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Obituaries for surnames beginning with the letter "W"
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WADE, Rupert Douglas
WADLEY, infant
WALKER, Donald Ross
WALLACE, Walter William
WELCH, Olin Lorenzo
WELTER, Dr. Donald
WOOD, Edgar LeRoy

WADE, Rupert Douglas

Rupert Douglas Wade, Sarona, passed away on January 16, 1961 at the Shell Lake Memorial hospital at the age of 73 years, 1 month and 28 days.

He was born at Atlantic, Iowa on November 18, 1887 and attended school at Colfax, Iowa.

He was a member of the Baptist Church and was a farmer by trade.  He had resided in this area for 44 years.

He is survived by four sons, Joe, Albany, Oreg., Glen, Maringo, Ill., Melvin, Rockford, Ill., and Ralph, Spooner.

Six daughters, (Marrietta) Mrs. John Buchta, Spinard, Alaska, (Genevieve) Mrs. Glen Hunter, Siren, (Harriett) Mrs. Chester Anderson, Shell Lake, (Helen) Mrs. Lloyd Pease of Poplar Grove, Ill., (Elaine) Mrs. Walter Brown, Shell Lake, (Carol) Mrs. Harris Schultz, Spooner; one brother, Melvin, Sarona, and four sisters, Mrs. Fred Clausen, Spooner, Mrs. Harry Ireland, Shell Lake, Mrs. Carl Hilton, Ft. Dodge, Iowa, and Mrs. Seth Sheppard of Spirit Lake, Iowa; also 43 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Mack.

Family prayer service was held at the Blume Funeral Home at 8 p.m., Tuesday, January 17.

Funeral services were held at the Heart Lake Lutheran Church on January 18, 1961 at 2 p.m. with interment in the Shell Lake Cemetery.

Rev. Nieman of the Spooner Baptist Church officiated.

The casket bearers were grandsons of the deceased.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 26 Jan 1961, page 8


WADLEY, infant


Mr. and Mrs. Wadley mourn the death of their only babe age twenty months.  the event is an extremely sad one in consideration of the fact that its death was purely accidental the result of an over dose of laudenum.  It seems that the babe was suffering from a mild attack of bronchitis and Friday morning at two o'clock the parents decided to give it something to secure it rest and administered the dose which prove fatal Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock the child remaining unconscious all the time.  The sympahty of the community is extended to the parents in this sad affair.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Register, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 09 Dec 1893, page 8


WALKER, Donald Ross


Donald Ross Walker, age 6 years, son of Mrs. Kathryn Walker passed away on Thursday, at Spooner Hospital.

He was born at Sterling, Ill., on March 25, 1966 and came to Spooner three years ago from Eleva.

He is survived by his mother, two brothers, Michael and Dennis of Spooner, his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Dorothy Gilbert of Spooner, and his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Glen Walker of Fall Creek.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 10, at 1:30 p.m. at Dahl Funeral Home.  Rev. Roger Benrud officiated.  Burial will be in Spooner Cemetery.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 15 Mar 1973, page 6


WALLACE, Walter William


Walter William Wallace, 63 a resident of Minong, died at his home on Saturday. He was born May 4, 1912 in Gordon and had been a resident of Minong all his life. He was employed at Camp Horseshoe in Minong for many years and also as an engineer for a taconite contracting corporation.

Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Norman (Martha) Visger, Minong, Mrs. Darrell (Carol) Pierce, Trego, Mrs. Phylis Witt, Minong, and Mrs. Peter (Gloria) Carr, Wonewoc; one son, Lloyd Wallace, Minong; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two sisters, Mrs. Floyd (Marjory) Green, Minong and Mrs. Harold (Irene) Montgomery, Santa Marie, Calif.; and one brother, Charles Wallace, Rochester, Minn.

Services were held Tuesday at the Pettit Funeral Home in Minong. Rev. John Gannett officiated with burial in the Greenwood Cemeteery in Minong.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 25 Dec 1975, page 8


WELCH, Olin Lorenzo

Olin Lorenzo Welch was born at Overland, Ohio, on May 19, 1868 and grew to manhood at Ames, Iowa.

He was united in marriage to Margaret Eck at Edgerton, Ohio, in 1892 and to this union 13 children were born.

Later they lived at Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and came to Minong on May 2, 1902 and have lived there since.

Mr. Welch had been in failing health for the past five years and passed away at Chippewa Falls on Wednesday, May 27th at the age of 91 years and 8 days.

One son and one daughter preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret, and 11 children, Mrs. Lulu Winnen, Mrs. Ella Keesling and Mrs. Aday Keller, all of Wayzata, Minn.; Glenn, also of Wayzata, Minn.; Jess, Richard, Donald and Irvin, all of Racine, Wis.; Dannie, of Mound, Minn.; Allen, of Eagle River, Wis., and Vernon of Wentworth, Wis.  Also 52 grandchildren and 48 great-granchildren.  One brother, Dannie, and one sister, Mrs. Ella Knoobs, both of Seattle, Wash., also survive.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 30th from Minong Presbyterian church, Rev. Stensvad of Solon Springs officiating.  Burial was in Minong cemetery.

Casket bearers were John Harlett, John Waggoner, Fred Smith, Fred Yeager, John Bos and John Green.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 04 Jun 1959


WELTER, Dr. Donald

Dr. Donald Welter, 60, former doctor here, dies

Dr. Donald J. Welter, a Shell Lake physician for 18 years from 1953 until 1971, died in his sleep Monday night (23 December 1980) at his home in Elm  Grove.He had been ill for several months.  He was 60.  He apparently suffered a heart attack.

Dr. Welter was a professor and chairman of the Department of Family Practice at the Medical College of Wisconsin from February, 1976, until his death.

After leaving Shell Lake, Dr. Welter became a professor at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta, Ga., until taking over the Medical College of Wisconsin position.  He was the first chairman of the department which presently is training 99 resident doctors in family practice.

Dr. Welter was a charter diplomat of the American Academy of Family Practice; a past president of the Washburn-Barron-Sawyer Counties Medical Association; the Marquette University Alumnus of the Year in 1976; served on several state level medical committees and was published in various medical journals.

While in Shell Lake, he was a member of the Lions Club and Chamber of Commerce.  He also was a member of the Milwaukee Elks.  While in Georgia he was vice chairman of the Department of Family Practice and medical advisor for the War Veterans Nursing Home.

Dr. Welter was born March 9, 1920 in Superior.  He served in the Army in the South Pacific during World War II, then joined the Naval Reserve.  He was graduated from the Marquette School of Medicine in 1952, served a year of internship in Milwaukee, then came to Shell Lake.

In addition to his widow, Kathryn Mae, survivors include six children, Nancy Peter, Mary Pat Rogers, John, Joseph, Elizabeth and Frederick, and two  grandchildren, Jason and Jennifer Peter.

Also surviving is one sister, Patricia Jorgensen of Albuquerque.

His son, John, recently received his law degree while another son, Joseph, is in medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Services will be Friday in Milwaukee.  The family has requested in place of flowers, friends make a memorial contribution to the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Family Practice.

The address of the Medical College is 2315 N. Lake Drive, Milwaukee, Wis., 53211.

A memorial service will be held Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the Becker and Ritter Funeral Home at North Avenue and 140th Street, Milwaukee.  The family will be available at 3:30 p.m.

-Transcribed from the Washburn County Register, Shell Lake, Washburn Co., WI, Dec 1980




William Widmaier, age 57, a resident of Stanbery, died Monday, October 26, 1981, at his home.

He was born November 7, 1924 at Plymouth, Mich. where he attended school.  He was a contractor and builder in the Hayward area.  He is survived by one brother, Robert of Plymouth, Mich.

The funeral service will be conducted Friday, 2 p.m. at the Schrader Funeral Chapel in Plymouth.  Burial will follow in the Riverside Cemetery, Plymouth, Mich.  The Koerpel Funeral Home of Hayward was in charge of local arrangements.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 29 Oct 1981, page 6



Mrs. Theodore Wisman died with pneumonia Tuesday morning, December 31st (1918), at her home at the Scanlan hotel.  She had been ill only since Christmas.  She is survived by her husband and six children, her father and seven brothers.  The funeral was held today, Friday, Rev. Hoyt officiating.  The remains were laid to rest in Spooner Cemetery.

Mrs. Wisman was loved by everyone who knew her.  Her pleasant, genial manner and her motherly devotion to her family were traits of her character that were admired by all her friends.

To the bereaved husband and children, the father and brothers, the Advocate joins their host of friends in extending condolence.  Those from out of the city who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Ole Scanlan and children of Itasca, Mr. and Mrs. John Scanlan and children of Superior; Henry Scanlan, Chicago; Martin Scanlan, New Richmond, Henry Wisman and family, Effingham, Ill., and Alfred Johnson, Duluth, Minn.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 03 Jan 1919, page 1


WOOD, Edgar LeRoy


Funeral services for Edgar LeRoy Wood, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vern Wood of this city, were held from Roberts Mortuary on Friday afternoon, Jan. 24, with Rev. Philpott and Rev. Crandall officiating.  Interment was in the Earl cemetery.

-Transcribed from the Spooner Advocate, Spooner, Washburn Co., WI, 30 Jan 1947



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