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The Mount Ayr Community Schools Hall of Fame was established and created to honor graduates, employees, teams, individuals, and friends of the Mount Ayr Community School for their accomplishments and/or service to the Mount Ayr Community School, and to inspire our students to become the best that they can be.
New Hall of Fame inductees Jake Dailey, Dan Roe, Blaine Scott and Robert Ricker, Jr. will be honored on Saturday, September 16 during the 2023 Mount Ayr Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremony.
Donald “Jake” Dailey was in the United States Navy during World War II and served as a surgical technician. He was responsible for the initial surgical care for hundreds of wounded soldiers.
After his time in World War II Jake came back to Ringgold County, only to be called back to active duty during the Korean War. He served at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center.
Jake returned to Ringgold County and served his community in many ways – he was the leader of the football chain gang for 50 years keeping the spot and down marker, he ran a furniture business in town, and most recently he was a volunteer for EveryStep Hospice.
He has provided special pinning and recognition ceremonies to over 130 veterans who were under EveryStep care. Jake’s service to veterans and patients is remarkable.
Dan Roe distinguished himself in high school as a standout athlete. While in high school he was a conference champion five times and a district/state winner four times.
The highlight of his high school track career was winning the high hurdles at the 1968 state track meet. He had the high hurdle record at MACHS for nearly 30 years.
After high school he continued his track career at Northwest Missouri State University.
After serving in the army during Vietnam, he became an educator and superintendent. He received the Iowa High School Service Award, the School Administrators of Iowa superintendent of the year nominee, and the Executives Educator 100 presented to the top 100 small school educators in the United States.
Blaine Scott was an active-duty member of the Marines Third Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Delta Company.
On August 20, 2006, Scott and his convoy were moving rapidly along a road when his vehicle was struck by an IED buried on the side of the road. Three were killed in the explosion and three others severely burned.
Scott had burns over 40% of his body and an ankle that was shattered. Mentoring and leading Marines in battle as an infantryman is what he was trained to do and did for many years.
After he recuperated, Scott ensured wounded Marines had the best healing environment possible and that their personal and professional issues were taken care of.
He works now as the Staff Noncommissioned Officer in Charge at the San Antonio Military Medical Center Marine Corp Detachment assisting wounded Marines during their hospitalization and rehabilitation at the Burn Center and SAMMC.
Robert Ricker was a professional software engineer in the digital telephone technology and he made many contributions to the music industry in his lifetime.
He was the owner and operator of Waltzing Bear Studios, a music production company on Music Row.
Most of his career was spent in telephone including 15 years in the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina.
He helped create many of the Internet and cell phone services everyone enjoys today, including the development of the DMS-100 SMA which is still one of the dominate ways of transmitting voice and data traffic on cellphones.
He was also the senior engineer and one of the first to develop a wireless digital voice switch that could interface and network freely between wireline voice, wireless voice, and Internet platforms.
Tickets for the 2023 Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremony are $35 each or $240 for a table of eight.
Social hour will begin at 5 p.m. in the high school commons with a catered banquet dinner beginning at 6 p.m.
The induction ceremony will get underway following dinner.
MACHS English/drama instructor Shaun Kniep will serve as mistress of ceremonies.
Each inductee or their family members will speak during the evening.