Dunn County, WI Obituaries
October 2005

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October 2, 2005 issue of The Dunn County News.

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Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 2, 2005, A6 None
Florence Jenny Abbott

Dunn County News, Wed, Oct. 5, 2005, A6

Florence Jenny Abbott, age 97, of rural Menomonie, died Monday, Sept. 26, 2005, at Chippewa Valley Hospital, Durand.

She was born July 29, 1908, in Buffalo County, a daughter of John and Frances Mathis Lindstrom. She attended Burnside School.

On Aug. 18, 1931, Florence married Clare Abbott at Lyster Lutheran Church. They farmed in the town of Dunn, Dunn County, all their married life. Clare died on Sept. 13, 1985.

Florence was a life member of East Chapel and United Methodist Church, and a long-time member of Royal Neighbors. She loved to cook, crochet and garden.

She is survived by one son, Dean (Wanda) Abbott of Durand; four grandchildren, Lon (Lynn) Abbott of Durand, Kerry Abbott of Mauston, Kelly (Ron) Weisenbeck of Eau Galle, and Sandy (Mark) Jessen of Oronoco, Minn.; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, John Lindstrom of Modena; one sister, Leona Grippen of Durand; and many nieces and nephews.

Florence was preceded in death by her parents, John and Florence Mathis Lindstrom; her husband, Clare Abbott; one son, Jerome Abbott; two brothers, Alvin "Jack" Lindstrom and Victor Lindstrom; and four sisters, Olive Stewart, Idell Johnson, Ruby Walmsley and Christine Walter.

Funeral services were Thursday, Sept. 29, 2005, at the United Methodist Church in Durand, with Pastor Sue Bryce officiating. Music was provided by Audrey Martin.

Casket bearers were Jeremy Abbott, Kara Abbott, Brittany Weisenbeck, Brianne Weisenbeck, Jordan Jessen, Kayla Abbott and Mackenzie Jessen. Burial was in Clearview Cemetery, town of Eau Galle.

Arrangements by the Goodrich Funeral Home in Durand.

Eugene J. "Bud" Thompson

Dunn County News, Wed, Oct. 5, 2005, A6

Eugene J. "Bud" Thompson, age 81, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Oct. 2, 2005, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Eugene James Thompson was born Nov. 10, 1923, to Adolph and Irene (Tilleson) Thompson. He was born and raised on the family farm just south of Irvington in the town of Menomonie.

Bud attended school in Irvington and later served in the U.S. Army from Jan. 7, 1943, until his honorable discharge on Aug. 23, 1944, as a military policeman.

Bud married Gladys "Tillie" Morgan on Nov. 6, 1945, in Menomonie. He worked as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 25 years and then worked for 15 years in the Grounds and Maintenance Department of the Menomonie School District until his retirement in 1986.

Bud was a life member of the D.A.V. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping, but throughout his life, his true love was trout fishing in Otter Creek.

He was an athlete all his life and enjoyed being a member of bowling and horseshoe teams with his buddies. He liked getting together with the guys at the deer camps through the years, especially at his son's cabin in Ashland County.

He also enjoyed watching for his son and daughters' racing pigeons to come home from races. Bud was an avid Twins and Vikings fan. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Bud is survived by two daughters, Sandy (Del) Yoder of Phoenix, Ariz., and Vicky (Al) Boucher of Panama City, Fla.; one son, James (Darline Knutson) Thompson of Menomonie; six grandchildren, Chad Yoder, Heather (John) Yoder Southway, Kerry Robinson, Kim Robinson, Kurt Robinson and Erik Thompson; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ione (Wayne) Scholfield of Downsville and Marlys (La-Vern) Burns of Minnesota; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Gladys "Tillie" Thompson.

Funeral services are 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, 2005, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with the Rev. Leslie Walck officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery in the town of Menomonie at a later date.

Family and friends are welcome at the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) and one hour prior to services on Thursday.

John C. Gale

Dunn County News, Wed, Oct. 5, 2005, A6

John C. Gale, age 52, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Oct. 2, 2005, as the result of a one-car accident in Dunn County.

Visitation will be held at Olson's Funeral Home in Menomonie on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2005, from 5 to 7 p.m.

A memorial service will be held at Lakewood Cemetery chapel in Minneapolis, Minn. at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, with a reception to follow. A private family internment will be held prior to the service.

John is survived by his wife of 25 years, Mary (Mame) Gale; son, Patrick, age 20; daughter, Sarah, age 17; his parents, Afred and Leona Gale of Maple Plain, Minn.; his older brother, Edward, and his wife Maria, of Santa Fe, N.M.; nephews, Sam and Peter, and niece, Kate.

John was the youngest grandchild of the late Richard P. and Isobel R. Gale of Mound, Minn. John is also survived by a host of friends, neighbors and business associates from across the country.

John was born and reared on a farm in Dickey County, N.D. He attended Fountain Valley School of Colorado, graduating in 1971. He attended Mankato State University for two years.

In 1974, John located to Dunn County, where he had farmed for 22 years. He organized a winning softball team in Connorsville for several summers.

For the past 15 years, John has been the CEO and principal owner of Vet's Plus, Inc. located in Knapp, which employs over 40 local people.

John, along with his wife Mame, was an accomplished organic gardener and naturalist who took great pleasure in searching the woods for edible mushrooms and other natural and wild foods. He was a thoughtful steward of the land, who also enjoyed hunting all seasons and watching and photographing wildlife. John was most peaceful in the outdoors, either in the garden or in the woods.

John served on the board of New Haven township. John was a generous philanthropist, supporting a variety of local and global causes.

John cared deeply for others and helped many people over the course of his life. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Interfaith Volunteers of Dunn County, in care of the Food Pantry, or to donor's choice.

Charles R. Graske Jr.

Dunn County  News, Sun, Oct. 9, 2005, A6

Charles Richard Graske was born June 13, 1933, in Menomonie. He was the second of four children born to Charles and Lois Graske. Barbara was born first, followed by Charles, John and Rose. He is survived by his two sisters, Barbara Luther and Rose Reemts.

Chuck was in the Air Force for four years. He spent time in Korea and most of his time in the states was spent at Patrick Air Force Base in Cocoa Beach, Fla.

Chuck married Louann Ellefson on May 19, 1956. They were married 49 years.

Chuck was a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a great-great-grandfather. He was a man who loved life to the fullest. He was always busy. He worked two and three jobs to support his family. He was a best buddy to many daycare children.

Chuck was a wonderful father to his three children, Julianne, Douglas and Richard. Also, he was a great pal to his eight grandchildren — Tonetta, Jeremy, Travis, Todd, Lindsay, Max, Shyanne and Lucas, and to his 11 great-grandchildren — Amelia, Drew, O’Rien, Mathius, Spencer, Alex, Kristynn, Kelly, Nicholas, Tristian and Michael, and his one great-great-grandchild, Travis Blaine. He loved each and every one of them. He is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Marian Graske and Gladys Huset.

His marriage to Louann was based on a strong love and faith in the Lord. They never really had any arguments. Of course, as Louann says, “It’s hard to argue with someone who is ALWAYS RIGHT.”

Charles was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; brother, John in 2002; a grandson, Travis; and three brothers-in-law, David Munson, John Shay and Lloyd Huset.

For many years, the Graskes’ summer vacation was shared with their friends, the Chelberts at Leaf Lakes. They enjoyed fishing together and have many great memories of these vacation times. Also, other fond memories include following the “R Country Gals” to their shows and gigs.

Chuck worked at Unisys and retired at 60 years of age in 1995 with 39-plus years of service.

After retirement, Chuck was always ready to travel anywhere and any time. He and Louann took many vacations to Florida with their friends, Joan and Ollie Olson. Then they discovered Brownsville, Texas, and spent the past few years there from January through March.

Chuck was easy-going, good-natured and happy. He always had a joke to tell and he had many hobbies. He read all the time, always wanting to learn more about everything and he loved to discuss anything and everything. He also loved to carve and whittle and made some beautiful things. He always had something to give to everyone. Many of you probably have his work displayed somewhere in your home.

Who could have imagined that we would be here today saying our final good-byes to our loved one, Chuck, or as others knew him, as Charlie? Everyone in this room loved him. That is a common bond we all have. Each of us have many special memories of Chuck, and whether they are serious or humorous, we all remember something. Something we will hold near and dear to our hearts and that we will never forget. No one here today will forget Chuck.

We say good-bye, but it is not really good-bye... it’s until we meet again.

We will love you always, Chuck.

Charles Richard Graske of Edina, Minn., was 72 years of age when he passed away of congestive heart failure on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2005.

Interment with full military honors was held at Fort Snelling Cemetery.

Memorial services were held Friday, Sept. 30, 2005, at Trinity Lutheran Church of Minnehaha Falls, Minneapolis, Minn.

Howard Richard Buss

Dunn County News, Wed, Oct. 12, 2005, A6

Howard Richard Buss, age 85, of Menomonie, died Saturday, Oct. 8, 2005, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie with hospice.

He was born May 31, 1920, in the town of Menomonie, Dunn County, to Otto and Ella (Behling) Buss. He was baptized and confirmed at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie. Howard graduated from Menomonie High School and attended one year of college at UW-Stout.

Howard served in the Wisconsin National Guard and the U.S. Navy, He married Joan Clements on Feb. 10, 1946, at St. Matthew’s Church in Spring Valley.

Howard worked for McGill Lithograph Co. in Minneapolis, Minn., and then held various jobs in the Menomonie area. Later, he and his wife, Joan, owned and operated the Diamond Club in the town of Menomonie for many years. He also worked for the Dunn County Office on Aging as a bookkeeper.

Howard was a very active member of the Menomonie Lions Club. He received many awards for his service, the most recent being the Birch-Sturm Fellowship award. Howard was past president of the Red Cedar Speedway Association and Just-Us-Riders Motorcycle Club. He also loved carpentry and gardening, and playing the piano, organ and trombone. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Howard is survived by his wife, Joan; two sons, David (Gloria) Buss and Randy (Jacqueline) Buss, both of Menomonie; three grandchildren, Sheri (Steve) Schutte, Amy (Clint) Peterson and Eric Buss; three great-grandchildren, Kristy and Madison Schutte and Chace Peterson; two sisters, Helen Scapple of Menomonie and Mildred (Frank) Bourdaux of White Bear Lake, Minn.; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one granddaughter, Traci Buss; a niece, Patricia Bourdaux; and a nephew, John Scapple.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2005, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Dave Whelan officiating. Burial was in Tramway Cemetery in the town of Menomonie with military honors provided by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie served the family.

Linda L. Hostetler

Dunn County News, Wed, Oct. 12, 2005, A6

Linda L. Hostetler, age 62, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2005, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Linda was born July 25, 1943, in South Bend, Ind., the daughter of Roy and Georgette (McLean) Hostetler. Linda attended Lakeville schools, graduating from nurse’s aid training and cooking school. She was employed by Osteopathic Hospital in South Bend and more recently by ConAgra-Swiss Miss In Menomonie.

Linda was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Menomonie. She was an accomplished baker and candy maker, specializing in Dutch apple pie, M & M cookies, caramels and caramel corn.

Linda is survived by three brothers, Lawrence (Kathleen) Hostetler of Mishawaka, Ind., and Daniel (Susan) Hostetler and James (Sharon) Jorgensen, both of Cameron; a sister, Rebecca (Julie Redpath) Hostetler of Pine City, Minn.; a sister-in-law, Kathleen Hostetler of Corydon, Ill., and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Suzanne Crain; and a brother, Richard Hostetler.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2005, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Thomas Krieg officiating. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery in Cameron.

Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

Brenda L. Butler

Dunn County News, Wed, Oct. 12, 2005, A6

Brenda L. Butler, age 35, of Wilson, died Friday, Oct. 7, 2005, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

She was born Feb. 9, 1970, in Menomonie to Jim and Jean (Hawkinson) Drury. Brenda married Richard Butler on Aug. 4, 1995, at the Wilson Lutheran Church in the town of Cady.

She enjoyed spending time with family and friends; she could always make them laugh. Brenda also enjoyed writing, camping and gardening.

She was very strong-willed and she will be sadly missed.

Brenda is preceded in death by a sister, Pam Bengston, and maternal and paternal grandparents.

Brenda is survived by her husband, Richard Butler of Wilson; three children, Dennis “DJ”, Rose and Erin, all at home; her parents, Jim and Jean Drury of Boyceville; mother-in-law, Sharon Butler of Wilson; three sisters, Debbie (Mark) Engle of Menomonie, Cheryl (Joe) Stacken of New Richmond, and Laurie (Dan) Schlottman of Boyceville; a brother-in-law, Lonnie Bengston of Elmwood; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 10, 2005, at the Anderson Everts Funeral Home in Glenwood City with the Rev. Leroy Nelson officiating. Final disposition will be the Eau Claire Crematory in Eau Claire.

Joanne Legato

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 16, 2005, A6

Joanne Legato, age 42, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2005, after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was the loving wife of Charles “Chuck” Legato of Trenton, Ontario. Sadly missed by her children, Mia and Joseph. Beloved daughter of Lawrence and Millie Halvorson of Menomonie. Cherished daughter-in-law of Fran Legato of Colborne. Joanne will be remembered by her family-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

The Legato family would like to gratefully acknowledge all of the friends who cared for and supported Joanne while she battled her illness.

Friends were invited to call at the Weaver Family Funeral Home — West Chapel, 170 Dundas St. West, Trenton, on Friday, Oct. 14, 2005.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005, at the Carman United Church, with the Rev. Rick Magie officiating. Interment was in the Carman Cemetery.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Breast Cancer Research & Education Fund of Ontario would be appreciated by the family.

Online guest book and condolences at www.weaverfuneralhomes.com.

Agnes L. Cook

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 16, 2005, A6

Agnes L. Cook, age 90, of Menomonie, died peacefully at her home on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2005.

The former Agnes Lena Hofland was born Sept. 25, 1915, in Menomonie to Edward and Helga (Lund) Hofland. She was raised in Menomonie and graduated from Menomonie High School.

Agnes married Lavern Cook on Sept. 4, 1937, in Menomonie. They had three daughters, Elaine, Joyce and Marsha. Besides raising her family, Agnes later worked as a nurse’s aid at Memorial Hospital in Menomonie.

Agnes lived in Menomonie all her life. She was an active, lifelong member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and a member of the Sons of Norway.

She loved sewing, crocheting, knitting, cross-stitching, reading and gardening. She also loved to walk along the Red Cedar Trail near her home.

Agnes is survived by two daughters, Joyce Cook of Madison and Marsha Cook of Bloomington, Minn.; a son-in-law, Jim Earle of Pewaukee; two grandsons, Trevor Earle of Waukesha and Nick Earle of Milwaukee; two sisters, Helen Hoffman of Mesa, Ariz., and Esther Berger of Menomonie; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lavern; a daughter, Elaine Earle; and three brothers, Henry, Paul and Fredrik Hofland.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 17, 2005, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with the Rev. Ron Burke officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today (Sunday) at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and an hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Melvin A. Strand

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 16, 2005, A6

Melvin Arthur Strand, age 89, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2005, at Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home in Elmwood.

He was born June 10, 1916, in the town of Menomonie, Dunn County, to Anton and Thora (Christopherson) Strand. Melvin was baptized and confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie and attended Tramway school.

Melvin was raised on the family farm where he lived most of his life and where he also cared for his parents. He was a farmer and self-taught mechanic who owned his own small engine repair business.

Melvin enjoyed gardening, loved his cats and enjoyed visiting with friends and relatives. He also dearly loved all of his nieces and nephews and will be sadly missed.

Melvin is survived by a sister-in-law, Marian Strand of Menomonie; nieces and nephews, Lloyd (Eva) Rogers of Menomonie, Hazel Scharlau of Menomonie, Lawrence (Delores) Hulback of Spring Valley, James Hulback of Menomonie, Don (Barbara) Hulback of Menomonie, Eva (Donald) Wahl of Menomonie, Carrol Hulback of Menomonie, Jerry (Nancy) Hulback of Spring Grove, Ill., and Galen (Chris) Hulback of Menomonie; many great-nieces and great-nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Bernice Rogers and Signa Hulback; three brothers, Edgar, Carl and Vernon Strand; two nieces, Lorraine Rogers and Janet Platson; and two nephews, LaVerne Hulback and Melford Hulback.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2005, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with the Rev. Geoff Scott officiating. Burial will be in Tramway Cemetery in the town of Menomonie, Dunn County.

Family and friends are welcome at the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

Audrey A. Miller

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 16, 2005, A6

Audrey A. Miller, age 83, of Menomonie, formerly of the town of Maple Grove, Barron County, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2005, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

She was born Nov. 21, 1921, in Almena, the daughter of Otto and Elsie (Balko) Borowski. She was raised on “Peaceful Acres Farm” and grew up in the Almena countryside with family and many friends from the neighborhood.

Audrey graduated from Barron High School. She attended UW-River Falls, but during high school days, she had fallen in love with George Augustus Miller from Almena and returned home to marry him on Aug. 30, 1941, at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church.

George and Audrey moved to Menomonie where they set up their newlywed home until George left to serve in the U.S. Navy SeaBees in World War II. When George returned from the South Pacific, he and Audrey moved to a farm south of Barron on Highway 25, later named “Turkelane Farms.” Together they built a home and a business.

Audrey filled her days as a partner to her husband raising cattle, turkeys, sheep, horses, chickens, hogs, beans, and whatever. She cooked many meals and apple pies for many crews.

She actively supported her children in school, church, scouts and 4-H. Many animals were washed and prepared for fair, demonstrations and speeches practiced, project meetings held, concerts and ball games attended.

She also was busy with her own interests in Homemakers and Church Circle. There have been many cookies and other treats sent cross-country and many fun-filled visits while fishing at the family cabin on Turtle Lake.

She is survived by three daughters, Georgia Geiger of Kennesaw, Ga., Deanna (Ken) Applehans of Menomonie, and Melanie Miller of Stoughton; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George A. Miller in 1993, and one son, Dr. Michael Miller in 1987.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 17, 2005, at First Lutheran Church in Barron, with the Rev. Bruce Beyer officiating. Burial will be in Wayside Cemetery in Barron.

Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Sunday) at Rausch-Rockman Funeral Home in Barron and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Mildred H. Bailey

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 16, 2005, A6

Mildred H. Bailey, age 88, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2005, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Mildred was born Jan. 21, 1917, in Avon, Minn., the daughter of Nicholas Thielen and Lena Van Heil. The family moved to St. Paul, Minn., when she was 8 years old.

Mildred worked as a waitress for a couple of years. Mildred married Bill Bailey on May 2, 1939, and they were married for 40 years. They lived in St. Paul until 1956 when they moved to Nashville, Tenn. After her husband died, she moved to Menomonie to be with her son, Bill.

Mildred is survived by one son, Bill (Mary Ann) of Menomonie; three grandchildren, Bill III (Julie), Ryan, and Shannon (fiancé Dave Fischer) Bailey; and one great-granddaughter, Madeline Bailey.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; five brothers, Pete, John, Bob, George and Ed; and three sisters, Florence, Tillie and Martha.

Memorial services were Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Menomonie, with the Rev. Thomas Krieg officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Rhiel’s Funeral Service in Menomonie served the family.

James E. Timmerman

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 16, 2005, A6

Death notice...

James E. Timmerman, age 83, of Melbourne, Fla. and formerly of Menomonie, died Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2005, at the Manor Care of Dunedin in Dunedin, Fla.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2005, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie . Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie, with military honors by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

Family and friends are welcome at the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, and one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

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Velmer Kizer

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Oct. 17, 2005

Velmer “Tim” Kizer, 90, of New Richmond, Wis., died on October 14, 2005, at St. Croix Health Center, New Richmond. He was born on June 19, 1915, in Menomonie to James and Martha (Zeihme) Kizer. Tim retired from Nor-Lake in 1980, and worked for Doboy for 20 years. He was a life-long Cubs fan, and loved gardening, fishing and playing horseshoes. One of his favorite joys was spending time with his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Vernon, Helmer “Dutch” and James Jr. Tim’s oldest son, Kay, was lost in a car accident in 1990.

He is survived by his wife of 65½ years, Alvilda (Score); brother, Gene; sisters, Margarit Blakley, Nora Kleist and Doris (Snookie) Comerford; sons, Thomas “T.K.” and Greg “Fizz”; and daughter, Gail. 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

A funeral service was held Sunday, October 16, at Cullen Crea Funeral Home in New Richmond, with Pastor Alan Buresch officiating. Janelle Sutherland provided the music. Amazing Grace was sung by his granddaughter, Samantha.

Gale M. Spielman

Dunn County News, Wed, Oct. 19, 2005, A6

Gale Myron Spielman, age 86, formerly of Boyceville, passed away Sunday, Oct. 16, 2005, at the Dunn County Health Care Center where he had been a resident since January 2003.

Gale was born Feb. 25, 1919, in Knapp, the son of Carl and Julia (Simpson) Spielman.

Gale married Doris Lucille Skamser on Oct. 4, 1940, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Boyceville.

As a long-time member of St. John’s, he served as council president. They owned and operated the Boyceville Feed Mill from 1953 until retiring in 1970.

He was a charter member of the Boyceville Fire Department, founded in 1948, and held the rank of assistant chief for many years.

Gale is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Doris in May 2004; a brother, Kenneth; a sister, Viola Smith; and a brother-in-law, C. Kelly Smith.

Gale is survived by a son, Dorian (Aneta) Spielman of Menomonie; two grandsons, Drew (Melissa) Spielman of De Pere and Wyatt Spielman of Menomonie; a brother, Orland (Myrtle) Spielman of Hudson; a sister-in-law, Helen Spielman of St. Paul, Minn.; nieces and nephews, Lynn (David) Dummer of Elk Mound, Douglas (Cindy) of Ladysmith, Janice (Martin) Engel of New Richmond, Karen (Timothy) Evenson of Menomonie, Keith (Sandra) Smith of Rogers, Minn., Ronald Grutt of Boyceville, and Theolyn Bacher of Cape Canaveral, Fla.; great-nieces and great-nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2005, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boyceville with the Rev. Curtis Brooks officiating. Burial will be in Tiffany Cemetery in Boyceville.

Friends may call at the church from 4 to 7 p.m. today (Wednesday) and one hour prior to services on Thursday.

Local arrangements by the Anderson Everts Funeral Home in Glenwood City.

James E. Timmerman

Dunn County News, Wed, Oct. 19, 2005, A6

James E. Timmerman, age 83, of Melbourne, Fla., formerly of Menomonie, died Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2005, at the Manor Care of Dunedin in Dunedin, Fla.

He was born May 3, 1922, in the town of Weston, Dunn County, to Chester A. and Velma G. (Borm) Timmerman.

Jim graduated from Menomonie High School in 1939 and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. In 1948, he graduated from Stout State University and in 1972, he received his master’s degree in guidance and counseling, also from Stout.

Jim married the former Victoria Marcheso in 1961 in Berlin, Germany. She preceded him in death in 1990.

Jim was a teacher, coach and guidance counselor in public schools in Sherburn, Minn., Honolulu, Hawaii, Wallace, Idaho, Pasadena and Los Angeles, Calif., Wheaton, Md., Manassas, Va., and Melbourne. He retired from the Department of Defense Dependants School System in 1980 after serving in Okinawa, Bremerhaven, Berlin, Ansbach, Schwaebisch Gmuend and Frankfurt, Germany. He was also with Dodds Schools in Paris, France, Fort Bragg, Fort Beljoir and Manila in the Philippine Islands.

He was also an umpire, referee and official in most sports, including football, flag football, basketball, soccer, baseball, volleyball, boxing, and track and field. Jim enjoyed an around the world trip, visiting countries such as China, Thailand, Burma, Lebanon, Pakistan, Egypt, and Turkey, and during his 19 years in Europe, he visited all countries, including Russia. His travels took him to many interesting places in different parts of the world.

Jim is survived by a daughter, Sandra (Don) Rosha of St. Augusta, Minn.; three grandchildren, Darrin, Nathan and Kim Rosha; two sisters, Mary Ann (Jack) Allmann of Federal Way, Wash., and Mildred Beeler of Sugar Land, Texas; a brother-in-law, Jack Marcheso of Melbourne; nieces, nephews and great-nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Victoria; a sister, Doris and her husband, Robert Steies; and another brother-in-law, B. Michael Beeler.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2005, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Rosalind Dryver-Scott officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie with military honors provided by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

Family and friends are welcome at the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to services on Saturday.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Legion or AmVets in Dunedin.

Neal F. Hunter Sr.

Dunn County News, Wed, Oct. 19, 2005, A6

Neal F. Hunter Sr., age 80, of Menomonie, died peacefully on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2005, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

He was born Feb. 21, 1925, in St. Paul, Minn., to Harold and Gertrude (Dahms) Hunter. He moved to the Glenwood City area with his parents and graduated from Glenwood City High School.

Neal served in the U.S. Navy as an electrician during World War II. He married Betty Wilk on Feb. 2, 1952, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spring Valley.

Neal worked as an electrician for the Milwaukee Soo Line Railroad until 1968 when he developed M.S. He has lived in Menomonie for 30 years and was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Menomonie since 1975. He was also a member of local VFW Post 1039.

Neal is survived by his beloved wife, Betty Hunter of Menomonie; two daughters and three sons, Barbara (Dennis) Pierson of Freeport, Ill., Neal (Rhonda) Hunter Jr. of Monroe, Richard (Donna) Hunter of Rockford, Ill., Russell (Kathy) Hunter of Dubuque, Iowa, and Christine Hunter-Cornell of Menomonie; eight grandchildren, Ryan (Brenda) Pierson, David (Allyson) Pierson, Travis and Jeremy Hunter, Chad (Mary) Hunter, Amy (Louis) Sola, Brook (Melissa) Hunter, and Amber (Matt) Schouten; two great-grandchildren, Lane Pierson and Chase Hunter; three brothers and one sister, Jim (Eileen) Hunter, Floyd Hunter, Norris Hunter and Eleanor Engdahl, all of St. Paul, Minn.; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2005, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Menomonie with Father Tom Krieg officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Hersey with military honors provided by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

Family and friends are welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, where there will be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. There will also be visitation one hour prior to services on Friday at the church.

Ellen Reppe

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 23, 2005, A6

Ellen Reppe, age 89, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2005, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

She was born Nov. 16, 1915, in Menomonie to Erick and Ingeborg Anna (Berseth) Reppe. Ellen was baptized and confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie. She attended area schools and graduated from Menomonie High School. Ellen was a secretary for Paul Tietz at the Farmers Mutual Insurance Co. for many years.

She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and at one time taught Sunday School there. She was very talented in knitting and crocheting and plastic canvas. She also made beautiful afghans and sweaters.

Ellen lived most of her life in Menomonie caring for her parents. She also spent 14 years with her sister, Signa, in Stanley. Her last 27 years were spent at the Dunn County Health Care Center.

Ellen is survived by 18 nieces and nephews; many great-nieces and great-nephews and great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews, and numerous cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Ole, Edwin, Palmer, Peter, Oliver and Ingwold; her sisters, Sophie Meier, Clara Reppe, Borgena Lee and Signa Brown; and a brother and sisters who died in infancy.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 24, 2005, at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Geoff Scott officiating. Burial will be Christ Lutheran/ Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie.

Family and friends are welcome one hour prior to the service at the church.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling arrangements.

Nora Lokken

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 23, 2005, A6

Nora Lokken, age 102, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Oct. 20, 2005, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

The former Nora Tubbs was born Sept. 19, 1903, to Carl and Lavina (Woods) Tubbs. She spent most of her childhood in the Falls City area. Nora attended Dunn County Normal and taught school for two years. She married Arthur Lokken May 19, 1922. Nora did a lot of sewing and fancywork and also did alterations for the Fair Store. Nora was also a very good cook.

They raised six children: Ardith, Marlene, Faye, Duane, Audrey and Eula. They also had a special friend Marlou Grudt, who stayed with them, and considered Nora as her second mom.

Nora's secret to long life was, take one day at a time; Christian life is important; always live by honesty and show kindness.

Nora is survived by a son, Duane (Bonnie) Lokken of Beaver Dam; three daughters, Ardith Schlytter of Menomonie; Faye (Kenneth) Niederkorn of Horicon; Audrey Kroells of Waterloo, Iowa; 19 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; 25 great-great-grandchildren; a son-in-law, Frank Harshman of Menomonie; a sister-in-law, Gwen Tubbs of Eau Claire; four half sisters, Eunice Metling, Lottie Weir, Bess Vehrs and Nancy Clausen.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Arthur; three infant sons, Gerald, Gerrard and Douglas; two daughters, Marlene Harshman and Eula Panich; two grandchildren, Tammie Rogers and John Schlytter; three sons-in-law, Leland Schlytter, Alvin Kroells, Mark Panich; two sisters, Adeline and Nettie; and two brothers, Allen and Harold Tubbs.

Funeral services will be 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, 2005, at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie with Rev. John Mikkelson officiating. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Cedar Falls Cemetery, Township of Red Cedar, rural Menomonie.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. Friday until the time of the services at the funeral home.

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Dennis Yoder

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 23, 2005, A6

Death notice -

Dennis Yoder, age 45, of Knapp, died Friday, Oct. 21, 2005, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

Arrangements are pending at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

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Marion Larson

Dunn County News, Sun, Oct. 23, 2005, A6

Death notice -

Marion Larson, age 85, of Menomonie, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2005, at Myrtle Werth Hospital/Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Arrangements are pending at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

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Dennis L. Yoder

Dunn County  News, Wed, Oct. 26, 2005, A6

Death notice -

Dennis L. Yoder, age 45, of Knapp, died Friday, Oct. 21, 2005, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie with hospice.

Memorial services were Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. LeRoy Nelson officiating. Burial was in Forest Hill Cemetery in Knapp.

Roger W. Palmer

Dunn County  News, Wed, Oct. 26, 2005, A6

Death notice - 

Roger W. Palmer, age 62, of Madison, formerly of Menomonie, died Monday, Oct. 24, 2005, at his home.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 28, 2005, at the United Methodist Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Rosalind Dryver-Scott officiating. Burial will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Knapp with military honors provided by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

Family and friends are welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

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Marion E. Larson

Dunn County  News, Wed, Oct. 26, 2005, A6

Death notice -

Marion E. Larson, age 85, of Menomonie, formerly of Williston, N.D., died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2005, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

A private family graveside service will be held at the Fergus Falls Cemetery in Fergus Falls, Minn.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is assisting the family.

Florence H. Sipple

Dunn County  News, Wed, Oct. 26, 2005, A6

Florence H. Sipple, age 86, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Oct. 23, 2005, at Care Partners Assisted Living in Menomonie with hospice.

The former Florence Hazel Quilling was born Feb. 4, 1919, in the town of Spring Brook, Dunn County, to Sam and Anna (Dahms) Quilling. She was baptized and confirmed at the Iron Creek United Methodist Church where she was a lifelong member. She was raised in the town of Spring Brook and attended Sunny Knoll country school.

Florence married Earl M. Sipple on Oct. 21, 1937, in Elk Mound. Together, they farmed in the town of Spring Brook most of their lives. After retiring, they moved to Menomonie.

Florence enjoyed embroidering and cooking and spending time with family and friends. She will be sadly missed.

Florence is survived by a sister, Florence Schneck; nieces and nephews, Maurice (Jean) Schneck, Eugene (Sue) Schneck, Donald (Barb) Schneck, Shirley (Richard) Neumann, Janet (Victor) Rhodes, Bonnie (Curt) Hagberg, Audrey Cropp, Gerald (Molly) Quilling, Joyce Quilling, Marlys (Allen) Andrews, Donald (Carol) Bilse, Eugene (Joan) Bilse and Lawrence (Faith) Sipple; many great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Earl; two brothers, Earl (Alice) Quilling and Ralph (Julia) Quilling, and an infant brother, LeRoy; a sister, Mable (George) Wagner; and two nephews, Lawrence Quilling and Donald Wagner.

Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005, at the Salem Iron Creek United Methodist Church in the town of Spring Brook with the Rev. Margaret DeMaris officiating. Burial will be in the Iron Creek Cemetery in the town of Spring Brook.

Family and friends are welcome from 4:30 to 7 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

Nora Lokken

Dunn County  News, Wed, Oct. 26, 2005, A6

Nora Lokken, age 102, of Menomonie, died Thursday, Oct. 20, 2005, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

The former Nora Tubbs was born Sept. 19, 1903, to Carl and Lavina (Woods) Tubbs. She spent most of her childhood in the Falls City area. Nora attended Dunn County Normal and taught school for two years. She married Arthur Lokken on May 19, 1922. Nora did a lot of sewing and fancywork and also did alterations for the Fair Store. Nora was also a very good cook.

They raised six children: Ardith, Marlene, Faye, Duane, Audrey and Eula. They also had a special friend, Marlou Grudt, who stayed with them, and considered Nora as her second mom.

Nora's secret to long life was take one day at a time; Christian life is important; always live by honesty and show kindness.

Nora is survived by a son, Duane (Bonnie) Lokken of Beaver Dam; three daughters, Ardith Schlytter of Menomonie, Faye (Kenneth) Niederkorn of Horicon, and Audrey Kroells of Waterloo, Iowa; 19 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; 25 great-great-grandchildren; a son-in-law, Frank Harshman of Menomonie; a sister-in-law, Gwen Tubbs of Eau Claire; and four half sisters, Eunice Metling, Lottie Weir, Bess Vehrs and Nancy Clausen.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Arthur; three infant sons, Gerald, Gerrard and Douglas; two daughters, Marlene Harshman and Eula Panich; three grandchildren, Tammie Rogers, John Schlytter and Daniel Kincade; three sons-in-law, Leland Schlytter, Alvin Kroells and Mark Panich; two sisters, Adeline and Nettie; and two brothers, Allen and Harold Tubbs.

Funeral services will be 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, 2005, at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie with Rev. John Mikkelson officiating. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Cedar Falls Cemetery, town of Red Cedar, rural Menomonie.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. until time of services Friday at the funeral home.

Jeanette M. Hamel

Dunn County News, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005, A6

Jeanette M. Hamel, age 83, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

The former Jeanette Mary Krigbaum was born April 11, 1922, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Joseph and Munghild (Swanson) Krigbaum. She resided in Menomonie the last 25 years.

Jeanette is survived by her son, Paul Nelson of Burnsville, Minn.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, George Nelson; her second husband, Louis Hamel; and a son, Dean Nelson.

No services are planned.

Assistance was provided the family by the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

Roger W. Palmer

Dunn County News, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005, A6

Roger W. Palmer, age 62, of Madison, formerly of Menomonie, died Monday, Oct. 24, 2005, at his home following a long and courageous battle with cancer.

He was born Feb. 7, 1943, in Menomonie to William and Evelyn (Gradman) Palmer. He was raised in Menomonie and graduated in 1960 from Menomonie High School. While attending high school and UW-Stout, he also worked as a dairy farmer.

While serving in the U.S. Air Force, Roger received his bachelor of science degree in 1967 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He married Gloria Wirsing on Sept. 23, 1967, in San Antonio, Texas. He was commissioned and stationed at the North American Defense Command (NORAD) Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

In 1971, Roger and his family returned to Wisconsin where he was employed by Wisconsin Dairy Herd Improvement Cooperative (DHI) as director of data processing. While working for DHI, he received his master's degree in 1979 in dairy science.

Roger started his own consulting business, Agricultural Computing and Consulting (ACC) in 1979. He received his Ph.D in dairy science and a minor in agricultural economics in 1982 from UW-Madison.

He was programming manager for American Breeders Service from 1984 to 1985 and from 1985 to 1987 he was senior dairy management consultant for Purina Mills, Inc.

In 1987, he became assistant professor in the Dairy Science Department at UW-Madison with teaching and extension responsibilities. In 2003, he was promoted to associate professor.

Roger received many awards and honors for his work in the dairy science field. He has three published books, including “Dairy Modernization,” a dairy herd management textbook.

In addition to his work, he enjoyed his farm in rural Menomonie and traveling for business and pleasure. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Roger is survived by his wife, Gloria of Madison; two daughters, Jonell Palmer of Menomonie and Jennifer Kolste of Schofield; five grandchildren, William, Casey, Marquetta, Christopher and Nicholas; one sister, Shirley Bertrand of Wadsworth, Ill.; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, William; a sister, Florence Sorenson; and an infant brother, Ronald.

Funeral services were Friday, Oct. 28, 2005, at the United Methodist Church in Menomonie, with the Rev. Rosalind Dryver-Scott officiating. Burial was in Forest Hill Cemetery in Knapp with military honors provided by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

Noreen M. Rye

Dunn County News, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005, A6

Noreen M. Rye, age 82, of Wausau, formerly of Menomonie, died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005, at Aspirus Hospital in Wausau.

The former Noreen Marie Setter was born Nov. 20, 1922, in Menomonie to Severin and Hazel (Wismer) Setter.

Noreen married Paul Rye on Sept. 18, 1946, in Menomonie. After the death of her husband, Paul, in 1995, she moved to Wausau to be near her son.

Noreen is survived by a son, Lee (Susan) Rye of Wausau; two grandchildren, Paul (Jamie) Rye of Birnamwood and Christine Rye of Wausau; one stepgrandson, Mathew Seubert of Wausau; two great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepfather, Raymond Hoimyr; her husband, Paul; and an infant son, Steven.

Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 29, 2005, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. John Mikkelson officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.

Earl S. Hathaway

Dunn County News, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005, A6

Earl S. Hathaway, age 94, of Menomonie, Wis. died Saturday, October 29, 2005 at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

He was born Aug. 30, 1911 in Dunn County to Farril and Minnie (Hanson) Hathaway. Earl farmed in Dunn County before going to work at Sanna Dairies, where he worked for many years, retiring in 1972.

Earl loved his family and also loved to fish and hunt. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Earl is survived by his wife, Elsie of Menomonie; two daughters and one son, all of St. Paul, Minn., Patricia (Don) Skarsten, Joanne (George) Forliti, and Daniel (Bev) Hathaway; a stepson, LaVern (Phyllis) Heitkamp of Cedarburg; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brother, Hillary Hathaway of Menomonie; a sister, Favorite Smith of Glenwood City; and very special friends, Gary and Audrey Quilling and Don and Ev Smith.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Zerelda Lauderdale; brothers, William and Byrant; a grandson, John Skarsten; and stepson, Marvin Heitkamp.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005 at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Steve Schmeling officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Family and friends are welcome from 4-8 p.m., Tuesday, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

Keith Harlan Kolbenschlag

Dunn County News, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005, A6

Keith Harlan Kolbenschlag died Sunday, Oct. 16, 2005, after a long struggle with a diabetic condition. Keith was in a nursing home in Stockton, Calif., since January 2005 where his wife, Dolores, is living.

Keith was born Oct. 26, 1931. He attended Lac Qui Parle rural school (Minnesota). He graduated from Dawson (Minn.) High School in 1949, after a successful basketball season. He attended college in Menomonie (teachers' training).

Keith was the only son of Esther and Herman Kolbenschlag (Herman died in 1981; Esther died in 1996). Keith has one son, Keith Jr., in Stockton. He has a daughter-in-law, Margaret (married eight years to Keith Jr.) and three adult granddaughters, Natalie, Debbie and Elizabeth. He is survived by his only sister, Wawa June Thorson of Bloomington, Minn.

Keith worked for Sears in Stockton. He served in the U.S. Air Force in the early 1950s in Germany.

He rarely returned to Minnesota. There are many cousins in the Dawson area. His wife's family in California was devoted to Keith - Keith was a kind and considerate man to his family. He will be dearly missed by Dolores, Keith Jr. and Wawa June, plus other relatives and friends. Our love for Keith continues in memories.

Interment was in Stockton.

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