OABA Hall of Fame

Throughout its history, the OABA has honored members for their service and contributions to the Association and the mobile amusement industry. Since 2001, the OABA has honored both deceased and living industry icons. The Hall of Fame program celebrates outstanding achievement and contributions to the growth and development of the carnival industry and those who served their national trade organization.

To be considered for the OABA’s Hall of Fame, a nominee must meet the following criteria:

  • Have been associated with the mobile amusement industry for a minimum of twenty years
  • Have been associated with the mobile amusement industry in any of OABA’s member categories
  • Have contributed to the industry at large, in addition to his/her own business
  • Have made significant contributions to the preservation, leadership, education or design/technical services of the outdoor amusement industry

Click Here to Download Hall of Fame Nomination Form

Applications must be completed and mailed to the OABA office by October 1, each year, for consideration by the Hall of Fame Committee and the Board of Directors. Nominees or their families will be notified not later than December of their induction in the OABA Hall of Fame which takes place at the OABA’s Annual Meeting in February. Nominations for this honor will not have to made every year and will carry over into the next year. Contact the OABA office at 800-517-OABA if you have any questions.

OABA Hall of Fame

2014 Recipients
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Earl “Butch” Butler

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Guy Leavitt

2013 Recipients
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Wayne McCary

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Bob Johnson

2012 Recipients

Irvin “Bingo” Hauser
 Wayne Kunz
2011 Recipients
Tom Atkins
Tom Atkins
Jeff Blomsness
Jeff Blomsness
2010 Recipients
Billy Burr
Billy Burr
William Capell, Sr.
William Capell, Sr.
2009 Recipients
Richard Janas
Richard Janas
Ed Murphy
Ed Murphy
Ron Burback
Ron Burback
2008 Recipients
Ward Hall
Ward Hall
Bill Wilkerson
Bill Wilkerson
2007 Recipients
Buster Brown
Buster Brown
Ray Cammack
Ray Cammack
Bob Commerford
Bob Commerford
Jackie Swika
Jackie Swika
2006 Recipients
John Campi
John Campi
 Mack Duce
Mack Duce
Lloyd Hilligoss
Lloyd Hilligoss
Tom Powell
Tom Powell
2005 Recipients
James E. Conklin
James E. Conklin
Irvin Deggeller
Irvin Deggeller
Carl Sedimayr Jr.
Carl Sedimayr Jr.
Lee Sullivan
Lee Sullivan
2004 Recipients
A.L. Kunz
A.L. Kunz
Father Robert McCarthy
Father Robert McCarthy
P.E.
P.E. “Pat” Reithoffer
Paul
Paul “Duke” Smith
2003 Recipients
Harold Chance
Harold Chance
J.D. Floyd
J.D. Floyd
Bob Negus
Bob Negus
Paul
Johnny Portemont
2002 Recipients
 William T. Collins
William T. Collins
E.James Strates
E.James Strates
John Vivona
John Vivona
Red Wood
Red Wood
2001 Recipients
 Jimmy Floyd
Jimmy Floyd
Hub Luehrs
Hub Luehrs
Bernard Thomas
Bernard Thomas
W.G. Wade
W.G. Wade