Casey Gazdik - Founding Hero
was a UWSP health promotion/wellness major in 2001 when he was suddenly struck
ill and died from blastomycosis. Casey loved the outdoors and was an
avid hunter and fisherman. This scholarship was created by his friends
at UWSP and initial funding came from a walk-a-thon organized by Casey’s
friends and classmates.
Robert A. Emmons (2016)
Bob (1928-2016), as he was called by family, friends and generations of customers of the Emmons Stationery Stores, served his community through his family business, his lifelong membership in the Church of the Intercession, as a board member, member and supporter of civic organizations, and his volunteer work, before and after he retired. He saw each customer, from individuals seeking special paper for a letter to corporate clients for whom he designed and outfitted their office interiors, as a means of helping people solve their problems. He cared about all their projects no matter the size and offered materials and creative ideas to meet their needs.
As his work with designing office interiors grew, Bob established Emmons Office Design Service that provided customized interior designs and furniture. His work that introduced a modern sophisticated design can be found in numerous offices, small and large, regionally and nationally.
The Emmons family was long involved in the Stevens Point business community. Newton Emmons was a partner in a lumbering concern in the middle of the nineteenth century. In 1902, Charles Emmons (Robert's grandfather), opened a grocery and meat market which in 1916 became C.E. Emmons & Son when Myron Emmons joined as a partner. This business closed during the Depression but later Myron and Irene Emmons, Robert's parents, opened Emmons Stationery and Office Supply Store. Robert graduated from P.J. Jacobs High School in 1946 and after he attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for a year, he returned to Stevens Point to lead the family business after his father fell ill.
Under Bob's leadership, Emmons Stationery steadily expanded for more than four decades, from its original downtown store on Strongs Avenue to a store near UW-Stevens Point, and additional retail stores in Wisconsin Rapids, Appleton and Wausau. The Emmons businesses provided employment for numerous people, some devoted employees working their entire career with "Mr. E," as he was known. Bob took special pride in providing opportunities for young interior designers in the Emmons Office Design Service. He continued to lead the company until his retirement.
In addition to his tireless work at the family business, Bob lent his support to the Stevens Point business community as a board member of Citizens National Bank. He was also as a member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Stevens Point Rotary Club.
Bob and his wife Dorothy Ann Emmons (née Wilcox) were married on September 8, 1951, and she preceded him in death in 2001. They were active members of the Episcopal Church of the Intercession. Bob served on the church vestry and led countless church efforts and events, including hands-on restoration of the church rectory.
In retirement Bob pursued additional ways to serve others, as a driver for the American Red Cross and volunteering for Operation Bootstrap, the local food pantry. He enjoyed woodworking, painting and photography. Bob enthusiastically attended and supported performances of the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra.
Dick Cable (2015)
"EVERYONE has a HERO." Dick has said this many times and it’s true.
Dick was born in Fond du Lac, Wis., in 1933 and moved to Stevens Point with his family a few years later. Basketball came easy for him at a young age. Dick attended P.J. Jacobs High School from 1947-51 where he received nine letters in football, basketball and track. He went on to letter four years in basketball at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating with a degree in education. Dick received the Big Ten Medal of Honor for scholarship and athletic prowess in 1955. He is became a member of the Badger Hall of Fame in 1998.
Dick married Marlene Jensen of Stevens Point on Aug. 8, 1959, and they raised four children: Kurt, Dan, Kathy and Jodi.
His career with the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. as general agent in the Eau Claire area brought him in contact with many wonderful people. He felt privileged to help them plan their financial goals and carry out their legacies.
Heroes do kind and miraculous things while sometimes not even realizing the impact they have on others. Dick's benevolent nature is infectious–he motivates people to share their talents and gifts with others and always has. His positive look on things, so often thinking of others, puts Dick Cable in this "Company of Heroes."
Marlene A. Cable (2014)
Marlene's parents were living in Rosholt at the time of her birth at St. Michael's Hospital in Stevens Point. Her father had a dental practice in Rosholt; however, after his discharge from the Navy in 1945, Dr. Jensen moved his practice and family to Stevens Point where Marlene attended school. She attended the UW-Stevens Point Training School for her elementary grades, Emerson Junior High, and P.J. Jacobs High School before enrolling at Central State Teachers College (UWSP) in 1956.
Marlene began her major in home economics but change to elementary education after her freshman year.
Prior to her senior year in college, Marlene and Dick Cable married on Aug. 8, 1959. About the middle of her final semester, Marlene signed a contract to teach in Whiting/Stevens Point Point upon graduation in June. She was forced to terminate the contract when she found out she was pregnant. The school system did not allow a pregnant woman to teach at that time. How things have changed.
Marlene and Dick, and their four children, Kurt, Dan, Kathy and Jodi, moved to Eau Claire in 1972, where Marlene continued to be a full-time mom. She did however, find time to get involved in several community groups including Trinity Lutheran Church, PEO, the University Book Group, and UW-Eau Claire Foundation, among others. One group in which Marlene was particularly passionate was the University's Single Parent Scholarship Fund which she helped start. What she liked most about this fund, was that it helped women with children and very few resources, obtain a college education.
It was most fitting that when Marlene past away in 2009 after a long siege with liver cancer, friends began a new Single Parent Fund at UWEC in her honor. The fund was named "The Heroes Fund" in which Marlene was to be the FIRST Hero, with others being named and added in the future. By July 2014, there have been over 25 heroes added, with a current fund balance in excess of $45,000. She would be very pleased.
Everyone has a hero, and Marlene has been a hero to her family and friends, for SURE!
Megan O’Malley (2014)
It was often said that Megan O’Malley never met a sport she didn’t like. Megan swam, played soccer and tennis, ran cross country and participated in triathlons. She was an excellent windsurfer and spent a lot of time on skis with her siblings and parents. Megan captained and led the downhill ski team to nationals her senior year at Wisconsin. Her decision to become a physical therapist allowed her to combine her compassion for others with her passion for fitness and athletics. Megan died in an automobile accident in 1992 at age 25.
Rick Hurlbut (2014)
Richard W. Hurlbut, Ph.D., age 63, of Waupaca, passed away suddenly on Friday, June 6, 2014, at Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield. He was born in Stevens Point on October 23, 1950, a son of the late Kenneth and Elizabeth (Swan) Hurlbut. As evidence of a life well lived, Rick was surrounded by loved ones including family and longtime personal friends during his peaceful passing.
Hurlbut obtained his doctorate degree from UW-Madison in 1980. Since 1981 he has been a practicing psychologist in Stevens Point. Hurlbut was past-president of both the Wisconsin Psychological Association and the Society of Clinical and Consulting Psychologists. He was also the president of the Wisconsin Psychology Foundation and was an elected member of the Wisconsin Representatives for the American Psychological Association. His professional awards, honors and accolades are too numerous to list.
Rick's love of people and adventure took him all over the world. He and his then-wife Connie Haack-Hurlbut, whom he was married to for 24 years, often flew in a private plane Rick piloted. He loved boating on the Chain, sailing in the Virgin Islands, scuba diving in Australia and especially his 35 years of attending the Indy 500.
Rick was passionate about music and never missed an opportunity to attend a live show. His love of the Rolling Stones, straight-forward Blues and anything that kept the body moving was well known to his friends.
Rick was a voracious reader, often reading multiple books at a time. He quoted Shakespeare, Vonnegut and Follett with equal ease and affection. He was a master conversationalist and always had a fresh joke to accompany his warm smile. He lived for baseball and celebrated in great style when his Boston Red Sox finally won the Series.
Rick deeply understood and consistently practiced the true meaning of friendship. He never turned down an opportunity to help a friend or offer his wise advice when asked.
Carl Wohlbier (2014)
Carl Wohlbier was born Dec. 14, 1931, in Chippewa Falls, a son of the late Walter and Thora (Thompson) Wohlbier, Sr. He grew up in Chippewa Falls, attended local grade school and graduated from Chippewa Falls Senior High School in 1949.
He was inducted into the U.S. Army May 31, 1949. He served during the Korean War and was honorably discharged Aug. 7, 1952.
Following military service, he worked as a commission highway surveyor before attending the University of Eau Claire. In 1954, he transferred to Central State Teacher College in Stevens Point (now the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point) and graduated with a degree in conservation and general science in 1958. During his time at the university, he was a charter member of the Siasefi.
He was married to Kathryn Greaton June 20, 1959, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stevens Point.
He became an employee of the Junction State Bank. He started as an assistant cashier and became bank president. While at the bank, he also owned Wolhbier Insurance Agency. In 1990 he retired from Junction State Bank and focused on his insurance agency. About two years later, he sold his insurance business to concentrate on his retirement.
He was a member of the Masons, belonging to Evergreen Lodge 93. He was also a member of the ROMEO breakfast group, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Jaycees, the Izaak Walton League, the Kiwanis Club and the Portage County Bankers Association. In earlier years he was a Boy Scout leader.
Carl Wohlbier was a HERO to many people, and he certainly was to us! Carl arrived on the campus of UWSP in the mid 1950s, after serving with the U.S. Army in Korea. He was a founding member of the school's new fraternity, the Siasefis, and was elected president for two of its first couple of years. After graduating with a degree in natural resources, he joined the Junction City State Bank, which he served and lead for his entire career.
After Carl and Kay married, we became close friends. The Wohlbiers oldest child, Kris, and our oldest, Kurt, were born in the same hospital, the same week in December 1959. The friendship just grew.
Although Carl was a banker all his life, natural resources were always close to his heart. He maintained a close relationship with the department at UWSP, and friendships with many, especially the chair of the department, Dan Trainer. He was a hero to many people in that field as well.
Carl was always proud; however, quite private about his military service. That all changed when about two years ago, he was honored with a flight to Washington D.C. to visit the the War Memorials in our nation's capital. Again, a hero to so many!
Carl loved Kay, his children, grandchildren, tennis, golf, fishing, the Romeos, UWSP and life in general!
We all loved him, and he is, and will be forever, our HERO!
-Judy Anderson and Dick Cable
Wilhelmina Johnson (2013)
Wilhelmina was a courageous,
adventuress, creative, strong, spiritual, and very giving and caring
woman. She stood like a mountain in front of any problems. She had a
great free spirit that transitioned to everyone that ever met her. She
was a proud woman.
John Roberts (2012)
John began his
career at UWSP in 1952 as dean of men and coach for football and
wrestling; his 1955 football team remains the only undefeated squad in
Pointers history. In 1957 John became the executive director of the
WIAA where he served until his retirement in 1986. John championed the
introduction of women's sports into high school athletics, and further
served the sports he loved through his extensive participation on a
number of national and Olympic-level rules committees and governing
John was inducted into eight state and national athletic halls of
fame, was selected Man of the Year by the U.S. Wrestling Foundation
in 1981, and received the Red Smith Sports Award in 1992. He also served
his community as a member of St Paul's Methodist Church, Kiwanis, Youth
Baseball, the Stevens Point Country Club & Hot Shots, and was instrumental in
the growth and expansion of the YMCA, his favorite work-out locale. In
1975 he received Stevens Point's Distinguished Service Award and was
honored as one of the community's 150 Most Notable Citizens.
indomitable spirit, which so endeared him to each and all, shall live on
in our fond memories of this special 'Coach' who enriched so many lives
along his way!
Ethel Cable (2010)
Ethel lived in Stevens Point for more than 70 years. She raised four children with her husband Ward, until his untimely death in 1948. A widow at 43 and needing to provide for her young family, Ethel worked as a short-order cook at the Campus Café and the College Eat Shop near the UWSP campus. She also rented rooms to university students, who stayed in touch with her and her family for years after their graduation with letters and visits. Later, she was employed with Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association until her retirement in 1970.
Her family always came first and she was proud of them all.
- Bill taught high school mathematics at P.J. Jacobs High School before transferring to UWSP in 1962 to join the math department. He retired from education in 1992 and lives in Stevens Point with his wife, Virginia. They have six children and nine grandchildren.
- Dick was a high school basketball standout in the 1950s and went on to play for the University of Wisconsin Badgers. He retired from Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company in Eau Claire as general agent. He has four children and 12 grandchildren.
- Bob is a retired engineer with the Soo Line Railroad, with over 39 years of service. He lives in Whiting with his wife, Lois. They have two children and two grandchildren.
- Judy worked for a Stevens Point CPA firm for nearly 20 years in payroll data processing before joining the College of Professional Studies at UWSP, retiring in 2005. Her husband ;John Anderson was a local writer, historian and former director of News & Publications at UWSP, until his death in 1994. She lives in Stevens Point and has two sons, three step-sons, and one ;grandson.
Ethel belonged to a Stevens Point bridge club for over 50 years and made life-long friendships. An excellent cook, she hosted many holiday dinners at her home with family and close friends.
Ethel lived a colorful life. She died at the age of 101 in 2006. Her children will always remember the special times she created, her terrific meals that we loved and her good example that we all tried to follow.
Judy Cable-Anderson (2010)
Judy Cable '62 has committed her life to caring for others in her
community. Judy’s career included work with the Portage County Mental
Health Association, Stevens Point Board of Education, and the UWSP
Foundation and College of Professional Studies. She currently serves as
the president of the local chapter of PEO Sisterhood.
Margaret is a member of the inaugural group of honored heroes. She
was the mother of Frank O’Brien the long-time athletic director at
UW-Stevens Point. In addition to Frank, Margaret raised four other
children while working to support her family. Special gifts to this fund
were given in her honor and memory after her passing in 2007.