Avis Boston

August 28, 2014

June 28, 1923 – Aug. 14, 2014

Avis Boston, age 91 of Windom, died on Thursday, Aug. 14 at the Windom Area Hospital.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Alliance Missionary Church in Mountain Lake with Pastor Kevin Walzak and Pastor Dennis Siebert presiding.
Burial will take place at the Lake Benton Memorial Hill Cemetery in Lake Benton.
Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in Mountain Lake. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.sturmfh.com
Avis Darlene Miller was born on June 28, 1923 in Lake Benton, the daughter of James and Grace (Sandage) Miller. Avis grew up in Lake Benton and graduated from Lake Benton High School in 1941. She continued her education for one year at Normal Teacher Training in Ivanhoe and became a country school teacher. Avis had a passion for education; in 1959 she received her Bachelor of Science degree from Moorhead State College and her Master of Science degree from Moorhead State College in 1966. Avis taught elementary grades in the Detroit Lakes School District for many years. She taught in the Marshall School District until moving to California in 1968. Avis taught in the Los Angeles School District as a reading specialist until her retirement in 1991. She loved children and education.
Avis is survived by her niece Ardith (Jim) Simon of Comfrey, nephew Rodney (Suzanne) Niemann of Bradenton, Fa., great-nieces and nephews Carria (Doug) Harrington, Renee (Shane) Toutges and Todd (Rachel) Simon; and 11 great-great-nieces and nephews.

Jean Marie Plueger

August 14, 2014

obit jean pJune 29, 1942 – Aug. 3, 2014

Jean Marie Plueger, age 72 of La Crosse, Wisc., passed away with her family by her side on Sunday, Aug. 3 at Gunderson Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse after battling numerous health conditions.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8 at the Torkelson Funeral Home in Tomah, Wisc., with visitation at 11 a.m. Online condolences are available at www.torkelsonfuneralhome.com.
Jean was born June 29, 1942 to Clarence and Evelyn (Dahl) Knudsen in Arlington, S.D. She was united in marriage to her best friend Ron Plueger on June 20, 1959 at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton.
Jean spent her younger years beside Ron and their family in the Lake Benton and Tyler areas. After living in Minnesota and Iowa the family settled down to call the Coulee Region their home for the past 30-plus years.
Jean’s number one priority was taking care of the family that she so loved. Raising her four children—the late Julie Plueger, the late Rhonda Powell, Craig Plueger and Brian Plueger—was what gave her the most joy. She worked beside her husband Ron in the family business, Pine Valley Meats, Inc., until they sold it in 1995. She enjoyed the many trips to Las Vegas with family and friends and could be found playing her favorite game, Blackjack, earning her the name Blackjack Jean. She loved to coordinate and cook for family events and was always known for her famous Death by Chocolate dessert. When not taking trips to Las Vegas or entertaining friends and family, you could always find her supporting her son Craig at his Elvis shows. Her infectious laugh and contagious smile will be missed by all those who knew and loved her.
She is survived by Ron, her husband of 55 years; her children Craig (special friend Basia Wojdyla) Plueger and Brian Plueger, all of La Crosse, Wisc.; six grandchildren—Dustin (Molly) Powell of Tomah, Wisc., Bobbi (Dan) Nading of Sparta, Wisc., Lacee (fiancé Ben Leis) Navrestad of Sparta, Wisc., Chelsy (Eric) Greil of Appleton, Wisc., Collin (special friend Ally Von Haden) Plueger of Sparta, Wisc. and Tyler Plueger of Sparta, Wisc.; five great-grandchildren— Evan, Eli, Parker, Hudson and Sawyer; brother Dave (Deb) Knudsen; brothers-in-law Robert (Barb) Plueger and Jimmy (Deb) Plueger; sisters-in-law Shirley (Keith) Renkly and Deanna Knudsen; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and other family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her daughters Julie Plueger and Rhonda Powell, her parents Clarence and Evelyn Knudsen, her father-in-law and mother-in-law Roy and Elva Plueger, her brother LeRoy Knudsen and other relatives and friends.

Gailard A. Williams

August 14, 2014

obit gailardwilliamslargeJune 23, 1925 – July 27, 2014

Gailard Williams was always looking for the next adventure. After a lifetime of journeys that led him around the world, the 89-year-old southwestern Minnesota native passed away peacefully on July 27 in Payson, Ariz.
Born June 23, 1925 in Pipestone County, Gailard A. Williams was the youngest of Gilbert Jesse Williams and the former Agnes Hansen’s five children. Early in his life, the family made a living on their farm. Gailard attended classes in a one-room country schoolhouse with his four older siblings.
The Great Depression claimed the family’s farm and the Williamses moved to Lake Benton, where Gailard played on the memorable Lake Benton High School Basketball Team, graduating in 1943. With diploma in hand and seeking adventure, he soon joined the U.S. Merchant Marines, eventually shipping out to the North Atlantic 21 times. In 1945 he traveled around the world from New York to San Francisco. To friends and family, he often recalled exploits he enjoyed in places like France, India and Australia. The lure of exotic lands never diminished Gailard’s love for his high school sweetheart Joyce Johnson. The two married in Portland, Ore. in 1946 then settled back home in Minnesota where Gailard became a soil and water conservation contractor and once represented Lincoln County among the top professionals in the state.
Joyce shared Gailard’s sense of adventure and several times in the 1950s and ‘60s they took car trips to Mexico, where destinations included Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta and Mexico City. On one of their journeys they were smitten by the scenic red rocks and dramatic surroundings of Sedona, Ariz., where they moved with their four children in 1965.
Gailard started a successful landscaping business that led to his founding of Oak Creek Builder’s Supply. The company thrived and the family made Sedona their home for 25 years.The couple retired to Lake Havasu City, Ariz. in 1990 and in 2003 moved to Payson, Ariz., where they made many friends.
Gailard was preceded in death by his loving wife Joyce, with whom he is inurned in Sedona, and his brothers Orvylle, Vernon and Bill Williams and his sister Blanche (Williams) Kennedy.
He is survived by his daughter Trudy Herlov and son-in-law Don Herlov of Payson, Ariz.; his sons Terrance Williams of Sedona, Ariz., Daniel Williams of Denver, N.Y. and Robert Williams of San Diego, Calif.; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Ruby Sorensen

August 14, 2014

July 16, 1923 – Aug. 9, 2014

Funeral services for Ruby Sorensen, age 91 of Tyler, are Saturday, Aug. 16 at 10 a.m. at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler.Visitation is Friday from 4-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler.Burial will be in Danebod Lutheran Cemetery in Tyler.
She died Saturday, Aug. 9 at Tyler Healthcare Center.
Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. View video tribute and send on-line condolences at www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Ruby Elizabeth (Meyer) Sorensen was born July 16, 1923 to Fred and Ellen (Bruemmer) Meyer in Lake Wilson. On June 24, 1943 Ruby married Evald K. Sorensen at First English Lutheran Church in Tyler.
Ruby is survived by her son Gregory (Jeanne) Sorensen of Fargo, N.D.; grandsons Colby and Ross and two great-grandchildren; and her brother Glen (Joyce) Meyer of Tyler. She was preceded in death by her husband Evald, son Terry Lee, her parents, brothers Ray and John Meyer and sisters Mildred Hansen, Erma Jaspersen and Fay Koster.

Neoma Rasmussen

August 8, 2014

Neoma RasmussenNeoma Rasmussen, formerly of Arco, passed away on Nov. 16, 2013 in Chisago City.
On Saturday, Aug. 9 the family burial will be at 12:15 p.m. followed by a short memorial service at Bethany Lutheran Church in Arco at 1 p.m. Lunch and visiting will follow the service.

Brenda Wurzberger

July 24, 2014

WURZBERGER, BRENDA newspaperAug. 27, 1964 – July 14, 2014

Brenda Kay Wurzberger, age 49 of Hutchinson, passed away on Monday, July 14 in Hutchinson. A memorial service was held Friday, July 18 at 1 p.m. at the Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson with Pastor Deb Walkes officiating.
Brenda Kay Wurzberger was born on Aug. 27, 1964 in Minneapolis, the daughter of Bruce and Alice (Hartwig) Kinner. Brenda was baptized as an infant and later in her youth confirmed in her faith at the Methodist Church in Elkton, S.D. She received her education in Lake Benton and was a graduate of the Lake Benton High School Class of 1982. Brenda furthered her education at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.
Brenda married her high school sweetheart Tom Draper in 1987. This marriage was blessed with two children, Nicholas and Brooke.
On Aug. 27, 1994 Brenda was united in marriage to Tommy “Tom” Wurzberger by a Justice of the Peace in Rosemount. This marriage was blessed with two children, Alexis and Dylan. Brenda and Tom resided in Apple Valley and moved to Hutchinson in 1995. They shared 19 years of marriage.
Brenda taught school in the Glencoe School District for a short time. She was the manager at Cash Wise Video in Hutchinson for many years. Brenda returned to school for a nursing degree at Ridgewater College in Hutchinson. She was a nurse at the Hutchinson Health Hospital and at Meeker County Memorial Hospital in Litchfield. Brenda was currently employed at Miller Manufacturing in Glencoe.
Brenda enjoyed softball, country music, going on motorcycle rides, scrapbooking and tanning. She loved her two cats and collecting purses and shoes. Brenda was an avid Minnesota Twins and Vikings fan. She loved spending time outdoors and camping with her family. Brenda was an excellent cook and made delicious sweet corn, tator tot hotdish, “Kinner” (goulash) hotdish and homemade meatballs for family get-togethers. You usually saw her with a diet coke or licorice in her hand. Brenda was a proud grandma, very friendly and a happy person. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family, grandson and friends.
Brenda passed away on Monday, July 14 in Hutchinson at the age of 49 years.
Blessed be her memory.
Brenda is survived by her husband Tommy Wurzberger of Hutchinson; hildren, Nicholas Draper, Brooke Draper, Alexis Wurzberger and Dylan Wurzberger and his fiancée Kaitlyn Rotzien-Karg, all of Hutchinson; grandson Carson Wurzberger; father Bruce Kinner of Lake Benton; brothers Bradley Kinner of Mounds View and Brian Kinner and his wife Michelle of Tea, S.D.; her two cats, Snickers and Maggie, her dog Emma, and many other relatives and friends.
Brenda was preceded in death by her mother Alice Kinner and a sister in infancy.
Arrangements were provided by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online Obituaries and Guest Book available at www.hantge.com. Please click on Obituaries/Guest Book.

Everett Crooks

July 24, 2014

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Everett Crooks, age 93 of Rapid City, S.D., passed away on July 15. Visitation was held Sunday, July 20. 2-4 p.m. at Kirk Funeral Home, Rapid City, S.D. Funeral services were Monday, July 21, 10 a.m. at Kirk Funeral Home with Pastor Dick Nickel officiating. Burial followed at Pine Lawn Memorial Park with military honors provided by VFW Post 1273 of Rapid City, S.D.
Family and friends may sign Everett’s electronic guestbook at www.kirkfuneralhome.com
Everett Wheeler Crooks was born on Feb. 3, 1921 in Sutherland, Iowa to Nathan Wheeler Crooks and Myrtle Ann Maranell. Everett had three brothers and two sisters—Gerald, Donald, Margie, Mariam and Richard. Everett graduated from Sibley High School in 1941, then spent three years in the United States Army where he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and an American Theater Ribbon. He received an Honorable Discharge in December 1945.
After boarding a bus in Pipestone in 1945 on his way to Omaha, Neb., Everett met a fellow passenger named Gertrude Kephart, known by her friends as Trudy. They talked all the way to his stop in Omaha, where Everett took her to dinner before escorting her to her connecting bus. Over the next two years Everett and Trudy corresponded and were married Jan. 3, 1947 in Maywood, Calif. Shortly after their honeymoon, Everett and Trudy moved to Lake Benton, where their first son Bob was born on Oct. 6, 1947. On Aug. 1, 1950 their daughter Joyce was born and on April 15, 1954 their son Tom was born. In December 1954 the Crooks family moved to Rapid City, S.D. Once they moved to Rapid City, Everett worked for the Rapid City School District. After working for the school district for a few years, Everett went to work at Harvey’s Lock Shop and worked there for 27 years until he retired. While working for Harvey’s Lock Shop, Everett became a member of the Associated Locksmiths of America.
Everett and Trudy were very active members of South Canyon Baptist Church from 1958 to 1996, where he was a deacon and usher. In 1996 Everett and Trudy began attending Bible Fellowship Church, where they made new friends. Everett was a member of the American Legion. In his free time Everett enjoyed coin collecting, leather work, wood carving, metal detecting and stamp collecting. Everett was a talented wood carver, making figurines, banks and gumball machines, which he gave to family and friends.
Along with their three children, Everett was blessed with three daughters-in-law, Livia, Claire and Laureen, and a son-in-law, Roger. Everett was also blessed with 12 grandchildren—Jim, Andrew, Cindy, Brittany, Charles, Michael, Lisa, David, Cory (Bob), Susan (Joyce), Bonnie and Sandra (Tom), as well as many great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
Everett was preceded in death by his brothers Gerald and Richard, wife Trudy and his son Bob.
Everett was a beloved son, brother, husband, father and friend.

Terry Miller

July 17, 2014

obit Miller, TerryAug. 21, 1950 – July 9, 2014

Terry Miller, age 63 of Lake Benton, passed away Wednesday, July 9 at his home. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 15 at Peace Lutheran Church in Ruthton. Visitation was 4-8 p.m. Monday at the Tyler Area Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation continued one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. Burial was in the Ruthton Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent via www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service-Tyler Area Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
Terrill “Terry” Alan Miller was born Aug. 21, 1950 in Hendricks to John and Ruby (Christensen) Miller. He went to school in Ruthton, graduating in 1968. After high school, Terry went to live, go to school and work in the Twin Cities. While there he met and married Margaret Shanley on Oct. 4, 1970. To this union were born three children, Terry “T.J.,” David and Elizabeth. Terry and Marge separated and eventually married again. Moving back to the Ruthton area, Terry began working for Marti Hardware, working alongside Roy “Dutch” Miller as a plumber for the store. His true passion was plumbing and he continued working as a plumber until February 2014. Terry was a member of the Lake Benton Fire Department for 20 years. He was also a member of the Lake Benton Sportsmen’s Club, being one of four gentlemen to start the first Wild Game Feed that continues every year to this date. On Dec. 6, 1986 Terry married Joyce Becker at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. They spent 32 years together. He loved hunting, fishing (especially the Canada fishing trips), playing cards and going on vacation with Joyce to the Black Hills. Terry was a good and dedicated husband, father, grandfather, friend, brother and plumber/maintenance man. He was very proud of his 11½ years of sobriety. Terry loved a good joke and sometimes pulled a good prank on a friend or family member.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Joyce; sons T.J. (Sheila) of Chester, S.D. and David (Jennifer) of Lake Benton; daughter Elizabeth (Nathan) Wick of St. Cloud; nine grandchildren—Jalen, Kaylee, Avery, Logan, Gage, Corbin, Jacey, Sydnee and Caden; brothers Jack of Tracy, Curtis of Marshall, Gary of Ruthton and Dennis of St. Paul. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Beverly and Marilyn, and good friends Mike “Fox” Nielsen and Danny “Mandez” Larsen.

Marie Bushman

July 11, 2014

obit Marie BushmanJuly 18, 1928 – July 2, 2014

Services for Marie Bushman, age 85 of Lake Benton, were Monday, July 7 at 2 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Visitation was Sunday from 4-7 p.m. at St. John’s. Burial was in Memorial Hill Cemetery in Lake Benton.
She died Wednesday, July 2 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. To view a video tribute or sign an online registry, please visit www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Marie Emma Bushman was born on July 18, 1928 to Alfred and Katherine (Shriver) Cyriacks in Lake Benton Township near Lake Benton. She was baptized on July 29, 1928 and confirmed on June 21, 1942 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. She was raised on the family farm, attending school at District 10 through the eighth grade and graduating from Lake Benton High School in 1946. She went to Teachers Training School in Canby and taught in various schools. On July 17, 1949 Marie married Robert Bushman in St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. Their union was blessed with five children and 64 years of life together. The couple farmed in Drammen Township for 50 years, from 1949-1999.Marie continued teaching a few years, paused to raise her family, and when the children were grown was a substitute teacher in Verdi, Lake Benton and Elkton schools. In 1999 the couple moved into Lake Benton.
On Wednesday, July 2 Marie passed away peacefully with her family by her side at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. at the age of 85 years, 11 months and 14 days.
Marie was a lifelong member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, where she served as a Sunday School teacher, sang in the choir and was a member of the Dorcas Society. She was also a member of the Busy Bees and of the Dramman Farmer’s Club. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, baking, cooking, canning, playing cards and dancing. Her special joy was her family.
Marie is lovingly remembered by her husband Robert; her children—Robert R. (Kathie) of Monticello, Randall (Deb) of Lake Benton, Rosalyn (Terry) Burke of Omaha, Neb., Ryan of Hutchinson and Russell (Pamela) of Montrose; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; a brother, Dr. Marvin (Stella) Cyriaks of Annandale; sisters Evelyn Trautman and Bernice Trautman, both of Lake Benton, and Lorraine (Leo) Brandt of Tyler; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Walter Cyriaks, sisters Doreen Kinner and Madalyn Huska, and an infant brother.
Blessed be her memory!

Ray Trigg

July 11, 2014

obit Ray TriggAug. 26, 1933 – July 1, 2014

Funeral services for Ray Trigg, age 80 of Lake Benton, were Monday, July 7 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Lake Benton. Visitation was Sunday from 3-6 p.m. at the church. Burial was in St. John’s Immanuel Cemetery near Verdi.
He died unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 1.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. Send on-line condolences at www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Ray Arnold Trigg was born Aug. 26, 1933 to Lindsy and Anna (Bruns) Trigg on the farm in Lake Benton Township, Lincoln County. He attended country school through the eighth grade then helped on the family farm and worked for various farmers. On May 29, 1964 Ray married Jean Sandberg in Luverne. Their union was blessed with five children. Ray had a crop and dairy farm in Verdi Township. When he retired in 1994 he continued to live on his farm and later moved into Lake Benton. On Tuesday, July 1, Ray passed away unexpectedly at the age of 80 years, 10 months, and five days.
Ray enjoyed farming, fishing, gardening, playing cards, watching the Minnesota Twins and working puzzles. He especially enjoyed time spent with his grandchildren.
Ray is lovingly remembered by his children— Annette Frappier (friend David Johnson) of Ward, S.D., Allen (Tami) Trigg of Lake Benton, Sharlyn (Mike) Tiedeman of Lake Benton, Daryl (Tracy) Trigg of Lake Benton and David Trigg of Lake Benton; nine grandchildren—Amy, LeAnn, Kayleen, Alyna, Christiana, Brett, Andrew, Brooklyn and James, and two great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert (Lorraine) Trigg of Verdi; three sisters, Marian Trigg of Pipestone, Bernice (Larry) Whitaker of Norwood and Darlene Meyer of Pipestone; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Earl and Leonard Trigg.
Blessed be his memory.