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
16
Jun

Mary Cook

Mary “Edna” Cook , 92, of Guttenberg passed away May 22, 2020 while residing at the Good Samaritan Society of Waukon. A private service for family will be held Saturday, June 21 at 2 p.m. at Elkader East Side Cemetery in Elkader.

Edna was born July 5, 1927. She was the second oldest of four children. She grew up in Georgetown, SC and has a surviving sister, Barbara Jones, who still resides there.

Edna married Faye A. Cook December 13, 1943. Faye and Edna met in Georgetown while Faye was serving in WWII. That union was blessed with five children. Throughout the years they made their home in Elkader, Edgewood and Guttenberg, with frequent trips to South Carolina.

Fri
12
Jun

David Fossum

David Fossum, age 74, of rural Decorah died Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at Northgate Care Center in Waukon. A graveside service was held Saturday, June 13 at the Big Canoe Cemetery, Decorah with Rev. Kurt Bockoven presiding. The Schluter-Balik Funeral Home handled arrangements. Memorials may be sent in memory of Dave to his daughter, Missy, at 4290 Spring Creek Road, Jesup, IA 50648.

David Allen Fossum was born September 26, 1945 to Delford and Pauline (Olson) Fossum. He was baptized and confirmed at Big Canoe Lutheran Church where he was a lifelong member. He graduated from Decorah High School in 1963, after which he served six years in the Army Reserves. Dave married Sharon Woodson May 25, 1968. Together they had two daughters: Shelly and Melissa. They later divorced.

Dave can be remembered as a quiet, easy going, friendly farmer. He loved to go to the tractor pulls, especially at Mabel Steam Engine Days.

Thu
11
Jun

Marilyn Ellis

Marilyn Marie Ellis, 89, of Postville went home to Jesus Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at Good Samaritan Society in Postville. A Graveside Service was held Monday, June 15 at Postville Cemetery in Postville with Rev. Lynn Noel as the officiant.

Marilyn was born May 21, 1931 to Albert and Alice (Christofferson) Backhaus in Post Township, Allamakee County, Iowa. Marilyn was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Postville. She grew up on a farm near Luana and attended Postville Community Schools. Marilyn graduated with the class of 1949.

Thu
11
Jun

Thomas "Tom" Baxter

Thomas “Tom” Baxter, 69, of rural Waukon died Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at his home. Funeral services were held Monday, June 15 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon, with Fr. Mark Osterhaus officiating. Burial with military rites was at St. John The Baptist - West Ridge Cemetery, rural Waukon, across the road from Tom’s house. Memorials and cards may be sent to Beth Baxter, 190 West Ridge Drive, Waukon, IA  52172.

Thomas John Baxter was born April 11, 1951 in Waukon, the son of John Thomas and Marjorie Ann (Slattery) Baxter. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Mary’s Hanover Catholic Church, attended country school until fifth grade, and graduated from Waukon High School in 1969. Tom enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he served from 1971 to 1975, attaining the rank of sergeant and seeing a tour of duty in Vietnam as a telecommunications specialist. Following his discharge he returned to Allamakee County.

Tue
09
Jun

William Paul

William Paul, “Cabin Will,” age 51, of DeSoto, WI, formerly of Lawler, died in his home Thursday, March 19, 2020. June 12, 2020, Will will be laid to rest in a graveside ceremony at Mt. Carmel Catholic Cemetery in his hometown of Lawler. He will be buried next to his beloved mother and grandparents. Will will also be honored during this ceremony for his service in the United States Army.

Friends and family are encouraged to attend a Celebration of Life for Cabin Will Saturday, June 27 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m at Pork’s Hilltop Bar in DeSoto, WI.  Will’s family asks that you remember him by sharing a drink, a story and a laugh with them. Lunch will be served; guests are free to bring a salad or dessert to share.

Tue
09
Jun

Francis “Frank” Beisker

Francis “Frank” Edward Beisker, 72, of Dorchester passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at Mayo-Franciscan Hospital in La Crosse, WI. Memorial services will be held at a future date, yet to be determined.

Frank was born October 21, 1947 in Waukon to Dean and Florence (Fuller) Beisker. He married Linda Schutz September 24, 1968 at Niagara Cave in Harmony, MN. To this union four children were born.

Frank worked for Beardmore Farms for over 50 years. His hobbies included antique tractors and going to tractor pulls.

Frank is survived by his wife, Linda, of Dorchester; two sisters, Rosie Mattson of Menomonie, WI and Nancy (Ron) Wood of Reeseville, WI; one brother, John Beisker of Waukon; one son, Steven Beisker of Cresco; two daughters, Tina (Mike) Carner of Boonville, MO and Amy (Darrell) Troendle of Waterville; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Tue
09
Jun

Dennis Whalen

Dennis R. Whalen, 55, of Vinton died Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. Graveside services will be held Thursday, June 11 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Lycurgus Cemetery in rural Waukon, with Fr. Mark Osterhaus officiating, and will also be live streamed on Martin Funeral Home’s Facebook page.

Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements. Condolences may be sent to Joe Whalen at 112 South Main, P.O. Box 66, Crawfordsville, IA, 52621.

Dennis Raymond Whalen was born October 17, 1964 in Waukon, the son of Donald and Bernadette (Larkin) Whalen. He was baptized at St. Mary’s Lycurgus Catholic Church in rural Lansing. Dennis lived in the Iowa City, Cedar Rapids and Vinton area for several years. When he entered a room his mischievous smile would melt your heart.

Dennis loved spending time with his family, big home cooked meals, back rubs, baseball caps, sunglasses, and going for car rides. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan.

Tue
09
Jun

Mary Cook

Mary “Edna” Wilson Cook passed away Friday, May 22 at the Good Samaritan Society Nursing Home in Waukon after a brief illness. Graveside services will be held June 21 at 2 p.m. at the Elkader Cemetery.

Edna was born and raised in Georgetown, SC July 5, 1927 to parents Covington and Rosa Lee (Lambert) Wilson. She met and married Faye A. Cook of Elkader, who was serving in the military there during WWII.

She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend who always had cookies, coffee and a warm welcome. The staff, nurses and caretakers at Good Samaritan Society loved her smiles, wit and “southern charm”.

Tue
09
Jun

Jean Lydon

Jean M. Lydon, 80, of Waukon died Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at Chandler Regional Medical Center in Chandler, AZ. Graveside services at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Waukon are pending. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements. Condolences may be sent to Mary A. Meyer at 1232 Joseph Lane, Waukon, IA 52172.

Jean Marie Lydon was born October 2, 1939 in Cresco, the daughter of Clarence and Dorothy (Kratz) Slifka. Jean graduated from Notre Dame High School in Cresco in 1957. May 31, 1958, she married her high school sweetheart, Thomas Edward Lydon, at Assumption Catholic Church in Cresco. In 1959, they moved to Waukon, where they opened Lydon Electric Service and raised their family.

Jean was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and sang in the church choir. She worked as a short-order cook in local restaurants and worked in the produce department at Quillin’s. In 1996, Jean and Tom built their dream home and motor shop, where many happy memories were shared.

Tue
09
Jun

Joseph Peterson

Joseph B. Peterson, 77, of Harpers Ferry passed away May 26, 2020 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. A private graveside service will be held at the Wyoming Cemetery in Wyoming, IA. A Celebration of Joseph’s Life will be held at a later date. Dawson Funeral Services of Wyoming is caring for the family.

Joseph Burton was born May 11, 1943 in Anamosa to Henry and Leila (Kaufman) Petersen. He graduated from Wyoming High School in 1966 and attended barbers school. After barber school Joseph served in the United States Air Force. Joseph worked for Wilson’s Foods and went on to work at Stickles as a Foreman. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Cedar Rapids Moose Lodge and the American Legion Post #722. He enjoyed golfing and fishing.

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