Buckling up a friend

Special belt buckles bring alive memory of late SFHS student
by Verla Peichl Review Correspondent


SHEBOYGAN FALLS HIGH SCHOOL senior Justine Selk (above left) recently designed a belt buckle in memory of fellow student Jordan Wimmler, who died in a car accident last October. Selk is joined by classmates Sean Winter (center) and Austin Hanson in showing off their Jordan Wimmler memorial belt buckles. SHEBOYGAN FALLS HIGH SCHOOL senior Justine Selk (above left) recently designed a belt buckle in memory of fellow student Jordan Wimmler, who died in a car accident last October. Selk is joined by classmates Sean Winter (center) and Austin Hanson in showing off their Jordan Wimmler memorial belt buckles. SHEBOYGAN FALLS — Sheboygan Falls High School students have often found creative and innovative ways to raise money, show school spirit and demonstrate comradary with friends.

The most recent example is the way a group of students have come togetherr to raise memorial fund money for their friend Jordan Wimmler, who died in an automobile accident Oct. 30, 2012.

“A bunch of us were talking that we wanted to do something to remember Jordan in a special way, but we wanted it to be something original,” said SFHS senior Justine Selk. “We first thought about decals for our vehicles, but then we came up with the idea of a belt buckle because Jordan always wore belt buckles and he was a redneck.


The special belt buckle (right) was designed to reflect the personality of Wimmler. — Submitted photos The special belt buckle (right) was designed to reflect the personality of Wimmler. — Submitted photos “So I emailed this company and told them I wanted something with a John Deere tractor, because he liked John Deeres, his name and the saying ‘Redneck in Paradise’ and that would be abbreviated as RIP,” Selk said. “That saying is also on the flowers at the crash site and that’s why we wanted it to be the same on the belt buckle. The company sent a picture of the buckle and we put the picture on Facebook. The people responded that they wanted one.”

The first order was sent in for 60 buckles at a cost of $10 a piece. It wasn’t long and another order for 40 was placed, which dropped the cost to $6 a piece.

“We decided to charge $15 for each buckle, so we would have some money to give to the Wimmler family, so they could use it for some kind of memorial,” Selk said. “We did give 20 buckles to the Wimmler family, so they could give them to all family members and cousins and whoever they wanted to.

“The extra money we gave to the Wimmler family,” said Selk. “It’s about $450, but they aren’t sure yet what to do with it. They are still thinking about it. They want to do something different.”

Selk’s idea started out as buying only a couple of buckles. When people kept asking about it, she added on before finally realizing that it had become something truly special to do for Jordan.

“It turned out to be a unique idea, something different, and that’s what we wanted,” said Selk.

The custom designed belt buckles have been popular among present and past Sheboygan Falls High School students, as well as FFA supporters through the state and region.

You may ask why the redneck slogan? Was Jordan a real redneck?

“You just had to look at his locker!” said SFHS student Sean Winter.

“That said it all,” said SFHS student Austin Hanson.


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