Donald Dorn

November 7, 2013

obit Dorn, Donald

Aug. 1, 1918 – Oct. 31, 2013

Funeral service for Donald Dorn, age 95 of Hendricks, formerly of Lake Benton, will be Saturday, Nov. 9 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service, all at the church. Burial will be at St. John and Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery in Verdi. Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. On-line condolences and registry may be found at
Donald Dorn was born Aug. 1, 1918 to Virgil and Johanna Dorn in Hendricks. He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran in Hendricks. He attended New Grove rural school and graduated from Hendricks High School in 1936. Donald and Valera (Derby) were united in marriage Aug. 6, 1939 at Trinity Lutheran in Hendricks. Their union was blessed with three children, Lowell, Darwin and Darla, and 68 years of life together. The couple bought a farm in Drammen Township, where they farmed for more than 30 years. Donald served as county commissioner from 1956 to 1980. They retired in 1973 and moved into Lake Benton, where they had built a house. In retirement they enjoyed travelling and visiting with family. Valera died on Jan. 25, 2008. Donald became a resident of Hendricks Nursing Home in 2007. He died there on Thursday, Oct. 31 at the age of 95 years.
Donald was a long-time member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. He served in the life of the congregation as Chairman of the Congregation for nearly 20 years. He enjoyed his life work of farming, as well as fishing, softball, dartball and, especially, time spent with family and friends.
Donald will be lovingly remembered by his children, Lowell (and Betty) Dorn of Brookings, S.D., Darwin (and Ruthann) Dorn of West Bend, Wisc., and Darla (and Jim) Krause of Flat Rock, N.C.; six grandchildren—Jeff (Michelle) Krause, Todd (Kristin) Krause, Dana Dorn, Shannon (Todd) Traeder, Lisa (Todd) Grantham, and Tony (Deb) Dorn; 10 great-grandchildren, and many other family and friends. Donald was preceded in death by his wife Valera, his parents Virgil and Johanna and siblings Irene Knutson and Glen Dorn.
Blessed be his memory!

Kurtis Lee Dougherty

October 31, 2013

Funeral services for Kurtis Lee Dougherty, 22, of Tyler will be Friday, Nov. 1 at 10:30 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church in Arco. Visitation is Thursday, 4-8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Burial will be in the Arco City Cemetery.
He died Sunday, Oct. 27 as the result of an auto accident.
Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Send on-line condolences at

Leona Goehle

October 24, 2013

June 24, 1920 – Oct. 13, 2013

Funeral service for Leona Goehle, age 93 of Tyler, was Saturday, Oct. 19 at First English Lutheran Church in Tyler with Pastor Lyle Snyder officiating. Interment was at Danebod Lutheran Cemetery in Tyler. She died Sunday, Oct. 13 at Tyler Healthcare Center in Tyler.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler.
Leona was born to Nels and Clara Sandager at their farmhouse in Hills on June 24, 1920. She married Henry John Paul Goehle in 1942.
She is survived by her children, Mary (John) Rowe of Madison, Wisc., James (Christine) Goehle of Fort Thomas, Ky., Susan (Terrell) Newby of Bonney Lake, Wash., Jeanne (James) Sternbergh of Healdsburg, Calif., Nancy (David) Dobbs of Payson, Ariz., Henry (Bronwyn) Goehle of Tyler, Caron (Gerald) Branch of Battle Ground, Wash., Carol (John) Yencopal of Vancouver, Wash., and Lorelee Goehle of Oceanside, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; siblings, Marie Muckala of Oak Park Heights, Sheldon (Elnora) Sandager of Hills, Lee (Betty) Sandager of Marine on St. Croix and Anita Johnson of Oak Park Heights. She was preceded in death by her husband Henry; parents Nels and Clara Sandager; siblings Victor Sandager, Lenore (Robert) Hansen, Paul Sandager and Beulah Sandager.

Jan Ray Pries

October 17, 2013

June 13, 1938 – Oct. 3, 2013

Jan Pries, age 75, passed away at his residence in Amery, Wisc. the evening of Oct 3.
Jan was born on June 13, 1938, the only son of Myrtle and Slim Pries of Lake Benton.
Jan lead a very full and interesting life. He spent his childhood and adolescent years bowhunting and trapping mink with his Dad and his rat terrier Lucky and hours in the kitchen baking, making candy and learning to make lace with his Mom.After graduating at the age of 16, Jan worked as an apprentice to the local butcher in town until he was old enough to enlist in the Air Force. He served four years as a jet mechanic. In his later years Jan worked full-time as a butcher and ran his own seasonal business processing deer. He was an active member of the Sportsmen’s Club and taught hunter safety. As his health begin to decline, Jan filled his time watching tennis, reading enough books to fill the local library, playing Cribbage with his daughter-in-law and teaching his Granddaughter Miranda the joys of gambling through scratch-offs. Jan’s warmth, integrity and mischievous sense of humor will be missed tremendously.
He was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother Dean and his son Randy Ray Pries. He is survived by his wife Chloe Ann Pries, son Rocky (Mary) Pries of Amery, Wisc., daughter Angela (Matthew) Duff of New Hope, grandson Jeremy Ray Pries, age 22, and granddaughters Miranda Evelyn, age 5, and Avangeline Josie Duff, age 2.
A visitation and service was held at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Amery, Wisc. on Saturday, Oct. 12, beginning at 10 a.m. with lunch following at 12 p.m.

Leona Goehle

October 17, 2013

Funeral services for Leona Goehle, age 93, of Tyler will be Saturday, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. at First English Lutheran Church in Tyler. Visitation is Friday from 4-6 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Danebod Cemetery in Tyler.
She died Sunday, Oct. 13 at Tyler Healthcare Center in Tyler.
Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler is providing the arrangements. Send on-line condolences at
Leona was a long-time resident and second grade school teacher in Tyler.
She is survived by her children Mary (and John) Rowe, James (and Christine) Goehle, Susan (and Terell) Newby, Jeanne (and James) Sternbergh, Nancy (and David) Dobbs, Henry (and Bronwyn) Goehle, Caron (and Gerald) Branch, Carol (and John) Yencopal and Lorelee Goehle; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; siblings Marie Muckala, Sheldon Sandager, Lee Sandager and Anita Johnson.
Full obituary will appear in next week’s newspaper.

Theodore Hays

October 10, 2013

July 10, 1941 – Oct. 4, 2013

Funeral services for Theodore “Ted” Hays, 72, of Marshall were Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tyler. Burial was in Hope Cemetery in Tyler. He died Friday, Oct. 4 at Morningside Heights Nursing Home in Marshall.
Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler, provided the arrangements. Send online condolences at
Theodore Roy Hays was born July 10, 1941 to James and Violet (Birchfield) in Los Angeles, Calif. On Sept. 4, 1960 Ted married Charlene Beth Sheveland at Yellow Medicine Lutheran Church in Hanley Falls; she died in 1994. On Aug. 26, 1995 Ted married Karen Bauer Peters at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tyler.
Ted is lovingly remember by his wife Karen; his children, Thomas (Lisa) Hays of Parker, Colo., Theamarie Hagemann of Blackrock, Republic of Ireland, and Brita (Gene) Van Horne of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Karen’s children, Charles (Jill) Peters and Roger Peters; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife Charlene Hays; a daughter, Catherine Annette; his parents; brothers Harold and Ronald Hays and sister Betty Pope.

Charles Ross

October 3, 2013

Feb. 1, 1938 – Sept. 27, 2013

Private family services will be held for Charles Ross, 75, of Tyler. Burial will be in Wyoming.
He died Friday, Sept. 27, of lung cancer at Tyler Healthcare Center.
Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen in Tyler. Send on-line condolences at
Charles Robert Ross was born Feb. 1, 1938 in Rawlins, Wyo. to Charles and Eleanor (Walbye) Ross. On Aug. 6, 1988 Chuck married Diane Skorczewski in Cheyenne, Wyo. They moved to Tyler in 2007.
Charles is lovingly remembered by his wife Diane; sons Robert (Lucy) Ross and Chuck Ross of Rawlins, Wyo.; stepsons Steve, Todd, Kevin and Tim Helvig, and stepdaughter Linda Carter, all living in the Wyoming area; four grandchildren and five step-grandchildren; a great-grandson; sisters Beverly Taylor of Reno, Nev. and Irma Allen and Ellen Bradley, both of Kingman, Ariz.

Alvera Sik

September 27, 2013

May 14, 1920 – Sept. 18, 2013

Mass of Christian Burial for Alvera Sik, 93, of Hendricks will be Saturday, Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. at St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Lake Benton. Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in St. John Cantius Cemetery at Wilno.
She died Wednesday at the Hendricks Nursing Home.
Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton is providing the arrangements. Send on-line condolences at
Alvera Sik was born to Henry and Helen (Binnebose) Lang on May 14, 1920 in Pipestone County. Alvera was one of eight children and lived in Minnesota and South Dakota, attending school in Lincoln County. In her youth Alvera did domestic work and baby sitting in area family homes. On August 31, 1938 Alvera was united in marriage to Andrew Sik at St. John Cantius Church in Wilno. Following their marriage they farmed near Canby, Minnesota. In 1945 they purchased a farm in Drammen Township, living there and raising their three children. They sold the farm in the fall of 1976. In February, 1977 Alvera and Andrew moved into Lake Benton. They sold their home in January, 2002 and moved into the Valley Manor Apartments in Lake Benton. Alvera moved into the Hendricks Nursing Home in March of 2010, where on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 she died at the age of 93.
Alvera was a member of St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Lake Benton. She was a loving wife to Andrew who passed away in 2002, a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She looked forward to visits from her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends, and neighbors. In early years she was active in her church and was a member of the Shaokatan Ladies Club. She was a wonderful cook and baker. Her grandchildren say that her cinnamon rolls and fried chicken were the best in the world. She was a beautiful seamstress and a quilter, making dozens of quilts. Alvera enjoyed working in her garden and was known for her beautiful roses. She embroidered many lovely pillow cases and hundreds of dishtowels, many of which were done while she lived in the Hendricks Nursing Home.
Alvera is lovingly remembered by her three children, Donald A. Sik (Jeanne) of Ocheyedan, Iowa, Jeanette (Robert Pierret) of Mankato, and Roger D. Sik (Sandi) of Lake Benton; 13 grandchildren, Scott Sik (Verda), Shawn Sik, Robert A. Pierret, Michelle Sik, Lori Levin (Steven), Tami Pierret, Joel Sik, Kimberly Thompson (Rick), Colin Sik, Corey Sik (Robin), Kelly Sik (Margo), Brad Sik, and Anthony Pierret (Lori); 21 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Norman Lang (Juanita) of Elmira, Ore.; sister-in-law Marcella Lang of Starbuck; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew; her great-granddaughter, Autumn Sik; her parents; three brothers, Millard, Alvin, and Donald Lang; and three sisters, Mildred Gehrts, Alice Trulock, and Helen Klein.
Blessed be her memory.

Jennifer Henry

September 27, 2013

Dec. 25, 1975- Sept. 17, 2013

Services for Jennifer Henry, 37, of Tyler were Monday, Sept. 23 at 11 a.m. at Radiant Life Church in Marshall. Burial was in Hope Cemetery in Tyler.
She passed away at her home Tuesday, Sept. 17, of natural causes.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Send online condolences and view video tribute at
Jennifer Kaye Henry was a Christmas blessing born Dec. 25, 1975 at the USAF Academy Hospital, Colorado Springs, Colo., to Edwin Jay and Sandra (Hanson) Henry. She was baptized at the USAF Academy Chapel in 1976. In 1977 she moved with her family to Minnesota, where she resided the rest of her life.
Jennie was a bright little girl who could read, ski and ride a pony by the time she was five years old. She was a good student and all-around conscientious good kid, active in Sunday School, 4-H, band, choir and cross country. As the oldest girl, she played a big role in caring for her siblings and was her mom’s right hand when it came to keeping the large family cared for. Jennie was confirmed at First Lutheran Church of Grove City in 1991. She graduated from ACGC High School, Grove City, in 1994, and has cherished the friendships of her school friends ever since. Jen would say her greatest accomplishment was having her daughter Annie, born in Willmar in 2002. They moved to southwest Minnesota in 2004, living in Pipestone, Marshall and most recently, Tyler.
Jennie had struggled with health problems most of her life, yet she never gave up and hung on for her family. Even though so many of her goals in life were cut short by those problems, she maintained her sense of humor and the beautiful smile that mirrored her beautiful soul. She would help people in any way she could. She had no material wealth in this life, but gave generously of what she did have or was able to do. She loved her family and friends unconditionally and never forgot anyone’s birthday, anniversary or address, as she loved to send cards to everyone she cared about. Jennie was very supportive and proud of the accomplishments of her family and friends.
Jen loved animals, especially her beloved cat Jack, visiting with people, music and dancing, Facebook, keeping in touch with people, and attending the kids’ programs and sports events. She loved going to shows at the Opera House, especially to see family perform. She had many happy memories of trips and vacations she had been able to take and loved attending family celebrations. She had a great sense of humor and could really laugh.
Jennie had found a loving church family at Radiant Life in Marshall. She was baptized there this past March. Jennie finally found some long-sought peace and joy, and the Lord helped her greatly.
Jennie is lovingly remembered by her daughter Annilia Nichols of Tyler; parents Sandy Hanson of Tyler and Jay and stepmother Louise Henry of Vacaville, Calif; sisters Jessica and brother-in-law David Ahl of Tyler, USAF TSgt Kyna Johnson currently stationed at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Emily Johnson of Big Lake, and Melissa Henry of Washington, DC; her brother Nathan Henry of Santa Barbara, Calif.; step-siblings Jason Johnson of Atwater, Karen Wall of Hopkins and Ross Johnson of Eagan; nieces Jocelyn Klein and Dana Ahl of Tyler; Grandmother Janet True of Debs; Grandfather Donald Hanson of Dassel; step-grandparents Chet and Elaine Johnson of Atwater; aunts Gloria (Roger) Hahn of Woodland, Calif., Susan Laabs of Grove City, and Debra and uncle Gerald Stein of Debs, and her uncle Steve Henry of Los Angeles, Calif., and her future brother-in-law Rain Albertson of Florida. She is also mourned by her cat Jack, many cousins who she loved dearly, and her many friends, who she also considered family.
Awaiting Jennifer in Heaven are her grandparents Gib and Audrey Henry of Woodland, Calif. and Gene True of Debs, and her beloved cousin Sharon Rose Teigland of Debs.
God bless the memory of Jennifer Kaye Henry. She loved us all deeply and her “big Jennie hugs” will be cherished forever.

Carol Ann Fleming

September 13, 2013

obit Carol

June 23, 1937 – July 15, 2013

Carol Fleming was honored with a Funeral Mass at Our Lady of the Desert Catholic Church in Apple Valley, followed by a reception at the parish hall and a graveside service for the family.
Carol was born in Tyler to William and Helen Truckenmiller, who preceded her in death as well as a sister, Gloria Haiwick. She graduated from high school in Lake Benton and attended college at South Dakota State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in home economics in 1959. She taught home economics and spent many years teaching preschool children in both Yorba Linda and Thousand Oaks, Calif. Her compassion, kindness and dedication touched the lives of many young children. She loved to cook for her family and visit with friends.
After moving to Apple Valley in 1996, she spent over 15 years volunteering at St. Mary’s Medical Center visiting patients, assisting at fundraisers and helping the Foundation. She truly made the world a better place.
She is survived by Neil, her loving husband of 54 years; a brother, James; her three children, Mike Fleming, Steve Fleming and Tricia Harper, along with eight grandchildren.
Cancer took her body but her spirit is with us forever.