The Association of Retired Conservationists was organized by a group of retirees from the Wisconsin Conservation Department in the 1960's. By the mid-1970's, the WCD had been combined with the Department of Resource Development to form the Department of Natural Resources, and the retirees group had grown significantly, met monthly for lunch and began inviting speakers to address the group on issues of interest to the members. Today, the organization has more than two hundred members.

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What's New in 2018?

Member SinceNameYaars of ServiceDiv/Bureau
JanuaryRobert Rolley25Science Services
JanuaryJack Sullivan36Science Services
FebruarySteve Holaday25Forestry
MarchJoe Brehm40Air Mgmt

March 2018

Joe Brehm retired in July of 2016, three months shy of a 40 year career with WDNR. He started as an LTE for 4 years in both the solid waste management and water quality programs at the Southern District. In 1981, he started full time with the Bureau of Air Management and worked there in a wide variety of positions in both the Compliance and Permit Sections. At some point he was re-hired as an engineer. Joe worked with permitting gasoline transfers and sand mine operations. In retirement, he volunteers at Attic Angels as a driver and enjoys bow hunting, fly fishing and photography.

The 2018 Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for Roy and Charlotte Lukes, George Meyer and Arlie Schorger will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Earth Day, April 14, 2018 at Sentry Theater in Stevens Point. The public is invited.

A coffee reception will be held at 9 a.m. Following the ceremony, a luncheon will be held at 12:30 p.m. at the Sentry World Center. The Induction Ceremony and Coffee Reception are free and open to the public.

Reservations for lunch ($25 per person) may be made here online or by calling Schmeeckle Reserve at 715-346-4992.

The Special February Southern ARC Meeting was held February 21, in Estero, FL, at the Olive Garden located on Coconut Point.

Great meal, great friendship, great weather and all the breadsicks the group could eat!!!

Gyllander, Walter W.

Walter W. Gyllander, 73, of Iron River, died Monday, January 29, 2018, at St. Luke's Hospice in Duluth after a short illness.

Walter was born on June 15, 1944, in Grand Rapids, MN the son of Reino and Edna Gyllander.

He served his country in the Army National Guard. Walter worked for the Wisconsin DNR for 33 years retiring as an Area Forestry Supervisor. He was a member of the Brule Lions Club and the Brule Volunteer Fire Department.

Walt enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling. Most important to him was spending time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and step-son, Gregory Gillespey.

Walt is survived by his wife of 21 years, Carol; sons, Grant (Janet) Gyllander and Greg (Sandy) Gyllander both of La Crosse, WI; grandchildren, Lillian, Grace, Gretta, Sara, Grady, Sully and Wiley; step-children, Tracy Gillespey of Herbster, WI and Darrin Gillespey of Superior; sister, Gail Shoemaker of Coleraine, MN; and a brother, Martin (Sandy) Gyllander of Park Rapids, MN.

A Celebration of Walt's Life will be held on Friday, February, 2, from 4-7p.m. at Downs Funeral Home, 1617 N 19th St., Superior.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Walt's name to the Brule or Iron River Volunteer Fire Departments.

To sign the online guestbook, please visit

'. . . the Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine, while the format and graphic design of the publication have evolved over the decades, has been published since 1936. The focus on outdoor recreation, habitat management, nature study and environmental issues. Story authors range from fish and wildlife biologists, foresters and park naturalists, to volunteer land stewards and educators, with many more in between. This collection currently includes Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine issues from 1977 to 1995.'

Click here, or the photo above, to explore
old issues of the magazine.

February 2018

Steve Holaday Steve retired on August 1, 2017 after 25 years with the DNR. Steve started in 1992 in GEF II as a Water Resource Engineer in the Bureau of Water Resources. He then worked in the Bureau of Forestry as the first state Forest Hydrologist where he developed Wisconsin’s Forestry BMPs for Water Quality. Steve then moved to the Fitchburg office where he was the DNR Forester for Dane County from 1997 until his retirement. Steve enjoys his landscaping business, backpacking on the Pacific Crest Trail, and traveling with his wife Katie. They recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in Italy.

Runyan, Dean S.

Dean S. Runyan, age 82, of Spring Green, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, following an extended illness. He was born on April 5, 1935, in Spring Green, the son of Sidney and Mildred (Snyder) Runyan. He was married on Oct. 3, 1959, to the former Lorraine A. Ruhland. He was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church, and worked as a mechanic for the DNR for many years until his retirement in July of 1996, to pursue his passion of woodworking. Dean was an avid talker and self-taught himself his entire life, helping his children and grandchildren with many projects, and was always willing to give advice.

Survivors include his wife, Lorraine Runyan of Spring Green; three children, Deanna (Douglas) Louis of Lone Rock, Denise Runyan and friend, Brian Hake of Mount Horeb, and Tyran Runyan and friend, Kari Legler of Arena; five grandchildren, Dana Louis, Danielle and Dustin Roder, and Trae and Jessen Runyan; three brothers-in-law, Francis Ruhland, Charles (Sally) Ruhland and Ralph (Pat) Ruhland; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sidney and Mildred Runyan; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Kitty (Hank) Ringelstetter and Bonnie (Jack) Hickox; four brothers-in-law; and four sisters-in-law.

Email A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. at ST. JOHN’S CATHOLIC CHURCH in Spring Green. Father John Silva will officiate, with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, at ST. JOHN’S CATHOLIC CHURCH from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and again on Friday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass.

The Richardson-Stafford Funeral Home in Spring Green is assisting the family with the arrangements. Online condolences available at

Stautz, Clayton

Clayton C. Stautz, 91, of Kewaskum, passed away on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at St. Joseph’s Hosptial.

Clayton was born on June 10, 1926, in the town of Kewaskum, the son of the late Clifford and Elsa (Bruessel) Stautz. On October 15, 1949, he was united in marriage to Aletta Quaas at St. John’s Lutheran Church in West Bend.

Clayton proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II and was actively involved in the Robert G. Romaine American Legion Post 384 Kewaskum, where he served as Commander three times. He was a member of West Bend V.F.W. Post 1393, 40-ET-8, Kewaskum Lions Club, Masonic Lodge 138 F & AM West Bend. He was also recognized as Legionnaire of the Year for Washington County. Clayton was a retired member of the Kewaskum Fire Department after 32 years of service. He spent 15 years volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and was a regular American Red Cross blood donor, over time donating 154 pints of blood. Clayton was employed as a carpenter by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for 38 ½ years building many of the signs and buildings at Mauthe and Long Lake.

Those Clayton leaves behind to cherish his memory include his wife, Aletta; three children, Kevin (Laura) Stautz of Kewaskum, Stuart (Shirley) Stautz of Gurnee, Illinois, and Joanne Stautz of Kewaskum; grandchildren, Samantha Stautz, Amanda Stautz, Drew Daugherty, Alexia Stautz, Nicholas Stautz; a brother, Floyd (Ellen) Stautz of Madison; a sister-in-law, Alice Stautz of Shawno; other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, Clayton was preceded in death by a brother, Jerome Stautz.

A funeral service for Clayton will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 29, 2018, at Peace United Church of Christ, 343 First Street, in Kewaskum with Rev. Eric Kirkegaard officiating.

Clayton’s family will greet relatives and friends at the church on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.

The Myrhum Patten Miller and Kietzer Funeral Home have been entrusted with Clayton’s arrangements.

Additional information and guest book may be found at

Northern Wisconsin Retirees
Monthly Meeting Schedule

The northern contingent of retired Wisconsin DNR employees also
meets monthly at different locations and would love to have visitors
stop and join them for lunch if they are in the area.

Click here, or above, for full schedule including
directions to restaurants.

January 2018

Before his recent retirement, Jack Sullivan served as Director of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Science Services Programs from 2000 – 2015. In this role he directed agency research in fish, wildlife, forestry and human dimensions. He came to the DNR in 1983 after serving as faculty/staff at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Water Chemistry Program.

In 1997 and 1998 he was on special assignment as an International Consultant for the United Nations working on environmental management issues in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. He has BS and MS degrees from the University of Wisconsin, with a specialty in Water Resources Engineering and is a Wisconsin Registered Professional Hydrologist.

Throughout his career he has been involved in emerging environmental issues and most recently has been focusing on adaptation strategies for climate change. In 2016 he received the “Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources” from the former Obama Administration. Jack also served on the Federal Advisory Board for the National Climate Science Centers and the Department of Interior Steering Committee for the Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Plan. He is currently a member of the Science Advisory Board for the Wisconsin Initiative for Climate Change Impacts.

January 2018

Robert Rolley retired in August 2017 after a 25 year career with the WDNR. He was stationed in Madison. Throughout his career he was a Wildlife Population Ecologist, initially in the Bureau of Research, then in Science Services and finally in the Office of Applied Science. He was responsible for analyses of wildlife population survey data and modeling population response to management strategies. He served on species advisory committees for white-tailed deer, elk, black bears, furbearers, and wild turkey providing consultation services for staff specialists in Wildlife Management. He coordinated the Wisconsin Checklist Project, a citizen science bird monitoring project. He also served on the Interagency CWD Health and Science Team and was responsible for evaluating the population effects of deer removal strategies.

Nigl, Rudolph M. "Rudy"

Rudolph M. “Rudy” Nigl, age 84, of Richland Center, died suddenly at home on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, with the chainsaw at his feet and his dog at his side.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanne Nigl of Richland Center, Wis.; four children, Rudy (Cherie) Nigl of Stoddard, Wis., Jeff (Pam) Nigl of Richland Center, Wis., Teresa (Patrick) Kash of Merrimac, Wis., and Patrick (Lora) Nigl of Beavercreek, Ohio; daughter-in-law, Mary Jo Nigl of Richland Center, Wis.; 16 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ronald (Nancy) Nigl of Oshkosh, Wis., and Ralph (Maribeth) Nigl of Oshkosh, Wis.; special daughter, Ledys (Derek) Updike; and three special grandchildren, Kiara, Kaden, and Khyle Updike.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Michael Nigl; and grandson, Nicholas Nigl.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, at 11 a.m. at ST. MARY OF THE ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CHURCH in Richland Center. Local Military Honors Unit will provide graveside rites in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, at the CLARY MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME in Richland Center from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. where a Rosary will be held at 2:30 p.m. and also on Saturday at church visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Mary’s school. Online condolences can be made at

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