Simon "Sam" Dado

Sam and Pearl Dado (left) with Martin and Anna Dado (right)



"Sam Dado came from Europe and was a hard coal miner in Sheppton, Pennsylvania. Finding mining to be a hazardous occupation he left and came to Minneapolis in 1907 and to the Clayton area in 1914."

His burial is in Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cemetery

Simon Dido in 1900 Census document. Names oddly correspond to the correct siblings, but Mary is listed as Wife and birth dates don't match other records.

His Family

Martin Dado

Known as Jim

Anna Dado

1893-1985 Find A Grave

Mary Dado


Joseph Dado

Twin brother Sam died at birth

Andrew Dado


John Dado

Peter Dado

14 September 1906 - 24 November 1964

Suzanne Theresa Dado

11 May 1910 - 8 April 1996

Michael Edward Dado

18 October 1912 - 23 February 2006

Helen Margaret Dado

15 September 1915 - 2 December 2007

Dado Immigration

Family stories have indicated that the Dado family immigrated from near the Carpathian Mountains in the area then known as Austria-Hungary. Family members spoke Russian, and established themselves with the Russian Orthodox Church in America.

Dedjo/Dedyo family name

Some sources indicate that the family name may once have been spelled Dedjo or Dedyo. A Joseph Dedyo is mentioned as having been a brother to Simon, but no additional information is known about him, other than he may have settled in New Jersey.

Searching for the Dedjo name, I found these references:

Searching for the Dedyo name turned up these references


Frances M. Cotch

Frances Mae Cotch
February 22, 1927 - March 06, 2018

Frances Mae Cotch age 91, of Amery, Wisconsin passed away on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at Comforts of Home Assisted Living in Hudson, Wisconsin.

Frances was born on February 22, 1927 to Carl and Maline (Western) Christopherson in Stanley, Wisconsin. Frances attended and graduated from Greenwood High School in 1945. She graduated with a teaching certificate from Eau Claire State Teachers College and a master’s degree in 1972 from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She married Walter Cotch on June 2, 1950 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Menomonie, WI. They made their home in Clayton, WI and later moved to Amery, WI. She was a teacher at Clayton for many years. Walter preceded her in death on September 18, 1998. She married Jerome (Bud) Anderson in September 2004 and he preceded her in death in December of 2006. Frances was a proud Member of the Sons of Norway, Amery Red Hats, Homemakers and a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Amery, as well as many other organizations. Frances was a volunteer at Amery Hospital and Schools. In addition, she served as the Vice President of the Synodical Women’s Organization for the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin. In her free time, she enjoyed traveling to many different places, including South America and Europe. She enjoyed knitting prayer shawls, quilting, playing the organ, piano and psalmodikan. Most of all she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, she especially loved playing a game of chicken foot with her family.

Frances is survived by 2 sons, Keith (Diane) of Minneapolis, Minnesota and Darrel (Julie) of Eagan, Minnesota; daughter, Renee (Dennis) Miller of Meridian, Idaho; 4 grandchildren, Brianna (Zane) Woolsey, Bryan (Melissa) Cotch, Kevin (Sheireen Moin) Cotch and Samuel (Lydia Hannah) Cotch. 3 great grandchildren, Ellianna, Carter and Vivian. She is also survived by 3 step-grandchildren and 10 step-great grandchildren; Her cousins Oliver (Suny) Agerlie, Clarice (Kieth) Anderson, Gordon (Carol) Kalkind , two sister in laws, Verna Cotch, Irene Kaehler and many nieces, nephews and special friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church with Pastor Keith Ruehlow officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 – 7 PM on Friday at Williamson-White Funeral Home and one hour prior to the funeral service on Saturday. A private family interment will take place at a later date.

Lawrence "Larry" Cotch

1 January 1932 - 21 January 2018
Larry Cotch of Clayton, WI died Sunday January 21, 2018 at Golden Age Manor in Amery, WI at the age of 86, surrounded by family.

Larry Cotch was born on January 1, 1932 in rural Clayton to John and Mary (Dado) Cotch. He graduated from Clayton High School in 1950. On February 14, 1952, he married Verna Dietrich in Pine City, MN. Shortly after, they moved to Albuquerque, NM, and then returned to Clayton after 1.5 years. Upon return, Larry worked for Anderson Windows for a short while, until he was laid off. He then was hired at Stella Cheese in Clayton, where he worked for 39 years, until his retirement. In his spare time, Larry enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, card playing and had a love for wine making, with many enjoying the fruits of his labor. And of course, in true Wisconsin fashion, he loved the Packers. Family was the center of his life, expressing extreme love and pride for his wife, son and daughter-in-law, but especially his grandchildren.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Cotch and siblings: John Cotch, Mike Cotch, Elaine (Cotch) Bjurstrom, Walter Cotch, Alvin Cotch, Robert Cotch and infant sister, Marlyn Cotch.

Larry is survived by his wife of 65 years, Verna Cotch of Clayton, WI; son, Darren (Carrie) Cotch of Elk River, MN; grandchildren, Kennedy Cotch and Carter Cotch; sister, Irene (Cotch) Kaehler of Barron, WI; sister-in-law, Frances Cotch of Hudson and many nephews, nieces, family and friends.

Larry was always the life of the party and spent his life building relationships with many people. That has been evident from all the love and support over the past weeks & months during his illness.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, January 26, 2018 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in the village of Clayton. A visitation will be held from 4-7 PM on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at the Williamson – White Funeral Home in Amery, WI with a prayer service following. A visitation will also be held the hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the Clayton Cemetery. Casketbearers are: Henry Kaehler, Alan Cotch, David Bjurstrom, Keith Cotch, Barry Schaffer and Brian Fellrath.

Floyd A. Bjurstrom

Floyd Alvin Bjurstrom was born on October 8, 1921 in Clayton, Wisconsin, the son of Frank and Ellen (Anderson) Bjurstrom. He grew up in Clayton and graduated from Clayton High School. Floyd farmed, but his major employment was as a parts man for John Deere working for Wilson Implement which became Polfus Implement. On October 25 of 1940 he was united in marriage to Elaine Cotch and together they had two children. In 1967 they sold their dairy herd, but still remained on the farm. Floyd and Elaine were fixtures at Clayton Sports events and supported the Clayton athletes with a passion. Floyd enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing for pan fish. About seven years ago they left the farm and moved to Clear Lake. He had to travel to Stillwater three days a week for dialysis. Three years ago they moved to Somerset to be closer to family and also to have less travel for medical care. With the help of others Floyd was able to remain in his home after Elaine’s death. He had been hospitalized and then moved to Deerfield Gables in New Richmond where he had been for three days before he died on Wednesday August 11, 2010 at the age of 88 years. Preceded in death by his wife Elaine, his parents, sister Ruby Monio, brother Melvin Bjurstrom, and great grandson Logan Miller. Left to celebrate his life are his children: David (Margaret) Bjurstrom and Carol (Bill) Curtis; grandchildren: Leslie (Kyle) Thomas, Kelly (Jason) Lundwall, Ryan Bjurstrom, Lauren Rathai, Conni (Todd) Outcelt, Kim (Steve) Hartke, Melissa (Todd) Miller and Terry (John) Degnan; great grandchildren: Cole, Garrett, Ethan, Avery, Anna, William, Nicole, Christopher, Alexis, Tanner, Dawson, Jack and Julia. He also leaves one sister Violet Wendt as well as other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 16 at 11:00 a.m. from Zion Lutheran Church in Turtle Lake, Wisconsin with Pastor David Emmons officiating. Vocalists will be Connie, William and Anna Outcelt. Organist will be Joan Meyer. Interment will be at the Clayton Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, August 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home and for the hour prior to the service at the church.

Irene Cotch Kaehler

Irene Kaehler age 99, of Rice Lake, Wisconsin went to be with her Lord Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Heritage Lakeside in Rice Lake, Wisconsin.

Irene was born on October 17, 1918 in Hartshorne, Oklahoma to John and Mary (Dado) Cotch and moved to the Clayton area at one year old. She attended Sunny Slope School. In 1932 she went to work at the Clayton hotel where she learned to cook from Mrs. Jacoby.

On October 24, 1937 she married Henry Kaehler at the Russian Orthodox Church. In 1941 they moved to Minneapolis and returned to Clayton in 1945. Irene worked briefly at Doughboy in New Richmond. Irene and her sister, Elaine operated the Magnor Café in 1953 and 1954. In 1992 she moved to St. Paul, Minnesota to live near her daughter and in July of 2012 returned to live in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Irene spent many winters in Laughlin, Nevada enjoying the casinos and warm temperatures as well as travelling the United States. Irene enjoyed walking, cooking, gardening and beautiful flowers. However, Irene was the happiest when she was surrounded by family and friends. At family gatherings, she can be remembered for sharing many laughs and special memories with those around her. She welcomed everyone into her home making those who left feel like family. Irene cared deeply for those she loved and remains in the heart of many. We hold onto her sweet hugs, her words of love and the memories she helped us make.

Irene was preceded in death by her husband; daughters, Saundra and Cheri; parents John and Mary Cotch, and siblings: John Cotch, Mike Cotch, Elaine (Cotch) Bjurstrom, Walter Cotch, Alvin Cotch, Larry Cotch, Robert Cotch and infant sister, Marlyn Cotch. Irene is survived by her son, Henry (Judy) Kaehler of Cameron, Wisconsin; grandchildren, Dr. Hank (Johna) Kaehler of Stillwater, Oklahoma; Nikki (Jeff) Hamstead of Edmond, Oklahoma; Robin (Steve) Wanamaker of Lindstrom, Minnesota; Angie (Mike) Bullock of Corpus Christi, Texas; great-grandchildren, Cooper and Peyton Kaehler; Kendra, Jeff and Quinton Hamstead; Michelle (Thomas) Mikasevich of Lino Lakes, Minnesota; Mike Mooney; Zach Bullock and a great-great granddaughter, Riley Mikacevich; sister-in laws Verna Cotch of Clayton and Mary Alice (Bob) Dixon of Clovis, Califronia as well many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM on Friday, March 23, 2018 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Clayton, Wisconsin. A visitation will be held from 4 – 7 PM on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at the Williamson~White Funeral Home and for one hour prior to the service at the Church. Interment will take place at the Clayton Cemetery following the service.

Saundra Kaehler

August 29, 1938 - July 05, 2013
Age 74 of Vadnais Heights. Passed away July 5th surrounded by family after a battle with leukemia. Preceded in death by father Henry Kaehler and sister Cheri. Survived by husband Steven; mother Irene; daughter Robin (Steven) Wanamaker; grandchildren Michelle Mooney (Fiancé Thomas Mikacevich) and Michael Mooney; brother Henry (Judith) Kaehler; step-sons Jason (Corina), Scott and Barry (Lisa); step-grandchildren Cohan, Bryce, Weston and Cayden; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral service Wednesday, July 10th at 10:30 AM (Visitation 9:30 – 10:30 AM) at TRINITY LUTHERAN OF LAKE JOHANNA; 3245 New Brighton Road; Arden Hills. Interment Roselawn Cemetery. Visitation Tuesday 4-8 PM at HOLCOMB-HENRY-BOOM-PURCELL FUNERAL HOME; 515 W. Hwy 96 at Mackubin, Shoreview.

Genevieve Adele Dado Bruder

1930 - 6 January 2003 Obituary
Bruder (Dado) - Genevieve Adele Beloved Wife, Mother Grandmother & Great--Grandmother Age 72, of Lino Lakes, on Jan. 6, 2003. Preceded in death by parents, Andrew and Susie Dado. Survived by husband of 56 years, Leo; children, Sharon (Terry) Miller, Laura Louis, Kimberly (Michael) Kirk, David (Diane), Vicki (Michael) Nowak, Daniel, Jeffry (Jenny); grandchildren, Andrea (Shane) Erdmann, Troy (Kelly) Miller, Christopher Miller, Angela (Gene) Kirk, Chad (Pamela) Kirk, Adam (Tabitha) Kirk, Joshua Kirk, Dena & Anna Bruder, Timothy & Janessa Olson, Amanda & Brandon Nowak, Drake, Elizabeth & Noah Bruder; great-grandchildren, Jessica & Jeramia Matheson, Shaylee & Mason Erdmann, Kahlia & Kianna Miller, Trevor & Tristin Snitker, Alexis, Ethan & Andrew Kirk, Austin Anderson, Kenneth Kirk, Austin Wood; sisters, Irene Paulson, Laurice (Wes) Lambert; brother Andrew Jr. (Joan) Dado; sister-in-law, Geraldine Thompson; also survived by many nieces, nephews, foster grandchildren, family and friends. Funeral service at CROSS OF GLORY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 5472 Adams St., Mounds View, on Thursday, Jan. 9 at 11AM. Visitation at MUELLER-BIES FUNERAL HOME-LINO LAKES, 7050 Lake Dr., on Wednesday (TODAY), from 4-8PM and at the church from 10AM Thursday until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred. MUELLER-BIES 651-784-3390.

Irene Avril Dado Paulson

Irene Avril (Dado) Paulson, age 91 of Clear Lake, WI, met her Savior, Jesus Christ, when she was called home on December 2, 2019 at Amery Hospital.

Irene was born on February 27, 1928 in Vance Creek Township to Andrew and Susan (Hoffich) Dado. Raised in the Prairie Farm area, Irene graduated from Prairie Farm High School in just three years and was her class Valedictorian. On May 28, 1949, she married the love of her life, Melvin Paulson.

Once she and Mel started their family, she was a housewife, raising and nurturing their nine children. They moved several times early in their marriage, finally settling on the Dado homestead. For years the family made their home on this dairy farm, between Clear Lake and Prairie Farm. She found much joy in her gardening and canning during her years as a homemaker.

Having several sons and grandsons on the Clear Lake Wrestling team, she became a big supporter and fan of Clear Lake Sports. She attended many matches over the past 40 years and traveled to Madison several times for the state tournament.

Irene attended Reeve Church faithfully for decades, where she was regarded as a prayer warrior. She loved to spend time reading her Bible and in prayer, deepening her walk of faith as she followed Jesus.

An avid reader who liked to shop, she was active right up to her final days, eating out with friends, attending Bible study, and celebrating family birthdays. She will be missed by her many family members and church family, but all who loved her are happy that she is now with her Savior and those she loved who arrived in Heaven before her.

Irene is survived by her children, Randy (Mona) Paulson, John (Susan) Paulson, Loren (Kathy) Paulson, Russell (Chris) Paulson, Marilyn Weber, Steven/Maynard (Diane) Paulson, Linda (Don) Rauterkus, Howard Paulson and Peter (Cheryl) Paulson; a brother, Andrew Dado Jr; 32 Grandchildren and 61 Great-Grandchildren as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, Melvin; her parents, Andrew and Susie; 2 sisters, Genevieve (Dado) Bruder and Laurice (Dado) Lambert; sons-in-law Joel Weber and Peter Friedrich; daughter-in-law Darla Paulson; and infant great-granddaughter Allison Landry.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at the Reeve Evangelical Free Church with Pastor Todd Groat officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 – 8 PM on Friday at the Williamson-White Funeral Home and for one hour prior to the services at the Church. Interment will take place immediately following the service at the Reeve Cemetery.

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Arrangements were entrusted to the Williamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Services Amery, Wisconsin.

Allen Roy Libby

Allen R. Libby, 83, of Vance Creek Township, Barron County, Wisconsin, passed away on March 11, 2021 at Heritage Lakeside Nursing Home in Rice Lake, Wisconsin after a brief stay.

Allen Roy was born in the Clear Lake area on December 6th, 1937 to Victor and Helen (Dzubay) Libby. Allen grew up and lived in Vance Creek Township his entire life. During his early years he attended Meadowbrook School and Graduated from Clayton High School in 1956. He attended the University of Wisconsin at River Falls for a short time and returned to the family dairy farm to work with his parents. He met Marilyn Pearson at the roller rink in Deronda, Wisconsin and they were married on November 25th, 1960. Together they worked the farm with Victor and Helen for many years. They had three children: Laurie, Carol and Michael.

Allen was a lifelong member of the Reeve Evangelical Free Church and served there in the capacity of youth leader, Sunday school teacher and Trustee board member. He was one of the charter members of the Barron County Reserve Officer Corps (ROC) and was a part of that organization for over 30 years and also was a member on and later chairman of the Vance Creek town board for over 40 years.

He and Marilyn took over the farm in 1976 when Victor retired and later formed Libby's Pine Valley Dairy, Inc. He was successful in his farming career, had almost 200 head of dairy cattle, farmed nearly 500 acres of land and did custom combining and hay baling in the area. In addition to his service with the township and the ROC, Allen also served on other boards relating to the township, the Clear Lake Ambulance Board and for a short time on the Clayton School Board.

Allen was well liked and respected by those who knew him and will be missed by many. Preceding him in death were his wife Marilyn, his parents, Victor and Helen and many aunts and uncles.

He leaves behind his children; Laurie (Michael) Gargulak, Rice Lake, WI, Carol (Debi Jo) Libby, Urbana, IL and Michael (Cari) Libby, Minneapolis, MN; grandchildren Caitlin (Michael) Brudzinski, Roberts, WI, Allison Gargulak, Tampa, FL and Margaret and Ian Libby, Minneapolis, MN; great-grandchildren Amelia and Bria Brudzinski; sisters Mary Ann (Roger) Klinghagen, Wilmar, MN and Sue (Roger) Theno, Woodbury, MN; and special friend, Marion Hoskins, Almena, WI.

There will be a graveside service at the Reeve Cemetery on March 20th at 1:30 PM, with Rev. Todd Groat officiating. All are welcome. Please follow COVID-19 protocol, wear a mask and observe social distancing practices.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to the animal rescue of your choice.

Marilyn H. Libby

Marilyn H. Libby age 77 of Vance Creek Township, Barron County, WI passed away unexpectedly on October 10, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Health Centers in Eau Claire, WI.

Marilyn Helen Libby was born on May 8, 1940 in Onalaska, WI, the daughter of Axel and Gertrude Moan. She was adopted by F. Napoleon (Pode) and Helen Pearson as a young girl and grew up in the Amery area. Marilyn graduated in 1958 from Amery High School and attended the University of Wisconsin at River Falls, earning a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. On November 25, 1960 she married Allen Libby and moved to the Libby family farm in Vance Creek where she lived for the rest of her life. Together they had three children, Laurie, Carol and Michael. Marilyn taught elementary school at Sprague School in Cumberland, WI, at Connorsville, WI, and also at Clayton, WI. She also waitressed for many years at Wayne's Cafe in Amery and worked alongside Allen on the farm until her retirement in 2007. In her spare time, Marilyn loved to garden, sew, quilt, bake, travel and watch the birds at their feeders. She made beautiful quilts for family and friends, and kept many flower beds in the summer. Marilyn was active with the Moon Lake Threshermen's Association and the Vance Creek chapter of the Happy Homemaker's Club. She struggled to recover following a stroke in August of 2012. Marilyn overcame a lot of the physical limitations brought on by the stroke, but she never complained and always worked hard to achieve the next milestone to be independent.

She was preceded in death by her birth parents, Axel and Gertrude Moan; adoptive parents, F. Napoleon (Pode) and Helen Pearson; her parents-in-law, Victor and Helen Libby; her brothers and sisters, Bernard (Rookie) Moan, Katherine Erickson, Arthur Moan, Russell Moan, Theresa Ann Moan, Clara Anderson, Clarence Moan, Michael Moan, Bernadette Glokzine, and Axel Moan.

She is survived by her husband, Allen Libby of Vance Creek, WI; children; Laurie (Michael) Gargulak of Rice Lake, WI, Carol (Debi Jo King) Libby of Urbana, IL and Michael (Cari) Libby of Madison, WI; grandchildren, Caitlin (Michael) Brudzinski of Roberts, WI, Allison Gargulak of Rice Lake, WI and Margaret and Ian Libby of Madison, WI; great grandchildren, Amelia Brudzinski and Baby Brudzinski on the way. brother Donald Pearson of Turtle Lake, WI;

While Marilyn will be missed by many friends and relatives, she will also be missed by some very special people, especially Christopher and Amber Queiser and their children Emmitt, Delilah, and Jordan, Gail Torgerson, and Charles and Jodi Hase and their children Jasimine and Wyatt.

The funeral will be held at the Reeve Evangelical Free Church in Clear Lake on October 16th, 2017 at 11AM with a burial following at the Reeve Cemetery.

A visitation will be held on October 15, 2017 from 4-7 PM at the Reeve Evangelical Free Church in Clear Lake WI and one hour before the service on Monday.

Clergy - Rev. Todd Groat Music - Margaret Peterson

Casket Bearers - Wyatt Hase, Paul Grossenbacher, Donald Pearson, Roger Theno, Michael Brudzinski, & Ora Bontrager

Memorial gifts can be given to the Reeve Church.

Scheuermann Funeral Home and Cremation Services are handling the arrangements. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Marilyn H. Libby, please visit our floral store.

Katie Scheps

Katie Scheps, 16, Almena, Wis., died Jan. 22, 2006, at Regions Hospital, St. Paul, Minn.

She was born Nov. 8, 1989, at Cumberland to Kenneth and Deborah (Csuti) Scheps. Katie was baptized on Feb. 25, 1990, at First United Methodist Church, Cumberland, and received her first communion on May 17, 1998, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Almena.

Katie was a sophomore at Cumberland High School, where she was an honor student and participated in softball, basketball and FFA.

Surviving in addition to her parents are brothers, Derek Scheps of Reeve and Nolan Scheps of Almena; grandparents, Frank and Barbara Csuti of Cumberland and Adolph and Lorraine Scheps of Almena; maternal aunts and uncles, Frank L. (Pam) Csuti of Bloomington, Minn., Sandy (Turk) Finseth of Eau Claire, Kathy (Stacy) Peterson of Milltown and Barbara Jo Whelan of Corcoran, Minn.; paternal aunts and uncles, Kathleen Blackwell of Boulder, Colo., Debbie (Jim) Selvig of Barron, David (Connie) Scheps of Turtle Lake, Laurie (Randy) Manske of Blooming Prairie, Minn., Dale (Sandy) Scheps of Almena, Linda (Mark) Krummel of Apple Valley, Minn., and Dan (Valerie) Scheps of Almena; and many cousins and friends.

Services were held at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, from the Cumberland High School gymnasium, Rev. David Halaas officiating, with burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Almena.

Pallbearers were Michael Molls, Cody Capra, Marcel Moore, Kyle Mathison, Brian Scheps, Dan Scheps, Trenton Nyhus and Jordan LaBlanc. The Cumberland girls basketball team served as honorary pallbearers.

Skinner Funeral Home, Cumberland, handled arrangements.

Dale R. Cotch

Dale R. Cotch, age 58 of Star Prairie passed away on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at his residence surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer.

Dale was born on August 9, 1958 in Amery to parents, Robert and Ann (Thill) Cotch. He attended Osceola schools and graduated with the class of 1976. After high school Dale joined the U.S. Coast Guard and served 30 years being honorably discharged from active duty in 2006 with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer (CWO4). Throughout his career Dale was stationed in Alameda, CA, Seattle, WA, Petaluma, CA, St. Paul, MN, Duluth, MN, New York City, NY, Juneau, AK, Sitka, AK, Seattle, WA and New London, CT. He married Mary Bishop on May 15, 1998 in Crystal Lake, Nevada. Dale worked as an Assistant County Veterans Service Officer for Washington County, Minnesota and most recently as the County Veterans Service Officer for St. Croix County, Wisconsin. Dale was very involved with and volunteered his time with nine Honor Flights to Washington, D.C. He was also a member of the Twin Cities Military Retiree Council and was active in area American Legions. He received his B.S. Degree from Southern Illinois University in May of 2007. Dale was an active member of Peace Lutheran Church and also served as president of the church council for five years. He volunteered as coach for youth basketball, baseball and soccer. He enjoyed time shooting pool in a league as well as hunting, traveling, spending time outdoors and being a Packer fan.

Dale is survived by his wife, Mary, daughter, Rebecca (Aaron) Cotch of Anchorage, AK; son, Dylan at home, sisters, Jill (Larry) Carlson of Osceola, Heidi Schrock of Osceola, Jode (Bob) Bardwell of Stewartville, MN and Jenny Fox of Stillwater, MN; brothers, Jeff (Lori) Fox of Dresser, Jim Fox of West St. Paul, MN and Jerome (Amy) Fox of Algonquin, IL; granddaughter, Renee Doyle; in laws, Harold and Dorothy Bishop of New Richmond, Vicki (Jim) Palmer of Chisago City, MN and Sandra (Kevin) Westling of Mesa, AZ as well as many special nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, many friends and fellow veterans. Dale is preceded in death by his parents, Robert Cotch and Ann Cotch Fox and stepfather, Jerry Fox.

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Ken Deeg, Jr.

Ken Deeg Jr.

Passed away peacefully, passionately telling those around him about the glory of Heaven, on October 28, 2021. Preceded in death by his parents Ken Sr. and Penny Deeg. Survived by his loving family, wife and companion of 41 years, Lynn Hirschey, daughter Angie Bullock (Mike), sister Kitty Johnson (Steve), Grandson Zach, nieces and nephews. After a four-year tour of duty in the US Navy, Ken’s unstoppable work ethic led him from the loading dock to the Vice Presidency of Anchor Paper, where he performed his duties diligently until he retired. A devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather, father-in-law and friend, Ken was also dedicated to Eagle Brook Church, where he served on the weekends for the past 15 years. Charming, witty and full of love, Ken was always quick with a joke and possessed a keen intellect guided by his unstoppable faith. Those who knew him often commented on his friendly smile. He found joy in the Church, woodworking, playing golf and most importantly his loved ones. His legacy lives on through his family, countless friends, and all those he impacted over the years. Visitation and Memorial services begin at 10am on November 12th, 2021 at Eagle Brook Church, 7775 20th Ave N, Lino Lakes, MN 55038. Internment at Amery Cemetery.