David Jones, a 10
year 4-H member, was tragically killed in December of 2017. His fellow
4-Hers remembered him this week during the Porter County Fair. David was a
2013 graduate of Chesterton High School, and active in a variety of 4-H
projects, including dog, dairy, rabbits, shooting sports, and engineering.
He competed in the Master Showmanship competition twice in his 4-H career.
A statement was
written by David's sister, Elisabeth Ruge, and read aloud at the dog project
awards in his memory. The 4-H Dog Project Spirit Award was presented to
Shelby Whitaker, of Morgan Township.
“David Jones was
involved in many things, but one thing he was proud of was being a 10 year
4-H member. He was in multiple projects throughout the years; however the
dog project was one of his favorites. You could tell this by the bond he had
formed with his Labrador Retriever, Bear, and the contagious smile that was
planted on his face whether he had a good day or a not so good day in the
“He made sure he
made it to the dog show, even after he has completed his 10 years, to
support his family and friends on show day and to see if anyone needed a
passed away this past December, but this is not without leaving an impact on
the people he knew and loved. With his caring heart and understanding that
it was fun to win, but OK to have an off day, as long as you tried your best
and kept that smile on your face, his attitude became contagious.
“With this said, he
would want all of you to have fun this Fair week and to keep your head up
and that smile planted on your face,” Elisabeth’s statement read.
The memorial award
was donated by Randi Webber.