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New Berlin paratrooper, author and community leader dies

Herbert Eggie's long list of accomplishments included formation of tax and environmental groups

Jan. 21, 2014

New Berlin — Herbert Eggie, who was active in the life of the community for decades, died Jan. 7 at age 98.

Eggie co-founded the New Berlin Taxpayers Alliance in 1987 and served as its president. The alliance later became Citizens for Responsible Government. Eggie also organized the Federation of Wisconsin Taxpayer Organizations in about 1988.

When he started, there were only three taxpayer alliances in the federation — New Berlin, Milwaukee and Racine. But there were 30 groups by the end of the first year. The federation disbanded in 2002.

A noted environmentalist, Eggie was the originator, a charter member and a former president of the New Berlin Land Conservancy, formed in 2006.

New Berlin Mayor Dave Ament knew Eggie well.

"Herb was one of the nicest men I've ever known. I'm proud to have been his friend," Ament said.

Alderman John Fillar, who worked with Eggie in the Taxpayers Alliance, said, "He was a real gentleman a real classy guy."

"He had a good keen mind," said Donald Kristopiet, former Taxpayer Federation president.

Mary Hiebl of the Land Conservancy said a full-page in the newspaper would be needed to list all the accomplishments Eggie fit into one lifetime.

On a wider stage, Eggie was active in a St. Lawrence Seaway group that supported bringing the seaway into existence to enable ships to come into the Great Lakes. And as an attorney, he played a key role through the Wisconsin Bar Association in legislation keeping creditors from garnishing all a person's income and leaving them nothing to live on.

Even at 98, he was called upon by a state conservation organization to help with wetland preservation.

Eggie also was an author and only recently finished publishing his memoirs as a World War II paratrooper in the European Theater. He had previously published an historical novel, "Elena Marikova," focusing on the actual conspiracy against Stalin in the pre-World War II Soviet Union.

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