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Funeral arrangements set for Lafayette Co. murder victims

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Funeral arrangements have been set for the three people authorities say were found dead Sunday in a Lafayette County home.

The arrangements are posted on the Erickson Funeral Home web site and are listed below:

Gary L. Thoreson, age 70, and Chloe A. Thoreson, age 66, both of rural South Wayne, WI, passed away on Sunday, April 28, 2013, at their home. Gary grew up in rural South Wayne on the family farm, the son of Orville A. and Odelia P. (Larson) Thoreson. He graduated from Blackhawk High School in 1960. Gary served in the Army National Guard. Chloe grew up in Monona, WI, the daughter of Martin and Theresa (Brey) Shimniok. She graduated from Monona High School in 1965. Gary and Chloe were married October 14, 1972 at East Wiota Lutheran Church. They farmed in partnership with his brothers, Everett and Dean, on the family farm in rural South Wayne. They began Dairy farming and later raised purebred hogs, which they sold nationwide. Gary was most likely the first computer programmer in Lafayette County and wrote the first record management computer program for swine production, which he sold on the open market. Gary also worked as a computer programmer for Pinsoft, LLC. over ten years. Chloe worked as a medical transcriptionist at Monroe Clinic Hospital in Monroe, WI, for over twenty years; retiring in January of 2012. Gary and Chloe enjoyed spending winters in San Diego with their daughter and her family and vacationing in Colorado, where they enjoyed hiking in the mountains, biking and canoeing. They looked forward to spoiling all of their grandchildren whenever visiting.

They are survived by one daughter: Krista (Scott) Kreil of San Diego, CA; one son: Bryan (Katie) Thoreson of Hudson, WI; five grandchildren: Kendra and Connor Kreil and Liam, Evelyn and Keira Thoreson; and one brother: Everett (Gail) Thoreson of rural South Wayne.

Chloe enjoyed sewing, painting for her grandchildren and dancing. Gary was an avid woodworker and enjoyed making furniture for his family. He recently took up an interest in photography.

Private funeral services will be held for family and friends on Saturday, May 4, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at Wiota Lutheran Church, 6682 State Road 78 in rural South Wayne with Rev. Luke S. Smetters officiating. Burial will be in East Wiota Cemetery in rural South Wayne. A private visitation will be held for family and friends on Friday, May 3, 2013, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Wiota Lutheran Church. The Erickson Funeral Home in Argyle is serving the family. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.ericksonfuneralhome.com.

For those who prefer, a memorial fund has been established in Gary and Chloe's names.

Dean W. Thoreson, age 76, of rural South Wayne, WI, passed away Monday, April 29, 2013, at his brother Gary's home. He was born November 3, 1936 in Monroe, WI, the son of Orville A. and Odelia P. (Larson) Thoreson. Dean graduated from Blackhawk High School in 1954. He entered in to the United States Army in December 2, 1959 and was honorably discharged on March 1, 1962. He was united in marriage to RosaLee Fischer on November 13, 1982 at Zion Lutheran Church in Madison, WI. Dean lived and farmed in rural South Wayne, WI, on the family farm. Dean and Rose farmed in partnership with his brothers, Everett and Gary, his entire adult life. The Thoreson Brothers began dairy farming and later raised purebred hogs and sold them nation wide and also crop farmed for many years.

Dean is survived by his wife: Rose at home; one brother: Everett (Gail) Thoreson of rural South Wayne; a special nephew: Antonio Fischer and friend: Michael LaForest of Madison, WI. Dean was more than just an uncle, he was like a second father to many of his nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother and sister-in-law: Gary and Chloe Thoreson.

Dean was a lifelong member of Wiota Lutheran Church, its church council and chairperson of the New Church Building Committee. He was also a member of Lafayette County Board for two terms, Board of Scenic Rivers Energy Co-op for 16 years, Lafayette County Pork Producers, and served as Wiota Town Clerk. Dean had a passion for farming and loved working outdoors. He was also a member of Skilaufers Ski Club in Madison for many years.

Private funeral services will be held for family and friends on Saturday, May 4, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at Wiota Lutheran Church, 6682 State Road 78 in rural South Wayne with Rev. Luke S. Smetters officiating. Burial will be in East Wiota Cemetery in rural South Wayne with military graveside rites to be accorded by Argyle American Legion Post #251. A private visitation will be held for family and friends on Friday, May 3, 2013, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Wiota Lutheran Church. The Erickson Funeral Home in Argyle is serving the family. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.ericksonfuneralhome.com.

A memorial fund has been established for the Lafayette County K-9 Unit.

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