FORMER DISTRICT 6 ALDERMAN
Keene Winters, 53, is a small business owner with an office in Schofield. He was elected District 6 Alderman in 2012 and again in 2014. He served one year as chairman of the finance committee. He did not run for alderman in 2016.
Winters is known for being an accessible figure who brings policy discussions to the public. He has been a regular guest opinion-page editorialist in the Wausau Daily Herald. Keene is also a periodic commentator on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “the Week in Review,” with Joy Cardin talking about issues that affect the state and nation, and was on on WXCO with Oliver Burrows, talking about issues that affect Wausau.
Winters has been recognized for his work by the Wausau Daily Herald. He received honorable mention as Person of the Year in 2012 for his work as a freshman councilperson. In 2014, the newspaper named him their “Person of the Year” (click hypertext for newspaper article) for his work.
Winters is active in the community in other ways. He serves on the board of curators for the Wisconsin State Historical Society. He is on the board of directors of the Fromm Brothers Historical Preservation Society. He and his wife are members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and support the church’s community dinner program.
Winters was born in Wausau and is a graduate of Wausau West High School. He attended the UW-Marathon County before going on to get his BA and MBA from UW-Madison. His wife, Cathy, is a graduate of Mosinee Area High School and also attended UW-Marathon County before getting her degree from UW-Madison. She currently serves as a member of the Wisconsin Pharmacy Examining Board and the board of directors for Forest Park Village.
Winters’ family connections to Wausau stretch back to its pioneer days. Keene’s father, Tom Winters, is a retired Wausau city policeman. His grandfather, Otto Winters, (click hypertext for newspaper article) came to Wausau as an infant with his family from Pomerania, a former German province, in 1887 and the family settled on Lincoln Avenue. His mother is Beverly Winters, a retired employee of Liberty Mutual. Her great-grandparents include Casper Fenhaus, a local Civil War veteran whose biography was featured in an April 10, 2011 article in the Wausau Daily Herald about the 150th anniversary of the start of the war.
Keene and Cathy own a historic home in the Carl Lotz Summer Homes Addition of the Riverview Area (formerly the Town of Texas). The original owners, Ervin H. and Betty Marquardt, purchased the land from Mr. Lotz and built a home in 1926. The house has been remodeled and expanded over the years. However, many features of the original home are still visible, especially on the second floor and in the basement.