PHS Alumni Hall of Fame - 2018 Honorees

The 2018 honorees were announced June 3 at Commencement and will be formally inducted Sept. 28 during Homecoming.


Ralph C. Stayer - 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. Mr. 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, Mr. 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. Mr. 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, Mr. Stayer quickly provided funds to help her rebuild. Now he will join her in the PHS Alumni Hall of Fame.

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


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

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