Obituaries – Larson Funeral Homes, Fennimore WI and Montfort WI

Melvin G. Klais

Melvin Klais

Fennimore, WI-Melvin Gene Klais, age 66, died on Saturday April 25, 2015 at Finley Hospital in Dubuque, IA. Melvin was born on Oct. 9, 1948 in Liberty Township Grant Co., WI the son of Charles and Dorothy (Cooper) Klais. He was united in marriage to Lavon Fritsch on June 6, 1970 in Cobb. Melvin attended Liberty Ridge, Stitzer, and then Fennimore and graduated in 1967 from Fennimore High School. He was drafted in the U.S. Army in Jan. of 1969 until being honorably discharged in Nov of 1971 serving as a helicopter and truck mechanic in Vietnam. Upon his return, Melvin went to work at John Deere in Dubuque on Feb. 10, 1972 until his retirement on Sept. 30, 2001. He also was employed at Reddy Ag Service of Stitzer, until having to retire due to his declining health. Melvin enjoyed fishing, read more.. - Leave Condolences

James H. Gay

Jim Gay

James Howard Gay, 96, Fennimore, passed away on April 11, 2015, at the Lancaster Care Facility. He was born January 17, 1919, to Carl Orville and Irene (Davidson) Gay in Seneca, WI. He went to school and graduated from Seneca High School.  Jim was united in marriage to Leora Mae Bell at the Steuben Congregational Church on November 17, 1942. They moved to Fennimore in 1943 where Jim started farming and continued until his retirement. Jim was a long-time member of the Fennimore United Methodist Church where he held various positions over the years. Jim was a member of Eastern Star (Worthy Patron in 1959) and a long-time member of the Masons since 1945; he held every office up through Worthy Master. Jim was a member of the AS Soil Conversation CS for Grant County, a committeeman for read more.. - Leave Condolences

John E. “Baldy” Kauffman

Baldy Kauffman

John Edwin “Baldy” Kauffman Jr., age 90, died on Friday April 3, 2015 at the VA Medical Center in Madison. John was born on August 30, 1924 in Millville, IA the son of John Sr. and Opal (Miller) Kauffman. Baldy was a WWII Army veteran serving from Feb. 14, 1946 – Aug. 12, 1947 where he earned the rank of Staff Sergeant in the 11th Airborne Division.  He was a bull rider in the rodeo circuit and entertained with Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.  He was a member of the carpenter’s union and worked for John Deere.  He was a 43-year member of the Fennimore American Legion Post #184 and a member of the Fennimore United Methodist Church. Baldy enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.  He was a kind, caring man who will be missed by all. John is survived by his two sons; Richard Kauffman of read more.. - Leave Condolences

Ronald N. Eggers

Ronald Eggers

Ronald “Ron” Noel Eggers, age 66 of Livingston, died on Thursday morning April 2, 2015 at the VA Medical Center in Madison.  Ron was born on Dec. 21, 1948 in Oak Park, IL the son of Arthur and Ann (Jacobs) Eggers.  He was united on marriage to Ellen Jennings on July 31, 1999. Following graduation from high school, Ron served in the US Army from 1969 – 1972.  He bravely flew as a door gunner aboard Huey helicopters during the Vietnam War. In 1978 he moved his family from the Chicago area to Richland Center and later to Livingston in 1998.  Ron enjoyed watching drag racing and the Badgers and Packers, fishing, woodworking, and morning coffee and conversation with the gang at Alley Oops.  He cherished spending time with his children, grandchildren, and cats Abigail and Pierre. Ron is read more.. - Leave Condolences

Norman W. Nagel

Norman Nagel

Cobb, WI-Norman W. Nagel, age 84, died on Tuesday afternoon March 24, 2015 at Upland Hills Health & Rehabilitation. Norman was born on Feb. 21, 1931 in Dodgeville the son of Melvin and Amy (Merritt) Nagel. He was united in marriage to June Billings on Dec. 5, 1964 in Cobb. Norman graduated from Cobb High School where he excelled in basketball. He farmed his entire life on the family farm in Linden Township, which was recognized as a Century Farm in 2005. He loved the outdoors and was a steward of the land. When work was done around the farm, Norman enjoyed doing yard work, gardening, and planting flowers. Norman enjoyed watching the Badgers, Packers, and Brewers, playing cards, traveling, and fishing with his family. He also liked going to auctions and sharing stories about the read more.. - Leave Condolences

Reverend Floyd L. Turner

Rev Floyd Turner

Livingston, WI-Reverend Floyd L. Turner, age 97, died on Saturday March 14, 2015 at Bloomfield HealthCare in rural Dodgeville. Floyd was born on Feb. 11, 1918 in Wauzeka the son of Herbert and Mary Jeanette “Nettie” (McMurray) Turner. He was united in marriage to Dorothy Horkheimer on June 21, 1950 in Wauzeka. After serving in WWII and being honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy, Floyd attended and received his degree in Theology from God’s Bible College in Cincinnati. Floyd went to work in Westby and preached at the Assembly of God until moving and joining his brother in the sand & gravel business in Boscobel. He later purchased the business and moved to Cassville in 1963 along with preaching, as an assistant pastor, for the Baptist Church of Cassville. Floyd also looked forward read more.. - Leave Condolences

George B. Larson

George Larson

George Bernhardt Larson, age 101, of Menomonie, WI passed away Sunday, March 15, 2015 at the American Lutheran Home in Menomonie. Mr. Larson was born Sept. 16, 1913 on the home farm in Dunn County, WI to Ole J. and Anna M. (Alseth) Larson. On April 9, 1937, George married the former Eleanora A. “Ellie” Scheel at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie and they celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary in April of 2012.  They owned and operated the Tramway Store (Larson’s Grocery) located at the intersection of Highway 12 and 79, west of Menomonie. George was a graduate of the Dunn County Agricultural School, Dunn County Normal School, received a two year teaching certificate from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, attended Stout Institute of Technology, and the Teacher’s College at read more.. - Leave Condolences

Kay E. Gilbertson

Kay Gilbertson

Montfort – Kay Ellen Gilbertson, age 70, passed away peacefully on Saturday March 14, 2015 at her residence in Wingville Township with her loving and supportive husband by her side after a courageous two year battle with cancer. Kay was born on Oct. 22, 1944 to Jay and Esther (Alexander) Millin. She married Rodney Gilbertson on June 15, 1963 in Fennimore. Following Graduation from Wauzeka High School in 1963, Kay worked at Accudyne in Janesville for several years until moving to Evansville where she found employment at the Evansville Manor until retiring in 1992. Retirement brought her to her final resting place at the Gilbertson farm outside of Montfort. She found herself going back to ‘work’ babysitting for a niece and then being employed by Lands End where she officially ‘called it read more.. - Leave Condolences

Neil L. Addison

Neil Addison

Neil Laverne Addison, age 84 of Montfort, passed away Sunday, March 8, 2015.  He was born on March 31, 1930, in Eden Township to Everett and Anna (Jacobson) Addison.  He married Phyllis Trankle on April 25, 1953 at the Cobb United Methodist Church. Neil graduated from Montfort High School, and successfully farmed where he was born and raised, just north of Montfort.  He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, telling stories of his childhood and adventures as a young man.  Neil was an avid participant at area auctions where he always found another item to add to his collections and share with his family.  Neil and Phyllis traveled extensively during retirement and loved spending winters in Arizona with many great friends and relatives. He was a member of the Montfort United read more.. - Leave Condolences

Daniel R. Vorwald

Daniel R. Vorwald, age 82 of Rewey, died on Wednesday morning March 4, 2015 at Bloomfield Manor in rural Dodgeville.  Daniel was born on Oct. 16, 1932 in Canyon, Texas the son of George and Maria (Schmitz) Vorwald.  He married Judith Gabel on Sept. 10, 1960. Dan and his family farmed in Texas before purchasing a farm and moving to rural Bloomington, WI when Dan was in the 8th grade.  Following graduation from Bloomington High School, Dan enlisted in the US Army from 1954-1956.  Upon returning home he continued farming in the Bloomington area before moving to Rewey in 1977.  In addition to farming, Dan worked as a custodian for Iowa Grant School District from 1983 until his retirement in 1992. Dan was a lifetime member of the VFW and a founding member of the Bloomington Knights of read more.. - Leave Condolences

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