Bud Fehrman

July 11, 2019

obit Bud FehrmanJune 10, 1934 – July 5, 2019

Durwood “Bud” Feh­rman, age 85 of Ash Lake Township, Lincoln County, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 5 in Ash Lake Township. Visitation was Tuesday, July 9, 4-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m., all at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Visitation will con­tinue one hour prior to the funeral service, which will be held Wednesday, July 10, 10 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. In­terment will be in Diamond Lake Cemetery in Diamond Lake Township, rural Lake Benton.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hartquist Funeral Home – Lake Ben­ton Chapel.
Durwood “Bud” Louis Fehrman was born June 10, 1934 to Louis and Meda (Babcock) Fehrman in Dia­mond Lake Township, Lin­coln County. He was raised and lived most of his life in Diamond Lake Township and Ash Lake Township, Lincoln County, with the exception of two years he spent in the U.S. Army. He was united in marriage on Feb. 15, 1958 to Ardis June Johnson at Diamond Lake Lutheran Church. They farmed in Diamond Lake Township until 1985 when they moved in to Lake Ben­ton, where they resided until Ardis’ death on July 10, 2009. He then moved to Ash Lake Township, where he started farming again after 35 years of excavat­ing work for Pat Sterzinger Excavating, D&G Excavat­ing, and A&C Excavating. He farmed until November 2018, when he retired. He continued to live at home until June 24, when he en­tered into hospice care. He passed away peacefully at Paul and Sandy’s home on Friday, July 5, at the age of 85 years and 25 days, after battling lung cancer.
Bud was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Through the years he was a member of the Arco Elevator Board, the Buffalo Ridge Two Cyl­inder Club, and Henry Sol­lie American Legion Post 10. Bud was a South Da­kota State Golden Gloves boxing champion as well as an avid bowler for over 50 years. Another one of his passions was restoring and pulling antique John Deere tractors; he won over 300 trophies in over 30 years of competition. One of his unique talents was wa­ter-witching, and he also played many years of fast-pitch softball with the Lake Benton Green Team. Bud was known for his sense of humor. His favorite saying in high school was, “I want to be bashful, but the girls won’t let me.” He was also known to say, “If you can’t run with the big dogs, stay on the porch.”
Bud is lovingly remem­bered by his four children— Paul (Sandy) Fehrman of Lake Benton, Lisa (Loren) Hansen of Redwood Falls, Jay Fehrman of Arden Hills, and Jon (Jessie Jo) Fehrman of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; special friend Mavis Bruen­ing of Marshall;12 grand­children— Sara, Amanda, Dan, Christina, Jenna, Tan­ner, Callie, Louise, Kendra, Ethan, Twillight and Neil; four great-grandchildren— Gage and Abbie Hanson and Cohen and Alec Erickson; and one sister, Mary Ann Koopman of Ivanhoe. He was preceded in death by his wife Ardis; his parents Louis and Meda; one son, Vernon, and one daughter-in-law, Lori Fehrman.

Harry Hansen

July 11, 2019

May 27, 1930 – July 4, 2019

Harry Hansen, age 89 of Hendricks, passed away Thursday, July 4 at the Hendricks Nursing Home. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday, July 12 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks with Rev. David Christenson offi­ciating. Burial will be in Diamond Lake Cemetery, rural Lake Benton. Visita­tion will be 4-7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service at the Hendricks Hospital Chapel in Hendricks. Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel in Hendricks is entrusted with the arrangements.
Harry William Hansen was born May 27, 1930 near Elkton, South Da­kota to Charlie and Ingrid (Bonde) Hansen. He was united in marriage to Bes­sie Haack on Dec. 5, 1948 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton.
He is survived by his chil­dren— Bill (Carolyn) Han­sen of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Marla Henne of Hendricks, Jon (Jennifer) Hansen of Marshall, and Craig (Lisa) Hansen of Ivanhoe; son-in-law John Rooney of Oakes, North Dakota; 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchil­dren; one sister, Eunise Samana of San Mateo, California; brother-in-law Arnie Haack; two sisters-in-law, Mildred Haack and Jean Lichtsinn; and many nieces and nephews.

Sophia Lipinski

July 11, 2019

obit Sophia LipinskiDec. 29, 1936 – June 27, 2019

Sophia Lipinski, age 82 of Ivanhoe, passed away Thursday, June 27 at the Hendricks Nursing Home. Mass of Christian Burial was 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 8 at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ivanhoe. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Sunday, July 7 at Houseman-Birk Visi­tation Center in Ivanhoe. Visitation resumed one hour prior to the ser­vice at the church. Burial was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery, Ivan­hoe. Houseman Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.
Sophia Christene was born Dec. 29, 1936 in Drammen Township, Lin­coln County, to Arthur and Ethel (Hayes) Junge. Sophia attended school in Lake Benton and grad­uated as Salutatorian of the Class of 1955.
Following high school Sophia moved to Minne­apolis to attend college for a brief time before moving back to Lincoln County. She was united in marriage to Jerry Lip­inski on Monday, Feb. 15, 1971 in Ivanhoe. They made their home on the family farm, where they worked hard for over 40 years. They were blessed with two children, Kevin and Susie.
Sophia worked at Di­vine Providence Hospital when it first opened in 1967 as a nurse’s aide, and later at Divine Provi­dence Nursing Home in Ivanhoe until her retire­ment.
Sophia enjoyed read­ing, bird watching, gar­dening and flowers. Red roses were her favorite. She was a lifelong fan of the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. She enjoyed keeping up with the news through the newspapers and TV, as well as follow­ing politics. She always made sure the house was decorated for every sea­son and holiday, and she collected snowmen. She enjoyed every moment with her grandchildren and was fond of the pets our family had over the years.
Grateful for having shared Sophia’s life are her children—Kevin of Brookings, South Dakota, and Susie (Chad) of Col­man, South Dakota; two grandchildren—Kade (Justyna) and Karisma; sister-in-law Elaine Dres­sen of Ghent; as well as nieces and nephews Mark Dressen, Cheri LeBrun, Todd Dressen, Anne Nel­son and Dave Foster.
She was preceded in death by her husband Jerry in 2011; her father Art in 1980; her mother Ethel in 1995; sister and brother-in-law Lille and Doug Foster; and her brother Lawrence.

Glenn Krog

July 3, 2019

obit glenn krogMay 4, 1935 – June 20, 2019

Glenn Krog, age 84 of Lake Benton, passed away Thursday, June 20 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Visi­tation was Monday, June 24, 4-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Funeral service was Tuesday, June 25, 10:30 a.m. at the church. Interment was in Diamond Lake Cemetery, rural Lake Benton.
Glenn Ledet Krog was born May 4, 1935 to Jor­gen and Selma (Jensen) Krog on the family farm in Diamond Lake Town­ship, rural Lake Benton, where he would continue to reside for his entire life. He was baptized and con­firmed at Diamond Lake Church and continued to be a lifelong member at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Glenn gradu­ated from Lake Benton High School in 1952 and furthered his education at the South Dakota School of Agriculture in Brookings, South Dakota (now SDSU), graduating in 1954. Fol­lowing his schooling, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps before returning to his career in agriculture. Glenn was blessed to have the guidance of his father as they raised cattle and crops together for several years prior to Jorgen’s re­tirement. Being a good steward of the land was of great importance to Glenn and he always made sure to farm as river-friendly and ecologically respon­sible as possible. He was passionate about support­ing the next generation of farmers by offering them opportunities and wisdom regarding farming. Glenn continued to farm until just prior to receiving his angel wings on Thursday, June 20 at the age of 84 years, one month, and 16 days.
Aaaanyway…(as Glenn would say) he will always be remembered for his dedicated involvement and generous support of his community, local or­ganizations, and projects including Farm Bureau (honorable lifetime mem­bership), Diamond Lake Township Board, Diamond Lake Cemetery Board, Dia­mond Lake Church resto­ration project, Southwest Minnesota Initiative Foun­dation, and many more. He was honored as Citizen of the Year in 2009; as Grand Marshal of the yearly pa­rade; and recognition at the 2013 Lake Benton Area Foundation Gala.
Glenn loved to visit with his friends over coffee; he enjoyed a good Sudoku puzzle or a game of crib­bage. Glenn was very proud of his 100% Dan­ish heritage, and flew the Danish flag at Diamond Lake funerals for all the other Danes. Glenn lived a simple life and didn’t care about material pos­sessions. He was more in­terested in helping those less fortunate and giving time and support to a good charity. Glenn touched many lives with his genu­inely kind spirit. He will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his brother Dale (Karen) Krog of Tracy; niece Carla (Steve) Thein of Owaton­na; great-niece Madelyn and great-nephew Ma­son; and many extended relatives and friends. He was greeted in Heaven by his parents and nephew, Lance Krog.
All memorials will be forwarded by the family to various charities and orga­nizations that were impor­tant to Glenn.

Monte Krog

June 26, 2019

obit monte krog IMG_8808May 6, 1954 – May 11, 2019

Monte Loren Krog was born May 6, 1954, the third of Estella and Leon Krog’s four boys. The fam­ily farmed 600 acres seven miles north of Lake Ben­ton. Monte loved telling stories about life growing up on the farm, and was very proud of the strong work ethic developed as a member of a family work­ing the land. Though small of stature, Monte was a dedicated athlete, play­ing quarterback and point guard for Lake Benton High School and pitching for several fast-pitch soft­ball teams. His family were members of Diamond Lake Lutheran Church. Af­ter graduating from high school in 1972 he attended South Dakota State, where he was a member of the freshman basketball team. After a year, he left college for a hospital-based ra­diology technologist pro­gram in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. While living there, he became an active long distance bicyclist.
Monte loved growing up in a small town sur­rounded by family and a close-knit community, yet something in him yearned to see the world. In 1976 he participated in Bike­centennial, an 82-day, 5,000-mile cross-country bicycling journey, which ended in Washington, DC. He got a job there as an x-ray technologist and be­came friends with other cyclists, eventually travel­ing and biking in Europe a number of times. He also met a nurse, Lynn Nussle. They married in 1982, re­locating to Seattle, Wash­ington two years later.
Monte began work run­ning a CT scanner at a Seattle hospital, where he stayed for the next 30 years. He and Lynn both worked part-time, prefer­ring to share in caring for their two children, Tor and Kiersten. Monte coached both children in soccer, basketball and baseball/ softball for 12 years. He also continued to be a very active bicyclist, commuting to work by bike and going on multiple long-distance bike trips in many different parts of the United States and other countries. In fact, Monte bicycled from Seattle to Lake Benton for his 40-year high school re­union in 2012!
Monte was an active member of Faith Lutheran Church in Seattle, serving as Sunday School teacher and property committee member. He had a very active retirement life. He volunteered at a home­less shelter and baked cookies every week at the Ronald McDonald House, but mainly he just enjoyed himself. He went on daily bike rides alone or with one of many friends, at­tended sporting events at nearby U of WA, read countless books and on rainy days liked to watch old Andy Griffith re-runs. He maintained very close relationships with his chil­dren and old friends, and he and Lynn traveled ex­tensively.
It was while traveling with Lynn that Monte suf­fered a devastating stroke. He died on May 11 in Gravedona, Italy.
He is survived by his wife Lynn; daughter Ki­ersten; son Tor and his fiancée Kara; his brothers Steve (Sharon), Kevin and Marty (Pam); in-laws Eric, Jo, Ingrid, Chris, Karin and Andrew; nieces and neph­ews Ike, Zachary, Chase, Tessa, Kelly, Tara, Brooke, Ashley and Dalton; half-brother Trevor and neph­ew Kobe; and many Krog and Lee cousins.
Monte will be buried at Diamond Lake Cemetery next year on June 20, 2020.

Elmer Lehrke

June 26, 2019

obit Lehrke Elmer 1April 15, 1926 – June 22, 2019

Elmer F. Lehrke, age 93 of Waconia, passed away Saturday, June 22 at the Waconia Good Samaritan Center.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday, June 28 at Living Christ Lutheran Church (820 Lake Drive) in Chanhassen, with Rev. Mark Tewes as officiant. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waco­nia, and Friday, one hour prior to the funeral at the church. Interment will be in Pioneer Cemetery in Chanhassen.
Elmer Fred Lehrke was born April 15, 1926 in Hollywood Township of Carver County, the son of Elmer and Alvina (Braun) Lehrke. He was baptized on May 2, 1926 at St. John Lutheran Church in Hol­lywood Township, with Ernst Braun, Fritz Raether and Meta Braun as his sponsors.
Elmer was united in mar­riage with Phyllis Umland on Jan. 21, 1961 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Dav­enport, Iowa. This union of 58 years was blessed with son Joel.
Elmer operated the family farm in Hollywood Township, raising Holstein dairy cattle and crops. His love for farming never faded, even as Phyllis and he had been residents of Westview Acres in Waco­nia for the past 10 years. He was proud of his ani­mals and of providing for his family.
Elmer was an active member of St. John Lu­theran Church in Holly­wood Township, where he had served as an elder and sang in the church choir, which his wife Phyllis di­rected for many years. In earlier years he had played baritone in a commu­nity band. Elmer enjoyed playing cards, especially Sheepshead. He cherished time with his grandchil­dren Nate and Natalie. El­mer will be remembered for his always positive and kind nature that saw the positive in everything.
Elmer was preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Alvina Lehrke; brother Raymond Lehrke; sisters and brothers-in-law Flor­ence and Rueben Narr and Ethel and Earl Emich; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law William and Christy Umland.
Elmer is survived by his loving family—wife Phyllis Lehrke of Waconia; son and daughter-in-law Joel and Heidi Lehrke of Chanhas­sen; grandchildren Nate Lehrke of Landstuhl, Ger­many, and Natalie Lehrke of Chanhassen; nieces and nephews Duane (Arlene) Narr, Corrine Allen, Donald (Nancy) Narr, David Narr, Cheryl (David Gutzmann) Klemp, Judy (Bruce) Pease, John (Janet) Umland, Julie (Norman) Krause, Peter Umland, Mark (Shelly) Umland; many great niec­es and nephews, other relatives and friends.
Serving as casket bear­ers will be Nate Lehrke, Natalie Lehrke, Judy Pease, Bruce Pease, Donald Narr, David Narr, Peter Umland and Mark Umland.
Arrangements with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia. www.johnsonfh. com

Kristi Ann Eich

June 20, 2019

obit Kristi Eich photoDec. 23, 1964 – June 9, 2019

Kristi Ann Eich, age 54 of Brookings, South Dakota, passed away Sunday, June 9 at Sanford USD Medical Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Memorial services were held at 1 p.m. Mon­day, June 17 at Rude’s Fu­neral Home in Brookings. Memorial visitation was held one hour prior to the service, beginning at 12 p.m. Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Mon­day, June 17 at Memorial Hill Cemetery, Lake Ben­ton. Rude’s Funeral Home assisted the family with the arrangements.
Kristi Ann Hendrickson was born Dec. 23, 1964 in Brookings, South Da­kota to Monroe and Eva (Maemets) Hendrickson. Kristi grew up on the fam­ily farm near Lake Poin­sett, and attended school in Estelline, South Dakota. She loved being with the farm animals and spend­ing time on the shores of Lake Poinsett. Kristi moved to Estelline with her mother shortly after her father passed away in 1972. “Henri”, as she was known by her friends from Estelline, graduated from Estelline High School in 1983. Kristi attended col­lege at South Dakota State University. She started working at Daktronics in Brookings, South Dakota in 1988, where she worked in various areas over her 31-year career.
Kristi loved music, and she loved cats, dogs and all animals. She was a diehard Green Bay Pack­ers fan. Kristi had a great compassion for people and animals. She was very kind-hearted and her gentle spirit will be dearly missed. With Kristi’s great compassion, she contin­ued to show how kind she was by being a major organ and tissue donor to help prolong and save oth­er people’s lives.
Kristi is survived by her sister Mona Hendrickson of Brookings, South Da­kota; her brother Mike Hendrickson of Brookings, South Dakota; along with her family members in Estonia; four cousins and their families in Detroit, Michigan; family members of Kelly Eich; and all of her special friends.
Kristi was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Kelly.
Condolences may be sent to the family through www.rudesfuneralhome. com

Mark Trautman

June 13, 2019

obit Trautman MarkJune 22, 1954 – May 31, 2019

Mark V. Trautman, age 64 of rural Lake Benton, died unexpectedly on Fri­day, May 31 at Tyler Avera Hospital in Tyler. Memori­al visitation was Wednes­day, June 5, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton., followed by the memorial service at 12 p.m. Private family inurnment was held in the St. John Immanuel Cemetery. Arrangements were with Hartquist Fu­neral Home–Lake Benton.
Mark Virgil Trautman was born June 22, 1954 in Brookings, South Da­kota to Virgil and Eleanor (Palmer) Trautman. Mark grew up on the family farm near Lake Benton, and at­tended school in Lake Ben­ton, graduating in 1972. Following high school, Mark attended the Univer­sity of Minnesota-Morris. He received his certificate in accounting, then re­turned to Lake Benton to farm. Mark farmed with his cousins Joel and Byrl Koster until 1985, when he began his own farming practice. On July 23, 1988, Mark married Ellie Martin at First Lutheran Church in Marshall. The couple continued to farm and live in rural Lake Benton. In 1990, Mark’s life changed when he was blessed with the birth of the couple’s son, Brock Martin. Mark dedicated his life to being a father, teaching him about the Lord and spending as much time as possible tak­ing him hunting, fishing, golfing, camping, and play­ing baseball, and spend­ing time with him at the family cabin in northern Minnesota. During those years, the Trautman farm was honored as a Century Farm. Mark and Brock grew and sold the famous Trautman Sweet Corn in Lake Benton on the corner of Highways 75 and 14.
Mark was a man who took great pride in his church and community. He was the church treasurer for several years, taught Sunday School, was ac­tive in the choir, and was a member of the church council. He served on the Verdi Township Board for several years as treasurer, and served as one of the di­rectors of the Community Wind North organization. Mark was a family man at heart, and had a great love of spending time with his sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews. He had a special love for his golden retriever, Maddy.
Mark passed away sud­denly at Avera Tyler Hos­pital on Friday, May 31, at the age of 64 years, 11 months and nine days.
He is lovingly remem­bered by his wife Ellie; his son Brock (Mary Bjorum) Trautman; his siblings— Pam (Richard) Hansen of Horace, North Dakota, Wanda (Gary) Hansen of Greybull, Wyoming, Glo­ria (Chuck) Gackstetter of Tyler, Dean (Karla) Traut­man of Clear Lake, South Dakota, Colin Trautman of Shell, Wyoming, and Thea (Randy) Keifer of Ty­ler; his many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and many other loving friends and family members. He was preceded in death by his parents, his mother- and father-in-law, and his niece Paula Trautman. He will be missed by many. Blessed be his memory.
Mark lived by his chosen Confirmation verse: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” — Josh­ua 1:9

Mark Trautman

June 6, 2019

Mark V. Trautman, age 64 of rural Lake Benton, died unexpectedly on Fri­day, May 31 at the Tyler Avera Hospital in Tyler.
A memorial visitation will be held Wednesday, June 5, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. A memorial service will follow the visitation on Wednesday, June 5, start­ing at 12 p.m. at church. A private family inurnment will be held in St. John Im­manuel Cemetery.
Arrangements are with Hartquist Funeral Home–Lake Benton. To read Mark’s life history and sign an online registry, please visit www.hartquistfuner­al.com.

Peter Van Vooren

June 6, 2019

Obit van vooren PhotoJan. 13, 1944 – May. 28, 2019

The funeral service for Peter “Pete” Van Vooren, age 75 of Minneota, was 3 p.m. Monday, June 3 at Hope Lutheran Church in Minneota. Visitation was Sunday, 5-8 p.m., with a prayer service at 8 p.m., at Rehkamp Horvath Fu­neral Home in Minneo­ta. Visitation continued from 2-3 p.m. Monday at the church. Interment followed the service at Hope Lutheran Cemetery in Minneota. Pete died Tuesday, May 28, under the care of Avera At Home Hospice at his residence in Minneota.
Peter Anton Van Vooren was born Jan. 13, 1944 to Clarence and Irene (Paul­son) Van Vooren of rural Ihlen. Five years later his brother James joined the family.
Born in the Pipestone community hospital, Pete enjoyed growing up near Ihlen and later moved to a farm near Lake Ben­ton. He spent a few years in the Verdi school, then transferred to Lake Ben­ton High School, where he graduated in 1962. In high school he was a standout football and basketball player. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton, where he was confirmed and a member of their youth program.
He then continued his education at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, earning a major in math and a mi­nor in business education. He played football for one year and was on the wres­tling team his senior year.
Upon graduation, he married his high school sweetheart, Gayle Koehne of Lake Benton, on June 11, 1966 at St. John’s Luther­an Church in Lake Benton. They moved to Minneota that fall, where he began his teaching career. High school math, computers, and coaching were Pete’s vocation while his family also grew with sons Brett, Boyd and Brady born over the years. He worked with the football program and helped move the chains at games, where he could watch his sons play on the field.
He was approached in that first year to start a wrestling program as there was much inter­est among the students. He agreed, but with only one year of experience, he studied the rule book ex­cessively. Minneota wres­tling became his focus as young men took to the sport readily. Those early years were tough, but learning, desire and good sportsmanship saw many young men move through the program with much success. Those times be­came treasured memories for Pete.
He was a member of Hope Lutheran Church, where he served as President of the Council, worked with the financial program, and sang in Jubi­lation.
As a farm kid, Pete nev­er outgrew his love of the open fields. He bought a quarter of land in Pip­estone County and be­came a weekend farmer while still teaching and coaching. He would later sell the land and purchase Van’s Trailer Court in town, where he met many interesting folks.
Pete loved tinkering with old cars, had a love of restoring furniture, and made many stained glass pieces. His retirement from teaching at a young age, after 34 years of ser­vice, gave him ample time for all his hobbies and friends.
He enjoyed watching his sons in their many sporting events. As they grew, married, and be­gan their own families, the Van Voorens became road warriors as they at­tended their grandchil­dren’s activities. Coffee at the Roundup Office and visiting with family and friends rounded out his life.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Gayle; his sons and their families— Brett and Katie, Josie and Aubree of Waconia; Boyd and Annette, Emma and Conner of Milbank, South Dakota; and Brady and Tiffany, Zachary and Matthew of Woodbury; brother Jim and Monica of Sartell; plus many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Pete was preceded in death by his parents and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Arrangements with Re­hkamp Horvath Funeral Directors. www.horvathfuner­alservice.com