Ervin J. Jacobson, 87, of Coon Valley

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flag Ervin J. Jacobson, 87, of Coon Valley, passed away Monday December 15, 2014 at Norseland Nursing Home in Westby.  Ervin was born August 15, 1927 to John and Ella (Nelson) Jacobson in Coon Valley.  He attended grade school in Coon Valley and graduated from Westby High School in 1945.  Shortly after graduation he joined the Navy and served as a Fireman 1st Class.  After the Navy, Ervin worked at the Coon Valley Feed Mill for 4 years.  He was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and he served as Army Corporal in Germany from 1950 to 1952.  For 37 years he was employed by the Trane Company in La Crosse.



Betty L. Halvorson, 87, Coon Valley/La Crosse

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Betty L. Halvorson, 87, of La Crosse and formerly of Coon Valley, died at Hillview Health Care Center on December 9, 2014.  She was born in Coon Valley on February 18, 1927 to Earl and Lisa (Gullord) Spellum.  Betty was baptized and confirmed in the Upper Coon Valley Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church.  She attended Central and Westby high schools.  After graduation, she was employed at Camp McCoy and at Grant’s in La Crosse before going to work for the Coon Valley Post Office.  She married Carl Halvorson on June 5, 1956 and subsequently stayed home to raise their children.  Carl and Betty were married for 54 years until his death in 2010.



Louis L. Franks, 75, of Viroqua

Louis Larry Franks, 75, of Viroqua, passed away Tuesday, December 2 at the Bland-Bekkedal Center from complications due to Parkinson's. He was born July 9, 1939, to Louis and Genevieve (Stout) Franks. He graduated from West Lima in 1957. Louis worked for the Viroqua school district for 31 years. He was an avid deer hunter, going out whenever he had the chance.



James E. Rach, 90, of Chaseburg

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James Earl Rach, 90, of Chaseburg passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Saturday, November, 29, 2014 at home.  He was born April 21, 1924, to Frank and Emma (Martin) Rach in Chaseburg, WI.  He was baptized, confirmed, and a life-long member of St. Peter's Chaseburg. Jim married Illa Jean Smith on October 29, 1949.  Illa and infant son passed away January 2, 1951.  He married Margaret Peterson March 21, 1953. They were blessed with 7 children and 61 years of marriage.

Jim worked for several farmers before owning his own farm and working at Trane Co. for 38 years.   He played ball for a couple of different teams.  He loved farming, cutting wood for burning, and ice fishing.  He spent many hours playing with his children whom he loved very much.



Arnold W. Manske, 85, of rural Viroqua

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flagArnold W. Manske, 85, passed away Monday November 24, 2014 at his rural Viroqua home in the township of Harmony.  Arnold was born July 20, 1929 in the township of Harmony to Walter and Selma (Manske) Manske.  He was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church at Chaseburg where he was a long time member.  Arnold graduated from Viroqua High School in 1947.  He was a Korean War veteran where he was a Corporal and combat veteran in the 2nd Army Division.  On May 21, 1955 he was united in marriage to Clarice M. Role at Vang Lutheran Church at rural Westby.  Arnold and Clarice farmed their entire married life in the township of Harmony and raised two sons, Calvin and Charles who also helped their parents with farm work.  Arnold also worked at Trane Company in La Crosse for 39 years, retiring in 1993.   He was a member of the Trane 25 year club, Chaseburg Snowtrailers Club, Chaseburg American Legion Post #202 and the Coon Creek VFW Post #10532. For many years he owned and worked at Cal’s Place bar in downtown Chaseburg where he met many people, which he greatly enjoyed.  Arnold also enjoyed many big game hunting trips in many western states, the Arctic Circle, and on the farm with his two sons, along with fishing and hunting in Canada. He liked to go camping in Canada, Wisconsin and in the winter, Arnold and Clarice enjoyed vacation to Texas where Arnold did some deep sea fishing.  They loved snowmobile trips to northern Wisconsin with their many friends and also a trip to Yellowstone Park with the Chaseburg Snowtrailers.  There was also many boat trips down the Mississippi River with many of their friends.



Juna A. Manske, 83, of Stoddard


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Juna A. Manske, 83, of Stoddard, died Monday November 24, 2014 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse.  She was born June 18, 1931 in Vernon County to Leif and Mabel (Jensen) Helgeson.  On June 20, 1964 she married Walter “Stub” Manske at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Chaseburg.  Juna worked at several photo shops in La Crosse and later retired from Wichelt Imports of Stoddard.  She was a member of the St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Stoddard Legion Auxiliary.



Larry G. Stuempges, 82, of Coon Valley

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Larry G. Stuempges, 82, of Coon Valley, died Wednesday November 19, 2014 at the Bethel Home in Viroqua.  He was born April 6, 1932 in Polar, Wisconsin to Adolph and Mabel (Parsons) Stuempges. On February 28, 1953, he married the love of his life, Nancy Ringstad in Coon Valley.  Larry was raised on a farm outside of Coon Valley.  He had to drop out of school his junior year to run the family farm when his father was diagnosed with polio.  As a young man he raised tobacco and worked at the Coon Valley Creamery.  In 1964, Larry started working at Norplex in La Crosse.  He worked there for 30 years before retiring in 1994.  Larry was a master woodworker.  He could repair damaged antique furniture to its original state.  He loved deer hunting, fishing and playing cards.  Larry was a past president of the Coon Valley Conservation Club and past president serving on the council of the Coon Valley Lutheran Church. Family, friends, and religion were the most important things in Larry’s life.



Arthur D. Theige, 87, of Westby

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The South Ridge baseball team welcomed their catcher Art Theige, 87, of rural Westby, when he arrived safe at home on November 18, 2014. Arthur D. Theige was born on March 11, 1927 in Boscobel to Oscar and Minnie (Mathison) Theige.  He graduated from Westby High School in 1945 and later from UW-Madison.  He married Rena Williams on February 25, 1950 in Iowa.  Art was a proactive conservationist and farmed his entire life on South Ridge, rural Westby.  He was active in the community and was a long time member of the Vang Lutheran Church.  He enjoyed fishing, baseball, Packers football and family gatherings.



Timothy L. Tollackson, 46, Onalaska/Chaseburg

Timothy L. Tollackson, 46, of Onalaska and formerly of Chaseburg, died unexpectedly Thursday November 13, 2014 at his home.  He was born March 19, 1968 in Viroqua to Larry and Judy (Lenser) Tollackson.  He was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chaseburg.  Tim graduated from Westby High School in 1986.  He worked for several years at the Chaseburg Creamery and then at Empire Screen Printing in Onalaska for many years. He was currently employed at Advertising Concepts in La Crosse.  Tim enjoyed golfing, football, mowing, cutting wood and attending his nieces many activities.  He also had a wonderful time this summer at the cabin on Wood Lake.



Donald H. "Stub" Denison, 77, of Coon Valley

Donald H. “Stub” Denison, 77, of Coon Valley, passed away Friday November 7, 2014 surrounded by his family.  He was born May 12, 1937 in Soldiers Grove to Donald A. and Alda (Helgerson) Denison.  He graduated from Soldiers Grove High School in 1955.  He played on the school basketball team and in his senior year was voted “Athlete of the Year”.  On January 16, 1954, he married Judy Roellig.  Don owned “Stub’s 76” full service station in Janesville. He also worked at General Motors in Janesville in the body shop as a welder, retiring in March, 1993 after 35 years. He was a member of the GM Local 95 in Janesville.   He then moved back to “God’s Country” with his wife and resided in Coon Valley for the past 20 years.  He became a member of the Coon Valley Lutheran Church.  Don enjoyed countless hours of fishing throughout his lifetime on many bodies of water.  The great Mississippi River was his favorite.  He taught his fishing passion to his sons and grandchildren.  He also enjoyed woodcrafting and playing Bunco.


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