Herbert J. Schneider, 83, Crystal River, Fla., and Minocqua, a former Portage County conservation warden and the father of a Stevens Point woman, died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at his summer home in Minocqua. His body was cremated.
A memorial service will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Minocqua.
Visitation will be at the church from 10:45 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30, until the service.
Memorials can be sent to Betty Schneider, 7420 Golfway Court, Minocqua, WI 54548. A scholarship will be established in his name for law enforcement at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) College of Natural Resources and a memorial in his name at the Calvary Lutheran Church.
Nimsgern Funeral & Cremation Services in Minocqua is serving the family. Condolences may be offered online at www.nimsgernfuneral.com.
Mr. Schneider was born Oct. 10, 1929, in Adams, a son of the late Herbert B. and Rose Schneider. He graduated from Adams-Friendship High School in 1947. He was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame Oct. 12, 2001. He was a three-sport athlete and received honors in football, basketball and track. As the starting center, Schneider was named to the All-Conference first team in 1947.
After graduation he spent two years in the Navy on the USS Coral Sea, but was called home to take care of his two orphaned brothers.
He was married to Betty Mann in 1951 in Arkdale.
He was always interested in law enforcement and loved nature and it was his dream in life to become a game warden. He was an Adams County game warden, deputy sheriff and member of the Wisconsin State Patrol before becoming a state warden in March 1958. He was soon assigned to Stevens Point and was known as C-165.
He was transferred to Woodruff in April 1973 and worked there as a field warden until his retirement Oct. 1, 1983. He said he relished working in the field and chose to remain a field warden throughout his career despite chances for promotion.
During his tenure at Stevens Point, Schneider became well-known to the staff at the university for his expertise and assistance in developing its conservation studies. He spent endless hours tutoring students. Many of these students were inspired by Schneider and did become state conservation wardens.
While at Stevens Point, Mr. Schneider and William Bablitch, district attorney at the time, received a $1,500 reward for apprehending the slayers of elk at Jordan Park. They used the money to set up a scholarship fund for natural resource students.
In February 1973, UWSP College of Natural Resources named Schneider Outstanding Conservationist of the Year at its annual banquet.
While at Woodruff, his persistent monitoring of water and shoreline alteration permits led to protection for these valuable resources. He started a new chapter of the Izaak Walton League to help protect the resources surrounding the Woodruff-Minocqua area to make a difference to those who enjoy the outdoors.
After retirement, he and his wife spent winters in Florida and summers in Minocqua. While in Florida one winter in February, Herb had two holes-in-one in a two-week span.
Survivors include his wife, Betty; two daughters, Pamalla R. Schneider, Stevens Point, and Cindy A. (Greg) Cyra, Minocqua; one brother, Robert, St. Petersburg, Fla.; and two grandchildren, Herbert J. Coulthurst, Madison, and Rose Schneider, Stevens Point.