Sime Funeral Home Obituaries

02/17/2018 08:13 AM

Jacob Zubaty

Jacob Zubaty, 87, of Gays Mills, Wisconsin, passed away on Friday, February 16, 2018 at his home.

There will be no funeral services. The family is being served  by the Sime Funeral Home of Readstown.

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02/10/2018 11:53 AM

Roger Turnmire


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02/08/2018 07:07 AM

Roger Turnmire

Roger Turnmire, 90, of Soldiers Grove, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 at the  Soldiers Grove Health Services.

He was born on November 13, 1927 in LaCrosse, WI to Hiram and Violet (Carmack) Turnmire and lived his entire life in the Soldiers Grove area.  He graduated from Soldiers Grove High School.  He married Irene Olson on March 24, 1956.

Roger owned and operated a jukebox business for many years and was responsible for installing Cable TV in Soldiers Grove and many other little towns in Wisconsin.  In Soldiers Grove he built the tower on the hill piece by piece by hand.

He loved to play cards especially Solitaire which he played every morning, he was an awesome pool player and played in league for many years.  He was an avid hunter and could walk through the woods so quietly.  He hunted deer but loved going to Colorado to go elk hunting and did that for over 50 years.

Roger was in the U.S. Air Force and served in the Korean War.  Roger was a very active member of the William A. Schoville Post #220 of the American Legion in Soldiers Grove for 63 years and was Commander in 1996 and 1997.  He was a member of the 40 and 8 Legion for 40 years.  He was a large part of putting together the celebration that was in Soldiers Grove honoring the Medal of Honor recipients a few years ago and in doing the Beauford Anderson Memorial Park in Soldiers Grove honoring our veterans.

Roger is survived by his son Terry (Becky) Turnmire of Idaho Falls, ID, son Roger (Susan) Homan of Lady Lake, FL, his sister Tonya Turnmire, his grandchildren:  Bobbie (Jennifer) Turnmire of Sun Prairie, WI, Corey (Jessica) Turnmire of Edgerton, WI, Richard (Cindy) Homan of Massachusets, Roger (Angela) Homan, Jr. of Canada, and Sandra Homan of Massachusets; also his great grandchildren:  Bobbie Jr. and Tyra Turnmire, Teegan Turnmire, Shaylee, Leah, Kaitlyn, Will, Briana, Alex, and Robbie; his stepmother Clem Turnmire of Janesville, and his partner Lorraine Davig.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Irene, siblings:  Hy (Tyke) Turnmire and Ronna Sue Miller.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 17, at 1 PM, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Soldiers Grove. Pastor Carrie Anderson will officiate and burial will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 10 AM until time of services.  Sime Funeral Home in Readstown is serving the family.

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01/19/2018 04:02 PM

David Wallace


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01/19/2018 04:00 PM

David Wallace

David C. Wallace, 58, of Beloit, entered the Gates of Heaven after a courageous battle with cancer on Thursday, January 18, 2018.

David was born on August 19, 1959 in Janesville, Wisconsin.  He was the beloved son of Calvin and Evelyn (King) Wallace, and stepson of Lena Wallace.

David enjoyed bowling bowling, movies, camping, and playing games.  He was a devoted Green Bay Packer fan, never missing a game.  He loved to help watch and play with his great nieces and nephews.

David will be missed deeply by loved ones and friends.

He is survived by his step mother Lena Wallace of Bell Center; brothers:  Robert (Valerie) Wallace of Beloit, Clifford (Carolyn) Wallace of Lexington, S.C., Everett Wallace of Viroqua; step brothers:  Robert (Nicole) Goetz of Wisconsin Rapids, Dennis (Courtney) Goetz of Janesville; nieces and nephews:  Amber (Adam) Kuhn of South Beloit, Il,linois, Ashley (Andrew) Stewart of Juda, Zachary Wallace of Marshfield,  Craig Wallace of Madison, Cody Wallace, Nate Wallace, Ron Wallace, and Heather Stark; and four  Step-nieces/nephews; Special nieces and nephews.

He was greeted with open arms at Heaven’s Gate by by his father, Calvin, and his mother Evelyn, his  brother Andrew, and his grandparents.

Services will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at  Sime Funeral Home at 106 South 4th street in Readstown, Wis.  Family and friends may visit from 10:30 AM until time of services at 11:30 AM, which  Pastor Wayne Rayner will officiate.  A burial will be held at the Readstown Cemetery. A luncheon will be held after the burial at the William Schoville Post #220 of the American Legion in Soldiers Grove at 103 Legion Drive.

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01/14/2018 02:47 PM

LaVerne Turben


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01/13/2018 08:40 AM

LaVerne Turben

LaVerne Turben, 88, of Viroqua, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 at Vernon Manor in Viroqua with his wife Imogene at his side.

LaVerne was born in Utica Township, in Crawford County, WI on June 10, 1929 to Clarence and Selma (Grimsled) Turben.  He graduated from Gays Mills High School in 1948.  He married Imogene Maybee on January 15, 1949.  LaVerne was a member of Kickapoo United Lutheran Church.

In 1951, LaVerne and Imogene moved to Beloit, WI and lived there for 8 years,  before returning to the Soldiers Grove area.  LaVerne took up a career in carpentry and enjoyed that for many years until his retirement.  LaVerne suffered later years from Multiple Sclerosis.  LaVerne and Imogene eventually moved to Viroqua to be closer to the care that he needed.  His condition deteriorated to the point that Imogene could no longer care for him so he went to reside at Vernon Manor for the past four years.

LaVerne will always be remembered for his quiet, gentle spirit and strong faith.  He thoroughly enjoyed his family and especially his grandchildren.  He enjoyed the many friendships he had over the years and appreciated the friends and family who came to visit him at Vernon Manor.

LaVerne is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Imogene of Viroqua, their son Terry (Nancy) Turben of Janesville, Grandchildren Johnny (Brenda) Hanson of Westby, Angela (Chris) Carley of Onalaska, Lacey Turben of Janesville.  Great-Grandchildren Tristina Yeiter, MacKenzie and Brennan Wygans, Lukas Hanson, and Sarah Niemyjski.  Great-great grandchildren Izellah Twite and Jaxen Niemyjski.  He is further survived by a sister, Helen (Howard) Hanson of Viroqua, a sister-in-law Alice Turben of Soldiers Grove and a son-in-law Wendall (Alda) Hanson of Viroqua.  He is also survived by host of nieces and nephews.

LaVerne was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Cheryl, a grandson Robbie, a brother Jerald Turben, a sister Jeanette Birkelo, sisters-in-law Pauline Skrede, Shirley Maybee, Beverly Sokolik, Betty Maybee, and brothers-in-law Russell Birkelo, Walter Maybee, Lawrence Skrede, and Fred Sokolik.

Funeral services will be held at 1 PM on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at Kickapoo United Lutheran Church at Folsom. Friends may call from noon until time of services at the church.  Pastor Chuck Miller and Pastor Steve Fossum will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.  The Sime Funeral Home of Readstown is serving the family.

The family would like to thank the staff at Vernon Manor and Vernon Memorial Healthcare and Hospice for the compassionate care they provided LaVerne.  A special thank you to Dr. Paul Bergquist and Dr. Luc Readinger for the wonderful care they have given LaVerne for so many years and to friends and family for their love and support.

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01/09/2018 09:08 AM

Gilford “Buck” Dobbs


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01/08/2018 07:15 AM

Gilford “Buck” Dobbs

Gilford “Buck” Dobbs, 88, of Soldiers Grove, passed away on Saturday, Jan 6, at his home.  He was born on August 12, 1929 in Richland County, Sylvan Township to Pearlie O. and Tressie M. (Johnson) Dobbs.

Buck farmed all his life in Richland County.  His many years of blood, sweat, and tears earned him much enjoyment and a very full life.  In 1974, he reunited with an old classmate, Patricia R. Dobbs.  She became his best friend and life partner for 41 years until her death in 2015.

In 1990 Buck earned the conservation farmer of the year and the outstanding achievement award.  He was also honored for many years with quality milk producer awards from Swiss Valley Co. as well as many other companies during his years of milking.

Buck enjoyed his sports.  Anything with a ball interested him.  He was a boxing champion and a basket ball player during his high school career.  As a young adult, he was locally known for his baseball and softball skills.  There was not a ball field in the Southwestern region that he did not play ball in. Some say that he would have had a professional career had he not decided to join his father in the family farm business.  He was also known for his bowling and bowled for various leagues in his lifetime, earning many awards for his talent.

He was also an avid hunter and fisherman.  He often spoke of checking fence while carrying the pliers, fence post and digger, with some wire, and at the same time had a gun in tow.  Buck also spent many falls hunting bear with his ‘hunting buddies’ in the Hayward area as well as hunting pheasant with his young brother, Gehart and his family in the Melrose area.  He spent countless years hunting rabbits, squirrels, and racoon, with his faithful hounds.  He bragged many times of shooting more than any in the hunting group.  He never missed a hunting opportunity.  Even while spreading manure on his fields, it was certain he had his gun just in case he saw the ‘big one’.

IN later years, he slowed down and was able to spend his winters with Patricia in Arizona.  He loved gambling and spent many a day winning’big’.  Buck and Pat enjoyed traveling.  They toured all of the United States, Europe, Australia, and Africa.

His witty and dry sense of humor will be missed by all.

Buck was preceded in death by his life-partner, Patricia; his parents, Pearlie and Tressie; two brothers, Gaylord and Gehart Frank Dobbs.

Gilford is survived by 2 daughters:  Tressie Lynn (Fred) Wirtz of Richland Center and Ester (Jedidia) Miller of Hillsboro; grandchildren:  Michael (Irene Hinner) Kloehn, Joseph (Courtney) Kloehn, Rebecca (Jesse Murray) Kloehn, Danielle Rechlicz, Wesley Rechlicz, and Breanna Rechlicz; great grandchildren:  Carter and Alex Kloehn, Aydin Kloehn, Roland Murray, and Zachary Rechlicz; 2 sisters-in-law:  Carol Dobbs of Stoddard and Betty Dobbs of Richland Center; 8 nephews, 1 niece and many other family members; he was also survived by his loving, kind and devoted care givers.

Upon request of the deceased, there will be no funeral services conducted.

Sime Funeral Home will be assisting the family with arrangements.

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01/08/2018 07:14 AM

Sheila Brown

Sheila Brown, 52, of LaFarge, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 at her home.

She was born in Chicago, Illinois, on July 19, 1965 to David and Robert (Wyzsnski) Wilson.

She graduated from LaFarge High School.  She ten went to work at the Toro Company in Tomah for twenty-five years.  She married Jeff Brown on June 26, 1993.  He passed away in 2015.

Sheila loved to garden and can all of her own vegetables.  She also liked to crochet and knit.  She particularly loved to make things for other people.  Kayla, her daughter, was the greatest love of her life.

She is survived by her daughter:  Kayla, at home; her sister Susan Wilson, of LaFarge; her aunt Tiny (Margaret Houston), her in-laws:  Amy (Don) Rabiego, Jennifer Martinez, and brother-in-law David (Patty) Brown; niece and nephew: Carly and Zen; her caregiver and trusted friend, Al Maldonado.

A celebration of life will be held at Phil and Debs in LaFarge on January 20 from 1 to 3 PM in memory of Sheila.

Sime Funeral Home in Readstown is serving the family.

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Billy Graham


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The Rev. Billy Graham, a North Carolina farmer’s son who preached to millions in stadium events he called crusades, becoming a pastor to presidents and the nation’s best-known Christian evangelist for more than 60 years, died on Wednesday at his home. He was 99.

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Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher die one day apart



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Merle Haggard dies on 79th birthday


Patty Duke


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Yogi Berra


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Martin Milner


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In “Route 66,” which ran from 1960 to 1964, Milner played Tod Stiles, a restless young man who wandered the country with buddy Buz Murdock (later Lincoln Case) in a Corvette convertible, taking odd jobs and helping local people with their struggles.Inspired by Jack Kerouac’s novel “On the Road,” the show tackled social issues and filmed in locations all over the country, reflecting the rise of American car culture and the interstate highway system.

Betsy Palmer


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Elroy “Crazylegs” Hirsch dies


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