Dorothy Owen 03/06/2014

D. Owen obit front mem. cardDorothy Mable Owen, 94 of River Falls, died Thursday March 6 at Our House Senior Living in River Falls, WI.  Dorothy was born on August 24, 1919 to Richard and Ethel (Stewart) Weir. She married Gordon Owen on November 7, 1940 in Stillwater MN.

Dorothy was a woman who loved her family and life. Her first answer would be “no”, but upon reflection she would never pass up an opportunity. She worked and earned her Real Estate broker’s license in her 50’s and took classes to “learn how to send email” in her 70’s. She often travelled to her beloved NM to stay with her daughter and her family; and finally got to Hawaii to stand in the Pacific at the young age of 89.

She always saw the good in life and when faced with a challenge would say “And this too shall pass”.

She is survived by her three children; Carole (William – dec. 1-14) Tate of Grants NM; Don (Faye) Owen of Maiden Rock WI; and Wendy (Claire) Dusek of Roberts WI, 9 Grand-children and 12 Great Grand-children.

Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents; her husband Gordy; her brother Don and his wife Joyce, and her son in law William.

The family would like to thank the staff at Our House Senior Living for the excellent care they provided Dorothy over the last two years.    

 A memorial service was held Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Bakken-Young Funeral Home.  Memorial visitation was also Wednesday from 1:00-2:00 pm at the funeral home.  Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.

Harold Ottman 03/01/2014

Ottman obitHarold F. Ottman age 93 of Plum City entered life triumphant March 1, 2014 at Plum City Care Center.  Harold was born May 4, 1920 to Elmer and Bessie (Solveson) Ottman in Rock Elm Township, Pierce County, Wisconsin, he was the 8th of 10 children.  Harold lived here until the age of 12 when he moved to the farm of his aunt and uncle Rollie and Grace Fuller near Maiden Rock.  While living here Harold finished grade school and graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1938.  Harold married Genevieve Beyer on October 9, 1948 at the Methodist Church in Maiden Rock, WI.  They purchased a small home and had it moved to the Fuller farm where they raised five children.  Harold later purchased the 160 acres from the Fullers at the corner of highways 183 (now CC) and S, then known as Fuller's corner, later to be known as Ottman's corner to locals.  Harold farmed here until his retirement in 1988 at which time he and Genevieve moved to Pepin.  Genevieve passed away in 2010.  He moved to Plum City Care Center in June 2011.  As a youth Harold was an active member in the local 4H clubs including Beavers, Whiz Bangs, and Highland Hustlers.  Harold's fair projects included garden produce, poultry, conservation, crops, livestock, and junior leadership.  In addition to farming he worked for Swandby Funeral Home, helping out at funerals and as an attendant for the ambulance, also run at the time by Mr. Swandby.  Harold also served on the Board of Directors for Stockholm Town Mutual Insurance Company, serving as president from 1978-2000.  During his retirement Harold continued on the insurance board, served on the Pepin County Senior Council, and enjoyed woodworking making outdoor ornaments and household items.  Harold was a big fan of word-search puzzles which led to his love for "Wheel of Fortune."  He also enjoyed jigsaw puzzles and singing.  Harold was known for having a sense of humor, ready to tell a joke and often pulling a few pranks.  Being a diversified farmer raising dairy cows, pigs, chickens, and crops to feed them, Harold never ventured too far from the farm for a vacation.  Family and friends knew this so the Ottman farm often became the gathering place for others.  Many of his brothers and sisters would show up on Sunday afternoon knowing he would be heading to the barn at 4:30 p.m. to do the pre-milking chores.  He would then make a freezer of homemade ice cream for supper.  Harold and Genevieve always had an open door policy, so much so that one summer their home was renamed "Dew Drop Inn".  The motto around the farm was:  "Everyone works at our house", so anyone there for an extended period of time would help out.  Harold was a long time member of the Plum City United Methodist Church until moving to Pepin where he regularly attended the Pepin United Methodist Church.  Harold had a sweet tooth with a special liking for chocolate.  He never met a chocolate he didn't like!  While a resident at the care center Harold enjoyed participating in the many activities going on there and attending many area parades.  It was very tough to stump him in "Name That Tune".  Harold was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 61 years, Genevieve; brothers, Roy, Floyd, Marshall, and Kenneth; sisters, Mary Swenson, Alice Dutton, Alta Reisner, Clara Ottman, and Evelyn Ottman; plus several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews.  He is survived by five children, Twylah of Owatonna, MN, Bob (LouAnne) of Golden Valley, MN, Steve (Deb) of Plum City, WI, Tad of Madison, WI, and Tim (Stephanie) of Milwaukee, WI; five grandchildren, Candace (Dave) Zytkoskee, Brian Ottman, Brent (Caitlin) Ottman, Meghan (Dave) Ottman, and Natalie Ottman; three great-grandchildren, Tenli, Alex, and Ari; brothers and sisters-in-law, Margaret (Eldon) Thompson, Ray (Betty) Beyer, Henry (Charlotte) Beyer, Esther Wilson; plus nieces and nephews.  The family wishes to extend a thank you to the caregivers from Visiting Angels and the wonderful staff at Plum City Care Center for the excellent care given.  A Funeral Service was held Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 11 am at the Maiden Rock United Methodist Church.  Visitation was held on Friday, March 7, 2014 from 4-7 pm at the Bakken-Young Funeral Home in Maiden Rock and on Saturday from 10-11 am at the church.  Spring Interment will be in Maiden Rock Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Maiden Rock.

Robert Heebink 02/23/2014

Robert HeebinkBob Heebink, of New Richmond, died February 23, 2014 in New Richmond, WI, at The Deerfield Gables.  Bob was born to Herman G. and Gusta (Geisness) Heebink in Baldwin, WI on July 31, 1919.  He was married to Marie F. Van Someren on June 2, 1942 at the Baldwin Christian Reformed Church, Baldwin, WI.  Three sons were born to this union: James (Colette) of New Richmond, WI, Thomas (Marion) of Pacific Grove, CA and Paul, of Yuma, AZ. Also surviving are five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  His wife, Marie, sister, Helen (Lloyd) Karnes, and his mother and father preceded him in death.  Bob's youth was spent on a farm south of Baldwin.  He attended grade school and high school in Baldwin.  In 1941, he was awarded a B.S. degree from the State Teachers College - River Falls in Agricultural Education.  He received his master's degree in agricultural education from the University of Minnesota in 1963.  Bob taught vo-ag and mathematics at Roberts High School before being inducted into the Army on August 8, 1942.  In the 40th Combat Engineers, Bob served in Africa, Sicily, Italy, France and Germany as a reconnaissance staff sergeant for more than three years.  After his discharge in September, 1945, he worked briefly in agricultural extensions and real estate sales.  In September, 1948, he began his 52 years of service to the New Richmond School District as a World War II veteran on the farm trainer, a high school agriculture instructor, vocational coordinator, and a Community Education Director.  The New Richmond Community Education program was started by Heebink in 1980.  It grew to be a model program on a state and national level.  In his involvement with various organizations and programs, he served as a secretary for United Way for eleven years the New Richmond Park Board for 26 years, the Wisconsin Community Education Association and the Friday Aquatic Center Task Force. Heebink also held the office of the New Richmond Kiwanis President in 1986.  He joined the club in 1959.  Bob enjoyed doing home beautification activities, fishing, golfing, ballroom dancing, and traveling with Marie.  For efforts he devoted to education and the community, Bob was privileged to receive numerous forms of recognition.  Some of these citations included The Wisconsin FFA Honorary Degree in 1974, and the American FFA Honorary Degree in 1980.  In 1987 he received the National Professional Award from the National Community Education Association.  The New Richmond Chamber of Commerce gave its first "Citizen of the Year" recognition to Heebink in 1992.  In the year 2000, Bob's name was placed with the charter group of the Wisconsin Community Education Association's Hall of Fame.  Memorial services were held at the New Richmond United Methodist Church on Tuesday, March 4, at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service.  Visitation was also held on Monday, March 3rd, at the church from 4-8 p m.  Memorials will be directed to an existing scholarship at New Richmond High School in his name.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.


Eunice Larsen 02/23/2014

Eunice Larsen age 87 died Sunday, February 23, 2014 at Comforts of Home in Menomonie, WI.  She was born in New York Mills, MN on November 19, 1926 to Ernest and Senia (Bernu) Pohtilla.  As a young girl her family moved to Minneapolis, MN where she spent much of her life.  She was married to Luverne “Lars” Larsen in 1947.  From this union, they raised 4 children.  In 1972, they moved to Park Ridge, IL and stayed until Luverne’s retirement from the postal service.  They shared their time between Fort Myers Beach, FL and Siren, WI at their lake home.  They traveled extensively throughout the world, having visited every state in the union, and several trips to Europe to study their family trees.  After Luverne’s death in 2006, Eunice moved to Inver Grove Heights, MN and led an active life.  She was involved in several civic organizations, notably the VFW, American Legion, Scouts and Women of the Moose of Burnett County, in which she held many leadership positions.  She has been residing at Comforts of Home in Menomonie, WI since 2013. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.  Eunice in preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Luverne; son Gary Larsen; parents, Ernest and Senia Pohtilla; brother, Lloyd Pohtilla; and brother-in-law, Melvin Fisher.  She is survived by children, Dwight Larsen of Minneapolis, MN, Diane (Dennis) Guth of Menomonie, WI, Gail (Lowell) Jungers of Prior Lake, MN; grandchildren, Amy Thorson, Johnathan Schlottman, Ross (Anna) Jungers, Alane (Derrick) Madsen, Jenni Larsen;  8 great-grandchildren; sister, Evelyn Fisher; sister-in-law, Kathleen Pohtilla; many nieces, nephews, friends and loved ones.  A funeral service was held Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 11:00 am at Bakken-Young Funeral Home in River Falls.  Visitation was also Saturday from 10-11 am at the funeral home.  Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery in River Falls.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.

Buddy Schnell 02/21/2014

Buddy Schnell age 82 of Chaska, MN and formerly of Stillwater, MN, died Friday, February 21, 2014 at St. Francis Hospital in Shakopee, MN.  Buddy was born and raised in New Richmond, WI.  He was a beloved father and grandfather and was an avid golfer.  He is preceded in death by his son, Gregory Schnell; sisters, Veradell Schnell, Lorraine Jackson.  Buddy is survived by his children, Barb (Chris) Peebles of Chaska, MN, Jackie (Greg) Gerten of Chaska, MN, Ryan (Shari) Schnell of Ellsworth, WI; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and brother, Lloyd (Shirley) Schnell of Lee's Summit, MO.  A Graveside service was held on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 2:30 pm at the Fairview Cemetery in Stillwater, MN.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.