Hannibal-LaGrange University recognized the annual alumni award winners during the 2017 Homecoming Entertainment on Oct. 6. The Outstanding Service Award was presented to Don ’55 and Gerry Dehner ‘55.

Hannibal-LaGrange University recognized the annual alumni award winners during the 2017 Homecoming Entertainment on Oct. 6. The Outstanding Service Award was presented to Don ’55 and Gerry Dehner ‘55. This award is given to Hannibal-LaGrange graduates who have given outstanding service to the University or their community through involvement in civic endeavors, religious leadership, or philanthropic efforts.

The Dehners were both born in rural Lewis County and graduated with their associate’s degrees in 1955. Don then went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from East Texas Baptist College in 1957, and a master’s degree from Northeast Missouri State University in 1967.

Both Gerry and Don have served HLGU and their community well over the years.

Don worked as a teacher at Frankford Elementary and Palmyra Elementary, and served as principal at Mark Twain Elementary and Oakwood Elementary in Hannibal. He also worked on the maintenance staff, as the student director, and as registrar at Hannibal-LaGrange.

Gerry worked as Mark Twain Savings and Loan and Marion County Mutual before coming to HLGU and serving as receptionist in the business office for 30 years.

The Dehners are members of Calvary Baptist Church, Missouri Campers on Mission, and Missourians on Mission. Don enjoys fishing and golfing, Gerry enjoys sewing, quilting, and participating in the shoebox ministry at church, and together they enjoy mission building and gardening.

Don and Gerry have two daughters, Karen Hupp ’78 in Hampton, Va., and Dr. Beth Blanchard in Hartsburg, Mo.