Colonel Ted Dankert
Ted was 10 years old when he moved to Kansas.
Early in life Ted Dankert began throwing papers for the Wichita Eagle. He went on to work at Kiddieland Amusement Park in Wichita, where he was in charge of pony rides, then on to making deliveries for a lumber yard.
He is a graduate of East High School and graduated from Wichita State University with a bachelor of science in business administration.
At WSU, he was a ROTC member and was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in the United States Army. Dankert served a total of 28 years in the military, 10 in active duty and the rest in the Reserves. He retired as a Colonel in 1987.
During his Army career, Dankert received certification as a scuba diver and paratrooper and served with the Test and Evaluation Command at Ft. Knox.
He served in Vietnam from 1966-67 with the 173 Airborne Brigade. Upon his return he was assigned to the Combat Arms Group at Ft. Leavenworth.
He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff School, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the Air Force War College.
He completed graduate hours at the University of Kentucky.
His reserve duty took him to Green Bay, Wisconsin, San Louis Obispo, California, Reno. Nevada, Ft. Hood, Texas and several tours at the Pentagon.
He is a member of the Elite Defense Orientation Conference Association.
In 1973, Ted and Barbara started a company called Dustrol, Inc. It is a pavement maintenance company doing heating and milling of asphalt roads. The company has manufactured equipment and recycling trains to completely recycle roadways. There are 5 divisions: the corporate office is in Kansas, with other offices in Nebraska, Colorado, Texas and New Mexico.
After 41 years Ted has retired from Dustrol , a company that is now employee owned. He is still occasionally involved, but has now become a farmer. With his orange tractor, his ATV, his crop and pasture land, he enjoys mowing, fixing fences, checking the cows and burning pastures.
As a community volunteer, Dankert served as an El Dorado City Commissioner, is past president and board member of the Asphalt Recycling and Reclaiming Association, past president and board member of the Kansas contractors Association and Kansas Asphalt Paving Association. He served on the Governor’s T200 Task Force of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry Board and was a Trustee on the Butler Community College Board of Trustees. He has served on the board of the YMCA, Senior Warden of Trinity Episcopal Church and is a member of the El Dorado Rotary Club and was a member of the Butler County Educational Facilities Authority
Ted and his wife Barbara, in addition to their generosity to education and other endeavors, have been faithful investors in Celebration of Freedom, a local group that was formed to honor all Veterans. He was honored to be Veteran of the Year for Celebration of Freedom. He acknowledges that Barbara has been a vital part of his career and success.