Klobnocks inducted into Hall of Pride

Pictured are the relatives of Don and Virginia Klobnock that were present for their Hall of Pride induction on Friday. They are from left: Son-in-law Joe Gookin, daughter and Joe’s wife, Kellie Gookin, grandson Joe Gookin Jr., Virginia’s sister Gloria Gardner, and Don and Virginia’s niece and nephew, Jill Youmans and Doug Gardner.

The late Don and Virginia Critchfield Klobnock were inducted into the Hall of Pride at the CHS Homecoming Assembly this past Friday afternoon.

Their daughter, Kellie Gookin, accepted the award on their behalf at the assembly. Gookin is currently a member of the Chariton School Board. The Klobnocks also have a son, Don.

Kevin Graves of the Chariton Alumni Association gave the introduction for the Klobnocks.

“Nine years ago, the Alumni Association inducted its first member into the Hall of Pride, recognizing alumni for their personal and professional accomplishments. This year, we posthumosly induct two recipients for the first time. A husband and wife as a matter of fact,” Graves said.

After growing up in Williamson, Don gradated from CHS in 1951 and then was drafted by Chicago’s Triple A baseball team in Des Moines. However, instead of playing baseball, he got married and joined the Air Force serving in the Korean War, and later was stationed in Washington state.

Virginia grew up in Purdy and Belinda, Iowa and made life-long friends playing Belinda softball. She later moved and graduated from CHS in 1950. “After Don was discharged from the Air Force, they moved back to Chariton and… I am guessing… touched the lives of most of us in this room in one way or another,” Graves said.

Don and Virginia started the Lucas County League in 1957. Don called Bingo at the Eagle’s Club for over 20 years.

Read the October 1, 2019 edition of the Chariton Leader for the rest of the story.

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