Stayer, Nohl added to PHS Alumni Hall of Fame

Two new members of the Plymouth High School Alumni Hall of Fame were named June 3 during PHS Commencement Exercises.

Ralph C. Stayer of the Class of 1961

Ralph C. Stayer joined the family meat-processing operation in 1965, and helped lead Johnsonville to become the leading sausage brand in the United States, with business in 30 countries.

Stayer was selected as the Midwest entrepreneur of the year in 2000, and created a decentralized management style that gives his employees a lot of decision-making ability.

When a Johnsonville factory in Watertown was destroyed by fire in 2015, Stayer kept the employees on the company payroll, with instructions to do volunteer work in the community until a new production facility could be constructed.

Stayer and Johnsonville also have supported a host of charitable causes - Stayer Park, the Quit Qui Oc ball fields, Boys & Girls Clubs in Sheboygan and Fond du Lac, and The Stayer Center at Marion College, to name just a few.

Directly helping PHS, Johnsonville supports the Youth Apprentice program, Inspire, and the 180-Degree breakfast.

When a hurricane wrecked a school for underprivileged kids in Nicaragua run by PHS classmate Sister Katie Schilling, Stayer quickly provided funds to help her rebuild. Now he will join her in the PHS Alumni Hall of Fame.

Stayer was nominated by Larry Schmitz, president of the PHS Class of 1961.

Allen Nohl of the Class of 1968

Shortly after graduation from PHS, Allen Nohl enlisted in the U.S. Army and was assigned to a helicopter crew in Vietnam. While there, he was the lone survivor of an accident in which two helicopters on a support mission crashed into each other.

After his Army service, Nohl had a long career at Johnsonville Sausage as a team leader and a foreman, but has continued to serve veterans through the Sheboygan County American Legion for more than 40 years. He has served as county commander and as a mentor for veteran's treatment court, helped set up the camo-quilt project, and serves as chairman of the Sheboygan County Veterans Memorial Committee.

Additionally, Nohl has volunteered his time to support the Johnsonville Fire Department, the PHS FFA, and the Sheboygan County Fair.

Nohl was nominated by his friend, Konrad Kaczkowski of Plymouth.

About the PHS Alumni Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame was created by the PHS Student Council in 2010 to recognize distinguished alumni who have achieved a high level of success and have demonstrated extraordinary leadership, who have given unselfishly to make their community a better place, and who have made a significant difference in the lives of others.

New candidates, who must have graduated from PHS at least 10 years ago, may be nominated annually in the spring. The nominations are then reviewed by Student Council members, with the honorees revealed at Commencement in June and inducted at Homecoming in the fall.

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