Dunn County, WI Obituaries
July 2005

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

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Ralph E. Betterley

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

Death notice -

Ralph E. Betterley, age 92, of Menomonie, died Thursday, June 30, 2005, at Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Arrangements are pending at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

[See complete obituary below]

Ruth K. Vigerust

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

Ruth Kari Vigerust, age 89, of Menomonie, died Thursday, June 30, 2005, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

She was born Sept. 15, 1915, in Menomonie to Anton and Oline (Freseth) Vigerust. Ruth was baptized and confirmed at Our Savior's Lutheran Church. She graduated from Menomonie High School in 1933 and from the Dunn County Normal School in 1934. She then taught in several rural schools in Dunn County. Ruth received her BS degree from River Falls State Teacher's College and earned her MS degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

During World War II, Ruth worked at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. After leaving Wright Patterson, she taught in Edgerton, Marshfield and Janesville. She ended her 44-year teaching career at Monona. Ruth was a charter member of the Madison chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary teachers' society.

Ruth traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Norway, Germany, and the Mediterranean countries. She spent her summers at her cottage on Lake Tainter and was an avid golfer and bridge player.

Ruth is survived by one sister, Audrey Anderholm of Rochester, Minn., and 22 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Anton and Oline Vigerust; four sisters, Hazel (Gerhardt) Grudt, Oletta (Vaughn) Simon, Julia (Willard) Hardy, and Peggy (Odell) Stevens; an infant brother, Robert Vigerust; and a brother-in-law, Ferd Anderholm.

A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 16, 2005, at Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie with the Rev. Bob Friese officiating.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

Donald A. Anderson

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

Donald Arthur Anderson, age 81, of Menomonie, died Sunday, July 3, 2005, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

He was born Jan. 28, 1924, in Menomonie to Arthur J. Anderson and Elsie (Brown) Anderson. He married Lois Ann Ohnstad on Oct. 18, 1947. They had two children, Donald A. and Debra Kay.

Don grew up in Menomonie where he attended public and private schools. At a very young age, he enlisted in the National Guard, Company A.

Later, he worked in Alaska, then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving from 1943-1946 as a flight engineer on a B-24 with the Eighth Air Force, which was stationed in England. During the war, he received the awards of two Oak Leaf Clusters and an Air Medal.

In 1951, Don graduated from Stout Institute, receiving a bachelor of science degree in industrial education. His career included employment in Menomonie at the Aluminum Company and Keller's Machine Shop, teaching in the Alpena, Mich., school system, working as a tool and die maker for Trane Company and Deluxe Engineering in La Crosse and Presto in Eau Claire, serving as a life insurance representative for Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States for 18 years, and owning and operating Donald Anderson Realty, working as a real estate broker until his retirement.

His memberships included the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Menomonie, Masonic Lodge F and A.M. #164, the Dunn County Chapter of the American Red Cross and Friends of the Library. He was also active for many years supporting the Boy Scouts.

Don had many interests, including bridge, cribbage, theater, golf and reading -- especially Civil War history. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who loved nature. He had a green thumb and a special way with animals. Over the years, many beloved dogs and cats were at his side. His most recent pets were his feline buddy, Mickey, and the rabbit he tamed and named Bugs. But above all, Don always put family first and quietly helped others. And he always held a special spot in is heart for children.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son; a sister, Phyllis Sanford; an infant nephew, Mark; three cousins, Jerry MacKove, Sylvia (Brown) Rogers and Geraldine Wright; his grandparents, Mathilda and Albert Brown and Karen and Thomas Anderson; and aunts and uncles, Bjorne and Elsie Anderson, Carsten "Cot" and Mildred Anderson, Mathilda (Anderson) and Arverne Bingham, Richard Brown, Arthur and Ruth Brown, Albert and Ann Brown, Nellie Brown, Lydia (Brown) Wright and Martha (Brown) and Joe Haffelder.

He is survived by his wife, daughter and sister-in-law, Carolyn Ohnstad, all of Menomonie; two grandchildren, Sean Anderson and Kaitlin Anderson, and their mother, Molly Pittman, all of Minnesota; four cousins, Doris Haffelder Ismael (Shelby) of Florida, and Al Brown (Mary Lou) and children, Patricia Brown Reidt and son and Jean Brown Harris (Tom) and children, all of Wisconsin; a nephew, Donald L. "Skip" Sanford (Sandy) and son, John, all of Alaska; two nieces, Joy Sanford Nixon and sons, Seth and Reed, all of Pennsylvania, and Danielle Sanford Shumaker (Thomas) of Illinois and sons, Andrew of South Carolina and Jesse of Arizona; and other relatives and dear friends.

A private committal service of the cremains will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie. A memorial service will follow at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Menomonie on Thursday, July 7, 2005, at 2:30 p.m., with the Rev. Rob MacDougall officiating at both services.

The family prefers memorials of the donor's choice.

The Cremation Society of Wisconsin is in charge of arrangements.

Adam R. Phillips

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

 

Our son, Adam Robert Phillips, was born on Wednesday, June 29, 2005, at 4:43 p.m. with very severe brain malformations -- lissencephaly and cerebellar atrophy. His body was perfect. After baptism, Adam died peacefully in our arms with lots of snuggles and smooches on Saturday, July 2, 2005, at 10 p.m., shortly after turning off his breathing machine.

Adam did many great things in his short little life. Adam found a special place in our hearts. His mother and I love him more than words can describe. His two-and-a-half year old brother, Ethan, loved him in that special way only a two-and-a-half year old can. Adam showed us how much our friends and family care about us and him. For that, we are truly grateful. I know he worked his way into the hearts of the NICU staff as well. Robin and I will be better parents because of him. Robin and I have also grown closer in our marriage. We cannot thank him enough for these altruistic gifts.

We loved him enough to allow him to die well -- surrounded by family. His proud big brother finally getting to hold him.

Our greatest fear is that those who did not meet Adam will never realize how perfect and special he is in our hearts. We are so glad we got to meet him. To our friends and family we owe unfathomable thanks. We will love and miss you forever -- Mike, Robin and Ethan.

Adam is survived by his parents; a brother, Ethan, at home; maternal grandparents, Mary Gore of Wausau and Bud Gore of Merrill; paternal grandmother, Mildred Phillips of Greenville; paternal great-grandmother, Frieda Rucks of Greenville; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives.

Adam is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Kenneth Phillips.

Funeral services are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, 2005, at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Thomas Krieg officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.

Friends may call from 5:30 p.m. until time of services Thursday at the funeral home.

Ralph E. Betterley

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

Ralph Edward Betterley, age 92, of Menomonie, passed away Thursday, June 30, 2005, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie. Ralph's dear wife, Jane, preceded him in death just three weeks prior on Thursday, June 9.

Ralph was born on Nov. 10, 1912, in Medford, Ore., to Joseph and Clara (Abel) Betterley. He attended elementary school in Elmwood and graduated in 1931 from Elmwood High School. He continued his education at UW-Stout and earned a bachelor of science degree in industrial education in 1935. Following college, Ralph held teaching positions in both Oklahoma City and Kansas City, Kan., and began to pursue his master's degree.
Ralph returned to Menomonie and Stout and enrolled in Graduate School. It was then that he met the love of his life, Jane Ecke, a Stout undergrad. Ralph and Jane were married on Dec. 19, 1942. Before he could finish his degree work, his skills in the metal trades led to a job teaching aviation metalsmithing at Navy Pier in Chicago with the U.S. Navy Department. In 1944, Ralph was commissioned a lieutenant in the Navy. His naval tour spanned between 1944 and 1946, and he served as captain of a destroyer escort vessel.

Returning to Menomonie, Ralph earned his master of science degree in industrial education from Stout and then taught at Stout for six years. In 1952, Ralph and Jane and family moved to Evanston, Ill., where he taught industrial engineering at Northwestern University. While at Northwestern, Ralph was active in planning and designing equipment used by the Atomic Energy Commission. He also designed and fabricated water-cooled gas analysis jet engine research probes for General Electric. In 1957, Ralph became the director of education for the American Foundrymen's Society. He remained in this position for 20 years until his retirement and continued on as a part-time consultant.

Ralph was honored in 1973 by receiving the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Stout. In 1987, he also received the National Director's Award at the International Castings Congress. Following retirement in 1980, Ralph and Jane moved back to Menomonie. They wintered in Bradenton, Fla., for 12 years.

Ralph was best known for his musicianship, wonderful sense of humor, and love of trout fishing. As a drummer, he played with the White Star Dance Orchestra aboard a Cunard European-bound ship for three summers. For many years he sang tenor with the barbershop quartet, The Shoreliners, in Evanston, and he sang in many church and community choirs in both Evanston and Menomonie. An avid trout fisherman, he loved the local streams in and around Menomonie. His sense of humor was contagious, and it remained amazing right up to the end.

Ralph is survived by two daughters, Nancy (Mike) Maxwell of Mission Viejo, Calif., and Ann (Jim) Donia of St. Charles, Ill.; five grandchildren, Jennie Maxwell of San Diego, Calif., Caroline (Serge) Gudowski of Mission Viejo, Lindy Donia of Nashville, Tenn., Joey Donia of Des Moines, Iowa, and Luke Donia of St. Charles. He is also survived by his sister, Ruth (Lawrence Bock) of Spring Valley; a sister-in-law, Alice Betterley of Iowa City, Iowa; and nephews, Jeff (Nona) Bock of River Falls, David (Lori) Bock of Minong, and Rich (Peggy) Betterley of Boynton Beach, Fla.

He was preceded in death his his beloved wife, Jane; his parents; his brother, Melvin Betterley; his half-brother, Vernice Schill; a nephew, Joe Betterley; and a granddaughter, Melanie Jane Donia.

The family wishes to give thanks to Ralph and Jane's very special and supportive relatives and friends. Please know that your loving attention to both our mom and dad is greatly appreciated.

Funeral services are 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, 2005, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Menomonie with the Revs. Rob MacDougall and Maynard Larson officiating.

Family and friends are welcome from 1 p.m. until time of services Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie with military honors provided by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the church or the UW-Stout Foundation.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is in charge of arrangements.

Idell M. Hinzman

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

Idell M. Hinzman, age 88, of Albany, Ore. formerly of Menomonie died Friday, July 8, 2005 in Albany.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 14, 2005 at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Rev. Dave Whelan officiating. Burial will be in Peace Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Family and friends are welcome from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and at the church one hour prior to the service on Thursday.

[See complete obituary below]

Jack Arnold Erickson

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

Jack Arnold Erickson, age 68, of Colfax, died Monday, June 27, 2005, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie under the care of Northwest Wisconsin HomeCare.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, 2005, in the Friendship Room of Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Rolf Morck officiating.

Family and friends are welcome at the church from 2 p.m. until time of services, which will be a casual time to share special memories, followed by a luncheon.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

Memorials are suggested to Northwest Wisconsin HomeCare, 1515 Stout Road, Menomonie, WI 54751 or Christ Lutheran Church.

Owen R. Hansen

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

Owen Rupert Hansen, age 89, of Menomonie, passed away quietly at 10:20 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6, 2005, at home.

Owen was born on May 31, 1916, in Esterville, Iowa, to Harry and Florence (Olsen) Hansen. He grew up in Dunn County on the "Company Farm" near Cedar Falls and what is now the Twin Springs Campgrounds. He later met Caroline Louise Riemer from Alberta, Canada, and they were married on July 8, 1949, in Lavoy, Alberta.

Owen built their house a few miles northeast of Cedar Falls on CTH BB where they lived for more than 50 years. He had his own business, "Hansen's Electric Motors," in Menomonie, where he sold and repaired electric motors.

Many will remember driving past his shop in the 2400 block of South Broadway (a small quonset building where the car wash is now located) and seeing his hand-painted signs in the windows of his shop that said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and Thou Shall Be Saved."

He would go to great lengths to fix a motor in the least expensive and best way possible. Owen never put time or money into building a name or a business for himself. He was more interested in letting people know about his savior, Jesus Christ.

Those who brought motors into his shop for repairs heard the Christian music and some would apologize for a "slip" of the tongue (their language), not realizing that they did not need to answer to Owen, but to his God.

Owen was a soft-spoken, kind and loving father and husband. His life was an example of Christ, whether he was driving the Sunday School bus, or fixing something around the church or at the Chetek Bible Camp. Often he had a kind smile for someone who needed it or a helping hand for some nearby small child. Owen showed his love for his Savior first of all by his devotion to Him and his service for Him.

John 14: 1 -- 6, Jesus promised to go and prepare a place . . . Owen has gone to see the place prepared for him. Do you know for sure where your home is when it is your time?

Owen is survived by his wife of 56 years, Carol; three daughters, Alexia (Mitch) Nelson of Menomonie, Deborah (Dennis) Engler of Donalds, S.C., and Kimberly (Andrew) Rynsburger of Red Deer, Alberta, Canada; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Louise Dansare of Shoreview, Minn.; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Florence (Olsen) Hansen; his father, Harry Hansen; stepmother, Clara (Riemer) Hansen; and brothers, Richard Hansen and Dale Hansen.

A family graveside service was held at the Cedar Falls Cemetery. A "Home Going Celebration" is planned for 2 p.m. today (Sunday, July 10, 2005) at Immanuel Baptist Church in Menomonie. Please come with pen in hand to write your fondest memories of Owen. These will be place into a "Book of Remembrance" for the family to appreciate.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

Harland J. Huftel

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

Harland James Huftel, age 76, of Hudson, died Tuesday, July 5, 2005, at home from prostate cancer.

He was born on Oct. 24, 1928, in Chippewa Falls, the son of Harold and Lucy (Bauer) Huftel. He lived in Menomonie, graduating from Menomonie High School and Normal Teachers College (Stout).

Harland enlisted in the United States Navy at 17 and served as a coxswain in the Marshall Islands of the Pacific Theater. Upon his discharge, he taught in a one-room school near Menomonie.

He married Rita Eiseth in 1948 and had two sons, Harland and Terry. They moved to Hudson in 1952 to work at Nor-Lake Incorporated. He started out in the factory as a sheet metal press operator and over the years worked his way up to cabinet manager and sales manager until his retirement in 1991.

Harland's community service spanned his lifetime in Hudson. In the early years, he was a 3rd degree Knight of Columbus and president of the Hudson Jaycees. Harland served as a committeeman for Troop 140 for many years before becoming scoutmaster from 1968-70.

After his retirement, he served on the Town of Hudson Board of Adjustment. Harland was a life member of VFW Post 2115 of Hudson.

His first marriage ended in divorce and in 1975, he married Judy (Magnuson) Huftel and they are the proud parents of Tami and Terry. Harland enjoyed his cabin on Bone Lake near Luck where he was an avid muskie fisherman. He also enjoyed deer hunting, dancing and traveling.

Preceding him in death were his parents and a brother, Virgil.

Surviving are his wife, Judy; sons Harland E. (Harry Seto) of Carlsbad, Calif., Terry D. (Jill) Huftel of Woodville, and Terry L. of Colchester, Vt.; a daughter, Tami (Mike) Walker of Jacksonville, Fla.; a brother, Stan (Genevieve) Huftel of Menomonie; sisters Sharon (Gary) Curtis of River Falls and Lila (Terry) Wold of Menomonie; seven grandchildren, Brandon, Lisa, Brooke, Paul, Noelle, Lauren and Hailey; and a great-granddaughter, Jadyn.

Funeral services were Friday, July 8, 2005, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater, Minn.

Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society.

Norman A. Bryce

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

Norman A. Bryce, age 76, passed on to his home in Heaven on Monday, July 4, 2005, from Syverson Lutheran Home in Eau Claire.

Norman was born Nov. 6, 1928, to Archie and Sally (Spehle) Bryce in Eau Claire and lived, until recently, on the family farm in the township of Rock Creek, Dunn County.

Norm appreciated his education in the one-room Caryville School, Eau Claire Senior High School (class of 1946), UW-Eau Claire and UW-Madison (mechanical engineering). He was em-ployed at National Presto Industries in engineering from 1955-1996 and he also operated the family farm, to which he was able to devote more time after retirement.

Throughout his life, Norm was active at Rock Falls Baptist Church, where he enjoyed teaching the adult Sunday School class for more than 50 years. He served on the Chetek Baptist Assembly Bible Camp Board for more than 30 years, and was also active in the Dunn County Republican Party and Farm Bureau.

All his life Norman enjoyed reading and learning, and in adulthood he was an active supporter of Christian, conservative, political, agricultural, and professional organizations.

Norman is survived by his sister, Carolyn; aunt, Minnie Winter; cousins and many friends.

The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 8, 2005, at Calvary Baptist Church with Pastor Dan Whitehead of Rock Falls Baptist Church officiating. Interment was in the Rock Falls Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that memorials be made in Norm's name to Rock Falls Baptist Church, Chetek Baptist Assembly, Leukemia-Lymphoma, Syverson Lutheran Home, or the donor's choice.

Smith Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Erik I. Thurin

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

Erik I. Thurin, age 75, of Menomonie, died Monday, July 4, 2005, at his home with hospice after battling prostate cancer and Parkinson's Disease for a number of years.

Memorial services are 10 a.m. Friday, July 29, 2005, at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.

A full obituary will be published at a later date.

[See complete obituary below]

Lawrence G. Edquist

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

Lawrence G. "Larry" Edquist, age 88, of Menomonie died Thursday July 7, 2005 at the Dunn County Health care Center in Menomonie.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Rev. Dave Whelan officiating. Family and friends are welcome at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

Dr. John M. Channer

Dunn County News, Wed, July 13, 2005, A6

Dr. John M. Channer, age 69, went to meet his Lord and Savior on Thursday, June 9, 2005, following a long battle with complications secondary to a stroke.

He was born in 1935, in West Union, Iowa, to Frances and Malcolm Channer. After graduating from Oelwein High in 1954, he attended the University of Iowa. In 1961, he graduated from the University of Iowa Medical School and married Jessie Stoicheff of Toronto, Canada.
After a year-long internship in Spokane, Wash., they headed overseas to Nigeria as medical missionaries. After two years, John returned to the University of Iowa Hospital and completed a five-year general surgery residency in 1969.

With five kids in tow, he and Jessie headed back to Nigeria for seven more years of missionary service. After leaving Nigeria, John accepted a general surgery position at the Red Cedar Clinic in Menomonie where he worked for 18 years. In 1994, he followed his dream of returning to the Spokane area and found a job in Chewelah, Wash. He worked at St. Joseph's Hospital from 1994 until 2000, when he suffered a devastating stroke.

John had a love for the outdoors. His passion for fishing prospered in Nigeria where he loved to catch the 100-pound Nile perch, despite the ever-present threat of crocodiles and hippos. He spent hours windsurfing on the Hood River Gorge and learned to snowboard at the age of 62. After losing sight in one eye in the latter years of his life, he learned to shoot left-handed while hunting.

He was a devout Christian his whole life and was an elder in the Menomonie Alliance Church. He had a passion for medical missions and he went on numerous short-term medical mission trips over the years. Besides Nigeria, where he spent nine years, he also worked in Niger, Ecuador, Haiti, South Africa, Kenya and Honduras.

He is preceded in death by his father, Malcolm Channer.
He is survived by his mother, Frances, age 104; sister, Dorothy Bok of Graeagle, Calif.; and sister, Phyllis Powell of Kingsley, Iowa.

He is further survived by his wife, Jessie Channer of Chewelah; son, Mark and Nan Channer of Missoula, Mont.; daughter, Linda and Mark Gruzinski of Littleton, Colo.; son, Tom Channer of Missoula; son, Luke and Jennifer Channer of Corvallis, Mont.; and daughter, Kia and Brad Benson of Littleton. He had four granddaughters, Kira, Madison, Sidney and Olivia; and five grandsons, Matthan, Lukie, Conner, Little John and Brock.

John, you will be missed greatly by your family, but we all know you are in a better place with no further suffering. You have been a wonderful husband and father, and your encouragement in our lives will be greatly missed. We eagerly await the reunion with you in heaven. Until that day comes, you will always be in our thoughts.

The Channer family would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support over the past difficult years of John's illness.

A memorial service will be held at the Addy New Life Church in Chewelah at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 23.

In lieu of flowers, the Channer family has asked that a memorial gift be sent to Samaritan's Purse for Mission Hospitals (P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607).

Earl G. Radke

Dunn County News, Wed, July 13, 2005, A6

Earl G. Radke, age 87, of Menomonie, died Monday, July 11, 2005, at Orchard Hills Assisted Living Facility in Eau Claire.

Earl was born April 6, 1918, in Menomonie to George and Edith (Reinecke) Radke and resided in and near Menomonie most of his life.
From 1942 to 1945, Earl served his country in the U.S. Army/Signal Corps and was stationed in the Pacific Theater. Earl married Harriet Wigdahl on May 4, 1952. He was employed at Lakeside Aluminum, Wisconsin Milling Co., and the Dunn County Highway Department from 1953 to 1985.

He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

Earl is survived by a daughter, Diane (Denis) Gonderzik of Rochester, Minn.; a sister, Valeria Miller of Wausaukee; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Harriet; and one son, David.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Friday, July 15, 2005, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. David Whelan officiating. Interment will be in Our Savior's Lutheran Cemetery in Wheeler with military honors by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

Ruth K. Vigerust

Dunn County News, Wed, July 13, 2005, A6

Ruth Kari Vigerust, age 89, of Menomonie, died Thursday, June 30, 2005, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Graveside services are at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 16, 2005, at Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie with the Rev. Bob Friese officiating.
Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is serving the family.

Herbert William Groepper

Dunn County News, Wed, July 13, 2005, A6

Herbert William Groepper, age 89, of Menomonie, died Saturday, July 9, 2005, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

He was born Oct. 18, 1915, in Olvein, Iowa, to Theodore and Bertha (Meyer) Groepper. When a young man, he moved with his family to Menomonie where they managed Maple Hill Dairies. Herb also farmed in the Menomonie area.

Herb married Jeanette Flick on Aug. 27, 1948, and they lived in Menomonie. Herb worked as a milk hauler and later worked for the Dunn County Highway Department until retiring in 1980. He was also a great help to his wife, Jeanette, in the real estate business. Herb resided at Country Terrace in Menomonie.

Herb was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie, Moose Lodge 1584, and a member of the 1965 American Bowling Congress Championship. He enjoyed fishing, bowling, and golfing and he dearly loved his German Shepherd, "Joe." Herb was a faithful husband, loving Papa, and loyal friend.

Herb is survived by two sisters, Viola Baker of Galesburg, Ill., and Helen Haas of Rutland, Vt.; a sister-in-law, Clarice Groepper of Menomonie; nieces, Marlene Greene, Susan (David) Niggs, Rosanne Lindholm, Marilyn Huber, Anita Foley and Vickie Solada; nephews, Bill (Karen) Groepper, Bob Groepper, Larry (Donna) Flick and Frank, Carl and David Haas; his chosen family, Lamar, Judy, Gabe and Mackenzie Hamilton, Kathy Swanson, and Val, Jane, Zachary and Gloria Voelker; and by many good and loyal friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jeanette Groepper; a brother, Charles Groepper; and brothers-in-law, Frank Haas Sr. and William Baker.

Funeral services were held at noon on Tuesday, July 12, 2005, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with Lamar Hamilton officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.

Idell M. Hinzman

Dunn County News, Wed, July 13, 2005, A6

Idell M. Hinzman, age 88, of Albany, Ore., formerly of Menomonie, died Friday, July 8, 2005, at Cambridge Terrace in Albany.

The former Idell Margaret Schultz was born March 14, 1917, in Spring Valley, the daughter of Joseph and Bertha (Moll) Schultz. She was raised in Spring Valley and married Elmer August Ernst Hinzman on July 5, 1936, in Menomonie. He preceded her in death on June 7, 1980.
Idell lived within 17 miles of the family's farm until moving to Crabtree, Ore., in the summer of 2000 to be with her son. She enjoyed playing cards, gardening, cooking and traveling.

Idell will be remembered for her wonderful candies, her great wit, and her ability to live life to its fullest. She was a member of Peace Lutheran Church and the Royal Neighbors. She loved to care for people and was looking after the elderly of her community into her late 60s.

She is survived by two sons, Ron (Louise) Hinzman of Crabtree and Gerald (Leila) Hinzman of Bakersfield, Calif.; a son-in-law, Larry Jackson of Colorado; eight grandsons; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, Arby Sundstrom and John Harshman; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Judith Ann Jackson; a great-grandson, Sean Lindsey; three sisters, Ardyth Harshman, Viola Iverson and Shirley Sundstrom; and a brother, Leslie Schultz.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 14, 2005, at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Dave Whelan officiating. Burial will be in Peace Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Family and friends are welcome from 5 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Chue Yee Thao

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

Chue Yee Thao, age 8, of Menomonie, died Wednesday, July 13, 2005, in Menomonie.

Visitation times were from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 15, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 16, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

Burial was in Forest Hill Cemetery in the town of Stanton, Dunn County.

John Stephen Millar

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

John Stephen Millar, age 47, formerly of Menomonie, died Wednesday, July 13, 2005, at his home in Mondovi.

He was born Dec. 17, 1957, at Memorial Hospital in Menomonie to Jeptha and Betty (Moe) Millar. He went to East Elementary School and graduated in 1976 from Menomonie High School. He received his BS degree in agricultural business from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. After college, John pursued and obtained his private pilot's license.

He grew up on the Millar farm east of Menomonie on CTH E. During this time, John developed a strong work ethic by helping his father, and he learned to do just about anything. Throughout his youth, John was active in 4-H, Menomonie Boys Choir, farming, and high school sports. He developed a love for photography, taking many graduation and wedding pictures. He also loved to travel, which included backpacking throughout Europe.

He lived in various parts of the country, including Arizona and Georgia, but his favorite was the farmland in Wisconsin. John farmed in Dunn County for a few years, worked for Motorola in Arizona, and held various other jobs. Most recently, he worked for County Concrete for 10-plus years. John will be remembered for his brilliant mind and kind heart. He needed little for himself but gave generously of his time and talents.

John married Kathy Smith on Nov. 12, 2004. Together, they lived on a farm west of Mondovi off Highway 10. He had great visions for the farm and looked forward to many years enjoying its solitude.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy of Mondovi; his mother, Betty Millar of Menomonie; one brother, Holland (Patty) Millar of Menomonie; four sisters, Debbie (Don) Lindemann of New Richmond, Rita (Ross) Lunderville and Mary (Jerry) Kerg of Menomonie, and Jenny (Chuck) Breed of Gillett; two sisters-in-law, Patricia Rohloff of Mondovi and Jewell Gwin of Lockbridge, W.Va.; three brothers-in-law, Jim Smith, Gary Smith and Edward Smith Jr., all of Morehead, Ky.; eight nephews, Jeff and Josh Millar, Will Lindemann, Mike, Matt and Derek Lunderville, Aaron Kerg and Duncan Breed; five nieces, Chelsea Lindemann, Christy Fisher, Kennedy and Ellison Kerg, and Maya Breed; and aunts and uncles, Lyle and Frances Stratton, Alton and Marion Moe, Bud and Eleanor Moe, Jerry and Phyllis Millar, Margaret Millar and Janet Millar; and cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jeptha Millar; a nephew, Justin Millar, two aunts, Mary Millar and Harriet Clark; three uncles, Duncan and William Millar and Clinton Clark; and sister-in-law, Virginia Millhouse.

Funeral services are today (Sunday, July 17, 2005) at 2 p.m. at the Iron Creek United Methodist Church with the Pastor Margaret DeMaris officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to services today at the church.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is handling arrangements.

Alta I. Bundy

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

Alta I. Bundy, age 96, of Elmwood, formerly of Menomonie, passed away Wednesday, July 13, 2005, at the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home.

She was born April 28, 1909, in Pepin County to Orrin William and Isabel (Misheler) Wakefield. She married Auldus John Bundy in October 1936. She was a LPN nurse for most of her life, retiring in 1972.

She is survived by her children, Beverly Joy (Ray) Poeschel of Menomonie, Auldus John Jr. "Jack" of Cottage Grove, Minn., and Dwight "Ike" (June) of Elmwood; nine grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; four stepgreat-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Goldie Bundy; three sisters-in-law, Florence, Bea and Gladys; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Auldus; two brothers, Lawrence and John; three sisters, Marie, Gladys and Zelma; and a great-grandson, Ryan.

Memorial services for Alta are 11 a.m. Monday, July 18, 2005, at Lakeside Chapel in Eau Galle with Pastor Goldie Bundy officiating. Interment will be in Clearview Cemetery in Eau Galle.

The Cremation Society of Wisconsin is serving the family.

Russell J. Quarderer

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

Russell J. Quarderer, age 86, died Friday, July 15, 2005, in San Antonio, Texas.

He was born Oct. 14, 1918, in Dunn County, the 11th of 13 children born to John and Lena (Wiseman) Quarderer, who farmed in the town of Sheridan.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Arlene (Grogan) Quarderer.

Russell and Arlene worked dairy farms in Dunn County for many years, and moved with their family to Rhinelander in 1959. Russell was employed as a semi-truck driver, hauling freight daily to Soo Line depots between Rhinelander and Minneapolis. He retired and moved with Arlene to San Antonio in 1980.

While in Rhinelander, Russ and Arlene were active members of the First United Methodist Church, and he enjoyed the time he spent in the 1960s as a volunteer adult leader of what was then Troop 571 of the Boy Scouts of America (Pelican School).

Russell grew up on a dairy farm and never lost his interest in things that grew in the dirt. He was fussy about his lawn, and liked to experiment with flowering plants and shrubs. He learned to like the south Texas climate without winter and developed a passion late in life for golf. He argued about politics with the directness you'd expect from a retired Teamster.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his children, daughter Kathleen Maciejewski and her husband, Larry, of San Antonio, daughter Rebecca Brunette and her husband, Dennis, of Vienna, Va., son, John Quarderer and his wife, Karen, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Rhinelander, son Mark Quarderer and his wife, Shradda, of San Antonio, and daughter Jeanne Stephens and her husband, Claude, of Mico, Texas; seven grandchildren, Todd and Renee Brunette, Kevin McKenzie, Nathan and Benjamin Quarderer, and Joshua and Matthew Quarderer; one great-grandson, Braden Lawson; his brother, Willard Quarderer of Boyceville; a nephew, Harold Quarderer of Cameron; and many cousins, nieces. nephews and friends.

A small memorial service will be held Monday, July 25, 2005, in San Antonio.

Russell requested that his ashes be returned to Wisconsin to be buried in the family plot at Vanceburg Cemetery, near the Hay River in Dunn County west of Ridgeland. A graveside service is scheduled there on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2005.

Paul H. Clack

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

Paul H. Clack, 55, of 36 W. River St., Chippewa Falls, passed away quietly Monday evening, July 18, 2005, at the Chippewa Manor Nursing Home in Chippewa Falls.

He was born Oct. 17, 1949, in Menomonie to Lila (Kistner) and William Clack.

Paul loved traveling and made many friends. Prior to living in Chippewa Falls, he lived in Florida Keys for the past 15 years. The last three years, he lived at the Shoe Factory Apartments in Chippewa Falls and enjoyed the friendships he made.

Survivors include a son, Luke Clack of Menomonie; a stepson, Joel Harshman of Menomonie; two sisters, Joyce Miller of Washington and Mary Wald of Chippewa Falls; three brothers, Vaun (Sandra) Skellenger and Jay Skellenger of Arizona, Daniel Skellenger of Cadott; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Larry Skellenger and Bill Clack.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 22, 2005, at Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel in Chippewa Falls, with the Rev. Gerald Mann, chaplain of Lakeside Health, officiating.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service Friday at the funeral chapel.  Family and friends may sign the guest book online at www.pedersonvolker.com.

Edith L. Richter

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

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2005, at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Borgia North Catholic Church in Cedarburg for Edith L. Richter, age 85, of Cedarburg, who died on July 14, 2005, at Columbia St. Mary's Ozaukee Hospital.

Visitation was held today (Wednesday, July 20, 2005), from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg. Interment will take place at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Menomonie. Memorials of your choice are appreciated. For online condolences please go to www.muellerfuneralhome.com.

Edith L. Richter (n/e Lackner) was born on April 2, 1920, in Menomonie to the late Simon L. Lackner and the late Edith (n/e Kurschinski) Lackner. She later married the late John G. Richter on May 2, 1946. Edith was a longtime member at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church in Cedarburg.

Edith is survived by her nieces, Karla Ackermann, Carol (Herb) Baumann and Cathy Wollin; nephew, John (Pat) Richter; and brother-in-law, William Ackermann. She is further survived by other relatives and friends.

Edith was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Mary Ann Ackermann. Her husband, John G. Richter, preceded her in death on June 2, 1996.

Erik I. Thurin

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

Erik Ingvar Thurin, age 75, of Menomonie, died Monday, July 4, 2005, at his home with hospice after battling prostate cancer and Parkinson's Disease for a number of years.

Erik was born July 24, 1929, in Sweden to Carl Fredrik and Jenny (Sjolien) Thurin. He was raised in Gothenburg and enjoyed childhood summers with grandparents in Dalsland and Dalarna.

Erik received a classical European education which suited his gift for languages. He held doctoral degrees in Romance Philology and English from the Universities of Gothenburg and Lund as well as several master's and bachelor's degrees. In Sweden, he taught Greek, Latin and French. Erik came to the United States in 1965 as a Fulbright Scholar to study American Literature at the University of Minnesota, from which he earned a doctoral degree in 1970. He was a professor in the English Department at the University of Wisconsin-Stout from 1968 until his retirement in 1993. Erik met and married Susan Schoenbauer, also a professor in the English Department at UW-Stout, in 1969.

Erik pursued his scholarly interests in four books about American writers: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, Willa Cather, and in his final book, "The American Discovery of the Norse," 19th century American authors influenced by Scandinavian culture and mythology.

Erik considered languages his hobby and kept his knowledge of them current by reading modern novels, especially enjoying Spanish, French and Russian works. He had a formidable knowledge of the Classics and during his retirement fulfilled his long-held desire to add to this by learning Biblical Hebrew. Erik also enjoyed travel, taking photos and making albums of family and places visited. He kept a daily journal for more than 50 years.

Erik is survived by his wife, Susan; a son, Jan Thurin; a daughter, Ann (Svante) Kjellberg; grandchildren, Erik and Sigrid, all of Gothenburg, Sweden; a daughter-in-law, Magdalena, and grandchildren, Kristina and Alexander of Bethesda, Md.; his brother, Sven (Kerstin) Thurin of Torrskog, Sweden; and other relatives in Sweden.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Rolf and Ulf Thurin.

Memorial services are 10 a.m. Friday, July 29, 2005, at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, also in Menomonie.

Memorials may be given to the Eric Thurin Memorial Fund, Stout Foundation, 320 South Broadway, Menomonie, WI 54751.

Margaret A. Lemke Kortz

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

Margaret A. Lemke Kortz, age 83, of Minneapolis, Minn., died peacefully on Wednesday, July 13, 2005.

Preceded in death by her parents and sons, Robert in 1963 at age 19, and Roger in 1999 at age 52.

Survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Herbert; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Hazel Ponto of Menomonie; and many nieces and nephews.

Margaret was a devoted mother and a wonderful person. Despite battling multiple sclerosis since 1958, she volunteered at Bryn Manor Nursing Home for 30 years and also at Courage Center. She enjoyed many years of travel in their motor home throughout all 48 states.

Interment at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.
Funeral services were Monday, July 18, 2005, at 10 a.m. with visitation beginning at 9 a.m. at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 5005 Northwest Blvd., Plymouth, and also Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Washburn-McReary Swanson Chapel, Lowry at Irving Avenue N, telephone 612-529-9691.

Edward A. Topper

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

Edward A. Topper, age 56, of Menomonie, died suddenly on Friday, July 22, 2005.

He was born May 6, 1949, in Chippewa County to Ernest and Elizabeth (Olson) Topper. He graduated in 1967 from Chippewa High School. He worked for Menards, Packerland, and Landy's Meat Packing before building his own business in Colfax, T & T Lumber, which he owned and operated for 20 years. After selling his business, he remained on as a dedicated employee.

He married Carla Wittrock on Aug. 22, 1970, and together they had three children, Jason, Brandon and Adam. The family resided in Colfax until moving to Menomonie where Ed lived out most of the things he dreamed about accomplishing.

Ed was a loving husband for 35 years, dedicated father and grandfather, and had many friends. Ed was always willing to lend a helping hand, even without being asked, and found the good in everyone.

His second love was for his cars, which he was very proud of, and he spent many hours fine tuning.

His last great quest was for a windmill. He spent many years searching until his dream was realized this year. His face just lit up when it would start to turn.

He can't be replaced and he will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.

He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Carla, of Menomonie; three sons, Jason (Lynn) of Durand, Brandon (Sheila) of Eau Claire, and Adam (Natalie) of Menomonie; grandchildren, Wyatt and Laura of Durand; siblings, Maxine (David) Zwiefelhofer, Wallace Topper, Llewellyn (Marnine) Topper, Marvin (Judy) Topper, Barb Topper, Ben (Barb) Topper and Anna (Richard) Suvada; numerous nieces and nephews; and other loving relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Randy and Gordon.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Ed was held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 27, 2005, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Cooks Valley, with the Rev. James Arthur officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery in Colfax.

Sampson-Kastner Funeral Home in Colfax served the family.

Francis D. Gauvin

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

Francis D. Gauvin, age 92, of Menomonie, died Sunday, July 24, 2005, at the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home in Elmwood.

Francis was born March 28, 1913, in Elmwood to Daniel and Leah (LeGault) Gauvin. He was the youngest of 11 children and grew up in the Elmwood and Eau Galle area.

Francis married Edna Kincade on Nov. 12, 1935, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie. In 1945, they moved to Seattle, Wash., where they remained for a year before returning to the Downsville area where they farmed for many years Both Edna and Francis worked at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie for a few years. Edna died Feb. 13, 2005.

He enjoyed camping and fishing with his wife. He also loved doing yard work, and he drove tractor for a neighbor until he reached age 90.

Francis is survived by five children, Carol (Don) Martin of Pentwater, Mich., Judy (Butch) Elefson of Glasgow, Mont., Richard (Vi) of Helena, Mont., and David and Michael (Deb), both of Phoenix, Ariz.; 14 grandchildren; and many great- and great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, George (Elaine) of Spring Valley, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents and nine brothers and sisters.

Funeral services are at 9:10 a.m. on Friday, July 29, 2005, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Thomas Krieg officiating. Burial will be in St. Henry's Cemetery in Eau Galle.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie, where a prayer service is scheduled at 6:30 p.m., and from 8:30 a.m. to time of services Friday at the church.

John E. Olson

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

John E. Olson, age 58, of Menomonie, died Saturday, July 23, 2005, at his home in the town of Dunn.

John Edward Olson was born Jan. 1, 1947, in Eau Claire to Isadore and Phyllis (Grinde) Olson. He was raised in Wilson and attended Spring Valley schools.

John served in the U.S. Army for two years. After his military service, he worked for Century Fence for 13 years and then for the Douglas Hanson Co. in Hammond for eight years. He moved to Colorado, where he lived for five years before returning to Menomonie.

John enjoyed shooting pool, John Force drag racing, watching the Steelers football team, and especially spending time with his grandchildren.

John is survived by a son, Norman Olson of Eagan, Minn.; a daughter, Lauriann (Kevin) Knospe of Menomonie; four grandchildren, Tyler and Kyle Knospe of Menomonie and Neriah and Cole Olson of Northfield, Minn.; two brothers, Theodore (Pat) Olson of Burnsville, Minn., and Thomas (Sandy) Olson of Woodville; three sisters, Judy Olson and Debbie Olson, both of St. Paul, Minn., and Jane (Wayne) VanBeek of Hammond; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Norman.

The family met with relatives and friends from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, 2005, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie. No funeral services are planned. Burial will be at a later date.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie assisted the family.

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Harry W. Egan

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

Harry W. Egan, age 85, of Menomonie, died Monday, July 25, 2005, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

Arrangements are pending at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

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Phyllis M. Mars

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

Phyllis M. Mars, age 81, formerly of Chippewa Falls, died Monday, July 25, 2005, at the Clairemont Nursing Home in Eau Claire.

Arrangements are pending at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

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Albert D. Nowacki

Dunn County News, Sun, July 31, 2005, A6

Albert D. Nowacki, age 73, of Menomonie, died Saturday, July 30, 2005, at Myrtle Werth Hospital-Mayo Health System in Menomonie.

Arrangements are pending at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie.

Phyllis M. Mars

Dunn County News, Sun, July 31, 2005, A6

Phyllis M. Mars, age 81, formerly of Chippewa Falls, died Monday, July 25, 2005, at Clairemont Nursing and Rehabilitation in Eau Claire.

The former Phyllis Mae Johnston was born Feb. 29, 1924, in Fairfield, Iowa, to Andrew and Irma (Kleiner) Johnston. She moved to Menomonie with her family where she graduated from Menomonie High School.

Phyllis married George C. Mars and together they farmed in rural Elk Mound. She resided in the Elk Mound area until her husband's death in 1963. Phyllis then lived in the Chippewa Falls area until 1998 when she moved to the Clairemont Nursing Home in Eau Claire.

Phyllis was involved with the Disabled American Veterans organization for many years. She also loved working in her flower garden and traveling around the country with her sister.

Phyllis is survived by two daughters and two sons, Susan (William) Exterovich of Union Grove, John (Marilyn) Mars of Elk Mound, Judy (Lawrence) Thompson of Eau Claire, and Michael (Pam) Mars of Colfax; seven grandchildren, Anthony Exterovich of Bayview, Idaho, Kim (Dan) Schoff of Racine, Lisa (fianc/ Eric) Exterovich of Waukesha, Chris Mars of Menomonie, Jimmy (Krista) Mars of Menomonie, Larry (Hazel) Mars of Eau Claire, and Katie Mars of Eau Claire; 10 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, George, and a sister, Marjorie Burton.

A memorial service was held Friday, July 29, 2005, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. John Mikkelson officiating. Burial was in Waneka Cemetery in the town of Spring Brook, Dunn County.

Harry W. Egan

Dunn County News, Sun, July 31, 2005, A6

Harry W. Egan, age 85, of Menomonie, died Monday, July 25, 2005, at the Dunn County Health Care Center in Menomonie.

He was born June 2, 1920, in the town of Harrison, Lincoln County, to Henry and Louise (Robison) Egan. He moved to Barron County with his parents in 1929 and grew up in the Barron/Rice Lake area.

Harry enlisted in the Civilian Conservation Corps for a tour of two years. He then served in the U.S. Army from January 1942 until his tour of duty ended in December 1945. After his discharge from military service, he worked at Sanna Dairies in Ridgeland.

On Nov. 25, 1948, he married Carol Robarge at First Lutheran Church in Rice Lake. They lived in Ridgeland until 1957 when they moved to Menomonie for Harry's continued employment with Sanna, where he served in several supervisory positions. Sanna was sold to the Beatrice Foods Co. in 1968 and Harry continued working with that organization until retiring in 1983.

Harry was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church and served on the council and other committees. He was also an active member of the Northwest Wisconsin Dairy Technical Society.

Harry is survived by his wife, Carol of Menomonie; a son, Red (Beth) Egan of Boalsburg, Pa.; a daughter, Jean (Thomas) McBurney of Burlington; six granddaughters, Laura and Megan Egan and Molly, Katy, Rebecca and Annie McBurney; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, one sister, and three brothers.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2005, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie with the Rev. Bob Friese officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.

Family and friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie is assisting the family.

The family prefers memorials to Our Savior's Lutheran Church or charity of donor's choice.

Violet V. Smith

Dunn County News, Sun, July 31, 2005, A6

Violet V. Smith, age 88, of Colfax, died Tuesday, July 26, 2005, at the Area Nursing Home in Colfax.

She was born June 17, 1917, in Colfax (town of Tainter) to George and Alta (Card) Burling. She married Richard Smith on Feb. 15, 1939, and together they farmed in the Boyceville area for several years. They later moved to Barron where they were both employed by Jerome Foods.

Upon retirement, she returned to Colfax and was an active member of the community, enjoying socializing, the Merry Mixers, and being a significant participant in the historic updating for the Colfax area. Violet also loved to read and travel.

She is survived by a sister, Arretta Snyder of Wheeler; a brother, Don (Joyce) Burling of Hillsdale; three grandsons, Kerry (Becky) Smith and Kenny Smith, both of Colfax, and Mike Smith of Colfax, currently serving with the U.S. Army; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and other loving relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Richard; a son, Charles; parents; a sister, Rose; and brothers, Orven and Leonard.

Funeral services for Violet were held at noon on Friday, July 29, 2005, at the Colfax United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jim Thunstrom officiating. Interment was in Hillgrove Cemetery in Colfax.

Sampson-Kastner Funeral Home in Colfax served the family.

John E. Olson

Dunn County News, Sun, July 31, 2005, A6

John E. Olson, age 58, of Menomonie, died Saturday, July 23, 2005, at his home in the town of Dunn

John Edward Olson was born Jan. 1, 1947, in Eau Claire to Isadore and Phyllis (Grinde) Olson. He was raised in Wilson and attended Spring Valley schools.

John served in the U.S. Army for two years. After his military service, he worked for Century Fence for 13 years and then for the Douglas Hanson Co. in Hammond for eight years. He moved to Colorado where he lived for five years before returning to Menomonie.

John enjoyed shooting pool, John Force drag racing, watching the Steelers football team, and especially spending time with his grandchildren.

John is survived by a son, Norman Olson of Eagan, Minn.; a daughter, Lauriann (Kevin) Knospe of Menomonie; four grandchildren, Tyler and Kyle Knospe of Menomonie and Neriah and Cole Olson of Northfield, Minn.; two brothers, Theodore (Pat) Olson of Burnsville, Minn., and Thomas (Sandy) Olson of Woodville; three sisters, Judy Olson and Debbie Olson, both of St. Paul, Minn., and Jane (Wayne) VanBeek of Hammond; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Norman.

The family met with relatives and friends from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, 2005, at the Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie. Burial was in Wilson Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Cadie, St. Croix County, with military honors by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie assisted the family.

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