Frontier Days Honorees

2017 Honoree - Marvin Starkjohann
Marvin William Starkjohann was born December 19, 1930 to William and Ethel (Phillips) Starkjohann in White River SD. Marvin was raised on the family ranch West of White River with his two older sisters Dorothy and Lois. Marvin graduated from White River High School in 1948. Marvin worked on the family ranch until he enlisted in the Air Force on December 14, 1951. In the USAF he was part of a air crew which flew intelligence gathering missions during and after the Korean War stationed in Japan and Guam. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force on December 1, 1955. Marvin returned to the family ranch and eventually purchased the property from his Dad. He married Verna Chamberlain on October 23, 1960 and they had four children-- David, Jeffrey, Clifford, and Tamra. Marvin and Verna were divorced in 1976. Marvin for over 50 years has contributed to the community of White River by being a member to numerous organizations including the American Legion ,Masonic Lodge, Lions Club, The United Methodist Church and many others too numerous to mention. Marvin was always willing to help at whatever function that benefited the community. For many years he would work at the unsaddling chute area during the Frontier Days Rodeo. He would also be a part of the Color Guard on horseback for the Rodeo. Marvin also would help a neighbor that needed it even if it meant putting what he was doing on hold. Whether it was working cattle in the spring and fall, haying, or harvesting he was always willing to help where needed. Marvin loved the ranchers way of life. He had a special fondness for horses and cows. He always had a cow that he could pet and feed cattle cake out of his hand. It was pretty hard on him when his body wouldn’t let him ride a horse anymore. He cherished the land that provided him a living raising cattle and wheat and forages to feed the livestock. It was the hardest thing he had to do when he had to leave the ranch for health reasons. Marvin passed away on January 11, 2016 at the age of 86.
2016 Honoree - Harold Krogman
2015 Honoree - Warren John Astleford
2014 Honoree - Marvin Williams
2013 Honoree - Don Hight
2012 Honoree - Bob and Patricia Adrian
2011 Honoree - Delmer Volmer
2010 Honoree - Herman "Bud" Stromer
2009 Honoree - Clifford W. "Smokey" Jensen

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