Barry Guebert was recently honored as Steeleville Citizen of the Year by the Steeleville Chamber of Commerce.
Guebert was nominated by several members in the community for his work with the youth basketball program he started in 2004. The Junior Warriors Basketball program was set up to teach fundamentals of the game to first through fourth graders in the community. Guebert gave up almost every Saturday in the winter since beginning the program to work with the young people and his labors have definitely been seen in the successful basketball programs at St. Mark's and Steeleville Elementary schools.
Guebert also helped run the Wayne Ludemann Memorial Golf Tournament from 2012-2016. He is active with the Steeleville Baptist Church, where he volunteers as a youth leader and coordinates events. He also serves as a member of the evangelism committee, helps with the Upward Score program and teaches Sunday school.
Guebert has been a Steeleville resident most of his life, graduating from Steeleville High School in 1974. He attended Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and Maryville University. He has been married to wife Kim for 33 years and has one daughter, Katie,
He worked for Captain Mine from 1978-1993 before moving to UPS, where he has worked since 1993.
The Steeleville Citizen of the Year award is given in appreciation of Flood W. Hartel for his dedication to the community. Hartel died in 1997 and was awarded the honor later that year.