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E. LaVern "Vern" Dahlby, 92, died June 28th, 2016
E. LaVern "Vern" Dahlby, age 92, of Loyal, passed away at Stoney River Assisted Living, in Marshfield, WI, on Tuesday, June 28, 2016.
,br> Funeral services will be held at 11am on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at Trinity Lutheran Church, in Loyal, WI.

Visitation will be held at Cuddie Funeral Home, in Loyal, on Friday, July 1, 2016 from 4pm to 8pm, and again at the church, on Saturday, from 10am until time of service.
Sandra Newman, 72, died June 26th, 2016
Sandra Newman (nee Kurth), 72, born in 1944 in Neillsville, WI passed away peacefully on June 26, 2016.

Sandy graduated from Granton High School and worked at Wausau Insurance where she met and married Ronald Newman on April 16, 1966.

Sandy was a wife, mother, sister, friend who was loved and will be missed by her husband, brothers, sister, three children, four grandchildren with another due soon.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate her life on July 1, 2016 at the Zion American Evangelical Lutheran Church on Hill road in Granton, WI. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. followed by a funeral service.

The family requests live plants/foliage in lieu of flowers to keep the memories alive.

Online Condolences may be made at www.geschefh.com.

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Sandy’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Orville Garbisch, 74, died June 24th, 2016
Orville R. Garbisch, 74, of Granton, died peacefully Friday, June 24, 2016 at the House of the Dove in Marshfield, Wisconsin after a courageous 17 year battle with cancer.

Orville Raymond Garbisch was born on April 13, 1942 the son of Edward and Emma (Retta) Garbisch. He attended Granton area schools and then started farming. He worked for Cenex Coop and then managed Chili Feed and Seed. In 1979 he started his own business, Orv’s Mobil. He sold the business to Drescher Oil and continued to work for them until he retired. Orv was a school bus driver for the Granton School District. He was united in marriage to Jeannie Krause. She died in 1975. In 1976 he was united in marriage to Sharon Steiner.

Orville was involved in numerous activities in the Granton community. He played many years of slowpitch softball, played in the Lynn Baseball League, bowled, served on the Granton Village Board, and the Zion American Lutheran Church Council. He was very active with the Granton Village Park, he was a lifetime member of the Granton FFA Alumni and had 30 years perfect attendance with the Granton Rotary Club. Orv also received the Paul Harris Fellowship recognition from Rotary International. He loved a good game of cribbage, Friday fish fries and cheering on the Green Bay Packers. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family, especially attending his grandchildren’s activities and time with his many nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon, children: Crystal Garbisch of Marshfield, Darin (Annette Lamb) of Fond du lac and Carmin (Craig) Elsinger of Spencer; four grandchildren: Marissa and Angelica Maney and Morgan and Austin Elsinger: a brother, Wallace (Patricia) Garbisch of Granton; mother-in law, Jeanette Steiner of Granton and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Orville was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Jeannie; daughter-in-law, Lori; brother, Gary and father-in-law, Francis Steiner.

A Memorial Service for Orville will be held at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at the Zion American Lutheran Church in Granton. Pastor Dan Zimmerman will officiate. Visitation will be held at the church from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. prior to the service. Interment will be in the Zion American Lutheran Church Cemetery. A gathering of family and friends will be held at the Granton Community Center Wednesday after the services.

Online Condolences may be made at www.geschefh.com.

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Orville’s family with Funeral arrangements.
George F. Zuehlke Jr., 87, died June 21st, 2016
GEORGE F. ZUEHLKE, JR., age 87, of Loyal, passed away at Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital, in Marshfield, on Tuesday, June 21, 2016.

Funeral services will be held at 1pm on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Christ Lutheran Church, in Marshfield, with Rev. Daryn Bahn officiating. A private burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery in Loyal. Pallbearers will be Tom Wepfer, Dave VonRuden, Tom Dahlby, Bruce Hadler, Brad Zepplin and Gary Weirauch. Military rites will be conducted by the Loyal American Legion Post #175.

Visitation will be held at Cuddie Funeral Home, in Loyal, on Friday, June 24, 2016 from 4pm to 8pm, and again at the church, on Saturday, from 11am until time of service.

George Fredrick Zuehlke, Jr. was born on December 21, 1928 on the home farm, in Loyal, to George Sr. and Regina G. (Ziehlsdorf) Zuehlke. He was raised on the family farm and received his education in Loyal, graduating from Loyal High School in 1946. He began working at Citizens State Bank, in Loyal, as a bookkeeper/teller on October 13, 1946. George was drafted into the U.S. Army on January 5, 1951 and went to Fort Polk, Louisiana for his basic training. He was shipped overseas, where he served 6 months in Japan and then 12 months in Korea. After his honorable discharge on November 11, 1952, he returned to Loyal and continued working at Citizens State Bank. While working at the bank, George attended the American Institute of Banking for many years. He was united in marriage to Gladys M. Larsen on March 16, 1968 at Nazareth Lutheran Church, in Withee. George retired from Citizens State Bank on January 1, 1990 as its president and Chairman of the Board. He continued to serve on the banks board until 2000.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Greenwood until its closing, and then became a member of Christ Lutheran Church, in Marshfield. He was a member of the Loyal American Legion Post #175, where he served on the drill squad and was a past post commander. George was also one of the original organizer's of the Loyal Corn Festival, and was a member of the Loyal Rotary Club.

He will be dearly missed by his wife, Gladys, of Loyal; three children: Traci Berrey of Cottage Grove, MN, and her children, Jonathan and Samuel, George F. Zuehlke, III of Wisconsin Rapids, and his children, Jesse and Emily, Kristi (Mike) Lenz of Bloomington, MN, and her children, Harry and Arthur; two sisters-in-law: Sylvia Timmler of Milwaukee and Mary Gjerdingen of Plainview, MN; one brother-in-law: Ken (Terry) Larsen of Schofield; two nephews: Rick (Cathy) Johnson, Terry (Merene) Johnson; one niece: Cheryl (Rev. Daniel) Gruenwald; cousins and many friends.

George was preceded in death by his parents; a sister and brother-in-law: Audrey (Roy) Johnson; and one niece: Dawn Haber.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in George's name for a memorial to be established at a later date.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.cuddiefh.com.

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
James E. Noah, 77, died June 18th, 2016
JAMES E. NOAH, age 77, of Loyal, passed away at Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital, in Marshfield, on Saturday, June 18, 2016.

Funeral services will be held at 11am on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at Cuddie Funeral Home, in Greenwood, with Rev. Daniel Zimmerman officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenwood City Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at Cuddie Funeral Home, on Wednesday, from 10am until time of service.

James Elroy Noah was born on September 22, 1938 in the town of Mead, rural Greenwood, the son of Arthur and Anne (Saule) Noah. He was raised on the family farm and received his education at Rocky Run School. As a young man, Jim worked as a farmhand until becoming employed with OW-Trindal Feed Mill, in Loyal. He was united in marriage to Alda Fay Cramer on July 12, 1969 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Neillsville. Jim worked for OW-Trindal, which later became Smith Feeds, and then Vita Plus, until retiring in 2001. He then managed the trailer court, in Loyal, until April 2015.

Jim had many interests, but especially loved walking the shoreline of lakes collecting fishing lures, hunting and fishing.

He will be dearly missed by his wife, Alda, of Loyal; his daughter: Tina (Beau) Schmidt of Marshfield; one granddaughter: Penelope Schmidt; two step granddaughters: Maia and Rhianna Schmidt; two sisters: Mary Jane (Joe) Langhoff of Spencer, Sandra Egsted of Neillsville; three brothers: Allen (Brenda) Noah of Greenwood, Ronald Noah of Neillsville, Arthur (Marge) Noah of Neillsville; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; one sister: Dorothy Huth, and two brothers: Richard and Donald Noah.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.cuddiefh.com.

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Vivian “Shorty” Votava, 88, died June 15th, 2016
Vivian “Shorty” Votava, age 88, of Neillsville, WI died Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, WI.

Vivian Votava was born on May 20, 1928 in Pisek, North Dakota the son of James and Albina (Dvorak) Votava. When he was young, he and his family moved to Wisconsin and Vivian attended school in Stetsonville. Later, they moved to a farm near Neillsville and “Shorty” worked for Kurt Marg on the mink farm. He then entered the United States Army and served overseas in the Korean War. When he returned from the service, he was united in marriage to Devonne Hanby on September 25, 1954 in Neillsville. They farmed in the town of Weston and “Shorty” worked construction, operating heaving equipment throughout the state for Hank Markquart. They also owned and operated Votava’s Pet Shop starting in Neillsville and later moving to Marshfield. In semi-retirement, “Shorty” worked for Bernie Schwellenbach in Christie, WI.

Shorty attended the Assembly of God church in Neillsville and then the Believer’s Church in Marshfield. He was a craftsman and loved woodworking, making numerous items in his woodshop over the years from train sets to furniture. He was an avid fisherman and he also raised tropical fish in his home.

Vivian is survived by his wife, Devonne, six children, Bruce (Diane) Votava of Marshfield, WI, Steve (Ginny) Votava of Colby, WI, Renae (Brian) Guldan of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, Jenice (Curt) Schrage of Rhinelander, WI, Craig (Lori) Votava of Marshfield, WI and Dawn (James) Gibson of Marshfield, WI, many grandchildren and great grandchildren and three sisters, his twin, Viviana Bartelt of Athens, WI, Virginia Zugich of Elkhorn, WI and Annafaye Aumann of Neillsville, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and two sisters.

A Memorial Service for Shorty will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 20, 2016 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville. Pastor Douglas Bjerke will officiate. Interment will be in the Neillsville City Cemetery at a later date.

Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Monday at the Gesche Funeral Home. Military Honors will be conducted by the Neillsville Veteran’s Council.

Online Condolences may be made at www.geschefh.com.

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Vivian “Shorty”’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Alan S. Flicek, 63, died June 9th, 2016
Alan Flicek, age 63, of Neillsville, WI died June 9, 2016 at the Clark County Rehabilitation and Living Center surrounded by his loving family.

Alan was born on April 30, 1953 in Black River Falls, WI the son of Stanley and Arlene Flicek. He grew up on the family farm in Alma Center and graduated from Alma Center High School in 1971. He attended Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire after graduation. Alan met his wife, Cheri, in Eau Claire. They were married on June 9, 1971 in Hayward, WI. They moved to Neillsville and Alan worked for the city of Neillsville as a water operator for 37 years.

Al enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with their children and grandchildren. They enjoyed spending summers at their trailer on Lake Ojaski in Chetek and traveling to Mexico and Florida.

Al is survived by his wife, Cheri, their children, Chris (Michelle) Flicek of Green Bay, WI, Kari (Jacob) Feldman of LaCrescent, MN, grandchildren, Mason, Gracie and Logan of Green Bay, WI and Benjamin of LaCrescent, MN. Alan is further survived by his mother, Arlene Flicek of Black River Falls, WI, a brother-in-law, Bob Olson and sister-in-law, Marcy Olson both of La Crosse, WI and mother-in-law, Marlys Clow of La Crosse, WI along with nieces and nephews.

Alan was preceded in death by his sister, Linda Greenwood, father, Stanley Flicek, father-in-law, Earl Clow and a brother-in-law, Joel Thomas

A Memorial Service for Alan will be held at 6:00 p.m., Friday, June 24, 2016 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville, WI. Pastor Chad Anderson will officiate.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Friday, June 24th at the Gesche Funeral Home.

Online Condolences may be made at www.geschefh.com.

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Alan’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Donald D. Simpson, 67, died June 1st, 2016
Donald D. Simpson, 67, of Neillsville passed away the evening of June 1, 2016, at home with his family at his side, after living with multiple myeloma for more than 4 years.

A man of many talents, skills, interests, and stories, he will be missed by many.

Donald was born April 7, 1949 in Iowa Falls, IA to Robert and Beulah (Allen) Simpson. He served in the US Army from 1966-1969. After completing service, he sampled many professions and odd jobs, spending the most time in law enforcement and medical fields. Don graduated from the Iowa Central Community College with a degree in Nursing in 1984 as the only male nurse in his class. From that time, he practiced nursing in Russellville, AR and LaCrosse, WI in orthopedics; Joplin, MO in trauma; and at the Memorial Medical Center OR/ER in Neillsville. He retired from nursing in 2011.

At the time of his passing, Don had been married to his wife Cynthia for almost 30 years, and considered their two children among his greatest accomplishments. Their family began in LaCrosse, WI, moved to Joplin, MO, and then settled in Neillsville, WI.
Don enjoyed many interests and hobbies, and inspired collaboration throughout groups and communities. Just a few of his groups, projects, and hobbies include: forming a Gold Wing Road Riders Association chapter in Joplin, MO; participating as an active member of the American Legion, American Legion Riders, Sons of the American Legion, VFW, and the 40 & 8; attending the Honor Flight as a guardian and then as a veteran; sewing, woodworking, hunting, collecting, and motorcycling.

He has been honored with countless awards and accolades, but was ultimately motivated by the ability to help others.

Donald was preceded in death by his father, Robert Simpson, and younger brother, Bill Simpson.

He is survived by his wife, Cynthia (Anibas) Simpson of Neillsville; daughter, Stacie Simpson of Pretty Place, South Carolina; son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Molly (Brosius) Simpson of Fort Lauderdale, FL; his mother, Beulah (Allen) Simpson of Iowa Falls, IA; sisters and brother-in-law, Jackie Simpson, and Mari Beth and Shawn Toomsen of Iowa Falls, IA; brother, Tom Simpson of Storm Lake, IA; 9 nieces and nephews and their families; father- and mother-in-law, Edward and Donna Anibas of Osseo, WI; as well as friends who are as close as family, Bob and Carol Lee of LaCrosse, WI, Bill and Barb Comstock of Neillsville, WI and the entire Boulder Ridge Deer Camp.

Don’s family is excited to report that, after death, he was accepted into the University of Wisconsin-Madison Body Donor Program, for his physical body to be used for the education of future medical professionals.

A funeral service will not be immediately held, however a memorial/celebration of life will be hosted at a later time.

The Simpson family would like to sincerely thank the staff of the Regional Cancer Center and Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, as well as Black River Falls Hospice for their care.
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