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Longtime Sugar Grove resident, volunteer named Citizen of the Year

John Guddendorf Jr. recognized

John Guddendorf, Jr. (second from right) is awarded the 2019 Sugar Grove Citizen of the Year Award on July 26. (Left to right) Jackie Link, Sean Michels, Dave Paluch, John Guddendorf and Dave Burroughs.
John Guddendorf, Jr. (second from right) is awarded the 2019 Sugar Grove Citizen of the Year Award on July 26. (Left to right) Jackie Link, Sean Michels, Dave Paluch, John Guddendorf and Dave Burroughs.

SUGAR GROVE – Sugar Grove resident John Guddendorf Jr. was named the 2019 Sugar Grove Citizen on the Year at the Corn Boil's opening ceremony on July 26.

Guddendorf was nominated by colleagues, neighbors and friends to be honored as this year's recipient. He has lived in the village for more than 50 years. According to a news release, Guddendorf has volunteered at many community events, and is a trustee on the Sugar Grove Fire Protection District board and a volunteer for the village of Sugar Grove Planning Commission.

Guddendorf and his wife Shirley have volunteered at Holiday in the Grove, Sugar Grove Corn Boil, NFP, Sugar Grove Christmas Tree Decorating, Sugar Grove Farmer's Market, Sugar Grove Food Pantry and the Sugar Grove Public Library.

He graduated from Kaneland High School and began working for Kane County Department of Transportation in 1978. Guddendorf won an award in 2013 from the American Public Works Association for Professional Manager of the Year. He retired in 2015 after 37 years of service.

The Sugar Grove Citizen of the Year program began in 1998 as a way to recognize selected individuals and groups that best exemplifies the spirit of the village.

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