Boonville graduates from as far back as 1939 listened to 1982 graduate Greg Oswald as he told them of the firm foundation he received from Boonville schools during a speech on Saturday.

Boonville graduates from as far back as 1939 listened to 1982 graduate Greg Oswald as he told them of the firm foundation he received from Boonville schools during a speech on Saturday.
Oswald is the vice president for North America Manufacturing for Lindsay Corporation in Omaha, Neb. Oswald joined Lindsay Corporation in 2007 as the Lean Director of Manufacturing and was named to his present position in 2010. Lindsay Corporation provides proprietary water management and road infrastructure products and services in the United States and internationally. Prior to his employment at Lindsay Corporation, he was a Global Lean Manager for Dana Corporation and was highly successful with lean projects in Australia, Brazil, South Africa and Mexico. Oswald has been instrumental in transforming manufacturing operations into world-class facilities. Oswald and his wife, Lori, reside in Omaha. They have two sons, Nathan and Justin, both also graduates of Boonville High School. The Oswalds have two granddaughters, Cora and Audrey.
Fellow graduate Vicki Zeller introduced Oswald as everyone sang the Pirate Fight Song.
Oswald began by saying he has had a lot of good moments, even some bad ones. He added that it is these moments that builds an individual. Oswald was the youngest of six children. He grew up on a farm near Blackwater, where he learned how to work hard. He told stories of how he had to persevere, even while walking a quarter of a mile to catch the school bus. His siblings would tell him that if he wore read, the cows would get him as he would walk down the lane. When he would get home from school he would have the bus driver drop him off at another friend's home because he believed the tall-tale coming from his siblings.
While Oswald opened with this story he continued with others that helped mold his early life. He showed pictures of all of his teachers at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School and familiar faces that many remembered from Boonville High School. In fact, his class was the first class to spend all four years at the new high school building.
Upon graduation, Oswald pursued manufacturing. He worked his way up the ladder–trying to learn and progress as much as he could. This progression allowed the opportunity for the family to move away from Boonville almost a decade ago.
During his time away he has not lost thought of his roots.
"Every talk that I give to new hires or new organizations, I talk about Boonville. I want them to know that Boonville has done some amazing things for me and my family," Oswald said.
While the Oswalds may live hours away from Boonville, wherever Oswald is, it cannot replace the home he grew up in.
"Boonville has always been home to me," Oswald said.
Oswald added that 'sacrifice' may be one of this community's greatest traits.
"I think the sacrifices that people make here in Boonville to help other people succeed amazes me. It is truly a lot of pride and passion," Oswald said.