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.

Wed
03
Jun

Jason Ferguson

Jason William Ferguson, 87, of Monona died Saturday, May 23, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Funeral services were held Friday, May 29 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Monona, with the Rev. Erika Kielstrup officiating. Burial followed in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Monona with Military Honors.
Jason was born August 31, 1927 to William and Anna (Timmerman) Ferguson in Allamakee County. He attended Walnut Grove Country School, north of Monona, through the eighth grade. December 19, 1945, he joined the United States Navy during World War II and served as an Electrician’s Mate Third Class until October 24, 1947. He was honorably discharged at the U.S. Naval Repair Station in San Diego, CA.

Thu
28
May

Dorothy Halverson

Dorothy Halverson, 87, of McGregor passed away suddenly Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 3 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in McGregor, with visitation from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, June 2 at Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home in McGregor, as well as one hour before the service at the church. Interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, McGregor.
Dorothy Rosemary Pfiffner was born September 10, 1927, the daughter of Edmond and Clara (Miller) Pfiffner of Lansing. Dorothy married Roger Halverson of Waukon and the couple moved to McGregor, where they raised their three daughters. Dorothy was a housewife and businesswoman, operating Dorothy’s Beauty Salon out of her home in downtown McGregor for many years. She was an active member of St. Mary’s Church, and enjoyed crocheting, dancing to big band music and spending time with her family.

Thu
28
May

Eugene Thias

Eugene W. Thias, 82, of Harpers Ferry died Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at his home. Funeral services were held Sunday, May 31 at Rossville Presbyterian Church in Rossville, with Pastor Tom Buresh officiating. Burial was at Maple Hill "Bigfoot" Cemetery, rural Rossville.
Eugene Wesley Thias was born August 1, 1932 on the Rossville farm of his parents, Wesley A. and Gretta (Palmer) Thias. He was baptized and confirmed at the Rossville Presbyterian Church and graduated from Waterville High School in 1951.
September 19, 1953 he married Janet LaVonne Svebakken at the Old West Paint Creek Lutheran Church in rural Waukon. Gene was a farmer all his life and he and Janet raised their family on a farm in the “Bigfoot” area of rural Rossville. They milked dairy cows, raised hogs and grew various grains in their diversified operation. Not one to stay idle long, Gene would sometimes operate heavy machinery for a construction crew during the summer months.

Wed
27
May

Fr. Maurice Gallagher

His Heavenly Father has called him home. His earthly work is done.
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Father Maurice Orlando Gallagher, 94, died Monday, May 25, 2015 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Funeral services were held Saturday, May 30 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hanover. Burial was at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover.
Honorary casketbearers were all of Father Maurice’s nieces and nephews. Casketbearers were Maury Gallagher, Greg Whalen, Leonard Bulman, Floyd Mount, Tom Tierney, Joe Gallagher, Jr., David Mulholland, Don Gallagher, Jr., Shawn Gallagher and Rob Sweet.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated in the near future at Sacred Heart Church in Avondale, CO. Arrangements are pending.

Wed
27
May

Dr. Frank "Doc" Norden

Dr. Frank “Doc” Norden, 100, died May 23, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. A graveside committal service will be held Tuesday, June 2 at 11 a.m. at Oakland Cemetery in Waukon, with lunch following at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Waukon. The family requests memorials be directed to Veterans Memorial Hospital, Good Samaritan Center or charity of choice. Martin Funeral Home of Waukon is assisting with arrangements.
Frank was born October 2, 1914 in Stutsman County, ND, the only son of Frank and Alma Graves Norden. He was christened Francis Wilson. Frank was educated in country school and in Woodworth and Jamestown, ND schools. He attended Wahpeton (ND) School of Science and Jamestown (ND) College. Frank graduated in 1939 from Northern Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, IL.

Wed
27
May

Ron Valley

A Celebration of Life for Harpers Ferry native Ron Valley, age 70, of Montgomery, IL will be held Saturday, May 30 at the Ethel Robinson Meehan Community Center in Harpers Ferry from 1-4 p.m. Ron passed away Sunday, February 1, 2015 at his home after a battle with cancer. He was born August 7, 1944 in Harpers Ferry.
 

Wed
27
May

Mildred Brooks

Mildred M. Brooks, 98, of Waukon died Friday, May 22, 2015 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is assisting the family with arrangements.
 

Wed
27
May

James Opheim

James Alan Opheim, born April 10, 1935 and beloved son of Selmer Opheim and Sylvia Lonning, died peacefully in his sleep May 19, 2015. Services were held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN.
He leaves behind his wife, Mitsue; his brother, Ron Opheim; his daughters, Suzie Carr and Cindi Bija Opheim; and his grandchildren, Devon and Michaela Bahary and Kaiona Watanabe. May he rest in peace.
 

Wed
20
May

Kathleen Baugher

Kathleen “Katie” Theresa Baugher, age 93, of Quincy, IL, formerly of rural Payson, IL, passed away peacefully at Barnes-Jewish Hospital Monday, May 11, 2015 at 7:45 p.m. Funeral services were held Saturday, May 16 in the Duker & Haugh Funeral Home with a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church by the Rev. Thomas Hagstrom. Interment was in St. Anthony Cemetery in Quincy, IL. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the K of C TV Mass or to St. Anthony Cemetery.
Katie was born May 14, 1921 in Independence, the daughter of Pearley John and Margaret (Lane) Pettit.  She married Edmund Wilson Baugher May 1, 1945 at St. Mary’s Church in Cheyenne, WY. He preceded her in death in 1992.

Wed
20
May

Ron Valley

A Celebration of Life for Ron Valley, 70, of Montgomery, IL will be held Saturday, May 30 at the Ethel Robinson Meehan Community Center in Harpers Ferry from 1-4 p.m. Ron passed away Sunday, February 1, 2015 at his home after a battle with cancer. He was born August 7, 1944 in Harpers Ferry.
 

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