Frontier Days Honorees

2022 Honoree - John B. Wacek
John B. Wacek was born October 10, 1951 to Bernard and Maryetta Crume Wacek. John grew up in White River and attended school in White River graduating from WRHS in 1969. He attended the School of Mines and graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado with a degree in Electrical Engineering. John worked in Anchorage, Alaska and in Atlanta, Georgia during the construction of the new airport. He returned to White River in 1980 to help his father with the family business at Wacek Electric. Over the years John was always available to help people who had electrical problems. John was a great help to the American Legion Post with the sound system and arena lights during Frontier Days, as well other electrical issues at the rodeo grounds. He also helped the American Legion Post with the lights at the Veteran’s Memorial at the White River Cemetery. John would come to the aid of anyone who had an electrical problem and wouldn’t accept any payment for his services. John’s hobby was photography and was always behind the camera. He loved taking all types of pictures, especially wildlife and scenery. He had a natural knack for taking and editing pictures. You could ask John something about the history of White River or Mellette County and he could probably tell you or he would find the answer. John was a member of the Lions Club and made the pancakes at the pancake feeds and popcorn at Frontier Days. He also enjoyed following White River High School sports.
2021 Honoree - Alvin “Sonny” Wayne Tucker
2020 Honoree 1 - Russell Curtis Olson
2020 Honoree 2 - Eugene "Gene" Robert Olson
2019 Honoree - Clellan Bechtold
2018 Honoree - Larry Veldon Harrison
2017 Honoree - Marvin Starkjohann
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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