Obituaries

Obituaries are published in The Standard for a $30 fee and can be brought to the office at 15 First Street NW in Waukon, mailed to PO Box 286, Waukon IA 52172, or e-mailed to news@waukonstandard.com. Photos may be included for an additional charge of $10 (additonal photos are also $10). Obituaries of excessive length (longer than our single-column length of 20") will also incur an additional charge of $9/column inch for the content measuring longer than our 20-inch column length. Obituaries that include “Thank You” messages within them will also incur an additional charge for the “Thank You” portion of the submitted obituary. For further assistance, please call 563-568-3431.

Tue
12
Jan

Roberta "Bobbie" Becker

Roberta “Bobbie” J. Becker, 88, of Waukon died Sunday, January 10, 2021 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Graveside services will be held Wednesday, January 13 at 11 a.m. at Oakland Cemetery in Waukon. In consideration of concerns regarding COVID-19, social distancing and wearing of a masked is required.

Cards may be sent to Jason Becker at P.O. Box 392, McGregor, IA 52157. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon is handling the arrangements.

Roberta “Bobbie” Jacqueline Becker was born December 25, 1932 in the village of Myron in rural Postville, the daughter of Stiner Joseph “Joe” and Rose Mary “Mae” (Harris) Evans. She attended the Myron country school for three years, went to school in Postville for three years, and graduated from Waukon High School in 1950.

Tue
12
Jan

Gary Welper

Gary Lawrence Welper (i.e., Gare-Bear), 65, of Laramie, WY passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family. Gary fought valiantly over the past six years with end stage renal disease.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 13 at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Gillette, WY with Father Cliff Jacobson officiating; interment to follow at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery in Gillette, WY. Visitation will take place from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, January 12 at Walker Funeral Home in Gillette, WY.

Gary was born October 11, 1955 in La Crosse, WI to Harold and Joan Welper. He spent his early years growing up on a farm near Dorchester. He became a big brother a few years later when his little sister, Beverly, joined the family. While living on the farm, he learned the value of hard work doing chores and milking cows before he would head to school in the morning. He also enjoyed being raised around many cousins and family.

Tue
12
Jan

Dean Bechtel

Dean L. Bechtel, 73, of rural Monona died Saturday, January 9, 2021 at Gundersen Medical Center in La Crosse, WI. Memorial services with military honors will be held Friday, January 15 at 1:30 p.m. at Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon with Rev. Cathy Jurgens officiation. Visitation will be from 12 p.m. until the time of services Friday at the church. In consideration of concerns regarding COVID-19, social distancing and wearing of masks is required. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements.

A full obituary will appear in the January 20 edition of The Standard. You can subscribe to The Standard's print edition or e-edition by clicking here.

Wed
06
Jan

Delores Jean Kroack

Delores Jean Kroack, 76, of Waukon died Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Funeral services were held Saturday, January 9 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon with Fr. John Moser, Fr. Joseph Schneider and Rev. Msgr. Ed Lechtenberg officiating. Burial was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Waukon.

Memorials may be made to St. Patrick School, Veterans Memorial Hospital or Good Samaritan Center, all in Waukon. Cards may be sent to Joe Kroack at 503 Third Street SW, Waukon, IA 52172. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements.

Delores Jean Kroack was born April 16, 1944 in Monona, the daughter of George and Marjorie (Molitor) Topel. She attended Figgie Country School in rural Allamakee County and graduated from MFL High School in 1962.

Tue
05
Jan

Darwin Ellis

Darwin Ellis, 92, of Postville died Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at Good Samaritan Society in Postville. Private family services will be held a later date.

Darwin Gene, the son of Clifford “Kip” and Dorothy (Schlitter) Ellis, was born February 21, 1928 in Postville. He was baptized April 12, 1936 at the United Brethren Church and confirmed November 29, 1953 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Darwin attended Postville Schools. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in January of 1946 and served until December of 1948.

October 15, 1950, Darwin was united in marriage with Marilyn Backhaus of Postville at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. Their marriage lasted 69 years. Darwin and Marilyn worked for Marilyn’s parents’ family farm until 1961, they then moved to Postville to start an appliance and electrical service business.

Tue
05
Jan

Lori Tallman Knutson

Lori Donelle Knutson, 60, of Viroqua, WI passed away unexpectedly December 24, 2020. A visitation was held Sunday, January 3, 2021 at the Coulee Region Cremation Group Gathering Place in Onalaska, WI. Mail memorials to Heather Medd at 1606 Caroline Street, La Crosse, WI 54603.

Lori was born November 2, 1960 to Donald and Doris (Ingvalson) Pothast in Waukon. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Waukon. She married Ron Tallman in August of 1980 in La Crosse, WI, and they later divorced. She then married Jeff Knutson in Onalaska, WI, and they later divorced.

Lori’s happiness was found by serving all of the people that were in her life. She had a unique and special bond with each and every person she knew, and all she wanted was to spread joy into everyone’s life.

Tue
05
Jan

Maureen Becker

Maureen A. Becker, 85, of Waukon passed away peacefully at her home Friday, January 1, 2021. Graveside services will be held Wednesday, January 6 at 11 a.m. at Oakland Cemetery in Waukon with Pastor Keith Selberg officiating. In consideration of concerns regarding COVID-19, social distancing and wearing of masks is required.

The service will also be live streamed on Martin-Grau Funeral Home’s Facebook page. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements. Condolences may be sent to Neil Becker at 704 Makee Drive NE, Waukon, IA 52172.

Maureen Ann Becker was born June 4, 1935 in Waukon, the daughter of Ora and Viola (Moe) Smith. She was baptized at First Presbyterian Church, confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church, and received education at Waukon Elementary and High School. Over her lifetime, Maureen worked at Cote Theaters, Waukon Newspapers and the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office. She was also an active member at Zion United Church of Christ.

Tue
05
Jan

Robert Oden

Robert “Bob” M. Oden, 88, of Waukon died peacefully in his sleep Sunday, December 27, 2020 at his home. Memorial services were held Monday, January 11 at Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon with Pastor Steve Oden officiating. Inurnment was at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon. Condolences may be sent to Steve and Robin Oden at 309 First Street NW, Waukon, IA 52172.

Robert “Bob” Miles Oden was born November 28, 1932 at St. Ann’s Hospital in Chicago, IL, the son of John Selby and Agnes Muirhead Jack (Duff) Oden. In 1951, he graduated from Theodore Roosevelt Senior High in Des Moines. He then attended Drake University for one year. While young, Bob had a myriad of interests including but not limited to: bronc riding in rodeos, modeling, competitive diving, and drumming for a band.

Tue
05
Jan

Violet Beneke

Violet M. Beneke, 93, of New Albin passed away surrounded by family Sunday, January 3, 2021 at Northgate Care Center in Waukon. Private family funeral services will be held at Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, Caledonia, MN. Burial will be in St Peter’s Cemetery in New Albin.  Date of services are pending at this time. Pastor Dick Wohlgemuth of St. Peter’s Church will be the officiant.

Violet was born January 31, 1927 to George and Martha (Rudnick) Solberg in Caledonia, MN. She married Alvin G. Beneke September 18, 1945. Together they farmed and raised their family on the farm on Pool Hill in rural New Albin.

Violet was an active member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in New Albin. She enjoyed working outdoors with her yearly large garden and yard to tend. She loved baking her special caramel rolls and bread for her family. When Violet moved to assisted living in 2017, she continued to bake bread, sending the delicious aroma throughout the facility.

Tue
05
Jan

Thomas Boots

After a brave and long fight against cancer, Thomas L. Boots, 54, of Harpers Ferry passed away peacefully at 7 a.m. Sunday, January 3, 2021 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Graveside services will be held Wednesday, January 6 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.

A celebration of life will then be held from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, January 6 at the Portside Bar and Supper Club in Harpers Ferry. In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated for the American Legion Post #722, 118 North Fourth Street, Harpers Ferry, IA 52146. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon is assisting the family.

Thomas Lee Boots was born February 9, 1966 to Kenneth and Carmelita (Cahill) Boots. Though Tom did live in La Crosse, WI for a short period of his life, and was born in Dubuque, he was a lifelong resident of Harpers Ferry and loved the “Mississippi River Rat” life.

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