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Goutcher, Dale R.  1928-2001
Dale R. Goutcher, 73, formerly of Aurora and Naperville, died at his home in Tucson, AZ., on Monday, December 17, 2001. He was born on June 26, 1928, at Ladysmith, Wi., the son of the late Henry and Hazel (Rohor) Goutcher.
A graduate of Ladysmith High School, Dale served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and later was a member of the American Legion Post 43 (Naperville).
He was employed by Amurol Confections Company for thirty years. He was a member of Community United Methodist Church in Naperville for forty-one years, and in Tucson he attended St. John's United Methodist Church.
Survivors include two brothers, Irvin Goutcher of Tucson, Az. and Ralph (Linda) Goutcher of Westfield, Wi., one brother-in-law, Clyde (Gladys) Galow of Aurora, A special aunt, Adele Goutcher of Spencer, Wi., and numerous nieces and nephews including Philip (Martha) Galow of Oswego with whom Dale made his home during his prolonged summer and Christmas visits to northern Illinois during the past decade, and numerous friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife of thirty years, Dorothy Galow Goutcher, in 1990, and by his brothers, Vernon and Harold Goutcher, a nephew, Timothy Goutcher, and a niece, Barbara Goutcher Knapp.
All of Dale's friends are invited to join his family on Thurday, January 3, 2002, at 11:00am for a service of committal at the Naperville Cemetery (north section), with Reverend Thomas E. Babler officiating and at 12:00 noon for a memorial luncheon to be served in the dining room of the Community United Methodist Church, 20 North Center Street, Naperville.
[contributed by Ronald Flink]


Goutcher, Henry W. 
1890-1943
Death Summons Henry Goutcher
Passed away at home Thursday evening, January 21
Henry Goutcher passed away at his home in the northwest part of the city Thursday evening of last week. Deceased was past 52 years of age at the time of his passing and had been ill for several months.
Henry William Goutcher was born May 17, 1890, in Manitowoc county. When a lad he moved with his parents to the town of Beaver in that county. Here he grew to manhood.
On Novenber 7, 1917, he was married to Hazel Roohr. Eighteen years ago he brought his family to this community, where he has since made his home.
The survivors are: his widow, Mrs. Goutcher; five sons, Vernon of Janesville, Harold a corporal in the U.S. army, Camp Butner, N.C.; Irvin, a private in the United States marine corps, now on duty in the Solomon Islands; Dale and Ralph, who are at home with their mother.
Also living are the aged parents, Mr. and Mrs Edward Goutcher, in the old home town of Beaver; one sister, Mrs. Louis Scheel, in the town of Beaver; four brothers, Maynard, Minneapolis; Ray, Baraboo; Alvin, in the town of Beaver, and Edward, whosw whereabouts are unknown.
Funeral services were conducted at the McElravy funeral home Monday afternoon at 1:45, Rev. Arrowood officiating. Interment was in Riverside cemetery.
Out-of-town relatives and friends attending the funeral were: Mrs. Edward Goutcher, Mrs. Louis Scheel, Alvin Goutcher, Mrs. Mary Stowe, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Roohr, Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Neuman, all from the towm of Beaver. Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Goutcher, Baraboo; Maynard, Minneapolis; Wm. Schultz, Unity and John Birkholtz, Robinsdale, Minn. Two sons of the deceased, Harold and Vernon, will remain here for about a week.
[Ladysmith News, Ladysmith, Wis., Thursday, January 24, 1943] contributed by Ronald Flink


Goutcher, Vernon H. 
1918-1985
Vernon H. Goutcher, 66, of Route 1, Highway 14 East, Janesville, died Tuesday in Mercy Hospital.
Born Nov. 8, 1918, in Loyal, he married Margaret Grey on June 12, 1945, in Ladysmith. He had been a Janesville resident for 12 years, moving from Whitewater, and worked for the Mac Arthur Mink Ranch. He was a member of Bethel Methodist Church.
Surviving are his wife; two sons, Steven of Whitewater and Shane of Janesville; a step-son, Harley French of Janesville; three daughters, Connie Nichols of Delavan, Vicki Wileman of Watertown and Tammy Reinke of Elkhorn; a step-daughter, Pat Erdman of Ladysmith; 11 grandchildren; four brothers, Dale an Ralph, both of Naperville, Ill, Harley of Washington and Ervin of Tucson, Ariz.
Services will be at 3 pm Friday in Milton Lawns Memorial Park Chapel, with burial in Milton Lawns Cemetery. Visitation will be prior to services at the chapel. Arrangements were made by Albrecht Funeral Home, Janesville.
[contributed by Ronald Flink - dated Wed. April 2, 1985]

Gordon, Lloyd A.

ONTONAGON — Lloyd A. Gordon, 58, died suddenly at his home Tuesday afternoon. He had been in failing health since suffering a heart attack a year ago. He was born March 18, 1905 at Ladysmith, Wis., and was educated in the Ladysmith schools. He was married to Enid Hansen at Ladysmith and they came here in 1937. Surviving, besides his wife, are four sons, Dale of Ontonagon, Theron and Elden of Milwaukee and Edgar, serving with the armed forces in Pakistan; one daughter, Mrs. James Bailey of Ontonagon; 10 grandchildren; three brothers and two sisters The Allen Cane Funeral Home will be open for visitation beginning Thursday night. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the St Paul's Lutheran Church with the Rev. David Musall officiating Entombment will be at Riverside Cemetery
[Ironwood Daily Globe - February 26, 1964, Ironwood, Michigan]



Gourdoux, Larry    1926-2011
Larry Gourdoux, 85, of Bruce, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011.
Larry was born on June 28, 1926, to Chris and Edna (Sharpless) Gourdoux. He grew up on the family farm near the confluence of the Flambeau and Chippewa Rivers.
Larry was well-known for his sense of humor, his tall tales and his outgoing personality. He enjoyed woodworking and loved to route out and give away signs to friends and neighbors. He had a life-long love of airplanes and flying.
He married Elizabeth (Betty) Scrivner on June 9, 1951. They lived for a time in Chetek, Milwaukee, and finally settled in Union Grove, where they lived the majority of their married lives and raised their four children.
He served his country in the armed forces during World War II, and was a member of the American Legion, Bruce. Larry drove truck for many years, finally retiring and returning to the Holcombe area in the 1980s.
For the past several years, he divided his time between his northern home in Wisconsin and his southern home in Port Isabel, Texas.
 Most recently, his northern residence was located at the Parksite Apartments in Bruce, where his many friends will miss his morning and noon-time stories.
 Larry was especially proud of all his children and grandchildren.
 He is survived by sons Don (Sue) of Racine and Dave (Debbie) of Kenosha; his daughter Jenny (Al) Newell of Oshkosh; his sisters Phyllis Stevenson of Holcombe, Patricia Ness of Eau Claire and Joan (Jim) Leary of Holcombe; his grandchildren Jon, Nick, Hannah, David, and Joseph; his great-grand daughter Lauren; and numerous friends and other relatives that meant a great deal to him.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Betty, who passed away in 1994; and his son Mike (Louise), who passed away in November 2010.
 The Nash-Jackan Funeral Home in Bruce is handling arrangements.
Larry’s friends and family may gather Saturday, Sept. 10, at the BHA community room in the Parksite Apartment complex between 2 and 5 p.m. to share their many memories.
[Ladysmith News, Ladysmith, Wis.,  Aug. 25, 2011]

Griffin, Phillip H.  1889-1949
Phillip H. Griffin, 60, for years a druggist at Ladysmith and member of the Rusk county board of supervisors, died at La Crosse hospital Monday afternoon from the effects of a stroke. He had been ill for some time.
Griffin owned a drug store at Ladysmith for 25 years before moving to La Crosse where he was director of the OPA headquarters from 1943 to 1945. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Elks.
He is survived by his wife, Maude; one daughter, Mrs. R.J. (Jane) O'Conner of Denver, Colorado; a granddaughter; and one sister, Mrs. Marjorie Lee of Milwaukee.
Funeral services were held Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic church at Ladysmith with the Ritger funeral home conducting. Interment was in Riverside cemetery, Ladysmith.
Pall bearers were; R. B. MacDonal, Sam Goodsitt, Wm. Peavey, RJ. Clark. 0.J. Falge and F.J. Manning. Honorary pall bearers were: Frank Doyle, Dr. L.M. Lundmark, Harry Speidel. Gus Bitters, Phil Peterson, August Jipson, John Howard, Warren Henry. Harry Davis, Louis Cohen and Dr. R.M. Lea.
[Bruce News-Letter, Bruce, Wis., Friday, September 23, 1949]

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