Argyle Obituaries
Clayton C. Watkins
Clayton Watkins age 93 of Argyle, WI passed away Thursday, August 27, 2015 at Pleasant view Nursing home in Monroe, WI. He was born September 25, 1921 in Argyle the son of Clarence and Clara (Nelson) Watkins. Clayton graduated from Argyle High School in 1939 and began working at his uncles grocery store, Nelson’s Mercantile in Argyle. In 1942 he was drafted into the U. S. Army, and as Clayton would say modestly, “They said they could never make a soldier out of me because I was too small so they sent me to school. Clayton was sent to Stanford University in California”. There he was made part of the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP)”.

The ASTP was an elite and difficult program, requiring an IQ of 115 (and later 120) compared to 110 for Officer Candidate School (Clayton was often asked by his nieces and nephews what his IQ was but he would never say). In seeing Clayton’s capabilities he was later sent to Davis College where he was trained in signal transmissions. He was then reassigned to Camp Crowder, MO as a member of the Army Western Signal Corps where he studied Cryptography and by 1945 he was handling “Top Secret” correspondence. His group’s expertise eventually brought them to a secret American compound in the newly formed nationalist capitol of Chungking in China where their job was to assist Chiang Kai-shek (leader of the nationalist party). Clayton and his group worked on a “Top Secret” instrument known by the code name “SIGABA”. In March of 1946 Clayton was honorably discharged and returned to Argyle to work as a bookkeeper at Phillipson’s Garage. However, in January of 1951 he was recalled during the Korean Conflict and was an instructor at Camp Carson Colorado in Signal Communications. In 1952 he was, after training enough people, able to return to Argyle. From 1957 to 1980 Clayton was Argyle’s Postmaster.

Clayton was a lifelong member of the Argyle Lutheran Church. Clayton was a founding Board member of the Argyle Community Fund, past Commander of the Argyle American Legion Post # 251 and the Argyle Lodge #178 Free and Accepted Masons, one of the original seven owners of the “Norseman Supper Club” and Chairman of Woodlawn Cemetery Association for a number of years. Clayton will always be remembered as Argyle’s local Historian and a quiet man with great intellect. He will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by his family and friends.

Clayton is survived by one brother: Kermit (Phyllis) Watkins of Argyle; one sister: Sandy Rowedder of The Villiages, FL; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers and sisters: Raymond Watkins, Cora Anderson, Gladys Gordon, Robert Watkins, Ardis Larson, and Roberta Skattum.

A funeral service will be held Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at Argyle Lutheran Church (100 East Street, Argyle) with Rev. Rick Fry officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery where Military Graveside Rites will be accorded by the Argyle American Legion Post #251. A visitation will be held Monday, August 31, 2015 from 4:00 P.M. til 7:00 P.M. at the Erickson Funeral Home in Argyle. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

For those who prefer, memorials may be given to the Argyle Community Fund, PO Box 345, Argyle, WI 53504 or a charity of your choice.

Remember me with love and laughter, for that’s how I’ll remember you All. If you remember me with sorrow, then—Don’t remember me at all. Clayton Watkins

Elmo C. Holt
Elmo C. Holt age 91 of Blanchardville, WI, passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at Bloomfield Manor in Dodgeville, WI. He was born February 27, 1924 in Hollandale, WI, the son of Conrad and Inga (Johnson) Holt. Elmo lived in Hollandale until moving to Blanchardville in 1935, where he has resided since. He graduated from Blanchardville High School in 1942. Elmo served in the United States Navy from 1943 until 1946. He attained 2nd Class Ship Fitter while serving in Iwo Jima and Saipan until he was honorably discharged. Elmo worked at Holt Implement from 1946 until 1957, which is the same location as the current Blanchardville Co-op Oil in Blanchardville. He was united in marriage to Barbara Hagerman on May 23, 1959 in Freeport, IL. Elmo managed Blanchardville Co-op Oil until retiring in 1980. Following his retirement he worked on his farm in Hollandale until selling it in 1989.

Elmo is survived by: one daughter: Cathryn (Richard) Elverum of Apple Valley, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Barbara on February 4, 2014, and two sisters in infancy Ellen and Blanche Holt.

Elmo attended both Blanchardville and Wiota Lutheran churches. He was a 70 year member of Blanchardville American Legion Post #142 and later a member of Mineral Point VFW Post # 7629. He was also a volunteer firefighter for the Blanchardville Fire Department for many years. Elmo enjoyed traveling to Navy reunions all over the United States. He also enjoyed playing his violin, listening to music, and volunteering at the V.A. Hospital in Madison, WI.

Per Elmo’s wishes there will be no services. Burial will be in Long Valley Cemetery in Hollandale, WI.

John E. Condon
John E. Condon, age 87 of Argyle, WI passed away Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at his home in rural Argyle. He was born April 17, 1928 in Mt. Vernon, OH the son of John R. and Alice D. (Wysner) Condon. He graduated from St. Vincent de Paul High School in Mt. Vernon, OH in 1946. He attended the University of Dayton and received a Bachelors of Science degree in Mathematics and Statistics in 1951. Following graduation he served two years in the U.S. Marine Corp during the Korean conflict.

He was most proud of his wife of 62 years, Dolores, and his family. He married Dolores (Dody) R. Peterson on November 8, 1952. His five children were his pride and joy. John is survived by his wife Dolores at home; four children: John Patrick (Jane) Condon of Brookfield, WI, Margaret Crane of Saratoga, CA, Mary Lynn (Terry) Barrette of River Falls, WI and Michael (Mary) Condon of River Falls, WI; six grandchildren: Kevin (Meaghan), Christina, Brian, Darian, Hannah and Bryce; great-grandchild, Wesson and two sisters: Mary Alice Williams of Olmsted Falls, OH and Coletta Kritzell of Barberton, OH. He was preceded in death by his parents, and daughter, Susan Zuehlsdorff in 2011.

He began his professional career in 1953 as a statistician in the Quality Control Office, Army Material Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force base in Dayton, OH. He served one year (1955-56) as a Research Associate, Operation Research Group at The Ohio State University; while there he obtained a Masters Degree in Industrial Engineering. He returned to Wright-Patterson AFB and in 1960 became Deputy Director, Quality Control Office, Air Force Logistics Command.

In 1962 he joined the National Aeronautics and Space Administrator (NASA) in Washington, D.C. as Director, Office of Reliability and Quality Assurance. He held this position for 10 years with responsibility for planning, direction, and leadership of the Reliability and Quality Assurance Program for the entire Space Program. He was awarded the NASA Exceptional Service Medal in 1969. Also, he attended night school at George Washington University and received a Doctor of Science degree in Engineering Administration in 1967.

In 1972 he joined Abbott Laboratories in Lake County, IL as Corporate Vice President Quality Assurance. He continued in this position until his retirement in 1988. He served as “Chief Quality Officer” for two and a half decades in different segments of industry, aerospace and healthcare, which was a significant achievement within his profession. He gave over 20 years of volunteer service to the Boy Scouts in Northern Virginia and Lake County, IL; receiving both the St. George and Silver Beaver awards. He was a founding member (1978) and Director of The Hundred Club of Lake County, IL, devoted to helping the surviving spouses and children of law enforcement officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty. John was also very active in the United Way of Lake County, IL, ultimately serving as Chairman.

His professional activities began in 1956 when he joined the American Society for Quality Control (now known as the American Society for Quality – ASQ). He held many positions over the years including President of the Society (1989-90). His professional honors included: Fellow of ASQ, the ASQ Distinguished Service Medal, and the ASQ Edwards Medal.

John was honored by the University of Dayton with the Distinguished Alumnus Award. He was a founding board member of the Argyle Community Fund. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus for 60 years.

Following retirement he bought what he described as a “piece of paradise” near Argyle and moved there in 1992. John was very proud of his Irish heritage and in 2002 he and Dody took the entire family to Ireland to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. He enjoyed the outdoors whether playing golf, gardening, hunting, or caring for his acreage. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his family and friends

A mass of Christian burial will be held Monday, August 31, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (213 N. Lafayette St, Argyle) a branch of St. Isidore Parish with Rev. Thomas Gillespie officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. A visitation will be held Sunday, August 30, 2015 from 2:00 P.M. until 5:00 p.m. at the Erickson Funeral Home in Argyle (801 Milwaukee St) where a rosary will be prayed at 5:00 p.m. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

In lieu of flowers a donation may be made in John’s memory to Argyle Community Fund, Monroe Clinic Hospice or a charity of your choice.