WHEIA Endowment Fund
The Wisconsin Hunter Education Instructors Association has established an endowment fund to recognize and remember the contributions of visionaries, pathfinders, leaders, and individual benefactors in promoting Hunter Education in Wisconsin.
Homer E. Moe
Mr. Homer Ellsworth Moe, 75, of West Salem, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009.
Homer served the people of the state of Wisconsin as a State Patrol officer from 1955 until 1961.
He went on to a lifelong career as a Conservation Warden and Hunter Education Administrator, a program that rose to become No. 1 in the nation thanks to the 3,000 volunteers under Homer’s leadership. Homer was a respected hunting accident investigator and expert witness. He pioneered research into hunter behavior with Dr. Robert Norton and the late Dr. Robert Jackson of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. As a noted pioneer of Hunting Related Shooting Incident Training, Homer's work resulted in better trained investigators, providing valuable and accurate data regarding how these incidents happened. The results have historically been used to focus the educational efforts of basic hunter education curriculum and specific outreach messages to all hunters. His work continues as the International Hunter Education Association Hunting Incident Academy.
Homer retired in 1989 and authored the first Hunter Education Manual that has been used country wide for many years Homer's insight and vision molded the Hunter Education program and helped it become the what it is today. In August of 2009 Homer left us. But his legacy lives on through the lives of the people he touched, and the programs he created.
Memorials may be sent to Wisconsin Hunters Education Instructor Association, WHEIA Treasure, P.O. Box 24, Stevens Point, WI 54481.
Tollef C. Jensen
Tollef C. Jensen died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009, at his home in Texas. He was 86 years old.
Tollef was born in September 1923 in La Crosse to Tollef Jensen and Borghild Jensen (Christiansen). He was raised in Galesville where his parents owned and operated a restaurant. He graduated from Galesville High in 1941, entered the U.S. Navy, and was honorably discharged in December 1945. He married Ethel M. Gillies in 1947. They lived in the Trempealeau/Galesville area and later moved to Alma, Wis.
They remained in Alma until 1968. He first worked as an artificial inseminator for Tri-States Breeders, and also was a commercial fisherman and trapper on the Mississippi River to help supplement the family income. Later, he worked as a maintenance repair man at Alma Creamery. In 1959, he started working as a plant operator at Dairyland Power’s Alma coal-fired electrical generating plant. He also operated a TV repair business, and built and operated a cable TV system that served the city of Alma.
In 1968, Tollef transferred to Dairyland’s new G-3 coal-fired plant in Genoa, and the family took residence in Stoddard. He retired as plant operations supervisor in 1985.
While in Stoddard and Alma he was active in community service. He was an American Legion member from the time of his discharge until his death. He played taps at Legion funerals for over 35 years. He was a volunteer fireman in both communities and a Wisconsin DNR hunter safety instructor for many years.
After his retirement, Tollef and his friend and companion, Gertrud Thelen, moved to the Aransas Pass, Texas, area. While there they operated the Fin and Feather Resort for a time and were active in the Moose Club. During his lifetime he had many pursuits and hobbies, including hunting, commercial fishing and sport fishing on the Great Lakes and on the gulf at Port Aransas, Texas; and trapping and golf.
Tollef is survived by five children, Richard Jensen of Stoddard, Sandra Jensen of Fountain Hills, Ariz., Jeffery Jensen of Onalaska, Jenifer Jensen of Rochester, Minn., and David Jensen (Karen Jensen) of Onalaska. He also leaves behind five grandchildren, Tiffany, Annie, Jason, Eric and Autumn; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Bernard Jensen of Darmstadt, Germany, and Philip Jensen of Galesville; and a sister, Constance Gates of Brookings, S.D. He also leaves behind his friend and companion of 26 years, Gertrud Thelen, and his dog, Bear.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Harald Jensen; an infant daughter, Susan; and his wife of 30 years, Ethel “Annie” Jensen.
Memorials may be sent to Wisconsin Hunters Education Instructor Association, WHEIA Treasurer, P.O. Box 24, Stevens Point, WI 54481.