2013 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame Honorees celebrated at the Iowa State Fair

2013 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame Honorees celebrated at the Iowa State Fair


AMES, Iowa – Eighty-three counties inducted honorees into the 2013 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, Aug. 18. The honorees were selected by their counties for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H.


Kris Fish Kuhlmann                  Chris Gleason                          

Executive Director                 4-H Youth Development          

Iowa 4-H Foundation               ISU Extension and Outreach                                                                 

fund4h@iastate.edu                    cgleason@iastate.edu

(515) 294-1552                       (515) 294-1557

AMES, Iowa –  Eighty-three counties inducted honorees into the 2013 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, Aug. 18. The honorees were selected by their counties for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H. Inductees or their surviving family members were presented a certificate by the Iowa 4-H Foundation as they were introduced on stage. In alphabetical order, Adair to Jackson Counties were recognized at 1:30, while Jefferson to Wright County were recognized at 3:30 A reception was held shortly after each of the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame presentations.


“This is a wonderful opportunity for the counties and state to recognize and celebrate 4-H volunteers and staff who have shown outstanding service and dedication to Iowa’s 4-H program,” said Chris Gleason, of ISU Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development.


Counties select inductees for their exceptional work in contributing to the lives of 4-H members and the overall 4-H program. Many inductees served as club leaders, youth mentors, fair superintendents or fair board members, Iowa State University Extension county council members, county youth council members, fair judges, financial supporters, chaperones or ISU Extension staff members. The inductees have demonstrated dedication, encouragement, commitment and guidance to Iowa’s 4-H’ers through the years.



 “The 4-H spirit was alive and robust on Sunday! It was a great opportunity to hear stories and their past in the Iowa 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair.” commented Kris Fish Kuhlmann, Executive Director of the Iowa 4-H Foundation.


Information about this year’s inductees to the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame also is available on the Iowa 4-H Foundation website, organized by year and by county. Go to / and select “Recognition.” Photos of the inductees with Executive Director Kris Fish Kuhlmann can be found on the Foundation’s Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/iowa4hfoundation


The Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame was initiated in 2002 to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of 4-H. A summary of previous honorees are also available on the Iowa 4-H Foundation’s website.


This year’s honorees by county:


Adair County - Deb Hall

Clarke County - Leland Dolecheck

Adams County - Jim Curtis

Clay County - Bonnie Johnson

Allamakee County - Kermit and Ann Klees

Clayton County - Lendall and Fern Schievelbein

Audubon County - Dennis Grimm

Clinton County - Glen McCulloh

Benton County - Tim and Jean Schmidt

Crawford County - Dwight Boeck

Black Hawk County - Dale and Marty Port

Dallas County - Steve and Sharon Luellen

Boone County - Marshall King

2013 Davis County - Charles and Carolyn Scott

Bremer County - Dave and Nancy Foelske

Delaware County - Larry and Nancy Shover

Buchanan County - Richard and Wendy Sperfslage

Des Moines County - Emmett and Carol Messer

Buena Vista County - Todd and Laura Sievers

Dickinson County - VerDon and Donna Schmidt

Bulter County - Ron Henning

Dubuque County - Henery Kruse Jr.

Calhoun County - Delmer Zinnel

Emmet County - Holle Smith

Carroll County - Virginia Hagemann

Fayette County - Neil and Julie Lansing

Cass County - Jim and Patty Rodgers

Floyd County - Joyce Night

Chickasaw County - Roger and Laurie Tiemessen

Franklin County - Boyd Dohrmann

Fremont County - Rebecca Schull

Mills County - Stephen and Nancy McGrew

Gerro Gordo County - Al Nickerson

Mitchell County - Julie and Scott Niess

Greene County -Steve and Julie Karber

Monona County - Sharyl Bruning

Grundy County - Ken and Nadene Van Hauen

Monroe County - Dean Bettis

Guthrie County - Carol Dorsey

Muscatine County - Mike Aversing

Hamilton County - Tom and Pat Rittscher

O'Brien County - Duane "Mick" Konz

Hancock County - Stan and Michele Greiman

Page County - Joyce Johnson

Harrison County - Evelyn Oliver

Palo Alto - Karen Schwartzkopf

Henry County - Diana Weigert

Plymouth County - Gary Larson

Howard County - Craig and Gladie Church

Pocahontas County - Graig and Terry Ferguson

Humboldt County - Diana Lehman

Polk County - Craig and LaVon Griffieon

Ida County - Brittany Wait

Pottawattamie (East) County - Nancy Hering

Iowa County - Teresa Heudepohl

Poweskiek County - Maynard Lang

Jackson County - Charles and Linda Lane

Sac County - Darold Jacobson

Jefferson County - James R. Govock

Scott County - Mary Schwarz

Johnson County - Jim and Carolyn Smith

Shelby County - Elaine Baughman

Jones County - Betty Wolken

Story County - Mary DeBaca

Keokuk County - Donna Decker

Tama County - Keith and Carol Earles

Kossuth County - Jean Kent

Union County - Dennis and Pauline Sweet

Linn County - Mike Rice

Van Buren County - Kenneth Gilchrist

Louisa County - Janet Pretz

Wapello County - Doug Glosser

Mahaska County - Ron Bever

Warren County - Monty Freeman

Marshall County - Pat VonAhnen

Washington County - James Frier

Wayne County - Donna Morgan


Webster County - Dan and Lou Ann Garst


Winneshiek County - Ann Moen


Woodbury County - Marilyn Joy Engle


Worth County - Forence Ferden


Wright County - Larry and Karla Pals






The Iowa 4-H Foundation provides the private financial resources to develop and deliver quality 4-H youth programs throughout the state of Iowa. These opportunities help young people enhance their ability to use critical thinking, leadership, communication, and social skills – tools that will give them a competitive edge in their future endeavors.


Iowa 4-H Youth Development is a program of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa 4-H reaches 1 in 5 Iowa youth with hands-on, learn by doing experiences. With programs in every county, the primary interest areas 4-H youth are involved in are science, technology, engineering & math (STEM), healthy living, agriculture and creative arts. 4-H’ers are Iowa’s future!


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