Obituaries

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07
Dec

Loren R. 'Larry' Massie Jr.

Loren R. “Larry” Massie Jr., of rural Seneca, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 at the age of 69. 

He was born April 20, 1949, in Kenosha, the son of Loren and Elizabeth (Keisler) Massie. 

Loren had an inquisitive and creative mind with the ability to build and/or fix almost anything. He enjoyed the outdoors, traveling and reading. He also loved to fish and hunt. Loren built his own home and loved to work on projects. He went to college for aerospace engineering and later started a landscape and design building firm in Denver, Colo.

He is survived by his son, Nicholas Massie of Perth, Australia, and his brother Michael (Susan) Massie of North Oaks, Minn. 

Fri
07
Dec

William L. 'Bil' Batson

William L. “Bill” Batson, 84, of Prairie du Chien and formerly of Yorkville, Ill., passed away Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, at the Great River Care Center. 

He was born Jan. 25, 1934, in southern Missouri, the son of Elmer and Sarah Pauline (Wells) Batson. 

He married Carol Woodrick on April 24, 1954, in Aurora, Ill. She preceded him in death on Nov. 27, 2014. Bill worked as a beer deliveryman for Stroh’s and Miller High Life. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. He will be missed by his friends at “The Port.” 

Fri
07
Dec

Margaret Deluhery

Margaret Deluhery, 90 of Prairie du Chien, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, at her home surrounded by her family after a brief illness. 

Margaret Ann Dawson was born Jan. 17, 1928, in Dubuque, Iowa, the youngest child of Frank and Loretta (Foley) Dawson. She met the love of her life, Dale Deluhery, in Des Moines, Iowa, and they married on Oct. 1, 1951, at St Ambrose Cathedral. Throughout her life, she enjoyed camping, cooking, baking and playing cards. She was a great lover of animals and supported many charitable causes. A devout Irish Catholic, she relied on her faith in times of difficulty and hardship, and was a true inspiration to her family.

Mon
03
Dec

Darrel Howard Gilkes

Darrel Howard Gilkes, 69, of Prairie du Chien, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, after a brief illness. 

Darrel was born to parents George and Viola (Yost) Gilkes on Aug. 6, 1949. 

He spent his elementary years in Brodtville. Darrel was a graduate of West Grant High School in 1968. He met his best friend Karen Beinborn in 1987. They eventually married on Oct. 14, 2005. The two spent many years fishing, canoeing and camping. The couple had a blended family of four children. After many years of being an over-the-road truck driver, Darrel retired in 2014 due to health reasons. He then purchased Mr. Mouse Cheese, a local cheese curd distributing business.

Mon
03
Dec

Violet G. Wackershauser

Violet G. Wackershauser, 87, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, at Prairie Maison in Prairie du Chien. 

She was born Jan. 10, 1931, the daughter of George and Mamie Lewig. She attended school in the Wauzeka area and was a lifelong homemaker. Violet was married to Loren Koecke on Sept. 13, 1969, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Following Loren’s death in 2002, she married Virgil Wackershauser. Violet was an artist at heart and enjoyed quilting and gardening in her free time, and she loved to dance. 

Violet is survived by various members of her extended family and by many friends.

In addition to her parents, Violet was preceded in death by her husbands, Loren Koecke and Virgil Wackershauser.

Mon
03
Dec

William B. 'Bill' Tubbs

William B. “Bill” Tubbs, 65, of Bagley, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. 

He was born in Prairie du Chien, on Aug. 6, 1953, the son of Robert and Barbara (Govier) Tubbs. 

Following his education, Bill was a sales consultant for a number of years at H&S Sales, specializing in cabinetry. He then worked at Spahn & Rose Lumber Co. in Prairie du Chien until his retirement. In his free time, he enjoyed photography.

Bill is survived by his siblings, Thomas (Roxanne) Tubbs, and Beth (Bruce) Fortner; nephews, Brian and Alan (Kate) Tubbs; and an uncle, Floyd Welsch.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mon
03
Dec

Tamara 'Tammy' Marie (Regenold) Kleitsch

Tamara “Tammy” Marie (Regenold) Kleitsch, 59, of Monona, Iowa, passed away in her home on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. 

She was born in Independence, Iowa, on June 26, 1959, the daughter of Ronald J. and Kay F. (Mersch) Regenold.

Tammy graduated from Wapsie Valley High School in 1977, and furthered her education at Hawkeye Community College.

Tammy was united in marriage to Thomas Kleitsch in Fairbank, Iowa. They later divorced. Tammy was employed at Wal-Mart in Prairie du Chien, earning her 10-year pin this past Friday. She enjoyed being with friends, watching her favorite TV shows, and she loved her dog, Fancy. Tammy was a very thoughtful, kind and caring person to all who knew her. She will be missed.

Mon
26
Nov

Lorraine Mainor

Lorraine Mainor, 81, of Viroqua, died Monday, July 23. 

She was born to Arthur and Gladys (West) Barrette, in Bloomington, on July 15, 1937. Lorraine attended St. Mary’s School in Prairie du Chien.

She was united in marriage with Wilbur Ray Mainor. They later divorced. She enjoyed painting, reading and tending to her indoor plants. Lorraine was a master of all trade, including being a seamstress and upholstering furniture.

Lorraine is survived by her children, Deanna (Cecil) Martin of Bagley, Douglas (Jackie) Mainor of New Port Richey, Fla., and Judy Perry of Ancorage, Alaska; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and her siblings, Gary Barrette, Sylvester Barrette, Mark Barrette and Madonna Toberman.

Mon
26
Nov

William Clifford 'Bill' Larsen

William Clifford “Bill” Larsen passed away Nov. 23, 2018. 

He was born Oct. 13, 1955, in Prairie du Chien. He was happily raised on two farms, first by Seneca (overlooking the Mississippi) and then between Steuben and Wauzeka. He graduated from Wauzeka-Steuben schools in 1973 and attended SWTC for farm management. He fell in love and married Rosanna Wier in 1988. Rosanna and Bill made their home in Wauzeka. They had two daughters Anna and April. Bill worked at a number of manufacturers in Prairie du Chien where he always had a smile and a ready wit. Bill enjoyed his family and pets and he was a expert on TV westerns. Whenever asked how things were, his answer was always “pretty good, pretty good.”

Mon
26
Nov

Birdie M. Meng

Birdie M. Meng, 98, of Bagley, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 21, at the Grant Regional Care Center in Lancaster.

She was born March 3, 1920, in Wyalusing Township, the daughter of Verdie and Amelia (Cathman) Clark.  She married Edward Meng on Feb. 24, 1940, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Dubuque, Iowa. Together, they farmed most of their lives in the Bagley area. Birdie was an active member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Bagley, The Royal Neighbors of America and the American Legion Auxiliary.  

She is survived by her sons, LaVern (Nancy) and Dale (Nancy Reiss), both of Jefferson, and Robert, of Bagley; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and her sister-in-law, Myrna Clark, of Lancaster.  

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