2017 O'Brien County: Glenn Fuller

Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame Inductees

2017 O'Brien County: Glenn Fuller

 

Glenn Fuller's deep interest and affection for everything agricultural began as a child growing up on the Fuller family farm in Cherokee County. Faith, family and 4-H were the hallmarks of his childhood and those same characteristics have defined his adulthood. He grew up with an older brother and sister and all three were very active 4-H members.        

Glenn became a member at the age of 10 and continued until his graduation from high school. During these years he belonged to the Cherokee Valley 4-H Club serving in various club offices, raised and exhibited hogs, calves, and show steers at the county fair. He was also a member of two different demonstration teams that went to the Iowa State Fair. As part of an Iowa/Nebraska 4-H exchange program, he was selected to spend one week during a summer in Broken Bow, Nebraska.  In 1960-61, he was named Cherokee County “Outstanding Boys 4-H Club Member “.  After graduation, Glenn attended Iowa State University returning later to help his dad on the family farm.

Following marriage to his wife, Pam, he moved north... to O'Brien County. Over twenty years ago, Glenn began serving on the O'Brien County fair board. During the ensuing years he became involved in a variety of activities. Much of this time, he served as superintendent of the Bottle/Bucket calves category where he mentored many young 4-H members as they learned the responsibilities and duties of showing livestock at county fairs. Several other activities Glenn has been involved with on the fair board have included: securing judges for livestock shows, helping to acquire bleachers for the show rings, establishing hand washing stations on the fairgrounds, and assisting with many maintenance duties.

Always an active community volunteer, Glenn served as a fireman and EMT with the Paullina, Iowa Volunteer Fire Department for 20 years. He and Pam have been hosts for international exchange students for several years and will be hosting another student from Venezuela this year. Glenn also supported his wife in her work with students involved in the Close-Up program in the South O'Brien School District.                             

Glenn is the father of 6 children and grandfather of 15 grandchildren. Some of his children were active 4-H members and currently a few of his grandchildren are members. Glenn continues to work in agriculture, as he has all of his life! He farms in both O'Brien and Cherokee Counties, owns two hog finishing units, one with his son, and sells seed corn as an independent agent. The 4-H motto: "To Make the Best Better" has clearly been a visible part of Glenn Fuller's life!

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