Linda Bekkum

Linda Bekkum, age 67 of Westby, died Thursday November 28, 2019.

Sample ImageLinda Lou (Hase) Bekkum, age 67 of Westby and formerly of Viroqua, WI, died Thursday, November 28, 2019 at Bethel Home and Services, after a long illness of Genetic Cirrhosis of the Liver, which turned to cancer of the liver and bones at the age of 67.


     Linda was born March 2, 1952 in Vernon County to Theodore Roosevelt Hase and Eleanor Irene Holt. She worked at several secretary and clerk typist jobs during many family military moves, but her favorite job was as Head Secretary for Construction Division, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Japan. She had to uproot and move a lot as a military spouse. Japan was the longest she was able to stay rooted and actually kept a job for several years until retiring back to Westby, WI where she spent the next 23 years remodeling and decorating her one stable home.


     Linda enjoyed crocheting baby afghans and hats for new born babies. In her later years, she started sewing and tying many baby quilts that she would donate to all the local hospital maternity wards, toys for tots, & needy children.


     She enjoyed starting many volunteer positions during their years with the military. Her favorite was starting up free daycare for enlisted wives that had to take on second jobs but couldn’t afford the child care services.


     She took great pride in family and friends she made in military and all her neighborhood friendships after retiring. She always said her greatest accomplishment was her marriage of 48 years to Sherman, and the treasure God gave her in providing his trust in her to raise their two sons. The ‘frosting on the cake’ for Linda was watching her grandchildren’s accomplishments grow through the years, and the pride and blessings of watching both of her sons grow as parents themselves. God bless our memories of Linda.


     Linda is survived by her husband, LTC(ret) Sherman Curtis Bekkum of Westby; her two sons, Ryan Curtis (Elodie Chapus) Bekkum of Butte, MT and Dr. Curtis Ryan (Miki Shishido) Bekkum of Hana ‘Maui’ Hawaii; six grandchildren, Kiki, Mikkel, Anju, Lucas and yet to be born twins, Noah and Ethan.


     She was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore Roosevelt Hase and Eleanor Irene (Holt) Hase; her brother, Theodore Senior Hase; several in-laws and all aunts and uncles on both sides of the family.


     Funeral Services for Linda will be held Monday evening, December 9, 2019 6:00 PM at the Vosseteig Funeral Home, 708 S. Main St., in Westby. Pastor John Dumke, from Our Saviors Lutheran Church will officiate. A private burial will follow at Skogdalen Lutheran Cemetery in Timber Coulee at a later date. Visitation will be held Monday, December 9, 2019 from 4:00 until 6:00 PM before the service.


On-line condolences may be offered at

The Vosseteig Funeral Home, 708 S. Main St. in Westby, is serving the family.

(608) 634-2100.



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