Ruby Campbell

August 2, 2013

Oct. 1, 1948 – Dec. 22, 2012

A memorial service for Ruby Koopman-Campbell will be held at the West Elim Cemetery on Aug. 10 at 10 a.m. Please bring a chair.
Ruby was born Oct. 1, 1948 in Ivanhoe to Frank and Jeanettie Koopman.
She is survived by her beloved husband Fred Campbell; daughters Nicki Pantuso (Bobby), Aviva Campbell and Anna Campbell; grandsons Jake, Josh and Joey; brothers Harvey (Muriel), Joel (Jan) and Garry (Barb); sister Wanice Hoff (Dick), and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Robert (Robin) and Johndale.

Jon Axelsen

July 18, 2013

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Oct. 12, 1961 – July 8, 2013

Jon Axelsen, age 51 of Marshall, passed away Monday, July 8 at his residence in Marshall.
Memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 12 at Birk Funeral Home in Hendricks with Rev. Dr. David Christenson officiating. Visitation was from 1-2 p.m. at the funeral home. A private family internment will take place in Hendricks City Cemetery. Online registry at
Jon Jay Axelsen was born on Oct. 12, 1961 in Hendricks, the son of Daniel J. and LeAnn (Kragness) Axelsen. He was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Hendricks. Jon served his country in the U.S. Army. He was married to Kathryn Holt on May 25, 1983 at First Lutheran Church and to this union three children were born—Joshua, Daniel and Kristina. After going to Minnesota School of Business, they lived in Minneapolis when Jon was employed with Prudential for a few years; then he went into construction where he was a welder and pipefitter. Jon was a member of the American Legion Post 113 in Marshall. He lived in Marshall until his passing.
Jon is survived by his daughter Kristina and son Joshua; grandsons Brendan, Kaidan and Christopher; mother LeAnn Steffen; sister Peggy (Joe) Johnson; brother David (Lisa) Axelsen; nieces and nephews Blake and Kayla Johnson, Andy (Andray) Knutson and Tom Knutson, Dalton and Derek Axelsen, and many cousins and other family members.
He was preceded in death by his dad Daniel, son Daniel, maternal grandparents Harold and Hazel Kragness and paternal grandparents Albert and Evangeline Axelsen.
Blessed be his memory.

Harold Conlin

July 18, 2013

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Harold Conlin passed away July 8 at Sanford Medical Center, Sioux Falls, S.D. A Celebration of Life service was held at 11 a.m. on July 11 at Heritage Funeral Home, Sioux Falls, S.D. Heritage Funeral Home of Sioux Falls, S.D. handled the arrangements.
Harold Everett Conlin was born at home in rural Sherburn on Oct. 19, 1936 to Eddie Conlin and Hazel Marie (DeLapp) Conlin. He had two brothers, Edward “Bud” and David, and two sisters, Mavis and Leila Rae (stillborn). He was the grandson of Nick Conlin, a police officer in Sherburn. He attended country school in Martin County. He moved with his family to a farm in Jackson County when he was 12. He helped his father farm and later came to run the farm until 1986.
He met his wife Sheris Ann Titus while dancing at the Fox Lake Ballroom outside of Sherburn and they married on Feb. 18, 1956. They had four children—Glen Michael (died at birth), Marci Layne, Jaci Lee and Staci Lyn.
Harold loved farming, hunting, fishing, cowboy hats and boots. He always had a tool pouch hooked on his belt as he could fix almost anything. He enjoyed his numerous trips to various places in the U.S. to hunt, fish, camp and go for snowmobile rides. He loved working the land and could be found at all hours of the day in the fields. However, sometimes he managed to find the time to play a few pranks with and on his friends.
Harold and Sheri later resettled in Sioux Falls, S.D. where he became a pipefitter with Total Fire Protection and worked there until he retired. Harold and Sheris divorced after nearly 36 years of marriage.
Harold met his special friend Patricia Schaefer, who shared his love of the outdoors. He and Pat spent many years being each other’s friend and companion.
Harold lived his life to the fullest each day. He remained active even in his later years despite his chronic respiratory illness. Even on his last day he didn’t quit until the chores were done. The lawn needed to be mowed so Harold strapped the oxygen tank to the mower and got to work. The next day his breathing became difficult so he was brought to Sanford Medical Center, where it became known that he suffered a heart attack. He later died of heart complications, advanced COPD and prostate cancer. He passed away peacefully on July 8 with his “three girls” and Pat by his side.
He leaves behind his three daughters—Marci (Antonio) Rodriguez of Trophy Club, Texas, Jaci (John) Entenza of Hudson, Wisc. and Staci (Rollin) Unruh of Sioux Falls, S.D.; four grandchildren—Gabriella Rodriguez, Andrew Entenza, Samuel Entenza and Erin Unruh; special friend Patricia Schaefer of Chancellor, S.D. and her two children, Roberta Weelborg and Lynn Schaefer; sister Mavis (George) Conors of Hendricks; sister-in-law Ruth Conlin of St. Paul; many nephews, nieces, dear friends and ex-wife Sheris Kensinger of San Benito, Texas.
Harold was preceded in death by his infant son Glen, his parents Eddie and Hazel, two brothers, Edward and David, and infant sister Leila Rae. He is returning home to Sherburn where he will be laid to rest in the Conlin family plot.

Eugene Steele

July 12, 2013

Dec. 14, 1925 – July 4, 2013

Eugene Steele, age 87 of Gary, S.D., died Thursday, July 4 at the Hendricks Nursing Home in Hendricks. Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 9 in St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Gary, S.D. Burial was in the Grandview Cemetery, Gary, S.D. Visitation was Monday, July 8 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church from 5-7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service. The Houseman Funeral Home in Clear Lake, S.D. was entrusted with the arrangements.
Eugene Dale Steele was born on Dec. 14, 1925 to Bert and Clara (Amundson) Steele. He moved with his folks as they operated cafes in South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Upon graduating from high school in Siren, Wisc. in June 1943, Gene enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in the 5th Corps Artillery Howitzers and participated in the invasion of the Phillipines. After the war he returned to the states and received an honorable discharge in February 1946.
Gene married Betty (Bierne) Steele on June 15, 1953. They lived in Watertown, S.D. for five years then moved to Lake Cochrane where they ran Betty and Gene’s Resort. Gene also owned the Valet Cleaners in Canby. Gene went to work at the Gary State Bank in 1971. After 26 years in banking he retired but was frequently called back to help out.
Gene was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, the American Legion and VFW. He enjoyed bowling, golfing, hunting and watching sports.
Gene is lovingly remembered by his two children, Lexie (Mike) Glover and Jason (Jan) Steele, and three grandchildren— Justin (Jessica) Steele, Kaleb (Brenda) Steele and Gabrielle Glover.
Gene was preceded in death by his wife Betty Steele, parents Bert and Clara and sister Grace.

MarLien Bartz

July 12, 2013

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March 20, 193 – June 17, 2013

MarLien Bartz, age 82 of Marshall, passed away at the Prairie Home Hospice House on June 17.
Memorial services were held on Monday, June 24 at 11 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Marshall with burial at the Marshall Cemetery. Visitation was held on Sunday, June 23 from 3-6 p.m. at First Lutheran Church and on Monday one hour prior to the service.
MarLien was born March 20, 1931 to Alfred and Mabel Knutson in the Hendricks Community Hospital. She was baptized and confirmed at Singsaas Lutheran Church and received her early religious education in Norwegian. MarLien graduated co-valedictorian of her high-school class in Hendricks and subsequently attended the College of Medical Technology in Minneapolis, graduating with honors in 1950.
She started her medical career at the hospital in Rugby, N.D. and soon came home to work in the Hendricks hospital lab and clinic. MarLien married Don Bartz nearly 60 years ago on Dec. 6, 1953 in an evening candlelight service at Singsaas Lutheran Church. They raised their family in Ivanhoe and moved to Marshall in 1985. MarLien was a member of First Lutheran Church, devoted to her women’s bible study group and an active member of the local chapter of the P.E.O philanthropic organization for over 25 years. Renowned for her Norwegian Lefse rolling prowess, she was a voracious reader, avid golfer, swimmer, water-skier and expert Bridge partner. She spent summers with her children and grandchildren at the family cabin on Lake Cochrane in Gary, S.D. and was an accomplished sailor of her cherished 12-foot sailboat. MarLien learned to snow ski at age 30 and enjoyed numerous family ski trips to northern Minnesota and eventually to Colorado during the early days of the Vail Resort. Together, MarLien and Don learned to fly and she passed her ground school exam with a perfect score, confirming her role as Don’s best and most beloved co-pilot in life. They also traveled the world together, taking trips through the Panama Canal, to the Caribbean, Alaska, Norway, British Isles, Central Europe and Italy. After retiring, MarLien and Don spent 14 winters at the Sun Village golf community in Surprise, Ariz.
MarLien is survived by her husband Don; three children—Dana, Rich (and Karen) of Marshall and Deb (and Charlie Webb) of Monument, Colo.; six grandchildren—Hannah of Minneapolis, Jamison and Katlyn of Marshall, Cory and Chase Giltner of Monument, Colo. and Riley of Frisco, Colo.; two sisters— Althea Digre of Hendricks and Donna Thompson (and Dale) of St. Cloud; two sisters-in-law—Lurine Knutson of Hendricks and Barb Knutson of Maple Grove, and many nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Paul and Lloyd Knutson and brothers-in-law Donald Johnson and Ed Digre.
Blessed be the memory of Marlien Bartz.

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. 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
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.