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Hall of Fame
Throughout its history, the OABA has honored members for their service and contributions to the Association and the mobile amusement industry. Since 2001, the OABA has honored both deceased and living industry icons. The Hall of Fame program celebrates outstanding achievement and contributions to the growth and development of the carnival industry and those who served their national trade organization.

To be considered for the OABA's Hall of Fame, a nominee must meet the following criteria:
  • Have been associated with the mobile amusement industry for a minimum of twenty years
  • Have contributed to the industry at large, in addition to his/her own business
   

Have made significant contributions to the preservation, leadership, education or design/technical services of the outdoor amusement industry

Hall of Fame Nominations


Applications must be completed and mailed to the OABA office by October 1 each year for consideration by the Hall of Fame Committee and the Board of Directors.  Nominees or their families will be notified not later than December of their induction into the OABA Hall of Fame, taking place at the OABA Annual Meeting in February.  Nominations for this honor will not have to be made every year and will carry over into the next year.

Hall of Fame Nomination Form

For more information, please contact the OABA office.

Hall of Fame Recipients

  • 2021
    Jeanne McDonagh

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  • 2021
    Sam Johnston

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  • 2020
    Les 'Corky' Powers
    Corky Powers
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  • 2020
    Frank Zaitshik
    Frank Zaitshik
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  • 2019
    Bill Dillard
    Bill Dillard
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  • 2019
    Michael Wood
    Michael Wood
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  • 2018
    Patty Sullivan
  • 2018
    Jane Vivona
  • 2017
    Al DeRusha

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  • 2017
    Wayne Pierce

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  • 2016
    Beverly Burback
  • 2016
    Butch Netterfield
  • 2016
    Jimmy Drew
  • 2015
    Jean Anne Clair

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  • 2015
    John Hanschen

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  • 2014
    Earl "Butch" Butler

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  • 2014
    Guy Leavitt

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  • 2013
     G. Wayne McCary

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  • 2013
    Bob Johnson

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  • 2012
    Irvin "Bingo" Hauser

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  • 2012
    Wayne Kunz

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  • 2011
    Tom Atkins

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  • 2011
    Jeff Blomsness

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  • 2010
    Billy Burr

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  • 2010
    William Capell, Sr.

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  • 2009
    Richard Janas

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  • 2009
    Ron Burback

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  • 2009
    Ed Murphy

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  • 2008
    Ward Hall
  • 2008
    Bill Wilkerson

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  • 2007
    Bob Commerford
  • 2007
    Ray Cammack
  • 2007
    Buster Brown

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  • 2007
    Jackie Swika

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  • 2006
    John Campi

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  • 2006
    Mark Duce

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  • 2006
    Lloyd Hilligoss

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  • 2006
    Tom Powell

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  • 2005
    James E. Conklin

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  • 2005
    Irvin Deggeller

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  • 2005
    Carl Sedlmayr Jr.

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  • 2005
    Lee Sullivan

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  • 2004
    Al Kunz
  • 2004
    Father Robert McCarthy
  • 2004
    P.E. "Pat" Reithoffer
  • 2004
    Paul “Duke” Smith
  • 2003
    Harold Chance
  • 2003
    Bob Negus
  • 2003
    Johnny Portemont
  • 2003
    J.D. Floyd
  • 2002
    William T. Collins
  • 2002
    E. James Strates
  • 2002
    John Vivona
  • 2002
    Red Wood
  • 2001
    Jimmy Floyd
  • 2001
    Hub Luehrs
  • 2001
    W.G. Wade
  • 2001
    Bernard Thomas
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