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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

November 2018 - Deborah Gustoff


October 2018 - John Morrison

September 2018 - Diane Onken

August 2018 - Snoden Wedebrand

July 2018 - David Noack

June 2018 - Jeff DeForest


May 2018 - Kirk Wagner

April 2018 - Bob Kidney

March 2018 - Mark Benbow 

February 2018 - Sharon Mitchell

January 2018 - Stacy Watson

December 2017 - Mathew Hasenwinkel

November 2017 - Christopher Wayne Livengood

October 2017 - Tom Loew

September 2017 - Dave Reiss

August 2017 - Darrell Bullis

July 2017 - Kary Lefebvre

June 2017 - Tom Durr

May 2017 - Mike Grandgenett

April 2017 - Russ Oberhauser

March 2017 - Julie Quandahl 

February 2017 - Lorrie Rasmussen

January 2017 - Roger Thompson 

December - Paul Decker

November - Brian Baldus

October - Steve Proctor

September - Mark Reis

August - Joe Leonard

July - Craig Courtney

June - George Klesel

May - Rod Smith

April - Jim Anthony

March - Mike Shaver


February - Mike Ades

January - Steve Allan Smith

December - Doug Monaghan

November- Barbara Ide

October - Kenneth Oren Dees

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