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Fred H. Keller | Retrospect


Presidents of the Sussex Lions Club

At the 45th banquet of the Sussex Lions Club, a photo of the former presidents of the club was taken for the Lions history book. The 45th celebration was held in 1984, and 2014 marks the club’s 75th anniversary. From right, the former presidents are (front row): Bill Bierman, Ron Halquist, Paul Fleischmann, Al Halquist, Kurt Kneiske, Art Manke, Don Edmonds, Jerry Robinson, Bill Marx and Kim Kais. (Back row): Nick Wolfe, Jim Nettesheim, Jim Zindle, Larry Erdman, Bob Stier, Al Schroeder, Ray Semrow, Carl Klug, and Harry Hincliffe. Five of those pictured will be attending this year’s 75th anniversary celebration. Fourteen have passed away.

At the 45th banquet of the Sussex Lions Club, a photo of the former presidents of the club was taken for the Lions history book. The 45th celebration was held in 1984, and 2014 marks the club’s 75th anniversary. From right, the former presidents are (front row): Bill Bierman, Ron Halquist, Paul Fleischmann, Al Halquist, Kurt Kneiske, Art Manke, Don Edmonds, Jerry Robinson, Bill Marx and Kim Kais. (Back row): Nick Wolfe, Jim Nettesheim, Jim Zindle, Larry Erdman, Bob Stier, Al Schroeder, Ray Semrow, Carl Klug, and Harry Hincliffe. Five of those pictured will be attending this year’s 75th anniversary celebration. Fourteen have passed away. Photo by:

The Sussex Lions Club is having a monumental 75th anniversary year of celebration in 2014, having been founded in April 1939. In the 75 years, no president has ever served more than one year, which is a testament to the long success of the club. Many other such fraternal charity and community betterment clubs have a history of presidents serving for more than one year.

The club started with 20 members, and today, it has approximately 105 members. However, there are also side clubs affiliated with them, be it the Sussex Lioness Club or the now very successful Hamilton High-Templeton Middle School Leos Club, which collectively have nearly 150 members.

Probably the most notable member was its co-founder John Kraemer, who besides being something of a "father" of the Sussex Lions Club (with Winston Brown) is also accorded the honor of the Father of the Sussex Fire Department, Father of the Village of Sussex Park system, which has a jewel, the Sussex Village Park, where the annual Sussex Lions Daze Festival is held.

Of the presidents, the first, Dr. Erwin Van Valin, was a longtime Sussex-Lisbon community doctor who made house calls.

Two presidents served as Lisbon Town Chairman: Marv Burg Sr. and Art Manke.

Two served in World War I: Kraemer and Claude Kaderbek.

Hib Manke, Wilmer Marx, Ron Halquist, Joe Mudlitz, Tony Schumann and possibly a couple of others served in World War II.

Four served as Sussex fire chiefs: Kaderbek, George Podolske, Roy and Bob Stier, Fleichmann, Roy Stier and Paul Fleischmann served as President of the Village of Sussex.

Two Lions have served for many years on the Hamilton School Board: James Long and Gabe Kolesari.

Local banking leaders were Eugene Acketz and Harry Rogers.

Serving on the Sussex Village Board as trustees were Hib Manke, Wilmer Marx, Joe Mudlitz, Herb Beier, Kurt Knieske, Roy and Bob Stier, Milton Manz, Kraemer, Glenn Moody, Podolske, Wilmer Marx, Fleischmann and Ray Semrow (and possibly others).

Milo Hardiman served for more than a quarter century as the elected clerk of Sussex.

Brothers Albin (Al) and Ron Halquist served as president with Al's grandson Tom also serving.

Two Nettesheims served as president, Mark and nephew Jim.

Of the first 40 presidents, only one is alive today: Jim Zindle.

Of the 20 deceased charter members, the last two active members were Al Halquist and Roy Stier.

Sussex Lions Club List of Presidents

2003
1939Dr. Erwin Van Valin
1940George Podolske
1941Rev. Emmot DeSelms
1942Milton Mantz
1943Claude Kaderbek
1944John Kraemer
1945Harry Rogers
1946Albin C. Halquist
1947Henry Yuds
1948Roy Stier
1949Kurt Knieske
1950John Zimmerman
1951William Allen
1952Herbert Beier
1953Anthony Schumann
1954Jerome Herzog
1955Milo Hardiman
1956Charles Woodchick
1957Raymond Semrow
1958Joseph WEber
1959Hilbert Keller
1960Allan Schroeder
1961Jerome Mudlitz
1962Paul Fleischmann
1963Robert Stier
1964Eugene Ackatz
1965Wilmer Marx
1966Ronald Halquist
1967Marvin Burg, Sr.
1968Hilbert Manke
1969Jack Feltz
1970William Zahnow
1971William Bierman
1972Don Roskopf
1973James Zindle
1974Donald Peplinski
1975Mark Nettesheim
1976Gerald Robinson
1977Lawrence Erdmann
1978Arthur Manke
1979Jim Nettesheim
1980Don Edmonds
1981Nick Wolfe
1982Carl Klug
1983James Kais
1984Harry Hinchcliffe
1985Glen Moody
1986Gus Gansemer
1987Gabe Kolesari
1988William Fischer
1989Eugene Marx
1990David Roisler
1991James Long
1992David Schroeder
1993E. James Skarda
1994Tom Halquist
1995Paul Schmidt
1996Thomas Rapp
1997Patrick Handlos
1998Jim Wanke
1999Paul Newman
2000Kurt Simons
2001Ted Spliger
2002Bob Zahn
Bob Van Aacken
2004Bob Johanning
2005Ralph Modjeska
2006Kevin Cumming
2007John Haunfelder
2008Erik Olsen
2009Glenn Repose
2010Rick Vodicka
2011Bill Evers
2012Jeff Carlson
2013Ronald Buschke
2014Greg Mears

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