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Archive Obituaries
Nora M. Wilkie
07/06/1935-06/06/2016
Nora M. Wilkie, age 80 of Palisade died Monday, June 6, 2016 at the Golden Valley Rehabilitation and Care Center. Nora was born July 6, 1935 at Belcourt, North Dakota the daughter of Anthony and Angeline (Grandbois) Delorme. She grew up and attended schools at Belcourt. She married Emery F. Wilkie on September 2, 1959 at Rolla, North Dakota. They moved to the McGregor/Palisade area in 1964. She raised her family and worked at the Shingwauk Resort for a time. She then worked for the McGregor Agra-Corp as a seamstress for 25 years. After she retired she cleaned homes and also the priest’s parsonage in McGregor for a number of years. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor. She enjoyed playing Bingo, gardening, canning and baking. She loved to be with her grandchildren. She is survived by children: Darlene Freeman (William Sweeney) of Bovey, Mn.; Bernice (Larry) Weston of Palisade, Mn.; Debra (Glen) Weston of Hill City, Mn.; Gary (Friend Sharon) Wilkie of Palisade, Mn.; Gaylene (Rodney) Spolarich of Palisade, Mn.; Gerald (Friend Leann) Wilkie of Palisade, MN.; Dale (Annette) Wilkie of Aitkin, MN.; Ken (Friend Linda) Wilkie of McGregor, Mn.; Geraldine Wilkie of Minneapolis, Mn.; 18 grandchildren; 25 Great Grandchildren; Brothers and Sisters: Rose Ehman of Sioux Falls, S.D.; Vincent Delorme, James Delorme, John Delorme all of Belcourt N.D.; and Linda Johnson of Inkster, N.D. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and 1 great grandson Bennett and son in law: Steve Freeman. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Workman Township of Aitkin County. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Donna Dzubay
08/04/1941-06/05/2016
Donna L. Dzubay, age 74 of Aitkin and Puerto Vallarta, formerly of Plymouth, died Sunday, June 5, 2016 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Donna was born August 4, 1941 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the daughter of Walter and Ardys (Hanson) Rothe. She grew up and attended schools in Richfield graduating from Richfield High School in 1959. She married Dennis D. Dzubay on June 25, 1960 in Richfield. She attended the Minneapolis School of Business and graduated with her degree in 1961. She worked for a time at a bank in Minneapolis and then for Control Data. She then stayed at home to raise her family. After her children got older she re-entered the work force as an administrative assistant. They eventually moved to the Aitkin area. She enjoyed sewing and knitting, was active in her church and was a member of the Women’s Bay Lake Lions. She and her husband spent winters in Mexico where they volunteered at a children’s shelter. She loved and cherished being a grandma. She is survived by her husband Dennis Dzubay of Aitkin; Children: Michael (Robin) Dzubay of Plymouth, Mn.; Steve Dzubay of St. Louis Park, Mn.; Tim Dzubay of Kansas City, Mo.; Katie (Jon) Thoma of St. Louis Park, Mn.; Sasha Dzubay of Chicago, Il.; Grandchildren: Kassy, D.J. and Denny; Brother: Skip (Kay) Rothe Jr. of Chanhassen, Mn.; and Sister: Darlene (Richard) Ames of Tempe, Az. She was preceded in death by her parents. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 2 PM from Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Garrison. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Thomas Patrick McDonnell
04/04/1930-06/04/2016
Thomas “Pat” McDonnell, passed away on June 4, 2016, at his home in Aitkin, MN. He was born April 4, 1930 in Cloquet, MN, to Louis and Gladys (Barrett) McDonnell. He graduated from Cathedral High School, Duluth, MN, in 1948 and from the University of Minnesota - Duluth in 1957. He married Adele Ramsey in 1953. His college studies were interrupted by the Korean War, where he was stationed in Germany. Pat returned to UMD and graduated with a BA in Business and Economics. He was an accountant for the Green Giant Company (later Pillsbury) for 30 years. During this time, he and Adele lived in Fox Lake, WI; Belvidere, IL; Le Sueur, MN and New Hope, MN. For 25 years Pat and family also owned and operated Morningside Resort on Cedar Lake near Aitkin, with Pat commuting from Le Sueur and New Hope on the weekends. In 1996, he and Adele retired to Rainy Lake near International Falls, MN, while enjoying winters in Apache Junction, AZ. They returned to Aitkin in 2013 to be closer to family. Pat was a member of St. George’s Catholic Church of Apache Junction, AZ, St. James Catholic Church of Aitkin, Le Sueur Lion’s Club, St. Anne’s Church Men’s Club. He also enjoyed many activities including beekeeping, making maple syrup, golfing, fishing, and got his Private Pilot License. Pat was a history buff, and usually had a Civil War book by his side. Liking to travel, he planned many family vacations, sometimes in tents, hiking, sightseeing, covering much of the U.S. Pat is survived by Adele, his wife of 62 years; children, Kathy (Steve) Cronen of Apache Junction, AZ; Tom (Rosemary) McDonnell of Aitkin; Dave (Cheryl) McDonnell of Chaska, MN; Claire (Steve) Nelson of Lake Crystal, MN; Bob (Brenda) McDonnell of Acworth, GA; Mary McDonnell of Aitkin, and Liz (Jeff) Boyer of Aitkin. He is also survived by 20 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Jean and brother-in-law Jerry Holmes; brother Jerry McDonnell, all of Hoyt Lakes, MN, and nephew James McDonnell. The family offers grateful thanks to the medical providers of Riverwood Healthcare Center, North Memorial Ambulance, the Aitkin Police Department, and a special thank you to Aitkin County CARE for providing the service that allowed Pat to remain at home with his family. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Burial will be at St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with a Rosary service at 6:30 PM and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Barbara Scearcy
03/12/1941-06/02/2016
Barbara A. Scearcy, age 75 of McGregor died Thursday, June 2, 2016 at Essentia St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. Barbara was born March 12, 1941 in Brainerd, Minnesota the daughter of Ernest and Genevieve Tollefson. She grew up in Brainerd and attended schools there graduating in 1959. She worked in the Twin Cities for a time and that is where she met her husband. She married David G. Scearcy on January 14, 1963 in St. Paul. The made their home in St. Paul and she raised her family. They had purchased a lot on Big Sandy Lake near McGregor over 45 years ago in in 2000 they moved permanently to their home on Big Sandy Lake and have lived here since. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. She enjoyed traveling and had been to Mexico numerous times. She also enjoyed playing cards. She is survived by her husband: David Scearcy; Children: Michelle Scearcy of Inver Grove Heights, Mn.; Holly Lachner of Mounds View, Mn and Joe Lachner of Andover, MN; Grandchildren: Jared and the twins Sidnee and Josh. Also surviving are brothers: Irv (Rony); Danny (Lorna), Tom, Brad (Debbie), Larry, Mike (Janet) and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and infant daughter Cheryl in 1967. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 11 AM from Grace Lutheran Church with Rev. Erika Foss officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Ronald W. Adams
05/12/1933-06/01/2016
Ronald W. Adams, age 83 of McGregor died Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Ronald was born in May of 1933 at Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of William and Mildred (Norling) Adams. Upon graduation from High School he served in the U.S. Navy from 1953 to 1955. Upon his discharge he completed 5 years of college. He then went to work for American Hoist and Derek Co. in St. Paul. He then worked for Barry and Sewall Sales and then eventually worked for Anderson Crane in Sales. He married Jane Prahl on August 16, 1972 at Watertown, South Dakota. They lived in the Twin Cities before moving to the McGregor area. He had been involved and helped with the Junior Achievement Program. He was a life member of the VFW, a member of the McGregor Lions Club and had managed the corn feed longer than any other member. He helped in building the community center and also was proud of his work he did at the McGregor Clinic. He also served as a coordinator for the bell ringers in Aitkin County for the Salvation Army. He loved fishing, his family and playing cards with family and friends. He is survived by his wife Jane Adams; Son and daughter in law: Mark W. and Kimberly Adams; Daughter: Lauri and Jeff Javes; Grandchildren: Adam, Ciara, Alicia, Samantha and Ronald John. He was preceded in death by his father, mother and step father Virgil, aunts, uncles and several cousins. A gathering of family and friends will be held Thursday, June 9, 2016 from 12:30 to 2:30 PM at the McGregor Community Center with light snacks being served. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home.
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Mason Douglas Espeseth
03/03/1991-05/28/2016
Mason Douglas Espeseth, age 25 of Aitkin died Saturday, May 28, 2016 due to a vehicle accident near Glen, Minnesota. Mason was born March 3, 1991 in Crosby, Minnesota the son of Todd David and Joan Kathryn (Wright) Espeseth. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 2009. He then attended the Vo-Tech at Jackson, Minnesota where he graduated with a degree as a lineman. He worked for the Aevenia Energy Co as a lineman. He has made his home in Aitkin with his fiancée Kelsey and son Parker. He enjoyed hunting; especially duck hunting, fishing, bow hunting, boating, camping ATV’ing and most importantly spending time with his son Parker. He is survived by his son Parker and fiancé Kelsey A. Schlagel; mother: Joan Wright and Scott Benson of Aitkin; Father: Todd and Rita Espeseth; Sisters: Madison Newton, Myah Newton and Mylie Benson all of Aitkin; Brothers: Cole Espeseth of Aitkin and Sean Darrah of Great Falls, Montana; Grandparents: David and Dorothy Espeseth of Aitkin; Suzanne Wright of Cross Lake, Mn. and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfather William Wright. A funeral service will be held Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 11 AM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Burial will be at St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Visitation will be Friday from 5 until 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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John C. Piffner
01/12/1950-05/27/2016
John C. Piffner, age 66 of Aitkin died Friday, May 27, 2016 at his home near Aitkin. Johns was born January 12, 1950 at Chicago, Illinois. He grew up and attended schools at Fox River, Illinois. He worked as a carpenter his whole life. He moved to St. Paul in 1982 and in 2000 moved to the Aitkin area and has lived here since. He is survived by 3 children: William Lee Michael Piffner, John Robert Dale Piffner and Christina Michelle Rose Piffner all of Florida; his significant other Louise Johnson of Aitkin and step children: Shawn Johnson of Aitkin, Chris Johnson of Plymouth, Mn.; and Jenny Johnson of Mora, MN. He was preceded in death by 1 son Leslie P. Piffner. No services will be held. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Gertrude Elise Kisling
03/01/1930-05/26/2016
Gertrude E. Kisling, 86 of Palisade died Thursday, May 26, 2016 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. She was born March 1, 1930 in Minneapolis to William and Elise Schmidt. She attended West High School in Minneapolis and graduated from Watsonville High School in California. Gertrude was united in marriage to Wesley B. Kisling on October 19, 1951 in Minneapolis. She was preceded in death by her husband Wesley on August 28, 2011, 3 brothers, and her parents. Gertrude is survived by her 2 sons Bruce Kisling and Dale (Elizabeth) Kisling; 2 Daughters: Gail Kisling and Laura Kisling all of Golden Valley; 2 grandsons: Benjamin and Daniel Kisling both of Monticello; Nephews and 1 niece. A graveside service will be held at 1:35pm – Thursday, June 2, 2016, assembly area #6, at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Reverend Robert Taylor will officiate. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Robert Merritt Sr.
11/20/1933-05/26/2016
Robert A. Merritt Sr., age 82 of McGregor died Thursday, May 26, 2016 at the Bay Shore Nursing Home in Duluth, Minnesota. Robert was born November 20, 1933 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Charles and Hazel Nichols. He grew up and attended schools in Minneapolis. He worked as a mechanic and drove truck. He married Florence Janet Preston on April 25, 1953 in Columbia Heights, Minnesota. They moved to the McGregor area in 1968 where he worked 5 years as an Aitkin County Deputy Sherriff and then served as the McGregor City Policeman for a time. He operated Spalding Auto Salvage for over 40 years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor. He is survived by his children and spouses: Barbara (LeeRoy) Erdahal of Fridley, Mn.; Patricia (David) Stewart of Duluth; Robert Merritt Jr. of Tamarack; Samantha (Edward) Phillips of Duluth; Susan (Ted) Ferguson of Rapid City, South Dakota; 15 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; brothers and sisters: Betty Croteau, Larry Nichols, Mike Nichols, Steve Nichols, Penny Walzak, and Pat Goranson all of the Twin Cities. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and one brother, daughter in law and 2 brothers in law. Funeral services will be held Friday, June 3, 2016 at 3 PM from Our Saviors Lutheran Church in McGregor with Rev. Joshua Reinke officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 until 8 PM at the McGregor Funeral Home and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church Friday. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery in McGregor. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor
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Florence Ann Tarr
06/15/1928-05/24/2016
Florence Ann Tarr, age 87 of Aitkin died Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at the Aitkin Health Services. Florence was born June 15, 1928 in Malmo Township of Aitkin County the daughter of Brynolf and Edith Peterson. She grew up and attended country school at Clear Lake and then moved into Aitkin where she attended the Aitkin High School and lived with the Blaufuss family. She graduated as Salutatorian of the Aitkin High School Class of 1946. She married Marion Virgil (Bud) Tarr on June 17, 1947 at her parents’ home in Glen. She had worked for Aitkin County for 47 years and retired as the Aitkin County Court Administrator in 1995. She was a member of the Westside Church and had taught Sunday school for over 52 years. She was also a member of the Clear Lake Grange,; Aitkin Rebekah Lodge; Aitkin Historical Society, Aitkin Friends of the Arts, Triad, Christian Women’s Connection; Kinship; Aitkin County DFL; Miss Aitkin Pageant; Persian Gulf Support Group; Aitkin Area Food Shelf and Rides for Health. She enjoyed flower gardening, collecting ear rings and sparkly clothes. She was the 2005 recipient of the Warren Potter Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Aitkin Area Chamber of Commerce; had been named Aitkin County Senior Woman of the Year; and had performed over 400 weddings in her capacity as court administrator and retired court administrator. She is survived by daughters and sons in law: Patricia and Ben Chamberlin of Warba, Mn.; Wendy and Terry Johnson of Aitkin, MN.; Granddaughter: Becky Eddy and Foster Granddaughter: Mendy Oukrop; Brothers and sisters in law: Ed and Joyce Peterson of Shoreview, Mn.; Carl and Trudi Peterson of Pearland, Texas; Vern Peterson of Fridley, Mn.; Aunt Vivian Anderson of Aitkin and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents: Brynolf and Edith Peterson, Husband Marion (Bud) Tarr, Grandson: Mark Chamberlin, and brother: Robert Peterson. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 11 AM from the Westside Church with Rev. Dallas Smith officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 to 7 PM at the church and also 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are preferred to the Aitkin Area Food Shelf or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Evelyn Ann Witt
09/30/1925-05/24/2016
Evelyn Ann Witt, 90 of Aitkin died Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at Golden Horizons Assisted Living in Aitkin. She was born September 30, 1925 in Parkers Prairie to William and Helena Mielke. Evelyn was united in marriage to Herbert A. Witt on December 2, 1941 in Parkers Prairie. They loved dancing together. They lived in many towns including Cottage Grove prior to moving to Florida in 1983. Evelyn moved back to Minnesota in 2012, making her home in Aitkin. She was a member of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Herbert in August of 2000, daughter Judith Charlene Cassidy, siblings: Elsie Brockupp, Martha Karger, Edwin Mielke, Renetta Madson, and Doris Mielke. Evelyn is survived by her son and daughter-in-law: Daniel (Judy) Witt of Aitkin, Grandchildren: Todd Cassidy, Tracy Cassidy, Terrance Cassidy, Erik Witt, and Brandi Witt, Great-grandchildren: Colton Cassidy, Fallon Cassidy, Jordan Reis, Austin Reis, and Dominick Belmont, Many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend David Becker will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lakeland, FL. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Dorothy E. Hermanson
06/16/1919-05/23/2016
Dorothy E. (Curtis) Hermanson, 96 of Aitkin died Monday, May 23, 2016 at Golden Horizons Assisted Living in Aitkin. She was born June 16, 1919 at the Storm Farmhouse in Glen to Clarence and Betsy (Storm) Curtis. She started school in Glen at the one room school called Sunnyside. After losing her father, her mother married Earl Billiter and for a time Dorothy took on the name of Billiter. She went to Arnold School in Duluth where she graduated from the 8th grade in 1933. Dorothy was united in marriage to Olaf “Hap” Hermanson in 1936. They raised 3 daughters while living in Duluth. She was a school cook, a member of the Arnold Presbyterian Church, Sunday School teacher, 4-H leader, and a member of the Arnold PTA. She took an entry exam to qualify for LPN training at Miller Dwan Hospital in Duluth. She worked at Miller Dwan Hospital for many years after her training. Dorothy and “Hap” moved to Columbia Heights in 1967. There she enjoyed taking care of and attending school activities of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In 2000 she moved back to her beginnings and loved living in Glen on Clear Lake, a dream come true for her. She enjoyed reading poetry, fishing, collecting dolls, her new neighbors, and watching sunsets and the loons. She had a green thumb that was evident by her garden and house plants. In 2011 she moved into Golden Horizons Assisted Living where she made many friends. She was a member of the Glen Community Church and managed to attend in the summers when able. She was a member of the Aitkin County Doll Club, Aitkin County Historical Society and Forever Young Club. She loved attending family reunions, school reunions, and having her family and friends visit her. She was preceded in death by her parents Clarence and Betsy (Storm) Curtis, husband Olaf “Hap” Hermanson, daughter Judith Lockwood, 2 granddaughters: Cynthia Bond and Jodi Schaffer, 2 brothers: Clifford and Donald Curtis, 2 step-brothers, and 5 step-sisters. She is survived by 2 daughters and son-in-law: Jo Ann (Ron) White and Jeanne Schneider, 9 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, 23 great-great-grandchildren with 2 more on the way, Sister: Maxine Mapes, Son-in-law: Jack Rygg, and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Glen Community Church in Glen. Reverend Randy Stauter will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. Friday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin and will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Malmo Cemetery. Memorial are preferred to: Glen Community Church, Aitkin County Historical Society or Heartland Hospice. www.srtfuneral.com
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Tami I. Peterson
07/03/1963-05/21/2016
Tami I. Peterson, 52 of Aitkin passed peacefully at home with her daughters by her side on Saturday, May 21, 2016. She was born July 3, 1963 in Portland, OR. Tami was united in marriage to Kenny D. Peterson June 15, 1996 at their home in rural Aitkin. She most recently worked as a massage therapist. She was preceded in death by her husband Kenny on January 10, 2016, son Chris Peterson, granddaughter Makayla Yost and her mother. Tami is survived by her daughters: Amanda (Jon) Yost of Emily Nicole Kemp of Aitkin 9 grandchildren Brother: Randy (Venessa) Kemp of Palisade Father: Norman Kemp Private family services will be held June 4, 2016. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Kenneth L. Curran, Sr.
03/15/1938-05/19/2016
Kenneth L. Curran, Sr., 78 of Aitkin died Thursday, May 19, 2016 at St. Cloud Hospital. Ken has gratefully chosen to donate his remains to the University of Minnesota Medical School. He was a 19 year transplant recipient and was very grateful for this time. He was born March 15, 1938 in Aitkin to James and Alice (Carlson) Curran. He graduated from Aitkin High School in 1956. Ken was united in marriage to Patty (Eklund) on February 27, 1960 in McGrath. He owned and operated Curran Electric prior to retirement. He was a member of the Dam Lake Sportsman’s Club, Aitkin Moose Lodge #1060, and a 21 year member of the Aitkin Fire Department. He was preceded in death by his parents. Ken is survived by his wife Patty of Aitkin Children: Christine (Tim) Lindberg of Aitkin, Jim (Beth) Curran of Bagley, Angie Curran of Brainerd, Ken Curran, Jr. of Aitkin, Mother-in-law: Lovina Hobson of Aitkin, 6 grandsons: Jeremy, Peter, Benny, Sam, Joe, and Charles, 1 granddaughter: Shannon, 5 great-grandchildren, 1 sister: Jeanne (Gene Sacha) Shallman of Tucson, AZ. Other relatives and many friends. Memorial service will be 1:00P.M. – Thursday, May 26, 2016 at Saint James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Visitation will begin at 11:00A.M. Thursday at the church. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Jackie LeMire
03/04/1948-05/14/2016
Jackie LeMire, 68, died Saturday, May 14, 2016 at her home. She was born March 4, 1948 in Fresno, CA. to Theodore James and Lillian Bess (Randall) Felles. She is survived by her husband Jerry LeMire and her son Kevin Wills. A private family service will be held at a later date. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Dale Loren Kelly
11/24/1945-05/14/2016
Dale Loren Kelly, 70, of Aitkin died Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Lakewood Care Center in Staples. He was born November 24, 1945 in Aitkin to Alson David and Vivian Elna (Wallin) Kelly. He graduated from Aitkin High School. He was U.S. Air Force Veteran serving in the Vietnam War and retired from the National Guard. Dale was united in marriage to Deborah Piecek August 25, 1975 in Watertown, SD. He worked for Military Affairs for the state of Minnesota. He was a family man, loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing, and was a Green Bay Packers and New York Yankees fan. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister-in-law Kathy Kelly. Dale is survived by his wife Debbie, 2 Sons and daughters-in-law: Ken (Jodi) Kelly of Farmington, Joe (Jen) Piecek of Aitkin, Daughter: Jessica Kelly of Aitkin, 7 grandchildren: Taylor, Alex, Hannah, Braedon, Teagan, Damon, and Kinley, Brother: Darrell Kelly 2 sisters and brothers-in-law: Faye (Greg) Zimple and Charlene (Keith) Sampson Nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Memorial service will be 1:00P.M. – Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at the 40 Club Convention Center in Aitkin. Scott Piecek will lead the service. Visitation will begin at 11:00A.M. until the 1:00P.M. Wednesday service at the convention center. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW Roberts-Glad Post #1727 and Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86. Burial will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Kathryn Boyd Hedstrom
06/16/1939-05/14/2016
Kathryn Boyd Hedstrom, Native Name: WAABISHKAANIKWADOOKWE (White Cloud Woman) and most commonly known as Ant or Comig; age 76 of McGregor died Saturday, May 14, 2016 at her home. She was born June 16, 1939 at Cloquet, Minnesota the daughter of George and Susan (Manitou) Boyd. She grew up at Sawyer and then moved to the Big Sandy Lake area and then moved to Lake Minnewawa in the 1950’s and has lived there since. She married Marvin Hedstrom in 1960 at Tamarack. Marvin passed away in 1967. She had worked as a spot welder for the A-TEK Company in McGregor for a time. She then worked as a Community Health Representative for the Mille Lacs Band for many years. She semi-retired in 1986, to raise Joanna, Barry and Brandon Bearheart. She then went back to work full time as a receptionist at the East Lake ALU until retiring in 2010. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member of the Midewin Society, Ceremonial Drum Society, and was active in many of the cultural activities in Minnesota and Wisconsin. She enjoyed gaming especially the slots and Bingo, mini vacations at the local casinos, spending time with family, shopping, watching the food and game show networks, rummage sales, twins Baseball, camping and fishing with the family, and going on the Elder trips and events sponsored by the Mille Lacs Band. She is survived by her children: Son; Meskwanakwad (Florence) of Onamia; culturally adopted daughters: Rosa (Robert) Colton of McGregor, Eloise (Colton) Yanez of McGregor, Alida (Colton) Matrious of Sandstone, Mary Colton of McGregor. She culturally adopted her children Brandon Bearheart and Barry Bearheart of Onamia; and Joanna Bearheart of Minneapolis. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Taianne of Cumberland, Wi.; Brandon Jr. of Onamia and Duane of Bemidji and 1 sister: Marene (Boyd) Hedstrom of McGregor. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great grand nieces and nephews, Weh’ehs and extended family and many good friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brothers: George Jr., Franklin, Charles, Lawrence and sisters: Angeline (Boyd) Wadena, Mabel (Boyd) Albino, Susan (Boyd) Gerlach, Louise (Boyd) Day, Bernice (Boyd) Phillips and nephew Rich Boyd. A funeral service will be held Thursday, May 19, 2016 starting at 10 AM from the East Lake Community Center with Lee Staples officiating. The wake will begin at 7 PM on Wednesday at the East Lake Community Center. Burial will be at the Big Sandy Lake Burial Grounds. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, Mn. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Roxanne Iris Gullickson - Lentz
04/03/1968-05/13/2016
Roxanne Iris Gullickson – Lentz, 48, of Aitkin died Friday, May 13, 2016 at her home. She was born April 3, 1968 in Eau Claire, WI. to Curtis and Deanna (Mann) Gullickson. Roxanne was very selfless, compassionate, loving, and accepting, she always put others first. She had a special place in her heart for all her “adopted children”. Her family and pets were her world. She was a gifted poet and singer with a beautiful voice. She drew a lot of strength and comfort from her faith in God. She was preceded in death by her grandparents: Leon and Iris Mann, and Severin and Hilda Gullickson. Roxanne is survived by her parents: Curtis and Deanna (Mann) Gullickson of Aitkin, 3 Children: Natasha, Mikaylee, and DeNae Lentz all of Aitkin, Sister and brother-in-law: Robyn (Timothy) Gullickson – Modl of Aitkin, Husband: Eric of Superior, WI. Father-in-law and mother-in-law: Allan and Kay Lentz, Sister-in-law: Connie (Scott) Gunn, Brother-in-law: Greg (Carmen) Lentz, Nieces and nephews: Melinda Modl, Travis Modl, Tiffani Lentz, Brad Gunn, and Trista Gunn, Many great-nieces and great-nephews, other relatives and friends. Memorial service will be 3:00P.M. – Saturday, May 21, 2016 at New Life Church in Aitkin. Reverend Larry Berg will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Patricia Weistroffer
05/31/1933-05/11/2016
Patricia Weistroffer, 82 of Aitkin died Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at Aitkin Health Services. She was born May 31, 1933 in Waukenabo Township to Frank and Helen (Reuland) Weistroffer. She lived and operated LaMonts Resort on Waukenabo Lake and also worked as a nurses aid at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin for over 40 years. She was a member of TOPS. She loved reading, going for walks and picking agates, making quilts, embroidery, and needle work. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers and sisters. Patricia is survived by her son and daughter-in-law: Dale (Arlene) Weistroffer of Palisade, 3 Grandchildren: Rachel Gripentrog of Crosby, Dusty (Tabbatha) Weistroffer of Palisade, David (Lynn) Weistroffer of Brainerd, 10 great-grandchildren: Cole, Andrew, Hannah, Ben, Travis, Wyatt, Colton, Carley, Dawson, Dakota, 1 great-great-grandson: Malachi, Many nieces, nephews, and friends. Memorial service will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, May 21, 2016 at Hilltop Chapel, Palisade. Reverend Barry Hite will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Waukenabo Cemetery. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Greg L. McDowall
08/06/1984-05/06/2016
Greg L. McDowall, age 31 of McGregor formerly of Becker died Friday, May 6, 2016. Greg was born August 6, 1984 at St. Cloud, Minnesota the son of Michael and LaDonna (Turner) McDowall. He grew up and attended schools in Becker, Mn. and graduated from the Becker High School. He started working on a farm at the age of 12 and then after high school he worked road construction for a time. He then bought his own truck and did over the road trucking throughout the United States. The past 5 years he trucked mainly in Minnesota. He married Kristy Marie Bouvette on September 15, 2007 on Mille Lacs Lake. They resided in Becker for a time and then lived in North Dakota and then moved to McGregor, Mn. in 2010 and have lived there since. Greg loved to hunt, fish, playing in the mud with his 4-wheelers and just being outdoors. He is survived by his wife Kristy; Children: Deja, Greg Jr., Tessa and Trevor; Parents: Michael and LaDonna McDowall, Sisters: Danita, Lisa, Sara, Nina; brothers: Lee and Alex; in laws: Charlie and Don Dinneen and Skip Bouvette, sister in law: Jennifer and brother in law: Daniel, and numerous nieces and nephews and Godchildren. Memorial service will be 1:00P.M. – Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at the United Methodist Church in McGregor. Pastor Joel Seibel will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com
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William H. Dougherty
04/01/1954-05/03/2016
William Helge Dougherty, age 62 of rural Aitkin died Tuesday, 3 2016 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He was born April 1, 1954 in Aitkin the son of James and Carol (Kilstofte) Dougherty. He grew up and attended schools in Richfield and graduated from the Richfield High School. Bill was an avid hunter, fisherman and the owner of Wealthwood Golf Estates in Wealthwood MN. He has lived in the Mille Lacs area for the past 40 years. Prior to owning the Golf Course Bill was the original owner and founder of Barnacle Bill’s Resort on Mille Lacs Lake. He will be remembered for his hard work and dedication to any project he was involved with and his outgoing personality and ability to make friends instantly. His surviving family is happy he is no longer suffering and is enjoying the companionship of those who have preceded him in death and the comfort of the Lord. He was preceded in death by his parents James and Carol Dougherty, Brother Michael and special friend Ellen. He is survived by his loving children: James Dougherty of Princeton, Mn. and Cristy Dougherty of St. Francis, Mn. and Sister: Jane Nichols of San Antonio, Tx. A gathering of family and friends will be held Friday, May 13, 2016 from 4 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Howard H. Sager
08/13/1950-05/01/2016
Howard H. Sager, 65 of Aitkin died Sunday, May 1, 2016 at his home. He was born August 13, 1950 in Princeton to Gerald and Edna (Forchen) Sager. Howard was united in marriage to Joyce M. (Lindelof) on August 15, 2009 in Malmo. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for Barton Sand and Gravel of Maple Grove for many years and he enjoyed going to auctions. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Danny, and sisters: Maryann Gillette and Colleen Olson. Howard is survived by his wife: Joyce of Aitkin, Son: Duane Sager of Princeton and girlfriend: Linda Gilgenbach, Step-daughter: K.C. (Scott) Sarazin of McGregor Grandchildren: Mikyla, Montanna, Caine, Hunter, and Gabby, Brothers: Marty (Joyce) Sager of Plymouth, Henry (Sharon) Sager of Princeton, Jerry (Nancy) Sager of Princeton, Dick (Karen) Sager of Cambridge, Billy Sager of Princeton, Sisters: Caroline (Phil) Bendickson of Brooke Park, Elaine (Delbert) Holland of Harris, Lorna (Carl) Bursch of Cambridge, Marge Olson of Cambridge, Kim Sager of Barstow, CA. 2 cats: Sophia and Taz; and his dog Kylee Many other relatives and friends. Services will be held Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 1 PM from the Hazelton Town Hall. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Robert Lee Chute
03/25/1928-04/27/2016
Robert Lee Chute, 88 of Aitkin, died Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at Aitkin Health Services. He was born March 25, 1928 in Waldeck to H.E. Ed and Julia (Hoving) Chute, Sr. He graduated from Aitkin High School. He farmed and was a horse and dog trainer, performing shows for county fairs and gatherings. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Harold and Russell Chute. Robert is survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Morrison Township, Aitkin County, MN. www.srtfuneral.com
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Donna Jean Wagner
06/08/1934-04/25/2016
Donna Jean Wagner, 81 of Palisade died Monday, April 25, 2016 at her home. She was born June 8, 1934 in Hutchinson to Morris and Helen (Hatfield) Musil. Donna was united in marriage to Gerald Wayne Wagner on June 24, 1950 in Aitkin. She worked as a homemaker taking care of her family, farmed, and worked for 32 years out of her home assembling sinkers for Water Gremlin Co. She enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening. She was preceded in death by her parents. Donna is survived by her husband Gerald Wagner of Palisade, 5 children and their spouses: Wayne (Linda) Wagner of Palisade, Karen (Lyle) Ward of Aitkin, Morris Wagner of Grand Haven, MI. David (Patricia) Wagner of St. Paul, Allen Wagner of Princeton, 9 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, Brother and sister-in-law: Roger (Shirley) Musil of Newtonville, OH., Many nieces, nephews, and friends. Funeral service will be 1:00P.M. – Friday, April 29, 2016 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Charles Carlson will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Waukenabo Cemetery. www.srtfuneral.com
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Roy V. Larson
12/13/1929-04/23/2016
Roy V. Larson, age 87 of Aitkin died peacefully Saturday, April 23, 2016 at the Golden Horizons Assisted Living Center in Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, sisters and daughter Donna. He is survived by his 3 sons: Leonard, Allen and Steven and Jeanne Larson the mother of his children. He is also survived by Brother Loren Larson and Sister Ardis Lidberg. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 11 AM at the Golden Horizons Assisted Living Center in Aitkin. Burial will be in the Malmo Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Aitkin VFW and American Legion Posts. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Iona E. Knoll
07/30/1912-04/22/2016
Iona E. Knoll, age 103 of Aitkin, died Friday, April 22, 2016 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Iona was born July 30, 1912 in Cottonwood County near Lamberton, Minnesota the daughter of Richard and Ida (Matzke) Wendland. As a child she lived in North Dakota for 8 years, near the town of Woodworth. Her family returned to Minnesota in 1921 where they farmed near Storden, MN. Iona received most of her education here and she graduated from the Jeffers High School in 1932. She married William Knoll on June 20, 1937 at Jeffers, Minnesota. During WW II they lived in California and worked in the Defense Plants. After the war they lived in Morris, Minnesota for 3 years. In 1948 her husband accepted a job as caretaker of their church’s Bible Camp known then as the American Lutheran Bible Camp which is now known as Camp Onamia. Her husband Bill was soon made manager, a job which he held for 27 years. Iona was made manager of the food services at the camp and held that position until retirement in 1975. They moved to Aitkin where they built a home. They lived there until her husband passed away in 1986. Iona moved to Blackrock Terrace in 1987 and then to Aicota Assisted Living in 2009. Iona was a member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, was an avid reader and loved history. She is survived by 1 brother: Maynard Wendland of Lamberton, Mn. and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, 6 brothers and 4 sisters. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 1 PM from St. John’s Lutheran Church at Cedarbrook with Rev. Sandy Berg Holte officiating. Burial will be the St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Richard Karl Hermann
06/10/1946-04/14/2016
Richard Karl Hermann, 69 of McGregor died peacefully at home on April 14, 2016. He was born June 10, 1946 in St. Paul to Charles and Beth (Dehart) Hermann. He was preceded in death by his grandson Baby Boy Wenzel and his parents. He is survived by his wife: Linda "Schatz", Children: Lisa (Dean) Wenzel, Randy (Taryn) Hermann, Sheila (Nick) Mayer, Sister: Charlene (Carey) Moschkau, Grandchildren: Keenan, Tanner, and Kailer Wenzel, Logan, Reed, and Drake Hermann, Haddyn, Kolvin, and Grettyn Mayer, Nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends. A celebration of Richard’s life will be 11:00A.M. to 1:00P.M. – Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at the Palisade Community Center in Palisade. No Memorials Please. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Donald Arthur Grandquist
11/07/1925-04/14/2016
Donald Arthur Grandquist, 90 of Aitkin died Thursday, April 14, 2016 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born November 7, 1925 in Drayton, North Dakota to Arthur William and Alma Regina (Hendrickson) Grandquist. He grew up and went to school in Kennedy, Deer River, and Parkers Prairie. He served in WW II as Seaman 1st Class in the United States Coast Guard aboard the U.S. Muskogee PF 49 from 1943 to 1946. He saw service in the South Pacific, the Aleutians, and off the West Coast of the U.S. After the war, he attended the Universities of North Dakota and Minnesota. He went to work for Phillips Petroleum Co. in 1951 and retired in 1976. Donald was united in marriage to Susan Ann Kukacka at St. Columbia’s Catholic Church in St. Paul in 1957. He moved to Aitkin in 1976 after buying into Rasley Oil Co. (Phillips 66) until 1999 when he sold his share of the business. He continued to work for Rasley Oil Co. in a part-time capacity until 2013. He was a member of Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86 and Aitkin Moose Lodge #1060. He enjoyed grouse hunting, reunions with shipmates, and sports. Donald is survived by his wife of 58 years Susan, Daughter Julie Marie Grandquist, Cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. In Lieu of flowers memorials are requested to: St. Joseph’s Home for Children – Catholic Charities SDS 12-2961, PO Box 86, Minneapolis, MN. 55486-2961. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Thursday, April 21, 2016 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86 and Aitkin VFW Roberts-Glad Post 1727. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Gerald Burdick
11/19/1946-04/10/2016
Gerald “Jerry” Burdick, age 69 of Tamarack, died Sunday, April 10, 2016 at the Northland Village Assisted Living in McGregor. He was born November 19, 1946 at Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Roy and Doris (Guitare) Burdick. He married Kathleen Archer on July 28, 1990 at Tamarack. Jerry worked for a time on the Great Lakes and also with Dependable Surfacing Black Top, logged with the Brekke Twins and then worked for more than 30 years for the Demenge Sawmill. His last years, he hauled firewood to several people in the area. He was the happiest when he could be out in the woods working. He loved hunting, ice fishing with his brother Russ, bird hunting, picking berries and feeding the birds and deer. Jerry is survived by 5 brothers: Roger Burdick and Russ Burdick of Tamarack, David Burdick of North Augusta, South Carolina, Wally Burdick of Pierz, Dewey Burdick of Wright; 3 Sisters: Carol Hageman and Pearl Bruggman of McGregor, Joyce Shokes of Johns Island, South Carolina, numerous other relatives and friends and longtime friend Matt Suprina of Tamarack. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Kathy in 1997, brothers: Richard, Dale, Joe, Donnie, and sister: Jeanette Fredrickson. At Jerry’s request no services will be held. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Raymond E. Ertz
02/08/1929-04/09/2016
Raymond E. Ertz, age 87 of Aitkin formerly of Palisade and Richfield died Saturday, April 9, 2016 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Raymond was born on February 8, 1929 at Ivanhoe, Minnesota the son of Mathies and Mary (Beyerink) Ertz, where he grew up on the family farm and attended schools. He left the family farm and moved to Minneapolis where he met and married Erma Marie Sarff on February 9, 1957 at Our Lady of Victory Church in Minneapolis. In 1959 they moved to Richfield where they raised their family and he worked for the National Vitamin Products in Minneapolis for 37 years. In 1992 he and his wife moved to Palisade to build their retirement home on the Sarff family farm. Ray and Erma enjoyed their retirement in Palisade and celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary before Erma’s death in 2006. Raymond moved into Aitkin in 2007. Raymond has resided at the Aicota Health Care Center for the past 8 years. He is survived by 2 sons: Stephen (Bonnie) Ertz of Brooklyn Center, Mn.; Alan (Connie) Ertz of Lakeville, Mn.; Grandchildren: Joshua, Andrew, Mari, Aaron, Jacob and Great Grandchildren JJ and Ava. Also surviving are 2 sisters: Delores Arends of Taunton. and Eldora Pagel of Canon Falls, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Erma in 2006, and 1 grandson: Matthew 3 brothers and 7 sisters. A funeral service will be held Friday, April 15, 2016 at 1 PM from Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade with Rev. William Sass officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Earl E. Bloom Sr.
02/09/1935-04/08/2016
Earl E. Bloom Sr. age 81 of Aitkin died Friday, April 8, 2016 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Earl was born February 9, 1935 at Lake Wilson, Minnesota the son of Ernest and Alida (Habben) Bloom. He grew up near Lake Wilson and Slayton, Minnesota. He was the eighth of twelve children. He served in the U.S. Army in the late 1950’s. He married Ruth Dahlquist on June 19, 1960 at Lake Wilson. They lived in Watertown, Mn. before retiring to the Malmo area about 20 years ago. Earl drove truck and worked as a mechanic. His family was the most important thing to Earl. He loved his children, loved his grandchildren more and loved his great grandchildren even more. He is survived by his wife Ruth Bloom of Aitkin; Children: Carrie (Scott) Gosewisch of Maple Plain, Mn; Robin Bloom of Long Lake, Mn.; Sheila (Paul) Berge of Malmo; Gayle (Peter) Grasser of Corpus Christi, TX.; Earl (Candace) Bloom of Prior Lake, Mn.; brothers and sisters: Violet Sixta, George Bloom, Virgil Bloom and Carol Snyder; Grandchildren: Burl, Andrew, Jessica, Colton, Katie, Nicholas, Abigail, Cody, Holli, Garrett, Laura, Enzo, Brianna, Rayven and Great Grandchildren: Kyla, Alexus, Adeline, Thor, Leighton, Madeline, Louie, Ruby, Wyatt, Waylon, Aiden, and Travis. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sister: Luella Smith, Velva Schneider, Isabelle Wiedboom, Thelma Beech, Norma Jean Beech, Isabella Bloom and Dennis Bloom. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 1 PM at the Princeton Train Depot Museum in Princeton, Minnesota. A lunch will follow the service. Pastors Bruce VanStelton and Caleb Dunham will officiate. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Chaz Long
01/07/1930-04/08/2016
Chaz Long, 86 of The Klondyke near Deerwood died Friday April 8, 2016 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis with his family by his side. He was born January 7, 1930 in Brighton, England to Jack and Mabel (Chatfield) Long. He graduated high school in England. He was a veteran of the British Army attaining the rank of Sargent in the Royal Army Service Corps, spending 5 years in Hong Kong. Chaz moved to Canada where he adopted his son Darin. He moved back to England and owned the “Constant Service Pub”. He immigrated to Chicago and started working for many food manufacturing companies around the U.S. Chaz was united in marriage to Penny (Ronich) on December 23, 1985 in Sisseton, South Dakota. He lived in the McGregor area for a time where he owned and operated Timber Shores on Lake Minnewawa. After retirement he moved to the Aitkin area eventually settling at The Klondyke. He enjoyed cooking his famous BBQ ribs, hockey, soccer, and fishing. He was preceded in death by his parents and his 8 siblings. Chaz is survived by his wife Penny Long of The Klondyke, Son and daughter-in-law: Darin (Karen) Long of Ontario, Canada, Step-children: Kim (Gene) Davies of Aitkin and Jeff (Melissa) Fredrickson of Plymouth, 6 grandchildren: Melissa, Megan, Cody, Kaija, Luke, Grace, Sister and brother-in-law: Shirley (Stan) Barrett of Brighton, England, Many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and special friends at The Klondyke. A celebration of his wonderful life will be 11:00A.M.to 3:00P.M. Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the Moose Lodge #1060 in Aitkin. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Jerry J. Benjamin Jr.
04/21/1957-04/07/2016
Jerry J. Benjamin Jr., Native Name Ni Shwa So Ga-Bow of the Bullhead Clan, age 58 died Thursday, April 7, 2016 at his home near McGregor. Jerry was born April 21, 1957 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Jerry and Katherine (Batiste) Benjamin Sr. He grew up in Minneapolis and McGregor graduating from the McGregor High School in 1975. He then attended the Brainerd Technical College for 2 years. He went to work for the Mille Lacs Band doing construction work for 10 years. He then moved to Hayward, Wisconsin and lived there. He married Dora J. Mitchell on April 27, 2012 in Hayward. They moved back to the McGregor area in 2013 and have lived here since. He enjoyed playing his guitar and listening to country music. He also enjoyed playing pool. He is survived by his wife Dora Benjamin of McGregor; brothers: Thomas (Vanessa) Benjamin of McGregor, Frank (Colleen) Benjamin of Onamia, Kevin (Sherry) Benjamin of McGregor, Maurice (Brenda) Benjamin of McGregor, sisters: Sherry Benjamin of St. Paul, Mn., Lisa (John) Benjamin of McGregor, Betty Quaderer of McGregor and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 daughter: Wendy Barney, Brother Rick, niece Tishina Benjamin and nephews Avery Benjamin. A wake will begin at dusk on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at the East Lake Community Center and continue until the time of service at 10 AM on Monday with Larry Amik Smallwood officiating. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery in McGregor. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home.
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Roger Allen Mapes
02/14/1930-04/06/2016
Roger A. Mapes, 86, died Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at Aitkin Health Services. He was born February 14, 1930 in Colgate, North Dakota to Emry and Grace (Erickson) Mapes. He graduated from McGregor High School class of 1948. Roger was a U.S. Army Veteran. He worked for many years as a mechanic. He enjoyed bowling and was very musical, playing guitar and piano. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Merlin and Phillip, and sister Dorothy Smith. Roger is survived by his brother and sister-in-law: Donald (Judy) Mapes of Aitkin, Grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Memorial service will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, April 16, 2016 at Tamarack Presbyterian Church in Tamarack. Reverend Rick Mann will officiate. Burial will be in Round Lake Cemetery. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Florence C. Kalinowski
07/24/1927-04/04/2016
Florence Christina Kalinowski age 88 of Aitkin died Monday, April 4, 2016 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Florence was born July 24, 1927 at Lima, Wisconsin the daughter of Leo and Helen (Komro) Bauer. She attended schools at Durand, Wisconsin. She worked as a cook at a café in Durand. She married Stanley H. Johnson on April 21, 1967 at Millbank, South Dakota. They made their home in St. Paul and she worked as a cook and Bartender at the Esquire in St. Paul. They moved to the Aitkin area in 1971 and she worked at Carlsona and the Aitkin Moose Club. She has resided at the Aitkin Manor for the past 3 years. Her first Husband Stanley died in 1991. She married Donald Kalinowski on May 4, 1996 in Aitkin. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church and the Aitkin Moose Club. She enjoyed playing cards. She is survived by her daughter and son in law: Lynn and Todd Sisson of Frazee, Mn.; son: Gary Johnson of Aitkin; Grandchildren: Annie Sisson, Keeley Sisson, Nicole Eklund, Jammie Rehwinkle, Jesse Smithson, Amanda Hansen, Angie Hansen, Michael Kalinowski, Julie Kalinowski, 16 Great Grandchildren; sisters and brothers in law: Mary Kay and James Hancock of Minneapolis, Carol Kalinowski and Edward Robinson of Virginia State, Karen and Wally Hansen of Minneapolis, daughter in law: Donette Kalinowski of Chicago, Ill. and son in law: Earl Smithson of Aitkin, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands Stanley in 1991 and Donald in 2015 and daughter in law: Patricia Smithson. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery on Friday at 1:35 PM. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Janice Boyer
05/06/1947-04/02/2016
Janice L. Boyer, age 68 of Aitkin died Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Jan was born May 6, 1947 at Comfrey, Minnesota the daughter of John and Geraldine (Weinkauf) Benson. She grew up in Garrison and attended school in Garrison and then Brainerd where she graduated from the Brainerd High School in 1964. She worked as a waitress in café’s in the area and had waitressed at the Roadside in Aitkin for a number of years. She then started with the U.S. Postal Service in 1980 as a rural mail carrier and retired in 2010 after 30 years. She enjoyed woodworking, the outdoors, cake decorating and she did holiday window decorating for many of the businesses in Aitkin. She is survived by 1 daughter: Jody Young of Brainerd; Son and daughter in law: Jim and Terri Boyer of Aitkin; 5 Grandchildren: Logan, Oakly, Joni, Jadyn, Jamison; 2 Great Grandchildren: Cayleb and Joshua. 3 Brothers: Jerry Benson of Garrison, Jack Benson of Gypsumville, Manitoba, Canada, Mark Benson of Aitkin. She was preceded in death by her parents, Brother John Benson, 1 grandchild Jacob and James Boyer. A gathering of friends and family will be held Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 1 PM until 4 PM with a service at 2 PM from the Light of the Cross Lutheran Church in Garrison with Rev. Julie Sutton-Deem officiating. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Ferne Dumke
01/10/1923-03/27/2016
Ferne Bertha Hanna (Ailts) Dumke of Centuria, Wisc. And Aitkin, Mn. died Sunday, March 27, 2016 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Ferne was born January 10, 1923 at Forest, Wisconsin the daughter of Frieda and Henry Ailts. She was baptized in their log home near Forest, Wisconsin. She was confirmed at Good Hope Lutheran Church at Titonka, Iowa. Ferne graduated from Glenwood City High School in 1941 and had attended many class reunions until a few years ago. Ferne married Donald Dumke on December 6, 1945 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Forest, Wisconsin. Ferne spent most of her life farming with her late husband Don. She lived in the Deer Lake Community from 1945 to 1950, 1950 to 1955 in New Richmond, WI., 1955 to 1966 managed Deer Lake Farm at St. Croix Falls, WI., 1966 to 2006 owned their farm approximately one mile east of Deer Lake Farm near St. Croix Falls, 2006 to 2010 at the Balsam Lake Wi., Senior Apartments and 2010 until present at the Golden Horizon Assisted Living in Aitkin. Ferne had worked Wayne’s Café near St. Croix Falls from 1966 to 2006. She enjoyed Demos at the Walmart store in St. Croix Falls on the new products for many years. Ferne also enjoyed meeting people by selling Avon products. She had served as chairman of St. John’s Ladies Aid for over 40 years. She was a lifetime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Centuria, WI. Ferne was the key leader of the Happy Lakers 4-H Club for many years. Ferne loved playing cards, growing flowers, putting puzzles together and entertaining friends. Survivors include her son and daughter in law: David and Pamela Dumke of St. Croix Falls, WI., Daughters and son in laws: Joy and Carroll Janzen of Aitkin, MN., Mary and Rick Petroske of Lino Lakes, MN., Grandchildren: Ann (Janzen) and Jon Finifrock of Barnum, MN., Christine (Janzen) and Jon Midthun of St. Cloud, MN., Tony and Dena Petroske of Rice Lake, WI., Michael Petroske of Lino Lakes, MN., Drew Dumke of St. Croix Falls, WI., Great Grandsons: Trent, Nathan, Nicholas, Brady and Isaac. And many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Donald of 40 years and parents Henry and Frieda Ailts. A funeral service will be held Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 2:30 PM at the Kolstad Family Funeral Home in Centuria, Wisconsin. The family will greet visitors at the funeral home from 12:30 PM until the service time. Ferne will be laid to rest in the St. John's Lutheran Cemetery at Centuria following the service. A memorial service will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin (Behind the High School) on Friday, April 1, 2016 at 11 AM with Rev. David Becker officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Carl Edwin Munson
11/07/1910-03/27/2016
Carl Edwin "Ed" Munson, 105 of Aitkin, MN died on Sunday March 27, 2016 at Aitkin Health Services. He was born November 7, 1910 in Minneapolis to August and Hilda (Benson) Munson. He attended school in Sacramento, CA. Ed was united in marriage to Mildred "Millie" Marie Petersen on December 28, 1940 in Minneapolis. They were married for 70 years until Millie's death in 2011. He was also preceded in death by his parents, August and Hilda, Granddaughter, Jamie Rae Hiler and sister, Ellen Sinkler. He is survived by his son, Rick and daughter-in-law Michelle Munson of Eagan and daughter, Joanne "Jo" Hiler of Little Falls. He has 5 Grandchildren, Matt (Jenny) Munson, Scott Munson, Jessi (Jeremy) Schultz, Jeremiah Hiler, Joanna Hiler, 2 Step Grandchildren, Garrett & Ashley Sprouse, 10 Great Grandchildren and 1 Great- Great- Grandchild. He entered the U.S. Army in 1941, served in WWII and was engaged in the Battle of Okinawa where they came under attack by the largest concentration of Japanese firepower in the Pacific War and suffered 10,000 casualties, including 1,625 killed. Ed was part of the "Deadeyes" 96th Infantry Division that engaged in the largest battle of the war in the Pacific. After returning from the war, Ed went on to work 35 years for Minneapolis Gas Company (Minnegasco) as a gas main locater. In 1972 Ed & Millie retired to their lake home in Aitkin (Clear Lake) and spent the next 25 years watching the sunset from their deck and spending joyous days with their friends and family at the "cabin". They began hosting the 4th of July family reunion weekend with the Burckhard's, Petersen's, Munson's and extended family, a tradition which continues to this day. Ed was able to join the family in his later years and never missed the parade which grew from modest beginnings to one that now attracts hundreds of people. Ed was a builder at heart and with the help of a few neighbors took on many large projects in his retirement years including adding a basement, bathroom, bedroom and garage to his lake home. If he wasn't building something he had a shovel in his hands and always found a place to dig a hole, often it seemed only to put the dirt back in place. And start over. He was a gentle sole who adored his family and especially lit up when he was able to spend time with his Grandchildren. The last five years of his life were spent at Aitkin Healthcare Services. He received incredible care and love by the entire staff. Ed's family is indebted to those who cared for him and treated him like he was part of their family. We would ask that memorials be considered to Aitkin Healthcare Services in Lieu of flowers. Funeral service will be 12:00P.M. – Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Reverend Melissa Carmack will officiate. Visitation will be 6 to 8:00P.M. – Friday at the funeral home and will continue 1 hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Aitkin. Military honors provided by Aitkin American Legion Lee Post #86 and Aitkin VFW Roberts-Glad Post #1727. www.srtfuneral.com
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Joyce Rimer
02/03/1939-03/26/2016
Joyce A. Rimer, age 77 of Malmo and Isle formerly of Dresser and Bayport, died Saturday, March 26, 2016 at the Mille Lacs Nursing Home in Onamia. Joyce was born February 3, 1939 at Osceola, Wisconsin the daughter of Peter and Ruby (Frank) Kammerud. She attended grade school in Dresser and High School in Osceola graduating from the Osceola High School in 1957. She married Donald C. Rimer on February 8, 1958 at Dresser, Wisconsin. They made their home at Bayport and she worked a couple jobs and then went to work for Anderson Windows. She worked for them for about 20 years. When she and her husband retired from Anderson Windows they moved to Malmo, Minnesota in 1989 and made their home on Mille Lacs Lake. After her husband died in 2003 she lived on the lake for a time but then moved to Isle and has resided there since. She was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church at Malmo. She and her husband had been Cub Scout leaders in their early years. She enjoyed baking and was known as the Pie Lady. She is survived by brothers: Iver and Jan Kammerud of St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin; Marshall and Marianne Kammerud of Columbus, Ohio; Earl Kammerud of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; John and June Kammerud of Reedsburg, Wisconsin; and also nieces, nephews and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and 1 sister Marilyn. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 11 AM from Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo with Rev. James Raisanen officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at a later date in the Pleasant Prairie Cemetery at Osceola, Wisconsin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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David D. Hasskamp
08/07/1934-03/23/2016
David D. Hasskamp age 81 of Aitkin died Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. David spent his whole life in the Aitkin County area. He worked in the Crosby iron mine as a driller, heavy equipment operator and truck driver hauling iron ore until the mines closed. Dave served as a First Sergeant in the Minnesota National Guard Tank Unit. During his time in the National Guards, Dave trained as a master mechanic. Dave and his wife Louise were turkey farmers for several years in Aitkin. Dave also owned and operated the International Harvester Implement business in Aitkin for several years. Dave also served as Captain of the Aitkin Volunteer Fire Department. For the past 30 years David passionately worked as the Aitkin County Economic Developer for the long term well-being of the community. Dave was known as a man with a quick business mind that could "think outside of the box" and encourage others around him to do the same. Dave's efforts at Aitkin County Growth has left a legacy of hundreds of people employed full time working at numerous businesses that would not exist without his assistance. Dave made a big difference in the Aitkin community and in the lives of the people that he has touched. Dave serves as an inspiration, role model and teacher to all who knew him. Dave was selfless and kind. He was a devoted friend, and loved being a husband, parent, grandparent and great grandparent. Dave was preceded in death by his wife Louise and son William. He is survived by his daughter and son in law: Mary Hasskamp-Howe and Daniel Howe; Daughter in law: Mary Ann Hasskamp, Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, Brother and sister in law: Roger and Donna Hasskamp and sister: Rita and nieces and nephews. A memorial service for David will be held Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home.
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Susan Marie Pendergrass
12/06/1946-03/19/2016
Susan Marie Pendergrass, 69 of Aitkin died Sat. March 19, 2016 at her home. She was born December 6, 1946 in Minneapolis to Kenneth and Ida (Van Hoecke) Rittinger. She graduated from Richfield High School in 1964. Susan was united in marriage to David Pendergrass on July 2, 1966 in Richfield. She was preceded in death by her son Gary and her parents. Susan is survived by her husband David of Aitkin, Daughter Barbara Chiappetti of Bloomington, 2 granddaughters: Nichole and Kayla, 3 grandsons, 2 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers: Mike Rittinger of Big Lake and Jack Rittinger of Savage. There will be no services at this time. www.srtfuneral.com
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Donna Borgman
11/08/1932-03/19/2016
Donna Jene Rosetta Borgman, 83 of Aitkin died Saturday, March 19, 2016 at her home. She was born November 8, 1932 in Waukenabo Township to John Tomas and Lillian Marie E. (Lehrke) Landrus. Donna was united in marriage to Marvin Borgman on January 3, 1948 at Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin. She worked numerous jobs including: home health aid, laundress, auction worker, farmer, and homemaker. She enjoyed: quilting, camping, fishing, hunting, picking blueberries, canning, playing cards and games, and going out to eat. She was a lifetime member of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin. She was preceded in death by her daughters: Diane and Debra Borgman, sister Connie Holm, brother Dwayne Landrus, an infant brother, and her parents. Donna is survived by her husband Marvin Borgman of Aitkin, 3 sons: Larry Borgman of Palisade, Gary (Rajean) Borgman of Milaca, Terry (Patti) Borgman of Keewatin, 2 daughters: Sandra Borgman (Bob Scholl) of Aitkin and Beverly Borgmann of Fargo, N.D. Brothers: Arlen (Karen) Landrus of Palisade, Derald (Florence) Landrus of Aitkin, Ronnie (Charlene) Landrus of Palisade, Emery (Ruth) Borgman of Forest Lake, Emerson (Yvonne) Borgman of Monterey, CA. 13 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, 3 step-great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin. Reverend David Becker will officiate. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Aitkin. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M. Tuesday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. A prayer service will begin at 7:30P.M. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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Don Peter Blount
04/10/1936-03/18/2016
Don Peter Blount (WB0PVM), 79 of Aitkin died Friday, March 18, 2016 at Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born April 10, 1936 in San Diego, CA. to George “Pete” and Doris “Dodie” (Ames)Blount. He graduated from Aitkin High School class of 1954 and then attended the University of Minnesota. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. He worked at Honeywell and then for MN. State Highway Dept. and Hennepin County as a Traffic Tech. Don was an amateur Ham Radio operator (WB0PVM), a member of the Classic Car Club, Aitkin Flyers, and Hibanders. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, flying, and operating Ham Radio. He was preceded in death by his parents. Don is survived by his son and daughter-in-law: Pete (Lynn) Blount Grandsons: Dylan and Tyler Significant other: Myrna Tweet Former spouse: LaVonne Blount Many other special relatives and friends. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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