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.

Dale H. TerMaat, 76, passed away on Friday, September 25, 2020 after a hard fought battle with pancreatic cancer. Dale was born October 18, 1943 in Wisconsin Rapids, son of Wilmer and Naomi (Follen) TerMaat. A public visitation for Dale will be held from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at St. Philip Catholic Church in Rudolph, WI. A private mass for the family will be held at the conclusion of the visitation hours due to current Covid-19 crowd size restrictions. Rev. Janusz Kowalski will officiate the service. Burial will follow the service at the Village of Port Edwards Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family will designate a memorial at a later date involving hunting and gun safety. Dale married Kathleen “Kathy” Slattery on 6/20/1964 and they celebrated 56 years together. They were blessed with 3 sons. Dale was employed at Nekoosa Papers for 35 years and retired on May 1, 1999 as a Maintenance Planner in the Nekoosa mill. He was very involved with his sons in Boy Scouts, coaching little league, and encouraging them in high school football. Dale was a life member of the NRA and Charter Member of the Fishing Hall of Fame. Dale believed in good sportsmanship and respecting hunting and guns. He taught his sons and grandchildren the same respect and safety. Deer hunting was a special event, especially the time spent at his “Hot Dog Stand” at the 80 in the Chequamegon Nat’l Forest. He also loved deep sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and his annual fishing trip to Canada with his buddies. His tractors and chainsaws were his pride and joy. He loved cutting and dragging firewood logs, clearing land, and making lumber. Dale and Kathy shared their time up north at their cottage and traveling all over the world. One of Dale’s favorite experiences was seeing the polar bears in Churchill, MB, Canada. They especially enjoyed wintering in Panama City Beach, FL spending time with their friends.

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.