Conrad G. Hutterli

Hutterli, Conrad G.

Conrad G. Hutterli, 89, passed away Monday, August 11, 2014, at Luther Hospital after a three year battle with mantle cell lymphoma.

He was born on January 20, 1925, in Sauk City, WI, the son of Henry and Bertha (Ilg) Hutterli. Because his parents were Swiss citizens at the time of his birth, Conrad had dual citizenship.

He graduated from Sauk City High School in 1942. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for one year before enlisting in the U.S. Navy during WW II. After serving his country for four years, Conrad returned to the university to complete his education, receiving both his undergraduate and graduate degrees there. He remained an avid Badger fan throughout his life.

He married Mary Ellen Gmeiner on September 12, 1953, in Waupaca, WI. In 2013, the couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary surrounded by family and friends.

Conrad is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen; five children, Conrad Jr. of Portland, OR; Gretchen A. Hutterli (Robert Erffmeyer) of Eau Claire, WI; Frederick (Jo) of Land O' Lakes, FL; Mary Mercer of Sugarland, TX; and Martha Bede of Virginia Beach, VA; 12 grandchildren, Gretchen M. and Conrad Hutterli, III of Portland, OR; Johannah Erffmeyer of Eau Claire, WI; U.S. Army Sgt. Frederick Hutterli, Jr. of Vicenza, Italy; and Emma and William Hutterli of Land O'Lakes, FL; Elizabeth, Andrea, and David Mercer of Sugarland, TX; and Luke, Carley, and Maria Bede of Virginia Beach, VA.

Also surviving him is one brother, Henry (Jane) Hutterli of Portage, WI, and many relatives in the U.S. and Switzerland. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Elsie Racek and Gertrude Bartnick.

Conrad worked for the State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections for almost 40 years. He began his career as a probation-parole agent in Milwaukee and later in Waupaca. As he progressed in his career, he held administrative positions in Waupun, Wisconsin Rapids, and eventually Eau Claire, where he retired in 1991 as the assistant regional chief of the Western Wisconsin Region.

An avid reader who followed politics, current events, and sports, Conrad believed it was important to voice one's opinion. Throughout his lifetime he wrote opinion pieces for the newspaper, and corresponded with government officials and other leaders on a variety of topics, such as truth in sentencing reform, the need for community-based sentencing options, and community support for public transportation and public television and radio. Like any good writer, he was always pleased when his letters to the editor were published in their entity without edits.

The Hutterlis enjoyed traveling, and they especially loved going to Switzerland, where they recently visited family and friends. They never tired of seeing the Matterhorn. Conrad enjoyed playing pinochle at the L.E. Phillips Senior Center on Monday afternoons and he was especially grateful to his friends who made sure he got there by giving him a ride. He was a member of UW-Eau Claire Viennese Ball Committee for many years and chaired the 15th Annual Viennese Ball with his wife. Prior to his retirement, he was active in Triniteam. He was a member of the Newman Center, the Roman Catholic Parish at the UW-Eau Claire Ecumenical Religious Center, for over 30 years.

A celebration of Conrad's life will be held Saturday, August 16, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 16, 2014. at the Newman Ecumenical Religious Center, 110 Garfield Avenue, Eau Claire, WI 54701 with Father David Olson officiating. Visitation will take place at the Newman ERC on Saturday morning from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Inurnment with military honors will take place on a later date in the St. Mary's Magdalene Cemetery in Waupaca, WI.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials may be made to the L.E. Phillips Senior Center, the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, or the UW-Eau Claire Foundation-Viennese Ball Music Scholarship Fund.

Friends and family may offer condolences online at

Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.

The Hutterli family would like to thank Conrad's physicians, Dr. Richard Horecki and Dr. Sandeep Basu, and the Mayo Clinic Health System 4th floor nursing and professional staff for their support and kindness during his illness.


Funeral Home

Fuller-Speckien-Hulke Funeral Home
3209 Rudolph Rd Eau Claire, WI 54701
(715) 832-5002

Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Aug. 14, 2014