Earl Kingman Named Citizen of the Year
Normal, IL – July 26, 2018 – Earl Kingman has been named Normal’s 2018 Citizen of the Year.
Mayor Chris Koos made the announcement during the Town’s annual Appreciation Reception and Presentation of the 61st Annual Citizen of the Year honoree on Thursday night, saying that
Earl was being acknowledged for “quietly and without fanfare making extraordinary and valuable contributions to our quality of life in this community.”
Earl retired from Growmark in 1996 after a 32-year career. He served on the Bloomington/Normal Asahikawa Sister Cities Committee for 33 years, chairing the committee for five years. In that capacity, he has travelled many times to Japan and hosted countless Japanese exchange students and visiting dignitaries.
Earl brought the Chicago Cubs Caravan to Bloomington to the Twin Cities in 1983. The Cubs came to town for the next 25 years, and Earl also organized Bloomington/Normal day at Wrigley Field. In 2012 he was named as Honorary Cub of the year by the National League club and awarded a commemorative bat.
Holder of a commercial pilot’s license, Earl was appointed to the Bloomington Normal Airport Authority board in 2005, and has been an active volunteer and board member of the Prairie Aviation museum.
Earl’s devotion to his community has made him an active member of Second Presbyterian Church, and a valued volunteer for numerous local charities and non-profits, including the Scott Health Center and the Illinois State University Senior Professionals Program
Earl has been married to Rhea Kingman for 62 years. They have two children, who both traveled to Normal for the celebration of their father’s award.