Story is Kiwanis Layperson of Year
Cresco - The world is full of givers and takers—that includes little ol’ Cresco. And one of the most giving individuals was honored at the Kiwanis regular meeting on Oct. 6.
Bob Story was given the local Kiwanis Layperson of the Year award. He was also given the Division Award. (There are 24 Divisions with 190 chapters in the Iowa-Nebraska District.)
Story’s giving character was nurtured in Marion, where he graduated high school in 1956. He carried it to University of Iowa and then to his professional life at Anamosa, where he served three terms as Jones County attorney. Cresco and Howard County have been fortunate to have Story practicing law here since 1974.
He has been active in the Lutheran Church since he was young. At First Lutheran Church in Cresco, he has served as president of church council several times. In addition, he was active in youth activities and other committees.
Story has always seen the need to volunteer and make his community a better place. At Anamosa, he was in Jaycees, Rotary Club and Industrial Development Corp.
He continued his civic duty by being a member of the Cresco Kiwanis Club, holding every office at one time or another, many several times. Knowing how important business is to a community, he is also a board member of Cresco Industrial Development Corp.
Story is a long-standing member of the Chamber of Commerce, served as attorney for the local REC for many years and has served as a director for other local organizations, including Evans Memorial Home. In addition, he served as the attorney for Lime Springs and Cresco for several years.
He is a 50-year member of the Iowa Bar Association and was recognized for his service by the association. He was awarded an AV rating, the highest given, in a peer review by the Martindale-Hubbell attorney directory.
As a member of Kiwanis, Story helped with and chaired fund-raisers, the Mother’s Day brunch, circus and tailgate fund-raisers at football games and has been responsible for two programs per year at meetings.
Kevin Schoeberl, law firm partner, stated, “Bob has always been that steady rock for me during the past 30 years of my legal career. I have been blessed to have such an extraordinary man to be my partner, mentor and friend.”
And Cresco and Howard County have been blessed to have such a grand giver of his time and abilities. Story is certainly qualified to be Kiwanis Layperson of the Year.
As it is with most who give of themselves, Story doesn’t feel deserving of the honor. “I was just doing what I thought I was supposed to do,” he said, but he does appreciate the awards. And they are already on his office wall, along with his other accomplishments.