February 2023 - Jeff Borrill
Jeff Borrill celebrates 42 years of service. Jeff currently serves as the senior vice president of retail operations. Previously, he has held the roles of assistant grocery manager, grocery manager, supervisor, and vice president. During his tenure, and before coming to corporate, Jeff worked at 705-1 Clear Lake, 829-1 Morningside, 412-1 Oelwein, 407-1 Estherville, 470-1 Perry, and 491-1 Mason City. Jeff is commonly known as JB, a nickname Gary Worrall gave him. In high school, he was also known as Fro, due to his mop top.
Jeff is married to his wife of almost ten years, Angie Borrill. He has two beautiful daughters, Amanda (Justin) Kabrick of Ames and Brittany (Lucas) Petersen of Ames. Angie has two wonderful children as well, Kaleb (Kelsey) Wills of Ankeny and Ashley (Jon) Reader of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Together, they have seven amazing grandchildren. During his spare time, Jeff likes to play golf, is an avid Vikings fan and enjoys going to games. He also loves to make memories with his children and grandchildren. You can also find Jeff enjoying yard work, going on tropical vacations and cruises, being an advocate of Peloton and working out, but mostly, he loves being around family.
Jeff enjoys working for Fareway because of the excellent family values, and the recognition and reward of those internally who can excel in other aspects of the company. Jeff has many great memories of individuals who have helped him reach his goals. Making corporate supervisor was an honor and opened up many other opportunities for him and his family that are immeasurable and for which he is very thankful. When looking at his career, he hopes people remember him as being fair, open-minded, trustworthy, and a good teammate. His piece of advice, enjoy what you do and others will follow – life is too short to focus on what you cannot control!
Thank you for 42 years of service, Jeff! We are so lucky to have you.
January 2023 - Pamela Peterson
Pam Peterson celebrates 42 years of service. She works at 479-1 Independence, has served as a checker and is now scanning coordinator. She enjoys working for Fareway because she likes her colleagues at 479-Independence.
Pam is married to her husband, Kevin. They have one daughter, Cassi, and two grandchildren, August (3) and Marlee (1). They also have two cats, Jack and Molly. Together, Pam and Kevin like snowshoeing and turkey hunting in the spring. She also enjoys knitting, crocheting, weaving baskets, and sewing. Pam spends as much time as she can playing with her two grandchildren!
When asked about her career at Fareway, she hopes that people remember her as hard-working but fun! She enjoys making her co-workers laugh and always works to treat people how she wants to be treated.
Congratulations on 42 years of service, Pam! We are so thankful for you.
December 2022 - Mike Merchura
Mike “Merch” Merchura celebrates 43 years of service. He works at 384-1 Boone as a grocery clerk, leading the frozen foods department. Before his time at 384-1 Boone, Mike worked at 461-1 Storm Lake and 639-1 Maquoketa and helped lead produce, dairy, and freezer departments. Mike enjoys working for Fareway because of the customer interaction, and he’s seen a lot of changes during his tenure.
Mike’s family includes Paige and Ty. During his spare time, he likes to race cars, go snowmobiling, and travel.
Mike is proud to have won the National Best Bagger Contest. He likes to have fun at work and wishes to be remembered as hard-working and someone who always puts the customer first.
Thank you for 43 wonderful years, Mike! We are so grateful for you.
November 2022 - Will Golberg
Will celebrates 42 years of service. He is currently the Grocery Manager at 153-1 West Des Moines. His tenure includes working part-time at 395-1 Webster City, full-time at 461-1 Storm Lake and 561-1 Waverly, becoming an assistant at 594-1 Manchester and 015-1 Denison, and manager at 975-1 Des Moines South and 153-1 West Des Moines. He enjoys going to work every day, knowing it will be different than the last, with new challenges to help the crew work through.
Will has been married to his wife, Angie, for 29 years. They have four children: Elizabeth, who is expecting their first grandchild in June; Melissa, who is finishing her art degree in Seattle, WA; Chris, who is taking classes at Iowa State University; and Ryan, who is in the National Guard and getting married this coming summer. The family also has three cats and one dog, but the number of pets seems to change every year! In his spare time, Will likes to play golf and billiards. His billiards game might be better than golf – but both are fun!
Will is proud that for nearly 20 years, Fareway has sponsored the Little Hands at the Farm at the Iowa State Fair – thanks to Rich Stearns for making it happen! Will, along with some help from others (including his family), have stocked the Little Hands store every morning before the Fair starts.
Will feels blessed that after being diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins lymphoma at the age of 19, he has been cancer-free for over 40 years. He is grateful that he and his family have made so many friendships over the years with other Fareway families. When reflecting back on his career, he hopes people remember him as hardworking, dedicated, and always striving for continuous improvement.
Thank you for your many years of hard work, Will!
October 2022 - Gaylon Dayton
Gaylon has served Fareway for 42 years! He has held both full and part-time market positions at 737-2 Grinnell, 900-2 Des Moines, and is currently at 933-2 Urbandale. He enjoys working for Fareway because he has the opportunity to interact with customers. Over his years of service, he fondly remembers breaking down quarters of beef and has enjoyed watching the business change over his tenure.
Gaylon is married to his wife, Janet, they have two sons William and Matthew, and one daughter-in-law, Kelli. In his spare time, he enjoys gardening, yard work, raising money for Variety Telethon (he started in 2002 and has raised more than $52,000 for the organization), volunteering at Meals for the Heartland, and serving as an active member at Shepherd of the Valley Church.
Gaylon is most proud of working on the family farm and of his volunteer work. He is known for his long-term drive and commitment. He hopes that people remember him as being both fair and sociable. His piece of advice? Be determined and do everything as well as you can!
What a wonderful 42 years! Thank you for your hard work and dedication, Gaylon.
September 2022 - Mike Fratzke
Mike celebrates 42 years of service at 479-1 Independence. He has worked in dairy, freezer, and produce, and currently serves as the dairy manager. He enjoys seeing and conversing with customers and employees alike. One memory that stands out from his years of service is sandbagging the old store on the river, when the river would begin to flood.
Mike is married to his wife, Shelly, and they have three daughters and four grandchildren (with another one on the way!) In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, disc golf, metal detecting, and simply hanging out with the grandkids.
Mike is proud of meeting and keeping friendships with all past and current employees. He hopes to be remembered as a good and fair fellow employee and friend.
Thank you for service of 42 years, Mike! We are so lucky to have you!
August 2022 - Linda Buchan
Linda marks 42 years of service at 386-1 Ames. Previously she held the role of grocery clerk, but currently serves as scanning coordinator. Linda shares that she has too many great memories to simply list one.
In her spare time, she likes reading and shopping. Linda enjoys working for Fareway because of the interaction with customers. She is most proud of her years of service and being able to adapt to the changes in the industry.
Linda has the patience to teach and work well with others, and she hopes that she is remembered as a mentor and teacher.
Thank you for service, Linda! We are so lucky to have you!
July 2022 - Jerry Bostian
Jerry celebrates 42 years of service! Sometimes he is known as “Jerard”, which is a locally known BBQ dipping sauce that he’s created. Jerard, or Jerry, first started with Fareway in his hometown at 792-2 Toledo and moved to 828-2 Sioux City (former Pierce Street location), 705-2 Clear Lake, and 594-2 Manchester. He was promoted to assistant market manager at 561-2 Waverly, before moving to 412-2 Oelwein. Jerry has been in Oelwein for 29 years and in recent years been named assistant market manager at the Oelwein store. Additionally, he helped contribute to store openings at 554-2 Washington, 849-2 Belmond, 559-2 Iowa Falls, 479-2 Independence, and 922-2 New Hampton. After 42 years in many towns, Jerry enjoys visiting with former employees that stop by. He shares that it’s a great feeling when these employees thank you for helping get their career started!
Jerry has been married to his wife, Dana, for 33 years. Dana works as a captioner for the hearing impaired. They have two children Levi (wife Betsy, granddaughter Eden) and Penn. In his spare time, Jerry loves woodworking, gardening, biking, and visiting new craft breweries. He enjoys spending two weeks every June at Camp Dodge in Johnston, where he volunteers at the American Legion Boystate. Jerry helps at his local American Legion as a Sons of American Legion (SAL) member.
Jerry shares that through the crazy last couple of years of COVID, he has enjoyed helping customers find items in the store, making them just feel relaxed while shopping, and passing along cooking ideas. He is proud of being accepted into Fareway’s new assistant managers program, which gives career employees an opportunity to assist with supervision at Fareway.
Jerry is known as the Energizer bunny because he keeps going and going! When asked, he wants his customers to remember the guy with that friendlier smile in every aisle. His advice for people that are trying to find themselves in the workplace? Try Fareway – relax, enjoy the ride (although it’s like a roller coaster), but at the end of the ride – well, it’s fun to get back on the next day!
We are grateful for your hard work over 42 years, Jerry! Thank you for your service.
June 2022 - Dave Lohse
Dave celebrated 42 years of service in January of this year. He has worked at 737-1 Grinnell, 386-1 Ames, 554-1 Washington, 407-1 Estherville, 850-1 Spirit Lake and 501-1 Charles City. Dave served as an assistant grocery manager and was named grocery manager at 850-1 Spirit Lake. He currently serves as manager at 501-1 Charles City.
Dave enjoys working for Fareway because of the customers and the community. He says every day is different! A memorable moment that stands out is attending a manager’s meeting as an assistant and becoming a manager before the meeting ever started.
Dave has been married to his wife, Michelle, for 35 years! They have three children, Jennifer (husband Craig, son Jackson), Ryan, and Kayla (husband Justin, daughters Addie and Taylor). In his spare time, Dave enjoys traveling, getting together with family, woodworking, and motorcycle trips with friends.
When asked what advice he wanted to share, Dave says, treat everyone how you would want to be treated and thank them for what they do for Fareway.
Thank you for all your hard work over 42 years, Dave! We are so grateful for you.
May 2022 - Jeffrey Hoerner
Jeffrey marked 42 years of service in January 2022. He has worked at 639-2 Maquoketa, 561-2 Waverly, 827-2 Centerville, 815-2 Cresco, 412-2 Oelwein, and is currently at 988-2 Moline. Jeffrey has worked part-time in the meat department, served as an assistant market manager, and is now a full-time meat cutter. He enjoys working for Fareway because you meet interesting people.
Jeffrey has two sons, Zach and John. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, motorcycle riding, and boating. When asked how he wants to be remembered, he shares as a hard worker who always got the job done!
Thank you for 42 wonderful years with us, Jeffrey! We appreciate your dedication and hard work.
April 2022 - Mark Kay
Mark celebrated 42 years of service with Fareway in January. He has worked at 790-2 Harlan, 491-2 Mason City, 788-2 Spencer, 412-2 Oelwein, 551-2 Eagle Grove, and currently serves at 933-2 Urbandale as market manager. During his tenure, he has been full-time, assistant manager, and manager. Mark enjoys working for Fareway because it’s a great company that takes care of its employees. His best memories are just the amount of people he’s gotten to know over the years.
Mark has two sons, Jason and Aaron, one granddaughter, Aria, and two grandsons, Carver and Odin. In his spare time, he tries to golf as much as possible and to take a yearly trip. He traveled to Kentucky for many years but switched to Arizona for better weather!
When asked how he wants to be remembered, he says as hard-working and dedicated. His advice – work hard, be reliable, and you will be rewarded!
Thank you for a wonderful 42 years of service, Mark!
March 2022 - Christine Gonterman
Chris Gonterman has 42 years of service at 412-1 Oelwein. She has worked in the second and third locations of the Oelwein store and has done a little bit of everything over the years, including ad work, ordering, office, training, cashier, and carryout. When her son, Ian, worked part-time at the store, he nicknamed her G. But many of her co-workers, both past and present, refer to her as Chrissy.
Chris enjoys working at Fareway because she gets to meet all sorts of people. She has made many friends over the years and worked with some fine people. In the 1980’s and 1990’s, Chris worked beside now CEO Reynolds W. Cramer and Senior Vice President Jeff Borrill. She has also had four great managers!
Chris has one son, Ian, aged 24. He is engaged to be married in November 2022. In her spare time, Chris likes to read, walk or bike ride, listen to music, go dancing, and do a little traveling.
She is proud of the work she does at Fareway. Times keep getting tougher, and she tries to be a bright spot in people’s lives, even if for a short time. She hopes to be remembered as a kind and compassionate person. She is a good listener and cares about people. She has learned a lot over the last 42 years, and it has been an interesting experience!
Thank you for 42 years of going above and beyond, Chris! We are lucky to have you.
February 2022 - Todd Dorenkamp
Todd marked 43 years of service in January 2022. He has worked in all departments but is currently the freezer manager at 559-1 Iowa Falls. He enjoys talking to customers and interacting with employees. When he served as produce manager, the produce cooler was a refrigerated trailer. The freezer was outside as well! Every time they received a cart of freezer or produce items, they had to go outside. He said unloading truck by hand with a track was also memorable.
Todd has been married to his wife, Tracy, for 8 years. They both enjoy walking and doing stuff outside. Tracy has a convertible, and they enjoy driving around. Todd lives on an acreage, and he has a big garden. He enjoys canning, especially making salsa and pickles. He mows 3 ½ acres, cuts trees, and splits wood to burn and sell. He simply loves spending time outside!
Todd is most proud of his work ethic and doing his job well. He appreciates how family-oriented Fareway is, and that they really care about their employees. He says he has seen so many changes in customers, employees, and management. Todd still believes Fareway is the best job you can have. He can’t believe when he started there were 35 stores, and now there’s nearly 130! When asked how he wants to be remembered, Todd shares “Live every day like it was your last day and do the best you can do. Don’t be so serious. Have a good time every day!”
Thank you for your hard work over the last 43 years, Todd!
January 2022 - Scott Zaruba
Congratulations to Scott for celebrating 43 years of service in January 2022! He works full-time as the produce manager at 639-1 Maquoketa, where he has been since the beginning. Scott has worked in all areas of the store during his tenure. He goes by the nickname Frank, a name that has stuck from high school.
Scott most enjoys working for Fareway for the customer interactions. He likes to see and visit with his regulars. Memorable moments for Scott include making lifelong friends at Fareway. He is most proud of working at Fareway for 43 years and being able to make a difference in the store and with employees. When looking back at his career, he hopes to be remembered as friendly and helpful.
Scott is married to his wife, Wendy, and they have two children. During his spare time, he enjoys golfing, snowmobiling, family vacations to a cabin to fish and relax, and car trips with his ‘70 Chevelle convertible.
The management team at Fareway shares, “Frank is most definitely a vital part of the Maquoketa store. He has high expectations for his produce department and takes a lot of pride in the job that he does. He is also our "fix it man", whenever we need something looked at or a motor in one of the cases goes down, he is there to get it fixed right away. He knows so many of our customers by name and they all love to chat with him when he has a minute to spare. We want to give a big congrats and "thank you" for the job you have done and continue to do at the Maquoketa store!” - Mike, Trevor, and Kevin.
Thank you for your dedication to Fareway over the last 43 years, Scott! We appreciate you and your hard work.
December 2021 - Michael Claggett
Mike celebrated 42 years of service in July 2021. He has worked full-time at 479-1 Independence, assisting with freezer, dairy, and the grocery sales floor.
Mike enjoys interactions with fellow employees and customers and looks forward to having Sundays off for church. He fondly remembers when he first started, that Earl Ferris would let them take their ties off in the summer when it was hot out (before the current dress code of polos!)
Mike is married to his wife Linda, and they have three children and two cats. Two of Mike’s children work for Fareway and they love it! His daughter Laura Claggett works at 412-1 Oelwein and his son John Claggett is the Assistant Market Manager at 462-2 Vinton. In his spare time, Mike likes reading and serving as a church bus chaperone.
When asked how he wants to be remembered, he says as someone who worked hard and hussled. His piece of advice - SMILE; it will brighten someone’s day!
We appreciate your dedication over 42 years to us, Mike!
November 2021 - Les Curry
Les will celebrate 43 years of service in July 2022. He drives truck for Fareway and is sometimes known as Buck, which was his dad’s nickname, handed down by a family friend.
Les enjoys getting on the highway and doing drive-by crop reports. He is proud to have driven tractor 021 for over 860,000 miles, then buying it in 2014, and still driving it for his son’s farm operation.
Les has been married to his wife Dianne for more than 47 years. They have two children, Chad and Kara, and three grandchildren, Sawyer, Case, and Sabrina. He enjoys attending their soccer and basketball games, taking them to state parks for trail hiking, picnicking, the zoo, and side-by-side Ranger riding and cutting trails. He also enjoys going to fairs, livestock shows and sales, and helping with his son’s farm operation.
He is most proud of his family and grandchildren, and they make him laugh. When asked how he would like to be remembered, he says as being a long-term, dependable, and friendly employee. His piece of advice, don’t brag, just state the facts.
Thank you for 43 years of service, Les! We are so lucky to have you with us.
October 2021 - Gary Worrall
Gary celebrated 44 years with Fareway in January 2021. He has worked at 683-Winterset, 705-Clear Lake, 554-Washington, 479-Independence, 849-Emmetsburg, and at the corporate office. He has served as an Assistant Manager, Manager, Supervisor, and Regional Vice President.
Gary likes helping store units improve their numbers and grow their crews, but his biggest joy is the relationships he’s gotten to build with employees and vendors over the years. Memories that stand out include the day he was promoted to Manager and the day he was asked to come to the corporate office as a Supervisor.
Gary is married to his wife Rene, and he has two daughters, Maggie (future son-in-law Rob) and Hannah. In his spare time, he enjoys going to ISU events, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Gary is proud of his transition to 849-Emmetsburg, and growing the business with two great partners, Jim Anthony and Brian Baldus. When asked how he would like to be remembered, he shares as a person who strived to work hard and to give Fareway his best over his career. Gary is very grateful for the many mentors and friendships he’s had the privilege to learn from and work with over the years.
Thank you for 42 years of wonderful service, Gary! The corporate office has been lucky to have you!
September 2021 - Randy Lubben
Randy celebrated 42 years of service in January 2021. He is currently the Market Manager at 988-2 Moline, but has also worked at 719-Le Mars, 412-Oelwein, and 461-Storm Lake.
Randy remembers how hard they had to work to break down beef carcass (before boxed beef), which weighed more than he did. He also fondly remembers getting paid in cash on Saturdays. He has enjoyed his time at Fareway, as he’s met a lot of interesting people and has formed lasting friendships. He is most proud that still to this day, he works right alongside his crew, setting an example for excellence.
His family includes his wife, Heidi, and Snickers the beagle, along with a few horses. In his spare time, Randy enjoys big game hunting, fishing, working with horses, and vacationing with his wife. He also serves as an active member of the Sherriff’s Department Search and Rescue Team.
When asked how he wants to be remembered, he shares as someone who always showed up, ready to work and get the job done. His piece of advice, you can’t have a million-dollar dream with a minimum wage work ethic!
Thank you for the last 42 years with us, Randy! We are so grateful for you!
August 2021 - Jon Curry
Jon celebrated 42 years of service in January 2021. He currently serves at the Grocery Manager of 502-1 Cherokee. Jon started working at 657-Indianola at the age of 16 and has worked at the following locations during his career: 589- Decorah, 491-Mason City, 829-Morningside, and 467-Mar- shalltown. He was named Assistant Grocery Manager at 829- Morningside, and Grocery Manager at 502-Cherokee in 2001.
Jon enjoys interacting with customers and employees. He
has met and kept great friends in every town he has worked, both in the community and at Fareway. At the age of 16,
he remembers asking Ralph Kanne for a job in Indianola. He instantly told him to ‘grab a dust mop and mop the floor.’ He called him ‘Mike’ for two weeks. He also remembers working in the old Decorah store, unloading trucks into the basement by hand, placing them on tracks, then to a conveyor belt to be taken upstairs.
Jon has two children, Jon Benjamin and Allison. His family includes girlfriend Jenifer Haler and her son, Clayton (9). In his spare time, he enjoys fishing in north Minnesota at Leech Lake a couple times a year, golfing, woodworking, and hunting.
He is most proud of the young men and women that he has worked with over the years, that went on to be successful. Additionally, Jon has also worked for some great managers, who gave him the opportunity and skills to manage people and the store. When looking back at his career, Jon wants to be remembered as fair and honest, helping others when they need it. He is very proud to be a part of this amazing company!
We're glad to have you as part of the Fareway family, Jon! Thank you for your 42 years of service!
July 2021 - Barbara Higdon
Barb celebrated 42 years of service with Fareway in January 2021. She currently works as a Scanning Coordinator for 462-1 Vinton. She has also held the roles and responsibilities of cashier, carryout, section managing/ordering, office duties, and evening supervision.
Barb enjoys helping customers, greeting friends and family as they shop, helping co-workers, and getting the store ready to open in the morning, including hanging signs, stocking shelves, etc. She shares that it’s amazing the changes that have occurred throughout the years. From getting paid in cash, to receiving a paycheck, to direct deposit. Barb also fondly remembers the different types of cash registers,
from pull-down lever, to the power penny, the registers that operated like a calculator, the electric system, and now the scanners. There have been too many changes to talk about!
Barb is married to her husband, Dan, and they have five chil- dren, Matt, Nichole, Laura (husband Matt), Ryan and Tony. They also have seven granddaughters, Allison, Emily, Kylee, Riley, Kinley, Venna, and Nicala. She has one grandson, Kason, who is Nicala’s twin brother. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with family and friends, attending her grand- children’s sporting events, quilting, gardening, and canning produce and meat.
She shares that she’s ordinary and hard-working but does pride herself on her thoroughness and accuracy. She is proud of her 42 years of service and her family. When asked how she wants to be remembered, she shares as having a strong work ethic and instilling it in others. When someone asks Barb if she’s having fun today, she always says, “Every day is fun at Fareway!”
Barb would like to express her appreciation for this honor, as she is very thankful for the opportunity to work for Fareway. She shares that Fareway has been good to her over the years. Being family-oriented, all her superiors and co-workers have understood when she needed to take time-off to care for her parents, husband, and her children. Her Fareway family has seen her through the great and not-so-good times, and she feels very blessed.
Thank you for an awesome 42 years, Barbara!
June 2021 - Dave Kelchen
Dave celebrated 42 years of service in January 2021. He is currently the Grocery Manager at 462-1 Vinton, but has worked at a number of locations, including: 594-Manchester, 508-Fort Dodge, 788-Spencer, 384-Boone, 683-Winterset, 589-Decorah, 949-Marion, and 790-Harlan. Dave was named Grocery Assistant Manager at 683-1 Winterset and began his tenure as Grocery Manager at 949-1 Marion.
He fondly remembers working with some of the best managers, from the time he started, until he became a manager himself. He is proud that many employees that are managers are either individuals he hired or worked with as assistant managers. He enjoys working with young people, teaching and watching them grow!
Dave is married to Christine, and they have four boys, one grandchild, and Lily the dog. In his spare time, he enjoys working in the yard, camping, and spending time with family and friends. One thing you can be sure, you will never see Dave’s truck dirty!
When asked how he wants to be remembered, Dave shares as someone who always tried to give back!
Thank you for your many years of service, Dave!
May 2021 - Daniel McConnlee
Daniel celebrated 42 years of service in January 2021. He works full-time at 683-1 Winterset and has served as dairy manager and produce manager. He fondly goes by the nickname Mac Daddy.
Daniel enjoys working for Fareway because of the customers and the satisfaction of a good day’s work. Fond memories include helping open two new stores in the town of Winterset. Daniel is married to his wife, Martha, and they have two sons, Wade and Jarod. In addition, they have two grandsons, Konnor and Jaccub. In his spare time, he enjoys wood working and tinkering with cars.
Daniel is always there to help others in times of need. He is most proud of helping mold young minds and teaching good work ethic. When asked how he would like to be remembered, Daniel shares as firm but fair.
Thank you for all your hard work and dedication over the last 42 years, Daniel! Fareway is lucky to have you!
April 2021 - Kurt LeFebvre
Kurt celebrated 42 years of service in January. During his tenure, he has worked part-time, full-time, as an assistant grocery manager, and as grocery manager. Store locations have included 699-1 Osceola, 386-1 Ames, 900-1 Des Moines, 501-1 Charles City, and 983-1 Grimes, where he currently serves as grocery manager.
Kurt enjoys working for Fareway because it’s a different challenge every day. His most important memories include all the people he has met over the last 42 years. Kurt is most proud of his children and seeing them be successful. He is also looking forward to being a first-time grandparent in June. In his spare time, Kurt likes to golf and spend time with family and friends.
When asked how he wants to be remembered, he shares as a good teacher.
Thank you for your 42 years of service and for always passing along your knowledge, Kurt!
March 2021 - Brenda McMahon
Brenda celebrated 42 years of service in January. She has worked in retail and wholesale, and currently serves as a Buyer Assistant at the corporate campus.
Brenda is married to Steve, and they have two daughters and two grandchildren. She shares that she enjoys working at Fareway because of the people!
Congratulations Brenda, thank you for your years of service!
February 2021 - Tami York
Tami recently celebrated 42 years in January. She currently works as the scan coordinator at 467-1 Marshalltown, but has also served as a clerk, ordering multiple sections, office closer, checker and carry-out trainer, fruit cutter, and evening supervision. Tami also goes by “T”, when a group of staff in the 1980’s was really close, and they called each other by first initial. Also, “Miss Tami”, as the group now calls the more tenured checkers “Miss”.
Tami enjoys people, and many of her customers have become like family. She also enjoys teaching others and has met many people at Fareway that she has created lasting friendships with. She also appreciates that the organization is familyoriented, as she has an elderly mother and husband with health issues that occasionally she has to take time off to care for. Tami has been married to her husband, Barry, for 25 years this coming October. She has three stepchildren that are like her own, and six grandchildren ranging in age from 5-20 years old. She also has three rescued cats. When she’s not working, Tami enjoys spending time with family, gardening, and canning vegetables (she is known for her spicy hot dill pickles), and reading.
Tami fondly remembers the Fareway softball tournaments that were held in the 1980’s. She shares that they had so much fun traveling to Fareway towns and playing ball against other employees. Tami served as part of the cheering team and first aid. One time, she accidentally brought rubbing alcohol instead of peroxide (sorry Mark Benbow!) She also remembers falling in the produce cooler and breaking her shoulder and the tornado of 1998, which put both customers and employees in the dairy cooler for several hours while waiting out the storm.
Tami is proud to have worked for the same company for 42 years. She has a strong work ethic and others respect her. No matter what type of day she is having, Tami can usually laugh and smile about it. When asked how she wants to be remembered, she shares as a hard worker and someone that was always there to help others. She always has a smile and kind words to share. Her piece of advice is to be the reason why someone smiles! Treat others as you want to be treated, work hard, and you can do anything!
Thank you for your 42 wonderful years of service, Tami!
January 2021 - Bryan Baumhover
Bryan will celebrate 42 years on July 5! He is back in his hometown of Carroll and serves as the grocery manager. He has held all grocery positions during his tenure and became manager in March of 1999 at 461-1 Storm Lake. Locations include: 409-1 Carroll, 705-1 Clear Lake, 508-1 Fort Dodge, 879-1 Belmond, 719-1 LeMars, 461-1 Storm Lake, and returning to 409-1 Carroll. Most often, he goes by Bryan, but in high school he got the nickname “Buffie”, as one of the full-time employees knew Bryan’s uncle, “Buffie” Bill Baumhover. He started calling Bryan by the same and it stuck.
Bryan enjoys working for Fareway because every day is different! He shares that you can help so many people in different ways, and he values being a part of his customers’ lives. Bryan has many great memories of his time at Fareway, but he fondly remembers one Halloween when a little boy came up and wanted to be Bryan – asking to borrow a tie for his costume.
Bryan is married to his wife of 27 years, Leann, and they have three daughters: Lauren (husband Ryan, daughters Kora, 5, and Kynlee, 2), Brynna, and Brea (husband Jacob). Bryan has always enjoyed farming and helps his brother and nephew on the family farm. He has a fully-restored 1956 Farmall Super MTA that he has used for many tractor rides (yes, RED is his preferred color). His most favorite thing to do is drive combine in the fall – experiencing technology, nature, and wildlife all at once.
Bryan loves getting to know as many people as he can and is most proud when someone he hired gets a promotion, does a good job, or does well in the community. He has put a number of employees through the management program and loves getting phone calls from them, telling him of their latest experiences or good news. Bryan wants to be remembered for making the job fun, in addition to providing the best in customer service! He shares that we are on stage, all of the time – as the face of the Fareway store, you must lead by example. Don’t ever give up on people, always treat them like you want to be treated!
Thank you for your wisdom and 42 years of service, Bryan! We're glad to have you as part of the Fareway Family!
December 2020 - Mike Hammel
Mike celebrated 42 years in January 2020! He is currently the grocery manager at 014-1 Sergeant Bluff, but has worked his way up from part-time, full-time, assistant manager. His tenure of stores include 501-1 Charles City, 827-1 Centerville, 719-1 Le Mars, 462-1 Vinton, 386-1 Ames, 829-1 Morningside (previously Transit store location), before coming to 014-1 Sergeant Bluff. Mike enjoys the customer interaction, working with fellow employees, and community involvement.
Mike is married to Nell, his wife of 33 years! They have two daughters, Anna (husband Dusty, children Caiden and Briella) and Ellen (husband Zack, expecting their first child in spring 2021) and a son, Michael (fiancé Stephanie). In his spare time, Mike likes to do woodworking and yard work, and watch old westerns and shooting sports. He has always enjoyed going to southwest Wisconsin in the fall to see the trees change colors and visit the apple orchards.
Mike is proud that he has always tried to treat people fairly. Fond memories include having his three children work for him, all the great people he’s met, and all the opportunities offered. He shares that things have certainly changed. His first manager was Mic Murphy, and Mike never filled out an application for him. Mike also remembers using ink stampers, tumbler scales, power penny cash registers, unloading watermelons by hand out of a semi-trailer in the middle of summer, and so many other memories.
When people look back at his career, Mike wants to be remembered as the fair person that was not easily angered, who cared about his employees, and was part of the team. Mike’s advice is 1) when moving up the ladder worry about yourself and what you’re doing, and you will succeed (Rich Stearns) and 2) maintenance is cheaper than replacement (Leo Hickey).
Thank you, Mike, for caring for your job and fellow employees for the last 42 years! We appreciate your years of service.
November 2020 - Matt Kenne
Matt celebrated 41 years in August 2020! He is currently a meat cutter at 531-2 Algona. Matt has enjoyed being able to converse with the many customers over the years. Watching the changes, as small children in their parent’s carts have grown to become adults with families of their own. He appreciates updates on how their lives have progressed and being asked how his own kids are doing.
Matt has been married to his wife, Karla, for 38 years! They have two daughters, Erinn Garman (husband Jim and 2-year old daughter Freya) of Urbandale and Emillie Brandt (husband Ryan with a baby on the way) of Colorado Springs.
Matt is a constant reader and a lifelong birder in Iowa. He has assisted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Iowa DNR in conducting various wildlife surveys. In recent years, he has expanded to the study and collection of moths and other insects. Matt is regularly asked questions at the counter about the odd bird a customer has seen at their home, or being shown pictures to try and help identify different species.
When asked how he wants to be remembered, Matt shares that he hopes he did a good job for his customers and made them happy. He says that he’s worked with numerous part and full-timers and assistant managers who have moved on at Fareway. Matt might not be able to recall them all in order any more, but they’ve all provided great memories!
In addition, he shares that when he started, they broke hanging beef on wooden blocks on a sawdust-covered floor. While the surroundings have changed, the basic connections with customers have remained the same.
Thank you for doing such a good job for 41 years, Matt! We appreciate your above and beyond customer service.
October 2020 - Jim Giardino
Jim celebrated 42 years in January 2020! He is currently a regional vice president, and has worked at 554-1 Washington, 501-1 Charles City, 815-1 Cresco, 719-1 Le Mars, 531-1 Algona, and 974-1 Cedar Falls. He has held the positions of assistant manager, manager, and supervisor, before becoming regional vice president. Jim enjoys working with all the different employees and says that no two days are the same.
Jim is married to his wife, Kim, and they have three children and two grandchildren. He comes from a large family and has six sisters and three brothers. He is most proud of his children, sharing that they all have great work ethic. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family, hunting, fishing, boating, and watching the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Jim remembers working at 554-1 Washington when they went from using stampers to being the first store in the company to have scanners. When people look back at his career, Jim wants to be remembered for always being honest and fair with all of his co-workers. He shares that Fareway has given him a lot of opportunities to work with some very talented people.
Thank you for more than 42 years of service, Jim! We greatly appreciate having you as part of the Fareway family.
September 2020 - Mark Holck
Mark celebrated 42 years of service in January 2020! He is currently a meat cutter at 719-2 Le Mars. Mark likes helping people in the community, and enjoys the people he works with at the Le Mars store.
Mark is married to Julie, his wife of 36 years! They have two sons, Jacob and Nathan. In his spare time, he enjoys camping, bowling, and working on his house.
Mark fondly remembers being named chamber employee of the month. He is most proud of his willingness to take extra time to help people, not only with meat, but anywhere in the store. When people look back at his career, he hopes to be remembered as helpful and kind.
Thanks for taking care of your customers and the store for the last 42 years, Mark!
August 2020 - Michael Medvedievs
Michael celebrated 42 years in January 2020! He is currently a full-time meat cutter at 462-2 Vinton, and has worked both part- and full-time during his tenure. Michael has enjoyed working with the many managers and assistant managers through the years, and has learned many things from them.
Michael has been married to his wife, Sheila, for 27 years. They have two sons, Kray and Kyle, who have both worked at Fareway as well. Michael has enjoyed multiple trips to Florida with his family through the years. He also likes fishing with his boys on a regular basis. Fun fact, Michael still has his 1984 Camaro, which he has had now for 36 years.
Michael is most proud when customers specifically ask for him to wait on them. A memory over the years that stands out, includes watching a new store being built right beside the existing store. When asked how he wants to be remembered, Michael says as a hard worker that took good care of his customers.
Thank you for working so hard for the last 42 years, Michael, and for taking care of your job at Fareway!
July 2020 - Dan Noack
Dan celebrated 42 years in January 2020! He is currently the grocery manager at 683-1 Winterset, but has worked his way up from part-time, full-time, and assistant manager. His tenure of stores include 703-1 Humboldt, 848-1 Newton, 531-1 Algona, 561-1 Waverly, and 989-1 Waukee, before coming to 683-1 Winterset. Dan enjoys working with the public and the employees. He shares that the job brings different challenges every day.
Dan is married to Joni, his wife, and they have two girls, Bekah and Bethany. He likes to golf and fish whenever he can. Farm ponds are his favorite. In addition, he enjoys taking cruises with his wife and children.
Dan is generally a quiet and reserved person. He is proud to assist family, friends, and co-workers through the resources he has been blessed with by working for Fareway. He hopes to be able to teach his employees life-long skills, and to learn from them as well. Dan shares that we are all in life together, and we should help one another succeed and get through life’s challenges.
Thank you, Dan, for helping Fareway succeed over the last 42 years! We are blessed by your years of service.
June 2020 - Rex King
Rex celebrated 42 years in January 2020! He is currently responsible for unloading trucks in dry goods. He started in produce and transferred to the freezer, before coming over to dry goods. Rex enjoys working for Fareway because it’s a new experience every day.
Rex is married to Lori, his wife, and they have a son, Tucker (Kate) and daughter, Kahola (C.J.). They also have a granddaughter, Kaisley, and new grandson. Rex’s family has always shown horses and mules, and their son moved on to the rodeo arena in the roping team. All of their spare time is spent watching their son and son-in-law rope.
Rex is most proud of his family and having had the opportunity to meet some very interesting people. He has enjoyed watching all the growth and changes at Fareway.
Thank you, Rex, for growing with Fareway for the last 42 years! We appreciate your dedication and years of service.
May 2020 - Mark Mourlam
Mark celebrated 43 years of service in September! He is currently the produce manager at 850-1 Spirit Lake, but has worked part-time, full-time, as an assistant grocery manager, and a grocery manager during his tenure. Locations include 395-1 Webster City, 412-1 Oelwein, 531-1 Algona, 840-1 Monticello, 462-1 Vinton, 461-1 Storm Lake, 021-1 Sheldon, 058-1 Orange City, and 850-1 Spirit Lake. Mark enjoys working for Fareway because he says “we are family” and there is always something different to do all day long. Fond memories simply include all the great people he’s had the opportunity to work with over the years.
Mark is married to Lori, his wife, and they have three children: Matt, Jeremy, and Faith. In addition, they have five grandchildren: Arica, Keith, Jada, Emily, and Allison. In his spare time, Mark enjoys golfing, fishing, hunting, and spending time with family.
Mark is simply known to be a nice, happy person. He enjoys his job and always comes to work in a good mood, and is willing to improve and train others. When asked how he wants to be remembered, he says as hard-working. He shares that attitude is everything! Come to work happy and stay that way, no matter what happens, as “It’s always a great day at Fareway”.
Thank you, Mark, for your dedicated service for the last 43 years!
April 2020 - Russ Woods
Russ celebrated 42 years in September! He is currently the freezer and liquor manager, but has worked in every grocery department at 554-1 Washington.
He enjoys working at Fareway because he likes to meet new people and try to help them with their grocery needs. One memory that stands out from his years of service is unloading truck by hand. They only received one truck, with groceries coming out the side door and produce out the back of the truck. On Saturdays, the team was paid in cash. Washington was the first store to install scanners and a computer system in the early 80’s and Russ says the store has certainly changed a lot between then and now.
Russ’ family includes his springer spaniel dogs. He also enjoys spending time with his nieces and nephews. In his spare time, Russ likes to hunt deer and pheasants, and fish. Every year he and his brother’s family camp in Decorah, taking time to tube, canoe, kayak, and fish. Russ and his brother have traveled all over the country together.
Russ is proud and feels lucky to be an American. He says we live in a great country! Russ likes to make people laugh, and make stupid jokes and puns. At Fareway, he would like to be remembered for his smile and telling a joke or two.
Thank you for keeping us laughing for the last 42 years, Russ!
March 2020 - Keith Borcherding
Keith celebrated 42 years of service in January 2020! He is currently the market manager at 594-2 Manchester, but has worked in several locations during his tenure. Keith started at 461-2 Storm Lake in 1978, served as assistant manager at 501-2 Charles City, 909-2 Ankeny, and 561-2 Waverly, and moved up to the position of manager in 1997 at 938-2 Shenandoah and 594-2 Manchester. He likes creating friendships and helping employees have fun while working, and hopes they enjoy their job along the way. He has many great memories with employees and customers over the last 42 years.
Keith has been married to Norma, his wife, for 34 years! They have two daughters, Heather and Kristen, and one son, Kory. In addition, they have two son-in-laws, Nick and David, and three grandchildren, Ben, Rylee, and Wyatt. They enjoy attending the kids’ many sporting events and Keith loves taking them golfing and fishing! In his spare time, Keith likes to golf, fish, and spend time with his family and grandchildren.
He is proud of working to create a fun and successful environment at the store, not only in the market, but with grocery as well. When asked how he would like to be remembered, Keith shares as fair, fun, honest, hardworking, and caring towards customers and employees. He says Fareway has been a great company to work for over the years. Keith shares that he wouldn’t be where he is today if it hadn’t been for the support of his wife and family (and of course, all the people that have worked for and with him). His piece of advice? Try to save as much time as possible for family, while having your heart in what you do.
Thank you, Keith, for sharing your heart and spirit with Fareway for more than 42 years!
February 2020 - Bryan Ray
Bryan celebrated 41 years in January 2020! He is currently the freezer manager, but has worked as produce manager and ordered about every aisle of the store during his tenure at 386-1 Ames. Bryan enjoys interacting with the public and being able to help and answer their questions. In addition, fond memories include all the people he’s worked with over the last 41 years. There are too many to count, but they have taught him many things.
Bryan is married to Pam, his wife, and has three step-children and six grandchildren. He met Pam at Fareway, a fellow coworker. He asked her out on a date and 16 months later, they were married. They are celebrating 23 years of marriage!
In his spare time, Bryan likes to travel and hike. He is proud of being a life-long resident of Ames and seeing how much the city has changed and grown over time. When asked how he would like to be remembered, he says as someone who was able to teach and pass on the knowledge he’s learned over the years.
Thank you, Bryan, for your dedicated service for the last 41 years!
January 2020 - Jon Wulfekuhle
Jon, fondly called J Dub, Dub, Dubya, or JW, celebrated 41 years in December. Jon is currently the produce manager for 909-1 South Ankeny (or the Ankeny South Super Store), but has worked at several locations during his tenure: 594-1 Manchester with Rich Stearns and Dick Smith from December 8, 1978 – February 10, 1987; 461-1 Storm Lake with Dennis Langholdt and Al Wiltse from February 10, 1987 – August 2, 1990; 639-1 Maquoketa with Dick Schut from August 6, 1990 –July 6, 1994; and finally at 909-1 South Ankeny with Doug Monahan, John Looney, Tom Laven, and Doug Haugland from 1994 – present. He has managed all grocery sections of the store, with the exception of candy and health/beauty, but produce has always been his favorite.
Jon enjoys working at Fareway because it’s fast-paced and competitive. He has many fond memories of his time at Fareway, including a few informative and interesting trips to Family Tree Farms and Mariposa Farms; setting 975-Des Moines with other assistants for Reynolds; and working alongside his son. Jon has two sons and a daughter, all of whom have worked at Fareway. His oldest son does sales in the western half of Iowa for Nike. He and his wife live in Omaha and have blessed Jon with two granddaughters. His daughter & her husband live in Brooklyn, New York, where she works as an interior designer. She is currently designing a 2,000 room hotel in Las Vegas and in her spare time, is a world traveler. Jon’s youngest son is in St. Louis in graduate school for chiropractic care. In his spare time, Jon enjoys playing with his granddaughters, gardening fruits and vegetables, canning, freezing, and preserving. Jon is most proud of his children.
According to Jon, one measure of success is how you treat others. He hopes to be remembered favorably for that, as well as someone who worked hard to get the job done. Jon says that when a task seems too big, it’s not, just knock it down in stages!
Thank you Jon, for your good, positive attitude for the last 41 years! We are proud to have you as part of the Fareway family.
December 2019 - Linda Niblo
Linda is a cashier at 683-1 Winterset, and has worked for Fareway for 41 years! Beyond cashier duties, she also trains new cashiers, orders sections, conducts ad work, price changes, and office work.
She enjoys working for Fareway because she’s had the chance to work with a lot of good people, and to learn from them. She has also appreciated getting to know her great customers, and helping them out on a daily basis. Linda has many memories of Fareway, and says that so many changes have come about, including the computer systems, scanners, and touch screens. She has always been proud to have worked for a great company like Fareway. It helped her raise her family and has made her grow as a person.
Linda has been married for 48 years to Steve, her husband, who serves for the Madison County Sherriff’s Department. They have two children: Scott, who is the market manager at 034-Iowa City East, and Laurie, who works for the Winterset Post Office. In her spare time, Linda enjoys walking, watching HGTV programs, cooking, shopping, and cheering on Iowa Hawkeye football and basketball.
She is known for her positivity, always having a smile for everyone, and sense of humor. Linda most enjoys helping people – they make her day! When asked how she wants to be remembered, she says as helpful, caring, friendly, and courteous. She also always does the best job she can and strives to get along with everyone. Her advice? Always put your best foot forward and appreciate what you have each day. She says Fareway has always taken good care of her, and she hopes she’s taken good care of Fareway.
Thank you for taking care of Fareway and our customers for the last 41 years, Linda. We appreciate your years of service as part of the Fareway family!
November 2019 - Bill Stearns
Bill is celebrating 41 years this month!
He is currently the grocery manager at 925-1 Altoona, but has worked in several locations prior, including: 703-1 Humboldt in high school, 386-1 Ames in college (full-time post-college), 848-1 Newton, 699-1 Osceola, and 470-1 Perry. While he’s always worked on the grocery side, he has held many roles: courtesy clerk, cashier, stocker, janitor, dairy manager, produce manager, frozen food manager, assistant manager, compliment and complaint department, teacher/mentor, and finally, grocery manager.
Bill has enjoyed working for Fareway because it is a family and community. A memory that stands out is stocking Brach’s pick-a-mix at his dad’s store in Maquoketa before grade school, and he still finds himself stocking candy today.
Bill is married to Deb, his wife. She is a market research director at Essman Research in Des Moines. They have two daughters: Stephanie, who works as a relationship manager for Fidelity Investments in Edina, MN, and Stacie, who works as a development officer for Living History Farms in Urbandale. They currently have two fur baby rescues as well, Packer (cocker spaniel) and Reggie (springer spaniel).
In his spare time, Bill enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and supporting the Iowa State Cyclones and the Green Bay Packers. Bill is most proud of his family, his store, and past and present employees. When asked how he wants to be remembered, he says as fair, honest, and respectful. His advice, remember to always treat others as you would want your own family treated. Use your God-given gifts as you received them, two ears for listening and one mouth for speaking.
Thank you for serving your store employees and customers with fairness, honesty, and respect, Bill. We appreciate your 41 years of dedicated service!
October 2019 - Dave Spowart
Dave, best known as Spowie, celebrates 42 years this month!
He is currently the grocery manager at 980-1 Knoxville, but has worked at several locations: 703-1 Humboldt since 16 years old, 502-1 Cherokee, 657-1 Indianola, 792-1 Toledo, and 788-1 Spencer. Dave has worked as a part-time courtesy, full-time employee, assistant manager, and manager. Spowie got his nickname in high school, and it’s stuck ever since.
Dave enjoys working at Fareway and seeing the development of young people. He also appreciates the great relationships he’s built with his customers, and likes having Sundays off. Fond memories include the RV TV get-together on the square for the Iowa vs. Iowa State game. He also remembers having a fire on the back dock at 703-1 Humboldt. He would like to reiterate that he was not to blame for the fire!
Dave is married to Julie, his wife, and they have two children: Kyle and Paige. Kyle is married to Patty and they have a beautiful daughter, Emma. Dave also has two pet pigs, Chloe and Red. He looks forward to his annual family camping and fishing trip to Nakita, Ontario.
In his spare time, Dave loves outdoors activities, such as fishing, hunting, and boating. He also serves as the Treasurer of the Knoxville Sportsman Club. Dave is really proud of his store, because after 22 years, it’s still clean and organized. His is always the first smile you see in the morning, and he enjoys telling his truck crew to stock the top shelf, so he doesn’t have to grab an OSHA approved elevation device. When asked how he would like to be remembered, he says as a great boss. One that’s always willing to listen to employee concerns, no matter how small.
Thank you for putting in a great 42 years, Dave! We appreciate your service and dedication to the company.
September 2019 - Jeff Youngstrom
Jeff started with Fareway in August 1977 at 407-Estherville. He moved to 467-Marshalltown, 386-Ames, 426-Nevada, 625-Oskaloosa, and finally 022-Riverside, where he has been a Grocery Manager since 2004.
Looking back, Jeff has worked with some great managers, and has learned a great deal from them. He remembers his first morning at Fareway and unloading the trucks by hand. He said it was just him and the truck driver in the back of the truck, putting the stock on rollers and shoving it down to another employee who would put everything on a cart.
Jeff has been married to Karen, his wife, since 1982. They have three children: Justin, Bryan, and Darci, along with three grandchildren. Karen and Jeff enjoy going out to the Black Hills and to the Twin Cities to watch baseball and football games. In his spare time, he also enjoys hunting and fishing.
Looking back at his career, Jeff says he and his family have enjoyed the towns they’ve lived in, “It’s what you make of each and every move, getting to know your neighbors, schools, church, and community.”
We appreciate you making the most of your time at Fareway, Jeff. Thank you for your dedicated years of service!
August 2019 - Terry Thein
Terry celebrated 42 years in January, and is currently a grocery clerk at 998-1 Muscatine. Previously, he was an Assistant Grocery Manager for seven years, and has worked at 639-Maquoketa, 461-Storm Lake, 597-Creston, 888-Jefferson, 815-Cresco, 900-Des Moines, and 975-Des Moines.
Terry enjoys working for Fareway because he gets to meet many customers. During his tenure, he has moved around a lot and has had the opportunity to work with different employees. He has worked with 13 managers, and is most proud of putting a smile on employees’ faces.
Terry has been married to Mary Jo for 32 years. They have three children, who have all worked for Fareway: Tyler (April), Trevor (Natalie), and Tiffany (Cory). They also have two grandsons: Clayton (3) and Jameson (1). In his spare time, Terry likes to bowl, golf, and spend time with family. He is a current member of the Muscatine Bowling Hall of Fame.
When asked how he wants to be remembered, Terry says as someone who cared about the employees and the customers.
Thank you, Terry, for caring for our people for the last 42 years! We are proud to have you as part of the Fareway family.
July 2019 - Robert Baker
In January, Robert celebrated 42 years with Fareway. He is the current produce manager at 461-1 Storm Lake, and previously worked at 551-Eagle Grove and 699-Osceola in both produce and dairy.
Robert enjoys working for Fareway because of the employees, customers, and vendors. They make the job fun! He shares that every year he has worked for the organization has been filled with fond memories.
Robert is married to Rose, his wife, and she has four adult children and 12 grandchildren. They attend many of their grandkids’ sporting events and dance recitals. In his spare time, Robert enjoys collecting Cardinals baseball memorabilia and attending games. He is most proud of the years they’ve collected for Toys for Tots and shopping for the new toys.
Robert has the ability to interact and joke with customers and vendors in the store. When asked how he wants to be remembered, he says as fair, hard-working, generous, and thoughtful. His advice? Have fun, work hard, learn the set of goals, and challenge yourself at work and life.
Thank you for having fun and working hard for 42 years, Robert! We appreciate your dedication and can-do attitude.
June 2019 - Bret Bjustrom
Bret, fondly known as B.J., has been with Fareway for 42 years, and works the day shift in dry goods. His current title is Fork-lift T.S. Operator in high pick and superslots. He has also worked in the refrigerated and frozen buildings, and has order picked on the night shift, loaded trucks, and driven a fork-lift for the refrigerated sections of the warehouse.
He enjoys working for Fareway because many co-workers have become life-long friends, he likes seeing the company expand and grow, and knows that Fareway is a solid and strong corporation. Bret fondly remembers being a part of the warehouse softball team, beating the drivers, and winning Fareway tournaments. He also enjoyed working with the older guys, who have since retired from the organization.
Bret is married to Julie, his wife, and they have three children: Lyndsey (40), Ryan (38), and Ryley (36). They also have eight grandchildren! In his spare time, he likes to ride his Harley Davidson motorcycle with friends, listen to good music in his garage, and stay in close contact with his children. He also likes entertaining friends for Iowa Hawkeye and Dallas Cowboys games, and serving as a Babe Ruth baseball umpire.
Bret is especially proud of his three children. Lyndsey serves as a nurse in Ames, Ryan is the manager of 882-1 Eldora, and Ryley does sales in Chicago. When asked how he would like to be remembered, he says as friendly, helpful, and in it for the long haul.
We appreciate you sticking with Fareway for the long haul, Bret. Thank you for your commitment to the company!
May 2019 - Nancy Altenhein
Nancy celebrated 42 years of service at 409-1 Carroll in January. She is currently a cashier and oversees operations of the front end. Nancy has also handled office work and ordering of the health/beauty department and bagged candies.
Nancy is proud to have worked for Fareway for 42 years, and says that she enjoys meeting the different customers that shop at the store. She fondly remembers working with Bryan Baumhover back in 1979 and teaching him to check. She always wondered if he would come back to the Carroll store as a manager, and she is excited to have him back and be able to work with him again!
Nancy is married to John, and they spend time with their great nieces and nephews; attending all their sporting events. She loves to bake, and enjoys bringing it to work to share with everyone. In her spare time, she also likes going to the figure 8 races and visiting her mom to play cards and Mexican train. She enjoys working in her garden and doing puzzles, as well.
Nancy appreciates that Fareway works with their employees when they need time off. When asked how she wants to be remembered, she says as a person who is kind and helpful. Her piece of advice? Just take care of your customers, and they will take care of you!
Thank you for taking care of our Carroll customers for the last 42 years, Nancy. We are glad to have you as part of the Fareway family!
April 2019 - Kris Brockmeyer
Kris, fondly known as Brock, celebrated 42 years of service in January. He currently works as a meat cutter at 683-2 Winterset, and previously worked at 594-Manchester and 589-Decorah.
Kris enjoys working at the meat counter for the steady work and interaction with the customers. In his 42 years, he’s seen a lot of changes, but is really proud of his tenure at Fareway.
Kris and Kristina, his wife, have two children and two grandchildren. He loves to cook, and enjoys hunting and fishing in his spare time.
When asked how he would like to be remembered, Kris says as respectful and honest.
We want to thank you for your years of service, Kris. We appreciate your dedication and commitment to Fareway.
March 2019 - Glen Hessing
Glen Hessing celebrated 42 years of service in January of this year. He works as the aisle manager for canned goods, water, and cereal, and has been in charge of about every section of the store between his time at 719-LeMars, 559-Iowa Falls, and his current location, 625-Oskaloosa.
Glen has good memories of all three stores, including softball tournaments and get togethers. He also remembers unloading trucks one case at a time using wheeled tracks, getting paid in cash each week, using Garvey stampers instead of scanners, and incinerators instead of balers for boxes. He has enjoyed working at Fareway because of all the good people he's worked with and for. Glen also appreciates getting to help and know the customers and vendors. He said it's simply a good work environment!
Glen is married to his wife, Sheryl, and they have one daughter and three grandchildren, who of course he enjoys spending a lot of time with! In his spare time, Glen likes gardening (vegetables and flowers), exercising, sports, and an annual trip to the state fair.
When asked about how he would like to be remembered, Glen says he hopes everyone can say they enjoyed working with him. There have been a lot of changes over the years, but he says the importance of store cleanliness and customer service has not. He would like to say thank you to past and present Fareway employees for being so good to him.
We certainly appreciate how good you've been to the Fareway organization with 42 years of dedicated service, Glen. Thank you for your commitment to the company!
February 2019 - Ron Smith
Ron has been with Fareway for 42 years, and he vividly remembers his first position with the company; Bottle Boy. He worked behind the 559-Iowa Falls store sorting and stacking glass pop bottles and putting them in a shed, so they were ready for the different companies to come and pick them up for redemption. Ron started when he was 15 years old, and was excited when he turned 16 and was working inside the actual store with a part-time title!
Ron enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He is married to his wife, Lori, and they have two children: daughter Amanda (son-in-law Dan Klinkenberg, 055-1 Hiawatha) and son Ryan (daughter-in-law Megan). They also have four wonderful grandchildren: Caleb, Annalise, Paxton, and Niles. During his spare time, Ron enjoys driving his 2010 Camaro and cruising around the Caribbean every March.
He would like to thank Fareway for all the opportunities over the last 42 years. Ron's enjoyed working with young adults and helping them grow to be respectful, responsible workers and citizens. He also appreciates the importance Fareway places on family, and likes spending every Sunday with his family and friends.
His Christian faith has been very important, and says without it, relocations and promotions with the company would not have been possible. Being in the transfer program taught him patience and perserverance, and he always enjoyed the challenges of working in new stores. Ron feels like his family was blessed with these opportunities to meet new people and experience different things around the state. He shares that it was an honor to open and manage the first Fareway store in the Quad Cities.
When asked how he wants to be remembered, Ron says, as the manager that ran his store with honesty, fairness, and respect.
Thank you for 42 years of service, Ron. We certainly respect the many years of dedication and work you've given to the Fareway organization!
January 2019 - Tim Burke
In January 2019, Tim Burke celebrated 42 years of service with Fareway. He is the current market manager at 950-Iowa City West, but has worked at various stores during his tenure, including: 479-Independence, 386-Ames, 531-Algona, 657-Indianola, 551-Eagle Grove, and 912-Sioux Center.
Tim has served as a market manager for the last 24 years! He enjoys the daily interaction with both customers and employees, and says that the connections he's made will last a lifetime. Fond memories include playing golf with legends, such as Joe Leonard and Tom Downs (before they started to cheat!)
Tim has been married to his wife, Cindy, for 41 years. He is really proud of his marriage, his wife (for putting up with him), and says that they are still best friends. They have one daughter, Danielle, who is married and lives in Lakeville, Minnesota. Danielle and her husband, Jared, have three children. Tim and Cindy really enjoy visiting and babysitting often!
In his spare time, Tim enjoys golfing. In particular, he looks forward to an annual golf trip to Bella Vista, Arkansas with past and present Fareway friends. He also loves spoiling his three grandchildren in Minnesota whenever he gets the chance!
When asked about how he would like to be remembered, Tim says dependable, and a good friend to those he's made connections with. Personally, Tim takes more satisfaction in assisting someone else reach their goals, than to gain any sort of personal reward.
Thank you for your time and dependability over the last 42 years, Tim! It has certainly been rewarding to have you as part of the Fareway family.
December 2018 - Kris Vogel
As of January 2019, Kris Vogel will be celebrating 42 years of service with Fareway. Over the years, she has worked in various positions, such as clerk and produce manager, and has worked at 479-Independence and 974-Cedar Falls. She is currently a Scanning Coordinator at 974-Cedar Falls.
Kris is married to her husband, Joe, and has 3 children, Kelly, Quent, and Jill, 20 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. During her free time, she loves gardening, planting flowers, and woodworking. One thing that she is very proud of is her family.
Kris enjoys working at Fareway because she loves interacting with customers and knowing that each day will be different and there is never any two days that are alike.
One of her favorite memories of working at Fareway is moving from the Independence store to help open the Cedar Falls store.
She hopes to be remembered as being helpful to the customers and her co-workers.
We certainly appreciate your hard work and dedication to help others, Kris! Thank you for your continued commitment to the company!
November 2018 - Deborah Gustoff
As of January 2019, Deborah Gustoff will be celebrating 42 years of service with Fareway. She currently works as a front end manager in 384-Boone. Throughout her time at Fareway, Deborah has also worked as a cashier and has earned the nicknames Little Debbie and Zunk.
Deborah is married to her husband, Rick, and has 2 step kids and 7 grandchildren. During her spare time, she loves going out to eat at new restaurants, taking road trips in her Mustang, working outdoors, and going to her sister’s pond. One unique fact about her is that she is a triplet.
Some of Deborah’s favorite memories include moving from downtown to the new location, working under different managers, including Floyd Adams, Fred Greiner, Todd Treganza, Wayne Lamoureux, and Aric Reicks, and working with Reynolds Cramer, Jeff Stearns, and other people from the office when they were in high school.
She enjoys working at Fareway because of the great benefits, having Sundays off, the job is very high-energy, and there are always people around.
She is really proud that she has customers that come specifically to her line to get checked out. She hopes to be remembered as someone who went above and beyond to help customers and made sure they left the store feeling happy.
Thank you, Deborah, for your dedication and service to Fareway throughout the years!
October 2018 - John Morrison
John Morrison is currently the Produce Manager of 508-Fort Dodge. He has held both part-time and full-time positions at 470-Perry, 491-Mason City, and 508-Fort Dodge. He has worked in every section of the store, but produce is his favorite.
John is married to his wife, Kim, and has two kids and 7 grandchildren. During his free time, he enjoys camping by the lake and hunting.
One of John’s favorite memories of working at Fareway include going on the Family Tree Farms tour and opening the new store in Fort Dodge. He also remembers getting paid by check and the transition to direct deposit and looks back on all of the progress the company has made throughout the years.
John enjoys working at Fareway because he likes working with the public and Fareway is a great place to work for.
He also appreciates the store being closed on Sundays. He is really proud of his work attendance and quality of work that he puts in every day and always tries to be a good coworker and friendly.
Thank you, John, for all of your service throughout the years! We appreciate your hard work and dedication to Fareway!
September 2018 - Diane Onken
Diane Onken celebrated 41 years of service in January of this year. She has always worked at 502-Cherokee, and was full-time from 1977-2010. Diane has been a jack of all trades, having worked as a checker, computer coordinator, book keeper, and handled ordering, stocking, training, price changes, and scheduling. She now works part-time from April-October, as she winters in the warmer climate of South Texas.
Diane has many fond memories of working at Fareway, including her surprise 50th birthday party! She says that Fareway is her second family, and that they have always been there for her in good times, and supportive in times of hardship. She still loves working with the public, or at least 99% of them!
Her primary family includes her late husband Ron, to whom she was married for 28 years before he passed in 1998. They have four daughters: Audrey, Amy, Amber, and Ashley. In addition, Diane now has nine grandchildren, one great-grandson, and another on the way in December.
She enjoys spending time attending as many of their activities as possible, which includes: softball, tennis, soccer, track, t-ball, baseball, music events, speech contests, and dance. They keep her very busy, but she would have it no other way.
In her 41 years, Diane has never been late to work - something she is proud of, and feels is important. When asked about how she’d like to be remembered, Diane says that she wants people to remember her positive attitude and willingness to help everyone with a smile on her face, and time to listen. She says don’t sweat the small stuff! Work should be fun and productive. Take care of your job, and it will take care of you!
We certainly appreciate your continued dedication and service to our customers for 41 years, Diane. Thank you for your commitment to the company!
August 2018 - Snoden Wedebrand
Snoden has been with Fareway for 41 years, and has worked every section of the store, with the exception of health and beauty care. He currently works at 407-Estherville in frozen foods. During his years of service, he has also worked at the following locations: 788-Spencer, 648-Ottumwa, and 705-Clear Lake.
Snoden remembers when watermelon trucks pulled in and they would have to unload 500 melons by hand at the store! More fond memories include winning the first Fareway softball tournament (788-Spencer) and enjoying Joe O’Brien’s famous barbeque ribs in homemade sauce every Wednesday afternoon at 407-Estherville.
Snoden has two children: son Rob (wife Kayla, and three grandaughters, Makenzie, Madison, and Mallory) and daughter Michelle. Rob teaches at West Des Moines Valley and coaches girls basketball, and Michelle teaches in Council Bluffs and Omaha.
During his spare time, Snoden enjoys visiting his kids and playing guitar. He looks forward to an annual trip to Omaha to visit family, friends, and attend the College World Series. In addition, he tries to get to Wrigley Field every couple of years to see the Chicago Cubs.
Snoden is most proud of his kids, as they are both good people and hard workers, who have set goals for themselves and attained them. And he’s enjoyed working for Fareway, as there is a willingness to schedule around family events.
When asked how he wants to be remembered, Snoden says, as a dedicated employee that came into work everyday. He enjoys work, saying every day is different, and that it’s never boring.
Thank you 41 years of dedicated service, Snoden. We are glad to have you as part of the Fareway family!
July 2018 - David Noack
In January 2018, David Noack celebrated 42 years of service with Fareway. He is the current grocery manager at 589-Decorah, but has worked at various stores during his tenure, including: 501-Charles City, 792-Toledo, 462-Vinton, 828-Sioux City, and 790-Harlan, where he first served as a manager.
David has worked his way up through the company, and served in both part-time and full-time capacities, before taking on the role as manager. After 42 years, David shares that no particular memory stands out to him - he just has a lot of great memories and has enjoyed working at Fareway because of the people.
David is married to his wife, Lynn, and they have two children: daughter Jamie Poch and son Jared. Jamie is married to Joe Poch, and they have two sons: Jackson and Benjamin.
In his spare time, David enjoys fishing, hunting, working around the house, and of course, spending time with his two grandchildren.
When asked about how he would like to be remembered, David shares that he hopes he’s been able to teach his employees and fellow staff something.
You have certainly taught us what dedication looks like - thank you David, for your ongoing commitment to Fareway.
June 2018 - Jeff DeForest
Jeff has been with Fareway for 42 years as of November 2017, and is the grocery manager for 699-Osceola. Prior to becoming a manager, Jeff worked at several locations, including: 683-Winterset, 790-Harlan, 551-Eagle Grove, 888-Jefferson, and 925-Altoona. He has served as an assistant manager in Jefferson and Altoona.
He has many fond memories of working at Fareway, including going to the managers meeting with both of his sons. He recalls being a part of the Fourth of July parade in the grocery cart brigade. He also remembers a phone call he had with a woman who asked him to help her do something special for her mom’s birthday and he ended up making her a happy birthday banner and displaying it in the store for when she came to shop that day.
Jeff is married to his wife Debbie, of 39 years, and they have two children: assistant grocery manager of 639-Maquoketa Trevor (wife Kristen, 5 grandchildren and 1 granddog) and Brent (wife Haley and 1 granddog). He tries to go to as many games and functions as he can, such as football, basketball, and baseball games and dance, adding that they keep him busy! He always looks forward to vacations with his family and long weekends.
During his free time, Jeff loves to spend time with family and boating at Table Rock Lake and the Ozarks.
Jeff is proud of being able to go the extra step for our customers. One moment that stands out for him was watching his son, Trevor win the National Bagging Championship in Las Vegas and seeing it up close.
We certainly appreciate your hard work over the last 42 years, Jeff. Thank you for your commitment to the company!
May 2018 - Kirk Wagner
Kirk has worked for Fareway for 42 years. He started in the meat market at 683-Winterset, and has also worked at 551-Eagle Grove, as a market assistant at 792-Toledo, 508-Fort Dodge, and 597-Creston before becoming meat market manager of 941-Greenfield.
Kirk remembers having to unload the truck in the alley with a portable lift at the old Eagle Grove store. This is when we still got carcass beef and had to break it down.
Kirk is married to his wife of 36 years, Suzane, who owns her own consignment shop in Greenfield, and together they have three children: Wade, Amber, and Ashlee. They also have three grandchildren: Dawson, Mylee, and Kaden.
During his free time, Kirk loves to ride motorcycles, going to flea markets, and repurposing old items into new and different things.
Kirk takes pride in what he does and how he tries to make things look the best they can. He says he hopes to be remembered by how he tried to take care of Fareway and how Fareway took care of him.
Thank you for all your hard work, Kirk. We are glad to have you as part of the Fareway family!
April 2018 - Bob Kidney
As of May 2018, Bob Kidney will be celebrating 42 years of service and is currently the grocery manager at 409-Carroll. He’s worked in various roles during his tenure, including full-time at 470-Perry, 461-Storm Lake, 502-Cherokee, assistant manager at 597-Creston, 409-Carroll, and 719-Le Mars, and grocery manager at 941-Greenfield before coming into his current role.
Some of Bob’s favorite memories of working at Fareway is playing softball and the golf tour in the ‘80s and ‘90s. In his spare time, Bob enjoys boating, fishing, and golfing at Lake Panorama.
Bob is married to his wife, Joan, and they have three daughters: Julie (husband Jared), Nicole, and Alison (husband Jacob). They have five grandchildren, Paige (13), Avery (9), Kael (6), Adalynn (3), and Nora (2). He loves entertaining his grandkids with boat rides, swimming, and watching baseball, softball, basketball, and cheerleading.
He is most proud of his family, and says that they have supported him all these years. He believes his girls are more outgoing from being transferred to different towns and having to make new friends.
When asked about how he would like to be remembered, Bob says he would like to be known as a person who cared about people, got along with everyone, was fair and did the best he could, all while having fun.
Additionally, Bob says he’s made good friends in the towns he’s been in and stays in contact with them. He likes the idea of being closed on Sundays and thinks Fareway is a well-respected company everywhere.
Bob, thank you for your dedicated service and commitment to Fareway.
March 2018 - Mark Benbow
Mark has been with Fareway for 42 years, and is the grocery manager for 597-1 Creston. He has worked at several locations before Creston, including: 467-Marshalltown, 625-Oskaloosa, 828-Sioux City, 933-Urbandale, 900-Des Moines, 657-Indianola, 790-Harlan, and 941-Greenfield. Mark started part-time as a sacker at the age of 16, and worked his way up to full-time department head, assistant manager, and currently, manager.
He has many fond memories of his younger years at his first store, Marshalltown. Mark remembers having a good time with his fellow employees playing softball games in the eighties and nineties against other stores.
Mark has three children. Two are currently in college at the University of Iowa and Iowa State University. The other graduated from Des Moines Area Community College. (So we have to ask, Mark, what team do you cheer for?)
Mark enjoys golfing and is a Minnesota Vikings enthusiast. He likes working for Fareway because every day is different and has its own challenges. He also appreciates working for a company that has moral respect for the community, and enjoys interacting with a large variety of personalities.
He is especially proud of Fareway’s reputation throughout the state and the respect given for our values, including: being closed on Sundays, to-your-car carryout service, and the full-service market department. When asked how he would like to be remembered, he says good-natured, fair, and kind.
We certainly appreciate your good-natured spirit over the last 42 years, Mark. Thank you for your commitment to the company!
February 2018 - Sharon Mitchell
Sharon started working part-time at 589-1 Decorah in September 1976 and will be celebrating 42 years with Fareway. After graduating high school in May 1978, a full-time opening came up and her manager at the time, Paul Eppel, asked if she would like the position. She responded by saying she would take it, because she wasn’t sure if she wanted to go to college or what the future held for her. And 42 years later, Sharon is still with Fareway!
During her time, Sharon has seen so many changes throughout the years. When she first started, health insurance was $2.50 per week, the store closed at 6 p.m. on Saturdays, and they would get paid in cash every Friday evening at 6 p.m. She says that Fareway has given her the opportunity to meet so many different people. The customers she has met and the many friends she has made over the span of 42 years has been really amazing.
Sharon has two daughters, Teresa and Allison, and four grandchildren: Dylan, Kyler, Elsa, and Lucy. She loves spoiling her grandkids whenever she gets the chance! Sharon is pictured with her granddaughter Elsa.
Thank you for 42 years of service, Sharon. We are glad to have you as part of the Fareway family!
January 2018 - Stacy Watson
Stacy will be celebrating 42 years in May 2018, and currently works in the warehouse as a 2010 Dock/ASRS Forklift Operator. He’s worked in various roles during his tenure, including the night shift as part-time rover, canned goods, health and beauty aids, store and market supplies, and day shift as a T.S. forklift operator, before coming into his current role. When he first started, Ron Sundall started calling him “Scoots”, as he scooted down the aisles putting up orders. He jokes that now he’s pushing 60, the name isn’t nearly as applicable.
Stacy fondly remembers that a couple nights after he first started, Bill Beckwith had him help put up some new racks. Bill often came out to the warehouse in the evenings to work on various projects. Stacy recalls that putting up the rack wasn’t a two-man job, nor did he specifically help get it done any faster. He later observed that Bill did this same thing with other new employees, and he came to realize that it was his way of getting to know them.
Stacy has been married to his wife Julie for 29 years. She is a home school mom and classical education tutor. They have two children, Eliana and Lane, who are both 11 years old. In his spare time, Stacy enjoys gardening, following the Minnesota Vikings, and studying reformed theology. Stacy also admits that he’d rather listen to Iowa and ISU football on the radio, than watch it on tv.
He is most proud of his family, and says that they are truly a blessing from the Lord. Stacy enjoys working for Fareway because of the job stability and his fellow employees.
When asked about how he would like to be remembered, Stacy says he would like to be remembered as a good steward of his job.
We are proud of your good stewardship in taking care of your job, Stacy. Thank you for your dedicated service and commitment to Fareway.
December 2017 - Mathew Hasenwinkel
Mathew has been with Fareway for 41 years, and is currently a full-time meat cutter in the market at 467-2 Marshalltown. He has worked in several locations before coming to Marshalltown, including: 502-2 Cherokee, 719-2 LeMars, and 648-2 Ottumwa. Mathew held the role of Assistant Market Manager for four years at 648-2 Ottumwa and 467-2 Marshalltown. He usually goes by the nickname Matt or Hazy.
He fondly remembers that for two years a female customer by the name of Mary would come into the store, and he assumed she was married. One day, she left her phone number for Matt and now they have been together 22 years (20 married)!
Matt and Mary have two children: Amber (32), Fort Worth, TX; and Seth (31), Chicago, IL, married to his wife Bobbie. In his spare time, he enjoys reading fiction, watching westerns, doing puzzles, playing card games, and watching sports.
Matt enjoys working for Fareway because of the customers and fellow co-workers. He is proud that he has been with the company for 41 years, and has enjoyed working with those individuals that have moved up within the company. He hopes that he was able to teach them something and has contributed to their careers.
Matt would like to be remembered for always trying to help the customers find and obtain the products they are looking for while shopping. When asked for his advice, Matt shares that you should give it your all at work, take pride in what you are doing, and try to learn something new everyday!
We certainly appreciate the pride you’ve taken in your work over the last 41 years, Mathew. Thank you for your commitment to the company!
November 2017 - Christopher Wayne Livengood
Chris is the current grocery manager of 551-1 Eagle Grove, and he celebrated 41 years with Fareway in January 2017. Chris has worked at 737-1 Grinnell, 467-1 Marshalltown, 531-1 Algona (assistant), 850-1 Spirit Lake (assistant), and 879-1 Belmond (manager), before coming to 551-1 Eagle Grove.
He will always remember certain individuals who gave him his start at Fareway, those who encouraged him to succeed, and cared about him as a person. Chris is proud that he has also given many employees a start in the management program, and enjoys being a meaningful part of their lives.
Chris is married to his wife Brenda of 41 years! They have five children: Shawnessy (37), Arizona; Jennifer (34), Ohio, married with children Landon (7) and Nolyn (4); Joshua (32), West Des Moines; Brittany (27), West Des Moines, married; and Mikaela (20), South Sioux City, NE. Any spare time is devoted to his wife and family - they are his first passion and priority. He enjoys playing golf competitively (or really anytime), and likes watching his children’s sporting events. Mikaela currently plays varsity golf for Morningside College, and he admits that she can kick his butt on the golf course.
Chris enjoys working for Fareway because of the people - both employees and customers alike. He says there is great satisfaction in knowing you helped someone in need or encouraged a fellow co-worker to better themselves.
He would like to be remembered for being a manager that was understanding, and who truly cared about the people he worked with (this includes employees, vendors, and customers). His advice is to treat your employees and vendors with dignity and respect. All are children of God, and we are all equals in his eyes!
We certainly appreciate the care you’ve shown to the Fareway family over the last 41 years, Chris. Thanks to you and your family for the dedication and service!
October 2017 - Tom Loew
Tom is the current grocery manager for 412-1 Oelwein, although he’s worked in several great communities to get there, including: 409-1 Carroll, 508-1 Fort Dodge, 719-1 LeMars, 625-1 Oskaloosa (assistant), 849-1 Emmetsburg (assistant), 501-1 Charles City (assistant), and 426-1 Nevada (manager). He has worked at Fareway since starting in high school, and particularly enjoys the 412-Oelwein store because of the people.
Tom fondly recounts the day he made manager at 426-1 Nevada. He remembers being called to Boone to meet with Bob Cramer. Bob said that Timothy Lipsman was a shoe salesman, and he wanted to know if Tom was going to follow in his footsteps and sell shoes or if he was going to manage the store in Nevada. Tom said that he was going to sell groceries in Nevada.
Tom is married to his wife, Joan, who is the Business Manager at Oelwein Schools. They have a son Jake, who served in the Navy, and is a current student at the University of Washington, and a daughter Jenna, a grad student at NEIU in Chicago, and who currently works at AHI International Travel. In his spare time, he enjoys muskie fishing, making home improvements, and boating on the Mississippi River.
Tom is most proud of the twelve Fareway employees in the management system that began their careers at 412-Oelwein. He also shares that he has excellent store staff, and that they make his job easier. He couldn’t ask for a better crew, and together, they have fun everyday.
Tom hopes to be remembered as someone who works hard, and is firm and fair. He says it is important to live, work, and play in the community that supports you, and that Oelwein has been a great place to live and raise a family. Take care of your job and your job will take care of you!
We take pride in knowing you’ve taken care of the job for 41 years, Tom! Thank you for your dedicated service and commitment to Fareway.
September 2017 - Dave Reiss
Dave has worked for 594-1 Manchester for 41 years. He remembers starting at Fareway on Saturday, June 5, 1976. Dave received a call from Vic Ganske at 8 a.m. that morning and was told to report to work wearing a white t-shirt -- not to worry about the white dress shirt.
He has worked with quite a number of current managers and supervisors, and particularly enjoys working with younger employees and seeing them blossom as they attain new work skills. Dave remembers having to unload two semis by hand on truck mornings. He says that you froze in the winter and got drenched in sweat in the summer -- the job took four hours! Dave shares that a basement store with a conveyor belt was a unique experience, although he doesn’t particularly miss it.
Dave has been married to his wife Kendy for 36 years, and they have three children who all worked for Fareway during high school. They also have seven grandchildren, with one on the way in May!
In his spare time, Dave enjoys spending time with his grandkids, gardening, raising chickens, and hiking in Colorado. He and Kendy have adopted a tiny town in Nebraska, and they also spend time delivering clothes, meals, and providing Sunday school for the kids.
When asked how long he has been with the organization, Dave always replies that he has been at Fareway for 41 years, but that it’s only temporary until he finds something permanent. Joking aside, Dave’s advice is that life is short. He says to enjoy every moment as a gift, and give it your best. He lives by John 3:16.
We appreciate you giving your best and enjoying the last 41 years at Fareway, Dave. Thank you for your commitment to the Fareway organization!
August 2017 - Darrell Bullis
Darrell has worked for Fareway for 41 years. He started out at 386-2 Ames, and moved to the following locations during his tenure: 479-2 Independence, 828-2 Sioux City, 829-2 Sioux City, 648-2 Ottumwa, and 988-2 Moline. He now serves as Market Manager for 014-2 Sergeant Bluff.
He fondly remembers breaking beef alongside Rayneal McKim (925-2 Altoona market manager) and Dave Breckenfelder (912-2 Sioux Center retired market manager), and having to add each customer’s meat purchase up manually on their packages.
Darrell has been married to Rhonda for 37 years, and together they have two sons, Joshua (wife Laura, five-year old sons Sven and Declan) and Reid. For over 20 years, the couple was involved in their sons’ Cub and Boy Scout troops in Sergeant Bluff, Ottumwa, and Davenport. Both Joshua and Reid achieved the highest rank of Eagle Scout, and Darrell is proud that he helped them earn such a prestigious award. Today, you can find Darrell watching movies, doing yardwork, or playing with his grandsons.
Darrell has enjoyed working for Fareway, and says that every day is an adventure because of the customers. He finds his daily interactions with them so rewarding. He would like to be remembered for being fair, approachable, and hard-working. His advice for others is to work hard for Fareway, and Fareway will take care of you.
We certainly appreciate your hard work over the last 41 years, Darrell. Thanks to you and your family for your dedication and service!
July 2017 - Kary Lefebvre
Kary has worked for several store locations over his 41 years, including: 699-1 Osceola, 648-1 Ottumwa, 409-1 Carroll, and currently 815-1 Cresco. He has run and ordered all sections of the store at one time or another, but currently serves as Grocery Clerk running the dairy section. He often goes by the nickname Fev, and enjoys making his customers and co-workers smile.
When Kary got hired, they used to be paid in cash on Saturday. In addition, he remembers having to mark and separate everything that was checked: taxable, regular grocery, WIC, and meat tickets.
Kary is married to Karen, and they have a daughter Kayla (husband Ryan, 18-month old daughter Aubrey), and two sons Kameron (wife Toni), and Kolby. In his spare time, he likes to play golf, and has played softball for 20 years and bowled for 35. He also loves the theatre and has been on-stage for more than 25 years. He has directed four shows, and enjoyed many roles, including: Dracula (twice), Renfield, the Wizard, and the Cowardly Lion. He enjoys playing comedy roles, and he even proposed to his wife in Cresco in a live show on-stage (clearly she said yes.)
He enjoys working for Fareway because we have Sundays off and there are no gimmicks. He likes doing a variety of things every day, seeing customers, and helping them with their needs. He is proud of the way he can restack and organize the backroom to make it easy for anyone to find what they need. Kary also enjoys helping the young people, getting them to open up, and helping them improve themselves and become stronger employees.
Kary would like to be remembered for getting things done. He says that when you’re doing something, take pride and do it right. Try to help others, as you never know when you might need someone to help you.
We take pride in knowing you’ve done the job right for over 41 years, Kary! Thank you for your dedicated service and commitment to Fareway.
June 2017 - Tom Durr
Tom will celebrate 41 years with Fareway on November 7. He is proud to say that he has managed every department at 719-1 LeMars, and currently holds the role of Produce Manager. While his uncles may have nicknamed him “Bear”, customers at the store call him Mr. Fareway.
He only ever worked for Jim Beckwith, and remembers the change to having to work with a new manager, Dave Shaver (who still holds that position today). When he looks back on his career with Fareway, Tom is proud of always being to work on-time, working hard while on duty, and remaining cheerful.
Tom is married to his wife, Rachel, and together they have three children: Aislinn, Scott (wife Kelsey), and Brittney. They also have one grandson Cooper, who they enjoy watching play soccer. Tom is most proud of his children, and in his spare time, you can find him fishing and taking his wife to concerts. Tom admits that when he was young, he worked at Fareway for the income. As he’s gotten older, he enjoys working at Fareway because of the people. When asked about his advice, Tom says “It’s like the handbook says, take care of your job, and your job will take care of you.”
We certainly appreciate you taking care of your customers at the LeMars store over the last 41 years, Tom. Thank you for your hard work and commitment to the Fareway organization!
May 2017 - Mike Grandgenett
While currently the Market Manager for 409-2 Carroll, Mike has worked in many store locations over his 41 years, including: 491-2 Mason City, 461-2 Storm Lake, 827-2 Centerville, 531-2 Algona, and 719-2 LeMars. When asked about why he enjoys working for Fareway, Mike says he appreciates working with fellow employees and watching their skills develop. In addition, he loves serving the customers and getting to know them and their families.
Mike fondly remembers many fun times, like the cooler talks with Al Shipman and Jim Madson at 491-2 Mason City. He also played in the Fareway softball tournaments in Fort Dodge and can remember traveling to these games in a chartered bus provided by Dick Lindsey and Denny Langholdt, 461-Storm Lake managers at the time.
Mike is married to his wife, Valerie, and they have two children: son Brandon and daughter Andrea. Both of his children previously worked for Fareway. In addition, Mike is proud of his six grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, boating with his family, farming, watching the Iowa State Cyclones, and of course, playing with the grandkids.
He is most proud of his employees, who have developed their skillset and advanced in the company. He loves his Carroll Fareway family, market department, and is honored to have been given the opportunity to work side-by-side with so many talented people throughout the years.
Mike says that his career with Fareway has allowed him many opportunitites to grow and develop, from a part-time high school employee to becoming a Fareway manager. The company has helped him achieve much personally and for his family. He hopes that he has been a fun fellow employee and easy to work with, while getting the job done!
We appreciate your commitment to always getting the job done, Mike! Thank you for 41 years of dedicated service and commitment.
April 2017 - Russ Oberhauser
Russ started his career at the age of 16 at 479-1 Independence. He started full-time right out of high school in 1979 and worked in Independence until 1986. He then transferred to 829-1 Morningside until 1994, at which time he opened 949-1 Marion. Russ has been at 151-3 Cedar Rapids since 2015, where he currently resides as a delivery driver.
He has had the pleasure of working with a lot of great people over the years. From managers to assistants, and full- to part-time workers - Russ has made a lot of new friends at Fareway! He loves working for the organization because it feels like a big family. In Russ’ words, “If you ever need help, someone is always there to help you in any way they can.”
Russ has enjoyed coaching kids in summer youth programs in his hometown for many years, particularly basketball and baseball. He also fishes occasionally, and above all else, loves spending as much time as he can with his three boys.
Over the last 41 years, Russ has particularly enjoyed watching the many people he trained become managers and assistant managers. He thanks everyone in the Fareway organization for this honor, as well as his customers.
We are certainly proud of your accomplishments and mentorship, Russ, and appreciate your 41 years of service. Thank you for your continued dedication and hard work!
March 2017 - Julie Quandahl
Julie has worked full-time for 589-1 Decorah for 41 years. She was originally hired by Paul Eppel in 1976 on her 17th birthday, and has since worked for Dick Schut, Art Limberg, and Dave Noack. Julie has worked every section of the store, with the exception of freezer, and is currently the Price Change Coordinator.
She fondly remembers having to memorize specials before coming to work, as they weren’t marked, and has spent her fair share of time picking price stickers off all the sale and price change items. Julie has also done
some heavy lifting at the Decorah store and remembers unloading truck, where each item was loaded from the basement on a conveyor belt and then stacked on a green cart before hitting the shelves!
Julie is married to Ray Quandahl and has two sons, two wonderful daughter-in-laws, and three granddaughters. She loves that Fareway is family-oriented and appreciates being closed on Sundays, so she can spend it with her family. In her spare time, Julie enjoys being with her granddaughters, camping, and loving on all her pets.
In closing, Julie is very proud that she has been with Fareway for 41 years. During her tenure, she has met some wonderful customers and co-workers. When asked how she would like to be remembered, Julie hopes that others view her as kind, respectful, and loyal.
We certainly appreciate your loyalty to the Fareway organization over the last 41 years, Julie. Thank you for your continued dedication and service!
February 2017 - Lorrie Rasmussen
Lorrie is the current produce manager at 479-1 Independence. In her 41 years at Fareway, she has served as a checker and stocker, as well as assisted in unloading trucks, conducting price changes, and helping with ad layout. She enjoys working at the store because it keeps her busy. In particular, she takes pride in working with young people and teaching them new skills.
As she reflects on her years of service, Lorrie remembers the redemption center opening and stopping in-store can redemption. She also thinks back fondly on moving to the new store and her appreciation at having a sink in produce.
Lorrie is married to her husband, Mike, and they have two daughters and four grandchildren. She is very proud of her family, and takes pride in being honest and hardworking. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Harley.
We also appreciate your hardwork, Lorrie! Thank you for 41 years of dedicated service and your commitment to Fareway.
January 2017 - Roger Thompson
Roger has worked for the Fareway organization for 42 years. Before becoming a driver, he worked nights in produce, freezer, cheese, and fresh meat. He then went to days in the dry warehouse and refrigerated sections. Roger took on leadership roles, working as the night produce foreman, day assistantant foreman in the dry warehouse, and eventually working his way up to day foreman, before going full-time for the trucking division.
He’s enjoyed working for Fareway, and especially appreciates the great people. Reflecting on his tenure, Roger says the company has changed a lot since he first started, but he is proud to see growth of new stores and enjoys meeting and making new friends.
Roger married his high school sweetheart, Barb, and they’ve celebrated 41 years of marriage together. They have two daughters, who are both married, and six grandchildren! In his spare time, you can find Roger spending time with the grandkids, traveling, or farming. When asked how he wants to be remembered, Roger says, “It’s what you do with your life and how you accomplish things that truly make you proud.”
We are certainly proud of your accomplishments, Roger, and appreciate your 42 years of service. Thank you for your dedication and hard work - this accomplishment is well-deserved!
December - Paul Decker
Paul has worked full-time for 479-1 Independence for 42 years. He enjoys working for Fareway, and particularly appreciates the relationships with fellow employees and management teams. They have a great working environment in Independence and Paul’s proud to have worked for managers Earl Ferris, John Keinroth, and Russ Federspiel.
Fond memories of ordering and unloading stand out to Paul. He shares that orders used to be written on green sheets, then you would have to call into the office to place the order, often times calling several times just to get through. Once you reached someone, you would dictate the order, one line at a time. In addition, he remembers unloading trucks in the rain or snow, in an open dock area. The truck driver would hold a flashlight, if they had one, for store staff to see.
Paul and his girlfriend Sue, have one daughter, Mallory, and a son, Dustin. They also have one granddaughter Scarlet who is 4, and another one on the way! In his spare time, Paul enjoys truck and tractor pulling,
bicycling, and Nascar. You can often find Paul and Sue riding the Cedar Valley Nature Trail between Gilbertville and Evansdale or La Port City. He is also proud to have patronized the Nascar tracks in Phoenix, Chicago, Michigan, and Kansas City.
In closing, Paul is very humbled to have been selected as a Shield of Honor recipient. When asked for his words of advice, he says, “Go to work with a positive attitude and a smile. Leave your problems at the door.”
We certainly appreciate your positive attitude over the last 42 years, Paul. Thank you for your dedication and service to the Fareway organization!
November - Brian Baldus
Forty years ago, Brian Baldus went to work for Fareway because they were family oriented, closed on Sundays, and paid their employees based on merit which, to Brian, meant the
sky was the limit. To accomplish this he knew he needed to work hard, take care of his customers, and get along well with his co-workers. Many years ago, standing in the check-out line on Saturday nights, being paid in cash, Brian thought making $150 a week in take home pay meant he never had to ask for anything else again. His loyalty and hard work took him onto serve Fareway markets in Charles City, Perry, Humboldt, Morningside, Toledo and Marshalltown. Prior to moving to Cedar Rapids as the Market Manager of Cedar Rapids (963-2), he was the Emmetsburg (849-2) Market Manager.
Brian and his wife, Renelda, have two daughters. Their daughter, Heather, works for the George Washington Foundation in Virginia, and daughter Amy is a police officer in Prairie City. Currently Brian and Renelda are down to three dogs: Elton, Hannah, and Roxie. At one time they had up to six greyhounds, but Brian describes himself as a lousy foster parent in not being able to give them up. Currently the Baldus family operates a dog boarding business called Mutt Hutt, which keeps them busy! Brian enjoys putzing around on their acreage, being active with greyhound rescue, and traveling.
“I am proud that I operated to Fareway’s creed.”
Quality product at a fair price, good customer service, along with treating his employees and customers with a fair and consistent attitude has been the foundation for Brian’s career. Both his present and past employees have helped to build 963-2 to one of the highest volume markets – and Brian intends to keep it there.
October - Steve Proctor
way communities included Osceola, Spencer, Ottumwa, Iowa Falls, and Cherokee. For the last 16 years, Steve has worked as the Webster City Market Manager. One of the major highlights of his time as the Webster City Market Manager has been the complete remodel and expansion of Webster City, #395.
For the last 16 years Steve Proctor has worked as the Webster City Market Manager. In Steve Proctor’s 42 years with Fareway, he worked throughout the state of Iowa. These Fare
Over the years, Steve has had several mentors, whom he also considers his friends, all who have his highest respect. In fact, the best memories while at Fareway were made with the people he works alongside each and every day. Proctor certainly has led by example as the Manager. If he is remembered for anything, he hopes his employees and customers see him as a fair man.
“I have always enjoyed working at Fareway because of the interaction with customers.”
Steve and his wife Susan have three children and three grandchildren as well. He has two daughters, Sarah and her husband Mike, and Elisha and her husband Daryn. His son, Bradley is married to Holly. Their three grandchildren are Emma, Izabella, and Ryan.
When not working at Fareway or spending time with his family, Steve enjoys outdoor sports, hunting, fishing, and boating. He also – believe it or not – loves to bake.
September - Mark Reis
Mark started working for the Storm Lake Fareway as a part-time employee while still in high school. He never would have believed he could make a career with Fareway if it weren’t for his Storm Lake manager, supervisor, mentor, and friend, Dennis Langholdt. Looking back at his career, the memories and impressions Mr. Langholdt made on Reis have remained. He worked in on the retail side of Fareway for many years. From 1975 to 1987 he worked in Storm Lake (461-1), moved to Iowa Falls (559-1) from 1987 to 1992, and then Altoona (925-1) from 1992 to 2006. Currently, Mark works alongside Leo Hickey in organizing and training the Retail Maintenance Crew. He travels from store to store assessing maintenance needs, completing repairs, and assisting with some new store set-up. Chances are if
you have had an issue with equipment in your store, or a repair need, you have visited with Mark Reis on the phone for help.
In his 41 years with Fareway, Mark Reis has developed too many friendships to count. He hopes he left a positive impression on both the people he managed, and those that work with him today. After all, treating others with respect is the only way to earn the respect of your employees, coworkers, friends, and family.
Mark and his high school sweetheart, Julie, married thirty-eight years ago. Together the couple has three grown children: Jennifer, Amy, and Matthew. The Reis family has six wonderful grandchildren: 2 girls and 4 boys ranging from almost 4 to 9 years old. Everyone lives in the Des Moines metro area, so you can imagine the Reis household has a revolving door! Mark and Julie get to see their family often at soccer, baseball, and basketball games, along with Taekwondo, and soon…musicals. The Reis grandchildren also love to camp with Grandpa and Grandpa whenever they can.
Both his children and grandchildren have shown an interest in woodworking, one of Mark’s long time hobbies. It is wonderful to connect with them as they work on nick knacks, furniture and anything else that might need building. Watching his family use their imagination and work with their hands is a true joy. When not woodworking, Mark divides his time among camping, riding motorcycles, and working in the yard or garden. Any time to connect with family is important to Julie and Mark.
When you ask Mark what he is most proud of, he doesn’t know quite where to start: Marriage. Kids. Grandkids. Career. For two kids from northwest Iowa, Julie and Mark are proud of where they are in life. They have worked hard like so many other people, tried to make good decisions, learned from their mistakes, and feel they are in a good place because of it.
Mark Reis we applaud you for 41 years of dedicated service to Fareway. We are proud of the communities you have served, the family you have raised and the new challenges you face as we continue to grow. Thank-you for all that you do. Congratulations on being our Shield of Honor!
August - Joe Leonard
Take care of your job, so that it can take care of you. This is the note Joe read in the first Fareway handbook he ever received. That advice has resonated with him throughout his career of over 41 years at Fareway. Joe Leonard's career started in the Creston Market where he was first promoted to Assistant Manager. From there he moved to LeMars, Toledo and then Waverly. He went onto serve as Market Manager of Red Oak for 11 years, New Hampton for 12 years, and the final 11 years of his career as the Marshalltown Market Manager. Joe announced his retirement from Fareway earlier this summer.
Some of Joe's fondest memories are the teamwork involved when a task seemed enormous. There is no better feeling than that of accomplishing something that may have seemed insurmountable through the efforts of everyone on the Fareway team. Of course, re-lamping the store on a Sunday with his partner also brings back great memories too!
Hard work = Great Fun! Mr. Leonard is extremely proud of the number of employees that he hired and trained along the way that are now apart of the Management Program, either as Managers or Assistant Managers. He is excited about watching them work hard to achieve their goals in a career with Fareway. As a patient mentor who always looks for the positive in everyone and every situation. Joe sincerely believes that every person who works hard deserves a chance to be successful. That is how he would like to be remembered for his time with Fareway.
Joe and his wife, Kathy, enjoy spending time with family. They look forward to visiting their sons Chad and Brendan. Chad and his wife, Meg, have two children, Mary (8) and Max (6). The Leonard family also enjoys riding bicycles. Their bicycle riding journeys have taken them to both Vermont and Alaska. The couple is currently planning a trip from Burlington, VT to Quebec City, Canada. In addition to spending time with family and cycling, Joe looks forward to the annual spring golf week in Arkansas with a group of other Fareway Meat Managers.
Working for Fareway is a blessing. Leonard counts being a Fareway Meat Manager for 32 years as one of his many blessings. He appreciates the opportunity to work with outstanding people, many of whom are close friends today. Of course, the interactions with his customers are just a bonus! It's the community involvement that sets the Manager apart from other companies. As a Manager, Joe is involved with several local organizations which have led to a positive working relationship between Fareway and the community, but also many lasting friendships.
Mr. Leonard, we thank-you for "taking care of your job" for over 41 years. Your commitment to customers, the many markets you have served, and your fellow employees do not go unnoticed. Many congratulations to you on your upcoming retirement!
July - Craig Courtney
Take PRIDE in your work. That is the message Mr. Courtney wants to pass along to his fellow employees. As a good worker who enjoys the grocery business, Courtney has fun doing his job. There is no better feeling than to know you have had a "good day" on the job
For 41 years Courtney has treated people with fairness and respect while working for Fareway. His locations have included: Decorah (589), Humboldt (703), Le Mars (719), Ames (Fastco Drug), Ames (386), Fort Dodge (508), Webster City (395), Waterloo (951), and Cedar Falls (974).
His first Assistant Manager position was at the Fastco Drug location in Ames, then Ames (386) and Fort Dodge (508) before he moved to Webster City (395) in 1989 as Manager. In 1995, Courtney opened the new store in Waterloo (951). This is one of his proudest accomplishments while at Fareway. He put his pride and joy into opening that store. Not only did he meet wonderful co-workers and customers during his time, but he also mentored many employees who decided to make Fareway their lifelong career. Many of whom are successful Supervisors and Managers today.
Currently, Craig Courtney works fulltime in Cedar Falls (974) where meeting new customers, while working with employees and vendors alike - never gets old. He has made many great friends over the years for which he is grateful.
Aside from making a lifelong career at Fareway, Courtney is a family man. He will tell you that it is absolutely fantastic being a grandparent! He and his wife of 21 years, Rosemary, have children, grandchildren and even a great grandchild together. Courtney has two children, Megan and Nathan, and two stepchildren, Ami and Jeremy. Together the couple have nine grandchildren: Courtney (18), Aspen (16), Katina (16), Logan (13), Macy (10), Lane (10), Laci (8), Reed (5), and Parker (4). Last but not least, a great granddaughter, Charlotte (2).
Being from Decorah, hunting and fishing are a big part of Courtney's life. Shotgun hunting is one of his favorite things to do, along with fishing, with trout fishing being the best! Each year he looks forward to an annual fishing trip that he and a group of Fareway employees organize in Ontario, Canada.
The fall season is Courtney's favorite for two reasons: bow hunting and football. He likes to cheer on the Green Bay Packers, and has even traveled three different times to root for his team. Of course, he is also a diehard Hawkeyes fan. Each year he eagerly anticipates the start of football season.
If he isn't hunting, fishing or watching football, you might find Courtney golfing. For over 20 years, he enjoyed putting on the "Fareway Masters" 3-Man Golf Tournament in Webster City. He can remember one year when they had 52 teams (156 golfers). It made for a LONG day, but it was a good time.
While he can still hold his own in playing pool, he doesn't have the opportunity like he used to. In addition, he was an avid bowler at one time. Now, as a grandparent, Courtney has a blast watching his grandkids play ball!
Craig Allen Courtney is just an everyday guy. His memories include cash payments in Decorah, unloading trucks one piece at a time, and catching hundreds of watermelons from an open trailer semi on Main Street in Decorah. The last thing he did, on his last night in Decorah, was to knock over a stack of glass gallon Apple Cider bottles. That very next week he arrived in Humboldt, and had no idea what a pallet jack was all about. His memories are all apart of working with a growing company, which he finds fun and exciting. To see the changes at Fareway in over 40 years is amazing. Courtney would like to express his gratitude and pleasure working with all previous and present employees, and to say "Thanks" to Fareway, for all of the opportunities along the way.
It is with great pleasure that we congratulate you on over 41 years of service to Fareway.
June - George Klesel
In 42 years of service to Fareway, George Klesel has had the honor of opening the 100th Fareway store in Nebraska City, Nebraska, along with 12 other store locations, including two replacement stores, and he has held the title of part time employee, Assistant Manager, Manager and now, Regional Supervisor.
If you have been in the business with Mr. Klesel for awhile, you might know him as Tony. George is a family name, and so when he was younger, everyone called him Tony to differentiate between him and his father. Regardless of how you address him, it is clear that Mr. Klesel is passionate about the grocery business.
George's Fareway career started in Clear Lake (705) as a part time employee. He worked in Indianola (657), Perry (470), Webster City (395), and Oelwein (412) before being promoted to Assistant Manager in Spencer (788). From there he worked as Assistant Manager in two other locations, LeMars (719) and Grinnell (737). In May 1994 he was promoted from Manager in Centerville (827), to District Supervisor.
Fareway is one of the few companies where you can start as a part-time employee in retail, and advance all the way up the ladder to corporate. With a good work ethic, determination to succeed, and help from colleagues, Klesel believes those same opportunities exist at Fareway today.
I've had the opportunity to see great ideas implemented in the stores that come from the bottom up, as well as the top down. Every person makes a contribution to the success of the company, and there have been many people that have impacted my career. I'm proud to say that I have been an employee of Fareway for nearly 42 years. - George Klesel
When you meet him on the road, no two days are alike for George. He enjoys seeing fellow employees and the customers in each store, as well as watching future leaders learn and grow over time.
When George isn't working, you might find him riding motorcycles or sailing. He and his wife, Laura, raised two boys. Josh lives in Ankeny with his wife, Deena, and their two children, Ayla (3) and Miles (1). Jacob, the youngest, resides in Honolulu, Hawaii. Growing up in Centerville, both Josh and Jacob enjoyed sailing and spending nights on the boat while on the waters of Lake Rathbun. Today, whenever the family travels near a body of water, George charters a sail boat to make the most of a day sail. These vacations, especially with the grandchildren, are his favorite.
Mr. Klesel we are forever thankful for your commitment to developing tomorrow's Fareway leaders as you work alongside them in the store. Thank-you for 42 years of being a candid, hardworking and model Fareway team member. Congratulations on this accomplishment!
May - Rod Smith
It seems like only yesterday that Rod Smith was lugging quarters of beef down the first aisle of a Fareway store. In 42 years, eight markets, and a lifelong career with Fareway, Rod has seen many changes. Some of the younger employees today will never know how things were so many years ago, and that is okay, because it boils down to the fact that Fareway is a great place to work - no matter your age. As a young kid working in the market, Rod remembers Fred Vitt walking into the store. Since Rod was working with the grinder, he went to wash his hands and shake Mr. Vitt's hand. Mr. Vitt stopped him and said, "Young man, I'm not afraid to get dirty." That was pretty awesome coming from the man running the company. Rod is proud to say that he has been with Fareway his entire career - a feat not many know today.
Rod's career started in Winterset, then Algona and Newton. He was Assistant Market Manager in Eagle Grove and Ames, and moved into the position of Manager in Belmond, South Des Moines and now, Carlisle. While working in Eagle Grove, Rod served on the Chamber Board of Directors and co-sponsored the very first Eagle Grove Fun Day Celebration. For the past 11 years Rod has served as President of the Athletic Booster Club President in Carlisle.
While building his career with Fareway, Rod and his wife Dee, of 31 years, were also raising a family. Together the couple raised four children: Travis, Bailey, Natalia and Noah. They also have a granddaughter, Mackenzie. Rod and his sons often go hunting and practice shooting. As a family, they enjoy sporting events, fishing by a nice pond, or just hanging out by the fire.
The relationships Rod built with his customers and employees have evolved into friendships over his years at Fareway. He enjoys the daily interactions and finds it a privilege to work with so many talented people. When people look back on Rod's career he wants to be remembered as someone who cared about his customers, coworkers and friends, and treated them all with respect.
Rod, thank you for a lifetime commitment to the Fareway Market. We appreciate your investment in not only Fareway, but your community and family as well. Congratulations on so many years of hard work and friendships.
April - Jim Anthony
One winter afternoon, an elderly Fareway customer came into the store desperately looking for her wedding ring. She was upset to say the least. Jim helped the customer retrace her steps through the store, getting down on his hands and knees to search the floor. Finally, tucked under a row of shopping carts, Jim found the ring. The customer locked Jim in a long embrace - relieved to have found the ring and thankful to Jim for taking the time to truly help her. Together Jim and the customer cried knowing the significance of the ring. Today they continue to be close friends.
"I am very proud of being good at customer service in our community. I take pride in giving personal service to each and every customer, and go out of my way to make sure their Fareway needs are met." - Jim Anthony
For 41 years Jim has made this commitment to customer service at Fareway, 21 of which have been with the Creston Market, where he is Manager today. Prior to making Emmetsburg Market Manager in 1990, he worked for the LeMars, Storm Lake, Fort Dodge, Winterset, Centerville and Marshalltown markets. He has been married to his wife, Nancy, for 39 years and they have three children: Kelli, Kyle and Kendra. The couple also has five grandchildren! Even though his family has made many moves with Fareway, every single one was worth it for the people they met, worked with and the lifelong career Jim built at Fareway.
When people look back on his career with Fareway, Jim hopes they remember how much he cared about both his customers and employees, always wanting the best for them. Just how much does he care? Upon making Manager, Jim decided to carry a small notebook with him. When he greeted a customer at the meat case he introduced himself and asked their name. Jim made a point to jot down their name and something about them so he could greet them by name, and develop a relationship with each customer. It has been a great tool through the years.
In addition to a lifelong career with Fareway, Jim has developed the art of restoring classic Chevrolet cars. He also hits the racquetball court at least four times a week - a habit he established 34 years ago. Of course, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing a round of golf, and vacationing in Yuma, Arizona.
"Fareway has been very good to me. I have been blessed to work for them for my whole career." - Jim Anthony
Jim, thank you to you and your family for dedicating 41 years to Fareway. We appreciate your commitment to customer service through building relationships in your community.
March - Mike Shaver
After 42 years of working with Fareway, Mike Shaver still enjoys going to work each day - and that is something to be proud of. As a small town boy who struggled with shyness, he has worked hard to achieve his goals and make a difference in the lives of his employees and customers. At the core of this work ethic is the intent to treat all people fairly and with respect. He, like his Fareway team, knows that things have to get done in the grocery business, no matter what the circumstances. For example, when the power was down in Moline for about a week, everyone pulled together to make sure business ran as usual. Working together as a team, like they always do, sets the Fareway team apart.
Currently the Manager of the Moline Fareway (988-1), Mike has met a lot of great people that he gets to see and visit with every day. Prior to his position in Moline, Mike also worked for Fareway in Iowa Falls, Estherville, Boone, Oskaloosa, and Des Moines (900-1). This is a family business for Mike and his five brothers and sisters, as they have all worked for Fareway at one time or another. Currently three of his brothers still work for the company. When the Shaver crew isn't working they like to get together and enjoy a Hawkeye game or hang out. When Mike isn't with his family or managing the Moline store, he enjoys basketball and golf.
So what has motivated Mike for the last 42 years? The opportunity to influence the next generation of Fareway employees.
Mike thank-you for making the dream of a lifelong career at Fareway a reality. Your hard work and dedication sets you apart and leaves a lasting impression on your mentorees, customers and employees. We appreciate your years of service.
February - Mike Ades
Having lived in Denver, CO and East St. Louis, IL, Mike Ades developed a love for both the Denver Broncos and St. Louis Cardinals. In fact, you will still find him visiting Busch Stadium going to a game, or heading to Colorado to cheer on the Broncos while visiting his sister. When not traveling to watch a baseball game, Mike enjoys collecting baseball cards, visiting the Omaha zoo with family, and going to church at Bethany Baptist on Sunday mornings. Mike and his wife of 37 years, Jane, have two children: Wayne Thomas Ades and Jeannie Michelle Richardson. The couple have two grandchildren: Bria Michelle Richardson and Andrew (Drew) Michael Richardson. They are expecting their third grandchild in March, a grandson! Along with two dogs and one cat, that completes the Ades family.
Ades started his career with Fareway in Vinton, Iowa where Tom Thein nicknamed Mike, ROLLAdes, because he was an avid bowler at the time. From there Mike moved to Cresco, Mason City, Marshalltown, Red Oak and finally, Ottumwa. In both Marshalltown and Red Oak, Mike worked as the Assistant Market Manager. Currently he works in the Ottumwa Fareway Market as a meat cutter and clerk, specifically for the night shift. Mike owes his 42 years at Fareway to keeping a good sense of humor and working well with customers.
Throughout his career, Mike has enjoyed meeting with the customers and the many people he worked with along the way. All of them created lasting memories. Of course, he remembers the days of carcass beef, no computers and being paid in cash, but his commitment to being an excellent salesman and employee never wavers. Further, he respects the fact that Fareway remains closed on Sundays. He wants to be remembered as a hardworking man that was good at selling Fareway meat, was nice to his customers and was always willing to help fill an order.
Having a Dad that served in the Air Force afforded Mike the opportunity to live in many places. In addition, to Iowa, Colorado and Illinois, he also lived in Pocatello, Idaho, Caseyville, IL, Collinsville, IL, Minot, ND, and seven cities in Iowa. In addition, he lived in Canterbury, England and Adana, Turkey.
It's not what Fareway can do for you; it's what you can do for Fareway! Mike believes this. In addition, Mike feels that if you love your job, your family, and God - the customers and Fareway Family will help you do well in your career.
Mike Ades we applaud you for the 42 years of service you have given to Fareway, while mentoring new employees and caring for our customers along the way. We appreciate all that you do each and every day. Thank you!
January - Steve Allan Smith
"Your customers will never care about you and Fareway, until you show them how much you care about them," Harry Munson retired Market Manager.
These are words that Steve Allan Smith lives by as a Market Manager in Algona. Having grown up in a poor and broken home of nine children Smith made the decision at 9 years old to start in the grocery business. He worked for six grocery stores delivering groceries and working nights and weekends. When he was 16 years old he left home, and at 18 began his career with Fareway in Decorah. The year was 1974 and Fareway had 34 stores across Iowa. Never did Smith imagine he would one day see Fareway still growing at 112 stores. His high school guidance counselor warned him that working in the grocery industry would never amount to anything. Steve Allan Smith is proud to have proved the counselor wrong by working for a "GREAT COMPANY" like Fareway.
If I can do it, anyone can do it.
Currently, Smith is the Market Manager for the Algona Fareway Market. He has also served on the PAC committee and assisted with new store openings in Spencer and Emmetsburg. Throughout his time at Fareway he has also worked in Oelwein and Osceola. When he has free time, Steve and his wife Mary Kay Smith, enjoy riding motorcylces, shooting firearms, woodworking and flying his airplane with family and friends. He and Mary Kay have seven children between them (6 girls and 1 boy). When they can the couple loves spending time with their 17 grandchildren (4 girls and 13 boys).
The number one reason I love working for Fareway is our "customer Family" and that is just what they are. I care as much about them as if they are actually family. Also at the top of the list is all of the employees that I was blessed to work with throughout the years.
Smith credits working alongside Fareway pioneers such as Fred Vitt and Bud Beckwith as some of his best memories at Fareway. He has enjoyed watching the company grow and along with the people that have greatly influenced his Fareway career. Like most people, Smith wants to be remembered as a person who genuinely cared about both his customers and employees. Another Harry Munson quote that Smith works by: "it takes so little effort to be better than mediocre."
One memory I will never forget is a Saturday night after inventory, I went on duty as a Reserve Police Officer and pulled a car over doing 45 in a 25. As luck would have it, it was Bob Cramer. Needless to say, we both smiled and I made the decision to just tell him to slow down. As I recollect, his response was "RIGHT ANSWER!"
Mr. Smith, Fareway salutes you for 42 years of service to Fareway and the communities you have served during that time. Your work ethic and dedication to Fareway is truly appreciated. Thank you.
December - Doug Monaghan
Doug Monaghan has worked with Fareway across the state of Iowa for 41 years. Each move has been a great ride, and he has met so many new people in every town. Each spot was a new and exciting adventure. He is just glad that he didn't drown in the river while in Monticello!
Humboldt, Iowa - Part Time
Harlan, Iowa - Full Time
Cherokee, Iowa - Full Time
Monticello, Iowa - Assistant Manger
Iowa Falls, Iowa - Assistant Manager
Ankeny, Iowa - Manger
Jefferson, Iowa - Manager
Favorite Fareway Memory: Winning all of the Fareway softball tournaments at the Harlan Rogers Park in Fort Dodge while working in Cherokee.
Doug is most proud of all of the things that his kids have accomplished in their lives. He and his wife, LeAnn, have raised four children. Their son, Eric and his wife Erin live in Florida and have two sons, Caden and Cayleb. Their daughter Amy lives and works in Des Moines. Patrick and his wife, Desiree, of Gowrie have three children: Kaleb, Tatum, Dalton, and they are expecting a baby boy in the spring. Finally, their daughter Emily and her husband Joe live in Rippey and have a son, Paul. The whole family enjoys one week each summer at a resort in Minnesota. There they hunt, fish, and spend time outdoors swimming and playing yard games.
When people look back on his career, Doug just wants to be known as one of the good guys!
Doug, congratulations on 41 years of helping Fareway grow. Thank you for the service you provide to our employees and customers. Keep up the awesome work!
November- Barbara Ide
"I have always loved my job, and I hope it showed. Retirement will be here soon. It will be a hard thing for me to do, and I will terribly miss working. But whatever, no one can take these memories I started making 46 years ago." - Barbara Ide
In August of 1969, at the age of 15, Barbara Ide started part time with the Oskaloosa Fareway, and she started working full time after high school graduation. While working at Fareway, the Colonial Bread Man would often bring his son, Jim, to help him fill the shelves or pull bread. Today Jim and Barbara have been married 44 years. Although she left briefly to have two children, Barbara returned to Fareway part time after her children were born. The couple, that met in the bread aisle so many years ago, have a daughter, Chris, 43, and a son, Sean, 41. They have five grandchildren: Kate (19), Stephen (19), Erin (17), Noah (12), and Andalyn (10). They are a true Fareway family as Barbara has worked with her brothers, brothers-in-law, nephews and nieces, cousins, and even grandchildren. Many of their family events have been scheduled around Fareway work schedules and inventories. In their spare time, Barbara and Jim attend all of their grandchildren's sporting and music events. They love watching sporting events and are active in their local church.
In 2012, Dennis Beadle, Barbara's brother, retired from the Iowa Falls Fareway. While it was against store policy to work with her children in the Oskaloosa store, she did have the opportunity to work with three of her grandchildren. She is proud of those moments shared with family, at Fareway.
Unique to the Fareway hiring process of today, Barbara never saw an application and never filled one out. The Oskaloosa Manager at the time asked her brother, who was working for Fareway, if his sister wanted a job. She was offered 2 jobs on the same day. Thankfully for both Barbara and Fareway, she chose Fareway.
She enjoys working at Fareway because of the people and the relationships she has developed. From the most prosperous to the least, she feels that all of the customers are equal and should be treated as such. She has made many wonderful friends over the years. When people look back on her career at Fareway, she hopes they see her as the same consistent and content person she was all 46 years of her career.
Barbara has many memories as to how things used to be compared to Fareway's current operation.
Wearing dresses only - "black and whites."
Marking items with grease pens - entering prices into a computer.
Asking, "sack or box?" - "paper or plastic?"
Manual scales with trays and finding the prices on the scan - digital scales of today.
Saturday morning paydays, paid in cash at the last register - Direct Deposit.
Customers paying with cash or check only - debits and credit cards.
A stack of counter checks sat on the edge of the register for anyone to use.
The "bottle trash" system - bottle slips.
Packages of cigarettes on a rack behind you - being kept behind the express lane.
Cranks on the sides of registers to manually enter prices when the electricity went out.
Loft ladders up to the office - stairs.
Memorizing the ad and competitors ad each week - programming prices in
Ringing buzzers for help: 1 long buzz for courtesy and 2 short buzzes for checkers - today we have microphones
The one thing that hasn't changed much is inventory. Although the store was closed at 6:00 so there were not customers around while counting.
Barbara, your commitment to your family and the Fareway family for the last 46 years is outstanding. We appreciate you and all of your contributions. Thank - you.
October - Kenneth Oren Dees
When you shop at the Maquoketa Fareway, you might have the pleasure of knowing that your groceries are being delivered to your car by none other than Kenneth Oren Dees. Mr. Dees has been with Fareway and the Maquoketa store for 42 years, assisting his customers year after year with a friendly attitude. This is an accomplishment in this day and age, and Mr. Dees attributes his career longevity to his love for meeting and helping people.
Looking back at his time with Fareway, Mr. Dees wants to be remembered as the man who was friendly and did his job. Although there have been years when Mr. Dees went above and beyond for the Maquoketa Fareway. For example, under the direction of his 2nd Manager Dick Schut, Mr. Dees, dressed in a Fareway Apron and hat, pushed a cart full of Wonder Bread for the local fair parade. During the parade he walked down the street and tossed loaves of bread into the crowd!
Life for Mr. Dees has not always been a parade. He is proud of the fact that he has worked as long as he has, especially considering the terrible car wreck he survived in 1994. The injuries he sustained were so severe that he was the first of several victims to receive care. Fortunately, Mr. Dees recovered from his injuries and was able to return to his daily routine, including customer courtesy at Fareway, where he has been ever since.
In his spare time, Mr. Dees works on his computer, studies history, reads about many foreign countries, and goes fishing. He loves watching ice hockey too! Overall, Mr. Dees describes himself as an easy going person that enjoys having fun with friends and visiting new places.
Mr. Dees, Fareway is fortunate to have such a dedicated person such as yourself on our team. Thank you for your 42 years of service.