Obituaries

Wed
14
Jan

Karey L. Clark

Karey L. Clark, age 38, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015.

He was born on Feb. 5, 1976, in Monroe to Deb Clark. He graduated from Monroe High School in 1994 and went on to graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a degree in Criminal Justice. In both high school and college he excelled in sports, specifically football and track. 

Karey’s sense of humor and willingness to lend a hand touched many lives. On Nov. 3, 2001, he married the love of his life, Megan Graves. Together they have three children, Mallory, 9, Jack, 7, and Sam, 4. 

Wed
07
Jan

Alysse Lemery (Funk) Rasmussen

An Open House Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, at the Stoughton (Viking Lanes) Banquet Center (1410 U.S. Hwy. 51, Stoughton) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to celebrate the life of Alysse Lemery (Funk) Rasmussen who passed away on Dec. 15, 2014, in Orlando, Fla.

Alysse founded the Lulu G. Lemery Foundation for Arts & Expression with her sisters. The Lemery Foundation (2006-2012) was a non-profit art foundation based in Oregon, which she and her sisters started in memory of their mother, Lulu, and the love of learning that Lulu instilled in all of her children.

Wed
07
Jan

Helen Higginbotham Wanless

Helen Higginbotham Wanless, age 99 of Oregon and formerly of Richland Center, died on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, at the Oregon Manor. Mrs. Wanless was born Sept. 9, 1915, in Sabin, to Jay Briggs Higginbotham and Ida Brown Higginbotham.

On Aug. 21, 1940, she married Lyle W. Wanless and they farmed in Dieter Hollow while Helen worked at O’Bryan Brothers in Richland Center. Lyle and Helen retired in 1972 in Gault Hollow and Helen moved to Richland Center and then to Oregon.

Survivors include sons, Lyle D. Wanless (Ann) of Brooklyn, Duane L. Wanless (Judy) of Neenah; daughter, Alice Hill (Lennie) of Minocqua; Nine grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lyle; daughter, Alvena Elaine; brothers, Aubrey, Frank and Richard; sister, Elsie Fry, and nieces and nephews.

Tue
30
Dec

Phyllis Mae Short

Phyllis Mae Short, 87, long-time resident of Belleville passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 24, 2014.  She was born on December 15, 1927, in Oregon, to James and Annie Marie (Anderson) Denton.  She was a graduate from Oregon High School in 1945.

Phyllis met her love of her life, Jack.  They were both employed by Jack’s uncle at the time.  Jack and Phyllis were united in marriage on November 6, 1948.  She worked alongside Jack delivering milk for 20 years – and an officer of Short Electric Inc.

Phyllis was an active member of the Belleville Community where she was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church, participant in the choir and held a position on the board.  She was also, a member of the Kiwanis and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Tue
30
Dec

Lloyd S. “Doc” Kellogg

Dr. Lloyd S. Kellogg (“Doc”) was born Dec. 29, 1918 in Oakdale, to Ruby and Stephen Kellogg.   

He grew up in Tomah, graduating from Tomah High School in 1937. He enrolled in the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy, graduating in 1941.  During World War II he enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a Pharmacist Mate Second Class, and served with the Northwestern group at Wesley Memorial Hospital as Pharmacist Mate 1st Class until his transfer to the fleet Marines. While serving in the South Pacific, he was recommended for medical school, enrolling at the University of Illinois in 1944. 

In November of 1945, he and Marguerite (Peg) Mrotek were married in Manitowoc.   In June 1948, he graduated from the University of Illinois Medical School, then interned at Methodist Hospital in Madison. Doc served Oregon, and the surrounding community as a general practitioner and surgeon for nearly 40 years, until his retirement in 1987.  

Wed
03
Dec

Lawrence E. Mandt

Lawrence E. Mandt, age 91, of Edgerton, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 26, at Huntington Memory Care, Janesville.

He was born October 16, 1923, in Madison the son of the late Lawrence O. and Laura (Williamson) Mandt.

Larry graduated from Oregon High School in the class of 1941.

He served in the Army Air Corp the 2D Aircraft Assembly Squadron serving in Bismarck, Archipelago, and New Guinea.

He was married to Shirley Gustrowsky.

Larry owned the Texaco gas station and managed Oregon Bowl in Oregon. He worked at Freedom Plastics, Coachman’s Golf Resort as a cook and then later as a grounds keeper.

Larry was a member of the Oregon VFW and the Masonic and the Shriners.

Wed
03
Dec

Margaret “Peg” Jeanette Lee

Margaret “Peg” Jeanette Lee, 93, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at Sun Valley East Assisted Living where she had resided for the last 11 years.

She was born Feb. 5, 1921, to the late William and Allison (Bruce) Mitchell, the youngest child in the family. Her parents and sisters emigrated from Scotland in 1912, settling in Beloit where her brothers and Peg were born. Her family, while glad to be living in the USA, were very proud of their Scots heritage. 

Peg graduated from Beloit High School in 1938 and did secretarial work until marrying Robert (Bob) Hugh Lee on Feb. 7, 1942. They then moved to the Lake Geneva and Elkhorn area where Bob worked on the Bing Gilbert farm during WWII and Peg was a homemaker. They returned to the Beloit area in 1945 and lived there the remainder of their lives. 

Wed
26
Nov

Royce L. Rogers

Royce L. Rogers, age 84, of Oregon, passed away on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at St. Mary’s Hospital. He was born on July 19, 1930, in Madison, the son of Clyde and Wilma (Ward) Rogers. 

He was united in marriage to Eileen McGaw and together they raised five boys. Royce later met and married his soul mate, Judy Kleven. 

Royce enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving his country from 1949 to 1950. He enjoyed softball, coaching and camping. However, the greatest joy for Royce was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. 

Royce is survived by seven children, Randy (Jean) Rogers, Ronnie Rogers (Debbie Greene), Rick (Cheryl) Rogers, Robin “Bud” (Lisa) Rogers, Russell (Angie) Rogers, Deb (Dan) Crapp and Ken (Bette) Kleven; 16 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Pat (Carole) Rogers; along with numerous other relatives and friends. 

Wed
26
Nov

Peter Anthony Jeffris

Peter Anthony Jeffris passed away in a climbing accident on Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado on Nov. 16, 2014, while pursuing one of the joys of his life, summiting a great 14er. 

Peter was born in Evanston, Ill. on Feb. 9, 1989 the firstborn son of Malcolm G. and Jeanne W. Jeffris, and grew up in Oregon. A 2007 graduate of Edgewood High School in Madison, Peter graduated from the Univ. of Colorado, Boulder in May 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering and concentration in Computer Programming.

Peter was a consummate adventurer, athlete and builder from an early age, and followed his passions throughout his life.

Wed
19
Nov

John B. Davis, M.D.

John B. Davis, M.D., age 92, son of Reverend D.W. and Mrs. Davis, passed away on Friday, Nov. 7.

John graduated from Livingston High School in 1940.  In 1941, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and participated in the battles of Guadalcanal, Bougainville and Guam.  After Guam, he was commissioned an officer.

In 1951, John married Carol Parks of Waubeka. She passed away in 2000.

John attended UW Medical School in Madison and served briefly in Family Practice in Markesan.

He became a diplomat in the College of Radiology in 1963 and practiced radiology at Dean Clinic for 18 years, retiring in 1985.

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