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
01
Jun

Arlene Westby

Arlene Westby, age 88, of Decorah passed away peacefully Monday, May 24, 2021 at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah surrounded by her family, joining her beloved husband, Roger, in Heaven on what would have been their 68th wedding anniversary. A private family service was held at Glenwood Lutheran Church, rural Decorah Saturday, May 29. Interment will be at Glenwood East Cemetery, rural Decorah at a later date.

Arlene Odella (Carlsborg) Westby was born February 5, 1933, the daughter of Joseph and Lillian (Skaim) Carlsborg in Allamakee County. Arlene was baptized at the home of her parents March 5, 1933. She attended country school and graduated from Waukon Senior High School May 20, 1952. After graduating from high school, Arlene worked at Central Junior High School in Winona, MN from 1952-1953.

Tue
01
Jun

Delores Fee

Delores “Dee” Marie Needham Fee, 82, passed away March 4, 2021 at the hospital in Newton, KS. A Celebration of Life service is scheduled for Saturday, June 5 at 1 p.m. at the Allamakee Event Room, located at 108 Second Street NW in Waukon. Burial will follow at the Lycurgus Cemetery, rural Waukon.

Condolences may be sent to Terry (Fee) LaRue, 1804 Whitetail Road, Decorah, IA 52101.
 

Tue
01
Jun

Beverly Bartlein

A Celebration of Life memorial service for Beverly Bartlein is scheduled to be held Sunday, June 13 at New Life Christian Church, located at 12 Seventh Avenue SE in Waukon. Born June 8, 1931, Beverly passed away April 20, 2020.

The service will begin at 1 p.m. Masks will be available at the door.
 

Tue
25
May

Evelyn Burke

Evelyn M. Burke, 96, of Waukon died Saturday, May 22, 2021 at Thornton Manor in Lansing. Memorial services will be held Friday, May 28 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon with Fr. John Moser officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Hanover Cemetery, rural Waukon. Friends may greet the family one hour before the service Friday at church. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to Thornton Manor in Lansing, St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon, or Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon.

Evelyn Mary Burke was born February 25, 1925 on the home farm at West Ridge, rural Waukon, the daughter of Frank and Marie (Murphy) Ryan. In 1942, Evelyn graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in Lansing and then worked a few different jobs around Lansing.

Tue
25
May

William Benson

William Lyle “Bill” Benson, 93, of Vinton passed away Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Iowa City. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 29 at the Phillips Funeral Home Chapel, 212 East Sixth Street in Vinton.  Interment will be held at Maplewood Cemetery in Vinton with graveside military rites by the Geo. G. Luckey American Legion Post #57 of Vinton and Iowa Military Honors. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Friday, May 28 at the Funeral Home.

Bill was born November 26, 1927 in Postville to Louie and Rose (Bellis) Benson. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 and served four years during and following World War II. He later enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  Bill was wounded 11 times during his Army service, and he was also captured and became a prisoner of war. Later, he and two of his fellow soldiers were able to escape captivity.

Tue
25
May

Ross Cavanagh, Jr.

Ross Michael Cavanagh Jr., 95, of Lansing died Thursday, May 13, 2021 at his home in Lansing. Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, May 22 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Wexford with Rev. Sean Smith as the Celebrant. Burial with Military Rites followed at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery, Wexford.

The first child of Ross and Marjorie (Miller) Cavanagh was born September 28, 1925 in Evanston, IL. The first 17 years of his life were spent moving between 14 apartments in three Chicago, IL neighborhoods before finally settling in South Shore, IL. After 1935, his summers were spent in the kerosene lit cabin on Squaw Island on the Eastern edge of Lake Duroy and exploring the Elk River in Phillips, WI. It was here his life-long love for fishing and the outdoors was born and nurtured; returning every autumn he was able for the rest of his life to fish for the elusive Muskellunge.

Tue
18
May

Gary Cooper

Gary L. Cooper, 72, recently of Decorah and longtime resident of Waukon, died of COVID-19 Monday, December 7, 2020 at Pinnacle Care Initiatives in Cedar Falls. Friends and family are invited to attend graveside services with military honors Saturday, May 29 at 10 a.m. at Oakland Cemetery in Waukon.

Following the graveside service, join the family for rolls and refreshments at the City Club in Waukon. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon is assisting the family.
 

Tue
18
May

Raphael “Ray” O’Hare

Raphael “Ray” G. O’Hare, 80, of Waukon died Saturday, May 15, 2021 at his home. Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 20 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church, with Fr. John Moser officiating, and burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, both in Waukon. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until time of services Thursday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Winneshiek Medical Center Hospice at 901 Montgomery Street, Decorah, IA, 52101 or to the American Heart Association. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon is handling the arrangements.

Raphael George O’Hare was born February 26, 1941 in Waukon, the son of Thomas and Myril (Burroughs) O’Hare. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Mary’s Hanover Catholic Church in rural Waukon. Ray attended Hanover country school and graduated from Waukon High School in 1959. After graduating, he worked at Ivan’s Grocery Store in Waukon.

Tue
18
May

Gus Herman

Gus Martin Herman passed away May 11, 2021 at the age of 88. He was born April 8, 1933 in Waukon to Gus and Edna Herman.

During high school, he excelled as an athlete on the Waukon basketball and football teams. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in Korea until 1954. He then attended the University of Dubuque.

After marrying Trudy in 1956, they moved to Denver, CO and Gus entered the education field as a teacher and administrator. Along with his wife and two daughters, he moved to the Jefferson County Outdoor Education school, where he served as principal and was influential in implementing the curriculum.

Tue
11
May

Marilyn Mahoney

Marilyn K. Mahoney, 70, of rural Waukon died Thursday, May 6, 2021 at home. Memorial services will be held Thursday, May 13 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon with Fr. John Moser officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Lycurgus Cemetery in rural Waukon.

Friends may greet the family from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 12 at Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon, where there will be a 3:30 p.m. scripture service. Social distancing and use of masks are encouraged.

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