Long-time Dubois County Councilman Jerry Hunefeld (pictured) stole the spotlight during Sunday’s local GOP Lincoln Day Dinner the Jasper VFW Post #673.
Current State Representative Mark Messmer of Jasper (Dist. 63) presented the 76-year old Hunefeld the prestigious Sagamore Of The Wabash Award on behalf of Governor Mike Pence. Governor Mike Pence awarded Dubois County County Councilman Jerry Hunefeldwith the Sagamore of the Wabash.
Hunefeld was first elected to the county council in 1974.
The Sagamore of the Wabash Award is one of the most esteemed honors the governor of Indiana can bestow. The award is given to those who have demonstrated distinguished service to the state or to the governor.
Past Sagamores have been given to astronauts, presidents, ambassadors, artists, musicians, politicians, and ordinary citizens who the govenor’s office says have contributed greatly to our Hoosier heritage.
The Sagamore of the Wabash award was created by Governor Ralph Gates who served from 1945 to 1949.
Jerry Hunefeld is a 1956 graduate of Holland High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1960 and a Master of Science Degree in 1964 from Indiana State University. He taught for 41 years in the Southwest Dubois School Corporation before retirement. He serves as a substitute teacher in the Southridge Middle and High Schools.