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
24
Sep

James Yuhouse

James “Jim” B. Yuhouse, 65, of Harpers Ferry, formerly of Clear Lake, passed away Saturday, September 21, 2019 at home in Harpers Ferry following a courageous battle with cancer. The family will be greeting friends and family to celebrate Jim’s life after 4 p.m. Saturday, September 28 at the Ethel Robinson Meehan Community Center in Harpers Ferry.

Please bring your own beverages as this will be a time of smiles, laughter and memories; Jim would not appreciate us fretting over him. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is assisting the family with arrangements.

James Blake Yuhouse was born February 9, 1954 in Clear Lake, the son of Charles and Norma (Treloar) Yuhouse. He was baptized at the United Methodist Church in Clear Lake and graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1973. Jim worked for IMT in Garner as a laser operator. He has spent most of his summers in Harpers Ferry since 1982.

Tue
24
Sep

John Magner

John Magner, age 89, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Decorah, died Thursday, June 6, 2019 at his home in Cedar Rapids surrounded by his family. Mass of Christian Burial was held June 11 at St. Benedict Catholic Church, Decorah with Rev. Donald Hertges officiating. Interment was at St. Bridget Catholic Cemetery, Bluffton.

John Victor Magner was born February 16, 1930 in Waukon, the son of John and Elizabeth (Malone) Magner.  He graduated from St. Patrick School in Waukon. John married Bernadette Courtney May 26, 1953 at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Bluffton. Together they had seven children.

John worked for Luther College as a plumber for most of his life until retiring.  He then took a job at Eastern Star Nursing Home which he loved. He enjoyed going to garage sales and auctions and dearly loved spending time with his family.

Fri
20
Sep

Marcella Hermeier

Marcella L. Hermeier, 90, of Waukon died Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at Good Samaritan Society in Waukon. Memorial services were held Saturday, September 21 at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon with Pastor Keith Selberg officiating. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery, Waukon.

Marcella LaVonne Hermeier was born February 19, 1929 in rural Waterville, the daughter of Melvin and Lola (Davis) Olson. She was baptized and confirmed at Old West Paint Creek Lutheran Church in rural Waukon and graduated from Waterville High School in 1947.

October 21, 1947, she married Oliver Hermeier at the Zion United Church of Christ Parsonage in Waukon. They moved to Waukon for a short time before they started farming in Ludlow Township for four years. In 1959, she and Oliver moved to Waterloo, where she worked for Gale and Ramona Williams. In 1993, Marcella moved back to Waukon and has been a resident at the Good Samaritan Center since 2015.

Wed
18
Sep

Doris Fish

Doris Marilyn Fish, 81, of Athens, OH, formerly of Waverly, peacefully passed away April 1, 2019 at The Laurels of Athens, OH. A graveside memorial service was held Friday, September 20 at Harlington Cemetery in Waverly with Pastor Tom Barnard officiating. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org.

Doris was born March 27, 1938 in Allamakee County, the daughter of Gustav and Edna (Flage) Herman. She graduated from Waukon High School in 1956. November 25, 1956, Doris was united in marriage to Virgil W. Fish at St. Paul’s United Methodist in Waukon. The couple also lived in Denver, CO for four years before moving to Waverly in 1966.

Tue
17
Sep

Merlin Hansmeier

Merlin J. Hansmeier, 91, of Waukon died Friday, September 13, 2019 at Ossian Senior Hospice in Ossian. Funeral services were held Monday, September 16 at Salem United Church of Christ in rural Waukon with Pastor Keith Selberg officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery.

Merlin John Hansmeier was born December 29, 1927 in Ludlow Township, Allamakee County, the son of John and Helen (Adam) Hansmeier. He was baptized and confirmed at Salem United Church of Christ in rural Waukon and attended Ludlow #4 school. November 16, 1950, Merlin married Lorna Mae Leubka at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Postville. A farmer his whole life, he and Lorna farmed in several spots around Ludlow, primarily raising dairy cows and chickens. In 1994, they moved into Waukon.

He was a member of Salem United Church of Christ. Merlin loved spending time with family and friends, particularly while traveling or playing cards. He also enjoyed collecting toy tractors and model cars.

Tue
17
Sep

Hilmen Christianson

Hilmen C. Christianson, 91, of Waukon died Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Memorial services will be held Monday, September 23 at 11 a.m. at Old West Paint Creek Lutheran Church in rural Waukon with Pastor Ken Kimball officiating. Inurnment of his cremains, along with his wife Lillian’s cremains, will be buried in the church cemetery. Friends may greet the family for one hour before the service and again during the lunch following the burial. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is handling the arrangements.

Hilmen Cornelius Christianson was born December 6, 1927 in Rochester, MN, the son of Andrew Cornelius and Hilma Cornelia (Larson) Christianson. He was baptized at Zumbro Lutheran Church in Rochester, MN and confirmed at Old West Paint Creek Lutheran Church in rural Waukon. He attended Waukon schools and served in the United States Army from 1946-1947.

Tue
17
Sep

Clark Meyer

Clark D. “T-Bone” Meyer, 57, of Caledonia, MN died unexpectedly Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at MCHS Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse, WI. A Celebration of Life will be held from 12 noon until 3 p.m. Sunday, September 22 at the New Albin Community Center in New Albin from 12 Noon-3 p.m. A private ceremony to commit his ashes will be held earlier for only family members and close friends.

Clark was born June 24, 1962 in La Crosse, WI, the son of Gilman and Joan Meyer. He graduated from Kee High School, Lansing in 1980. In August 1990, he married Chris Doering in Caledonia, MN and they later divorced. He initially worked for Lee Aluminum Foundry and Manufacturing in New Albin and then later for Torrance Casting in La Crosse, WI.

Mon
16
Sep

Gene Sweeney

Gene Sweeney, 71, of Waukon died Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon after a brief illness. Memorial services will be held Wednesday, September 18 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon with Fr. Mark Osterhaus officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Lycurgus Cemetery, rural Waukon. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of services Wednesday at the church. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements.

Eugene William Sweeney was born November 29, 1947 in Waukon, the son of Hugh, Sr. and Louise (Troendle) Sweeney. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Mary’s Lycurgus Catholic Church in rural Waukon. Gene attended Hanson Country School and St. Patrick High School. Gene spent his whole life in Waukon and owned and operated S&Q Feed Ranch and Sweeney’s DX Stations. Gene then spent 30 years working for the DOT, retiring in 2008. In 1967, Gene married Cathy Quandahl; they had three children and later divorced.

Thu
12
Sep

LeRoy McCabe

LeRoy A. McCabe, 95, of Waukon died Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Funeral services were held Saturday, September 14 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon with Fr. Mark Osterhaus officiating. Burial with military honors was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Waukon.

LeRoy Anton McCabe was born August 18, 1924 in Waukon, the son of Thomas and Anna (Sweeney) McCabe. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon and in 1942 graduated from Waukon High School.

From 1945-1947, LeRoy served in the U.S. Army Air Force and was stationed in Baltimore, MD as a weatherman. He then returned home to Waukon and October 21, 1947, LeRoy married Marcella Marie Wagner at Wexford Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in rural Lansing. They raised their family and farmed on the south end of Waukon. In the 1960s, LeRoy started and managed the trailer court next to the Waukon park for many decades.

Tue
10
Sep

Grace Ziegelmaier

Grace Harriet Ziegelmaier, 94, of Lansing died Friday, September 6, 2019 at Veterans Memorial Hospital, Waukon. A Celebration of Life will be Friday, September 13 from 4-8 p.m. at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Lansing. A private family burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lansing at a later date.

Grace was born January 12, 1925 to Helmer and Gleora (Gullickson) Knutson in Ridgeway. She graduated from Ridgeway High School. Grace was united in marriage with Robert D. Ziegelmaier September 26, 1947 in Decorah.

Grace is survived by her two children, James (Kathy) Ziegelmaier of Peosta and Jane Ann (Bill) Kuennen of Lansing; two grandchildren, Angela (Dan) Schrad and Robert (Erika) Ziegelmaier; and six great-grandchildren, Ben, Adam and Grace Schrad and Carter, Lukas and Charlee Ziegelmaier. Grace was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Zieglemaier, in1983 and her parents.

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