Orwill Wigen, Jr

July 19, 2018

obit Wigen squareSept. 25, 1943 – July 9, 2018

Orwill J. Wigen, Jr., age 74 of Tracy, passed away Monday, July 9 at Sanford Tracy Medical Center. Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 16 at United Method­ist Church in Tracy with Pastor David Erickson of­ficiating. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Sunday, July 15 at Tracy Area Funeral Home with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Visitation con­tinued one hour prior to the service at church on Monday. Interment will be at a later date in the Han­sonville Cemetery in Hen­dricks. Online condolences may be sent at www.ste­phensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Tracy Area Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
Orwill J. Wigen, Jr. was born Sept. 25, 1943 to Or­will, Sr. and Myrtle (Fur­ness) Wigen in Hendricks, and lived on the family farm. He attended country school and later gradu­ated from Hendricks High School in 1961. Orwill worked at several differ­ent places in Marshall, including Marshall Foods, Deutz and Crow, Marshall Processing, Marshall Fur Farm, and Marshall Pro­duce. In July 1962, Orwill met the love of his life, Lorraine Haney, while they were both employed by Marshall Produce. They were sent on a blind date by Lorraine’s sister Har­riet Reese.
Orwill and Lorraine later married on Sept. 29, 1962 and they were married for 56 years. To this union five daughters were born— Wendy, Caroline, Michelle, Kelly and Mary Jo, who passed away due to a car accident on July 4, 1996. Orwill, Jr., or “Sarge” as he liked to be called, went into the U.S. Army and was stationed in St. Bonifacius at a Nike Missile Base. When he was there he also became their cook. Jr. was there from Oct. 18, 1963-July 22, 1966. He enjoyed working in his wood shop, gunsmithing, boating and fishing. He enjoyed stock car racing until he had his accident in 1968. Because of the accident, Jr. spent several years in different hospitals. He was a mem­ber of the American Le­gion for 47 years, which he greatly enjoyed, and was the manager of the Legion Hall until it was sold to oth­ers. Jr. was a member of the Tracy Presbyterian Church and he belonged to the Ea­gles, the 40&8, and Para­lyzed Veterans of America organizations. Orwill was the Commander for Post 173 for many years, Dis­trict Vice Commander for Area D, District Com­mander from 2000-2001, District 7 Adjutant for 13 years, and he also served as Department of Minne­sota Vice Commander. He loved spending time with his children, grandchil­dren, great-grandchildren and his pets—Schnapps, Windsor and Snowball.
Orwill is survived by his wife Lorraine; daughters Wendy (Ron) Coyle of Tra­cy, Caroline (Floyd) Lacek of Canby, Michelle (Dan) Kerkaert of Russell, and Kelly (Darren) Jacob of Tracy; 11 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sis­ter Clara (Doug) Groenhoff of Canby; brother Martin (Viney) Wigen of Luverne; and many nieces and nephews. He was preced­ed in death by his parents, daughter Mary Jo, sister Mary Bonde, four uncles, two brothers-in-law, two sisters-in-law, and one nephew.

Sylvia Ommen

June 27, 2018

obit Ommen Sylvia (2)Jan. 31, 1939 – June 18, 2018

Sylvia Jean Ommen, age 79 of Lindstrom, died Mon­day, June 18 at Parmly on the Lake in Chisago City.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 30 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lindstrom. Visita­tion will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Grandstrand Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Memorials may be given to Trinity Lutheran Church of Lindstrom.
Sylvia was born Jan. 31, 1939 in Brookings, South Dakota to Eldon and Ber­nice (Kennedy) Felton. She was a 1957 graduate of Hendricks High School in Hendricks. Sylvia was unit­ed in marriage to Eugene “Gene” Ommen on May 31, 1958 in Hendricks. They lived in Macomb, Illinois, Dubuque, Iowa, and Min­neapolis before moving to Lindstrom in 1979. Sylvia assisted Gene with their company, Ommen Phar­macy (later Snyder Drug) from 1979 until 1993. She was also a homemaker for her family. Sylvia was a member of Trinity Luther­an Church in Lindstrom, where she participated in the choir. She also enjoyed singing with the Sweet Adelines for 25 years, cook­ing, and traveling to Europe and Australia.
Sylvia was preceded in death by her parents and a granddaughter, Nichole Om­men. She is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Gene; sons Dennis (Bar­bara), David (Kim), Daniel (Joy), and Douglas (Jean) Ommen; seven grandchil­dren; one great-grandson; sister Illa (Duane) Ommen; brother John (Gail) Felton; and many nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Myron Lasnetski

June 22, 2018

obit myron lasnetski IMG_4181-Edit-EditNov. 12, 1925 – June 11, 2018

Myron Lasnetski, age 92 of Ivanhoe, passed away Monday, June 11, at Sylvan Court Nursing Home in Canby. Mass of Christian Burial was 10:30 a.m. Sat­urday, June 16 at St. John’s Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno. Burial was in St. John Cantius Catholic Cemetery. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service on Friday, June 15 at Houseman Fu­neral Home, Birk Chapel in Ivanhoe, and resumed Saturday one hour prior to the service at the church.
Myron Lasnetski was born Nov. 12, 1925 in Can­by to Andrew and Mary Lasnetski (Shaikoski). He attended Wilno Parochial School then the country school near his home. My­ron was a member of the St. John Cantius Church in Wilno. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Myron married Irene (Skorczewski) on Oct. 10, 1949. To that union they were blessed with six chil­dren. The family lived on the original family farm in rural Lincoln County where Myron farmed until his retirement. Myron also worked at various other jobs, including Swifts, the Ivanhoe Hospital, and Ivanhoe Feed and Seed.
Myron was a hardwork­ing man who loved spend­ing time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Some of his favorite activities were playing horseshoes, base­ball and fishing. He loved watching Minnesota Twins baseball and Minnesota Vi­kings football. These were his two favorite teams. Myron also loved playing softball and spending time in the playhouse with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In his ear­lier days, you could find Myron spending time at the Marble store or play­ing cards with his broth­ers and in-laws. Another favorite of Myron’s was the yearly 4th of July cele­bration at St. John Cantius Church in Wilno.
Myron is survived by his children—Gerry Las­netski of Canby, Nick (Lin­nea) Lasnetski of Mar­shall, Maelene Lasnetski of Marshall, Jeff (Darla) Lasnetski of Willmar, and Patty (Jim) Redlinger of Brandon, South Dakota; 14 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife Irene Lasnetski, daughter Colleen Przymus, grand­son Nathan Lasnetski, and brothers Ambrose and Leonard Lasnetski.
Blessed be his memory.

Selma Morseth

June 15, 2018

obit Selma MorsethApril 30, 1922 – June 3, 2018

Selma Marian Morseth, age 96 of Hendricks, passed away Sunday, June 3 at the Hendricks Nursing Home in Hendricks.
Funeral services were 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 8 at Faith Lutheran Brethren Church in Hendricks. Buri­al was at the Hendricks City Cemetery. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 7 with a 7 p.m. prayer service at the Houseman Funeral Home in Hen­dricks.
Selma Marian Morseth was born April 30, 1922 in Marble Township, Lincoln County, the ninth of 10 children born to Andrew and Marie (Helland) Nef­stead. She was baptized and confirmed at Marble Lutheran Church. Her mother died when she was six years old, and by the time she was 11 years old she was in charge of the household. She attended District 72 country school for eight years then trans­ferred to Ivanhoe High School, where she gradu­ated in 1940.
On July 6, 1942 Selma married Harvey Morseth at Lutheran Free Church in Hendricks. They lived in Minneapolis until Harvey joined the U.S. Navy and served overseas. Selma moved back to Hendricks during this period and made her home there.
Selma was a homemaker known for her excellent cooking, sewing, and quilt­ing skills. She satisfied her dreams of being a poet or singer through her love of music and of the spoken word. She loved to read and could recite a number of favorite poems that she had committed to memory. She enjoyed drawing, tend­ing to her plants, playing Scrabble and crossword puzzles. She had a sharp wit and a playful sense of humor. Time spent with family and friends was precious to her, as were their many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Selma was devoted to her Christian faith and faithfully served in several roles at FaithLutheranChurch. She worked as a nursing assistant and trained medication aide at the Hendricks Nurs­ing Home for a number of years, where she ultimate­ly became a resident. Sel­ma was a member of the Help Each Other Extension Club, New Grove Little Club, and Literacy Club.
Selma will be greatly missed by her sons Brian Morseth of Minneapolis, Joel (Shelley) Morseth of St. Cloud, and Aaron (Angie) Morseth of Hendricks; her daughters Marie (Rollie) Trooien of Astoria, South Dakota, Brenda (Stephen) Olson of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Sheila (Don) En­gelstad of Hendricks, and Gayle (Greg) Woodall of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; along with 24 grandchil­dren, 35 great-grandchil­dren and two great-great-grandchildren.
She is now blissfully re­united with her beloved husband Harvey, as well as with her parents Andrew and Marie, five brothers and four sisters, and in­fant great-granddaughter Emma.
Blessed be her memory.

William Mangels

June 7, 2018

obit Mangels William for web foldersApril 23, 1957 – May 28, 2018

William “Bill” Dean Man­gels, age 61, died Monday, May 28 at Ava’s House in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Celebration of Life was 3 p.m. Saturday, June 2 at George Boom Funeral Home and Crematory in Sioux Falls, with visitation following the service until 5 p.m. Bill was buried in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery.
William Mangels was born April 23, 1957 in St. Paul to Marvin and Eleanor “Ellie” (Chapin) Mangels. Bill was baptized at Zion Lu­theran Church in Hidewood Township of Deuel County in South Dakota.
Bill was raised in Hen­dricks, where he graduated with honors from Hendricks High School in 1975. He at­tended the University of Minnesota and lived in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, working various jobs over the years. He later moved to Brookings, South Dakota then Sioux Falls, South Da­kota, working various jobs until his health failed. He lived in Helping Hands Care facility in Brandon, South Dakota for a few years be­fore moving to Salem Nurs­ing Home in Salem, South Dakota. Bill died at Ava House Hospice in Sioux Falls on Monday, May 28, surrounded by family.
Bill had a deep love for cats and had many cats over the years. He enjoyed watch­ing the Minnesota Vikings and Twins and enjoyed the challenge of a chess game. Bill will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Bill is survived by his mother Eleanor Mangels of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; siblings Debora Bolton of Sioux Falls and Diane (Mike) Traen of Fargo, North Da­kota; nieces and nephews Renae (Hugh) Stoudt of Avon, Indiana, Christina Traen of Memphis, Ten­nessee, Jeremy Traen and Gabrielle Traen-Pines of Fargo, North Dakota; great-niece and great-nephews Olivia, Gabriel and Adian Stoudt; aunts Deloris Jens­en of Golden Valley and El­sie Chapin of Bruce, South Dakota; and cousins Geor­giann, R.C., Arnold, Carroll, David and Dale.
He was preceded in death by his father Marvin Man­gels, brother Richard Man­gels, his grandparents and two uncles.

Loren Schmidt

May 17, 2018

Memorial services for Loren Schmidt will be held Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m. at Highland Lutheran Church in Brandt, South Dakota.

Francis Downing

May 9, 2018

Downing obit photoOct. 26, 1949 – May 5, 2018

Funeral service for Fran­cis “Fran” Downing, age 68 of Taunton, will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 12 at Hope Lutheran Church in Minneota. Visitation will be Friday, 5-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Rehkamp Horvath Fu­neral Home in Minneota. Visitation will continue 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Interment with military honors will follow the service at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Cemetery in Taunton.
Francis Louis Downing was born Oct. 26, 1949 on the home farmsite near Taunton to Anton and Florence (Pawlak) Down­ing. Fran shared his birth­day, was the same age at passing as his father, and both were born, resided, and passed away at the same Downing Family Farm. Fran was baptized and confirmed at St. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Taunton. Fran graduated from Minneota High School in 1967. He enlisted and served in the U.S. Army, including a tour of duty in Vietnam from Jan. 11-Dec. 4, 1970, and was honorably discharged in 1971. Fran worked as a photographer for a couple years in the Pacific North­west. After his father’s death in 1975, Fran re­turned home to help on the family farm. He also worked for Dwire Con­struction and McLauglin Schulz. He achieved his As­sociate’s Degree in Land­scape Design from Dakota County Technical College in Rosemont.
On July 10, 1982 he was united in marriage to Val­erie Voss at Hope Luther­an Church in Minneota. Fran owned and operated a landscape business and worked doing mainte­nance at Southwest Min­nesota State University. He retired from the Univer­sity in 1995 but continued farming and doing land­scape projects. Fran was an outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and ice fishing. He also enjoyed his family, es­pecially his children’s ac­tivities and time with his grandchildren. Fran was a hard worker, to provide a good life for his family.
Fran died Saturday, May 5 at his residence in Taun­ton under the care of Avera at Home Hospice.
He is survived by his wife Val of Taunton; chil­dren Ryan (Amy) Rand of Winona, Alyssa (Rhett) Lamoreaux of Minneton­ka, and Jaqlyn Downing (fiancé Jake Brauer) of Edina; grandchildren Kay­lee, Emily, Ryker, Tyson and Aubrielle; brother Merl (Josephine) Downing of Ivanhoe; sisters Marge (Dean) Hansen of Canby, Cathy (Stan) Paulsen of Canby, Bea (Tom) DeLa­Cruz of Lewisville, and Phyllis (Al) Pedersen of Ortonville; nieces, neph­ews, relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son Matthew Rand, maternal grandparents Anton and Martha (Drietz) Pawlak, paternal grandparents R.B. (Rueben) and Helen (Kosmalski) Downing, in­fant sister Marian Down­ing and infant brother Del­no Downing, and nephew Johnathan Paulsen.
Arrangements with Re­hkamp Horvath Funeral Directors, Minneota.

Ilene Jurrens

May 4, 2018

obit Ilene Jurrens Obit Photo (1)July 6, 1927 – April 25, 2018

Ilene Ione Jurrens has gone home to her Saviour. She died at the age of 90 on Wednesday, April 25 at the Brookings Hospital.
Funeral services were held at Eidsness Funeral Home in Brookings, South Dakota on Saturday, April 28, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery in White, South Dakota following the ser­vice at 3:15 p.m. Visita­tion was held the day of service, beginning at 2 p.m. until the time of ser­vice.
Ilene Ione Ramlo was born July 6, 1927 to Peter and Inga Ramlo; she was one of 11 children growing up in Hendricks. She mar­ried Johnnie Jurrens on May 12, 1945. Ilene was a housewife and mother of seven children, and also helped on the family farm north of White, South Da­kota. Many stories have been told of “thrasher dinners,” and cooking for a house full of nieces and nephews with no notice. Even in her later years, she would say, “I couldn’t sleep,” so she would get up at 3:00 in the morn­ing and make a couple of pies, or jelly, or her fa­mous Danish Apple Bars. Her friends always looked forward to Ilene coming down for coffee, because she always brought good­ies along. Not one to stay home, she was always busy delivering soup or a smile to a friend. Ilene loved quilting, baking, bingo, fixing puzzles, and of course, playing Rook. Ilene was a very giv­ing and selfless woman. While she will be missed, she will not be forgotten.
Ilene was baptized and confirmed at Calvary Lu­theran Church. She was born again in 1945, and committed her life to Christ in 1976. She was part of a mission team to Costa Rica six times, and served as the American Legion Auxiliary Chaplain in Astoria, South Dakota for nine years.
Ilene is survived by her seven children—Janice (Neal) Nelson of Hen­dricks, DeWayne (Mary) Jurrens of Toronto, South Dakota, Daniel Jurrens of of Egan, South Dakota, Jolene (Tom) Koziatek of Winter Haven, Florida, David (Nyla) Jurrens of White, South Dakota, Judy Jurrens of South Bend, In­diana, and Janell Jurrens of Bradenton, Florida; 25 grandchildren and sever­al great- and great-great-grandchildren.
Ilene was blessed to achieve the happy life and peaceful death to which we all aspire. If the mea­sure of our lives is what we have done for others, she leaves behind a great legacy shared fully with friends and family. Ilene truly understood that it is in giving that we receive. We have the sure and cer­tain hope that Ilene is with God and her departed siblings and parents. We can’t ask anything more for her, or ourselves.

Lowell Hexum

April 26, 2018

obit Hexum Lowell EugeneJuly 30, 1925 – April 15, 2018

Lowell Eugene Hexum passed away April 15 at Safe Harbor Assisted Liv­ing in Longmont, Colo­rado.
Funeral service was 10 a.m. Friday, April 20 at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel in Longmont, with burial at Ft. Logan National Cem­etery in Denver, Colorado. In lieu of flowers, the fam­ily requests donations to Safe Harbor Assisted Liv­ing. Visit www.ahlbergfu­neralchapel.com to share condolences.
Lowell was born in Hen­dricks on July 30, 1925 to Clara (Nelson) and Ole J. Hexum in a home behind the Methodist church. He was baptized August 16, 1925 at Lutheran Free Church and confirmed on June 2, 1940. He was raised with two brothers and two sisters—Arlen, Orris, Joyce and Clarice. Lowell gradu­ated from Hendricks High School on June 3, 1943. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy July 28, 1943 and was hon­orably discharged on May 2, 1946. Lowell was an Electrician’s Mate, Third Class on the USS LST 712 and fought in World War II. He was proud of his ser­vice.
He married Joyce B. Hexum on June 4, 1946 and they were married for 65 years. He went to SDSU for two years. He returned to Hendricks and worked as a carpenter; he then man­aged Swift & Co.’s produce station in Hendricks. Low­ell held multiple positions throughout his career in Hendricks, Windom, and Heron Lake. He started working in Hendricks for the U.S. Postal Service in 1956 and retired in 1982 as Postmaster.
Lowell was a jack of all trades and a perfectionist, like his father. He raised his family of five children— Cheryl, Michael, Jeanne, Wanda and Wendy—on an 80-acre farm southwest of Hendricks, raising crops and animals, and lived with Joyce there for 42 years. He enjoyed farming and no one was ever a stranger at their home. Every cous­in, child and grandchild has fond memories of fun times at the farm. Once retired they spent win­ters in Pharr, Texas for 17 years. In 2000, after living in Hendricks for 75 years and being a great member of the community, Lowell and Joyce moved to Long­mont, Colorado.
A true part of the Great­est Generation, Lowell led by example. He was a hard worker, a perfectionist with a great sense of hu­mor, a contagious giggle, always helpful, proud and compassionate. He was a wonderful son, brother, friend, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He instilled in those around him a sense of purpose, commitment, loyalty, generosity and love.
Lowell is survived by his daughter Wendy Conder and a large extended fam­ily.

Marie Jensen

April 19, 2018

obit marie jensenSept. 1, 1941 – April 10, 2018

Marie K. Jensen, age 76 of Brookings, South Da­kota, formerly of Aurora, South Dakota, passed away Tuesday, April 10 at the United Living Community in Brookings. Visitations will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 20 at the Eidsness Funeral Home in Brook­ings. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 21 at First English Lutheran Church in Auro­ra, South Dakota. Follow­ing lunch at the Little Hall in Aurora, burial will be in Pioneer Lutheran Cem­etery, northwest of White, South Dakota. Eidsness Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the First English Lutheran Church in Aurora, the American Heart Association, or the National Osteoporosis Foundation.
Marie Kathryn (Hin­richsen) Jensen was born Sept. 1, 1941 in Hendricks to John and Gladys (Dear­born) Hinrichsen. She was baptized Dec. 7, 1941 and confirmed June 5, 1955 in the Lutheran church. Marie grew up on a farm in the valley east of White, South Dakota, along with her five siblings. Over the years, the nieces and nephews have loved listening to the siblings’ many childhood farm memories and sto­ries. She attended grade school and graduated from eighth grade at Brookings County Valley School Dis­trict 75 in 1957.
At about the age of 16 she began working as a caregiver for an elderly woman near Canby. On Sept. 6, 1959 she mar­ried Carol Paul Drietz of Ivanhoe, and they had one child, Diane Marie. Carol was killed in a car accident in 1963. Marie married Kresten (Kran) Jensen of Aurora, South Dakota on June 23, 1969. They were married for 22 years when Kresten passed away in 1991. Through the years, she was employed at Deu­brook High School, Holiday Inn, and Brookview Man­or. After suffering from a stroke and broken hip, she moved into Park Place As­sisted Living in 2003 and in 2004, the United Retire­ment Center (currently the United Living Community) in Brookings, South Dako­ta where she resided until the time of her death.
Marie enjoyed danc­ing, music, fishing, jigsaw puzzles, and playing cards and board games, but her ultimate joys were being a homemaker and spending time with her family.
She is lovingly remem­bered and survived by one daughter, Diane (Kevin) Kane of Woodland Park, Colorado; two grandsons, Kyle (Liz) Kane of Centen­nial, Colorado and Troy (Hannah) Kane of Carle­ton, Nebraska; six great grandchildren—Dakota, David, Elaine, Kristian, Wyatt, and Ryker; one brother, Roy (Sharon) Hinrichsen of Wabash, In­diana; two sisters, Phyllis Coyle of Brookings, South Dakota and Karen Denison of Estelline, South Dakota; as well as numerous nieces and nephews
Marie was preceded in death by her husbands Carol Paul Drietz and Kresten (Kran) Jensen; her parents; two sisters, Helen Graslie and Betty Sko­gen; and one niece, Sheryl (Graslie) Brown.