Rachel Louise Biddick Jordan
Rachel Louise Biddick Jordan, age 86, of Dodgeville, WI passed away Thursday, July 29th, 2021.
Rachel was born on June 11th, 1935 in Livingston WI to Elmer and Ada Biddick. She was preceded in death by her husband Donald Jordan, her parents, brother Roger Biddick, sister Margaret Biddick, and daughter by marriage Karen (Donald) Benz.
She is survived by her five children: Wendy Potter, Rebecca Stevicks, William (Judith) Warner, Bruce (Kari) Warner and David (Wendy) Warner, 14 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren by birth and by marriage, as well as many loved nieces, nephews, and friends.
Rachel grew up on a seed and livestock farm in southwest Wisconsin and attended school at Hazel Dell, a one-room school house. At Livingston High School she participated in forensics and music and graduated as Valedictorian. Rachel attended UW Madison College of Agriculture prior to marrying and leaving school to raise her family. In addition to her five children, Rachel was also a foster parent to many.
In 1972, as a newly single parent, Rachel started working in office positions for Joe Esch Insurance Agency, leading to her becoming a licensed insurance agent.
In 1978 Rachel married Donald L. Jordan, whom she and her children considered a great gift. Don passed in 2011.
In 1982, Rachel began management of her father’s “Harker farm”, a predominantly woodland tract of land near Dodgeville, leading to an accomplished career in forestry. Rachel formed Jordan Timberland and served as the general manager. She became active in many state, national, and international forestry organizations. Her many leadership roles included: serving as a facilitator at the 1995 Lakes States Governor’s Conference on Forest Resources, Director, Executive Director, and President of Wisconsin Woodland Owners Assoc. Director, Secretary, Treasurer, and President of Wisconsin Chapter of the National Walnut Council, Director National Walnut Council, Director National Operating Committee of the American Tree Farm System. She also served on the Executive Committee of the Wisconsin Governor’s Council on Forestry. Rachel was a gifted speaker and was sought after worldwide.
Rachel’s many recognitions include: Wisconsin Woodland Owners Assoc. Distinguished Service Award, UW-Madison College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Award of Distinction (1991), multiple citations from the Governor Thompson and State of Wisconsin legislature, Wisconsin Tree Farmer of the Year (1994), National Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year (1996), induction into the Wisconsin Forestry Hall of Fame (2015), and letters of appreciation of tours of her property from school children and landowners.
Rachel served as president and/or director on various other boards including Family Advocates, Elmer G Biddick Charitable Foundation, Kiwanis, and Kiwanis Charitable Fund.
Rachel loved hunting, quilting, and getting together with cherished friends–often to play cards or dominoes. She was highly appreciative of the support of family, neighbors, and friends that enabled her to live out her life in the woods.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, August 4th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. and 10:00–11:00 a.m. Thursday August 5th at the Lulloff-Peterson-Houck Funeral Home in Dodgeville. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 5th at the Lulloff-Peterson-Houck Funeral Home in Dodgeville. Burial will be at the Rock Church Cemetery near Livingston.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Family Advocates, Platteville, WI.
Online condolences may be made at www.houckfuneralhomes.com
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