Millicent Hanson

November 14, 2013

obit Hanson, Millicent

Nov. 27, 1924 – Nov. 3, 2013

Memorial service for Millicent Hanson, age 88 of Lake Benton, was Saturday, Nov. 9 at 1:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at church. Interment was at Diamond Lake Cemetery. Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. On-line registry and condolences may be found at
Millicent Hanson was born Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, 1924, on a farm in Drammen Township, Lake Benton, to Jorgen and Christine (Tambo) Jorgensen. She was baptized on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 1924, and confirmed on Palm Sunday, April 10, 1938, at Diamond Lake Lutheran Church.
Millie attended country school at District 68 and graduated from West Central School of Agriculture in Morris in 1942. After graduation, she found employment in Minneapolis and Great Lakes, Ill.
On Dec. 26, 1945, Millie was united in marriage to Merle Hanson at Diamond Lake Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. To this union, five children were born. They made their home on a farm in Diamond Lake Township, then moved to Canby. In 1958 they moved to the family farm in Drammen Township where Millie was born and raised. In 1995 they moved to Tyler and in 1999 they moved to Lake Benton, where Millie was still residing at the time of her death.
Millie was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton, participating in Ladies Aid, Bible study and helping with quilts. She belonged to Knitting Club and was a member of the Farm Bureau. She taught Sunday School at Our Savior’s Lutheran in Canby and also at Diamond Lake Lutheran Church.
Millie enjoyed listening to polka and waltz music. In her younger years she loved to dance, especially at the Showboat Ballroom. She enjoyed baking and sharing with friends and neighbors. She loved traveling with her husband in earlier years, bird watching and having friends and family in for coffee.
Millie died on Sunday, Nov. 3 at the Hendricks Hospital in Hendricks; she had lived to reach the age of 88 years.
Millie is lovingly remembered by her daughter Diane (Paul) Wichmann of Rapid City, S.D., son Brian (Cheryl) Hanson of Coon Rapids and daughter Tamara (Lon) Foote of Coon Rapids; six grandchildren—Brady (Amber) Wichmann of Rapid City, S.D., Angela (Mike) Kicker of Anoka, T.J. Wichmann of Los Angeles, Calif., Carrie (Nate) Clausen of Brookings, S.D., Parker Foote of Des Moines, Iowa, and Paige Foote of Coon Rapids; five great-grandchildren—Cade and Danika Wichmann, Lillian and Ben Clausen and Liam Kicker; her sister Audrey (Earl) Bedsted of Arroya Grande, Calif.; nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.
Millie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Merle in 2001; two infant sons, Terry and Bradley, and an infant grandson, Cody.

Steven Johnson

November 14, 2013

obit Johnson, Steven-

Oct. 6, 1949 – Nov. 4, 2013

Funeral services for Steven Johnson, age 64 of Lake Benton, were held Friday, Nov. 8 at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Interment was at Memorial Hill Cemetery in Lake Benton.
He died Monday, Nov. 4 at his home in Lake Benton.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. Send on-line condolences at
Steven Lee Johnson was born to Kenneth and Beatrice “Irene” (Willert)Johnson on Oct. 6, 1949 in Pipestone. He joined a brother, Randy, and was later joined by Allan and Todd. He was baptized at the English Lutheran Church, Lake Benton, with Merril and Cleone Willert serving as his baptismal sponsors and was later confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church (English Lutheran), Lake Benton. He was raised on the family farm west of Lake Benton and attended kindergarten at Lake Benton Public School. He completed the remaining years of his education at Verdi Public School, graduating in 1967. In the fall of 1967, he joined the Pipestone/Tracy Unit of the Army National Guard and served six years as a cook.
On Sept. 5, 1969, he married Nancy Smith of Verdi at the Holland Christian Reformed Church, Holland. To this union, they were blessed with two sons, Shawn Michael and Shane Steven. Following their marriage, they lived by Mankato, where Steve worked for a farmer. A short time later they moved back to the Elkton, S.D. area and later to the Lake Benton area where Steve worked for various farmers. In 1974 he fulfilled a lifelong dream of farming on his own, renting land from various landlords. In the fall of 1978 they purchased their current farm in Diamond Lake Township. During the farm crisis of the early ‘80s he found the need to pursue another career, thus began his truck driving adventures, taking him through most of the states. But his most enjoyable time was going West and driving through the mountains listening to his John Anderson country music tapes.
In the fall of 1998 he started his own trucking business, Eagle Ridge Trucking LLC, driving mostly in the Midwest and hauling anything a grain trailer would hold. His last couple of years he hauled grain for local farmers. His son Shane was part of the business for a few years and they also farmed together. In 2007 he bought another tractor and manure tank and worked with his son Shawn hauling manure. He was deeply honored and proud to have been able to work with both of his sons.
Steve was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton, where he served for two years as a trustee. He was also a member of the Henry Sollie American Legion Post in Lake Benton. When he found spare time, you could find him sitting by the lake fishing or target shooting with his children and grandchildren. He loved his “Grandpa Days” with his grandchildren and fulfilled a dream of purchasing two go-carts for them. There was great joy in his eyes just watching them ride in the yard.
Steve will forever be remembered in the hearts of his wife Nancy Johnson of Lake Benton; two sons, Shawn Michael and his wife Maria of Pipestone and Shane Steven and his wife Tanya of Verdi; eight grandchildren—Amanda Blom (John), Andrew Bradtke, Jamie Johnson (finacee Ashley Verly), Dustin Johnson, Adam Johnson, Aubrey Wirth, Jake Johnson and Aidan Johnson; four great-grandchildren—Sarah and Zachary Blom and Jason and Cody Johnson; brothers Randy (Sharon) Johnson of Princeton, Allan (Kathy) Johnson of Lake Benton and Todd (Miriam) Johnson of Pipestone; his Godmother Cleone Willert of Tyler, and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was proud and honored to be godfather to Stephanie Rollefson and Samantha Johnson.
On Nov. 4 Steve passedaway in his home with his family at his side at the age of 64 years and 29 days. He fought a courageous battle following his cancer diagnosis in June 2012.
He was preceded in death by his parents Kenneth and Irene Johnson, his father-in-law Al Smith, his nephew Jason Smith and his Godfather Merril Willert.
Blessed be the memory of Steven Johnson.

Aletta Krog

November 14, 2013

June 6, 1922 – Nov. 3, 2013

Aletta Krog, age 91 of Lake Benton, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 3 at the Hendricks Nursing Home in Hendricks.
Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ivanhoe with Father Ron Huberty as celebrant. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15 at the Birk Funeral Home in Ivanhoe with Rosary at 5 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Inurnment will be at the Diamond Lake Lutheran Church Cemetery in Lake Benton.
Birk Funeral Home of Ivanhoe is entrusted with the arrangements.
Aletta Mae Helena Krog, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died Sunday, Nov. 3 at the Hendricks Nursing Home. She was 91.
Aletta was born on June 6, 1922. She was the second child born to Carl and Helena (Jackley) Gacke, who then farmed near Sibley, Iowa.
After graduating from high school in 1940, Aletta and her family moved to a farm seven miles north of Lake Benton in Lincoln County. There she met Arnold Krog, whose parents Hanne and Johan Krog lived across the section. Arnold and Aletta were married on Oct. 1, 1941 and moved to St. Paul, where their first child, Marcia, was born. When Arnold was drafted to serve in World War II, Aletta returned to Lincoln County, but during the war she was able to spend time with Arnold at various Army Air Corps bases where he was stationed. Their second child, Kathleen, was born in 1945. After the war, Arnold and Aletta purchased a farm in 1947 in Lincoln County. Their son Brian was born in 1949 and second son, Colin, was born in 1953. Aletta shared the farm chores with Arnold after he contracted polio in 1952.
She was an avid gardener, antique souvenir glass collector, seamstress and quilter. In all, she made more than 50 quilts, including one for each of her seven grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren, all of whom survive her. She attended St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Lake Benton for many years before joining Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ivanhoe.
Aletta is survived by her children—Marcia (John) Copeland of Plymouth, Kathleen Krog of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Brian (Pat) Krog of Lake Benton; seven grandsons—David (Carol) Copeland of Minnetonka, Bradley Kovach of Bozeman, Mont., Stephen (Natalie) Kovach of San Antonio, Texas, Ken (Laura) Krog of Lake Benton, Kelly (Nancy) Krog of Arco, Matt (Jeanene) Krog of Lake Benton and Scott and Kyndall Krog of Lake Benton; one sister, Rita Bartos of Brooklyn Center.
Her son Colin died in 1984 and her beloved husband Arnold died in 2000. Four brothers have also preceded her in death—Walter, Don, Harold and Ralph Gacke.
In lieu of flowers, donation can be made to the Class of 1978 Colin Krog Memorial Scholarship, College of Veterinarian Medicine, University of Minnesota, 1365 Gortner Avenue, St. Paul MN 55108.
Blessed be her memory.

Steven Johnson

November 7, 2013

Funeral services for Steven Johnson, age 64 of Lake Benton, will be Friday, Nov. 8 at 1:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Visitation will be Thursday from 4-8 p.m. with prayer service at 7 p.m., all at the church. Burial will be in Memorial Hill Cemetery in Lake Benton.
He died Monday, Nov. 4 at his home in Lake Benton.
Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. Send on-line condolences at
Full obituary will be published in next week’s paper.

Millicent Hanson

November 7, 2013

Memorial service for Millicent Hanson, age 88 of Lake Benton, will be Saturday, Nov. 9, 1:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton.
She died Sunday, Nov. 3 at Hendricks Community Hospital.
Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. Send on-line condolences at

Marian Duus

November 7, 2013

March 2, 1919 – Oct. 30, 2013

Mass of Christian Burial for Marian Duus, age 94 of Tyler, was Saturday, Nov. 2 at 11 a.m. at St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler with burial in St. Dionysius Cemetery.
She died Wednesday, Oct. 30 at Tyler Healthcare Center.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Send on-line condolences at
Marian Anna Duus was born to Frank and Josephine (Styczynski) Biever on March 2, 1919 in Lake Benton. She married Harold Duus on Nov. 24, 1945.
Marian is lovingly remembered by her sister Eleanor Kraemer of Winona and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; five brothers, Lawrence, Sylvester, Alvin, Vincent and Marvin Biever; and three sisters, Alvera Granneman, Alvina Biever and Geraldine Massmann.

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.