Obituaries for August 10, 2011

2011-08-10T11:41:00Z Obituaries for August 10, 2011 La Crosse Tribune
August 10, 2011 11:41 am

Pearl R. Klinkenberg | Robert W. ‘Bob’ Teeples | Kevin F. Nichols

Pearl R. Klinkenberg

BLAIR/ETTRICK, Wis. — Pearl R. Klinkenberg, 84, died Wednesday Aug. 3, 2011, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse.

Pearl was born Jan. 26, 1927, in La Crosse to Martin and Clara (Wolden) Jacobson. She married Lloyd J. Klinkenberg on Aug. 18, 1945, in La Crosse.

Pearl was a foster mother for several years, fostering 13 children from the area; she was a foster mother for Myron Funmaker for 35 years. Pearl volunteered at the Grand View Care Center in the activities department and also was very involved in her church with the fall lutefisk dinner. Pearl loved to go fishing. She was a member of the Ettrick American Legion Auxiliary No. 354.

Pearl is survived by three children, David (Mary) of Blair, Larry (Diane) of Sparta and Nancy (Fred) Misch of Blair; nine grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; a foster son, Myron Funmaker of Black River Falls; a foster daughter, Sylvia (Mike) Winnie of Millston; and one sister, Emma Harter of Ettrick.

In addition to her parents, Pearl is preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd, and eight brothers and sisters.

Funeral services were held on Monday Aug. 8, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. in the North Beaver Creek Parish First Lutheran Church with burial in the church cemetery, both in rural Ettrick. Pastor Dana Jackson officiated. Visitation was Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, from 5-7 p.m. at Jack Funeral Home in Blair and also one hour prior to the services at the church on Monday.

Robert W. ‘Bob’ Teeples

BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. — Robert W. “Bob” Teeples, 92, of Black River Falls, passed away Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, at his home while under the care of Black River Memorial Hospice.

Robert W. Teeples was born on Aug. 14, 1918, in Black River Falls to Oscar and Nellie (Flood) Teeples. He was raised in the Hatfied area.

He was active in sports and played professional baseball with the La Crosse Blackhawks and the Eau Claire Bears before entering the Army in October 1940.

He married Hazel Birdine “Bird” Olson on Aug. 29, 1945, in Clinton, Iowa. Bob and Hazel lived in Black River Falls until 1959 when they moved to Madison where they lived for seven years. They later lived in Wausau for seven years until returning to Black River Falls in 1974. Hazel Teeples died on Nov. 8, 2010.

During World War II, he served in the Pacific Theatre of Operations for 37 months, including combat time with the 32nd Infantry Division (Red Arrow) in New Guinea and the Philippine Islands. He was assigned temporary duty to a special forces unit with the 6th Army also known as the Alamo Scouts. It was their mission to reconnoiter behind the enemy lines and send back valuable information before the landing of our troops. During this time, he was awarded the Sliver Star for gallantry in action. He later returned to his 32nd Division unit where he received a battlefield commission to a second lieutenant in May 1945. He was severely injured while on a patrol and returned to the United States for hospitalization. He was placed in the Army Reserves where he was promoted to the rank of captain and retired in 1980.

Bob started as a plant accountant with the Community Telephone Company in 1945 and later held the position of construction and maintenance supervisor for the western district. When the company merged with the General Telephone Company in 1959, he became the construction supervisor for the western district. In 1959, he was transferred to Madison to become the state construction coordinator. He later served in Wausau as field engineer and real estate administrator, returning to Black River Falls in that same capacity where he retired in 1980 after 32 years with the telephone company.

He served the city of Black River Falls as parks and recreation director from 1980-86.

Bob was a life member of a number of national veterans organizations and a member of Black River Lodge 74 — Free and Accepted Masons and Royal Arch Masons Chapter 41. He was a life member and past commander of Miles-Hagen American Legion Post  200. He was a charter member and first commander of AMVET Post 5494; life member of Thompson-RedCloud VFW Post 1959 of Black River Falls; past commander of VFW Post 388 of Wausau; and life, charter and past commander of DAV Chapter 61. He also was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Black River Falls.

He was one of the organizers and the first president of Jackson County Little League in 1954. He was a life member and past president of the Jackson County Historical Society. He helped organize and served as chartered organization representative for Law Enforcement Explorer Post 459. In 1996, he organized and served as adult advisor to the Seven Trails Youth Club.

In 1976, Bob received the General Telephone Company Community Service Award and the Black River Falls Community Service Award in 1984. He also was selected as one of Wisconsin’s Ten Most Admired Senior Citizens in 1984. On Feb. 15, 2006, Bob was inducted into the Hall of Heroes at the Tomah Veterans Administration Medical Center. On April 11, 2008, he received the Black River Falls Rotary Club’s Lifetime Achievement Award for community service.

He was the author of five books: “Jackson County Veterans Volume 1” (1983), “Jackson County Veterans Volume 2” (1986), “Brockway Centennial Celebration” (1990), “Historic Hatfield” (1992) and “Fair Play” (1996).

Survivors include four sons, John Teeples of Hixton, Tom (Teresa) Teeples of Black River Falls, Col. David (Sue) Teeples (US Army Retired) of Lithia, Fla., and Bill (Jolene) Teeples of Black River Falls; 10 grandchildren, Todd Teeples, Jason Ott, Tyrone Teeples, Dan (Jenny) Teeples, Cpt. Amy Teeples (US Army), Josh Teeples, Cassandra (Joseph) Backaus, Steve Teeples, Jennie Teeples and Christina Teeples; six great-grandchildren, Holly, Kaylee and Grace Ott, Riley Teeples-Coplien and Braylon and Gianna Backaus; and numerous other relatives and friends.

In addition to his wife, Hazel, Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Nellie Teeples; a son, Bobby; two grandsons, Brian and Tony Teeples; and his sister, Violet Teeples.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, at Evangelical Lutheran Church in Black River Falls. The Rev. Eric Bakken will officiate. Burial, with full military honors, will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Black River Falls.

Family and friends are invited for visitation Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, from noon until the time of the service at the church.

Memorials may be given to the Jackson County Veterans Park or the AMVETS Park in Hatfield.

Buswell Funeral Home of Black River Falls is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences at

Kevin F. Nichols

MERRILLAN/BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. — Kevin F. Nichols, age 46, of Merrillan and formerly of Black River Falls, died Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, at Black River Memorial Hospital.

Kevin Francis Nichols was born Jan. 30, 1965, in La Crosse to Elethe (O’Brien) and Ronald Nichols. He was raised in Black River Falls and graduated from Black River Falls High School. Following his high school graduation, he became employed in Mankato, Minn., and Wisconsin Dells. He settled in Black River Falls in 2007.

He was employed as a heating and air conditioning technician at Mankato Hospital. More recently, he was employed as a slot technician by Ho-Chunk Gaming.

Kevin enjoyed fishing and hunting and was a great outdoorsman. He also enjoyed arts and crafts, painting and carving. He had done pow-wow dancing for years.

Survivors include his mother, Elethe Nichols of Black River Falls; his stepfather, Elliott Garvin of Black River Falls; three brothers, Steve (special friend, Shelly Kagigebi) Garvin of Wisconsin Dells, Ron (Ann) Nichols of Foley, Ala., and Mike Nichols of Black River Falls; a sister, Karena (Dana) Thundercloud of Black River Falls; his dog, Eddie; and numerous other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ronald Nichols; his grandmother, Lavina Thorud; uncles Bill O’Brien and Harry Steindorf; and aunts Jenny Steindorf and Janice Fisher.

Traditional Native American funeral services were held at noon on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, at the Elethe Nichols residence in rural Black River Falls. George “Hezazac” Garvin was the presiding elder and burial was in Decorah Cemetery in rural Black River Falls.

Family and friends were invited for visitation from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, at the Buswell Funeral Home in Black River Falls. Family and friends also were invited for visitation on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Nichols residence.

Online condolences are available at

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