The Gladbrook Corn Carnival Corporation has named Darrell and Jeanne Paustian as the Grand Marshalls of the 2012 Parade. The parade will take place on Friday, June 22, at 6:30 PM. The Eric and Dianne Brown Clydesdale six horse hitch will provide the transportation for the Grand Marshalls.
Corn Carnival Corporation President Dennis Gienger said, "I have been involved for 28 years with the parade and Carnival and Jeanne and Darrell were both there when I started. You just can't find any two people who are more committed than those two."
In fact,the Paustian schedule is based on service to others. Jeanne and Darrell just took a few days for their annual fishing trip to Crane Lake. But they had to wait until Jeanne finished her stint as chairman of the election board for Spring Creek/West Crystal. Their return will be just in time to set up the Legion-Peace Church Food Stand. That is pretty much how their year is planned around ambulance call, Lions Club, Auxiliary and church activities, the Tama County 4-H Fair and, of course, Corn Carnival.
Paustian’s named 2012 Grand Marshalls
Gladbrook Corn Carnival Grand Marshalls Darrell and Jeanne Paustian are pictured by the lighthouse Darrell made for a float several years ago. Their home is beautifully landscaped with ever so many of Darrell’s hand crafted projects. The front yard is a bird sanctuary with all kinds of feeders. As we shot the photo we saw little humming birds and a vast array of song birds. It’s a lovely place to take a deep breath and appreciate God’s nature.
Photo by Margaret Thomsen
Darrel is a 1964 Traer graduate and Jeanne graduated in 1968 from Gladbrook. The couple were married at Peace United Church of Christ in 1969 and are the parents of a daughter, Nicole Clapp of Lancaster, WI. She is a G-R and Iowa grad in nursing and currently is President and CEO of Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster.
Darrell farmed with his Dad until 1986 when he was hired as custodian at the Gladbrook Community School. (He plans to retire in June of 2013.)
Jeanne worked for Wentzien Hardware for 13 years and was manager of the Northern-Sun Print for 13 years. She has been secretary-treasurer of Peace United Church of Christ since 2002.
It is obvious they both enjoy volunteering and helping others. You will rarely see either of them without a Gladbrook-Lincoln Ambulance Service beeper attached to their belt. No matter what the weather or what they are doing the sound of that beeper gets instantaneous response.
Darrel has a very mechanical mind and can create most anything. His favorite is woodworking. The Peace Church and Legion/Auxiliary floats have carried wishing wells, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a lighthouse and a "to scale" replica of Peace Church all courtesy of Darrell's expertise. He is also a long time member of the Gladbrook Lions Club.
Jeanne is currently President of the Gladbrook American Legion Auxiliary and is a 36 year member of the group. The Tama County 4-H Fair will find her in charge of the Klinefelter Building. She was named Friend of the Fair in 1997. She teaches the Adult Sunday School Class at Peace Church.
A highlight of Jeanne's volunteerism was being a Girl Scout Leader for thirteen years and helping thirteen girls earn their Gold Award. She was named as Iowan of the Day in 2005 at the Iowa State Fair.
One might say, where there is Jeanne, there is Darrell quietly doing a great job they are a team who really work well together. They both are G-R Boosters, members of the Commercial Club and love creating ideas and decorating for the Festival of Trees and tree lighting. Not to mention the beautiful display of lights and holiday decorations at their home east of Gladbrook.
The Paustian's hobbies include a love for camping, fishing and traveling to National Parks. And they make a few trips to Lancaster to spend time with Nikki she even has a "Dad fix" list which he loves to do!
And let us not forget Jeanne has got to be Gladbrook's most avid Hawkeye fan. She and Nikki can be found at the home games, a few away games and most surely at the bowl games. Jeanne says, "Darrell enjoys the "Peace and Quiet"!! He just plain gets stuck helping with all of my projects and activities."
Congratulations to a well deserving couple as the choice for Grand Marshall 2012.