Greg Marnocha is the Seymour Outstanding Citizen for 2010. Marnocha was selected by a panel from nominations sent to the Advertiser Community News. The ACN and the Seymour Chamber of Commerce sponsor the annual selection. Marnocha will be honored at a banquet at 7 p.m., May 4 at Doxbee’s.
“I was very surprised,” Marnocha said when he was told of the selection by Kevin Kaufman of the Chamber and ACN Publisher Ken Hodgden. “You don’t get involved with community efforts for the recognition, but no matter who you are, you appreciate it. My whole family helps out with the volunteer work. There’s not one event that my wife, kids and other family members don’t help out with.”
Marnocha, the son of Orville and Josephine Marnocha, was born and raised in Seymour. He spent some time away from the city, working in the hotel industry from 1976-1989, but then returned and has been here since. After spending a dozen years working for Seymour Lumber, Marnocha is now employed by Infinity Mechanical and Engineering.
Marnocha has been a key member of the Seymour Lions Club, serving as vice president and has chaired the club’s stand at the Outagamie County Fair, the club’s Motorcycle Ride during Burger Fest, and the Smelt Fry. He has received the Melvin Jones Award from the Lions, its highest honor, and received the Community Quarterback Award for Volunteerism from the Green Bay Packers.
About eight years ago, Marnocha heard then Thunder Coach Rick Waski and Dave Bauer talking about starting up a youth football program.
“I had been coaching flag football, and the fifth and sixth grade kids were tackling instead of pulling flags,” Marnocha said. “We needed something different. Waski and Bauer asked me to try to organize a program, so we did.”
Through brat fries and other fund raising efforts, enough money was raised for equipment. From 45 players the first year, more than 80 kids now participate. An annual golf outing has now become the program’s main fund raiser.
Marnocha, along with Bauer, Dale Palubicki, Wade Skogman, Mark Coonen, and others organized a board.
Marnocha has also been active with the Seymour Fire Department, Home of the Hamburger, many high school athletic events and other events throughout the city.
While working in Janesville, Greg met Kim Kuhar. About two years later, he needed a date for the company Christmas party and gave her a call.
Twenty-two years later, Greg and Kim have three children. Brooke (Ryan) Sumner, Cecil; Mallory, who married Justin Zuiches last month and lives in Black Creek; and SCHS senior Joshua.
The Marnochas are members at St. John’s Catholic Church in Seymour.
Tickets for the May 4 event are available at the ACN offices, 800 E. Factory St. or at Baylake Bank, Seymour.