2016 Grand Marshals

Grand Marshall:

Bob Stinocher (In Memory of)

bobSolon Beef Days has chosen to honor founding Beef Days member Bob Stinocher, who recently passed away, as this year’s Solon Beef Days Grand Marshal of the 2016 Celebration.  Bob and wife Jean have been part of the Beef Days Committee from its very start in 1971. Those who knew Bob knew that he loved his family, loved his country and loved Solon Beef Days. From the year around planning meetings, to setting up on those hot July summers, his post on the parade route and being stationed at the car raffle booth on both Friday night at Saturday, you could count on Bob being there. The Beef Days Committee will honor Bob during the parade with a rider less horse representing Bob's dedication to his county and service in the United States Army. Bob continued his service as a 57 year member of the Solon American Legion and 40 years of serving on the Color Guard.

Bob and Jean married in 1953 and raised three children in rural Solon.  Their children include: Linda (Francis) Frauenholtz of North Liberty, Janet (Thomas II) Lloyd of West Des Moines, and Gary (Laurie) Stinocher of Solon. Grandchildren include Jamie Frauenholtz, Tom (Sarah) Lloyd III, Bryan Lloyd (Caitlyn Carlsen), Brittany Stinocher and Ashley Stinocher and two great-grandchildren Tommy IV and John Lloyd.

Bob was the chair person of set -up and sanitation on the Beef Days Committee when it was time for him to give his report we will always remember his reply “taken care of!”

Thank you Bob Stinocher for your dedication to Solon Beef Days and the Solon Community and may God bless Jean and the Stinocher family.

Celebrity Grand Marshall

marshall-koehnMarshall Koehn

Thank you Marshall for bringing hometown pride to the Solon Community!  His parents are Theresa & Jay Koehn, and sisters Mattison and Marissa.

Marshall enjoyed youth sports and going to watch high school games.  Some of his favorite high school highlights include:

  • 3-state football championship football games,
  • 4-state baseball tournaments
  • 1-state soccer championship game.

And some of his high school honors:

  • First team All-state kicker 2A-2009, 3A-2010
  • Soccer 1A First team All-state 2010 &2011
  • Baseball 3A second team All-state

Marshall had a a fine college career at the University of Iowa and earned/honored with:

  • Iowa Hawkeye Place Kicker 2014 & 2015
  • Played in Tax Slayer Bowl 2014, & Rose Bowl 2015
  • Second Team Big Ten Kicker 2015
  • Recipient of The Reggie Roby Special Teams Award Specialist 2014 & 2015

His future plans include:

  • Become a kicker in the NFL
  • Plan “B” get a job in Iowa in Sales , with my Communications degree

And his favorite Beef Days memories/traditions:

  • Participating in the kids tractor pulls, going on rides, watching Matt Kroul win the Hay
  • Bale toss, watching the Parade, and playing in the Kickball Tournament

Cornerstone Grand Marshall’s:

gruberMary and Denny Gruber

Mary and Denny Gruber have been chosen as this year’s Solon Beef Days Cornerstone Grand Marshals of the 2016 Celebration. This special recognition is awarded to the Gruber’s for their involvement in community activities that have made a positive impact on the Solon community and surrounding area.

Mary and Denny met in 1967 at Westmar College in Le Mars and began their teaching careers in Carroll/Hampton (Mary) and Dumont (Denny). They moved to Solon in 1974 when Denny accepted a position at Solon Schools that included teaching Government, Economics & History and also assistant football coach and head boys track coach. Living on Iowa Street, Mary and Denny raised 3 children; Jodi (and husband Shannon have 2 children, Abby and Adam and reside is Solon), Jami (and husband James have 3 children, Emily, Lily and James and reside in Cypress, a suburb of Houston), and David (and wife Kara have 2 children, Grace and Ruby with another Gruber grandchild on the way, they also reside in Solon).

Denny and fellow teacher Jerry Linderbaum were founding members of the Octagon Club for Solon high school students which holds the record as the oldest club in Iowa and also one of the largest with 59 students. Denny credits Harry Kral for recruiting him to help with Beef Days years ago and Mary and Denny are pleased to see how Beef Days has evolved into a family event that offers something for every age. Floating building is a treasured Gruber family Beef Days memory with the parade still a favorite highlight of the celebration.

Mary retired after teaching Solon first graders for 29 years and now enjoys time with grandchildren, helping friends and substitute teaching. Denny retired from teaching in 2004 yet continues work as a park ranger for the Corps of Engineer at Coralville Lake, a position he has held since 1976. Mary and Denny have been active in the Solon Methodist Church as adult Sunday school teachers and served as youth sponsors over the years. Denny currently serves on the church board, the Solon Area Community Foundation Board, is active on the Optimists and Octagon Clubs and is a volunteer track coach.

The Gruber’s thought their stay in Solon would only last a few years as they had a desire to move closer to family and start a life of farming however they decided that Solon was a wonderful place for their family and have dedicated their lives to the students and families in the Solon community.

Celebrity Grand Marshall’s

Solon Trap Shooting Team and the Solon Archery Team

Solon Beef Days would like to recognize the Solon Trap Shooting Team and the Solon Archery Team as Celebrity Grand Marshals of the 2016 Celebration. These teams have worked hard and have brought home several awards and recognition to make the Solon community proud. Congratulation Solon Trap Shooting and Archery Teams on all of your achievements!