Dunn County, WI Obituaries
April 2005

The obituaries posted here are reprinted with permission from the Dunn County News, Menomonie, Wisconsin. These are "current" obituaries, beginning with the 
April 3, 2005 issue of The Dunn County News.

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Allen L. McDonough

Dunn County  News, Sun, Apr 3, 2005, A6

Allen L. McDonough, age 48, 2000 Johnston Drive, Manitowoc, died on Monday, March 28, 2005, at Aurora Medical Center, Two Rivers.

Allen was born Sept. 20, 1956, in Mondovi, the son of the late Floyd and Audrey (Markey) McDonough. After graduating from high school, Allen enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Germany as a surveyor. Allen worked for Garage Door Specialty and most recently he worked for Manitowoc Crane as a forklift driver.

He was an avid football fan and especially enjoyed following the Green Bay Packers. Allen also enjoyed playing sheepshead and other card games, gardening, and helping people in his neighborhood. He was also involved with the Lakeshore Weekend for Kids and the annual Cancer Walk for Life held at Two Rivers High School.

Survivors include his fiance, Bonnie LeClair of Manitowoc; one son, Jeremy McDonough of Downing; one daughter, Tanya McDonough of Menomonie; two grandchildren, Jayden and Gretchen; brothers and sisters and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Edward (Janice) McDonough of Minneapolis, Minn., Sharron (Larry) Hoff of Roberts, Ron (Debbie) McDonough of Wheeler, David McDonough of Menomonie, and Wendy (Tim) Turner of Wheeler. Many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends also survive.

Allen was preceded in death by one brother, Larry McDonough.

A prayer services for Allen was held on Thursday, March 31, 2005, at the Klein and Stangel Funeral Home and Cremation Care Center in Two Rivers.

A funeral service was held Saturday, April 2, 2005, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie. Burial followed the service in Our Savior's Lutheran Cemetery, town of Hay River, Dunn County.

Ralph Raymond Price

Dunn County  News, Sun, Apr 3, 2005, A6

Ralph Raymond Price (Silver Bullet), age 74, of Menomonie, passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2005, at his home under the care of hospice and family.

Ralph was born April 4, 1930, in Menomonie to Fred Jr. and Evelyn (Koehler) Price. He married Clarice Koolmo on June 30, 1950, in Menomonie.

Starting as a young farmer on the family farm, Ralph then worked for 33 years with the Ford Motor Company, the Twin Cities Assembly Plant, in St. Paul, Minn. Ralph and Clarice lived in Hudson and River Falls until they returned home to Menomonie in July 1983. Clarice passed away in August 1983. Ralph later married Patricia (Pinch) Pax in August 1988.

Ralph enjoyed playing his guitar, golfing, deer hunting at The Red Arrow Deer Camp of Cushing, watching the Green Bay Packers, and camping every summer with his family and friends in his trailer at Big Sweedes on Lake Holcombe. He was a 15-year member of the Menomonie Lions Club, devoting many hours to the Lions Game Park. Ralph was also active on the Tom & Jo's Old Timers pool team. His every day joy was growing and sharing his tomatoes. Everyone who passed his garden would comment, "What a beautiful garden."

Ralph is survived by his wife, Patricia of Menomonie; one son, Keith (Dee) Price of Roberts; three daughters, Sandy Price and Barbara Neal of Yuba City, Calif., and Terri (Joel) Dillon of Menomonie; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law (the last on the Price side), Donna Price of Menomonie; other brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and other relatives and friends.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Clarice; and two brothers, Murrell and James.

Funeral services are 2 p.m. Monday, April 4, 2005, at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Rolf Morck officiating. Burial will be in Tramway Cemetery in the town of Menomonie.

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

Charles Eugene Marvin

Dunn County  News, Sun, Apr 3, 2005, A6

Charles Eugene Marvin was born to Charles E. and Velma M. (Seabury) Marvin on Dec. 4, 1925, at 606 West Blodgett St., Marshfield. He died March 28, 2005, at his residence in Colfax. His last wish was to donate his tissues and bones.

Charles attended Grant, Washington, Purdy and Marshfield Senior High School. He graduated in January 1944. Charles enlisted in the USAAF where he served from January 1944 until May 1946. While in the service, he attended basic training at Keesler Field, Miss., electronics at Truax Field, Madison, pre-radar training at Rantoul, Ill., and radar training at Boca Raton, Fla. He also served at Pyote AAF Base, Pyote, Texas, and was discharged from Kelly Field at San Antonio, Texas.
He worked for the City of Marshfield Water and Light Department during the summer after his discharge. He attended the University of Wisconsin Extension for one semester in its engineering course. Charles then switched schools and for the next three years (1947 to 1950) attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering, graduating with an associate degree and a first class license in radio broadcasting.

He worked in broadcasting as chief engineer in Rhinelander with WOBI, with WCCN in Neillsville, WEAU Channel 13 at Fairchild, UW-Stout in Menomonie, and he was assistant chief engineer of PBS station WHWC at Wheeler when he retired in 1991.

He was very involved with the youth of Neillsville, especially the Boy Scouts, and on Dec. 11, 1963, he promoted four young men to the rank of Eagle Scout: Ron Marden, Mike Lulloff, Randy Hendrickson and Ronald Svetlick.

Charles married Elda Johanna (Boldt) Marvin on July 7, 1948, in Marshfield. The couple had eight children: Diane L. (Lee) Ternes of Knapp, Wanda G. (Kenneth) Jennings of Neillsville, Kathleen M. (Bert) Tozer of Bloomer, Lois A. (John) Fisk of Clintonville, Christine E. (Alan) Kabus of Eau Claire, Robert A. Marvin of Phoenix, Ariz., Brian C. (Dannete) Marvin of Colfax, and Michael T. (Kimberly) Marvin of Eau Claire. Charles had two sisters: Verona Elizabeth "Betty" (William) Davy of Powell, Tenn., and Ione Mae Bailey. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, four stepgrandchildren, and three stepgreat-grandchildren.

Charles is preceded in death by his parents, one sister, and a stepgranddaughter, Laura Babbit Hansen.

Funeral services were Friday, April 1, 2005, at the Norton Lutheran Church, town of Tainter, Dunn County, with the Rev. Paul Tobiason officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with military honors provided by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Lorna G. Smith

Dunn County  News, Wed, April 6, 2005, A6

Lorna G. Smith, age 83, of Colfax, passed away Friday, April 1, 2005, at the Area Nursing Home in Colfax.

She was born Dec. 13, 1921, in Knapp to Carl and Lucille (Butteris) Jackson. She married Victor Smith in Blackstone, Va., in 1942, and together, they farmed in the Colfax area. He passed away in 1987.

Lorna enjoyed reading, gardening, square dancing, and especially spending time with her family.

She was a beloved mother, and is survived by her sons, Bruce (Ginger) and Charles (Maribel), both of Colfax, and Alan (Jane) of Maiden Rock; a daughter, Anita Solberg of Eau Claire, six grandchildren, Mike (Teri) Smith, Missy (Shawn) Parker, Tammy Smith, Dustin (Michelle) Smith, Megan (Troy) Langer and Jennifer Smith; nine great-grandchildren; McKenzie, Rylee, Sky, Hunter, Shioban, Christopher, Aldin, Daniel and Elizabeth; two brothers, Clifford (Vila) and Carl Jackson; a sister-in-law, Verna Jackson; and other loving relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor; two grandsons, Charles Duane Jr. and Jason Smith; two brothers, Gerald and Leonard Jackson; and her parents.

Funeral services were Wednesday, April 6, 2005, at the Colfax United Methodist Church in Colfax with Pastor Steve Groves officiating. Interment was in Forest Hill Cemetery of Knapp.

Sampson-Kastner Funeral Home in Colfax served the family.

William A. "Bill" Hinzman

Dunn County  News, Wed, April 6, 2005, A6

William A. "Bill" Hinzman, age 81, of Stillwater, Minn., formerly of Menomonie and White Bear Lake, Minn., passed away on Sunday, April 3, 2005.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Millie, and sister, Marge.

Bill is survived by a daughter, Shari (John) Couch of Eagan, Minn.; two sons, Gary (Ginny) of Maplewood, Minn., and Rick of White Bear Lake; seven grandchildren, John, Jennifer, Julie, Brent, Amy, Emily and Allison; four great-grandchildren, Elise, Joseph, Sophia and Selena; and a brother, Norman of Wheeler.

He retired from the Andersen Window Corporation and was a member of the Andersen Quarter Century Club. He was a World War II veteran and recipient of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday, April 7, 2005, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, Fifth and Walnut Street, Stillwater. Interment will be Wilson Lutheran Cemetery in Wilson.

Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Bradshaw Celebration of Life Center, 2800 Curve Crest Blvd. (NW corner of Hiway 36 and Cty Road 5) and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

Memorials may be made to the church.

Marvin G. Burton

Dunn County  News, Wed, April 6, 2005, A6

Marvin George Burton, age 81, town of New Haven, died Saturday, April 2, 2005, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Marvin was born Sept. 10, 1923, in the town of New Haven to Marvin Holiday and Mary Katherine (Dunlap) Burton. He attended grade school in Connorsville. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in January 1942. He finished flight instruction in October 1942. Marvin was a tail gunner in World War II, stationed in England. He flew 25 missions over Germany, France and Norway. His last mission was over Paris, France, in December 1943. He was honorably discharged in October 1946.

Marvin met Dorothy Lenora Cormican in the summer of 1945 when he was on furlough. After a whirlwind romance, they married on Jan. 20, 1946. In their 59 years of marriage, they were blessed with nine children.

Marvin was a carpenter by trade. He worked on the high school and post office in Menomonie, Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, and the NSP tower in Bayport, Minn., to name a few. He was a member of the Connorsville American Legion Post where he served as commander for many years and also as the post chaplain. He was also a member of the Calvary Assembly of God in Wilson.

Marvin is preceded in death by his parents, a son, Marlow, three brothers, and three sisters.

Marvin is survived by his wife, Dorothy Burton of the town of New Haven; three daughters and five sons, Laura (Mark) Severson of Menomonie, Victoria (Michael) Zurn of New Richmond, Valerie (Timothy) Bonngard of Downing, Marvin Lowell (Jill) Burton of Roberts, Merlin (Gail) Burton of Downing, Kevin (Tina) Burton of New Richmond, Calvin (Beverly) Burton of Hudson, and Rodney (Ann) Burton of Downing; 29 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Floyd and Ken Burton; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services are 2 p.m. Thursday, April 7, 2005, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyceville with Merlin, Rodney and other Burton family members officiating. Burial will be in Tiffany Cemetery in Boyceville.

Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Anderson-Everts Funeral Home in Glenwood City and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

Wayne C. Hughes

Dunn County News, Sun, April 10, 2005, A6

Wayne C. Hughes, age 70, of Menomonie, lost his battle with brain cancer Thursday, April 7, 2005, and passed away with hospice at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie in the presence and care of his loving family.

He was born April 1, 1935, in Menomonie to Phil and Edith (Laatch) Hughes. He married Joan Simmons on Oct. 13, 1962, in Menomonie.

Wayne graduated in 1954 from the Dunn County School of Agriculture, where he was class president his senior year. He was a member of Company A, Wisconsin Army National Guard, and served on active duty in the U.S. Army, spending 16 months in Korea. Wayne served with Company A in Fort Lewis, Wash., in 1961, when called to active duty during the Berlin Crisis. During that time, he completed cold-weather and mountain training in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Wayne was known to many in Menomonie and the surrounding area as he worked in sales positions for more than 40 years and was active in many community groups and local service clubs.

He was a volunteer firefighter for 15 years and served on the Menomonie Zoning Board of Appeals for more than 25 years. He was a former member of the Greater Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce. Wayne was a member and past chairman of the board of directors of the WESTconsin Credit Union. Wayne was a past president of the Menomonie Lions Club, and a former member of Rotary. He was currently a member of the Moose Lodge, Knights of Columbus, Hosford-Chase Post #32 of the American Legion, and Post #1039, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Wayne had many interests and especially enjoyed fishing trips to Canada, camping, traveling, golfing with family and friends, deer hunting up north each fall, and taking his grandchildren for boat rides at the cottage in Amery.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Joan; two sons, Charles (Jacqueline) of River Falls and Daniel (Jonda Hammons) of Minneapolis, Minn.; three grandchildren, Caileen, Camron and Carter of River Falls; his parents, Phil and Edith Hughes of Woodville; a brother, Gene (Lynne) of Eagan, Minn.; and nephews and nieces, David (Jackie) Hughes, Debra (Dave) Johnson, Dawn (Mike) Seaton, Mary Beth (Jeff) Sand, and Thomas and John Simmons. He is also survived by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, William and Inez Simmons of Menomonie; a brother-in-law, Bill (Clarice) Simmons of Sarona; and a sister-in-law, Teresa (Gary) Schoenborn of Wisconsin Rapids.

Wayne was a caring son, husband, father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 11, 2005, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Thomas Krieg officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Sunday) at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie, where a prayer service is scheduled at 6 p.m. Friends may also call one hour prior to services Monday at the funeral home.

Harold Siebert Jr.

Dunn County News, Wed, Apr. 13, 2005, A6

Harold Siebert Jr., age 69, of Prairie Farm, died Saturday, April 9, 2004, at the Barron Medical Center.

Harold was born April 10, 1935, to Harold and Evelyn (Fladten) Siebert in the town of Sheridan, Dunn County, where he was raised and attended school. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in the town of Prairie Farm and later graduated from Prairie Farm High School in 1952. On May 5, 1956, he was married to Myra Wold at West Akers Lutheran Church in the town of New Haven and they operated his home farm until retiring and moving into Prairie Farm in 1995.

Harold loved gardening, especially flowers, and enjoyed animals, fishing and playing dartball.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Myra of Prairie Farm; sons, Roger (Sherrie) Siebert, Rick (Peggy) Siebert, and Randy (friend, Jodi Christopherson), all of Prairie Farm, and Ryan (friend, Sarah Jones) Siebert, of Dallas; a daughter, Rhonda Wilson of Mobile, Ala.; nine grandchildren, Tyler (Katie), Tony and Tiffany Siebert, Jason and Aaron (Marie) Siebert, Cody and Kayla Siebert, Cooper Wilson and Blake Siebert; two great-grandchildren, Reyna and Lydia; a brother, John Siebert of Ridgeland; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 13, 2005, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in the town of Prairie Farm with the Rev. LaVern Holz officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Arrangements were by Mark Rausch Funeral Service, Dallas and Cameron.

Tresa Constance Larson

Dunn County News, Wed, Apr. 13, 2005, A6

Tresa Constance Larson, age 83, of Hersey, died Tuesday, April 5, 2005, at her home in Springfield Township, St. Croix County.

Tresa was born July 12, 1921, the daughter of Grant and Gladys (Rhodes) Williams at Hudson. She grew up in Dunn County and spent her married life in eastern St. Croix County. She attended various country schools and attended Boyceville High School, graduating with the class of 1940.

On May 20, 1943, Tresa married Norman Larson in Stillwater, Minn. They lived most of their married life in eastern St. Croix County. Tresa was an excellent seamstress and loved sewing. She enjoyed gardening and tending to her flowers. Religion was a very important part of her life as was her family. Her children and grandchildren meant the world to her.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Norman; a sister, Lorraine Leibke; grandson Tom Larson; and Virgil Larson.

Survivors include three sons, Jerry (Ruth) Larson of Wilson, Glenn (Kayla) Larson of Madison, and Donald (Patricia) Larson of Knapp; three brothers, Darrell (Florence) Williams on Milton, Grant (Barbara) Williams Jr. of Menomonie, and Merlin (Beverly) Williams of Janesville; three sisters, Leone Schultz of Menomonie, Ione (Robert) Jordon of Wellington, Ohio, and Deloris (Wade) Campeau of Foster; a sister-in-law, Norma Larson of Hager City; 19 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Visitation was held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Monday, April 11, 2005, at Kingdom Hall in Glenwood City. Funeral services followed at 11 a.m. Joe Donahue led the service. Burial will be at a later date in the Woodside Cemetery in Baldwin.

Keehr Funeral Home in Spring Valley handled arrangements.

Kenneth E. Medes

Dunn County News, Sun, April 17, 2005, A6

Kenneth E. Medes, age 65, of Boyceville, died Wednesday, April 13, 2005, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Ken was born June 28, 1939, in Menomonie to Duane and Helen (Dickman) Medes. He attended school in Boyceville where he graduated in 1957. He lived his entire life in Boyceville.

He was a truck driver and always enjoyed his job. He hauled milk in the Boyceville area, drove school bus for the Boyceville School District, and then later drove truck for Dunn County until retiring on Dec. 31, 2004. He was a volunteer fireman for the Boyceville Fire Department.

He enjoyed hunting and his favorite pastime was driving around in his pickup truck, looking at the countryside and looking for birds and wild game.

Kenny had a great sense of humor and always had a joke or story to tell. He will be missed by many.

Ken is preceded in death by his parents; one grandchild, Natasha Sachsenmaier; and a brother-in-law, Howard Prause.

Ken is survived by one daughter, Robin (Steve) Sachsenmaier of Menomonie; one son, Randall Medes of Glenwood City; special friend, Ginny Novotney of Menomonie, and her family; four grandchildren, Alisha Sachsenmaier, Jason Roth, Corey Schultz and Chelsie Medes; two brothers, Harlan (Lorraine) Medes of Altoona and Rickard Medes of Oak Park, Ill.; a sister, Nancy Prause of Hudson; an aunt, Genevieve Huggins of Toole, Utah; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Monday, April 18, 2005, at the Anderson-Everts Funeral Home in Glenwood City with the Rev. Nancy Diller officiating. Burial will be in Tiffany Cemetery in Boyceville.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Sunday) and one hour prior to services Monday at the funeral home.

Arlene H. Watland

Dunn County News, Wed, April 20, 2005, A6

Arlene H. Watland, age 81, of rural Menomonie, died Tuesday, April 19, 2005, at home with hospice.

Arlene was born March 8, 1924, in Detroit, Mich., to Helen Fetherspil. In her early life, she was raised in the Upper Penninsula of Michigan. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. At the age of 6, she moved to Downsville where her stepfather, Jake Fritz, adopted her. Arlene went to grade school in Downsville and graduated from Menomonie Central High School in 1941. During World War II, she worked in Milwaukee as a bookkeeper in a defense plant. Arlene married Elmer Watland on March 1, 1945, in Baldwin. Together, they farmed and raised four children in rural Menomonie. She also was a bookkeeper for their general contracting business.

Arlene was a very active member of New Hope Lutheran Church in Downsville, especially in the Dorcas Circle and Women of the ELCA. She was a great woman of faith that was evident in her love for her family and friends. Arlene enjoyed helping people, reading, tending her flowers, and watching and feeding her birds.

Arlene is survived by two sons, Gary Watland (fianc/, Beth) of Owatonna, Minn., and Ted Watland of Menomonie; one daughter, Gloria (Glen) Miller of Menomonie; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; five sisters-in-law and three brothers-in-law, Alice Watland of Superior, Sofia Selchert of Castlewood, S.D., Dorothy Wiedman of La Crosse, Lloyd (Florence) Johnson of Eau Claire, Marion (Jeanne) Johnson of Menomonie, and Clarence Johnson of Tennessee; a special cousin, Bernice Anderson of Marquette, Mich.; a special friend, Mary Lou Whinnery of Menomonie; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; other relatives and friends; and her faithful dog, Tina.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a son, William.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Friday, April 22, 2005, at New Hope Lutheran Church in Downsville with the Rev. Steve Carlson officiating. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in the town of Dunn, Dunn County.

Family and friends are welcome from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and from 10 a.m. until time of services Friday at the church.

A special thank you to all the staff at Northwest Homecare for their care and comfort. Memorials are suggested to New Hope Lutheran Church.

Irvin L. Manor

Dunn County News, Wed, April 20, 2005, A6

Irvin L. Manor, age 90, formerly of Elmwood, died Sunday, April 17, 2005, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Irvin was born Sept. 29, 1914, in the town of Eau Galle, Dunn County, the son of Leo and Josephine (Weinzirl) Manor. He grew up on the family farm in the town of Eau Galle and married Rose Anna Berger on Oct. 8, 1940, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church-Lima, rural Durand.

After marriage, they continued farming on the family farm until he retired in 1979. While farming, Irvin also worked for many years for the Agricultural Stabilization Committee (ASC) and was a member of the Howison School Board. Irvin was a resident of the Dunn County Health Care Center the last four years.

The family prefers memorials to the Dunn County Health Care Center.

Irvin is survived by his wife, Rose; 11 children, Don (Lois) and Jeff (Mary), both of Bettendorf, Iowa, Dennis (Jan) and Dan (Jackie), both of Menomonie, Dianne (Chuck) Stratton of Rochester, Minn., William (LeAnn) of Granite Falls, Minn., James (Ruth) of Dubuque, Iowa, Carol (Kevin) Keith of Indianapolis, Ind., Fred (Patty) of Elmwood, Ed (Karen) of Lakeland, Minn., and Norbert (Sandy) of Woodbury, Minn.; 27 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Dorothy Kroseman in 2004, and a half brother, Clarence Kitchner.

Funeral services were Wednesday, April 20, 2005, at St. Henry's Catholic Church in Eau Galle with the Rev. Jerry Hoeser officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

Galen D. Ziehme

Dunn County News, Wed, April 20, 2005, A6

Galen D. Ziehme, age 86, of Menomonie, died Sunday, April 17, 2005, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

He was born June 24, 1918, in the Hatchville area of Dunn County to William and Blanche (Kizer) Ziehme. Later, he moved to a farm in the town of Spring Lake, Pierce County, where he lived for many years.

Galen served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the 148th General Hospital Corps. After the war began, he married Evelyn Glampe on Friday, March 13, 1942, in Hattiesburg, Miss. Three days later, he was sent to Hawaii where he remained for three years before being discharged.

After his discharge, they lived in Milwaukee where Galen worked for a short time at the Miller Brewery. They then returned to Dunn County where he owned and operated his own milk truck for the Elmwood Creamery. After selling that business, they moved to the Hatchville area and farmed and managed the Phillips Feed Mill in Elmwood. He later sold the farm and went to work for Sweeny Brothers Construction. He and Evelyn also owned and operated Ziehme's Bar in Weston for many years.

Galen was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and Elmwood's Crane-Ottman Post #207 of the American Legion. He was also an avid snowmobiler, hunter and fisherman, and a longtime fan of stock car racing at Red Cedar Speedway.

Galen is survived by his four children, Sharleen (Jim) Bammert, Maynard (Betty) Ziehme and Dennis (Brenda) Ziehme, all of Menomonie, and Kathy Larson (special friend, Dick Deutsch) of Woodville; 11 grandchildren, Joe Bammert, Scott (Shelly) Burr, Jamie (Stacy) Burr, Wendy (Jon) Webb, Staci (Bryan) Hanson, Travis Larson, Markie Ziehme and Ally Ziehme, Tim (LaRae) McCulloch, Jeff McCulloch (Brittney Schotter) and Bradley McCulloch; nine great-grandchildren; three brothers, Larry (Margaret) Ziehme and Glen (Doris) Ziehme, both of Menomonie, and Gerald (Judy) Ziehme of Cumberland; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Evelyn in 1996; two brothers, Eugene (Russell) and Garlen Ziehme; and one sister, Maxine Brown.

Funeral services were Wednesday, April 20, 2005, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Hatchville with the Rev. Shawn Kauffeld officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with military honors provided by Elmwood's Crane-Ottman Post #207 of the American Legion.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Russell L. Kothlow

Dunn County News, Wed, April 20, 2005, A6

Russell L. Kothlow, age 74, of Elk Mound, passed away Friday, April 15, 2005, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

He was born Jan. 27, 1931, in Menomonie to Victor and Margaret (Evenson) Kothlow. He was a rural mail carrier for 30 years, and also farmed for 30 years. He married Ruth Owens on Oct. 22, 1952, in Menomonie.

Russell loved to fish, take trips out west, horse pulls, his Allis Chalmers tractor, and especially spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived his his loving wife, Ruth; children, Janice (Richard) Williams of Salt Lake City, Utah, Sue (Kenny) Satter of Colfax, Duane (Cindy) of Elk Mound, Brenda Williamson of Pine Island, Minn., Linda (Gary) Lierman of Menomonie, Eugene (Sherry) of Poplar, and Connie (Dan) Meyer of Menomonie; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Eileen Stark; a brother, Jerry; numerous nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister-in-law, Annette Kothlow; and a brother-in-law, Bud Stark.

Funeral services were Wednesday, April 20, 2005, at the Immanuel Baptist Church in Menomonie with Pastor Larry Borner officiating. Interment was in St. John's Cemetery in the town of Red Cedar, Dunn County.

Sampson-Kastner Funeral Home in Colfax served the family.

Ken Rykal

Dunn County News, Sun, April 24, 2005, A6

Ken Rykal, age 53, of Hersey, died Friday, April 22, 2005, at his home.

He was born the son of Leonard and Hazel (Koepel) Rykal on May 16, 1951.

Ken grew up in Cadott, and graduated from Cadott High School. He spent his career in manufacturing, first as a welder, and then as a spray painter. Starting in about eighth grade, Ken was always in a band, he played the bass guitar and sang vocals. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He loved gardening and being outdoors, and most of all the Packers.

Ken is survived by his wife, Cheryl Rykal; children, Nick (Haley) Rykal, Jessie Rykal, Marit (Jason) Buraver, Sara (Charles) Schwab, Chris (Amber) Rykal, Kelsey Rykal and Caleb Rykal; step-children, Candice Bishop and Gene Bishop; grandchildren, Tristen, Ashlyn and Kaitlyn Rykal, Conner and Aiden Schwab and Autumn Maye Bishop; mother, Hazel Rykal; brothers, Bob (Kathy) Rykal, Gary (Donna) Rykal, Tom (Roxie) Rykal and Randy (Debbie) Rykal; sister, Mary Jo Gray; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Ken is preceded in death by his father, Leonard "Peanuts" Rykal.

A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, April 26, 2005, at 1 p.m. at the Wilson Lutheran Church. The Reverend Jean Gfall will officiate the service. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Baldwin

Lois M. Roach

Dunn County News, Sun, April 24, 2005, A6

Lois M. Roach, age 77, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, April 19, 2005, at the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home in Elmwood.

Lois was born June 21, 1927, in the town of Weston, Dunn County, the daughter of Leonard and Martha (Styer) Nutter. Lois grew up in the Weston community and later moved with her family to Menomonie.

Lois is survived by her husband, Gordon; a daughter, Theresa Flora of Brainard, Minn.; two sons, James (Angie) Donley of Hager City and Delbert (Sandy) Yoder of Phoenix, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and two sisters, Beatrice Jenson of Menomonie and Louise Jeske of Glenwood City.

Her parents, a son, Larry Yoder, a grandson, Troy Donley, and two sisters precede her in death.

Graveside services are 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2005, at Teegarden Cemetery, town of Lucas, Dunn County.

Rhiel Funeral Service in Menomonie is serving the family.

Denver A. Drinkwine

Dunn County News, Wed, April 27, 2005, A6

Denver A. Drinkwine, age 91, of Wheeler, died Tuesday, April 26, 2005, at the Glenhaven Nursing Home in Glenwood City.

Arrangements are pending at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.
 

Stanley Cotts

Dunn County News, Wed, April 27, 2005, A6

Stanley Cotts, age 84, of Spooner, formerly of Menomonie, died suddenly Sunday, April 24, 2005, at the Spooner Health Systems in Spooner.

Stanley was born Oct. 12, 1920, in the town of Weston, Dunn County, to John and Maude (Kistner) Cotts. He was raised on the home farm and attended elementary school at Twin Hill. Later, he graduated from the Dunn County School of Agriculture and Domestic Economy and the Dunn County Normal School.

During World War II, Stanley served overseas in the U.S. Army's 103rd Division, earning the rank of Battalion and Regimental Sergeant Major. He married Lorraine Skillings on June 1, 1948, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie. While teaching at several area schools, he earned his master's degree while attending UW-Stout and UW-Eau Claire.

Stanley's passion was teaching and he devoted 45 years of his life to it. He taught at many area schools, including Waubeek, Twin Hill, Beaver Creek, Knapp and North. He was also principal of Central Grade School and the first residing principal of River Heights Elementary School. After retiring in 1985, Stanley and Lorraine moved to Big McKenzie Lake near Spooner.

Stanley was baptized and confirmed at Peace Lutheran Church and a lifelong member there. In 1966, he joined the Menomonie Lions Club and in 1992 transferred to the Spooner-Trego Lions Club where he was a very active member. Stanley received the Melvin Jones Fellowship for dedicated humanitarian service from the Lions International Foundation.

He was also a member of the McKenzie Lakes' Association and Menomonie VFW Post #1039. He loved the outdoors, especially fishing, snowmobiling and riding an ATV. He looked forward to the visits from all his nieces and nephews so he could take them fishing.

Stanley is survived by his loving wife, Lorraine Cotts; a brother, Darrell (Irene Skillings) Cotts of Menomonie; a sister, Susie (Eugene) Weber of Menomonie; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Wanda Mortel, Donald (Dorothy) Skillings, Dale (Kathie) Skillings, Marlys (Robert) Jensen, and Daniel (Marg) Skillings, all of Menomonie; 10 nieces; 11 nephews; many great-nieces and great-nephews; his faithful companion, Buddy II; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother-in-law, Brownie Mortel; and a nephew, Steven Mortel.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday, April 28, 2005, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. David Whelan officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, town of Dunn, Dunn County, with military honors provided by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

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.

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