Iowa 4-H Foundation

Posted on August 23, 2021 at 5:06 PM by Emily Saveraid

Oliver R. and Dorothy E. EybergOliver R. and Dorothy E. Eyberg of Arispe, Iowa, certainly exemplify the 4-H Pledge, especially for their service to Union County 4-H in leadership and professional roles. 

Oliver was born March 14, 1920 and died Mary 23, 2007, a life-long resident of the Arispe area.  Her served his country during World War II from 1942 to 1945 in the 76th General Hospital, Third Army in Europe, including the Battle of the Bulge. He was the father of five children.  As a widower for nearly ten years, he was very supportive of his children, helping them in their various activities of school, 4-H and church.  His children were members of 4-H Clubs for at least 25 years, ending in 1990.  In addition to 4-H, Oliver was an Arispe Town Council member, Arispe Methodist Church board member, as well as a member of the Afton V.F.W. Post, Union County Geneological Society and Murray American Legion.  Oliver married Dorothy E. Barleston on September 8, 1973 in Creston, Iowa. 

Dorothy E. Barleston Eyberg was born August 6, 1932, in Atlantic, Iowa and grew up on a farm in Cass County with her older sister.  She joined the Benton Sunshine 4-H Club in 1945 at the age of 12.  She was a member for seven years and completed projects in the annual rotation system.  Dorothy was also a member of the Benton Future Farmers boys club which allowed her to have baby beef projects and exhibited several years at the AKSARBEN 4-H Stock Show.  Dorothy also served as a county 4-H officer, helped with county-wide   4-H events, attended State 4-H Girls Convention and her most memorable event was attending the American Youth Foundation Leadership Camp, in Michigan.  

After graduating from Iowa State College in 1955 with a B. S. in Home Economics Education, Dorothy continued her involvement with 4-H by serving as a County Extension Home Economist in Crawford County for five years and then in Union County for 28 years, retiring in 1987.  Although she worked in various Extension Education Programs, 4-H was her first love and she enjoyed working with the program. Dorothy is also a member of the Arispe United Methodist church, Union County Genealogical Society and a member of professional organization. 

Oliver and Dorothy’s family includes Oliver’s children, Roger, Ralph, Dorothy A., Richard and the late Martha. 

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