Irvin H. Dow


Feb. 27, 1927 - Nov. 20, 2009



Irvin H. Dow, 72, of Rome, died peacefully at home surrounded by his children Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, following his courageous battle with brain cancer. He was born Feb. 27, 1927, in Black River Falls, the son of the late Harmon and Florence (Hulett) Dow.


He graduated From Black River Falls High School in 1956. After graduation, he served four years in the U.S. Navy.


He married Joan Halverson on Jan. 27, 1962; she preceded him in death on Nov. 12, 1996. He retired from Husco International of Waukesha after 37 years. After retiring, he worked as a cleaner at the Sullivan Elementary school until the time of his illness.


Irvin was an active member of St. Luke Lutheran Church in Rome for more than 40 years. He served on the church council, the building and grounds committee and the cemetery board and played on the church dart ball team.


His greatest joys in life were his grandkids, gardening, hunting, fishing and chopping wood.


He and his late wife were the loving parents of four children; Brian Dow, Jeff (Cathy) Dow of Whitewater, Kim (Dale) Tietz of Rome and Troy (Tracy) Dow of Whitewater. He was a devoted grandfather to Greg Tietz, Kaylee Dow and Melinda Dow. He is further survived by four brothers and two sisters, Norman (Jeanette) Dow of Sullivan, Sherman (Ann) Dow of Pewaukee, Lawrence (Donna) Dow of Land of Lakes, Melvin (Trish) Dow of Plover, Elsie (David) Radke of Hubertus and Marie (Ron) Venden of Bellville; one brother-in-law, David (Sandy) Halverson of Waukesha; and a sister-in-law, Roberta Dow of Suring. He will be further missed by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, as well and many dear friends.


He was preceded in death by his dear wife, Joan; his parents; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Arthur and Eldora Halverson; his sister-in-law, Irene Dow; brother, Herman Dow; and three siblings who passed away in childhood.


Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today, Nov. 24, at Schneider-Michaelis Funeral Home, 900 W. Racine St., Jefferson. Visitaion continues from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeal service Wednesday, Nov. 25, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Rome with the Rev. Brad Lindberg officiating. A private family burial will take place at a later date.


Schneider-Michaelis Funeral Home, 920-674-3960, is serving the family.



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