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Dynamic duo to join Rock County Hall of Honor

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Catherine W. Idzerda
June 14, 2013

— Neil and Kay.

Kay and Neil.

However you put it, the phrase—even without their last name—means service.

Neil and Kay Deupree will be inducted into the Rock County Hall of Honor at 6 p.m. Monday at the James L. Wells Cultural Center at the UW-Rock County.

Every year, the Rock County Board of Supervisors Hall of Honor Committee asks for nominations to the Hall of Honor. Inductees are residents who have contributed in significant ways to their communities through service, volunteerism or leadership.

Kay and Neil Deupree were nominated by county board Chairman Russ Podzilni and Vice Chairwoman Sandra Kraft.

In her statement about Kay Deupree, Kraft wrote, "Kay is part of the ‘Neil and Kay' famous duo that has made our county a better place. She is an activist, educator, volunteer extraordinaire, leader, environmentalist and mentor. She is committed to women's equality, social and racial justice, underprivileged children, criminal justice initiative and neighborhood improvement activities."

Kay worked at UW Extension as a nutrition educator.

Neil moved his family from Cleveland in 1990 to be pastor of First Christian Church in Janesville. In 1997, he retired from those duties to commit himself full time to better race relations in the county.

He has led and been involved with a variety of community groups including the Diversity Action Team, the Janesville Action Council, Friends of the Welty Environmental Center, the Janesville Ministerial Association, Justice Overcoming Borders and Beloit Community Ministers Fellowship.

"Together (Neil and Kay) walk the talk. They purchased an older house in the diverse Fourth Ward of Janesville and remodeled it into a warm, welcoming home and are actively involved in their neighborhood's activities," Kraft wrote.

The public is invited to the Monday ceremony.

The Rock County Hall of Honor was established in 1982 to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the people of Rock County.



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