Roy William Haller, CALS Professor Emeritus of Poultry Science and assistant dean in the office of academic student affairs (now Undergraduate Programs and Services), died on Wednesday, April 21, at his home on Washington Island. He was 77.
He was born on Dec. 19, 1932, in Kenosha, Wis., the son of Roy and Clara (Mattern) Haller and grew up in Kenosha. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning bachelors and masters degrees in Agriculture.
In June, 1955, he married Mary Carolyn McAleer, also of Kenosha.Roy was employed by the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, as a professor and then Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, providing support and guidance to students, until his retirement in 1989.
He and Mary then moved to Washington Island in Door County, where they have lived for the last 21 years. Roy was dearly loved by the Island community and others who knew him for his generous and kind nature, and his willingness to help his friends and neighbors.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary; his brother, Gary Haller, Kenosha, Wis.; his two children, Jon Haller, Verona, Wis.; and Elise (Haller) Balogh, Spokane, Wash.; grandchildren, Macaulay, Dylan, Curtis, and Casey; nieces, Georgia, Megan, Suzy and Laura; nephews, Brett, Erin and Daniel; and a grand-nephew, Hunter.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Clara, and a son, Jeffrey John Haller.
The family suggests that memorials may be made in Roy’s name to the Washington Island Community Health Program (WICHP) (1851 Townline Road, Washington Island, WI 54246), the Washington Island Rescue Squad (1 Airport Road, Washington Island, WI 54246), or any charity/foundation of your choice.
Possible “Celebration of Life” plans are pending.