2024 Joyce Orem

Joyce Orem is the daughter of Wayne and Edith Loman and was born in 1938 on the farm property where she now lives. Joyce grew up in agriculture, surrounded by her family’s apple orchard, sheep, cattle, and chickens. Her grandparents, Vern and Ollie (Olive Flora) Loman established the farm in 1910 in Burlington and Democrat townships. Joyce is a descendant of the founding family of the town of Flora.
In 1956, Joyce graduated from Burlington High School and married Kenneth R. Orem (Hall of Fame Class of 2003). They honeymooned at the National FFA Convention in Kansas City. Except for about seven years early in her marriage, Joyce has called Carroll County her home.
In 1968, Joyce, Kenny, and their children moved into Vern and Ollie Loman’s farmhouse. She is especially grateful for the “Hoosier Homestead Farm Centennial Award” she and Kenny accepted in 2011, acknowledging the family’s 100 years of farming in Carroll County.
Along with helping in the fields (mostly corn and soybeans, and for a handful of back-breaking years, tomatoes) and helping with their cow-calf operation, Joyce worked outside the home, too. She drove a Carroll School bus for sixteen years and ran a detassling crew for Pioneer Hybrid over most of that same period before joining the Carroll County FSA Office in 1987, known then as ASCS. Joyce describes this job move as one of the best decisions she ever made, as she so enjoyed working with Carroll County farmers until her retirement in 2003. She says she always tried to make sure the farmers knew about the programs that were available to them. She is appreciative she had the opportunity to be a part of the Carroll County farm community in this service capacity. Also, she notes she was fortunate to join the agency under the guidance of Steve Brown, the county director at that time.
Joyce and Kenny have five children: Dale (Hall of Fame Class of 2017), Darlene, Dawn, Glenda, and Dean. She has many fond memories of the family’s 4-H activities. She and Kenny were both 4-H Leaders early on and they continued to support their kids’ 4-H efforts for many years as all five were 10-year members. Joyce is proud of her offspring’s academic achievements, too, with four graduating from Purdue and one from Indiana. Joyce and Kenny have nine grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.
Joyce is a long-time member of the Flora First Christian Church, previously serving as an elder and also as a high school Sunday School teacher.
Joyce is the third member of the Orem family to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, following husband Kenneth Orem, who was inducted in 2003 and son Dale Orem, inducted in 2017.

March 02, 2024

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