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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May

Darwin Melcher

Darwin Melcher, age 66, of Decorah died Saturday, May 14, 2016 at his home in his sleep of natural causes. Visitation was held Thursday, May 19 at the Schluter-Balik Funeral Home in Decorah. Burial of Darwin’s cremains will be held at a later date in the Evergreen Cemetery, Rossville.

Darwin Duane Melcher was born May 10, 1950, the son of Vernon D. and Madonna (Wilkins) Melcher. He was baptized and confirmed in the United Methodist Church in McGregor. He received his education in the Waterville Elementary School and graduated from Waukon High School in 1968. He then attended Upper Iowa University in Fayette.

In June of 1969, he was united in marriage to Janann Zapf. They were later divorced. From this union, two children were born, Shane and Shana.

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May

George Huffey

George W. Huffey, 91, of rural Waterville died Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at his home. Memorial services were held Friday, May 20 at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Waukon, with Pastor Kim Gates and Pastor Laura Gentry officiating. Burial will take place at a later date.

George Waymer Huffey was born November 24, 1924 near Dalby, rural Waterville, the son of Walter Angus and Tilda Boletta (Olson) Huffey. He was baptized and confirmed at Old East Paint Creek Lutheran Church in rural Waterville. George attended school at Center #7 (Dalby Country School), Decorah Elementary School and graduated from Waterville High School in 1942. When he was in school he participated in baseball and basketball.

George was a lifetime farmer who started his farming career at the age of eight years old with his grandparents, George and Inger Olson, and Uncle Hjalmar Olson on the Century Farm in Center Township during the Depression.

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May

Richard "Dick" Gaunitz

Richard “Dick” Gaunitz, 77, of Lansing died Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, WI. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 18 at 11 a.m. at United Methodist Church in Lansing, with Pastor Kevin Smith officiating. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lansing. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 17 at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon.

Richard William “Dick” Gaunitz was born in Lansing December 8, 1938, the son of Emmet Elmer and Martha (Johnson) Gaunitz. He was baptized and confirmed at the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Lansing.

Dick attended grade school at Waterville and Lansing Elementary Schools and graduated from Lansing High School in 1957. From there he went to Upper Iowa University in Fayette on an athletic scholarship. In the summer he played baseball with the Harpers Ferry Jr. Legion team and was picked by a scout to try out for the Milwaukee Braves.

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May

Dorothy Sheridan Terhune

 

Dorothy A. Sheridan Terhune, 89, of Grand Rapids, MI, formerly of Waukon, passed peacefully, entering her eternal home Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Memorial services will be held Monday, May 23 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon, with Fr. Jim Weighner and Msgr. Rev. Cletus Hawes officiating. Burial of ashes will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Waukon.

In lieu of flowers please consider memorials to the Terhune-Sheridan Endowed Scholarship at Aquinas College. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon assisted the family with arrangements.

Dorothy Ann Sheridan Terhune was born in Waukon September 20, 1926, the daughter of Arthur and Cecilia Sheridan. She graduated high school from St. Patrick’s Catholic School and followed her sister to Marquette University for her BA degree and then on to the University of Michigan for her Masters. Dorothy met and married the love of her life, her rock of Gibraltar, John E. Terhune, and they have enjoyed over 52 years together.

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11
May

Doris Brooks Flesch

Doris Arlene Flesch, 79, of Great Falls, MT passed away May 1, 2016 at Benefis Healthcare. A memorial service was held Saturday, May 7 in the Rose Room Chapel at Croxford Funeral Home in Great Falls, MT. Her burial followed Saturday, May 7 at the Central Montana Memorial Gardens in Lewistown, MT.

Doris was born in Waukon to Charles and Jeannette (Cavers) Brooks November 8, 1936. She attended a one room schoolhouse in Iowa and worked with her siblings on the farm during her childhood.

Doris married Nile Flesch. They had three daughters, Bonnie, LouAnn and Debbie, and two sons, Dennis and Billy. Doris and Nile ended up parting ways after many years together.

Doris loved to crochet, knit and go to TOPS in her free time. She often donated her time at Treasure Depot. Doris loved spending time with her family, going fishing, camping and playing with her dog, Missy. Doris also enjoyed spending time visiting with friends.

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May

Lara Burns

Lara Ann Burns, age 35, of Gays Mills, WI left this world in the early morning of Saturday, April 9, 2016 to join her deceased family and friends in heaven. There will be a brunch and celebration of life visitation at the family home in rural Gays Mills, WI this Saturday, May 14 from 11 a.m. until finished.
 

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May

Robert Schmitt

Robert Daniel "Bob" Schmitt, 79, of Harpers Ferry died of melanoma May 4, 2016. A Celebration of Life service will be at a later date.

Bob was born August 11, 1936 at home in Little Turkey to Joseph and Christina (Kunt) Schmitt, one of 12 children. He attended Mount Carmel Catholic School and Lawler High School before moving to Cresco and graduating from Notre Dame Catholic High School in 1954. He served in the Marines from 1955 to 1959.

January 31, 1959 he married Mildred Zobeck and they had one son, Gary; they later divorced. September 1, 1989 Bob married Wendy Allen, originally of Norwich, England. He worked at John Deere in Waterloo for 35 years. Shortly after his retirement in 1989, Bob and Wendy moved to Harpers Ferry.

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May

Kenneth Meyer

Kenneth C. Meyer, age 55, of Greensburg, IN, formerly of Waukon, died unexpectedly Monday, April 18, 2016 at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, IN following a brief illness. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 29 at First Presbyterian Church in Waukon. Visitation will be one hour prior to service and a celebration of life will follow the service in the fellowship hall.

Kenneth was born in Waukon December 3, 1960 to Marlend and Sylvia (Macauley) Meyer. He spent his younger years in northeast Iowa and graduated from Waukon High School in 1979. He was a Veteran of the United States Air Force and served his country from 1979-1982.

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May

Kevin Kruse

Kevin Kruse, age 55, of Waukon died Thursday, April 28 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, WI from injuries he received in a fall. Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 4 at Decorah Lutheran Church, with Rev. Doug Bryce officiating. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery in Cresco.

Kevin Alex Kruse was born June 27, 1960 in Cresco, the son of Linus and Lucille (Reicks) Kruse. He grew up on a farm near Cresco. He graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1979 and attended Northeast Iowa Area Community College from 1980-1981, earning a certification for auto body repair.

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May

Harold Coughlin

Harold E. Coughlin, 88, of Hokah, MN died Sunday, May 8, 2016 in his home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, May 14 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Hokah, MN. Rev. Pratap Reddy Salabindla will officiate. Burial with Military Honors will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Hokah, MN.

Friends may call at the church Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. until the time of services. The Schumacher-Kish Funeral & Cremation Services of La Crescent, MN is in charge of arrangements.
 

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