

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:12 AM
Norma Kerr started 4-H as a Clayton County member in the Garnavillo Farmerettes 4-H Club. Due to her family moving, she selected not to continue with 4-H as a youth. In 1971, Norma became one of the leaders of the Clermont Country Cousins 4-H Club. She continued as a leader...

2015 Emmet County- Athlyn Black

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:11 AM
Emmet County’s 2015 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductee is Athlyn Black. As a 4-H’er herself in Wright County, Athlyn was a member of the Eagle Red Peppers 4-H Club. She really enjoyed participating in skits, sewing, baking, and 4-H Fun Nights. A highlight of her 4-H career was winning the...
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2015 Dubuque County- Marilyn Lawler

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:11 AM
Marilyn Collins Lawler grew up on a farm in Jackson County and was a member of the Otter Creek Starlets 4-H Club for ten years. She held every office throughout that membership. As a 4-Her her favorite memories were of talks, demonstrations, club Christmas parties and camps, but mostly, the...

2015 Des Moines County- Robert and Marlene Beckman

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:11 AM
Marlene and Robert Beckman both started 4-H when they were 10 years old. As 4-H members, Marlene showed poultry, cattle, and participated in showmanship, along with doing gardening, sewing, and many other indoor projects. Robert showed dairy cattle, receiving grand champion numerous times over the years, and participated in showmanship....

2015 Delaware County- John and Ruth Deutmeyer

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:10 AM
For the past thirty-five years, John and Ruth Deutmeyer have spent time volunteering to support the 4-H program of Delaware County. They are the parents of four children; Jenifer Deutmeyer-McGovern, Pharm D, from Petersburg, Jason Deutmeyer, M.D., from Bettendorf, Iowa, Angela Fontaine, graphic artist/accountant, from Elgin, Illinois and Alex Deutmeyer,...

2015 Dallas County- Linda Nelson

Posted on 08/23/2015 at 9:34 AM
Linda Nelson started as a 4H member in Montgomery County as a Frankfort Clovia Clan. She said at that time there were separate girls and boys clubs but if a girl wanted to show livestock she joined in both a girls and boys club. The girls clubs would work primarily...

2015 Crawford County- Coletta Weeda

Posted on 08/23/2015 at 9:34 AM
Coletta Weeda from Denison, IA is the 2015 Crawford County Hall of Fame Honoree. Coletta’s thirty years of outstanding service and dedication to the 4-H program makes her an excellent inductee. Her ability to model service, volunteerism, integrity, and leadership has assisted hundreds of 4-H members in reaching and surpassing...

2015 Clinton County- Ray and Evelyn Stuedemann

Posted on 08/23/2015 at 9:33 AM
Ray and Evelyn Stuedemann were very active in the Clinton County 4-H program for many years and continue to be avid supporters. Ray and Evelyn were both involved in the 4-H program as youth. Ray’s father was the leader of his club. Ray was a member of the Lincoln Cowmilkers and...

2015 Clayton County- Vernon and Joyce Cherne

Posted on 08/23/2015 at 9:33 AM
Vernon and Joyce Cherne of rural Guttenberg have farmed in Clayton County since early 1972. Vernon served in the United States Navy for seven years before returning home to farm. Vernon and Joyce married in 1972. They have four children: Eric, Julie, Amy and Scott. Their children were all...

2015 Clay County- Hardie J. Ball Jr.

Posted on 08/23/2015 at 9:33 AM
Butch Ball has been a dedicated 4-H program volunteer for 50 years. He’s served the youth of Clay County through his volunteerism and caring mentorship as a club leader and an event volunteer for multiple livestock departments at the Clay County Fair. His mentorship has inspired both his kids and...
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2015 Clarke County- Melanie Eddy

Posted on 08/23/2015 at 9:33 AM
Melanie Eddy’s passion for 4-H began at a very young age. She grew up on a farm in rural Osceola and joined 4-H in the 5th grade. She was a member of the Ward Washington Wanderettes girl’s 4-H club, and showed interest in food and nutrition, clothing and home furnishings....

2015 Chickasaw County- Patty Phillips

Posted on 08/23/2015 at 9:32 AM
Patty Phillips contributed a great number of hours to the Chickasaw County 4-H program through her 8 years of 4-H involvement and 6 years of service on the Youth Development Committee. In 2007, Patty was integral in developing the County Fair food stand; coordinating food, scheduling workers, grilling hamburgers and brats,...

2015 Cherokee County- Dennis and Lois Alquist

Posted on 08/21/2015 at 2:06 PM
Although Dennis and Lois Alquist were not youth 4-H members, however, they became involved when their children entered the 4-H program. Dennis was a co-leader of the Sheridan-Sure-Shooters 4-H Club who were active in the area of showing livestock. Each year the leaders provided leadership and help for members to make...

2015 Cerro Gordo County- Randy and Janet Grey

Posted on 08/21/2015 at 2:04 PM
Randy and Janet Grey’s 4-H participation started young. Both were 9 year members of the Iowa 4-H program Randy in Dallas County and Janet in Cerro Gordo. Both were active in their clubs and counties exhibiting and participating in a wide variety of project areas. They continued to expand their...

2015 Cedar County- Russ Cook

Posted on 08/21/2015 at 2:02 PM
Russ Cook has been involved in 4-H helping youth most of his life. He volunteers with all aspects of the Cedar County 4-H program for years including: --Serving as one of the beef superintendents for the fair for many years, --helping with market beef weigh-in, --serving as a ring man for...
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2015 Cass County- Mary Ottmar

Posted on 08/21/2015 at 2:00 PM
Mary was an outstanding 4-H member who showcased her leadership & communication skills throughout her membership in 4-H. Mary began her professional Extension career in 1972 as the Cass County Extension 4-H and Youth Leader for 20 years. Mary strived to increase 4-H membership by building strong relationships with the...

2015 Calhoun County- Marlene Meyer

Posted on 08/21/2015 at 1:59 PM
Marlene Meyer of Lytton was a 4-H Leader for the Calhoun County, Iowa Garfield Gleam Girls 4-H Club for 11 years. Club membership ranged from 27 to 19 members. Marlene was patient, organized, and thoughtful wanting all girls to learn and to have fun as a group. One of her...

2015 Butler County- C. Dale Boelman

Posted on 08/21/2015 at 1:55 PM
Butler County’s Hall of Fame Inductee is C. Dale Boelman of Clarksville. In looking back, I’m not sure there was never a time when Dale was not involved in 4-H. His parents were both long time leaders and Dale was always active as well. He was particularly active in the...

2015 Buena Vista County- Lee Meyer

Posted on 08/21/2015 at 1:54 PM
Buena Vista County 4-H is proud to recognize LEE MEYER as the 2015 Iowa Hall of Fame Honoree. Lee’s first experience with 4-H was as a member of the former Elk Antler 4-H Club in Elk township near Alta, Iowa. From there, Lee has experienced the full range of 4-H...

2015 Buchanan County- Ken and Kathy Kehril

Posted on 08/21/2015 at 1:44 PM
Ken and Kathy Kehrli have enjoyed being involved with 4-Hers for over 20 years. Through these years many lifelong friendships have been made, and they are thankful for the opportunity to witness so many quality young people benefit from their 4-H experiences as they begin their own families and careers,...

2015 Bremer County- Chris and Shannon Knapp

Posted on 08/21/2015 at 1:42 PM
Chris joined the Jackson Beavers 4-H Club as soon as he was old enough, where he held several club offices and served on county council. Chris exhibited cattle all years that he was active. Shannon was active in 4-H in Wisconsin, Wyoming and Iowa. She joined 4-H in 5th grade...

2015 Boone County- Bill Martin and Kristine Johansen

Posted on 08/21/2015 at 1:37 PM
Bill Martin and Kristine Johansen have opened the world of science and technology for 4-H’ers in Boone County. They created the Science & Technology 4-H Club, through which they have ignited a passion for science and technology for many 4-H’ers. Bill and Kris did an excellent job of launching and...
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2015 Black Hawk County- Barbara and P. Lee Miller

Posted on 08/21/2015 at 12:29 PM
Deeply-held commitment to 4-H, church, community, family and farming have defined the lives of Barbara and P. Lee Miller for many years. As young people growing up on farms each became avid 4-H members. Lee, a member of the Orange Boosters club, participated with dairy projects where he was able...

2015 Benton County- Rick Claeys

Posted on 08/21/2015 at 12:25 PM
Rick Claeys was a member of the Benton County Pork Producers, a member of the Benton County 4-H Committee and served as Swine Superintendent at the Benton County Fair. He truly enjoyed working with the youth, the parents and supporters and had a listening ear for parents and members who...

2015 Audubon County- Virgil Sorensen

Posted on 08/19/2015 at 10:22 AM
Virgil Sorensen has been a longtime supporter of the Audubon County 4-H Program. His 4-H career began in 1952 when he joined the Hamlin Ribbon Winners 4-H Club and exhibited Brown Swiss Dairy Cattle at the fair. He also participated in plowing contests and many other activities through 4-H....

2015 Appanoose County- Carolyn Bauman

Posted on 08/19/2015 at 10:20 AM
Carolyn Bauman has been actively involved in the Appanoose County 4-H Program and the Appanoose County Fair since 1961. Carolyn was a leader of the True Blue 4-H Club during the late 70’s and early 80’s when her children were in 4-H. She was also on the Appanoose County 4-H...

2015 Allamakee County- Don and Michelle Dee

Posted on 08/19/2015 at 10:18 AM
The Allamakee County 4-H Youth Development Committee is pleased to recognize Don and Michelle Dee as the 2015 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductees from Allamakee County. Don and Michelle are long-time supporters of the Allamakee County 4-H Program. Their 4-H involvement has spanned several years — from their years...

2015 Adams County- Evelyn Lund

Posted on 08/19/2015 at 10:14 AM
Evelyn Pauline Thomas Lund was born and raised in Adams County. She and her sister were raised by their mother at an early age, 9 and 6, after the sudden death of their father, Wilfred. Their mother, Agnes, worked in private homes, cleaning and caring for people. Things weren’t easy,...
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2015 Adair County- Ralph Lents

Posted on 08/19/2015 at 10:09 AM
Ralph Lents of Menlo comes from a strong 4-H oriented family with his parents, two brothers and one sister all being involved as a 4-H family at the county and state levels. Ralph participated with cattle and hog projects, and livestock judging, but leadership was one of Ralph’s strong points. His...
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