2010 Alumni Award Recipients
Black Hills State University honored four BHSU alumni during the annual Alumni Awards Luncehon on Friday, October 1, at 11:30 a.m. in the Jacket Legacy room of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union. Those honored this year were, left to right: Ron Schuttler, Class of '85, Special Service Award; Dr. Tim Creal, Class of '78, Excellence in Education Award; Dr. Forrest Brady, Class of '72, Distinguished Alumnus Award; and Marla (Hershey) Barnard, Class of '81, Special Achievement Award.
Ron Schuttler, Class of ’85, received his bachelor’s degree in history and art from BHSU after first serving 22 years in the Navy. After graduating from Spearfish High School, he immediately enlisted in the Navy, training as a shipboard electrician. His service extended through the Vietnam War. Ron retired from the service in 1976 having attained the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer.
He moved back to Spearfish with his family and enrolled at BHSU as a non-traditional student under the GI bill. Shortly after earning his degree, Ron began working for the Black Hills Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He also directed the summer camp at Medicine Mountain Scout Ranch. In 2000, he retired to devote time to his volunteer activities.
Ron has volunteered with several organizations throughout his lifetime. He served on the BHSU Alumni Board of Directors for 23 years, acting as president in 1997 and 1998. Ron is an active member of the American Legion and is the commander of the Spearfish Veterans Honor Guard. He is active in the Knights of Columbus of St. Joseph Church in Spearfish. Ron is also involved with the crew members associations of the four ships on which he served, and belongs to the Great Northern Railway Historical Society.
Ron and his wife of 48 years, Eileen, reside in Spearfish. They have three sons, Jon, Bill, and David.