June Trautman

December 14, 2017

obit June Trautman IMG_2379June 22, 1927 – Dec. 4, 2017

June Trautman, age 90 of Hendricks, passed away Monday, Dec. 4 at the Hen­dricks Nursing Home. Fu­neral service was 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 8 at Trin­ity Lutheran Church in Hendricks. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 at Houseman Funeral Home-Birk Chapel in Hen­dricks. Visitation resumed one hour prior to the ser­vice at the church. Burial was in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery near Verdi.
June Lou Trautman was born to Hans and Clara (Hoberg) on June 22, 1927 in Lincoln County. She was baptized and confirmed at the Methodist Church in Lake Benton. She at­tended School District 2 through 8th grade and graduated from Lake Ben­ton High School. Following high school she worked as a waitress at the Corner Cafe in Lake Benton.
On Dec. 5, 1948 she was united in marriage to Glenn Trautman at Im­manuel Lutheran Church in Verdi. To this union four daughters were born— Kathleen (Robert) Bu­chholz of Frisco, Texas, Sandra (Craig) Johnson of Hendricks, Connie (Rich) Olson of Phoenix, Arizo­na, and Glenyce (Charles) Sommervold of Hendricks. She was blessed with five grandchildren—Jacque­line (Cory) Wilde, Christo­pher Johnson, Lia (Gregg) Gordon, Kristi (Nick) Dyer, and Cody Sommer­vold; nine great-grand­children—Alex (Chelsey) Johnson, Taylor and Estes Wilde, Gracie and Sawyer Johnson, Violet and Jack Gordon, and Sophia and Ethan Dyer; and two great-great-granddaughters, Morgan and Ella.
June was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hendricks. Some of her en­joyments in life were cook­ing, sewing, fancywork, flowers, gardening and spending time with her family. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy and loved them dearly!
She is survived by three daughters—Kathy, Sandi and Glenyce, along with her sons-in-law, grandchil­dren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grand­children. Also left behind are numerous nieces and nephews.
Those preceding her death were her husband Glenn, her daughter Con­nie, her and Glenn’s par­ents, brothers Milton, Glen and Donald, sisters Lu­cille, Luverne and Phyllis, and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law from both families.
Blessed be her memory!

Lavern Hanson

December 14, 2017

July 7, 1926 – Dec. 8, 2017

Lavern “Vernie” Alfred Hanson was born July 7, 1926 on the family farm near Lamberton, to Sel­mer and Edith (Schmidt) Hanson. He worked with his father and brother Lester on farms near Wal­nut Grove, Lamberton and Arco. He moved to Spicer in 2016. On Friday, Dec. 8, he passed away at Rice Memorial Hospital in Will­mar at the age of 91.
Vernie is survived by a sister, Dorothy Kay of Cali­fornia; and many nieces, nephews, great- and great-great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Fred, Gertrude, Edna, Earl, Harold, Martin, Lester and Shirley; three nieces and four nephews.

Kaye Lokken

December 7, 2017

Dec. 8, 1953 – Nov. 17, 2017

Kaye Marie Lokken, age 63 of Bonduel, Wisconsin, died Nov. 17 at her home following a decline in health. Memorial service will be Friday, Dec. 8, 2 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church in Arco. Visitation will be one hour prior at the church. Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Jo­hansen Chapel in Tyler. On-line at www.hartquist­funeral.com.
Kaye Marie Lokken was born Dec. 8, 1953 to Carl and Eloise (Blegen) Hauschild in Hendricks. She was married to Garry Lokken in 1974 and Paul Hausken in 1994.
She is survived by her mother Eloise Hauschild of Minneota; sister Joy (Clyde) Bruns of Marshall; step-daughter Latasha Hausken of Brainerd; niec­es, nephews, other fam­ily and friends. She was preceded in death by her father Carl Hauschild, and her grandparents.

Leo Kimball

December 7, 2017

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Leo Kimball, age 86 of New Ulm, died Wednes­day, Nov. 22 in Winona. His memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, April 28, 2018, at Lake Benton Cem­etery in Lake Benton.
Leo Kimball was born Nov. 22, 1931 to Floyd and Anna DeLite (Wisler) Kim­ball at home in Ruthton. He attended and gradu­ated from LakeBentonHigh School. Leo joined the U.S. Air Force in late 1951. While in the service, he married the love of his life, Beverly Ann Hurd, on Oct. 24, 1953. He was sta­tioned in Alaska with the 66th Fighter Interceptor Squadron. After an honor­able discharge in 1954, he attended MankatoStateUniversity and earned his teaching degree in History with a minor in Social Sci­ences, Physical Education and Drivers Training. Leo taught in Marietta for two years, then Hendricks for seven years, teaching His­tory and B-squad girls bas­ketball. In 1967 he moved his family to Spring Valley and taught high school His­tory for two years before being placed at the elemen­tary school as the physical education teacher. While there, Leo took great pride introducing new activi­ties to the program which included square dancing, fox trot and others, roller-skating, gymnastics, and paddleball on the play­ground. Leo served as the drivers training instructor and girls b-squad coach for many years. He loved educating kids of all ages in many different ways.
After retiring from teaching in 1990 he en­joyed spending his time hunting and fishing, paint­ing homes, and playing on summer softball leagues.
After years in Spring Valley, Leo and Beverly moved to a new home in Lanesboro. Saddened by the loss of his grandson Benjamin Kimball, then his wife Beverly from can­cer, Leo moved to New Ulm where he met new friends and pursued his passion to dance. While in New Ulm he was diagnosed with kidney failure and started dialysis until it took his life on Nov. 22. Leo will be dearly missed by all family and friends with his smile and laughter and his al­ways-ready helping hand.
Leo is survived by three sons—Danny (Susan) Kimball of Spring Valley, Michael (Jennifer Olson) Kimball of Fountain, and Todd (Dawn) Kimball of Pipestone; nine grand­children— Danette (Kim), Ryhn, Reann, Raylen, Ga­briel (Whitney), Saman­tha (Phil), Caleb, and Ra­chel; step-grandchildren Chelsea Vanderplatts and Kiefer Lunn; great-grand­children Brooks, Reed, and Alex; brother Lester Kimball of Omaha, Nebras­ka; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Beverly (2012), son Michael Jay, grandson Benjamin (2006), sisters Evelyn and Suzanne, and brothers Harvey, Chester, and Robert.
Online condolences may be left at www.Hindtfuner­alhomes.com

Michael Sperl

November 30, 2017

Aug. 9, 1962 – Nov. 22, 2017

Funeral services for Mi­chael Sperl, age 55 of Flor­ence, were Monday, Nov. 27, 11 a.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Canby. Visitation was Sunday, 3-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 6 p.m. at Hartquist Fu­neral Home, Utoft-Johans­en Chapel in Tyler. Burial was in St. Stephen’s Cem­etery in Canby.
He died Wednesday, Nov. 22 at his home in Flor­ence.
Arrangements were pro­vided by Hartquist Funer­al Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Send on-line condolences at www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Michael John Sperl was born Aug. 9, 1962 to Wal­ter and Brenda (Lake) Sperl in New Ulm. On Sept. 14, 2002 Mike married Heather Westphal at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Odin.
Mike is survived by his wife Heather; his chil­dren—Jessica Sperl of Gh­ent, Justin Sperl of Mar­shall, Caleb (Rachel) Sperl of Harrisburg, South Dako­ta, and Danielle Sperl of St. James; five grandchildren; his mother Brenda Hall of Mountainair, New Mexico; siblings—Kathy Sperl, Gail (Jimmy) Fidler, MaryAnn (Mike) Reibel, and Mar­garet Johnson; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father Walter Sperl, sister Dorothy Sperl, and grandparents, aunts and uncles.

Lorraine Krog

November 24, 2017

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Funeral services for Lor­raine Krog, age 97 of Ty­ler, formerly Lake Benton, were Saturday, Nov. 18, 2:30 p.m. at Grace Luther­an Church in Lake Ben­ton. Visitation was 12:30- 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the church. Burial was in Dia­mond Lake Cemetery, ru­ral Lake Benton
She died Wednesday, Nov. 15 at Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center.
Arrangements were pro­vided by Hartquist Funer­al Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. Send online condolences at www.hartquistfuneral. com.
Lorraine Elizabeth Pe­ters Krog was born Sept. 24, 1920 to George and Sarah (Wartner) Peters in Drammen Township near Lake Benton. She was bap­tized and confirmed at St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Lake Benton. She gradu­ated from eighth grade el­ementary school in 1934, having attended country school districts 20, 61, and 4. She graduated from Lake Benton High School in 1938. On May 17, 1939 Fa­ther James Guinney united Lorraine in marriage to Harold Evald Krog at the home of her parents in Lake Benton. To this union four children were born— Gale Ardell, Clyde Har­old, Coralee Kay, and Kim Lorraine. They lived on and farmed the Krog fam­ily farm for 45 years. Lor­raine worked for her son’s drive-in restaurant in the summer of 1969. In 1970 she became employed at the office of Western Com­munity Action in Marshall. In 1975 she became the first transportation direc­tor of Lincoln County at which time the first trans­portation mini-bus for senior citizens was born. Lorraine then served the community of Lake Ben­ton as manager of senior dining from 1983-1985. In later years she assisted Hartquist Funeral Home at visitations and funeral ser­vices in Lake Benton. Lor­raine and Harold retired from the farm in 1983 and moved to the home they had built in Lake Benton. They enjoyed many retire­ment years together as city dwellers until Harold passed away Feb. 3, 1999. Lorraine eventually moved to the Valley Manor in Lake Benton, and for the past one-and-a-half years was a resident of Avera Sun­rise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler. On Wednesday, Nov. 15 she passed away at Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center at the age of 97.
Throughout her life, Lorraine loved her flow­ers, gardening, cooking, canning, crocheting and being with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She enjoyed meeting and working for people. She was very active in her church, Grace Lutheran, Ladies Aid, Extension Club, District 16 Birthday Club, and volunteering at Senior Dining. True to her spirit of hospitality, Lor­raine was always anxious to serve a cup of coffee or tea to anyone who hap­pened to stop by.
Lorraine is lovingly re­membered by her chil­dren—Clyde (Barb) Krog of Lake Benton, Coralee Rochel of Lake Benton, and Kim (Jim) Biersdorf of Ramsey; grandchildren Cindy Krog, Lori (Earl) Skaar, Chad (Brenda) Krog, Carey Krog, Jay (Tracy) Krog, Tara (Dan) Neuhring, Tyson (Kylie) Rochel, Ken­dra (Travis) Morris and Sarah Biersdorf; great-grandchildren Codi, Leah, Elen, Troy, Kahla, Ken­dra, Karisa, Dawson, Ol­ivia, Mylee, Kason, Silver, Summer, Mya, Brayden and Brianna; great-great-grandchildren Jack, Bri­elle, and Kaleigh; many step-great-grandchildren and step-great-great-grandchildren; sisters Ar­lane Lindeman of Tyler and Vonnie (Dick) Walker of Chico, California; broth­er George (Nancy) Peters of Tyler; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband,Harold, son and daughter-in-law Gale and Jeannie Krog, son-in-law Dave Rochel, and her parents George and Sarah Peters.
Blessed be her memory.

Robert Schardin

November 24, 2017

obit robert schardinMarch 19, 1945 – Nov. 17, 2017

Robert G. “Bob” Schar­din, age 72 of Grafton, North Dakota, passed away Friday, Nov. 17 at the Unity Medical Center of Grafton.
Funeral services will be Saturday, Nov. 25, 11 a.m. at Grafton Lutheran Church of Grafton, North Dakota. Visitation will be Friday, 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the Tollefson Funeral Home of Grafton. Friends may also call at the church for one hour prior to the service. Military Rites will be provided by the Grafton American Legion, the North Dakota National Guard Honor Guard and the Lake Benton American Legion. Interment will be at the Memorial Hill Ceme­tery, Lake Benton, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26.
An online guestbook is available at www.tollef­sonfuneralhome.com . The Tollefson Funeral Home of Grafton is in charge of the arrangements.
Robert Schardin was born March 19, 1945 in Hendricks, the son of the late Bernard and Elizabeth (Fink) Schardin. He grew up and attended school in Lake Benton, graduating in 1963. He served in the Army National Guard from 1965-1971. He was united in marriage to Lavonne Untiedt on Sept. 8, 1968 in Pipestone. The couple lived in Lake Benton for a short time until moving to Hillsboro, North Dakota in 1970 when he started his career with Schwan’s. They then moved to Dun­can, South Carolina where he started working at Tony’s Pizza and Schwan’s. Later they moved to Hol­stein, Iowa, then Bemidji before moving to Grafton, North Dakota. He retired from Schwan’s in Septem­ber 2012 after 42 years. Following his retirement, he continued to drive beet truck for Ratchenski Farms in Hamilton, North Dakota.
He was a member of Grafton Lutheran Church. He enjoyed spending time with his family and espe­cially enjoyed going to his granddaughter’s softball games. He was able to see her play volleyball this Oc­tober. His grandson was the apple of his eye and he was looking forward to watching him play bas­ketball. He loved going to have coffee with friends at Granny’s and going to the casino. He was looking forward to travelling in his retirement.
Bob is survived by his wife Lavonne of Grafton, North Dakota; children— Jason (DeAnn) of Brook­lyn Center, Wayne (Katie) of Wichita, Kansas, and Jon Schardin of Dickin­son, North Dakota; grand­children Jenna Nicole and Cason Robert; twin sister Jane Schardin of Slayton; brothers-in-law Donald Untiedt and Jim McKee of Plymouth and Thomas Un­tiedt of New Hope; sisters-in-law Barb (Alan) Spal­inger of Kodiak, Alaska and Patsy Kaski of Dewey, Arizona; aunts Viola Han­sen and Anitra Schardin; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law Howard Untiedt, and several aunts and uncles.

Marjorie Showalter

November 24, 2017

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Marjorie Showalter, age 88 of Hutchinson, passed away Thursday, Nov. 16 at Woodstone Senior Living in Hutchinson.
A Memorial Service was held Tuesday, Nov. 21, 11 a.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home – Lake Benton Cha­pel in Lake Benton. Inter­ment was in the Memorial Hill Cemetery in Lake Ben­ton. A gathering of family and friends was held one hour prior to the service at the chapel.
Marjorie Ann Showalter was born June 23, 1929 in Sutherland, Iowa. She was the daughter of Nathan and Myrtle (Maranell) Crooks. Marjorie was bap­tized as an infant, and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth in Bertha. She received her education at Lake Benton High School, Class of 1947.
On Sept. 21, 1947 Mar­jorie was united in mar­riage to Virgil Showalter at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Worthington. This mar­riage was blessed with five children—Rose, Vernon, Raymond, Charles and Elaine. Marjorie was a lov­ing homemaker to her hus­band and children. Mar­jorie and Virgil resided in Lake Benton, Windom, and later moved to Hutchinson in 1992. They shared 49 years of marriage until Virgil passed away on Feb. 28, 1997.
Marjorie enjoyed cro­cheting afghans and doi­lies, baking, and cooking. She also enjoyed traveling to Germany and England. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family, grandchildren and friends. When Marjorie needed assistance with her daily care, she became a resident at Woodstone Se­nior Living in Hutchinson in 2014. She passed away there on Thursday, Nov. 16 at the age of 88 years.
Marjorie is survived by her children—Rose Ros­sow and her husband Steve of Northfield, Ver­non Showalter and his wife Marilyn of Hutchin­son, Raymond Showalter and his wife Jill of Hutchin­son, Charles Showalter of Hutchinson, and Elaine Bramstedt and her hus­band George of Windom; 18 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren; sib­lings Miriam Wolf of Spo­kane, Washington and Donald Crooks of Astoria, South Dakota; sister-in-law Lois Crooks of Lake Benton; nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends.
Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents Nathan and Myrtle Crooks; brothers Gerald Crooks, Richard Crooks and Ever­ett Crooks; brother-in-law Norman Wolf; sisters-in-law Gertrude Crooks, Patricia Crooks and Ruth Crooks; and great-grand­child Macully Showalter.
Blessed be her memory.

Lyle Johannsen

November 16, 2017

obit Lyle JohannsenOct. 14, 1930 – Oct. 20, 2017

Lyle E. Johannsen, age 87 of Monona, Iowa, died Friday, Oct. 20 at the Good Samaritan Society in Post­ville, Iowa. Funeral service was 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Monona with inurnment in St. Paul Lu­theran Cemetery.
Lyle was born Oct. 14, 1930 in Drammen Town­ship near Lake Benton to Julius and Emma Johanns­en. He graduated from Lake Benton High School in 1948 and attended South Dakota State Col­lege. He then joined his father and brother in the farming operation. Lyle married Marion Green on June 22, 1952 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Arco. After farming for several years, he became a sales­man for Northrup King Seeds. All four children were born while they lived on the farm. In 1965 they sold their farm and moved to Cresco, Iowa, where he was a territory sales­man for Supersweet Feeds and received many sales awards. In 1973 he bought D&J Feed Service with Paul Kilcher and moved his family to Monona, Iowa. He retired in 2000.
Lyle was active in the Iowa Grain and Feed As­sociation, serving as President in 1980. He also served on the National Grain and Feed Board and was a member of the Iowa Fertilizer and Chemical Association. He was an active member of the Tri City Golf Club, and also belonged to St. Paul Ev. Lu­theran Church in Monona and Shepherd of the Des­ert Lutheran Church in Sun City, Arizona. Lyle served on the finance committee to raise funds to build Gar­den View Senior Center.
Lyle enjoyed their boat and houseboat, Marly Jo, on the Mississippi River, golfing, dancing, playing cards, and traveling with family and friends. One of the greatest joys in his life was his children and grandchildren. He was a loyal fan of their sports and music programs. The last years, he enjoyed spending the winters at their home in Sun City, Arizona.
Lyle is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mari­on; son Murray (Joy) Jo­hannsen of Thousand Oaks, California; daugh­ters Lorie (Scott) Johnson of Kendalville, Iowa, Julie (John) Peglow of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Carla Schultz of Muscoda, Wis­consin; grandchildren Ashley (Tyler) Camp, Erin Schultz, Landon Schultz, Jessica (Rick) Mooberry, and Rachel Peglow; great-grandchildren Brodyn Bli­etz, Payton Schultz, John Mooberry, Lyla Mooberry, and Bryce Camp; his sister Eyvonne (Dolan) Johnson of Russell; sister-in-law Estelle Green of Lemon Grove, California; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Lyle was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Melvin Johannsen and Earl (Myrtle) Johanns­en, brother-in-law Marvin Green, and grandson Brent Blietz.

Todd Kurth

November 16, 2017

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Todd W. Kurth, age 48 of Lake Benton, died Thurs­day, Nov. 9 in Huron, South Dakota.
Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16 at Grace United Method­ist Church in Hendricks. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, with a 6:30 p.m. prayer service at the Houseman Funeral Home-Birk Chapel in Hen­dricks. Visitation will re­sume one hour prior to the service at the church. Houseman Funeral Home- Birk Chapel of Hendricks is entrusted with the arrange­ments.
Todd W. Kurth was born March 13, 1969 in Hen­dricks to David and Sylvia (Nielsen) Kurth. He gradu­ated from Hendricks High School and attended UND. Todd married Amy Chris­tianson on Sept. 4, 1993 in Marshall, and they were blessed with four children.
He worked at Midwest Aviation and was mentored by Norm Schnieder for get­ting his aviation mechanic license and his pilot license. Following employment in­cluded crew chief for the Red Baron air show circuit and curator of the RedBar­onMuseum. Other employ­ment included air mechanic for Morris Riggen and John Klatt air shows and West Metro Aviation for the Mi­chael Wiskus air show.
Todd’s interests were many that involved most outdoor actives of hunting, fishing, scuba diving and spending time on the family farm with his family. He also was handy at carpentry.
Todd passed away in his apartment in Huron, South Dakota on Thursday, Nov. 9 at the age of 48 years, 7 months and 26 days.
Grateful for having shared Todd’s life is his wife Amy Kurth and their four children—Taylor (Ha­ley), Austin (Kelly) and son Decker, Jenna, and Beau; his parents David and Sylvia and his sister Karla (Tim) and his aunts and uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by grandparents, brother Brett, and his uncles.