Arlan Laverne Danielson, 86, of Black River Falls, WI passed away after a very long battle with
vascular dementia on August 22, 2023, at Dove Healthcare in Osseo, WI.
Arlan, (Laverne to friends and family), was born March 19, 1937, in rural Jackson County, and
spent his schooling years first at the Springfield Country School, then through graduating from
Black River Falls Senior High in 1955. After graduation, he enlisted in the US Navy and was an
airplane mechanic, serving aboard aircraft carriers and was deployed to various locations around
the world. He was very proud of his service to the United States and very patriotic.
Upon completion of his service, he returned to Black River Falls, and began his long career at
Jackson Electric Cooperative, as well as had the good fortune of meeting Karen (Buttke), of
Alma Center, WI through mutual friends. They were married at Little Norway Lutheran Church
on February 25, 1961.
Laverne and Karen settled in Black River and their family grew to include their children, Craig,
Lori and Dean. He and Karen enjoyed attending all their kids’ extracurricular events, whether
academic, sporting or musical and in later years, that participation to support family carried to
include attending as many of the grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s activities as possible.
He firmly believed family comes first.
Laverne was HUGE fan of sports and of physical activity, golfing, riding his bicycle and
cheering on the Packers, Bucks, Badgers and especially the Brewers. His love of baseball
parlayed over into his dedicated years of volunteer work in BRF Youth Baseball, coaching many
Little League teams, both boys and girls and he always promoted and encouraged all athletics.
He was a great nature and outdoor enthusiast and hunted, fished spent many weekends with
Karen taking out their camper, hopping on their touring motorcycle for rides and he especially
enjoyed his long walks, whether in the woods, on the BRF trail or just walking downtown. He
was a man of faith and lifelong member of Little Norway Lutheran Church, where he held many
leadership positions, was a Sunday school teacher and was always a member of the choir. He
absolutely loved all kinds of music and singing! He was very fun loving, ready to smile, laugh,
have a conversation with someone and was kind and always willing to help others.
He will be greatly missed!
Laverne is survived by his wife of 62 years, Karen; his children, Craig (Penny) Danielson, Lori
(Greg) Ortgiesen and Dean Danielson; grandchildren, Jessica (Jamie), Natasha, Christopher,
Victoria (Terry), Alexandria, Elizabeth, Natalie and Andrea (Nick); and great grandchildren,
Kaylee, Seirra, Samara, Shaylee, Kaison and Lexie. He is further survived by his siblings,
Darlene Hansen, Helmer (Judy) Danielson, Betsy (Leon) Janssen, Sharon Peterson, Ron
Danielson and Karl (Betty) Danielson; sister-in-law, Jean Buttke; brothers-in-law, Clayton
(Carol) Buttke and Leonard Olson; as well as many, many beloved nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Thea Danielson; an infant older brother;
sister, Mary McKevitt; brothers in law, Barry McKevitt, Donald Hansen, Robert Peterson and
Roger Buttke; sister-in-law, Rita Olson; and nieces, LuAnn McKevitt and Sandy Buttke.

Funeral Services will be held at Little Norway Lutheran Church, Saturday September 30, 2023,
at 1pm, followed by a celebration of his life at Skyline Golf Club from 3-6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Jackson County Interfaith Volunteers, Little
Norway Lutheran Church, or a charity of your choice.
Chippewa Valley Cremation Services – Celebration of Life Center in Altoona is serving the
family. To express condolences online, please visit

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