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DeWayne Benedict

DeWayne “Benny” Benedict is a lifetime resident of River Falls. He attended River Falls High School, graduating in 1965.

His high school athletic career included football, wrestling, baseball, and track. He was a three year letter winner, earning seven letters in his respective sports.  Benny was named All Conference Football his senior year, he won Regional and Sectional wrestling championships, and was a member of the first River Falls High School wrestling team. Benny was the first River Falls wrestler to compete at state in 1964 and 1965.

While attending the University of Wisconsin of River Falls, DeWayne went out for wrestling but due to an accident, was prevented from continuing. As a junior in college, he gave back to his alma mater by starting the River Falls Junior High wrestling program. In 1969, DeWayne graduated from UW-River Falls with a degree in Agricultural Education and a minor in Industrial Arts.

DeWayne taught Industrial Arts at Hilbert, Wisconsin for one year and then was hired at River Falls High School to teach Agriculture and advise the FFA program. He coached an Ag. Mechanics team to a national championship. He taught at River Falls High School for 28 years.

Throughout his career at River Falls High School, DeWayne coached wrestling both at the Junior High (5 years) and High School (11 years). In addition to coaching wrestling he also served years as an assistant football and track coach. As a head and assistant coach he was a part of six conference, three regional, and three sectional championships during his tenure.

After retirement, DeWayne has been involved as the Chair of the Pierce County Farm Service Agency and a member of the Pierce County Land Conservation Committee. He continues his lifelong career of farming.

Over the years he has served as a volunteer Hunter Safety Instructor, and continues to volunteer at the Pierce County Fair. In his retirement, he has worked with the high school FFA students in preparation for competitions at the local, state, and national levels. He volunteered on the Pierce County Farm Technology Days Executive Committee for the past four years.

DeWayne and his wife, Gerda have three children of their own, Paula, Mike, and Corey, and are proud grandparents as well.