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June Windscheffel

June WindscheffelKansas Historical Foundation
Board of Directors
Elected to board: 1975
Elected to executive committee: 1982
President: 1984-1985

June Stapleton Hill Windscheffel grew up in Hiawatha where she attended public schools. She attended Clark School of Business in Topeka, as well as Washburn University, and Highland College.

Windscheffel worked as secretary for the Kansas Turnpike Authority, being the first female to be employed by the KTA.  She also worked as secretary for the state legislature. She served as executive director of the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas for 30 years.

She has been involved on boards of numerous organizations including Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Kansas Press Women, Topeka Opera Society Concert Association, YWCA, State Board of Mortuary Arts, Kansas Turnpike Authority, and has been a volunteer at historic Ward-Meade Park. She was a Cub Scout den mother, taking her troop all over north central Kansas on numerous field trips.

Windscheffel helped produce a videotape of all former living Kansas first ladies for retrospective with WIBW-TV for the Historical Society archives.  She served as president of the Shawnee County Historical Society and Ride Into History. She chaired the Factual Story Contest for Native Sons and Daughters. She assisted with KTWU fundraising events and served as a member of the Shawnee Choral Society, the League of Women Voters, PEO Sisterhood, Minerva Study Club, Topeka Woman’s Club, Civic Music Club, Kansas Corral of Westerners, First United Methodist Church, and the Civic War Roundtable.  She is a current member of the Topeka Citizens Academy.

In 2001 she was honored as a Distinguished Kansan by the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas. In 2013 she was named the Woman of Distinction for the Career Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association.  She is a past recipient of the Zonta Club Woman of the Year award and Kansas Press Women award. 

She and first husband had one son. Her late husband, Arno, had two children.

Windscheffel was first elected to the Kansas Historical Foundation Board of Directors in 1975. She was elected to the executive committee in 1982 and served as president in 1984. She has also been active on the finance, nominating, and development committees. She died in Topeka, Kansas, on March 5, 2021.