Obituaries

Gerald Richard Thurston, 82, of Strum, died Thursday, February 2, 2017 at the Heritage Manor in Elroy, Wisconsin.

Gerald was born August 17, 1934 in Blair to Ellsworth and Ida (Kolve) Thurston. He attended Gale-Ettrick High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army.

Gerald married Shirley Wheeler on August 25, 1956 in Hegg. They lived in the Ettrick and Whitehall area until 1962 when they moved to Strum. Shirley preceded him in death on September 1, 2010.

Gerald worked as a lineman for Trempealeau County Electric for 40 years, covering northern Trempealeau County. He retired in 1989.

Gerald was active in the Strum community. He was a member of VFW Post #6550 of Strum and served on the Strum-Unity Fire Department for 33 years serving as chief for a number of years. He worked with a government program teaching gun safety and shooting skills to kids and trained tracking dogs for law enforcement.

Arnold E. Armes, age 71, of Warrens, Wisconsin, passed away Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at the Tomah Memorial Hospital.


Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 11:00 a.m. at St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church, Kirby, Wisconsin, Pastor Phillip Enderle will officiate. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Tomah, Wisconsin. Family and friends are invited for visitation Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the church. The Torkelson Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences are available at www.torkelsonfh.com.

William Lawrence McCartney, age 89, of Tomah, Wisconsin, passed away Thursday, February 02, 2017, at the Tomah VA Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 11:00 a.m. at the Torkelson Funeral Home in Tomah, Wisconsin. Monsignor Steven Kachel will officiate. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Tomah, Wisconsin. Family and friends are invited for visitation Monday, February 6, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Torkelson Funeral Home in Tomah. Family and friends are also invited for visitation Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Online condolences are available at www.torkelsonfh.com.

Ronald L. Olson, age 82, of Blair, died on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 in the Gundersen Tri-County Hospital in Whitehall.

Arrangements are pending with the Jack Funeral Home in Blair.

Ardell G. Melby, age 93, of Whitehall, died on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 in the Pigeon Falls Health Care Center in Pigeon Falls.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. in Saint John’s Catholic Church with burial in the Lincoln Cemetery both in Whitehall. Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 5, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Jack Funeral Home in Whitehall where a Christian prayer service will be held at 3:00 p.m. followed by a parish rosary. Friends may also call one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.