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Kenneth Keehnen~ from Coeur d' Alene Press September 1991
Kenneth David Keehnen,26, of Post Falls, died Sunday Sept. 8, 1991 , from injuries received in a motorcycle accident.
He was born April 26, 1965 in Ashland OR, to Thomas and Neida (Chapman) Keehnen. He moved to post Falls from Oregon in 1971. For the past five years he worked as a painter for Martin Painting in Post Falls.
He is survived by son, Jeromy Keehnen of Post Falls ; mother Neida Lightfoot of Post Falls, father Thomas Keeehnen; sister Belinda D Franko of Post Falls, brothers Devin Keehnene stationed in the US Air Force Germany, Charles Lightfoot Jr and Andrew Lightfoot of Post Falls ; and nephew Zachariah Keehnen of Post Falls.
Funeral services will be  2 p.m. Wednesday at Falls Full Gospel Church E 1885 Horsehaven, Post Falls. English Funeral Chapel Post Falls is in charge of arrangements.

Oscar HANSON ~ Coeur'd Alene Press Jan 30 2002
Graveside service for Oscar F. Hanson 93, will be today at 2 pm at Coeur d' Alene Memorial Gardens. English Funeral Chapel in Coeur d' Alene is in charge of arrangements.
 Mr. Hanson,who was born in Wolf Lodge, died Sunday.
 He was a lifelong Coeur'd Alene area resident and had worked for the Forest Service, retiring after 30 years of service.
 Mr. Hanson also worked as a sawter for Joki Logging for several years during the mid 1970's.
 He married Roxy Thomas in 1940 and the couple divorced in 1977.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, hiking, traveling, and dancing at the Iva Lee Dance Hall in Huetter.
Survivors include a son Gary Hanson of Post Falls, a daughter Karen Hanson of Spokane; three grandchildren and four great grandchildren ; and a sister in law, Doris Swanson of Coeur d' Alene.
James HUBBARD Sept 1991 Coeur d' Alene Press
 james Dean Hubbard, 26, Post Falls died Sunday Sept 8 1991, from injuries received in a motorcycle accident.
 He was born April 8 1965 in Seattle to Dean and Nina (Griggs) Hubbard. At the age of one he moved to the Post Falls area with his parents. He worked as a carpenter in home construction.
 Survivors include his wife, Ramie (Brillon) Hubbard, son James D and daughter Amber Starr at home ; parents Jim and Adelia Oliver of Hauser Lake,grandmother Nina King of Post Falls,sisters  Sherri Hall of Blanchard, Rose Gates of Reno NV, and Pamela Hubbard of Post Falls.; step brothers Reed Oliver of Spokane,kevin Oliver of Seattle,Jim Oliver of Post Falls and Roger Oliver of Coeur d' Alene; step sisters Katherine Quinn and Shelly Boyce of REno NV and Lori Shipman of Hillsberg CA. Numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
 Funeral services will be 2 PM Wednesday at Falls Full Gospel Chyurch E 1885 horsehaven Post Falls. English Funeal Chapel, Post FAlls, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be sent to Falls Christian Academy E 1885 Horsehaven,Post Falls.
Mallory McKEE ~DeFunaik Springs Herald breeze 18 May 1989
 Mr. Mallory McKee, age 59, of Kidd Road DeFuniak Springs, died Wednesday evening May 101989 at the family residence. Mr. McKee was a native of Covington County Alabama and had resided in DeFuniak Springs since 1971. He was retired from the United States Air Force, a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of the Caney Creek Baptist Church.
 Survivors include his wife Mary of DeFuniaks Springs, two daughters, Kelly King of Ft knox KY and Kristina Jarrett of DeFuniaks Springs; three sons , David ulrich of Post Falls Idaho, Keith McKee of Ft Knox and Kent McKee of Ft Rucker AL; two brothers Mack McKee and Herman McKee both of DeFuniak Springs; two sisters Cristina Varnum of Laurell Hill and Juanita Garner of DeFuniak Springs, and twelvre grandchildren.Brandi Ulrich,Kasey Ulrich, Aaron McKee,Joshua McKee, Jeremy King, Jennifer McKee, Wendy McKee, Jeff King, Christopher McKee, Julie King,Jimmy King, Kasey McKee.
 Funeral services were conducted at 10 am Saturday, May 13 1989 from the Caney Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Raymond Williams officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
 Pallbearers were members of the US Air Force. Clary Godwim Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Dolan MCKEE ~DeFuniak Springs Herald Breeze Sept 6 1990
 Mrs. Dolan (Coot) McKee, age 81 of the Caeny Creek Community, died early Sunday morning September 2 1990 in a Crestview hospital. Mrs. McKee was a native of Covington County Alabama amd a member of the Caney Creek Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her husband Hubert McKee and two sons, Mallory McKee and Lavon McKee.
 Survivors include daughters Cristine Varnum of Laurel Hill and Juanita Garner of Caney Creek; sons, Mack McKee and Herman McKee sister Ellafair Lawrence of Florala AL brother Shirley Harrison of Caney Creek,20 grandchildren,and 25 great grandchildren.
 Services were Tuesday Sept 4 1990 in the Caney Creek Baptist Church with Minister George Scroggins and Rev Raymond Williams officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
 Pallbearers were Johnny McKee,Kent McKee, Keith McKee, Paul Varnum, Donald Varnum, Honorary pallbearers were Danny Varnum, Steve Garner, and Scott McKee.
 Comander Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Hubert McKEE ~ DeFuniak Springs Herald Breeze 18 Nov 1982
 Mr. Hubert McKee, age 75 of Caney Creek, died Thursday November 11 1982 in a Pesacola Hospital.Mr. McKee was a native of Covington County Alabama, a farmer and a member of the Caney Creek Baptist Church.
 Survivors are his wife Mrs Dolan Mckee of Caney Creek, two daughters Mrs Cristine Varnum of Laurel Hill and rs Juanita Garner of Caney Creek; three sons, Mack McKee and Mallory of DeFuniak Springs, Herman McKee of Pell City AL, four sisters, Mrs Liddie Mae Harrison of Caney Crek, Mrs Vallie Wise of Pensacola, Mrs Myrt Morrisey and Mrs Blannie Pinner of Crestview; three brothers, John McKee of Caney Creek, Brack McKee of Liberty and Richard McKee of Pensacola; 20 grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren.
 Funeral services were held Monday November 13 1982 in the Caney Creek Baptist Church with Rev. DL Woodward officiating. Burial followed in the Caney Creek Cemetery with Comander Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Meda VAN CURLER ~ Coos Bay Times Dec 2 1929-Coos Bay OR
 Mrs. Meda Van Curler, aged 43, passed away early Sunday morning at Mercy Hospital in North Bend. Mrs. Van Curler underwent an operation a week ago and was recovering nicely when embolism developed. Mrs. Van Curler resided at Englewood for many years.
 She is survived by her husband, Charles Van Curler and a four year old son. Her mother, Mrs. Slyde (should be Sly) resides as Spokane, three sisters Mrs. Lurva of Spokane, Mrs Fred Ulrich of Idaho Lydia of San Diego; two brothers, Clyde and Ben of Spokane.
 The body is at the Thuerwachter Funeral Home from where the funeral will be held at 10:30 Wednesday morning with interment at Sunset Cemetery.
Jeanette PRATT ~~Coos Bay Times Nov 26 1929
 Mrs. Jeanette Pratt, aged 90, died Saturday at the home of Mrs. I.M. Smiley in North Bend. She had visited at the Smiley ho,e for the past two months.
 Mrs. Pratt was the mother of the late Dr. Frank Pratt of North Bend, enlisting in the medical corps from there, serving in the world war and later dying while in services.
 The deceased is survived by Mrs. I.M. Smiley of North Bend, a granddaughter; Mrs. Mable Pratt and Frank Pratt of Marshfield, daughter in law and grandson, and four great grandchildren.
 The Peterson Funeral Home took charge of the remains having then sent to Puyallup WA accimpanied by Mrs. Mable Pratt. The funeral was hld there this afternoon, interment being in the family plot, where her husband ,son, and luttle grandson Edwin Pratt have all been buried.
Virgil T. GEREN~~Coeur d'Alene Press Aug 17 1949
 Virgil T. Geren,66,passed away this morning at his home at 1125 A street after a short illness. A native of Missouri, he came to this city in 1938 from Montana and has been a farmer and more recently a fireman.
 He was a member of the local Eagles aerie and is survived by his wife Edith, at home; a son, harold of hayden Lake, a daughter Mrs. D.N. Williams (Ruth) Seattle; several brothers, Walter,Arthur, and John in Missouri, O.C. Geren in New Mexico and Frank in CA; two sisters, Mrs. Grace Edwards in New Mexico, Mrs. Ida Bradley in Kansas City; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Edith GEREN  Coeur d'Alene press Feb 7 1963
 Mrs. Edith Geren,79, who had lived in this locality for 25 years, died last night in a local hospital following a short illness. She resided at 1125 A Street.
 Mrs. Geren was born in Missouri and came here from Montana. She was a member if the Royal Neighbor Lodge. her husband Virgil Geren, died in 1949.
 Survivors include a daughter Mrs. Higgens of Seattle; eight grandchildren; several great grandchildren, four sisters. Mrs. D.W.Lockwood,Kenesaw Neb,Mrs. Jettie Stephey,Mrs. Victoria Terry and Mrs. Lucille Isaacs all of Spokane, and three brothers, Sherman Teague,Spokane, Ernest Teague, Line WA, and James Teague, Long Beach CA.
Doris HANSON  CDA Press Aug 2005

Doris "Babe" M. Hanson, 83, Coeur d'Alene, died Aug. 3, 2005, at Kootenai Medical Center.

Born Feb. 2, 1922, in Pasco, Wash., to Bessie (Fancher), from Missouri, and Ebb Thomas, from Illinois, Doris moved with her family from Pasco to Coeur d'Alene in 1923.

On Aug. 6, 1951, she married Frans "Fritz" Hanson in Coeur d'Alene. She was a homemaker.

Doris was a member of First Christian Church in Coeur d'Alene.

Survivors include her stepson Clyde Hanson of Grangeville; stepdaughter Barbara Monty, Vista, Calif.; brothers Harold Thomas and Leslie Thomas, both of Coeur d'Alene; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Doris was preceded in death by her husband Fritz Hanson on June 22, 2001, brothers Franklin and Virgil, and sister Evelyn Michelson.

Viewing will start 10 a.m. until the 2 p.m. funeral service Aug. 8, both at
English Funeral Chapel, Coeur d'Alene. Burial will be at Coeur d'Alene Memorial Gardens.

Contributions may be made to Kootenai Humane Society, P.O. Box 1005, Hayden Lake, ID 83835.

Marie I. Crabtree, 98, City of Spokane Valley, died April 21, 2004, at home.
She was born Sept. 13, 1905, in Great Falls, Mont., to Edith Mae (Burrows) and James Kernaghan. Marie was a teacher in a one-room school in Montana.
In 1936, she moved from Montana to Mica Flats, then moved to Hayden Lake in 1944. Finally, she moved to Spokane in 1960. Marie was a homemaker.
She enjoyed crocheting, making quilts and Christmas bells, reading and playing Skip-Bo. She also loved to fish. She was a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Otis Orchards, Wash.
Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law Larry and Norma Geren of Hayden, James and Peggy Geren, East Wenatchee, Wash.; daughters and sons-in-law Donna and Bob George, Kennewick, Wash., Joyce and Fritz Ulrich, Hayden, Patricia and Dale Bymaster, Bayview; daughter-in-law Bonnie Geren, Bellevue, Wash.; 28 grandchildren, over 100 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
Marie was preceded in death by her husbands, Donald Bird Williams, Robert Harold Geren and Charles R. Crabtree, her sons Harold and Lee, seven brothers and sisters, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Viewing will be 1-5 p.m. today at English Funeral Chapel, Coeur d'Alene. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. April 26 at the Otis Orchards Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 21022 E. Wellesley Ave. Otis Orchards, Wash. Burial at Forest Cemetery, Coeur d'Alene, will follow the service.
Donations may be made to Hospice of Spokane, 121 S. Arthur, Spokane, WA 99202.
 CDA PRESS~4/24/04
Doris Doreen SWANSON ~~CDA Press Oct 2002
 Doris Doreen Swanson,77, died Saturday Oct 5 2002 in Coeur d"alene, surrounded by close family.
 Doris was born to Doad and Madie Thomas in Isabel SD on Mar 21 1925. Her family moved to North Idaho in 1935. Doris married Oliver Swanson on September 19 1953 in Coeur d' Alene. After their marriage , Oliver and Doris purchased their present home on Indiana Ave., where they raised their daughters Judy and Patty. Family was very important to Doris and she made their home a welcoming gathering place for family and friends. Everyone was welcomed into their home with a loving hug and smile. Doris was blessed with six grandchildren,Kelli,Kristi,Jason,Brad,Becky, and Brain. She was further blessed with nine great grandchildren who provided a wonderful source of love and joy.
 All who knew Doris would know the twinkle in her eye every time she was surrounded by her family. Doris truly was the center of her family. Her unconditional love wrapped its arms around each of us. Doris is survived by her husband of 49 years,Oliver; daughters and sons in law Patty and Jeff Kiecker Hauser Lake, Judy and michael Gourley Spirit Lake;brother and sister in law Paul and Nettie Thomas Spokane; sister Roxy Hanson Spokane,sister and brother in law Donna and Bob Hoiland Va; six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her infant son Oliver Wallace Swanson Jr in 1955, brothers Joe and Leo and sisters Erma and Ruby. Visitation hours will begin 10 am until the noon services Wednesday at Yates Funeal Home, Coeur d' Alene Chapel. Burial will follow at Coeur d' Alene memorial Gardens. Yates Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 Wilbur A. Dunlavy was born at Bloomfield Iowa March 28 1915, the son of james and Clara Dunlavy. He passed away at his farm home of a heart attack on July 2 1972. Mr. Dunlavy came to the Raymond community with his parents at the edge of five. He attended the Ash Consolidated School. He has been engaged in farming west of Crocker in Warren Township for the past 28 years.
 Loreta Abelt and Wilbur Dunlavy were united in marriage on October 17, 1937 at Clark.
 Survivors are his wife, Loreta, three sons Larry and Donald of Clark, and Wilbur Jr. of Crandall; three daughters, Mrs. Grant (Janice) hasnon of Conde, Mrs. Glenn (Clara) Luvaas of Watertown, and Darlene at home ; 10 grandchildren, a brother Lawrence of Clear Lake, three sisters Mrs Leo (Helen) Potter of Clark, Mrs. Opal Potter of Los Angeles Ca, and Olive McDonald of Coon Rapids MN; and many nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Harold K. BEEKMAN Burbank CA Mar 1991
 Harold K. Beekman,73, of Burbank Ca, formerly of Livingston and Clyde Park MT, died from cancer on Monday, March 18 1991 at St. Joseph's Medical Pavillion in Burbank. Burial took place Friday in the Zane Grey Section of the Eternal Valley Mortuary in Newhall Ca. Survivors include his wife, Ruth Mary of Burbank and formerly of Plentywood Mt, a son, Duane Beekman , and two grandsons, Cole and Scott, all of Burbank; and his sisters Eunice Gibson of Clyde Park Mt, Imogene Barnes of Portland OR, Lona Vea McDowell of London, Frances Deranleau and Nadine Carrick both of Washington.
Dorothy Ellen (Strait) HUFFAR~~Wisconsin
 Dottie Ellen (Strait) Huffar, age 88, of Alden Illinois, passed away Saturday July 9 1983 at 3:45 am at Valley High New Home in Woodstock Ill.
 She was born in LaFarge on Nov. 21 1894 to Samuel and Alice (Robinson) Strait. She was married in La Farge on June 10 1914 to Jesse Huffar who preceded her in death in Nov. 1974. She belonged to the Alden Methodist Church, the Bible study group, and Ladies Aid until her illness.
  She is survived by her children Edward, Richard, Mrs. Hope (lyle) Wilson of Alden IL ; Walter and Barney of Viola Wi; Jim of Waterford ND; Neal of Lockport IL; Mrs. Ruth (William) Seaver of Rockford IL; and Alice Huebner of  Norwalk NY; a brother Rex Strait of LaValle WI and a sister Virgie Brown of Cazenovia, Connie Stephens of Viroqua, and Delcie McCormack of Holmen. She has 39 grandchildren, 64 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren.
 She is preceded in death by her parents, one son,Roger Huffar, three brothers Bill. Fred and Max Strait; three sisters, Lottie Nelson,Ada Vodak, and Madie Thomas.
 Visitation was on Monday July 11 from 3-5 and 7-9 PM at the Saunders Hoffman Funeral Home in Harvard IL. Funeral services were at 1:30 PM July 12 at the Alden Methodist Church, Alden IL with Burial at Alden Cemetery.
Max STRAIT~~ Wisconsin
 Max "Mike" Strait, 64, passed away February 16 1976, of a heart attack. He was born on Mar 21 1911 in Ottervale , near LaFarge to Alice and Samueal Strait. He lived on the home place until he married Genevieve Olson of LaFarge. On June 21 1952 he enlisted in the US Army and served until Dec. 30 1945, when he received an honorable discharge. Afterwards he and his wife farmed for sevreeal years in Taylor Co., later moving to Madison. He later operated a service station in Cazenovia for 10 years, retiring 2 years ago.
 Funeral services were held at the Gant Funeral Home in Cazenoiva with Rev. Miller officiating. Burial was in the Bear Creek Cememtery at LaFarge with military grave side services being conducted by the LaFarge  VFW Post 9075.
 Mr. Strait is survived by his wife Genevieve, a foster daughter Ethel Joan Steinmetz,Milton WI;one brother Rex LaValle; 4 sisters, rs. Dottie Huffar,Mrs. Llod McCormack, mrs. Larry Stephens, and Mrs. Frank Brwon. He is preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers,Fred and William, 3 sisters, Mrs. Lottie Nelson,Mrs. Madie Thomas and Mrs. Ada Vodak and an infant daughter Dawn Marie.
 Funeral services were held April 19 1993 at 2 pm at Burr Oak Lutheran Church with REv. Donald Peterson officiating. Organist was Kathy Tollefsrud and soloist was Frank Snell. Pallbearers were Joey McCave,Tim Dawley, Ronald Hill, Scott Hill, Bill Amunurd, and David Holthaus. Burial was made in the Burr Oak Cemetery. Donna went to a country school in Burr Oak and graduated from Decorah High School. She lived in Winneshiek County all her life. She had been emplyed at Northern Engraving in Spring Grove MN for over 13 years.
 Ray was a retired Burr Oak area farmer. He died after a long illness. Funeral services were held Friday Dec 7 at 11 am at the Burr Oak Lutheran Church with burial in the Burr Oak Cemetery. Rev. Ronald Peterson officiated. Organist was Kathy Tollefsrud and vocalists were Harlan and Gloria Whitney. Pallbearers were Rany Schniitzler,Donald Schnitzler, Howard Gullickson, Curtis Marlow, Orvin Hotvedt, and Dean Price. He served in the US Army during WWII. He was a member if Burr Oak Lutheran Church,Winneshiek County Farm Bureau and Mabel Legion Joseph B Lund Post 229.
Virginia E. BROWN
 Virginia E. Brown,77, of rural Cazenovia WI passed away on Saturday June 20 1992 in Richland Hospital. She was born May 30 1915 in Vernon Co. WI, the daughter of Samuel Ellsworth Strait and Alice Matilda Robinson.
 She was married to Frank Brown.
She was a member of the Lloyd Bible Church,Missionary Ladies & Homemakers. Virginia loved her flowers and plants and making quilts and crafts.
 She is survived by three children, Marth Olson,Patrick harris, David harris, 12 grandchildren,step children Larry and Gary Martin, 13 great grandchildren, one sister Constance Stephes,nieces ,nephews and a host of friends. She is preceded in death by husband Frank,several brothers and sisters and one great grandson and one grand daughter.

Joseph WHITE~~ Linton (IN) Daily Citizen July 11 1922

Joseph White,aged 90, one of the oldest citizens of this community died suddenly Monday morning at 6 o clock at the home of his daughter.Mrs. Charls Bellamy, in West Linton. His death followed an

attack of accute indegestion.

The deceased had lived in this community for many years. He was a brick layer and stone mason by trage and followed that occupation up to the time that the weight of the years compelled him to retire. Since then he had made his home with his daughter, Mrs Bellamy,. His wife died man years ago. He was born in the state of Pennsulvania Nov 16.1831. Surviving are three sons and three daughters as follows; Mrs. S.B. Barton and George White of Worthington; Charles H White of Idaho; Mrs Charles Bellmay at whose home he died; Mrs. Emma Lenhart of Matoon IL, and William T. White of Indianapolis. Two brothers also survive,Austin White of Booneville IN and Isaac White of PA.

Funeral services will be held at the Bellamy home in West Linton but no definite time has been announced,awaiting word from relatives. Interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery.


Hattie WHITE BELLAMY~~ Linton (IN) Daily Citizen December 7 1959

Mrs. Hattie White Bellamy,92 years old, of Linton Route 3,died at 3:45 Sunday morning at the Freeman Greene County Hospital. She had been seriously ill for one week.

Mrs. Bellamy had resided in the Linton community for the past seventy years. She was born at Newburgh on Nov 13 1867,the daughter of Joseph and Emmaline (Thornburgh) White. Her husband,Chalres Bellamy, to whom she was married Oct 1 1887, preceded her in death on Feb 20 1948.

Two sisters and seven brothers preceded Mrs. Bellamy in death. Her only survivors are several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Belamy's body was taken to the Anderson Poindexter Memory Chapel,where , it was announced, friends may call. Funeral services will be held at the Memory Chapel at 2 o clock Tuesday afternoon with Rev. W.F. Duncan and Rev. Harry Vibbert officiating, and burial will be made in the Fairview Cemetery.

Charles BELLAMY~~Linton(IN) Daily Citizen Feb 23 1948

Retired coal Miner 86 Died at home Here on Friday Evening

Funeral services for Charles Bellamy,86 years old, retired coal miner,who died at 6:15 Friday evening at the family home in West Linton,were held this afternoon at the family residence with Rev. Everett L. Moore officiating, and burial was made in Fairview Cemetery. Mr. Bellamy had been ill for about seven years.

He was born in Olney IL on July 16 1861, the son of George and Lydia Bellamy. He had been employed in various coal mines in this area, last working at the old North Linton mine. He had resided in Linton for 54 years. He was 85 years,seven months and four days of age.

Mr. Bellamy was a member of the Linton Church of Christ and had held membership in the Linton Red Men's Lodge for more than 50 years. He is survived by the widow Mrs.Hattie Bellamy and by several nieces and nephews, THe Welch and Cornett Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Fred STRAIT~~ Aug 1910 Vernon CO Wisconsin

 Fred Strait, son of Samuel and Alice Strait, was born in the town of Webster Wisc, Oct 17 1892 and died Aug 14 1910, aged 18 years, 9 months, and 28 days. He had not been feeling well for some time and last March was stricken with paralysis of the spine. Different doctors were consulted but none gave any hope of his recovery and he lingered on until last Sunday at 7:30 pm when death came to  his relief. He suffered greatly at times but bore it patiently. He leaves a father and mother,six sisters, 2 brothers and many other relatives and friends to mourn his loss. Fred was a good boy, kind to his father,mother,sisters, and brothers, and did all he could to support the other children. He will be greatly missed in his home,the community and by all who knew him. The funeral was held at his home on Otter Creek and the remains laid to rest in the Mt. Zion Cemetery there to await the Coming of the Lord. Rev. W.N. Smith officiating.

William STRAIT~~ Aug 1963 LaFarge Wisconsin

William E Strait Sr. 60, of LaFarge, was found dead of natural causes in his home Monday Aug 5 1963. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Thursday at the Sime Funeral Home in Readstown where friends may call today and tonight. He is survived by his aged mother,Mrs. Alice Strait,2 brothers, six sisters, and six sons.

Delsie McCormack~~ Vernon Co WISC June 1990

 Delsie E. McCormack,90, formerly of Onalaska, died June 13 1990 at Hillview Health Center. She was born Jan 10 1900 in LaFarge to Samuel and Alice (Robinson) Strait.She married Reverand lloyd McCormack on Nov 19 1924 in Freeport IL. She was an active member in all og her husband's congregation's Women's groups. In addition to her husband, she is survived by one daughter,Mrs. Alice Larson, a son L. James McCormack ,5 grandchildren,3 great grandchildren, 2 sisters, mrs. Constance Stephens and Mrs. Virginia Brown. She is preceded in death by her parents and many brothers and sisters. Funeral services were held June 16 at Asbury United Methodist Church. The Rev. Joseph Lukonic officiating. Burial was in the Stoddard Cemetery,Stoddard WI. Visitation was at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home,LaCrosse on Friday and at the church on Saturday until the time of the services. A preayer was held on Friday.

Alice ROBINSON STRAIT~~ March 1969 Vernon Co WISC

 Mrs. Alice M. Strait,94, lloyd, died Saturday March 15 1969 in a Richland Center Hospital after a long illness. Mrs. Strait was a native of Beaverton Ohio and lived in the LaFarge area for many years. Born Alice Matilda Eve Robinson June 20 1874, she was the daughter of Thomas Robinson and Matilda Smith Robinson. Both parents died while the three daughters they had were quite young. The two youngest girls came to Wisconsin to live with their uncle Henry Smith and his wife Elizabeth, by Ottervale.She is survived by six daughters;Mrs Nels Melson, Mrs Jessie Huffar, Mrs Doad Thomas, Mrs, Lloyd McCormack, Mrs. Lawrence Stephens, Mrs.Virginia Brown; and son Max Strait; 60 grandchildren and 100 great grandchildren. The funeral will be at 1 pm Tuesday in LaFarge United Methodist Church. Friends may call after 4 pm today at the Pratt Funeral Home,Richland Center, and at the church after 10:45 on Tuesday.


READSTOWN, Wis. ? James Richard (Dick) Strait, 68, of Readstown passed away Friday, Aug. 20, 2004, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse.

He was born in Vernon County on Aug. 9, 1936, the third of seven sons to William and Marjorie (McKee) Strait. Dick attended grade school in La Farge, Wis., until his family moved to Readstown in 1952, where he attended the Readstown Schools.

On Dec. 15, 1957, he married Elaine Ella Lester, daughter of Earl and Thurley (Long) Lester of Gays Mills, Wis. They were married by Elaine's grandfather, the Rev. Dennis A. Long, in Fennimore, Wis. To this union two children were born: Debra Josephine and James Richard Jr.

The lure of the open highway captured Dick, and he spent 43 years driving his semi trucks across the nation. His first truck driving job was with Carroll Hankins of Readstown, hauling freight, then with Sloane Brothers out of Westby, Wis., hauling dairy products across the Midwest. Dick retired after 32 years of driving for Diamond Transportation System out of Racine, Wis., hauling farm machinery across the nation.

He enjoyed the life of a trucker and was often joined on trips by his wife Elaine, children and in later years his grandson, Tim Moran. His two grandchildren, Tim and Kelly Jean, were a highlight in his life, and he spent many hours enjoying their activities. He was an avid reader of Westerns and trucking magazines.

Mechanical failures were of little problem to Dick as he kept his truck running in A-1 condition. In 1989, Dick received from the American Trucking Association a "One Million Mile Award," and in 1995 received a "Two Million Mile Award" for safe driving. In April 1994 and in May 1996, Dick was selected as Wisconsin Motor Carriers Safe Driver of the month. Also in 1996, Dick was recognized by Overdrive, a national trucking magazine, for coming to the aid of an injured motorcyclist in New Mexico and was selected as Overdrive's Trucker of the Month.

Dick was also a labor leader, serving as president and chief union steward for several years with Racine Teamsters Local 43.

Dick enjoyed looking for gifts to bring back to his family and friends while trucking. Baseball-type caps were a favorite choice and became a hobby. Dick loved people and was proud of his hometown and family where he longed to return home after being on the road.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Elaine; his daughter, Debra (Michael) Moran, of Viroqua, Wis.; and his son James, Readstown; grandchildren, Timothy James Moran and Kelly Jean Moran of Viroqua; his brothers, Leon (Edwina) Strait, Readstown, and Thomas Strait of Milwaukee; his brothers-in-law; Joseph (Kathie) Lester of Oriole, Calif., and Allan (Sharon) Lester of Tomball, Texas; and sisters-in-law Wanda Strait and Naomi Strait of Readstown, Lorena Holman of Delavan, Wis., and Jessie Jo Welch of Janesville, Wis.; numerous relatives; and a host of friends.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, William, Robert, John and Charles.

Memorial services will be held at the Readstown Advancement Building on Friday, Aug. 27, at 11a.m., with a visitation starting at 10 a.m. Pastor Michael Christensen will officiate and interment will follow in Readstown Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers are Gene McManamy, Allan Lester, Joseph Lester, and nephews John Strait, Mike Strait and Alan Strait. Memorials may be given to the Vernon Memorial Hospital Heart Center and the Readstown Rescue Squad. Sime Funeral Home assisted the family.

May God ride with you on your final journey.


Fleming, Donna J.
Donna Jean Fleming, age 79 of Herbster, Passed away on Monday, July 14, 2008, at Meriter Hospital in Madison. She was born in De Soto on April 12, 1929, a daughter of the late Fantus and Irene (Watson) Tewalt, and graduated from Viroqua High School. She was united in marriage to Ruel Fleming on Feb. 4, 1948. Donna was the center of our family. She was a joy to be around; always comforting someone else and offering a smile, when needed. She was unassuming and certainly not an attention-seeker. But, you could walk into a room and realize that something was missing when she was not there. A more sincere person would be hard to find. When someone was her friend, it was "for life"...just ask any of her buddies. She was fun-loving and always seemed to find pleasure in each new day. She loved chocolate malts, had a passion for reading, enjoyed browsing through antiques, and couldn't wait to plan the next RV trip. All you had to ask was, "Do you want to go?" And, her reply would be, "How soon can we leave? I'm ready!" If being a "worrier" is a fault, she did have one. No, make that two. She talked to herself, a lot! Cancer has claimed the life of another loved one, with her diagnosis of Hodgkin's lymphoma, in January. She faced this challenge with the dignity and grace that we all knew she possessed. She did not fear death, she lived life. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the cancer society. She is survived by her husband, Ruel; daughter, Kathy (Rod) Dahlen; son, Tim Fleming; four grandchildren, Kyle and Abby Dahlen and Rachel and Ryan Fleming; and by a daughter-in-law, Nancy Jean Fleming. She was preceded in death by her son, David Fleming; and by a brother, Jerry Tewalt. It was Donna's wish that a traditional funeral not be held. Memorial services are being planned by the family to be held in Washburn and Viroqua at later dates.

Ludington, MI -- George E. Aanstad, 88, died Wednesday, March 15, 2000 at Baywood Nursing Home.

A memorial service was held at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 18, at Emanuel Lutheran Church with Rev. Wayne Buskirk officiating. Interment was in Lakeview Cemetery.

George Eugene Aanstad was born in Thief River Falls on May 2, 1911, the son of Hans L. and Rose (Soglo) Aanstad who were from Norway. He grew up and attended school in Thief River Falls. He attended the University of Minnesota where he was on the freshman football team which later won the national championship. He graduated from the University of North Dakota.

On November 20, 1941, he married Inga "Ginger" Loken in Thief River Falls. George was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army. He and Ginger lived in Austin for 30 years where he was president of Our Savior's Lutheran Church for two years and taught Sunday school for 20 years. He enjoyed sports, playing golf, tennis and horseshoes as often as possible.

George was employed by the Internal Revenue Service for 28 years. As a retirement project, he compiled federal tax return forms and instructions for every year the IRS has been in existence and published a book with that information.

He and his wife retired to Ludington, MI in 1980 to live closer to their daughter Vicki and her family. In Ludington, George was a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church where he served as president, chairman of Social Ministries and as a Sunday school teacher. He was also an active supporter of the Ludington Salvation Army, serving several years as board secretary. He was a regular blood donor for the community. Ginger died in 1994.

George is survived by two daughters, Vicki L. Dorrell of Ludington, MI and Judy A. Aanstad (husband, Brad Rauschenberg) of Winston-Salem, NC; one brother, Leo (Dorothy) Aanstad of Anoka; and four grandchildren.

Harvey Hermanson

The memorial service for Harvey Ronald Hermanson, 67, who died Feb. 16, 2010, in Cresco, will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 18, at the Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel.
He was born in Howard County, Iowa, on May 13, 1942, to Emmett and Sylvia Hermanson.
He attended school in Mabel, graduated from Hylandale Academy in Wisconsin, and took some computer/business training at Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar, Iowa.
His work history included working in a hospital in Omaha, at Deco Products in Decorah, at Foremost Farms Dairy Coop in Cresco and at Bob Allen Sportswear and Airline Textile in Des Moines.
He was a member of the Hawkeye Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
He is survived by his son, Ronald James; a daughter, Mary Lou; granddaughter, Christina Marie; sisters, Anne Curry and Barbara Fisher; a brother-in-law, Earl Fisher II; nephew Earl Fisher III, and nieces, Teri Fisher-Fuson and Brenda Fisher, and many cousins.
He was preceded in death by twin brothers, John and Richard and by his parents, Emmett and Sylvia Hermanson.