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Helias Announces 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

On Sunday, January 29, 2017 Helias celebrated and honored seven individuals as they were inducted into the Helias Hall of Fame. A special Mass was held at 4:00 PM for the inductees and their immediate families followed by a social hour at 5:00 PM, dinner at 6:00 PM and the program for the evening at 7:00 PM in the Helias Commons for relatives and friends.

In an effort to recognize outstanding individuals whose lives have helped to establish Helias Catholic High School, the Helias High School Hall of Fame began in 2008. This event is held in January to tie it in with the beginning of Catholic Schools Week.

New members will be inducted into the Hall of Fame each year. Individuals must have graduated at least 20 years prior to induction; demonstrated loyalty and service to Helias; distinguished him or herself in a chosen field; and have exhibited moral standards to the credit of the school.

Net proceeds from this event will be used to supplement the existing Helias Catholic tuition assistance program.

2017 Photo Gallery

2017 Inductees

Pictured left to right: Front row: Deacon James L. "Jim" Kliethermes, Vicki McElwaine (receiving the honor for her deceased father, Paul D. "Juggy" Schleer, Sr., and Ronald E. "Ron" Vossen Back row: Bill Yarnell, Lynn J. Struemph, Pat Schaefer and Donnell M. Rehagen

Deacon James L. "Jim" Kliethermes '57

James L. "Jim" Kliethermes is the son of Andrew and Cecilia Kliethermes. He is married to Mary E. "Liz" Bottenfield Kliethermes. They have four children: Amy Lovelace (Eric), Ellen Dickman (Scott), Karen James (Dustin), and John Kliethermes (Ingrid). Jim and Liz have eight grandchildren. He graduated from Helias Catholic High School in 1957 and was involved in National Honor Society, basketball, and was president of the senior class. He earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Missouri School of Science and Technology in Rolla. He served in the Army reserves (1961-1969) where he attained the rank of First Lieutenant. Jim worked for General Motors and Missouri Power and Light but spent most of his career at ABB as a Manufacturing Engineer. Jim is a member of St. Joseph Cathedral Parish in Jefferson City where he serves as a lector, Eucharistic Minister, assists with Baptism classes, leads communion services in local nursing homes, and is an ordained Deacon. His community involvement includes the Junior Achievement Program, National Society of Engineers, and the St. Peter Catholic Cemetery Board. Jim's involvement with Helias includes working on the Annual Fund Drive in which he served as chairman in 1984. He was also president of the Foundation board in 1986 and served on the board for several years.

Donnell M. Rehagen '85

Donnell Rehagen is the son of Arnold and Julie Rehagen. He married his high school sweetheart, Shelly Boeckman Rehagen. They have four children: Maryssa Hardwick (Jared), Nicholas, Ashley, and Benjamin. Donnell and Shelly have two grandsons. He graduated from Helias Catholic High School in 1985 and was involved in stage crew. He earned a BS in Computer Information Systems from Missouri State University and completed his graduate degree in Public Administration at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Donnell's work history includes the Missouri State Department of Transportation, Chief Operating Officer for the National Biodiesel Board, and is currently CEO of the National Biodiesel Board. Donnell is a member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Jefferson City where he serves as a Eucharistic Minister and Mass Coordinator. He has served as president of the Parish Council. His community involvement includes being a board member of the East Side Business Association where he also served as president, member of the St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery Association, and a volunteer with Catholic Radio. Donnell's involvement with Helias Catholic includes drive chair for the Helias Foundation Annual Drive and president of the Helias Foundation. For several years, he organized the annual Helias Booster BBQ Dining Hall and was a volunteer coach for the Helias girls' basketball team.

Pat Schaefer '75

Pat Schaefer is the son of James and Rosie Schaefer. He is married to Jeannine Stricker Schaefer. They have three daughters: Chelle Smith-Vandergriff (Mark), Lanie Sedlacek (Paul), and Ellie Schaefer. Pat and Jeannine have six grandchildren. He graduated from Helias in 1975 and was involved in football, stage crew, and voted "Mr. Spirit" in 1975. Pat continued his education at Southwest Missouri State University before completing his BS in Business Administration from Lincoln University. For the past twenty-two years, Pat has worked for Midwest Block & Brick where he is currently the Purchasing Manager. He was named employee of the year in 2006. Pat is a member of Immaculate Conception Parish in Jefferson City where he serves as an usher. He is past member of the Parish Council and Long-Term Planning Committee. With his wife, Jeannine, he has chaired the Home and School chili supper for twenty years and the Bell Tower BBQ for six years. He is also the chair of Food for Today for Tomorrow dinner. His community involvement includes the Knights of Columbus Helias Council in which he served as past Grand Knight, the Dan Coppin 4th Degree Assembly where he is currently Faithful Captain, and helps with numerous dinners and barbecues to benefit Catholic schools. Pat was also one of the original coaches for the PAL Football League and continues his involvement in fundraising. He has served on the Linn State Technical College Advisory board, Chair of the Scholarship Committee for the Home Builders Association of Central Missouri, and as an officer of the Missouri Concrete Masonry Council. Pat is also a volunteer for the Pregnancy Help Center, the Vitae Foundation, the Special Olympics, and the Boys and Girls Club of Central Missouri. Pat's involvement with Helias Catholic includes the Helias Booster Club, serving as an officer and member for more than forty years. He also served as a committee member for the annual Helias Foundation Fund Drive and helps at the Helias Foundation's annual fish fry.

Paul D. "Juggy" Schleer, Sr. '51 (Posthumously)

Paul D. "Juggy" Schleer, Sr. was the son of Paul F. and Victoria I. Schleer. He was married to Irma M. Kolb Schleer. They have six children: Paul D. Schleer, Jr., Cathy Long (Gary), Mark Schleer (Marguerite), Jean Poe (Todd), Mary Davis (Bruce), and Vicki McElwaine (Sam). Paul and Irma have twelve grandchildren. He graduated from St. Peter High School in 1951 and was involved in football, basketball, track, theater, and homecoming activities. Paul attended Jefferson City Junior College and earned a BS in Accounting from the University of Missouri Columbia. He served in the United States Coast Guard (1953-1957). Paul was the fourth generation owner/operator of Schleer Brothers Hardware, served two terms as Cole County Presiding Commissioner, and ten years as Deputy Director of the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency. Paul was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish in Jefferson City where he served as a Eucharistic Minister, lector, usher, Holy Name Society member, and president of the Home and School Association. His community involvement included Grand Knight and District Deputy of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, Jefferson City Charter Commission, Sons of the American Revolution, Evening Lions Club, Missouri River Home Health Board member, Missouri Association of Counties, and Meals on Wheels. Paul's involvement with Helias Catholic included serving as the first president and co-founder of the Helias Foundation, serving on numerous Foundation committees, and Foundation board member. Also, he was president of the Helias Home and School Association.

Lynn J. Struemph

Lynn J. Struemph is the son of Norbert and Norma Struemph. He is married to Phyllis West Struemph. They have three children: George Struemph (Ryan), Timothy Struemph, and Caitlin Struemph. He graduated from Fatima High School in 1978 and was involved in FFA. Lynn was only nineteen when he lost his father and began working the family farm doing both livestock and crop work. Since 1978, he has been employed with Mid America Truss Company as a crane operator and truck driver. Lynn is a member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Jefferson City where he serves as an usher. He was a member of the School Board for six years, Big Bucks Chairman for two years, helped with the building and grounds, and coached youth sports. His community involvement includes the Knights of Columbus Helias Council, American Legion baseball coach, and PAL football coach. Lynn volunteers with the Parks and Recreation Department serving as a coach for flag football, baseball, basketball, and softball. He also helps with charity fundraisers throughout the community. Lynn's involvement with Helias Catholic includes the Booster BBQ, Foundation's 5K Run, Foundation golf tournament, Kentucky Derby Party, Hall of Fame dinner, and Grandparents Day dinner. He served on the Foundation board for six years. He helps with homecoming float building, driving the soccer team float during the homecoming parade, transporting props for the spring musical, and helping transport students to summer camp.

Ronald "Ron" E. Vossen '74

Ronald "Ron" E. Vossen is the son of John (Bud) and Helen Vossen. He is married to Carol E. Glover Vossen. They have four children: Ryan Vossen (Jesse), Nathan Vossen, Aaron Vossen, and Meghan Vossen. Ron and Carol have two grandchildren. He graduated from Helias Catholic High School in 1974 and was involved in football, basketball, wrestling, Student Council, and spring musicals. He earned a BSEd from the University of Missouri Columbia and a MEd in School Administration from Lincoln University. After college, Ron volunteered at the Jefferson City Diocese in the Christian Service program. He also volunteered at Immaculate Conception School. Since 1979, Ron has been a teacher at Helias Catholic High School. Ron is a member of Immaculate Conception Parish in Jefferson City and is involved in the Holy Name Society, has organized and chaired the Bell Tower BBQ, and Italian Night Benefit dinner. His community involvement includes the Knights of Columbus, Samaritan Center, Vitae Society, and the Boys and Girls Club. Along with currently teaching Mechanical Drawing, Design and Construction, Theatre Design, and Life Skills at Helias Catholic High School, Ron is the set designer and production manager for the spring musical. He has served as a coach, Assistant Athletic Director, Assistant Principal, Director of Campus Ministry, Lasallian Youth Leader, and has volunteered at Booster Club and Helias Foundation activities.

Bill Yarnell

Bill Yarnell is the son of Ralph and Worldia Yarnell. He is married to Ann Salanky Yarnell. They have three children: Christopher Yarnell (Debra), Robert Yarnell (LeeAnn), and Mary Ann Unger (Chad). Bill and Ann have eight grandchildren. He graduated in 1954 from Lafayette High School in St. Joseph, Missouri and was involved in band, Junior ROTC, and the rifle club. He was selected for the Class of 1958 United States Naval Academy but was disqualified due to a vision impairment. He earned an associate degree from St Joseph Junior College and a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Kansas. Bill was employed by the Missouri Department of Transportation as a State Design Engineer and retired in 2001. He served as Interim Director of Public Works, was a consultant for Intellistrobe, Inc., and was an Adjunct Professor for the Missouri University of School of Science and Technology in Rolla. Bill is a member of Immaculate Conception Parish in Jefferson City where he served as a past member of the Parish Council and past lector. He is a member of the Helias Council 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, Breakfast Rotary Club, and the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers. He won the 1969 Young Engineer of the Year award. He was active with Helias Catholic High School by serving as a volunteer substitute teacher, member and past president of the Athletic Booster Club, member of the School Board, cooked for the Fall Football Family BBQ and the Helias Booster BBQ. Bill also operated the football and basketball game clocks for several seasons.



On behalf of the Hall of Fame Committee, thank you for your serious nominations this year.  With your help we will add the most deserving members to our Hall of Fame.

2016 Helias Hall of Fame Inductees
James M Huber '77
William J Kremer '56
Pat Woods Seifert '77
Rita Mae Vanderfeltz '50
Helen Vossen '42
Gary W Wisch '78

2015 Helias Hall of Fame Inductees
Mary Lock Flowers '73
Craig Husting
Everett A. Ralston (Posthumously)
Robert "Jack" Schnieders '48
Debora E. Snyder
Edward J. Twehous '79
Daniel G. Vanderfeltz '80

2014 Helias Hall of Fame Inductees
Pete Hartman '56
Joan B. Johnson
Charles Luebbert '59
Msgr. Gerard Poelker (Posthumously)
James L. Schaefer (Posthumously)
Teresa Scheppers Tolksdorf '71
Alice Schepker Wekenborg '52

2013 Helias Hall of Fame Inductees
Harold L. Buehler '50
Bill Case
Rob Goth
Judy Boes Landwehr '63
Louis F. Landwehr (Posthumously)
Ronald J. Prenger '59
Wyn Riley
Brother Steven P. Schonhoff, F.S.C.
John J. Sheehan
Ted Wisch '42 (Posthumously)

2012 Helias Hall of Fame Inductees
Sister Jean Dietrich, SSND
Ron Dunn '68
Elmer J. and Mary B. Frank
Paul Laux '56
Darlene M. Muessig '75
Daniel C. Thoenen '73
Don VanLoo
William L. (Bill) Wisch '44 (Posthumously)
Ron Wolken '58
Msgr. Joseph A. Vogelweid, PA (Posthumously)

2011 Helias Hall of Fame Inductees
Kimie Rhea Bax
Patricia S. Buchanan (Posthumously)
Father Brendan Doyle
Denny Hughes '76
David J. Johnson (Posthumously)
Stan Ochsner '68
Sidney J. Reedy '60
Michael J. Rehagen '74
Thomas S. Shimmens '79
Emily Vogel Talken '65

2010 Helias Hall of Fame Inductees
Juanita G. Donehue
Clemens W. Dulle '25 (Postumously)
Norb Luebbering
Rob McCurren '68
Kenneth B. Rowan, D.D.S., M.S. '64
Judy Boessen Schneider '68
Marie P. Skain
Sister Kathleen Wegman, SSND '67
Richard J. (Dick) Wilson '65

2009 Helias Hall of Fame Inductees
Brother James Abell (Posthumously)
Dale Amick '68
Father Chris Cordes '85
Bernie Fechtel '76
Peggy Willibrand Kolb '67
Thomas H. Rost '62
Don Schnieders '52
Chelle Luebbering Shepard '80
John Bud Vossen '44

2008 Helias Hall of Fame Inductees
Ann Schnieders Bax '80
Ray Hentges '56
Larry F. Kolb '68
John J. Krautmann '64
James L. Rackers '52
Louis H. Rackers '43
Leon G. Vanderfeltz '50
John L. Wegman '71
James B. Wisch '68


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