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

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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.

Timothy Petersen

September 13, 2013

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Nov. 22, 1959 – Aug. 30, 2013

Timothy Petersen, age 53, of Lake Benton passed away on Friday, Aug. 30 at his home.
Funeral service was at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks with Rev. Dr. David Christenson officiating. Visitation was 12-2 p.m. Thursday at the church prior to the service.
Burial will be at the Hendricks City Cemetery at a later date.
Birk Funeral Home of Hendricks was entrusted with the arrangements.
Timothy Joshua Petersen was born on Nov. 22, 1959 in Hendricks to parents Herman and Mavis (Arndt) Petersen. He was baptized in December 1959 and later confirmed in the Calvary Lutheran Church in Hendricks. Tim was raised on the family farm south of Lake Shoakatan and he graduated from Hendricks High School in 1978.
Tim enjoyed farming and taking pride in his cattle herd. He also enjoyed gardening, raising flowers and collecting 1/64 scale toys. He enjoyed boating and spending time with family and friends, especially with kids.
Grateful for having shared Tim’s life are his parents Herman and Mavis Petersen of Hendricks; his siblings Julie (Andy) Dalle of Sioux Center, Iowa, Mark (Lynn) Petersen of Carpinteria, Calif., Jeff (Jenny) Petersen of Newnan, Ga.; Tim’s special friend Terese Gregg of Marshall and one sister-in-law, Jean Petersen of Sioux Falls, S.D.; his nieces and nephews, Tracey (Jameson) Stoneall, Lisa (Kyle) Raph and Travis (Mandy) Petersen, Matt (Julie) Dalle, Chris (Ondrea) Dalle and Derek Dalle, Ali Petersen and Bryant Petersen, Laney Petersen and Dylan Petersen; aunts and uncles Delores Browne, Lyle (Jo) Arndt and Joyce Arndt; a special cousin, John Browne, and numerous other cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by both maternal and paternal grandparents; aunts and uncles and one brother, Trey Petersen.
Blessed be his memory.

Steven Sand

September 13, 2013

April 21, 1946 – Sept. 4, 2013

Memorial service for Steven Sand, 67, of Russell was Monday, Sept. 9 at 10:30 a.m. at Grace First Parish in Russell. Memorial visitation was Sunday from 5-7 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler.
He died unexpectedly on Sept. 4 at his home in Russell.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Send online condolences at
Steven Keith Sand was born April 21, 1946 in Tyler to Norman and Dorothy (Zvorak) Sand.
Steve will be lovingly remembered by his brother Leon Sand and his wife Linda of Russell and his sister Jill Jaspersen and her husband Terry of Tyler; nieces Lisa (Nathan) Towne and Katy (Shawn) Vos of Tyler; nephews Luke Sand, Lenny (Heather) Sand and Barry Jaspersen, and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Norman and Dorothy Sand and a sister, Janet Lowe.

Keith Clipper

September 5, 2013


June 30, 1929 – Aug. 26, 2013

Funeral services for Keith Clipper, 84, of Verdi, were Saturday, Aug. 31 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Lake Benton. Visitation was Friday from 4-8 p.m. at the church. Private burial in Memorial Hill Cemetery took place prior to the Saturday service.
He died Monday, Aug. 26 as the result of an accident.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft–Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. Send on-line condolences at
Gordon Keith Clipper was born June 30, 1929 to Gordon John and Vera Pearl (VanDusen) Clipper on the farm in Drammen Township near Lake Benton. He attended country school at District 68 through the eighth grade. When he was 14 he helped farmers haul manure for one dollar per day. When he got his chauffeur’s license at age 16 he began his trucking career in Chicago working for his uncle Lyle Clipper. He returned to Lake Benton and farmed with his best friend Nels Jorgensen. On June 13, 1944 Keith trusted Christ as his Savior. He married his first wife Dorothy Darlene Rogers at First Baptist Church in Lake Benton in 1948. Their union was blessed with two children, Marcia and Jeff. The couple farmed south of Lake Benton and he worked for Williams Trucking. Dorothy died in 1976. Keith worked hauling fuel with Star Oil, had Clipper’s Store and Café in Verdi, was a Northrup King seed corn dealer and operated Clipper Septic. Keith married Marlys (Beskow) Brands on Dec. 26, 1993 at First Baptist Church. The couple made their home in Verdi and he continued to operate Clipper’s Septic and Liquid Manure Hauling. As the result of an accident in Verdi, Keith died on Monday, Aug. 26 at the age of 84.
Keith was a member of First Baptist Church in Lake Benton where he served as a deacon, usher and greeter and provided special music. He served on the Verdi Water Board. He enjoyed work, travel, buffets and building remarkable trucks, and especially time spent with family and friends.
Keith is lovingly remembered by his wife Marlys of Verdi; his son Jeff Clipper of Verdi; eight grandchildren—Kimberly (Tim) Henderson, Kristie (Shawn) Applegate, Kelley (Jeremy) Bjornstad, Becky (Chad) Newell, Cullen (Stephanie) Clipper, Shannon (Diane) Clipper, Amanda (John) Lillis and Brittany Clipper; 16 great-grandchildren— Ashley,Alex and Austin Henderson, Parker, Presley and Payton Applegate, Judson, Kayte Madison and Jackson Bjornstad, Terrence Clipper, Alexus Brown, Caylee, Isaac and Ariel Clipper, and Justice and John Jr. Lillis; three stepchildren—Jolene (Randy) Garner, Kevin (Monica) Brands and Rebecca (Mark) Benson; 10 step-grandchildren—Kristen and Jared Roberts, Ashley Renne, Bryce Westlake, John and Kaia Brands and Sam, Nathan, Thomas and Emily Benson; three step-great-grandchildren—Hailey, Alexander and Bentleigh; sisters Norma (Bill) Rogers of Sebring, Fla. and Gloria (Bob) Even of Elkton, S.D.; brother Vann (Leanne) Clipper of Hugo, and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his first wife Dorothy, his daughter Marcia, stepdaughter Debra Schmahl, granddaughter Natasha Clipper, his parents and a sister, Marian Pricer.

Timothy Petersen

September 5, 2013

Timothy Petersen, age 53, of Lake Benton passed away on Friday, Aug. 30 at his home.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5 at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks with Rev. Dr. David Christenson officiating. Visitation is from 12-2 p.m. on Thursday at the church prior to the service.
Burial will be at the Hendricks City Cemetery at a later date.
Birk Funeral Home of Hendricks is entrusted with the arrangements.

Tamera Knutson

September 5, 2013

AUGUSTA, GA.— Tamera Wilkes Knutson, age 53 of Augusta, Ga., passed away Thursday, July 18. A memorial service was held Tuesday, July 23 at the Poteet Funeral Home in Augusta.
She is survived by her husband Brian Knutson of Augusta, Ga.; sisters Anne and Shane and brothers Joe, Larry and Tyron, all of North Carolina; several nieces and nephews and her loving companion dog, Louie.
She was preceded in death by her parents Woodrow and Julia Wilkes.
Condolences may be sent to Brian Knutson at 2302 Basswood Dr., Augusta, GA, 30906.