4-H'ers bid fond farewell to Thaden Linda and Ron Thaden laugh as members of Clay County's 4-H clubs reminisce about the good times they've all had together in the 14 years he has served as the county's Extension educator. Thaden retired Sunday. by David Lias For more than 14 years, Ron Thaden, in his role as Clay County's Extension educator, has been involved in the lives of local farm and town families with youth active in 4-H.
Sunday, in a program to mark Thaden's retirement, those families let Thaden know that his efforts here have always been appreciated.
Thaden has stepped down as Extension educator here, ending a career in agriculture that has spanned nearly three decades.
From 1973 to 1977, he was Extension agent for Haakon and Jackson counties. He then worked as Extension Farm Management Specialist in Watertown until 1982. His family trekked to Botswana, Africa, where he worked as a lecturer in agronomy from 1982 to 1985.
He returned to South Dakota in 1985, and served two years in Extension farm management in Brookings before moving to Vermillion in 1987.