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.

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Sandra Roys

Sandra Roys, age 88, of Ames, formerly of Volga and Waukon, passed away December 8, 2022. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Volga.

Sandra Lucille Martin Roys was born October 4, 1934 to Michael and Vera (Hesner) Martin in Volga. Sandra’s childhood was carefree enjoying time on the farm. She graduated from Volga High School and went to Iowa State Teachers College (now known as the University of Northern Iowa) in Cedar Falls. She then was an elementary teacher until she married John Roys. John and Sandra had been high school sweethearts and tied the knot August 11, 1956.

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Kiara Moser

Saturday, December 10, 2022, Kiara L. Moser (Moore), a beloved daughter, sister, aunt and granddaughter, passed away at the age of 34. A celebration of life will be held in remembrance of Kiara in Lansing March 4, 2023.

Kiara loved spending time with family and friends, and always had a beautiful smile. She welcomed any chance to play a friendly game at gatherings. She was an avid baker and enjoyed treating family and friends to her culinary delicacies.

Kiara loved writing and enjoyed reading books across a wide variety of genres. Her favorite holiday was Halloween, and you could always count on her elaborate and detailed costumes.

Kiara is survived by her mother, Melody Meyers (Delaney) of Lacon, IL; her siblings, Jessica Bull (Dorney) of Watertown, WI and Matthew Dorney of Oconomowoc, WI; and her grandmother, Ann Delaney (Troendle) of Lansing. Kiara was preceded in death by her grandfather, Francis (Frank) Delaney.
 

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Lorraine Johnson

Lorraine C. Johnson, 79, of Waukon died Wednesday, December 14, 2022 at Good Samaritan Society - Waukon. Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 20 at Martin - Grau Funeral Home in Waukon with Pastor Ken Kimball officiating. Burial was at Lansing Ridge Cemetery in rural Lansing.

Lorraine Carrol Johnson was born January 5, 1943 in La Crosse, WI, the daughter of John E. and Ermina (Nelson) Boyd. March 7, 1943, she was baptized at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Waukon, and she was then confirmed at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Lansing July 1, 1956. Lorraine attended Three Corners country school in rural Lansing and graduated in 1961 from Kee High School in Lansing. Following graduation, Lorraine was a secretary for the superintendent at the Lansing school.

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Raymond "Ed" Gress

Raymond “Ed” Gress, 79, of Blue Springs, MO, formerly of Waukon, died Wednesday, December 14, 2022 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs, MO. Funeral services were held Monday, December 19 at Martin - Grau Funeral Home in Waukon with Pastor Duane Smith officiating. Burial with military honors was at Salem Cemetery in rural Waukon.

Raymond Edward Gress II was born October 10, 1943 in Des Moines, the son of Raymond Edward Sr. and Laura Mae (Hamann) Gress. He grew up in Waukon and attended Ludlow school. From 1966-1968, Ed was active duty in the U.S. Army, stationed in Fort Polk, LA with the rank of SP5; he was honorably discharged to the Army Reserves, serving there until 1972.

June 16, 1968, Ed married Virginia “Susie” Lea Brooks in Anacoco, LA. They lived in Shreveport, LA, where Ed worked and retired from Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning in Bossier City, LA. They then came back to Waukon before moving to Blue Springs, MO to live with their daughter.

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Richard Hagensick

Richard Duane Hagensick passed away peacefully at Good Samaritan Society - Waukon December 6, 2022 due to living a long and rewarding life. There will be a celebration of life service at a later date.

Richard was born August 19, 1929 to Richard F and Augusta Hagensick. He was married to Madeline (Achenbach), who was the love of his life and “there was no one better than her”. He was a farmer and raised his five children on the farm.

Richard enjoyed watching the Iowa Hawkeyes no matter what the sport, and watching the Chicago Cubs and Minnesota Twins play baseball. He was active in his church and enjoyed going every Sunday when he could.

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Anna Gearhart

Anna Mary (Sunstrom) Gearhart, 89, of Waukon passed away into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior Sunday, December 11, 2022 at the Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Memorial services will be held Monday, December 19 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Waukon with Pastor Bryan Robertson officiating. Burial will be at Linwood Cemetery in Boone.

Friends may greet the family from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services Monday at the church. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements. With heartfelt love and appreciation for all the compassion, care and spiritual guidance for Anna, memorials may be designated to Good Samaritan Society, Veterans Memorial Hospital or St. John’s Lutheran Church, all in Waukon.

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Roger Pladsen

Roger W. Pladsen, 84, of Waterville died Saturday, December 3, 2022 at his home. Funeral services will be held Friday, December 9 at 11 a.m. at Old East Paint Creek Lutheran Church in Waterville with Pastor Ken Kimball officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, December 8 at Martin - Grau Funeral Home in Waukon.

Roger Wallace Pladsen was born May 31, 1938 in Waterville, the son of Wallace and Ruby (Moen) Pladsen. He attended country school through eighth grade and then graduated from Waukon High School in 1956. For one-and-a-half years, Roger attended barber college in Cedar Rapids before returning to Waukon to purchase Arden Iverson’s barbershop.

In July of 1960, he enlisted in the National Guard. Also in 1960, Roger married Sandra Gray; together, they had four sons.

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Janet Bechtel

Janet N. Bechtel, 80, of Waukon died Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN. Memorial services were held Sunday, December 4 at Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon with Pastor Duane Smith officiating.

Janet Neva Bechtel was born June 19, 1942 in Waukon, the daughter of Lloyd Benjamin and Neva Grace (Deal) Bechtel. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon. Janet attended country school in rural Rossville and graduated from Waukon High School in 1960.

November 9, 1961, she married Kenneth Asleson in Michigan. They settled in Cedar Rapids and had two daughters, Donna and Jean. A few years later they moved back to rural Rossville and became farming partners with Janet’s parents. In 1970, they purchased a farm in rural Elon, and farmed there together until 1985 when they divorced.

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Marie Loomis

Marie K. Loomis, age 89, of Lansing died at home November 22, 2022. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lansing.

Marie was born in Lansing November 16, 1933. She married Edward L. Loomis August 12, 1950 and he preceded her in death October 26, 2000. Prior to her retirement, she had worked for school districts in Indiana and California before moving back to Illinois to operate the family’s small harbor.

She is survived by two sons, Edward, Jr. “Lee” and Thomas (Sandy); one daughter, J’Neane (Kevin); 13 grandchildren and five great-granchildren. She also had four brothers, Larry (Joan) Sheriff, Greg Whalen, Ken Rafael and David Sheriff.

She is preceded in death by two sons, Dennis and George; her parents, George L. Whalen and Josephine T. (Damon) Whalen; her father, Forrest O. Sheriff; and a brother, Larry Sheriff.
 

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Phyllis (Murphy) Grams

Phyllis (Murphy) Grams, age 78, passed away November 26, 2022 in Janesville, WI. Private services were held Sunday, December 4 in Janesville, WI. She was the daughter of Roy and Alice (Gramlich) Murphy.

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