Steve and Julie were born, raised and made their home in Greene County, living in rural Jefferson.
Julie was part of a farm family of seven in rural Scranton and active with school activities during her teens. Steve lived on the opposite side of the county in Grand Junction and became involved in 4H at 10 years of age. His mother was a club leader and managed the food stand at the Greene County Fair. His development and 4H experience was influenced by his mother and club leaders Roger Clause and Clare Robson. Steve and Julie began their lifelong romance at the Greene County Fair and have been married 43 years.
Julie and Steve graduated from Iowa State University in 1971. After that Julie taught sixth grade in Olin, Iowa and then fourth grade in West Liberty. Steve attended medical school and residency training at the University of Iowa. They moved to Jefferson in 1979, and Steve established a medical practice with the Jefferson Clinic which subsequently became part of McFarland Clinic. He has been a practicing adult medicine specialist, serving on multiple committees at Greene County Medical Center, as well as being department chair and on the board of directors at McFarland Clinic. Julie just retired after teaching fourth grade with Jefferson-Scranton schools for 25 years. She initiated several programs enhancing her students’ experiences, teaching “her” kids and was recognized by the Iowa Teachers Association after being nominated by one of her students.
Julie was drafted into 4H by her mother-in-law in 1979, first helping and then managing the 4H food stand from 1984 until 1998. She also served on the Youth Committee and helps with judging at the Greene County Fair. Steve became a 4H club leader as their children Nathan, Jessica and Gabriel experienced 4H during their growth and development. Subsequently Steve has been superintendent of the sheep department, and currently is involved with a community lamb barn project that has recruited 11 young people to have market lamb projects.
Steve is an avid water fowler, and he and Julie have been involved with Ducks Unlimited for over 30 years. They have also been involved with multiple volunteer jobs with the school, Little League, and Greene County Lamb Producers. They received the Good Neighbor Award and have been recognized by Greene County Farm Bureau and the Iowa Sheep Industry Association. They plan to continue to be involved with 4H and their community and are looking forward to sharing their lives with their grandchildren Isaac, Auden, Simone and Estella.