Rita Wieland 04/30/2016

Rita M. Wieland age 68 of River Falls died Saturday, April 30, 2016 at her home.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.

William Bates 04/28/2016

William BatesWilliam “Bill” James Bates, 81, of Pepin died Thursday, April 28, 2016 after a brief illness with cancer.  He was born February 12, 1935 to William and Kathryn (Armato) Bates.  On September 26, 1953, he married Mary McDonald.  He wore many “hats” over the years, including mechanic, an excavating business, electrician, bar owner and heavy equipment operator.  He eventually traded them all in for a fishing hat, the “hat” he loved the most.  Bill will be remembered as a man who could fix anything and for his willingness to lend a helping hand.  His family will always remember a wonderful and loving father, grandfather and a good friend to his “fishing buddy”, Gene.  Bill was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary (May 23, 2010); sons-in-law, Keven Nelson and Phillip Dugger; 1 sister; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.  He is survived by his children, Nancy and Chuck Byington of Longmont, CO, Vicki Nelson and Rich Kos of Stockholm, WI, Betty and Mike Westberg of Prescott, WI, Kathryn and Robert Ebben of Eau Claire, WI; son-in-law, Dennis Anderson of McMinnville, TN; 7 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 6 sisters; 1 brother; many nieces, nephews, 2 aunts; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.  A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 11:00 am at Bakken-Young Funeral Home in Maiden Rock with visitation one hour before the service.  A reception following the service will also be held Saturday from 12:30-4:30 at the Pepin Lions Club (300 8th St.).  Private interment will be in Oakland Cemetery in Stockholm.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Maiden Rock.

Roger Goodrich 01/24/2016

Roger Goodrich 426x640Roger L. Goodrich, age 76 of rural New Richmond, died on Sunday, January 24, 2016 in Winter Haven, FL.  Roger was born the son of Douglas and Rebecca (Grimme) Goodrich on December 24, 1939 at the family farm in Cylon, WI.  He graduated from New Richmond High School.  Roger was married to Bernice Larson on October 12, 1963 in Clayton, WI.  He was a dairy farmer.  Roger farmed the family farm that had been in his family since the 1860’s.  He was a member of the Deer Park United Methodist Church and the Amery Gun Club.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and trap shooting, and was an avid Green Bay Packer fan.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Douglas and Rebecca Goodrich; brothers, Charles and Richard Goodrich; sister, Nancy Goodrich; and grandson, Josh Goodrich.  Roger is survived by his wife, Bernice; children, David (Cinara) Goodrich and Michelle (Sachin) Gore; grandchildren, Nicole (Mike) Fuqua, Jenna (Pablo) Fernandez, Benjamin Goodrich, Christian Goodrich, and Kiran Gore.  A Celebration of Roger’s life will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 11 am at Trinity United Methodist Church in Deer Park, WI.  Memorial visitation will also be Saturday from 9-11 am at the church.  Interment will be in Cylon Cemetery in Cylon, WI.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.

Gail Richie 04/22/2016

Gail Richie 400x493Gail M. Richie, age 62 of St. Paul, MN, formerly of Hudson, WI, died on Friday, April 22, 2016 at her home.  Preceded in Death by her parents, Raymond and Mary Lyss; and sister, Diana Lyss.  Survived by children, John (Nicole) Richie, Michael (Erin) Richie, and Amanda Richie; grandsons, Elijah and Isaiah Richie; and brother, Michael (Kenlyn) Lyss.  Memorial visitation was held Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 5-8 pm at the Bakken-Young Funeral Home 502 3rd St. Hudson, WI.  A graveside service was held Friday, April 29, 2016 at 2:00 pm at Union Cemetery 2505 E Minnehaha Ave Maplewood, MN.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Hudson.

Michael Wakefield 04/22/2016

Michael Wakefield 453x640Michael Bruce Wakefield, 65, passed away peacefully at Our Lady of Peace Hospice in St Paul, MN on Friday, April 22, 2016  Michael was born on October 2, 1950 in St Paul, MN  to Richard Wakefield and Arline Wakefield (Ek).  He was baptized and confirmed at South Shore Trinity Lutheran Church in White Bear Lake, MN.   After graduating from White Bear Lake HS in 1968, he continued his education at University of Minnestoa where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree on March 17, of 1979.  Michael was first employed with The Douglas Stewart Co as a salesman and then Follett Higher Education Group as Territory Manager/Sales .  He continued with FHEG for 25 plus years until he retired in 2014.  While growing up Michael loved to play Baseball and later Fast pitch Softball.  He participated in Gymnastics both at the high school and collegiate level and was a member of the University of Minnesota Concert Band.  Michael was also a competitive Ski Jumper with the St Paul Ski club for about 10 years.  Despite the sports interests mentioned above, his real passion was golf.  Michael was always ready to negotiate strokes on the first tee.  Michael absolutely adored his two children Spencer and Rachael and  Great Pyrenees, Sampson.  Michael is survived by his wife of 23 years, Jane; son Spencer (21) and daughter Rachael (17).  Also his father Richard Wakefield (Janet Watt), siblings Cathy Wakefield, Karen Porter (Joel) ,Doug Wakefield, and his sister-in-law Rose Wakefield, several nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, cousins and many, many friends.  Preceded in death by Mother, Arline Wakefield (Ek), Older brother Rick Wakefield,  and infant sister Kristin Wakefield.  A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, May 2, 2016 at 7 pm at the First Congregational Church 110 N 3rd Street River Falls, WI.  Memorial Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2016 from 3-6 pm at the Bakken-Young Funeral Home 805 E Division Street River Falls, WI and on Monday from 6-7 pm at the church.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.