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March 5, 2014

Pella Chamber presents Hall of Fame Awards


Roger Duven

Roger’s dedication to the community can be summed up into one word “compassion”. His compassion shines through in his career and his volunteer roles.

For the past 50 years Roger has been with Van Dyk-Duven Funeral Home helping families through some of their worst moments with true compassion and professionalism. A role not for many, Roger has provided more for each of the families he has worked with than he will ever know.

He also shares his compassion through leadership roles with many community organizations such as Christian Opportunity Center, Pine Rest Clinic, Pella Regional Health Center, Christian Benevolent Association and First Reformed Church. One of his personal highlights includes a year spent in Japan sharing his skills with the advancement of embalming as a component to their ceremonial rites.

Although Roger has modeled his career after his grandfather and father, he has left his own individual mark on community and with many families.

Barb Kniff McCulla

Barb has a can-do attitude in everything from her business perspective to the organizations she represents.

In 1979, Barb’s late husband Kevin began KLK Construction specializing in underground telecommunication services. After his sudden passing in 1995, Barb took over as CEO knowing very little about the business. Over the years Barb has grown the company from 20 to over 50+ employees and has expanded services beyond laying cross-country fiber optic lines to include laying lines for wind generators and other utility work.

Barb saw a need for additional commercial space in Pella but had little development experience. That, however, did not stop her. She created a partnership with a small group of investors and built ViewPointe, a commercial development on the west edge of the community. ViewPointe created space for commercial businesses, a car dealership, a restaurant and a future income based apartment complex which will be completed later this summer.

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