Robert Duxbury, Wessington, served with passion as a director on the board of Heartland State Bank in Wessington for 26 years.
He brought a wealth of knowledge to Heartland State Bank, especially in the area of agriculture.
Duxbury’s commitment to agriculture started at a young age, as a participant in 4-H. He continued in the field by earning a degree from South Dakota State University in 1956.
Duxbury was a member of the State Fair Board from 1971 to 1975. He served as the South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture from 1975 to 1978. He also served in the South Dakota Legislature for nearly 20 years, and held several leadership positions in that capacity.
Duxbury says he has seen many changes within the banking industry during his 26 years on the Heartland State Bank board. He remembers when a shake of two hands secured a loan; when CD rates were 14 percent; when savings accounts actually paid interest.
In the 1980s, he says, both the farmers and bankers struggled together to survive. Today he sees more compliance and constantly changing technology. “One can only imagine what the future of banking will be,” Duxbury commented.
Paul Domke, CEO, commented, “Robert has an unbelievable resume of helping others, be it in church organizations, universities, state government, 4-H, and numerous other groups and organizations. We were fortunate enough to have him provide his wisdom, intelligence, and guidance for many years and his service to our bank was invaluable and will be missed greatly.”
Domke continued, “Heartland State Bank directors and employees wish Robert and his wife Rose only the best in their future. We so appreciate the time they both devoted to the success of Heartland State Bank’s success.”
Duxbury honored for 26 years
as a Heartland State Bank director