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.

Thu
06
Apr

Rev. Allen Hermeier

Rev. Allen Hermeier, age 80, of Decorah died Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at his home. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 8 at the Glenwood Lutheran Church, Decorah, with Rev. Marshall Hahn and Rev. Stacey Nalean-Carlson presiding. Interment will be at a later date at Pontoppidan Cemetery, Decorah.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials may be given to Lutheran World Relief, P.O. Box 17061, Baltimore, MD 21298-9832.

Allen Elmer Hermeier was born September 7, 1936 at the Union Prairie Township rural Waukon farm of his parents, Elmer (Dick) and Amanda (Carlsborg) Hermeier. He grew up on the family dairy farm, attended Waukon High School playing football and being active in speech, drama and debate before graduating in 1954. He went on to attend Luther College, graduating in 1958 with majors in Theater and History.

Wed
05
Apr

Rita (Wagner) Barry

Rita M. (Wagner) Barry, 93, of Dubuque passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque. Services were held Saturday, April 8 at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Dubuque, with Deacon Bill Biver officiating. Burial was in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Dubuque.

Rita was born May 19, 1923 in Harpers Ferry, the daughter of Joe and Mae (Whalen) Wagner. She married Allan Barry April 16, 1947 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Dubuque. He preceded her in death June 1, 2010.

Rita was employed at the Bag Factory, the Button Factory and the Battery Factory, and also as a waitress at Woolworth’s. She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish. Rita enjoyed ballroom dancing with her husband and bowling. She also enjoyed picnicking with family and friends.

Wed
05
Apr

Renee Lembke

Renee A. Lembke, 29, of Osage, formerly of Waukon and Belmond, died Sunday, April 2, 2017 at Osage Rehabilitation Center in Osage from a neuro degenerative disorder. Memorial services were held Friday, April 7 at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon, with Fr. Mark Osterhaus officiating.

Renee Ann Lembke was born March 2, 1988 in Waukon, the daughter of Alan and Ruth (Bloxham) Lembke. She was a student of the first Allamakee Community School District Severe and Profound Special Education classroom. Renee graduated from Belmond Community High School in 2008. She resided at Mosaic II group home in Belmond for 14 years. Renee enjoyed her interaction with both staff and fellow residents.

Tue
04
Apr

Jim and Kelly Bristol

A joint memorial service and memory sharing time for Jim and Kelly Bristol of Waukon will be held this Saturday, April 8, beginning at 2 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon. A visitation will be held one hour before the service.

Jim Bristol passed away November 13, 2016 and Kelly Bristol passed away in 1995. Survivors include their daughter, Kappy Bristol of Los Angeles, CA.
 

Tue
04
Apr

James Reicks

James Eugene Reicks, 63, of Decorah, formerly of Lawler, went to be with our Lord March 26, 2017 with his family by his side at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN. His death was due to complications from a rare form of lung cancer, which had metastasized to his bones by the time of diagnosis.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Lawler Friday, March 31 with Fr. Kyle Digmann, Fr. Nick March, Fr. Phillip Gibbs and Deacon Jim Zajicek officiating. Interment was at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Lawler.

James Eugene Reicks was born July 3, 1953 in New Hampton, the oldest son of Neal and Alice (Huinker) Reicks. Jim attended OLMC through eighth grade and graduated from Turkey Valley High School in 1971. Jim graduated with honors from Iowa State University with a degree in Agricultural Science. He was the leader of several champion hog judging teams while at Iowa State University.

Tue
04
Apr

Barbara Russell

Barbara Ann (Lewey) (Neuzil) Russell, age 68, of Waukon lost her battle with cancer March 23, 2017. Her family was assisted by Iowa Cremation.

Barbara was born December 2, 1948 in Waukon, her parents are Robert Lewey and Irene Hammel Lewey. She was baptized at St. Mary's Lycurgus Catholic Church.

Barbara attended grade school and high school at St. Patrick School in Waukon. She married Bob Neuzil at St. Patrick Church in Waukon, and they later divorced. September of 1993 she married Dean Russell at St. Patrick Church in Waukon.

Survivors include her children: Theresa Neuzil, Nancy (Randy) Pausch, Mike (Brandi) Neuzil and John Quanrude, all of Waukon; two brothers, Richard (Jean) Lewey and David Lewey, both of Waukon; one sister, Patty Pladsen of Waukon; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by an infant son, Joey; two brothers, baby Stephen and Michael Lewey; and Vern Quanrude, father of John Quanrude.
 

Tue
04
Apr

Gary McKee

Gary Edwin McKee, 68, of Lansing, died Thursday March 23, 2017 at his residence in Lansing. There will be no services at this time.

In 1966 he graduated from Kee High School in Lansing. June 7, 1966 he entered the U.S. Air Force and served until 1970, serving overseas in Vietnam. September 9, 1973 he was united in marriage to Christina Marti in Lansing.  Gary worked as a shift leader for Dairyland Power his entire career.

He is survived by his wife, Christina; two sons, Eric (Thea) McKee of Waukon and Nick (Madai) McKee of Orlando, FL; two daughters, Shane (Bruce) Scott of Lansing and Brittney (Darren) McKee of San Carlos, Mexico; his mother, Florence McKee of Lansing; three grandchildren; and a sister, Phyllis Dymond of Phoenix, AZ.

He was preceded in death by his father and three brothers, Tommy, Harris and Keith.

The Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Lansing assisted the family.
 

Tue
04
Apr

Louis "Tim" Frank

Louis “Tim” S. Frank, 85, of Waukon died Friday, March 31, 2017 at Northgate Care Center in Waukon. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is assisting the family.

Louis “Tim” Sheridan Frank was born February 28, 1932 in Nebraska, where we was raised. He graduated from high school at the age of 15 and then enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving from 1948-1951 in Korea as a frontline cook. After being honorably discharged, Tim resided in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan for seven years where he taught at a baking school.

Fri
31
Mar

Ralph Welch

Ralph G. Welch, 84, of Waukon passed away peacefully with his family by his side Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, WI. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 1 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon with Fr. Mark Osterhaus officiating. Burial was at St. Mary's Lycurgus Cemetery, rural Waukon.

Memorials are preferred and may be made to St. Patrick Catholic School, Alcoholic Anonymous, or REACH suicide prevention organization.

Ralph Gordon Welch was born September 20, 1932 in rural Waukon to James L. and Mary (Sweeney) Welch. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Mary’s Lycurgus Catholic Church in rural Waukon. Ralph graduated from St. Patrick's High School in 1950. He worked in Cedar Rapids at a grocery store before coming back to Waukon. He worked for Dorf Halverson and did some farming on the side.

Tue
28
Mar

Laurayne Mauss

Laurayne Theresa Mauss, 93, of New Albin died Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, WI. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 30 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, New Albin. The Rev. John Moser will officiate. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, New Albin.
Visitation will be Wednesday, March 29 from 4-7 p.m. with a Scripture Service at 6:30 p.m. at the New Albin Community Center, New Albin. Visitation will also be held one hour before mass time at the church Thursday.

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Laurayne Mauss was her ability to tune in to the particular hopes, concerns and needs of so many people. Yet, she was far too busy, her hands always too full, to bother noticing that her gifts of deep compassion and service were entirely uncommon.

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