In Memory of James Haney ’76

JAMES M. HANEY ’76 of Plover, Wisconsin, died Dec.  2, 2021. At Ripon, he majored in speech communications and history and was a member of Theta Chi and Phi Beta Kappa. He also served as a special graduate Trustee and received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001. He earned master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Iowa. He was a retired professor from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, also serving as head of the Communication Division, associate dean and interim Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication. From 1991 to 2000, he was research and information director for the Wisconsin Department of Justice and communications director for the state attorney general. He enjoyed traveling, reading, discussing politics, the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Bucks.

Full obituary:

James M. Haney, 67, entered eternal life on December 2, 2021, in Madison, Wisconsin. He was born in New London, Wisconsin, on August 2, 1954, the third child of Abner and Mae (Uelmen) Haney. He was a retired professor from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and had also been the director of communications for Wisconsin Attorney General James Doyle.

Jim was a graduate of New London Senior High School, Ripon College, and the University of Iowa. He was a world traveler and avid reader. He was a faithful fan of the Packers, Brewers, and Bucks and delighted in discussing politics.

He is survived by his siblings: Joyce Levenhagen, and Dan Haney (Mike Diestler); nephew, Troy Levenhagen; niece, Lynn (Adam) Swoverland; grandnephew, Joseph (Joey) Levenhagen, as well as extended family and friends.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and his brother-in-law, William Levenhagen.

Due to Covid, masks are encouraged for those attending Jim’s memorial service.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 11, 2021, at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church, New London with Fr. John Kleinschmidt officiating. Interment will be in Most Precious Blood Cemetery, New London. Visitation will be held at the church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.

Cline-Hanson Funeral Home New London is assisting the family with arrangements. 920-982-3232