Gene Edward Reber, Byron, Ill. formerly of Baraboo

Gene Edward Reber, 82, of Byron, passed away Saturday, November 18, 2017, after a long illness. Gene was born in rural Byron on December 3, 1934, to Clifford and Ruth (Winterland) Reber. He graduated from Byron Schools in 1952, and then spent time in the Army before marrying Connie King in 1957. After farming with his father, he worked as a truck driver until his retirement. Gene gave back to Byron as a 4-H leader, Mason, Lions Club member, and he served on the Byron School Board. He was a diehard Chicago Cubs fan and finally got to see them win a World Series. He had a love and passion for the circus, volunteering countless hours at the Circus World Museum in Baraboo, WI. He was a devoted father and grandfather. Gene is survived by his three children, Dennis (Suzanne) Reber of Monticello, IN, Douglas (Penny) Reber and Teresa (Bob) Ashelford of Byron; eight grandchildren, Tom Ashelford (Katie Lentz), Denny, Peter, Emily, Jessica and Zach Reber, Tom Baker, Amanda (Nathan)Corzatt; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his partner, Dan Henry, and his sister, Gerry Franklin.
A Celebration of Life is planned from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, November 30, at the Prairie View Golf Course pavilion in Byron. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Circus World Museum in Baraboo, WI.

Ronda K. Jones, Baraboo

Ronda K. Jones of Baraboo passed away on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 at St. Clare Hospital at the age of 62. Ronda, daughter of Ronald and Dawn (Hinz) Jones was born Sept. 21, 1955. She graduated from Baraboo Senior High School and furthered her studies at Grand Rapids Bible College, Trinity Christian College and obtained her masters in teaching from UW Whitewater. Ronda started her working career as a Special Education teacher for the Wisconsin Dells High School before moving to Rockford and working for the Rockford Public Schools. While in the Dells she also advised wrestling cheerleaders and girls FCA. Upon her return to the Baraboo area Ronda worked for Jefferson Meadows and St. Clare Hospital. Later in life she was employed by Culvers of Baraboo and Walmart. In her free time she enjoyed knitting, reading, cooking, baking, and antiques. Ronda was an avid Packers and Badgers fan.

Survivors include her mother, Dawn; brother, James (Sara) Jones; sister, Jackie (Bob) Cox; nieces and nephew, Elly, Jenny, Joey, Christina, Samantha; aunt, uncles as well as other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Ronald; beloved Quincy; grandparents; aunt and uncles.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Walnut Hill Bible Church with Pastor Dan Gunderson officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Inurnment will be held at a later date at Walnut Hill Cemetery next to her father. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family.

William L. Schreiber, Baraboo

William passed away on Sunday, November 19. He was born February 12, 1926, in Baraboo, Wisconsin, the son of William and Iva Fern (Glover) Schreiber.  Bill enjoyed reminding everyone that he was born on Abraham Lincoln’s birthday.  He grew up on the farm built by his parents in the Town of Greenfield.

During his senior year of high school, Bill was inducted into the U.S. Navy.  He sailed the Pacific on the LST 334 stopping off in the Marianas, Philippines and  Okinawa; preparing for the invasion of Japan.  While sailing off the coast of Okinawa, the war ended.  Bill was awarded the Bronze Star medal for saving the life of a fellow sailor.  After the war, Bill was awarded his Baraboo High School diploma but returned to the high school to take post-graduate courses in chemistry and advanced math where he met Marian Hanson  He proposed to her on her 18th birthday, April 15, 1947.  He later remarked how impressed he was with her intelligence.  Bill and Marian were married on October 4, 1947 at the Presbyterian Church in Baraboo. On October 4, 2017, Bill and Marian celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with a breakfast at Four Star.

Bill became involved in the plastics industries in Baraboo working at Flambeau and Klein Plastics as plant maintenance supervisor.  After retirement, he continued working as a consultant and installed plastics equipment for various companies.  He enjoyed researching fuel cells, ethanol gasoline as well as solar and wind energy.  He installed a solar panel, built a solarium, and burned corn for fuel in his home.  In his later years, Bill was interested in meteorology. 

Following in his father’s footsteps, Bill was active in local government.  He was school clerk for the Glenville State Graded School, served as chairman of the Greenfield Town Board and was a member of the Sauk County Board for many years.  Bill and Marian also assisted with Greenfield elections for many years. 

In addition to his day job, Bill and Marian operated a truck farm raising vegetables for area grocers.  Their farm was well known to strawberry pickers and lovers of asparagus.  Bill was proud of the large garden he grew every year.   

Bill was active in the Riverside 4-H Club.  He was a county 4-H judge of projects related to electricity and science for many years.

The house that Bill and Marian bought in Greenfield in 1953 had no indoor plumbing.  Bill installed plumbing and rebuilt their house over the next 50 years.  In 2016, Bill and Marian moved to Oak Park Place in Baraboo.

After Bill retired,  Marian and Bill enjoyed traveling throughout the United States visiting relatives.  For their 50th wedding anniversary, they toured Hawaii.  Marian’s brother, Jim, was stationed on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor and survived the attack on December 7, 1941.  Marian and Bill visited Ford Island and the naval areas that Bill passed through in 1944-45 during World War II.  

Bill is survived by his wife, Marian; six children:  Susan (Buddy) Gogue, William, Katherine (Tim) Nolden and Robert (Cassie) of Baraboo, James (Lisa) of Albuquerque, NM,; and Patricia Schreiber (Ron Plumer) of Waunakee, WI.  He is survived by 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, several step-grandchildren, step-great grandchildren, his nephew Richard Wilkinson (Katherine), as well as other friends and relatives.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Muriel (Clark) Wilkinson and her daughter, Mary (Fred) Hoffmeister.

Respecting Bill’s wishes, there will be no funeral.

The family would like to thank Oak Park Place as well as Agrace Hospice for all of their love, kindness and support.  In addition, the Four Star Restaurant owners and staff were like family to Bill and Marian every morning for breakfast for many years.  

Memorials made be made in Bill’s name to the Sauk County Historical Society or Agrace Hospice. Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Carol A. Nimmow, Baraboo

Carol A. Nimmow, age 82 of Baraboo passed away on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison with family by her side. Carol, daughter of Lester and Mary (Smith) Franklin was born April 27, 1935 in New Bern, North Carolina. On Oct. 14, 1955 she was united in marriage to Donald Nimmow in Norfolk, Virginia. Carol worked as a homemaker, caring for her family. She will be remembered by many community members for passing out candy canes to everyone she could around the Christmas season.

Survivors include her loving husband, Don of Baraboo; daughter, Diane Lucht of Reedsburg; granddaughters, Katherine Lucht of Bettendorf, Iowa and Kristina Lucht of Lake Delton; great-grandson, Carson Persack of Lake Delton as well as her brother, Wayne (Penny) Jennings of Waterloo, Illinois as well as many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and son-in-law, Vernon Lucht.

In keeping with Carol’s wishes, no services will be held. Burial was held at Walnut Hill Cemetery. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Kenneth G. Cady of Baraboo

Kenneth G. Cady, age 76 of Baraboo passed away on November 14, 2017 surrounded by his family. He was born August 22, 1941 to Kenneth and Bernice (Luke) Cady in Baraboo. He married Judith Smith on April 3, 1965 in Baraboo. He was in the United States Army from 1959 to 1962.

Survivors include his 3 children, Jeffrey (Jennifer) Cady, Michael Cady, Deborah Long; 1 brother, Rickey Cady; 2 sisters, Barbara Swalheim, Pamela (Dennis) Brenton; and 4 grandchildren. He is preceded in death by wife, Judith Cady; parents and 1 brother, Timothy Cady.

Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday , November 22, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Redlin Funeral Home with Pastor Blake Overlien officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. 

Yvonne Joy Wilson, Baraboo

Yvonne Joy Wilson passed away peacefully Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 at St. Clare Meadows Care Center at the age of 92. Yvonne, daughter of Raymond and Lottie (Beamish) Follis was born Oct. 24, 1925 in Michigan. She was united in marriage to Clayton D. Wilson.

Survivors include her daughters, Glyndell Trumbull of Pomona, California, Collene (Gary) Ringstad of Mauston; son, James Clifton (Patricia) Woodgate; grandchildren, Kenneth (Alicia) Trumbull, Terrie (Jacob) McGlasson and step grandson, Gary Ringstad, Jr.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clayton Dale; brother, Cecil Follis and son-in-law, Bruce Trumbull.

Private cremation services will be held. Inurnment will be held at Walnut Hill Cemetery alongside her husband. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Gilbert R. Barton of Baraboo

Gilbert R. Barton, age 83 of Baraboo passed away November 10, 2017 surrounded by his family. He was born March 1, 1934 to Clive and Florence (Truan) Barton. He is survived by the love of his life Charlotte (Kaney) Barton of 47 years. Gilbert was in the United States Navy from 1952 to 1956 and served as a photographer. Gilbert was everyone’s favorite and you never left the house without laughing or without a big smile on your face. He will be greatly missed by his loving family and by all who knew him.

Survivors include his loving wife; daughter, Brenda Legnar; grandson, Scott Becker; granddaughter Katlyn Legnar; baby sister, Loretta McDonald; 2 stepdaughters, 1 stepson, many other step grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews and nieces. He is preceded in death by his parents; 3 sisters, Mary Ida Barton, Grace McGinnis, Betsy Weitzel; 1 brother, Ben Barton; nieces, nephews and 1 stepdaughter.

Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Redlin Funeral Home with Pastor Michael Lopp officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. 

Melvin Leroy Bratland of Baraboo

Melvin Leroy Bratland, was born in Edgerton, WI on March 2, 1938 to the union of Melvin B. and Florence H. Bratland and passed away at the age of 79, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, WI. on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 peacefully surrounded by his loving family.

Melvin is survived by his Ex-wife and best friend Mary Bratland; (6) Children, Arnold Bratland, Austin, Texas; Kandice Knospe, Springville, Iowa; Neal Schmidt (Kim), Eatonton, Georgia; William Schmidt, Portage, Wisconsin; LeRoy Bratland, Baraboo, Wisconsin; Eric Bratland (Glenda), Packwaukee, Wisconsin; (1) Brother, Henry Bratland (Rita), Edgerton, Wisconsin; 12 Grandchildren; 5 Great Grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents – Melvin B. Bratland, father, Florence H. Bratland, mother and (1) brother Willard Bratland.

Melvin retired as a welder from Neco Hammond and Palmer Mfg. He also retired from dairy farming.

His hobbies were, baseball, softball, bowling both league and recreational, fishing, and stock car racing. Melvin also enjoyed watching the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers football, Milwaukee Brewers baseball and NASCAR. Melvin was an avid horseman and participated in all types of timed events in Horse Shows.

Visitation will be held on Monday, November 13, 2017 from 10:00 a.m until the time of service at 11:00 a.m. at Redlin Funeral Home, Baraboo Wisconsin. George Burgess, officiating.

Barbara Ann McCollough, Baraboo

Barbara Ann “Barb” McCollough, age 73 of Baraboo passed away with her family and friends by her side Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 at the Don and Marilyn Anderson Hospice Center in Fitchburg. Barb, daughter of Victor and Dorothy (Jochman) Kowalke was born Dec. 9, 1943 in Baraboo. She was a graduate of Reedsburg High School. Barb worked for Badger Ordnance for a short time and retired from Flambeau after 30 years of employment. Barb loved the outdoors, especially sitting in the sun; she was an avid Packers fan and enjoyed socializing.

She is survived by her son, Shane (Kristen Arnett) McCollough of Wilton; daughter-in-law, Tammy Hinze of Hillsboro; siblings, Duane “Butch” (Nancy) Kowalke of Baraboo, Gary (Penny) Kowalke of Baraboo, Tom (Deb) Kowalke of Reedsburg, Judy Braun of Baraboo, Steve (Laurie) Kowalke of Baraboo; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren as well as special friend, Shirley Clark Cahoon of Dodgeville. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, David D. Kowalke and her son, Michael Todd Hinze.

The family will hold a celebration of life gathering on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Glacier Rock, located in the Clarion Hotel in Baraboo. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Mike Andersen, Reedsburg

Mike Andersen passed away peacefully at his home November 7, 2017.

His favorite thing in the world was spending time with his family – they meant the world to him.  His second love was traveling anywhere.  He learned to love hiking and backpacking at Glacier National Park and his training ground was Devils Lake State Park.

Mike is survived by his loving wife Rhonda of 35 years, his daughter Erin Andersen, Madison, son Christopher (Dr. Desire’) Andersen of St. Joseph, MI and his little bundle of joy grandson Ethan Michael.  Mike is also survived by his father James Andersen of Briggsville, sister Katherine (Frank) Shaw, Ft. Walton Beach, FL, brothers Kevin Andersen, MO and Mark (Annette) Andersen, Clinton, MO,  grandma Dolores Andersen of Burlington, IL and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, in-laws and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother Karen (Schairer) Andersen, his step mother Hazel (Moore) Andersen and his grandparents Louis Schairer, Everett Andersen and M. Jean Schairer.

Mike will be greatly missed by anyone who knew him.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Redlin Funeral Home with Pastor Jonathan Tipton presiding.  Visitation will be held Monday, November 13, 2017, 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 10 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home. 

In lieu of flowers, we would like to make a donation in Mike’s memory to Glacier SAR and A.L.E.R.T. Air Ambulance of Kalispell, MT.