Peter (Pete) Alden Falconer died on the Fourth of July, 2021 in Washburn, Wisconsin. He was born on January 13,1958 in Greenfield Massachusetts and between these two pivotal dates lived a life filled with small and large pleasures which he brought to the many animals and people that crossed his path. As a small child of 8 he and his family moved to Kumasi Ghana where his parents taught and worked at the University of Science and Technology. He learned the basics of the local language, Twi and how to eat fufu and kenkey with the best of them. He found a way to fit into and adapt to whatever environment and circumstance he was in.

When his family and he returned to the United States 3 years later he found himself in middle school in University City Missouri, continued onto high school and then onto college where he figured out that he wasn’t really suited to the academic life. He then trained to be an EMT and worked out of the University City Fire Station as a paramedic for a number of years.

As the rest of his siblings slowly migrated to Northern Wisconsin he found himself compelled to do so as well and in the end, his whole family ended up on the Bayfield Peninsula. Pete worked at many things: bartender at the old Brokedown Palace; many many winters as a ski technician at Mt AshWaBay; a gardener and landscaper and probably his most cherished job, Keeper of the Buffalo at a farm above Bayfield. He was also very craft and art wise, seeing and creating beauty in many mediums. Rugged and capable, he could live outside the box and even inside a box from time to time. As a friend recently remarked, “Pete was fearlessly himself and no less.”

Pete died without fanfare or fuss but while sitting in his comfy chair outside enjoying a plate of mussels. He is and will be much missed by his remaining family and friends. A Memorial Gathering will be held at 2:00 PM on the 14th of August at 80110 Ave W. Washburn WI. Please join us, if so moved and share a story or two in love or humor or sadness in the memory of our brother Pete, now free. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Chequamegon Humane Association

Scott K. Carlson

BARNUM – Scott Carlson, 55, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 in Essentia Health St. Marys Medical Center, Duluth.

Gathering of family and friends: 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014 in the Fireside Room of Atkins-Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th Street, Cloquet.


Duluth News Tribune

As many of you know, Captain Dave was a Baystock fixture, for several years. He kept us from hunger by feeding us during many years.

Skoro, David Haynes “Captain Dave” Age 68, of Bayfield, WI, passed away Saturday, April 3, 2021 in Minneapolis, MN, due to a brief illness. Captain Dave was an iconic figure in Bayfield and the surrounding area for decades. His influence, humor, personable nature, and expertise touched literally hundreds of people spreading far beyond the local confines of Bayfield.

Throughout his life Dave wore many caps of mastery from mechanical tinkering, photography, printmaking and knowledge of typography, to his outstanding skill as a sailor and teacher of sailing, working at various sailing businesses including Sailor’s World in Wayzata MN. He’d reached the official pinnacle of his seamanship acquiring the USCG 100-Ton Master’s License. The Lake Superior waters became his home. After retirement, Dave was honored as Captain Emeritus at Superior Charters, Bayfield WI, where he had worked as captain and teacher for the last 25 years.

Entrepreneurship was another skill set for Captain Dave, from a start-up printshop, an up-scale florist shop “Yantra,” a signage business, to several catering ventures which showcased his love of cooking. Captain Dave was also a licensed minister, marrying many couples in various settings including Puerto Rico!

Community was everything to Captain Dave. People who knew Dave remember him as helping whenever he could, never a bad word to others and giving his sage advice. Dave was a great storyteller and wanted the best for everyone. He assisted people throughout the area including helping a Native American teen to receive training toward his driver’s license. A proud moment for that teen, reflecting the gratitude many of us have had for having known the big-heartedness of Captain Dave.

David was born on July 20th 1952, attending St. Louis Park High School, graduating in the class of 1970. Dave is preceded in death by parents Donald & Allie Skoro, survived by brothers Steve (Jean, passing in 2016), Martin (Roselyn Rezac), Peter (Dede), and Robert (Molly) and nieces and nephews Robert (Ellen), Elizabeth, Stephanie, Thomas, Allie, John, and Chessa.

Memorials may be sent to: The Bayfield Area Food Pantry (…), P.O. Box 1530, Bayfield WI 54814. Sail on Captain Dave . . .

Published on April 11, 2021 – Star Tribune

So sorry to announce that we lost Tony Rippel to Cancer, last week.

We will surely miss him.

Anthony Rippel Jr., age 58, lost his battle with cancer on April 11, 2020, at his home with his sweetie Dianne of 12 years by his side. Tony was a very supportive son, brother, uncle and friend. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by many. 

His biggest joys in life were music, electronics and Lake Superior. Tony had many jobs in his life including repairing hearing aids, his favorite was working at a Game Farm, 1st mate on his family’s charter fishing boat and worked as a local plumber for many years. Tony also a passion for fireworks. He was responsible for the amazing 4th of July firework shows of Cornucopia and Madeline Island for many years. Most recently he was a self employed repair man, fixing everything from electrical to furnaces to hot tubs. He was there for anyone at anytime. 

Survived by mother Roberta (Bobbi) Rippel, brothers Nick (Maryann) and John, nephew Zachary, Tony’s sweetie Dianne and her family including her 3 grandchildren which he enjoyed very much. 

He was preceded in death by his father Anthony Sr., special aunt Bobbi and uncle Joe Nosko of South Carolina, several special friends. 

No services will be held at this time, a celebration of life will be held at a later date.


Dear friends and family of Welcome Drive,

We have suffered a great loss. On February 18th, our brother, band mate, and inspiration in all things musical and in life, Tom Koch, passed away.

We all knew this was coming, but that does nothing to soften the blow; the shock, pain and emptiness that we all feel.

Tom was our musical conscience in so many ways, and to the very end he always left us with one marching order: “Keep having fun!”

So this is for you, Tom. And for the rest of us, your music and inspiration will live on forever.

We love you.

We will never forget you.

Welcome Drive

Koch, Dr. Thomas J. March 25, 1953 to February 18, 2020 Husband, brother, uncle, son. Passionate educator for the Hopkins and Wayzata School districts and the University of St. Thomas. Talented guitarist and song writer.

Committed to the mission of NAMI of Minnesota. Survived by wife, Diann; brothers, Jim (Debbie), Mike, Bob (Marsha); sister, Nancy Bresnahan; and many nieces and nephews.

Private interment Lakewood Cemetery. A memorial concert will be held later this year. If interested in attending, email to receive information as to date and venue. Memorials to NAMI of Minnesota, 1919 University Ave. West, Suite 400, St. Paul, MN 55104.

Star Tribune

On a really sad note, Dave Fechter died last week after a long fight with cancer.

When there was nothing left for them to do, Dave went to Cabo San Lucas to be with his parents, during his last days.


A message from Al:

“A good friend, Dick Draheim passed away earlier this year.  He was a logger and an avid antique bottle hunter and collector.  Dick had very close ties to Baystock.  He was one of the first friends I made when I moved to Bayfield in 1978.  He was at all the early Baystocks and did a lot of work.  When Baystock moved from my house, Dick hosted Baystock at his farm on Stage Road for two years.  During that time, we looked for a new place in the woods.  Dick and I found Baystock land while cross country skiing in the spring.  We knew as soon as we saw the bowl that this was the perfect place.  So thank you, Dick.  You are greatly missed.”

Richard “Dick” J. Draheim, age 61, of Cornucopia, WI, passed away at his home on April 9, 2019. Dick was born on August 21, 1957 in Marshfield, WI, the son of Wilmer and Ethelynn Draheim.

Dick is survived by his daughter Megan and her husband Nick Colberg; grandson Brody; many other relatives and friends.

Celebration of Dick’s life will be held at a later date in August.



Ryan left us too soon on May 15, 2018 at the age of 53. He was born in Duluth, MN to Keith and Lorna Martin. He was the youngest of six children. Ryan attended Morgan Park High School and graduated from the last class before the school closed in 1982. Ryan graduated as a machinist at St. Cloud Tech. He was a member of ABATE, United Sportsmen Club, the National Rifle Association and the United Protestant Church. Ryan was the driving force behind the Diabetic Memorial Run which raised money for juvenile diabetes for 20 years. “Rain or shine it’s scooter time”. Previously, Ryan worked for RJ Sports and Cycle, Superior Motorcycle, and Arrowhead Machinists. Over the last 10 years Ryan was a maintenance mechanic at Sappi Paper Mill where he was proud to be part of their brotherhood.

Ryan was a spiritual man who found God in the lakes, rivers and streams. He was a family man who spent his time with his daughters, friends and loved ones. He was a wonderful son, father, brother, friend and partner. His passion was fishing and spent every moment he could enjoying the outdoors.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents Frank and Ethel Martin, Charles and Lorna Mullen and niece Shana Holt.

Ryan is survived by his parents Keith and Lorna Martin; daughters Melissa, Catrina and Kierdra; brother Randy (Ann) Martin; sisters Jill (David) Gordon, Terri (Jeff) John, Tracy Grandi, Robin (Mike) Motley; his first mate Lisa Gould (Cameo Torok) and dog Chi Chi. He will be greatly missed by his nephews and nieces Jessica, Harlan, Sean, Patty, Rebecca, Willie, Alex, Kelly and Joe. Ryan also had a large circle of extended family and friends. He loved you all as we do.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, May 23rd at 10:00 am with a visitation beginning at 9:00 am at Cremation Society of Minnesota, 4100 Grand Avenue, Duluth, MN.

From Duluth News Tribune

Joshua H. Munter, 43, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018.

He is survived by his spouse, Karen Grunow Munter, son Judah, stepdaughter Eily Fabjance, and stepson Kellan Fabjance. He is also survived by his parents, Don and MarySue Munter, and brother Justin (Katherine).

Josh graduated from Northland College in 1998 and remained in Ashland, contributing to the community as owner of HD Custom Guitar Supply and The Music Center, and through philanthropic efforts in area public schools and more. He was a frequent performer with local bands, including Sea Hag and Alpha City.

Funeral services will be held at the Sigurd Olson Institute at Northland College Monday, Jan. 22. Visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by the funeral at 11 a.m.

If desired, contributions may be sent to the Joshua Munter Music Education Fund, Washburn Public Schools, P.O. Box 730, Washburn, WI 54891.

`Ashland Daily Press

Dye, Gerald Alan of Wayzata, passed away at age 66 on Sunday, 11/8/15 at the Minneapolis VA Hospital. After an 18 month battle with Pancreatic Cancer, Jerry died peacefully.

Jerry is survived by his older brother Glen Dye and significant other, Kathy “Sunky” Conner and was preceded in death by his parents Harry and Gertrude Dye.

Jerry was a life-long skier, with annual visits to Alta and Snowbird Utah. He was an accomplished musician and all those who knew him were continually impressed by his graciousness, his mild personality, and his passion for music.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 2 pm, Friday, November 20, 2015, at Lakewood Cemetery, 3600 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408.

A reception will be held at a private residence following the service. In lieu of flowers, we prefer that memorials go to SSVF (Supportive Services for Veterans Families).

Jerry Dye Tribute. Thanks Don:

Jerry Dye sings Willin’ at Baystock 2015

Jerry Dye sings Seeds and Stems Friday Night Baystock 2015

Jerry Dye sings Seeds and Stems Blues Again Saturday night

Baystock 2015

Jerry Dye sings Ripple at Baystock 2015

Jerry Dye sings Buffalo Women at Baystock 2015