Robert William (Bob) Hoff

June 1, 2012

Memorial services for Robert William (Bob) Hoff, age 69 of Eckert, Colo., will be held at 2 p.m. on Sat­urday, June 9 at Christ Lu­theran Church, Hendricks, with interment of ashes at the Calvary Cemetery in Hendricks.

Bob passed away peace­fully in his home in the presence of his family on March 7 after a brief battle with lung cancer.

Lowell Lee Hormann

May 25, 2012

Lowell Lee Hormann, age 60 of Pleasanton,Tex­as, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 21 in San Antonio, Texas.

Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 26 at the Hendricks City Cem­etery with Rev. Janet Colby officiating. There will be a luncheon following the burial at The Connection at209 Saint Olaf Ave. N., Canby.

Lowellis survived by his sisters Alyse Grant of Moberly, Mo.and Darlette Kampmann of St. Charles, Mo. and nephew Bradley Grant and wife Sarah of Colorado Springs, Colo. He is also survived by ad­opted daughter Jacqueline and numerous other rela­tives in Minnesota.

He was preceded in death by his parents Orlan and Corrine (Ouverson) Hormann.

David L. Leaser

May 17, 2012

David L. Leaser, age 70 of Hendricks, formerly of Lincoln and Armington, Ill., passed away at his home in Hendricks on Sunday, May 13.

Burial of his cremated remains will be at the Oakview Cemetery in Arm­ington, Ill.at a later date.

David Lawrence Leaser was born July 25, 1941 in Oak Park, Ill.to Lawrence and Louise (Kimes) Leaser. He graduated from Hittle Township High School in 1959.

He was united in mar­riage to Cinda Randolph on April 4, 2006 in Lincoln, Ill. David worked for Terminix Pest Control for numerous years and he also drove truck for many years. Da­vid enjoyed woodworking and bowling. He also en­joyed his time spent with his pets.

Grateful for having shared David’s life is his wife Cinda Leaser of Hen­dricks; his four children: David (Kelly) Leaser of Ka­lispell, Mont., John (Lisa) Leaser of Springfield, Ill., Jason (Dana) Leaser of Lincoln, Ill. and Michelle Leaser of Springfield, Ill; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; three sisters: Donna Marie Duran of Prescott, Ariz., Loretta Louise Darnell of Atlanta, Ill. and Judy Flem­ming of Moberly, Mo.; two beloved dogs, Amos Mo­ses and Sammy, two feline friends, Lucky and Pooka, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and one brother, Charles Leaser.

Blessed be his memory.

Darwin“Doc” Holian

May 17, 2012

Darwin“Doc” Holian was born in the dining room of the family home in Maynard on April 9, 1923 to Kenneth and Jessie Kuiper Holian. His grand­mother was the midwife and Dr. DeWitt Zimbeck was the attending physi­cian. Darwinwas raised with his older sister Mari­lyn in Hendricks, where his father was editor and publisher of the weekly Hendricks Pioneer news­paper and his mother was the sole reporter. Darwin’s blue-eyed heritage from Hole, Norway interested him throughout his life, though his mother was 100 percent German and he attributed his success to his German work ethic.

When Darwin went to St. Olaf College in North­field, he intended to pur­sue a writing career, but soon it became evident to him that he should consid­er a course in medicine in­stead. His hometown doc­tor, Peter Hermanson, had encouraged him toward that end while he was in high school and Darwin said, “a more dedicated man I have never seen surpassed.” That decision guided the next 65 years of his life.

Darwin wrote in his memoirs that his sopho­more year at St. Olaf he looked through the Viking yearbook to find a girl he “wanted to chase.” There he found Eleanor Eastvold, whom he married in 1944 “after a bit of a stormy courtship.” They shared 61 years of loving marriage until Eleanor’s passing in 2006.

While attending St.Olaf College, WWII broke out, so Darwin joined the U.S. Navy and spent time as a hospital corpsman at Great Lakes Naval Hospital until he was sent by the Navy to the University of Minne­sota Medical School.

Following medical school, Doc joined the Army Medical Corps in order to repay the govern­ment for the schooling he had been given by the Navy and the GI Bill. While serv­ing at the Navajo Ordnance Depot in Flagstaff, Ariz., the Korean Conflict broke out and three days later he left his wife and only child, joining the 3rd Infantry Division as a front-line surgeon. After breaking his arm digging a foxhole in the frozen ground south of Seoul, he was evacuated to Tokyo, Japan, where he remained as an ortho­pedic surgeon at Tokyo Army Hospital until July 1951, when he was honor­ably discharged. Thence he continued his surgical training at the University of Minnesota.

Darwin practiced as a general surgeon inAlbert Leafor 14 years where his family grew to four chil­dren— Charlotte, Barbara, Steven and Ann. While in Albert Lea, Doc was active in a local Lutheran church. He was also a Kiwanian, a member of the Elks, one of the originators of the new­ly begun Lea College, Chief of the Hospital Medical Staff at Naeve Hospital and a YMCA Board Member.

In 1968, after having en­dured 45 years of ice and snow, the family moved to the Santa Barbara,Ca­lif. area where Darwin opened an office in Goleta. As a Diplomat of the Amer­ican Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Doc spent the last years of his practice as one of the pio­neers in modern obesity surgery, presenting papers both here and abroad and contributing to a Cana­dian medical book on the subject. He was honored by being given a term as Chief of Staff of Goleta Val­ley Community Hospital, where his loyalties always lay.

Since retirement in 1987, Darwin supervised the rebuilding of their house, burned down by the Painted Cave Fire, be­came an avid golfer, read the books he never had time to read, continued his computer work and was involved in the activities of VISTAS Lifelong Learning in Santa Barbara. Eleanor and Darwin attended Trin­ity Lutheran, Trinity Bap­tist and El Montecito Pres­byterian Churches. They were proud of their chil­dren and grandchildren, and Darwin lived long enough to hold with joy his first great-grandchild, Julia Brianne Ophaug, who was born just seven weeks before his home-going. Darwin K. Holian went home to heaven to be with his Lord on April 27.

Darwin concluded, “How could one not be grateful for such a fulfilling life? I have had a most satisfying and rewarding one. To God be the glory!”

The Holian family would like to express heartfelt thanks to the Samarkand Retirement Community, Dr. Gregg Newman, As­sisted Home Hospice and Independent Nurse Con­sulting for helping them to keep their Dad at home until the end, per his wish.

A celebration of Darwin’s life in Christ will be held in the Mountain Room at The Samarkand on Friday, May 25 at 2 p.m.

He requested that me­morials be sent to Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital Foundation, Bible Study Fellowship International or Compassion Interna­tional.

Interment will be at Santa Barbara Cemetery. Arrangements by Welch- Ryce-Haider. Please visit www.wrhsb.com to leave online condolences and remembrances.

Angeline Victor

May 11, 2012

Angeline Rose Victor, age 67 of Canby, went to be with the Lord on Fri­day, May 4 at her home after a battle with cancer and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Dis­ease). Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 9 atSt. John’sCantius Catholic Church, Wilno. Burial was in the St. John’s Cantius Catholic Cemetery, Wilno. Visitation was Tuesday, May 8 from 5-8 p.m. with a Rosary at 5 p.m. and a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. atSt. John’s Cantius Catho­lic Church, Wilno. The Birk Funeral Home in Canby was entrusted with the ar­rangements.

Angeline Rose (Ratajc­zak) Victor was born June 19, 1944 in Ivanhoe to Anton and Hedwig (Citter­man) Ratajczak. She at­tended school in Ivanhoe and graduated in 1962. On June 23, 1964 she was united in marriage to Ed­ward Victor in St. John’s Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno. To this union seven children were born. Through the years, Ange­line worked in Baltimore, Md., for the Marshall In­dependent newspaper and Sanford Canby Medical Center as a dietary aid. She was a homemaker for many years.

She was a member of St. John’s Cantius Catho­lic Church in Wilno. An­geline enjoyed tending to her gardens and planting flowers and was also inter­ested in astrology, herbs and collecting angels. She was like a second mom to many and was a great friend. She enjoyed spend­ing time with her children, grandchildren, family and friends.

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband Edward Victor of Canby; six children: Eddie (Kimby Rosenthal) Victor, Jr. of Hendricks, Jeff (Sue Eldeen) Victor of Lynd, Randy Victor of Hendricks, Janine (Lawrence Miller) Victor of Marshall, Andrea (Todd Taylor) Anderson of Marshall and Steven (Jamie) Victor of Canby; mother Hedwig Ratajczak of Ivanhoe; son-in-law Aaron Gravely of Balaton; grandchildren Angela, Matt, Amber, Anthony, Tessa, Bethany, Brandon, Joseph, Emily, Danielle, Jessica, Makenzie, Spencer, Shelby and Simon; great-grandchildren Blake, Jen­na and Michael; siblings: Julie (Vern) Nelson of Rus­sell, Lewis (Pat) Ratajczak of Elk River, Chester (Judy) Ratajczak of Minneota and David Ratajczak of Min­neota, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father Anton and daughter Diana.

Kermit S. Kirkvold

May 11, 2012

Kermit S. Kirkvold, age 84 of Hendricks, passed away on Nov. 28, 2011 at Casa Grande Medical Cen­terin Casa Grande,Ariz.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Sat­urday, May 12 at Singsaas Lutheran Church, rural Hendricks, with Rev. Ron Smith officiating. Inurn­ment will follow at the Singsaas Church Cemetery with military honors pro­vided by the Reuben-Han­son American Legion Post 195 of Hendricks.

Kermit Kirkvold

May 3, 2012

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Sat­urday, May 12 at Singsaas Lutheran Church for Ker­mit Kirkvold.

Military honors will be provided by Rueben Han­sen American Legion Post 195.

Loretta Raus

April 13, 2012

Loretta Raus, age 91 of Hendricks, passed away Tuesday, April 3 at the Hendricks Nursing Home.

Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. on Mon­day, April 9 at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ivanhoe with Father Paul Schumacher as the Cele­brant. Visitation was from 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Birk Funeral Home in Ivanhoe with a prayer service at 7 p.m. and a Rosary follow­ing. Visitation continued Monday at the church one hour prior to Mass. Burial was in Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery. Online registry at www.birkfu­neralhome.com.

Loretta (Ochocki) Raus was born in Ivanhoe on March 22, 1921, the daughter of John and Alice (Krause) Johnson. She was baptized, confirmed and received her First Commu­nion at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ivan­hoe. She attended school in Ivanhoe and married John Ochocki on April 27, 1937. They farmed near Ivanhoe and Arco before purchasing the Ochocki family farm near Hen­dricks. While helping on the farm and raising their family, Loretta also worked at Swift’s in Marshall. Af­ter John’s death in 1969, she worked at the Hen­dricks Hospital. In 1972, she moved to St. Paul and began working at the VA Hospital in Minneapolis. On Nov. 6, 1974 she was married to James Raus. While living in West St. Paul, both Jim and Loretta were active participants at St. Michael’s Church, the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus. In their retirement, they trav­eled extensively, winter­ing for 10 years in Pharr, Texas. After Jim’s death in 1990, Loretta returned to Ivanhoe. She was active in the community, serving as a past Polish Day Queen, Past-President of the Ivan­hoe Catholic Church Guild, Ivanhoe Senior Citizens, Site Council and VFW Aux­iliary. She volunteered at the Ivanhoe Nursing Home and the Ivanhoe Catholic Church, where she helped make quilts for the Mis­sion Society and was a member of the Rosary Society. Along with her volunteer work, she also enjoyed traveling, embroi­dering, reading, playing cards and bingo. Loretta moved to Boulder Estates in Marshall in 2007 then to the Hendricks Nursing Home in 2011.

Loretta is survived by eight children: James (Wanda) Ochocki of Mar­shall, Deloris (Roger) Dan­nen of Clear Lake, Iowa, Eu­gene (Marlene) Ochocki of Bloomington, Richard (Ivy Hefler) Ochocki of Phoenix, Ariz., Dr. Thomas (Sherry) Ochocki of Aberdeen, S.D., Kenneth (Mary) Ochocki of New Brighton, Donald (Arlene) Ochocki of Cot­tage Grove and Terrance (Mary) Ochocki of Forest Lake. She is also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren and one sister, Audrey (Roy) Steffes of Ivanhoe.

She was preceded in death by husbands John Ochocki and James Raus; her parents; four sisters, Eleanor, Irene, Doris and Bertha; two brothers, Norman and Lloyd, and one grandson, Michael Ochocki.

Blessed be her memory.

Alvin G. Schmitt

April 13, 2012

Alvin G. Schmitt, age 70 of Sioux Falls, S.D., died Monday, April 9. Scrip­ture services will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 at Miller Funeral Home, Sioux Falls, S.D. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12 at St. Lambert Catholic Church, Sioux Falls, S.D., with Reverend Paul King as Celebrant. Interment will be in St. Michael Cem­etery, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Alvin George Schmitt, son of Peter and Marie (Kirsch) Schmitt, was born Dec. 20, 1941 in Kimball, S.D. He grew up in the Kim­ball and White Lake, S.D. areas. The family moved to Bridgewater, S.D., where they operated a movie the­ater for a period of time. The family then moved to Mitchell, S.D. where Al­vin graduated from Notre Dame High School. He then served four years in the U.S. Air Force. Alvin then made his home in Dallas, Texas before returning to Mitchell, where he began working for the Milwaukee Railroad. He transferred to Sioux Falls and continued with the railroad.

In 1976 he was united in marriage to Phyllis Voeltz and the couple made their home in Sioux Falls, where he began working for Land of Lakes Dairy. Phyllis passed away in 1996. Alvin later retired in that year.

Alvin then married Janyce Kosberg and the couple made their home in Hendricks. Janyce died in 2006 and Alvin contin­ued living in Hendricks until ill health brought him to Sioux Falls, where he passed away Monday, April 9 at the age of 70 years, three months and 19 days.

Survivors include his daughter Victoria Schmitt of Sioux Falls, S.D.; four brothers: Sylvester (Joan) Schmitt of Rapid City, S.D., Vincent (Audrey) Schmitt of Dallas, Texas, Norbert (Judy) Schmitt of Rock­ton, Ill., and Paul (Patty) Schmitt of Sioux Falls, S.D.

Glen Johnson

April 6, 2012

Glen Johnson, age 80 of Hendricks, passed away Tuesday, March 27 at the Hendricks Community Hospital. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Friday, March 30 at Christ Luther­an Church in Hendricks with Rev. Duane Baun of­ficiating. Visitation was from 5-8 p.m. on Thurs­day at Christ Lutheran Church and continued at the church one hour pri­or to the service on Fri­day. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, East Hendricks. Military honors were pro­vided by Rueben-Hansen American Legion Post 195. For online registry, please visit our website at www. birkfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, me­morials are preferred to Rueben-Hansen American Legion Post 195,514 W. Cottage Ave., Hendricks, MN56136.

Glen Sidney Johnson was born in Hendricks on Jan. 26, 1932 to Paul P. and Inga (Moe) Johnson. He was baptized on March 28, 1932 at Calvary Lu­theran Church. From his early years, it was clear how much emphasis was placed upon his faith. Glen was confirmed at Calvary Lutheran Church on June 23, 1946. After the death of Glen’s father in 1947, the brothers and sisters bonded together and made a lifetime commitment of providing for their fam­ily. Glen never took things for granted, cherishing all the wonderful gifts he had been given by his Lord and Savior.

Glen graduated from Hendricks High School in 1950 and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1951. Af­ter serving two years inAlaskaas a staff sergeant, Glen returned home and was employed by his uncle at Johnson Chevrolet. Glen married Ruth Langlie on June 1, 1958 at Calvary Lutheran Church. In 1962 Glen began working for the U.S. Postal Service and enjoyed his rural route for more than 38 years in the community he loved.

Glen, along with his wife Ruth, enjoyed spending time together working on Ruth’s family farm. Glen continued to enjoy farm­ing, lawn mowing, garage sales, country music and visiting with people. Glen loved and enjoyed fam­ily and friends. Glen was generous, quiet, kind and genuine.

Glen is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ruth; their three sons: Ron and Racquel Johnson and their children Trent, Ma­rissa and Kaylee; Gary and Sherri Johnson and their girls Greta, Sophie and Sa­die, all of Hendricks, and Jay and Jessica Johnson and their children Kellen and Hayden of Pipestone; brothers Milton (Betty) Johnson and Cotton (Lois) Johnson of Hendricks, brother Paul (Winnie) Johnson of Brookings, S.D. and sister Ruth (Dave) Grengs of Farmington, many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

Glen was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Inga, brother Par­nell Johnson, sisters Ber­nice Mathison and Irene Johnson, brother Donald Johnson, brother-in-law Adolph Mathison and sis­ters-in-law Verona John­son, Esther Johnson and Doris Johnson.

Blessed be the memory of this loving husband, father, grandfather and friend.