Stanley “Sonny” McCabe

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 6:23 pm

Stanley “Sonny” McCabe, 83, of Decorah, formerly of Burr Oak, died Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, at Wellington Place in Decorah. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at the Burr Oak Lutheran Church in Burr Oak, with the Rev. Matt Larson officiating. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Burr Oak Lutheran Church and again one hour prior to services. Burial is in the Burr Oak Cemetery. Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel is assisting with arrangements.

Sonny was born March 11, 1932, in the Plymouth Rock area west of Burr Oak, to Eugene and Clara (Casterton) McCabe. He attended school in Burr Oak and Canton. He served four years in the United States Army and received a Purple Heart after being injured during the Korean War. During his tour, he also visited Guam and Japan. He was married to LaVonne Solem. They later divorced. He married Marlene Neshiem at the Garness Trinity Lutheran Church in rural Mabel Dec. 8, 1962. They divorced in 1986. He worked on construction in Colorado, Arizona, Minnesota and Nebraska for 13 years, and later was a construction foreman in the Decorah area, which included working and reading blueprints on the two tower dormitories, the library and the Center for Faith and Life at the Luther College campus, as well as the Decorah Sewer Plant. He was a successful farmer, but was known more as the former owner of the Crystal Inn, McCabe’s Supper Club and lastly, McCabe’s Corner Bar in Decorah.

Sonny is survived by a daughter, Charaye McCabe, of Burr Oak; his former wife, Marlene McCabe, of Burr Oak; two brothers, Gary (Carol), and Joey (Mary) both of Burr Oak; and seven sisters: Janice (Leroy) Stone of Mabel, Culah (Dan) Pellegrini of Newton, Mass., Diane (Andy) Saltis of Abington, Mass., Linda (Harv) Swehla of Foley, Ala., Kathy (Rick) Ellestad of Spring Hill, Fla., Teryl Sue (John) Logsdon of Ossian and Jill (Dan) Dawley of Burr Oak. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Rita Branham and Judith Hentges; and an infant brother; five half-brothers and -sisters: Howard McCabe, Lois Hagen, Merlin McCabe, Pauline Lawler and Thelma Elliott.

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