“One of my favorite projects at Pathfinder’s is the Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation. Even though none of the reclamation sites are in my county, I believe this is really important work that we do because soil health and water quality benefit everyone,” says Deke. “I also like the Revolving Loan program. We have one loan recipient here in Sigourney, and I hope to see more apply.”
Deke was born and raised in Keokuk County, and to this day, has lived on the same family farm since he was 5 years old. He and his wife’s farm is just outside of Sigourney, and they enjoy the close proximity to their son, daughter, and six grandchildren.
As the Keokuk County Supervisor, Deke serves on many other boards in the community, including the Regional Policy Board, the 10-15 Transit Board, South Iowa Crime Commission, and Chairman of Regional Utility Service Systems. When he isn’t busy serving his community, he enjoys competitive stock car racing with his son, Nathan.