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.

Rev. Harold Melby

April 6, 2012

Rev. Harold Melby, age 92 of Battle Lake, died Monday, March 26 at Lake Region Hospital inFergus Falls following a heart at­tack on March 24.

Harold Waldemar Melby was born Sept. 22, 1919 in Beaubier, Saskatchewan, the son of Dahl and Elise (Hanson) Melby. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church. He graduated from Birch Hills High Schooland the Lutheran Seminary in Sas­katoon. He was ordained a pastor of the Norwegian Lutheran Church in August 1945.

Harold married Alice Elizabeth Eastvold on Aug. 31, 1945 in the Mayville Lutheran Church, Mayville, N.D.He served as pastor of 23 congregations—Atwa­ter, Zion, Spy Hill, Birming­ham and Cana while living in Melville, Saskatchewan; Highland, Neidpath, Ante­lope Creek, Swift Current, Rolling Prairie, Chaplin and one other congrega­tion while living in Swift Current, Saskatchewan; Salem, Victor and Emman­uel while living in Mount Vernon, S.D.; Our Savior’s and Zion while living in Clarissa; United and Dell while living in Frost; First and Singsaas while living in Hendricks and St. John’s and Good Shepherd while living in Verona, N.D.

Harold and Alice retired to their home on Girard Beach,West Battle Lake, in Sept. 1982. For 25 years they spent their winters in Apache Junction, Ariz. Harold enjoyed reading and was an avid outdoors­man who enjoyed hunting, fishing and hiking in the mountains. He hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon five times.

As a pastor, Harold had a special emphasis on youth ministry with extensive in­volvement in parish, camp and community activi­ties. He was active in Boy Scouts, serving as a Scout Master for a total of 25 years in multiple commu­nities in which he served as pastor. He enjoyed preaching and counseling. He served six years on the Board of Directors of Lu­theran Social Services of Minnesota. In retirement, he saw himself as continu­ing his pastoral ministry with a desire to encourage the people around him. He enjoyed singing solos in church and often sang at worship at the Good Samaritan Home in Battle Lake.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memori­als be given and suggests the following: the First Lutheran Building Fund, Mount Carmel Ministries in Alexandria and the Bat­tle Lake Good Samaritan Society.

Harold is survived by his wife Alice; three daugh­ters: Marilyn Beth (Wayne) Horgen of Battle Lake, Naomi Joy (David) Talbott of Edgewater, Md. and Donadee Joan (Rev. Timo­thy) Peterson of Prescott, Wis.; 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; 14 great-grandchildren and numerous relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by one son in in­fancy, Brent Nathan Melby; two sisters, Anna Hanson and Elsie Folstad, and four brothers, Elvin, Daniel, Victor and Palmer Melby.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Friday, March 30 at First Lutheran Church in Battle Lake with Rev. Jake Dyrhaug officiating. Visi­tation was Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. with a Service of Prayer and Celebration at 6:30 p.m. at the Glende- Nilson Funeral Home and one hour prior to the ser­vice at the church. Inter­ment was inFirstLutheranCemeteryinBattleLake. Glende-Nilson Funeral Home of Battle Lake was in charge of arrangments. Online condolences may be sent at www.glendenil­son.com

Violet (Bakke) Bushman

March 30, 2012

Violet (Bakke) Bushman, age 86 of Sioux Falls, for­merly of Astoria,S.D., died Tuesday, March 20 at the Good Samaritan Village. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24 at Leganger Lutheran Church, Toronto, S.D. Visi­tation was from 5-7 p.m. Friday in Baltic, S.D. at the Minnehaha Funeral Home.

Violet Virginia (Bakke) Bushman was born Oct. 14, 1925 in Astoria, S.D.to Elmer and Clara Bakke. She grew up on a farm in the Astoria area until age 10, when the family moved to the Puposky area in 1936. Violet had fond memories of the experiences and peo­ple she knew during the six years spent in north­ern Minnesota. Violet vis­ited the area several times with family members and reminisced about her life there. The family returned toAstoriain 1942 and Violet graduated fromAs­toriaHigh Schoolin 1944. She attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls,S.D. and SDSU in Brookings, S.D.Violet worked for the Costello Co. in Sioux Falls for five years and taught school for three years pri­or to her marriage to Mer­le Wayne Bushman of Lake Benton on Dec. 18, 1954 inAstoria. Their married life was blessed by two daugh­ters, Mona and Karen, and 57 years together. They spent their life in various locations, but came to call Sioux Falls home, where Violet worked for vari­ous employers as a book­keeper, a profession she enjoyed and excelled at. In 1984 Violet and Merle moved to Astoria so she could be near and provide assistance to her parents. They later made their home near Baltic, S.D. un­til she entered the Good Samaritan Village in Sioux Fallsin 2007.

Violet enjoyed various church activities and bible study, organizing fam­ily gatherings and was a member of the American Legion Post 103 Auxiliary. She excelled as a grand­mother, watching over and making Matthew the best waffles ever.

Violet is survived by her husband Merle of Len­nox, S.D.; daughters Mona (Pete) Norris of Rawlins, Wyo. and Karen (John) Mossefin of Lennox, S.D.; grandson Matthew (fian­cée Brittney Danner) Nor­ris of Rawlins, Wyo., and great-granddaughter Mak­enzey Norris of Rawlins, Wyo. Surviving siblings are brothers Elwood (Del­phine) Bakke of Hendricks and Clayton (Marion) Bak­ke of Des Moines, Iowa.

Violet was preceded in death by her parents and sister Bernice Grande.

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Robert William (Bob) Hoff

March 23, 2012

Robert William (Bob) Hoff, age 69 of Eckert, Colo., passed away peace­fully in his home in the presence of his family ear­ly in the morning of March 7 after a brief battle with lung cancer.

Bob was born July 1, 1942 in Hendricks to Jo­seph and Esther (Wilk­ing) Hoff. He was baptized and confirmed at Calvary Lutheran Church in Hen­dricks and graduated from Hendricks High School in 1960. He then attended the Minneapolis School of Business. He married Judith Ann Christensen in 1963 and had three chil­dren. In 1963 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy as an electrician’s mate, where he served inVietnamon the U.S.S. St. Paul. He re­ceived the Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with Bronze Star, National Defense Service Medal and was honorably discharged as an E-5 in 1967. He went on to pur­sue a career as a master electrician, beginning at Goos Electric inTyler. He purchased that business, which he ran and owned successfully until 1983, at which point he moved his family to Colorado. He worked for a number of commercial electrical companies, finally settling in with Casey Industrial, where he worked through­out the United States and abroad. He retired from Casey in 2008 and moved to Eckert to live with his son and family, where he had the privilege of help­ing to raise his young­est granddaughter, Ava. Throughout his life, Bob’s greatest joy was spending time with family. His favor­ite hobby was woodwork­ing and he was a member of the Grand Valley Wood­turners. Other hobbies included riding horses, camping and fishing. He is survived by his wife Judith of Russell; daughters Shie­la (Joel) Zuehlke of Fair­mont and Jennifer (Corey) Evans of Balaton; son Jo­seph (Sarah) Hoff; grand­children Shaun, Madden, Isabella, Abigail and Elijah Zuehlke, Colin, Derek and Colton Evans and Ava Hoff; brother Richard (Wanice) Hoff, brother-in-law Au­gust Hamer, sister Donna (Eldon) Thurow, sister Joan (Burt) Pederson and many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by grandson Ben­jamin Joel Zuehlke, his parents Joseph and Es­ter, sister Darlene Hamer, brother-in-law Herbert Hamer, Sr., nephews Ed­win Hamer, Joel Hamer and Timothy Hamer.

In lieu of flowers, me­morial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society. The family held a memorial service inEckert,Colo.at the All Saints Lutheran Church on March 10. There will be a future prayer service at Christ Lutheran Church with interment of ashes at Calvary Cemetery in Hen­dricks in June.

Blessed be his memory.

Richard “Dick” Kontz,

March 23, 2012

Funeral services for Richard “Dick” Kontz, age 78 of Marshall, were at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 20 at Wesley United Meth­odist Church in Marshall. Visitation was Monday, 4-8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Living Word Lutheran Church in Mar­shall. Visitation continued from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday at Wesley United Method­ist Church. Interment fol­lowed the service at the Marshall Cemetery in Mar­shall. Military honors were provided by American Le­gion Post 113 of Marshall and VFW Post 742.

Richard William “Dick” Kontz was born on June 25, 1933 in Colton, S.D. to  Clar­ence and Mildred (Achen) Kontz. As a child, he moved with his family to a farm near Hendricks, where he went to school and gradu­ated from high school. In 1954 Dick enlisted in the U.S. Army. During his tour, he served for 18 months in Okinawa,Japan. On April 28, 1957 he was united in marriage to Marilyn Maier in Canby. Dick managed the Larson-Voigt Furni­ture Store in Canby for five years. In 1962 he and his family moved to Marshall, where Dick began his ca­reer with Prudential. He was recognized as a Life and Qualifying Member of the Million Dollar Round Table. He and Marilyn en­joyed travelling through­out the world, including trips to Monte Carlo, Ger­many, Hong Kongand oth­er interesting places. The couple also enjoyed win­tering on Sanibel Island in Florida. Dick was active in the Marshall community; he served 25 years on the Bremer Bank Board, was a member of the SMSU Foun­dation Board, the Lion’s Club and Jaycees and was an officer in the Chamber of Commerce.

He was an avid out­doorsman, enjoying gar­dening and both Minneso­ta seasons—hunting and fishing. He especially en­joyed his time at the duck shack with his friends, family and beloved dog, Mandy. He was very active in Ducks Unlimited and re­ceived the Minnesota Wa­terfowl Conservationist of the Year award. He leaves behind a lasting legacy of habitat and wetlands con­servation.

In 1995 Dick and Mari­lyn moved to Lake Carlosnear Alexandria, then re­turned toMarshallin 2009. Above all other interests, Dick was most passionate about his family. In 2010, due to congestive heart failure, Dick had an LVAD (heart pump) implanted at the Mayo Clinic. This device extended his life, for which his family is very grateful. He died on Thurs­day, March 15 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester due to other surgical complica­tions.

He is survived by his wife Marilyn of Marshall; children: Cindy (and Ran­dy) Brooks of Albuquer­que, N.M., Joni (and Alan) Greenwaldt of Ramsey, Jim (and Jill) Kontz of Mar­shall and Steve (and Kelly) Kontz of Omaha, Neb.; nine grandchildren: Loren and Justin Brooks, Jasmine and Jewel Greenwaldt, Whit­ney, Hunter and Sam Kontz and Nick and Alex Kontz; siblings Ken (and Audrey) Kontz of Hutchinson, Joe (and Marlys) Kontz of Can­by, Sharon (and Dave) Ben­son of Shakopee and Merle Kontz of Clear Lake, S.D.; sister-in-law Mary Kontz of Buffalo, Barbara (and Dale) Haack, nieces, neph­ews, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials are preferred to the Mayo Clinic Cardi­ology Division or Living Word Lutheran Church Foundation.

Rehkamp and Horvath Funeral Directors, www. rehkamp-horvath.com, as­sisted the family with ar­rangements.

Arloine Scotting

March 23, 2012

Arloine Scotting, age 95 of Hendricks, died March 15 at the Hendricks Nurs­ing Home.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at Grace United Methodist Church in Hendricks. Visi­tation was at Birk Funeral Home in Hendricks on Monday from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. and continued one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Burial was in the Hendricks City Cemetery.

Mary Arloine was born Jan. 11, 1917 to Jonathan and Hannah (Hughes) Lewis on the family farm in Custer Township near Garvin inLyonCounty. Ar­loine attended grades one through10 in Garvin Pub­lic School and graduated from Tracy High School in 1935. She attended teacher training in Tracy and taught for nine years in several rural schools in Lyon County. Arloine and Harvey Moon were mar­ried in 1937.

Arloine and Arthur Scotting were married in Flandreau, S.D. on Dec. 21, 1945. They farmed for a brief time near Ruthton, then moved to a farm in the Lake Wilson area. In 1951 they moved to a farm in the New Grove community four miles south of Hen­dricks. In 1977 they retired from farming and moved into a home in Hendricks. They were members of the New Grove Evangelical United Brethren Church and, later, they were mem­bers of Grace United Meth­odist Church in Hendricks. Arloine always enjoyed teaching Sunday school and she belonged to the United Methodist Women. Art died June 11, 1980. In 1995 Arloine moved to an apartment, where she lived until she moved into the Hendricks Nurs­ing Home in 2005. Arloine died March 15 at the age of 95 years, two months and four days.

Arloine is survived by her three sons and their families: Lonnel (Robin) Moon of Marshall, Marlin (Janet) Scotting of Grand Junction, Colo. and Kevin (Alona) Scotting of DeS­met, S.D.; her grandchil­dren: Joanna (Matthew) McKenzie, Sarah (Russell) Svenningsen, Ryan (Heidi) Scotting, Randall Scot­ting, Tabitha (Jim) Behm, Tim (Sandy) Scotting and Toby (Angie) Scotting; her great-grandchildren: Anders and Annika Sven­ningsen, Jack and Jude McKenzie, Dashia Ohman, Chase and Ayden Behm, Drake Scotting, Kelsey, Al­lie and Alaina Scotting; and sisters-in-law Dorsie (Palmer) Lewis and Ro­berta (Marvey) Lewis.

She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant son, her husband Arthur Scotting, sister Revena and Rolland Klan­te, three brothers, Palmer, Rodney and Marvey Lewis, and sister-in-law Vivian Lewis.

Arloine will be greatly missed by her loving fam­ily and many friends.