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.

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Jan

James Strub

James Leo Strub, 89, of Lansing died Thursday, January 2, 2020 at Mayo Clinic Health System, La Crosse, WI. A graveside service will be at 11:30 a.m. January 12, 2020 at Gethsemane Cemetery in Lansing with Rev. John Moser as the officiant.

A celebration of life will be held from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Shep’s Riverside Bar and Grill, 10 South Front Street, Lansing.

James was born June 29, 1930 to Leo and Catherine (Corrigan) Strub in rural Lansing. He attended rural country school.

James was united in marriage with Juanita Jack in June of 1949 at the parishioner’s house Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Lansing. Six children were born to this union. They later divorced. In 1991 married Viola Manning, and she passed away in 2013. James was a farmer at heart all of his life, enjoying time visiting and playing cards with friends and family.

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06
Jan

Vincent Haas

Vincent Theodore Haas, 93, of Waukon, died Saturday, January 4, 2020, at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon surrounded by his family. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, January 10, 2020, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon, with Fr. Mark Osterhaus officiating.  Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon where there will be a 3:30 p.m. scripture service. Memorials may be made in remembrance of Vince to St. Patrick’s Parish Renovation Fund or Good Samaritan Center.

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06
Jan

Margaret “Maggie” Kleinschmidt

Margaret “Maggie” A. Kleinschmidt, 81, of Harpers Ferry, died Thursday, January 2, 2020, at her home. Memorial services will be held Saturday, January 11, at 1 p.m. at the Harpers Ferry Community Center with Fr. John Moser officiating. A lunch will follow immediately after the services at the community center, where there will be a time to greet the family. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon, is handling arrangements.

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04
Jan

Roger Hilleshiem

Roger C. Hilleshiem, 79, of Waterville, passed away Thursday, January 2, 2020, at  his home. Funeral services were held Monday, January 6, at Waterville Lutheran Church with Pastor Ken Kimball officiating and burial at Waterville Cemetery. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements.

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04
Jan

Wayne Thorstenson

Wayne A. Thorstenson, 82, of Waukon, died Wednesday, January 1, 2020, at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Memorial services were held Sunday, January 5, at Old West Paint Creek Lutheran Church in rural Waukon, with Pastor Ken Kimball officiating. Burial took place in the church cemetery. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon handled the arrangements.

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02
Jan

Chad V. Johnson

Chad V. Johnson, 47, of Waukon died Tuesday, December 31, 2019, at Northgate Care Center in Waukon. Funeral services were held Saturday, January 4, at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon with Pastor Grant VanderVelden officiating. A private burial was held at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon.

Chad Victor Johnson was born May 8, 1972, to Larry and Sharon (Marti) Johnson. As a young boy, Chad was blonde haired, brown faced, spirited, and reckless. Chad was intelligent, quick-witted, and his laugh was infectious. He also had a great sense of humor and was not afraid to share it.

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02
Jan

Wayne Ruroden

Wayne A. Ruroden, 73, of Waukon, died Friday, December 27, 2019, in rural Waukon. A private family gathering will be held at a later date to celebrate Wayne’s life. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is assisting the family with arrangements.

Wayne Allen Ruroden was born November 2, 1946, in West Union, the son of Emory and Ula (Howard) Ruroden. He was baptized and confirmed at Bethel Presbyterian Church in West Union and attended West Union country schools and West Union High School. Wayne worked for George Schatz, traveling the horse racing circuit and living in various places throughout the United States including Boston, upstate New York, Nashville, and Louisville. He trained and groomed horses until 1985 when he returned to Clermont, where he worked for area farmers. In 1989, he moved to Waukon, and worked for Reel Core as a machine operator, worked as a night watchman for Northern Engraving, and also worked for several area farmers.

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31
Dec

Randall "Randy" Huffey

Randall G. Huffey, 65, of Waterville, died Tuesday, December 31, 2019, at his home. A visitation time to greet the family was held Sunday, January 5, 2020, at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon. A memorial celebration of his life was held following the visitation time with Pastor Laura Gentry officiating.

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31
Dec

Mary Lou Poli

Mary Lou Poli passed away December 29, 2019.  Mary was born February 28, 1936 to Patricia (Blake) Brynes and Francis Byrnes in Waukon, Iowa.  She graduated from Saint Patrick High School in Waukon, Iowa and completed her college associates degree from Normandale College in Bloomington, MN. 

Mary and her four siblings were raised by their loving parents on a farm in beautiful Hanover, Iowa. Mary is survived by her children: Richard, Michael, Donna (David), Linda (Peter), David (Stacy), Darin (Jayne), 10 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, brother William (Fran), brother Charles (Ann), brother Francis (Mary), sister Jeanne (Don), and other family, and friends. Mary is preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Armand Poli.

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Dec

John Christopher “Chris” Sickinger

Jon Christopher “Chris” Sickinger of Colorado Springs, CO and Lansing completed his journey down the river of life at the age of 56 years and 10 months Monday, December 16, 2019. In accordance with Chris’ wishes, there will be no visitation or services.

The family requests that memorials be made to any youth parks and recreation program, or to the Friends of Pool 9 (P. O. Box 455, Lansing, IA 52151), a conservation organization which advocates for Pool 9 on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge.

He was born February 16, 1963 on the Marine Corps Base of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Instead of going directly home from the hospital, Chris was introduced first to the Atlantic Ocean. This experience apparently instilled in him a great love of water, and being an Aquarius also supported this love.

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