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About Us

We are a group of citizens - some veterans - dedicated to preserving the memory and honor of all Wood County veterans of war who paid the ultimate price in defending the principles and freedoms of the United States of America.

Wood Country Veterans Memorial Fund, through Incourage Community Foundation, administers money for a monument and legacy stones on the front lawn of the Wood County Courthouse.

The memorial - in the shape of Wood County - is located near the courthouse entrance at 400 Market Street, Wisconsin Rapids, WI. A photo of the monument is shown on the home page.

Our original volunteer committee is made up of the following individuals:

  • The Honorable Melvin R. Laird, Marshfield
  • Jack Kahoun, Wisconsin Rapids
  • Bruce King, Wisconsin Rapids
  • David LaFontaine, Marshfield
  • Elmer Loechler, Wisconsin Rapids
  • Tom Marshall, Fitchburg
  • Diantha Neinfeldt, Nekoosa
  • Nancy Quick, Wisconsin Rapids
  • Jim Reigel, Marshfield
  • Brian Ruesch, Wisconsin Rapids
  • Jim Strasser, Wisconsin Rapids
Why a Veterans Memorial?

We and other donors to the memorial want to make sure that all Wood County service men and women who died as a result of combat-related wounds, injuries or causes are not forgotten; their names will be engraved on the memorial for perpetuity.

Inspiration for this monument comes from the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., and closer to home, the Highground in Neillsville, Wisconsin.


  Honoring Our Wood County War Dead