Ranch Volunteers

Today (August 20, 2020) at our staff meeting we honored Janey, our counselor for 20 years of service to the LUC Boys Ranch. She is an employee but deserves being honored. YEAH!!! If you know her, share the good news!

Donald J. Stobaugh, Sr. - August 30, 1935 - December 9, 2008


Don was one of our first full-time volunteers and helped LUC Ranch for many years by providing various food items and many kinds of miscellaneous items for both the boys and staff to enjoy such as the very practical everyday needs like soap to very specialized items like perfume and brand name clothes. Then Don took on another challenge of raising funds for the beautification of the Academic Center Area. His desire was to have an area that would allow the guys to have another outlet for their energies. This would have included a small miniature golf course, a baseball field, a football field, etc. Don passed away before this was realized. Since then, we have continued to raise funds towards this dream. We have an improved football field that is close to completion for tag football and the guys actually participate in a local competition each week. We have some funds toward the miniature golf course to start building a couple of stations. We have marked off the area for the baseball field. If you would like to help this dream continue, please let us know where your interest is.

These were the most faithful long-term group of volunteers who helped build the inside of the Academic Center as they came from various surrounding areas. They did all sorts of things such as framing, sheet rock, painting, plumbing, electrical, cabinets, etc. At times, they found themselves learning things and doing things they had never done before. They were mostly responsible for the building of the Academic Center, and they came once, and often several times, a week for over 1½ years until it was finished. We see a few of them still once in a while and others have gone to be with our Lord.

Alf & Norma Hansen started coming to help at the Ranch in 1985 as volunteers with the RVICS (Roving Volunteers in Christ's Service) organization. They continued to come after they became inactive just to spend time with us. Alf entertained us with various songs on his harmonica and then ended his show by playing his harmonica next to his ear. Norma has helped with various artistic talents and in 2001 painted this mural. Both Norma and Alf have gone to be with the Lord, but we think of them almost daily as we eat because the mural is in our dining room at the Academic Center.

See also memorial for Alf Hansen

Gwen Woolman & Methodist ladies

Gwen Woolman (born May 7, 1927 - deceased November 13, 2016) started to volunteer with checking our meal plans as she was a Home Economics Major, and she would give great ideas to our cook. Then she organized the Methodist Ladies group of Shell Knob to bring a cooked meal one night a week. They kept up that practice after Gwen could no longer do it, and we really appreciated the 20 to 25 years of their help. Then a sister church from Golden, Missouri, also helped bring meals, and they are still helping us today. We are so thankful for all of these sweet ladies who have brought us a monthly meal. This really helps our cook to be able to get some extra cleaning done. What a wonderful legacy started by one sweet lady.

Jim Herschend

Jim began helping the Ranch to provide a day off for the Ortmans, who had all of the boys 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Later, he and others he found to help him provided a day for staff togetherness. They have done exciting things that most boys do not have the opportunity to do such as: rock climbing, caving, scuba diving, air plane flying, riding horses, float trips, camp outs, etc.


Boys & Ruth for routine at Christmas Concert.JPG (72574 bytes) Ruth Johns

Ruth Johns has been volunteering at the Ranch for many years working with the guys to teach them singing techniques and preparing them for the yearly concert in early December with the Melodears.

Diane Sanders & Methodist ladies

Realizing our need for help and the ability of the ladies to make delicious food, this group from Eagle Rock decided to also bring a monthly meal.

South Dakota Friends

This group of people came year after year to help with various building projects braving the snow and ice storms. Most of them either being farmers or involved with them came at a time in very early spring before their hard work for the year begun.

Orville Sweet

In an effort to measure the success of the Ranch in dealing with at-risk boys, Orville has spent countless months of time doing a survey of former Ranch residents. You may find the results of this survey on the RESULTS page.

Retired RV'ers

RVICS, MMAPers (Mobile Missionary Assistance Program volunteers), and SOWERS are Christian groups that organize to help volunteer doing various projects for 3 weeks while camping in their RV's. We have made so many new friends throughout the nation!

Elijah Touchton

In our very early years in the middle 1980s, a man came to Shell Knob (a nearby town) to check on his business. As was his custom, he liked to do volunteer projects for organizations within the areas he went to. He came out and built a well house for us. His name is Carlin Pruitt. He came from Pittsburg, Kansas. He noticed we had an old double-wide trailer that goats had lived in prior to our buying it. The furnace was not working so he contacted members of his church. Several men answered the call. On their way down, they ran into a snowstorm, but they kept coming. The coordinator of that group was Elijah Touchton, of Touchton Electric. He brought all of the supplies to get the heat going. After many more trips to the Ranch, Elijah Touchton became one of the first persons to serve on our Board of Directors. He has been involved in so many projects ever since, including helping us to set up various alarm systems and doing the electrical wiring for most of our buildings. He is still involved in helping the Ranch to this day. He is one of the people honored at the 2019 Open House.

Youth Groups


When you come back to visit, we will include other volunteers and ways in which you can join us in helping at-risk boys change their lives. You can become part of our staff team, in which you will find that we always need houseparents who want to invest of themselves. You will also find other opportunities to volunteer on a regular or infrequent basis. We have had many people come from all over the United States to become involved in building and renovating projects. If you have the time, we have the opportunity to allow you to complete the joy in your life by giving to help others. Until this site is complete, please send any information via our contact form.