WKEB Obituaries Blog

Kyle R. Petrick


Kyle Roger Petrick, 20, of Medford, died Monday, October 18, 2021 in Sparta as the result of a car accident.


A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, October 23 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Medford with Rev. Daniel Iwinski officiating. 


Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m., Friday, October 22 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, and again from 10 a.m. until the service at 11 a.m., Saturday, all at the church.


He was born September 24, 2001 in Medford to Roger and Melissa (Block) Petrick.  He graduated from Medford High School, class of 2020.  During high school, Kyle played hockey, and ran both track and cross country.


Kyle was happiest when he was outdoors.  He enjoyed fishing in Washburn with his dad; hunting in Westboro near his grandparents; ice fishing; snowmobiling; and four-wheeling.  From a very young age, Kyle was always working on some vehicle, whether it was a four-wheeler, snowmobile, car or truck, to make it work better, go faster, or run louder.  On his four-wheeler, he could do wheelies for miles!  He also loved “rolling coal” in his diesel truck.  He enjoyed building and putting snowmobiles together, and recently purchased his own.


Kyle was a hard worker and had a great work ethic.  He enjoyed his current job working construction for Janke Construction in Athens.  He also had his own window tinting business, which he started while still in high school, “KPS Performance.”  Also during high school, he plowed snow for Prochnow’s. 


He will be sadly missed by his parents, Roger and Missy Petrick; his sister, Kelli, all of Medford; paternal grandparents, Susan and Jeff Peterson of Westboro; maternal grandmother, Vera Ann Block (Norby Fechelm) of Stetsonville; aunts and uncles, Toni (Dave) Smith of Dorchester, Bobbie (Roger) Smith, Mike (Crystal) Ecklund, Kris Woebbeking, all of Medford; and many cousins and friends.


He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Roger Petrick; and maternal grandfather, Warren Block.


Hemer-Pickerign Funeral & Cremation Services of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com.

Robert "Bob" L. Phillips


Robert “Bob” L. Phillips, of Lindstrom, MN, and formerly of St. Mary’s Point, MN, passed away on October 17, 2021 at the age 0f 83. Bob was recently living in Medford, WI, near his son, Sheldon and family.


He was born on May 16, 1938 and served our country in the US Army during the Korean War. Bob spent his career with Waterous Company and Metro Waste before retiring in 2000. He adored is family! Bob loved to travel on his motorcycle all over the country including trips to Alaska and the East Coast, had a passion for hunting and fishing, and took great pleasure spending time in Mexico with Bonnie and her family. He enjoyed being a jokester and was always up for a good time.


Bob is survived by sons, Robbie (Patty), Sheldon (Kelly), and daughter, Lisa (Jay) Roettger; and their mother, Carla; bonus daughter, Paula (Dave) Kolbeck; stepchildren, Tara (Brad) Bennet, Chris (Debbie) Lilly, and Lisa (Joe) Bosman; grandchildren, Sam, Katie Lea, Alyssa; bonus granddaughters, Elise and Allison; step-grandchildren, Zachary, Katie Lou, Jacob, Natalie, Emma, Holden (Annie), Kelsey, Ally, and Erin; step-great-grandson, Croix; step-great-granddaughter, Nova; sister, Vera; brother, Ronnie; sisters-in-law, Lee Lee (Mike) Rocco and Connie (Tom) Johnson, and many other nieces and nephews.


Bob was preceded in death by he wife, Bonnie; father, Leo; mother, Catherine; brothers, Alvin, Dallas, and Howard “Butch”.


A celebration of life gathering will be held on Saturday, November 6, 2021 from 5-8 PM at Chisago Lakes Grill & Golf Course, 12975 292nd St. Lindstrom, MN


Hemer-Pickerign Funeral & Cremation Services of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com.

Stanley P. Slachetka


Stanley P. Slachetka, 91, of the town of Medford, died Thursday, October 14, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family and while under the care of Hope Hospice.


A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, October 24, 2021 at the Centennial Hall, 412 E. Centennial Ave. in Stetsonville.  Burial will follow at Evergreen II Cemetery, Medford. Visitation will take place at the Centennial Hall on Sunday, October 24, 2021 from 12:00 PM until the time of service at 2:00 PM.


He was born November 1, 1929 in Thorp to Antonia (Madik) and Joseph Slachetka.  He grew up in Thorp and attended the Field School there.


On November 18, 1950, Stanley married Dorothy H. Duesing.  They resided in the town of Medford, on Dorothy’s family’s homestead.  There they farmed and ran a bed & breakfast called “Our Little Country Place.”  Dorothy preceded him in death on May 29, 2021.


In his spare time Stanley enjoyed collecting and repairing tractors.


He is survived by his children, David (Linda) Slachetka of Medford, Lucey (Gary) Leonhardt of Medford, Violet (Tim) Matthias of Kerrville, TX, Valerie (Brian) Becker of Harlingen, TX, Tim (Kristina) Slachetka of Ogema, Stanley Jr. (Jane) Slachetka of Medford; a sister, Irene Smith of Elkhorn; a sister-in-law, Mabel Alderink of Plymouth, MN; 27 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Dorothy.


Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com.

June A. Butkus

June A. Butkus, 90, of Medford, passed away on Friday, October 15, 2021 at Marshfield Medical Center.


A memorial mass for June will take place at 12:00 PM on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, with Father Patrick McConnell officiating. Burial will follow at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will take place at Holy Rosary Catholic Church on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 from 10:00 AM until the time of service at 12:00 PM.


June was born on March 17, 1931 to Carl and Melanie (Bloechlinger) Freudenthal in Medford. She attended Medford area schools. She married Alfons “Alex” Butkus on August 25, 1951; he preceded her in death on July 18, 2017.


Throughout the years June drove bus, cooked at various area schools, and retired from Tombstone Pizza in 1996. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and loved watching the Milwaukee Brewers.

June’s most precious love was her family and friends. Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were her pride and joy. She will be missed by so many.


June is survived by her children, Dale (Donna) Butkus, David “Crockett” (Penny) Butkus, both of Owen, Lynn Butkus of Medford, Kristin (Robert) Ruf of Elkhorn, and Scott (Anne) Butkus of Medford; 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; sisters, Doris Chapman of Wausau, Lorna Spreen of Medford, and Ruth Feddick of Abbotsford; brothers, George Freudenthal and John “Jack” Freudenthal, both of Medford. June is further survived by other family and friends.


In addition to her husband and parents, June is preceded in death by her brother, Richard Freudenthal.


In lieu of flowers memorial, memorial donations in June’s name may be given to Holy Rosary Catholic School or Abiding Care.


Hemer-Pickerign Funeral & Cremation Services of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com.

Clarence H. Nichols


Clarence H. Nichols, 86 of Gilman, died Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at Aspirus HospitalWausau.


He was born on December 19, 1934 to the late Charles and Rozella (Glidden) Nichols. He grew up in the Town of Ford and attended Polley School until 6th grade and then graduated from Gilman High in 1952. He went to state in both Vocal and Band that year.


Clarence married Darlene Anderson on August 22, 1953.


Clarence farmed and hauled canned milk to Dangle’s Cheese. In 1962 he took a maintenance position at the Peavey Paper Mill in Ladysmith where he worked for 9 years. He became the Lead Person for the Maintenance dept. Clarence was instrumental in bringing in a Union and was elected Chairperson. In 1969 he went to Trinidad to help establish a mill for the company. The family returned to Gilman where he raised cattle and logged until 1990.


Clarence also served as Town Chairman for the Town of Ford for 4 years. Clarence sold SmokeEater and pop dispensers until he retired. He was active in his faith. In March of 1990 along with Pastor George Moore he went to Ongole, India as a missionary for 3 weeks. Clarence also served as a Presbyterian delegate at the Albuquerque, New Mexico and Syracuse, NY conventions.


He loved the many fly in trips to Canada as well as his traveling highlight: an Alaskan Cruise. Clarence loved spending time with his grandchildren whom he cherished. He also enjoyed deer hunting.


He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Darlene, his daughter, Shannon Mravik and his son, Scott Nichols all of Gilman, 7 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, Melissa (Todd) Zawacki and their children; Jacob and Trevor Zawacki, Aleece (Dakota) Fasbender and their children; Kaylee O’Malley, Kaydon, Kinlee and Kambrey Horacek and Keagon Fasbender, Brad (Irina) Mravik and their children; Daniel Brooks and Milina and Nikolai Mravik, Philip (Heidi) Nichols and their children; Mila and Joseph Serono, Doug (Hillary) Nichols and their children; Jade Stupner, Rochelle, Bryce, Zander and Ryleigh Nichols; Derek (Becky) Nichols and their children; Connor and Sawyer Nichols and Rachel (Chad) Kowalczyk and their children; Cade, Croix, Vayda and Behrett and one brother, Leonard Nichols of Gilman.


He is preceded in death by his parents, son, Daniel in infancy and his sisters, Bonita Mrock and Karleen.


A funeral service will be held at 11AM on Thursday, October 21st at New Hope Presbyterian Church- Hannibal with Pastor Beverly Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in Meadowbrook Cemetery-Gilman. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 5-7 PM at the Gilman Funeral Home and Thursday morning one hour prior to services at the Church. 

Arnold "Arnie" C. Dassow


Arnold “Arnie” C. Dassow, 62, of the Township of Greenwood, passed away at his home on Tuesday, October 12, 2021.


A memorial visitation for Arnie will take place at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford Chapel, on Saturday, October 16, 2021 from 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM.


Arnie was born on March 8, 1959 to Arnold H. and Luella (Hardrath) Dassow in Medford. He married Jan Thums on June 2, 1984. He worked for various logging companies and Weather Shield until his retirement. In 2008 he was blessed with a second chance at life when he received a pancreas and kidney transplant.


In his spare time he enjoyed spending time outdoors, making firewood, walking his back 40, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.


Arnie is survived by his wife, Jan; children, Carly (Justin) of Madison, Casey (Matt Borchardt) of Marshfield, and Curtis (Jessica) of Green Bay; grandchildren, Bentley and Blake Borchardt. Arnie is further survived by his father, Arnold H. Dassow; brother, Dan (Kim) Dassow of Medford; sisters, Melody Jacobs, Twila Clarkson, Lisa (John) Jalowitz, all of Medford, Michele (Doug) Steines of Marshfield and Vicki Dassow of Medford; his companion, Cooper.


Arnie is preceded in death by his mother, Luella Dassow; parents-in-law George and Marge Thums, and companion, Nike.


Memorial donations in Arnie’s name may be given to family for use at a later date.


Hemer-Pickerign Funeral & Cremation Services of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com.

Kelly Nosko

  Kelly Nosko, age 64, passed away peacefully on October 11, 2021 at CentraCare - St. Cloud MN where he had been hospitalized with pneumonia.  A celebration of life is planned for 1 PM on Saturday, October 16 at Community Alliance Church in Withee with Rev. Andy Davis officiating.  There will be refreshments and fellowship following the service.  Interment of his cremated remains will take place at a time and date to be determined later.


  Kelly was born on December 01, 1956 in Medford to Irma M. (Nosko) Howsden and Stephen Nosko. He attended Owen-Withee Schools where he was a class of ’74 graduate.  He went on to attend Eau Claire Technical College where he received an Associates Degree in Diesel Mechanics in 1976.  He worked as a diesel mechanic at Schjoeneman's in Medford, JW Perry in Merrill and a service writer at Truck Country in Mosinee.


  Kelly is survived by his wife of 44 years Carol (Soper) Nosko, children Tony (Kristen) Nosko, of Rice, MN,  and Michelle (Chris) Haynes of Apple Valley, MN. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Serenity, Holly, Bailey, Isabelle, Ethan, and Nikolai.


  He is further survived by siblings, Mike (Lorraine) Nosko of Withee, Mark (Debra Visser) Nosko of Owen, Peggy (Al) Duda of Sullivan, MO, and Bill (Marcia) Nosko of Saukville.  He is also survived by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Judy Nosko.


  Kelly was a strong yet gentle spirit who found joy in simple things and beauty in nature. He enjoyed traveling, fishing and had a lifelong interest in motorcycles and all things mechanical.  He was a kind and loving husband and father who taught the value of hard work, being humble and generous, and how to appreciate the value of family.  He was a beloved Papa to his grandchildren with whom he enjoyed playing Legos, completing puzzles, coloring and looking at pictures of wildlife and machinery.


  He will be dearly missed.

Judith "Judy" A. Vollrath


Judith “Judy” A. Vollrath, age 72, of Colby, passed away on Friday, October 8, 2021 at her son’s home under the tender care of Heartland Hospice.


A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Judy was born on November 24, 1948, the daughter of Uno M. and Helga A. (Johnson) Bakke in the Town of Withee. She was united in marriage to Phillip Vollrath on April 7,1967. He preceded her in death on July 15, 1999.


Judy was employed by the O-W Enterprise, tended bar at the former 11th frame in Owen and also at the former Dave’s Steakhouse in Owen. She and her husband also owned and operated the Owen Theatre until its closing.


Judy is survived by her son, Mark (Terri) Vollrath of Colby and her daughter, Beth (Lance) Cowell of Marshfield; five grandchildren: Elizabeth, Justin, Collin, Brooke and Olivia; two great-grandchildren: Elliot and Evie.


She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two brothers, George and Jim and two sisters, Joyce and Carol.


A special thanks goes out to Dr. Carolyn Ostrander, Heartland Home Health and Hospice, Kathy Hamrick, Linda Clark and Verla Stange. Thank you all for everything you’ve done to make our mom happy!


The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Colby is entrusted with the arrangements.
Family and friends may express condolences online at www.maurinaschilling.com.


Donald D. Mueller


Donald D. Mueller, 89, of the City of Medford, passed away Friday, October 8, 2021 at Abbotsford Healthcare Center where he resided his last few days. 


A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Medford with the Rev. Daniel Iwinski officiating.  Military honors by the Medford Area Military Honors Team will be held at the church after the service.  Interment will follow at Medford Evergreen II Cemetery.  “Fair winds and following seas.”

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church.


Donald was born March 20, 1932 in the Town of Deer Creek to the late Albert and Twylah (Hayes) Mueller.  He grew up in Medford and graduated from Medford High School in 1950.  Don was very proud of his accomplishments in his high school football and basketball careers. 


He proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 until his honorable discharge in 1955.


On July 16, 1960, Donald married Luanne Brunner at Holway Lutheran Church.  They resided in Medford where Donald worked as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, retiring in 1988.  Luanne preceded him in death on July 22, 2021.


Donald and Luanne enjoyed travelling and spent many winters as snowbirds in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Florida.  He loved to cheer on all of the Wisconsin sports teams!  In his younger years, he enjoyed reading, walking, bowling and golfing.  Don adored their dog, Maxwell. 


Don was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Stetsonville American Legion, and the Medford VFW. 


Survivors include four sons, Joseph (Rhonda), Jeffrey (Karen), all of Medford, Lance of Tomahawk, Tim (Melody) of Kronenwetter;  a sister, Donna Goodman of Medford; brothers and sisters-in-law,  John “Jack” Brunner of Marshfield, James (Joanne) Brunner, and Carol Strebig, all of Medford;  grandchildren, Jaclyn (Ryan) Lemke of Medford, Megan (Zach Mitchell) Mueller of Ingalls, MI, Lauren (Corey) Paczkowski of Eau Claire, Blake (Emily) Mueller of Fond du Lac; great-grandchildren, Bella and Luke Lemke, Jerry Mueller-Roiger, Trytan Paczkowski and Everette Mueller; his best friend & canine companion, Maxwell; and many nieces and nephews. 


He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Luanne; a brother, Jim Mueller and brother-in-law, Jack Goodman.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Donald’s name to Immanuel Lutheran Church and School .


Hemer-Pickerign Funeral & Cremation Services of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com.   

Lester J. "Les" Hanson


Lester J. “Les” Hanson, 87, of Medford, died Saturday, October 9, 2021 at home surrounded by his family and while under the care of Hope Hospice.


A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m, Thursday, October 14, 2021 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford with Rev. Amy Heinz officiating.  Military honors given by the Medford Area Military Honors Team will take place immediately after the service at the church.  Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery in Ogema. 

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the service at 11 a.m. Thursday at the church.  


Lester was born October 12, 1933 in Rib Lake to Adolph and Frances (Sampson) Hanson.  He graduated from Westboro High School in 1951.


Lester proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958 while stationed in Germany.  He was honorably discharged in 1962. 


On April 11, 1953, Lester married Sheila Hause at the First Lutheran Church in Ogema.  They resided in Ogema until moving to Medford in 1967.  Lester was employed at Laabs Cheese Factory in Westboro, then worked for the Holiday Station Store in Medford until purchasing the business, which he owned and operated until his retirement. 


He enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing and spending time at his camper on Lake of the Pines.  Lester was a member of the Jump River Gun Club.  He also liked to visit with family and friends, and cheer on the Milwaukee Brewers. 


He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.


He is survived by his two children, Steve (Marianne) Hanson of Medford, Susan Fritsche of Hatley; a brother, George (Pat) Hanson of Westboro; sister-in-law, Aggie Hause of Ogema; brother-in-law, Chet (Marcy) Hause of Medford; five grandchildren, Christopher Hanson, Caren (Jason) Van DeWalle, Luke (Alyssa) Fritsche, Josh (Ashley) Fritsche, Sandy Poehnelt; seven great-grandchildren, Ella and Alex Van DeWalle, Owen Matzek, Will and Rynn Fritsche, Noa and Isla Fritsche; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. 


He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sheila on April 20, 2015; mother and father-in-law, Mathilda “Tillie” and Chester Hause; siblings, Richard Hanson, Judy (Jim) Rogers, Ruth (Ken) Miller; brother-in-law, Rodney Hause; and his son-in-law, Tom Fritsche on Aug. 3, 2020. 


Hemer-Pickerign Funeral & Cremation Services of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com.




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