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.

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Gladys Flage

Gladys V. Flage, 97, lifetime resident of Waukon, departed her earthly life and went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, February 17, 2015 with family at her side. She lived in Cedar Rapids briefly before her death.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, February 28 at 2 p.m. at Zalmona Presbyterian Church in rural Waukon with Pastor Tom Buresh officiating. A private burial will take place earlier in the day Saturday. Friends may call from 5-7 p.m. Friday, February 27 at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Zalmona Presbyterian Church.
Gladys Viola Flage was born July 17, 1917 in Waterville, the daughter of Albert G. and Karen M. (Leyse) Hagen. Her family and involvement at Old West Paint Creek Lutheran Church laid a foundation for her Christian faith. Gladys graduated from Waterville High School and Waukon Junior College. She taught elementary school in the Waukon area for several years.

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Clem Dinger

Clem Dinger, age 99, of Decorah died Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at Wellington Place Nursing Home in Decorah. A Celebration of Life and Memory was held Saturday, February 21 at Glenwood Lutheran Church, Decorah, with Rev. Stacey Nalean - Carlson officiating. Interment was in Pontoppidan Cemetery, Decorah.
Clem Richard Dinger was born June 25, 1915, the son of Richard and Clara (Madson) Dinger, in Bluffton.  Clem attended rural country schools and farmed. He was united in marriage to Tina Invick October 14, 1935. He worked at Rath Packing in Cedar Rapids for a short time and for 45 years he was the Watkins Dealer in Allamakee and Winneshiek Counties.  He farmed in Glenwood Township for many years and loved spending time in the woods. Clem also helped to dig many graves in the area by hand and mow at Phelps Cemetery.

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Feb

Lorna Winters

Lorna J. Winters, 88, of Waukon died Thursday, February 19, 2015 at her home. Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 24 at Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon, with Pastor Samantha Houser officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon.
Lorna Jean Winters was born July 24, 1926 in Waukon, the daughter of Edward and Ella (Miller) Hermeier. She was baptized and confirmed at Zalmona Presbyterian Church, attended rural elementary schools and graduated from Waukon High School, where she took the normal training curriculum.

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Donna Fink

Donna Fink, 68, of Novinger, MO passed away Monday, February 9, 2015 at Boone Hospital in Columbia, MO. Funeral services were held Friday, February 13 at Davis-Playle-Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Kirksville, MO. Burial was in Morelock Cemetery north of Novinger.
Donna, the daughter of Floyd and Dolly (Stanley) Billington, was born February 22, 1946 in Shibleys Point, MO. She was united in marriage to Richard Sells (deceased), and to this union three children were born. Donna married Lee "Joe" Fink in August 1990.
Donna grew up and attended school in Shibleys Point, MO and Waterloo. She later moved to New Albin and then retired back to Missouri. She worked for Rath Packing and owned and operated a tile business. She enjoyed gardening, being a homemaker, wall papering, and taking care of her dog, Pocket. She loved her family and enjoyed family gatherings.

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Richard Hansmeier

Richard Hansmeier

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Feb

Ronald Gavle

Ronald E. Gavle, 79, of Waukon died Thursday, February 12, 2015 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, WI. Funeral services were held Monday, February 16 at the Waukon Banquet Center in Waukon, with Rev. Ronald Pederson officiating. Burial will be at a later date at Big Canoe Cemetery, rural Decorah.
Ronald Eugene Gavle was born September 19, 1935 in Decorah, the son of Norris and Frances (Osmundson) Gavle. He grew up on the family farm north of town, attended rural elementary schools and Decorah High School. Ron later earned his GED while in the service. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 until 1956 seeing some of that duty as a helicopter mechanic in Germany.

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18
Feb

Donna Wurtzel

Donna L. Wurtzel, 85, of Waukon died Saturday, February 14, 2015 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 18 at 11 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Waukon, with Rev. Lynn G. Groe officiating. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, February 17 at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon.
Donna Lou Wurtzel was born July 23, 1929 in Waukon, the daughter of Hubert and Edna (Reeder) Hermanson. She was baptized at Rossville Presbyterian Church in Rossville and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church in Waukon. Donna graduated from Waukon High School.
August 29, 1948 Donna married Truman Edward Wurtzel at St. John's Lutheran Church. She and Truman owned a milk hauling business, Truman Wurtzel Bulk Milk Hauling, which they operated together for many years. Donna did the bookkeeping, she would run after parts, and was a relief driver when she was needed.

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Catherine Dowd

Catherine Lucille Mullarkey Dowd, age 86, departed this life Friday, January 30, 2015 at her home in Waterloo surrounded by her family. Services were held Wednesday, February 4 at St. Edward Catholic Church with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, all in Waterloo.
Catherine was born to Mike and Mary (Brennan) Mullarkey April 12, 1928 on the family farm near Wexford. She was one of eight children, and one in a second set of twins.
Kate (as she was affectionately known to her friends) attended Wexford Country School. She moved to Waterloo and held various jobs including secretary at Rath Packing. She met Dan Dowd, the love of her life, at a country dance. She married Daniel Patrick Dowd September 20, 1956 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Wexford.

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Irving Walsh

Irving “Irv” S. Walsh, 85, of Waukon died Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at Northgate Care Center in Waukon. Funeral services were held Saturday, February 14 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon, with Fr. Jim Dubert and Deacon Mike Ward officiating. Burial with military graveside rites was at St. John the Baptist-West Ridge Cemetery, rural Waukon.
Irving Stephen Walsh was born August 16, 1929 at his parents’ home in Fairview Township in rural Waterville, the son of Stephen and Marjorie (Molitor) Walsh. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Pius Cherry Mound Catholic Church in rural Harpers Ferry. Irv attended schools in Allamakee County.
He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War from January 3, 1952 to December 14, 1955. Irv was a Boatswain’s Mate Third Class and served as a loader on a 50-caliber gun and as a gun captain on a five-inch turret gun.

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Feb

John Forbes, Jr.

John G. Forbes, Jr., 46, of Waukon died Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at his home. Funeral services were held Saturday, February 14 at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon, with Rev. Lynn Groe officiating.
John Gary Forbes, Jr. was born September 30, 1968 in Waterloo, the son of John and Shirley (Allen) Forbes. He married Sarah Gambrell; they later divorced. John was self-employed and owned his own trucking company. He also worked for Canton River Towing and ADM Barge, where he worked his way up to captain. John adored his family and loved doing fun things with his children. He also liked NASCAR, fishing, and riding his motorcycle.

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