Mike and Nomie Ketterling moved to Greeley on the Fourth
of July, 1977. When they asked the desk
clerk at a downtown hotel what to do in Greeley on the 4th, the
clerk looked at them in disbelief and said “the Greeley Independence
Stampede”. He instructed them to walk
northwest until they saw the carnival and grandstand. So began their association with one of Greeley
and Weld County’s premier events: the “World’s Largest 4th of July
Rodeo and Western Celebration”.
Nomie was born in San Jose, Costa Rica, and grew up in
Park City, Montana. Mike was born and
raised in Billings, Montana; they met at Montana State University and married
Nomie earned a BS in Sociology from MSU and MA in Psychology
from UNC. She began her work in Greeley
at the Weld County Sheriff’s Office then spent the next 23 years working for
Weld County Partners. She is currently
at North Range Behavioral Health as the program coordinator for Weld County
Prevention Partners, a coalition for youth substance abuse prevention.
Mike received his BS and MS in Civil Engineering from
MSU. Mike began his engineering career at NHPQ then worked at Norton, Underwood
& Lamb before starting the firm of KBN Engineers in 1995.
Nomie has been on the High Plains Library District Board
and a 20-year member of the Eaton Public Library Board. She participated in Leadership Greeley/Weld
County and is a member of the GX Chapter of PEO. She has volunteered for Right
to Read, Eaton Fire Department Auxiliary, Partners, United Way, the Woman’s
Fund, TGYS State Board, Aims Community College Criminal Justice Board and is
currently on the MSU Alumni Advisory Board.
Mike was a volunteer fireman for the Eaton Fire
Protection District for 20 years; he served on the Weld County United Way Board
of Directors, Greeley Area Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors, the Greeley
Independence Stampede Committee from 1998 to 2001, Community Foundation Serving
Greeley/Weld County Board and Littler Youth Fund Committee. He is currently the
Chairman of the Poudre River Trail Corridor Board, on the Greeley Downtown
Development Authority Board, Stampede Foundation Board, Great Western Trail Authority
Board and Partners Mentoring Youth - Greeley Advisory Committee & Northern
Colorado Board of Directors and a member of the Eaton Sertoma Club.
The Ketterling’s were co-founders with Tuffy &
Shirley Holland of the Greeley Stampede Western Art Show and Sale. In its first fourteen years, the Art Show
sold a million dollars worth of art that generated a quarter million dollars
towards scholarships for youth graduating from Weld County high schools.
“When asked to be this year’s Grand Marshals for the 92nd
Greeley Stampede, we couldn’t believe the great honor that had been given us.
We have been fortunate to have opportunities to get involved with our Community
and been blessed by all the experiences we have had and the people we have come
to know over the years. We couldn’t be happier and more proud of the honor of
being this year’s Grand Marshals”.