On January 5, 2020, Karl John Skindingsrude, 62, peacefully went home to be with the Lord

On January 5, 2020, Karl John Skindingsrude, 62, peacefully went home to be with the Lord. Earth lost a great man and Heaven gained quite the entertainer.

He was born in Fort Atkinson, WI on April 28,1957 to Russell and Ann Skindingsrude.  He displayed a love for cars (and anything with a motor) from an early age, knowing every make and model on the road. His happy childhood included working in the family businesses, Skindingsrude Furniture Store and Skindingsrude Funeral Home, both in Whitewater, WI. Graduating from Whitewater High School in 1975, he went to work at the Hawthorne Melody dairy plant in his hometown. After moving to Reedsburg, WI, Karl worked deliveries and the parts counter at Hartje Implement. After a one week trip out west, Karl heard the call of the mountains. At 24, he packed his GMC pickup and drove west, settling in Columbia Falls, MT. Continuing his extreme work ethic, he found a job the next day at Courtesy Motors in Whitefish, resulting in his long and successful career in parts. He became co-owner of NAPA Auto Parts in Columbia Falls in 1992.  He “turned in his keys” in 2013, retiring to enjoy life and time with family and friends.

Karl John Skindingsrude

Everyone knows that Karl loved anything that used gasoline! However, his love for people, staying in touch with friends old and new, making people smile, remembering faces, names, and facts about YOU, and making others feel special was his hobby and personal calling. His commitment to others included being a Lifetime Blood Donor.  His extreme contribution to the Columbia Falls community earned him countless citizen achievement awards. His instantly recognizable voice resounded through the radio making locally famous the slogan…NAPA NAPA NAPA and cheering on the Wildcats with winning pride. If you didn’t know Karl, you didn’t live in Columbia Falls. Karl will truly be missed…

Karl loved Nascar before it became popular and enjoyed trips to Florida for the Daytona 500.  He participated in 4×4 clubs, taking photos for memories on film, playing tour guide, and traveling to class reunions in Whitewater. His greatest achievement and highlight of his life were his daughters, Keshia Jo and Karly Jean.   Every heartbeat was an expression of love for his girls…and then his grandchildren, Noeley, Harper, Kingston, Deacon and baby Clarke. We will miss you, Dad…Grandpa…

Karl is preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Ann Skindingsrude, as well as his paternal and maternal grandparents. He is survived by his beloved daughters, Keshia (Christopher) Fisher of Coram, MT, and Karly Skindingsrude of Columbia Falls, MT; sister, Krista (Harry) Davis of Janesville, WI; brothers, Kirk (Mindy) Skindingsrude of Eagle River, WI and Eddie (Becky) Skindingsrude of Whitewater, WI; his grandchildren Noeley, Harper, Kingston, Deacon, and Clarke Fisher of Coram, MT; aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews; and an unknown but large number of loving friends.

Join his family in celebrating his life at Columbia Falls High School gymnasium at 1pm, Sunday, January 26, 2020. A private burial is being held.  

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that gifts be sent payable to: Karly Skindingsrude (memo: Karl Skindingsrude’s Memorial Fund) PO Box 130139 Coram MT 59913 or Freedom Bank, P.O. Box 2076, Columbia Falls, MT 59912. A donation to his community will be done at a later date in his honor.

Columbia Mortuary in Columbia Falls, Montana is caring for Karl’s family.

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Philip Thomas Luebke Sr., 86, passed away on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, WI

Philip Thomas Luebke Sr. 86, Fort Atkinson passed away on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, WI.

Phil was born on March 23, 1933 in Cold Spring, WI to Frank and Martha (Krebs) Luebke. He served his country from 1956-1962 in the United States Army and was stationed in Korea. Phil married Delores “Bobbi” Erdmann on May 13, 1961. She preceded him in death on May 4, 2008. Phil was an Iron Worker for Local 498 and retired in 1978. He was also a dairy farmer his whole life. Phil enjoyed truck pulling and was a member of the Badger Truck Pullers. He also liked to hunt and fish.

He is survived by his children Joan Luebke, Eugene, OR; Philip Jr (Debra) Luebke, Whitewater; Robert (Carla Stork) Luebke, Janesville; grandchildren Philip Luebke III, Andrew (Katie) Luebke, Kayla Luebke, Krissa Hammerstad, Tyler Stork; 8 great-grandchildren; sister Mildred “Sue” Zimmerman and brother Rodney “Tubby” Luebke. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; children Connie and Debra Luebke; siblings Frank Jr and Arthur Luebke, Ruth Johnson, Janet Krumm.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, January 24, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church 301 S. High St., Fort Atkinson, WI 53538. Friends may call at the church on Friday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service.

David Koch, 72, of Whitewater passed away peacefully on January 18, 2020 at Agrace Hospice in Janesville

David Koch of Whitewater, WI passed away peacefully on January 18, 2020 at Agrace Hospice in Janesville at the age of 72.  

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Whitewater. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. on Thursday at the church until time of service.

David was born on August 31, 1947 in Madison, WI, the son of Robert Koch and Dorothy (Klein) Koch.  He met the love of his life and wife of 53 years, Barbara (Stowell) and married her on June 25, 1966.  Following a tour in Vietnam, where he fought for his country as a helicopter crew chief in the 189th Aviation Battallion Ghost Riders, he came home to his daughter, Marci.  This beloved father with a great sense of humor continued to grow his family with his wife until there were six “perfect” children – Marcelle (Scott) Trimborn, Brenda (Steven) Vicen, Brian (Kristine) Koch,  Renee (Glen) Grieger, Sheri (Curtis) Brown, and Chad (Hann) Koch. He will be dearly missed by his 12 grandchildren whom he loved very much – Chet (Kristina) Trimborn, Kayla Trimborn, twins Dayna and Sarah Trimborn, Nathan Vicen, Emma Vicen, Kathryn Vicen, Roman Koch, Kenneth Grieger, Jenna Grieger, Grace Brown, and Sarena Brown.  David was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Kenneth. He is survived by 2 brothers, Fred (Shirley) of Columbus and Don (Deb) of Nevada and 2 sisters, Carol Dittberner of Waukegan, IL, and Judy (Jerry) Schmudlach of Monona.

David retired from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2010 after working as a craftsman painter for 30 years.  He especially enjoyed working with the college students in the summer. When not working, David enjoyed spending time with his family, camping, bowling, fishing, and euchre. A connoisseur of duct tape, avid Packer Backer, accomplished bad joke teller, his favorite holiday was Leif Erikson. Day. He was a certified professional baby walker and taught all of his grandchildren to be avid SpongeBob fans.  A man of faith, love, humor, and humility- he will be dearly missed by all who had the honor to know him. 

The Dunlap Memorial Home in Fort Atkinson is assisting the family.

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Richard Hubert Victor Regelein, 96, Whitewater, passed away with family by his side on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Reena Senior Living in Fort Atkinson, WI

Richard Hubert Victor Regelein, 96, Whitewater, passed away with family by his side on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Reena Senior Living in Fort Atkinson, WI.

Richard was born on February 11, 1923 in Litchville, ND to Benjamin Albert Ludwig Regelein and Ana Mitilda Carolina (Busche) Regelein. Richard served his country in the United States Army during World War II. He was part of the PFC 355th ENGR REG. He was awarded military medals of Good Conduct, European-African-Middle Eastern Theatre Service Medal, three Overseas Service Bars, 5 Battle Stars-Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, Central Europe and a Victory medal. Richard served 2 ½ years. Entered service April 4, 1943, Discharged October 31st, 1945. Overseas service 1 year, 10 months and 8 days.

On June 11, 1949 he married Beverly Luplow. She preceded him in death on May 1, 2019. Richard was employed by the Regelein Roofing Company, and later in the home building business. He retired from the Whitewater School District in their maintenance department. Richard enjoyed fishing, gardening and traveling with Beverly. He was a member of First English Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his brother Earnest Walter Regelein, Whitewater; nieces and nephews Jerry Wolfram, James (Rose Schroeder) Wolfram, John (Beverly) Wolfram, Tom (Helene) Regelein, Ray Regelein, Elizabeth (Noel) Barrera, and Andrew (Raechel) Luplow. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brother, Harvey; and sister Florence Wolfram.

A memorial service with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at First English Lutheran Church, 401 W. Main St., Whitewater, WI 53190. Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

As an expression of sympathy you may wish to consider memorials to First English Lutheran Church or to Rainbow Hospice.

The family would like to thank the staff at Reena Senior Living and Rainbow Hospice for their care and compassion.

Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Joyce E. Dougherty, age 97, passed away on January 14, 2020 at Fairhaven Retirement Community

JOYCE ELSIE DOUGHERTY

February 5, 1922 – January 14, 2020

Joyce E. Dougherty, age 97, passed away on January 14, 2020 at Fairhaven Retirement Community in Whitewater where she had lived for the past 6½ years.  She was born February 5, 1922, in Whitewater, Wisconsin, the first of two children of Lloyd and Elsie (Uglow) Taylor.  She grew up in LaGrange, WI, and graduated from City High in Whitewater.  Joyce received her bachelor’s degree in education from Whitewater State Teachers College, did graduate work at the University of Colorado in Boulder and in 1971 received her master’s degree in education from the University of North Texas in Denton. 

In 1949 Joyce married H. James Dougherty, Jr., of Oklahoma. Soon after their marriage, Jim received his law degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.  Joyce taught elementary education, principally 4th grade, for many years – first in Wisconsin and Illinois and, after her marriage, in Oklahoma and Texas.  After the death of her beloved husband Jim, Joyce retired “back” to Wisconsin in 1991.

In her retirement, Joyce enjoyed travel – both throughout the United States and internationally. She worked tirelessly for her church, was a member of United Methodist Women and enjoyed spending time with her family. Due to declining mobility, Joyce lived her last 6½ years in nursing care at Fairhaven.  Even so, she did her best to remain “active” in family gatherings, her church and activities at Fairhaven. She always retained her interest in family and current events and found many ways to help those in need.

Joyce is survived by her brother Dean Taylor, her nephew Chuck Taylor and his wife Barb (all of Whitewater), a niece Carrie James (Jeff) and her family of Olympia, Washington, and a nephew Michael Taylor (Carlye) of Odenton, Maryland.  Joyce was predeceased by her parents, her sister-in-law Shirley Taylor and her husband Jim.

A celebration of life for Joyce will be held in Fellowship Hall at Fairhaven Retirement Community, 435 W Starin Rd, Whitewater, WI, at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, January 20, 2020.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to The Time is Now (Lake Geneva) or the Memorials Committee of First United Methodist Church – Whitewater.

Joyce’s family would like to thank the staff at Fairhaven, particularly those on 3rd Floor, for their years of care and concern for Joyce.

The Nitardy Funeral Home, Whitewater, WI assisted the family, www.nitardyfuneralhome.com

Wesley Ivan Nelson, age 93, of Kenosha (formerly Whitewater) passed away on January 12, 2020 at Manor Care in Kenosha

Wesley Ivan Nelson, age 93, of Kenosha (formerly Whitewater), passed away on January 12, 2020 at Manor Care in Kenosha. He was born on October 31, 1926 in Milwaukee, WI to Harold S. and Neva (Ridge) Nelson.

Wesley graduated Whitewater High School in 1945, and then the University of Wisconsin-Madison/WALSA in 1950 with a degree in Agriculture.

He was a member of 1st United Methodist Church in Whitewater since 1939, which is where he and his future wife, Wava Jean met in 1946, and they were married on June 18, 1950 in Reedsburg WI. Wesley ran the family farm from 1950 – 1959; he was the 3rd generation family farmer on the Clover Valley Road farm. After the farm, Wesley worked at the University of Whitewater as the Grounds Supervisor from 1960 – 1982, then at the City of Whitewater as the Facilities Supervisor from 1982 – 1987. After retiring in 1987, he volunteered at the Rock River Thresheree in Edgerton WI. Wesley and Wava Jean moved to town in 1959 and resided in the same home on Highland Street until moving to Kenosha in 2015.

He excelled in music his entire life, playing the tuba since the age of 10 until the early 1980’s. As a high school student he took 1st place at the National Solo & Ensemble competition in Minnesota beating out 80 other tuba players. Also while in high school he performed a duet during a concert with legendary trumpeter, Herbert L. Clarke and later in life played in dance bands, local polka bands (including being an original member of the famed Whitewater Booster Band), and recorded with various bands including saxophonist, Boots Randolph.

Wesley loved woodworking, gardening flowers and vegetables, the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Wisconsin Badgers, and attending all football, basketball and baseball games at UW-Whitewater rooting on his beloved Warhawks.

Wesley liked being involved in the community; when he was younger he was a member of the Whitewater and LaGrange 4-H clubs starting in 1937; at the age of 15 he won the American Horse and Mule Association Award for showing his 1st place prize-winning Belgian Horse “King.” He was a committee member/merit badge counselor for the Boy Scout Troop #173 in Whitewater, a member of the Janesville Barbershop Chorus from 1948-2012; in 1988 he won Barbershopper of the year, and he was a part of the 1957-1958 International Barbershop Championship Chorus.

He is survived by his wife, Wava Jean Nelson of Kenosha (formerly Whitewater); son, Scott (Geri) Nelson of Lake Villa, IL; grandson, Benjamin Nelson of Germantown, WI; granddaughter, Elaina Nelson of Charleston, IL; and brother, Wilbur “Rocky” Nelson of San Antonio, TX. He is preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the Nitardy Funeral Home in Whitewater, 550 N. Newcomb St., Whitewater, WI 53190, with the Rev. Susan Bresser officiating. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Whitewater. Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.

Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family. www.nitardyfuneralhome.com

Roger Helming, 90, of Whitewater passed away on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Hearthstone/Fairhaven Senior Community

Roger Helming, 90, of Whitewater WI passed away on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Hearthstone/Fairhaven Senior Community.

Roger was born March 19, 1929 in Plymouth WI to Calvin and Esther (Scheib) Helming. Roger graduated from North High School, Sheboygan WI in 1948, and then went into the Navy. After military service, he married Shirley Stichert on June 6, 1953 and then went to UW-Whitewater to receive a teaching degree. He also attained his MS in Education from the University of North Dakota. Roger and Shirley had four children. Roger taught high school business and coached basketball at Stockbridge, Monroe and Sheboygan North High Schools. In 1967 they moved to Whitewater WI where Roger taught in the College of Business and then became the Assistant Director of Placement Services at UW-Whitewater until his retirement in 1990.

Roger was preceded in death by his brother, Calvin Helming; and wife, Shirley.

He is survived by his children, Hope (Charles) Lindholm, Whitewater WI; Hal Helming, Whitewater WI; David Helming, McFarland WI; Heidi (Dan) Jaworski, Waterford WI; four grandchildren, Jacob Helming, Joshua Helming, Michael Helming, Kaitlyn Helming; and three grandchildren, Lily and Emma Helming, and Jace Helming.

A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Whitewater. Visitation will take place from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the church.

Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Gladys Mary Gudeyon, age 96, passed away on January 12, 2020 (Updated 1/14/20)

Gladys Mary Gudeyon, age 96, passed away on January 12, 2020 at Our House Senior Living in Whitewater, WI.

Gladys was born on January 4, 1924, the daughter of Charles and Leta Porter. She met her sweetheart, Harvey Gudeyon, at a dance in Whitewater and they married on February 9, 1944. They raised three children and farmed in Richmond until retiring and moving to Whitewater in 2006.

Gladie was a member of the Richmond United Methodist Church and was very active in Sunday school and church activities over the years. She was an excellent seamstress and a talented cake decorator, having made wedding cakes for each of her children as well as numerous special occasion cakes for friends and relatives. She loved to dance, and she and Harv were affectionately known as that “cute little dancing couple” who attended polka fests and dances throughout the state.

Gladie is survived by her son, Richard (Karen) of Richmond; daughter, Kathleen (Donald) Klemp of Waterloo; daughter, Joyce (Bruce) Traxler of Whitewater; 8 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Gladie was preceded in death by Harvey, her husband of nearly 70 years; sister, Alice White, and brothers, Louis, Roy, and Richard Porter.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at the Richmond United Methodist Church with interment in the Richmond Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at the Nitardy Funeral Home in Whitewater, WI and after 10:00 on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at the church until the time of services.

Memorials may be given to the Richmond United Methodist Church or to Rainbow Hospice of Jefferson, WI.

The family would like to thank the staff at Our House as well as Rainbow Hospice for their loving care and support.

Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Dorothy Louise Nelson, 86, of Whitewater passed away on Monday, January 6, 2020.

Dorothy Louise Nelson, 86, of Whitewater passed away on Monday, January 6, 2020  at Fairhaven Retirement Community.

Dorothy was born on January 26, 1934 to Harold W. Trewyn and Blanche Louise Zimmerman. She was a graduate of College High in 1951 and remained close friends with many from her small class.  Dorothy married Lawrence F. Nelson, M.D. in 1955 and together they had 3 children, Lori, Ryan and Lynn.  She was the devoted longtime secretary for the Congregational United Church of Christ in Whitewater. 

Dorothy was a world-traveler; her photo albums are replete with pictures and mementos from her many adventures with family and her best friend, Donna Stevenson. 

Survivors include her children, Lori Nelson-Schmidt, Whitewater, Ryan Nelson, Bellingham, WA and Lynn Miller, Fort Atkinson. Grandchildren include Megan (Schmidt) Milgrim, Anthony Schmidt, Kelli Miller, and Annie Nelson. Dorothy is also survived by one brother, Ron Trewyn (Marcia) of Manhattan, KS. 

Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents and sister, Nancy (Trewyn) Prosser.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Whitewater, WI. Visitation will take place from 3 p.m. until the time of services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fairhaven Retirement Community in Whitewater.

Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Lori Ann Turner, 55, of Whitewater passed away unexpectedly on Monday, December 9, 2019 (Updated on 1/8/20 with revised arrangements.)

Lori Ann Turner, 55 of Whitewater, WI, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, December 9, 2019 at her home in Whitewater. She was born July 1, 1964 in Beloit, WI, the daughter of Larry and Carlene (Ast) Summers. Lori graduated from South Beloit High School and went on to earn her bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin Madison. She was an adventurer and free spirit as she was a foreign exchange student to Turkey, traveled to Africa and did a walking tour of England. Lori served in the Peace Corps. in the Dominican Republic. She was an avid gardener and a regular produce vendor at the Whitewater Farmer’s Market. Lori participated in a Farmer’s exchange program with South America. Lori was a very giving, hardworking and talented person who could accomplish anything she set her mind to. She not only enjoyed cooking but was an excellent chef and loved trying new cuisines from around the world.

Lori was a loving and devoted mother and daughter, who will be deeply missed by her daughter, Katherine “Katie” Kapp, mother, Carlene Summers, brother, Jeffrey (Renee) Summers, father of their daughter, Andrew (Amy Naish) Kapp, beloved companion, Nigel Turner, her nieces and nephews, many extended family members, and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Larry.

Celebration of Lori’s Life will be held 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Haase-Lockwood & Associates Funeral Home, 730 N Wisconsin St., Elkhorn, WI.  Memorials may be made in Lori’s name to: Touched by a Paw Cat Shelter, 182 W. Main Street, Whitewater, WI 53190.  Online guestbook at www.haaselockwoodfhs.com. Haase-Lockwood & Associates Funeral Homes and Crematory completed arrangements for Lori’s Family.