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Darrel J. Duncan

Darrel James Duncan, age 96, of Lancaster, passed into the presence of his Lord and Savior on Saturday, December 13, 2014, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster.  He was born in Iberia, Missouri, on November 11, 1918, the son of Lloyd “Bing” and Maud (Franklin) Duncan. At the time of his birth, Maud was living in Missouri near her parents while Bing was in the armed forces in Germany during WW I.

Darrel attended school at Beetown and at Bloomington High School through grade nine. Due to his father’s poor health from mustard gas poisoning in WW I, Darrel quit school to help his father on the family farm near Beetown. Darrel was an excellent baseball pitcher and hired out to exhibition games. He also worked for various farmers and construction companies in the Beetown area until he was drafted into the US Army on March 9, 1942, during WW II. Darrel was an excellent marksman and fought in the European theater. He landed on Omaha Beach and was wounded at the Battle of the Bulge for which he received two Purple Hearts and a Presidential Citation. He served in WW II until the war ended.

The most important day of Darrel’s life was February 14, 1949, when he received the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. He had been burdened about his sins and thought he could never be saved because he was such a bad sinner. Through Exodus 13:13, he understood that the Lord Jesus Christ was his substitute and died for his sins.

In 1946, Darrel married Marjorie Okey and she passed away in 1962. To this union was born one daughter, Deborah Duncan Carter, who passed away in 2010. On Nov. 3, 1962, Darrel married Helen Yost and she passed away in 2011. Darrel was given to hospitality and was gifted at Bible preaching. He gathered unto the Lord’s Name at the Beetown Gospel Hall.

Flowers and landscaping was Darrel’s favorite occupation.  He took a six-week course at the Chicago Floral School of Design in 1947. Over the years he owned and operated floral shops in Fennimore, Lancaster, Prairie du Chien, Madison, and Albuquerque, NM and taught floral design classes.  In 1983, he and Helen retired at Cassville, WI, where his yard was a floral masterpiece.  They lived there until failing health took them to Lancaster in 2008. Darrel resided at Sunrise Apartments and for two weeks at Orchard Manor Nursing Home until his death.

Darrel is survived by three grandchildren: Chris, Brandie, and Shauntay, and two step-grandchildren: Yolanda and Amy.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wives, Marjorie and Helen; daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and John Carter; and brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Mavis Duncan.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster with Allen Christopherson and Eric McCullough officiating.  Burial with military honors will be in Beetown Cemetery, Beetown.  Family and friends may call on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services and on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services.

Irvin B. Reuter

Irvin Bernard Reuter, age 91, of Lancaster, passed away on Sunday, December 14, 2014, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home in Lancaster. 

He was born on February 2, 1923, in Potosi, the son of George and Elizabeth (Glassmaker) Reuter.  On May 10, 1948, Irvin married Elaine McKelvey at St. Andrew Catholic Church, Tennyson. 

He and Elaine lived most of their married life on the Becher farm south of Lancaster until 2006 when they moved to Lancaster.  He was also the South Lancaster Assessor for 28 years.  After retiring from farming he worked at Mega Foods and the Wonder Wash car wash in Lancaster.  Irvin was a member of Branch 42 of the Catholic Knights for 83 years and received his Gold Rosary.  After Elaine passed away in 2008, Irvin lived at Morningside Assisted Living Center in Lancaster and has resided for the past 5 years at Orchard Manor.   Irvin enjoyed gardening, reading Western stories, doing word searches, and listening to the Cubs and the Packers.  Most of all he enjoyed his visits from his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. 

Survivors include his seven children: Steve Reuter of Milwaukee, Gary (Barb Schneider) Reuter of Lancaster, Kay (Dave) Krohn of Madison, Sue Devine of Wisconsin Rapids, David  (Deb Now) Reuter of Lancaster, Alan Reuter of Dubuque, IA and Marianne (Kevin) Klais of Fennimore; 12 grandchildren: Scott (Kate Mainville) Reuter and Angela (Steve) McLean, all of Lancaster, Jen (Travis) Higgins of Weston, Gina (Jason) Caldwell of Eau Claire, Matthew (Kathryn Sarnoski) Reuter of Wauwatosa, Andrew (Abby Johnson) Reuter of Stoughton, Michael Krohn of Boulder, CO and Katherine Krohn of Madison, Bethany, Marissa, Saralyn, and Trenten Klais, all of Fennimore;  8 great-grandchildren: Lexie, Julia and Jacob Higgins, Weston, Cayden Caldwell of Eau Claire,  Wyatt and Maci McLean of Lancaster, and Austin and Isabella Reuter of Lancaster; his brother, Donald Reuter of Mesa, AZ, sisters: Eileen Reuter of Potosi and Ruth Cox of Dubuque, IA; brother and sisters-in-law, Don and Mary McKelvey of Lancaster and Donna Mae Reuter of Dickeyville; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Elaine; his brother, Francis; sisters-in-law, Bernadette Reuter and Marion (McKelvey) Stuer; and brothers-in-law, Don Cox and John Stuer. 

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 20, 2014, at 12:00 noon at St. Clement Catholic Church in Lancaster with Father John Sasse officiating.  Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  Family and friends may call after 11:00 a.m. until time of service at the church. Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster is serving the family.

Marcus Laufenberg

Marcus L. Laufenberg, age 95, of Cassville, passed away on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, at his residence.  He was born on September 15, 1919, the son of Charles and Selma (Jack) Laufenberg.   On March 27, 1940, Marcus was united in marriage to Dolores Pitzen in Dubuque, IA.  He has farmed on the Laufenberg family farm in Beetown Township his entire life.  Marcus enjoyed fishing, gardening, and being able to fix almost anything. 

Survivors include three children:  Richard (Karen) Laufenberg, Windsor; Dennis (Judy) Laufenberg, Cassville; Nancy (Michael) Vogt, Wesley Chapel, FL; eight grandchildren: Steve (Kim) Berg, Bryan (Krisi) Berg, Marty (Amy) Laufenberg, Lisa (John) Scullion, Michael Laufenberg, David (Kristi) Laufenberg, Matthew (Ashley) Laufenberg, James (Dione) Laufenberg; seven great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.

In addition to his parents and his wife, Dolores, Marcus was preceded in death by a daughter, Anita (Paul) Berg; his brothers:  Leo (Orpha), Vernon (Alta), and Louie Laufenberg.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 20, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Cassville with Reverend Mary Ann Floerke officiating.  Burial will be in Beetown Cemetery, Beetown.  Family and friends may call on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.


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