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home : obituaries August 1, 2014


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Gregory James Emerson
Gregory James Emerson, 52, of Hillsdale, WI, passed away on July 23, 2014 at home, surrounded by his family. Greg was born on June 27, 1962 in Rice Lake, WI to William and Judith (Mewhorter) Emerson.
Greg grew up and graduated in Rice Lake, WI in 1980. He married his loving wife, Keli Gerner, on March 30, 1985. They were married for 29 years and four months.
Greg was a big family man who loved and valued his family very much. He also loved outdoor activities such as hunting and fishing.
Greg is survived by his parents, William Emerson ...

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Jeffrey J. Gilbertson
Jeffrey J. Gilbertson, 56, passed away on July 14, 2014. Jeff was born on June 19, 1958 in Racine, Wisconsin. He moved in 1962 to Chetek with his parents, Bob and Lorraine Gilbertson and his brothers Mark, Kurt, Paul, and Tommy.
Jeff and his wife, Maria worked as missionaries which took them around the globe where they raised their children, Patricia, Alexander, Taylor,
and Phillip.
After moving back to Chetek in 2006, Jeff worked as a substitute teacher in school districts around
Barron County.
Jeff was passionate about his faith ...

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Charlotte Scott
Charlotte Scott, age 69, of Silver Spring, Maryland, passed away at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (formerly National Naval Medical Center) in Bethesda, Maryland on Wednesday July 23, 2014 after a 33 month battle with lung cancer.
She was an avid swimmer for over thirty years, attentive to good nutrition and workouts at the gym as well as a lifelong non-smoker. She loved to sew, bake (especially bread), work crossword puzzles ...

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Diane Kay Adams
Diane Kay Adams, 72, of Chetek, passed away on Friday, July 25, 2014, at Lake Hallie Memory Care in Chippewa Falls, WI, where she had resided since March. Diane was born to Thea and Norman Nelson of Northfield, WI.
The family farm in Northfield provided much of the entertainment, including impromptu singing performances from the hay loft "stage," building snow forts and making and "selling" mud pies using leaves ...

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Howard Arthur Olmstead
Howard Arthur Olmstead, age 62, of Cameron, died quietly on Friday, July 18, 2014 at Manor Care in Green Bay. He was born to the late Fern and Glen Olmstead on March 15, 1952 in Birchwood, WI.
Howard graduated as a letterman in football, baseball and basketball from Birchwood High School in 1970. Shortly after that he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served overseas for two years.
Howard was married in 1978 to Diana Olmstead and started his family of four. He worked at Wright Products for ...

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Maxine Dutilly
Maxine Dutilly, age 93, of Rice Lake, WI, died on Monday, March 3, 2014 at Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake.
Maxine Dutilly is survived by two daughters, Patricia Ann (John) Hollenbeck of Auburn, NE and Deborah Dutilly of San Diego, CA; a sister, Ellen Fredericks of Turtle Lake, WI; a brother, Dr. John E. Butler of Iowa City, IA; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Dutilly; ...

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Pamela Bednar
Pamela Bednar, age 91, widow of John Bednar of Haugen, WI died Friday, July 25, 2014 at Sacred Heart Hospital after an overnight stay. She was the daughter of Ernest and Nellie Hipwell of Wigan, Lancashire, England and was born July 11, 1923.
She served as a radar operator on the anti-aircraft battery during World War II where she met John Bednar who was stationed in Britain during the war. They were married in Wigan, England in January 1945 ...

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Burma J. Scharnke
Burma J. Scharnke, age 86, of Rice Lake, died on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home. She was born on July 2, 1928 in Spring Valley, MN to Clarence and Blanche (Nelson) Dent.
She graduated from Logan High School in LaCrosse, WI. She was married in LaCrosse, WI on November 5, 1949 to Robert Scharnke and they moved to Indiana, where they raised their family. They ...

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Bertram "Bert" Sprague
Bertram "Bert" Sprague, age 78, of Rice Lake, WI, died on Sunday, July 20, 2014. He was born on October 14, 1935 in Rice Lake, WI to Edward and Lolita (Severson) Sprague.
Bert graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1953 and then entered the National Guard. He worked with his father at Pioneer Sand and Gravel.
Bert enjoyed watching the Packers and Brewers, playing dice and horseshoes, deer hunting, snowmobiling, camping ...

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Kenneth Wayne "Ken" Miller
Kenneth Wayne "Ken" Miller, 64, of White Lake, South Dakota, formerly of Rice Lake, passed away suddenly at his home in White Lake, SD.
He was raised on a dairy farm with his grandparents, Herman and Amelia Miller. As a young boy and teenager, he attended Gospel Tabernacle in Rice Lake. He attended Loan Elm and Loveland Corners elementary schools, Rice Lake and graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1968.
He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War ...

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Frances "Kitty" Drolson
Frances "Kitty" Drolson, age 97, of Rice Lake, died on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at her home. She was born on May 28, 1917 in England to Thomas and Kathleen (Moger) Marriott.
Frances graduated from high school in Oxford, England. She was a war bride, marrying Marvin Drolson, who preceded her in death. She had a lot of lovely little jobs. Frances loved dogs and going to the dog park.
Frances Drolson is survived ...

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Niel J. Rischmueller
Niel J. Rischmueller, age 73, died on July 19, 2014 at his home. He was born in Sauk County on February 4, 1941, the son of the late John and Florence (Zick) Rischmueller.
Niel was a 1960 graduate of Prairie du Sac High School. He was united in marriage to Darleen Yanke on June 29, 1975.
He was a member and past exalted ruler of Baraboo Elks Club. He was a member and past president of Honey Creek ...

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Betty A. Broten
Betty A. Broten, age 86, of Rice Lake, died on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at Dallas Care and Rehab. She was born on January 12, 1928 in Minneapolis, MN to Orville and Ethlyn (DeMowlin) Nelson.
She was married in Minneapolis, MN on December 24, 1947 to Donald L. Broten who preceded her in death on October 26, 1982.
Betty loved spending time with her grandchildren and shopping. She also enjoyed arranging the seasonal decoration ...

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Maxine Mae Dutilly
Maxine Mae Dutilly, age 93, of Rice Lake, WI, died on Monday, March 3, 2014 at Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake. She was born on May 2, 1920 in Rice Lake, WI to Edward and Ida (Fredrick) Butler.
After graduating from Rice Lake High School, she attended Barron County Normal School. She taught in both Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Maxine was married to Leonard Dutilly on May 29, 1943 in Rice Lake. She was an active member of United Presbyterian Church, ...

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Jerald Linn "Jerry" York
Jerald Linn "Jerry" York, age 73, of Birchwood, WI, died on Monday, July 14, 2014 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, WI. Jerry was born on January 13, 1941 in Rapid City, SD.
He had a lifelong passion for horses. His knowledge of equine care and equine training was unsurpassed. He had a love for the outdoors throughout his life. Jerry was an amazing horse trainer, hunter, fisherman, gardener and archer. He spent many, many hours ...

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Michelle (Dahle) Goforth
Michelle (Dahle) Goforth, age 53, of Waxahachie, TX, passed away unexpectedly on December 2, 2013. She was born on July 18, 1960 to Dean and Karen (Strand) Dahle.
Michelle is survived by her husband, Paul; children, Christian and Kevin Goforth and Lonny Adair; six grandchildren; and one sister, Cheryl (Randy) Zink of Palmer, TX.
She was preceded in death ...

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Frederick W. "Fred" Swant
Frederick W. "Fred" Swant, age 76, of Birchwood, WI, passed away on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at his home. He was born on July 31, 1937 in Barron, WI to Carl and Alice (Selvig) Swant.
Fred graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1955. He then joined the United States Air Force and was eventually honorably discharged.
He was married to Jessie Davidson on June 28, 1958 in Mount Clements, MI. They moved to Rice Lake in November of 1959. He worked for Swant Motor Company with his father. He later owned....

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Maxine Dutilly
Maxine Dutilly, age 93, of Rice Lake, WI, died Monday, March 3, 2014 at the Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake. Services will be held 11:00 AM Friday, August 1, 2014 at the United Presbyterian Church in Rice Lake, WI. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Appleyard's Home for Funerals, 19 W. Messenger St., Rice Lake, WI. Memorials in memory of Maxine Dutilly may be sent to Lakeview Medical Center. Rice Lake Presbyterian Church or the Humane Society of Barron County.
Friday, July 18, 2014
Jerald York
Jerald Linn York, age 73, of Birchwood, WI died Monday, July 14, 2014 at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, WI. Funeral services will be held 6:00 PM Friday, July 18, 2014 at Appleyard's Home for Funerals in Rice Lake, WI. Visitation will be held from 4 - 6 PM Friday at Appleyard's Home for Funerals. There will be a Celebration of his Life and non-traditional service at 1:00 PM Saturday, July 19, 2014 at the Appalolly Ranch in Springbrook, WI with a feast to follow. The gathering will begin at 11:00 AM on Saturday.
Friday, July 18, 2014
Fred Swant
Fred W. Swant, age 76, of Birchwood, WI passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at his home.
A Celebration of his life will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Rice Lake, WI, Rev. Ed Zaiser officiating, and Military Rites will be accorded by the Rice Lake Veterans Center Honor Guard. Visitation will be held from 4 - 7 PM Monday at Appleyard's Home for Funerals and for one hour prior to the service at the Church.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to LMC - Hospice, Second Chance for Life or the Birchwood Food Pantry.

Thursday, July 17, 2014
Kathy Arlene Allen May
Kathy Arlene Allen May, 68, of San Bernardino, CA passed away on June 27, 2014.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gino May; and brother, Vice Admiral Richard Allen USN (Retired).
Kathy is survived by her daughter, Karessa Devereaux; son, Adam May; daughter-in-law, Laura May; sisters, Barbara Allen Frey and Marilyn Allen Jackson; grandchildren, Benjamin Devereaux, Olive Bonetti and Adam May Jr.; and many nieces and
nephews.
Kathy was an active member of her church ...

Thursday, July 10, 2014
Irene Rita Stodola
Irene Rita Stodola, 83, of Haugen, died on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at her home. She was born on August 19, 1930 in Dobie, WI to Jacob and Olive (DeMars) Kritch.
Irene was raised in Dobie and graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1948.
She was married in Pine City, MN on October 14, 1948 to Edward J. Stodola who preceded her in death on January 12, 1986.
They moved to the farm near Haugen where she farmed all her life. She lived a simple life, raising her family and a big garden. She particularly loved her flower gardens and participating ...

Thursday, July 10, 2014
Harold Bernard Zercher
Harold Bernard Zercher, age 91, of Ashland, passed away, with loving family by his side, on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at his residence. He was born on November 19, 1922 in the town of Meteor, Sawyer County, the son of Chris and Stella (Szwapka) Zercher.
Harold attended Wooddale Country Schools and later graduated from Birchwood High School in 1940. He continued his schooling at University of Wisconsin-River Falls where he received a degree in
engineering.
Harold married Bertha Rattunde ...

Thursday, July 10, 2014
George L. Sorenson
George L. Sorenson, age 82, of Rice Lake, WI, passed away on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Barron, WI. He was born to George H. Sorenson and Eva (Cornish) Sorenson in Tomah, WI on December 1, 1931.
In 1951 he joined the Wisconsin National Guard. In 1953 he joined the US Army, serving in Japan as a sergeant during the Korean War. He left the service in 1955.
In 1954. George married his first wife, Rebecca Graves of Carthage, MO and they had four children. Rebecca passed away in 1966. In 1968, George married Patricia Stanonik...

Thursday, July 10, 2014
Ronald Francis Hoff
Ronald Francis Hoff, age 80, of Rice Lake, died on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at his home. He was born on February 18, 1934 in Richardton, ND to Michael and Irene (Rothermel) Hoff.
Ron was raised in Richardton and then the family moved to Minneapolis. He was married in Decorah, IA on August 6, 1952 to Audrey Roeder who preceded him in death on January 14, 2009.
Ron drove commercial trucks his entire working career with the majority of that time spent at East Side Beverage in St. Paul, MN. He and Audrey retired to Hayward in 1994 and later moved to Rice Lake.
Ron loved to golf and spend...

Thursday, July 10, 2014
Margaret F. Dauffenbach
Margaret F. Dauffenbach, age 90, of Rice Lake, WI, died on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at her home. She was born on August 23, 1923 to Henry and Barbara (Melchior) Boullion in Eau Claire and was raised in the Fairchild/Foster area.
She graduated from Fairchild High School in 1941 and then went on to attend Eau Claire School of Business.
On May 1, 1943, she was married to her high school sweetheart, Calvin Dauffenbach Sr. Over the years...

Thursday, July 10, 2014
Clarence Beecroft
Clarence Beecroft passed into Glory on July 3, 2014. He fought the good fight of faith until the very end. Clarence was born on December 26, 1925 in Barron, Wisconsin, to William and Anna Beecroft.
Clarence, as a young boy, worked hard on the farm along with his two brothers, William and Eugene. With their....

Thursday, July 10, 2014
Kenneth Marshall
Kenneth "Ken" Marshall, 57, of Rice Lake, died on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire. He was born on August 10, 1956 in Lewistown, MT to Charles and Betty (Sweeney) Marshall.
Ken graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1974. After graduating, he continued to work and live at the family farm as a second generation farmer.
He was married in Rice Lake on August 28, 1982 to Marie Mathews. When Ken was not farming, he enjoyed spending his time outdoors fishing, hunting, trapping or flying his airplane. He also loved going to ...

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Alan Engstrom
Alan Arvid Engstrom, 70, of Rice Lake, died on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at Rice Lake Convalescent Center. He was born on December 4, 1943 in Rice Lake, WI to Kermit and Fern (Johnson) Engstrom.
Al graduated from Chetek High School then studied auto mechanics at WITC-Eau Claire. He served his country in the US Army in Vietnam for one year as tank mechanic.
He was married in Barron, WI on November 10, 1972 to Carolyn Ann Crotteau. Al spent nearly 40 years as an auto mechanic in Bloomer, Chetek and ...

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Verna Nelson
Verna H. Nelson, 89, of Cumberland, died on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire. She was born on February 25, 1925 in Cumberland, WI, to Henry and Anna (Nelson) Solum.
Verna was raised in Cumberland and graduated from Cumberland High School in 1942. She attended Minnesota School of Business and lived in California for a year.
Verna returned to Cumberland and worked for various businesses in Cumberland until her marriage. She then worked for ...

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Leonard Pierce
Leonard Pierce Jr., 82, of Cumberland, died on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire. He was born on December 19, 1931 in Grant County, WI to Leonard and Hannah (Koeller)
Pierce Sr.
Leonard was raised in Grant County, WI and moved to Rice Lake in 1960. Leonard was a dairy farmer until his retirement in the late 1990s.
He was married in St. Paul Lutheran Church, Burton, WI on June 16, 1953 to Mary Lou Kitto.
Leonard loved fishing, hunting and playing cards. He also loved ...

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Richard Fish
On the morning of June 26, 2014, Doctor Richard W. Fish peacefully went home to the Lord at his home in Cosby, MO at age 83. Richard Wilmot Fish was born to William and Elinor Fish on October 18, 1930 in Jamaica, New York.
He graduated from Dwight L. Moody's Mount Herman Preparatory School in New York at age 16. Richard hitchhiked from there to Kansas State University where he pursued a degree in veterinary medicine. It was there that he ...

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Robert Kaiser
Robert Herman Kaiser, age 62, of Eau Claire, formerly of Cameron, WI, passed away peacefully on June 24, 2014 at his home in Eau Claire, WI. He was born on January 13, 1952 in Rice Lake, WI to Henry and Mae (Wirth) Kaiser.
Bob and his family grew up in Chetek where he graduated from Chetek High School in 1970. Two years after Robert graduated, he married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Sherrie D. (Hover) on July 7, 1972.
Bob and Sherrie's first son, Justin, was born in the summer of 1976. Bob has now ...

Wednesday, July 2, 2014


 





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