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DeWayne “Smokey” Francis Aasen

April 17, 2023 | 17 comments

DeWayne “Smokey” Francis Aasen age 88, of Mindoro, WI passed away peacefully Saturday, April 15, 2023 at Gundersen Lutheran Health System in La Crosse, WI. He was born April 18, 1934 to William and Florence Aasen. He married Artis J. Torgerson October 17, 1959 in Viroqua, WI.

DeWayne had many hobbies and interests. He enjoyed deer hunting, cross country skiing, woodworking and cabinet making, gardening, American Legion activities, including serving as former commander, winning Euchre games against his children and grandkids, and long walks in the woods with his dog.

DeWayne is survived by his wife, Artis; brothers, Ken and Bill; sister Patricia Thomas; children, Kristine (Mark) Stauffacher, Laura (Samuel) Loizzo, Eric (Sue), Knute (Jennifer), Andrew (Cindi), Sarah (Danford) Kern; grandchildren, Matthew Stauffacher, Megan Stauffacher, Peter (Madeline) Loizzo, Jessica (Michael) Delaney, Abigail Aasen, Avery (Riley) Upton, Elias Aasen, Seth Aasen, Emily Aasen, Rachel Greene, Carolyn (Lucas) Morrissey, Zachary Aasen, Justin Aasen, Nathan Kern, and Ellison Kern; great-grandchildren, Payson Stauffacher, Frederick Loizzo, Cooper Delaney, and Fletcher Morrissey.

DeWayne is preceded in death by his parents, William and Florence; brother, Donald; sisters, Avis Aasen, Lorraine Peterson, Janice Erickson, Mary Olson, and Eileen Peterson.

Special thank you to the staff at Gundersen Lutheran Health System.

In Lieu of Flowers, memorials can be made to the Children Miracle Network or the La Crosse County Veterans Center.

A visitation will be held April 20, 2023 from 5pm-7pm at The Gathering Place (133 Mason St., Onalaska, WI). Visitation will be held April 21, 2023 starting 10 am at St. Teresa of Kolkata Catholic Church (210 W. Hamlin St West Salem, WI 54669) beginning at 10 am. The service will be at 11am at the church celebrated by Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill, Rev. Douglas C. Robertson, and Deacon Robert Zietlow.

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  1. Mason Janice

    I just saw this obituary, and I am so saddened for you, Artis and the family… I know your pain and I will be praying for y’all ??

    • Bruce Martin

      Our thoughts and prayers go out to Artis, and families in the loss of their patriarch. Such a good man.

  2. Karen Rice

    I am so very sorry to read about Dwayne’s passing. I just lost my brother in law on April 10th and I am with my sister in Virginia helping her with her grief. When I return home I will surely contact you Artis. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time.

  3. CSM (R) George E Stopper

    Eric and Andy (and your families) I’m very sorry for your loss. Your dad must have been an awesome man to have raised such amazing children. Keep the memories close and talk about them every chance you get. Another great American Veteran lost.

    • Eric

      Thank you so very much. He was a great man. He always encouraged are military efforts. Eric

  4. Leah Devine

    So sorry for your loss. Condolences to Knute and Jennifer and the rest of the family.

  5. Gwynne Johnson Mishler

    I am so saddened to read this. My prayers are with you.

  6. Sherry Erickson Hogan

    I am so sorry to hear about Great uncle Dewaynes passing. You all are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  7. Wayne Erickson

    So sorry to hear about the passing of uncle Smokey prayers to the Family may he rest in peace God Bless

  8. Elaine Thompson Haigh

    So sorry for your loss!! I lost my husband a year ago!! Prayers and hugs to the family. Remember w hen he cameto our farm when he was young. Lots of memories!!

  9. Amy Utzig

    Thinking of all of you during this time. Sorry I will miss his funeral.

  10. Jim & Karla Vriezen

    Dear Artis. Sending our sincere sympathy from the Vriezen family. We are so very sorry to hear of Smokey’s passing. He was such a great man and we all enjoyed chatting and sharing stories with him. We love the jelly cabinets he made for us years ago.

  11. Liz Kreibich

    So sorry to hear of Dwayne’s passing. When you and Dwayne came to funerals at Lyster it was so nice visiting with the two of you. I am sure you will miss him a lot. You have a wonderful family that will take care of you.
    Prayers for you and your family.

  12. Scott & Connie Hauser

    Our prayers go out to the Aasen family during this difficult time.
    So sorry to hear of your fathers passing Knute.
    His memories with last forever.

  13. Lori Raabe

    I was so sorry to learn of Dewayne’s passing. In all the years I knew him-probably 25, he was always so proud of his family, ready with a report of the latest doings, and it was a looked forward to pleasure to work with him, and Ardis, always. I’ll miss him.

    Lori Raabe, formerly BMO/M&I

  14. Paula sanwick olson

    Sympathy to family. I think of this family alot…’s been many years, but you have my prayers…

  15. Kerry Johnson

    Sending our condolences to all of the Aasen family. So many great memories of growing up on Main St. with you! My Mother (Mary Hartley) is sending prayers your way and wanted me to let Artis know she is thinking of her.
    From the Burr kids.

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