Obituaries

Obituaries are published in The Standard for a $40 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 15.5") will also incur an additional charge of $11/column inch for the content measuring longer than our 15.5-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.

Wed
21
Sep

Orville Tangen

Orville Edne Tangen, 99, of Chatfield, MN died Sunday, September 18, 2016 at the Mayo Clinic Hospital St. Mary’s Campus. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, September 22 at Root Prairie Lutheran Church, Fountain, MN, with Rev. Grace Gravelle officiating. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, September 21 at Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield, MN and one hour before the funeral service at the church. A committal service with full military honors will follow the service at Root Prairie Lutheran Cemetery.

Orville was born October 9, 1916 on a farm in Chatfield Township to Theodore and Alma (Asleson) Tangen. He enlisted in the Army in 1941 with the Fifth Armored Division stationed in New York and later shipped overseas to Europe (March 1943). First he was a cook for over 800 in his battalion. He later drove a tank across Europe until coming home in October of 1945.  He served in the Battle of the Bulge.

Thu
15
Sep

Marlene Holm

Marlene J. Holm, 79, of West Union died Sunday, September 11, 2016 at her home in West Union. Funeral Services were held Saturday, September 17 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in West Union, with Pastor Rusty Phillips as the Officiant. Inurnment will be held at a later date.

Marlene Joan was born October 31, 1936 to Carl and Maria (Kromm) Schutz in Endicott, WA. Baptism at a local community church followed shortly after her birth. She was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Endicott, WA. Marlene attended Endicott schools and graduated in 1955. She attended Wartburg College, where she and her husband, Robert, met.

Wed
14
Sep

Elizabeth "Liz" Hawes

Elizabeth “Liz” Ann Hawes, 76, of Cedar Rapids died Monday, September 12, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids following an extended illness. Services were held Friday, September 16 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids with Rev. Ivan Nienhaus officiating. Burial was at St. Joseph Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.

Liz was born April 22, 1940 in Lansing, the daughter of James and Helena Weber Thorsten. She graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in Lansing in 1958. Liz married Raymond Joseph Hawes June 21, 1958 in Lansing. He died February 27, 1995.

She held various jobs throughout her life, but most recently Liz volunteered for St. Patrick Catholic Church and worked at St. Joseph Cemetery in Cedar Rapids. Later in life, Liz graduated from Mount Mercy College in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in administrative management. She was a member of the American Business Women Association, CRIABWA, and the Catholic Order of Foresters.

Wed
14
Sep

Erik Nykkanen

Erik W. Nykkanen, 69, of Waukon died Friday, September 2, 2016 at the VA Hospital in Madison, WI. Memorial services and military honors were held Friday, September 9 at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon with Pastor Steve Oden officiating. Burial will be held at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon handled arrangements.

Erik Walter Nykkanen was born December 1, 1946 in Pontiac, MI, the son of Bernard Arthur and Margorie Winifred (Mann) Nykanen. He was baptized and confirmed at Assembly of God Church in Troy, MI, graduated from Seaholm High School, and served in the United States Marine Corps during Vietnam from 1964 to 1968.

In 1981, Erik married Loma in California. He worked in heating and cooling for many years and was a disabled American veteran. Erik and Loma moved to the Waukon area in 1996.

Wed
14
Sep

Edward Knuppe

Edward “Eddie” C. Knuppe, 72, of Waukon died Friday, September 9, 2016 at his home in rural Waukon. Funeral services were held Monday, September 12 at Old West Paint Creek Lutheran Church in rural Waukon with Pastor Ken Kimball officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Edward Charles Knuppe was born February 1, 1944 in Manitowoc, WI, the son of Emil and Catherine (Johnson) Knuppe. He was confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Waukon and attended Waukon High School. January 9, 1965, he married Elaine Hanson at St. John's Lutheran Church. They farmed together in Paint Creek Township, rural Waukon milking dairy cows and raising beef cows. Eddie also did custom chopping, and he worked for the Waukon Feed Ranch and Tim’s Trimming. In 1972 he received the Outstanding Young Farmer award from the Waukon Jaycees.

Wed
14
Sep

Donald Hostert

Donald Albert Hostert, 87, of Lansing died Monday, September 5, 2016 at his home in Lansing. Funeral Services were held Thursday, September 8 at Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Lansing. Burial followed at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lansing.

Donald was born August 18, 1929 to Herman and Annette (Buckley) Hostert in Dubuque. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and attended Barber School in Waterloo.

Donald was united in marriage with Patricia Ann Kies February 3, 1951 at the Nativity Church in Dubuque. During his career, Donald worked as a barber, drove semi for Ryan Trucking and was a power plant operator at Alliant Energy in Lansing. After his retirement in 1993, Don enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, afternoon martinis, building model boats and airplanes, watching NASCAR and football, scratching lottery tickets and spending time with his family.

Wed
14
Sep

Allen (Bud) Kubitz

Allen Kubitz, 82, of Sparks, NV, formerly of Iowa, died Sunday, July 17, 2016 at home with family members present. Gravesite services will be held Friday, September 23 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery, located at 401 South 18th Street in Clinton. A luncheon will follow at The Church of the Visitation, located at 1028 Middle Road, Camanche.

Allen (Bud) Kubitz was born May 9, 1934 in Minnesota to Edward and Jane Kubitz. He worked at DuPont and Alcoa in the Quad Cities area and then was self employed as a carpenter building homes in Camanche.

He and his wife, Helen, were married for 63 years, retired to Sparks, NV, and were members of Holy Cross Catholic Church, where Fr. Jose Isaac said a memorial mass.

Wed
14
Sep

George Herman

George N. Herman, 85, of Waukon died Friday, September 2, 2016 at his home. Private funeral services were held Thursday, September 8 at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon, with Rev. Lynn G. Groe officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon.

George Nelson Herman was born April 14, 1931 in Waukon, the son of Charles August and Marie Althea (Nelson) Herman. He was baptized June 26, 1931 and confirmed April 14, 1946, both at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Waukon, and he graduated from Waukon High School. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served from 1954-56.

October 2, 1958, George married Mildred Lavonne Bruns at Decorah Lutheran Church in Decorah. George farmed all his life and also owned a small motor repair business, which he operated in Waukon before moving it out to his family farm. He was a private man who valued his family and found fulfillment pursuing his interests and living his life on the farm.

Thu
08
Sep

Ruth Sunkle

Ruth Elaine Sunkle, 66, of Marshalltown passed away Monday, September 5, 2016 at her home. Funeral services for Ruth were held Monday, September 12 at New Hope Christian Church in Marshalltown.

Memorials may be directed to the family. For more information or to send a condolence, visit www.mitchellfh.com or call 641-844-1234. Mitchell Family Funeral Home cared for Ruth and her family.

Ruth Sickels was born November 23, 1949 in Waukon to Arthur and Alvina Nelson Sickels. Ruth graduated from Waukon High School in 1968. In 1971, she was united in marriage to Richard Coughenour and they divorced in 1975. Ruth later married Phil Sunkle in Missouri. They made their home in Marshalltown.

Thu
08
Sep

Karilyn Lenth

Karilyn Shirley Lenth, 63, passed away peacefully August 31, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Her wishes were to be cremated. A private family service will be held later. Memorials in Karilyn's honor may be donated to diabetes research.

Karilyn was born April 10, 1953, the daughter of Ethel (Weller) Lenth and Edwin Lenth of Luana. She graduated from Postville High School in 1971 and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1975.

She moved to Florida, where she worked for a couple of hotel chains near Disneyland for 32 years. She also received her paralegal degree in Florida. When her health started failing, she moved back to Waukon in 2008 to be close to her family.

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