The Washington Times-Herald

Community

August 29, 2013

Service behind the scenes

Bob Barron doesn’t like to take credit for all he’s done in the last 76 years. “Rex Myers did a book a few years ago. You can look at it. I’ll warn you though, it’s kind of scary,” Barron said, with a big grin. “I’ll go get it for you.”

And so, upon first glance of the binder filled with everything anyone would ever want to know about him, it was decided that Barron is incredibly humble for man who is or has been involved in so much in a community that he didn’t grow up in.

He’s been involved in 4-H for many years as both a leader and a volunteer.

“It has been a pleasure over the past 30 plus years to work with Bob in the Daviess Co. 4-H program,” said Jane Ann Beard, 4-H youth development extension educator. “He’s never one to want the spotlight or to be recognized out front, but always the one working the hardest behind the scenes.”

Barron, who raises sheep, considers helping local 4-H’ers as something that started as a hobby prior to his retirement. “I used to work the sheep show and the Indiana State Fair too” he said pointing at the State Fair local on his shirt. “I’ve got so many of these, I may never wear them out,” he added with a chuckle.

“His volunteer emphasis of course, is the sheep project, but Bob’s first interest and dedication is to the youth involved,” said Beard. “This honor is well-deserved for him.”

Barron, who studied agriculture at Purdue, credits his farm and 4-H background for helping him get his first job at REMC in Whitley Co. “4-H teaches you so much. The skills you learn last a life time.”

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