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.

Fri
04
Jan

Ruth Borcherding

Ruth A. Borcherding, 92, of Waukon died Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at Northgate Care Center in Waukon. Funeral services were held Saturday, January 5 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Waukon, with Pastor Wayne Ellingson officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon.

Ruth Alvina Borcherding was born March 5, 1926 in Waukon, the daughter of John and Lucia (Christ) Sieg. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion United Church of Christ and attended rural Elk country school in Makee Township in rural Waukon. Ruth worked at a factory in Decorah during WWII making parachutes to be used in airplanes.

June 5, 1945, she married Arthur Louis Borcherding. Ruth and Arthur bought a farm north of Luana, where they farmed until Arthur’s death in 1979; she then moved to Waukon.

Ruth was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. She was a very caring mother and grandmother and enjoyed working in her vegetable and flower gardens. Ruth also always had a dog with her.

Fri
04
Jan

Ronald Mauss

Ronald R. Mauss, 74, of Kentwood, MI, formerly of Waukon, died Friday, December 21, 2018 at his home in Kentwood, MI. Funeral services were held Saturday, January 5 at Salem United Church of Christ in rural Waukon with Pastor Sue Klimstra officiating, and burial was in the church cemetery.

Ronald Raymond Mauss was born September 9, 1944 in Waukon, the son of Raymond and Leona (Selberg) Mauss. In 1962, Ron graduated from Waukon High School and then went on to receive an engineering degree from Iowa State University. After moving to California in 1966, Ron earned his Master of Engineering degree from California State University in Los Angeles in 1972.

Thu
03
Jan

Clay Yearous

Clay Clifton Yearous, 57, of Monona died Monday, December 31, 2018 at his home in Monona after a lengthy battle with cancer. Funeral Service was held Saturday, January 5 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Monona with Rev. Erika Kielstrup as the officiant. Burial followed at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon.

Clay was born February 21, 1961 to Clifton and Arlene (Timmerman) Yearous in Waukon. He attended Waukon High School.

Clay was united in marriage with Wendy Gress September 7, 2013. He was a long-haul semi driver, hauling cattle for Mihm Bros. in Ft. Atkinson. Clay enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, riding his Harley and working in his shop. He was known to carry on a conversation and do anything but sit still. Clay was a Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Twins fan. He was a part of the pit crew for his son’s Hornet car.

Wed
02
Jan

Ronald Mauss

Ronald R. Mauss, 74, of Kentwood, MI, formerly of Waukon, IA, died Monday, December 24, 2018, at his home in Kentwood. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 5th, at 11:00 AM at Salem United Church of Christ in rural Waukon, IA, with Pastor Sue Klimstra officiating, and burial in the church cemetery. Friends may call one hour before services Saturday at the church. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements.
 

Wed
26
Dec

Gretta Baxter

Gretta M. Baxter, 90, of Waukon, died Friday, December 14, 2018 at her home in Waukon. The family would like you to come to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Waukon, Saturday, January 5, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to have you share some memories and stories of Gretta. Burial will be at the Monona City Cemetery in Monona. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is handling the arrangements.

Gretta Mae Canoe was born November 10, 1928, in Monona, the daughter of Ray and Lucille (Barker) Canoe. She attended schools in the Monona area, graduating in 1946. She married Gerald Baxter June 1, 1947 at the Methodist Parsonage in Cedar Falls. After they were married they lived in Bellingham, Washington, Ohio, Texas, and Marion IA, before moving to Waukon in 1970, where she went to work for McMillan Muffler as a bookkeeper.

Wed
26
Dec

Wesley Winters

Wesley E. Winters, 90, of Waukon, died Friday, December 21, 2018 at Northgate Care Center in Waukon. Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 27, at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Waukon with Pastor Grant VanderVelden officiating. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon.

Wesley Eldo Winters was born May 24, 1928, in Jefferson Township, rural Allamakee County, IA, the son of Carl Simon and Abigail Blossom (Livingood) Winters. He attended country schools and worked on the family farm. August 4, 1951, Wes married Evelyn Gayle Decker at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA. The couple farmed in Allamakee County and raised dairy cows. According to his children, Wes’ favorite part of farming was getting them out of bed at 4 a.m. to help with chores. In 1966, Wes went to work for the county and operated a maintainer, grading roads and plowing snow for almost 25 years.

Mon
24
Dec

Darrel Crawford

Darrel Elliot Crawford, age 70, of Frankville passed away December 13, 2018 at his home surrounded by family and friends after his one-year battle with a rare form of prostate cancer. A celebration of life for Darrel was held Tuesday, December 18 at the Frankville Fire Station in Frankville. Memorials may be made to the Frankville Fire Department.

Darrel was born May 28, 1948, the son of Leonard and Iona (Rocksvold) Crawford at the Decorah Hospital. He grew up on his family’s farm in Frankville - attending Frankville School. He was baptized and confirmed at the Glenwood Lutheran Church and then graduated from Postville High School in 1966.

He continued his education at Upper Iowa University, as well as Iowa State University. Afterwards, Darrel ran the family farm in Frankville, worked for Szabo Construction in Postville and later at Valley Community Schools as the Grounds & Facility Director.

Mon
24
Dec

Clarice Leas

Clarice Christensen Leas passed into eternal rest December 1, 2018 in Tucson, AZ. She will be interred in Evergreen Cemetery, rural Waukon at a later date.

Clarice Christensen was born October 17, 1929 to Carl and Cora (Engrav) Christensen in Lansing. She attended Center School #2 and graduated from Waukon High School. After graduation she worked at the Allamakee County Courthouse in Waukon.

She and LeRoy Leas were married December 10, 1949. They moved to Arizona in 1957. There she was employed by and retired from GSA-Federal Government.

She is survived by her son, Kermit, of Tucson, AZ; two sisters, Audrey (Clayton) Ricker of Strawberry, AZ and Coreen Werner of Salem, OR; a brother, Jim (Kay) Christensen of Lansing; and two sisters-in-law, Joyce (Lowell) Siegele of McGregor and Eileen Olloff of Freeport, IL. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; one nephew; three brothers-in-law and one sister-in-law.
 

Thu
20
Dec

Eugene Oesterle

Eugene J. Oesterle, 89, of Waukon died Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Funeral services were held Saturday, December 22 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon with Fr. Mark Osterhaus officiating. Burial was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Waukon.

Eugene John Oesterle was born May 1, 1929 to John and Laura (Schellhammer) Oesterle in rural Lansing on the Schellhammer family farm. He attended country schools before farming with his dad. September 30, 1950, Gene married Darlene Heiderscheit at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Lansing; they celebrated 68 years together.

After getting married, Gene worked in La Crosse, WI before returning to the Waukon area to farm. In 1967, he started his own business, Oesterle Pump Service, until semi-retiring after about 20 years; he then worked for Welch LP, Waukon schools as a custodian, and then as a transit driver.

Thu
20
Dec

Mae Jean Bakke

Mae Jean Bakke, 86, of Waukon died Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Funeral services were held Saturday, December 22 at Old West Paint Creek Lutheran Church in rural Waukon, with Pastor Ken Kimball officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery. The family encourages memorials to Veterans Memorial Hospital or Old West Paint Creek Lutheran Church, both of Waukon.

Mae Jean “Gee Gee” Bakke was born October 1, 1932 in Decorah, the daughter of Nels and Stella (Tollefson) Severson. She was baptized and confirmed at Decorah Lutheran Church, where she later was a member of the Dorcus Society, sang in the choir and taught Sunday school. She graduated from Decorah High School in 1951, after which she worked in Minneapolis, MN for a short time.

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