Shullsburg Obituaries
Ronald L. Champion of Shullsburg, WI
Ronald Lee Champion age 73 of Shulllsburg, WI born July 19, 1941 passed away February 5, 2015 at his home with his "Loving Three Daughters" at his side. Ronnie graduated from Benton High School. He married the love of his life, Barbara Jean Komprood on August 11, 1962 at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Shullsburg. Ronnie retired from John Deere Dubuque Works in 2001. In his 42 years working, he missed only two days of work due to weather to provide for his family. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. Ron loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a Life Member of the Knights of Columbus Council Number 1501, Shullsburg WI.
Ronald is survived by his wife of 53 years, Barbara Jean (Komprood) Champion; His "Loving Three Daughters”: Mary Susan, Patricia Joan, Deborah Ann; sons-in-law: Rodney Hicks, Monroe WI and Ronald Ray, Darlington, WI; grandchildren: Marques (Kari) Hicks, M. Elizabeth (Bobby) Mosley, Victoria Hicks, Aaron Hicks, Madison Wymore and Nicholas Wymore, Angela Champion, Juliana Champion, Douglas Champion, Nicole Champion, Paige Champion, Dexter Ray, Payton Ray; great-grandchildren: Carson, Berlyn, Owen, Lailah, Parker, Preston, Arabella, Rigley, Kayden, Malaya, Aurora; brothers: Robert (Gail) Champion, Roscoe, IL; Richard (Paula) Champion, Fennimore, WI; and his dear sister, Ruth Ellen Donar, Cuba City, WI. Ronnie was preceded in death by his parents: Anita and Arnold Champion; parents-in-law: Betty and Curtiss Komprood; brother-in-law: David John Komprood; brother: Albert Champion; and loving son, Timothy Alan Champion.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Matthew's Catholic Church, 344 North Judgement Street, Shullsburg, WI, with Rev. Joji Reddy officiating. Burial will be at St. Matthew Cemetery in Shullsburg. A visitation will be held Monday, February 9, 2015 from 4:00 until 8:00 P.M. at O’Flahrity-Erickson Funeral Home, 235 Judgement Street, Shullsburg, WI with a Rosary Prayer Service and Memorial Adorations at 7:30. A visitation will also be held Tuesday from 10:00 A.M. until time of service at the church. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at
Ronnie Champion was a wonderful example of a devoted husband, wonderful father, and loving grandfather. We should all live life in the shadow of his example.
Baby Matthew X. Searles of Shullsburg, WI
Baby Matthew Xavier Searles, five month old son of Kimberley Brown and Charles Searles of Shullsburg, WI passed away peacefully in Mommy’s and Daddy’s arms on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at U.W. Children’s Hospital in Madison. He was born on August 21, 2014 at Meriter Hospital in Madison and later developed pulmonary stenosis.
Baby Matthew is survived by his parents: Charlie and Kim of Shullsburg, WI formerly of Dubuque, IA; maternal grandparents: Judy Sawyers of Norfolk, VA and Robert Brown of Orlando, FL; paternal grandfather: Arthur Frank Leslie Searles II of Dubuque; five siblings: Jonnathan Johnson, Annalynne, Natalie, Elliott, and Oliver Searles all of Shullsburg; and aunts and uncles: Leslie (John) Sweeney, Lynn (Jim) Gorman, Art (Deb) Searles, Jennifer (Mike) Gallant, Christina Sawyers, Wendy Sawyers, and Robert (Amanda) Brown. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother: Jean Wing Searles in 2007; and a cousin: Michael Tywon Caulk in infancy in 2004.
Charlie and Kim are members of Centenary United Methodist Church in Shullsburg. Charlie and Kim would ask that bright clothing be worn for Baby Matthew’s funeral in order to celebrate his short life.
Memorial services will be held Monday, February 9, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at Centenary United Methodist Church, 226 West Church Street, Shullsburg 53586, with Rev. Jeffrey A. Meyer officiating. A visitation will be held Sunday, February 8, 2015 from 2:00 until 5:00 P.M. at O’Flahrity-Erickson Funeral Home, 235 N. Judgement, Shullsburg, WI. Online condolences may be left for the family at
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Baby Matthew’s name.
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