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Wahoske, James  
Wahoske, James Allen James Allen Wahoske, age 80, passed away peacefully at his home in Ripon, WI, on Friday, December 12, 2014. He was born in Ripon on September 18, 1934 to Albert and Lucille (Fochs). Jim graduated from Ripon High School then served his country in the United States Air Force. After completing his military service he returned to Ripon where he met Harriet Wilke and married in 1958. Jim spent his entire career working at Speed Queen, starting in the shipping department and retiring 37 years later as an industrial engineer. Throughout his career, he enjoyed the camaraderie of his co-workers as a frequent member of the company golf and bowling leagues. After retiring in 1995, he and his buddies, Milt Morris, Don Lueptow, Lyle Sager and Dick Mucks, enjoyed their weekly golf games. Finding golf courses with the best senior discount was given the same reverence as posting that day's low score or taking home the biggest pile of quarters from the post golf dice game. Outside of golf, Jim enjoyed traveling, cooking, and spending time with his grandchildren. His family will especially miss eating his deep-dish pizza and homemade caramel corn. He had a fascination with personal computers, starting with the TI-99/4A purchased in 1981 to the iPad he used to watch classic movies on Netflix during the last week of his life. He also had the uncanny ability to make and repair pretty much anything, and he had the tools to prove it. He is survived by his wife, Harriet, of Ripon, WI; son Matt (Laura Omdahl) Wahoske, children Ryanne Graham, Bryce Graham, and Annika Wahoske, of Waunakee, WI; son Lt Col Ted (Anna) Wahoske, USAF, children Jake Geiger, Jessica Geiger, Julianna Laire, and James Wahoske, of Manassas, VA; daughter Jennifer (Greg) Myszkowski, M.D., children Nina and Lucas, of Richland Center, WI; son David Wahoske at home; and son Eric (Laurita) Wahoske, children Alina and Owen, of Claremont, CA. He is survived by his sisters Delores Mattern of Highland Ranch, CO and Barbara Troudt of Ripon, WI. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Dorothy Troester, Rosemary Ustruck, and Betty Burton. Visitation will be held Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at St. Catherine of Siena Church (415 E. Fond du Lac Street, Ripon, WI) from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at 10:30 am at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Ripon. Reverend Robert A. Fictum will officiate. Inurnment will take place at St. Patrick cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: United Cerebral Palsy 36 Broad St. Oshkosh, WI 54901. Please visit www.butzinmarchant.com to send online condolences
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Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on Dec. 15, 2014
Watts, Michael W.  
Watts, Michael W. Michael W. Watts, 64, of West Lafayette, Indiana, died unexpectedly on December 5, 2014, on the island of Antigua while vacationing in the Caribbean with his wife. He was born on November 3, 1950, in Medicine Lodge, Kansas, the only child of Lois Anthony and Victor Wayne Watts. He lived on their wheat farm in the gypsum red hills of Kansas, until he was six years old and attended a one room schoolhouse. After several years of drought, his father gave up farming and moved his family to Kenner, Louisiana, where Mike grew up, learned to play the trombone, and played in bands and Mardi Gras parades. He graduated from East Jefferson High School in Metairie, in 1968 and then went up the road to Baton Rouge, attending Louisiana State University, the first in his family to go to college, and earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D in Economics in 1978. He taught at IUPUI for several years before joining the faculty of the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University in 1981. He had planned to continue teaching for several more years and was determined to have that one last sabbatical. Mike's academic accomplishments were many: he authored 77 scholarly articles in academic journals, served as the Editor of the Journal of Economic Education, won numerous awards for his teaching, and was invited to share results of his research at universities and institutions around the world. He was particularly passionate about the teaching of Economics. This passion led him to accept the role of Director of the Purdue Center for Economic Education (PCEE), a position he held since 1984. The Center's charge is to help teachers incorporate economic thinking into elementary, middle and secondary school classrooms, as well as to promote economic literacy across Indiana. Under Mike's leadership, PCEE was recently named recipient of the 2014 Peter V. Harrington Award - a distinction reserved for the top Indiana Center for Economic Education. He made scores of trips to Russia, Ukraine, and other countries of the former Soviet Union teaching about market economics and training new Center Directors who would in turn set up their own teacher training programs. His impact truly circled the world. He mentored many graduate students at Purdue who went on to become wonderful teachers, researchers, and colleagues. Mike saw economics in everything, a quality best revealed in his book, The Literary Book of Economics, and in his most recent work focusing on economics and art. He had made great progress on that project, producing a website with thousands of paintings and related economics concepts, which he made freely available to teachers. Sadly he wasn't able to complete that project and write the companion book that was supposed to be, as he said, his "swan song." Mike was a prolific reader, knew a song about everything, and would sing it whether you wanted him to or not, messed around at playing the piano, and rooted for LSU, Purdue, the Pacers and Saints, and the Packers if they weren't playing the Colts, Drew Brees or one of the Manning brothers. He never stopped missing his Dad, Mom, and kids. He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Deirdre Watts, West Lafayette, IN; two sons, Jonathan and Matthew, Lafayette, IN; two stepsons, Mark Puestohl, South Bend, IN, and Nick Puestohl, Oshkosh, WI; his aunts, Irene Umbach and Evelyn Cleveland, Hammond, LA; his uncle Earl (Norma) Anthony, Sterling, KS; his aunt Velma Anthony, Pratt, KS; his mother-in-law, Constance Berner, Oshkosh, WI; his first wife, Julie Bolotte Butler; and Deirdre's brothers and sister, David (Paulette) Korsmo, Willmar, MN; Paul Korsmo (Karen Tsao), Seattle, WA; Diane (Mehdi) Mohammadian, Oshkosh, WI; Alan Berner (Lori Zahler), Snohomish, WA; John Berner, Oshkosh, WI; by many beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and colleagues, and by his dog, Bug. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lois and Wayne Watts; his uncles, Dean Anthony, Royce Umbach, Don Cleveland, and Bob Watts; his aunt Mollie Watts, and his father-in-law, Robert Berner. His death was unexpected and heartbreaking, but the setting was beautiful and if he could have chosen a place to die, it might have been just that spot on Green Island beach with the notes of the steel drums playing in his ears. A memorial service will take place on Friday, December 19, 2014, at Soller-Baker Funeral Chapel in West Lafayette, IN, 1184 Sagamore Pkwy W. Visitation with the family will be from 2-4 p.m., followed by a service at 4. His remains will be buried in Attica, Kansas, at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael W. Watts Scholarship for Excellence in Economics in the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University. Checks may be made payable to Purdue Foundation and sent to the Dauch Alumni Center, 403 West Wood Street, West Lafayette, IN, 47907. Please indicate the Watts Scholarship for Excellence in Economics in the memo field. Or to the Book Cycle program, providing books to low-income children at Lafayette area child care centers by sending checks made out to Bauer Family Resources (Book Cycle in memo line) to Mary Springer, Treasurer, 4686 State Road 28 E., Lafayette, 47909. Sign the guest book and leave memories at www.soller-baker.com
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Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on Dec. 17, 2014
Wieting, Evelyn  
Evelyn Wieting, 86, Brillion, died 12-20-2014. Arrangements: Wieting Funeral Home - Brillion.
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Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on Dec. 22, 2014
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