Shullsburg Obituaries
Dennis "Denny" D. McLinn
Dennis “Denny” D. McLinn, age 56 of Shullsburg, WI passed away unexpectedly Friday, July 31, 2015 at his home. He was born August 23, 1958 in Darlington, WI the son of Don and Beverley (Staver) McLinn. Denny graduated from Darlington High School in 1976. He was united in marriage to Ik Sun Kim on October 31, 1983 in South Korea. Denny grew up in Darlington. Following his graduation he went to St. Cloud University in St. Cloud, MN. In 1980 he joined the Army and served over seas for ten years. While in South Korea he met his wife and had two children. Following his discharge they moved back home to Darlington to raise their family. Denny was a mail carrier and delivered in the Darlington and Shullsburg areas.

Denny is survived by his wife Ik Sun at home; one son: Zach (Kimberly Ludlum) McLinn of Belmont, WI; one daughter: Jenny McLinn of Monroe, WI; and one sister: Darcy Williams of Madison, WI. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother: Dave McLinn.

Denny was an avid reader of mystery and history novels and his family will always remember him for having his nose in a book. He enjoyed riding his Harley and spending time on the golf course. Denny will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his family and friends.

A celebration of Denny’s life will be held by his family at a later date. The Erickson Funeral Home in Shullsburg is serving the family. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

For those who prefer, a memorial fund has been established in Denny’s name.
James "Jim" P. Lacke
James “Jim” P. Lacke, age 79 of Shullsburg, WI, passed away on Sunday, July 12, 2015 at his home. He was born August 25, 1935 in Shullsburg, WI, the son of Clarence and Eileen (Gough) Lacke. Jim graduated from Shullsburg High School in 1953. In September, 1958 Jim married Barbara (Bastian) and made their home in Shullsburg their entire lives.

Jim is survived by five children: Karen (Jack) Carrig of Cambridge, WI, Kathy (Scott) Steffes of Hazelhurst, WI, Tim (Denise) Lacke of Lindenhurst, IL, David (Karen) Lacke of Lancaster, WI, and Mick (Chris) Lacke of Dodgeville, WI; eleven grandchildren: Jen, Joe, Abby, Melinda, Ben, Sam, Sarah, Jake, Luke, Danielle, and Nicole; one great-grandchild: Lily; four brothers: Norbert (Mary Ann) Lacke, Pat (Sue) Lacke, Bob Lacke, and Bill (Kathy) Lacke; two sisters: Kate (Bob) Thompson and Sally (Jim) Zisser; two brothers-in-law: Dick (Lois) Bastian, Bill (Sharon) Bastian; and one sister in law: Judy (Carl) Crabtree. He was preceded in death by his wife Barbara in February 2012; father: Clarence Lacke; mother: Eileen Lacke; his father-in-law: Earl Bastian; mother-in-law: Gen Smythe; step-father-in-law: Byron Smythe; and one sister: Ann (Leo) Loomis. Since Barb’s death in 2012, Jim relied on the kindness of many in the community; and particularly Doc, Tommy, Chuck, Carl, Debbie, John, and Charla.

Jim worked at John Deere Dubuque Works from 1955 until his retirement in 1985. He and Barb then co-managed Cole Acres Country Club in Cuba City until 1995 and were instrumental in the construction and management of Birchwood Golf Course in Kieler, WI.

He was a member of St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Shullsburg, WI, the Shullsburg Fire Department until his retirement and served a couple of terms on the Shullsburg City Council.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, July 17, 2015 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, (344 North Judgement Street in Shullsburg) with Rev. Joji Reddy, Monsignor Michael Burke, and Rev. Tom Loomis co-officiating. Burial will be in St. Matthew Cemetery in rural Shullsburg. A visitation will be held Thursday, July 16, 2015, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church where a rosary will be prayed at 4:00 p.m. and from 9:00 a.m. until the time of mass at the church on Friday. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

We lost a good one here, folks. Most people who met dad either walked away laughing or shaking their heads. The only thing he liked better than hearing a great story was telling one. He always had one that was sure to make you laugh heartily.

Dad took great joy in his family and taught us all early that If they’re not picking on you, they’re probably mad at you which instilled a fantastic sense of humor amongst all of his children and grandchildren. He was a dandy.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Rev. Joji Reddy’s Children in India (please make checks payable to Rev. Joji Reddy, 344 North Judgement Street, Shullsburg, WI 53586).
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