Homecoming Parade Grand Marshal

As part of the Homecoming festivities held on the Truman State University campus each fall, the grand marshal has the special honor of leading the parade as it travels from downtown Kirksville through the campus.

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The 2019 Truman Homecoming Parade Grand Marshal is Russ Sloan.

A successful Truman football coach, Sloan has roots in Columbia, Mo., where he was an all-conference end on Mizzou’s 1960 Orange Bowl team. His six receptions in the Orange Bowl were a Tiger bowl game record that stood for 43 years. A week later, Sloan played in the 1960 Hula Bowl in Hawaii. He received his undergraduate and master’s degree at Mizzou. Following graduation, he entered the coaching ranks at Truman State University, becoming line coach in 1968 and head football coach in 1969. His Bulldog teams won three consecutive MIAA Conference Championships, and in 1971 he was the NCAA Division II runner-up for Coach of the Year (District 6), missing the top spot by one vote. His winning percentage of .803 is only surpassed by Bulldog coaching legend Don Faurot’s .809.

In 1972, Sloan resigned from Truman to run for the U.S. Congress in Missouri’s 6th District, losing to Jerry Litton in what became the 17th most expensive House race in the nation and the closest House vote in Missouri. Following the election, he was named Missouri state director of Motor Vehicles and Licensing and was editorially recognized for saving Missouri taxpayers more than $1 million.

Following his service in state government, Sloan worked as the athletic director at Southeast Missouri State University and Fresno State University. In 1985, he was named executive director of the Fresno City and County Chamber of Commerce, which initiated a 20-year career in leading major chambers of commerce in California, Indiana and Florida.

Sloan has been inducted into the Truman Athletic Hall of Fame, the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and the University of Missouri Athletic Hall of Fame. He was also elected by his peers to head the State Chamber of Commerce Executives Association in Indiana and Florida. Sloan has also been honored by the College of Education at Mizzou and received the President’s Award from the University of South Florida, the highest non-academic award bestowed by the university.

Sloan and his wife, Peggy, will be married 60 years this December. They have three adult children, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. They reside in Leesburg, Fla., about an hour north of Orlando.

Grand Marshals

2018: Ray “Ricky” Armstead (’84)
2017: Louis “Lou” Coco (’67, ’70)
2016:  Clifton “Dickie” Ray (’69, ’76)
2015:  Victor Childers (’55)
2014:  Robert A. Dager & Jane Dager
2013:  Darrel Gourley (’50)
2012:  Edwin C. Carpenter & Nettie (Brown) Carpenter (’76)
2011:   Ray Klinginsmith & Judie Klinginsmith
2010:  Marietta (Jonas) Jayne (’41)
2009:  Larry Moore (’67) & Ruth Ann (Winter) Moore (’68)
2008:  Stan Bohon & Doris (Pickens) Bohon (’43)
2007:  Dean Rosebery (’41) & Amy (Ayres)  Rosebery (’43)
2006:  Gerald “Shag” Grossnickle (’42) & Sarah Grossnickle
2005:  Judge James Reinhard & Shari (Powell) Reinhard (’58)
2004:  Richard “Dick” Erzen (’49) & Edith “Edie” (Ford) Erzen (’49)
2003:  Delbert Maddox (’37)
2002:  Harry Gallatin (’49) & Beverly (Hull) Gallatin (’49)
2001:  Bob Holden & Lori Holden
2000:  Dwain Horn (’50)
1999: Charles McClain
1998:  Dick Franklin (’56)
1997:  Larry Lunsford (’81, ’83)
1996:  Steve Gaw (’78) & Fannie (Bowdish) Gaw (’84)
1995:  B.D. “Bud” Hunter
1994:  Mary Alice Bunney (’38)
1993:  Frederick “Fritz” Lauer (’50)
1992:  Ruth Warner Towne (’39)
1991:  Larry Moore (’67)
1990:  Marshal E. L. McNeely (’40)
1989:  Martha Decker Blair (’40)