Audrey Hindbjorgen, age 83 of Hendricks, passed away Wednesday, March 4 at the Hendricks Nursing Home.
Funeral service was at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 9 at Singsaas Free Lutheran Church, rural Hendricks, with Rev. Ron Smith officiating. Visitation was 2-4 p.m. on Sunday at the Hendricks Hospital Chapel with a prayer service at 4 p.m. Visitation continued one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was in Singsaas Free Lutheran Cemetery. Online guestbook is available at www.birkfuneralhome.com. Arrangements were with Birk Funeral Home of Hendricks.
Audrey Ann Olson was born Sept. 25, 1931 at home on the family farm in Hansonville Township, the daughter of Roy C. and Bertha Olson. She attended school at Hansonville School District 28 and graduated from Hendricks High School in 1948. She attended St. Olaf College in Northfield and graduated in 1952. Audrey taught school in Lakefield for one year before marrying Darwin Dwaine Hindbjorgen on June 15, 1953 at the Hansonville Lutheran Church. Audrey and Darwin were the last couple to be married at the Hansonville Church before it was closed.
Audrey and Darwin lived in Ft. Knox, Ky. for one year, where Audrey taught school and Darwin was an Army tank operations instructor. The couple then moved back to Hendricks where their son John was born. They lived in half of Audrey’s parents’ home until 1968, when they moved to a farm north of Hendricks, where they stayed until Audrey and Darwin moved into Hendricks in 1999. During this time, Audrey stayed very busy helping on the farm as well as fulfilling two 20-year long careers, one as a junior high reading and English teacher in Canby and the other as a rural mail carrier in Brookings, S.D. Months after Audrey’s husband died in 2007, Audrey moved to the Hendricks Nursing Home.
Audrey was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Singsaas Lutheran Church and the Hendricks Ladies’ Golf League. She enjoyed sports, spending many hours listening on the radio to Minnesota Gophers basketball games with John and listening to Minnesota Twins and Vikings games with Darwin and John. Audrey was an avid golfer, playing in the Hendricks League and all of their local tournaments as well as many out-of-town tournaments. Audrey also loved gardening, both on the farm and in town, and enjoyed playing cards and spending time with family and friends. Audrey and Darwin spent extended winter vacations in Arizona with her parents for many years before purchasing a second home in Casa Grande, Ariz. She and Darwin then split their time between homes in Hendricks and Casa Grande. Audrey had a special bond with her parents. A favorite memory for Audrey was her 1983 trip to Norway with Darwin and her parents.
Audrey is survived by her son John (Renate) of Astoria, S.D.; grandchildren—Carter of Kirkland, Wash. and Kaia of Fargo, N.D.; brother Roy (Dolores) of Osseo; brothers and sisters-in-law Roger and Marlys of Sioux Falls, S.D., Loren and Arlene of Spearfish, S.D., Joanne of Sioux Falls, S.D. and Lola of Hendricks.
She was preceded in death by her parents Roy C. and Bertha, husband Darwin, and two brothers-in-law, Obed and Paul.
Blessed be her memory.
Doris Udell Tyler, age 94 of rural Astoria, S.D., passed away on March 6 at the Hendricks Hospital.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 13 at the United Methodist Church in White, S.D. with visitation from 10-11 a.m. Birk Funeral Home of Hendricks is entrusted with the arrangements.
Doris was born Oct. 24, 1920 to Reynold and Laura (Larson) Anderson on a farm south of DeSmet, S.D. At the age of two, her family moved to DeSmet. In 1924 they moved to Manchester, S.D., where she resided until 1928 when the Anderson family moved to Huron, S.D. She attended elementary and high school through her freshman year in Huron. She belonged to the National Youth Association where she helped repair and paint grandstand seating at the state fairgrounds. She was also a machine shop trainee preparing to make war items on the West Coast.
Doris met her future husband Bud Tyler near White, S.D when she was 10 and he 11 years old. Doris and Bud were married on April 8, 1943 in Hendricks, when Bud was home on a 30-day leave from the U.S. Navy. Bud and Doris lived in California until he was shipped out for war duties in the Pacific. Doris moved back to Huron, where she lived until the war was over, then moved back to California where they lived for three years. The next move was to a farm southeast of White, S.D., where they lived until 1953 when they purchased a farm southwest of Astoria, S.D. This was her home for 62 years. Mr. Tyler passed away in January 2011.
Doris was a stay-at-home wife and helped Bud on the farm. Her hobbies were cooking, baking, collecting recipes, playing solitaire and doing number or word puzzles. She took pride in her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Doris is survived by her daughter Patty Sik of Hendricks; son-in-law Jerry Mathison of Astoria, S.D.; grandson Kelly (Tammy) Mathison of Hendricks; granddaughters Paula Mathison of The Colony, Texas, and Sharla (James) Benz of Hendricks; great-grandchildren Erika Mathison of Fargo, N.D., Chelsey Benz of Albert Lea, Mikah Mathison of Aberdeen, S.D., and Nicole Mathison, Austin Benz and Kyle Mathison of Hendricks; brother Arnold (Dolores) Anderson, Custer; sisters-in-law, Ardith (Vern) Gillespie, Grover Beach, CA and Wanda Tyler, White; brother-in-law Lowell (Dawn) Tyler of Dawson, and several nieces and nephews.
Doris was preceded in death by her husband Bud, daughter Janice Mathison, son-in-law Dennis Sik, grandson Patrick Sik and brother Woodrow Anderson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials or charitable donations are preferred.
Blessed be her memory.
Gerald “Jerry” Courteau, age 74 of Astoria, S.D., passed away Thursday, Feb. 26 at the Hendricks Nursing Home in Hendricks. Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 4 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Astoria, S.D. Burial will be in the Bethany Cemetery at a later date. Visitation was Tuesday, March 3 from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church. The Houseman Funeral Home in Toronto, S.D. is entrusted with the arrangements.
Gerald was born on Feb. 6, 1941 in Oak Lawn, Ill. to Theophile and Irene (DeMars) Courteau. He attended school in Doni-phan, Mo. While living in Doniphan, he worked with his father in Chicago during the week, going home on the weekends for nine years.
In 1961 the family moved to Dayton in Minnesota where he worked at the Elk River Box Factory in Elk River for 18 years. Gerald married Muriel LaPointe on May 5, 1962. They lived in Elk River until 1979 when they moved to Astoria, S.D. so Gerald could work for his brother-in-law Dale Roth. In 1980 he began to work at Farmers Implement and Irrigation in Brookings, S.D. as a mechanic until he retired in 2006.
On Feb. 12 Gerald entered the Hendricks Nursing Home, where he passed away on Thursday, Feb. 26 at the age of 74.
Gerald enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, reading, walking and tinkering on small engines.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Muriel Courteau of Astoria, S.D.; five children—Kathy of Brookings, S.D., Paul (Deb) Courteau of Sioux Falls, S.D., Jeffrey (Jody) Courteau of Milaca, Kristin (Joe) Schularick of Montevideo and Matt (Angie) Courteau of Astoria, S.D.; five grandchildren—Barry, Cayla, Courtney, Wyatt and Jasper; sisters Maxine Christy of Honeybrook, Pa. and MaryLou (Richard) Bullerman of Chaska, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Gerald was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Francis and John.
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, 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.
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, 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, 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.
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 “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.