It is with profound sadness that the family of Jerome A. Washburn announces his passing this October 11th, 2022.
Jerry was born in Itasca County on June 29th, 1935, to Isabel and Walter Washburn. Jerry graduated from Grand Rapids Senior High and Itasca Jr. College after which he enlisted in The Armed Forces of the United States of America in 1959 and was honorably discharged in 1963. He met and married Judith Kuschel Washburn in 1964. Jerry proved his work ethic and commitment by dutifully working 38 years for Blandin Paper Company, ultimately retiring in 1997.
John Leon Berning, 77, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at his St. Michael home.
John was born in Minneapolis, MN on February 13, 1945, to Everett and Loretta Berning. He graduated from St. Michael Catholic High School in 1963 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he worked in shipping and receiving on the U.S.S. Saratoga. After two years of service, he reunited with classmate and love of his life Carmen Dahlheimer. They married on September 30, 1967 in Dayton, MN, and were lifelong companions in a marriage that lasted over 54 years until his passing. John and Carmen’s marriage was blessed with two children, Cary and Scott, and they raised them at their home in St. Michael, John’s favorite place on earth. He was a man of deep faith and was a lifelong dedicated parishioner of St. Michael Catholic Church.
John spent almost 40 years as proprietor of John Berning Sports, operating within the shooting sports industry. It was in trapshooting where he found his recreational passion. He started as a strong competitor in trapshooting, then started his business and grew it to service countless gun clubs and shooters in the five-state and surrounding area. Gun clubs were his home away from home, and his business partners and trap shooters were his family away from home. John did business his way. That was with fairness, honesty, handshakes, and in humble fashion. His customers knew he never wavered from those principles. He was fond of youth shooting sports and was a generous sponsor of many youth shooting organizations. He will be dearly missed by many!
September 12, 2021
Harold Cyr 92 of Oklee, MN, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 12, 2021, at his residence with his loving family by his side.
Harold Anthony Cyr was born on April 13, 1929 in Crookston, the son of Frank and Leontine (Beaudin) Cyr. He attended school in Oklee, graduating in 1949. He was drafted into the US Army in February of 1951 and received an honorable discharge in December of 1952. He spent a large portion of his time in the Army as a cook at Elmendorf Air Force base in Anchorage, Alaska. Other than his time in the service, he was lifelong resident of Oklee.
On August 4, 1953 he married Shirley Ann Turgeon at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and they celebrated 68 years of marriage this past year. Harold worked at a variety of jobs including trucking, chief of police in Oklee for three years, on the missile base in northeastern North Dakota and on various pipeline jobs before taking over Cyr Hardware in 1969. Together Harold and Shirley ran the store until a fire in 1997 led to retirement. All the while Harold and Shirley ran the store it was a place, not only to get the things you might need, but a gathering place for a cup of coffee and a good story about hunting, the weather, or about the “old days” in Oklee. He spoke French to everyone, whether they understood or not. Harold had many “sidekicks” over the years, retirees that came to visit the store as part of their daily routine. He continued to fix shoes and do woodworking in a shop that he had behind their residence.
Other than his family, Harold’s greatest passion was hunting. He hunted deer, loved to chase fox and coyotes, but his real love was to hunt waterfowl. When they were still in the store, most of October and November, Shirley would open so he could pursue his passion. Any time that he could have a shotgun in his hands, it was a good day. He also loved to shoot trap and competed in ATA trapshoots when he was able. He was always proud of breaking 199 out of 200 at the North Dakota State Shoot in Grand Forks. He also participated and won events in league shooting in Thief River Falls and Red Lake Falls.
Brackett Milton Wagner
April 5, 2022
Brackett Milton Wagner, age 64, of Alborn, MN and formerly of Brainerd, passed away unexpectedly at the Mayo Clinic on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Brackett was born in Brainerd on September 29, 1957, to Milton & Collette (Grenier) Wagner.
Brackett worked for Potlatch for 25+ years. He was a free spirit who loved the outdoors. In his spare time, he could be found gardening, hunting, trapping, fishing, or trap shooting (clay targets). His favorite shoot was the Minnesota State Shoot which he attended for 30 plus consecutive years. He loved cooking and was excellent at it.
Left to cherish his memory are his parents, Milton & Collette; brother, Durand (Susan) Wagner; soul mate, Amy Welch; her daughter, Nicole (Chet) Lockwood; their children: Charlie and Beau.
Wesley “Wes” Hanson
April 23, 2022
Wesley “Wes” E. Hanson, age 90, of Willmar, passed away Saturday, April 23, at Bethesda Grand in Willmar.
Wesley “Wes” Elden Hanson was born on November 3, 1931, in Litchfield, Minnesota, the son of Elvin and Selma (Anderson) Hanson. He grew up in the Rosendale community and graduated from Grove City High School in 1949. In 1953, Wes enlisted in the U.S. Army. While on leave, he was married to Jeanne Audrey Peterson on December 25, 1953, at Arndahl Lutheran Church in rural Grove City. Following his honorable discharge in 1955, Wes attended Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis. In 1957, they moved to Willmar, where Wes purchased Eid’s Refrigeration in 1965, which he owned and operated for over 40 years. In 2005, the business was transitioned to his son, Tim.
Wes was an active member of Vinje Lutheran Church and served on the church council in the mid-1970’s. He was also a member of the Willmar Rotary Club, Elk’s Lodge, Willmar Hockey Association, Willmar Trap Range and several conservation organizations.
April 17, 2022
James Deering, age 74, of Inver Grove Heights Passed away peacefully on April 17, 2022 with Debbie holding his hand. Jim grew up in South St. Paul playing youth sports, spending time at the cabin with his grandparents and cruising the St. Croix River with his parents and brothers. As a teen and young adult, he loved downhill skiing, water skiing, boats and fast cars. Jim lived life to the fullest enjoying his lifelong hobbies of fishing, hunting, shooting sports and golf and was an expert in all of them (maybe not golf). Most of all he loved the memories made with family at the cabin on Tom Lake.
Robert J. LALOR
March 20, 2022
Age 93, passed away peacefully on March 20, 2022. He is survived by his daughter Robin Lalor (Steven Schaffel), granddaughter Summer Lutgen and great-granddaughter Lily Lutgen.
Grandpa Bob loved his family deeply and was our guiding light through life. He was an extraordinary man of many talents, intelligence, generosity, and humor. He loved the outdoors and was rugged! Always the guy to pitch in, go the extra mile, and make sure others were OK. A successful biochemist and businessman, pilot, and an ACE trap shooter; as solid as they come. He was also the best horse show grandpa to ever exist. Bob left everything better than he found it and will be deeply missed by many.
Terryl G Mikkelson
June 25, 2021
Terry G Mikkelson, age 81, passed away on Friday June 25, 2021 at Parker Oaks Senior Living in Winnebago.
Terry was born on March 13, 1940 in Blue Earth, to Sigfried and Mildred (Rorman) Mikkelson. He Attended Blue Earth High School, graduated in 1958, he also attended Mankato State University. On June 11, 1966, Terry married Carolyn Nesheim of Frost, Minnesota.
Terry worked at Joseph F Palen as a draftsman then went into sale & design. He went to work for Studio 70, a division of Super Value, where he was the manager of food service equipment division and retired in February 1996.
Terry enjoyed working and tinkering on cars so much, he kept track of every car he owned. He continued to draw, draft, and paint after his retirement. Trapshooting competitions were a big part of his life. He found success and was at the top of his game and won many awards & championships. He was a member of the Richfield -Bloomington Conservation Club. Terry also enjoyed hunting & fishing, spending as much time as possible at the cabin on the lake, his early morning coffee & cookies, and watching the sunrise and fog lift from lake. Terry loved listening to the sounds and sights of the north woods, this was his happy place. He also loved getting together with friends and family. He liked to keep busy!
Kenneth “Ken” Michael Stoermann
February 3, 2022
Ken Stoermann was the first born of 4 children to Boniface and Delphine (Paggen) Stoermann on October 14, 1951, in St. Cloud, MN. He was raised in Holdingford, where the family attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in which he was an altar server. Ken graduated from Holdingford High School in 1969 and married his high school sweetheart, Linda Marie Pierskalla on August 22, 1970, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church.
His career targets were:
Singles 43,300 Handicap 44,800 Doubles 25,600
Ken was an avid trap shooter, traveling near and far for local and national shoots. He also enjoyed watching NASCAR and rodeos, auctions, collecting Ford vehicles, riding his Harley, going to the casino, car drives, giving his family rides on his ATV or side-by-side and mostly telling a good story!
January 11, 2022
Connie Corrine (Bridley) Hoyne, 76, of Albert Lea, passed away on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at her home. A Private Family Service will be held at Hillcrest Cemetery later in the Spring.
December 27, 2021
Kyle Sacia was born July 14, 1981, in La Crosse, WI to Mark and Shirley (Harris) Sacia. He grew up in Onalaska, WI, attended Onalaska High School, and graduated in 2000. He attended Winona State University, where he made lifelong friends. On October 27, 2018, Kyle married the love of his life, Kattie (Bredehoft) Sacia.
While Kyle’s time here on earth was cut short, he always lived his life to the fullest and never met a stranger that didn’t become a friend. He was an incredible husband, son, uncle, and the best big brother to Kara. He took on many new adventures with laughter and humor. He was loved by all who knew him and was a shining light to the world as a living example of kindness. He was truly blessed, and he will be dearly missed by many.
December 23, 2021
Mark Hintz of Apple Valley MN passed away on December 23, 2021 at his home. Mark had been fighting a courageous battle with cancer for the last couple years. He was 80 years old.
Mark was born in Albert Lea MN and was a barber for 35 years. Mark was married to his sweetheart, Sue for 58 years and had two children, Wade and Jill, and 3 grandkids. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Mark registered his first ATA targets in 1985, traveled to San Antonio, Sparta, Missouri, and many clubs in his home state. He registered 27,400 Singles, 30,300 Handicap and 17,050 Doubles targets. For a couple years Mark established a 97+ average on Singles hence his nickname “Bobby Munson Jr.” Mark’s home club was the Minneapolis Gun Club where he was on the Board of Directors. Mark was always there ready to help with projects needed around the club and helped organize the Trap shoots. Mark was on the Remax Trapshooters Team and he was part of the 250X250 squad that clinched the AAA Summer Trap League and he loved the Jackpot shoots. Mark enjoyed his other “sport”, playing cribbage at MGC. He loved giving “lessons” to some of the other club members.
Mary Jane (Stock) Churchill
September 25, 1947 ~ November 5, 2021
Mary J. Churchill, age 74, of Monticello, formerly of Maple Lake, died Friday, November 5, 2021 at the River Falls Area Hospital in River Falls, WI
Mary Jane Stock was born September 25, 1947 in Watertown to Ervin and Lenora (Weckop) Stock. She attended St. Mary’s Catholic School in Waverly. On November 27, 1964, Mary was united in marriage to Byron Bruce Churchill in Buffalo. They made their home in Montrose for many years before moving to Maple Lake in 1993. Over the years, Mary worked at Montrose Elementary School, Wright County Courthouse, and Carlson Companies; she retired in 1994. Mary enjoyed painting, making memory bears, needle point, and spending time with family.
Ken Norman Norwood Young America
October 27, 1954 – October 24, 2021
Kenneth E. Norman, age 66, of Norwood Young America passed away on Sunday, October 24, 2021 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
Kenneth Eric Norman was born October 27th, 1954 in Minneapolis, MN, the son of Lyle and Pauline (Wegrzyn) Norman. He graduated from Minnetonka High School. On May 5, 1990 Kenneth was united in marriage to Diana (Sleeper) Norman. They were blessed with four children.
Kenneth was involved with the snowmobile racing industry since the early 70s. In recent years he enjoyed ice speed-snowmobile racing and tinkering in the garage. Kenneth was also very involved in the sport of trapshooting. He loved to coach the youth and shoot at various gun clubs across the state. Ken was a beloved family man and loved his dog Cookie. He will be fondly remembered for his humor, loveable and selfless nature.
Steve Thoele Fergus Falls (formerly of St Cloud) MN
March 22, 1943 – February 5, 2021
Steve Thoele, 77 Feb 5, 2021, from cancer at the LB Broen Home in Fergus Falls, MN.
He graduated from St Cloud Tech in 1961. Hunting, fishing, and trapshooting were what he loved doing. For many years Steve sold wildlife prints and guns. He enlisted in the army and was trained to be a dental tech. Somewhere along the way his commanding officer found out that he loved the sport of trapshooting and got him together with the officer in charge of the Army Trapshooting Team. Steve made the Team and traveled around the US, Canada, and Europe. He also had the chance to try out for the Olympic Trap Team. In 2002, Steve suffered a stroke which took away his hand and eye coordination and he could no longer shoot.
Steven Dale West, age 68, passed away Thursday, March 25, 2021
Steve was loved by so many in his life. He had a zest for living that couldn’t go unnoticed. Steve was a perfectionist at heart and he never did anything half-heartedly. He always found ways to take something and make it better.
Steve was an avid outdoorsman. He loved South Dakota pheasant hunting with his Labrador Retrievers Cork, Buck and Storm, and there were so many great stories to share and retell about his big game hunting trips to the mountains with his friends. Steve was also a competitive trap shooter and traveled throughout the country to competitions. A real passion for Steve was ‘off the trail’ snowmobiling in the mountains out west—the higher the better. Steve enjoyed all types of sports from golfing and fishing to his days of playing hockey. Steve was never a spectator but always a participant.
Steve’s professional life included a successful career in real estate and as a home contractor.
Steve was an amazing husband, brother, uncle and friend. He will be missed by so many.
Steve is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Rhondi; his sisters Donna Bickford (Buzz) and Becky Kamin; his brothers Wayne West (Debbie), Curtis West (Susan) and Mike Sroga (Joanne); Sister-in-law Tarrill Abney (Paul); nieces Rhonda Sonnenfeld (Ken), Chelsea West (Brandon Ruhman), Jessica Wilson (Alex), Brandy Coons (Chuck), Amanda Clausen (Joel), Teresa Abney; nephews Rick Bickford (Denise), Jeff Bickford (Michelle), Michael West, Chase West, Dennis Abney and many relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother Gladys Sroga, father Arthur West, and his stepfather Frank Sroga.
A private family service will take place at Zion Lutheran Church in Anoka. There will be A Celebration of Life to honor Steve at a later date.
ATA Member # 8806006 Yardage: 24 Lifetime Singles: 18,900 Handicap: 16,475 Doubles: 7300
Kyle Wolfe Kiester, MN
March 14, 1959 ~ February 12, 2021
Kyle was born with an adventurous spirit. He was introduced to snowmobiles, airplanes and a love of the great outdoors from the start.
Someone invited the kid from Fed to the Owatonna Gun Club and it became part of the fabric of his life. He was a keen trap shooter and helped make the Gun Club tick. He was a board member for over 35 years. His impact on young shooters was profound and he treasured his time as a high school clay target team coach.
As hard as Kyle worked, his passion for the outdoors was greater. He looked forward to each new season with the anticipation of a giddy child. He cherished the new growth in the woods while waiting for a gobble and the challenging climb of a mountain trek in anticipation of a bugle.
A private service is planned, and a celebration of life will be held as the Spring season of rebirth unfolds. In place of sending flowers, please donate to charities important to Kyle: the Owatonna Foundation, Owatonna Clay Target Team, Allina Health Hospice Foundation (Owatonna Designation), Kiester Fire Department or Kiester Ambulance.
Drake served on the Board of Directors of the Central Minnesota Gun Club for many years. He was also a coach for the CMGC Youth Program.
Del-Tone is where he started shooting registered targets in 1975 and for decades later, he could be found at the classification table. One of his youth students was Scott Arvig who now owns Del-Tone Trap Range. Drake attended the 100th Grand where, on Monday, he dropped 3 on the first trap and ran the rest, and no trophy.
He was an avid fisherman & guide and enjoyed his annual goose hunting trip to Canada for 33 straight years.
He is survived by his son Kelly and daughter Kari, and his two sisters Marlene Desris and Katrina Hall.
There will be a gathering for friends at Del-Tone on Feb 6, 2021 from 2-4pm.
James A. Lembke Albert Lea, MN
June 8 1946 ~ September 5, 2020
James A. Lembke, Albert Lea was born at Naeve Hospital in Albert Lea on June 8, 1946, the son of August and Bernice (Abbe) Lembke. He graduated with the Alden High School Class of 1964. It wasn’t long after, that he met the girl he was going to marry, Janice Knaack, while working at Queen Products. They were married on October 24. 1970 at the First Lutheran Church in Glenville and were blessed with children Jeffrey and Jill. Jim was employed as a U.S.D.A. meat inspector for 39 years before retiring. He had a great passion for the outdoors. He enjoyed trap shooting, hunting, and anything that allowed him to enjoy the beauty of nature. Being inducted into the Minnesota Trapshooting Hall of Fame in 1989, was a very proud moment for Jim.
Jim died surrounded by his family on Saturday, September 5, 2020, at his home. He was 74.
Jim is survived by his wife Janice, children: Jeffrey Lembke (Allison Evans), Jill Lembke, granddaughter Avery Lembke, sister Marlene (Lowell) Klukow, brother Larry Lembke, sister-in-law Bonnie and her husband Ronnie Rasmusson, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and in-laws, as well as brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Richard and Arlene Knaack, Gen and Virgil Lau, Kathryn and Aldon Holstad, two nephews, and one great-nephew.
Private family services will be held with interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Glenville.
Larry Overby Lakeville, MN
September 5, 1941 ~ August 12, 2020
Larry Overby, 78 Passed away peacefully, August 12, 2020 after battling a long illness of many strokes. Larry was born Sept 5, 1941 to Lena & Stanley (Red) Overby of Cando, No. Dak. He married Bernice (Rader) of Starkweather, No. Dak. On Feb 19, 1966. Larry & Bernice lived in Pardeeville, WI for many years and then moved to Lakeville, MN in 1982 – where they still call home. Larry was what he called a “Telephone Man” – he could repair any phone problems in a building or outside in the underground cables. Larry soon taught Bernice how to do the same. Together they built their own Telephone Contract Business, contracting their “Cable Splicing” expertise to many different telephone companies in the Midwest and West Coast. Over the years, they spliced many thousands of miles of telephone cables.
Larry’s #1 passion was “Clay Target Trap Shooting”. He was what they called “One of the Best”. Larry was always a Marksman since a young boy growing up in Cando, No. Dak. but seriously got into Trapshooting when he was 25 years old after Larry & Bernice moved to Wisconsin. Larry was on the Minnesota State Trap Team & the Wisconsin State Trap Team for many years. He was always proud of the numerous trophies and accomplishments. Over the years some of his closest friends came from the Trapshooting World.
Larry is survived by his wife of 54 years, Bernice, & his daughter, Brenda Stafford (Joe Hertzog) of Lakeville, MN. & his Son, Eric Overby (Kelley) of Farmington, MN. Grandchildren – Dalten Stafford, Slade Stafford, Gage Overby, Justis Overby, Raedyn Overby, Brad Hertzog, & two Great Grandchildren, Maddy & Maxwell, Mother-in-law – Annie Rader. Larry was preceded in death by his parents and his two infant sisters; Mary Kay & Mary Margaret; Son-in-Law Danny Stafford, & Brother & Sister in Law, Jim & Sandi Rader.
Celebration of Larry’s Life will be At the Cremation Society of Minnesota – 7110 France Ave – Edina, MN on August 22 from 1:00-4:00. They practice Safe Covid Distancing.
Celebration of Life
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturday, August 22, 2020
Cremation Society of Minnesota – Edina
7110 France Avenue
Edina, Minnesota, United States
Jon I. Schwichtenberg Lester Prairie, MN
April 1, 1934 ~ June 26, 2020
Jon Irving Schwichtenberg was born on April 15, 1934, in Lester Prairie, Minnesota. He was the son of Walter Herman and Malinda (Engler) Schwichtenberg, Jon was the youngest of four children. He was baptized as an infant on May 6, 1934, by Rev. E.J. Necker at the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church and later confirmed in his faith as a youth on March 13, 1947, at Moravian Lutheran Church in Waconia, Minnesota under the guidance of Rev. Milo Loppnow. The family moved to Waconia when Jon was in fourth grade. He completed his elementary and high school education in Waconia and was a graduate with the Waconia High School class of 1952. Jon furthered his education at Minnesota School of Business with emphasis on sales, marketing, advertising, and basic accounting for two years. Jon spent his early adult years honing his considerable skills in construction and building fine custom cabinetry.
Jon entered active military service in the United States Army on January 15, 1954, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He served in the 11th Airborne Division as a parachutist. He spent his time in Kentucky as an office manager and pre-airborne school trainer for older commissioned officers until his release from active duty where he was honorably discharged on January 13, 1956, achieving the rank of Cpl (T).
Immediately upon his release from active duty, Jon joined Lester Buildings. He was first employed as a shop foreman and over his 35 years progressed into advertising, sales, marketing vice president, chief operating officer and part owner.
On December 28, 1956, Jon was united in marriage to Opal Hecksel at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Winsted, Minnesota. This marriage was blessed with three children, Brenda, Guy, and Marc. The couple rented briefly in Waconia, but moved to Lester Prairie as soon as Jon finished a rather huge do it yourself project of building their first home. They shared 44 years of marriage until the passing of Opal on April 9, 1991. On July 22, 1995, Jon was united in marriage to Norma Stueven at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. They shared 24 years of marriage. The retired couple spent their summers in Hutchinson, Minnesota, and winters in South Fort Myers, Florida at Estero Country Club at The Vines. They returned to Minnesota full time in the fall of 2013 due to Jon’s health restrictions.
He enjoyed his work and various hobbies of hunting, raising black labs, extensive competitive trap shooting, golfing, playing gin rummy, and elaborate model railroading. Jon especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was a lifelong member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie and the American Legion Ray Kirkpatrick Post 463.
In the eternal gift of grace through faith in his Savior Jesus, Jon experienced his much longed-for heavenly homecoming on Friday, June 26, 2020, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson, at the age of 86 years.
Jon is survived by his:
Wife, Norma Schwichtenberg of Hutchinson, MN;
Children, Brenda Vinkemeier and her husband, Daniel, of Mayer, MN,
Guy Schwichtenberg and his wife, Jennifer, of Sartell, MN,
Rev. Marc Schwichtenberg and his wife, Shane, of Rochester Hills, MI;
Grandchildren, Nathan Schwichtenberg and his wife, Samantha, Laura Schwichtenberg, Stacy Fenton and her husband, Benjamin, Abby and Katy Schwichtenberg;
Great-Grandson, Brody Fenton;
Stepsons, Greg Schmidt and his wife, Kristin of Salt Lake City, UT,
Kirk Schmidt and his wife, Carolyn, of Glencoe, MN;
Step-Grandchildren, Will Schmidt, Grace Schmidt, Nicholas Schmidt, and Ellie Schmidt;
Many other relatives and friends.
Jon is preceded in death by his:
Parents, Walter and Malinda Schwichtenberg;
First Wife, Opal Schwichtenberg;
Siblings, Art and James Schwichtenberg, Lois O’Rourke;
Sisters-In-Law, Marion and Geraldine Schwichtenberg;
Brother-In-Law, Harold O’Rourke.
Leonard F. DeSchepper Marshall, MN
September 21, 1937 ~ March 28, 2020
Leonard F. DeSchepper died unexpectedly at his Marshall, MN, home March 28. He was 82.
During his ATA career, he fired at 39,000 singles, 28,850 handicap and 20,350 doubles targets.
Before marriage, he worked at his uncle’s printing press, delivering newspapers, and at the drive-in movie theater. He then worked at the Standard station in Marshall before starting his own service station in 1969, a town fixture until his retirement in 2013.
Mr. DeSchepper enjoyed visiting with his customers at the station, hunting, fishing, trapshooting with his boys, snowmobiling with friends, driving around in his 1953 Olds with wife Marjorie, playing bingo, and spending time with his grandchildren. He was admired for his kind conversation and willingness to help others.
Survivors include two sons, two grandchildren, one brother and three sisters. Marjorie preceded him in death.
Ron Baker Buffalo, MN
It is with great sadness that I have to inform everyone of the passing of Ron Baker. He has battled a terrible disease (cancer) for the pas three years, and he is now at peace. Service details will follow at a later date.
Diane L. Steffenson Dassel, MN
~ March 12, 2020
Diane L. Steffenson, age 69, of Dassel, died Thursday, March 12, 2020 at the Augustana Lakeside Health Care Center of Dassel. Diane, wife of MTA HoF Raymond Steffenson, shot registered Trap in the 70’s until they started a family. Diane was a very good shot and won numerous trophies. in 1975 at the Golden West Grand Diane won 4 Handicap trophies. On the same trip Ray and Diane stopped at the Cheyenne Wyoming for the Frontier Days Trapshoot where she won the Handicap with a 98.Diane’s picture is from Trap & Field magazine taken at the Golden West Grand.
Memorial Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Annandale with Rev. Alex Becker as officiant. Burial will follow at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. Monday at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Annandale with Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour to the service, Tuesday, at the church.
Byron B. Churchill Maple Lake, MN
October 22, 1944 ~ October 29, 2019
Byron B. Churchill, age 75, of Maple Lake, died Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at CentraCare Health-Monticello.
A Celebration of Life will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 4, 2019 at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Maple Lake with Father Marty Shallbetter as the Celebrant. Visitation will be held 4-7 p.m., Sunday, November 3, 2019 and from 10-11 a.m. Monday at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Maple Lake.
Byron Bruce Churchill was born October 22, 1944 in Armstrong, IA to Leslie R. and Irene (Wesemann) Churchill. He graduated in 1963 from Howard Lake High School. On November 27, 1964 Byron was united in marriage to Mary J. Stock in Buffalo. Byron and Mary lived in Montrose for many years before moving to Maple Lake in 1993. He was a quality controller with Chesley F. Carlson Co., Plymouth for 40 years before retiring in 2006. Byron loved his family, enjoyed trap shooting, hunting and fishing. He was recently inducted into the Minnesota Trap Shooting Hall of Fame.
Byron is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary of Maple Lake; sons, Jim (Jody) of Maple Lake and Tim (Teresa) of Monticello; daughter, Theresa Korbel of Delano; sisters, Doris Jakes of Howard Lake and Donna (Ken) Fitchwell of Winsted; grandchildren, Lenora, Noelle, Stephanie and Courtney; 4 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Kenneth and Robert, and grandson Christopher.
Stanley “Sandy” Wilson Thief River Falls, MN
August 31, 1942 – September 5, 2019
Stanley “Sandy” Wilson, Jr., of Thief River Falls, MN passed away on Thursday, September 5, 2019 at Sanford Medical Center, Fargo, ND.
The memorial service to celebrate Sandy’s life was held on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, MN with Rev. John Voelker officiating. A gathering after the service was held at Sandy’s home.
Stanley “Sandy” Gordon Wilson, Jr. was born on August 31, 1942 in Thief River Falls, MN, the beloved son of Stanley Gordon Wilson Sr. and Myrtle (Roisland) Wilson. He graduated from Lincoln High School of Thief River Falls in 1960. He was an alumnus of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND and graduated from the University of Texas in Austin, TX.
Sandy was married to Joan Mary Olson, to which their union brought Natalie and Stan III. Sandy was then married to Gloria Elizabeth Taylor, to which Jessica was born. Sandy was also a proud stepfather to Derek Fessler. His children were his pride and joy. The last 26 years were spent with his love, Linda Goulet. Together they spent their winter months in Port Isabel, Texas, where they enjoyed watching dolphins from their deck, enjoying fresh seafood, and spending time with their close friends.
A patient teacher to his grandchildren, he took the time to educate them on the fundamentals of shooting a gun properly, grilling the perfect steak, and playing dominos. He could also be counted on for Dilly Bars from the Dairy Queen and trips to their “secret park” in his convertible. A dear friend to many, he will be missed for his wicked sense of humor, great conversation, and his wonderful laugh. He was an outstanding cook and could improvise masterfully with found ingredients. His culinary specialties included jerk chicken, ribs, and amazing soups. He had recipes, but no one can recall him actually sticking to them. He was an avid reader, well-versed in a wide range of subjects, and loved to engage in healthy debate.
Sandy was a successful businessman and owned and operated Wilson Brothers Company and Northwest Power Systems. He had businesses in Thief River Falls, Roseau, Red Lake Falls, and Mahnomen.
An avid bird and deer hunter, his passion took him to South America and Mexico on many hunting excursions with his father and friends. Much of his time was spent at his farm, Stony Acres, hunting, riding the trails, watching wildlife, and enjoying family and friends. Sandy was a champion trap and sporting clays shooter who competed on the national level and won two Minnesota state titles in doubles and singles. He was elected to the Minnesota Trapshooting Hall of Fame in 1981.
Sandy is survived by his love, Linda Goulet, Thief River Falls, MN; children, Natalie Obee, St. Paul, MN; Stan (Christina) Wilson III, Lampasas, TX; Jessica (Shawn) Johnson, Thief River Falls, MN; Derek (Kathy) Fessler, Denver, CO; Nikki (Albert) Jordan, Apple Valley, MN; Angelique Goulet, Moorhead, MN; and Danielle Goulet, Annandale, MN; grandchildren, Vivien and Jack Obee; Paulina, Colt, Mia, and Lily Wilson; Donovan, Xander, and Lorelei Fessler; Jack & Sophie Newcomb, Elliot, Jonah and Charlie Peterson; and Gabriel and Noah Jordan.
Heartfelt thanks to the exceptional nurses at Sanford Health who provided compassionate care as well as a peaceful environment during his transition from this life to the next.
He was preceded in death by his parents and Gloria Wilson.
Steven R. Shane Fairmont, MN
March 13, 1955 – August 26, 2019
A celebration of life service for Steven R. Shane, 64, of Fairmont, MN, will be 4:00 p.m. Saturday, August 31, 2019, at Grace Lutheran Church in Fairmont. A private family burial will be held at a later date. Visitation will be two hours prior to the time of service from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, August 31, 2019, at Grace Lutheran Church. Steve passed away Monday morning, August 26, 2019, surrounded by his loving family at his home near Fairmont. The Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.
Neil M. Winston St. Paul, MN
August 27, 1940 – July 8, 2019
In his own words: Neil M. Winston, 78, of Saint Paul passed away on the eighth of July, 2019. Neil was born in Minneapolis on August 27, 1940. He graduated from Lawrenceville School in New Jersey in 1959. He enlisted in the US Army in 1961, attended the 47-week Army Language School in Monterey, California, and served out his enlistment as a Czech Linguist stationed on the Czech Border in West Germany. He graduated from California State College in San Bernardino and attended Graduate School at the University of Minnesota in Psychopharmacology for several years. In the 1970’s Neil built and raced flat-track racing motorcycles locally and throughout the Midwest, along the way helping many up-and-coming young riders who made the name Winston Racers well-known and respected.
In 1982 he took up the sport of clay-target trapshooting and was immediately taken over by it. By 1985 he was a member of the Board of Directors of the 35,000-member Amateur Trapshooting Association, a post he held for more than 20 years. In 2008 he served as President of the ATA. Over 35 years of competition he registered more than 630,000 targets across the country and scored many wins in top competition classes, including two third-place finishes in the Clay Target Championship of America in Vandalia, Ohio, against more than 4,000 competitors. Neil used his university training to set up a ballistics laboratory where he carried out and published entirely original research on the performance of sporting shotguns, a task to which he devoted an unimaginable number of happy hours over 20 years. His dogma-challenging work has informed and challenged the minds of trapshooters for years.
He shared his life with many German Shepherd dogs, most recently with his beloved Anka and Kyra. Preceded in death by father Frederick S. Winston and mother Elizabeth M. Winston, he is survived by brothers Donald (and wife Bente) of Missoula and Frederick (and wife Eleanor) of Wayzata, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He leaves many close friends in motorcycle racing, fishing, and sport-shooting, foremost among them partner Cindy Thompson to whom he owes much everything, really – for a lifetime of love, support, and help. Memorials may be directed to the causes you love. Celebration of Life July 22, 11 am at Lakewood Cemetery, Garden Mausoleum, 3600 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis. Private family interment.
Published on July 14, 2019
Archie W. Hazzard Lakeland, MN
– June 4, 2019
Archie W. Hazzard, proud Korean War Veteran Age 84 of Lakeland passed away peacefully on June 4, 2019 at his home. Survived by loving wife Jacqueline “Jackie”; children, Kay Lynn Gray, Archie “Butch” Jr. (Pamela), Wendy, Daniel (Dawn); many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Siblings, Dennis (Judy), Jim (Jeanette), Carol (Dave) Wald, & Don. Loved dearly by many nieces, nephews and friends. Former Commander of Fort Snelling Memorial Rifle Squad for many years. Retired after many years at McLellan & Sons and Suburban Floor Company. Former MN State Trap Shooter Champion. Avid hunter and outdoorsman.
Funeral Service Friday (June 7, 2019) at 12:30 PM with Visitation starting at 11:00 AM at Sandberg Funeral Home 2593 7th Ave. North St. Paul. Interment Lakeview Cemetery, Lakeland MN. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Fort Snelling Memorial Rifle Squad or Alzheimer’s Association.
His love for his country was only surpassed by his love for his family.
Published in Pioneer Press on June 5, 2019
George I. Day, Jr. North Branch, MN
September 2, 1933 – February 27, 2019
George I. Day, Jr. age 85 of North Branch passed away on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at his residence.
George was born on September 2, 1933 in St. Paul to parents George and Ruth (Staple) Day, Sr. George was an avid hunter, fisherman and trap shooter being honored with several All State team selections. He retired from 3M and enjoyed his retirement years living on Lake Alexander near Cushing with Janet and his hunting partner Alex.
Preceded in death by parents Ruth Quast, George I. Day Sr., son Donald W. Day, sister, Virginia Bock and daughter in law Krista K. Day. Survived by his wife of 67 years, Janet L. Day, children Nancy L. Day of North Branch, Gary H. Day of North Branch and grandson Nathan W. Day (Amy) of Hugo. Also survived by brother Lowell A. Day (Berene) of South Yunderup, Australia and sister, Joan Sebers (Charlie) of Margate Fl.
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Harold Henry Houg Albert Lea, MN
May 5, 1931 – February 3, 2019 (age 87)
Funeral services for Harold H. Houg, age 87, of Albert Lea, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home. Vicar Josh Blair will officiate. Military Honors will be accorded by local veterans organizations. Interment will be at First Lutheran Cemetery in Glenville. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, February 8 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Saturday. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com.
Harold died Sunday, February 3, 2019 at St. John’s Lutheran Community.
Harold Henry Houg was born on May 5, 1931 in Albert Lea, the son of Merton and Lila (Towne) Houg. A life-long resident of rural Glenville, Harold attended school in Glenville through 8th grade and then graduated from Albert Lea High School. Harold served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954. On September 27, 1958, Harold was united in marriage to Nancy Jensen at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. The couple farmed for many years. Harold was a member of First Lutheran Church of Glenville. He was also a member of American Legion Post 264, NRA, Owatonna Gun Club, American Trapshooting Association, and Glenville Snowriders. He served for 10 years as the Freeman Township Clerk. Harold enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapshooting, bowling, community baseball, city league basketball, and watching sports and the western channel on TV. He especially loved watching his grandchildren play sports.
Harold is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nancy Houg; daughters, Debbie Holmen (Mike Breuer) and Darcy Knudson (Ron); son, Mark Houg; grandchildren, Emily Oman (Justin), Ellie Holmen (Brian Harrison), Derek Lau (Tricia Gregerson), Ashley Lau, Andrew Lau (Colleen Grassley), and David Knudson; great-grandchildren, Shay Oman, Brandtley Lau, Cora Lau, and Ziek Knudson; numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews; and his best friend of 80 years, Jake Loper.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents, Merton and Lila; brothers, Kenneth Houg, Myron Houg, and Herbert Houg; father and mother-in-law, John and Anna Jensen; and many brothers-in law and sisters-in-law.
Kenneth Lawrence Koester Effie, MN
1933 – October 11, 2018
Kenneth Lawrence Koester, age 85, of Effie, MN passed away Thursday, October 11, 2018 at Bigfork Valley Hospital in Bigfork, MN.
Kenneth was born in 1933 to Benjamin and Alvina (Bonifas) Koester in Fairmont, ND. Kenneth and Shirley Pilger were united in marriage in 1955. He was a Korean Conflict Veteran and retired after 40 years with Anderson Cadillac Company. Shirley and Ken then moved to Effie where they made their home.
Kenneth loved the outdoors. He was an avid trap shooter and hunter and enjoyed going four-wheeling. He also served as the Carpenter Township supervisor for many years. Kenneth was a wonderful husband and father who loved his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren dearly.
Preceding him in death were his parents; brother, Don Koester; and sister, Marie Hill.
Kenneth is survived by his wife of 63 years, Shirley; two sons, Michael (Mary) and John (Michelle Albers, significant other); daughter, Julie Flynn; sisters, Anita Mohs and Lorraine Keller; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Monday, October 15, 2018 from 12:00 PM until the 1 PM Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church in Bigfork, MN with Fr. Thomas Galarneault officiating and Military Honors by Bigfork American Legion and VFW. Burial will be at Camp Ripley Cemetery, Little Falls, MN at a later date.
Memorials to Hibbing Gun Club.
Arrangements are with Rowe Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Grand Rapids, MN. To sign the online guestbook or send condolences visit www.rowefuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
Harland H. Hayward formerly of Bloomington, MN
– August 29, 2018
Hayward, Harland H., age 94, formerly of Bloomington, MN passed away peacefully on August 29, 2018 at the Minnesota Veterans Home-Minneapolis. Preceded in death by loving wife of 71 years, Janice; parents Clarence and Cecile; siblings Wayne, Wanna and Phyllis. Survived by son, Carter (Cindy) Hayward; daughters, Heidi Harrell and Kate (Cliff) Skogstad; grandchildren, Jason (Janine) Hayward, Brett Hayward, Hannah (Darren) Ringness, Sarah (Daniel) Kennedy and Luke (Katelyn) Skogstad; five great-grandchildren; many other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to MVH-Minneapolis Family Council. Memorial service will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, September 20, 2018, with visitation one hour prior to service at: Washburn-McReavy Werness Brothers Chapel, 2300 W. Old Shakopee Rd., Bloomington. Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
James P. McGowan Apache Junction, AZ (formerly of Big Lake, MN)
March 18, 2018
James P. McGowan of Apache Junction, AZ passed away March 18, 2018. He was 82. His shooting career was as a Minnesota resident, residing in Big Lake until he retired as an electrician. Jim started shooting registered targets in 1971 and advanced to the 27 yard line with 26,900 Singles, 29,400 Handicap, and 17,500 Doubles. He was heavily involved with the Central MN Gun Club in St Cloud for 30 years, at one point or another serving as Director, Secretary, and President. In addition to trapshooting, he enjoyed deep sea fishing and golfing. He was preceded in death by his daughter Beth and his wife Evy. He is survived by daughters, Teri and Lynn, and grandchildren.
David Lee Trushenski Ramsey, MN
June 29, 1938 – December 27, 2017
David L. Trushenski, age 79 of Ramsey, passed away on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.
David was born on June 29, 1938 in Sauk Rapids, MN to John and Elnore (nee Sendek) Trushenski. He graduated from Sauk Rapids High School and joined the United States Army, where he was stationed in West Germany. After receiving his Honorable discharge, David earned a Masters degree from St. Cloud State University and taught elementary school for 32 years until his retirement in 1996.
Since retirement, David and Karen enjoyed spending the winter months in Arizona. David enjoyed hunting, golfing, and fishing, but his favorite pastime was trap-shooting, at which he excelled and participated in leagues around the metro area. He was a proud member of the Metro Gun Club for over 40 years. Most of all, David loved spending time with his family and many friends.
David is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Karen Trushenki; children, Michael (Jennifer) Trushenski; Ann Marie (Jarred) Roy; granddaughters, Camille and Stella; siblings, Gail Trushenski (Milo Hennemann) and Roger Trushenski; also many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
A Memorial Service was held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at Anoka Covenant Church, 752 Grant Street, Anoka. Visitation one hour prior to the service at church (10:00 – 11:00 a.m.) Private Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Anoka Covenant Church or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS.org)
Milton S. Brumwell Erskine, MN
August 27, 1944 – September 24, 2017
Milt S. Brumwell of Erskine, MN passed away on September 24, 2017 following a long battle with cancer.
Milt began shooting ATA registered birds in 1979 , registered over 32,000 combined birds, and achieved the 27 yard line in 2009. He was instrumental in founding and running the Erskine Trap Club for many years.
Milt was born August 27, 1944 in Milwaukee, WI. but the family moved to Erskine four years later. After high school, he attended Bemidji State University and earned a teaching degree. He taught school for 5 years and then managed a local gas plant for over 30 years until retiring in 2005. He married Sherry Myers in 1974 and they raised two sons and one daughter. He had three grandchildren, and is also survived by three brothers.
He enjoyed trapshooting, woodworking, hunting, camping, and travelling. Milt and Sherry enjoyed their fifth-wheel rv and spent 10 winters in Arizona and Texas.
Keith Hewlett, Sr. Rochester, MN
July 12, 1931 – May 12, 2017
It is with deep regret I announce the passing of Keith Hewlett SR. Keith passed away last Friday at the age of 85. Keith was a avid trap shooter for many years competing in many tournaments. Keith served as president of the Minnesota Trap Shooters Association for two terms 1986 and 1992. Keith was also a member of the MTA Hall Of Fame inducted in 1999. Keith was a huge supporter of the ATA and encouraged many shooters to join and participate including myself. Keith and I traveled to many shoots together as well as many gun shows as we were both avid collectors. Keith put together one of the finest collections of vintage 22 ammo in the country. RIP old friend you will be dearly missed. Jim Dickman
Robert B. Nelsen, age 69, of Chanhassen, passed away April 13, 2017, preceded in death by his parents and one sister. Bob served in the Vietnam War where he earned the Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars. He was involved in the food industry for many years, recently being employed at Gurley’s Foods. Board member of the Park Sportsman’s Club. Avid trap shooter who participated in many State and National competitions. Survived by spouse, Doris and daughter, Nicole. Bob is also survived by his son, Wes; grandchildren, Deja, Brandon and one great-grandchild; sister, Patti (Ron) Hamm; many other relatives and friends.
Memorial Service 11AM Saturday, April 22 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 16515 Luther Way, Eden Prairie. Visitation 4-7PM Friday at Washburn-McReavy Eden Prairie as well as one hour prior to service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to The American Liver Foundation.
Washburn-McReavy.com Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400 7625 Mitchell Rd. (1 blk. N. of Hwy 5)
Arthur R. Hessler Clear Lake, MN
March 8, 1924 – November 22, 2016
Memorial Services celebrating the life of Arthur R. Hessler, 92, of Clear Lake were held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the Daniel Funeral Home Chapel in St. Cloud. Art passed away peacefully with family by his side on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Reverend James Goodew officiated. Inturnment was at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetary, Little Falls.
Art was born on March 8, 1924 in St. Paul, Minnesota to the late Arthur P. and Leonore (Guse) Hessler. After high school, Art joined and proudly served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII. He was united in marriage to Laura M. Miller on September 13, 1947 in St. Paul and the moved to St. Cloud in 1956. Art was employed as a Federal Meat Grader for the US Department of Agriculture. He retired in 1983 and moved to Briggs Lake. Art enjoyed spending time with his family, trap shooting, hunting and fishing. He will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and an avid outdoorsman.
Art is survived by his children, Kathy Hessler and Jim (Nadine) Hessler; daughter-in-law, Jennifer Hessler; grandchildren Paul and Patrick Hessler, and Heather Ostlund, David (June), Daniel and Mike Hessler, Kelley (Jason) Murphy; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Laura; children, Dick Hessler and Laura Hessler; sister Betty Birch; and brothers, Jim and Bob Hessler.
David Hale Reynolds Albert Lea, MN
September 8, 1943 – November 15, 2016
Memorial services for David hale Reynolds were held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 19, 2016 Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home. Rev. Cherie Daniel officiated.
David died Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family.
David Hale Reynolds was born September 8, 1943 in Minneapolis, son of Howard Hale and Marjory (Tinker) Reynolds. Dave grew up in Deephaven, attended Groveland Elementary School, Deephaven Junior High and graduated from Minnetonka High School. After graduation, Dave served his country in the United States Navy. He was stationed at USS Wood County during the Cuban Missile Crisis. On October1, 1966, he was united in marriage to Cheryl Allyson Frantum in Alden. Dave was a self-employed truck driver. He was a member of the Wells Rifle-Pistol Club, Owatonna Gun Club, NRA and ATA. Dave had an interest for history and geography. He enjoyed showing in dog obedience, showing horses in Western Pleasure, photography, travel, boating, trap shooting and working on models. Dave also liked to watch westerns and submarine movies, build frames out of barn wood and text with his granddaughter Hannah.
Survivors include his wife Cheryl; son Mark Reynolds; daughter Nan (Jeff) Hanegraaf; granddaughter Hannah Seene; brother John (Beverly) Reynolds; step-mother Lorna Reynolds; mother-in-law Gloris Frantum; sisters-in-law Pamela (James) McKenna and Janice (Larry) King and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Dave was preceded in death by his parents Howard and Marjory; father-in-law Clifford Frantum; brother-in-law Mark Frantum; grandparents; aunts; uncles and cousins.
William George Miskoff Hutchinson, MN
– August 19, 2016
William Miskoff, age 94 of Hutchinson, Minnesota passed away Friday, August 19, 2016, at the Golden Living Center in Excelsior, Minnesota.
A Graveside Service will be held Wednesday, August 24, 2016, at 11:00 A.M. at the Freeborn Cemetery in Freeborn, Minnesota.
Military Honors by the Freeborn Honor Guard.
Duane Bahn Alexandria (formerly of Osakis), MN
April 30, 1942 – August 3, 2016
Duane Bahn, age 74 of Alexandria, former Chief of Police for the City of Osakis, passed away early Wednesday morning, August 3, 2016 at his home in Alexandria, MN. Services are set for Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 3:00 pm at Zion Lutheran Church in Alexandria, MN. Visitation begins at the church on Saturday at 2:00 pm. Burial is at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Pipestone, MN on Sunday afternoon at 1 pm.
On April 30, 1942 a son was born to Herman E. and Elsie K. (Hansen) Bahn in Sweet Township, Pipestone Co., MN. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Pipestone, MN. He graduated from Egan High School in Egan, South Dakota. Duane served his country in the Army National Guard from 1960 to his honorable discharge in 1965. He was married on October 19, 1963 in Flandreau, SD to Sharon Nass. After his honorable discharge, Duane farmed for several years before attending SSU in Marshall, MN and while there was hired by the Marshall Police Department, where he worked for several years. When offered the position to run the police department in Osakis, Duane accepted and moved to Osakis, MN until his retirement to the Alexandria area. He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Alexandria and also belonged to the American Legion Post #113 in Marshall, MN, having served as Post Commander and as a member of the Honor Guard.
Family times and Amtrak trips across the country were favorite activities for Duane. He was also very involved in the sport of trap shooting and belonged to the Alexandria Shooting Park. In addition to time spent there, Duane also shot trap at parks in MN, SD, IA, IL and AZ. He was especially proud to be part of the 2009 MN State Veterans Trap Shoot team. Duane enjoyed taking several winter trips to Tucson, AZ and looked forward to family reunions with the Bahn families and also those on his mother’s side of the family. Duane was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandpa and brother who will be dearly missed by his family and many friends.
Left to mourn his passing is his wife of 52 years, Sharon Bahn of Alexandria; a daughter, Renee J. Coudron of Alexandria; two grandchildren, Jesse (Tanya Johnson) Coudron of Greenwald and Zachary (Amanda Higgins) Coudron of Princeton, MN; three great grandchildren, Alexis and Brinley Coudron, Kabella Huot; his brothers, Marvin (Janet) Bahn of Marshall, MN, Virgil Bahn of Pipestone, MN, and Darrel (Dianne) Bahn of Austin. MN; sisters-in-law, Jean (Ron) Yocum, Helen Nass; many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Elsie Bahn and his four-year-old son, Rodney Bahn who died in 1968; his brother-in-law, Gary Nass and one sister-in-law, Deanna Bahn.
Funeral services for Duane are on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 3:00 pm at the Zion Lutheran Church in Alexandria, MN with a visitation/gathering time beginning at 2:00 pm at the church. Officiating is Rev. David Hinz and organist is Mertice Brueske. Military honors will be provided by the Alexandria American Legion Post # 87, VFW Post # 936 and the MN National Honor Guard.
Burial will take place at the New Woodlawn Cemetery in Pipestone, MN on Sunday, August 7 at 1:00 pm. Honorary pallbearers are Tanya Johnson, Alexis Coudron, Amanda Higgins, Kabella Huot and Brinley Coudron. Active bearers are Jesse and Zachary Coudron, Bill Bahn, Michael Nass, Randal Bahn and Kevin Fuhs.
Arrangements handled by the Roy-Hetland Funeral Home, Osakis, MN.
Loren B. Hentges Blaine, MN
December 1, 1925 – August 3, 2016
We are saddened to announce the passing of Loren B. Hentges, age 90, of Blaine, father/father in law to current Metro Gun Club owners Rita & Rick, and friend to many fellow shooters.
A mass of Christian Burial will be held in honor of Loren starting at 11am on Wed. Aug. 10th, Church of St. Timothy, 707 89th Ave NE, Blaine. There will also be a visitation Tues. Aug. 9th from 4-7pm at the Gearhart Funeral Home, 11275 Foley Blvd NW., Coon Rapids.
Loren is survived by Wife, Frances; Children, Larry Hentges, Rita (Rick) Wilder and Bonnie (Wayne) Tobeck; Grandchildren, Jason, Jackie, Anthony, David, Sophie, and Jennifer; Great-grandchildren, Danielle, Aric, Rylee, Ashley and Jacob; Brothers, Eldon (Ann) Hentges and Bernie (Rita) Hentges.
Loren was an important member of the trapshooting community and was elected to the MTA Hall of Fame in 1997.
Roger Bohm Princeton, MN
March 22, 1930 – February 10, 2016
Roger Bohm of Princeton, MN passed away Feb 10, 2016 at age 85. He was a lifetime member of the ATA, starting in 1966. He fired at 28,800 singles, 22,600 handicap and 17,750 doubles. He won the Minnesota Handicap Championship in 1970 with a perfect score from 24 yards. He was President of the Minnesota Trapshooting Association in 1981 and inducted into the MTA Hall of Fame in 1997. He was a teacher and also owned and operated the Rum River Gun Club in Princeton from 1966-1989, throwing 100,000 per year. Roger served on the Central MN Gun Club and Sioux Trapshoot Board of Directors from 1974-1980. He taught trapshooting to Community Education, youth groups, and adults. He also taught firearms training from 1950-1970. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Survivors include his wife Joan of 62 years, son Russell and daughter in-law Mary.
On April 13, 2015 Sally Stevens’ father lost his battle with cancer.
Sally writes, “He fought so hard, kept his humor about him throughout the whole ordeal, and never once complained.”
“He battled so hard but his body failed him, and he is finally at peace. Mom, Mark and I were beside him the whole time.”
“There is no substitute for spending quality time with your loved ones; once they are gone, it’s too late.”
“Take the time now. Phone someone you love today, and tell them how you feel.”
“We made the most of the last few months with my dad and mom, traveling up every 4-6 weeks for a few days and because of it, when he passed away holding my hand, I had no regrets.”
The MTA and its board expresses their sympathies to Sally, Mark and their family.
Myron “Mike” Ptacek Harmony, MN
October 13, 1936 – February 10, 2015
MYRON “MIKE” PTACEK, age 78 of Harmony, died peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at Methodist Hospital in Rochester.
Born on October 13, 1936 in Steele County, Minnesota, he was the son of John J. and Elizabeth (Wanous) Ptacek. He married June Vaith in December of 1957 and they were later divorced. He married Lois (Berg) Anderson on May 14, 1993. Mike had served in the National Guard and had helped his sister and brother-in-law seasonally doing farm work. He then worked at the Owatonna Elevator and later as a truck driver with Yellow Freight. Mike enjoyed deer hunting, collecting John Deere toy tractors, going to auctions and flea markets and wood working. He was also an avid trap shooter. He was a member of the Owatonna Gun Club and the NRA.
He is survived by his wife, Lois of Harmony; one daughter, Penny (Les) Humpel of Owatonna; two step-sons, Randy (Dianna) Anderson of Stillwater and Richard (Lori) Anderson of Owatonna; six grandchildren, Amy (Dan) Anselment, Andrew Carroll, Taryn Anderson, Kristy Anderson, Chris Anderson and Nicholas Anderson; and seven great grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister, Sharon (Jerry) Katzung of Owatonna; one sister-in-law, Eileen Ptacek; and seven nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Eugene Ptacek.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 2:00 PM at Dennis Funeral & Cremation Services in Waseca. Burial will follow at Woodville Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Saturday, one hour before services at the funeral home.
Edward Ellard Prinkkila, 71, of Hoyt Lakes, died Thursday, November 6, 2014 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer at his home in Hoyt Lakes.
He was born on June 23, 1943 to Ellard and Toyne (Rantanen) Prinkkila in Virginia, MN. He was a proud and loyal graduate of the Eveleth High School class of 1961. He attended Eveleth Junior College and North Dakota State University attaining an Electrical Engineering degree. On May 27, 1967, he married Ellen Lund and they made their home in Hoyt Lakes. For 22 years he worked at Erie Mining Company (LTV) as an Electrical Engineer. In 1987, he joined Minnesota Power where he was known for his customer first approach and help in improving energy efficiency at our local taconite plants, retiring in June 2003. Even though Ed retired, his passion for work and life never slowed down. He was an avid sportsman and conservationist, spending countless hours at his hunting camp on Linwood with his friends. He was a lifetime member of the Engineers Club of NE Minnesota, Amateur Trapshooting Association shooting more than eighty-thousand rounds and participated in league trapshooting all around Northern Minnesota. He was a member of Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, the Ranger Snowmobile and ATV Club, Iron Range Historical Society, as well as a past member of the Society of Mining Engineers and the Instrument Society of America. He was a charter member of the East Range Ducks Unlimited and a charter member of the East Range Sportsman and Conservation Club, where he invested significant time improving the new facility for all including helping with a grant for the Lavern Hammer Trap Club for youth shooting. As a member of the East Range Lions and Lions International, volunteering his time working with the Lions booth at Water Carnival as well as making improvements at the Longyear Drill Site. But Ed’s most important goal in life was leaving this place better off than he found it. He touched lives, made life-long friends, and gave of himself selflessly to everyone.
Ed is survived by his wife, Ellen; daughter, Mary Anne (Brian) Prinkkila-Rogers, of Lincoln, NE; son, Lee (Pamela) Prinkkila of Eden Prairie, Minnesota; grandchildren, Emmelia Rogers, Alex Prinkkila & Max Prinkkila; brother, Tom Prinkkila (Nancy Lorence) of Maple Grove; sisters and brothers-in-law, Carol and Jerry Nylund, Katy Lund, Ken Lund; nieces & nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Ellard and Toyne, grandparents, in-laws Melvin Lund, Gunnar Lund, and Pat Lund.
Allen Edward Heil Glencoe, MN
November 5, 1932 – October 5, 2014
Allen Edward Heil was born on November 5, 1932, in Gaylord, Sibley County, Minnesota. He was the oldest son of Clarence and Martha (Lemke) Heil. Allen was baptized as an infant on December 4, 1932, by Rev. William Ulrich at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gaylord, Minnesota, and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth on June 2, 1946, by Rev. Gerhard Schmidt at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton, Minnesota. He attended school in Brownton, Minnesota, and was a graduate of the Brownton Public School Class of 1950. Allen entered active military service in the United States Army on November 6, 1952, and served his country in Japan during the Korean War. He received an Honorable Discharge on September 21, 1955. Upon arriving safely home, he attended Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
On May 10, 1958, Allen was united in marriage to Doris Hepner by Rev. Fellwock at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe, Minnesota. Allen and Doris made their home in Glencoe. Their marriage was blessed with three children, James, Jay and Julie. Allen and Doris shared over 56 years of marriage.
Allen worked in the water well drilling business until his retirement in 1998. He was a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe, Minnesota. Allen was also a member of the Glencoe VFW Post #5102 and the NRA. In 1991, he was inducted into the Minnesota Trapshooting Hall of Fame.
Allen enjoyed going out west hunting, riding his motorcycle around the country, trap shooting and sporting clays shooting. He loved spending time with his family and friends.
Allen passed away on Sunday, October 5, 2014, at Glencoe Regional Health Services in Glencoe, Minnesota, at the age of 81 years and 11 months.
Allen was inducted into the 1991 MTA Hall of Fame. He was quite an accomplished shooter, winning the Minnesota Handicap Championship (1966), MN Singles Championship (1969), MN All-Around Championship (1969 & 1971), the 1972 Diamond Badge (when there was only one given out), on the Men’s All State Team in 1972 and 1973, Men’s All State Team in 1972 and 1973, and the MN Doubles Championship (1977).
Bruce Lloyd Teveldal Fairmont, MN
August 31, 1952 – September 20, 2014
A Celebration of Life Service for Bruce L. Teveldal, 62, of Fairmont, Minnesota will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, September 25, 2014 at the United Methodist Church, #119 E. 2nd St. in Fairmont, Minnesota with Chaplain Russ Steele officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday, September 24, 2014 from 6:00 -8:00 p.m. at United Methodist Church in Fairmont and one hour prior to the services on Thursday at the Church.
A second visitation will be Friday, September 26, 2014 from 1:00 -2:00 p.m. Friday at the Alpena Community Center in Alpena, South Dakota. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery in Alpena, South Dakota at 2:00 p.m. Friday.
Bruce was called to his eternal rest suddenly on Saturday evening, September 20, 2014 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Fairmont, Minnesota. Messages of Sympathy may be sent to the family online at www.kramerfuneralhome.com.
Bruce Lloyd Teveldal was born August 31, 1952 to Palmer Lloyd and Vernis Opal (Clark) Teveldal in Huron, South Dakota. He attended school in Huron and Mitchell, South Dakota until moving to Redwood Falls, Minnesota and attended school there. Bruce later moved back to South Dakota and graduated from Alpena High School with the class of 1971. He then was employed for Valet Dry Cleaners in Huron and later Bruce moved to Fairmont was employed for Amdevco Plastics in Fairmont. On May 24, 1975, he was united in marriage to Patricia Burnison in Wessington Springs, South Dakota. After their marriage they lived in Fairmont, Minnesota where Bruce drove truck for Rosen’s Livestock and later was employed at Erickson Furniture. He then worked for Adam Mayberry Painting. In 1982 he started Teve’s Home Maintenance serving as an independent contractor in the Fairmont area until the time of his death. Bruce was a member of the United Methodist Church in Fairmont and the Fairmont, East Chain and Truman Trap Clubs. He was a firearms safety instructor for 35+ years. He devoted his time to teaching kids the sport of trapshooting, not only as a coach but as a father figure as well. He loved hunting with his family, friends, and sons. He enjoyed visiting and drinking coffee with his many friends at Perkins. Bruce loved every single person he came in contact with, sharing his knowledge, skills, and wisdom with them. Those traits will now live on through his family whom he cherished. He treasured every minute spent with his wife, children, and grandsons. Family is what was most important to Bruce.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Teveldal of Fairmont, Minnesota; his four children, Theron Teveldal and fiancé, Shea Ripley of Fairmont, Minnesota, Neysa (Dustin) Reutzel of Fairmont, Minnesota, Kendra Teveldal and significant other, Ethan Bremer of Apple Valley, Minnesota and Ethan (Laura) Teveldal of Fairmont, Minnesota; four grandchildren, Alec, Isaac, Ashton and Jace; sister, Jackie Stelter and Barry Raygor of Fairmont, Minnesota; step-mother, Agnes Teveldal of Huron, South Dakota; mother-in-law, Betty Burnison of Woonsocket, South Dakota; sister-in-law, Linda (Michael) Kilcoin of Woonsocket, South Dakota; brother-in-law, David (Janice) Burnison of Huron, South Dakota; nephews, Nicholas Stelter, Darin Kilcoin, Darrell Bittner; nieces, Courtney Stelter and Athena Burnison and other relatives and friends.
Bruce was preceded in death by his father and mother, Lloyd Teveldal and Vernis Wilson; step-father, Vern Wilson ; father-in-law, Ralph Burnison and other relatives.
David Eugene Vice, age 57, of Chaska, MN, died Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at his home.
Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 11:30 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2060 County Road 6, Long Lake, MN (952) 473-8577, with Pastor Carrie Scheller officiating. The family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 AM at the church. A lunch will follow the service.
David was born April 18, 1957 in Minneapolis, MN, to Darrell and Janice (Suits) Vice, one of seven children. David graduated from St. Louis Park High School in 1975 and then earned a degree at Hennepin Technical Center, North Campus in Brooklyn Park, MN. On June 18 1977, David married Irene Peters at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Hopkins, MN. They had 2 daughters. David has been a mechanic his whole adult life including: 25 years in the Excelsior/Chanhassen area at Country Club Service, and from 2000-2013 at Automotive Unlimited. He was an avid trap shooter and assistant coach for the Hopkins High School team. He was an active member at Park Sportsmen Club in Orono, MN, and a member of Minnesota Trap Association (MTA) and the National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA).
He was preceded in death by his father, Darrell, brother Daniel, and parents-in-law, Albert and Ruth Peters.
Survivors include his loving wife of 37 years, Irene; daughters, Katie Vice, of Madison, WI, and Kristie Vice, of Jordan; mother, Janice Vice, of Plymouth; siblings, Bill (Barb) Vice, of East Bethel, Jodi (Kevin) Munsterman, of Orono, Lori (Sasha) Sander, of Maple Grove, Cheryl (Tim) Marks, of Eden Prairie, Tim (Anne) Vice, of Andover, Diane Vice, of Guam; 14 nieces and nephews.
Dorothy Elizabeth Schmidt Apple Valley, MN (formerly of Osceola, IA)
April 26, 1930 – April 23, 2018
Dorothy Elizabeth Schmidt, age 87 of Apple Valley, MN, formerly of Osceola, IA passed away April 23, 2018. Dorothy was born April 26, 1930 in Brooklyn, Iowa and graduated from Leon High School. She married Michael Schmidt on January 3, 1951. For the next 20 years they lived in various places throughout the US as her husband served his country in the US Marine Corps. When Michael retired from the Marines, they moved from Quantico, VA to Prior Lake, MN and together managed the Minneapolis Gun Club for 18 years.
Over the years, Dorothy loved to travel, garden, can the vegtables she grew, and crochet. Her favorite color was red so she liked everything red. Everyone enjoyed her beautiful smile and infectious laugh.
She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 63 years, Michael Schmidt Sr.; daughter, Monica Schmidt; infant daughter, Linda; son-in-law Danny Martin; infant granddaughter, Deborah Martin; parents, Leo and Marie Vogel; brothers Anthony, Joseph, Edward, John, Paul, and Francis Vogel. She is survived by her children, Vicky (Milton) Oliver, Jeff (Britta) Burke, Elizabeth Martin, Mary Kubilus, Michael Schmidt, Jr., Virginia (Stephen) Hines, and Susan Schmidt; 11 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; brothers, James, Bernard and Donald Vogel; sister Anna Meador; special friend Anita Opfer; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and many friends.
Mass of Christian Burial was held 11AM Monday, April 30, 2018 at All Saints Catholic Church, 19795 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville, MN with visitation on Sunday from 5-7 PM at the White Funeral Home, 20134 Kenwood Tr. (Co. Rd. 50) Lakeville, MN, also 1 hr. prior to Mass at Church. Interment, Iowa Veterans Cemetery, Van Meter, IA. Special thank you to all of the care givers at Ecumen Seasons of Apple Valley and St. Croix Hospice that loved her so dearly and cared for her the past few years.
Michael E. Schmidt, Sr Osceola, IA (formerly of Lakeville, MN)
October 2, 1930 – August 20, 2014
Captain Michael E. Schmidt, Sr., age 83 of Osceola, IA, formerly of Lakeville, MN passed away on August 20, 2014. Mike retired from the US Marine Corp after serving his country for 22 years. He served during the Korean War and was assigned various duties during his tenure. When Mike retired in 1970 as Captain, he was stationed in Quantico, VA and was officer in charge of the International Shotgun team. Following his retirement, he accepted the position as manager of the Minneapolis Gun Club where he lived and worked with his family for 18 years. Mike is a Member of the Minnesota Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame.
He is preceded in death by his daughter, Monica Schmidt; infant daughter, Linda; infant granddaughter, Deborah Martin; parents, Frank and Marguerite Schmidt, brother and sister-in-law, Paul (Frances) Schmidt. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years Dorothy; children, Elizabeth (Danny) Martin, Mary Kubilus, Michael Schmidt Jr., Virginia (Steve) Hines, and Susan Schmidt; grandchildren, Jacqueline (John) Helmcamp, Jason (Jessica) Martin, Mike Schmidt III, Stephanie (Angel) Dubon, Aaron Martin, Anya Kubilus, Amanda Hines, and Benjamin Hines; great grandchildren, Hunter Helmcamp, Alexander Martin, Haydn Helmcamp, Javier Dubon, and Carmen Dubon; brothers, Dennis (Vivian), Anthony, and William ‘Bill’ (Ona) Schmidt; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 am Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at All Saints Catholic Church, 19795 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville, MN with visitation on Tuesday (8/26) from 4-8 pm at the White Funeral Home, 20134 Kenwood Tr. (Co. Rd. 50) Lakeville, MN (952 469 2723) also 1 hr. prior to Mass at Church. Interment, Iowa Veterans Cemetery, Van Meter, IA. Mass of Christian Burial will also be held 10:30 am on Friday, August 29, 2014 at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 222 East Pearl St., Osceola, IA.
John Bacon Maple Grove, MN
July 7, 2014
We’re sorry to announce that John “Jack” Bacon, age 76 of Maple Grove, MN, passed away on July 7, 2014. Preceded in death by wife, Maxine and sister,Susie Lasker. Survived by daughters, Margaret (Harold) Calkins and Corrine (Marcus) Olson; grandchildren, Rory, Cory, Melissa and Catie; great-granddaughter, Hailey; brothers, Bill, Bob (Cheradee), Dennis (Mary) Bacon; sister, Barbara (Eugene) Davis. John was a Vietnam Vet who served 4 years in the US Navy and 34 years in the US Army. He was an avid trap shooter for many years and his favorite hobby was to bake.
Private interment Lakewood Cemetery. Visitation 10-11 AM Saturday, July 12 with a memorial service at 11 AM all at: www.Washburn-McReavy.com Edina Chapel 952-920-3996 West 50th St & Hwy 100.
Steve Brua Albert Lea, MN
8-18-1953 — 4-6-2014
Steven D. Brua, 60, of Albert Lea passed away peacefully at his home April 6, 2014.
He was preceded in death by his parents Howard and Theresa and his son, Mitch, in 2003.
Steve was born to Howard and Theresa (Cunningham) Brua on Aug. 18, 1953, in Albert Lea. He attended St. Theodore’s Catholic grade school and graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1972. He remained a lifetime resident of Albert Lea, working at Brua Auto Parts, Wilson & Co., and Albert Lea Freezer. On Feb. 2, 1974, he was united in marriage to his lifelong love Roxanne Brenke at Trinity Lutheran Church in Albert Lea.
Steve and Roxanne made a home in Albert Lea raising their two sons, Travis and Mitch. He was always helping his late parents care for their properties and the junk yard. He adored his grandson, “Z” and shared many packages of Oreos with him. Steve was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting pheasants in South Dakota, coyotes in North Dakota, hogs in Oklahoma and turkey and deer. He was a proud member of the CVCC and Owatonna Gun Club, earning awards in trap shooting and always striving to be better than his rival hunting buddies. He had many adventures with his loyal companions Jake, Abby and Randy. When he wasn’t hunting, you could find him riding his Harley around town visiting friends and family. Steve was known by his friends and family for his big laugh, smart mouth and helping hands. After losing a 14-month battle with cancer, his final request was for his body to be donated to the Mayo Anatomical Department for medical research.
Steve is survived by his wife, Roxanne; his son, Travis; his grandson, Zaden; mother-in-law, Mary Lou Brenke; sisters-in-law Eunice Bolinger, Debra Chodur (Gary), Darla Nelson (Graden) and Connie Talamantes; brothers-in-law Steven Brenke (Rosie) and Darrell Brenke; nephews and nieces Danielle Bure (Damian), Justin Bolinger, Cody Bolinger, Sara Chodur, Nathan Chodur, David Villarreall, Anthony Villarreall, Colt Nelson, Blake Talamantes, Adison Talamantes, Amber Rose Brenke and Darrell Jr. Brenke; great-nephews and nieces Desmond, Ryleigh, Laynie, Gavin, Korah, Savanna, Elijah, Selena, Angelo and Karmine; special family Josh Miller, Brynn and Jaegar and godson, Cashus.
The family will greet friends from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at St. Theodore Catholic Church and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. A prayer service will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Theodore Catholic Church with the Rev. Mike Ellis, Celebrant.
In Steve’s honor, the family requests you wear camouflage to the service. Gun club members please wear trap shooting vests.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the family.
Ronald A. Guttormson, 74, of Borup, MN, passed away at home on Thursday, December 26, 2013. Ronnie was born March 25, 1939 in Fargo, ND, to Elmer and Mabel (Ringstad) Guttormson. He grew up on the family farm near Georgetown, MN, and attended school at Middleton Country School and Hendrum Public School before graduating from the Northwest School of Agriculture in Crookston, MN. Ronnie then continued his education at Moorhead State University while farming with his father and brother, Roger prior to farming on his own. He served in the Air National Guard. On August 15, 1959, Ronnie married LeeAnn Sivertson at Kirkebo Lutheran Church in Perley, MN. Together they lived and farmed in the Perley, Georgetown, Felton and Borup communities. He retired from farming in 2001. LeeAnn and Ronnie spent ten winters traveling and trap shooting in Las Vegas, NV, and Phoenix and Tucson AZ, where they met many new friends.
Ronnie enjoyed spending time outdoors, hunting, fishing and trap shooting. Over the years he mentored and instructed many through his involvement with the Red River Valley Sportsman’s Club at Perley, MN, Moorhead Rod & Gun Club and Clay County 4-H. He was a proud and humble person who enjoyed doing things for others, not wanting to be publically recognized.
Ronnie is survived by four children: Kellee (Dan) Johnk, Sabin, MN, Dean (Sue) Guttormson, Moorhead, Chad Guttormson, West Fargo, ND, and Kari (Chris) Borgmann, Detroit Lakes, MN; eight grandchildren, Karra (Travis) Sunde, Kamron Johnk, and Kadin Johnk, all of Sabin, David (Jeanie) Mathisen, Moorhead, Kurt Guttormson, Moorhead, Shelbi Guttormson, Moorhead, and Reece and Sidney Borgmann, Detroit Lakes; three great-grandchildren, Hallie and Harper Sunde, Lucas Mathisen; sister, Karen Dittberner, St. Joseph, MN; brother, Terry (Judy) Guttormson, Hendrum; brother-in-law, Duane Durr, Fargo; sister-in-law, Lois (Buz) Ziegler of Georgetown, MN; aunts-in-law, Evie Gilbertson, Ada, MN, Marjorie Kroshus, Fargo, and Irene Ingham, Santa Barbara, CA. Ronnie is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Ronnie was preceded in death by his wife, LeeAnn; granddaughter, Krista Johnk; parents, Elmer and Mabel Guttormson; brother, Roger Guttormson; father and mother-in-law, Sverre and Olive Sivertson; brother-in-law, Anthony DeMario; sister-in-law, Margaret Cleveland Durr; and nephews, Edward and Michael DeMario.
Memorials are preferred to the Red River Valley Sportsman’s Club in Perley or the Outdoor Adventures Foundation of Fargo which is a non-profit foundation providing hunting and fishing adventures for children and young adults under the age of 25 with cancer or other life threatening illness, also providing adventures for combat disabled veterans under the age of 40 that are wheelchair bound or missing a limb due to active duty service.
Visitation: Monday, December 30, 2013, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., with prayer service at 7 p.m., in Wright Funeral Home, Moorhead, MN.
Funeral: Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at 10:30 a.m., in Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Felton, MN.
David Jon Blanshan, 70, Windom MN, died Friday December 13, 2013 at the Windom Area Hospital after a brief illness.
David was born December 26, 1942 in Windom. He spent his childhood in Windom, graduating in 1959. He entered the military after high school.
After his term of service and honorable discharge, David came back to Minnesota. He lived in Albert Lea for short period of time, moved to Alex for another short period and then settled back in Windom and lived out his life. David owned and operated his sewer and septic business until 2007 when he decided it was his time for retirement.
David was an avid fisherman and hunter. Hunting was what led him to his love of trap shooting.
David first registered target was in 1968 and continued until today. He was on the MN State Team a number of times and was very proud of that.
He loved being on the line, competing with fellow trap shooters and loved the campfire gathering after the day’s events even more.
That’s where he will be missed the most. David always said it wasn’t about shooting 100 straight…the camaraderie is the best thing going here.
He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. If you didn’t know him, and bumped into him, he would talk at you like you were best friends forever from the get go.
Lacanne Family Funeral Svcs of Windom will be handling the arrangements.
Randy “Dutch” Michael Mahonen Virginia, MN
1-22-1953 — 11-8-2013
Randy Michael “Dutch” Mahonen, 60, Virginia, died Friday, November 8, 2013 at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Duluth. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, November 14, 2013, at 1:00 PM at Range Funeral Home , with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Pastor Donald Norr will officiate. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home. To send condolences or sign online guestbook, please visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com.
Randy was born January 22, 1953 in Virginia, MN , the son of T.J. and Verona (Mellack) Mahonen. He grew up and attended school in Virginia, graduating in 1971. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served honorably during the Vietnam Era. Following his discharge, he studied Criminal Justice at Bemidji State Univ. and received his Bachelor’s Degree. Randy was employed as a crane operator for DM&IR Railroad for over 30 years.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman, a proud NRA member, and former President of Kline-Cuppoletti Trap Club. Randy was a great and compassionate man and very determined in all he did. He was a mentor for those who were involved in his life. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Randy is preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Judy Lind and Joan Chase.
He is survived by a brother-in-law, David Lind, a sister-in-law, Beverly Dodd, 2 nephews: Dan and Shawn Lind, 2 nieces: Jody (Dale) Bixby and Polly Graziano, Great-nieces and nephews: Cody (Lacey) Bixby and Lindsey (Gabe) Meeham and their son, “President U.S.” Grant, all the “Ludlow Gang”, many other relatives and friends.
Richard Carl Erdman Owatonna, MN
03-07-1934 — 11-14-2013
Richard Carl Erdman, 79, of Owatonna, died Thursday, November 14, 2013 at Traditions I in Owatonna.
He was born March 7, 1934 in Owatonna, Minnesota the son of Carl and Adeline (Glock) Erdman. He was baptized and confirmed at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Owatonna. Richard graduated from Owatonna High School in 1952. He enlisted in the United States Air Force on September 8, 1952 where he served as a woodworker stationed both stateside and in Japan until his honorable discharge on September 7, 1956. He married Lois Lustig on September 6, 1958 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Owatonna. Richard worked at various businesses throughout his years. He began after the service, working alongside his brother at Lindekuegel Chevrolet in the parts department, Baldus Texaco Station as a mechanic, Steele County Implement in the Marina Department, and for over 24 years at Brown Printing in Waseca and retired in 1996.
He was a lifelong member of Redeemer Lutheran Church. He loved trap shooting and was a lifetime member of the Owatonna Gun Club. He also enjoyed working on cars and woodworking. Richard loved working with his hands and built their home in 1961. In later years, he enjoyed having coffee with his friends at HyVee.
He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Lois Erdman of Owatonna; sisters-in-law, Anna Marie Erdman of Owatonna, Phyllis (and Bob) Johnson of Blooming Prairie, Sharon (and Scot) Cinnamon of Maricopa, AZ; two brothers-in-law, Richard (and Dorothy) Lustig of Owatonna and Ron (and Kathy) Lustig of Osage, IA; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Florence Krause, and brother Herbert Erdman.
Visitation will be at Redeemer Lutheran Church on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Redeemer Lutheran Church with The Reverend Kirk Griebel officiating. Interment will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Owatonna. Military honors will be conducted by Steele County Military Funeral Unit. Memorials are preferred to Redeemer Lutheran Church. Michaelson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
James “Jimmy” Rosenkrantz Windom, MN
12-24-1940 — 10-06-2013
Jimmy passed unexpectedly on Sunday, 10-06-2103 from a stroke. Jimmy was an avid shooter for fifty+ years.
Visitation is Tuesday at the Lecann Funeral Home, 4 – 7 p.m., 2280 6th Avenue, Windom, MN and services will be held at the American Lutheran Church at 2 p.m. in Windom on Wednesday October 9, 2013.
George Leisure, Cambridge, MN, passed away peacefully on the evening of October 1, 2013 which was his 75th birthday. George had been faced with a multitude of health complications over the past 5-6 years including Cancer & Dialysis and just recently George took a fall at home which fractured his spine which was verified by an MRI.
Through all the hardship and the pain, George and his wife Sue fought the tough fight with dignity and fortitude. As I said “Good-bye” to him for the last time on Thursday of last week at his home in Cambridge, Minnesota, he expressed to me how much he admired all of you and always looked forward to the next ATA Registered Shoot and once again stepping to the line to hopefully “Break ’em all”!
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Jack, and first wife Mary. George is survived by his wife Susan of Cambridge, children Patrick Leisure Sr. of Cloquet, Michael Leisure of Cloquet, Timothy Leisure of Minneapolis, Melissa Hass (Michael) of Big Lake, Russell Flett (Tammy) of Princeton, six grandchildren, Patrick Jr., Riley, Gavin, Maddy, Mason and McKenna, brother Elmer Goodroad of Florida, as well as numerous other relatives, loyal friends and neighbors.
The visitation will begin at 10:00 am Friday morning the 4th of October and the service will follow immediately at 11:00 am. A lunch will be provided after the service.
To honor George and his love of Trapshooting, his one request was that his ashes be spread at the Beaverbrook Sportsmen Club in East Bethel, Mn at each of the six fields in the target landing area and by Friday afternoon his wish will be granted and he will be in his final resting place.
Shooting Bio on George Leisure
George Leisure was first introduced to Trapshooting in 1980 and became an ATA member in 1982 and an ATA Life member in 1983. For the past 32 years, George has been an exemplary example of a shooter who has dedicated his time, support and many talents to the sport of Trapshooting by his participation in the ATA and serving as President of the Beaverbrook Sportsmen Club in East Bethel, MN for over eight years.
An advocate and volunteer for all the shooting sports, George lived his passion for trapshooting and was instrumental in creating the platform for ATA events, a ladies league and youth leagues at Beaverbrook Sportsmen Club in the 1980’s. He was always available to help anyone who was interested in learning more and bettering themselves as a shooter. Whether shooting league or at an ATA registered event, George has been willing to have fun and share a joke and a smile with those around him.
George registered 250,100 singles, 58,825 handicap and 172,600 doubles over his 30 years as an ATA shooter. He attended 12 Grand Americans and for years traveled to and participated in registered shoots in 35 states including the Southwest Chain and the Spring Grand American in Tucson, AZ.
George you had a way of touching the lives of everyone you ever met and will be truely missed! You gave so much of yourself to others and we are all the better for it.
Image above is at George’s May 12th, 2013 Honor Shoot at Beaverbrook Sportsmen Club in East Bethel, MN. The turnout was terrific and so appreaciated by his family. Pictured are George and his very close trapshooting butddies (Bob, Don and Tom) that made the trip from Iowa and South Dakota for the Honor Shoot. George told me last week how much he loved shooting all those targets over all those years, with these three men.
Roman T. Sinnen
August 12, 2013
Roman “Romie” T. Sinnen, age 85, of New Germany, passed away Aug. 12, 2013.
Beloved husband, father and grandfather. Preceded in death by parents August and Anna; brother Claude. Survived by wife Janice; children, Thomas (Nancy), Jennifer Tucci (Mike), Michael (Shannon), Scot (Barb); 10 grandchildren; brother Albert; sisters, Irene Powers and Colette Hidding.
A proud member of the 101st Airborne Paratroopers, Romie was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. Inducted into the MN Trapshooters Assoc. Hall of Fame in 2004, he was also a distinguished member of the North American Sheep Foundation’s “Grand Slam Club” and a lifetime NRA member.
Please join us at an open house in celebration of his life at his home in New Germany on Sunday, Aug. 25 f rom 1 to 5 p.m.
MINNESOTA TRAPSHOOTING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE, 2004
William “Bill” John Wuorio, 74, of Isle died July 23, 2013 at Fairview University Hospital In Minneapolis.
Services were held on Monday, July 29, 2013 at Bethesda Lutheran Church of Malmo with Reverend James Raisanen officiating. He was born July 13, 1939 in Duluth to Peter and Helen (Peterson) Wuorio. He graduated from Duluth Denfeld High School. He married Judy (Mahler) on July 10, 1970 in Saginaw. He worked for many years, as an Ice Road Trucker. He was former state champion and past president of the Minnesota Trapshooters Association. He was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church of Malmo.
He is survived by his wife, Judy; four daughters and sons-in-law: Terri and George Drimel; Debbie and Mike Appelwick; Rhonda and Jordan Flagstad; Renee and Stephane Tsamba-Massale; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother, Pete Wuorio; sister, Lana Roerkhol; many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his uncle, Carl, and his parents.
Arrangements were with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home of Aitkin. Go to www.srtfuneral.com to sign the online guest register.
Danny “Dusty” Speltz
Danny E. “Dusty” Speltz, 59, of Rolling-stone died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at Lewiston Villa. Dusty was born Nov. 10, 1953, in Winona to Cyrus and Dolores (Hengel) Speltz. He attended Holy Trinity School and graduated from Winona Senior High School. Following high school, Dusty attended Winona Vo-Tech for two years, studying tool and die. He worked as a machinist for DCM in Winona from 1979 until retiring due to ill health in 2009.
Dusty belonged to Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Rollingstone, where he volunteered. He had also belonged to the Rollingstone Jaycees, bowled, shot pool, helped coach youth softball and enjoyed deer and squirrel hunting when he was younger. His two main loves were the Green Bay Packers and shooting trap at the Winona Gun Club.
Dusty was a wonderful brother. He will be missed by family and friends for his humor and wit. Survivors include a sister, Christy (Greg) Wheeler of Rollingstone; a brother, Jon (Gloria) Speltz of Spring Grove; and 10 nieces and nephews and their families. He is also survived by his special kitty, Cheesehead. His parents and a sister, Sue Schell, preceded him in death.
Ron Noren was born on June 20th, 1956 in New Ulm, Minnesota. He was raised in rural Saint James by his caring parents, Harold and Viola Noren. Ron had two older brothers: Jerry and Dwayne. He attended grade school in La Salle, high school in St. James, and vocational school in Mankato. He has worked in the feed and livestock industry for the last 36 years. Along the way, he made many friends who remained close to him up to his passing. On November 22nd, 1980, Ron married the love of his life, Angela Larson. Together, they raised three children: Jamie, Krista, and Steven. He treasured watching them grow up and teaching them valuable life lessons along the way. Ron encouraged his children to love trapshooting, and together they have won trophies and prizes at the state level. To his granddaughters, Lilly and Mya, he was known as “Grandpa Buzzy Bee”. He cherished his time with them and made his love for them known to everyone in his life. Ron’s passions were family, friends, trapshooting, and shooting pool.
He was proud to dedicate a great portion of his life being the ATA Delegate for the Minnesota Trapshooting Association (MTA) and the manager of the St. James Gun Club for the Watonwan Game and Fish. One of his greatest lifeaccomplishments was being inducted into the MTA’s Hall of Fame in 2008. Ron was proud of his and his family’s trapshooting achievements. However, he was even more passionate about spending quality time with his fellow trapshooting buddies, teaching newcomers how to shoot, and helping preserve the future of the sport that he loved. His presence in the trapshooting world will be felt forever. Many organizations, people and families have been touched by the life of Ron Noren. He will never be forgotten and his passion for commitment and excellence will forever be an inspiration to all.
He is survived by his wife Angie Noren of St. James, children; Jamie (Buddy) Seiner of Pierre, SD, Krista (Ryan) Gellert of Sioux Falls, Steven Noren of Ames, IA, grandchildren; Lillian and Mya Seiner, parents; Harold and Viola Noren of St. James, brothers; Jerry (Lynette) Noren of St. James, Dwayne (Cathy) Noren of Plymouth, father-in-law and mother-in-law; Orval and Joyce Larson of St. James, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; Mike (Diane Larson of Nisswa,and Bruce (Pattie) Larson of Fairmont. He is preceded in death by his grandparents.
In lieu of flowers, the Ron Noren Memorial Foundation has been established as a way for our family to continue giving to the organizations he valued.
HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE, 2008
He made us all happy because he was one of us.
The Perazzi family, the workers , shooters and friends are in mourning following the loss of DanielePerazzi who passed away during the night of the 7th November. He will remain in his beloved factory until his funeral on Friday 9th November, friends wishing to pay their last respects may visit him there. The funeral will be held on Friday, November 9th 15.30 at Abbazia di Maguzzano (Lonato) The Perazzi factory will be closed until Monday, 12th November, 2012. I can remember shooting with Mr. Perazzi back in 1973, my first year at the Grand at Vandalia. It was also his first trip to Vandalia. He filled out our squad and we had no idea who he was until we finished. We all got a kick out of him when we had to tell him to look at a pair of targets, as he was on post 1. He finally said lets see a pair. He than proceeded to shot them. It was one of my highlights of the some 30 Grand Americans I attended at Vandalia.
Suzette Kay Gillard was born on November 27, 1951 in Albert Lea, the daughter of Charles and Elaine (Lau) Gillard. She grew up in Glenville, graduating from GlenvilleHigh School. Sue went to College at Southwest State University where she earned a B.A. Degree, Mankato State University, earning a B.S. Degree. She did her graduate work at the University of Minnesota where she received a Master’s Degree. Sue was a teacher and a musician. She had recently retired from Glenville Elementary as the Principal. She was a member of First Lutheran Church of Glenville where she served as the church organist, the Austin Symphony, the Glenville City Council, and the Amateur Trap Shooting Association. Sue volunteered as the church secretary, and for the Greenwood Cemetery. Her hobbies included trap shooting, photography, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family. She had a great love for her nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Suzie always looked at the positive side in life, and brought out the best in everyone. She spent many countless hours with her mom.
David Earl Terning
David Earl Terning, age 61 of Hutchinson, passed away Monday, December 5, 2011, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. Funeral Service were held on Saturday, December 10, 2011, at 11:00 AM at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel with interment at the Dassel Community Cemetery. Visitation will be at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel on Friday from 4:00 – 8:00 PM. Further visitation will be at the church on Saturday one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home of Dassel.
James P. McGowan, Apache Junction, AZ (formerly of Big Lake, MN)
March 18, 2018
James P. McGowan of Apache Junction, AZ passed away March 18, 2018. He was 82. His shooting career was as a Minnesota resident, residing in Big Lake until he retired as an electrician. Jim started shooting registered targets in 1971 and advanced to the 27 yard line with 26,900 Singles, 29,400 Handicap, and 17,500 Doubles. He was heavily involved with the Central MN Gun Club in St Cloud for 30 years, at one point or another serving as Director, Secretary, and President. In addition to trapshooting, he enjoyed deep sea fishing and golfing. He was preceded in death by his daughter Beth and his wife Evy. He is survived by daughters, Teri and Lynn, and grandchildren.
Evy McGowan, Rush City, MN (formerly of Big Lake, MN)
August 15, 2011
Evy McGowan passed away today in Rush City, MN, August 15, 2011. For those of you that may not remember Evy, and I don’t know how one could forget, she was the spitfire cashier at Del-Tone’s shoots when Dick & Judy still owned the club. Evy also worked in the office/kennel for the State Shoot for 20+ years.
Richard Sturk, Grand Rapids, MN
Terrible news for the Minnesota shooting nation. Ron Noren, state ATA Delegate, passed away on Sunday, February 10, 2013. More information will be posted when notified. Noren, age 56, of St. James died on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at Mayo Clinic Health System-Mankato. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at East Sveadahl Lutheran Church, rural St. James, with Rev. Kathleen Ulland-Klinkner officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Sturm Funeral Home in St. James and one hour before services at the church on Saturday. You may send the family condolences online at www.sturmfh.com. Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James.
Minnesota Hall of Famer Richard Sturk (left) passed away on June 10, 2011. He was 83. Richard was a three time MTA president and a MTA Hall of Famer, inducted in 1993. Born May 20, 1928 in Nashwauk, he was the son of Anthony and Ann (Krmpotich) Sturk. Dick was a 1946 graduate of Greenway High School and served in the U.S. Navy from June 1946 to June 1948. He attended Itasca Junior College 1948 through 1950 and also started working for the City of Bovey in 1948 and retired in 1984 with 36 years of service. Dick and Patricia Dethloff were married on April 28, 1956 in Grand Rapids.
They lived in Coleraine for five years prior to moving to Bovey where they resided for 39 years, moving to Grand Rapids in 2001. Dick was a member of the Mary Immaculate Catholic Church of Coleraine and played football, basketball, and track through his school years, and played football during his Navy service. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and trapshooting and was an ardent pool player. He was a trap shooter for 50 years, was elected president of the Minnesota Trap Shooting Association three times, and was inducted into the Minnesota Trap Shooter’s Hall of Fame on July 9, 1993.
Obituary Richard A. Sturk, 83, Grand Rapids, formerly of Bovey, died on Friday, June 10, 2011 in Bemidji.
Born May 20, 1928 in Nashwauk, he was the son of Anthony and Ann (Krmpotich) Sturk. Dick was a 1946 graduate of Greenway High School and served in the U.S. Navy from June 1946 to June 1948. He attended Itasca Junior College 1948 through 1950 and also started working for the City of Bovey in 1948 and retired in 1984 with 36 years of service. Dick and Patricia Dethloff were married on April 28, 1956 in Grand Rapids. They lived in Coleraine for five years prior to moving to Bovey where they resided for 39 years, moving to Grand Rapids in 2001. Dick was a member of the Mary Immaculate Catholic Church of Coleraine and played football, basketball, and track through his school years, and played football during his Navy service. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and trapshooting and was an ardent pool player. He was a trap shooter for 50 years, was elected president of the Minnesota Trap Shooting Association three times, and was inducted into the Minnesota Trap Shooter’s Hall of Fame on July 9, 1993.
His parents, Anthony and Ann Sturk preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia; two sons, Todd (Paula) Sturk of Babbitt and Tim (Charlene) Sturk of Bemidji; four daughters, Tina (Wayne) Morgan of Grand Rapids, Tonia (Mike) Sherwood of Bemidji, Tammy Miskovich of Boulder, Colo., and Tracy Sturk of Robbinsdale, Minn.; 10 grandchildren, Melissa (Chris) Tok of Austin, Minn., Josh Miskovich of Duluth, Aron Anderson of Crystal, Minn., Mandy (Ed) Reed-Morgan of St. Paul, Minn., Nadlie (Terry) Lyman of Grand Rapids, Jacob Sturk of Robbinsdale, Minn., Jackson Sturk, Justin (Amanda) Sherwood, and Brian (Sarah) Sherwood, all of Bemidji, Minn., and Cori (Nate) Barker of Rochester, Minn.; 10 great-grandchildren, Easton Tok, Myles Reed-Morgan, Joy, Grace, and Rainy Lyman, Amy Blade, and Charlie, Clara, Brenden, and Brady Sherwood; two great-great-grandchildren, Gavin Blade and Aiden Lyman; and two brothers, Robert (Bonnie) Sturk of Bovey and James (Nancy) Sturk of Grass Valley, Calif.
James Petty, Annandale, Minnesota
James R. Petty, age 64, died at his home in Annandale during the early morning on Friday, March 11, 2011 from what is believed to have been cardiac arrest. James Roger Petty was born May 25, 1946 to the late Lawrence and Sarah Petty; they resided in Maine Prairie just north of Kimball. Jim attended the Maine Prairie Country School and graduated from Kimball High School in 1963. On July 30, 1977, he was united in marriage to Paula Flygare at Camp Koinonia in South Haven. Jim was an active member of the Kimball Rod and Gun Club, where he thoroughly enjoyed the competition and camaraderie of trapshooting with close friends and family. He also served on the Ski Patrol of Powder Ridge for 30 years, and was once named Patrolman of the Year for the state of Minnesota. An avid outdoorsmen, much of Jim’s leisure time was spent on the lakes fishing.
James R. Petty, age 64, died at his home in Annandale during the early morning on Friday, March 11, 2011 from what is believed to have been cardiac arrest.
Memorial Services will be held 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 17, 2011 at Annandale United Methodist Church with Rev. Marilee Benson officiating. Friends may call from 4-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the church. Arrangements are entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care, Annandale.
James Roger Petty was born May 25, 1946 to the late Lawrence and Sarah Petty; they resided in Maine Prairie just north of Kimball. Jim attended the Maine Prairie Country School and graduated from Kimball High School in 1963. On July 30, 1977, he was united in marriage to Paula Flygare at Camp Koinonia in South Haven.
After high school, Jim began his career as a meat cutter by working at the Knaus Sausage House in Kimball for eight years. After a seven year stay with Zayres Shoppers City of St. Cloud, he and his brother Mic purchased the Annandale Locker Plant in 1980; they renamed it Petty Brothers Meats. Petty Brothers is currently owned by Jim and his son, Bob.
Jim was an active member of the Kimball Rod and Gun Club, where he thoroughly enjoyed the competition and camaraderie of trapshooting with close friends and family. He also served on the Ski Patrol of Powder Ridge for 30 years, and was once named Patrolman of the Year for the state of Minnesota. An avid outdoorsmen, much of Jim’s leisure time was spent on the lakes fishing.
A devoted family man, Jim is survived by his wife, Paula; daughter, Nicole Petty & her significant other, Travis Hunter; twin sons & their fiancés, Thomas Petty & Kirstin Dropps of Clearwater and Robert Petty & Ashley Klinger of Annandale; grandson, Owen Petty; and brother & his wife, John “Mic” & Rosann Petty of Kimball. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Lawrence and Sarah Petty. (Dingmann Funeral Care)
Patrick Fischer Thief River Falls, Minnesota
1981 Minnesota Handicap Champion
Patrick Fischer, 63, died Sunday, March 6, 2011 at Sanford Medical Center in Thief River Falls. Patrick won the 1981 Minnesota State Handicap Championship, breaking a 98×100. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 11 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, with Rev. John Voelker, PhD, officiating. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Thief River Falls.
Honorary casket bearers will be Allen Aasby, Dave DuPree, Tom Greelis, Bob Mattson, Brad Johnson, Frandell Johnson, Ike Ellingson, Jim Fulton, Jon Efteland, Kenny Parnham, Lloyd Melby, Stan Sjoberg, Al Steinhauer, Tim Miller, Howard Thorson, Steve Wigand, Shyne Anderson, Luke Novacek, Rick Sovde, Del Stordahl and all of his hunting and fishing buddies and friends at the Thief River and Greenbush Trap Club.
Patrick had a love for the water and fishing. He was an avid hunter and liked going on adventures with his friends to Montana and South Dakota.
He was a member of the Thief River Trap Club and served as its secretary for over 40 years, the Greenbush Trap Club, the NRA, Minnesota Deer Hunters, and Ducks Unlimited. He got his captain’s license for charter boats and ran the Old Guide Charter Service on Lake of the Woods. He later started the Old Guide Tackle Company, which he was still making until his death.
Patrick Fischer, 63, died Sunday, March 6, 2011 at Sanford Medical Center in Thief River Falls.Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 11 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, with Rev. John Voelker, PhD, officiating. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Thief River Falls. Honorary casket bearers will be Allen Aasby, Dave DuPree, Tom Greelis, Bob Mattson, Brad Johnson, Frandell Johnson, Ike Ellingson, Jim Fulton, Jon Efteland, Kenny Parnham, Lloyd Melby, Stan Sjoberg, Al Steinhauer, , Tim Miller, Howard Thorson, Steve Wigand, Shyne Anderson, Luke Novacek, Rick Sovde, Del Stordahl and all of his hunting and fishing buddies and friends at the Thief River and Greenbush Trap Club.Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10 at the church with a prayer service at 7 p.m.Patrick Gordan Fischer was born on April 2, 1947 to Verna Marie (Lockwood) and Walter A. Fischer in Brainerd. He was raised in the Deer River, Motley and Pillager area until moving to Thief River Falls at the age of 6. He was baptized and confirmed. He attended school in Thief River Falls and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1965. He then graduated from Thief River Falls Junior College in 1967. He attended Bemidji State College.Patrick began dating his future wife, Kay Lorrayne Liden, when he was 14 years old. They were united in marriage on December 20, 1968 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls. They have made their home in Thief River Falls. After graduating high school, Pat worked for 26 years at LB Hartz in the warehouse and was foreman of the produce department for sometime. He then got his captain’s license for charter boats and ran the Old Guide Charter Service on Lake of the Woods. He later started the Old Guide Tackle Company, which he was still making until his death.Patrick had a love for the water and fishing. He was an avid hunter and liked going on adventures with his friends to Montana and South Dakota. He was a member of the Thief River Trap Club and served as its secretary for over 40 years, the Greenbush Trap Club, the NRA, Minnesota Deer Hunters, and Ducks Unlimited.
He is survived by his wife Kay, Thief River Falls; daughter Rebecca (Ernie) Nelson, Thief River Falls; three grandchildren: Jordyn Kay, Justin Patrick and Jase Ernest; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Brian and Deb Liden; nieces Jessica Liden and Stephanie Liden; and many cousins. (TRF Times & Northern Watch)
Gary Dodge Cottage Grove, Minnesota
Gary was a veteran having served in the United States Marines during the Vietnamese war.
Gary Dodge passed away December 23, 2010 at the age of 64 after battling esophageal cancer. Dodge was born on November 12th 1946. During his ATA career, He fired at 77,150 singles, 59,700 handicap and 42,550 doubles. Gary was an experienced pipe fitter and managed many jobs for his longtime employer, Harris Mechanical. Gary is survived by his wife Donna, sons Karl (Dianna) and Keith as well as his grandson Carter.
He loved trapshooting. His priorities in life were family, job, and trapshooting. He traveled to many states to shoot registered targets but enjoyed shooting winters in Florida the most. Shooters from the now closed West Palm Beach Club and Robison Ranch will remember his easy going style and his dedication to the game. Dodge also shot many thousand league targets in Minnesota at both the 3M Company Club and at West End Gun Club.
Funeral service: 11:30 am Monday, December 27, 2010, at THE ALLEY CHURCH 7955 Ivystone Ave. Cottage Grove, with burial in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Visitation 10:30-11:30 am Monday at the church prior to the service. 651-459-2875.
When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.
John Bolich, Fridley, MN, (1940-2010) one of the good guys in Minnesota trapshooting, died this past Saturday, July 31, 2010 at his home. John was elected twice president of the MTA and was elected into the Minnesota Trapshooting HOF in 2000. John began shooting registered trap in1974. After seven years as MTA Director from the Central Zone, he served two terms as MTA Vice-President, then two terms as President. In these capacities he classified at countless local and zone shoots and the state shoots of Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota. With his wife, Elaine, he planned the Ladies Luncheon at the State Shoot for seven years. In the last few years he registered 15,000 targets annually while battling a host of painful ills. Through all of it, he never complained. John’s presence and unfailingly friendly and optimistic attitude will be forever missed in Minnesota and everywhere he was known.
Death leaves a heartache
No one can heal; Love leaves a memory; No one can steal
John Bolich, age 70, of Fridley, passed away suddenly on Saturday, July 31, 2010. Preceded in death by his beloved wife Elaine and by his father John Bolich. John was retired after a 37 year career at Sperry Univac/Unisys. Throughout his lifetime he was an avid outdoorsman and member of the Amateur Trapshooting Association. He held 2 terms as President of the MN Trapshooting Association and was inducted into the MN Trapshooting Hall of Fame. John was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and friend. His spirit, smile, laughter and giving gestures will live on in the hearts of those who knew him. Survived by daughter Sue Bolich; son Dave (Diane) Bolich; granddaughter Dakotah Bolich; his mother Wanda; 2 brothers Jerry (Joan) and Don (Mary Ann) Bolich; other relatives and friends. Mass of Christian Burial 1 pm Friday at the Church of St. William, 6120 5th St. NE, Fridley. Visitation from 6-9 pm Thursday with a 7 pm prayer service in the Miller Funeral Home, 6210 Hwy 65 NE, Fridley & 1 hour prior to Mass at church. Interment at SunsetMemorial Gardens, Minneapolis.
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