Sime Funeral Home Obituaries

01/14/2018 02:47 PM

LaVerne Turben


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01/13/2018 08:40 AM

LaVerne Turben

LaVerne Turben, 88, of Viroqua, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 at Vernon Manor in Viroqua with his wife Imogene at his side.

LaVerne was born in Utica Township, in Crawford County, WI on June 10, 1929 to Clarence and Selma (Grimsled) Turben.  He graduated from Gays Mills High School in 1948.  He married Imogene Maybee on January 15, 1949.  LaVerne was a member of Kickapoo United Lutheran Church.

In 1951, LaVerne and Imogene moved to Beloit, WI and lived there for 8 years,  before returning to the Soldiers Grove area.  LaVerne took up a career in carpentry and enjoyed that for many years until his retirement.  LaVerne suffered later years from Multiple Sclerosis.  LaVerne and Imogene eventually moved to Viroqua to be closer to the care that he needed.  His condition deteriorated to the point that Imogene could no longer care for him so he went to reside at Vernon Manor for the past four years.

LaVerne will always be remembered for his quiet, gentle spirit and strong faith.  He thoroughly enjoyed his family and especially his grandchildren.  He enjoyed the many friendships he had over the years and appreciated the friends and family who came to visit him at Vernon Manor.

LaVerne is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Imogene of Viroqua, their son Terry (Nancy) Turben of Janesville, Grandchildren Johnny (Brenda) Hanson of Westby, Angela (Chris) Carley of Onalaska, Lacey Turben of Janesville.  Great-Grandchildren Tristina Yeiter, MacKenzie and Brennan Wygans, Lukas Hanson, and Sarah Niemyjski.  Great-great grandchildren Izellah Twite and Jaxen Niemyjski.  He is further survived by a sister, Helen (Howard) Hanson of Viroqua, a sister-in-law Alice Turben of Soldiers Grove and a son-in-law Wendall (Alda) Hanson of Viroqua.  He is also survived by host of nieces and nephews.

LaVerne was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Cheryl, a grandson Robbie, a brother Jerald Turben, a sister Jeanette Birkelo, sisters-in-law Pauline Skrede, Shirley Maybee, Beverly Sokolik, Betty Maybee, and brothers-in-law Russell Birkelo, Walter Maybee, Lawrence Skrede, and Fred Sokolik.

Funeral services will be held at 1 PM on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at Kickapoo United Lutheran Church at Folsom. Friends may call from noon until time of services at the church.  Pastor Chuck Miller and Pastor Steve Fossum will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.  The Sime Funeral Home of Readstown is serving the family.

The family would like to thank the staff at Vernon Manor and Vernon Memorial Healthcare and Hospice for the compassionate care they provided LaVerne.  A special thank you to Dr. Paul Bergquist and Dr. Luc Readinger for the wonderful care they have given LaVerne for so many years and to friends and family for their love and support.

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01/09/2018 09:08 AM

Gilford “Buck” Dobbs


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01/08/2018 07:15 AM

Gilford “Buck” Dobbs

Gilford “Buck” Dobbs, 88, of Soldiers Grove, passed away on Saturday, Jan 6, at his home.  He was born on August 12, 1929 in Richland County, Sylvan Township to Pearlie O. and Tressie M. (Johnson) Dobbs.

Buck farmed all his life in Richland County.  His many years of blood, sweat, and tears earned him much enjoyment and a very full life.  In 1974, he reunited with an old classmate, Patricia R. Dobbs.  She became his best friend and life partner for 41 years until her death in 2015.

In 1990 Buck earned the conservation farmer of the year and the outstanding achievement award.  He was also honored for many years with quality milk producer awards from Swiss Valley Co. as well as many other companies during his years of milking.

Buck enjoyed his sports.  Anything with a ball interested him.  He was a boxing champion and a basket ball player during his high school career.  As a young adult, he was locally known for his baseball and softball skills.  There was not a ball field in the Southwestern region that he did not play ball in. Some say that he would have had a professional career had he not decided to join his father in the family farm business.  He was also known for his bowling and bowled for various leagues in his lifetime, earning many awards for his talent.

He was also an avid hunter and fisherman.  He often spoke of checking fence while carrying the pliers, fence post and digger, with some wire, and at the same time had a gun in tow.  Buck also spent many falls hunting bear with his ‘hunting buddies’ in the Hayward area as well as hunting pheasant with his young brother, Gehart and his family in the Melrose area.  He spent countless years hunting rabbits, squirrels, and racoon, with his faithful hounds.  He bragged many times of shooting more than any in the hunting group.  He never missed a hunting opportunity.  Even while spreading manure on his fields, it was certain he had his gun just in case he saw the ‘big one’.

IN later years, he slowed down and was able to spend his winters with Patricia in Arizona.  He loved gambling and spent many a day winning’big’.  Buck and Pat enjoyed traveling.  They toured all of the United States, Europe, Australia, and Africa.

His witty and dry sense of humor will be missed by all.

Buck was preceded in death by his life-partner, Patricia; his parents, Pearlie and Tressie; two brothers, Gaylord and Gehart Frank Dobbs.

Gilford is survived by 2 daughters:  Tressie Lynn (Fred) Wirtz of Richland Center and Ester (Jedidia) Miller of Hillsboro; grandchildren:  Michael (Irene Hinner) Kloehn, Joseph (Courtney) Kloehn, Rebecca (Jesse Murray) Kloehn, Danielle Rechlicz, Wesley Rechlicz, and Breanna Rechlicz; great grandchildren:  Carter and Alex Kloehn, Aydin Kloehn, Roland Murray, and Zachary Rechlicz; 2 sisters-in-law:  Carol Dobbs of Stoddard and Betty Dobbs of Richland Center; 8 nephews, 1 niece and many other family members; he was also survived by his loving, kind and devoted care givers.

Upon request of the deceased, there will be no funeral services conducted.

Sime Funeral Home will be assisting the family with arrangements.

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01/08/2018 07:14 AM

Sheila Brown

Sheila Brown, 52, of LaFarge, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 at her home.

She was born in Chicago, Illinois, on July 19, 1965 to David and Robert (Wyzsnski) Wilson.

She graduated from LaFarge High School.  She ten went to work at the Toro Company in Tomah for twenty-five years.  She married Jeff Brown on June 26, 1993.  He passed away in 2015.

Sheila loved to garden and can all of her own vegetables.  She also liked to crochet and knit.  She particularly loved to make things for other people.  Kayla, her daughter, was the greatest love of her life.

She is survived by her daughter:  Kayla, at home; her sister Susan Wilson, of LaFarge; her aunt Tiny (Margaret Houston), her in-laws:  Amy (Don) Rabiego, Jennifer Martinez, and brother-in-law David (Patty) Brown; niece and nephew: Carly and Zen; her caregiver and trusted friend, Al Maldonado.

A celebration of life will be held at Phil and Debs in LaFarge on January 20 from 1 to 3 PM in memory of Sheila.

Sime Funeral Home in Readstown is serving the family.

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01/04/2018 07:40 AM

Ruth Olson


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01/03/2018 09:04 AM

Ruth Olson

Ruth Olson, 98, of Soldiers Grove, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, at the Sannes Skogdalen Nursing Home in Soldiers Grove.

She was born in Windsor, Missouri on Dec. 1, 1919 to Benjamin Franklin and Susie (Miller) Hudson.  She married Tilman Oleanor Olson on Nov. 6, 1938 in Greeley, Colorado.

They returned to Wisconsin and farmed for many years.  She also cooked in various restaurants and at the Sannes Skogdalen Nursing Home.  Among her hobbies was sewing and quilting.  She was a fabulous baker.  She was a 40 year member of the Legion Auxiliary of the William A.  Schoville Post #220 of the American Legion in Soldiers Grove.  She was  an active member of the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Soldiers Grove.  She  was also a member of the Lioness Club.

She is survived by 3 sons:  Benjamin (Diane O’Brien) of Janesville, Terry (Angela) of Janesville, and Richard of Bulls Gap, Tennessee; 1 daughter:  Dianna (Dwane) Quick of Janesville; 9 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, and 21 great great grandchildren;  1 sister-in-law:  Pauline Olson; and daughter-in-law-Sheri Ballard.

She was preceded in death by her husband (in 1991), 1 son-Michael (in 1999), 2 sisters, 2 brothers, her parents, 4 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, and 2 daughters-in-law:  Joan Olson and Judy Olson.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, Jan 8, at 11 AM, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Soldiers Grove.  Friends may call at the church from 9 AM until time of services. Pastor Carrie Anderson will officiate and burial will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Soldiers Grove.  The Sime Funeral Home of Readstown is serving the family. Memorials may be given to the Our Saviors Lutheran Church or to the charity of your choice.

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01/01/2018 07:15 AM

Patrick McGinley

Patrick McGinley, 86, of Iola, Wisconsin, formerly of Gays Mills, passed away on Sunday Dec. 31, 2017 at a nursing home in Iola.

He was born in Crawford County on November 11, 1931 to Michael and Grace (McCormick) McGinley.  He married Lois Croninger on Dec. 27, 1956.

He graduated from Gays Mills High School.  He served in the U.S. Army in Korea during the Korean War.  He was a longtime post master for Gays Mills.  He was a member of the McCormick Rose American Legion Post.  Among his hobbies was a love of the Wisconsin Badgers and the St. Louis Cardinals.  He also loved hunting and fishing.  The high point of his hunting career was when he got the Big One–a 19-point buck.

He is survived by 2 sons:  Kevin (Michele) of New Glarus, and Patrick (Lynne) of Poynette; 1 daughter:  Maureen Speck of Iola; 7 grandchildren:  Matthew, Meghan, Michele, Amanda, Sean, Andon, and Eryn; 5 great grandchildren; 3 brothers:  Bernard (Elaine) of Sheboygan, Lawrence (Mary) of Platteville, and Michael (Ruth) of Oshkosh; 1 sister:  Ruth Quam of Waunakee; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife-Lois; 1 son-Gregory; 1 great granddaughter-McKenzie; and 1 sister-Elaine.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday,Jan. 6, at 11 AM, at St. Philips Catholic Church at Rolling Ground.  Father Zachary Beya will officiate and burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 10 AM until time of services.  The Sime Funeral Home of Readstown is serving the family.  The McCormick Rose American Legion Post of Gays Mills is providing military rites.  The family would like to thank Sannes Skogdalen Nursing Home, Iola Living Assistance, and Heartland Hospice for their great care.

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12/29/2017 08:12 AM

Elsa Banta

Elsa Banta, 91, of Viroqua, formerly of Soldiers Grove, passed away on thursday, Dec. 28, at the Bethel Home in Viroqua.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018 at 1 PM at Sime Funeral Home in Readstown. Pastor Carrie Anderson will officiate and burial will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Soldiers Grove at a later date. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 12 noon until time of services.

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12/28/2017 11:03 AM

Donald Clements


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