Smaby Condolences

Jeff Smaby, Mindoro…passed away unexpectedly yet peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, January 26, 2022.  Jeff was a long-time Wisconsin Woodlands magazine advertiser and owner of Three Rivers Forestry.  Jeff never knew a stranger.  He was the kind of guy who could strike up a conversation with anyone and would instantly become friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, February 5, 2022 at 11:00 am at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 515 N. Main Street, Holmen.  Visitation will be held from 9:00 am until the time of service at the church.  In lieu of flowers, in memory of Jeff, have a drink, hug your kids, pet a dog, and do something kind for someone.

Boudry Condolences

John Boudry, Antigo/Appleton…passed away on January 25, 2022.  John was a charter WWOA member.  He earned his B.S. in Conservation from UW-Stevens Point in 1956 and later a M.S. from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.  For 30 years, he taught Biology for the Antigo School District and served as the advisor for the Boy’s Forestry Club. He was an avid sportsman and outdoorsman who passed on his passion for hunting and fishing to his grandchildren who he loved dearly.  When he wasn’t hunting or fishing during his free time, he enjoyed spending time on his tree farm in Portage County where he grew Christmas and pulp trees.

Kiefer Condolences

Willard “Will” Kiefer Jr, Lake Nebagamon – passed away on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at home.  Will had a long career as a forester with the WI DNR.   He was an active and enthusiastic Northwest Chapter member.  For several years he served as the chapter chair and kept the chapter going when no one else stepped forward.  He provided advice on field day and speaker topics along with assisting those who suffered from natural disasters in the northwest part of Wisconsin.


Deppeler Condolences

Donna Lee Deppeler, Monroe – passed away unexpectedly at home on Wednesday, December 22, 2021.
Donna and her husband, Jim, reverse-downsized by moving to the farm in Monroe in 2019 – a move which puzzled their children but delighted the two of them. She is survived by her husband and WWOA Black Hawk Chapter chair, James F. Deppeler of Monroe along with their daughter and WWOA members, Debra (Lynne Deppeler Hess) of Madison and their daughter, Tajenay.

Donations may go to the St Clare of Assisi Parish tuition-assistance program for youth education at St. Victor Church, 1760 14th Street, Monroe, WI 53566 or 608- 325-9506.  Condolences may be shared at Newcomer Funeral Home.

Martin Condolences

Allen Jeffrey “Jeff” Martin, PhD, Middleton – passed away on  Monday, December 13, 2021.
Jeff spent his life working in and for our forests, first with the US Forest Service as a research forester and then as a forestry professor/extension for UW-Madison. He was very supportive of WWOA and volunteered his talents over many years to help us grow.  Jeff mentored incoming WWOA executive director Nancy Bozek and worked with WWOA’s Board of Directors on various projects such as creating WWOA ‘s first slide program.  Jeff authored many publications for woodland owners including the popular Forestry Facts series.  He assisted with the planning and implementation of the winter woodland owners conference series and could easily be found at each one in his khaki pants and a plaid shirt. Jeff donated his time taking photos at many WWOA events, donating his framed photos for WWOA’s Silent Auction, and assisting many WWOA members in the preparation of their Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year applications.

A celebration of Jeff’s life will be held on May 22, 2022 at Lakeview Park, in Middleton. A complete obituary and additional service details will be published at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Middleton Historical Society or to the family where a scholarship fund will be established and presented to a forestry student. Online condolences may be made at Gunderson Funeral and Cremation Care.

Manhart Condolences

Harold E. Manhart, MD, Montrose, CO and Barneveld, WI – passed away on December 5, 2021.
In 1966 he purchased a dairy farm in western Wisconsin with plans to turn it into a productive conservation tree farm specializing in American Walnut. Over the ensuing 55 years his effort has been rewarded with multiple recognitions, including Conservation Farm of the Year on two occasions. He was a member of the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association, American Walnut Council and the American Chestnut Foundation.

Memorial services will be held later in the upcoming year (2022) at the farm. Any donations can be made in his name to the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association.

Lehrer Condolences

Janet L. Lehrer, Iola – passed away on Friday, November 26, 2021.  Jan was a very active WWOA volunteer for decades.  She served on the WWOA Board of Directors from 2006 through 2015, and as Vice President from 2012-14.  During this time she became chair of the very successful Fundraising Committee.  She also chaired the Education and Nominating Committees and served on the Membership Committee.  Prior to serving on WWOA’s Board of Directors, Jan served on the local Wolf River Chapter board of directors for many years.  Until her death, she represented WWOA on the Wisconsin Tree Farm Committee.  WWOA recognized Jan for her extraordinary volunteer efforts by presenting her with WWOA’s Distinguished Service award in 2013-14 and WWOA’s Special Recognition award for her volunteer efforts during Annual Meetings in 2014.

Memorials may be donated in Jan’s name to Waupaca County Crime Stoppers, 1402 E. Royalton St. Waupaca, WI  54981 or Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association.

Plante Condolences

John P. Plante, Osceola – passed away on October 10, 2020 after a brief run-in with cancer.  John married his wife, Marty, because she was smart and pretty and owned 40 acres of land which adjoined his 160 acres.  He proved to be an excellent steward of this land by means of logging, milling, and replanting trees.  He and Marty worked hard to build their hobby farm.  Memorials may be sent to Sharing & Caring Hands, 525 N 7th St, Minneapolis, MN 55405 or

Gabower Condolences

Donnel “Don” Gabower, Janesville – passed away on March 24, 2020.  Don was an active WWOA member, attending many annual meetings and chapter activities, who planted thousands of trees around the Janesville area.  He donated land for the Gabower-Reilly Wetlands located west of Beloit which is now managed by the Green-Rock Audubon Society.  Memorials may be made to Rock Prairie Presbyterian Church, 8605 E County Rd A, Janesville, WI 53546.

Griffith Condolences

Jeannine Griffith, Walnut, IL – passed away on May 1, 2021.  Jeannine was a life member of WWOA and attended many Annual Meetings.  Flowers or memorials may be directed to the Red Oak United Methodist Church, 16961 2900 N Ave, Walnut, IL 61376 or Red Oak Cemetery Fund or the Lee County Fair Association, 1196 Franklin Rd, Amboy, IL 61310.