Granton 2017 Fall Festival 
Honor Grandparents



Rodney and Corrine Dix

Rodney and Corinne Dix have been named the 2017 Fall Festival Honored Grandparents. 
They were nominated for the honor by granddaughters Callie and Corrtney Schmidt. 
The couple, who have been married since May of 1968,
will be one of the lead entries in the 2017 Granton Fall Festival parade
Sunday, September 10. 
(Contributed photo)


Rodney and Corrine Dix are the 2017 Fall Festival Honored Grandparents.

They were nominated by their granddaughters Callie and Corrtney Schmidt, who wrote, “Thoughts on grandparents are often viewed as happy, treasured memories.  Our grandparents are no exception to this belief.  They have hearts of gold and a capacity for caring that has no limit.”

Rodney and Corrine met on a blind date at the Clark County Fair that was set up by Rodney’s cousin.  The dated for four years and were married in May of 1968.  They are looking forward to celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in 2018.

Rodney and Corrine have three children, Carrie (spouse Brad) Schmidt, Cindy Dix, and Jason (spouse Kim) Dix.  They have six grandchildren, Corrtney, 18; Callie, 15; Mindy, 9; Madyson, 9; Allyson, 7; and Jayna, 2.

Rodney is retired from his job at the Central WI Co-op (now Provision Partners), and Corrine is recently retired from her job as a health unit coordinator.

Corrine said she would deck out the CCU unit based on the season, and oftentimes would borrow the grandkids’ toys to help decorate.

Rodney and Corrine are lifetime members of the FFA Alumni.  Rodney was a member of one of the first officer teams when the FFA alumni started.

They enjoy helping with alumni events, such as the dairy breakfast, and have hosted the alumni summer night out event.  They are also active in their church, where Rodney has been on the church council, and Corrine has volunteered with the ladies’ organization in the church, and helped with Vacation Bible School.  They also helped to organize the Chili senior citizens group.

Despite being involved members of their community, they always make time for family.

“They are always looking for an excuse to come visit and love family more than life itself.  When family arrives at their house, for whatever reason, we are greeted with broad smiles and cheerful attitudes,” states their nomination letter.

Special family times over the years have included the Family Feud tournaments at the Granton Park.  They would travel as a family via tractor and wagon hayride to and from the games, making the event a special family activity.

Rodney and Corrine are dedicated Green Bay Packer fans.  They have a special Green Bay Packer Truck, which was painted by Carrie, Cindy and Jason for Rodney’s 50th birthday. The kids and grandkids come to Grandma and Grandpa’s house for each packer game.  If the Packers win, they all load up in the packer truck, and drive through Chili with the horns blowing, and the lights flashing.

Rodney and Corrine also enjoyed taking their family to a Brett Favre charity event at Camp Randall stadium a few years back.

Maple syrup season is also a special time for family at Rodney and Corrine’s house.  Any available kids and grandkids come to gather, cook, and taste test the maple syrup.

Rodney and Corrine enjoy going to their grandkids’ athletic events and school activities whenever possible.  And of course, the grandkids always enjoy Grandma’s baking and treats.

Holidays are always a special time at Grandma and Grandpa’s house.  The grandkids look forward to the Thanksgiving holiday where they enjoy Thanksgiving dinner, but also enjoy a scavenger hunt created by their grandparents.  They are given a new series of clues that they use to find a Christmas tree ornament that Grandma and Grandpa have chosen to commemorate a special event in each grandchild’s life that occurred that year.  They are then able to take their ornaments and hang them on the Christmas tree that year when they trim the tree.

Rodney and Corrine also help set up family reunions, but not just family members are invited.  Their nomination letter states “Neighbors and friends may also enter our festivities, because, to my grandparents, family isn’t limited to blood relatives.

Callie ended the letter by stating, “My family and I love them to pieces, and this essay is to show them how much I love them, because my grandparents are special and I am proud to be their granddaughter!”

Rodney and Corrine and their grandkids will celebrate National Grandparents Day by being one of the lead entries in the 2017 Granton Fall Festival parade on Sunday, Sept. 10.


From the Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

August 30, 2017

Transcribed by Dolores Mohr Kenyon, August 31, 2017

Web page by James W. Sternitzky PhD, September 1, 2017

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