Dick Hall, longtime woodlands columnist, dies at 87

posted May 14, 2018 9:22 a.m. (CDT)
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by / Jim Massey | Correspondent

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    Dick Hall sat at his favorite spot on the Buckridge above Coyote Canyon in this 2015 photo. He said it glows with color in the fall and reminds him of a memorable experience with some of the wildlife on his 160-acre tree farm.

Richard “Dick” Hall, a longtime woodlands columnist for The Country Today, died May 8 in Sheboygan Falls at the age of 87.

Hall was a contributing columnist to The Country Today for more than 18 years. He retired from the position in June 2015 at the age of 84.

Hall grew up in Poynette and spent weekends and summers on his grandfather’s nearby 580-acre farm, where he worked in the fields and spent time in the surrounding woods. He helped his grandfather make fence posts, lumber for farm buildings and firewood for the house, which fueled his love of working in the woods.

He earned a degree in natural resources and a master’s degree in environmental education. He helped create a forestry program at Fox Valley Technical College in Oshkosh and taught there for 40 years. During his long tenure at the technical school, he spent weekends on a 160-acre wooded parcel that he and his wife owned near Poynette that he named “The Buckridge Tree Farm.” 

In 1993, Hall began writing an outdoors column for the Oshkosh Northwestern. He started a column for The Country Today in 1997 and about two years later suggested the papers start a woodlands page with his column as one of the regular features twice a month.

He said one of his most memorable columns was an essay on the earn-a-buck deer management program written in 2010 that won an Outdoor Writers of America award. He also won several writing awards from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association.

Hall was a charter member of the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association, where he served as president from 1985 to 1987, as well as the Wisconsin chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. 

During his time managing the Buckridge, Hall handled most of the physical work himself. He had Lyme disease four times and said he wore out 12 chain saws. 

He and his wife, Joan, were married for more than 50 years and had one son, Douglas Hall, of Sheboygan Falls. 

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on May 16 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1206 Ontario St., in Oshkosh. The family will receive visitors at the church that morning from 10 to 11 a.m. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Dick’s name. 

Ballhorn Chapels is assisting the family with arrangements. For more information, visit http://www.ballhornchapels.com. ;

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