Lloyd Knutson

July 5, 2013


obit Knutson_Lloyd Donovan_picLloyd Donovan Knutson, age 86 of Maple Grove, passed away Feb. 13 at Excelsior Golden Living Care Center. Memorial service was Saturday, Feb. 16 at St. James Lutheran Church in Crystal.
Lloyd was a graduate of South Dakota State University College of Pharmacy and worked summers at Wall Drug. He retired as a pharmacist with Snyder Drug after 30 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran.
Lloyd is survived by Barb, his loving wife of 51 years; Barb; daughter Leah (Peter) Thorson; grandchildren Marissa and Jesse; sisters Althea Digre, MarLien (Don) Bartz and Donna (Dale) Thompson; sister-in-law Lurine Knutson; nieces, nephews and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Alfred and Mabel and his brother Paul.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. James Lutheran Church Youth Ministry or the Recreation Fund at Excelsior Golden Living Care Center.
www.Washburn-McReavy.com Strobeck Johnson Chapel 952 938-9020.

Aaron Rogness

June 28, 2013

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April 14, 1924 – June 22, 2013

Aaron Rogness, age 89 of Hendricks, passed away on Saturday, June 22 at the Hendricks Community Hospital in Hendricks.
Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 27 at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Astoria, S.D. with Pastor Carlene Rhody officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Astoria with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. A private family burial will be at the Bethany Lutheran Cemetery in Astoria, S.D. with military honors by the Bakken Engen American Legion Post 103 of Astoria. Birk Funeral Home of Hendricks is entrusted with the arrangements.
Aaron Nicholas Rogness was born April 14, 1924 to Gilbert and Anna (Trooien) Rogness in Astoria, S.D. Aaron attended Astoria Public Schools and graduated in 1942. He then attended South Dakota State University for one year before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force in June 1943. He qualified for the Army Specialized Training Program and attended St. Louis University for one semester until WWII escalated. Aaron was then transferred to the U.S. Army for infantry training. He was deployed to Europe soon after. While in Europe, he received two Purple Hearts and received honorable discharge in October 1945.
After his service to the country, he continued his education at South Dakota State University and graduated with a degree in civil engineering in 1948. He first worked for the Corp of Engineers and later for American Appraisal Company in Milwaukee, Wisc. and Chicago, Ill.
He was united in marriage to Mary Mandsager on Oct. 8, 1955. In 1956, when his father’s health was failing, he came back to Astoria to take over the Rogness Lumber Company. He built and managed apartments in Astoria, Toronto and Clear Lake, S.D. Aaron was also involved in various business ventures, some with his best friend Andy Andersen, others with his brother-in-law Chuck Mandsager, including development of Camara Beach and North Shore Drive on Lake Hendricks, Hobie Cat sailboat business, telephone line and pole removal plus numerous other ventures.
While in Astoria, Aaron served as mayor and on the city council for 30 years. He was a faithful member of Bethel Lutheran Church, served on the church council, taught Sunday school, sang in the choir and was a part of the Bethel Series. Proud of his Norwegian heritage, Aaron was a member of the Sons of Norway and enjoyed attending the Watertown Concert Series. He was also a lifetime member of the Bakken-Engen American Legion Post 103 in Astoria, S.D.
A world traveler, Aaron enjoyed being with family and friends as he experienced fishing trips to Canada, hunting in northwest South Dakota, visited every state in the United States, traveled to Norway twice, several places in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Aaron embodied what it meant to walk with the light of Christ and stressed the importance of family and friends. Many would call Aaron a close friend and mentor, as he truly cheered on everyone through his dominant and bright personality.
He passed away peacefully in his sleep early Saturday morning, June 22.
He is survived by his wife Mary; sons Russell (Lori) and Timothy (Cindy); daughter Jodi (Tom Sheldon); eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceeded in death by his parents, his son Jim, his brother Gilbert Jr. and sister Gertrude.

Hogie Memorial Services

June 20, 2013

Memorial services are scheduled for Marie Hinderaker Hogie on Friday, July 5 at 2 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church in Astoria, S.D.
Marie passed away April 11 in Mesa, Ariz. All are welcome to attend.

Marie Hogie

June 13, 2013

A memorial service for Marie Hogie will be held at 2 p.m. on July 5 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Astoria, S.D.

Elmer Nelson

June 13, 2013

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Nov. 12, 1921 – June 7, 2013

Elmer Nelson, age 91 of Hendricks, passed away Friday, June 7 at the Hendricks Community Hospital.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks with Rev. Dr. David Christianson and Amanda Simons leading the service. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in East Hendricks Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by Bakken Engen American Legion Post 103. Online registry at www.birkfuneralhome.com.
Elmer was born Nov. 12, 1921, the son of Arthur and Hilda (Heggeseth) Nelson, in Minneota. He graduated from Minneota High School then entered the U.S. Army and served in World War II, European Theater, in the infantry and as a paratrooper. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge.
Following his honorable discharge, he returned to farming in rural Hendricks. He married Bernice Oien on June 22, 1947. They continued to farm while Elmer also worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a clerk in Hendricks, a city carrier in Brookings, S.D. and retired as the Postmaster in Astoria, S.D. in 1991.
He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Astoria American Legion, the League of Postmasters and National Association of Letter Carriers. In his younger years he was a council member and treasurer at Calvary Lutheran Church, Hendricks Township Treasurer, Election Judge, New Grove 4-H Leader and was in the church choir at Hemnes Lutheran Church in Minneota and also served as a soloist there.
Elmer is survived by his wife Bernice; two daughters, Carol (Bob) Kreager and Sandra (Greg) Kimmet; three grandchildren, Mark Kreager, Amanda (David) Simons and Samantha Kimmet; one great-grandson, Elliot Kreager; two step-grandchildren, Sandra Actis and David Kreager; two step-great-grandsons, Evan and Nathan Actis; one Godson, Henry (Barb) Hanson; one Goddaughter, Stacy (Troy) Johnson Thompson; in-laws John and Marlys Huber and June Reed and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Leslie (Carmen) Nelson, Elsie (Oren) Hanson and Dorothe (Alan) Carlson; and infant son Donald.
Blessed be his memory.

Alice Melby

June 13, 2013

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Oct. 18, 1919 – June 9, 2013

Alice (Mrs. Rev. Harold) Melby, age 93, died Sunday, June 9 at the Battle Lake Good Samaritan Center.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 12 at the First Lutheran Church in Battle Lake with Rev. Jake Dyrhaug officiating. Visitation was Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. with a service of prayer and celebration at 6 p.m. at the Glende-Nilson Funeral Home in Battle Lake and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the First Lutheran Cemetery in Battle Lake. The Glende-Nilson Funeral Home of Battle Lake is in charge of the arrangements.
Alice Elizabeth (Eastvold) Melby was born on Oct. 18, 1919 in Mayville, N.D., the daughter of Olaus Arnt and Mabel (Gramstad) Eastvold. She graduated from Mayville High School, attended Lutheran Bible Institute in Minneapolis, and received her BA Degree from Mayville State Teachers College. Alice married Pastor Harold Waldemar Melby on Aug. 31, 1945 in Mayville Lutheran Church, Mayville, N.D.
Immediately prior to her marriage to Harold, Alice served as secretary to Bishop Oscar C. Hanson (father of current Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Bishop Mark S. Hanson) in the Luther League office at the Norwegian Lutheran Church headquarters in Minneapolis.
During her marriage, Alice served with Pastor Melby in 23 Lutheran Church congregations, residing in the communities of Melville and Swift Current in Saskatchewan, Canada, Mt. Vernon, S.D., Clarissa, Dell, Frost and Hendricks in Minnesota, and Verona, N.D. In addition to her service as a pastor’s wife, Alice performed many roles in the congregations served, including those of church secretary, choir director, organist, pianist, Sunday School teacher, as well as participant and leader of various church groups.
During her teaching career, Alice taught music, English, business and business law and home economics, served as band director and directed numerous theatrical productions. She taught in the communities of Plentywood, Mont., Bloomington in Edgerton and Clarissa, Frost, Minneota and Hendricks in Minnesota.
Alice and Harold retired to their home on Girard Beach, West Battle Lake, in September 1982. For 25 years they spent their winters in Apache Junction, Ariz. During her retirement Alice enjoyed many activities, including pen and ink artwork, reading, walking, sewing, cooking, painting beautiful china plates, playing cards and each month soundly defeating many relatives and friends in Reader’s Digest Word Power games.
On Sunday, June 9 Alice Melby died at Battle Lake Good Samaritan Nursing Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given and suggests the following: Lutheran World Relief, Battle Lake Good Samaritan Society, First Lutheran Building Fund and Mount Carmel Ministries. Memorials may be offered at Glende Nilson Funeral Home or sent c/o Marilyn Horgen, 40450 Girard Beach Road, Battle Lake, MN 56515.
Alice is survived by three daughters—Marilyn Beth (Wayne) Horgen of Battle Lake, Naomi Joy (David) Talbott of Edgewater, Md., and Donadee Joan (Rev. Timothy) Peterson of Prescott, Wisc.; one son, Dr. David John (Elaine) Melby of Carterville, Ill.; 15 grandchildren—Benjamin Melby; Christopher (Thuy), Clayton, Lindsay (Christi) and Andrew (Tyler) Horgen; Katie (DaWayne) Medley; Kristin Solomon; Kelly, Baruch, John, Princess and Benjamin Talbott; Nathan (Maria), John (Whitney) and Elise Peterson; 15 great-grandchildren and numerous relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by one son in infancy, Brent Nathan Melby; her husband Harold; two brothers, Orlo and Alvin Eastvold, and four sisters, Mae Cella, Lillian Huseby, Helen Carlson and Faith Shelchuk.

Donald Gabriel

June 7, 2013

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April 5, 1929- Jan. 30, 2013

Don Gabriel died peacefully on Jan. 30 at Life Care Hospital in McAllen, Texas after suffering a massive stroke at their winter home in Weslaco, Texas on Dec. 29, 2012. A celebration of the life of Don will be held at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 1301 S. 4th St. in Marshall, on Saturday, June 8 at 11 a.m. with visitation starting at 10 a.m.
Donald Harry “Gabe” Gabriel was born April 5, 1929 in Battle Lake. He graduated from Minnesota School for the Blind in Faribault on May 28, 1948. He moved to Marshall in 1951, fixing radios and tuning many pianos for over 60 years. On July 20 1984 Gabe was united in marriage to Lucille Berge-Hexum. Don also had his own band and played in many others both in Minnesota and Texas.
Don made many friends with his very positive attitude and with his excellent piano tuning, playing piano and his horns and with his singing. Don will be greatly missed!
Grateful for being in his life are his wife Lucille; daughter Gabrielle B. (and James) Heard; stepchildren Sheryl Tverberg, Daryl Otten, Cindy Tubbs, Gwendolyn Janigian and Ben (and Jennifer) Hexum; step-grandchildren Dr. Tammy Zimmel, Travis and Jessica Tubbs, Matthew (and Luisa), Rachel and Rebecca Bueno, Peter and Leah Janigian and Andrew, Devin and Derek Hexum; great-grandson Ryan Bueno; brother-in-law Lyle Berge; uncle Jim Anderson; nephews Terry (and Sue) Nelson and Tom (and Beth) Nelson, and many other relatives.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law Martin and Etta Berge; step-granddaughter Kim Tverberg; sister and brother-in law Merv and Betty Nelson; sister and brother-in law Linda and Mich Hasch; uncles and aunts; and two wives, Linnea and Shirley.
Condolences may be sent to Box 55, Lynd, MN 56157.
Blessed be the memory of Donald “Gabe” Gabriel.

Patricia Pankow

May 30, 2013

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Patricia Ann Pankow, age 80 of Alexandria, formerly of Burnsville, passed away on May 16.
Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1 with visitation beginning at 1 p.m. at the Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel, 5000 West 50th St. in Edina.
Pat graduated from Hendricks High School and from Medical Tech School in Minneapolis. She worked for several doctors in the Twin Cities area as a medical technologist. Pat enjoyed gardening and volunteer work at Children’s Hospital, Abbott Northwestern and Prince of Peace Church. Pat was very supportive of her husband’s career at 3M.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Paul Pankow; children Jon (Kim) Pankow and Anne (Jeff) Elmberg; grandchildren Kelvin, Chloe and Ashley Pankow and David Elmberg; sister Avis Nornes and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Clarence and Anne Knutson and brother Donald Knutson.
Memorials preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Lung Association.
Online tribute is available at www.Washburn-McReavy.com.

Kermith C. Johnson

May 23, 2013

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Nov. 10, 1947 – May 9, 2013

Kermith C. Johnson, 65, passed away May 9. Visitation was 6- 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 15 at Elmwood Funeral Home in Abilene, Texas. Memorial service was at 10 a.m., Thursday, May 16 in the Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel. Inernment followed the service in Elmwood Memorial Park’s Garden of Remembrance.
Kermith was born on Nov. 10, 1947, to Kermith M. and Florence C. (Petersen) Johnson in Pipestone. In 1965 he graduated from Ivanhoe High School. Kermith and Nancy A. Smith were married on June 7, 1968 in Brookings, S.D. To this union was born one son, Jeffery Scott.
Kermith grew up on a farm in Lincoln County. During those years he was involved in 4-H with his family. Among his 4-H activities he showed cattle, which became a lifelong passion.
As a young man Kermith completed the meat cutting program at Pipestone Area Vocational School. The advancement of his career led Kermith and his family to live in seven different states. In 1981 he moved to Abilene, Texas, to work as a supervisor for Gooch Packing Company. In 1996 he made a career change to trucking. He purchased his own semi-tractor in 1999 and since then had been driving for United Petroleum Transport. His work was always done with integrity. He also raised a small herd of cattle.
Kermith loved spending time with his family, especially his grandson Zachery. His sense of curiosity brought out a sense of adventure. While he had not lived in Minnesota for many years, it was home to him. He seldom missed returning each summer to visit family.
Kermith is survived by his wife Nancy; son Jeffery (Kim) Johnson and grandson Zachery of Abilene, Texas; two sisters, Joyce (Lyle) Thies of Plymouth and LaVon Johnson of Chanhassen; and numerous sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Leslie Johnson.
Online condolences and memories may be shared with the family through the obituary link at www.elmwoodfuneral.com

Marie Hogie

May 3, 2013

obit Marie HogieAug. 7, 1919 – April 11, 2013

Marie Petrine (Hinderaker) Hogie, age 93, passed away Thursday, April 11 at Arbor Rose Senior Care Assisted Living in Mesa, Ariz. following a fall on April 6.
Marie was born Aug. 7, 1919 to Anton Ivar and Charlotte Christine “Lottie” (Madsen) Hinderaker in Scandinavia Township, Deuel County, Astoria, S.D. She attended Pioneer School, District 6, east of Astoria. Marie proudly represented the Astoria High School Class of 1937 in the 2010 Astoria All-School Reunion Parade.
Marie was a lifelong member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, rural Astoria, S.D., being baptized, confirmed and married there. On June 16, 1940 Marie was united in marriage to Grant W. Hogie by Rev. P.O. Lovseth.
Besides her many farming duties, Marie was an active church member, Deuel Darling 4-H leader and Astoria PTA officer. She was a nurse’s aide at the hospital/nursing home in Hendricks and also worked for a brief time at the Starlight Inn in Brookings, S.D.
Marie and Grant sold their Astoria farm in 1978 and moved to Pipestone. In 1983 they moved to Parker, Colo., where Marie was active in Bible studies and ladies group activities at Joy Lutheran Church and at the Parker Senior Center, where she especially enjoyed ceramics class. Marie enjoyed reading, flower gardening, traveling and being with family. She did beautiful embroidery work, winning prizes at the county fair.
In August 2008, Marie sold her Parker home and lived between her daughters’ homes in Colorado and Idaho. She moved to Arizona in December 2011 and entered Arbor Rose in April 2012. While at Arbor Rose she enjoyed participating in day club activities and new friendships.
Marie was preceded in death by her husband Grant; two brothers, Hartman Hinderaker and Ken Hinderaker; and one sister, Leona Solem.
Marie is survived by two daughters, Carol Mae Bingham (Byron) of Arvada, Colo. and Janice Marie Baden (Clayton) of Queen Creek, Ariz.; granddaughters Crystal Marie (Bingham) Snider (Donald) of Waukesha, Wisc., Angela Mae (Baden) Askey (Robert) of Queen Creek, Ariz. and Tiffany Ann (Baden) Rutherford of Queen Creek, Ariz.; great-grandchildren Grant and Lauren Snider, Mikayla Askey, and Dakota and Mackenzie Rutherford; and many nieces and nephews.
Marie was a gracious, polite lady with a never ending smile! She will be missed by family and friends.
Memorial services for Marie will be held at Bethel Lutheran Church in Astoria, S.D. in July.