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Keokuk’s Josh And Dan Rose Awarded With “The Marty Award”

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The Rose men do not make it easy to pull a surprise on them.

However, Radio Keokuk along with the family of Marty Hall was able to pull it off this Friday to surprise both Josh and Dan Rose with being the latest recipients of “The Marty Award”.

Josh Rose and Dan Rose, both of Keokuk Contractors with Dan recently retiring, were nominated this last month for the award based on not only many years of great service to the community, but their recent work on the Keokuk Saddle Club.

“These 2 men were both instrumental in helping the Keokuk Saddle Club “Bring the Arena Home” to Keokuk,” said Keokuk Saddle Club’s Teresa Murray in her nomination.  “Members of the saddle club decided to approach the City of Keokuk concerning leasing land at Joyce Park. The first challenge was how the club could afford to pay for clearing the land to erect an arena. We spoke to Josh Rose, co-owner of Keokuk Contractors. He told us he would be able to help the club with this project. In the last few years, Dan Rose of Keokuk Contractors has worked many long hours and weekends operating the heavy equipment, clearing and leveling the land for the new arena. The talent, expertise, and knowledge of these 2 individuals have helped the club shape the land with proper grade and drainage to build the new arena. We feel it’s important for communities to have diverse activities available to the public. Without their expertise, this project would not be materializing”.

In addition to all of their volunteer work for the club and various other community efforts, Keokuk Contractors also makes Radio Keokuk’s “Student of the Week” program at Keokuk High School possible. “Acknowledging these kids, who they are and the great efforts they bring to their school and fellow students would not be possible without the support of the family at Keokuk Contractors. For that, we are very grateful and I hope they know the impact they have on these kids”, said Leah Jones of Radio Keokuk. She did go on to say that it was not easy putting together the plan to bring the players together to surprise Josh and Dan with their awards, ” We were trying to pull every string we had behind the scenes to get Josh and Dan in the same place, set up to receive their awards without knowing what was going on, but they are some very busy hard-working men. Finally, it dawned on me to go right to the source and I contacted Heather Rose, Josh’s wife. It immediately came together. Never underestimate a determined wife, they get it done”.

The Marty Award is given 5 times a year to members of the community nominated by their peers for exemplary service to the community, those who work tirelessly for others without asking for recognition or award, in honor of the late Marty Hall. Mr. Hall, a teacher at Keokuk High School who tragically passed in February of 2019, has left a legacy not only in the halls of the school but within and all across the community. The Marty Award came to life in September of 2020, with Radio Keokuk’s Leah Jones, the Hall Family, and the family at Lucky’s Pub & Grub coming together to form the award for members of the community who have given to and inspired others as Marty did.

To nominate someone for “The Marty Award” email Radio Keokuk at leahj@radiokeokuk.com

Written by: Leah Jones

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