Four Morenci Area High School graduates will be honored as Distinguished Alumni at the Morenci Education Foundation’s Dinner and Auction May 9 in the high school cafeteria.
Larry Gould, the oldest son of Jay and Alberta Gould, graduated from Morenci High School in 1961 and from the Institute of Agricultural Technology program at Michigan State University in 1963. He is a partner in Gould Farms along with his father Jay, his brother Alan, and his son John.
Larry has been actively involved in 4-H as a community leader for many years and has earned numerous 4-H and FFA awards.
He has served the Cattleman’s Association in many different roles at the county, state and national level. He has been involved with the Lenawee County Farm Bureau and the International Farm Youth Exchange. He has served as chairman of the board of managers of Great Lakes Wind, LLC, and as an advisor to the Board of Managers for Great Lakes Ethanol.
Larry served on the Lenawee County Board of Commissioners from 1974 to 2006 and served as chairman of that board for a number of terms.
He enjoys gardening, fishing, hunting, traveling and collecting antique farm equipment. Larry and his wife Joan live on a multi-generation farm near Morenci. They have two children, Jennifer Wheeler and John, and five grandchildren.
Kathye, the daughter of Arlene and the late Mickey Phelps, graduated in 1967. She attended Western Michigan University and graduated from Adrian College in 1987 with a degree in business administration.
While at Adrian College, Kathye served as an intern with Catholic Social Services and upon graduation gained full-time employment with the agency. For many years she served as executive director of Big Brothers/Big Sisters, now known as Big Buddies/Little Buddies. She is currently the program director for the organization which serves more than 150 children. Her primary responsibility is to match children with the appropriate adults.
Kathye has been a speaker for Mothers Against Drunk Driving for many years, and has been involved with Morenci’s Town & Country Festival committee. She is a member of Zonta and Adrian Morning Rotary, and serves as president of Adrian Noon Rotary.
She has served as director of the Adopt-A-Family County Christmas program for 15 years. She is a member of the Morenci American Legion Auxiliary and the Morenci United Methodist Church.
Kathye is married to Doug Herrera.
Dwight, the son of the late Basil and Hazel Mansfield, graduated in 1968. He attended the one-room Ontario School for the first two years of his education and once the new Morenci elementary school was constructed in 1957, transferred to Morenci.
In high school Dwight was active in the Bean Creek Valley 4-H Club and FFA. After graduation he enlisted in the Army National Guard and served for six years. After fulfilling his military duties, he returned to work with his father on the family farm. Besides managing the family farm, Dwight owns Tri-County Feeds in Fayette.
Dwight has been a member of the Lenawee County Holstein Association and a delegate to the Rupp Seed Company Dealer Council. He was awarded an Honorary Chapter Farmer degree by the Fayette FFA Chapter in appreciation of his generosity toward their efforts.
He is a past member of the Medina Township Zoning Board and is an active member of the Fayette Church of the Nazarene where he has served on many committees and boards.
Dwight has been a member of the Morenci Board of Education for 18 years. He served as president of the board for many years and is currently serving as treasurer.
He and his wife Ruth Ann have two sons, Jason and Christopher, and a daughter, Lesley.
Tim Kruse, the son of Carl and Wanda Kruse, graduated in 1977.
In high school Tim participated in football, baseball and track. After graduation he was employed by May’s Body Shop and later worked for the Lenawee County Road Commission. In 1981 he began work in the appliance repair business for his father-in-law, Maurice Clark.
Tim was hired in 2000 by Morenci Area Schools to assist in the athletic department and the building and grounds maintenance departments. He is described as a quiet, humble, behind-the-scenes guy who has made a huge impact in dealing with the economic reductions the school district has faced.
With his diverse skills, Tim has helped the district through many challenges, from refrigeration problems to field preparation before athletic events.
He is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. He has been involved with the Morenci Athletic Boosters for many years and previously served on the Town and Country Festival committee.
Tim and his wife Julie have three children, Kyle, Travis and Valerie.