Dunn County Obituaries
July 2001

The obituaries posted here are reprinted with permission from the Dunn County News, Menomonie, Wisconsin. These are "current" obituaries, beginning with the 
July 1, 2001 issue of The Dunn County News.

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Margaret Ann Dyas

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 1, 2001, A6

Margaret Ann Dyas, age 79, of Sun City West, Ariz., formerly of Menomonie, died Wednesday, May 9, 2001, in San Diego, Calif.

She was born Feb. 19, 1922, in Cambridge, Neb., to Merton and Pauline Cline. She graduated in 1940 from Plainview High School in Plainview, Neb. She received her bachelor's degree in music in 1944 from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. Following graduation, she taught band and chorus in Cambridge.

She met and married Edwin Dyas in June 1947 in Lincoln, Neb. They resided in Ralston, Neb., before moving to Menomonie in 1956 where she gave private piano and organ lessons to many students in their homes. She was also the choir director at St. Joseph's Catholic Church for 25 years.

Margaret served as state president for the Wisconsin Federation of Music Clubs from 1974 to 1978. In May 1980, she retired and she and Edwin moved to Sun City West. She and Edwin enjoyed retired life, traveling around the world until his death in April 1993. She was a life member of Alpha Delta Pi.

Survivors include two sons, Thomas Dyas and James (Joseline) Dyas, both of Chula Vista, Calif.; a daughter, Mary Jane (Steven) Madry of Phoenix, Ariz.; two granddaughters, Ann Aragon and Angela Marie Madry; two great-grandchildren, Amanda and Brandon Aragon; a brother, John (Gena) Cline of Surprise, Ariz.; and a sister, Janet Noecker of Lincoln.

She was preceded in death by her husband, an infant daughter, Ann Marie, her parents, one sister, and one brother.

The funeral Mass was held Saturday, May 26, 2001, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Sun City West with the Rev. Harold Graf officiating. The body was cremated.

Arrangements were made by Glen Abbey Mortuary of Bonita, Calif.

Memorials are preferred in her name to St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie.

John M. Stratton

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 1, 2001, A6

John Milton Stratton, age 60, of Turkey Ridge, Rockwood, Tenn., passed away Saturday, June 23, 2001, in Roane Medical Center in Harriman, Tenn.

A U.S. Air Force veteran, he retired to Rockwood after working as a packaging engineer for Lockheed Martin in Orlando, Fla.

He is survived by his wife, Priscilla Ann Stratton of Rockwood; a daughter, Jennifer Flynn of Clermont, Fla.; two grandchildren, Jillian Flynn and Breannyn Flynn; a half brother, Emil (Barbara) Brightsman of Phillips; and two sisters, Jerene (William L.) Suckow of Menomonie and Joanne Bess of Forest Lake, Minn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold "Pinky" and Leona (Wolfgram) Stratton and a brother-in-law, Robert "Bob" Bess.

A fellowship devotion and lunch for family and friends will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 5, 2001, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1100 Ninth St., Menomonie.

Evans Mortuary of Rockwood is serving the family.

 

Catherine M. Anderson

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 1, 2001, A6

Catherine M. Anderson, age 84, of Hudson, died Tuesday, June 26, 2001, at her residence, Colonial Apartments in Hudson. She was the widow of the late Leonard "Cab" Anderson.

She was born on Oct. 7, 1916, in the Town of Stanton, Dunn County, the daughter of Frank and Della (Scott) Keyes. She attended grade school in Knapp and graduated from high school in Boyceville.

She was united in marriage to Leonard "Cab" Anderson in July 1939 in Knapp. She was a homemaker all her life, raising their family. She loved her family and cherished the time they spent together. She also enjoyed traveling.

Catherine Anderson is survived by her daughter, Darlene (Michael) Holt of Apple Valley, Minn.; three sons, Paul Anderson and Kevin (Linda) Anderson of Hudson and Ron Anderson of Amery; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ede Schrantz of Elk Mound and Dorothy (Jess) Purdue of Lafayette, Ind.; and a brother, Delbert (Evelyn) Keyes of Menomonie.

Funeral services were Friday, June 29, 2001, at the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Hudson with Pastor Keith Lueneburg officiating. Betty Fyksen was organist and Kristin Scott was vocalist. Burial was in Willow River Cemetery in Hudson with active casketbearers being Paul Anderson, Ronald Anderson, Kevin Anderson, Michael Holt, Todd Anderson, Thomas Novak, David Anderson and Nancy Nelson. Honorary casketbearers were Delbert Keyes, Tyler Anderson, Austin Robinson, Jonathan Novak, Michael Fenske and Mitchell Fenske. Memorials are preferred.

Arrangements were coordinated by the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson.

Huldah A. Smith

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 1, 2001, A6

Huldah A. Smith, age 90, of Menomonie, died Saturday, June 30, 2001, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

The former Huldah A. Mishler was born Aug. 29, 1910, in the Town of Peru, Dunn County, to John and Orpha (Doane) Mishler. She married Amos Smith on March 10, 1937, in Menomonie. They farmed for many years in the Town of Weston. Huldah also worked in housekeeping at UW-Stout. She loved to crochet, and was still crocheting until very recently. Huldah and her husband moved to Colfax in 1972 and, after his death, Huldah moved to Menomonie. She has resided at the Dunn County Health Care Center for the past three years.

Huldah is survived by two daughters and two sons, Ada Gane of Menomonie, Ival (Joyce) Smith of Chetek, Mary (Duane) Bowell of Menomonie and Amos (Lynette) Smith of Chetek; a step-daughter, Betty Biesterveld of Milwaukee; a sister, Ida Keck of Menomonie; 12 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Amos; stepson, Glen Smith; grandson, Brent Wold; step-granddaughter, Doris Ann Barbian, and three sisters.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, 2001, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Robert Eberhardt officiating. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in the Town of Dunn, Dunn County. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and an hour before the service on Tuesday at the funeral home

Dorothy V. Douglas

 

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 8, 2001, A6

Dorothy Virginia Douglas, age 76, of Menomonie, passed away Tuesday, June 26, 2001, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

She was born in Orange, N.J., on Dec. 17, 1924. Her parents, Martha and Edward Douglas, moved to Frankfort, Germany, during her elementary years. Her father was director of European Operations for McCann/Erickson Corporation, an American advertising agency based in Frankfort. While there, Dorothy attended the English School at Chateau Doex, Switzerland.

On May 6, 1937, while traveling back to the United States on business, her father was killed as the Hindenburg zeppelin burst into flames while approaching Lakehurst, N.J. The Hindenburg had made 54 successful flights, 36 of them across the Atlantic Ocean. This tragedy, which killed her father, also ended the lives of 36 others and regular airship service from Germany.

After the tragedy, Dorothy and her mother moved back to the United States and she finished her schooling at the Prospect Hill Day School in Newark, N.J.

During the "Big Band" era, Dorothy was a singer in a jazz band that traveled around the New York metropolitan area. Later, she worked as a secretary/receptionist in a doctor's office.

In 1990, after retiring, Dorothy moved to Menomonie to be near her uncle, Halsey Douglas. She enjoyed many friends and happy times at Hosford/Rich Apartments.

She is survived by her cousin, Deborah (John) Wesolek of Menomonie; second cousins, Brent (Lorie) Wesolek of Stoughton, Mark Wesolek of Denver, Colo., and Pamela Wesolek of Albuquerque, N.M.; cousin, George Douglas of Champaign, Ill.; uncle, Paul (Julie) Douglas of Wakefield, R.I.; and numerous other cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Martha and Edward Douglas, and uncles, Halsey and George Douglas.

Services are 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, 2001, at the First Congregational Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Rob MacDougall officiating. Interment of ashes will be in East Ridgelawn Cemetery, New Jersey, at a later date.

 

J. Elmer Gilberts

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 8, 2001, A6

Joseph Elmer Gilberts, age 87, of Sand Creek, died Tuesday, July 3, 2001, at The Maplewood in Bloomer.

He was born Jan. 10, 1914, in the Town of Sand Creek to Oscar and Bessie (Harstad) Gilberts. He was raised and attended school in the Town of Sand Creek and on Oct. 14, 1944, was married to Agnes Nelson, daughter of William and Clara Nelson. They lived in the Sand Creek area all their lives.

Elmer was a farmer and also worked for electric line construction companies. He was congregation treasurer for many years and served on the church council and as president.

Survivors include one brother, Ernest (Agnes) Gilberts of Pewaukee; two sisters, Lillian (Robert) Wendlandt of New Auburn and Donna (Arnold) Gregerson of Chewelah, Wash; nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Elmer was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Agnes, on July 26, 1996.

Funeral services were Saturday, July 7, 2001, at New Hope Lutheran Church in Sand Creek with the Rev. Barbara Koch officiating. Interment was in Our Savior's Lutheran Cemetery, rural Sand Creek.

Mark Rausch Funeral Service, Dallas and Cameron, handled arrangements.

 

Marvin R. Smith

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 8, 2001, A6

Marvin R. (Marv) Smith, age 79, of Menomonie died Thursday, July 5, 2001 at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

He was born May 3, 1922 in Menomonie to Ray and Wilhelmina (Kistner) Smith. Marv graduated from Menomonie High School and served in the U.S. Army during WW II. He married Lillian Rasmusson Schaefer Oct. 18, 1948 in Stillwater, MN.

Marv worked as a salesman for Sno-Flake Foods for nine years before purchasing the business and operating it for 18 years. After selling Sno-Flake Foods, he began auctioneering. He was a well-known colorful auctioneer for 20 years. Marv loved horses and enjoyed driving his stagecoach in parades with his favorite team of Clydesdales. He was also a loving husband, father and a wonderful storytelling grandpa whom the children loved and enjoyed.

Marv is survived by his wife, Lillian; one son, Randy (Rita) Smith of Menomonie; step-daughter, Karleen (Gene) Bebel of Merrill; step-daughter-in-law, Joyce Schaefer of Effingham, Ill.; two grandchildren, both of Menomonie; Renee Smith (fiance, Brian Olson) and Ryan (Julie) Smith; 10 step-grandchildren, Todd (Karen Moessner), Barry (Carla) Schaefer, Troy Moessner, Scott (Laurie) Schaefer, Timothy Moessner, Kristine Rodgers, Brian (Robin) Schaefer, David Bebel, Mark Bebel, and Rob Bebel; 15 step-great-grandchildren; and one step-great-great-grandchild; two brothers, Robert (Dorothy) Smith of Menomonie and Verne (Adeline) Smith of California; one sister, Mabel (Warren) Fritz of Elmwood; nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a step-son, Gene Schaefer; and a brother, Elbert "EJ" Smith.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 10, 2001 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Ron Burke officiating. Burial will be in Christ Lutheran/Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie with military honors by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Monday, July 9 at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, and at the church one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

 

Ronald R. "George" Wagner

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 8, 2001, A6

Ronald R. "George" Wagner, age 57, of Elk Mound, died Tuesday, July 3, 2001, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

George was born June 11, 1944, in Menomonie to Willard and Hazel (Retzloff) Wagner. He married Patricia Slovey in Chicago, Ill., on Jan. 10, 1970. They moved to Elk Mound where they farmed the last 17 years. He also worked at Menards in Eau Claire.

George is survived by his wife, Patricia; two daughters, Gina (Aaron) Arndt of Appleton and Nikki Wagner of Seattle, Wash.; his mother, Hazel Wagner of Menomonie; a sister, Diane (Dennis) Jensen of St. Cloud, Minn.; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Willard "Butch" Wagner.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 7, 2001, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Dale Freberg officiating. Burial was in Peace Lutheran Cemetery in Menomonie.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie served the family.

Kayleigh Jane Smith

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 8, 2001, A6

Kayleigh Jane Smith, infant daughter of Lori Smith of Boyceville, died Tuesday, July 3, 2001 at Children's Hospital in St. Paul.

Kayleigh is survived by her mother, Lori Smith of Boyceville; grandparents, Larry and Karen Smith of Boyceville; great-grandmothers, Harriet Clark of Menomonie and Margaret Smith of Boyceville; uncle Kevin (Connie) Smith of Boyceville; four cousins, Alexander Fremouw of Menomonie and Krista, Cody, and Zackery Smith of Boyceville; many great-aunts and uncles, other relatives and friends.

Kayleigh was preceded in death by her great-grandfathers, Clinton Clark and Lawrence Smith, and great-great aunt, Mary Millar.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 9 at 11 a.m. at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Gail Mitchell officiating.

Visitation will be on Sunday, July 8 from 2-4 p.m. and one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Interment will be at Tiffany Cemetery in Boyceville.

The family requests memorials in lieu of flowers.

Dana A. Bronken

Dunn County News, Wednesday, July 11, 2001, A6

Dana A. Bronken, age 76, of Colfax, passed away Sunday, July 8, 2001, at his home.

He was born Dec. 17, 1924, in Eau Claire to Anton and Dagny (Berg) Bronken. He was a lifelong resident of Colfax except for the years he attended college and served in the Army in the South Pacific during World War II. He married Irene Hepola on Dec. 15, 1951.

Dana had a special passion for music and his church, and enjoyed many friendships in the community.

He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Irene; children, Dr. Tom (Dr. Nancy Hamlin) Bronken of Marquette, Mich., Mary (Dr. James) Antinori of Park City, Utah, and Anne (Stuart) Deuring and Susan Bronken (Steve Zelinsky), both of Minnetonka, Minn.; seven grandchildren; a sister, Anita Matthew of Litchfield, Conn.; several nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and one sister.

A memorial service for Dana will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 14, 2001, at the Colfax Lutheran Church in Colfax with Pastor Leslie Walck officiating. There will be a private family interment in Holden Cemetery in Colfax.

The Cremation Society of Wisconsin is serving the family.

 

Norman L. Torgerson

Dunn County News, Wednesday, July 11, 2001, A6

Norman L. Torgerson, age 88, of Menomonie, died Monday, July 9, 2001, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Norman was born Sept. 9, 1912, in the Town of Red Cedar, Dunn County, to Ole and Anna (Otterson) Torgerson. He married Della Schroeder on Sept. 9, 1937. Norman was employed by the Dunn County Highway Department for 48 years as a shovel operator and foreman.

Norman is survived by his wife, Della of Menomonie; a sister, Vivian Fletcher of Menomonie; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. Saturday, July 14, 2001, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. David Whelan officiating. Burial will be in Peace Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.

 

Lee E. Rudiger

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 15, 2001, A6

Lee Eugene Rudiger, age 54, of Menomonie, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family and hospice care on Tuesday, July 10, 2001.

He was born Oct. 4, 1946, in Menomonie to Eugene O. and Mavis M. (Merriman) Rudiger. He married Marilyn Kay Brehm on April 27, 1968, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

Lee worked for Sno-Flake Foods and later for Tri-Mart Corporation as a sales representative. He retired in July 2000 due to illness. He was an avid NASCAR fan and enjoyed all sports, especially hockey with his sons.

Lee was a devoted husband and father, and his grandchildren were the light of his life. His humor and kindness were enjoyed by everyone who met him. He will be sadly missed by all.

Lee is survived by his wife, Marilyn, three sons, Kurt (Donna) Rudiger, Jeff (Jessica) Rudiger, and Mark (Jennifer) Rudiger, his four grandchildren, Taylor, Payton, Gavin and Keaton, and his father, Eugene, all of Menomonie; three brothers, Jerry Rudiger of Floyd, Va., Tom Rudiger of Jackson, Minn., and Steve (DiAnn) Rudiger of Menomonie; other family members; and many, many friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother and paternal and maternal grandparents.

Funeral services were Friday, July 13, 2001, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Ron Burke officiating. Burial was in Mamre Cemetery in the Town of Menomonie, Dunn County.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

 

Kathleen M. Cloutier

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 15, 2001, A6

Kathleen M. Cloutier, age 43, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, July 10, 2001, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

The former Kathleen Marguerite Lampert was born Aug. 31, 1957, in Oshkosh to Daniel and Carole (Hable) Lampert. She was raised in Oshkosh until the age of 12 when the family moved to Minneapolis, Minn. After graduation from high school, Kathleen moved back to Oshkosh, where she managed Capital Partners properties.

Kathleen married Bradley Cloutier on June 17, 1989, in St. Bonifacius, Minn. In 1998, they moved to Menomonie and Kathleen managed Tantara Apartments.

Kathleen is survived by her husband, Brad; a son, Michael David Lampert of Menomonie; a daughter, Crystal Lee Lampert of Menomonie; her mother, Carole Redmarm of Menomonie; her father, Daniel Lampert of Appleton; two brothers and one sister, Daniel (Melissa) Lampert of River Falls, Laura Garner of Menomonie and Bernard Redniann of Spring Valley; other relatives and friends, and her dog, Shanamadel.

A memorial service was held at Saturday, July 14, 2001, at Tantara Apartments in Menomonie.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie assisted the family with arrangements.

 

Thomas P. (Pat) Bagan

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 15, 2001, A6

Thomas P. (Pat) Bagan, age 83, of Menomonie, died Thursday, July 12, 2001, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

He was born Aug. 4, 1917 on the home farm in the Township of Menomonie. He was the son of Thomas W. and Elizabeth (Lackner) Bagan.

Pat graduated from Menomonie High School in 1936 and attended one year at UW-Stout. He married Gloria Hoel on Jan. 25, 1964.

After marriage Pat continued to farm on the home farm for many years until he retired. He loved farming and enjoyed trips to Canada fishing and hunting moose.

Pat is survived by his wife Gloria; two sons, Brian and Mark Bagan both of Menomonie; a daughter Patty (Buck) Larson of Menomonie; four grandchildren, Jacque Jo Manor, Jeremy, Megan and Morgan Larson; two brothers, Kevin of Topeka, Kan. and Michael of Menomonie; three sisters, Virginia Nordmann of Forest Lake, Wash., Bernice Grenier of Scottsdale, Ariz. and Betty Anderson of Waupaca; and many nieces and nephews.

Pat's parents and a brother, Bernard (Tony) Bagan preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 16, 2001 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Lyle Schulte officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, July 15 at the Stanton-Goodrich-Rhiel Funeral Home. A prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday night.

 

John B. Schroeder

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 15, 2001, A6

John B. Schroeder, age 83, of Menomonie, (formerly of Hastngs, Minn.) died Thursday, July 12, 2001, in Menomonie.

John was born June 20, 1918, in Ospern, Luxembourg to Michael and Maryann (Michaeles) Schroeder. He married Jeanne T. Moitzheim on May 10, 1945, in Wiltz, Luxembourg.

John worked in the masonry field while in Europe and after moving to America, became a professional painter in the industrial painting field.

John is survived by a daughter, Georgette (Peter) Hovind of Menomonie; a son, Bernard (Adeline) Schroeder of Hastings, Minn.; a sister, Maria, of Luxembourg; two brothers, Frank and Joseph of Luxembourg; a brother-in-law, John (Flo) Moitzheim; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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

Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 16, 2001, at 1 p.m. at the Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home in Hastings, Minn., with Fr. Stephen Beauclair OSB officiating. Interment will be at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Cemetery in Hastings, Minn.. Paulbearers will be, Todd Wordell, Jim VonBerge, Kevin Kulig, John Schroeder, Joseph Schroeder and Mike Hovind.

Visitation will on Monday, July 16 from noon to 1 p.m. on at the Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home.

Orrin E. Smith

Dunn County News, Wednesday, July 18, 2001, A6

Orrin E. Smith, age 81, of Deming, N. M., formerly of Dunn County, died Saturday, July 14, 2001, at his son's home in Charlotte, Mich., after a long battle with cancer.

He was born Dec. 16, 1919, in the Township of Wheaton, Vernon County, to E. E. and Mabel (Watson) Smith. He was raised in Dunn County and graduated in 1937 from Colfax High School. He married Rose A. Burling of Colfax on April 5, 1941, in Marshalltown, Iowa,

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in North Africa and the European Theater, and was a 50 plus year member of the IBEW. He was an active leader in Scouts for over 20 years. He retired in 1981 from the Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, N.M., and began a 20-year trek following the sun, family and fishing.

Orrin and Rose enjoyed traveling around the country, seeing the glories of God's creation, finding new fishing spots, and visiting friends and family on the way. They were the best of friends and traveling companions. After Rose passed away in 1999, he continued their lifestyle, and was still "on the road" when God called him home. He was a fine fisherman, and caught his last big trout in Lake Superior in early June. He was a loving and devoted family patriarch, a true man of God, faithful steward and good friend.

He is survived by a daughter, Myrna Fryer of Knoxville, Tenn.; two sons, Douglas (Margaret) Smith of Charlotte and Steven (Rowena) Smith of Orange, Calif.; two grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Also left behind are members of their extended families, both in Wisconsin and across the country.

He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, and a brother, Carroll Smith of Menomonie.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2001, at Grace United Methodist Church in Wheeler with Pastor Nancy Diller officiating. Burial will be in Hill Grove Cemetery, Town of Colfax.

Visitation with the family will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 20, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, P.O. Box 779, Minneapolis, MN 55440-0779.

[See 2nd obituary below]

Fern S. Boyes

Dunn County News, Wednesday, July 18, 2001, A6

Fern Irene Schultz Boyes, age 81, of Maggie Valley, N.C., died Friday, June 29, 2001, at Silver Bluff Nursing Home.

A native of Menomonie, she was the daughter of the late William and Victoria Hansen Schultz. She was a homemaker. She was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran of World War II and worked on the flight line as a radio mechanic at Tyndall Air Force Base, Panama City, Fla. She was a member of American Legion Post 47 of Waynesville.

Surviving are her husband of 57 years, Ralph J. Boyes Jr. of Maggie Valley; one daughter, Carolyn Ann Phillips of Crabtree; one son, Ralph J. Boyes III and his wife Sue of Senola, Ga.; four sisters, Viola Steinmeyer, Leota Tilleson, Mary Tilleson and Joyce Hagen, all of Menomonie; one brother, Gerald Schultz of Hungry Horse, Mont.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services were held Thursday, July 5, 2001, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church with the Rev. Frank Doyle officiating. Private graveside services were held at Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.

Garrett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Margaret's Catholic Church, P.O. Box 1359, Maggie Valley, NC 28751.

Lloyd Robert Lake

Dunn County News, Wednesday, July 18, 2001, A6

Lloyd Robert Lake, age 88, of Gainesville, Ga., passed away on Sunday, June 24, 2001, at his home with hospice and family with him after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born Aug. 28, 1912, in Wheeler, Hay River township, to Mamie and Lloyd Lake Sr.

He served as a pilot in the Navy during World War II. He was a retired captain with Eastern Airlines. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Gainesville.

Survivors include his wife, Mildred Conrow Lake of Gainesville; a brother and sister-in-law, Herbert and Alice Lake of Boyceville; a sister, Ruby Lake Luepke; many nieces and nephews of Wisconsin; a daughter and son-in-law, Cinda and Robert Petetit of Gainesville; a son and daughter-in-law, L. Robert and Penny Lake of Virginia; two grandsons, Greg and John; and two granddaughters, Mandy and Leigh.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Mamie Lake; a sister, Ethel Benitz; and a daughter, Resa Lake Bower.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, 2001, at Little-Davenport Funeral Home Chapel in Gainesville with the Rev. Bruce Fields officiating. Interment was in College Park Cemetery in Gainesville.

 

Ralph A. Thiede

Dunn County News, Wednesday, July 18, 2001, A6

Ralph A. Thiede, age 80, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, July 17, 2001, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Funeral services are 2 p.m. Friday, July 20, 2001, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Ron Burke officiating.

Friends may call from noon until time of services Friday at the church.

Burial will be at noon on Saturday, July 21, 2001, in Highland Memorial Park Cemetery in New Berlin.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling arrangements.

[See 2nd obituary on July 22 - below]

Brandon L. Miller

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 22, 2001, A6

Brandon L. Miller, age 25, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, July 18, 2001, in Oak Creek as the result of a plane crash.

Brandon was born July 6, 1976, in Menomonie to Lynn and Julie (Millar) Miller. He was raised in Menomonie, attended Little Elk Creek Grade School, and graduated in 1995 from Menomonie High School. Brandon was a member of the Little Elk Creek 4-H Club with woodworking and beef as his projects. He was also a member of the FFA.

Brandon had a lifelong love of flying. He started flying at the age of 16 and received his private pilot's license when he was 17. He graduated cum laude from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Ariz. Following graduation, he was employed as a flight instructor for the university for one and one-half years before returning to Menomonie. He joined Heartland Aviation in Eau Claire this year and made many new friends and enjoyed being part of their team. Besides flying, Brandon enjoyed fishing, golfing and hunting.

Brandon was a loving son and brother and a doting uncle who enjoyed his niece and nephew, and enjoyed being a surrogate uncle to his friends' children. Anyone who was fortunate enough to have Brandon in their lives will miss his sense of humor. Although he will be sadly missed, those who knew him will take comfort in knowing his dreams took flight, not only in metal, but on Eagles' wings.

Brandon is survived by his father and mother, Lynn and Julie Miller of Menomonie; two sisters, Tamara (Brian) Bixby and Tara Miller, both of Menomonie; a niece and a nephew, Lindsey and Sawyer Bixby; his grandparents, Jerry and Phyllis Millar and Edna Miller, all of Menomonie; aunts and uncles; cousins and other relatives; and numerous friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Elmer Miller; an uncle, Arvid Miller; an aunt, RuthAnn Millar; his great-grandparents; and a great-aunt, Mary Millar.

Memorial services were Saturday, July 21, at the Little Elk Creek Lutheran Church in the Town of Red Cedar, Dunn County, with the Rev. Cark Knitt officiating. Burial was in Little Elk Creek Cemetery.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie was in charge of arrangements.

Orrin E. Smith

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 22, 2001, A6

Orrin E. Smith, age 81, of Deming, N. M., formerly of Dunn County, died Saturday, July 14, 2001, at his son's home in Charlotte, Mich., after a long battle with cancer.

He was born Dec. 16, 1919, in the Township of Wheaton, Vernon County, to E. E. and Mabel (Watson) Smith. He was raised in Dunn County and graduated in 1937 from Colfax High School. He married Rose A. Burling of Colfax on April 5, 1941, in Marshalltown, Iowa,

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in North Africa and the European Theater, and was a 50 plus year member of the IBEW. He was an active leader in Scouts for over 20 years. He retired in 1981 from the Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, N.M., and began a 20-year trek following the sun, family and fishing.

Orrin and Rose enjoyed traveling around the country, seeing the glories of God's creation, finding new fishing spots, and visiting friends and family on the way. They were the best of friends and traveling companions. After Rose passed away in 1999, he continued their lifestyle, and was still "on the road" when God called him home. He was a fine fisherman, and caught his last big trout in Lake Superior in early June. He was a loving and devoted family patriarch, a true man of God, faithful steward and good friend.

He is survived by a daughter, Myrna Fryer of Knoxville, Tenn.; two sons, Douglas (Margaret) Smith of Charlotte and Steven (Rowena) Smith of Orange, Calif.; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Also left behind are members of their extended families, both in Wisconsin and across the country.

He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, and a brother, Carroll Smith of Menomonie.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2001, at Grace United Methodist Church in Wheeler with Pastor Nancy Diller officiating. Burial will be in Hill Grove Cemetery, Town of Colfax.

Visitation with the family will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 20, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, P.O. Box 779, Minneapolis, MN 55440-0779.

Ralph A. Thiede

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 22, 2001, A6

Ralph A. Thiede, age 80, of Menomonie, died Tuesday, July 17, 2001, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Ralph was born Feb. 27, 1921, in Milwaukee to John and Hulda (Geil) Thiede. He married Mary Jane Hough on Feb. 7, 1941, in Milwaukee. He then served in the South Pacific during World War II.

After the war, he was a barber in West Allis for many years. His wife, Mary Jane, preceded him in death in 1985. Ralph moved to Menomonie in 1987 and married Geraldine Knaack on Nov. 7, 1987, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

Ralph loved to play golf and watch Menomonie Indians football.

Ralph is survived by his wife, Geraldine; a daughter, Jill (Lee) Davis of Green Bay; a son, Scott (Liv) Thiede of Arkansas; seven stepchildren, David (Joanne) Knaack and Janet Malnory, both of Eau Claire, Gerald (Ann) Knaack of St. Germain, Donita (Phil) Follen of Neillsville, and Dianne (Bob) Wuethrich, Donald (Susan) Knaack and Randy (Rita) Knaack, all of Menomonie; five granddaughters, Michelle (Ken) Ambrosius, Elissa (Tim) Hoffman, and Stephanie, Samantha and Sabrina Thiede; one brother, Arthur (Lena) Thiede of Muskego; one sister, Myrtle (Leo) Michal of Florida; one brother-in-law, Earl Volkmann of Mukwonago; 19 step-grandchildren; nine step-great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Jane, and a sister, Bernice Volkmann.

Funeral services were Friday, July 20, 2001, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Ron Burke officiating. Burial was Saturday, July 21, 2001, in Highland Memorial Park in New Berlin.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie handled arrangements.

Chester Thatcher Jr.

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 22, 2001, A6

Chester Thatcher Jr., age 77, of Menomonie, formerly of Clear Lake, died Saturday, July 14, 2001, at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

He was born Sept. 7, 1923, in rural Clear Lake, the son of Lester and Edna (Swenby) Thatcher. He was baptized and confirmed at the West Akers Lutheran Church in New Haven township. Chester grew up in the Greytown area and attended school in Glenwood City. He graduated in 1944 from Glenwood City High School.

Chester worked on the family dairy farm in Greytown until the early 1970s when he moved to Green Bay. He lived and worked in Green Bay for several years. Chester moved to Menomonie in 1989. For the last several years, he was a resident of the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

Chester's great love was farming, but he enjoyed taking bus tours and collecting souvenirs from the places he would visit. He was a member of the West Akers Lutheran Church.

He is survived by two nephews, Steven Healy of River Falls and Jeffry Healy of Hudson; five great nieces and nephews, Brian Healy of Shoreview, Minn., Stephanie Healy of Washington, D.C., Megan Healy of St. Paul, Minn., and Joie Healy and Marquel Healy, both of Landenburg, Pa.; and an aunt, Geneva DeSmith of Glenwood City.

Chester was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Edna (Swenby) Thatcher; a sister, Mildred Healy; two aunts, Helen Thatcher and Margaret Hammons; and two uncles, Mylie Swenby and Engvold Swenby.

Funeral services were Wednesday, July 18, 2001, at the West Akers Lutheran Church of Prairie Farm with the Rev. Kenneth Kuziej officiating. Karen Karlstad was organist and Lawrence Repp, vocalist. Casketbearers were Brian Healy, Jeffry Healy, Megan Healy, Steven Healy, Stephanie Healy and Jayne Pralle. Honorary casketbearers were Marquel Healy and Jori Healy. Interment was in Clear Lake Cemetery in Clear Lake.

Scheuermann-Hammer Funeral Home of Clear Lake handled arrangements.

Mary M. Kirkwood (nee Cramer)

Dunn County News, Wednesday, July 25, 2001, A6

Mary M. Kirkwood (nee Cramer) was born to eternal life on Tuesday, July 17, 2001, at the age of 86. Loving mother of Pat (Diane) Kirkwood and Mike Kirkwood. Proud grandmother of Brian Kirkwood and Jon (Kimberly) Kirkwood.

Also survived by her sisters, Irene Dahlby and Helen (Leslie) Cole of Menomonie and Eva (David) Hoffman of Owosso, Mich.; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Loved by her friends and everyone who met her. Retired after 30 years with Red Star Yeast/Universal Foods in Milwaukee.

Visitation was Friday, July 20, 2001, at Wisconsin Memorial Park-Chapel of the Flowers in Milwaukee with the service held afterward.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Salvation Army.

A special thanks to St. Ann's Church for their love and support. "You will always be with us."

Douglas Pelton Yost

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 29, 2001, A6

Douglas Pelton Yost, age 32, of Rice Lake and formerly of Menomonie, died Thursday, July 26, 2001, following a motorcycle accident near Springdale, Ark.

Douglas was born May 28, 1969, in Eau Claire. His passion in life was flying. At age 19, Douglas earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation Management from North American University after achieving credits from UW-Stout and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He was then flying mail, bank paper and freight four nights each week, in all seasons and in all weather.

At age 18, Douglas held an FAA letter recognizing his ATP qualification. The Airline Transport Pilot rating cannot be officially granted until the pilot has reached age 23. Douglas made his first solo seaplane flight at age 12. His flight record was flawless. He has held numerous corporate aviation positions, the most recent being Jack Link Snack Foods Inc. of Minong. Douglas was also a flight instructor specializing in seaplane flying. He recently won a trophy for highest scoring "Pitts Pilot" and he was awarded top national competitor in acrobatics.

Douglas' vigor for life was never ending. He was an avid sportsman, great hunter, excellent marksman, skydiver, race car driver, fisherman and creative entrepreneur.

His love of flying was apparent before he could talk, when Douglas would point to airplanes in the Alaska sky and mimic the sounds of their engines. He loved life in the sky then, he loved life in the sky at the moment his spirit ascended, and now he is in the company of eagles.

Douglas will live on through his gift of life, through tissue and organ donation.

He is survived by his father, Charles E. Yost of Menomonie; his mother, Susan P. Gibbs of Charlestown, R.I.; one sister, Angela S. Munson of Menomonie; two nephews, Alex and Tyler Munson; Avelin S. Yost of Menomonie, and Ann, Caitlin and Jake Nelson of Rice Lake. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to "The Douglas P. Yost Aviation Scholarship Fund" through First Bank and Trust of Menomonie.

There will be a Tribute to Douglas' life at 6 p.m. Monday, July 30, 2001, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie. The family will meet with friends from 4 p.m. until the time of the tribute at the funeral home.

Ruth H. Morrell

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 29, 2001, A6

Ruth Harriet Morrell, age 76, of Owatonna, Minn., died Wednesday, July 25, 2001, at Cedarview Nursing Home.

She was born July 12, 1925, in Jamestown Township, Blue Earth County, Minnesota, the daughter of Ernest and Daisy (Carpenter) Danberry. Ruth was raised in Blue Earth County.

She married Veryl Morrell on Aug. 10, 1949. The couple moved their family to Owatonna in 1961. She worked at OMC from the mid-1960's to the mid-1970's. She then moved to Menomonie in 1977 to live with her daughter and returned to Owatonna in 1997.

Ruth enjoyed being with her family and gardening.

She is survived by a son, Veryl (Audrey) Morrell of Madison Lake, Minn.; two daughters, Naomi (Bill) Gasner of Owatonna and Nancy (Galen) Sorg of Menomonie; a brother, Ralph (Sandra) Danberry of Mapleton, Minn.; three sister, Marcella (Paul) Armendariz of Janesville, Minn., and Violet Washean and Stasia (Greg) Miller, both of Owatonna; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Veryl; her father, Ernest Danberry; her mother, Daisy Carpenter; one sister; and four brothers.

Funeral services were Friday, July 27, 2001, at the Michaelson Funeral Home in Owatonna with the Rev. Steven Anderson officiating. Burial was in the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Elysian.

Lilbourn L. "Bud" Turner

Dunn County News, Sunday, July 29, 2001, A6

Lilbourn L. "Bud" Turner, age 83, of Knapp, died Wednesday, July 25, 2001, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

He was born Jan. 23, 1918, in Knapp to Roy and Ella (Prichard) Turner. Lilbourn was baptized at the Knapp United Methodist Church and attended Knapp State Graded School. After graduating from Menomonie High School, he attended college for two years.

Bud served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, as a tail-gunner on a B-24 bomber. Before being honorably discharged in 1945, he met and married Viola Melbye on Oct. 20, 1943, in St. Cloud, Minn.

Bud lived in Knapp most of his life and worked for Uniroyal Tire of Eau Claire for 35 years until retiring in 1980. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish and golf with his sons, grandchildren and friends.

Bud is survived by his wife, Viola of Knapp; four sons, Michael (Carol) Turner and Steven (Diana) Turner, both of North Fond du Lac, Peter (Sandy) Turner of Menomonie, and James (Michelle) Turner of Sartell, Minn.; eight grandchildren, Dennis (Susi) of Sheboygan, Scott (Alissa) Turner of Van Dyne, Laura (Jeffrey) Starck of Deer River, Minn., Jason Turner of Fond du Lac, Craig Turner of Menomonie, and Austin, Kaelyn and Jenna Turner, all of Sartell; seven great-grandchildren, Andrew, Bradley, Jonathan, Jacob, Elizabeth, Tyler and Madeline; his stepmother, Edith Turner of Washougal, Wash.; two sisters, Lillian Hoppman of Fond du Lac and Margaret DeGrande of Washougal; two brothers, Robert (Ruby) Turner of Battleground, Wash., and Billy (Helen) Turner of Washington; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Marilyn.

Funeral services were Saturday, July 28, 2001, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. LeRoy Nelson officiating. Burial was in Forest Hill Cemetery in the Town of Stanton, Dunn County, with military honors by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

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