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2019 Des Moines County: David Holsteen

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 12:03 PM
The 2019 Des Moines County Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductee has been involved in 4-H for many years; as a 4-H member, 4-H leader, 4-H parent, and now a 4-H grandparent. Dave Holstein is a 1965 graduate of Mediapolis High School and was an 8 year member of the Junior...
Posted in Des Moines, 2019 |

2018 Des Moines County: Ron & Joyce Stover

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 2:55 PM
The 2018 Des Moines County Hall of Fame inductees have many years of 4-H experience and involvement in 4-H on a vast variety of levels. From active 4-H club members, to committee members and leaders, to parents and now grandparents; many countless hours have been dedicated to the 4-H program....
Posted in Des Moines, 2018 |

2017 Des Moines County: Joanne Denney

Posted on 08/24/2017 at 9:08 PM
This year’s 2017 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame recipient, from Des Moines County, simply put…loved 4-H! From being a former 4-H youth participant, to county fair volunteer and judge, to mother and grandmother of future generations of 4-Hers. It was a way of life that Joanne Denney truly treasured! Joanne...

2016 Des Moines County Dave and Pat Fritz

Posted on 08/26/2016 at 10:02 AM
This year’s Hall of Fame honorees have been involved in 4-H for many years: as members, 4-H parents, 4-H leaders, and committee members. Dave and Pat Fritz, of Burlington, were in 4-H for nine years. Pat was involved in clothing, home improvement and food and nutrition. One of her leader’s was...

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....

2014 Des Moines County - Andy and Lyn Brader

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 9:41 PM
Andy and Lyn Brader have a background going back to 1947. Andy Brader joined the Sperry Sodbusters 4-H club around 1947 and Lyn Brader joined the Huron Peppy Pals in 1949. When Lyn joined there were boys clubs and girls clubs and at that time the boys were the ones...

2013 Des Moines County - Emmett and Carol Messer

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:52 AM
4-H volunteers, Emmett and Carol Messer have a 4-H background that expands many decades! Carol has volunteered 75 years and Emmett 65 years! Carol’s 4H career started in her youth with all 9 years in Henry County as a member of New London Lassies and Farm Boosters Clubs. She exhibited...

2012 Des Moines County- Edward & Agnes Breuer

Posted on 07/18/2012 at 2:52 PM
During their years as 4-H members, these two were both exhibiting steers against each other in the Grand Champion Steer class. Her steer won the class and she eventually won his heart. She won the Grand Champion Honor! Edward was a member of the Burlington Harvesters 4-H Club and Agnes...

2011 Des Moines County - Pat Darbyshire

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 1:59 PM
The recipient of this year’s induction into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame has a 4-H and fair background that expands over many decades. Her 4-H career started as a member of the Yarmouth Hawkeye Sisters 4-H Club where she exhibited in clothing, food and nutrition, home economics, and the...

2010 Des Moines County - Carroll Oberman

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 1:58 PM
With his father as the leader of his club, Carroll Oberman joined 4-H in 1946. His main project areas were swine and beef cattle. A highlight of his 4-H career was winning Grand Champion Pig in 1952 with a Chester White pig. Carroll returned to 4-H in 1968 when his...

2009 Des Moines County - Howard Keitzer

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 2:20 PM
Howard Keitzer attended his first 4-H meeting in 1945 with his father but his father disapproved of 4-H and he was not allowed to join. Later in 1947 he joined the Mediapolis Junior Farmers at age 12 and his father later became a supporter of the 4-H program. During his...

2008 Des Moines County - Roberta & Wesley Pfadenhauer

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 10:59 AM
Roberta Pfadenhauer was a five year member of the New London Lassies 4-H Club in Henry County, in which she carried projects in foods, clothing and home improvement. Wesley (Wes) Pfadenhauer did not have the benefit of 4-H membership. When their three children, Kimberly, Christy and Julie, joined 4-H in...

2007 Des Moines County - Terri & Dennis (Butch) Miller

Posted on 04/12/2011 at 11:09 AM
Terri and Dennis (Butch) Miller are an important part of the Des Moines County 4-H program. Terri served as general leader of the Unity Klover Leaf 4-H Club for 20 years. She has served on the 4-H Youth Committee for six years and has received the Des Moines County 4-H...

2006 Des Moines County - Evelyn Swearingen

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 1:52 PM
Eveleyn Swearingen had a very active 4-H member experience as a member of Unity H 4-H Club. As a member, secretary and president of the county 4-H Youth Committee, she was actively involved in establishing the Des Moines County Friends of 4-H program to obtain financial resources for county 4-H...

2005 Des Moines County - Cecil E. Krekel & Gene R. Krekel

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 3:04 PM
Cecil E. Krekel helped organize and became the first president of the Burlington Harvesters 4-H Club in the 1920’s. In 1929, his last year as a 4-H member, he was selected as a delegate to the National 4-H Congress. In 1929 he became a leader of his 4-H club and...

2004 Des Moines County - Dean Van Ness

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 12:04 PM
Dean Van Ness first became involved in Des Moines County 4-H as a parent when his sons’ were members of the Sperry Sodbusters 4-H Club. In 1980, he was asked to become the organizational leader for the club and has served in that role ever since. In addition to his...

2003 Des Moines County - Janet A. Vinson

Posted on 03/29/2011 at 2:33 PM
Janet Vinson began her 4-H days as a teenager in Winnebago County. Monthly meetings and fair time were high points of this time as was a trip to the State Fair with a team demonstration. Janet is a graduate of Iowa State College. During one summer, she filled in as...

2002 Des Moines County - Jane Wilson

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 12:49 PM
Jane Wilson served as a 4-H Club leader for a number of years and even coordinated the Des Moines County 4-H program in the middle ‘80s, when the Extension office was without staff. She has been most extensively involved with service to youth through her membership on the county 4-H...
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