Armin Oscar Schwengel

Armin Oscar Schwengel, 90, of West Bend passed away early Tuesday morning, April 10, 2007 at Cedar Springs Health and Rehabilitation Cen-ter, Cedarburg.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, April 15 at St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church (WELS), Newburg with the Rev. Jon Baumann officiating.

Visitation will be at the church from 1 p.m. until time of service at 3 p.m. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery following the service.

Armin is survived by Gloria (nee Veloon), his wife of 58 years; two sons, David of West Bend and William (Peggy) of Eau Claire; three grandchildren, Army Spc. Benjamin of Savannah, Ga., Michael of Minneapolis, Minn. and Laura of Eau Claire; cousins; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nieces; nephews; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Harold, and two brothers and three sisters who died in infancy.

Armin was born in Port Washington on April 18, 1916 to Oscar and Dora (nee Rathke) Schwengel.

His mother died when he was very young and he then went to live with his grandparents, William and Elisa Rathke who farmed in the town of Grafton near Ulao.

Armin graduated from Port Washington High School in 1935 and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State University.

While at the UW, Armin had the privilege of studying under Aldo Leopold.

Armin started working with the Wisconsin Conservation De-partment in 1941 at the state game farm in Poynette.

He served with the U.S. Army in 1942 and 1943, returning to the conservation department in 1944 as a wildlife manager.

During his career with the Department of Natural Resources, Ar-min developed the Allen-ton Marsh, Jackson Marsh and Theresa Marsh Wildlife areas in addition to other state properties.

In 1963 Armin was honored as Wisconsinís Wildlife Manager of the Year.

He retired in 1982 after 40 years of service, but soon resumed work as a part-time employee for the Department of Natural Resources assisting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Ozaukee County Land and Water Conservation Department with wetland restoration in Ozaukee County.

One of these wetlands, in the town of Belgium, was dedicated in his name in October 2003.

In 1993 Armin received the Silver Eagle award, the highest honor awarded by the Fish and Wildlife Service.

Armin enjoyed raising beef cattle, hunting in the Dakotas, trout fishing, and vacationing in Iowa.

He was a dedicated and loving husband, father, and grandfather who enjoyed being with his family. He was as a source of inspiration to many friends and co-workers.

The Mueller Funeral Home, Grafton, is assisting the family.