2000 Jeris Eikenberry


Jeris was born just outside of Bringhurst on November 2, 1936, the oldest son of Delbert
& Vera Eikenbeny. He grew up on a general-purpose farm with registered Guernsey cows, registered Duroc hogs and a few chickens as well as com, oats, wheat and pasture in their crop

He graduated from Flora High School in 1955. He was very active in school activities such as Agriculture, Public Speaking, 4-H, and Band and Chorus. He won state championships indairy judging contest and speech. He spent 8 years in 4-H and was active in dairy and swine as well as serving as the Carroll County Jr. Leader President in 1954-55. Junior Leaders is where he met his wife, the former Joyce Miller of Camden, and they were married in 1958. They have reared a son, David and a daughter, Beth Ann. They also have 3 grandchildren.

In 1959, he graduated with a B.S. in Agriculture from Purdue University with qualifications to teach vocational agriculture, biological sciences and chemistry. In 1968, he received an M.S. in Agriculture Extension from Purdue University. Upon graduation, he returned to Carroll County as an Agent-in-training, and in May 1960, he served as an Assistant County Agent in Randolph County. In 1961 he served as a County Extension Agent Youth in Madison County.

In 1963, he began his career with the Office of the Indiana State Chemist and administered the Indiana Commercial Fertilizer Law and Herbicide Law, while being trained to administer the Indiana Feed Control Program. He assumed the Feed Administer duties in 1965 and remained in that capacity until his retirement on June 30, 1999. During his 39 years on Purdue staff, Eikenberry was active in the Purdue Alumni Association and served on the Board of Directors for 13 years.

After being commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army upon graduation from Purdue ROTC, Eikenberry remained in the Active U.S. Army Reserve for 28 years and retired as
a Lieutenant Colonel in 1987.

Jeris has been very active in his church and is an Elder in the Presbyterian Church. He has also served as a lay counselor and has been extensively involved in the music programs of the church. He has been a member of the Kiwanis for nearly 40 years, serving as president of the Lafayette Noon Club. He is serving on the Boards of Directors for the Greater Lafayette Public Transportation Corporation and the Indiana State Police Youth Services.

Jeris enjoys playing the piano and likes shooting sports. His most notable awards have been the Sagamore of the Wabash, and the Riley Medal and the Commissioners Special Citation by the FDA.

February 11, 2010

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