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.

Mon
18
Jan

Scott Sharp

Scott Allen Sharp, age 36, previously from Decorah, passed away suddenly at his home in Des Moines after a short non-COVID related illness. A Celebration of Life Service was held Thursday, January 21 at Iron Ridge Church in Waukon.

Scott was born November 10, 1984 in Decorah to Linda and Larry Sharp. Scott grew up enjoying all the fun things of the era including Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, professional wrestling, video games and Legos. His family believes his love of Legos inspired his lifelong admiration and fascination with architecture and skyscrapers.

Scott worked at Aase Haugen and later Walmart during high school. He graduated from Decorah High School in 2003 and went on to graduate from NICC as an Electrician.  Scott worked in this field for a short time until he relocated to Des Moines. Scott worked in Des Moines at Johnson Brothers, the State of Iowa, and most recently for Ruan.

Mon
18
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 were held Friday, January 15 at Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon with Rev. Cathy Jurgens officiating. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon handled arrangements.

Dean Lloyd Bechtel was born April 24, 1947 in Waukon, the son of Lloyd and Neva (Deal) Bechtel. He was baptized and confirmed at Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon and in 1966 graduated from Waukon High School. Dean was drafted into the U.S. Navy and on the day of his high school graduation, he took the bus to Des Moines for his service physical. He served for four years during the Vietnam War on the USS Sterett DLG-31 and the USS Wainwright as a radioman with Top Secret Clearance.

Mon
18
Jan

John Steffenson

John Hadley Steffenson, 83, of Plainview, MN and formerly of Rochester, MN passed away at the hospital Tuesday, January 12, 2021. Due to the pandemic and restrictions on gatherings, the January 16 funeral service was private for immediate family members only. A recording of the funeral is available on the Facebook page: Macken Funeral Home, River Park Chapel. Memorials are preferred to Bethel Lutheran Church.

John was born February 20, 1937 in Makee Township, Allamakee County to Nennor and Mildred (Aure) Steffenson. He was baptized April 25, 1937 and confirmed December 9, 1951 at Old West Paint Creek Lutheran Church in rural Waukon. John attended country school and then graduated from Waukon High School in 1955. Following graduation, John served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1959 and was stationed in France for a while.

Mon
18
Jan

Helen Quillin

Helen C. Quillin, age 92, of Eau Claire, WI passed away peacefully January 10, 2021 at Luther Hospital, Mayo Health System in Eau Claire, WI after several months of declining health, including a bout with COVID-19. Due to COVID-19, a private ceremony will be held for her interment at Calvary Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum in Eau Claire, WI. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Helen’s name to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Eau Claire, WI or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Helen was born August 11, 1928 in Waukon to Fred and Mathilda (Hoffman) Hammell as the youngest of five siblings. After spending her early years on the family farm, she graduated from Lansing High School in 1946. She found work as a nurse’s aide in La Crosse, WI, which she loved and would talk about decades later.

Sun
17
Jan

Walter "Wally" H. Johnson

Walter “Wally” H. Johnson, 86, of Waukon died Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. A private graveside service was held at Oakland Cemetery in Waukon in consideration of concerns regarding COVID-19. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon handled arrangements. Condolences may be sent to Cindy Schellhammer at 1274 Highway 9, Lansing, IA 52151.

Walter Harold Johnson, Jr. was born February 21, 1934 in Newell to Walter and Della (Santage) Johnson. He attended Newell Community Schools and graduated from Newell High School in 1951. Wally attended Cornell College in Mt. Vernon for one year before transferring to Drake University in Des Moines to finish his college education. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism in 1955. During his junior year, in 1954, Wally married Carole Melberg (from the Iowa town of Norway). They later divorced in 1981.

Sun
17
Jan

William "Billy" Amunrud

William “Billy” R. Amunrud, 66, of Dorchester passed away surrounded by his family Friday, January 15, 2021 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, WI. Private family memorial services will be held at Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon with Fr. John Moser officiating. Condolences may be sent to Terry Amunrud at 114 Dorchester Drive, Dorchester, IA 52140.

William Robert Amunrud was born December 19, 1954 in Spring Grove, MN, the son of Obert and Doris (Patterson) Amunrud. Bill was raised in Mabel, MN and graduated from Mabel-Canton High School in 1973. After high school, Bill worked for Northern Engraving in Spring Grove for many years before moving on to Croell Incorporated as a truck driver.

While at Northern Engraving, he met Theresa “Terry” Mahr. They married June 4, 1983 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dorchester and had three children, Joshua, Chelsea and Jordan.

Fri
15
Jan

Leo Garin

Leo Anthony Garin, 90, of Lansing died Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. A Private Graveside Service was held in Gethsemane Cemetery in Lansing with Rev. John Moser as the officiant. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gethsemane Cemetery in Lansing.

Leo was born July 5, 1930 to Cyril and Viola (Guider) Garin in Harpers Ferry. He attended Immaculate Conception Catholic High School and graduated in 1948. Leo continued his education by attending Bayless Business College in Dubuque.

February 15, 1950, Leo was united in marriage with Mary Lou Troendle. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary February 15, 2020. Together they bought farms on Whalen Hill Road in 1953. In 1965, their barn burnt down, so Leo got a side job at Trane in La Crosse, WI.

Tue
12
Jan

Mari Glassmaker

Mari Sue Glassmaker, age 63, unexpectedly passed away Tuesday, January 5, 2021 in Superior, WI. A celebration of Mari’s life will be held at a later date to be announced.

Mari was born July 15, 1957 in Waukon, the daughter of Kenneth and Margie (Anderson) Howe. Mari was united in marriage to David Glassmaker May 12, 1979 in Waukon.

Mari graduated from Waukon High School and went on to receive her LPN license through St. Mary’s nursing school in 1977. She worked as a nurse and caregiver through many communities and most recently at Mount Royal Pines in Duluth, MN.

After moving to Solon Springs, WI in 2012 with her husband, Mari learned to greatly enjoy the outdoors and especially loved fishing and four-wheeling. She also loved spending time doing crafts, reading, playing games, and spending time with her grandchildren.

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.

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