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Source: Chicago Tribune

World War II Veteran Donates Millions To Wildlife Preservation

By Nicole Caldwell

What would you do with $2 million? Maybe you’d stop living off of stew and oatmeal. Or trade in your 25-year-old Dodge. Heck, maybe you’d ditch the undersized bungalow you’ve lived in for years and buy a yacht.

Well, not if you’re 98-year-old Russ Gremel. “If you can’t do good with it, don’t have it,” he says of the almighty dollar—more than 2 million of which he just donated to the Illinois Audubon Society.

Gremel, a World War II veteran, spent his life as an avid outdoorsman: serving as scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America for more than 60 years, and enjoying camping and hiking in the wilderness for more than nine decades.