Orvylle Williams

March 14, 2013

Oct. 2, 1920 – March 6, 2013

Orvylle N. Williams, age 92 of Larchwood, Iowa, died Wednesday, March 6 at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Visitation was Friday, March 8, 2-8 p.m. at the Church of St. Mary in Larchwood, Iowa. Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 9 at the Church of St. Mary in Larchwood with Father Jeff Schleisman as celebrant.Burial will be Wednesday, March 13 at St. Genevieve Catholic Cemetery in Lake Benton. Jurrens Funeral Home of Larchwood was in charge of services.
Orvylle Norvin Williams was born Oct. 2, 1920 in Ruthton to Gilbert and Agnes (Hanson) Williams. He grew up in Lake Benton and was united in marriage to Lenora Nelson on Oct. 6, 1940 at St. Genevieve Catholic Church. At one time he owned and operated the grocery store in Lake Benton.
He is survived by eight children: Dennis (Joyce) Williams of Pierre, S.D., Sandy (Dave) Quittem of Tea, S.D., Jeff (Vickie) Williams of Rock Rapids, Iowa, Cindy (Greg) DeWandel of Larchwood, Iowa, Steve Williams of Sioux Falls, S.D., Tammy (Kim) Thormodsgard of Sioux Falls, S.D., Rick (Michelle) Williams of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Julie Harris of Orange City, Iowa; 19 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; brother Gailord Williams of Payson, Ariz.; sister Blanche Kennedy of Benedict; sister-in-law Lucille Williams and many other extended family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents Gilbert and Agnes Williams, his wife Lenora Williams, daughter Kathy Olseth, and brothers William “Bill” Williams and Vernon Williams.

Harold Brown

March 1, 2013

OBIT Harold Brown

Nov. 4, 1921 – Feb. 23, 2013

Harold Brown, age 91 of Lake Benton, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Sunrise Manor in Tyler. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, March 1 at the United Methodist Church in Lake Benton. Visitation is one hour prior to services. Online condolences may be sent via www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service - Tyler Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Harold Fremont Brown was born Nov. 4, 1921 in Clear Lake, S.D. On March 20, 1942 he was united in marriage to Marion Graham in Brookings, S.D. For eight years Harold and Marian farmed south of Clear Lake. In 1950 they moved to the town of Clear Lake, S.D. where Harold worked for International Harvester. In 1956 Harold and Marian purchased a flower shop and greenhouse in Winnebago that they ran until coming to Lake Benton in 1974. In Lake Benton they built and ran the Lake Benton Valley Greenhouse until 1990. Harold was a member of the United Methodist Church and directed choirs for over 50 years. His love of music was immense. For many years he sang in a quartet that performed many times in the Lake Benton area. His many hobbies included hunting, fishing, singing, gardening, golfing, bowling and enjoying every moment of life. Harold was a very active member in Kiwanis and the Lions Club. He spent many hours volunteering at the Lake Benton Opera House and the Lake Benton School. His love of young people was always evident.

Harold is survived by all of those who knew and loved him. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Marian.

Alice Trulock

February 18, 2013

Sept. 19, 1918 – Jan. 22, 2013

Alice M. Trulock, age 94 of Tracy, died Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the Prairie View Healthcare Center in Tracy. Services were at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at Zion Lutheran Church in Tracy. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Interment was at 2 p.m. in the Hendricks Cemetery in Hendricks. The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy handled the arrangements. Online condolences may be placed at www.almliefh.com
Alice Mary Trulock was born Sept. 19, 1918 to Henry and Helen (Binnebose) Lang on a farm in Pipestone County. She was baptized in November 1918 in Pipestone and later confirmed in 1930 at the German Lutheran Church in Hendricks. She also attended country school near Hendricks.
Alice married Ralph Trulock and they had four sons. She made her home in the Lake Benton area, where she raised her children. She worked for many years in the restaurant business and owned and operated the Log Cabin restaurant in Tyler. In 1974 she moved to Tracy and was employed by the Tracy Nursing Home as a dietary aid until her retirement in 1993.
She was a current member of Zion Lutheran Church in Tracy, where she had been active in the church women’s groups over the years. She enjoyed crocheting, flower gardening and spending time with her family.
On July 22, 2009 Alice became a resident of the Prairie View Healthcare Center in Tracy, where she died on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the age of 94.
Alice is survived by her two sons, Myron Trulock and Roger (Diana) Trulock, both of Garvin; daughter-in-law Lola (Trulock) McDonald; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one sister, Alvera Sik of Hendricks; one brother, Norman (Juanita) Lang of Venetta, Ore.; one sister-in-law, Marcella Lang of Starbuck, and many nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her two sons Eugene and Dale; her parents; her daughter-in-law Sandy Trulock; three brothers, Alvin, Don and Millard Lang, and two sisters, Mildred Gehrts and Helen Klein.
The family requests that memorials be given to either Zion Lutheran Church or the Compassionate Care Hospice.

Gary Rosenboom

February 18, 2013

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Oct. 13, 1941 – Feb. 2, 2013

Gary Lee Rosenboom arrived on Oct. 13, 1941 to Elmer and Dorothy (Baumgard) Rosenboom on the Rentschler farm in Graham Lake Township in Nobles County. From the beginning Gary was the teddy bear of the family. He spent his early childhood surrounded by his parents, grandmother, aunts and uncles. He especially had close relationships with his uncle Johnnie and aunties June and Norma.
The Rosenboom family moved to Pipestone in 1946. Gary started school in Pipestone. Gary spent the years in Pipestone helping Hans and Faye Jensen at their candy shop. The family then moved to northern Pipestone County where Gary attended Verdi Public School after the fifth grade until his graduation in 1960. During that time, he created lifelong friendships. One particular friendship with Carolyn Bebensee grew into a love that lasted a lifetime. After graduation, Gary attended Worthington Junior College for two years. During that time, he started driving bus for Kaufmans Bus Service. That job started him on a 50-plus year love affair with bus driving.
On March 9, 1963 Gary and Carolyn Bebensee were united in marriage at Peace Evangelical and Reformed Church in Elkton, S.D. They moved to Mankato after their marriage. Gary went to work for the Mankato City Bus Line. During their time in Mankato, three of their children were born, Cary Lee in 1963, Camilla Ann in 1966 and Tracey Lynn in 1967. In 1969, Gary, Carolyn and the kids moved back to Verdi to the farm down the road from Carolyn’s parents. Their house became a home away from home for all who entered it. Gary started farming in 1969 and continued until retiring in 2009. Their final child, Torey Alan, was born in 1970. In 1986 Gary went to work for the David Fruechte family, driving tractors and fixing things. He truly enjoyed the many hours spent working for them. Gary started again driving school bus for Verdi Public School and later, Lake Benton Public School. As he drove generations of children, he would make each child feel special while with him. Wherever he went, “his bus kids” would meet him with a smile, hugs and a little bit of teasing.
Gary was baptized into the Christian faith at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brewster in November 1941. Gary grew in his faith and was confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Pipestone on June 17, 1956. Gary, Carolyn and family joined St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton on their returning to Verdi. Gary loved Jesus and his church. He served in so many positions over the years, including Sunday School teacher, serving on the Church Council and Cemetery Board, and as a member of the Men’s Club. He was still faithfully serving as Vice-President of the church council at his passing.
Gary also enjoyed serving others in the community. He was President of the Verdi Sportsman’s Club for years, served on the Verdi School Board, Verdi Community Club, Verdi Township Board, and was a 4-H club leader. One of his favorite organizations was the Lincoln County Fair Board, where he served for decades as Vice-President and President. Jack Delaney and Gary riding in the golf cart around the grounds is a treasured memory for yearly fair-goers.
Gary loved his grandchildren passionately. With the arrival of Michelle, his heart was stolen again and again as Stephanie, Aidan, Logan, Kaitlyn and Emily became Grandpa’s favorites. He loved nothing more than to spend time with them. Gary loved all of the people who came into his life. His heart was always big enough to add one more new friend or family member to love. With a smile on his face and a laugh in his heart, he would always have a comeback comment and a teasing statement to let the person know that he cared. His love was unconditional and freely given. When he wasn’t spending time with family and friends, he was making puzzles, reading Westerns, fishing, listening to country music and woodworking.
It is with great sorrow and love in our hearts that the family of Gary announces his passing from this earthly life to heavenly glory on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Tyler Healthcare Center in Tyler at the age of 71 years, three months and 19 days.
Gary is survived by his loving wife Carolyn; his children— Cary Rosenboom of Verdi, Camilla “Cami” Fath of Verdi, Tracey and Ivan Kuhlman of Ruthton, and Torey and Lisa Rosenboom of Marshall; his precious grandchildren— Michelle, Stephanie, Aidan, Logan, Kaitlyn and Emily; his siblings—Kathy Otto of Hugo, Roger and Judy Rosenboom of West Bend, Wisc., Lois Wakefield of Apple Valley, and Dawn Rosenboom of Fitchburg, Wisc.; his godson Mark Harberts; his aunts and uncles; his very special nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews, cousins, friends and of course, his many special “bus kids.”
He was preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Dorothy Rosenboom; his in-laws Harry and Lillian Bebensee; his granddaughter Tiffany Kuhlman; his son-in-law Bill Fath; his brother-in-law Wally Otto and his grandparents.

Dale VanDerostyne

February 11, 2013

Oct. 26, 1963 – Feb. 4, 2013

Mass of Christian Burial for Dale VanDerostyne, 49, of Tyler is Friday, Feb. 8 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler. Visitation is Thursday, 4-8 p.m. with prayers at 7 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Burial will be in Danebod Cemetery in Tyler.

He died Monday, Feb. 4 at his home in Tyler. Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler is providing the arrangements. Send online condolences at www.hartquistfuneral.com.

Dale John VanDerostyne was born Oct. 26, 1963 to Donald and Emily (Ratajczak) VanDerostyne in Tyler.

Dale is lovingly remembered by his mother and step-father, Emily and Victor Nielsen of Tyler; his father Donald VanDerostyne of Luverne; two brothers, Kevin VanDerostyne of Lake Preston, S.D. and Brian VanDerostyne of Tyler; a sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Tom Sutherland of Lake Benton; nephews John and Gary Sutherland and many other relatives and friends.

Caroline Thomssen

February 1, 2013

Sept. 16, 1918 – Jan. 23, 2013

Caroline Thomssen, age 94 of Lake Benton, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 23 at Sunrise Manor in Tyler. Memorial services were held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Visitation was 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the church. Online condolences may be sent via www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens  Funeral Service-Tyler Area Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
Caroline Vera Thomssen was born Sept. 16, 1918 to Henry and Emilie (Garmatz) Koehne on the homestead farm in Fountain Prairie Township south of Lake Benton. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. She grew up on the farm and attended District 38 country school. Caroline met the love of her life while dancing at the Showboat Ballroom. Harold Thomssen and Caroline Koehne eloped on Nov. 19, 1938 in Flandreau, S.D. They lived in Holland before moving to Casanovia, where their son Ronald was born. They then moved to their farm north of Lake Benton where their daughter Sharon was born, living there for 43 years before retiring and moving into Lake Benton. Caroline enjoyed baking, crafts, family get-togethers and playing cards (but she wanted to win them all!) She worked for Region 8 for 24 years. In 2003 she moved to Benton Valley Manor and enjoyed apartment living.
She is lovingly remembered by daughter Sharon (Eugene) Stuefen of Sioux Falls, S.D.; daughter-in-law Judy Thomssen of Lake Benton; grandchildren, Karla (Charles) Berg of Maple Grove, Cory Stuefen of Joplin, Mo., and Will (Heidi) Thomssen of Lake Benton; great-grandchildren Dylan and McKenna Berg, Heather, Emily and Derek Stuefen, and Cody, Garritt and Travers Thomssen; sister-in-law Evelyn Koehne; nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents Henry and Emilie Koehne, husband Harold in July 1993, son Ronald in January 2003, great-granddaughter Amanda Jo, brothers Ben Koehne and Henry Koehne, Jr., and sisters Olga Rouge, Clara Petersen, Augusta Willert, Leona DeBoer and Margaret Vick.

Julia Labat

January 25, 2013

March 25, 1922 – Jan. 17, 2013

Mass of Christian Burial for Julia Labat, age 90, of Tyler, recently of Minneota, was at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21 at St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler. Visitation was Sunday, 3–5 p.m. with a Rosary service at 3 p.m. and prayers at 5 p.m., all at St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler. Interment was at St. Dionysius Catholic Cemetery. Online registry and condolences may be found at www.hartquistfuneral.com
Julia Camilla Labat was born March 25, 1922 to Camiel and Marie (Lamote) Thooft on the family farm in Lincoln County. She was baptized at St. Eloi Catholic Church in Ghent. She attended country school through grade eight. On April 12, 1952 Julia married Peter Jacob Labat in Ghent. Their union was blessed with five children and 39 years of life together. The couple farmed and raised their family in Coon Creek Township, Lyon County. They retired from farming in 1981. Peter died in 1991 and Julia moved to Tyler. In April 2007 she became a resident of Minneota Manor in Minneota. There, on Thursday, Jan. 17, Julia died at the age of 90 years, nine months and 23 days.
Julia was a member of St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler. She enjoyed playing bingo and cards, gardening, fishing and time spent with her family.
Julia is lovingly remembered by her children: James Labat of Russell, Louise Labat of Tyler, Lorraine (Steven) Emde of Correll, Linda (Mark) Nelson of Willmar and Jerry (Bonita) Labat of Inver Grove Heights; seven grandchildren: Christopher, Craig and Nicole Emde, Bryan and Cory Nelson and Caroline and Renée Labat; brothers Leon and Ernest Thooft, both of Tyler, and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Peter, her parents and two brothers, Andrew Thooft and an infant brother.
Blessed be her memory.

Leola Wagner

January 11, 2013

Sept. 19, 1917 – Dec. 30, 2012

Funeral services for Leola Wagner, age 95 of Sioux Falls, S.D., formerly of Verdi, were Friday, Jan. 4 at 10:30 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Burial was in Memorial Hill Cemetery in Lake Benton.
She died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012 at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. Send online condolences at www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Leola Petra Wagner was born Sept. 19, 1917 to Fred and Petra (Johnson) Wagner on the family farm near Verdi. She attended Verdi School and graduated in 1935. She continued her education at Lake Benton Normal School for teachers training. She taught at the Drammen School for two years then enrolled at Mankato State University where she attained her Bachelor’s Degree in education and teaching. She then taught at Ellendale in Minnesota and Oelwein, Iowa. After 50 years of teaching she retired in 1985. In retirement she lived on the farm in Verdi and in Independence, Iowa. In 1994 she moved to Brookings, S.D. then in 1998 moved to Grand Marais, where she became a resident at Hillhaven Assisted Living. In September 2012 she became a resident of Primrose Assisted Living in Sioux Falls, S.D. On Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 she was transferred to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls. She died there on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at the age of 95 years.
Leola loved nice cars and travelling. She enjoyed her life work as a teacher, enjoyed public television and especially enjoyed time spent with her family.
She is survived by her nieces and nephews— Richard Thayer, Rollie Thayer, Terry Vick, Beth Blank, George Vick, Dave Wagner, Dan Wagner, Kay Van Der Vliet, Mark Wagner, Sharla Smith, Jolene Wagner, Amy Wagner and Tom Reynolds; two sisters-in-law, Cleila Wagner and Agnes Wagner. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Clifford, Leo and Donald; sisters Eva, Josephine, Lillian and Inez; nephews David Thayer and Gary Vick and a niece, Lola Thayer.
Blessed be her memory!

Arild Johansen

January 11, 2013

Sept. 11, 1930 – Jan. 6, 2013

Funeral services for Arild Johansen, age 82, of Tyler will be Saturday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. Visitation is Friday, 5-8 p.m. with prayer service at 7 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Burial will be in Danebod Cemetery.
He died Sunday, Jan. 6 at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler.
Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel of Tyler. Send on-line condolences at www.hartquistfuneral.com
Arild Utoft Johansen was born Sept. 11, 1930 to Christian and Johanna (Utoft) Johansen on the farm south of Tyler where he grew up. He was an active member of Danebod Lutheran Church where he was both baptized and confirmed. He graduated from Tyler Public High School where he still holds the record for the fastest mile. In 1949 he attended Grandview College then transferred to the University of Minnesota where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS degree in agriculture. While at the University of Minnesota he met LaVerne “Lu” Nelson, who was a student in home economics. Arild and Lu were united in marriage on Oct. 4, 1952 at Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church in south Minneapolis. Their union was blessed with seven children and 55 years of marriage together. Shortly after marriage, Arild was drafted and stationed in Germany while Lu remained in Minneapolis. After his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, Arild and Lu moved to New Richland, where Arild taught for a year before returning to Tyler to farm the Johansen home place. In addition to farming Arild was elected and served on the Tyler School Board, the Township Board, Danebod Lutheran Church Council and the Lincoln County Pork Producer’s Board.
In 1991 Arild and Lu moved into the town of Tyler but continued to be involved with the farm operation during the summers. They wintered at their home near South Padre Island, Texas, where they enjoyed meeting many new friends as well as visits from their friends and family from Minnesota. On April 5, 2008, Arild lost his beloved wife and went to stay with his son Kurt in Plymouth. In the spring of 2010 Arild found he missed his hometown and moved back to live at Sunrise Manor in Tyler where he passed peacefully on Jan. 6 surrounded by his family. He lived 82 years, three months and 25 days.
Arild was a life-long member of Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. Throughout his life Arild also enjoyed traveling, camping with his family, hunting, fishing, playing cards and pool and water sports as well as teaching his grandchildren to fish. In addition, Arild was a passionate sports fan, following both the Vikings and the Twins. He especially enjoyed time spent with family and friends.
Arild will be dearly missed by his children— LuAnn (Randy) Svendsen of Plymouth, Jim (Laurie) Johansen of Tyler, Nancy (Jorn-Erik) Madsen of Oswego, Ill., Bob (Lillian) Johansen of Cumberland, Va., Karla (Kevin) Moseley of Roseville and Kurt (Sarah) Johansen of Plymouth; 19 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and three sisters, Edith (Norman) Brakken of Montevideo, Esther (the late Howard) Paulsen of Bloomington and Milda (George) Ruud of Bloomington. He was preceded in death by his loving wife LaVerne “Lu,” their son Thomas and his parents, Christian and Johanna Johansen.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Sunrise Manor Nursing Home or Danebod Lutheran Church.

Lucille Trautman

January 11, 2013

Nov. 16, 1928 – Jan. 1, 2013

Funeral services for Lucille Trautman, age 84 of Canby, were at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4 at Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. Interment was at St. Genevieve Catholic Cemetery in Lake Benton.
She died Jan. 1 at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft – Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. Send online condolences at www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Lucille Anne Trautman was born Nov. 16, 1928 in Verdi to Emil and Lila (Wartner) Trautman.
Lucille is lovingly remembered by her cousins, friends and caretakers. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Harold Trautman.