Bruce F. Beilfuss
Born in Withee, Wisconsin, Beilfuss graduated from Neillsville High School in 1932. Beilfuss then received his bachelors of economics (1936) and law (1938) degrees from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He served on the Clark County, Wisconsin Board of Supervisors and was district attorney of Clark County. During World War II, Beilfuss served in the United States Navy as a PT Boat Commander in the South Pacific. In 1953, Beilfuss was elected a Wisconsin Circuit Court judge. In 1963, he was elected to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, reelected in 1973 and became chief justice of the court in 1976, retiring in 1983.
Beilfuss was active outside the judiciary. He served as chair on the Board of Visitors of the University of Wisconsin Law School, was a member of the VFW, the American Legion and a founder of the Dane County Big Brothers program.