Merle Kuhlman

March 3, 2011

Funeral services for Merle Kuhlman were Saturday, Feb. 19 at 11 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Holland with interment in the Holland Cemetery.
Hartquist Funeral Home, Pipestone Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Merle Evald Kuhlman was born to Louis and Martha (Rasmussen) Kuhlman on Aug. 2, 1923 near Ruthton. Merle grew up on a farm near Ruthton and attended country school District 27. Following his graduation from high school he attended mechanic school in Wichita, Kan. and was employed by Northwest Airlines in St. Paul. He later worked for the St. Olaf College Dairy Farm in Northfield. He was drafted into the army in 1943 and was stationed in the Philippine Islands during
World War II. When he was discharged, Merle returned to the Ruthton area and began farming. On Feb. 4, 1950 he was united in marriage to Agnes Bauer in Aberdeen, S.D. Following their marriage, they began farming near Verdi. In 1957 they moved to a farm in Lake Benton Township of Lincoln County where they built their dairy farm operation. Agnes preceded him in death on May 7, 1998. After her death he continued to live on the farm. On Feb. 11 Merle was taken to Avera McKennan
Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. Then on Feb. 15 he became a resident at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler where he died on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at the age of 87 years, six months and 14 days.
Merle was a lifelong member of St. James Lutheran Church in Holland. He enjoyed visiting with family and friends and traveling to various parts of the United States. He especially loved the land and farming. During his retirement years he restored Minneapolis Moline tractors, including one that he purchased when he first began farming.
He is lovingly remembered by his four children, Carol and her husband Duane Baker of Edgerton, Roger Kuhlman and Steve Kuhlman, both of Lake Benton, and Elaine and her husband Glen Kraemer of Brainerd; five grandchildren: Jeff and his wife Jodi Baker of Edgerton; Greg and his wife Tandra Baker of Centerville, S.D.; Josh and his wife Katie Baker of Sioux Center, Iowa; Sondra and her husband Nick Dahlberg of Ramsey, and Brandon and his wife Amanda Kraemer of St. Peter; 12 great-grandchildren: Daniel, Jeremy, Joel, Hannah, Lydia, Aletha, LaMiya, Lucas, Samuel, Ashton, Weston and Logan; two brothers, Norman Kuhlman of Pipestone, and Harland Kuhlman of Minneapolis, and one sister, Arlene Smedsrud of Sioux Falls, S.D. Merle was preceded in death by his loving wife and parents, brother Harold and nephews, Gary Smedsrud, Keith Kuhlman and Larry Kuhlman.

Martha Johnson

February 24, 2011

Martha Johnson of Dawson, formerly of Tyler, died Monday, Feb. 14 at Johnson Memorial Care Center in Dawson.
Memorial service was at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18 at the Johnson Memorial Home Chapel in Dawson with Pastor Adam Manian officiating. Organist Karen Mamer accompanied the singing of “Beautiful Savior,” “Amazing Grace,” “How Great Thou Art” and “Just As I Am.” All of her grandchildren were urn bearers.
Interment will be in the spring at Memorial Hills Cemetery in rural Lake Benton.
Martha Alvina Johnson was born on Aug. 5, 1914 on the Wellberg farm in Lincoln County to Dietrich Henry and Anna (Kuhlman) Wellberg. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. She attended school at District #44 near Lake Benton. She was united in marriage on Oct. 22, 1938 to Carl R. Johnson in Sioux Falls, S.D. The couple made their home at the Johnson farm until 1960, when they moved to New Ulm. In 1962 the couple moved to Ruthton, where they operated a produce station until 1968. After this, Martha and Carl were assistant managers for an apartment complex in Marshall.
In 1970 they moved to Ihlen, where she worked as a kitchen helper at the Ihlen Glass House and she also did some housekeeping.
In 1984 they retired and moved to Tyler. Martha had been a resident of Johnson Memorial Care
Center in Dawson since 2001, where she made many new friendships.
She enjoyed dancing, tatting, sewing, gardening, going on walks, playing bingo and baking her special burnt sugar cake. Her family was very special to her and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren always made her very happy.
Martha died just after midnight on Monday, Feb. 14 at Johnson Memorial Care Center at the age of
Martha will be lovingly remembered by her daughters, Marilyn (Don) Schlapkohl of Alexandria, and Judith (Roy) Hinz of Dawson; her son, Michael (Ginger) Johnson of Sturgis, S.D.; eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Nina Engum, and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Carl; grandsons Troy Hinz and Mark Schlapkohl; sisters Anna Wellberg, Ida Funk, Bertha Tellinghuisen, Ella Determan and Emma Heldt, and brothers Edward, William and Otto Wellberg.
Blessed be her memory.

Ernest Bannick

February 17, 2011

TYLER—Ernest Bannick, age 85 of Tyler, formerly of rural Lake Benton, died at his home on Monday, Feb. 14. Memorial services will be planned for the spring at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton.
He is survived by his wife Florine of Tyler; sons Randy of Morris and Larry of East Grand Forks; daughter Verna Timmons of Kerkhoven; six grandchildren; brother Emil (Betty) Bannick of Walnut Grove; sister Alice Buhl of Tyler; son-in-law Kenneth Marks of Detroit Lakes, and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by daughter Carol Marks, and parents Ernest and Christine Bannick.
Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler is in charge of the arangements. Full obituary at

Betty Sik

February 17, 2011

Mass of Christian Burial for Betty Sik, age 80, of Marshall was at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15 at St. Mary’s Chapel, Holy Redeemer School in Marshall.
Visitation was Monday from 5–7 p.m. with a CCW Rosary at 5 p.m. and a parish prayer service at 6:30 p.m. at Rehkamp – Horvath Funeral Home in Marshall. Visitation continued from 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Interment will be at St. John Cantius Catholic Cemetery in Wilno.
Betty Jean (Hurd) Sik was born on July 5, 1930 in Lake Benton to Alfred and Verna (Johannson) Hurd. She grew up in the Lake Benton area. On Oct. 5, 1948 she was united in marriage to Clemens Sik at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno. The couple lived in the Ivanhoe area until moving to Marshall in 1960. Betty worked at a variety of jobs including the Super Valu and Hy-Vee bakeries and for Schwan Food Company as a food taster, but most of her time was spent operating
her home daycare. Betty enjoyed camping, fishing, playing cards, going to the casino, gardening
and canning. She was a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall where she was active as a eucharistic minister.
Betty died unexpectedly on Saturday, Feb. 12 at her home in Marshall.
She is survived by her husband Clem of Marshall; children, Richard Sheik of Nisswa, Roger Sik of Taunton and Jean Woltjer of Sioux Falls, S.D.; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; siblings, Delores (and Ray) Devos of Taunton, Jack Hurd of Sibley, Lila (and Alvin) Hammerschmidt of Wabasso, Darlene Bontjes of Breckenridge, Gary (and Terri) Hurd of Marshall, Dale Hurd of Melrose and Brent (and Donna) Hurd of Sheldon. She was preceded in death by her parents and infant son Michael.

Darwin Henry Petersen

February 17, 2011

Sioux Falls, S.D.—Darwin Henry Petersen, 81, died Monday, Jan. 31 at Good Samaritan Luther Manor surrounded by his family. Funeral services were Thursday, Feb. 3 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Darwin Henry Petersen, son of Albert and Clara (Koehne) Petersen, was born March 16, 1929 in Lake Benton and grew up in the Lake Benton area. On Sept. 19, 1950 he married Marcella Solma in Holland.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife of 60 years, Marcella Petersen of Sioux Falls, S.D.; daughters Carol Heffele and her husband Gary of Lake Benton and Linda Claussen and her husband
Kent of Sioux Falls, S.D.; son David Petersen of Sioux Falls, S.D.; six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and three sisters.
Darwin was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Janice.

Dorothy Mettler

February 17, 2011

Funeral services for Dorothy Mettler, age 90, of Lake Benton were Friday,
Feb. 11 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Burial will be at St. John’s Immanuel Cemetery, rural Verdi.
She died Monday, Feb. 7 at the Hendricks Nursing Home.
Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton, provided the arrangements. On-line registry and obituary may be found at
Dorothy Mettler was born on a farm near Wolsey, S.D. on March 18, 1920. Her parents, Albert
and Hulda Quiram, were German immigrants. Dorothy grew up on the farm with her four brothers
and one sister. She attended grade school at the one-room country school close to the farm. She later got her GED when she was 68-years-old, with the help of Clarice Nordmeyer of Lake Benton.
Dorothy met her future husband and the love of her life, Reinhold Mettler, at a barn dance. They were married Dec. 18, 1938. Dorothy and Reinhold had seven children, three boys and four girls. They lived on a farm near Wolsey, S.D. until December 1954 when they sold out and moved to a dairy farm near Nevis. In 1964 Dorothy and her family moved to the Lake Benton area, where they became members of the old stone Lutheran Church near Verdi and transferred membership to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton when the congregations merged. In 1966 she began working at the Checkerboard Café with her daughter Jessie. Through the years Dorothy worked at several cafes in Lake Benton and was well known for her wonderful pies and fried rolls with maple frosting. Dorothy lost her husband Reinhold in 1977. Later in life she joined the Green Thumb Work Force, working first at the Lake Benton School, then at the senior meal site until she retired at the age of 83. Dorothy entered the Hendricks Nursing Home on Feb. 27, 2007 where she died on Monday, Feb. 7 at the age of 90 years, 10 months and 20 days.
Dorothy enjoyed traveling, going on many trips with her daughters. She loved collecting recipes, church cookbooks, poems and “Hints from Heloise.” She also enjoyed walking and eating out and loved country music.
Dorothy is lovingly remembered by four daughters: Deloris (and Don) Annis of Omaha, Neb., Jessie (and Roy) Bebensee of Elkton, S.D., Dorein (and Brian) Johnson of Clearwater and Debra Mettler of Lake Benton; one son, Marvin Mettler of Arnold’s Park, Iowa; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Reinhold; two sons, Gerald and Albert; her parents; four brothers and one sister.

Lyle Rasmussen

February 9, 2011

Funeral services for Lyle Rasmussen, 54, of Tyler were Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 10:30 a.m. at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. Burial is in Danebod Cemetery
in Tyler.
Lyle died Friday, Feb. 4 at Tyler Healthcare Center.
Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler provided the arrangements.
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Lyle Robert Rasmussen was born Oct. 17, 1956 to Robert and Agneta (Nielsen) Rasmussen in Tyler. He was baptized and confirmed at Danebod Lutheran
Church in Tyler. He graduated from Tyler High School in 1975. Following his education he worked 32 years for the Lincoln County Highway Department
in road maintenance, grading, drafting and snow plowing. Lyle had a heart attack while working on Friday, Feb. 4 and died at Tyler Healthcare Center at the age of 54 years, three months and 18 days.
In his earlier years Lyle played a lot of softball and enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing pool. He will be missed by the Saturday card players. In his later years he became an avid motorcycle enthusiast. He went to the Sturgis Motorcycle
Rally and enjoyed the poker runs. He will be dearly missed and remembered
as a devoted son, father, brother and friend.
Lyle is lovingly remembered by his son Joshua Rasmussen and fiancée Brittany of Brookings, S.D., his mother Agneta Rasmussen of Lake Benton, his sister Jane (and Jim) Palmer of Winona, and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father Robert and brother John.

Andrew Olsen

February 9, 2011

Funeral services for Andrew Olsen, 93, of Tyler were Thursday, Feb. 3 at 11 a.m. at the Alliance Church in Tyler. Visitation was Wednesday, 4-7 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Interment was in the Ruthton City Cemetery.
Andrew died Sunday, Jan. 30 at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler.
Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel of Tyler provided the arrangements.
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Andrew Hans Olsen was born April 4, 1917 to Chris A. and Christine (Drake) Olsen on the family’s farm in Shelburne Township near Florence. On July 18, 1946 Andrew married Vivian Fuhrmann in Balaton.
Andrew is lovingly remembered by his wife Vivian; his five children: Dorothy (Dan) Petersen of Owatonna; Roger (Pam) Olsen of Shoreview; LeRoy (Beth) Olsen of Tyler; Dale (Chris) Olsen of Las Vegas, Nev., and Doris (Jes) Olsen of Henderson, Nev.; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; a brother, James Olsen of Gresham, Ore., and many other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers John, Harold, Lawrence, Max, Daniel and Nathan Olsen, and sisters Mollie Peterson and Grace Fitzpatrick.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Ridgeview Hospice in Tyler or the donor’s choice.

Dorothy Mettler

February 9, 2011

Funeral services for Dorothy Mettler, 90, of Lake Benton, are Friday, Feb. 11, 2 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton.
Visitation is Thursday from 4-7 p.m. with prayer service at 6:30, all at the church. Burial will be in St. John’s Immanuel Cemetery, rural Verdi.
She died Monday, Feb. 7 at the Hendricks Nursing Home.
Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton is providing the arrangements.
Full notice will appear next week.

Lila Lavonne Clawson

February 3, 2011

Lila Lavonne Clawson, 88, longtime Bloomington resident, died on Jan. 21 at Fairview Ridges health care facility in Burnsville.
Lila was born to L. Peter and Louise F. Christensen in Hope Township, Lincoln County, on Nov. 25, 1922.
She is survived by her sons, John (Annette Roth) of Minneapolis, Phillip (Barbara) of Hastings, Richard (Kathy) of Texas, David (Mary) of Savage, and Steven (Tammi) of Colorado; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren,
several nieces and nephews and a whole host of friends and family, living and dead, among them her parents, sister and both brothers.
A funeral liturgy was celebrated on Wednesday, Jan. 26 at noon at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Old Shakopee Rd., Bloomington, with burial to follow in the Bloomington Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family invites memorials in Lila’s name to St. Luke’s social ministry program, VEAP 9728 Irving Ave. S., Bloomington MN 55431; or to Ebenezer Ridges resident social activity fund, 13820 Community Drive, Burnsville MN 55337.