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Warren Waack

Warren Waack Endowment

Warren Waack was born July 21, 1946 DeWitt, Iowa. He graduated from Central Community High School in DeWitt in 1965. Warren served in the U. S. Air Force from January 1967 – January 1971 in which most of that time was served in Vietnam and other locations overseas. After being honorably discharged, he returned to …

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Anne Volkman

Anne Volkman Endowment

“Senora” Anne Volkman dedicated her life to education. She taught Spanish at Central Community High School for over a decade. As a teacher she exuded enthusiasm for not only learning a foreign language, but understanding other cultures as well. In her teaching career she took hundreds of students out of the country for the first …

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Carolyn Hilmers Ruggeberg

Carolyn Hilmers Ruggeberg Endowment

“Any job worth doing is worth doing well” was a statement Carolyn Hilmers Ruggeberg said many times during her lifetime. She said it to her sons and students at Welton and Ekstrand Elementary School. Carolyn was the first secretary at Welton and Ekstrand schools. Education and children’s needs were always Carolyn’s first priority. Carolyn Hilmers …

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Henry Pelham

Henry Pelham Math Endowment

At nearly 90 years of age, Henry Pelham of DeWitt stands behind his advice to students: “Math is something you’ll need; get all the math you can.” In fact, Pelham believes so strongly in the importance of an education in mathematics, he is willing to put his money where his mouth is. Pelham recently made …

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Robert M. Parrott

Robert M. Parrott

Bob Parrott was publisher of the DeWitt Observer for 41 years, from 1954 until his death in 1996. Raised in Wheaton, Illinois, he graduated from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, during which time he met Phyllis Null of Monticello. They were married Dec, 29, 1950, and moved to Maquoketa, where Bob got his start in …

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Wilma Owen

Wilma Owen Endowment

Wilma J. Owen has been a part of the DeWitt Community all of her life, although born and raised in Follets, Iowa. DeWitt has been her place of education and Christian Life with Grace Lutheran Church. Wilma married James D. Owen Jr., in DeWitt on July 24, 1957 and they were happily married for almost …

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Helen Jeanne Helble

Helen Jeanne Helble

Helen Jeanne Krause was born in August of 1917. While attending Iowa State University she met and married Donald Helble in July of 1941. Helen Jeanne graduated from Maquoketa High School, and Marycrest College with a degree in elementary education. Mrs. Helble was an outstanding fourth grade teacher for 25 years in the Central Community …

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Lyndsey Hanas

Lyndsey Hanas

(8/5/86-3/25/00)“When our special needs daughter was born, we were concerned that our local school district might not be able to accommodate her. We were thrilled when the district agreed to accept Lyndsey into Ekstrand’s special education program. Yet, we recognized the high cost of adaptive equipment, and realized that state and local funding might not …

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