Obituaries – Larson Funeral Homes, Fennimore WI and Montfort WI

Marietta C. Tarrell

marietta-tarrellMarietta C. (Wunderlin) Tarrell, age 96, of Fennimore, died on Monday evening Dec. 5, 2016 at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster. Marietta was born on May 23, 1920 in Harrison Township, Grant County, WI the daughter of Frank and Maud (Horner) Wunderlin. She married Melvin C. “Pete” Tarrell on Aug. 19, 1941 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Montfort.

Marietta attended the Wunderlin rural school and graduated as salutatorian from St. Andrew High School in Tennyson. She also graduated from Platteville Normal School with a degree in rural education. She taught rural school until her marriage and later taught as a substitute.

Marietta and Pete farmed for a few years before moving to Fennimore where they owned and operated the Hilltop bar and restaurant for over 40 years. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Marietta’s greatest joy was being with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed cooking, dancing, playing cards and visiting the casino with friends. She was an avid sports fan and attended and watched many games on TV. He favorite teams were the Packers, Brewers and the Chicago White Sox.

Marietta is survived by her son Lloyd (Paula) Tarrell of Fennimore, eight grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, son-in- law Richard (Debra) Baker of Fennimore, sister-in-law Cecilia Wunderlin of Platteville and many nieces and nephews.

Marietta was preceded in death by her parents, husband Pete on Jan. 20, 2005, daughter and son-in-law Connie and David Kirk and daughter Mary Maud Baker, great granddaughter Bayli Jo Kirk, sister Rose Eustice, four brothers, Ralph, Francis, Ambrose and Walter Wunderlin and two special nephews, Jim Wilkins and Mervin Wunderlin.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday Dec. 10, 2016 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fennimore with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00-8:00 P.M. on Friday evening Dec. 9, 2016 at the Larson Family Funeral in Fennimore. In lieu of plants and flowers a memorial fund has been established in loving memory of Marietta C. Tarrell and online condolences may be made at larsonfuneralhomes.com.

David D. Galer

david-galer-online-qualityDavid D. Galer, age 68, of Fennimore, died on Sunday morning Dec. 4, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, IA. David was born on August 19, 1948 in Lancaster, WI the son of Leonard and Hazel (Cauffman) Galer. He married Roberta Klug on Dec. 20, 1975 in Caledonia, MN.

David has lived in the same house on the Galer family farm almost his entire life. He began farming with his father shortly after high school and he and Roberta eventually purchased the farm in 1989. David was a passionate dairyman who was never afraid to put in a hard days work. He was also a dedicated family man who always made time for them. He never missed a sporting event or activity that his children were involved in and in later years cherished spending time with his grandchildren. David was an avid sports fan who loved to follow his Badgers, Packers and Brewers. He was a fun loving man who truly lived life to the fullest, loved his family with all his heart, and brought laughter to all who knew him.

David is survived by his beloved wife Roberta; two children, Chad (Leslie) Galer of Glenview, IL and Jessica (Damien) White of Boston, MA; two adorable grandchildren Adelynn and Hudson Galer; sisters, Joanne Schmitz, Marilyn (Dan) Digman, Janet (Don) Ready and Sherry (David) Schaefer all of Fennimore; brother and sister in-laws, Tony (Gerry) Klug of Caledonia, MN, Pam (Steve) Savitsky of Oakdale, CT and Mamon (Tom) Hoscheit of Caledonia, MN as well as many special nieces and nephews.

David was preceded in death by his parents, step-mother Florence Galer, brother Leonard Galer Jr., sisters Darlene Galer and Karen Mortensen and nephews Ricky Galer and John Schmitz.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday Dec. 9, 2016 at the Fennimore United Methodist Church with burial to follow in the Hermitage Cemetery in rural Mt. Hope. Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. on Thursday evening Dec. 8, 2016 at the Larson Family Funeral Home in Fennimore and from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service at the church on Friday morning.

Shirlee J. Kramer

shirlee-kramer-1Shirlee J. Kramer, age 86, of Brookfield, and formerly of Livingston, died on Saturday Dec. 3, 2016 at Franciscan Woods in Brookfield, WI. Shirlee was born on Oct. 21, 1930 in Richland Center, WI the daughter of Arnold and Delina (Beaudry) Ellingson. She married Byron Kramer on March 7, 1945 in Dubuque, IA.

Shirlee was raised in the Milwaukee area until moving to Fennimore in the late 1940’s. She later moved to Livingston where she lived until moving to Milwaukee in 1996 to be closer to family after the untimely death of her husband Byron. Shirlee worked at Southwest Technical College in Fennimore teaching food service classes and managing the kitchen. She enjoyed camping at Blackhawk Lake and Lake Joy in her younger years and spending time at her daughter’s cottage in Minocqua in recent years. She also liked to crochet, quilt, cook, play cards and go to the casino. Shirlee was a member of the Elmbrook Church in Brookfield and cherished the time spent with her fellowship group, single women over the age of 55. Shirlee had fun in life and her strength and endless energy will forever be cherished.

Shirlee is survived by her two children, Dell (Tim) McGuire of Waukesha and Scott Kramer of Wauconda, IL; six grand children, Lisa (Keith) Aguglia, Amy (Mark) Murdoch, Michele Zenner, Angie (Rob) Matheis, Danielle (Adam) McGuire and Kyle Kramer, nine great grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren and brother LaVern (Janice) Ellingson of Oconomowoc.

Shirlee was preceded in death by her parents, husband Byron, daughter Cheryl Schiefert, grandson Michael Schiefert and brother Eugene Ellingson.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday Dec. 10, 2016 at the Livingston United Methodist Church with burial to follow in the Rock Church Cemetery, rural Livingston. Visitation will be held from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service at the church on Saturday morning. The Soman-Larson Funeral Home in Montfort is assisting the family and online condolences may be made at larsonfuneralhomes.com.

Charles “Chuck” W. Strack

charles-strack-picFennimore, WI-Charles “Chuck” W. Strack, age 75 died unexpectedly on Wednesday morning Nov. 30, 2016 at his residence in Fennimore. Chuck was born on July 21, 1941 in Boscobel the son of Chalmer & Leona (Peck) Strack. He was married to Barbara Arms and with this union two children, Crystal and Jean were born. Chuck was then married to Marcia Tarbox and with this union, Roger and Lisa were born.

Chuck worked at Rayovac for over 30 years until he retired. He loved the simple life; spending time at his father’s homestead in Mt. Ida, going camping, boating and enjoying the day at Wyalusing Beach with family and friends, and always had time to be that jokester.

Chuck is survived by his four children; daughter Crystal (Todd) Krachey of Wauzeka and their children; Steven (Ashley) McKillip and their son Jason McKillip, Brady and Dayne Krachey, daughter Jean Patten of Boscobel and her children; Ian Riley, Destiny Helgerson, and Emery Patten, son Roger (Jessie) Strack of Fennimore and their children Shanda and Brett Strack, daughter Lisa (Craig) Hale of Platteville and their children Brandon and Alex Lee, three sisters; Donna Stagman of Boscobel, Lorna (Harold) Tarbox of Olin, IA, and Barb Dressler of Lancaster, along with several nieces and nephews.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, grandson Michael Staskal, son-in-law Mitch Staskal, and a sister Linda Fall.

Visitation will be held from 2-5:00 P.M. on Sunday afternoon Dec. 4, 2016 at the Larson Family Funeral Home in Fennimore with a private burial to be held in the Mt. Ida Cemetery. Following through with the wishes of Chuck, no formal funeral services will be held.

Doug Inghram

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Doug Inghram, age 76, of Fennimore, died on Sunday Nov. 27, 2016 at his residence in Marion Township, rural Fennimore. Doug was born Douglas Wayne Offerle on Sept. 28, 1940 at Fort Riley, Kansas, where his father, Matthew Offerle, was stationed. His mother, Naomi, was married to his father for only a short time and then married Kenneth Inghram. Since Doug was only 2 years old, he went by the name Douglas Wayne Inghram after his step father. He even went through the national guard and Army with legal documents incorrectly listing his name as Inghram. It wasn’t until 1964 when Doug legally changed his last name to Inghram so he could get married in 1965. Doug’s life followed this unusual track the rest of his life.

When Doug was 14, he lied about his age and joined the National Guard. He often talked about the time he was given orders to guard an intersection in another Kansas town after a devastating tornado. The leaders of the National Guard forgot about him but, at 14, he kept his post for 2 full days until he was relieved of duty.

During those same years, he led a gang of young boys and men. They would rob guns out of empty houses and resell them in the basement of a store in Missouri. Doug and his gang would torment the local cops. Eventually, the cops put names and crimes together and arrested him in his high school. Doug said he could remember the quiet of the hallways as he walked past the other classrooms in handcuffs. But in jail he used his time reading a Gideon Bible he found. Along with another female inmate next to him, he gave his heart to he Lord.

Because he was underage, he did not have to go to prison and was put on probation. He fully respected his probation officer and finished his time under him well. But this put him behind a year in high school. So he was out of sync with his classmates and graduated a year late. But on the other hand, both classes claimed him because he was such a good friend to all from both graduating years.

However, he was forever scarred by the fact that his mother never came to visit him in jail.

After high school, Doug joined the Army for 4 years and was stationed in Europe. A high ranking officer liked him so much that he made Doug his driver. As a result, Doug drove him around Europe and was able to visit many countries. He made a variety of friends in the Army and throughout Europe.

After returning to the United States, Doug would say how the Lord literally pulled him out of his bed and onto his knees. Doug knew he had to get his life back together and pledged to do whatever he could to further God’s Kingdom. That was when he started reading and studying. But he didn’t choose simple books. He dug right into the hard stuff. He also enrolled in Bethel College in North Newton, a Mennonite school next to his home town. His background in school made it difficult but he started passing classes.

It was there that he met his future wife, Carol Sue Deckert. It was an unlikely match, but in June of 1965, they married. She provided some balance. Carol Sue finished her degree at Bethel and began teaching. Then Doug finished his degree. They both taught at Central Christian High School in Hutchinson, Kansas. Doug was a shop and Bible teacher. Their first and second children, Dale and Cheryl, were born during this time. The next two children, Nettie and Joel, came along during subsequent phases.

Doug always saw everything as possibilities. He moved his family from Kansas to Chicago and attended Moody Bible Institute. Meanwhile, he became involved in Messianic Ministries. He then felt the urge to become involved in business. He could envision using it as a conduit to meet people and lead them to the Lord.
So he started The Steward Company. Doug was CEO while Carol Sue did paper work, which was not Doug’s forte.

Meanwhile, Doug wanted to further his education. He enrolled and took courses at the Wheaton Graduate School where he received Master’s degree in Leadership & Development.

An accident initially led into another phase of his life. When some employees could not finish a painting job, Doug jumped in to complete it. In the process of reaching an extremely high ceiling to paint, Doug damaged his neck. He ended up with cervical spinal fusion and was incapacitated for months.

Doug had served as head Elder at Blanchard Road Alliance Church. He also taught Sunday classes and led many small groups. After neck surgery, Doug began filling the pulpit for churches who were without a pastor or needed guidance. He enjoyed this role a lot. So he decided to see if there were any permanent pastorates available where he could minister as a last frontier. After some searching, he came to pastor Bethany Alliance Church in Fennimore, WI. Through 11 years of ministry, in every circumstance, Doug endeared himself to the congregation and loved them with all of his heart.

Doug became involved in the Fennimore Community also. He pioneered The Depot Exchange thrift store & collaborated to bring new businesses into Fennimore.

Doug was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2009. Eventually, along with profound hearing loss, it forced him to resign from his pastorate.

Doug loved to be in the nature where he & Carol Sue lived. He loved to talk about how God loves us all. He often said it would be neat to sit down at the Great Banquet in the Sky to talk with friends and relatives who passed there ahead of us. Now he can talk and greet people to his heart’s content without pretending that he can hear them.

Doug is survived by his wife of 51 years, Carol Sue; his children Dale Wayne Inghram (Toni) in El Segundo, CA; Cheryl Sue Ravey (Michael) in Margate, Florida; Janette Kaye Langan (Patrick) in Carbondale, IL; & Joel Mark Inghram (Ames, Iowa). Also surviving are 6 grandchildren: Noah Langan, Luke Langan, Zeke Langan, Ellie Langan, Kuno Inghram, & Caz Inghram. Doug also leaves behind 2 sisters & a brother: Sue Curtis (Don), Ardete Frey (Glenn), & Monte Inghram (Elaine) as well as many nieces & nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday Dec. 1, 2016 at Bethany Alliance Church in Fennimore. Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. on Wednesday evening Nov. 30, 2016 at the Larson Family Funeral Home in Fennimore and from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service at the church on Thursday morning. Private family burial will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be made at larsonfuneralhomes.com.