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John Arnold Williams


John Arnold Williams, 61, of Prairie du Chien passed away Wednesday, May 11, at the Crossing Rivers Hospital in Prairie du Chien. 

He was born Feb. 10, 1955 in Platteville, the son of William and Bernice (White) Williams. He served in the US Army National Guard. John married Doris Barr on July 3, 1986 in Reno, Nev. He worked at 3M Company in Prairie du Chien for 35 years until his retirement. He was a talented carpenter and enjoyed hunting and fishing. John was always willing to help where needed; he was a loving husband, father, brother and grandfather who will be sadly missed by all. 


Ryan James Cowell


Ryan James Cowell, 32, of Claremont, died Saturday, May 7, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. The Donate Life flag was flown at St. Mary’s on Monday in memory of Ryan who gave the gift of life by being an organ donor.

Ryan was born Dec. 27, 1983 in Prairie du Chien, the son of Lisa Hein and Jeff Cowell. They moved to Owatonna where Ryan attended Triton School in Dodge Center. He worked for the 49ers and laborer’s union working as a lift operator and tender. He was currently employed at Northland. Ryan was also a volunteer fireman and past chief of the Claremont Fire Department.


Lyla LaVerne (Yttri) Watts


Lyla LaVerne (Yttri) Watts, 72, passed away on May 5, at the Gundersen Health System in La Crosse surrounded by family and friends. 

Lyla was born in Chicago, Ill. on Jan. 19, 1944 to Wanda Iola (Copus) and Lyle Yttri. 

Lyla married Martin ComStock Jr. on Sept. 16, 1961 in Prairie du Chien. They had 4 daughters and a son but later divorced. She was engaged to Lester J. Berns, whom she spent many years with until his passing, they have one daughter together. On May 11, 1991 Lyla married James Watts in Prairie du Chien.


Avis J. Smith


Avis J. Smith, 69, of McGregor passed away Thursday, May 5, at Thornton Manor in Lansing, Iowa. 

She was born Oct. 14, 1946 in Clay, W.V., the daughter of Jack and Mary (Davis) Cuttlip. Avis cooked at the Prairie Maison Care Center and enjoyed volunteering in her later years at the Great River Care Center in McGregor and Thornton Manor in Lansing. Avis was a member of the United Methodist Church in McGregor. She loved animals and belonged to the ASPCA. 


Margaret Mary Kramer


Margaret Mary Kramer, passed away at Cokato Manor on April 15, at the age of 89 years, seven months and 21 days.

Margaret was born Aug. 24, 1926, in Prairie du Chien, to John and Gertrude (Gokey) Fernette. She grew up in Prairie du Chien, where she graduated from high school in 1944. After high school, she went to Milwaukee and took a job at Allis Chalmers.


Evelyn B. Seeley


Evelyn B. Seeley died Feb. 26, after an extended illness. 

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 14, at 10:30 a.m. at Cornerstone Foursquare Church in Prairie du Chien. Luncheon will be held after the service, followed by interment at the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in McGregor, IA


Bernard E. Boylen


Bernard E. Boylen, 86, of Eastman passed away Monday, April 25, at the Prairie Maison Care Center. 

He was born May 10, 1929 in Wauzeka, the son of Albert and Rosa (Elliott) Boylen. He married Elizabeth O’Shaughnessy on May 12, 1955 at St. Patrick’s Church in Seneca. Together they farmed on DuCharme Ridge near Eastman most of their lives. Betty Sue preceded him in death on Sept. 6, 1994. Bernie loved farming, dancing and especially playing ball. 


Shirley A. Moore


Shirley A. Moore, 85, of San Antonio, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, April 20 surrounded by her daughters and grandchildren. She fought a long battle with COPD/Emphysema.

She was born Dec. 5, 1930, in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of William and Aurelia (Stram) Reuber. Shirley graduated from Prairie High in 1948 and entered the Air Force in 1949. She met Robert Moore in basic training and they married at Scott Field AFB in 1950. After 28 years in the Air Force and many overseas and stateside assignments, they retired and later moved to San Antonio.


Douglas August Dahlin Jr.


Douglas August Dahlin Jr., 80, of Soldiers Grove, died April 20, at Sannes Skogdalen, in Soldiers Grove. 

Douglas was born July 7, 1935 to Douglas, Sr. and Grace (Bolman) Dahlin in Max, N. D. He graduated from high school in Max, N. D. and the University of North Dakota at Minot where he earned his degree in business and finance.

Douglas was united in marriage with Arlene Bredahl in 1960. They later divorced. In 1987 he was united in marriage with Lois Ahrens in Prairie du Chien. 


John Raymond Koresh


John Raymond Koresh, 68, of Elkader, died suddenly Saturday, April 16, at Central Community Hospital in Elkader. 

John was born on April 4, 1948, to John and Arlene (Stagman) Koresh in Prairie du Chien. He graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in 1967. John worked for 3M in Prairie du Chien for 34 years, he retired in 2002. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, camping, fishing, hunting and watching westerns. Most of all, John enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.


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