Camp Courageous recently said good-bye to a true “gentleman,” in every sense of the word, Carl Wolken, who was 96-years-old. A wonderful husband to his wife Betty for nearly 75-years. Seldom was there a camp or a community event that one did not see Carl and Betty together, attending, and being supportive. They have been such a wonderful inspiration and example for so many. Carl was the perfect role model for his sons, Stephen, Richard, and Stanley and to everyone who had the opportunity to meet him. Whether it was Lions, or Church, or 4-H, or a wide variety of other organizations, Carl was active, at a time in his life, where many had thrown in the towel decades before. Carl loved farming, and Camp Courageous was often the recipient of his over production of sweet corn. Carl taught us many lessons, by setting an example in all that he did, far above the norm. Carl leaves his legacy in raising an exceptional family and sharing his dedication and hard work with many. Life won’t be the same without Carl….
Camp Courageous extends its sincere sympathy to the family of Kathy Behrens, 76 of Placida, FL; along with Monticello & Cascade, IA. Kathy, and her husband, Dick, of nearly 60-years, were involved in camp for decades, from volunteering time to having their annual company picnics at camp…they were very big into giving back. I still here stories from families of employees at Cascade Die Mold of how their company picnics at camp, were such a highlight of their summer. Dick and Kathy use to spread out bails of straw and hide coins in it. The kids would go wild hunting for the coins in the straw. Kathy was one of those who was always positive and warm and caring…she will be dearly missed…but it is heartwarming to see many of her wonderful traits in her children, Deb, Dawn, Dana, and Charlie. Camp’s sympathy goes out to Kathy’s family and friends.