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Hunerdosse named ‘Iowan of the Day’

By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | Jul 24, 2018
Ron Hunerdosse

Fairfield’s Ron Hunerdosse has been named an “Iowan of the Day.”

The Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation and Cookies Food Products bestowed the honor upon Hunerdosse, who will be recognized Friday, Aug. 10 at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines.

Hunerdosse will receive his award at 2 p.m. on the Anne and Bill Riley stage. Along with accommodations at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown, he will receive a gift bag, grandstand tickets and use of the “Iowan of the Day” golf cart.

Fairfield schools superintendent Laurie Noll nominated Hunerdosse. She wrote about how he organizes Christmas baskets for local residents, spends countless hours putting together food boxes in the warehouse and organizes volunteers to deliver them.

This is the third award Hunerdosse has received this year. In April, he was named one of the Outstanding Citizens of the Year by the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce, and the next month was named the Friend of Education at the Educators Appreciation Breakfast.

A press release from the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation stated, “Ron does everything possible to make his community a better place for all. You can even catch him digging holes during the hot summer days to build the Trojan Plaza. Ron also drives the bus for the district- helping on whichever route is needed.

“Above all, Ron has been a courageous coach - always encouraging and inspiring his athletes. One former athlete wrote to Coach ‘Dosse,’ “I can’t describe how thankful I am that I had the pleasure of having you as a coach. You impacted my self confidence majorly.”

Hunerdosse learned of the honor when he received a call a few days ago from a Des Moines-area telephone number. Since he didn’t know the number, he didn’t answer his phone, but he saw that the person left him a message.

“The message said something about a blue ribbon foundation,” he recalled. “I called the number back, and that’s when I found out Dr. Noll had sent in my name with support from Dave Neff, Sue Buch and a bunch of seventh-grade track girls who wrote letters.”

Hunerdosse acknowledged that he had received “a lot of ink” the past few months.

“It’s almost overwhelming,” he said. “You do what you think is right because you love your town and your school. You don’t know it’s going to come back to you like this. I’m pretty humbled by the whole thing.”

Hunerdosse said he takes pride in the Trojan Honor Plaza on the east side of Fairfield High School, but hastens to add that he’s “just a part of that.”

“A lot of the ideas aren’t mine. I just followed through on them,” he said. “I’m not a smart guy, but I know a lot of people who are.”

Hunerdosse said he feels he’s receiving this honor on behalf of Fairfield and not just himself.

The next project he has lined up is replacing the concrete south of the FHS Auditorium. The doors will be replaced, too, and the center door will be remade into a grand entrance. He expects to start pouring cement in a couple of weeks. Next summer, he hopes to add a sitting area outside the auditorium.



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