Posted on August 8, 2013 at 11:22 AM by Global Reach
The 2013 Hall of Fame recipient is Dennis Grimm of Manning. He has been a longtime advocate for 4-H, FFA and the Audubon County Fair. Graduating high school in 1959 and marrying the love of his life, Sharon, in 1963, this Hall of Fame recipient began farming, raising hogs and milking cows with his father-in-law west of Gray. He and Sharon raised three boys and supported them throughout their 4-H activities. The 4-H family tradition has been passed on as he currently encourages his grandchildren with their beef, swine, and static exhibits.
Denny’s support for 4-H goes back to 1975 when he began leading the Leroy Leaders 4-H club. He was a very dedicated leader for 12 years helping clip calves for members and supporting his sons with their various trips to the Iowa Beef Expo, Iowa State Fair and Ak-Sar-Ben. He has also served as the beef superintendent for the Audubon County Fair. With his passion for 4-H and the Audubon County Fair, Denny has served on the Audubon County Fair Board over 30 years and is currently serving as treasurer. As a fair board member, he helped line up Figure 8 cars, been instrumental in the most recent livestock pavilion project, contacted fair donors, ordered ribbons and trophies and made sure all of the premiums are paid. He has been a hard worker and has been known to “walk tall and carry a big hammer.”
Denny has also been very active in his community. He was a long time member of the Trinity Lutheran Church and a long time member on the Gray Fire Department. Currently, he is the treasurer of the Audubon FFA Alumni. He also drove school bus for Audubon Community Schools for over 20 years.
Denny truly embraced the 4-H’s using his Head, Heart, Hands, and Health throughout his life supporting the Audubon County 4-H program and the youth involved