Our Obituaries

Brandon Michael Boswell

August 15, 1989 - November 1, 2013

Brandon M. Boswell, 24, resident of Detroit Lakes, MN, died Friday, November 1, 2013 from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. Brandon Michael Boswell was born August 15, 1989 in Minneapolis, MN to Roger Boswell and Lori Korte. In 1993 he moved to White Earth and attended Circle of Life school and graduated from Red Wing High School. After school Brandon starting working at...
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Sando Star Morris

November 29, 1981 - October 28, 2013

Sando S. Morris, 31, Detroit Lakes, MN, died Monday, October 28 at her home under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Friday, November 1 at the David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes, Reverend Brenda North, officiating. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may call 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Friday. Sando Star...
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Amiya Marie Thompson

October 18, 2013 - October 18, 2013

Amiya Marie Thompson, the daughter of Jasmine Clark and Justin Thompson was born and died Wednesday, October 16 at Essentia-St. Mary's Health in Detroit Lakes. In addition to her parents, Amiya is survived by grandparents: Glenn and Angela Clark III of Detroit Lakes, Mark Erickson of Minneapolis, Great Grandparents: Arlys Bloom of Ponsford and Glenn Clark Jr. of Lake Park, MN.
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Gilbert D. Wicker

December 2, 1933 - October 17, 2013

Gilbert D. Wicker, 79, resident of Detroit Lakes, MN, died Thursday, October 17, 2013 at Sanford Health, Fargo following a sudden illness. Memorial services for Gilbert will be held Saturday, October 26 at 2PM in David Donehower Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services. Interment will be held in Hawley Cemetery, Hawley, MN. Gilbert Delano Wicker was...
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Jerry L. Walden

February 26, 1952 - October 14, 2013

Jerry L. Walden, 61, resident of Detroit Lakes, MN, died Monday, October 14 at his residence under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Memorial services will be held Sunday, October 20 at 1PM in the Eagles Club Aerie 2342, Detroit Lakes. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services. Jerry Lynn Walden was born February 26, 1952 in Fargo, ND to John E. and Jeannine H. (Martin)...
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Mary I. Hoghaug

December 28, 1942 - October 14, 2013

Mary I. Hoghaug was born December 28, 1942 in Detroit Lakes, MN to Theodore and Irene (Hagen) Hoghaug. She was raised and educated in Detroit Lakes and is a 1960 graduate of Detroit Lakes High School. Following her graduation, she attended Moorhead State College in Moorhead, MN. She then worked as a property manager for Prudential Insurance Company in Minneapolis, MN and Chicago, IL, managing...
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Robert L. McDougall

June 4, 1949 - October 7, 2013

Robert L. "Bob" McDougall, 64, Detroit Lakes, MN, died Monday, October 7, 2013 at Essentia-St. Mary's Health in Detroit Lakes. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Friday, October 11 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, Reverend Robert Possehl, officiating. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery with Military Rites provided by the Lake Region Veterans Honor Guard. Friends may call 4:00 ...
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Eileen Faye Lillis

October 8, 1946 - September 28, 2013


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Benton Charles Degerstrom

September 3, 2013 - September 28, 2013

Benton Charles Degerstrom was born September 3, 2013 at Essentia Health St. Mary's in Detroit Lakes, MN. He was the son of Sean and Amy Degerstrom of Lake Park, MN. Benton, known affectionately as Bennie, was a much anticipated joy to his family. He was born into an enormous extended community of love. In his short time with us here on earth, Bennie taught us many important lessons. First,...
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Tara Ann Schermerhorn

February 14, 1962 - September 17, 2013

Tara A. Schermerhorn, 51, Detroit Lakes, MN, died Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at her home. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Monday, September 23, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, Reverend Jillene Galatin, officiating. Interment will be in Senjen Cemetery, rural Detroit Lakes. Friends may call 4:00 – 8:00 PM Sunday, September 22, with a prayer service at 7:00 PM at David...
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Dorothy D. McDougall

April 5, 1941 - September 14, 2013

Dorothy D. McDougall was born April 5, 1941 in Ogema, MN to Alfred and Bessie (Wilcox) Power Powers. She spent her early years in Ogema, attending rural Ogema schools. She moved with her family to Detroit Lakes where she graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1959. Following graduation, she worked as a waitress for Karn's Café. Dorothy was united in marriage to Jack McDougall,...
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Maurice Steven Teiken

September 2, 1931 - September 11, 2013

Maurice "Boots" S. Teiken, 82, resident of Detroit Lakes, formerly of Ogema, died Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, September 16 at 11AM in Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Ogema. Visitation will be held Sunday, September 15 at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church from 5PM until 7PM with a 7PM Prayer Service...
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John Ford Grise

August 3, 1941 - September 10, 2013

John Ford Grise was born August 3, 1941 in White Earth, MN to Ford and Mamie (Pederson) Grise. He spent his early years in California and then split his time between Hibbing, MN and Waubun, MN where he attended Waubun High School. He served as a combat engineer with the U. S, Army, 1963 – 1965. Following his discharge, he moved to Washington where he worked for Boeing Aircraft. He later...
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Mikelene Kay Ludwig

January 1, 1920 - September 6, 2013

Mikelene K. Ludwig, 93, Fargo, ND, died Friday at her home. Funeral services will be 5:30 PM Monday at David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes. Interment will be in St. Leonard's Cemetery, Pelican Rapids, MN. Friends may call 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Monday. Mikelene Kay Ludwig was born January 1, 1920 near Esmond, ND to Joseph and Gertrude (Pfliger) Heisler,...
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John J. Housholder

January 21, 1967 - September 2, 2013


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Jimmie Dale Williams

November 16, 1936 - September 1, 2013

Jimmie D. Williams, 76, Detroit Lakes, MN, died Sunday, September 1 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Fargo, ND. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Saturday, September 7, at the Harvest Fellowship Church in Frazee, MN, Pastor Ryan Stockstrom, officiating. Interment will be in the Wildwood Cemetery, rural Detroit Lakes with military rites provided by the Lake Region Veterans Honor Guard...
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Nancy Lael Smith

December 11, 1930 - August 30, 2013

Nancy Lael Smith, 82, passed away peacefully in her sleep August 30, 2013. Nancy was born in Lake Benton, MN, to George and Katherine Knudsen on December 11, 1930. The family later moved to the Frazee area where Nancy met and fell in love with her high school sweetheart, Quentin Smith. They both graduated from Frazee High School and were later married. They worked and farmed in the Frazee...
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George Ludwig

May 11, 1916 - August 30, 2013

George Ludwig as born May 11, 1916 near Selz, ND to John and Magdelina (Wenning) Ludwig. He was raised and educated near Selz and, in his early years, worked on the family farm. George was united in marriage to Mikelene Heisler January 23, 1939 in Esmond, ND. They lived near Esmond until moving to Fargo in 1954 where he worked as a mechanic for Russ Buick and for Overvold Motors. They moved...
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Harold O. Annette, Sr.

February 8, 1935 - August 20, 2013

Harold Owen Annette was born on February 8, 1935 in White Earth, MN to David and Anna (Bates) Annette. He attended high school in Park Rapids, MN and after school enlisted with the United States Navy. He proudly served his country overseas during the Korean Conflict aboard the U.S.S Ticonderoga as a radioman. Following his honorable discharge, Harold enrolled at Bemidji State University. An...
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Evonne J. Ladwig

September 1, 1956 - August 18, 2013

Evonne J. Ladwig, 56, Detroit Lakes, MN, died Sunday, August 18 at her home surrounded by her loving family under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Saturday at David-Donehower Funeral Home. Interment will be in Hamden Cemetery, rural Audubon. Friends may call 5:00 – 7:00 PM Friday at David-Donehower Funeral Home. Evonne Joyce Ladwig was born...
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Dorothy Ann Heinonen

March 17, 1938 - August 17, 2013

Dorothy Ann Heinonen, known as Dee Ann, was born March 17, 1938 in White Earth, MN to George and Rose (Bunker) Thompson. She was raised and educated in the Ponsford area. Dee Ann was united in marriage to Lester Heinonen in 1955. They lived in Montana, Chisholm, MN, Chicago, IL and Minneapolis prior to returning to Ponsford in the late 1960's. She worked as a cook for the Pine Point Nutrician...
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Clarence R. Renner

July 9, 1925 - August 17, 2013

Clarence R. "Jack" Renner, 88, Detroit Lakes, MN, died Saturday at the Frazee Care Center. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Friday at the United Methodist Church, Reverend Brenda North, officiating. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery with Military Rites provided by the Lake Region Veterans Honor Guard Friends may call 5:00 – 7:00 Thursday with a prayer service at 7:00 PM at David...
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David Buzz Rodseth

July 23, 1939 - August 16, 2013

David "Buzz" Rodseth was born in Detroit Lakes, MN on July 23, 1939 to Roy and Peggy (Haagenson) Rodseth. He moved out west in 1946 and returned to Detroit Lakes in 1957 to attend his senior year in high school. Buzz married Brenda Bjornstad in 1960. He worked for and learned the machinist trade from his uncle, Marvin Haagenson. He returned to Spokane, WA in 1962 where he owned and operated...
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Marjorie Catherine Bergquist

September 28, 1922 - August 15, 2013


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Genevieve B. Johnson-Thompson

September 7, 1918 - August 13, 2013

Genevieve B. Johnson-Thompson, 94, Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, August 13 at Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Monday, August 19 at Aspelund Lutheran Church in Flom, MN. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
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Keith A. Giese

November 26, 1952 - August 7, 2013

Keith A. Giese was born November 26, 1952 in Racine, WI to Kenneth and Katherine (Craig) Giese. As a young boy, he moved to northern Michigan where he was raised and educated. He served with the U. S. Army 1970 – 1976. Following his discharge, he lived and worked in a number of communities moving to Detroit Lakes in 2010. Keith was united in marriage to Glenda Wentz October 4, 2008 in...
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Hannah Mary Christensen

April 8, 1935 - August 6, 2013

Hannah Mary Christensen, 78 of Detroit Lakes died peacefully at her home surrounded by her family and her special friend, Karmen under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Survivors include her husband, Warren, a daughter, Penny Christensen, a son, Bruce Christensen, 6 grandchildren: Michael Given, Jonathan Given, Bryan Christensen, Amanda Fetzer, Nathaniel Christensen and Mariah...
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Douglas Lee Johnson

November 11, 1955 - August 6, 2013

Douglas Lee Johnson was born November 13, 1955 in Detroit Lakes to Donald E. and Carol E (Omundson) Johnson. He was raised and educated in Detroit Lakes graduating from Detroit Lakes High School in 1974. On August 16, 1975, Doug was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Vikki Jo Johnson in Trinity Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes. After school, Doug worked on the family farm and at...
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C. John Greene

May 23, 1948 - August 4, 2013

Charles "John" Greene was born May 23, 1948 in White Earth, Minnesota to Charles I. and Dorothy (Jackson) Greene. He was raised and educated in Detroit Lakes and is a 1966 graduate of Detroit Lakes High School. Following graduation, John joined the U. S. Army where he became the Sergeant for the 173 Airborne serving 14 months in Viet Nam. He was united in marriage July 3, 1969 to Phyllis Rich...
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Charlotte Delores McConn

February 13, 1923 - August 4, 2013


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Virginia A. Stitzer

September 9, 1925 - August 3, 2013

Virginia A. Stitzer, 87 formerly of Detroit Lakes/Jamestown, ND area, passed away on Aug. 3rd, 2013 in Raleigh, NC. Graveside services will be held on August 24th, 2013 at 11:30 at Oak Grove Cemetery in Detroit Lakes, Mn. Virginia was born on September 9th, 1925 to Carl and Alice (Dahlin) Freeberg in Omaha, Ne. She met and married Horace "Bob" Stitzer in Omaha, Ne. on November 25th, 1944. Bob...
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Joan Elizabeth Liebler

June 18, 1939 - August 2, 2013

Joan Elizabeth Liebler was born June 18, 1939 near West Concord, Minnesota to Warren and Helga Johnson. She was raised and educated near West Concord and is a 1957 graduate of West Concord High School. Joan was united in marriage to Dale Krukow in West Concord. They made their home in West Concord until his death in 1963. Following his death, she continued to live in West Concord and worked...
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Jennie Mae Boswell

April 14, 1936 - July 27, 2013


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Silvia Evangelina Radke

February 21, 1928 - July 26, 2013

Silvia Evangelina Toledo was born February 21, 1928 in Antofagasta, Chile, South America to Carmen and Guillermo Toledo. In 1948, she met Eddie Radke in Chile. After two years of long distance romance, Eddie and Silvia were united in marriage in Antofagasta, Chile. Not knowing any English, Silvia bravely moved away from her family to Tracy, MN. While adjusting to life in the U.S., Silvia...
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Catherine E. Peters

June 12, 1929 - July 24, 2013

Catherine E. "Taffy Peters, 84, long time Detroit Lakes Vocal Music Teacher, died Wednesday at Ecumen-Emmanuel Nursing Home.
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Audrey K. Rodewald

March 17, 1935 - July 15, 2013

Audrey K. Rodewald, 78, Detroit Lakes, MN, died Monday, July 15 at Ecumen-Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Audrey Kathryn Rodewald was born March 17, 1935 in Ludington, MI to H. Elmer and Sigrud (Larson)Hansen. Following the death of her mother, she moved to Detroit Lakes, MN with her father and step-mother, Edna Hansen in 1938. In 1950, they moved to Edina, MN where Audrey graduated...
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Laurie Ann Hvzeda

August 8, 1964 - July 7, 2013

Laurie Ann Hvzeda, 48, rural Ogema, MN, died Sunday, July 7 at Essentia-St. Mary's Health in Detroit Lakes. Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Thursday at her home, 34770 County Road 143, Ogema. Friends may call from 4:00 PM Wednesday until the time of the service on Thursday at the Hvzeda Residence. Laurie Ann Hvzeda was born August 5, 1964 in Park Rapids, MN to George and Laura (Butcher)...
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Dennis L. Kropuenske

October 27, 1952 - July 2, 2013

Dennis Lee Kropuenske was born October 27, 1952 in Rapid City, SD to Leonard and Elaine (Terrell) Kropuenske. He graduated from Brainerd High School. He enlisted into the United States Army on August 8, 1972 in Minneapolis, MN and started what became a fulfilling career in the military. He performed his basic training in Ft. Lewis, WA and received additional schooling at Ft. Lee in Virginia....
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Raymond A. Engstrand

August 2, 1925 - July 2, 2013

Raymond Arthur Engstrand was born August 2, 1925 to Albert and Anna Marie (Hedlund) Engstrand in Spruce Hill Township in Douglas County. He was raised on the family farm attending a one room school house a half mile from home. At a young age, Ray's father was blinded in an accident. Ray took on the responsibility of being his father's eyes. Leading him to and from town and doing a large...
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Jeffrey Scott Aarness

June 15, 1962 - July 1, 2013

Jeffrey Scott Aarness, 51, Hastings, MN, died in his home of natural causes. Jeff was born on June 15, 1962, and grew up in Barnesville, MN. He attended and graduated from the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf in 1981. While there he was an outstanding athlete and was voted homecoming king his senior year. Following his graduation, he worked by his father's side for many years for...
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Richard J. Kunz

February 20, 1928 - June 25, 2013

Richard "Dick" Jacob Kunz, 85 resident of Callaway, MN, was reunited with his Heavenly Father and the love of his life, Lois, on Tuesday, June 25, 2013. Born February 20, 1928 to Martin Kunz and Agnes (Kahnke) Kunz, he spent his life on the family farm in Callaway. On May 14, 1953, he married his sweetheart, Lois Dalve, at Assumption Catholic Church in Callaway and they were blessed with eleven...
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Iona G. Cooper-Berg

December 29, 1919 - June 20, 2013

Iona Cooper Berg, 93. Of Detroit Lakes, MN died peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, June 20 at Emmanuel Community. Iona was born December 29, 1919 to Walter and Gladys (Sather) Forney in Egeland, ND. She attended school in Egeland and graduated as salutatorian in 1937. After graduating she attended Minot State Teacher's College, where she received her teaching...
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Beulah Marie Syverson

December 6, 1913 - June 18, 2013

Beulah M Syverson, died Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at St. Mary's Essentia in Detroit Lakes, MN. at the age of 99 years. Beulah Marie Syverson was born December 6, 1913 in Princeton, Ill. She was raised and educated in Princeton and graduated from Princeton High School in 1931. She was united in marriage to Charles Syverson on June 17, 1945, in Minneapolis, and lived her entire adult life in the...
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Lillian Bernice Shay

January 23, 1928 - June 17, 2013

Lillian Bernice Shay, beloved mother and grandmother, formerly of Excelsior, Minn, passed away of natural causes on Monday, June 17, in Detroit Lakes, Minn. Lillian was preceded in death by her loved ones: husband, John Merritt Shay, her son, David Wesley Shay and her sister, Marit Birkeland. She is survived by daughters: Lynn Harrod and Carol Granger, son-in-law: James Granger, grandchildren:...
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Kenneth Steven Conroy

June 17, 1936 - June 16, 2013

Kenneth Steven Conroy was born June 17, 1936 in Moorhead, MN to E. P. and Vera (Christensen) Conroy. As a young boy, he moved with his family to Detroit Lakes where he graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1954. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from NDAC (now North Dakota State University) in 1958 and was later awarded a Masters of Science Degree from the...
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LeRoy Squires

August 29, 1938 - June 14, 2013


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Patti C. Crow

December 17, 1960 - June 13, 2013

Patti C. Crow was born December 17, 1960 in Ft. Benning, GA to Eugene and Cora (Schermerhorn) Crow. She lived in the Detroit Lakes area until moving to the Panama Canal in 1963. In 1965, she moved to Lake Park, MN and later to Minneapolis. She returned to Lake Park in 1981 where she and her parents operated the Lake Park Café. Shge retired due to ill health in 1997. Patti enjoyed...
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Roderick D. Marteness

May 15, 1917 - June 11, 2013

Roderick D. Marteness, 96, Lake Park, MN, died Tuesday, June 11 at Oak Crossing. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Saturday, June 15 at Strandvik Lutheran Church in rural Lake Park, Rev. Randy Whitehead, officiating. Interment services will be 11:00 AM Saturday, June 22 at Memory Gardens Memorial Park in Valley City, ND. Friends may call 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday....
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Phyllis M. Robins

October 5, 1929 - June 6, 2013

Phyllis Margaret Robins, age 83, peacefully went home to be with the Lord, Thursday, June 6, 2013 at the Frazee Care Center in Frazee, MN. Services for Phyllis are scheduled for Thursday, June 13, 2013 at the Lake Eunice Evangelical Free Church in rural Detroit Lakes at 2:00 pm, with her son, Pastor Dale Robins Jr. Officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at the David...
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Carol M. Bement

December 25, 1929 - June 5, 2013


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Lois M. Cronk

October 17, 1918 - May 27, 2013

Lois M. Cronk, Age 94, passed away Monday, May 27, 2013 at Essentia Health Hospital in Fargo, ND. Lois Marie Wait was born October 17, 1918 in Fergus Falls, MN to Chauncy and Alice (Ostlund) Wait. At the time of her birth, her father was in France serving as a Supply Sargent in WWI. After he returned home in 1919, the family moved to Hannaford, ND where he owned a Mobil Oil gas station and bulk...
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Myrtle B. Lomsdalen

May 27, 2013 - May 27, 2013


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Richard L. Butcher

November 22, 1949 - May 24, 2013

Richard L. Butcher "Zaana Makii", 63, Ponsford, MN, died Friday at his home. Funeral services will be 1:00PM Wednesday at the Old Pine Point School in Ponsford. Interment will be in St. Theodore's Cemetery, Ponsford. Friends may call from 5:00 PM Tuesday until the time of the service on Wednesday at the Old Pine Point School. Richard Lawrence Butcher, "Zaana Makii" was born November 22, 1949...
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LaVern R. Fairbanks

May 24, 2013 - May 24, 2013


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Patrick L. Fearing

February 5, 1964 - May 22, 2013

Patrick Lee Fearing was born February 5, 1964 in Fargo, ND to Elwood and Sandra (Ness) Fearing. He attended school at Grace Lutheran and graduated from Fargo South High School in 1982. Following high school he enrolled at Moorhead Technical College and completed his degree in diesel mechanics. Pat worked various jobs before accepting a position with Sanitation Products in Fargo. On September...
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Luverne B. Eid

October 26, 1939 - May 20, 2013

Luverne Byron Eid was born October 26, 1939 in Grafton, ND to Leonard and Ida (Fraser) Eid. He was the eldest of four children. His siblings are Gerald, Gordon and Carol. They resided in Walhalla, ND until 1948 and at that time relocated to Moorhead, MN. He attended Moorhead State Campus School graduating in 1957. On November 2, 1957 Luverne was united in marriage to Jean Knauf. Luverne and...
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Leona Winters

December 1, 1915 - May 16, 2013

Leona Winters, 97, Detroit Lakes, MN, died Thursday, May 16 at Ecumen-Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Monday, May 20 at the Berean Baptist Church in Detroit Lakes, Reverend Tim Riley and Dr. Robert Fuller Jr., officiating. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the church 1 hour prior to the service on Monday. Leona Winters was...
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Richard Gordon Wah

October 2, 1937 - May 11, 2013

Richard G. Wah, 75, Frazee, MN, died Saturday, May 11 at his home under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Funeral services will be 3:00 PM Saturday, May 18 at David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes, Deacon Jim Thomas, officiating. Interment will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery. Friends may call 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Saturday. Richard Gordon Wah was...
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Virginia Louise Weigel

September 16, 1929 - May 8, 2013

Virginia Louise Stach was born September 16, 1929 on the farm near Wolverton, MN to Max and Anna (Swenson) Stach. At age six, her family relocated to a farm near Callaway, MN. Virginia attended country school in Callaway Township through the 8th grade. She worked her way through high school by waitressing at the Graystone Hotel, and graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1949. On October 31...
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Donna Marie Hagen

October 12, 1931 - May 6, 2013

Donna Marie Hagen was born October 12, 1931 in Tracy, Minnesota to Emil and Grace (Terhark) Griesert. She is a 1949 graduate of Marshall (MN) High School. She moved to Glenwood, MN where she worked at the Pope County Court House. Donna was united in marriage to James Hagen, June 19, 1954 in Chicago, IL. They lived in Moorhead, MN until moving to Detroit Lakes in 1958. Donna worked for Lake...
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Juel R. Mattson

October 2, 1954 - May 2, 2013

Juel "Lud" Robert Mattson was born October 2, 1954 in Park River, ND to D. Kenneth and Marilynn Mattson. Juel died peacefully in his home in Detroit Lakes, MN on May 2, 2013. D. Kenneth Mattson and his family moved to Mahnomen in 1955, where Juel attended Mahnomen Public Schools. Juel graduated from Mahnomen High School in 1973. He attended Northland Community College in Thief River Falls, MN...
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Gloria J. Grandboise

December 9, 1946 - May 1, 2013

Gloria was born December 9, 1946 in White Earth, MN to George and Audrey (Bellanger) Hanks. She graduated from Waubun High School with the class of 1966. After high school she attended Globe Business College. Following college she was employed with Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis. Gloria later relocated to White Earth and started working for the tribe. Gloria retired in the late 1990's. ...
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LaVonne Nelson

November 1, 1935 - April 27, 2013

LaVonne Nelson, 77, Detroit Lakes, Mn, died Saturday, April 27 at Ecumen-Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Friday, May 3 at the Congregational Church in Detroit Lakes. Interment will be in Dumont, Minnesota. Friends may call at the church 1 hour prior to the service on Friday. LaVonne Nelson was born November 1, 1935 in Graceville, MN to Walter and Elsie...
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Patrick J. George

February 11, 1964 - April 27, 2013

Patrick J. George, 49, Detroit Lakes, MN, died Saturday, April 27 at Sandord Health Pallitive Care Unit in Fargo, ND. Funeral services will be 1:00 Saturday, May 4 at David-Donehower Funeral Home. Friends may call 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Saturday. Patrick James George was born February 11, 1964 in Duarte, California. He was raised and educated near Eagle Lake, rural...
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Elvin W. Block

November 24, 1933 - April 24, 2013

Elvin William Block was born November 24, 1933 in Fergus Falls, Mn to Arnold and Olena (Mortenson) Block. He was united in marriage to Dorothy Syvertson June 22, 1957 in rural Lake Park, MN. He worked for Knutson Brothers Texaco in Detroit Lakes and, for over 40 years has worked for Friesen's manufacturing in Detroit Lakes. He enjoyed working on old tractors and old cars; going to auction...
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James Lee Childs

December 17, 1937 - April 23, 2013


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Larry Allen Bergen

June 22, 1945 - April 21, 2013

Larry A. Bergen, 67, Detroit Lakes, MN, died Sunday, April 21 at Ecumen-Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:00 PM Wedesday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Fr. Xavier Ilango, officiating. Interment will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery. Friends may call 4:00 – 7:00 PM Tuesday with a parish vigil at 7:00 PM at David-Donehower Funeral Home. The visitation...
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Ivadelle Dora Schmoll

May 10, 1925 - April 20, 2013

Ivadelle D. Schmoll. 87, Detroit Lakes, formerly of Babbitt, MN, died Saturday, April 21, 2013 at Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Wednesday April 24 at First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, Reverend Wade Dutton, officiating. Interment will be 2:00 PM Wednesday, May 8, 2013 in the Argo Cemetery, Babbitt, MN. Friends may call 10:00 – 11:00 AM Wednesday at...
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Jason M. Buckanaga

September 26, 1986 - April 13, 2013

Jason M. Buckanaga, 26, Ponsford, MN, died suddenly at his home Saturday, April 13. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Friday at the Old Pine Point School in Ponsford. Friends may call 5:00 – 7:00 PM Thursday at David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes and 1 hour prior to the service on Friday at the Old Pine Point School. Jason Michael "Ni gig (otter)" was born September 26, 1986 at...
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JoAnn M. Fullerton

May 4, 1951 - April 13, 2013

JoAnn Marie Bauman was born in Olivia, MN on May 4, 1951 to Eugene and Marcella (Hosek) Bauman. On July 6, 1968, Joan was united in marriage to Leroy Fullerton. They lived in the communities of Fairfax, MN and Olivia, MN, later moving to Lake Park in 1975. Joan worked at several area restaurants throughout the years which included The Cormorant Pub, Pike's Bay, The Bay Supper Club and many...
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Durema C. Davis

January 6, 1929 - April 12, 2013

Durema C. Davis, 84, Detroit Lakes, died Friday, April 12 at Ecumen-Emmanuel Nursing Home. Durema Catherine Davis was born January 6, 1929 in White Earth, MN to Martin and Ellen (McDougall) Gravelle. She was raised by her grandmother, Kitty (Palma) McDougall and is a graduate of Detroit Lakes High School. Durema was united in marriage to Robert S. Davis in 1946. They moved to Illinois and then...
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Marian I. Siekas

November 29, 1920 - April 9, 2013

Marian I Siekas, 92, Detroit Lakes, MN, died Tuesday, April 9 at Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes. Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Saturday, April 13 at First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, Reverend David Peterson, officiating. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may call 5:00 – 7:00 PM with a Service of Remembrance at 7:00 PM Friday at David-Donehower Funeral Home. The...
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Geraldine D. Herkenratt

August 13, 1922 - April 2, 2013


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Esther V. Thorpe

June 8, 1917 - March 31, 2013

Obituary: Esther Hanson Thorpe Esther Hanson Thorpe was born on June 8, 1917 in Richwood Township, rural Detroit Lakes, to Arthur & Mabel (Crowser) Hanson. She attended District 7 rural schools and then Detroit Lakes High School, graduating in 1935 as the valedictorian of her class. Following high school she worked at the Graystone Hotel and the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Detroit Lakes. She met...
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Jaycee Fineday

June 8, 1961 - March 30, 2013

Jaycee Fineday was born June 8, 1961 in Park Rapids, MN to George and Laura (Butcher) Fineday. He attended school in Pine Point and Park Rapids prior to moving to Duluth, MN where he attended Washington School 1975 – 1976. Jaycee then moved to Wisconsin where he became a certified welder. He returned to the Ponsford area in 2008. Jaycee enjoyed Riding around, seeing the countryside,...
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Weston Robert Coalwell

March 29, 2013 - March 29, 2013

Weston Robert Coalwell, precious infant son of Jerod and Lisa (Jenson) Coalwell died March 29, 2013 at Sanford Health in Fargo, ND. Funeral Services for Weston will be held Friday, April 5 at 2PM in David Donehower Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, MN. Officiating will be Pastor Matt McKenzie. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services. Interment will be held in Eglund Lutheran Church...
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Richard J. Carr

December 1, 1939 - March 27, 2013

Richard J. Carr, 73, Detroit Lakes, MN, died Wednesday, March 27 at Essentia-St. Mary's Health in Detroit Lakes. Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:00 PM Tuesday, April 2 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes, Msgr. Timothy McGee, officiating. Interment will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery with Military Rites provided by the Star of the North Marine Corps League. Friends may call 4:00 ...
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Blanche Ludvene Waryan

September 11, 1927 - March 26, 2013

Blanche (Ludvene Milbradt) Waryan loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully on March 26, 2013 at the age 85 years. Blanche (Banny) was born September 11, 1927 in Sebeka, MN. Daughter of Albert and Clara Milbradt. Blanches' siblings included Florence Lewis, Mabel Kreklau , Linda Wells, Stella Olson, Rodney (Rock) Milbradt, Dale Milbradt, & Roy Milbradt. In 1957 Blanche married...
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Joyce Derema Kozitka

January 23, 1926 - March 23, 2013

Joyce Derema Kozitka was born January 23, 1926, in Rural Ogema, Spring Creek Township, MN, to Delbert and Jeannette (Helliksen) Liezert. She attended Spring Creek Township Country School, Ogema Elementary, and graduated from Waubun High School. During World War II, she worked in St. Cloud, MN, at an airplane factory building military transport planes. Following the war, she was united in...
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Johnnie Rud

May 22, 1918 - March 23, 2013


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Harland B. Grones

September 13, 1916 - March 15, 2013

Harland Bernard Grones was born September 13, 1916 in Minneapolis, MN to John B. and Elizabeth L. (Hoehn) Grones. He was raised and educated in Minneapolis and worked as a Laboratory Machin ist for the University of Minnesota during his working career. Harland was united in marriage to Vera Arboe, October 7, 1939 in Minneapolis. He retired in 1980 and they moved to Detroit Lakes that same year...
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Thomas G. Warren

January 31, 1955 - March 6, 2013

Thomas Gene Warren was born January 31, 1955 in White Earth, Minnesota to Warren "Dude" and Sherlene (Fairbanks) Warren. He was raised in White Earth and is a 1973 graduate of Waubun High School. Following his graduation, he attended the plumbing program at Northwest Technical College in Detroit Lakes. During his working life, he was a plumber, construction worker, roofer and was also a...
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Audrey Lynn Swan

April 17, 1964 - March 2, 2013

Audrey Lynn Swan (Paquette) was born April 17, 1964 in Minneapolis, MN to Warren Tibbetts and Celeste Fisher (Paquette). Audrey lost her fight to cancer surrounded by family, friends and loved ones at her home in Pine Point. Audrey was bonded in spirit as one to Michael Swan on October 20, 2001 with a traditional Ojibwe wedding. They were again united in marriage on April 20, 2002 with a...
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Ingrid Evelyn Erickson

August 27, 1922 - February 27, 2013

August 27, 1922-February 27, 2013 Ingrid E. Erickson, 90, Detroit Lakes, MN, died Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at Ecumen Emmanuel Nursing Home, Detroit Lakes. Memorial Services for Ingrid will be held Friday, March 8 at 4PM in David-Donehower Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services. Interment will be held in Beach, ND. Ingrid Evelyn Granat was born...
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Cheryl Jean Brown

November 1, 1962 - February 21, 2013

Cheryl J. Brown, 50, resident of Detroit Lakes, MN, was taken home by her heavenly Father Thursday, February 21, 2013 at Sanford Health in Fargo following a courageous battle with cancer. A gathering of friends and family will take place on Tuesday, February 26 from 4PM until 7PM with a 7PM prayer service at David Donehower Funeral Home. A Memorial Service for Cheryl will be held on Saturday,...
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Theresa L. Haney

January 13, 1927 - February 18, 2013

Theresa Marita Lally Haney was born on January 13, 1927, the seventh child of John and Margaret (Houlihan) Lally at the family farm near Vail, Iowa. Theresa attended country school and graduated from St. Ann's Academy with the class of 1945. She worked at Boys' Town in Omaha, Nebraska for a short time before starting nursing school at Creighton University-St. Joseph's School of Nursing in...
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Lucille Mildred Boyer

July 12, 1922 - February 18, 2013

Lu was born the daughter of C. Ernest and Anita (Hunsley) Aull on July 12, 1922. She was raised in Illinois and graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1940. Lu was employed at Western Electric (Kolmar Office) in Chicago from 1941 through 1946, where she met her future husband. On September 8, 1946 she was united in marriage to Chauncey A. Boyer at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Oak Park,...
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Duane W. Lidstrom

March 2, 1914 - February 10, 2013

Duane Wallace Lidstrom, son of Knute and Elna (Modey) Lidstrom, was born in the village of Richwood on March 2, 1914. He grew up in Richwood, graduated from the eighth grade there, was a 1931 graduate of Detroit Lakes High School, and received a Bachelor of Education degree from Superior Wisconsin State College in 1936. After teaching for one year at Central High School in Superior, Wisconsin,...
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Duane Wallace Lidstrom

March 2, 1914 - February 10, 2013

Duane Wallace Lidstrom, son of Knute and Elna (Modey) Lidstrom, was born in the village of Richwood on March 2, 1914. He grew up in Richwood, graduated from the eighth grade there, was a 1931 graduate of Detroit Lakes High School, and received a Bachelor of Education degree from Superior Wisconsin State College in 1936. After teaching for one year at Central High School in Superior, Wisconsin,...
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Kevin Scott DuFrane

October 26, 1971 - February 6, 2013

Kevin Scott DuFrane was born October 26, 1971 in Baldwin, WI. to Alfred and Arlis (Lee) DuFrane. He was raised and educated in Cottage Grove, MN. and is a 1990 graduate of Park Sr. High School. Following his graduation he worked for Cold Spring Granite at Cold Spring, MN; for Shafer Contracting of Lino Lakes, MN; for Anderson Septic Service of Detroit Lakes and for Blattner Energy Inc. of...
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Kerry James Wallace

March 12, 1962 - February 3, 2013

Kerry James Wallace was born March 12, 1962 in Detroit Lakes, MN to Kenneth and Betty (Rasmussen) Wallace. He was raised and educated in Frazee and is a 1980 graduate of Frazee High School. He attended the Boiler and the Computer Programming courses at the Northwest Technical College in Detroit Lakes. For most of his working life, Kerry was self employed with Oak Grove Dairy in the...
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Cleo Julia Hazel Skramstad

December 12, 1927 - February 1, 2013

Cleo H.J. Skramstad, 85, resident of Detroit Lakes, MN, died peacefully Friday, February 1, 2013 at Ecumen Emmanuel Nursing Home, Detroit Lakes. Cleo Julia Hazel Phelps was born December 12, 1927 in St. John, North Dakota to Celmore and Hazel (Danialson) Phelps. She graduated from Kensington High School with the class of 1945. On April 17, 1948 she was united in marriage on the family farm...
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Carrie Lyn Hudlin

June 17, 1948 - February 1, 2013


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Kenneth John Coleman

June 10, 1929 - January 29, 2013


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Erroll A. Ovaldson

March 31, 1951 - January 29, 2013

Erroll Anthony " Tony " Ovaldson, 61, resident of Mahnomen, MN, died Tuesday, January 29 at his residence in Mahnomen. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, February 2 at 10:00 AM in St. Michael's Catholic Church, Mahnomen. Officiating will be Father Dwight Hoebereht, OMI. Military Honors will be provided by the Marine Corps League of Park Rapids and the White Earth Honor Guard. ...
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Travis Dwayne Buckanaga

June 18, 1989 - January 26, 2013

Travis D. Buckanaga, 23, Detroit Lakes, MN, died Saturday, January 26 at Essentia-St. Mary's Health in Detroit Lakes. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Thursday, January 31 at the Old Pine Point School in Ponsford, MN. Interment will be in Breck Memorial Episcopal Cemetery. Friends may call from 5:00 PM Wednesday until the time of the service on Thursday at the Old Pine Point School in Ponsford....
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Marilyn Louise Rogers

September 16, 1946 - January 26, 2013

Marilyn Louise Rogers was born September 16, 1946 in White Earth, MN to Archie and Bessie (Beaupre) Rogers. She was raised and educated in White Earth and also attended school in Waubun, MN. She moved to Minneapolis, MN at the age of 18 where she met George Warren with whom she had her family. During her working life, she held a number of jobs primarily in the laundry profession. She moved to...
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Mary H. Retz

March 8, 1936 - January 21, 2013

Mary H. Retz, 76, resident of Detroit Lakes, MN, died Monday, January 21, 2013 at her residence and under care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 25, 2013 at 11AM in David Donehower Funeral Home. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services. Mary Hilda Nelson was born March 8, 1936 in Toad Lake Township near Detroit Lakes. Mary grew up and...
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Walter LaVerne Skea

May 13, 1929 - January 13, 2013

Walter L. Skea, 83, of Vergas, MN beloved husband, father, grandfather, great- grandfather and brother passed away peacefully surrounded by the ones he laughed with, lived for , and loved on January 13, 2013. He is preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Alta (Barr) Skea, brother: Gale Skea, sister: Jean (Skea) Johnson and his dearly loved son, D. Mitchell Skea. Besides his wife Melba of...
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Dale John Axelsen

September 3, 1920 - January 12, 2013

Dale J. Axelsen, age 92 (born on Sept. 3, 1920). He was a resident of Minneapolis for over 65 years . Dale recently resided in Detroit Lakes, MN at Diamond Willow Assisted Living. He passed away on Sat, Jan. 12, 2013. Dale grew up by Eagle Bend, MN. He was a WWII Army Veteran. While in the army, Dale was stationed in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, where he was also baptized. He married...
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