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
30
Mar

James Reed

James Matthew Reed, age 42, of Waukon, formerly of South Bend, IN, passed away March 21, 2021 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, WI. Services are being planned for a later date.

James was born February 20, 1979 to Jim and Rebecca (Briggs) Reed. He moved to Waukon in July 2020. James was a loving brother and friend to all who knew him well. He loved the outdoors, bonfires, camping and fishing. He was truly a great mentor to all his friends and to many others who hold him dear.

James was the type of guy who would give you the shirt off his back or his last dollar if you needed something. He was always there to lend a helping hand when needed and always wore his heart on his sleeve. He made friends with everyone he encountered. He was also a big fan of the Detroit Lions football team.

Tue
30
Mar

Arlene Ritter

Arlene Ann Welper Ritter, 87, of Prairie du Chien, WI died Monday, March 22, 2021 at her home in Prairie du Chien, WI. A graveside service was held Friday, March 26 at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in McGregor. Cards and condolences may be sent to her sister, Lois Evans, 428 Fourth Street NE, Waukon, IA 52172.

Arlene was born November 9, 1933 in Waukon to Alfred and Ruth (Dresselhaus) Welper. Arlene was confirmed at Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon and graduated from Waukon High School.

Arlene was united in marriage with William Ritter June 1, 1974. Throughout the years, Arlene worked at the Soil Conservation Office in Waukon, Fisher’s in Marshalltown and also helped at the family-owned tree farm.

Tue
30
Mar

Thomas Weipert

Thomas Francis Weipert Jr., 57, of Farmersburg died Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at Gundersen Hospital in La Crosse, WI. A public visitation was held Tuesday, March 23 at Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Lansing. Inurnment followed the visitation at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in New Albin.

Thomas Francis was born September 13, 1963 to Thomas Sr. and Velma (Merchant) Weipert in Iowa City. He attended Kee High School in Lansing through the ninth grade.

Throughout the years, Thomas worked as a carpenter in construction and also at Monona Wire Corporation. Thomas was an avid outdoorsman and a handyman. He enjoyed fishing, camping and mushroom hunting. He was a throat cancer survivor.

Tue
30
Mar

Delois Flage

Delois Louise Flage, 96, was born June 29, 1924, the daughter of Walter and Esther (Hansmeier) Fiet in rural Postville. She died peacefully March 23, 2021 at Barthell Eastern Star Home in Decorah with family at her side. Services will be held in April with burial at Bethlehem Presbyterian Cemetery.

Lois was baptized and confirmed at Bethlehem Presbyterian Church, rural Postville. She graduated from Waukon High School in 1942 and attended junior college. Lois taught at rural Ludlow #5 school until her marriage to Irvin E. Flage August 9, 1948 at Bethlehem Presbyterian Church. They were married 65 years. To this union two children were born.

Irvin and Lois farmed in Ludlow township for 40 years. They raised purebred Jersey cows. Upon retirement they moved to Postville and later Decorah. Lois continued to work as an associate librarian, substitute teacher and sold real estate.

Tue
30
Mar

Janet Palmer

Janet Palmer, 66, of Waukon died Sunday, March 28, 2021 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Funeral services were held Thursday, April 1 at Old West Paint Creek Lutheran Church in rural Waukon with Pastor Ken Kimball officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Veterans Memorial Hospital Women’s Auxiliary, Old West Paint Creek Lutheran Church, or to Robey Memorial Library, all in Waukon.

Janet Palmer was born November 8, 1954 in El Paso, TX, the daughter of Robert and Mary Ann (Wehr) Miller. She graduated high school in North English in 1972, graduated from Wartburg College in Waverly in 1976, and then from Luther College in Decorah, where she received her teaching degree.

Tue
23
Mar

Duane Smith

Duane Michael Smith, 34, of Cedar Rapids passed away unexpectedly at his home Wednesday, March 17, 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a private Funeral Mass will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marion. A private committal service will be held at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Springbrook. Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Marion is assisting the family.

Duane was born September 8, 1986 in eastern Iowa, the son of Sean and Sara (Eppley) Smith. He was a 2005 graduate of Marion High School. Duane worked for several years in the food service industry. He loved spending time with his friends, playing basketball and video games. Duane also loved animals, especially his cats and dogs. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Thu
18
Mar

Verna Samb

Verna M. Samb, 98, of Waukon died Monday, March 15, 2021 at her home. Funeral services were held Friday, March 19 at Old East Paint Creek Lutheran Church with Pastor Ken Kimball officiating and burial in the church cemetery in rural Waterville.

Verna Marcella Samb was born March 6, 1923 on the rural Waterville farm of her parents, Carl and Thorine (Anderson) Christianson. She was baptized and confirmed at Old East Paint Creek Lutheran Church in rural Waterville. Verna attended Dalby country school in Center Township, graduated from Waterville High School in 1940 and attended Waterloo School of Beauty in Waterloo along with her sister, Lillian. They moved back to Waukon and worked for Carl Halverson’s Mariposa Beauty and Barber Shop at the corner of Spring Avenue and East Main Street.

Tue
16
Mar

Mabel Sires

Mabel Sires, 90, of Mabel, MN, formerly of Spring Grove, MN, died Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at Green Lea Senior Living in Mabel, MN. Private graveside service will be in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Spring Grove, MN. The Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel, MN is assisting with arrangements.

Mabel Marie (Dougherty) Sires came into this world May 28, 1930, a gift for all of us, but first to her parents, Johnnie and Anna (Hawes) Dougherty. She took on the role of caregiver early in her youth as she lost her mother at a young age and helped her dad greatly with her brothers and sisters as the second oldest daughter in the family. Mabel loved being a mom and grandma and spent many years taking care of others as a home health aide.

Tue
16
Mar

Delores Needham Fee

Delores Marie Needham Fee was born October 5, 1938 in Waukon to Leo and Ethel (Burckart) Needham. She passed away March 4, 2021 at the hospital in Newton, KS. A memorial service will be held at a later date in the Waukon area.

Delores “Dee” Fee grew up in the Monona area most of her life. She married Clarence “Pete” Fee August 8, 1958 in Waukegan, IL. Two sons were born into this marriage, Craig and Brian. The marriage ended in 1978.

Dee continued to live around the Waukon and Lansing area where she worked many different types of jobs. She retired from Cabela’s in 2016 after 17-plus years.

Dee loved the outdoors. She could be found horseback riding, hunting, camping, fishing, looking for ginseng, feeding her birds, making s’mores or grilling a juicy steak. She also loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Tue
16
Mar

Ann Haney

Ann J. Haney, 80, of Waukon died Friday, March 12, 2021 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Private family graveside services will be held at Iowa River Cemetery in rural Dorchester with Pastor Bryan Robertson officiating. Cards and condolences may be sent to Karen Henning at 1646 Valdres Road, Decorah, IA 52101. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements.

Ann Jeanette Haney was born December 10, 1940 in Wisconsin to Arnold Orlando and Olga Marie (Galstad) Lunde. When she was nine years old, they moved to Spring Grove, MN where she also attended school. December 20, 1958, Ann married Reginald “Skip” Fillmore Haney at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove. The couple raised their family in the rural areas of Decorah and Waukon.

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