Dunn County Obituaries
June 1999

The obituaries posted here are reprinted with permission from the Dunn County News, Menomonie, Wisconsin. These are "current" obituaries, beginning with the June 2, 1999 issue of the Dunn County News.

 

Index to Obituaries

 
Dennis W. Tape

Dunn County News, Wednesday, June 2, 1999, p. A6

Dennis W. Tape, 56, of River Falls, died Friday, May 28, 1999, at the River Falls Area Hospital.

Dennis was born July 4, 1942, in Boyceville to Willard and Carol (Douville) Tape. He graduated from Boyceville High School and went to work for the Bell Telephone Co. He retired in 1993 at age 50 with 32 years served with Bell Telephone.

Dennis enjoyed spending time with his German Shepherds and going to local auto race tracks. He also enjoyed visiting with people. He spent his retirement days doing carpentry work.

Dennis will be sadly missed by his wife and sons.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Joan of River Falls; two sons, Tim and Dennis Jr. of Minneapolis, Minn.; mother, Carol of Boyceville; three brothers, Douglas (Karen) of Menomonie, Jerry (Cindy) of Cottage Grove, Minn., and Marshall (Karen) of Boyceville; two sisters, Brenda (Paul) Schlough and Michele Tape of Boyceville; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.     

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and father, Willard Tape.

Funeral services were Tuesday, June 1, 1999, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boyceville with the Rev. Kevin Leidich officiating. Burial was in Tiffany Cemetery in Boyceville.

Memorials are preferred to St. John’s Lutheran Church organ fund. Everetts Funeral Home in Glenwood City was in charge of arrangements.

Ethel M. Galoff

Dunn County News, Wednesday, June 2, 1999, p. A6

Ethel M. Galoff, 92, of Menomonie, died Saturday, May 29, 1999, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Ethel was born April 28, 1907, in rural Elk Mound, the daughter of Frank and Elenora (Hanson) Michel-book. She moved to Menomonie at age 14 with her family. She graduated from Menomonie High School and Dunn County Normal School.

She married Carl Galoff in 1944. After marriage, they lived in Madison. In May, 1989, they moved to Menomonie where she remained the rest of her life. Her husband, Carl, passed away in 1992.

Ethel is survived by two sisters, Virginia Larson of Eau Claire and Frances Hickey of Menomonie; a sister-in-law, Aleta “Babe” Caturia of Menomonie; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services were Tuesday, June 1, 1999, at Faith Lutheran Church in Menomonie. The Rev. Rob Jarvis officiated.   Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Hazel P. Pease

Dunn County News, Wednesday, June 2, 1999, p. A6

Hazel P. Pease, 98, of Menomonie, died Saturday, May 29, 1999, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie where she resided the last two years.

The former Hazel Delilah Holmberg was born Sept. 10, 1900, in Gilman, Pierce County, to Aaron and Delta (Burgett) Holmberg. She was raised in the Spring Valley area.

Hazel married William Lemon on June 14, 1915, in Downsville. He died in 1931. She later married William Pease on Sept. 23, 1936, in Stillwater, Minn. He also preceded her in death in 1958.

Hazel lived in Menomonie for many years. She was a member of the Eastern Star and Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

Hazel is survived by one daughter, Delilah (Alfred) Wolf of Elmwood; two sons, Richard (Mary Ann) Pease of Downsville and William (Barbara) Pease of Menomonie; a daughter-in-law, Margaret Lemon of Mosinee; one sister, Delta Sawyer of St. Paul, Minn.; one brother, Orin Holmberg of Chicago, Ill.; 14 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, William Lemon and William Pease; two sons, Edwin and Otto Lemon; three grandchildren, Gary Pease and Danny and Anthony Wolf; two brothers; and three sisters.

Funeral services for Hazel were Tuesday, June 1, 1999, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. John Mikkelson officiating. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery in the Town of Dunn, Dunn County.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.    

DeLaine W. “Bud” Arnold

Dunn County News, Wednesday, June 2, 1999, p. A6

DeLaine W. “Bud” Arnold, 76, of Menomonie, died Monday, May 31, 1999, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie where he resided since March 1994.

He was born Oct. 1, 1922, on the family farm in rural Harmony, Minn., to Beryl and Laura (Sanderson) Arnold. Bud went to school in Canton, Minn., and also worked on the farm.

He married Eileen Riley of Menomonie on April 28, 1951. Together, they farmed the Sanderson family farm until 1964. They also raised two children, Charles and Cindy. Eileen taught high school in Peterson, Minn., and Bud later worked in Harmony for Pederson Bros. Rock Quarry.

Bud and Eileen enjoyed camping. Bud also enjoyed fishing and hunting and working on cars. He had a stroke in October 1980 and since that time has been in a wheel chair.

Bud is survived by his wife, Eileen Arnold of Menomonie; a son, Charles (Mary Jane) Arnold of Baraboo; a daughter, Cindy Arnold (Tom) Plutshack of Menomonie; grandchildren, Laura and Riley; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Laura and Beryl Arnold, and a sister, Lorraine Brumm in 1988.

There will be a memorial service for Bud at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 9, 1999, at the Lenora Methodist Church in Lenora, Minn., with the Rev. Burton Hoag officiating. Burial of the cremains will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie at a later date.

Memorials are suggested to the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie. Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling arrangements.

Irvin J. Diffendorfer

Dunn County News, Wednesday, June 2, 1999, p. A6

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Irvin J. Diffendorfer, 81, of Menomonie, died Monday, May 31, 1999, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

He was born July 24, 1917, in Menomonie to Harry and Hattie (Retzloff) Diffendorfer. Irvin graduated from Menomonie High School and Dunn County Normal.

He married Carol Killian on Sept. 10, 1939, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

He worked at O & N Lumber Co. and in 1941 went to work at the Menomonie Post Office. Irvin served in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1946 during World War II. After his discharge from the Army, he went back to work for the post office where he worked until retiring in 1973.

After retiring, he worked in the mail room at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and as a volunteer at Indianhead Enterprises, working with the disabled. He also had a Dunn County Shopper route, and worked at Northside Motors, as well as many other part time volunteer jobs.

Irvin was a member of Peace Lutheran Church, Menomonie Moose Lodge #1584, Retired Postal Carriers Association, and the Stroke Survivors Club. He enjoyed woodworking, camping, dancing, going to auctions, and most of all, his grandchildren. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Irvin is survived by his wife, Carol; three sons and one daughter, David (Jane) Diffendorfer of Owatonna, Minn., Michael (Delphine) Diffendorfer of Chippewa Falls, Randy (Gretchen) Diffendorfer of Sauk City, and Julie Falkner (Steve Hall) of Inver Grove Heights, Minn.; nine grandchildren, Cheryl, Tim, Brian, Cindy, Michelle, Josh, John, Tony and Nikolas; nine great-grandchildren, Justin, Keslie, Maison, Braeden, Casey, Nicholas, Nicole, Zachary and Jessica; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death for his parents; two brothers, LeRoy and Leonard Diffendorfer; and two sons, James and Larry Diffendorfer.

Funeral services for Irvin are 11 a.m. Thursday, June 3, 1999, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Dale Freberg officiating. Burial will be in Peace Lutheran Church Cemetery.

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.

Walter N. Edmonds

Dunn County News, Sunday, June 6, 1999, p. A6

Walter N. Edmonds, 87, of Menomonie, formerly of Boyceville, died Monday, May 31, 1999, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie where he resided the last two years.

He was born Sept. 23, 1911, in the Connorsville area of Dunn County to Clarence and Grace (Dunlap) Edmonds.

Walter grew up in that community and married Violet Stoll on April 29, 1937. After marriage, they farmed for many years in the Town of Sherman, rural Boyceville. Violet died in 1984 and in 1991 Walter moved to the Tantara Apartments in Menomonie.

Walter is survived by three daughters, Nancy (Eugene) Ballard of Yelm, Wash., Sharon Edmonds of Boyceville, and Betty (Ernest) Frost of Benbrook, Texas; five grandchildren; and one sister, Myrtle Page of Beloit.

Funeral services were Saturday June 5, 1999, at the First Church of the Nazarene in Menomonie with the Rev. Ron VanWey officiating. Burial was in Sherman Cemetery in the Town of Sherman, Dunn County.

Stanton-Goodrich Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

Marvin A. Benson

Dunn County News, Sunday, June 6, 1999, p. A6

Marvin A. Benson, 84, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, June 2, 1999, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

He was born Dec. 21, 1914, in the Town of Dovre, Barron County, to Alfred and Mabel (Hanson) Benson. When a young man he moved with his family to the Menomonie area.

In 1948, Marvin purchased a farm west of Menomonie where he farmed until 1972. He then purchased a home in the Village of Rusk. Marvin later lived with his longtime friend, Alton Draland, for several years. The last 12 years he has lived in Dunnville, until recently becoming ill, when he moved to the American Lutheran Home.

Marvin was a devoted Packer fan. He also enjoyed fishing and gardening. He raised a variety of produce, including some good sized melons and delicious sweet corn, most of which he gave to friends and relatives.

Marvin is survived by four sons, DuWayne Richard Benson of Omaha, Neb., Gerald Marvin (Mary) Benson of Woodbury, Minn., Dennis LeRoy (Jane) Benson of Two Rivers, and Brian Randy (Vonda) Benson of Menomonie; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three sisters, Dorothy Kadinger and Lois (Arland) Stevens, both of Menomonie, and Beverly Nutter of Boyceville; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five sisters, Phyllis Benson, Hazel Newhorter, Viola Hibbard, Donna Gilbert and Ardys Wagner; and two brothers, Lloyd and Earl Benson.

Funeral services for Marvin are 11 a.m. Monday, June 7, 1999, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Paul Pillman officiating. Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. today (Sunday) and one hour before services on Monday at the funeral home.

Keith E. Williams

Dunn County News, Sunday, June 6, 1999, p. A6

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Keith E. Williams, 81, of Menomonie, died peacefully on Tuesday, June 1, 1999, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Keith was born July 25, 1917, in Wheeler, the son of George and Nell (Davis) Williams. He worked various jobs and lived in the Menomonie area most of his life. He also owned and operated a horse stable in Milwaukee, which was the best loved job he ever had.

Keith was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie. He was an excellent horseman and a great teamster all his life.

He loved his wife, children and grandchildren, and this sustained him during a long illness. His love of family and life gave him the will to fight for life for almost 82 years. He was a greatly loved and admired by his family and friends for his genuine kindness and wonderful sense of humor.

Keith is survived by his wife of 38 years, Delores (Shaw) Williams; 11 children, Ronald (Patricia) Williams of Elk Mound, Richard (Janice) Williams of Salt Lake City, Utah, Gary (Debbie) Williams of Eau Claire, Barbara Blagen (Tim) Stevens of Menomonie, Bonnie Blagen (David) Dams of Wind Lake, Beverly Blagen Smith of Wind Lake, Bernadine Blagen (Thomas) Best of Manaway, Laurane Williams (Michael) Kuhlman of Menomonie, Christine Williams (David) Alm of Flower Mound, Texas, Julie Williams (Douglas Hamilton) of Riverton, Utah, and Mary Nell Williams (Mathew) of Prescott; grandchildren, David Williams, Jon, Jodi and Bryan Williams, Mathew, Mark and Michael Williams, Ben and Elizabeth Stephens, Robert, Tammy and Anna Dams, Noel and Kiel Smith, Keith and Anthony Amundson, Thomas Best, Ashley and Bryanna Kuhlman, Thomas Alm, and Alison, Keith and Douglas Hamilton; a sister, Florence Williams Zahn of Eau Claire; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Emory, Harold and Royal; a sister, Nelly; and his beloved grandson, Michael Williams.

Funeral services for Keith were Saturday, June 5, 1999, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Steve Schmeling officiating. Burial was in Fossum Cemetery in the Town of Rock Creek, Dunn County. Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Clarence D. Snyder

Dunn County News, Wednesday, June 9, 1999, p. A6

Clarence D. Snyder, 76, of rural Wheeler, died Saturday, June 5, 1999, at his home.

Clarence was born Dec. 23, 1922, in the Town of Otter Creek to Abner and Lena (Torgeson) Snyder. He attended Oak Grove School in the Town of Otter Creek. He married Arretta Burling on May 13, 1950, at the Wheeler United Methodist Church.

Clarence lived and farmed in the Town of Otter Creek all his life. He dearly loved the farm and took pride in the fact that the farm has been in the family for 100-plus years. He enjoyed raising livestock, loved field work, fencing, fishing, trapping gophers, hunting squirrels and partridges, chopping wood, and being outdoors.

He was an avid church member, serving on the Church Council, and was active in the Brotherhood. He also served as a member of the Otter Creek Town Board. He loved to socialize and visit over a cup of coffee and a donut. Clarence loved to be surrounded by his family, his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Arretta of Wheeler; children, David (Linda) of Wheeler, Ardith (Kendall) Obermueller of Glenwood City, and Bruce of Wheeler; grandchildren, Alicia Obermueller, Penny Snyder, Helen McClenning and David Bradley; and great-grandchildren, Mark Anthony and Peter Joe McClenning.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Walter Snyder; two sisters, Vernice Schoonover and Ada Krause; and a daughter, Betty Ann Snyder.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. Thursday, June 10, 1999, from the Wheeler United Methodist Church with burial in Popple Creek American Cemetery.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Sampson Funeral Home in Colfax and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

Ronald E. Skouge

Dunn County News, Wednesday, June 9, 1999, p. A6

Ronald E. Skouge, 82, of Sebring, Fla., died Thursday, June 3, 1999, at The Oaks at Avon of natural causes.

He was born in Menomonie and moved in 1984 from Labelle, Fla., to Sebring.

He was a tool designer for the Alan Bradley Co. in Milwaukee for 38 years, retiring in 1980. His religious affiliation was Lutheran. He was a member of the Golf Hammock Country Club.

He is survived by his wife, Genevieve Skouge of Sebring; a son, Richard John Skouge of Battle Creek, Mich.; a brother, Gordon Skouge of Menomonie; a sister, Joan Knutson of White Bear, Minn.; and one grandchild.

Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home in Sebring is handling arrangements.
    

Clifford E. Thorson

Dunn County News, Wednesday, June 9, 1999, p. A6

Clifford E. Thorson, 82, of Menomonie, died Friday, June 4, 1999, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie where he was a longtime resident.

He was born Feb. 14, 1917, in Menomonie to John and Christina (Running) Thorson. Clifford lived all of his life in the Menomonie area. He worked as a handyman doing odd jobs. He also loved playing his accordion.

Clifford was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were Tuesday, June 8, 1999, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie with the Rev. Rolf Morck officiating. Burial was in Christ Lutheran/Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

Vernon E. Heller

Dunn County News, Sunday, June 13, 1999, p. A6

Vernon E. Heller, 74, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, June 9, 1999, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

He was born April 28, 1925, in St. Paul, Minn., to Edward and Mabel (Peppinger) Heller. When a child, he moved with his parents to Ludington and later to Knapp.

Vernon married Marjorie Ann Amick on Oct. 3, 1953, in Wabasha, Minn. They lived in Knapp for many years, moving to Woodville for a short period, and then returning to Menomonie in 1978 where they have lived since.

Vernon worked for several farmers in the area. He also worked for the Menomonie Brick Co. and the feed mill in Knapp.

He was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Menomonie. He also served on the Irvine Creek Cemetery Board for several years.

Vernon loved the outdoors, and especially enjoyed gardening, birds and animals, and growing roses. He also loved his grandchildren. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Vernon is survived by his wife, Marjorie Heller of Menomonie; his six children, Ruth (Dean) Larson of Baldwin, Michael (Kathy) Heller of Elk Mound, Leroy Heller of Menomonie, Mark (Tammy) Heller of Woodville, Mary (David) Wolbert of Menomonie, and Paul Heller of Menomonie; nine grandchildren, Jessica Larson, Randi Heller, Sarah, Amanda and Rebekah Heller, Rachel and Jacob Wolbert, and Kelly and Andrew Heller; five brothers and one sister, Howard (Joyce) Heller of Rice Lake, Donald (Sylvia) Heller of River Falls, Orville (Sharon) Easland of Webster, William Joyner of Durand, Robert (Edith) Easland of Texas, and Mary (Pete) Honeycutt of Indiana; a brother-in-law, Carl Thomp-son of Indiana; many cousins, nieces and nephews; and special friends, Judy Watkins and Samuel, Leroy Smith, Vince Hage, Larry Jess, and Dan and Eva Smith and Danika.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Charlotte Joyner Scott, Betty Joyner Walters, and Edna Thompson; and two children, Katherine Kay Heller and David Joseph Heller.

Funeral services were Saturday, June 12, 1999, at the First Church of the Nazarene in Menomonie with the Revs. Ron VanWey and Robert Noah officiating. Burial was in Irvine Creek Cemetery in the Town of Menomonie.

The family suggests memorials to the American Heart Association or the American Diebetes Association.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

Timothy John Smith

Dunn County News, Sunday, June 13, 1999, p. A6

Timothy John Smith of LeCenter, Minn., passed away Tuesday, June 8, 1999, at University Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn.

Tim was born May 27, 1959, in Menomonie to Vern and Audrey (Breitzman) Smith.

He married Sitha Chin in Menomonie on Aug. 18, 1984.

Tim graduated from high school in Waseca, Minn., the University of North Dakota, and received a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since then he was employed at the University of Minnesota-Mankato.

Tim is survived by his wife, Sitha, and children, Paula, Tony and Savy, all of LeCenter; his parents, Vern and Audrey of Owatonna, Minn.; brothers Craig (Deb) of Waseca, Brian of Owatonna, and Marty (Leslie) of Rochester, Minn.; and several nieces and nephews.

He is also survived by his maternal grandmother, Faith Breitzman of Menomonie, and many other relatives in the area.

Tim was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Jack Breitzman, his paternal grandparents, Willis and Charlotte Smith; and one nephew, Lucas Smith.

A memorial service was held Saturday, June 12, 1999, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in LeCenter.

Merle L. Larrabee

Dunn County News, Sunday, June 13, 1999, p. A6

Merle L. Larrabee, 85, of Menomonie, died Friday, June 11, 1999, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

He was born Feb. 11, 1914, in the Town of Spring Brook, Dunn County, to Lamont and Mary Jane (Goercke) Larrabee.

Merle farmed most of his life in the Town of Dunn, Dunn County. He also worked in a factory in Racine for several years.

Merle married the former Mabel Vasey on Sept. 13, 1933, in Richland Center. After her death, he later married Emma (Wood) Kirkman on Oct. 22, 1988, in Menomonie.

He was formerly a member of the Forest Center Nazarene Church, later becoming a member of the First Church of Nazarene in Menomonie. Merle was also an avid hunter and fisherman. He has resided at the Dunn County Health Care Center for the past two years.

Merle is survived by his wife, Emma Larrabee of Menomonie; three sons, Roy (Alice) Larrabee of Menomonie, Roger (Eva Jean) Larrabee of Forest, Ohio, and Melvin (Deborah) Larrabee of Menomonie; one step-daughter, Thelma (Wayne) Rouse of Washington; 18 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild; a brother, Lyman (Vernetta) Larrabee of Corvallis, Ore., nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Mabel; a son, Ronald Larrabee; six brothers, Ernest, Jack, Harold, Floyd, Charles and Clifford Larrabee; four sisters, Rose Grutt, Helen Reichard, June Giese and Kathryn Larrabee; a grandson, Mathew Larrabee; a step-son, Robert Kirkman, and step-grandchild, Douglas Rouse.

Funeral services for Merle will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15, 1999, at the First Church of the Nazarene in Menomonie, with Rev. Ron VanWey officiating. Burial will be in Forest Center Cemetery in the Town of Spring Brook.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and an hour before the service Tuesday at the church.

Robert M. Bundy

Dunn County News, Sunday, June 13, 1999, p. A6

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Robert “Bob” Bundy, 59, of Menomonie, died Friday, June 11, 1999, at his home with hospice after a two-year battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

Bob was born March 14, 1940, in Menomonie to Judge William H. and Geraldine (Hower) Bundy. He was a teacher in the Menomonie School District for 31 years and was a coach for 17 of those years.

Bob is survived by his wife, Lynda (Buckley) Bundy of Menomonie; three children, Pat (Laura) Bundy of Menomonie; Kip (Tracey) Bundy of Fort Myers, Fla., and Brook (Paul) Bundy-Wurtz of Menomonie; three grandchildren, PJ and Raina Bundy-Wurtz of Menomonie and Kira Bundy of Menomonie; two sisters, Barbara Keeble of Wisconsin Dells and Mickey (Jann) Peterson of Eagle River; one brother, William Bundy of Minneapolis, Minn.; mother-in-law, Dorothy Buckley of Menomonie, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

There will be a Memorial Service for Bob at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 16, 1999, at First Congregational Church - UCC in Menomonie, with Rev. Rob MacDougall officiating. All are invited to a fellowship luncheon at the church following the service.

Friends may call from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Olson Funeral Home, Menomonie.

Jill R. Rose

Dunn County News, Wednesday, June 16, 1999, p. A6

Jill R. Rose, 37, of Elk Mound, died Saturday, June 12, 1999.

Jill was born May 5, 1962, in Barron to Curtis and Dorrene (Hanson) Knutson. She was a 1980 graduate of Colfax High School. Jill married Ronald Rose on April 25, 1981, at New Hope Lutheran Church in Sand Creek.

Together they had three children who were Jill’s life. She loved to watch her kids play ball and volunteered at Moundview Elementary School. She was a member of the Booster Club and Elk Mound Music Parents.

Jill worked for a time at Luther Hospital as a ward clerk and most recently at W. L. Gore & Associates in Eau Claire. She also managed a dairy farm with her husband.

She was a member of Barum Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School, participated in the church circle, and was the church treasurer.

Survivors include her husband, Ronald of Elk Mound; three children, Adam, Nicole and Tessa, all at home; her mother, Dorrene Knutson of Ridgeland; three brothers, Terry (Wendy), Mike (Karen), and Tom (Cindy) Knutson; her grandmother, Lavina Hanson of Ridgeland; a special great aunt, Lolita Schmidt; in-laws, Phillip and Twylia Rose, Gladys Gotlibson, Donna (Al) Johnson, Willie (Sheila) Rose, Julie (Gene) Sarauer, Gregg (Rhonda) Rose, and Donnie (Sue) Rose; several nieces and nephews; and five godchildren, Aaron Knutson, Brody Knutson, Chad Johnson, Josh Rose and Sasha Rose.

She was preceded in death by her father, Curtis Knutson.

Funeral services were Tuesday, June 15, 1999, at the Barum Lutheran Church with burial in the church cemetery.

Sampson Funeral Chapel in Elk Mound handled arrangements.

Ara Gayhart

Dunn County News, Wednesday, June 16, 1999, p. A6

Ara Gayhart, 85, of rural Wheeler, died Saturday, June 12, 1999, at the Dunn County Health Care Center following a long illness.

Ara was born Nov. 15, 1913, in Hazard, Ky., to Robert Lee Gayhart and Dora (Smith) Gayhart. Following retirement, he lived on his farm in the Town of Otter Creek.

He is survived by two brothers, Rolly Gayhart of Racine and Robert (Audrey) Garhart of Wheeler, and a sister, Lula Hanson of Rockford, Ill.

Private services and internment were held in Racine.

Mary A. Styer

Dunn County News, Wednesday, June 16, 1999, p. A6

Mary A. Styer, 92, of Albuquerque, N.M., formerly of Minneapolis, Minn., and Menomonie, died Saturday, June 12, 1999, at Las Palomas Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque.

Mary was born Aug. 12, 1906, in Menomonie to James W. and Mary (Hess) Styer. She was raised in Menomonie and attended schools in Menomonie, graduating in 1924. Mary moved to Minneapolis and worked 27 years for Investors Diversified Services.

After retiring, she spent the winters in Phoenix, Ariz., and summers in Minnesota. Mary moved to Glendale, Ariz., in 1980, where she lived until 1997 when she moved to a retirement center in Albuquerque.

Mary was one of only three surviving charter members of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

Mary is survived by seven nieces and seven nephews, numerous grandnieces and grandnephews, and many loving friends.

Her parents and two brothers, James (Asa) and Ernest Styer, preceded her in death.

Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 17, 1999, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Lyle Schulte officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

Stanton-Goodrich-Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

Cary Ann Herron-Rude

Dunn County News, Wednesday, June 16, 1999, p. A6

Cary Ann Herron-Rude, 41, of Menomonie, died Sunday, June 13, 1999, at her home in Menomonie after a long struggle with Multiple Sclerosis.

Cary was born March 11, 1958, in Aurora, Ill., the daughter of Donald and Edwina (Lassiter) Herron. Cary graduated in 1976 from Shorewood High School in Shorewood. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She married Jeffrey Rude in 1979 and they later divorced. In 1985, Cary moved to Menomonie where she remained the rest of her life.

Cary is survived by three daughters, Jennifer, Rebecca and Jessica Rude, all of Menomonie; her father, Donald (Diane) Herron of Waukesha; a sister, Debra Villa of Milwaukee; and two brothers, David (Karen) Herron of Oak Creek and Michael Herron of Jackson, Mich.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Edwina, in 1980.

Funeral services were Wednesday, June 16, 1999, at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Rob MacDougall officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.

Earl R. Lehman

Dunn County News, Wednesday, June 16, 1999, p. A6

Earl Robert Lehman, 65, of East Wenatchee, Wash., passed away suddenly on Thursday, June 10, 1999, at his home.

He was born May 30, 1934, in Menomonie to Paul and Helen Lehman. He grew up in Menomonie and attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where he earned his BS and MS degrees in education.

There he met and married Flora Jean Spinti on April 1957. After teaching at several locations in Wisconsin, he moved with his family in 1963 to the Wenatchee Valley where he remained. He continued to teach industrial arts in the Wenatchee School System until his retirement in 1989.

He was a devoted, lifelong Boy Scout and lover of the out-of-doors. He had received many scouting awards throughout his life, including Eagle Scout, Order of the Arrow, Silver Beaver, and the James E. West Fellowship Award.

He will be greatly missed by his family and the many who were touched by his love and dedication.

He is survived by his wife, Flora Lehman of East Wenatchee; their sons, Henry A. Lehman of Massachusetts and Steven E. Lehman of Nebraska; a daughter, Jean F. Lehman of East Wenatchee; and his sisters, Alice Sabin and Nell Krumrie, both of Wisconsin.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Services are arranged by Telford’s Chapel of the Valley of East Wenatchee. Viewing will be held from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, 1999. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 18, 1999, officiated by Pastor John H. Pavelko, assisted by Pastor Robert A. Jackson.

For friends who wish to do so, memorials may be made to: Camp Bonaparte (WA) Facilities and Improvement Fund, c/o Boy Scouts of America, 213 N. Chelan, Wenatchee, WA 98801; or Camp Phillips (WI) Facilities and Improvement Fund, c/o Boy Scouts of America, 710 S. Hastings Way, Eau Claire, WI 54701.

Verna B. Wigdahl

Dunn County News, Wednesday, June 23, 1999, p. A6

Verna B. Wigdahl, 77, of the Town of Otter Creek, died Saturday, June 19, 1999, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Verna was born March 25, 1922, in the Town of Tiffany to Earl and Daisy (Canfield) Schmidt. She attended Downing High School, where she graduated in 1940. She attended Dunn County Normal School, where she graduated in 1941. Verna taught at the Chimney Rock School until she married Kimbell Wigdahl on Dec. 24, 1942, in Glenwood City.

Along with her husband, they farmed and raised five children.

Verna was active at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Wheeler. She taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. She served as secretary for the WELCA Women’s Organization. Verna served as a registrar for Town of Otter Creek elections. Verna is well-known for her skill in quilt making and cross stitching.

Verna is survived by one son, Keith (Ardys) Wigdahl of Colfax; four daughters, Judith (Robert) Juza of Wilson, Martha (Sandy) McGregor of Oregon, Anne (Michael) Endrizzi of Apple Valley, Minn., and Nancy Wigdahl of Des Moines, Iowa; two sisters, Henrietta “Peg” Morrow of St. Paul, Minn., and Wilma Nosko of Menomonie; seven grandchildren, Cheryl, Brian and Anna Juza, Dagna and Karl Sheerar, Eric Wigdahl and Anthony Reinolt; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Kimbell, in 1985; and one brother, William Schmidt.

Funeral services were Tuesday, June 22, 1999, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Wheeler with the Rev. Jon Becker officiating. Burial was in Our Savior’s Cemetery, Town of Hay River.

Everts Funeral Home in Glenwood City handled arrangements.

Eileen E. Finder

Dunn County News, Sunday, June 27, 1999, A6

Eileen E. Finder, 73, of Knapp, died Wednesday, June 23, 1999, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie. The former Eileen E. Timm was born Jan. 24, 1926, in the Town of Cady, St. Croix County, to Theodore and Emma (Moldenhauer) Timm.

She was raised in the Town of Cady and graduated in 1944 from Spring Valley High School.Eileen worked at Armor in St. Paul, Minn., until coming home to provide care for her mother.

She married Donald Finder on March 1, 1949, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Eileen then worked as a homemaker, caring for her family and helping her husband in his trucking business.

She was formerly a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie, joining the Wilson Lutheran Church in 1991. Eileen was also a member of the Wilson American Legion Auxiliary.

Eileen enjoyed collecting recipes, but her main joy was her family, kids and grandkids.

She is survived by her husband, Don of Knapp; four daughters and two sons, Shirley (Wayne) Rostamo of Knapp, Judy (Gene) Johnson of Menomonie, Nona (George) Post of Hersey, Ken (Pam) Finder of Knapp, Sharon (Don) Spielman of Hersey, and Kevin Finder of Knapp; 10 grandchildren; one brother, Lavern “Bud” Timm of Wilson; two sisters, Lillian (Albert) Frank of St. Paul and Vivian (Gilbert) Rice of Knapp; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Edwin Timm. Funeral services for Eileen are 11 a.m. Monday, June 28, 1999, at the Wilson Lutheran Church in Wilson with the Rev. Michael Main officiating. Burial will be in Teegarden Cemetery in the Town of Lucas, Dunn County.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Sunday) at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and an hour before the service Monday at the church.

Donald A. Sallergren

Dunn County News, Sunday, June 27, 1999, A6

Donald A. Sallergren, age 81, of Menomonie, WI died Monday, June 21, 1999 at his home.

He was born May 14, 1918 in Chicago, IL to August and Juliette (Lind) Sallergren. Don lived and worked in the Chicago area most of his life. He married the former Mary Anne Burns Dec. 16, 1978 in South Bend, Indiana. They lived in South Bend and Triumph, IL before coming to Menomonie in 1985.

Don is survived by nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary Anne; 2 sisters, Irene Nelson and Helen Roeder.

There will be a graveside service at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30, 1999 at Cedar Falls Cemetery in the Town of Red Cedar, Dunn Co., W1 with Rev. Paul Pillman officiating.    

Durward O. Gifford

Dunn County News, Sunday, June 27, 1999, A6

Durward 0. Gifford, age 90, of Menomonie, WI died Friday, June 25, 1999 at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

He was born May 2, 1909 in Buffalo County, W1 to Charles and Mollie (Johnson) Gifford, and was raised in Buffalo and Dunn Counties.

Durward married the former Esther Fuhrman Sept. 5, 1933 in Plum city, WI. He worked for area farmers until 1945 when they moved to Menomonie. Durward then worked as a mechanic at several places including Flick Motors, later retiring from LaPean Implement in Menomonie.

Durward was a member of New Hope Lutheran Church in Downsville.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing in his younger days,

Durward is survived by; 5 daughters and 2 sons, Darlene Vasey of Downsville

Wayne (Sandra) Gifford of Sparks, NV., Dorothy Warren of Hudson, Janet (Wallace) Cutler of Downsville, Marie (Richard) Creaser of Menomonie, LaVerne (Beverly) Gifford of Menomonie, Karen (Don) Siler of Baldwin, 24 grandchildren, 5 1 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren, 1 brother, Charles (Mabel) Gifford of Menomonie, Nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Esther; an infant son, Leon; 3 sisters, Sarah Bauer, Alice Reckin and Idell Owen; 2 brothers, James and David Gifford.

Funeral services for Durward will be 3:00 PM Tuesday, June 29, 1999 at New Hope Lutheran Church in Downsville, with Rev. Arvid Myhrwold officiating.

Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in the Town of Dunn, Dunn Co., WI. Friends may call from 4:00 to 8:00 PM Monday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, and at the church an hour before the service on Tuesday.

Roselyn A. "Rose" Hellendrung

Dunn County News, Sunday, June 27, 1999, A6

Roselyn A. "Rose" Hellendrung, age 70 of Knapp, WI died Friday, June 25, 1999 at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

The former Roselyn Tilleson was born March 3, 1929 in Elk Mound, WI to Carl and Hilda (Braaten) Tilleson. She married Kenneth Hellendrung June 16, 1948 in Menomonie.

Rose worked as a cook at Glenhaven Nursing Home and at the Boyceville Community Center. She was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyceville. She was also a member of the Annis Creek Homemakers and 4-H Club. Rose loved to cook, sew and take care of her family.

She is survived by; her husband, Kenneth Hellendrung of Knapp, 2 sons and 1 daughter, Douglas (Sherrilyn) Hellendrung of Boyceville, Dan (Joyce) Hellendrung of Knapp, Julie (Luke) Berglund of Boyceville, 9 grandchildren 7 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, a special friend, Michele (Fontaine) Rindfleisch of Burlington, and other relatives and friends.

Rose was preceded in death by her parents; 2 infant children; and 2 sisters, Norma Cartwright and Borghild Sabatke.

Funeral services for Rose will be 11:00 AM Tuesday, June 29, 1999 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyceville, with Rev. Jon Becker officiating. Burial will be Teegarden Cemetery in the Town of Lucas, Dunn Co., WI.

Friends may call from 4:00 to 8:00 Monday at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, and at the church an hour before the service on Tuesday.

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