Obituaries

Thu
11
Sep

Erik Leif Anderson

After a courageous nine-year battle with Synovial Sarcoma, Erik Leif Anderson, surrounded by loved ones, slipped into Heaven on Sept. 4, 2014, greeted by his old dog, Ruby, and many loved ones. Erik was born on Dec. 8, 1974, to Marcella (Anderson) Anderson and Ed Anderson. Starting life as a tiny little baby, he grew into a 6-foot-6-inch gentle giant.

He spent his childhood in Oregon. Using the world as his playground, he always wondered “how” and “why,” and spent hours trying to figure it out. After high school, he worked at Gary Willie’s Service Station, Machine Services, Forms Pro Printing, Don Miller Dodge and Fair Valley Performance. Erik married his true soul mate, Debra Fago, on Sept. 15, 2007. Together they loved and laughed through life.

Wed
03
Sep

Janet B. Keenan

Janet B. Keenan, age 87, of Oregon, passed away on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at Oregon Manor. She was born on Feb. 21, 1927, in Fitchburg, the daughter of E.R. and Gladys Stoneman.

Janet married Robert Y. Keenan on Sept. 27, 1947, in Oregon, and he preceded her in death on April 2, 2014. She worked as a bookkeeper for Lappley Implement, Lappley Chevrolet, and Chase Lumber Company until her retirement.

Janet was a member of Holy Mother of Consolation Catholic Church in Oregon. In her spare time she enjoyed doing crafts. She also volunteered at the Oregon Historical Museum and was a curator for a period of time.

Janet is survived by her daughter, Sandy (Ron) Klein; grandsons, Kenneth, Robert and Anthony (Amanda); great-grandsons, Lucas and Ryan; special aunt, Genevieve Jackson; sisters-in-law, Barbara Stoneman, Helen Senger and Lois Keenan; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.  

Wed
27
Aug

Charles F. “Chuck” Miller

Charles F. “Chuck” Miller, age 63, of Oregon, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at Agrace HospiceCare, after surviving 15 years since cancer onset. He was born on Jan. 1, 1951, in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Walter and Dorothy (Clark) Miller. He grew up in Cleveland and graduated from Collinwood High School.

Upon graduating from high school, he worked as a machinist before enlisting in the U.S. Army. Chuck, while stationed at Ft. McCoy as an Air Traffic Controller, met Ann Hargesheimer, an art teacher for Sparta High School. They were married on June 7, 1978, in Winona, Minn. and just recently marked 36 years of marriage. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army he attended technical college in La Crosse earning his Associate’s degree in computer programming. He then attended Lakeland College where he was awarded his Bachelor’s degree.

Wed
20
Aug

Harvey W. Powers

Harvey W. Powers, age 72, of Oregon, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Oregon, the son of Clyde and Verdie (Olson) Powers. Harvey was united in marriage to Stephany Jenness in Madison.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1964-1966, serving in Vietnam. Harvey graduated from Oregon High School in 1960 and worked for Madison Sand and Gravel for more than 30 years.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Stephany; children, Wendy, Eileen and Lynn, all of Oregon; five sisters, Helen Kopp, Roberta (Ken) West, Doris (Lawrence) Schnabel, Mary Tofte and Virginia (Laurens) Schubert; one brother, Charles (Delores) Powers; father-in-law, Donald Jenness; several nieces and nephews; and numerous other relatives and friends.

Harvey was preceded in death by his parents; mother-in-law, Audrey Jenness; two brothers-in-law, Larry Kopp and Clifford Tofte; nephew, Jerry Schubert; and niece, Linda Tofte.

Wed
20
Aug

Erwin “Boob” Kissling

Erwin “Boob” Kissling, age 91, of Oregon, passed away peacefully on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, at Agrace HospiceCare. He was born on Feb. 18, 1923, in Monroe, the son of Erwin and Lydia Kissling.  

Erwin grew up in Monticello and graduated from Monticello High School.  He attended UW where he played football, being a proud member of the 1942 team. Erwin then graduated from the UW in 1948.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II where he was stationed in Europe, being injured during the Battle of the Bulge, for which he received a purple heart. Erwin was united in marriage to Rosemary Schultz on Aug. 6, 1955.  

Prior to coming to Oregon, Erwin taught at Sturgeon Bay and Adams-Friendship, retiring in 1985.  During his career in Oregon he also served as athletic director and coach of football, basketball and baseball.  Erwin was inducted into the Wisconsin Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 1992.  

Wed
13
Aug

Robert W. Dinkel

Robert W. Dinkel, 61, of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Lima, Ohio, died on Aug. 10, 2014. He was born Feb. 5, 1953.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Fri., Aug. 15, 2014, at Incarnation Catholic Church in Sarasota.

Funeral arrangements by Packer Funeral Home.

He is survived by sons, Brian and Paul both of Sarasota; daughter, Tricia Braun of Columbus, Ga.; brother, John Dinkel of York, Pa.; sisters, Mary Alice Wright and Ann Pingel both of Sarasota; and eight grandchildren.

He is predeceased by wife Susan Dinkel.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Lung Association or the American Cancer Society.

Wed
06
Aug

Thomas J. “Tom” Whitmore

Thomas J. “Tom” Whitmore, age 76, of Oregon, passed away Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Madison. He was born Feb. 15, 1938, in Madison, the son of John and Dolores (Buchanan) Whitmore. He was united in marriage to Dottie Dohner on June 15, 1974, in Madison.

Tom graduated from Madison West High School, Class of 1956. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving from 1956-1960. He was a former employee of G.F. Schmidt and of Anchor Property Management. In his spare time he enjoyed watching old westerns, the Packers, Badgers and NASCAR, going camping in his R.V., taking walks with his beloved dog “Doc,” vacationing in the Black Hills of South Dakota and in Wisconsin’s Land O’ Lakes, going for rides in his Cadillac, riding his John Deere Tractor, trading vehicles and visiting his “cowboys,” Jack and Luke.

Wed
02
Jul

Betty M. Keller

Betty M. Keller, age 93, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 26, 2014, with her loving sister at her side. Betty’s fun, lively and kind spirit will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Betty was born Elizabeth (Betty) Magdalena Keller in Hollandale on Nov. 2, 1920. Her parents Alfred and Elise (Schmid) Keller emigrated from Switzerland to Wisconsin.

Thu
26
Jun

Gerald F. Peterson

Gerald F. Peterson, age 82, entered into eternal peace surrounded by his adoring family on Sunday, June 22, 2014. He was born on July 28, 1931, on a farm in Morris, Ill., the son of the late Martin and Agnes Peterson.

Jerry graduated from Lewis High School and attended one year at Lewis College before the call of the river just became too strong to ignore. Typical of the high achievement that punctuated his life, he became the youngest Captain on the upper Illinois River at the age of 19. He later graduated from Lewis University. Jerry met the love of his life, Barbara Frobish, in February of 1951, and for the next 63 years they built a life together that was filled with love and adventure.

Thu
26
Jun

Tara Lynn Bunner

Tara Lynn Bunner, 60, of Morgantown, W.V., passed away on Saturday, June 21, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her family. She was born March 4, 1954, in Morgantown, W.V.  

Tara was a 1972 graduate of Morgantown High School, and completed her bachelor’s degree in Education at The University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2011.

Tara loved gardening, teaching children and caring for animals. She was an accomplished seamstress, dancer and choreographer; she adopted anyone and anything in need of a loving home.

She ran her own business, Tara’s House Daycare, for many years. She was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

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