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.

Tue
29
Nov

Betty Clark

Betty D. Clark, 90, of Waukon died Sunday, November 27, 2016 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Private family graveside services were held at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lansing, with Pastor Grant VanderVelden officiating. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon handled the arrangements.

Betty Darlene Clark was born May 11, 1926 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Frederick and Alice (Warren) Thornton. She moved with her family to Waukon while still a baby and was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. She spent a lot of the time living with her grandmother, Mary Ann (Sullivan) Warren, in Waukon.

Tue
22
Nov

Richard Hanson

Richard A. Hanson, 73, of Victor, NY passed away November 3, 2016 at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia, NY. Funeral Services will be held in Waukon at St. John’s Lutheran Church in the spring with full Military Honors.

Richard was born November 27, 1942 to the late Emil and Bernita (Kloke) Hanson in Waukon, where he spent most of his life. Richard served in the United States Army from 1964-1967, and after his father passed suddenly, he took over and worked for the family dairy farm. He loved his old Farmall tractor, his International combine and his John Deere tractors. Richard did custom work for other farmers and was always there to lend a hand to anyone who needed it. He was a lover of animals, especially his bull, “Bully”. The bull would follow him everywhere he went. Richard was also a proud member of the Farm Bureau in Waukon. He was a sweet man and his smile will be truly missed.

Tue
22
Nov

James Bristol

James D. Bristol, 97, who lived and practiced law in Waukon for more than 60 years, died Sunday, November 13, 2016 at his retirement home in Burbank, CA. A remembrance gathering will be held for Jim at the Martin Funeral Home in Waukon in the coming months so that his friends, relatives and colleagues have a farewell to share with him. Online condolences may be left at www.martinfunerals.com.

Jim was born in Onslow January 4, 1919 but grew up in the 1920s and 1930s in Clinton. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa, Iowa City in 1941. At the University he was a member of a fraternity, a writer and the assistant sports editor of The Daily Iowan newspaper. He also met his wife of 53 years, Jeanne (Kelly) Kellogg. They were married at the Kellogg farm in Percival August 21, 1941.

Tue
22
Nov

Virgil Martins

Virgil Martins, 84, of Postville died Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Society, Waukon. Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 22 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Postville, with Rev. Lynn J. Noel as the Officiant. Burial followed at Postville Cemetery, Postville with Military Rites.

Virgil was born December 31, 1931 to John and Hilda (Meyer) Martins in Postville. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Postville. Virgil graduated from Postville High School in 1950. Virgil enlisted in the United States Army; he proudly served three years and was a Korean War Veteran.

Virgil was united in marriage with Lavon Ewing February 13, 1955 in Postville. He farmed his entire life and was a salesman for Funk G Seed Corn. Virgil enjoyed dancing, trail rides with his horses, and attending auctions and horse sales. He loved visiting with family, friends and strangers.

Tue
22
Nov

Marjorie Miller

Marjorie Charlotte Miller, 92, of Postville died November 15, 2016. Funeral Services were held Saturday, November 19 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Postville with Rev. Lynn Noel as the Officiant. Burial followed at the Postville Cemetery, Postville.

Marjorie Charlotte was born April 12, 1924 to William and Mary (Klein) Stock in rural Waukon. She was baptized May 11, 1924 and confirmed April 10, 1938 at Bethlehem Presbyterian Church, rural Postville. Marjorie attended rural school and graduated from Waukon High School in 1942.

Marjorie was united in marriage with Roland Miller April 12, 1944 at Bethlehem Presbyterian Church, rural Postville. Two children were born to this union. Together they lived on a farm in rural Waukon until moving to Postville in 1989. She was a homemaker and farm wife.  Marjorie worked at the Good Samaritan Society in Postville for a few years.

Wed
16
Nov

Gordon "Gordy" Smerud

Gordon “Gordy” Smerud, 63, of rural New Albin passed away peacefully Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Caledonia Care and Rehab in Caledonia, MN after a long battle with cancer. Burial of Gordy’s cremains took place Saturday, November 19 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, New Albin. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Caledonia Chapel in Caledonia, MN assisted the family with arrangements.

Gordon Dale Smerud was born April 8, 1953 to George and Betty (Weymiller) Smerud. He grew up and worked on the family farm. Gordy attended St. George High School in Lansing, where he met Mary Ellen Curran. They were married in 1975. Gordy and Mary Ellen were blessed with the birth of two children, a son, Jim, and a daughter, Cindi. They lived in New Albin with their children until they later divorced.

Gordy remained in New Albin and worked most of his life as a carpenter with his brother, Ron. He enjoyed being outdoors, playing cards and visiting with friends.

Tue
15
Nov

Mary "Kay" Mettille

Mary “Kay” Kathleen Mettille, 96, of Waukon died surrounded by her family Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 19 at 11 a.m. at St. Pius Cherry Mound Catholic Church in rural Harpers Ferry with Fr. John Moser officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Friday, November 18 at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon, where there will be a 3:45 p.m. scripture service.

Tue
15
Nov

Leonard Needham

Leonard James Needham, 86, of South Haven, MI passed peacefully away in his sleep November 4, 2016 at Golden Orchards in Fennville, MI. Funeral services were held Saturday, November 12 at the St. Basil Catholic Church in South Haven, MI. Leonard was laid to rest at Lakeview Cemetery in South Haven, MI.

Leonard was born November 10, 1929 to Leo and Ethel (Burckart) Needham in Monona. He married Jeanne Burns November 7, 1953 in Cedar Rapids and he served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean War.

Leonard raised horses on his gentleman farm. He lived and worked as a carpenter in Wilmot, WI until his retirement in 1998, when he and Jeanne retired to Lansing.  In 2012, they moved to the South Haven community to be close to their children.

Thu
10
Nov

Harold Brazell

Harold N. Brazell, 90, of Cedar Rapids passed away peacefully surrounded by family Saturday, November 5, 2016 at Mercy Hospice House in Hiawatha. Funeral Mass was held at All Saints Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids Monday, November 14.

Harold was born in Harpers Ferry August 14, 1926, the third of four sons of Leo and Mabel Brazell. He was a proud veteran, serving in the Army during World War II (Pacific) and will be buried with military honors. He spent his working life with the phone company, retiring with U.S. West in Cedar Rapids in 1986. He enjoyed woodworking in his backyard garage, working in his large yard, and socializing with his many friends, neighbors and former co-workers.

Wed
09
Nov

Rose Barker

Rose Barker, 90, of Waukon, formerly of Postville, died Sunday, November 6, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Society, Waukon. Funeral Services were held Saturday, November 12 at Schutte-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Postville, with Rev. Duane Smith as the Officiant. Burial followed at Frankville Cemetery, Frankville.

Rose was born April 7, 1926 to Wilhelm and Magdalena (Feickert) Limkemann in Leola, SD. She attended country school in Illinois through the eighth grade.

Rose was united in marriage with Warren Herman Barker April 17, 1948 at the Community Presbyterian Church in Frankville. Together they farmed in the Castalia, Ossian and Postville areas from 1948 to January 1978. Over the years, Rose did babysitting and also volunteered at the Good Samaritan Society in Waukon. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, crocheting and sewing. Rose was always smiling and loved doing things for others. Attending church and reading her Bible were very important to her.

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