2001 Assembly Joint Resolution 77
Relating to: the life and public service of Ervin Butch Conradt.
Whereas, Ervin "Butch" Conradt was born on October 4, 1916, in the town of Bovina, Wisconsin, and died on November 5, 2001, in Appleton, Wisconsin; and
Whereas, he was educated at Springbrook Elementary School; and
Whereas, Mr. Conradt, who was known by everyone as "Butch," began farming in 1940 and was a lifetime farmer; and
Whereas, he married Grace Voight, who preceded him in death on January 29, 1973; and
Whereas, after years of being a widower, Butch married Lillian (Kuhn) McDougal on April 20, 1985; and
Whereas, he received his first taste as an elected official with a stint on the Bovina town board as board supervisor from 1951 to 1952, and as board chairman from 1953 to 1967 and 1979 to 1990, and he served on the Outagamie County board from 1953 to 1973; and
Whereas, during his tenure as Bovina town board chairman, Butch also served as president of the Wisconsin Towns Association for several years; and
Whereas, Butch was first elected to the Wisconsin assembly in 1964, served continuously from the 1965 to 1981 sessions, and was appointed to numerous committees including the excise and fees committee and the highway committee; and
Whereas, during his tenure in the assembly, Mr. Conradt's concern was to provide the best service to his constituents including his support of any bill that was beneficial to his district; and
Whereas, after his tenure in the assembly, Butch was appointed to serve on the state special transportation projects commission in 1987 by Governor Tommy G. Thompson, and then appointed by Governor Thompson to serve as state highway commissioner for 4 years; and
Whereas, after his service as state highway commissioner, Butch was elected the mayor of Seymour from 1994 to 1996; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That the members of the Wisconsin legislature commend the devoted public service that Ervin "Butch" Conradt contributed to this state and his community, express their sorrow at his death, and extend their condolences to his family and friends; and, be it further
Resolved, That the assembly chief clerk shall provide copies of this joint resolution to Mr. Conradt's wife, Lillian; his sons, Dennis (Peggy) Conradt, Shiocton, and Richard (Joan) Conradt, Pulaski; and his daughter, Constance Conradt, Shreveport, Louisiana.