Meier Condolences

Marvin Meier, Wausau – passed away on March 20, 2020.  Marv served as WWOA’s President from 2001-03 and on WWOA’s Board of Directors from 1999-2005.  As President, Marv led WWOA through the many changes made to the Managed Forest Law program in 2002 with AB 323, the creation of WWOA’s gift membership program, and the publication of the 100 Years of Wisconsin Forestry book in partnership with WI DNR.  As a retired forester, he greatly valued WWOA and volunteered his expertise to make the association better by serving on the Board of Directors and various committees including Government Affairs, Annual Meeting Planning, and Science.  He was a member of the Publications Committee for more than 20 years.  Locally, he was active in WWOA’s North Central Chapter serving in various leadership positions and leading discussions during many field events.  He assisted in starting the North Central Woodland Owner conference held each February in Wausau.

Sheppard Jr. Condolences

George Sheppard Jr., Menomonie – passed away March 14, 2020.  Retired WI DNR and Dunn County forester and active WWOA Chippewa Valley Chapter member.  In 2014, WI DNR presented him with the Friend of Forestry award.

Dingle Condolences

Stanley Dingle. Verona – passed away May 31, 2019.  Memorial donations in Stanley’s name may be directed to St. James Evangelical Church, 427 S. Main Street, Verona, WI 53593 or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 6737 West Washington Street, Suite 2100, Milwaukee, WI 53214 or

Mueller Condolences

Fay Mueller, White Lake – passed away February 14, 2020.  Fay was the daughter of Carl & Doris Mueller and sister/sister-in-law to Karen & David Callaway.  A celebration of life will be held at Schumacher-Kish Funeral and Cremation Services, 907 Sand Lake Road, Onalaska, WI from 4 – 7 p.m. Friday, February 21.  A reception will follow at Cedar Creek Banquet & Meeting Center, 2600 Cedar Creek Lane, Onalaska, WI.  Memorials in Fay’s name may be directed to Light of the World Lutheran Church, 4155 Geist Road, Fairbanks, AK 99709.

Swanson Condolences

Harriet SwansonWinchester – passed away February 7, 2020.  Memorial services will be held this summer, June 27, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at the Nimsgern Funeral Home, 1025 Margaret St., Woodruff, WI.  Memorials in Harriet’s name may be directed to The Living Hope Church, 13795 Bear Claw Trail, Winchester, WI 54557.

Shea Condolences

Lilli SheaMarinette – passed away February 2, 2020.  Lilli and her husband, Jim, were long-time WWOA members and Phoenix Falls Chapter members.  Visitation services are scheduled for Friday, February 7th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home, 610 Marinette Avenue, Marinette, WI.  Memorial donations in Lilli’s name should be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3313 Packerland Drive E, De Pere, WI 54115.

Kingsbury Condolences

June KingsburyMountain – passed away January 31, 2020.  June loved the outdoors and enjoyed attending many Annual Meetings and Phoenix Falls Chapter events with her husband, Jim, when she was in good health.  Visitation services are scheduled for Thursday, February 6, 2020 at Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring from 1 p.m. until the memorial service at 2 p.m.  Memorials in June’s name may be made to the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association, PO Box 285, Stevens Point, WI  54481.

Olson Condolences

Robert Olson, Seeley – passed away June 22, 2019.  Robert “Bob” served as a WWOA Board Member from 1995-1998.  He was the founding President of the WWOA Northwest Chapter.  Noted in foreign affairs circles in his own right, Bob’s passion for his woodland came from his father, Sigurd Olson.  Sigurd was a noted American author, environmentalist, and advocate for the protection of wilderness.  In 1998, Bob created the Listening Point Foundation in Ely, MN to advance Sigurd Olson’s legacy of wilderness education and to preserve his father’s retreat property, the Listening Point.

Deffner Condolences

Marvin Deffner, Wausau – passed away November 1, 2019.  A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 9th at Calvary Lutheran Church in the Town of Pine River, Lincoln County, N365 Cain Creek Road, Merrill, WI.

Unrath Condolences

Howard Unrath, Clintonville – passed away September 12, 2019.  He was an active Wolf River Chapter member and officer.  He was a familiar face at WWOA’s Annual Meeting for many years.