David B. Likely

Posted July 8, 2014 at 3:31 pm

David B. Likely, 71, of Norwalk, formerly of Tomah, died of cancer Thursday afternoon, July 3, at home, surrounded by his family.

He was born Oct. 17, 1942, to Harry and Gertrude (Dams) Likely in Tomah. David was united in marriage Sept. 5, 1982, to Vanessa (Fantasia) Likely. David graduated from Tomah High School in 1960. He spent nine years proudly serving his country in the United States Navy. He went on to work for the Department of Defense in Virginia Beach, Va. He retired in 1997 as director of maintenance for Oceana Naval Air Station and Dam Neck Training Center.

In 1999, with his wife and son, he returned home to Tomah, where he farmed beef and renovated the property until 2002.  David wasn’t

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    Verne Dale Arndt

    Verne Dale Arndt, 81, of Hustler, Wis., passed away suddenly Saturday June 28, 2014.

    Verne was born Oct. 12, 1932, on the family farm in the town of Wellington, Monroe County, Wis., to Hugo and Clara (Radke) Arndt. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Wilton. He was a 1950 graduate of Wilton High School. Verne served in the United States Air Force from 1952-1956. On Sept. 1, 1956, he was united in marriage to Marie Vaningan in Hillsboro.

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    James Junior Downing

    James Junior Downing, 72, of rural Cashton passed away peacefully Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at the Bland Bekkedal Center for Hospice in Viroqua after a courageous battle with cancer.

    James, who we all knew as “Jim,” was a hardworking, dedicated dairyman. He was born April 13, 1942, to James and Ethel (Short) Downing in Ontario. On July 1, 1961, he married Mary Schallock, at Wesley United Methodist Church in La Crosse. Jim was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and

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    James L. Curtis

    James L. Curtis, 91, died at his daughter’s home on the morning of Monday, June 23, 2014.

    He was born in Viroqua, Wis., on Oct. 26, 1922, the son of the late Carl Curtis and Ora Abbott Curtis. James was raised by his maternal grandparents, Leroy and Althea (Sewell) Abbott, in Wilton, Wis. He graduated from Wilton High School in 1939 and attended La Crosse State Teachers College and Haverford College in Pennsylvania before graduating from medical school at George Washington University

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    Lester “Festus” William Niemeier

    Lester “Festus” William Niemeier, 73, of Norwalk, WI, passed away Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at the Trempealeau County Health Care Center in Whitehall, Wis.

    He was born Oct. 14, 1940, in West Salem, Wis., to Carl H. and Amanda C. (Beier) Niemeier.  Lester was baptized Nov. 3, 1940, and confirmed April 3, 1955, at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in West Salem. In April 1957, he moved to Norwalk. He worked on the railroad for seven years, and then worked at Heilman Feed

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    Donnie Wayne Fanta

    Donnie Wayne Fanta, 71, of Janesville, passed away June 12, 2014, at The Kelly House Assisted Living in Evansville, Wis.

    He was born June 4, 1943, in Hillsboro to Mildred (Bender) and Adolph Fanta. Donnie grew up in Ontario. He graduated in 1961 from Brookwood High School. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Air Force and worked in medical supplies. He enjoyed his friends and travels in the Air Force, which took him to Okinawa, Japan. He worked for more than 40 years at General Motors in Janesville,

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    LaVern “Ole” Peterson

    LaVern “Ole” Peterson, 83, of Belvidere, Ill., died peaceably at home with his family by his side.

    He was born in Sparta on March 23, 1931, and married Connie Miller on June 19, 1954 in St. Charles, Ill.

    He came to Illinois in 1949 to work on a farm, and he served in the Korean War in the 7th Calvary Regiment from 1952 to 1954. First he retired from Ingersoll Milling in 1998 and later from the North Boone School District 200

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    Cedric R. Fitch Sr.

    Cedric R. Fitch Sr., 76, of rural Hillsboro passed away Saturday, May 17, 2014, at his home, with his family.

    He was born March 28, 1938, to Max and Berneice (Brey) Fitch in Hillsboro. He graduated from Hillsboro High School. After graduation, he went to work in Milwaukee, later moving back to Hillsboro to farm.

    Cedric was united in marriage to Myrtle Allen on Dec. 31, 1966, in Ohio. He worked

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    Marilyn Woolever

    Marilyn Woolever, 80, of Kendall died May 16, 2014, at Gundersen St. Joseph’s in Hillsboro.

    She was born to Harry and Rebecca (Garrett) Newman on May 23, 1933, in Ellison Bay, Wis. She spent her high school years at the Wittenberg Children’s Home and then went on to receive her associate’s degree from the Waldorf College as a secretary. She worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs – Tomah until her retirement.

    Marilyn was united in marriage to Bill Woolever on Nov. 21, 1954, in Kendall. Except for the short time

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    Frederick “Fritz” Luethe

    Frederick “Fritz” Luethe, 87, of Norwalk passed away Friday, May 16, 2014, at the Morrow Memorial Home in Sparta.

    He was born May 7, 1927, on the family farm located outside of Norwalk, in the town of Ridgeville, to Werner and Alma (Arndt) Luethe. He married Doris Seekamp in June 1952. Together they raised their four children on the same land that Fritz was born and raised on.

    Farming was Fritz’s life, and he loved it. In 1994, the farm was awarded the “century farm award,” that same

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