Norma Johnson

June 15, 2012

Norma Johnson, age 91 of Hendri cks, passed away on Tuesday, June 5 at the Hendricks Community Hospital.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 10 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks with Pastor Duane Baun officiating. Visitation was 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, June 9 at the Birk Funeral Home in Hen­dricks. Burial was in the East Hendricks Cemetery.

Norma Jean Johnson was born on April 7, 1921 at her grandparent’s home in Bushnell, parents Robert and Hazel Felton. She grew up on the farm near Bushnell and at­tended school in Bushnell for 10 years. She gradu­ated from Brookings High School in 1939.

Norma was united in marriage to Clifford Eachen on Sept. 4, 1940 in Rock Rapids,Iowa. To this union they were blessed with one son, Larry. Clif­ford passed away on June 30, 1975. Norma was united in marriage to Car­old Johnson on Dec. 18, 1976 at Calvary Lutheran Church near Hendricks. She worked for Brookings High School as a cook for nine years.

She enjoyed garden­ing, cats and coffee with friends. She also enjoyed taking rides around the lake and out in the country. Norma’s most cherished moments were spent with her family, especially with her grandchildren.

She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and the church care group.

Grateful for having shared Norma’s life is her son Larry (Sally) Eachen of Aurora, S.D.; two grand­daughters, Rhonda (Paul) Brown of White, S.D. and Lisa (Russ) Skovlund of Fort Meade, S.D.; three great-grandchildren, Nich­olas Brown and Jordanna and Makenzie Skovlund; four step-grandchildren, Amy (Troy) Anderson, Corey McLaughlin, Lisa (Brad) Rupert and Jeff McLaughlin; six step-great-grandchildren; two nieces, two nephews and a sister-in-law, Helen Johnson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Clifford Eachen and husband Carold John­son; one brother, Ronald; one sister-in-law, Mabel and one infant sister.


Arvin Jeppesen

June 15, 2012

Arvin Jeppesen, age 84 of Canby, passed away Sat­urday, June 9 at the Sylvan Court Nursing Home in Canby.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 13 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Canby with Father Steve Verhelst as the Celebrant. Visitation was from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday at Birk Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7 p.m. and a Rosary to follow. Vis­itation will continue from 9-10 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home fol­lowed by procession to St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery. Online registry at www.birkfu­

In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to St. Pe­ter’s Catholic Church So­cial Hall Fund, Canby Hos­pice or donor’s choice.

Arvin Alburn Jeppesen was born Dec. 16, 1927 in Marble Township, Lincoln County, the son of Henry and Edna (Olsen) Jeppes­en. Arvin was baptized, confirmed and received his First Communion at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. He completed his first eight years of education at Dis­trict 74 in Marble Town­ship. He then attended Canby High School where he graduated in 1947. On July 12, 1950 Arvin mar­ried Caryl (Klosterman) at St. Martin’s Catholic Church inWoodstock. Af­ter their marriage they moved to a farm just west of the Marble Lutheran Church. Arvin retired from farming in 2000.

When Arvin was a young man he played baseball with the Hansonville and Canby baseball teams. He also could be found playing softball, throwing horse­shoes and playing pool with a team from Shady Beach. Arvin would also be a clerk for Southwest Auc­tion Company for some 20 years. Arvin lived on his farm in Marble Township from 1950 to 2000. He en­joyed hunting, fishing and playing cards, but most of all, spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife Caryl of Canby; chil­dren: Mary Jo Knutson (Al Reiners) of Fargo, N.D., Connie (Bill) Otto of Canby, Gregg Jeppesen of Hendricks, Bruce (Avis) Jeppesen of Brookings, S.D., Lori (Chris) Husby of Canby, Barb Jeppesen of Canby, Karin (Jim) Beer of Hendricks and Brad Jeppesen of Canby; 16 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; siblings: Orlin (Lillian) Jeppesen of Canby, Darlys (Harvey) Johnson of the Twin Cities and Janice (Ron) Emmons of St. Michael.

He was preceded in death by his parents Hen­ry and Edna Jeppesen and a sister, Bernice Jeppesen.

Blessed be his memory.

Helen Ullmann

June 1, 2012

Helen Ullmann, age 93 of Hendricks, passed away on Thursday, May 24 at Hendricks Community Hospital.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29 at Grace United Methodist Church in Hen­dricks with Rev. Robert Neff officiating. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Burial was in Hendricks City Cemetery. Arrangements were with Birk Funeral Home of Hen­dricks. Online registry at

Helen Marian Evans was born Oct. 7, 1918 on a farm west of Canby, the daughter of William and Mary (Uasey) Evans. She attended school until she came down with yellow jaundice. She was a very smart student, receiving mostly A’s in her classes.

On Feb. 21, 1941 Helen was united in marriage to Ernest Ullmann at the Pres­byterian Church in Canby with Rev. Rowland offici­ating. The couple farmed around Canby until Ernie was hit by a barn door and his health declined, so he had to quit farming. They bought Moritz Store and managed that for 16 years. Ernest passed away on Feb. 1, 1988 at their home in Hendricks. Helen worked at Swifts inMar­shallfor eight years, at the thrift shop and then as a dietary cook at the Hen­dricks Hospital.

She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Hendricks. She enjoyed baking, making flatbread, but most of all visiting with people. She loved dancing and so did Ernie. Helen loved her many dogs and cats over the years. She attended a lot of dances at Burr Hall, Canby, Argonne Pavilion and later Bohemian Hall.

Helen is lovingly remem­bered by her son Barry (Rose) Ullmann of Jordan.

She was preceded in death by her parents, hus­band Ernie and siblings Earl, Howard and Pearl Bresson.

Blessed be her memory.

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, a later date.

David Lawrence Leaser was born July 25, 1941 in Oak Park, 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 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.