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Archive Obituaries
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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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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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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Robert McCleary
02/04/1928-03/13/2016
Robert B. McCleary, age 88 of Aitkin died Sunday, March 13, 2016 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Robert was born February 4, 1928 at Waterbury, Connecticut, the son of George and Rachel (Bryan) McCleary. He grew up and attended schools in Watertown, Ct, and graduated from the Watertown High School. He then served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1948 serving in Korea. Upon his discharge he returned to Connecticut and attended the Cheshire Academy for 1 year. He then attended Hamline University in St. Paul, Mn. where he received his degree in Physical Education and Health. He taught 1 year at Atwater, MN. and then married Joy Souther on June 5, 1954 in St. Paul, Mn. They moved to Oahu where he taught at the Mid Pacific Institute. They then moved back to Minnesota where he taught school at Ogilvie, Mn for 1 year prior to moving to Aitkin in 1956 to teach at the Aitkin High School. He taught Physical Education, Health and Earth Science and coached in the Aitkin Schools. He started the town hockey program in the early 1970’s in Aitkin. He was a member of the Aitkin United Methodist Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, planting trees, traveling and camping. He had been to all 50 states and all of Canada. He loved the Canadian Rockies especially the Banff area. He also had travelled to England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, and Europe. He especially loved watching his grandchildren compete in their school athletic events. He is survived by his wife Joy McCleary of Aitkin; Daughters: Maureen (Tom) Burman of Aitkin; Beth (Roy) Joki of Grand Rapids, Mn.; Son: Rob McCleary and wife Teresa McNelly of Duluth, MN.; 6 Grandchildren: Morgan McCleary, Alec McCleary, Brian Burman, Molly Burman, Erin Joki and Brynn Joki and 1 sister: Jane Neale of Middlebury, Ct. He was preceded in death by his parents, and 1 brother George. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 11 AM from the Aitkin United Methodist Church with Rev. Dawn Houser officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Jon Gillette
11/29/1943-03/11/2016
Jon Henry Gillette, age 72 of McGregor formerly of Tamarack died Friday, March 11, 2016 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Jon was born November 29, 1943 at Cloquet, Minnesota the son of John and Elma (Isaacson) Gillette. He grew up and attended schools in Tamarack and McGregor. He then served in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1964. Upon his discharge he returned to Tamarack and worked as an electrical lineman for a number of years. He lived in Big Fork, Carlton and Cloquet. He married Linda June Pettit on August 14, 1965 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wright. Jon went to work for Barko Loaders in Duluth, as a welder and shop supervisor. He then moved back to Tamarack and worked for Yukon Industries in McGregor as Supervisor and plant foreman. After that he went to work for TempCo. In Aitkin Jon also drove school bus for a number of years. He had served as a supervisor for Clark Township. Jon could fix and build anything and would make sure that it would stay operating. He is survived by 3 daughters: Laura (Albert) Kangas of Clear Lake, Mn.; Marcy (John) Mateyka of Aitkin; Holly (Chuck) Boyd of McGregor; 7 Grandchildren: Amanda, Ashley, Ally, Hannah, Alex, Chelsea and Megan; Twin Brother: Joe Gillette of Joshua, Texas and Sister: Maxine (James) Maijala of Tamarack. He was preceded in death by his wife Linda, parents and 1 sister. A celebration of Jon’s life will be held Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Noon from the Tamarack Sno-Flyers Club. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery at Wright. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Ralph Starkka
04/20/1926-03/09/2016
Ralph N. Starkka, age 89 of Garrison formerly of Brainerd, died Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at his home. Ralph was born April 20, 1926 at Ludden, North Dakota the son of Erik and Marie (Havisto) Starkka. He grew up and attended schools at Ludden and took some college classes from a university in Chicago. He worked for a time at a motel in Fergus Falls and then moved to Brainerd, Mn. in 1951 and went to work for the Burlington Northern Railroad. He worked for the railroad for 35 years retiring in 1986. He married Cindy R. Martin on February 14, 1994 in Las Vegas. They made their home on Mille Lacs Lake near Garrison for the past 22 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading and traveling. He loved his dogs and cats. He was a member of the Brainerd Masonic Lodge and also the National Railroad Assoc. He is survived by his wife Cindy Starkka of Garrison; Daughters: Bonnie Starkka of Brainerd, Nancy Quance of Staples; Brothers and sisters: Helen Koski of Minneapolis, Roy Starkey of Brainerd, Gloria Mae Fitch of Brainerd, Carl Starkka of Brainerd, Raymond Starkka of Lake Shore, Lorraine Dunlop of Sun City, Arz.; 5 grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Marlys, two children: Grace and David, 2 sisters and 1 brother. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 2 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Susan Cline officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
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Loren Watson
03/02/1950-03/08/2016
Loren G. Watson, age 66 of Aitkin died Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin, Minnesota. Loren was born March 2, 1950 in Aitkin the son of Walter and Pearl (Emmert) Watson. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1968 where he lettered in football, wrestling and baseball. He then served in the U.S. Air Force from 1969 to 1972. Upon his discharge he returned to the Aitkin area and worked in the woods and also worked construction. He has lived in the Aitkin area his whole life. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and in his younger years enjoyed playing softball and baseball. He is survived by 4 brothers: Curtis Watson of Aitkin; Donald Watson of Palisade; Richard Watson of Palisade; Charles Watson of Aitkin 2 sisters: Gloria Loe of Gardena, North Dakota and Carol Rian of Palisade and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service will be held Friday, March 18, 2016 at 1 PM from the Hilltop Chapel with Rev. Barry Hite officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at a later date in the Riverside Cemetery in Morrison Township. 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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John Woodcock
01/15/1953-03/07/2016
John Franklin “Woody” Woodcock, 63 of Pillager died Mon. March 7, 2016 at his sister and brother-in-law Marian (Ron) Weiss’ home in Aitkin. He was born Jan. 15, 1953 in Minneapolis to Benjamin F. and Marian L. Woodcock. Woody loved challenges. He was a member of 10th Special Forces Group, 101st Airborne. After his military career he was as an over the road trucker in the U.S. and Canada. He moved to Phoenix, AZ. where he built a career in construction and heavy equipment. His family was glad to see him return to Minnesota to work for Costco where he made many friends. His was always a happy face at the door greeting many with “Oh, Hi”. Woody was a very simple, loyal, fun loving, spiritual man. He loved his dog Mijo (my little son). He had a real gift of making friends and his family is very thankful for those friends for making his life so full. Woody’s family would like to thank the members and friends of First Baptist Church in Pillager, Costco staff and friends, and many friends from KC’s Saloon for making his life a life he loved while living in Pillager. He is preceded in death by his parents, and his sister Lynn Meier and nephew Ron Weiss Jr. (JR) Woody is much loved and will be missed by his sisters: Marian (Ron) Weiss Jane (Don) Mosher Nancy (Ray) Votava Brothers: Jeff Woodcock (Debbie) Holtz Mark (Troy)Woodcock He had many special nieces and nephews: Jill, Nicole, Tracey, Dan, Alyssa, David, Brian and Michael, as well as Sylvia, Anna and Adriana and Olivia. A Celebration of his life will be Saturday April 9th at 12:00P.M. at the First Baptist Church in Pillager. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the Church. A luncheon will follow at the Church. John will be privately interred at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis with Military Honors at a later date. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. Memorials are preferred to First Baptist Church in Pillager.
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Eleanor Mattson
11/29/1922-03/05/2016
Eleanor L. Mattson, age 93, of Aitkin died Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Eleanor was born November 29, 1922 at Glory, Minnesota the daughter of Erick and Helen (Moline) Ecklund. She grew up and attended schools in Glory. She moved to Minneapolis and worked as a maid for a time. Eleanor then moved back to the Glory area and married Edwin Mattson on April 24, 1943 in Aitkin. They made their home in the Glory area. She raised her family and then went to work as a nurse’s aid at the Aitkin Nursing Home for 20 years. After she retired she cleaned homes for a number of years. She has resided at the Aicota Health Care Center since November of 2011. She was a member of the Glory Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening, picking berries and making jam and embroidery. She was a very hard working person. She is survived by 1 daughter: Mary Warnke of South St. Paul, Mn.; son: John Mattson of Aitkin; 2 grandchildren: Jessica Mattson of Juneau, Alaska; Sean Mattson of Gustavus, Alaska; 4 great grandchildren: Serena, Clarence, Johanna and Briana; 2 sisters: Emily Bourne of Rolling Hills Estates, California; Adeline Gutenkauf of Aitkin, Mn.; 2 brothers: Donald Ecklund of Gainesville, Fl. and Erick Ecklund of Sheridan, Wy. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Edwin, daughter: Karin, son: Richard, 1 grandson: Brian, son in law: Ken Warnke, 3 sisters and 4 brothers. A memorial service will be held Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 2 PM from the Glory Baptist Church with Rev. Chris Meirose officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Glory Baptist Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Jeffrey Taylor
10/19/1950-02/29/2016
Jeffrey A. Taylor, age 65 of Palisade and Barnum died Monday, February 29, 2016 at his daughters home in Barnum, Minnesota Jeff was born October 19, 1950 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota the son of Paul and Dorothy (Sallberg) Taylor. He grew up in Grand Rapids attended schools there and graduating from the Grand Rapids High School. He married Nancy Lynn King on November 3, 1973 in Coleraine. They made their home in Grand Rapids and Jeff began his career with the U. S. Postal Service. They moved to San Jose, California and they lived there for 15 years before moving back to Minnesota to the Elk River area in 1990. The moved to Palisade in 1994 and he worked at the Aitkin Post Office since. He had just recently retired after 40 years with the Post Office. He loved to read. He collected hats (a couple hundred dozen as he would answer when asked how many). He also enjoyed being outdoors. He had no profound beliefs in religion or spirituality. He is survived by two daughters: Ellen Taylor and Ben Kamben of Barnum, Mn; Julia Taylor of Minneapolis; his mother: Dorothy Raymond of Grand Rapids; sisters: Kris Taylor of Rosemount, Mn.; Pam Gothberg of Oregon; Jo Math of Eagan, Mn and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, his beloved wife of 40 plus years Nancy who died in 2014, sisters: Deb Spry and Iva Spry and brothers: Lance Taylor and William “Butch” Spry. A gathering time for friends and family will be held Thursday, March 10 from 4 to 8 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Corinne M. Newell
09/17/1938-02/28/2016
Corinne M. Newell, age 77 of St. Clair Shores, Michigan died Sunday, February 28, 2016 at Traverse City, Michigan. Corinne was born September 17, 1938 at Perham, Minnesota the daughter of Fred and Dorothy (Thompson) Lueders. She grew up and attended schools in Perham graduating from the Perham High School. She then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served until her discharge in 1958. She married Fritz W. Newell on May 24, 1958 at the Richard Gebaur Air Force Base in Missouri. The lived in Belton, Mo. for a time and then moved to Kansas and lived there for a time before living in various places before she settled in St. Clair Shores, Michigan She was very involved in the school activities and also worked in retail sales. She enjoyed traveling, needlework, reading and having lunch with her friends. She is survived by 1 son: Steven R. Newell of Tampa, Florida; Daughters: Suzanne C. Brown of Traverse City, Michigan, Laurie B. Newell of Roseville, Michigan, Christine K. Newell of Harrison Township, Michigan, 1 Brother: Charles R. Lueders of Sturgis, Michigan; 2 Sisters: Elizabeth Seeling of Hastings, Minnesota and Laraine Paulson of Rochester, Minnesota; Grandchildren: Jesse Brown, Ryan Newell, Kyle Newell, Nick Gembarski; Great Grandchildren: Xavier Taschereau, Logan Newell, Lily Newell, Steven Newell, and Elin Newell. She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 brother: Richard Lueders, her ex-husband Fritz Newell and her companion of 30 years William Brock. Funeral services will be held Monday, March 7, 2016 at 11 AM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with Rev. David Becker officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Waukenabo Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Ingeborg Knutson
07/01/1923-02/27/2016
Ingeborg J. Knutson, 92 of Aitkin died Saturday, February 27, 2016 at Golden Horizons in Aitkin. She was born July 1, 1923 at Bygland Township of Polk County, Minnesota which is near East Grand Forks. She was the daughter of Halvor and Gunhild (Rystad) Helle. She grew up and attended schools in Bygland Township and was Baptized and Confirmed in the Bygland Lutheran Church. She married Arnold A. Knutson on February 14, 1942 in Crookston, Minnesota. They made their home in Grand Forks for a time and then moved to Argyle, Minnesota where they farmed. Later they moved to St. Paul, Minnesota and then to Glen, Minnesota where she and her husband operated Arnie’s Auto Service in Greater Downtown Glen. They operated the business until her husband’s death in 1995. She continued to live in Glen until 2004 when she moved in with her daughter Diane in Malmo. She then later moved to Aitkin and lived at Maryhill Manor for a time and in 2011 she moved to the Golden Horizons Assisted Living in Aitkin. She enjoyed gardening, reading and baking cookies. She was known to her grandchildren and other family members as the “Cookie Grandma”. She was a longtime member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. She is survived by daughters and spouses: Hazel (Gary) Johnson of Aitkin, Diane Knutson and Glenn Hall of Isle, Mn.; 9 Grandchildren, 18 Great Grandchildren and 2 Great Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Arnold, one daughter Arlene Schultz, 4 sisters and 5 brothers. Funeral Service will be 11:00A.M. – Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Nordland Township, Aitkin. Reverend Cynthia Gray will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Donald David Dotzler
03/30/1954-02/24/2016
Donald D. Dotzler passed away February 24, 2016 in his home. He was born on March 30, 1954 in Crosby to Frank and Sara (Banks) Dotzler. He graduated from Aitkin High School where he was active in football and wrestling. He started work at Hannah Butler Mining Company (US Steel), where he continued to work for 40 years. Don enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting and spending time with his family. He was a loving father and husband who worked hard to provide for his family. He cared deeply for his brothers and sisters. Don adored his grandchildren. He was looking forward to retirement and spending more time with his loved ones. He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Dotzler and his brother William Dotzler. Donald is survived by Carol Dotzler his loving wife of 35 years; two daughters, Karly Lillo (Mike) of Brainerd, Sara Karr (Kris) of Deerwood; four grandchildren: Payton and Addison Lillo, and Nicholas and Alyssa Karr; his mother, Sara (Banks) Dotzler of Aitkin; his sisters, Ruth Erickson (Jerry) of Minnetonka, Elaine Schafer (Ron) Oak Park, Eileen Ternus Dent; his brothers, Phillip Dotzler (Judy) Aitkin, Ronald Dotzler (Sharon) Aitkin; his sister-in-law, Linda Dotzler of Aitkin; and numerous nephews and nieces. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at St. John’s Lutheran Church-Cedarbrook. Reverend Sandy Berg-Holte will officiate. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery-Cedarbrook. Visitation will be 5 to 7P.M. – Monday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with a prayer service at 7:00P.M. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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Donald J. Jenkins
04/17/1948-02/22/2016
Donald J. Jenkins, 67 of Aitkin died Monday, February 22, 2016 at his home. He was born April 17, 1948 in Cumberland, MD. He graduated from Mounds View High School. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving in the Vietnam War. He worked as a contractor and sales for a paving Company. He is survived by many family and friends. Memorial service will be 1:00P.M. – Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Bradshaw Funeral Home, 4600 Greenhaven Dr., White Bear Lake. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Torivio Yanez, Sr.
04/01/1961-02/21/2016
Torivio “Chulo” A. Yanez Sr., 54 of McGregor, died Sunday February 21, 2016 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born April 1, 1961 to Torivio and Katherine (Arthur) Yanez in Fentriss, Texas. Torivio lived in Fentriss, Texas for many years then moved to Minneapolis, MN where he raised a family. He moved to McGregor in 2011 where he met his future wife Eloise Colten and they were married the following year. Torivio is survived by his wife Eloise Yanez; sons Robert Tayler, Torivio Yanez Jr., Jeremy Yanez, Dennis (Rhonda) Yanez, Rudy Yanez; daughters Marilyn (Kareem) Yanez, Celestal (Reynaldo) Yanez, Katherine “Kat” (Earl Sr.) Yanez; brothers Marcus Yanez, Antonio (Mona) Yanez; sisters Jaunita Yanez, Carmen (Michael) Yanez, Sally Yanez; numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; brother LaVerne Yanez; uncle Rudy Yanez. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, February 26, 2016 at the East Lake Community Center, East Lake/McGregor. Visitation will begin at Dusk on Thursday at the Center. Burial will be in the Big Sandy Lake Burial Grounds, McGregor. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com
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Clarence Moose (Beshan)
06/01/1931-02/20/2016
Clarence Moose (Beshan), 84 of McGregor died Saturday, February 20, 2016 at Maple Ridge Care Center in Spooner, WI. He was born June 1, 1931 in Hayward, WI. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving in the Korean War. Clarence was united in marriage to Madeline Greene Merrill. He worked for BNSF Rail Road. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Madeline, son Louis, grandson Johnand his brothers and sisters. Clarence is survived by his 5 children: Michael DeNasha, Arlene Debrot, Frank Moose, Rose Oshogay, Louise Villebrun. 4 step-children: Brenda Moose, Lucille Merrill, Wesley Merrill, Vincent Merrill, Sr. Special granddaughter: Renee Johnson, Special friend: Denise Kulhanek, Many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be 10:00A.M. – Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at the East Lake Community Center in East Lake/McGregor. Visitation will begin at Dusk on Tuesday at the Center. Burial will be in the Big Sandy Lake Burial Grounds. Arrangements are with McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor. www.srtfuneral.com
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Marilyn Louise Bartel
10/10/1928-02/20/2016
Marilyn Louise Bartel, 87, passed away peacefully February 20, 2016 at Aicota Health Care Center. She was born October 10, 1928 in Huron, SD , the daughter of Herbert and Faye (Straud) Niemann. She and Norbert J Bartel were married on August 26, 1951. Together they owned and operated Bartel Pharmacy in Parkston, SD until his passing in 1975. Marilyn thoroughly enjoyed her family, friends and reading. Despite longstanding health difficulties, she was a loyal supporter of her children and grandchildren's activities and was the last to leave her grandchildren's wedding celebrations. She was known to read a large book within one day and to give the best bear hugs to all who came to visit. Her strength, tremendous kindness and faith will always be our inspiration. Marilyn is survived by her sister, Edna Furr, Peacham, VT; Sister-in-law, Ruth Bartel, Lacrosse, WI; children, Pam (Darcy) Johnson, Aitkin MN; Steve (Terri) Bartel, Madison, SD; Michelle Herron, Aitkin; grandchildren Joe, Ben, Mike Johnson; Jeremy (Megan) Bartel; Justin (Billie) Bartel; Kristin (Mike) Jorgenson; Amber, Carissa , Jenae Herron; great-grandchildren Rilynn, Hayden, Reid, and Bennett; many loving nieces, nephews, friends and kind Aicota staff. She will be missed by many more family and friends. Gone before her are her husband and great-grandson, Briar Steven Bartel; her parents; step father, Herman Koetzle; sister, Lorraine Helen; Brothers-in-law, Harvey Bartel, Robert J Furr, Leonard Bartel; niece, Karen Bartel; nephews, Bobby Furr, Adam Furr Guest, Patrick Richard Furr, and Greg Guest. Lots of love and hugs, Grandma"B". We'll love you forever. Arrangements are with Sorensen- Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. A prayer service was held for family on February 20th and a remembrance service was held on February 23rd at Aicota Assisted Living. A gathering of family and friends will be held this summer in Parkston, SD.
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Betty Kovall
05/28/1933-02/19/2016
Betty (Bailey) Kovall, died peacefully on Friday, February 19th, 2016 at the age of 82. Betty Bailey was born on May 28th, 1933, to Thomas and Ella (Lewis) Bailey in Manganese, MN. She graduated from Crosby-Ironton High School in 1951. In 1957 Betty was married to Frank Kovall in Butte, Montana. For the next 24 years, Betty, along with her family, followed the military life, moving throughout the United States and Europe. She returned to the Crosby-Ironton area in 1975. She was a realtor for over 20 years and eventually was owner of Riverboat Realty in Aitkin. She “retired” in 1996 and moved to Deadwood, SD. In 2003 she returned to selling real estate and recently again retired in 2014. Mom will be deeply missed by her family, but we will cherish so many memories…... Milk shakes, her amazing gardens, quilts she made, the many stories of the good old days, her beautiful cottage in the Black Hills, love of sports, and cheesy bread, to name a few. She loved to dance, do pull tabs and the slots, cook and bake for family, garden, take walks with her dog “Jazz”, and watch her grandchildren in all of their activities. She is survived by daughters: Kathleen Kovall of Rapid City, SD. Colleen Chambers of Belle Plaine, MN. Sons: Mark Kovall and wife Pam of Annandale, MN. Steven Kovall and wife Jenny of Remer, MN. 12 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Harlan, Archie, Tim, and Owen, and sister Lola. Funeral service will be 11:00A.M. – Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at Saint James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father David Forsman will officiate. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, McGregor. Visitation will be 6 to 8P.M. Monday at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin, with a time of sharing at 7:30P.M. Visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the church. www.srtfuneral.com
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Laurene Riley
07/30/1921-02/12/2016
Laurene Riley, age 94 of Aitkin, died Friday, February 12, 2016 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin, MN. Laurene was born July 30, 1921 in Crosby, Minnesota the daughter of Thomas and Myrtle (Cowan) Christian. She lived in various communities with her family and then settled in the Aitkin area. She married Henry J. Riley on March 5, 1946 in Webster, South Dakota. They made their home in Aitkin and she helped her husband Henry run a John Deere Implement Co. and also the Riley Napa Auto Parts in Aitkin. She worked as a bookkeeper for many years. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, knitting and had enjoyed playing golf for many years. She is survived by 1 sister: Kathleen Franzen of Staples, Mn. many nieces and nephews, good neighbors Mike, Glen and Dorothy, special niece: Sheila D’Angelo, very good friend Betty Robling. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Henry in 2009, 2 brothers: Douglas Christian and Clifford Christian and 2 sisters: Frances Sullivan and Evelyn Harris. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, February 19, 2016 at 11 AM from St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 7 PM at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home with a Rosary Service at 7 PM. Visitation will continue Friday 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Tracy L. Reich
03/05/1970-02/08/2016
Tracy L. Reich, age 45, of McGregor died Monday, February 8, 2016 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Tracy was born March 5, 1970 in Aitkin the daughter of Robert and Kathleen (Turnock) Reich. She grew up and attended schools in Palisade and Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School in 1987. She attended the Brainerd Community College for a time. She raised her family with her life partner Tim Halvorson in Cromwell for a time and then in McGregor. She worked for a time at the McGregor Schools and then went to work at the Holiday Station as the manager of the Deli Department. She worked there for the past 12 years. She enjoyed going 4-wheeling, painting pottery and loved decorating for holidays especially the Christmas season. She is survived by her life partner: Tim Halvorson of McGregor; Children: April (Joe) Anderson of Pine City, Mn.; Cody Halvorson of McGregor; Parents: Bob and Kathy Reich of Palisade; brother: Jeremy (Aida) Reich of McGregor, mother in law: Corrine Halvorson of McGregor and Grandmother: Vera Reich of McGregor. She was preceded in death by her brother: Jamie Reich and grandparents. Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 11 AM from the McGregor United Methodist Church with Pastor Joel Seibel officiating. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM services. Burial will be in the Fleming Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Viola "Vi" Johnson
01/30/1915-02/08/2016
Viola “Vi” M. Johnson, age 101, of McGregor died Monday, February 8, 2016 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Viola was born January 30, 1915 in New Prague, Minnesota the daughter of Thomas and Anna (Prchal) Wrabek. She grew up in New Prague and then St. Paul where she graduated from Mechanic Arts High School in 1931. She married Kenneth W. Johnson on October 12, 1932 in Minneapolis. They made their home in Minneapolis and raised their family. She was owner/operator of the Fireside Inn on Franklin Ave. in Minneapolis, and was a good friend to many in that community. She operated the tavern from 1946 to 1976. In 1977 she and her husband moved to Big Sandy Lake near McGregor and she has lived here since. She was a member of the McGregor Flower Club and the Duplicate Bridge Club, of which she had served as its secretary. She enjoyed doing hand work of all types, especially quilting, crocheting and knitting. She also enjoyed gardening and loved being outdoors and enjoyed everything Mother Nature had to offer. She loved her family dearly and especially looked forward to their weekend visits. She is survived by her children: Dale (Ardie) Johnson of Minneapolis, Bruce (Virginia) Johnson of Edina, Margo (Gary) Gisselman of Minneapolis; 12 Grandchildren: David, Vicki (Chris), Jeff (Rita), Brian (Amy), Brad (Judy), Greg (Mary), Bob (Anne), Gary (Jennifer), Ken (Melanie), Ted, Sam, Ben (Deirdre); 17 Great Grandchildren: Lucas, Maia, Franklin, Brody, Avery, Victoria, Tyler, Charlie, Ellie, Marnie, Carter, Ali, Nate, Lily, Hank, Roxy and Murphy. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Kenneth, 1 grandson Thomas Patrick, 1 brother and 2 sisters. A memorial service will be held Monday, February 15, 2016 at 11 AM from Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor with Rev. Erika Foss officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Pine Needle Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Regina Darlene Egley
06/28/1943-02/07/2016
Regina Darlene Egley, 72 of Crosby and formerly of Bennettville died Sunday, February 7, 2016 at her home in Crosby. She was born June 28, 1943 in Aitkin to Severt Hans and Margaret Mina (Bergland) Reither. She graduated from High School in Colorado and then graduated from Brainerd Community College with an A.S. Degree and Beauty School in Brainerd earning her Cosmetology License. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and cooking. She was a member of the Aitkin Rebekah Lodge #151. She was preceded in death by her parents, son Eric Egley, 2 brothers Ben and Franklin Lee Reither, sister Mina May Miron. Regina is survived by her 2 sons and daughter-in-law: Severt Egley of Crosby Jeff (Margaret) Egley of Minneapolis 1 brother: Radforf Reither of Neillsville, WI. Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. There will be no services. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Hugo A. Watson
03/28/1929-01/30/2016
Hugo A. Watson, 86 of Aitkin died Saturday, January 30, 2016 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. He was born March 28, 1929 in Palisade to Floyd and Erma (Shanholtzer) Watson. Hugo was united in marriage to Geneva (Schoonmaker) on June 18, 1955 in Aitkin. He worked road construction in Iowa for a time and then farmed wild rice and logged in the area for many years. He enjoyed logging big trees and loved hunting and fishing. He was a member of the 49rs Union, The Gideons, and the United Methodist Church of Palisade. Hugo was a very loving Father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was preceded in death by his wife Geneva Watson in 1990, one sister Faye Fowlds, four brothers: Clifton, Clyde, Lloyd, and Kile Watson, and his parents Floyd and Erma Watson. Hugo is survived by 3 daughters and son-in-law: Karla Harper of Texas, Pam Hall of Phoenix, AZ., Kelli (Stephen) Paccico of Harrington Park, N.J., 1 son and daughter-in-law: Kenneth (Lisa) Watson of Corpus Christi, TX., 7 grandchildren: Kati (Brad) Russell, Jeff Hall, Sarah (Wade) Anderson, Lyssa Harper, Jeremy Watson, Matthew Paccico, Jenny Paccico, 2 great-grandchildren: Charlie Anderson and Emma Russell, 3 sisters: Opal Beck of Duluth, Celia (Rick) Doty of Florida, Cheri (Craig) Funk of Nebraska, 4 brothers: Allen (LaVonne)Watson of Morris, David Watson of Iowa, Bert (Karen) Watson of Mora, Glen (Barb) Watson of Palisade, Many other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Lois Carlson
01/31/1937-01/27/2016
Lois Jean Carlson, age 78 of Palisade died Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at her home. Lois was born January 31, 1937 in Palisade the daughter of George and Elizabeth (Giel) Lehman. She had moved to a number of places in the mid-west with her family before returning to the Palisade area where she attended the McGregor High School graduating in 1957. She married Roger J. Carlson on June 29, 1958 in Brainerd, Minnesota. They made their home near Palisade where they raised their family and she helped on the family farm. She has lived there since. She was a member of the Aitkin Seventh Day Adventist Church. She loved to cook and was a great hostess always making sure every guest was well fed. She enjoyed gardening and canning. She also collected cookbooks and had some of her recipes published. She is survived by her husband Roger Carlson of Palisade; Children: Cary (Dale) Pearson of Moberly, Mo., Susan (Mearl) Gibbs of Salt Lake City, Utah, Curt (Karen) Carlson of Palisade, Nancy (Tim) Krumholz of Woodridge, Ill., Burt Carlson of Palisade; 4 Grandchildren: Lori, Debbie, Katie and Kristi; 2 Great Grandchildren: Eddie and Tyler; 2 Sisters: Audrey Zummach of Vancouver, Wash., Carol Bolmberg of Babbitt, MN., 2 Brothers: Gilbert Lehman of Cody, Wy. And James Lehman of Brainerd, Mn. She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers and 1 sister. Funeral services will be held Monday, February 1, 2016 at 1 PM from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Pastor Eugene E. Johnson officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Fleming Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.
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Robert Hess
12/28/1937-01/22/2016
Robert C. Hess, age 78 of McGregor died Friday, January 22, 2016 at his home on Lake Minnewawa. Robert was born December 28, 1937 in Athens, Wisconsin the son of Ferdinand and Elsie (Telschow) Hess. He grew up and attended schools in Athens and graduated from the Athens High School. He then served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958. Upon his discharge he moved to Minneapolis. He married Thelma Jaqua on June 11, 1960 in Minneapolis. The lived in Minneapolis for a short time and the built a home in Coon Rapids and moved there in 1963. He worked for UPS as a driver until he retired in 1997. They moved to Lake Minnewawa in 1997 and he has lived there since. He was a member of the McGregor VFW and the Minnewawa Sportsman’s Club. He participated in the Bean Bag and Bocce Ball Leagues. He enjoyed dancing, fishing, reading Louis LaMore Westerns, being on the lake boating and just sitting and relaxing in the sun. He is survived by daughters: Dawn Hess of Princeton, Mn., Michelle Beckensten of Coon Rapids, Mn., Grandson: Tony Beckensten, and life partner: Bernice Maattala of McGregor. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Thelma in 1998 and 2 sisters: Florence and Lorraine. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 11 AM from Grace Lutheran Church near McGregor with Rev. Erika Foss officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Pine Needle Cemetery. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Gladys Rose Paquette
04/29/1920-01/21/2016
Gladys Rose Paquette, 95 of Aitkin and formerly of Brooklyn Park and North East Minneapolis passed away peacefully Thursday, January 21, 2016 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin. Gladys was united in marriage to Roger Harvey Paquette on August 30, 1947 at St. Ann’s Church in Minneapolis. She enjoyed swimming, boating, bowling, and playing cards. She was preceded in death by her husband Roger in 2004, brothers and sisters, and her parents Julius and Rose (Klocek) Kuzniewicz. Gladys is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: Renee (Robert) Rodenborn of Aitkin, Son and daughter-in-law: Gregory (Jacalyn) Paquette of Crosslake, 5 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter, Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00A.M. – Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at Saint 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 Saint Thomas Cemetery, Aitkin. Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com
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Duane "Butch" Hermans
10/10/1950-01/16/2016
Duane “Butch” Hermans, age 65 of Aitkin, Mn., a wonderful, kind man, died on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at his home in Aitkin. Always called Butch, he was born October 10, 1950 in Two Harbors, Minnesota the son of Harley and Hazel Hermans. He grew up and attended schools in Two Harbors graduating in 1969. He married Susan Price on October 29, 1971 in Two Harbors. They moved to St. Paul in 1975. He had suffered two industrial accidents while he worked for Northstar Steel and Farmland both located in St. Paul. Through the rest of his life he suffered constant pain, and never complained. He was always a hard worker and loved all of his jobs. They moved to Aitkin in 1996 and he worked 13 years for Auto Valu, then at Paulbeck’s County Market until present. He adored his wife and five children, camping, working in his yard and garage, working with the Oakridge group, and loved opportunities to help others and never said no when and wherever help was needed. He was preceded in death by his parents and Sister Sharon Pratt and an infant niece. He is survived by his wife of 43 years Susan Hermans of Aitkin and children: Amy of Duluth, Mn., Peter of Brainerd, Mn., Aaron, Chad, and Billy of Aitkin, Mn., and infant grandson Chase Mikel Hermans of Brainerd, Mn. He is also survived by sister: Diane Wifall of St. Paul, Mn.; mother in law: Laverne Enger of Aitkin, Mn., Sisters in law: Nancy Salo of International Falls, Mn., Joy Lichtsinn of Hastings, Mn., Melanie(Dale) Poelvoorde of California, Tim (Dawn) Price of Braham, Mn., Tony (Estibaliz) Price of Arizona, Tom (Lori) Price of Stacy, Mn., and many nieces, nephews and many dear friends. A memorial service will be held Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 2 PM from First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Visitation will be 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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Antoinette "Ann" Boyland
06/30/1924-01/15/2016
Antoinette “Ann” Boyland, age 91 ½ of McGregor, died Friday, January 15, 2016 at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. Ann was born June 30, 1924 in St. Paul, Minnesota the daughter of Ignatius and Eva (Carpinski) Hytruszka. She grew up and attended schools in St. Paul. She then moved to the Lawler area and lived with her Sister and brother in law. She married Murl H. Boyland on March 7, 1943 in McGregor and they made their home in the Lawler area where she raised her family. In 1979 she and her husband moved to Pioneer Villa and she lived there until moving into the Northland Village Assisted Living in McGregor in 2009. She has resided at the Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin for the past 2 years. Ann enjoyed crocheting, quilting, reading, gardening doing puzzles, riding bike, going for walks, playing bingo and dice and fishing. Ann loved to make people laugh. She is survived by children: Anthony “Tony” Boyland of International Falls, Minnesota; Shirley (Jerry) Blokzyl of Cambridge, Mn., Carol Maki of Aitkin, MN., Paulie Boyland of McGregor, Mn., 9 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Murl in 1992, daughter Mary Garvey, and grandson: Kerry Maki, 1 brother and 8 sisters. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 11 AM at the McGregor United Methodist Church with Pastor Joel Seibel officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery at McGregor. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Terrance H. Edwards
09/28/1942-01/11/2016
Terrance H. Edwards, age 73 of Aitkin died Monday, January 11, 2016 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin. Terrance was born September 28, 1942 in Aitkin the son of Garyl M. and Grace Anne (Ryan) Edwards. He grew up and attended schools at Rossburg, Kimberly and Aitkin. He then served in the U. S. Air Force from March of 1961 to November of 1962. Upon his discharge he returned to the Aitkin area and worked various jobs but spent most of his life working as a truck driver. He enjoyed fishing. He is survived by children: Mike (Susan) Edwards of Brainerd; Nicholas Edwards of Brainerd; Brothers: Victor Edwards of Casper, Wyoming, Garyl Edwards of Minneapolis, Stephen Edwards of Massachusetts, Sisters: Judith Irving of Indiana, Barbara Mattala of Duluth, Pamela Shavinsky of Aitkin, Donna Edwards of Minneapolis, Rose Howell of Fridley, Mn., Doris Skaj of Deerwood and 1 grandson: Samuel M. Stubbs. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers. A memorial gathering will be held Friday, January 22, 2016 from 9:30 AM until 11:30 AM and burial will be at the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley at 1 PM. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Kenny D. Peterson
05/10/1948-01/10/2016
Kenny D. Peterson, 67 of Aitkin died Sunday, January 10, 2016 at his home. He was born May 10, 1948 in Browning, MT. to George and Justine (Flammond) Peterson. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving in the Vietnam War and was awarded the Purple Heart for being wounded in combat. Kenny was united in marriage to Tami (Kemp) on June 15, 1996 at their home in rural Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his son Chris Peterson, granddaughter Makayla Yost, and his parents. Kenny is survived by his wife Tami Peterson of Aitkin, 3 daughters and sons-in-law: Mariah (Freddie) Hernandez of Phoenix, AZ., Amanda (Jon) Yost of Emily, Nicole Kemp of Aitkin, 11 grandchildren, many siblings, other relatives, and friends. Service will be 3:00P.M. - Saturday, February 13, 2016 at the V.F.W. Roberts-Glad Post #1727 in Aitkin. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Ervin R. Adams
09/16/1941-01/10/2016
Ervin R. Adams, age 74 of Aitkin, died Sunday, January 10, 2016 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Ervin was born September 16, 1941 in Glendorado Township of Benton County, Minnesota the son of Ben and Tillie (Nunn) Adams. Ervin lived most of his life in the Aitkin area and worked primarily as a farm laborer for the Gaylard Westerlund family when he wasn’t salvaging scrap iron from auctions where he always arrived early enough to get bidding number 1. Ervin enjoyed watching TV, putting together jigsaw puzzles and playing bingo. Ervin is survived by siblings: Mable Young of Bena, Mn., Jane Kampa of Cambridge, Mn., John Adams of Bagley, Mn., and Roger Adams of Grand Forks, N.D. He was preceded in death by his parents and Brother Fred Adams. A memorial service will be held in the summer. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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Samuel H. Gash
06/04/1945-01/10/2016
Samuel H. Gash, 70 of Aitkin died Sunday, January 10, 2016 at his home. He was born June 4. 1945 in Martinsville, Indiana to Frank and Betty (Scott) Gash. He graduated from Eminence High School in Indiana. He worked many jobs including truck driver and Blacksmith. Samuel was united in marriage to Pamela (Maxwell) on June 14, 1997 in Billie Creek Village, Park County, Indiana. After his retirement they moved to the Aitkin area. A gathering of family and friends will be held at a later date. Memorials can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, V.F.W., and the Wounded Warrior Project. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Virginia Ann Goodman
03/07/1941-01/04/2016
Virginia Ann Goodman, 74 of McGregor died January 4, 2016 at her residence. She was born March 7, 1941 in Pipestone to Lawrence Edwin and Mary Jane (Martin) Skinaway. Virginia was united in marriage to Harley Goodman. She enjoyed playing bingo, visiting with her family, and loved her dog. Virginia is survived by her sister: Jerrie Skinaway, Special niece: Jamie Skinaway, Nephews: Troy Friend, Tom Friend, Marland Stanley, Scott Friend, Brandon Stanley, Sean Stanley, Lee Roberts, Great-nephews: Jesse Thunder, Terrance Thunder, Jr., Alex Skinaway, Cody Skinaway, Great-niece: Ashley Skinaway, Many other special great-nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be 10:00A.M. – Friday, January 8, 2016 at East Lake Community Center in East Lake. Visitation will begin at 6:00P.M. – Thursday at the East Lake Community Center. Burial will be in Big Sandy Lake Burial Grounds. Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin assisted with arrangements. www.srtfuneral.com
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Clarence Courier
10/31/1920-01/03/2016
Clarence A. Courier Jr. age 95 of rural Aitkin died Sunday, January 3, 2016 at his home. Clarence was born October 31, 1920 in Aitkin, Minnesota the son of Clarence and Florence (Gratton) Courier. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin. He then served in the U.S. Army during WW II. Upon his discharge he returned to the Aitkin area and married Delia S. Kastenak on April 24, 1944 in Backus, Minnesota. He and his wife operated a dairy farm on the Great River Road for many years. He also worked for the State of Minnesota Forestry Department for many years. He enjoyed hunting; fishing, reading, watching wrestling on TV and watching his children play softball. He is survived by children: Rose Tretter of Hillman, Mn.; Donald (Lori) Courier of Aitkin, Tony Courier of Chicago, Ill.; 6 Grandchildren and 8 Great Grandchildren and daughter in law: Ruth Courier of Aitkin. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Delia in 2006, son Joe and daughter Julie and his brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 11 AM from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. David Becker officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery in Morrison Township of Aitkin County, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.
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