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William "Bill" C. Marschke




AGE: 78


ADDRESS: 600 Lake St. Rib Lake Village of Rib Lake resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 1:39 P.M. Monday, October 20, 2014 at his residence surrounded by his family and under the care of Hope Hospice


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Saturday, October 25 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Rib Lake


OFFICIATING: Rev. James Heffner


INTERMENT: Cremainal Inurnment will be at Lakeview Cemetery in Rib Lake with graveside military rites performed by the Rib Lake American Legion Post #274


VISITATION: 10:00 A.M. until time of services at 11:00 A.M. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Rib Lake


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: April 17, 1936 in Rib Lake


EDUCATION: Bill attended Rib Lake Area Elementary Schools and was a 1953 graduate of Rib Lake High School. In 1955 he attained his Teacher’s Certificate from Taylor County Normal School in Medford


MARRIAGE: 1st Marriage was in 1960 and later divorced. 2nd Marriage was on Feb 22, 1971 in Marquette, MI to Bernadette F. Kane


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After receiving his teaching degree, Bill taught as an elementary teacher for 1 year at Woodville Rural School. In 1956, He became part of the U.S. Air force where he attained the rank of Master Sergeant and worked as a Weather Forecaster for 22 years until his retirement in 1978. Bill was stationed in Nevada, Tennessee, England, Germany, Taiwan, and lastly, at the K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base in Marquette, MI. After his retirement from the Air Force, he owned the Village Wash Laundromat in Rib Lake for 6 years. He then worked for the ASCS Office as a farm land surveyor for a period of time. Bill then worked for Tombstone Pizza in Medford as an Environmental Control Supervisor until his retirement in 1991. He enjoyed fishing, picking berries, making firewood, being outdoors, gardening, playing cards and he was an avid Packer, Brewer and Dodgers fan. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.


MEMBER OF: St. John’s Lutheran Church in Rib Lake and Rib Lake American Legion Post # 274. Bill served on the Rib Lake Village Board, St. John’s Church Council and the Spirit Lake Improvement Association


SURVIVING SPOUSE: Bernadette F. Marschke of Rib Lake


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Robert Marschke of Rapid City, SD, Penny (Mike) Oswood of Oregon House, CA, Sean Marschke of Rapid City, SD, Bill (Edie) Sunderlin of North Fond Du Lac, Candy (Kane) (Husband: Mark) Rinehart of Medford and Karen (Kane) (Husband: Fritz) Balz of Athens


# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN 11: Heather Norton, Dustin, Daniel, Matthew, Ariel and Nathaniel Rinehart, Gracie Balz, Jeremy Marschke, Jordan Marschke, Carl and Christopher Oswood




SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Arlene Tucker of Rib Lake, Peggy (Fred) Scholz of Tomahawk, Gayle (Paul) Scholz of Tomahawk and Robert (Kay) Marschke of Rib Lake


DECEASED FATHER: Albert Louis Frederick Marschke


DECEASED MOTHER: Loretta Ruth Schaus


URNBEARERS: Honorary: David Ratkowski Active: Bill “Butch” Sunderlin


OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to his family to be designated at a later date to Hope Hospice and the Rib Lake American Legion Post # 274
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Alfred "Butch" Buyatt


Alfred “Butch” Buyatt, 90 of Jump River died Saturday, October 18,

2014 peacefully at his home under the care of Hope Hospice.


He was born on December 24, 1923 at home in Jump River to the late
Syrvie and Alfa (Oleson) Buyatt. Butch attended area schools there
and entered the Military during WWII. He was in the Marines until
1946. After his service time he married Hilma Ilene Dickerson in
Sheldon on August 12, 1946.


The couple lived in Waukesha and he was a truck driver for RoxO
Beverages. Butch was a “Jack of all trades” and after driving truck
the couple later moved back “home” to Jump River. Butch was the
care taker at the Country Club Golf Course in Boulder Junction for a
couple of years until his full retirement. Then Butch worked at the
Jump River Community Center and volunteered at the Mt. Nebo
Cemetery. He was a member of New Hope Presbyterian Church-
Hannibal, the V.F.W., the Jump River Lions, enjoyed fishing, was an
avid deer hunter and liked watching all sports.


He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Hilma, sons, Douglas (Dolly)
Buyatt of Deerfield, William “Bink” (Chili) Buyatt of Pemberton, NJ,
and Allen (Susan) Buyatt of Waukesha, seven grandchildren, many
great grandchildren, his sister Ardelle Hink of Big Bend. Butch is
preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Bill, Lloyd and Clinton
and sister Betty.


A memorial service will be at 11:30 AM on Friday, October 24, 2014
at the Jump River Community Center with Rev. Barry Boyer.
Inurnment will follow in Mt. Nebo Cemetery with full military rites.


Visitation will be from 10AM until time of service at the center. Plombon

Funeral Service assisted the family with arrangements.

Laddie J. Vlcek




AGE: 86


ADDRESS: Country Gardens, 635 W. Cedar, Medford; A former Westboro & Ogema area resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 1:44 AM Saturday, October 18 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital where he had been a patient for the past 3 ½ weeks


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Memorial services will be held in the Spring of 2015 and will be announced at a later date




INTERMENT: Interment of his cremated remains will take place at Hillside Cemetery, Ogema


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: May 15, 1928 at Westboro, WI


EDUCATION: Westboro elementary and was a 1946 graduate of Westboro High School


MARRIAGE: June 12, 1950 at Milwaukee to Ida Mae Soderstrom and she preceded him in death March 17, 2011


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: He was a US Army veteran achieving the rank of Sergeant having served from May of 1946 to Nov. of 1947. After the military, he resided in Phillips and worked at Flambeau Milling for a period of time. In 1958 they moved to Ogema where he began his career with the US Postal Service for the next 30 years working as a clerk and later postmaster until his retirement in 1987. He enjoyed fishing, traveling, spending time with family and friends.


MEMBER OF: Ogema Baptist Church where he had served on various groups including Deacon & Financial Secretary;
Past member of the Ogema Lions Club, and the Ogema Volunteer Fire Department


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Sons – Brien (Kate Carollo) Vlcek of Seattle, WI & Bruce Vlcek of New Bedford, MA


# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 4 – Elizabeth (Dan) Duryea of Bellevue, WA, Laura (Courtney) Taylor, Allison Vlcek & Kevin Vlcek all of Seattle, WA




BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Brothers – Joseph, Rudy & Frank Vlcek; Sisters – Martha Look & Helen Axlerod






OTHER INFORMATION: -For online condolences, please visit 

Linda D. Schmittfranz




AGE: 63


ADDRESS: N7441 County Road C, Rib Lake, WI; A Township of Rib Lake resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: pronounced at 3:10 am Friday, October 17 at Aspirus Medford Hospital, emergency room where she had been taken earlier by ambulance


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Monday, October 20 at Rib Lake United Methodist Church


OFFICIATING: Rev. Kyochul Shin


INTERMENT: Lakeview Cemetery, Rib Lake


VISITATION: Hemer Funeral Home, Rib Lake from 4-8 PM on Sunday, October 19 and also at the Rib Lake United Methodist Church from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Monday, October 20


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: June 25, 1951 at Milwaukee, WI


EDUCATION: Town of Greenwood elementary school, 1969 graduate of Rib Lake High School


MARRIAGE: June 28, 1969 at the Chelsea Catholic Church to James “Jim” F. Schmittfranz and he survives


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After her marriage, she worked mostly as a housewife/mother. She also did home child care for a period of time. She also worked at KFC & Hurd Millwork in Medford, C & G Minimart, Gem Products & Great Northern Cabinetry in Rib Lake for periods of time. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, reading, embroidery, crocheting & spending time with her family.


MEMBER OF: Rib Lake United Methodist Church


SURVIVING SPOUSE: James “Jim” F. Schmittfranz of Rib Lake


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Tony (Bobbie Jean) Schmittfranz of Rib Lake, Susan (Joshua) Powell of Crystal, MN, A.J. Schmittfranz of Minneapolis, MN


# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 5 – Molly & Logan Schmittfranz, Makenna, Duncan & Hunter Powell
Honorary Grandchildren - Makayla, Tailor, Erin and Evan Bohmbach


SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Janice (Donald) Johnson of Superior, Rod (Jeanette) Eggert of Grand Rapids, MI, Donna (Don) Hoefferle of Rib Lake




DECEASED FATHER: Elmer Albert Eggert


DECEASED MOTHER: Delores Pearl Glenzer


PALLBEARERS: Honorary - Logan and Molly Schmittfranz, Makenna Powell, Erin and Evan Bohmbach
Active - Lee Johnson, Travis Wienke, Jared Powell, Andy Carlyle, Kris Brothers, Makayla and Tailor Bohmbach 


OTHER INFORMATION: -For online condolences, please visit 


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