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Rick Amundson

April 28th, 1959 - March 7th, 1985

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Heidi Bjurstrom-Munger

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From mary walters on March 18th, 2017
She was one of my best friends in high school.  We had many good times. Best wishes to Heidi's family.  Eric if you remember me Thank you for indulging in our antics so many years ago
 
From Karolyn Zuehlke on May 21st, 2017
This story needs a bit of setting up, so bear with me...

I had always thought Heidi was pretty, from the day I learned who she was when all the grade schools in Eau Claire came together for us all at Central Junior High for seventh grade.  She was in my chorus class with Mr. Russell.  I don't think I could ever put two words together to actually talk to Heidi.  I guess I thought she was on a different, somehow better level than me.  I found out she lived in Corydon Park. Well, that was so-oo much better than two blocks from Arlington Heights.  You know how kids can think at that age.  I remember wishing I had clothes like Heidi, and 
long, dark, straight hair like Heidi, and blah, blah, blah.

If you all remember, I had lighter brown hair that was more bushy and frizzy, like a. well....like a brillo pad.  I know this, because that is what Brad, my big brother, called me (Brillo Pad, among other things) just to be mean like big brothers can be.  Robin and I, both.  What you probably don't know is Robin and I wore hats to bed with wet hair in a pony tail hoping we would wake up with straight hair , like the other girls.  Hmph...the things kids think and do.

Anyway, my little sister, Robin, and I were fortunate enough to have had horses to ride when we were younger.  My mom told me it was to keep us girls busy, and out of other trouble.  My dad started us out with a work horse, a Percheron, he had pruchased from a co-worker, Murray Plante, who was selling the horse from somewhere up by Jim Falls.  No, wait...Dad came home with a black leather saddle with silver adornments. We didn't even have a horse yet.  My mom tells me that they, my mom and dad, didn't have a pot to put under the bed when we five kids were small, so that was a huge deal...the saddle.  Oo-oo, my dad was in deep weeds because of that.  The horse? We didn't care.  We didn't know any better to care.  We had a horse!

Well, it just so happened that after Robin and I 
were old enough and had gotten better at riding, Dad had bought another, better horse, a buckskin Quarter Horse that became 'my' horse, the work horse was sold, and Dad bought a Palomino for Robin, and we began showing them at local venues...mostly all games, with some other girls we knew who had horses.

It just so happened that at one particular location we showed often, I realized, oh, Heidi was showing her horse, a great little buckskin I think was called Sonny, there as well most Sundays we were there.  My folks and Heidi's folks had different sized pocket books, so needless to say my tack and attire wasn't what Heidi's tack and attire was for the most part.  Robin and I got by.  We had horses!

Heidi rode very well, and entered all the Horsemanship, Pleasure, and Halter classes, and her little buckskin, Sonny, was like a robot, usually winning and always placing.  Robin and me?  We rode well, but were all into the games, like barrels, pole bending, pole weaving, musical tires, sack race, magazine race, ride-a-buck, and Egg-and-Spoon.

This is my story of Heidi and me...my memory of Heidi.

It seemed to me I was alway one step behind Heidi.  I put myself there, Heidi didn't.  I'm sure Heidi had no idea I had this little private competition going on between her and I...maybe.  Until this one day.

This one Sunday, there was a horse show at Bit and Spur riding arena.  I believe that Heidi had kept her horse at what used to be known as Murphy's Stable back in the day across the street from Bit and Spur out near the end of Cameron Street in Elk Lake.  I had entered the Egg and Spoon class.  Heidi entered the Egg and Spoon class, This, I found out as all the horses and riders, each collecting a spoon and a fresh egg, entered the ring.

Now, the object to this game is to place the fresh egg on the spoon, hold the spoon in one hand, and do not touch the egg at all once the game begins.  The horses and riders spread around the ring, give room to each, and settle down.  The announcer would begin by asking all riders to walk their horses, spoon in one hand, not touching the egg, feet in the stirrups.  Then all were asked to trot their horses.  A few riders were asked to go to the center of the ring after their egg had fallen to the ground.  Trotting with your feet out of the stirrups cleared out alot of riders, too.  Okay, Heidi and I were still in the running.  Now, this was a class I was quite good at, and usually won, if not placed any other day.  "Canter your horses, please. Canter your horses."  A few more rode to the center of the ring.  After a few more go-rounds, it was down to just two horses and riders.

Yep, just Heidi and me.  Rats.  I can remember looking up to the sky and praying almost out loud, "Oh, Lord God, ple-e-e-ease, let me win.  I'll never ask for anything else as long as I live."  We were asked to canter our horses.  No problem.  Buck and I were a well-oiled machine when it came to that.  I'm on the balls of my feet in the stirrups, leaning forward at a graceful, easy lope.  Then, "Stop your horses!" He's a Quarter Horse.  He stopped on a dime.

Well, you imagined correctly,  I watched my egg in slow motion go over the edge of my spoon, roll down the neck of my horse to the ground and break.  I looked up to see Heidi's face relax, her sink back down in her saddle, her eyes looked up to the sky, and she sighed in total relief, egg still on her spoon.  In my eyes, Heidi was used to winning at whatever she did, because she was good at whatever she did.  I was good, too, just not that day.

You know, when I learned that Heidi had passed away, I was sad to hear she had left a family of her own behind, and for a split second I thought to myself, "Heidi, you beat me again.  You got to Heaven first."

I believe that when I get to Heaven myself, Heidi will meet me with a smile on her face and show me how things are done 
(because it's Heaven)!
 

Barb Branson

November 2nd, 1958 - January 4th, 2014

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Barbara Jo (Branson) Klauber, 55, went home to be with her Lord on January 4, 2014. She died unexpectedly in her sleep, at her home in Grayslake, Illinois.

Barb and her twin brother, Bob, were born on November 2, 1958, in Oconto, Wisconsin, to Donald and Bonnie Branson. Barb grew up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and attended Lowes Creek Elementary School and Central Junior High School. She graduated from Eau Claire Memorial High School in 1977 where she was proud to sing with Memorial's Madrigal Choir. Four years later she graduated from UW-Whitewater with a degree in Finance. With her degree she became one of the first female stockbrokers in Eau Claire. Barb also lived and worked in Madison where she met seminary graduate Martin Klauber. Marty and Barb were united in marriage in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, on May 30, 1987. Barb worked in finance until the joyful births of their daughter, Bonnie Jo, and son, William Martin. She then made her home and family her priority, in Grayslake, Illinois.

Faith and family meant so much to Barb. Each and every holiday was celebrated together. It was so important to her to celebrate these traditions with her entire family. She loved her Lord and continually sought to learn and grow in her faith.

Barb is survived by her husband, Marty; daughter, Bonnie; son, Billy; mother, Bonnie (George) Branson-Stone of Eau Claire; twin brother, Bob (Jane) Branson of Hudson; sisters, Susan Stein (Todd Krueger) and Ruth (Ray) Nyland, all of Eau Claire. She will also be deeply missed by her loving nieces, nephews and cousins, including Johanna, Rachel and Dan Stein, Ben (Janet), Sarah and Davy Branson, Anna and Bobby Nyland. She is also survived by her husband Marty's extended family.

Barb was preceded in death by her father, Donald C. Branson; and grandparents.

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From Bob Branson on August 3rd, 2017
Barb was a gift and so good to all of us especially myself and her children.  I miss the joy in her smile and her love and affection.  Some of my fondest high school memories of Barb are:
 
*Barb making pies for me and all my friends.  Pecan, strawberry and banana cream were our favorites.
 
*Barb was always there to celebrate all of my successes and especially my failures.  Her positive attitude would always help me feel better when I needed it most.
 
*I enjoyed watching Barb perform and sing with the Madrigals and the school play.  She loved that so much.
 
*Barb enjoyed teaching Sunday School and her students were blessed to have a teacher so thoughtful and caring.
 
Sometimes life is hard on people who are sensitive, compassionate, conscientious and sympathetic.  I miss her every day.
 
I love you Barb,
Bob
 

Brian Buckli

March 9th, 1959 - August 10th, 1996

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Tamara Clark

February 27th, 1959 - December 25th, 2012

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Tamara Erickson

Tamara Jean Erickson, age 53, of Eau Claire, passed away December 25, 2012, peacefully at home surrounded by family after a courageous battle with breast cancer.

Tami was born on February 27, 1959 in Eau Claire to Charlie Clark and Marilyn Clark. She grew up in Brackett, WI and graduated from Memorial High School with the class of 1977. She married Daniel Erickson Sr. in 1985; they later divorced.

Tami is survived by Richard Postl, they were married June 7, 2002. She is also survived by her children, Rachel (Kyle) Neidermire, Daniel (Melanie) Erickson Jr., and Adam (Lexi) Erickson. Step children, Cory (Christina) Postl, Nicole Postl and Steven Postl. Grandchildren, Ashlyn and Marissa Neidermire, Harper Lee Erickson, Bryce, Kiara and Bentley Erickson, and Jacob and Lilly Postl. Parents, Marilyn Clark and Ken Stelzig, Charlie and Rita Clark. Sister, Tracy (Cal) Craker; brothers, Ken (Kathy) Clark and Gary (Mary) Clark. Nieces and nephews, Kristi (Mike) Schmidt, Mariah Werner, Elijah and Hailee, Victor Craker, MJ Red-Cloud, Andrew (Amy) Clark, Lucas and Jack, Sarah and Tony Clark, Noah, Nahom, Hannah and Molly Clark; a large and loving extended family; and her lifetime friend, Patti (Mike) Ringhand.

Tami enjoyed watching the Packers, gardening, time with her family, and volunteering in our community, most recently at Sojourner House. "Life is good" was her motto, mantra and way of life. There is so much truth in that simple statement. There are miracles all around us, we just have to open our eyes to see the beauty that God has put before us. Through Tami's faith in God she truly believed life is good.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the caring staff at the Sacred Heart Cancer Center, the St. Joseph's Hospice team, Dr. Naqvi, and special family friend Kadie Schmidt.

Tami was preceded in death by maternal and paternal grandparents.

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Gordy Dale

September 25th, 1958 - July 30th, 1977

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From Karolyn Zuehlke on May 13th, 2017
Image As I was looking through my senior yearbook, I remembered to save a piece Gordy's family had written for the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram after Gordy's passing. It is important to me to share this here. I wasn't at all close to Gordy, only that he and I shared the same neighborhood, the same friends, the same Sunday school rooms, and the same birthday... 25 September 1958.
 

Terry Dittloff

September 15th, 1958 - March 16th, 2017

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Terry Dittloff

Terry L. "Tilt" Dittloff, age 58, of Rice Lake, WI, died on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at his home. He was born on September 15, 1958 in Winterset, IA to Fred and Juanita (Arnold) Dittloff.  

Terry graduated from Eau Claire Memorial High School in 1977 and then attended UW-Stout and WITC.  He was married to Kay Zimmerman on December 30, 1986.  

Terry was a diesel mechanic for Menards and also a land surveyor for Dittloff Engineering. He loved watching all sports, snowmobiling, fishing and playing pinball.

Terry Dittloff is survived by his wife, Kay Dittloff of Rice Lake, WI; a daughter, Kelsey Dittloff of Rice Lake; his father, Fred Dittloff of Rice Lake; two brothers, Jim (Paula) Dittloff of Cambridge, WI and Scott (Margaret) Dittloff of San Antonio, TX; a sister, Sally Dittloff of Rice Lake; and many nephews and nieces.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Juanita Dittloff; and a sister, Linda Dittloff.

 

Terry was a diesel mechanic for Menards and also a land surveyor for Dittloff Engineering. He loved watching all sports, snowmobiling, fishing and playing pinball.

Terry Dittloff is survived by his wife, Kay Dittloff of Rice Lake, WI; a daughter, Kelsey Dittloff of Rice Lake; his father, Fred Dittloff of Rice Lake; two brothers, Jim (Paula) Dittloff of Cambridge, WI and Scott (Margaret) Dittloff of San Antonio, TX; a sister, Sally Dittloff of Rice Lake; and many nephews and nieces.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Juanita Dittloff; and a sister, Linda Dittloff.

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Tom Ebert

July 15th, 1959 - June 11th, 2009

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Thomas A. Ebert, 49, of Eau Claire passed away Thursday, June 11, 2009, at his home, surrounded by the love and support of his family and friends after living with cancer for the past two years.

Tom was born in Kaukauna on July 15, 1959, the son of Lawrence and Ruth (Staubb) Ebert. He graduated from high school in 1977. Tom received his accounting degree from UW-Eau Claire in 1981 and worked for several years as a certified public accountant. He received his MBA from UW-Oshkosh in December 1989.  He married Karla Kurth in Eau Claire in 1990.

Tom followed his passion for learning and teaching by becoming an instructor at UW-Stout in Menomonie. He also taught at Purdue at Fort Wayne, Ind., at UW-LaCrosse and at Winona (Minn.) State University. He was employed as the controller at Indianhead Food Service Distributors before returning to teaching at UW-Stout in 2003, where he was most recently employed. He had recently been honored by achieving tenure at UW-Stout.
Tom was always willing to help others. He was active in the Eau Claire Jaycees for many years and was scoutmaster of Park School Pack 183 and assistant scoutmaster and treasurer for Grace Lutheran Troop 36 until May 2009. He was also a committee member for the 2008 Blue Angels Air Show in Eau Claire.

Tom's smile was contagious. He enjoyed trout fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and golfing at his family's cabin. His love of remodeling and his brother Greg's vision provided many experiences in home renovation for his close friends and family. He was most happy spending time with his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He enjoyed our many family gatherings. Tom's courage and determination to live his life fully is an inspiration to us all. He will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his wife, Karla; his children, Erin (Ali'i) Guzman, Brett Anderson and Katharine Ebert; two grandchildren, Bella and Bennett; his parents, Lawrence (Ruth) Ebert, all of Eau Claire; six siblings, Nan (Don) Bongers of DePere, Jim (Ingrid) Ebert of France, Mark (Diane) Ebert of Appleton, Mary (Chris) Hoff of Oshkosh, Greg (Pat) Ebert of Eau Claire and Renee (Jesse) De Witte of Carlton, Minn.; his sister-in-law, Brenda Ebert, and his mother-in-law, Dorothy Backstrom, both of Eau Claire. He is further survived by nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

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From Sue Wilson on July 18th, 2017
Tom and Jeff Wilson were friends from junior high if not before. Tom was always a part of our life.  We enjoyed many nights of playing cards and Jeff and Tom talking or arguing politics.  I am sure that they are both playing cards and talking politics in heaven. 
 

Ann Galde

December 9th, 1958 - January 23rd, 2004

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Cyndy Schmidt (Gotter)

October 12th, 1958 - April 20th, 2017

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Cyndy Schmidt

Cynthia "Cyndy" Gotter, age 58, of New Auburn, passed away on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Health System-Eau Claire.

Cyndy was born October 12, 1958 in Eau Claire to Arthur and Greta (McCabe) Schmidt. On March 19, 1977, she married Gary Gotter in Eau Claire. Cyndy was a true homemaker: taking pride in keeping her home, cooking gourmet meals for family and friends, and tending her garden - canning her own salsa. Over the years, she and Gary were able to enjoy many trips traveling to many destinations. She enjoyed taking care of four legged animals - rescuing many, keeping some. Mostly she loved taking care of her family and being a grandmother to her grandson, Drake.

She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Gary; daughter, Ashley (Scott) Nesbit; grandson, Drake; mother, Greta Anderson; aunt, Bonnie Schmidt; other relatives and friends.

Cyndy was preceded in death by her father, Arthur Schmidt and her uncle, Harold Schmidt.

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Jim Graaskamp

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Mr. David Haakenson

December 5th, 1935 - April 26th, 2014

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David Haakenson
 
David Henry Haakenson, 78, of Elk Mound, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully on April 26, 2014, at Baptist Health in Miami, Florida, with his family at his side, from complications of an existing heart condition.
 
David was born in Edgerton, Wisconsin, on December 5, 1935, to Henry and Ellen (Zinn) Haakenson.  His childhood was spent with his parents and siblings on the family farm near Milton Wisconsin.  After graduating from high school, he served in the U.S. Army.  He then earned a teaching degree from UW-Whitewater.  At Whitewater he met his future wife, Barbara.  They were married on June 18, 1960.  Together they raised their three children on their well-loved hobby farm near Elk Mound, Wisconsin.
 
David taught high school English and Spanish in Janesville, Wisconsin, for several years.  He then taught Spanish at Memorial High School in Eau Claire, Wisconsin until he retired.  During his time at Memorial, he traveled abroad and organized foreign language tours for students.  After retiring, he enjoyed spending time on the farm with his grandchildren.  He and Barbara wintered in South Florida and in Mexico, making friends there and welcoming guests from home.
 
He was preceded in death by parents, Henry and Ellen Haakenson; beloved brother, Stephen, and (as he often proudly proclaimed) Elvis Presley. 
 
David is survived by his wife, Barbara (Ison): son, David (Carmen); daughter, Susan (Brent) Honadel, Dan (Dona); and grandchildren, Lindsey, Daniel, and Gabriel.  He is also survived b7 sister, Bergine Haakenson, brother, William (Linda); and sister-in-law, Margaret Haakenson.  David also leaves behind his cherished nieces and nephews, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; as well as a number of trulu wonderful friends, many of whom he considered family.
 
David will be missed but fondly remembered by all of the people – family, friends, students – whose lives he touched with his energy, great love of adventure, friendliness, and a quick wit.
 

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Frank Haas

- - March 29th, 2002

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Frank Haas
 
Frank R. Haas, 42, of Andover, Minnesota, died unexpectedly on March 29, 2002.
 
Frank was raised in Eau Claire and graduated from Memorial High School in 1977.  Frank also graduated from Chippewa Valley Technical College and Anoka-Hennepin Technical College.  He was employed at Wagner Spray Tech of Plymouth, Minnesota, for ten years.
 
Frank will be deeply missed by his loving wife Mariella, son Zachary, parents Roger and Jeanette Haas, sisters Noella (Ali) Takajjart and Paula (Dan) Zurek, brothers John and Eric (Shannon), and many family members and friends. 
 
Frank is remembered as a gentle man of integrity who is loved and missed by all.

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John Halgrimson

September 7th, 1959 - March 23rd, 2017

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John Halgrimson

John McNeill Halgrimson, 57, of Onalaska, WI, passed away peacefully on March 23, 2017 in La Crosse, WI. He was born September 7, 1959 to Dr. Kenneth and Elaine "Patsy" Halgrimson.. He married Elizabeth DeVriend on September 12, 1981 in Eau Claire, WI.

As a structural steel detailer, John was the President of LTC, Inc. and owned his own company, JMH Steel Detailing, until his health declined. He enjoyed trout fishing, woodworking, the Milwaukee Brewers, and music, especially his acoustic guitar. He turned from the Dark Side (the Minnesota Vikings) and became a Green Bay Packer fan.

John is survived by his wife, Liz; daughters, Molly and Chelsea; father, Ken; sisters, Pam Halgrimson, Melissa (Bob) Bardill, Sarah (Roberto Melendez) Halgrimson; brother-in-law, Richard (Carol) DeVriend; sisters-in-law, Sally DeVriend, Joan (Lloyd) Beauchamp, Judy (David) Berard; nieces, nephews, and especially his nephew Kevin Dahl, who was like a son to him; and John's dog Gordon.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Patsy; in-laws, Adrian and Lydia DeVriend; and sister-in-law, Patricia DeVriend.

The family would like to thank the caring staff in the 300 wing at Hillview Health Care Center and Gundersen Health System Hospice.

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Mike Helsper

- - September 5th, 2011

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Our beloved Michael went home on Sept. 5th, 2011.

He lived most of his life in Eau Claire, WI and grew up in Cleghorn. The last three years he lived in Olympia, Washington with his wife, Janet.

He will be dearly missed by all his family and friends.

A memorial service was held in Olympia and another was held in Ashland, WI, his mother's home, on Sept. 30th for family and close friends.

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Bob Keeton

November 27th, 1958 - November 14th, 2008

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Pamela Mann

January 6th, 1958 - November 3rd, 2014

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Pamela Dawn Strasburg (Mann), age 56, of Eau Claire died November 3, 2014, at her residence, surrounded by all she loved, after a long battle with cancer.
Pamela was born on January 6, 1958, in Eau Claire to Alvin and Ethel Mann. She married Larry Strasburg on Aug. 20, 1977, and moved out to the family farm, where Pam did foster care for several years. She also served as the Vice President for the Chippewa Valley Foster Parent Association. Following that, she cared for adults with disabilities. She devoted herself to helping others, whether it was her kids, foster kids, friends, family, random strangers, it didn’t matter to her. It was her passion.
Pam is survived by her mother, Ethel; children, Mandi, Kassia, Julia, Alexander, Ian, Zachary and Samantha; grandchildren, Jenna, Ethan, Emma, Walker, Brandon, Brianna, Jordan, Jadealynn and Kianna; siblings, Jim, Eugene, Terry, Sandy and Yvonne; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
The family would like to say a special thank you to the Sullivan and Howard families. No words will ever express how much your help meant to Pam and her family.

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From Pam OReilly on June 25th, 2017
Pam grew up the road from me and we went to Washington Elementary School in Shaw Town.  She was a lot of fun and a great person.  We lost touch after school but I will bet she was a heartfelt, super, foster care person.  :-)
 

Brent McIntyre

April 29th, 1959 - September 13th, 2011

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Brent "Mac" G. McIntyre, 52, of Eau Claire, WI, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, at his home surrounded by loved ones.

He was born April 29, 1959, in Eau Claire, the son of Gilbert and Doris (Heller) McIntyre. Brent graduated from Eau Claire Memorial High School, class of 1977. He worked at Consumers Co-Op, Menards, Eau Claire Plumbing, and First Supply Group.

Brent loved riding motorcycles from the time he was 16 years old. He also loved ice fishing, bee keeping, reading, and working back stage security at Rock Fest.

Brent is survived by his wife, Anne; two step-children, Matthew (Ashley) Salter of Altoona, WI, Pamela Salter of Eau Claire; three grandchildren, Aysia, Isayah and Ayden; two sisters, Sandra (Gordon) Edington of Rhinelander, WI, and Jill (Jonathon) Wittman of Howards Grove, WI; nieces and nephews, Scott (Ellie) Edington, Christa (Edington) Stolzman, and Jordan and Morgan Wittman; and numerous aunts; uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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Mike McMillion

February 15th, 1959 - May 12th, 2015

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Arthur Michael “Coach Mac” McMillion, 56, of Milton, passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Mac was born and raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where he played High School football, and college football, for the University of Eau Claire. He was All State in High School Football and Team Captain for his college football team. He met and married the love of his life, Barbara J. Hushek in 1983, and they moved to Texas where he started his Coaching Career. In 1985 they moved to Florida, where “Coach Mac” became the Head Coach in Football, Basketball, & Weight Lifting at Earnest Ward High School. In 1993 his Coaching brought him to Milton High School. “Coach Mac” was at MHS for 20 years and coached football, basketball, and started the Girls Weight Lifting Program. He became the Head Football Coach the last 10 years of his coaching career. He passionately coached there until his career took him to Hobbs Middle School. There he became Dean of Students at Hobbs Middle School until his untimely death. Mac had a love for Education and Sports, and a passion for the kids he coached and taught. His goal was “... To not only make victories on the field, but to shape young students in a way as to make victories for the rest of their lives!” He held a Master’s Degree in Education Leadership from Troy University and a Master’s Degree in Physical Education from the University of West Florida.

Mac had many names, and titles: Mac, Mike, Coach, and Coach Mac; but the greatest of all were those of Husband, Father, and PaPa Mac! He loved his family with the greatest passion. He enjoyed fishing and camping with his family; and he loved cooking, entertaining friends and family, the beach, and exercising.

Mac is preceded in death by his mother and step father, Diane and Paul Schmidt; and a sister, Mary McMillion.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Barbara “Barb” McMillion; his four children, Amie (Brad) Filbert, Missy (Adam) Floyd, Mikey McMillion, and Tommy McMillion all of the Milton area; four grandsons, Nate Filbert, Rhett Floyd, Jon Filbert and Luke Floyd; his father and step mother, Art and Ruth McMillion of Springfield, Missouri; a sister, Beth (John) Johnson of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; numerous sisters in law, brothers in law, nieces and nephews; and a tremendous amount of friends.

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Rodney Nicholson

August 31st, 1959 - November 30th, 2008

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Rodney "Rod" W. Nicholson, age 49, of Eau Claire went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008.

He was born on Aug. 31, 1959, to Bueford Nicholson and Darlene Sommerfeldt Olson. He lived most of his life in Eau Claire. On Feb. 11, 1978, he married Sue Blomquist, and together they had two children, Matthew and Tiffany. They later divorced. Rod later married Patti Honadel on Sept. 21, 1985, and they had three children, Aaron, Sara and Joshua. He was a man who walked his talk and believed that living your faith is so very important. Rod also knew the importance of living each day as if it was his last - never taking anything for granted due to his aortic dissection in 2004. Although a serious disease, he still knew how to enjoy life to the fullest, enjoying his wife, children and grandchildren as much as physically possible. He was also tickled that he was able to attend the weddings of both Aaron and Sara this past September, playing the vital role of the proud papa!

Rod graduated from Memorial High School in 1977 and later attended UW-Eau Claire as a nontraditional student, graduating in 1994. He worked for several companies, including Midwest Manufacturing (Menards), Chiquita, Royal Credit Union other accounting firms in the area and finally Country Coaches in Durand. He began as a motor coach driver and eventually moved into the position of office manager/dispatcher. As a driver, he especially enjoyed driving the high school students to various activities and the soccer teams, as he learned the game to be able to cheer them on!

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Patti; children, Matthew Nicholson (John Migala) of Minneapolis, Tiffany Nicholson (Kris Hanson) of Foster, Aaron (Kristina) Nicholson, Sara (Kale) Brian and Joshua Nicholson, all of Eau Claire; grandchildren, Dustin, Austin and Reis Zimmerman; parents, Bueford (Jean) Nicholson of Eau Claire and Darlene (Glenn) Olson of Ridgeland; brother, Ricky Nicholson of Eau Claire; sisters, Ramona (Scott) Worden of Greenwood and Rhonda (Jeff) Kuhlow of Fond du Lac; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.

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Tim Olson

April 2nd, 1958 - December 23rd, 2016

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Timothy Leonard Olson, affectionately known as Timmy, Timmy O., and RADAR was a 58 year old well known and liked janitor at Bowl Winkles, Scooter's Bar downtown, and the old Wagner's 66 ½ Lanes and a life-long resident of Eau Claire, WI who died unexpectedly on the December 23rd, 2016.

Timmy is survived by two sisters. Debora Roberts (Bruce) of Eau Claire, and Vickie Tarbox of Chippewa Falls. Timmy is also survived by four nephews, Chad Schrankler of Blair, WI, Brent Kuester of Seattle, WA, Kelly and Kurt Roberts of Eau Claire, and also four nieces Marilyn Wright of Jacksonville, FL, Jodi Kaufield of Cadott, WI, and Wendy and Lori Winger of Eau Claire. He also had several great-nieces, and many great-nephews.

Timothy was born in Eau Claire on April 2nd, 1958 to Leonard and Minnie Olson. He was on the swim and fencing team, and graduated from Memorial High School in 1977. He attended vocational school at the WWTC in La Crosse shortly after graduating high school. He came back to Eau Claire and decided to not only play for numerous different bowling leagues because his favorite past time of bowling, he was offered to work as a full time janitor at Wagner's 66 ½ Lanes. Several years later Timothy started to work part-time at Wagner's West. Eventually this position at the west sides bowling alley grew into full-time hours, and he stayed there and continued to work there until Wagner's sold their bowling ally to what we all know as Bowl Winkle's today. Timmy was also a member of the former Eau Claire Jaycees for some time from the 1980's to the 1990's.

He is proceeded in death by is parents Leonard and Minnie Olson; a sister Linda Winger; and a nephew James Douglas Winger.

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From Karolyn Zuehlke on March 11th, 2017

I hope Tim was happy. I never thought to ask him. I hope Tim had a handful of close friends. I wonder if Tim ever had a girlfriend, or experienced love?  I do know that Tim, like the obituary mentioned, was well-known and well-liked by many, many people around town. Just knowing that makes me smile.

Back in 1988, Tim had brought a Pink Carebear, named "Love-A-Lot", to me when I was in the hospital after I had been in an serious accident.  I have that Carebear yet today, and I think of Tim everytime I look at it.  I will always have "Love-A-Lot", so I will always think of Tim.  Heaven is that much more wonderful with Tim there.

Wow, what a bawl baby I am, right? I had no idea this would hit me as it has. I wasn't able to say good-bye. This leaves me very sad. I miss my friend.

 

Glenn (Passow)

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From mary walters on March 18th, 2017
I wil always remember Glenn was so quiet and caring a very good friend to have and known !
 

Terry Peterson

October 16th, 1959 - April 9th, 2009

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Terry Dean Peterson Jr., 49, passed away peacefully early Thursday morning, April 9, 2009, surrounded by family and friends after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral services for Terry were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday morning, April 14, 2009, at our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1310 Main Street, Eau Claire. Pastor Gary Sahs officiated. Burial was in Rest Haven Cemetery in the town of Washington immediately following services. Military honors were conducted by American Legion Post #53. Friends called at Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home Monday evening from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and at the church Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of services.

Terry was born Oct. 16, 1959, in Black River Falls to Terry and Harriet (Schafer) Peterson. In 1966 the family settled in Eau Claire, where Terry graduated from Memorial High School in 1977. Following high school, he joined the United States navy and was stationed in Naples, Italy.

Upon discharge from the Navy, Terry worked as a lender for Commercial State Bank in St. Paul until returning to school in 1985. He graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1989 with a BBA in accounting. Upon graduation Terry successfully completed the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. Terry immediately went to work as an auditor for Arthur Andersen, LLP, in Milwaukee, until joining the Miller brewing family in 1991. Terry held many positions with Miller including accounting manager, brewery accounting manager and controller for Southwestern US Sales. Terry’s tenure with Miller brewing took him to Milwaukee, North Carolina and Texas. In 2003, Terry left Miller to return to his family in Eau Claire and accepted the position of executive director of the LE Phillips Career Development Center. In March of 2008, Terry reached his pinnacle career goal of becoming the chief financial officer with National Presto Industries. He loved his position and was devastated when he was diagnosed with advanced cancer in May of 2008 and, due to his treatments, was no longer able to fulfill his responsibilities, and, therefore, stepped down.

Terry married the love of his life, Kelly (Colleen) Smith Aug. 22, 1987. They share three beautiful children, Taylor Dean, 17 years old, Connor Douglas, 14 years old, and Kacie Grace, 12 years old.

Terry was an avid and devoted Packer, Badger and Brewer fan, and he and Kelly shared many a game together. He would name off the historical statistics of all his teams at the drop of a hat. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family and children. His passion was basketball, and he took pleasure in coaching his sons and daughter and watching them play. His family and friends will miss Terry’s wisdom, sense of humor, compassion and joy of life. He was a true friend to many and always ready to lend a helping hand.

Terry is survived by his wife, Kelly; and three children, Taylor, Connor and Kacie; four siblings, DeeAnne Peterson-Meyer (Terry) of Altoona, Julie Scott (Robert) of Eleva, Joel Peterson (Jeanell) of Eau Claire and Heidi Edison (Christopher) of Eau Claire; father-and-mother-in-law, Doug and Joan Smith of Eau Claire; brother-in-law, Craig Smith (Patti) of Eau Claire; and many special friends and extended family members.

Terry was preceded in death by his mother, Harriet Peterson in 2001, and father, Terry D. Peterson Sr. in 2004.

Terry’s family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Dean Del Mastro. He took Terry under his wing and cared for him with all his heart. Also, Barb, Nan, Beth, Danielle, Ariela and Nancy, the unbelievable nurses at Marshfield Cancer Center and the rest of the support staff your kindness will always be remembered.

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From Bob Branson on August 4th, 2017
Terry was a loyal friend and I valued his friendship.  He was that friend you could always count on for whatever you needed.   I was honored to be a groomsman in his wedding and blessed to have him in mine.
 
From Karolyn Zuehlke on May 14th, 2017
Hopefully, we all remember when we learned to type.  For me, it was 8th grade at Central Junior High.  I loved that school, with the high ceilings and the big windows.  Many of us had Mr. Howard.  I believe there was a woman typing teacher, but her name escapes me.  That's who Terry and I had for our instructor.

Nonetheless, we had typing in that third floor room that faced the park near the main stairwell.  The desks were situated as four rows, two rows each side of the room, with a wide walkway down the middle of the room.  Set up in that way made for each person to have a partner to sit near and to check each other's work.  Terry was my typing partner.

We learned how to type by looking at those books on the easel-like book holder thingies like this:  fjf fjf fjf, dkd dkd dkd, sls sls sls and so on to get used the layout of the keyboard. And we couldn't look at our fingers either. It wasn't too long and we were typing words with letters from not in the 'home row'!  And they were words! And from words we were typing sentences.  And from sentences to paragraphs. Wow...we were really getting good.

Then there were the timings we were given to see what our 'WPM' would be...count the words we typed in one minute, and count the mispelled words and I remember the best I could do in the end was 68 wpm.

The reason I set all this up is because of Terry.  We were given a timing one particular class, so for one entire minute we had to type to beat the band with out typing any mispelled words.  The typewriters were just a-tappin' away, all of them, and they were electric but the typewriters that you had to return the carriage, too!  Part way through the timing, Terry must have screwed up badly and was so frustrated he gave up, and reached over and flipped my book on that little easel shut!  Needless to say, we both did poorly on the timing, but Terry and I had a great laugh together that day.

That's a silly thing to remember.
 

Raymond Richard

November 11th, 1959 - January 3rd, 2013

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Ray Richard

Ray Richard, 53, of Merrifield, died on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, in Deerwood, Minn.  Ray was born Nov. 11, 1959, in Winnepig, Canada, the son of Irving and Patricia (Quinn) Richard. He was raised in Eau Claire, Wis., and graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in 1989. In 1988, he was united in marriage to Laura Walton in Mendota Heights, Minn. The couple made their home in the Minneapolis area until 1999 when they moved to the Brainerd lakes area. They owned and operated Burger King in Brainerd. For the past 14 months, he’s been in Grand Rapids managing their sister restaurant. Ray was a past Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce board member and a member of the Mid-American Franchisee Association. He enjoyed golf, baseball and traveling.

He is survived by his wife, Laura; children, Kara, of St. Paul, Kalley, of Merrifield, and Paul, of Merrifield; sisters, Joyce Bartles, of Coon Rapids and Judy (Jim) Plucker, of Welch, Minn. He was preceded in death by his father, Irving.

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Michael Ryan

June 5th, 1959 - July 30th, 2000

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Michael J. Ryan, 41, of 1630 Main St. in Eau Claire, died Sunday July 30, 2000 at his home.

Michael was born June 5, 1959, in Eau Claire to John and Mary (Rolland) Ryan.  He graduated from Eau Claire Memorial High School.  He was employed as a roofer for Local Roofing in Eau Claire.  He was a member of the Altoona Lions Club.

He is survived by two sisters, Penny (Ken) Sjoquist of Anoka, MN, Amy (Jim) Eckwright of Eau Claire; three brothers, James (Karen) of Fall Creek, Patrick (Shirley) of Augusta, Tom of Eau Claire; nieces, nephews, grand-nieces & grand-nephews, and many friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, maternal grandparents, and paternal grandparents.

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Glenn Smoot

October 5th, 1958 - January 29th, 2002

Tribute to Glenn:  A group of anonymous donors named the Chipperwa Valley Museum's library in honor of Glenn's memory.  The donors felt that naming a local library was an especially appropriate tribute to Glenn, who spent his entire working life in libraries and archives.
 

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Glenn Smoot
 
Glenn Curtis Smoot, 43, died January 29, 2002 at his home in Frankfort, Kentucky.
 
Glenn was born October 5, 1958, in Columbia, Missouri.  Glenn Grew up in Eau Claire, moving here with his parents when he was eight years old.  He attended Boyd and Sherman grade schools and was a 1977 graduate of Memorial High School.  He was a member of the faculty at Kentucky State University in Frankfort.  He was previously employed by the National Park Service at Voyageurs National Park and at the Stearns County Historical Society in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
 
Glenn, a voracious reader beginning at age four, held a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from Rosary College (now Dominican University) in River Forest Illinois.  He was a member of the Church of the Ascensions in Frankfort. 
 
Glenn is survived by his parents, Kenneth E. and Virginia B. Smoot, one brother, Frank L. Smoot, all of Eau Claire, and many relatives and friends across the country.

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Jeff Wilson

December 31st, 1958 - August 29th, 2016

When you have lived with someone for 39 years you get to know them pretty well.  I never once doubted that he loved me. Not everyone can say that. He showed me in many ways, by words, flowers (when I least expected it and never on the expected holiday), jewelry (he loved to buy me jewelry even though I told him I didn’t need it) but what woman doesn’t like jewelry. He could even buy me clothes with better taste than I could buy for myself. By always wanting to travel and go places with me (sometimes that got to be too much) we were married for 39 years! I am going to put humor in this too.

And that was another part of our marriage – laughter. We could be ourselves with each other – we could be weird (which he had said to me on occasion, and I am sure I said it back). We were very young when we married, so we had to grow up together or grow apart, and I guess we had the personalities that chose to grow together. Raising children at a young age makes or breaks you.

Jeff loved his children and his grandchildren with all his heart. He was a person who once you were part of his family (friend or relative) he was loyal to a fault and he loved you with all his heart. He was generous and would give you the shirt off his back if he could.

Jeff was a person that never gave up - that showed more than anything when he was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 45. For 12 years he survived multiple treatments, numerous drugs, trial drugs and stays in the hospital, bone marrow biopsies (more than 8), and a bone marrow transplant. He never complained. Seriously, that man never once complained because he wanted to live – to live for his family. Not for himself. I can absolutely say with conviction that I would not have been able to endure what he went through.

When the doctor finally told him that she could not do anything more for him and that he would probably have 6 months to live – his only response to her was “can I make it to our anniversary”. His concern was not for himself again, but that we could celebrate another anniversary. He lived 9 days past our anniversary.  I am truly honored to have spent 39 years with him.

Sue Wilson

 

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Jeffrey Charles Wilson, 57, Stoughton and formerly of Eau Claire died Monday, August 29, 2016 at home surrounded by his family following a very long crusade with leukemia.

Jeff was born on December 31, 1958 in Eau Claire, WI to the late Charles H. Wilson and Dorothy (Flaskrud) Wilson. He graduated from Eau Claire Memorial High School before earning his B.A. from UW Eau Claire. Jeff worked for many years in the restaurant industry. He was a manager for Blain’s Farm & Fleet and for Kwik Trip. He loved to spend time with family. Jeff and his family spent many enjoyable times camping, fishing and most importantly deer hunting. Sue and Jeff travelled to Palm Springs, Hawaii, Italy, Cancun – a source of great enjoyment. Jeff was a long-time member of First Lutheran Church. While in Eau Claire, he belonged to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church where he served on the Church Council.

Jeff is survived by his wife of 39 years, Sue; sons Jacob (Jamie), Watertown; Nathan (Dorothy), Lovingston, VA; daughter Sadie (Nathan Ziegler), Beaver Dam; grandchildren Gabrielle, Allison, Emily, Amaya all of Watertown; Austin and Nadine, Lovingston, VA; Bridgit and Jeffrey, Beaver Dam; mother, Dorothy (Flaskrud) Wilson, Eau Claire; one brother, Timothy (Jennifer), Eau Claire; two sisters, Becky Spearbecker, Jacky (Jeff Henning), both of Eau Claire; two brothers-in-law, Gary (Nanette) Froseth, Wausau; Michael Froseth, Monroe; two sisters-in-law, Sally (Zachary Guerrero), Cudahy, Barb (Bill Bowers) Eau Claire, and many nieces and nephews.

Jeff was preceded in death by his dad, Charles H. Wilson, his brother Rodney Wilson.

Jeff’s family is deeply grateful for the support received from Agrace Hospice Services, especially his nurse Tara.

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From Jacky Henning on July 18th, 2017

Jeff's Life in a Nut Shell

 

Found the Love of his Life, Loved Passionately, Traveled the World and took the Back roads, Toasted and Loved his Family and Friends, Never Ever settled for the Status Quo, Stayed Curious and Adventurous, Never took his Health for granted and Believed in the healing Power of Grand kids.

 

Bill Wise

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