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Kim M. Ranney-Easley

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 16, 2009, A6

Kim M. Ranney-Easley, age 41, of Eau Claire, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009.

The former Kim Marie Ranney was born Aug. 20, 1968, in Amery. She was the daughter of Edgar and Avis (Dutton) Ranney. Kim was raised in the Boyceville and Menomonie area and attended Menomonie Public Schools.

After graduating, Kim lived in the Menomonie, Durand and Eau Claire area working at various jobs, including her part-time work at Chippewa Valley Tubs in Eau Claire for many years.

In her younger years, Kim was a member of the Cedarlings 4-H Club, and she has been a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church in Menomonie.

Kim enjoyed hunting, four-wheeling, skiing, playing volleyball, cards, darts and pool; and she also enjoyed taking her scooter for a ride. She loved music and loved to sing karaoke and was a big NASCAR fan. Kim will be sadly missed by her loving family.

Kim is survived by her husband, Jason Easley of Fall Creek; her sons, Dakota Ranney of Menomonie and Nelson Stewart of Durand; a step-daughter, Rhiannon Easley of Fall Creek; her mother, Avis Ranney of Boyceville; a brother, Kent Ranney of Apple Valley, Minn.; a sister, Kris (Steve) Reid of Boyceville; her niece, Gina Ranney of Apple Valley, Minn.; aunts and uncles, Wendall (Mary) Ranney of Elk Mound, Richard (Fran) Dutton of Darien, Dodie (Roger) Smith of Kenosha and Linda Dutton of Janesville; and her ex-husband Tony Stewart of Durand. She is also survived by many cousins and other relatives and friends as well as her beloved cat, Kitten.

She was preceded in death by her father, Edgar Ranney; an uncle, John Dutton; and an aunt, Diane Ranney; and her grandparents.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, at the United Methodist Church, 2703 Bongey Drive, Menomonie, with Pastor Don Gribble officiating. Burial will be in Sherman Cemetery in the Town of Sherman, Dunn County. There will be visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Sunday.

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Richard H. Edwards

Dunn County News, Wed, July 14, 2010, A6

Richard Harry Edwards age 65, of Gordon, passed away Saturday, July 10, 2010, at his home surrounded by his family.

Richard was born July 26, 1944, in Menomonie, to Harry and Allamae Edwards.

Richard attended Clearview and Cedar Falls Elementary School. He graduated from Menomonie High School in 1963.

Richard married Judith Johnson in 1965. They celebrated 45 wonderful years together.

Richard (Dick) started his career as a grocery man as a boy at Don's Super Value in Menomonie. He spent 45 years of his life in the grocery business in many different places, including Winona, Minn., Souix City, Iowa, Milwaukee and Superior. Then he was blessed to have spent 22 years at the Country Foods IGA in Solon Springs, along with his family. He also worked on the U.S. Pipeline as a driver. Richard was a member of the Teamsters Local #346.

Among those who survive and gratefully shared his life are his wife, Judith Edwards, of Gordon; one son, Patrick Edwards of Gordon; one daughter, Michelle Coughlin of Solon Springs; six grandchildren, Beau Edwards, Jake Patrick Coughlin, Hawk Edwards, Hunter Edwards, Ridge Edwards and Sage Edwards; his mother, Allamae Edwards; one brother, Aldon Edwards; one sister, Jeannine (Drew) Bugess; and his mother-in-law, Marion Johnson.

Richard will forever be missed by his loved ones. He was preceded in death by his father, Harry Edwards.

Private family services have been held. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Solon Springs. Online condolences maybe shared at

William J. Edwards Sr.

Dunn County News, Wed. Dec. 7, 2011, A6

William "Bill" Edwards, Sr., age 82, the only child of Russell and Margaret (Laughlin) Edwards, born Jan. 5, 1929, in Neenah, died on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire surrounded by his family. 

Bill grew up in Marion, Topeka, Kan., and Wisconsin Rapids.  He graduated from Wisconsin Rapids High School and went directly to serving his country in the U.S. Army during WW II and was stationed in Germany.

Following discharge from the Army, he attended Central State Teachers College (now UW-Stevens Point) and graduated in 1952 with a bachelor’s degree.  Following graduation, he worked as an elementary teacher and/or principle in the school districts of Lac du Flambeau, Sugar Camp, Colfax and Colby.

In 1950, Bill married Delores Skowen, and together they had four children.

He later changed careers and worked as a district manager for State Farm Insurance Co. in Northern Wisconsin and later as vice president of Great Lakes Insurance Company’s Madison office.

In 1968, he and his wife bought The Sport Shop in Menomonie. In 1975, they started the Tainter Lake Bait & Gun on Tainter Lake.  Bill retired in 1996 and moved to Menomonie.

Throughout the years, Bill was an active volunteer on community/county committees and clubs including: past Commander of VFW Post 1039, life member of VFW, American Legion, Dunn County Fair Board, Menomonie Library Board, founding member of Tainter Lake Sportsman Club, Rice Lake Elks Club, and Red Cedar Antique Auto Club.  He also enjoyed the mornings he spent with his coffee clubs.

Bill was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved trout fishing, especially.  Hunting always provided him with an excuse to have a dog.  Early in life he was very active in showing and training Irish setters and Labs. 

Bill also enjoyed flying and riding his many motorcycles and scooters.  Later in life he was very active in restoring and showing his antique cars.  He will be forever remembered for his creativity in giving everyone nicknames and making his grandkids feel like they each were his favorite.  He loved the time he spent with family, friends and his dogs at his land on the Hay River.  He left his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren wonderful memories of target practice, cookouts, floating the river and respecting nature.

Bill is survived by his wife, Delores; daughters, Cyndi Edwards of Elk Mound and Judi Edwards of Menomonie; son, William (Diane) Edwards, Jr. of Menomonie; grandchildren, Jason Edwards of Lone Rock, Jennifer (Ryan) Andreae of Montrose, Minn., Staci Peterson of Elk Mound, Kariann Peterson of Menomonie, Scott Peterson of Minneapolis, Minn., Kara Edwards Husby of Elk Mound, and Corbin, Danielle and Aaron Edwards of Menomonie; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, John.

Bill's wishes were to be cremated and have a visitation which will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.  Memorial services and burial will be at Northern Wisconsin Veteran's Memorial Cemetery in Spooner at a later date.

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David E. Eggen

Dunn County News, Sun. March 21, 2010, A6

David E. Eggen, age 69, of Ridgeland, passed away Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 20, 2010, at Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rice Lake, with Pastor Jeffrey Seelow officiating. Burial was in Vanceburg Cemetery in the Town of Sheridan, Dunn County, with military honors by Holum-Waite American Legion Post #259 of Prairie Farm. Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie served the family.

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Nanette A. Ehrk

Dunn County News, Sun, Nov. 15, 2009, A6

Nanette A. Ehrk, age 47, of Menomonie, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire, surrounded by family and friends.

The former Nanette Aileen White was born Feb. 27, 1962, in Huron, S.D., to William and Carmen (Pierce) White. She grew up in Huron and graduated from South Dakota High School in 1980. In June of 1980, Nanette married Michael Ehrk.

Nanette attended the School of Mines Business College in S.D. She moved to Florida for a few years, then moved to Menomonie to be closer to her family. She worked at the Knapp House and then worked at Wal-Mart for 17 years. She enjoyed working at Wal-Mart and loved the friends she made there.

Nanette enjoyed gambling at the casino, reading, taking vacations and spending time with family and friends. She had a heart of gold, and would always put others first. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Nanette is survived by sisters, Melody (Whitey) Oebser of Menomonie, Kristina (Lee) Mona of Huron and Cindy Boardman of Arizona; brothers, Timothy (Regina) White of Kenosha and Jeffrey White of Tomah; step-father, Richard Hall of Cannon Falls, Minn.; "special sisters," Karen Hoff, Elizabeth Green and Vikki Braker all of Menomonie; very dear nieces and nephew, Laressa, Danielle, Jennifer and Alex "Eddie" Middaugh; great niece and nephew, Makenzie and Braiden; and also survived by other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, William White.

Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with a memorial service at 4 p.m. at the funeral home, with Pastor David Whelan officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Falls Cemetery at a later date.

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Warren Flaa Eiseth

Dunn County News, Sun. Feb. 13, 2011, A6

After a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease, Warren Flaa Eiseth, 85, of Gillett, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011.  Warren was born on Nov. 18, 1925, to the late Carl and Freda (Flaa) Eiseth in Menomonie. He grew up in Menomonie with others of the “Greatest Generation,” and upon graduation from high school in 1944, he went to serve honorably in the U.S. Navy during WWII.

After his honorable discharge from the Navy in 1946, Warren enrolled at UW- Stout where he earned a bachelor of science degree in industrial arts education in 1950.  While at Stout, he met Karen Nielsen, and on July 23, 1950, they were married in the West Denmark Lutheran Church in Luck.

During his teaching career, Warren developed and implemented industrial arts departments in Askov, Minn., and Gillett.

In 1965, he became the high school principal at Gillett, and became the district administrator in 1975.  After 39 years as an educator, Warren retired in 1989.

During retirement years, Warren and Karen enjoyed many trips around the United States, Europe, and especially to his beloved Norway.

He enjoyed many activities, especially bike riding and ice skating at the DePere Ice Arena in the winter.  He was a charter member of Ice Skating for Seniors and skated weekly until 2009. Even in retirement, Warren was active in the Wisconsin Retired Educators Association, where he and Karen served six years as District II directors.

Warren was a member of many organizations and civic groups, but his most treasured membership was as a Golden Member of the Sons of Norway since 1969.  Warren and Karen are members of the Gronnvik Lodge, Green Bay.

Warren is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Karen; his daughter, Kristen (David) Broderick and their son Andrew, of DePere; and his son, Peter (his special friend Lori Gray), Lake Villa, Ill.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until 2p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, corner of Main Street and McKenzie Avenue, Gillett.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, at the church, with the Rev. Harvey H. Jeffers officiating.  Interment, with Military Rites conducted by members of the Gillett VFW and the American Legion, will be held at Wanderers Rest Cemetery, Gillett.  

Kuehl Funeral Home, Gillett 920-855-2144, is assisting Warren’s family with arrangements.

Warren will be remembered for his zest for life, his smile, his firm handshake, and his hugs.


Warren’s family would like to thank the incredible, competent and caring staff at Woodlands of Gillett as well as the staff at Heartland Hospice, DePere.

Warren’s family requests that memorials may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association, Green Bay; the Music Ministry at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Gillett; or the the WREA Foundation, Madison

Calvin L. Emerson

Dunn County News, Sun, June 20, 2010, A6

Calvin Lewis Emerson, 87, an avid hunter and fisherman, died of natural causes Friday, June 4, in Shelby, Mont.

A memorial service was held at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, with burial at Crown Hill Cemetery in Cut Bank, Mont.

Cal was born in Knapp on Dec. 6, 1922, to Lewis and Emma Emerson. He graduated from Boyceville High School in 1939. During WW II, Cal worked in Sturgeon Bay as a welder for the Merchant Marines.

On Oct. 19, 1945, Cal and Doris Lemke were married in Menomonie, and moved back to the farm where Cal was born. Two daughters were then born.

In May of 1957, the family moved to Cut Bank. Cal worked for Carl Dahlen and Safeway. He went to work for Glacier Electric Cooperative, retiring as a lineman in 1985.

Cal and Doris then traveled, enjoyed family and friends, played cards and took their trailer to Apgar and Devil Creek.

Cal is survived by Doris, his wife of 64 years; daughters, Karen (Steve) Recher of Kennewick, Wash., and Joanne (John) Kapp of Cut Bank; grandchildren,  Ariana and Tim Recher and David and Sarah Kapp; a sister, Donna Stewart of Stanwood, Wash.; numerous brothers- and sisters-in-law; and nieces and nephews.

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Kenneth E. Engebretson

Dunn County News, Sun. Jan. 22, 2012, A6

Kenneth "Ken" Eugene Engebretson, age 64, of Boyceville, passed away Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at Mayo Clinic Health System-Eau Claire.

He was born May 18, 1947, to Daniel and Margaret (Grant) Engebretson, in the Town of Hay River, Dunn County, on the “old home front.”

Ken graduated from Boyceville High School in 1965 and remained in the area all of his life.  He married the love of his life,  Verla Hintzman, in 1965 in Menomonie.  They were blessed with four children, Robin, Melissa, Shonna and Nick.

Ken enjoyed spending time with family, watching the Green Bay Packers (even when no one else was), camping and time with his dog, Miles.  He was also a very proud employee of 3M in Menomonie.

He will be remembered most for his smile and always talking about his family of whom he was so proud.

Ken is survived by his wife, Verla; daughters, Robin Morse (David Seyffer), Melissa (Ken) Koss and Shonna Engebretson; son, Nick (Stacy) Engebretson; 11 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; two brothers, Frank (Rachel) Engebretson and Ron (Patti) Engebretson. He is also survived by other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Carol; dear friend, Joe Hatzenbeller; and his in-laws, Byron and Doris Austin.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Pastor Steven Boyd officiating.  There will be visitation at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until the time of the service on Tuesday.  Burial will be in Hay River Cemetery in the Town of Hay River, Dunn County, in the spring.

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Harold J. Erickson

Dunn County News, Wed, Dec. 16, 2009, A6

Harold J. Erickson, Lt. Colonel, U.S. Air Force, Ret., age 87 of Eau Claire, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 2009, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

He was born near Colfax in Dunn County, the son of Perry and Katherine (Friberg) Erickson. Harold graduated from Menomonie High School with the Class of 1940, and from the University of Minnesota in 1949 with a degree in civil engineering.

He married the love of his life, Gladys E. (Gynnild) Erickson, on Nov. 25, 1945, at First Lutheran Church in Eau Claire.

Harold served in the United States Air Force as a pilot of a B-17, "The Flying Fortress" from March 1941 to November 1945 during World War II. After being shot down by the Nazis over Bordeaux, France, and was severely injured, Harold was captured and spent 18 months in Stalag I in northern Germany. After serving full time with the Air Force, Harold joined the Air Force Reserves, in which he was called to active duty in California during the Korean Conflict. He continued serving in the Air Forces Reserves, retiring as a Lt. Colonel in 1982.

He began his professional career in La Crosse. He then worked as city engineer in Wausau for 15 years, until moving to Eau Claire, where he worked for the DNR as an Environmental Engineer, retiring in 1988. He was a registered civil engineer in both Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Later in life Harold and Gladys enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, visiting family and friends. Harold especially enjoyed his flight crew reunions held in various cities throughout the country.

His lifetime dream was accomplished in 1983 when he and Gladys, along with Kris and Steve, traveled to Norway to visit the homeland of his grandparents and other relatives. This was truly a highlight of his life.

Harold was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, DAV, VFW Post #305 and the American Legion Post #53. He was a past president of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Association of Public Works. He remained active in the national POW-MIA association, the Wisconsin Indianhead Chapter ex-POW, and was a member of the 390th Bombardier Group.

Harold is survived by three daughters, Kathleen (Michael) Schremp of Eau Claire and their four children, Erik (Hayley) Schremp of Hudson, Kaitlyn Schremp of Richfield, Minn., Kaia and Kjersti Schremp, both of Eau Claire, Kristine (Steven) Hayden of Eau Claire and their two children, Grant (Alissa) Hayden of Sturgeon Bay and Kittrick Hayden of Winona, Minn., and Kerrie Erickson of Eau Claire and her three children, Skyler Gunderson of Spring Lake, N.C., and her son, Rylan Gunderson of Spring Lake, N.C., McKenna Gunderson and Xavier Schick, both of Eau Claire; his daughter-in-law, Becky Erickson of Gypsum, Colo., and her children, Tracy (Kathleen) Erickson of Edwards, Colo., and Jonathan Erickson of Gypsum, Colo. He is further survived by his sister-in-law, Marlys, "Dolly," Gynnild of Altoona and his brother-in-law, Roderick Toycen of Colfax. Harold also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, and dear friends and colleagues.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Gladys; his son, David Erickson; a grandson, Mark Erickson; his parents; Perry and Katherine; and his sister, Ona Toycen.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1314 E. Lexington Blvd., Eau Claire with Pastor Kurt M. Jacobson officiating.

Burial will be in Upper Running Valley Lutheran Cemetery near Colfax with military graveside honors next spring.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funeral Home, 814 First Ave., Eau Claire, and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

The family requests memorials be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church, 1314 E. Lexington Blvd., Eau Claire, WI 54701. To express condolences online please visit obituaries at

Marguerite W. Erickson (Tollefson)

Dunn County News, Sun. Oct. 30, 2011, A6

Marguerite W. Erickson, age 85, of Colfax, died Tuesday Oct. 25, 2011, at Colfax Health & Rehabilitation Center in Colfax.

Marguerite was born Jan. 25, 1926, in Dunn County to Thomas and Alma (Kaiser) Tollefson.

She attended Wheeler Elementary School, Aggie School in Menomonie for three years, and was a 1944 graduate of Colfax High School.  On July 21, 1945, she married Alvin C. Erickson, and together they farmed on the family farm in Otter Creek and then on their own farm in the Town of Tainter.

Marguerite was a very active member of her community serving as a member of the Colfax School Board from 1957 to 1982. She was the organist and treasurer for Norton Lutheran Church for many years as well as a volunteer for Senior Tax Preparations.  In 1969 she served as Clerk for the Town of Tainter, resigning to work in the Administration Building at UW-Stout, from which she retired in 1991 after 21 years of service.  She was also employed at the bank in Colfax and at Deepwood Ski Lodge, rural Wheeler.  

Survivors include her children, Keith (Sue) Erickson and Christie (Lloyd) Buttke; a brother, Tom (Bernice) Tollefson; and two sisters, Darlene (Lewis) Hanson and Sarah Whistler;  grandchildren, Maria Buttke, Amy (Michael) Cowdery, Adam Erickson, Evan (Jessica) Erickson, Nathan Erickson and Eric Watkins; and one great-grandson, Asher Erickson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Alvin, in 2005; a son, Kelly, in 2005; a daughter, Kaye Fuller, in 2007; three Buttke grandchildren; a brother, Gerhart Tollefson; a sister, Irene Wait; half-brothers, Cyrus, Ernest and Kenneth Tollefson; and a half-sister, Myrtle Tollefson. 

Services for Marguerite will be Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Norton Lutheran Church, with burial in the church cemetery.  Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Sampson Funeral Home in Colfax and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

Milton O. Evenson

Dunn County News, Wed. Oct. 13, 2010, A6

Milton O. "Milt" Evenson, passed away Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010, at the age of 85, surrounded by his family.

He was born Nov. 18, 1924, in the Town of Sherman, Dunn County, to Edward and Edith (Retzloff) Evenson. He was raised in the Town of Sherman and attended Roach School.

Milton married Alice Markham on June 29, 1950, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie.

He hauled canned milk to Tramway cheese factory for 10 years, while he also farmed. He then worked at American Materials for 25 years. After retiring, he delivered auto parts for Sam's Auto until he was 80 years old.

In his younger years, Milt played baseball with the Lambs Creek Bears. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, a good game of cards and an ice cold beer with his family. Milt will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Milt is survived by his wife of 60 years, Alice; his children, Rhonda (Tom) Schneider, Nancy (Dave) Ponto, John (Karen) Evenson, Judy (Paul) Gabriel and Bob (Kari) Evenson; 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and his beloved dog, Abby.

He was preceded in death by his son, Dan; his parents, Edward and Edith Evenson; brothers, Roy, Ralph, Clifford, Louis and Al; and sisters, Margaret and LaVille.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Pastor Roy Clickner officiating. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Parish Cemetery in Menomonie at a later date.

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