Iowa 4-H Foundation

Posted on April 19, 2011 at 10:46 AM by Global Reach

2008 Fremont County - William TynerBill Tyner epitomizes a bygone era when 4-H, family, and county fairs were important to an individual, the family and the community.  Bill’s mother, a 4-H leader for several years, may have been an inspiration to Bill as he was a nine year member of 4-H, graduating in 1940 and continuing with 4-H until 1941.  From 1942 through 1945, Bill served his country in World War II.

Upon returning from the War, he married his wife Fran on March 17, 1946.  Once again, 4-H played an important part in life for Bill and Fran.  The two met at a 4-H achievement show when Fran exhibited her calf.

Bill was a leader of his former 4-H club for five years, served on the Fremont County Extension Council and the Youth Committee for 27 years; 13 of those years he served as chairman.  Bill was given the Alumni Recognition Award in 1958, the Honorary 4-H Member Award in 1972 and the Meritorious Service Award in 1978.  Bill was involved in many aspects of the community.  He was a longtime member of the Summit United Methodist Church and was a member of the American Legion Post.  He was always honored to serve as a member of the American Legion Color Guard.

Bill and Fran were both quite involved with 4-H activities.  Their son Richard and daughter Susan were also very active 4-H’ers.  Bill and Fran acted as chaperones on various 4-H trips, assisted with Joint 4-H Annual meetings for several years, helped with the Fremont County Fair starting in 1955 and were very helpful with the Rodeo Dining Hall which started as a fundraiser in 1956 to help pay for the construction of Fair Buildings.

Sadly, Bill Tyner passed away April 29, 2008.  Bill felt that, “4-H kids were fun to work with and couldn’t be beat because they had common sense and excellent work ethic.”  Bill will be missed.

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