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Jeffery J. Bryan, 60, died January 18th, 2020
Jeff Byran, age 60, of Neillsville, WI died Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Eau Claire, WI.

Jeffery Jay Bryan was born on March 6, 1959 on the Bryan farm in Neillsville, WI the son of Wayne and Mary (Vinney) Bryan. He served in the United States Army and was united in marriage to Patricia M. Barrett on April 20, 1981 in Douglas, WY. Jeff was a Jack-of-all-trades. He held several jobs, the most recent being an over the road truck driver for the past 20 years. He loved horses, dragons, rock-n-roll music, dancing, but he especially loved his grandbabies.

He is survived by his wife, Patty, three children, Chantel (Philip) Hazeley of Ocean Side, CA, Alisa (Andy) Stalsberg of Neillsville, WI and Jeff (Heather) Bryan Jr. of Neillsville, WI, 9 grandchildren, Brett, Shaneque, Philip, Adrian, Kaitlyn, Brooklyn, Wyatt, Sawyer and Liliana, his mother, Mary Bryan of Neillsville, seven siblings, Lynette (Rod) Canfield of Colfax, WI, Wayne (Becky Bartche) Bryan Jr. of Douglas, WY, Joan Bryan of Neillsville, WI, Beverly (Mike) Bettencourt of Black River Falls, WI, Jim (Lisa) Bryan of Neillsville, WI, Brenda (Matt) Gallagher of Douglas, WY and Mike (Jessie Krietlow) Bryan of Neillsville, WI. He is further survived by many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father, Wayne and a sister, Jane Bryan.

Per Jeff’s wishes no services will be held. A celebration of life will be held at a later date in Wyoming.

Online Condolences may be made at

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Jeff’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Robert K. Ladd, 92, died January 15th, 2020
Robert Ladd, age 92, of Neillsville, WI died Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at the Marshfield Medical Center in Marshfield, WI.

Robert Keith Ladd was born on December 1, 1927 in Iowa Falls, IA the son of Claude and Mable (Klein) Ladd. Bob was a WWII veteran, having served in the United States Navy from May 29, 1945 until his honorable discharge on July 13, 1946. He then returned home to farm with his father. On April 17, 1948 he was united in marriage to Ilean Anna Harringa in Mankato, MN. After they were married, they worked at a canning factory in Blue Earth, MN and then farmed in Forest City, IA. In 1958, they purchased a farm in the town of Seif and farmed for 54 years. During that time Bob also worked for Wedges Creek Research Farm and Bio-Life. Ilean died in 2016.

He is survived by three children, Audrey Bonney of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, Lynda Hilliard of Neillsville, WI and Dale (Janice) Ladd of Neillsville, WI. Seven grandchildren, Darlene (William) Dhein Sr., Robert Marek, Kevin (Roberta) Bonney, Travis Ladd, Matthew Ladd, Shannon Ladd and Cody Ladd, eight great grandchildren, William (Haley) Dhein Jr., Ashlea (Godwin) Dhein, Nicole (Jed) Marek, Michael Marek, Kordell (Britney) Bonney, Kourtney (Darren) Bonney, Dakota Bonney and Carmine Ladd, three great great grandchildren, a sister, Dorothy Persho of Zearing, IA, brothers-in-law, Eugene (Aurilla) Harringa of Cedar Falls, Brock Walden of Forest City, IA, , a sister-in-law, Marcella Mahon of Leona Valley, CA, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ilean, his parents, sons-in-law, Kenneth Bonney and Jerold Peterson, a great grandson, Brandon Bonney and siblings, Vivian, Evelyn, Glenda, Thelma and Ronald.

Funeral Services for Robert will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 20, 2020 at the Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Globe, WI. Pastor Nathan Wilke will officiate. Music will be provided by Jed & Nicole Burdick and Michael Marek. Interment will be in the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery with military honors performed by the Neillsville Veteran’s Council.

Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Monday at the Church

Honorary Casket Bearers are: Kordell Bonney and Matthew Ladd.

Casket Bearers are: Robert Marek, Kevin Bonney, William Dhein Jr., Michael Marek, Travis Ladd and Cody Ladd.

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The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Robert's family with Funeral arrangements.
Matt Hemp , 65, died January 13th, 2020
Matt Hemp, age 65, of Neillsville, WI died Monday, January 13, 2020 at his home.

Matthew Allen Hemp was born on March 18, 1954 in Neillsville, WI the son of Marvin and Mae (Bender) Hemp. He attended Neillsville High School, where he played football and earned all-conference awards before graduating in 1972. He then attended UW-Marshfield and UW-Eau Claire, where he dreamed of being a mechanical engineer. In 1973, Matt began working for the Clark County Highway Department until he retired in 2010, after 36 years. On September 20, 1975 he was united in marriage to Leslie Zasoba in Neillsville. They later divorced in 2005.
In his spare time, Matt enjoyed hunting, fishing, shooting pool, grilling and, most definitely, watching the Milwaukee Brewers. He also enjoyed, feeding his birds, watching Gunsmoke and Bonanza, tinkering with his 1964 corvette, spending time with family and friends at the family cabin on Lake Arbutus in Hatfield, WI and hanging out with his two boys. He most enjoyed musky fishing and the smiles on his grandkids faces.

He is survived by two sons, Josh (Melissa) Hemp and Andy (Abby) Hemp and their mother, Leslie (Steve) Hemp-Buchholz, all of Neillsville, WI, four grandchildren, Jackson and Jett Hemp, Logan Marshall and Riley Hemp, three brothers, Michael (Gitta) Hemp of Hernando Beach, FL, Mark (Linda) Hemp and Merlin (Chris) Hemp both of Neillsville. Matt is further survived by many nieces and nephews and a very special friend, Laura Speich of Greenwood, WI.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Mae Hemp, his maternal grandparents, David and Mabel Bender, his paternal grandparents, Louis and Emma Hemp, a granddaughter, Haddie Alyn Hemp and a niece, Kailey Hemp.

A Memorial Service for Matt will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the Gesche Funeral Home. Pastor Terry Marg will officiate.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m., to 1:00 p.m. Saturday at Gesche Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Neillsville City Cemetery at a later date. Following the service, a reception celebrating Matt’s Life will be held at The Brickyard in Neillsville.

Online Condolences may be made at

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Matt’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Todd Averill, 56, died January 6th, 2020
Todd Averill, 56, of Neillsville, WI, passed away at home surrounded by family on January 6, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Todd was born on October 19, 1963 to Ralph and Carol Averill in West Bend, WI. Todd has three daughters Brittney, Alexis and Abigail. He loved being a father and would do anything for his children. Anyone who knew Todd knows the abundance of knowledge that he possessed about just about anything. He will forever be looked up to and remembered for his willingness to help others and sharing his knowledge with others. After graduating from West Bend West High School in 1982, he went on to study Nondestructive Testing at Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire, WI. After graduation, he landed his first job as an inspector for the Jim Falls Hydro Dam. Then moved to Minneapolis where he accepted a job with Progress Castings as a Quality Control Inspector and then moved into Foundry Engineering. He then accepted a job in Syracuse, NY at an aluminum foundry. After working there for about a year, Todd decided to move back to Neillsville, WI to raise his family. He worked in HVAC for many years before switching his interests to Wastewater Management.
Todd enjoyed spending much of time at the family lake house on Lake Camelot in Nekoosa, WI doing various things including fishing, boating, and sitting around the fire listening to sports. Todd also enjoyed spending time cooking, doing yard work, building various wooden projects, playing cribbage, and spending time with his family and friends.

Todd was extremely grateful for the support that his daughters, brothers, mother and friends have provided him throughout this extremely hard journey.

Todd was predeceased by his father Ralph Averill, younger brother Kim Averill, Grandparents Frank and Elenore Gengler and Vincent and Cecelia Averill.

He is survived by his mother Carol Averill, brothers Ralph Averill, Terry (Beth) Averill, Jeff (Roxanne) Averill, Jay Averill, three daughters Brittney, Alexis, Abigail, special little friend Aubree Lewis, many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at the United Church of Christ in Neillsville, WI. Pastor Jacoba Koppert will officiate.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, January 20, 2020 at the Gesche Funreal Home in Neillsville and again from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Tuesday morning at the church.

Online Condolences may be made at

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Todd’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Wayne Zoutendam, 85, died January 5th, 2020
Wayne Zoutendam, 85, went to be with his Lord on Sunday, January 5, 2020. He passed away in the presence of family after a battle with pneumonia. Despite blindness from a young age, he was a master carpenter who devoted his gifts to the service of others at home and around the world.

Wayne was born on April 10, 1934, in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin. He attended a one-room school through eighth grade, then graduated as valedictorian of the Oostburg High School class of 1952. He then attended Central College in Pella, Iowa, where he met Beulah Roorda, the love of his life and his wife of 64 years. He later graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and worked as an educator for nearly two decades, first in the Neillsville public schools, and then in the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) as a counselor for the blind. He himself had received training through the DVR for his earlier work as a medical transcriber.

After retirement in 1996, Wayne served as a construction volunteer with Wycliffe Associates, a worldwide missionary organization supporting Bible translation. He worked on projects in Africa, East Asia, and Central America, and also at the International Linguistics Center near Dallas, Texas, where he and Beulah spent their winters. He applied Wycliffe’s principle of volunteer labor locally as supervisor for the construction of Living Hope Church in Neillsville. His expertise in the tools of the trade astonished just about everyone but himself; he was a constant source of surprise and inspiration on the worksite.

Wayne is survived by his wife Beulah; son David (Carol) Zoutendam of Longview, TX, and daughter Beth (Tim) Foemmel of Chili, WI; six grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren; brother Ron Zoutendam of Sheldon, IA, and sister-in-law Audrey (Gordon) Henry of Newberry, South Carolina; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is being planned for a later date at Living Hope, the church he helped to build.

Online Condolences may be made at

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Wayne’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Steve Scharenbrock, 64, died December 6th, 2019
STEVEN J. "STEVE" SCHARENBROCK, age 64, of Willard, WI, passed away at House of the Dove, in Marshfield, WI, on Friday, December 6, 2019.

A Celebration of Steve's Life will be held at a later date in the Spring of 2020.

Steven John Scharenbrock was born on September 5, 1955 in Chicago, IL, the son of John and Elizabeth "Betty" (Thiel) Scharenbrock. He was raised and received his education in Chicago, graduating in 1974 from Gordon Technical High School in Chicago. After completing high school, Steve worked for a food distribution company in Chicago until moving to Willard, WI in 1981. He worked for Fleming Foods Company, in Marshfield, for several years. After they closed, Steve worked at Heartland Co-op in Greenwood, and drove school bus for the Greenwood School District. His last employment was with Grassland Dairy, in Greenwood, until his retirement.
He was a member of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation and the Willard Historical Society. Steve had many interests, but especially enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.

Steve is survived by his wife, Linda, of Willard; one step-son: Josh (Gina) Thorson of Medford; 3 step-grandchildren: Brynn, Blake and Ty Thorson; 2 sisters: Sandra Scharenbrock of Phoenix, AZ and Susan Scharenbrock of Chicago, IL; one uncle: Jim (Joan) Scharenbrock of Ocean Isle, NC; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Elmer Heiman, 86, died November 29th, 2019
ELMER J. HEIMAN, age 86, of Thorp passed away on Friday, November 29, 2019 at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

Per Elmer's wishes, funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2020, at 10:30am, at St. Bernard-St. Hedwig's Catholic Church in Thorp. Rev. Baskaran Sandhiyagu will officiate and burial will follow in St. Bernard's Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held, at the church, on Saturday, May 9, 2020, from 9:00am until time of service.

Elmer Joseph Heiman was born on March 13, 1933 in Thorp, WI, the son of Andrew C. and Edith (Benzschawel) Heiman. He was raised on the family farm, received his education at area schools, and graduated from Thorp High School in 1951. After graduation, Elmer worked on his father's dairy farm and also worked as a farmhand and a mechanic for various other farmers in the area. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in August of 1956 and served until his honorable discharge in August 1962. During his active duty, Elmer was awarded many service medals, but he was most proud of his sharpshooter medals for both rifle and pistol. Upon returning home, Elmer went to work as a mechanic at Farmers Co-op in Thorp until its' closing in the early 1980's. He then built his own repair shop building and operated Elmer's Repair until his retirement.
He had many interests, but especially enjoyed fishing in Canada, deer hunting out west, snowmobiling, and taking videos of parades, farms, and other scenery.
Elmer was a member of St. Bernard - St. Hedwig Catholic Church, the Catholic Order of Foresters, and the Thorp VFW Post #9057.

He is survived by 14 nieces and nephews: Bonita (Mike) Ross-Romero of Las Vegas, NV, Sandra (Ken) Engel of Owen, WI, Donna (Joe) Soborowicz of Montverde, FL, Barbara (Dale) Schulz of Edgar, WI, Jayne (Randy) Mooney of Bettendorf, IA, Robert (Carol) Hubbard of Withee, WI, Royce Hubbard of Thorp, Earl Hubbard of Owen, Neil Hubbard of Fairchild, WI, Ivan Hubbard of Medford, John Hubbard of Thorp, Jerry Heiman of Campbellsport, WI, Kenneth (Helga) Heiman of Cedarburg, WI, and Wesley (Patti) Heiman of Mukwonago, WI

Elmer was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters: Ella Hubbard and Lenore Giwojna; 2 brothers: Raymond and Leonard Heiman, and two nephews:Roger and William Hubbard.

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Thorp Funeral Home is assisting Elmer's family with arrangements.

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