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Larry Giefer Memorial Community Service Scholarship

About Larry Giefer

Community service was central to Larry Giefer’s auctioneering career. He was generous with his time, donating auctioneer services for charities and schools and, for more than 50 years, the Kingman County 4-H Livestock Sale. Establishing a scholarship to recognize students who excel in community service is a natural extension of his personal outlook on life to make a difference. Students from Kingman High School will long benefit from his care and vision for the community and its people.

Larry was in the auction business from the to keep the farm running. The following year, in 1957, his uncle Matt encouraged him to attend auctioneering school.

During his long auction career in Kingman County age of 8, when he first helped his uncle, Matt Giefer, with a sale near Yoder. As a high school senior and standout athlete, he planned to play football at Kansas State University. His plans were derailed when his dad suffered a heart attack. Larry, the oldest of seven children, instead stayed home, Larry became known for addressing auction bidders by name instead of by number, a personal touch that translated into building friendships throughout the whole state. When Larry suffered from heart problems prior to his death, he was overwhelmed by the community support he received. Larry’s love of his community led his family to establish this scholarship fund in his honor. He understood friendship and the value of community. This scholarship will help continue Larry’s personal mission to impact his neighbor.

“Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take nothing that you have received – only what you have given: a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage.”
--Saint Francis of Assisi


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