Dunn County, WI Obituaries
March 2004

The obituaries posted here are reprinted with permission from the Dunn County News, Menomonie, Wisconsin. These are "current" obituaries, beginning with the 
March 3, 2004 issue of The Dunn County News.

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Arnold "Chuck" Leroy Johnson

Dunn County News, Wed, Mar 3, 2004, A6

Arnold "Chuck" Leroy Johnson, age 66, of Knapp, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2004, at his home in the town of Stanton with his loving wife at his side.

Chuck was born April 5, 1937, in the town of Springfield, St. Croix County, to the late Clarence "Trix" and Idelle (Keeley) Johnson.
On Nov. 27, 1957, Chuck married Patsy Yoder at the Methodist Church in Menomonie. Chuck had many jobs through the years. He was a milk hauler and hauled for Cady Cheese, Knapp Creamery and the Boyceville Creamery. He worked for a number of years as a bricklayer in Menomonie. Chuck spent about 30 years working in Boyceville at Bartlett's Elevator and Cenex. In 1987, he bought his own whitewashing business, C&D Whitewashing, which he owned and operated for about six years. He then farmed until his health forced him to quit.

Chuck loved spending time teaching the grandchildren to hunt and fish and woodworking in his spare time. He also taught many of them to drive a tractor, bobcat and backhoe. He renewed his faith towards the end.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Trix and Idelle Johnson; two sisters, Joyce Larson and Beverly Johnson; and four brothers, Curtis, Douglas, Calvin and Dwayne Johnson.

Survivors include his wife, Patsy of Knapp; two sons and four daughters, Daniel (Rachel) Johnson of Knapp, Linda (Kenny) Johnson of Woodville, Donna (Jeff) Ekwall of Woodville, Cathy Curvello of Glenwood City, Kelvin (Kathy) Johnson of Glenwood City, and Cindy (David) Malean of Knapp; one brother, Wesley Johnson of Hersey; four sisters, Betty (Bob) Brathol of St. Paul, Minn., Laura (Albert) DeLong of Minneapolis, Minn.; Phyllis (Ron) Rogers of Hersey, and Cheryl Johnson of St. Paul; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Visitation is from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 4, 2004, at the Keehr Funeral Home in Spring Valley. A memorial service will follow the visitation at 6 p.m. with the Rev. Leroy Nelson officiating.

Honorary bearers are Travis Johnson, Matthew Johnson, Gregory Malean, Michael Malean, Darrick Malean and Jennifer Curvello.

Keehr Funeral Home in Spring Valley is handling arrangements.

Vernetta R. Behling

Dunn County News, Wed, Mar 3, 2004, A6

Vernetta R. Behling, age 73, of Menomonie, died Sunday, Feb. 29, 2004, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie after a long struggle with M.S.

The former Vernetta Ruth Hintz was born March 31, 1930, in the town of Sherman, Dunn County, to Henry and Ida (Cook) Hintz. She was baptized and confirmed at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie where she was a lifelong member. Vernetta was raised on the home farm in the town of Sherman and lived there until her marriage. She married Lyle Behling on Oct. 7, 1947, at Peace Lutheran Church.

Vernetta worked at Sanna Dairies, Parker Pen and the Best Western Motel before starting her own business of cleaning and painting homes in the Menomonie area.

She enjoyed fishing, playing cards and gardening. Vernetta was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and will be sadly missed.

Vernetta is survived by her husband, Lyle; daughter, Carole Behling (Brian Scholfield) of Menomonie; son, Lynn (Kathy) Behling of Menomonie; granddaughters, Katie and Kristie of Menomonie; one brother, Willard Hintz, and two sisters, Lorraine Wedam and Evelyn Beguhn, all of Menomonie; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Vernon Hintz, and her sister, Edna Sitzman.

Funeral services were Wednesday, March 3, 2004, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Dale Freberg officiating. Burial was in Teegarden Cemetery in the town of Lucas, Dunn County.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

Carole Wonn Fritz

Dunn County News, Wed, Mar 3, 2004, A6

Carole Wonn Fritz, age 81, of Menomonie, died of natural causes on Sunday, Feb. 29, 2004, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

The former Carole Wonn was born Feb. 6, 1923, in Frackville, Pa. She later moved to Washington, D.C., and worked through World War II at Western Union in the Congressional Building. Carole married Rudy Fritz in 1946 and had one daughter, Lois.

They moved to California in 1947 where Carole was a working mom. In the Santa Clara Valley, she worked at various jobs from packing vegetables to the head of personnel at General Electric. While in California, she started riding horses at the age of 40 and realized a natural love and caring for all animals.

In 1968, Carole and Rudy and Lois and Dave moved from the Silicon Valley in California to beautiful Menomonie to realize a dream of farming. Carole actively helped in all phases of horse and cattle care. Since the whole family lived together, she helped raise her two grandsons, Fletcher and Forrest. She also babysat her four great-grandchildren until her death.

While in Wisconsin, besides riding and caring for horses, she participated in helping her daughter and grandsons show horses competitively across the nation for 40 years.

Carole was loved by all her horse friends because she helped and encouraged all people, from babies through seniors. She was known at horse shows by all as "Grandma." She was especially loved in the Minnesota Pinto Horse Association.

Carole is survived by her daughter, Lois (Dave) Johnson of Menomonie; two grandsons, Fletcher Johnson and Forrest (Nicole) Johnson, both of Menomonie; five great-grandchildren, Kristofer, Kameron, Jennie, Nova and Glacier Johnson; one sister, Grace Mast, who is 99 years old; and other relatives and friends; also, two dogs, Mellie and Dolly; and cats, Kirby, Hillary, Bill, Harley, Splotchy, Esmee and Grundy.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Rudy in 1995; one sister, Lois; two brothers, Walter and Clifford; and one great-grandchild, Tanner Johnson in 2000.

No service is planned.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is assisting the family.

Harry A. Herbert

Dunn County News, Wed, Mar 3, 2004, A6

Harry A. Herbert, age 71, professor and dean emeritus, UW-Stout, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004, in Crossville, Tenn.

Dr. Herbert grew up in Tiffin, Ohio. During the Korean and Vietnam wars, Harry served for six years in a U.S. Navy motion picture unit. After the war, he worked as an industrial photographer for some time.

On July 27, 1958, Virginia Colas and Harry were married in Plymouth, Mass. The couple moved to Bowling Green, Ohio, where Harry finished a B.A. in industrial arts at Bowling Green State University, Ohio. In 1963, he earned an M.S. degree in audio-visual communications from UW-Stout. Harry worked at Northern University in DeKalb for two years, then returned to Stout in 1965 as an instructor. In May 1974, Harry earned an Ed.D. in instructional systems at Indiana University.

He was highly regarded as an expert in communications and served as a consultant to a number of educational institutions. In August 1987, Dr. Herbert was appointed Dean of Learning Resources and Telecommunications at UW-Stout. He retired from this position in May 1990. They moved to Crossville three years later.

Dr. Herbert is survived by his wife, Virginia of Crossville; his mother, Marie Herbert of Springfield, Ohio; two sisters, Dorothy (Howard) Conley and Judy (Ted) Treon; two sons, Jay (Debbie) Herbert of Arkadelphia, Ark., and Greg (Paula) Herbert; and two grandchildren, Lauren and Nickolas of Rochester, Minn.

Harry was predeceased by his father, Andrew, and one sister, Sharon (David) Hawkins.

A memorial service will be held April 3 in the Dayton, Ohio, area. Details are pending.

Memorials may be sent to St. Judes, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-9929, or to the Menomonie Women's Club Flower Basket Project, c/o Irene Seston, N4722 455th, Menomonie, WI 54751.

The family may be reached at 705 Highland Drive, Crossville, TN 38572; phone 931-788-6783.

Agnes Grutt

Dunn County News, Wed, Mar 3, 2004, A6

Agnes Grutt, age 69, of Elk Mound, began her heavenly existence on Monday, March 1, 2004, surrounded by her loving family in the comfort of her home.

She was born on June 15, 1934, in the town of Spring Brook, Dunn County, to Russell and Nora (McKay) Saxton. Agnes attended Forest Center Grade School and was a four-year cheerleader at Dunn County Aggie, graduating with the class of 1951. On Sept. 24, 1955, she married Herbert W. Grutt, longtime friend and high school sweetheart. Together, they farmed in the town of Spring Brook, raising their four children.
Agnes was a member of the Forest Center Church of the Nazarene, teaching Sunday School for many years. She raised German shepard dogs and later, buffalo. She was one of the first "lady" stock car drivers, loving fast and flashy cars. Agnes enjoyed sewing, painting and gardening. She loved her flowers.

Agnes is survived by her husband, Herbert; three daughters, Jayette (Larry) Giere and Shawn (John) McMartin, both of Menomonie, and Ravin (Jess) Rooney of Markesan; one son, Kemp (Terri) Grutt of Milton; a foster son, Daryl (LaVonne) Myers of Weyerhauser; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Marvin (Carol) Saxton of Menomonie; a sister, Kay (Donald) Lentz of Menomonie; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Raleigh Saxton; two infant daughters, Hope and Briette Grutt; one infant son, Breck Grutt; and one foster son, Darrel Snider.

Funeral services are 3 p.m. Saturday, March 6, 2004, at the Forest Center Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Carlton Zehrt officiating. There will be a two-hour visitation period prior to the service as per Agnes' wishes. Burial will be in Forest Center Cemetery, town of Spring Brook, Dunn County, at a later date.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is assisting the family with arrangements.

Lowell "Max" Tritt

Dunn County News, Wed, Mar 3, 2004, A6

Lowell "Max" Tritt, age 76, of Elk Mound, died Tuesday, March 2, 2004, at his home with hospice.

Arrangements are pending at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

[See complete obituary below.]
 

Lowell "Max" S. Tritt

Dunn County News, Sun, Mar 7, 2004, A6

Lowell "Max" S. Tritt, age 76, of Elk Mound, died Tuesday, March 2, 2004, at his home in the company of his wife and family.

Max was born July 21, 1927, in Oshkosh and married Marilyn Jensen on July 25, 1947.

He was a graduate of Omro High School and a self-taught individual with many talents and abilities. Max was the owner of the Triple "T" Egg Farm until his retirement in 1989 and was a longtime member of the Menomonie Lions Club. He served as president from 1971 to 1972 and was honored with the Melvin Jones Fellow Humanitarian Service Award. He was also an active supporter and volunteer with the Menomonie Youth Hockey Association.

During his lifetime he greatly enjoyed golf, bowling, Packer games, country music festivals, camping, fishing, hunting and woodworking. Due to his great love for his grandchildren and great-grandson, he became an avid fan and spectator of baseball, football, girls' basketball, soccer, swimming, dance and piano recitals.

Max is survived by his wife, Marilyn; three sons, Jack (Vicki) Tritt of Menomonie, Jayson (Jean) Tritt of Hudson, and Jeff (Christine) Tritt of Seattle, Wash.; one daughter, Michelle (David) Petersen of Eau Claire; seven grandchildren, Christopher, Corey, Kim, Devan, Taylor, Max and Sam; one great-grandson, Connor; a sister-in-law, Sonya Fraleigh of Omro; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mabel, and a brother, Jack Fraleigh.

At Max's request, a private family service will be held at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Wisconsin Lion's Eye Bank.

John Peter Uetz

Dunn County News, Sun, Mar 7, 2004, A6

John Peter Uetz of Jacksonville, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2004.

He was born March 2, 1916, in Elk Mound. He served in the 820th Aviation Engineers from 1943 to 1946 and took part in the Normandy invasion on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1945.

He retired to Jacksonville in 1975 after a long career in the electrical contracting business in Detroit, Mich. He was a member of the American Legion, the Knights of Columbus, the Southside Businessmen's Club and the St. Joseph's Men's Club.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Pat Uetz of Jacksonville; one daughter, Deborah Herbenar Turner and her husband, Tom, of Jacksonville; one granddaughter, Ann Prince and her husband, Steve, of Charlotte, N.C.; one grandson, Keith Herbenar of Jacksonville; one brother, William (Norma) Uetz of Elk Mound; one sister, Marian (Glenn) Erickson of Oroville, Calif.; and two sisters-in-law, Virginia Uetz of Clarksville, Tenn., and Claudine Uetz of Rockford, Ill.

He is predeceased by his parents, Frank and Ida Uetz, and two brothers, Francis and David Uetz.

Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 21, 2004, at St. Joseph's Historical Catholic Church in Jacksonville with the Rev. Frederick Park officiating. The Rev. Dan Cody co-officiated. Interment was in St. Joseph's Cemetery.

Hardage-Giddens Mandarin Funeral Home in Jacksonville handled arrangements.

 

Ferne L. Helgeson

Dunn County News, Wed, Mar. 10, 2004, A6

Ferne L. Helgeson, age 86, of Menomonie, died peacefully Monday, March 8, 2004, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire of cancer-related complications.

The former Ferne Lorraine Schutz was born Dec. 28, 1917, in Boyceville to John and Zella (Emerson) Schutz. They had a dairy farm, called Sunnyvale Farm, specializing in Duroc hogs. Ferne attended Granger Elementary School and graduated in 1935 from Boyceville High School. She walked two and one-half miles to school until her senior year, when Ferne roomed in town during the week and went home on weekends. After high school, Ferne worked at the REA (Rural Electrification Administration) office as a cashier from 1938 to 1944.
Ferne married Leonard V. Helgeson on Nov. 15, 1941, in Boyceville. They lived in Columbus, Ohio, Cedarburg and Blair moving to Menomonie in 1957. Ferne worked as an administrative secretary at the University of Wisconsin-Stout for 20 years before retiring in 1981. Following the death of her husband, Ferne enjoyed nearly five years in residence at The Oaks in Menomonie.

She was an active member of Peace Lutheran Church, Priscilla Circle and the church quilting group. Ferne also enjoyed traveling, gardening, sewing and spending time with her family.

Ferne is survived by two daughters, Diane (James) Carter of Hudson and Virginia Helgeson of Menomonie; two grandchildren, Kirsten Carter of Hudson and Matthew Carter of Salt Lake City, Utah; two sisters, LaVon Reitz of Boyceville and Harriet Ewald of Karnes City, Texas; one brother, Lawrence Schutz of San Jose, Calif.; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Alan (Vera) Helgeson of Menomonie; a sister-in-law, Helen Schutz of Menomonie; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leonard in 1999; and a brother, Dale Schutz.

Funeral services are 2 p.m. Thursday, March 11, 2004, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. David Whelan officiating. Spring burial will be in Peace Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

Memorials may be given to Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

Randy W. Brunn

Dunn County News, Sun, Mar. 14, 2004, A6

Randy W. Brunn, age 51, of Marathon, died Sunday, Feb. 29, 2004.

He was born June 24, 1952, in Menomonie, the son of Wallace and Irene (Singerhouse) Brunn. On Oct. 6, 1984, he married Sandra Koppa at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, town of Cassel. She survives.

Randy was an agronomist for Marathon Feed and recently for Farm Services of Antigo. He was on the board of directors of the Ginseng Growers Association in Marathon. Randy also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Besides his wife, Sandy Brunn of Marathon, and his parents, Wallace and Irene Brunn of Menomonie, survivors include his two daughters, Ashley and Megan Brunn, at home; three sisters, Janice Brunn and Carol (Doug) Gundlach, both of Menomonie, and Susan (Bill) Anderson of Bloomer; two brothers, Roger and Richard Brunn, both of Menomonie; and his father-in-law, John Koppa of Wausau.

Funeral prayers were at noon on Wednesday, March 3, 2004, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Marathon with the Rev. Joseph Diermeier officiating. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery in Marathon.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established for Randy's two daughters education.

Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home in Marathon was in charge of arrangements.

Mildred L. Klosowski

Dunn County News, Sun, Mar. 14, 2004, A6

Mildred L. Klosowski, age 95, passed away Monday, March 8, 2004, at Martin Nursing and Restorative Care in Stuart, Fla.

Mrs. Klosowski is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Sable Club at Fisherman's Village, and United Commercial Travelers of Stuart.
Mrs. Klosowski leaves to cherish her memory her daughter, Mary Beth (Ken) McNulty of Stuart; a grandson, Mark John McNulty of Stuart; and a brother, Gordon Retzloff, and a sister, Helen Wagner, both of Menomonie.

Mrs. Klosowski was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, John Klosowski in 2000.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, March 12, 2004, at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Stuart with burial in Forest Hills Memorial Park in Palm City, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hospice of Martin and St. Lucie, Inc., 1201 SE Indian St., Stuart, FL 34997.

Forest Hills Funeral Home in Palm City handled arrangements.

Jean M. Neikirk

Dunn County News, Sun, Mar. 14, 2004, A6

Jean M. Neikirk, age 85, of Menomonie, died Friday, March 12, 2004 at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Jean was born on June 16, 1918 in Faribault, Minn. to Court and Nellie (Bailey) Sanders. She graduated from St. Paul Central High School in St. Paul, Minn. Jean married Norman Neikirk on Oct. 23, 1936 in St. Paul where they resided until retirement when they moved to Wyoming, Mont. After Norman's death in 1997, she moved to Menomonie.
Jean was a Past Grand Royal Matron of The Amaranth and a member of the Menomonie Women of the Moose.

Jean is survived by a daughter, Bonnie (Gilbert) Vong of San Diego, Calif.; a son, James (Shirley) Neikirk of Menomonie; two daughters-in-law, Mary Neikirk of Northfield, Minn.; Janet (Fred) Kogler of West St. Paul, Minn.; 16 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Norman; two sons, Paul and Richard; and two sisters, Elizabeth and Charlotte.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 17, 2004 at The United Methodist Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Marilyn Rushton officiating.

Burial will be in Acacia Cemetery in Mendota Heights, Minn. on Thursday, March 18 at 10 a.m.

Family and friends may call Tuesday, March 16 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of service at the church. The public is invited to share in a Women of the Moose service at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

[See correction below]

Jean M. Neikirk

Dunn County News, Wed, Mar. 17, 2004, A6

In the obituary for Jean M. Neikirk, published in the Sunday, March 14, 2004 issue of The Dunn County News, we stated that Jean and her husband Norman moved to Wyoming, Mont., instead of Wyoming, Minn. Our apologies for any confusion our error may have caused.
 

Raymond K. Traxler

Dunn County News, Wed, Mar. 17, 2004, A6

Raymond K. Traxler, age 78, of Menomonie, died Friday, March 12, 2004, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

He was born Feb. 8, 1926, in Menomonie to Henry and Mabel (Mittelstadt) Traxler. He attended schools in Menomonie and graduated in 1944 from Menomonie High School.

He continued his education and attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout one year. Raymond was an Army veteran and served during the Korean Conflict.

He spent six years working for Truss Built, a company in Minneapolis, Minn., then came back and worked several other jobs. On Aug. 28, 1965, he married Viola Rogers. Raymond spent the next 25 years working for the G.A. Larson Heating and Refrigeration Co. in sales and merchandising.

He retired in 1991 and he and Viola spent a lot of time vacationing around the country. He especially enjoyed playing the guitar and loved fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Viola, of 38 years; one son, Marshall (Rita) Traxler of Boyceville; two daughters, Rita (Brad) Cook of New Richmond and Jane Barton and friend, Galen, of Woodville; three stepchildren, Pat Wehrman of Wausau, Daniel (Deb) Willey of Rhinelander, and Steven (Cindy) Willey of San Angelo, Texas; 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three brothers, Everett (Mary) Traxler of Eau Claire, Bernard Traxler of White Bear Lake, Minn., and Jerome (Jan) Traxler of Menomonie; two sisters, Norma Mercer of Eau Claire and Barbara (Dan) Gorton of Baraboo; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, three brothers in infancy, and a sister, Jean Moore.

Mass of Christian Burial was Wednesday, March 17, 2004, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with Father Tom Krieg officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie served the family.

Elmer W. Otto

Dunn County News, Sun, March 20, 2004, A6

Elmer W. Otto, age 86, of Menomonie, died Saturday, March 20, 2004, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

He was born Jan. 3, 1918, in the Town of Menomonie, Dunn County, to Arnold and Martha (Sievert) Otto. He was raised in the Town of Menomonie and attended Ideal Grade School.

Elmer married the former Elaine Drinkwine on Nov. 8, 1941, in Menomonie. They farmed in the Town of Menomonie for many years, and Elmer also worked at Tramway Cheese, Lakeside Aluminum, spent one winter in Waukesha, and worked at McDonough Mfg.

Elmer was a long time member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

Elmer is survived by three daughters, Sharon (Dennis) Neva of St. Croix Falls, Judith (Gary) Hinrichs of Menomonie, Kathleen (O'Jay) Price of Menomonie; one son, Allen (Sherry) Otto of Menomonie; nine grandchildren, Chris Olson, Shelley Olson, Brenda (Dan) Krueger, Steven Otto, Tim Hinrichs, Tom (Caryn) Hinrichs, Jayson Price, Jeremiah (Amanda) Price and Jessica (Corey) Kitchner; eight great-grandchildren, Breanna Olson, Alayna, Bennett and Kenna Krueger, Micah and Lilly Hinrichs, Levi Price and Rhianna Hinrichs; two sisters, Irma Brown of Menomonie, and Margaret (Harvey) Brown of Prescott; nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Elaine.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Steve Schmeling officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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

Wayne W. Weiss

Dunn County News, Sun, March 20, 2004, A6

Wayne W. Weiss, age 84, of Menomonie, died Thursday, March 18, 2004, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Wayne was born on March 29, 1919, in the Louisville area of Dunn County to John and Nellie M. (Newell) Weiss. He attended Louisville Elementary School and graduated from Durand High School. On June 14, 1941, he married Dorothy Downing at the Methodist Church in Louisville.

Wayne operated the family farm in Louisville until his retirement in 1969. Then he and Dorothy moved to Menomonie where they have resided the last 35 years. Wayne worked at the Menomonie Locker Plant and also as a carpenter's assistant. In his spare time, Wayne enjoyed hunting and fishing. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Dorothy of Menomonie; a sister, Betty Harris of Elmwood; a sister-in-law, Sophie Weiss of Menomonie; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Alice (Edward) Phelan; a brother, J. Newell Weiss; and a brother-in-law, Elwyn Harris.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 22, 2004, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Ron Burke officiating. Burial will be in the Cedar Falls Cemetery, town of Red Cedar, Dunn County.

Visitation is one hour prior to the service.

Thomas Andrew Krook

Dunn County News, Wed, March 23, 2004, A6

Thomas Andrew Krook, age 17, of Menomonie, died Saturday, March 20, 2004, in the town of Spring Brook, Dunn County. A tragic vehicle accident took his young life.

Thomas was born Jan. 17, 1987, in Menomonie to Tom and Roz Krook. He was baptized Oct. 22, 1997, at Christ Lutheran Church. Thomas was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church where he was confirmed May 5, 2002.

Thomas was a junior at Menomonie High School. An avid swimmer, he had been a member of the high school swimming program for three years. He liked to skateboard, jump on his trampoline, and snowboard. One of his most recent pastimes was shooting pool with his friends. His greatest pleasure was hunting and fishing with his father and brother.

Thomas is survived by his parents, Tom and Roz (Bach) Krook of Menomonie; one brother, John (Jennie) Krook and their children, Emily and Alex, of Savage, Minn, two sisters, Michelle (Tony) Kujawski of St. Paul, Minn., and Jackie Krook of Menomonie; his maternal grandfather, Jerome Bach of St. Petersburg, Fla.; his paternal grandmother, Gertrude Krook of New Brighton, Minn.; aunts and uncles, James (Sue) Krook of Hudson, Rosemary (Steven) Marcello of Centerville, Minn., Becky (Lou) Huegel of St. Petersburg, and Jim Mahoney of North Hollywood, Calif; godparents, Tom and Sue Miller of Menomonie; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Merrill Krook; his maternal grandmother, Lois Bach; and his aunt, Jerelyn (Bach) Mahoney.

Funeral services are 3 p.m. Thursday, March 25, 2004, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Ron Burke officiating.

Family and friends are welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and from 2 p.m. until time of services Thursday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested.

Claire Emma Dummer

Dunn County News, Sun, March 28, 2004, A6

Claire Emma Dummer, infant daughter of David and Stacy Dummer of Elk Mound, went home to heaven on Tuesday, March 23, 2004.

Claire was born March 8, 2004, at United Children's Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., to David and Stacy (Stark) Dummer. She was an exceptionally strong, loving and active little girl. Her family feels it was a miracle and blessing that they got to know and love Claire, and they long for the day when they will see her again.

Claire is survived by her parents, David and Stacy Dummer of Elk Mound; her paternal grandparents, David and Lynn Dummer of Elk Mound; her maternal grandparents, Richard and Gail Stark of Boyceville; paternal great-grandparents, Frank and Marion Dummer of Elk Mound and Orland and Myrtle Spielman of Hudson; maternal great-grandparents, Ralph and Delores Stark and Clifford and Irene Wait, all of Menomonie; aunts and uncles, Lisa (Ben) Percy of Carbondale, Ill., Lori Dummer and Daren Dummer of Elk Mound, and Kari Stark and Jason Stark of Boyceville; other relatives; and her many friends, playmates and prayermates.

There will be a private family service at Trinity United Methodist Church in Elk Mound with the Rev. Brian Armstrong officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in the town of Elk Mound, Dunn County.

The family suggests memorials to United Children's Hospital NICU in St. Paul where they all received such loving care and kindness.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is assisting the family with arrangements.

Justin Darrell Watterson

Dunn County News, Sun, March 28, 2004, A6

Justin Darrell Watterson, age 25, of Menomonie, went home to the Lord on Sunday, March 21, 2004.

Justin was born on July 11, 1978, in Rice Lake. He graduated from high school in Ray, N.D., in 1997, and went on to college at UND-Tech in Williston, N.D., where he obtained a degree as a diesel mechanic in 1999.
While in college he worked for Wal-Mart in Williston. After graduation, he moved to Wisconsin and began working for the Wal-Mart Distribution Center in Menomonie.

Justin always enjoyed working on small engines, fixing lawn mowers and snowmobiles. He also enjoyed boating, fishing and kneeboarding.

His interests were "The Titanic" and music, but his passion was the restoration and customization of his 1984 Firebird which he designed to replicate the "Kitt" car from the TV series "Knight Rider." He completed this in the summer of 2002 and his pride was only matched by his families.

Justin was a loving son, brother, uncle and grandson and friend to many. He was always there to help anyone in need.

Justin is survived by his mother and stepfather, Susan and Gerald Day of Helena, Mont.; father and stepmother, Darrell and Ginny Watterson of Ray; a sister, Jolene (Jes) Peavey and nephew, Austin, of Helena; a sister, Jessilynn Watterson of Missoula, Mont.; a brother, Cody Johnson of Helena; stepbrother, Joey Sevilla of Fargo, N.D.; stepsister, Julie Sevilla of Stewart, Tenn.; grandparents, Allen and Irene Joyner of Bruce; grandmother, Ellen (Paul) Rowher of Sutherland, Iowa; plus many aunts, uncles, cousins and good friends. He will be greatly missed by all of us.

Justin was preceded in death by his grandfather, Bernard Watterson, and an aunt, Debra Watterson Vuylsteke.

A memorial service for Justin was held Thursday, March 25, 2004, at the Nathaniel Lutheran Church in Bruce with the Rev. Larry Sturgis officiating. Burial was in the Apollonia Cemetery.

The Nash-Jackan Funeral Home in Ladysmith assisted with arrangements.

There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 30, 2004, at the Ray Lutheran Church in Ray with burial in the Highland Cemetery.

Andrew Tainter Walter

Dunn County News, Sun, March 28, 2004, A6

Andrew Tainter Walter, age 85, of Charleston, S.C., passed away Saturday, March 13, 2004, at his home.

The Walter family has been a strong advocate of the Mabel Tainter Memorial in Menomonie, supporting not only restoration work, but also providing program support.

Most memorable of these contributions occurred in the 1980s when the family sponsored a series of organ concerts performed by the top 10 female organists in the country. He and his wife also sponsored the Children's Theatre Series at the Mabel Tainter.

After graduating from Penn State University, Mr. Walter joined United Carbide in 1942 as a research chemist and worked there his entire professional career, later serving as assistant director for Research and Development in South Charleston. During his tenure with Union Carbide, he co-held 30 U.S. patents within the textile division. In 1982, Mr. Walter shared the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists' Millson Award for Invention with George Bryant.

He is survived by a brother, Norman Walter of Round Lake, N.Y.; his children, Andrew T. Walter Jr. of Hammond, Ind., James S. Walter of Oak Park, Ill., Margaret W. Valiante of Jackson Hole, Wyo., and William R. Walter of Spartanburg, S.C.; and 11 grandchildren.

Memorial services were Sunday, March 21, 2004, at the First Presbyterian Church in Charleston. The body will be cremated and interment will be in Menomonie.

Laura M. Schroeder

Dunn County News, Sun, March 28, 2004, A6

Laura M. Schroeder, age 83, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, March 24, 2004, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Laura was born Sept. 26, 1920, in the town of Menomonie to Jacob and Elizabeth (Traxler) Steies. She married Ted Schroeder on Oct. 7, 1938, in Stillwater, Minn., and they celebrated 50 years of marriage in 1988.

She was very active in Cub Scouting with her three sons and received several awards for her dedication to scouting. She worked at Memorial Hospital from 1958 to 1974, and served the Myrtle Werth Medical Center-Mayo Health System as a volunteer until 1997. Laura was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

She is survived by her three sons, Charles (Rosie) of Canadian Lakes, Mich., Robert of Coldspring, Minn. (his former wife, Glenda), and Ted (Kaye) of Richfield, Minn.; seven grandchildren, Teri of Lakeville, Minn., Jodi (Doug) Heaney of Kalamazoo, Mich., Jennifer of Plymouth, Minn., Jeff (Terese) Schroeder of Becker, Minn., Brad (Kris) Schroeder of Elk River, Minn., Brian (Pam) Schroeder of New Prague, Minn., and Kari (Scott) Prescott of Minneapolis, Minn.; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Rose (Steies) Hall; and two sisters-in-law, Jean Schroeder and Dorothy Steies.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jacob and Elizabeth; husband, Ted; two brothers, Leo and Robert Steies; and three sisters, baby Elizabeth, Helen Williams and Olive Wehrwein.

Funeral services were Saturday, March 27, 2004, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. David Whelan officiating. Burial was in Peace Lutheran Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like memorials to the American Diebetes Association.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Daniel K. Jeatran

Dunn County News, Sun, March 28, 2004, A6

Daniel K. Jeatran, age 75, of Barnes, died Friday, March 26, 2004, at the Middle River Health and Rehab in Hawthorne.

He was born Dec. 15, 1928, in Menomonie to the late Peter and Gertrude (Lewis) Jeatran.

Daniel married Viola Marie (Leiskau) on March 26, 1951. They enjoyed 53 years together.

He was a teacher of Food Service at the Milwaukee Area Technical College for 32 years. After his retirement, he moved to Barnes where he resided until the time of his death.

Survivors include his wife, Viola Jeatran of Barnes; one son, Daniel (Karin) Jeatran of Elm Grove; and three daughters, Jane Manley of Batavia, Julie Jeatran of Minneapolis, Minn., and Catherine (Dave) Poehlmann of Mequon.

Memorial services are 10 a.m. Monday, March 29, 2004, at the Barnes Community Church in Barnes. Pastor Phillip Griepp will officiate.

The Brown Funeral Home of Solon Springs is assisting the Jeatran family with arrangements.

Charles Love

Dunn County News, Sun, March 28, 2004, A6

Charles Love, 57, Owen, died Tuesday, March 23, at his home.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 29, 2004, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Menomonie. Burial will be at the National Cemetery, Spooner, with full military honors.

Charles was born Jan. 13, 1947, to Eddie and Suzanne 1. Love.

He belonged to the most highly decorated unit in Vietnam, which received three Congressional Medals of Honor, the 7th C.V.A. and a possible fourth, Unit 5 Lewis Albanesee.

Charles received the Bronze Star with V device, the Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal.

He served as Chapter 331 Chapter Chaplain for 10 years, and also State Vietnam Veterans of America Chaplain for the state of Wisconsin, National Chaplain for the 5th Battalion, 7th U.S. Calvary Association, and Chapter Chaplain for Disabled American Veterans Chapter 36 Spring Valley-Elmwood. He also raised funds for the Vietnam Women's Memorial in Dunn County.

Charles is survived by his mother, Suzanne I. Love of Denver, Colo., one sister, Charmain Love, and uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Eddie Arthur Love.

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Donald G. Wisner

Dunn County News, Sun, March 28, 2004, A6

Donald G. Wisner, age 86, of Menomonie, died Fri., March 26, 2004 at Good Shepherd Hospice Center in Auburndale, FL.

Arrangements are pending at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

[See complete obituary below]

Warren J. Fritz

Dunn County News, Wed, March 31, 2004, A6

Warren J. Fritz, age 88, of Elmwood, died Saturday, March 27, 2004, at the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home in Elmwood.

Funeral services were Tuesday, March 30, 2004, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Elmwood with the Rev. Martin Wegner officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery in Downsville with military honors provided by Crain-Ottman American Legion Post #207 of Elmwood.
Rhiel's Funeral Service of Elmwood served the family.
 

Raven Jolee Webb

Dunn County News, Wed, March 31, 2004, A6

Raven Jolee Webb, infant daughter of Jered Webb and Katie Leohner of Menomonie, went home prematurely to heaven on Friday, March 26, 2004.

Raven's family was so looking forward to her arrival. Even though they did not get a chance to share in her life, she will always be remembered and loved.

Raven is survived by her parents, Jered Webb and Katie Leohner of Menomonie; her paternal grandparents, Randy and Julie Webb of Boyceville; her maternal grandmother, Debbie Register (Jake Mayfield) of Menomonie; her maternal grandfather, Dave Leohner (Nancy Gullickson) of Elmwood; paternal great-grandparents, Jerome and Marge Bien of Downing and Ruby Webb of Glenwood City; maternal great-grandparents, Eileen and Jack Register and Don Leohner, all of Menomonie; an aunt, Jessica (Michael) Gilbertson of Menomonie; cousins, Shyla and Jace; uncles, Josh and Jeremy Webb of Boyceville; other relatives; and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her paternal great-grandfather, Wayne Webb, and her maternal great-grandmother, Lois Leohner.

A private family service will be held at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Tom Krieg officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Falls Cemetery, town of Red Cedar, Dunn County.

Frances M. "Fran" Larson

Dunn County News, Wed, March 31, 2004, A6

Frances M. "Fran" Larson, age 96, of Spooner, formerly of Boyceville, passed away Sunday, March 28, 2004, in the nursing home unit of the Spooner Health System.

She was born June 11, 1907, in Pierce County to August F. and Augusta Kate (Stern) Lipke. She was the youngest of five sisters and two brothers, who all preceded her in death. Fran was a member of the Boyceville United Methodist Church. She was well-known for her love of animals, flowers, and for the many quilts and rugs she made during her lifetime. She resided at the nursing home in Spooner since 1997.

She is survived by her son, William F. (Nancy) Lindenberger of Spooner; two daughters-in-law, Raquel Lindenberger and Paula Lindenberger, both of Silver City, N.M.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and siblings, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Fred Lindenberger; her second husband, Oscar E. Nelson; her daughter, Doris; and two sons, Roger and Douglas.

A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 8, 2004, at the Boyceville United Methodist Church with Pastor Gail J. Mitchell officiating. Interment will be in the Sheridan Zion Cemetery, Dunn County.

Arrangements are being handled through the Scalzo Funeral Home in Spooner.

Debra A. King

Dunn County News, Wed, March 31, 2004, A6

Debra A. King, age 50, of Menomonie, went home to the Lord on Saturday, March 27, 2004, as the result of a traffic accident in New Mexico.

Debra was born on Jan. 16, 1954, in Moorhead, Minn., to Fred and Ona (Peterson) Dyle. She was raised by her grandparents and attended school in Menomonie. On July 8, 1974, she married Wayne King in Red Wing, Minn., and together they resided in Menomonie for many years. However, for the past six years, Wayne and Debra had spent their winters in Yuma, Ariz.

Debra was a very thoughtful, loving person who enjoyed taking care of people. For 11 years, she took care of Vernetta Behling. She was a loving wife and mother. She was liked by everyone who knew her and will be sadly missed by family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Wayne; two daughters and two sons, Tracy King, Stephanie (Kevin) Swenson, Jacob (DeEtta) King and Wayne (Katie) King, all of Menomonie; her mother-in-law, Phyllis King of Arena; two brothers and two sisters, Douglas (Linda) Dyle of Hudson, Penny Ottinger (Dean Neubauer) of Elk Mound, Terry (Marie) Dyle of Arena and Dinah Harshman of Glenwood City; an uncle, LaVerne (Delores) Peterson of Rochester, Minn.; an aunt, Claudia of Denver, Colo.; brothers and sisters-in-law; nieces, nephews and cousins, and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Ona; her grandparents, Fred and Anna Peterson; a brother-in-law, Jerome Ottinger, and an uncle, Don Peterson.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 2, 2004, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with Rev. Leonard Wells officiating. Visitation hours will be on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Wilson Lutheran Cemetery, Town of Cady, St.Croix, County.

Donald G. Wisner

Dunn County News, Wed, March 31, 2004, A6

Donald G. Wisner, age 86, of Menomonie, died Friday, March 26, 2004, at Good Shepherd Hospice Center in Auburndale, Fla.

He was born on April 26, 1917, to George D. and Ethel Mae (Hoover) Wisner in Fall City. Donald was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie and attended Knapp High School. In 1936, he served in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and then married Janet G. Dahl on Nov. 17, 1937, in Stillwater, Minn.
Prior to working on Chicago Northwestern Railroad for 30 years, Don farmed on a dairy farm in Dunn County.

Don was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie since 1948. He worked with the youth in Luther League, as a scout leader in Troop 103, and he served on the church council.

Don enjoyed fishing, hunting, picking fruit in Florida and Wisconsin, dancing, traveling and camping, and painting and woodcarving.

Don is survived by wife, Janet of Menomonie; a daughter, Georgene (Roger) Britton of Eau Claire; two sons, the Rev. Duane (Connie) Wisner of Fond du Lac and Robert (Lisa) Wisner of Ashburn, Va.; a sister, Lorraine (John) Beck of Winona, Minn.; 10 grandchildren, James (Becky) Britton, Michael (Kristine) Britton, Christopher Britton, Roger (Marni) Britton, Jr., Susan Britton (James Hopper), Andrew Wisner, Seth Wisner, Jennifer Burns, Lucas Wisner and Rachel Wisner; six great-grandchildren, Vincent, Marnie, Bailey, Alex, Andi Jo and Josephine Britton; special nieces and nephew, Garland, Mary and Lucy Johnson, and other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Dorothy Cockeram, and two brothers, Vernon and Merville Wisner.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 3, at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie with Rev. Rolf Morck officiating. Burial will be in Christ Lutheran/Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie. Family and friends are welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church.

Suggest memorials to Christ Lutheran or Hospice.

Charles Love

Dunn County News, Wed, March 31, 2004, A6

Charles Love, 57, Owen, died Tuesday, March 23, at his home.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 29, 2004, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Menomonie. Burial will be at the National Cemetery, Spooner, with full military honors.

Charles was born Jan. 13, 1947, to Eddie and Suzanne 1. Love.

He belonged to the most highly decorated unit in Vietnam, which received three Congressional Medals of Honor, the 7th C.V.A. and a possible fourth, Unit 5 Lewis Albanesee.

Charles received the Bronze Star with V device, the Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal.

He served as Chapter 331 Chapter Chaplain for 10 years, and also State Vietnam Veterans of America Chaplain for the state of Wisconsin, National Chaplain for the 5th Battalion, 7th U.S. Calvary Association, and Chapter Chaplain for Disabled American Veterans Chapter 36 Spring Valley-Elmwood. He also raised funds for the Vietnam Women's Memorial in Dunn County.

Charles is survived by his mother, Suzanne I. Love of Denver, Colo., one sister, Charmain Love, and uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Eddie Arthur Love.

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