Funeral services for three South Wayne residents who were killed Sunday will take place this weekend.
Gary Thoreson, 70, his wife Chloe, 66, and his brother Dean, 76, were found dead at a home on the 9000 block of Philippine Road in rural South Wayne on Sunday. A private funeral service will be held for them on May 4 at Wiota Lutheran Church.
According to an obituary, Gary was a native to rural South Wayne and grew up on the family farm. He served in the Army National Guard. After marrying Chloe in 1972, he began dairy farming and later entered a hog business with his brothers, Everett and Dean.
The obituary said Gary was possibly the first computer programmer in Lafayette County and worked as a computer programmer for more than 10 years.
Chloe, a Monona native, worked as a medical transcriptionist at Monroe Clinic Hospital for more than 20 years before retiring last year, according to the obituary. The couple enjoyed their winters in San Diego and Colorado, where they would bike and canoe.
Dean Thoreson was also a South Wayne native and served in the Army. He married RosaLee Fischer in 1982 and sold hogs with his brothers on the family farm, according to the statement. Dean was also a member of the Wiota Lutheran Church Council, and served on the Lafayette County Board, the Board of Scenic Rivers Energy Coop and served as the Wiota Town Clerk. The statement said Dean loved farming and working outdoors.
Anyone interested in expressing condolences to the family can do so online at www.ericksonfuneralhome.com.