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Lux is grand marshall for country fair parade

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 8/3/11

Dean Lux, Sr. has been selected to serve as the grand marshall of the Dodge County Fair parade on Sunday, Aug, 7, at 4 p.m.

Dean and Marlene Lux
Dean Lux and his wife Marlene pose in their North Bend yard.

Lux is a North Bend native and a 1952 graduate of North Bend High School. His only time not in North Bend he was attending University of Nebraska-Lincoln and in the Army. He became active in community service shortly after returning from active duty in the military in 1958.

Lux credits Roy Gillis starting him out by getting him to run for the North Bend City Council.

“That got me interested in public service,” Lux said.

After seven years on the city council, Lux served five years as North Bend’s fire chief. LeRoy Helgenberger was going off the Dodge County Board of Supervisors and he encouraged Lux to run.

“He got me interested in the bigger picture,” Lux said.

Lux was elected and served 32 years. While serving with the supervisors he has been on the board of directors for NIRMA (an agency providing insurance for counties) for eight years and the Department of Roads Board of Classifications and Standards for eight years. He continues to serve on the Goldenrod Hills Action Committee, the Three Rivers Board of Health and the Northeast Nebraska Economic Develop District Board.

“That’s enough to keep me busy for a while,” he said.

Lux worked with his dad and grandfather in the family business, Lux Sand and Gravel, and ran it himself until son, Dean Jr., took over in 1984, with the elder Dean still helping out.

“Now there is more time to drink coffee,” Lux said.

Lux and his wife, Marlene, have been lifelong North Bend residents and supporters. Their four children are all graduates of North Bend schools. They have 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Marlene said her husband got a lot of satisfaction from helping people whenever he could. She credits their son, Dean Jr., with saying his dad never promised anything he couldn’t keep.

“I used to always tell the other supervisors ‘We were elected by a district but serve the whole county,’” Lux said.

The Luxes are hoping for a cool day next Sunday, but no matter the weather they will be in Scribner for the County Fair parade.

“I feel honored to have been asked,” Lux said.

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