​Ethel and Ward Cable Family Faculty Heroes Award - Honored Heroes

Donald Cable Lezer (2021)Donald Cable Lezer

Donald Cable Lezer passed away on Dec. 28, 2020. Donald, described as a non-judgmental, loving person by family and friends, is honored in our family heroes fund for his exemplary lifestyle of caring for others.

The son of Ward Cable, Donald was born in Minneapolis in 1924 and following his education in Sauk Rapids, Minn., and graduating from the Drews Business College in St. Cloud, his employment took him to Ogden, Utah, with the U.S. Air Force. He was later employed with the Southern Pacific Railroad in the security department and human resources/payroll department. He retired with the SPRR as Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Operations in San Francisco, completing 43 years of service.

Donald married his sweetheart Grace in 1948 and they raised their three children in Odgen, Roy, Utah, San Francisco, and Concord, Calif. His daughter, Marchell, lives in Sandy, Utah; son, Jeff in Antioch, Calif., and son, Bruce in Concord, Calif. He’s also survived by six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Don’s volunteer work over the years included the Masons, the Scottish Rite and was a Shriner for over 50 years. He joined the Boy Scouts of America as a scoutmaster with three different troops in Ogden and Concord, and was awarded the Muir District Outstanding Scoutmaster Award in 1977 and later received the prestigious Scouters Key Award in 1978. Donald mentored all Scouts and helped 12 boys achieve Eagle Scout rank, including his two sons, Jeff and Bruce.

Our entire Cable Family welcomes Donald into our FAMILY OF HEROES!!

Lynn Thorn Hagin (2019)Lynn Hagin

Lynn Elizabeth Thorn Hagin passed away on Oct. 12, 2018 at the age of 70 surrounded by her family in Orange County, Calif.
Lynn was bor
n on November 22, 1947 in Pasadena, Calif., to H. Clifford and Nancibel Thorn. She spent her childhood in Covina, Calif., and later Balboa Island, Calif.

Lynn graduated from California State Polytechnic University-Pomona, with a B.S. degree in mathematics and later obtained her master’s degree in social work from California State University, Northridge.
She married Dan Hagin in 1967, residing in Orange County until 2008 when they moved to North Carolina. In 2014 Lynn moved back to Southern California to be near her granddaughter, Adelaide Rodin.

Lynn spent her life in service to others, beginning her career as an early education preschool teacher and spent many years running her own business as a certified life coach.
She is survived by her daughter Katie Rodin, son-in-law Trevor Rodin, granddaughter Adelaide Harper Rodin, son William Hagin, daughter-in-law Lindsay Foley, her sisters Sharon Lee and Jane Munzer, brother Tim Thorn, dear cousin Judy Cable Anderson with whom she shared a very special friendship, as well as many cousins and nieces and nephews who adored her.  
Lynn was loved by many–family and friends, coworkers and clients and will be remembered for her kindness, generosity and thoughtfulness.

Judy Cable Anderson’s memories and thoughts of her cousin Lynn:
Lynn’s father and my mother were siblings and I have such wonderful memories of spending family vacations together in California and Stevens Point. Distance was a factor that kept me from close relationships with her extended family but the four years between Lynn and I didn’t seem to matter as little girls, which is where our very special bond began. I’ll always remember her laugh, warm hugs, sharp sense of humor, energy for fun and most of all, the love that surrounded her persona. I’ll miss her until the end of my days–Lynn is a hero to many and certainly is to me.

​Robert E. Cable (2017)

Robert Cable

Robert E. Cable was born December 28, 1936, to Ward and Ethel (Harding) Cable in Stevens Point, where he lived his entire life. He is a 1955 graduate of P.J. Jacobs High School. Following high school, he entered the U.S. Army and was stationed at five different Army bases stateside until receiving an honorable discharge in 1957.

Following in his family footsteps, he hired on with the Soo Line Railroad in 1957 and retired as an engineer after nearly 40 years of service. His early rail trips took him to northwestern Wisconsin, and later, from Portage, Wisconsin, to the Twin Cities. Bob, together with his grandfather, Ira Cable, his father, Ward Cable, and brother, Bill Cable, completed 100 consecutive years of Cable family members working for the Soo Line Railroad.

He married Lois R. Holubetz of Wausau at Immanuel Baptist Church on June 24, 1967. He took pride in his yard and large garden and enjoyed many summer days at Sunset Lake in Portage County and at Little Silver Lake in Wild Rose.

Robert died January 15, 2017, after being diagnosed in early December with a brain tumor. He is survived by his wife, Lois, of nearly 50 years; son Gregory (Angela) Cable, grandchildren, Justin and Alivia; daughter, Jennifer Cable (Mark Ponczoch, Sr.), granddaughter, Kathryn, and Mark's older children, Mark Jr. and Baylee.

​William J. Cable (2017)

William Cable

William J. Cable was born June 30, 1930, in Superior the son of Ward and Ethel (Harding) Cable. He graduated from UW-Madison and the University of Colorado with a Master of Science in Mathematics and a Master's of Education. William married Virginia M. Fischer on August 29, 1952, in Stevens Point. He retired from UW-Stevens Point in 1994 after 34 years of service. William loved to follow sports, especially the Wisconsin Badgers and Chicago Cubs. He enjoyed reading and had a large collection of civil war books. He was a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

William J. Cable age 84, of Stevens Point passed away April 28, 2015. William is survived by his wife of 62 years Virginia; their 6 children: Debbie (Mark) Dean, Rebecca (Will) Royster, Robert Cable, Sara (Eric) Schiesser, Gina (Griffen) Erdman, Martin Cable; 9 grandchildren: Jessica, Katie, Scott, Devin, Robin, Elizabeth, Billy, Melissa and Alex; one great grandson: Oliver; 2 brothers: Richard Cable and Robert (Lois) Cable; and one sister: Judy Anderson. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter-in-law Winnie, 2 sister-in-laws: Gwen and Marlene and 2 brother-in-laws: Dave and John.

​Milton W. Thorn (2016)

Milt Thorn

Milton W. Thorn, First Sergeant, Co. F, 407th Infantry Regiment. Born April 22, 1922, in Minneapolis, Minn. Graduated from USC with a BS degree and a MBA degree. Enlisted in the Army in September 1942, in Los Angeles, California, basic training at Camp Roberts, California. Attended Purdue University in the ASTP Program, joined the 102nd Infantry Division in March 1944.

Served in the Rhineland and Central Europe campaigns. Received American Campaign Medal, European-African Middle Eastern Campaign, 2 battle stars, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal, Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge. Discharged in March 1946 at Camp Grant, Illinois.

Milt married Isolde on August 14, 1948, in Alhambra, California, at the First Methodist Church. They were married for 67 years. They have three children: Frances, Cliff and Heidi. They have six grandchildren: Noelle, Taylor, Kristin, Erik, Brian and Adam. Milt's profession included teacher, principal and 21 years as director of instruction and administrative dean at Mt. San Antonio Community College, in Walnut, California. He retired in 1982 with 31 years in education.

Milton lived in Covina, West Covina and Huntington Beach, California, with his wife Isolde. He was a proud member of the Rotary Club for many years and served in various positions. He enjoyed boating, fishing and gardening. He had one brother, Clifford, and a half sister, Ethel Cable. His father was H. Clifford and his mother was Frances E.

Milton passed away on April 26, 2016, in Huntington Beach, California. He was 94-years-old. Milt/Dad is missed and remembered by his surviving family.

Marlene A. Cable (2014)Marlene Cable

Marlene's parents were living in Rosholt at the time of her birth at St. Michael's Hospital in Stevens Point. Her father had a dental practice in Rosholt; however, after his discharge from the Navy in 1945, Dr. Jensen moved his practice and family to Stevens Point where Marlene attended school. She attended the UW-Stevens Point Training School for her elementary grades, Emerson Junior High, and P.J. Jacobs High School before enrolling at Central State Teachers College (UWSP) in 1956.

Marlene began her major in home economics but change to elementary education after her freshman year.

Prior to her senior year in college, Marlene and Dick Cable married on Aug. 8, 1959. About the middle of her final semester, Marlene signed a contract to teach in Whiting/Stevens Point Point upon graduation in June. She was forced to terminate the contract when she found out she was pregnant. The school system did not allow a pregnant woman to teach at that time. How things have changed.

Marlene and Dick, and their four children, Kurt, Dan, Kathy and Jodi, moved to Eau Claire in 1972, where Marlene continued to be a full-time mom. She did however, find time to get involved in several community groups including Trinity Lutheran Church, PEO, the University Book Group, and UW-Eau Claire Foundation, among others. One group in which Marlene was particularly passionate was the University's Single Parent Scholarship Fund which she helped start. What she liked most about this fund, was that it helped women with children and very few resources, obtain a college education. 

It was most fitting that when Marlene past away in 2009 after a long siege with liver cancer, friends began a new Single Parent Fund at UWEC in her honor. The fund was named "The Heroes Fund" in which Marlene was to be the FIRST Hero, with others being named and added in the future. By July 2014, there have been over 25 heroes added, with a current fund balance in excess of $45,000. She would be very pleased.

Everyone has a hero, and Marlene has been a hero to her family and friends, for SURE!

Ethel Cable (2010)

Ethel lived in Stevens Point for more than 70 years. She raised four children with her husband Ward, until his untimely death in 1948. A widow at 43 and needing to provide for her young family, Ethel worked as a short-order cook at the Campus Café and the College Eat Shop near the UWSP campus. She also rented rooms to university students, who stayed in touch with her and her family for years after their graduation with letters and visits. Later, she was employed with Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association until her retirement in 1970.     

Her family always came first and she was proud of them all. 

  • Bill taught high school mathematics at P.J. Jacobs High School before transferring to UWSP in 1962 to join the math department. He retired from education in 1992 and lives in Stevens Point with his wife, Virginia. They have six children and nine grandchildren. 
  • Dick was a high school basketball standout in the 1950s and went on to play for the University of Wisconsin Badgers. He retired from Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company in Eau Claire as general agent. He has four children and 12 grandchildren. 
  • Bob is a retired engineer with the Soo Line Railroad, with over 39 years of service. He lives in Whiting with his wife, Lois. They have two children and two grandchildren.
  • Judy worked for a Stevens Point CPA firm for nearly 20 years in payroll data processing before joining the College of Professional Studies at UWSP, retiring in 2005. Her husband ;John Anderson was a local writer, historian and former director of News & Publications at UWSP, until his death in 1994. She lives in Stevens Point and has two sons, three step-sons, and one ;grandson.

Ethel belonged to a Stevens Point bridge club for over 50 years and made life-long friendships. An excellent cook, she hosted many holiday dinners at her home with family and close friends. 

Ethel lived a colorful life. She died at the age of 101 in 2006. Her children will always remember the special times she created, her terrific meals that we loved and her good example that we all tried to follow.  

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