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April 30, 2013

Hard work puts Stouffer in Hall of Fame


He was elected into the Clinton Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 2003 and was named the association’s “Man of the Decade” in 2010. He has helped in organizing fundraisers.

He was elected to the Clinton Bowling Association Board of Directors in 1991 and the Iowa State USBC Board of Directors in 2003. He served as president of the Clinton Bowling Association in 1999 and 2000 and president of the Iowa State USBC Bowling Association in 2010-11. He has served as Clinton Bowling Association Manager since 2000.

“There’s an appeal of being behind the scenes,” Stouffer said. “I don’t know what it is really.

“I try to be the guy who keeps things running and have fun doing it,” he said.

He finds many rewards in doing that.

“Bowling is like a lot of sports,” he said. “There’s the actual act of bowling, then there’s the people, and the people are what really make it — the friends you make. It’s an honor to be recognized for what I’ve done.”

Stouffer, a control room operator at Exelon in Cordova, Ill., credits several past legends of Clinton bowling for helping him along the way.

“I’ve kind of learned from watching people before me,” he said. “Names like Dean Boyce (a league secretary). I watched how he did things. Everyone in the league he was secretary of enjoyed the work he did and stats he kept. I had an opportunity to give it a try and found I enjoyed that. It got you meeting people more.

“Jerry (Ramig, another Hall of Famer), is a good person to point a finger at as far as running the local; Tom McLaughlin and Larry Witt (also Hall of Famers), too. All three of those guys were on the state board at one time. They helped steer me a lot of places. They were good people to be around and learn from. And Gene Steensen has helped me out through the years.”

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