Loretta Hanson

March 5, 2015

Loretta Hanson, age 76 of Windom, formerly of Hendricks, passed away on Sunday morning, March 1, at the Windom Area Hospital.
Celebration of Life Ser­vice will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 5 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in St. James with Pastor Mat­thew Natsis officiating. Burial will follow in the Butterfield Cemetery in rural Butterfield, Minn. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday at the LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Win­dom and on Thursday for one hour prior to the service at the church in St. James.
Memorials preferred to either St. John’s Lutheran Church in Darfur or Trin­ity Lutheran Church in Hendricks.
Condolences can be sent online to: www.la­cannefuneralhome.com.
Funeral arrangements are under the care of the LaCanne Family Funeral Service in Windom.

Dennis Olson

February 26, 2015

obit Dennis OlsonMay 15, 1932 – Feb. 16, 2015

Dennis Olson, age 82 of Montevideo, passed away Monday, Feb. 16 at Luther Haven Nursing Home in Montevideo. Funeral ser­vice was at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20 at our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Mon­tevideo. Burial will be at Calvary East Cemetery in Hendricks. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with the Wing-Bain Funeral Home of Montevideo.
Dennis Neal Olson was born May 15, 1932 in Royal Township, Lincoln County, the son of Richard and Clara (Eggen) Olson. He was baptized and con­firmed at Marble Luther­an Church of rural Hen­dricks. Dennis grew up on the Olson family farm and attended Country School District 79. He continued his education at Ivanhoe High School, graduating with the Class of 1950. Dennis served his country in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany be­fore receiving his honor­able discharge in 1954. On Oct. 6, 1956 Dennis was united in marriage to Maxine Aune at Calvary Lutheran Church in Hen­dricks. To this union, two sons were born.
He began his career as a produce manager with Red Owl Grocery Store working in the communi­ties of Watertown, S.D., Wahpeton, N.D., and Or­tonville. Dennis moved to Montevideo in 1967 and started work as a cattle feed salesman for Moor­man Feed Company. He later worked for Standard Feed Company and Dr. McDonald Feeds before going to work at Our Sav­ior’s Lutheran Church as a custodian. Dennis was a member of the Montevi­deo VFW and Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, and he enjoyed fishing trips to Lake Miltona.
He is survived by his son Scott (Donna) Olson of Jackson; daughter-in-law Carrie Jo Short of Hast­ings; grandchildren Nicole Johnson, Matthew Sankey, Bethany Olson, Nicole Short and Alex Short, and six great-grandchildren.
Dennis was preceded in death by wife Maxine Ol­son, son Todd Olson, par­ents Richard and Clara Ol­son, brothers Clinton and Glen Olson and a sister in infancy, Irene Olson.

James Allen Duis

February 12, 2015

obit Jim Duis picApril 2, 1964 – Feb. 4, 2015

Jim Duis, age 50 of Hen­dricks, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at his home surrounded by his family after losing his bat­tle with cancer.
Memorial Mass of Chris­tian Burial was at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Canby with Father Tony Hesse as celebrant. Visita­tion was prior to the ser­vice on Saturday at Birk Fu­neral Home in Canby from 12:30-1:45 p.m. followed by a procession to church. Military Honors were pro­vided by the Peden-Cole American Legion Post 109 of Gary, S.D.
James Allen Duis was born on April 2, 1964 in Canby to Donald and Joan (VanOverbeke) Duis. He was raised on the farm with five brothers and sisters. He attended St. Peter’s Catholic School un­til the sixth grade and in 1982 he graduated from Canby High School. After graduation he enlisted in the National Guard and in 1986 he enlisted in the United States Army. He was honorably discharged in 1989.
Jim was united in mar­riage to Carla Tomasze­wski on April 19, 1986 in Aurora, S.D. To this union they were blessed with four children—Charissa, Chaylee, Jordan and Josh­ua. After marriage he was stationed at Ft.Lewis in Washington and upon his discharge in 1989 Jim and Carla returned to Hendricks to make their home and raise their fam­ily. Over the years Jim was employed by Jeanieo Tur­key and Bowes Construc­tion. Jim’s highlight was owning and operating his own truck for five years, hauling coast to coast and seeing all the states. In 2001 he went to work for Turkey Valley Farms then Christianson Hog Farms. In July 2014 Jim was diag­nosed with Sinonasal Un­differentiated Carcinoma.
Jim enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and rid­ing his Harley Davidson. Woodworking, remodel­ing and home renovations were things Jim enjoyed doing. Spending time with family and friends was very important to Jim, es­pecially the time he spent with this six grandchil­dren.
Grateful for having shared Jim’s life is his wife Carla Duis of Hendricks; his four children—Charis­sa (David) Cahow of Hen­dricks, Chaylee (Troy) Nel­son of Spanaway, Wash., Jordan Duis and Joshua Duis, both of Hendricks; six grandchildren—Kate­lynn Eischens, Kadence, Kiley and Bentley Cahow and Aubrey and Lincoln Nelson; his parents Don and Joan Duis of Canby; five brothers and sisters— Joe Duis of Marietta, Julie (Kevin) Giuliano of Troy, N.Y., Jean (Dan) Wollum of Canby, Mary (Tom) Fleischhacker of Brainerd and Greg (Jackie) Duis of Porter; his mother-in-law Gayle Tomaszewski of Hendricks; three brothers-in-law—Darwin Tomasze­wski of Seattle, Wash., Brian (Janey) Tomasze­wski of Hendricks and Joel Tomaszewski of Hendricks and sister-in-law Dawn (James) Haack; and nu­merous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents and his father-in-law Eu­gene Tomaszewski.
Blessed be his memory.

Milton C. Johnson

January 29, 2015

obit Milton Johnson pic1May 29, 1926 – Jan. 21, 2015

Milton C. Johnson, age 88 of Hendricks, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 21 at the Hendricks Hospital. Memorial service was at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27 at Christ Lutheran Church with Pastor Cindy Hopp officiating. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Monday at the church and continued on Tuesday one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the Calvary Cem­etery, rural Hendricks. On­line guestbook is available at www.birkfuneralhome.com. Arrangements were with Birk Funeral Home of Hendricks. Military honors were provided by Rueben-Hansen American Legion Post 195.
Milton Carold Johnson was born May 29, 1926 in Hendricks to Paul P. and Inga (Moe) Johnson. On Oct. 6, 1949 he was unit­ed in marriage to Verona Aune of Hendricks and this union was blessed with three children, Den­nis, Diane and Vickie. They enjoyed over 40 years of marriage until her death in 1993. On Jan. 24, 2007 Milton married Betty Aune of Marshall. Betty added many happy years to Mil­ton’s life, enjoying polka dances, visiting Milton’s family in California and Norway, and attending his cousin Sherwin Linton’s concerts.
Upon discharge from military service in World War II, he partnered with Pete Moen as Moen & Johnson Standard Service. After Pete’s death, for over 50 years he proudly served the community as owner of Milt’s Standard. Without eye protection, he pumped gas, checked oil, wrestled with tires and mufflers, despite losing eyesight in one eye as the result of in­juries received during the Battle of Okinawa. He was quiet about his service and Purple Heart, but was especially proud of his 60-plus years as a member of the American Legion. He was a true embodiment of America’s Greatest Gen­eration!
Milton was the unof­ficial patriarch of the en­tire Johnson family with a remarkable memory for names, dates and the faces to go with them. If he didn’t know who was in an old family photo and when it was taken, nobody did! He kept alive his Norwe­gian heritage and helped strengthen the bond be­tween family here and his wonderful cousins in Nor­way. He made several trips back to the family home, the latest being this past summer with nephew Jay Johnson, when he got to brush up on his Norwe­gian one last time. Thank you Norway family!
After retirement, he spent countless hours enjoying all sorts of ball ­games with grandchildren and other family members, always proud of their ac­complishments. Wherever he went, he would start a conversation with some­one, whether they were a relative or someone from another town, he always found a connection with them.
He is survived by his wife Betty and her son, Dustin of Hendricks; children, Dennis (Marita) of Valley City, Calif., Diane (Darryl) Moen of Buffalo and Vickie Hammer of Howard Lake; grandchildren, Michael (Brooke) of Portland, Ore., Tracy LaVeque of Grover Beach, Calif., Cory (Karina) Johnson of Toluca Lake, Caliuf., Kelsy (Patrick) Robinson of Parachute, Colo., Scott (Kristen) Moen of Big Lake, Aaron Moen (fiancé Natalie Fehn) of Buffalo, John Hammer of Hopkins, Jeff Hammer of Howard Lake, Katie Ham­mer of Howard Lake; sev­en great-grandchildren, Gavin, Garrett, Grace, Av­ery, Samara, Amelia and Elijah; brothers and sisters, Kenneth (Lois) Johnson of Hendricks, Paul (Winnie) Johnson of Brookings, S.D. and Ruth (David) Grengs of Farmington; sisters-in-law, Ruth Johnson of Hendricks, Faye Wahl of Hendricks, Marlys Aune of Canby and Lorraine Aune of Flandreau, S.D.; broth­er-in-law Dennis Olson of Montevideo and many nieces, nephews and ex­tended family.
Milton was preceded in death by his parents; brothers and sisters, Ber­nice Mathison, Parnell Johnson, Irene Johnson, Donald Johnson and Glen Johnson.
Milton was a fixture in the Hendricks Community for many years. His memo­ry will live on forever!

Vivian Larsen

January 29, 2015

obit Vivian Larsen pic1April 1, 1928 – Jan. 22, 2015

Vivian Larsen, age 86 of Ivanhoe, passed away Thursday, Jan. 22 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Funeral service was at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 26 at Bethany-Elim Lu­theran Church in Ivanhoe with Rev. Stephen Rasmus­son and Rev. Julie Malone officiating. Visitation was 1-4 p.m. on Sunday at the church with a prayer ser­vice at 3:30 p.m. Visitation continued on Monday one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Ivanhoe City Cem­etery. Online guestbook is available at www.birkfu­neralhome.com. Arrange­ments were with Birk Fu­neral Home of Ivanhoe.
Vivian Elaine Broughton was born April 1, 1928 in Lyon County, the daughter of Orvin and Hulda (Swan­son) Broughton. On May 13, 1928 she was bap­tized at St. Lucas Church and confirmed Oct. 31, 1943 at the First English Lutheran Church in Rus­sell. She attended and graduated from LyndPub­lic School. She continued her education at Mankato State Teachers College and graduated from Southwest Minnesota State College. On Sept. 23, 1951 she mar­ried Richard A. Larsen at First Lutheran Church in Russell. Vivian had been a member of Bethany-Elim Lutheran Church since May 4, 1972.
Vivian was an elementa­ry educator and taught in elementary schools in Mil­roy, Worthington, Balaton and Ivanhoe. She was also an elementary principal in Ivanhoe and Hendricks. She loved working with el­ementary students for 43 years.
She is survived by her son Dallas Larsen of Ivan­hoe; her brother, Rev. Vern Broughton of Aitkin; sister LaVonne (Merlyn) Inglett of Adrian; sister-in-law Mary (Tom) Raiter of St. Paul Park and eight nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death was her husband Richard in 1975.
Blessed be her memory.

Gwendolyn Mickelson

January 22, 2015

Sept. 13, 1929 – Jan. 9, 2015

Gwendolyn Marie Mick­elson, age 85 of Willmar, formerly of Hendricks, passed away at Rice Me­morial Hospital in Willmar on Friday, Jan. 9.
Funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 16 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks with Pastor Cynthia Hopp offi­ciating. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15 at the Birk Funeral Home in Hendricks with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visita­tion continued one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the Hansonville Cemetery, rural Hendricks. Memori­als are preferred to the Hansonville Cemetery.
Gwendolyn Marie (Biery) Mickelson was born on Sept. 13, 1929 to Clarence and Alma (Tom­lie) Biery in Toronto, S.D. She was baptized and confirmed at Leganger Lutheran Church in To­ronto. She grew up and at­tended school in Toronto, graduating from Toronto High School in 1947. Af­ter graduation she worked until her marriage to Cal­vin Mickelson on Sept. 25, 1948 in Canby. They moved onto the Mickelson family farm homestead in Han­sonville Township north of Hendricks where their five children, Sandra, Jerry, Jimmy, Chuck and Bernita, were born. They farmed until 1997, at which time they retired and moved into Hendricks. Calvin passed away in 2006 and soon thereafter Gwen’s health began to fail. Subse­quently, she spent about a year and a half living with her daughter and family in Willmar and in 2008 went to live at Bethesda Pleas­ant View Nursing Home in Willmar, where she re­sided until her passing.
Gwen’s big passion in life was her family. She and Calvin were inseparable and did nearly everything together. They extensively baked and decorated their home for the holidays, planted large vegetable gardens and grew beauti­ful flowers which season­ally adorned their front porch and yard. Gwen en­joyed fashion, home deco­rating, cooking and baking, playing the piano, shop­ping, music, attending her children’s and grandchil­dren’s activities, going for long walks, talking with and spending time with family and friends. Bubbly and energetic, she always wore a smile, was warm and friendly, a good listen­er, had a great sense of hu­mor, laughed a lot and was always available to lend a helping hand or boost others’ spirits. Even in her later years she looked and acted younger than she was. She was a contempo­rary thinker who always kept up with the times. In spite of numerous health issues she maintained a positive attitude, found things to look forward to and never complained. Her family will always remem­ber her as the most caring, fun-loving, hard-working and loving mom, grandma and great-grandmother they could ever have had. She will be greatly missed.
Gwen is survived by two daughters, Sandra (Da­vid) Trooien of Willmar and Bernita Mickelson of Marshall; two sons, Jerry (Vicki) Mickelson of Rose­mount and Chuck (Wanda) Mickelson of Pipestone; eight grandchildren—Tim Trooien of Willmar, Jeff (Christina) Trooien of Willmar, Scott Mickelson of Marshall, Liberty (Ah­man Laster) Mickelson of Burnsville, Aanya (Marc) Keiser of Woodbury, Brad Mickelson of Pipestone, Mark Mickelson of Minne­apolis and Dan (Kristina) Mickelson of Oklahoma City, Okla.; eight great-grandchildren—Trinity and Calvin Trooien of Will­mar, Jocelyn Peters of Vol­ga, S.D., Cash and Lavant Laster of Burnsville, John Mickelson of Oklahoma City, Okla. and Kate and Jack Keiser of Woodbury; one sister, JoAnne Whit­myre of Omaha, Neb., and one sister-in-law, Lucille Syltie of Sioux Falls, S.D.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, James (Jimmy) Mickelson who died of cancer at the age of three; one brother, John (AKA Bob Anderson) Biery; one sister, Shirley Budahl; one sister-in-law, Edith Mickelson, and four brothers-in-law, Rangvald Whitmyre, Leland Budahl, Tharrel Mickelson and Robert Syltie.
Blessed be her memory.

Duane Crowser

January 15, 2015

obit Duane Crowser pic1April 16, 1922 – Jan. 5, 2015

Duane “Doc” Crowser, age 92 of Hendricks, passed away Monday, Jan. 5 at the Hendricks Community Hospital.
Funeral service was at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks with Rev. Stephen Rasmusson officiating. Visitation was 6-8 p.m. on Friday at the Hendricks Nursing Home Chapel with a prayer service at 8 p.m. Visitation continued on Saturday one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Hendricks City Cemetery. Online guestbook is available at www.birkfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are with Birk Funeral Home.
Duane Dwight Crowser was born on April 16, 1922 to Oliver and Clara (Hanson) Crowser upstairs in their residence at the train depot in Winger. He grew up in Winger and attended school in Mahnomen.
He married Gladys Vesledahl on Jan. 23, 1946. At that time they moved to Hendricks, where Duane spent his working life as a beekeeper with lifelong friend and business partner Ernie Nornes. Duane and Gladys were blessed with four children. Duane’s children described him, as a father, as a “Model gentleman…quiet, loving, quick to calm, difficult to anger…,” traits they each sought to model for his grandchildren. Duane stayed very involved in the community in retirement, helping with the Hendricks community sign, videotaping church services for the nursing home residents and staying active with Kiwanis and Meals-on-Wheels. His faith in God and love for his family were an inspiration to his family and friends.
Surviving is his wife Gladys, at the Hendricks Nursing Home; son Allen (Cindy) Crowser of Alexandria, daughter Rita (Warren) Eidem of Rochester, daughter Val Curtis of Dallas, Texas, and son Greg (Denise) Crowser of Canby; nine grandchildren—Aaron (Holly) Crowser, Erica (Josh) Klaetsch, Josh (Wendy) Eidem, Nathan Eidem, Mathew (Krista) Eidem, Zachary Curtis, Ashley Curtis, Morgan Crowser and Jacob Crowser; seven great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Dora Crowser of Seattle Valley, Wash. and Marvie (Raymond) Stromstad of Beltrami.
Preceding Duane in death were his parents, brother George Crowser, brother and sister-in-law LaMoine and Barbara Crowser, sister Myrtle and infant brother LeRoy.
Blessed be his memory.

Mavis Coners

January 15, 2015

obit Mavis Coners pic1May 7, 1933 – Jan. 3, 2015

Mavis Coners, age 81 of Hendricks, passed away at her home on Saturday, Jan. 3.
Funeral service was at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 8 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hendricks with Rev. Bruce Mueller officiating. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 7 at the Birk Funeral Home in Hendricks. Visitation resumed one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the Hansonville Cemetery, rural Hendricks. Birk Funeral Home of Hendricks was entrusted with the arrangements.
Mavis Marie Coners was born May 7, 1933 in Sherburn to Eddie and Hazel (DeLapp) Conlin. She was united in marriage to George Claus Coners on Jan. 20, 1950 in Sherburn. To this union they were blessed with 11 children. They spent 20 years on a farm south of Mt. Lake raising their children then moved to Voss farms near St. James for two years. In March 1977 they moved to a farm north of Hendricks and in December 1997 they moved into Hendricks. Mavis worked for the Hendricks Pioneer for numerous years. She was also a very active member of the Ladies Legion Auxiliary. Volunteering in the thrift shop and for Meals On Wheels was pleasurable for Mavis. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where she was very active.
Mavis enjoyed picking strawberries, gardening and baking—she was famous for her brownies. She also enjoyed sewing and crocheting afghans for graduation gifts for her grandchildren. Playing cards and scrapbooking were also favorite pastimes. Most cherished were the times spent with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends.
Grateful for having shared Mavis’ life are her 10 children—Eddie (Lana) Coners of Canby, Alan (Diane) Coners of Mt. Lake, Debra Olson of Mitchell, S.D., Marjorie (Lyle) Nelson of Jackson, Karen (Dave) Ahlbrecht of Mt. Lake, Sandra (Jim) Munson of Cottonwood, Robert (Gail) Coners of Redwing, Cynthia Coners of Sioux Falls, S.D., Curtis (Jeanine) Coners of Hendricks and Bradley (Kim) Coners of Arlington, S.D.; 36 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and numerous friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents Eddie and Hazel Conlin; her loving husband George Coners; three brothers, Harold, David and Edward “Bud” Conlin; one sister, Liela May; one son, Steven John Coners; one grandson, Devin Coners; two sons-in-law, Scott Reipke and Matthew Olson; and two stillborn great-granddaughters.
Blessed be her memory.

Gwendolyn Mickelson

January 15, 2015

Gwendolyn Mickelson, age 85 of Willmar, formerly of Hendricks, passed away Friday, Jan. 9 at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 16 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks with Pastor Cindy Hopp officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. on Thursday at Birk Funeral Home in Hendricks with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue on Friday at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Hansonville Cemetery, rural Hendricks.
Online guestbook is available at www.birkfuneralhome.com.

Betty Buseth

January 7, 2015

obit Betty Buseth picDec. 16, 1924 – Dec. 28, 2014

Betty Buseth, age 90 of Hendricks, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014 at the Hendricks Nursing Home.
Funeral service was at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 3 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks with Pastor Cindy Hopp offici­ating. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 2 at the Hendricks Commu­nity Hospital Chapel with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation continued one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was at the East Hendricks Cem­etery (Calvary). Birk Fu­neral Home of Hendricks was entrusted with the ar­rangements.
Betty Beverly Buseth was born on Dec. 16, 1924 to parents Alfred and He­lene (Boyum) Agrimson near Peterson. She grew up on the family dairy farm and she loved all aspects of farm life. She graduated from Peterson High School in 1943. Upon graduating from Lutheran Deaconess Nursing School she moved to Hendricks in 1950 to work at the Hen­dricks Hospital. Her nurs­ing career was dedicated to the patients, residents and employees of the Hen­dricks Hospital and Nurs­ing Home. During her years at the hospital and nurs­ing home she worked as a nurse, director of nurses, administrator and volun­teer coordinator. Upon re­tirement she co-founded the Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Store and served on the Board of Directors of the Hendricks Healthcare Foundation.
On May 31, 1952 Betty was united in marriage to Archie Buseth at the Ar­endahl Lutheran Church in Peterson. To this union they were blessed with three children—John, Joann and Jim. Betty’s faith was an important part of her life, along with family and friends. She and Archie enjoyed serv­ing others together. In her spare time she enjoyed scrapbooking, genealogy, traveling and auctions. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and was actively involved in church life.
Grateful for having shared Betty’s life are her three children—John (Vicki) Buseth of Brook­ings, S.D., Joann (Dave) McCarrell of Carol Stream, Ill. and Jim (Jane) Buseth of Mankato; six grand­children—Lisa (Nathan) Riddle, Hannah and Jacob McCarrell and Melissa, Madeline and Mari Buseth; one sister, Helen (Bernard) Powell of Cameron Park, Calif.; two brothers, Arnie (Adeline) Agrimson of Pe­terson and Robert Agrim­son of St. Paul; one broth­er-in-law, Kenny (Patty) Buseth of Hendricks, plus numerous nieces, neph­ews and friends.
She was proceeded in death by her parents Al­fred and Helene Agrimson, her husband Archie Buseth on Jan. 4, 2013, niece Barb Rymerson, nephew Scott Buseth and two sisters-in-law, Joy Agrimson and Pearl (Alvin) Anderson.
Blessed be her memory.