Clayton Halling

September 19, 2019

obit Halling ClaytonMay 18, 1945 – Sept. 6, 2019

Clayton E. Halling, age 74 of Florissant, Missouri, passed away Friday, Sept. 6 at SSM Health DePaul Hospital – St. Louis, Mis­souri.
Clayton Eugene Halling was born May 18, 1945 in Tyler. He was the son of the late John E. Halling and Norma Blegen. Clay­ton grew up on a farm near Arco. He attended Ty­ler High School, where he graduated in 1963. After graduation, he entered the U.S. Army, where he served as an SP5. He met the love of his life, Patricia “Pat” Menderski, while work­ing in St. Louis, Missouri. On Aug. 3, 1968, Clayton and Patricia were united in marriage at St. Aloy­sius Catholic Church in St. Louis. They were blessed with 51 years of marriage and two children, Jeff and Lisa. Clayton and Pat spent the majority of their mar­ried life in St. Louis. Clay­ton was a retail manager of a national furniture store until his retirement in 2005. After retirement, he remained active by working as a driver for En­terprise Rent-A Car a few days a week, while spend­ing time golfing, hunting, doing puzzles and enjoy­ing a cup of coffee with his coffee group. If he wasn’t on the golf course, you could find Clayton on the sidelines, cheering on his grandchildren during their various sporting events. He visited Arco annually to spend time with his family and friends, telling stories, golfing and playing cards until the sun would set.
Clayton passed away on Friday, Sept. 6 at SSM Health DePaul Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri at the young age of 74 years. Blessed be his memory.
Clayton is survived by his wife, Pat Halling of Florissant, Missouri; his children— Jeff Halling of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Lisa Molner and her hus­band David of Florissant, Missouri; grandchildren Ben, Austin and Elizabeth Halling of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Megan, Al­lison and Lindsey Molner of Florissant, Missouri; his sisters Maureen (James) VanGaal of Solon Springs, Wisconsin, Karen (Rob­ert) Feldman of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Valerie (Den­nis) Paluch of Ivanhoe; his brother Glenn Halling of Arco; nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends.
Clayton was preceded in death by his father and mother John and Norma Halling; mother-in-law Regina Menderski; and brothers-in-law Stanley Menderski, Jr. and Thomas Menderski

Judy Sorenson

September 12, 2019

obit Judy Sorenson RadioApril 20, 1949 – Sept. 4, 2019

Judy Sorenson, age 70 of Marshall, died Wednesday, Sept. 4 at Prairie Home Hospice–McLaughlin House in Marshall. Memo­rial services were 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10 at St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Marshall. Interment followed in the Marshall Cemetery. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service, 10-11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at the church.
Judy Ann Johnson was born April 20, 1949 to Marvin and Opal (Olson) Johnson in Tyler. She grew up in Ruthton, and was baptized and confirmed at Peace Lutheran Church. Judy attended school in Ruthton before transfer­ring in her senior year to graduate with the Mar­shall High School Class of 1967.
On July 20, 1968 Judy was married to Dan So­renson at First Lutheran Church in Marshall. The couple made their home in Marshall until 1971, when they moved to Lake Elmo. Eight years later the fam­ily returned to Marshall, now including a daughter, Susan. Judy ran a daycare before filling in at the Lyon County Jail as a cook; 23 years later her “two-week fill-in” was complete. She retired in 2011 after so many years of feeding and serving others.
Judy was a member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Marshall. Her enjoyments in life includ­ed flowers, cleaning the house, going to the casino, her cats, and caring for others. In addition to be­ing caregiver to her par­ents, Judy loved to cook for large crowds, especially family gatherings.
Judy Sorenson died Sept. 4 at the age of 70 years, four months and 15 days. Blessed be her memory.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Dan Sorenson of Marshall; daughter Susan (and Jus­tin) LaMorie of Wood Lake; siblings Marlowe Johnson of Marshall and Gary (Judy) Johnson of Heron Lake; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents Mar­vin and Opal Johnson.

Arrangements were provided by the Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall. Guest book and tribute wall available online at

Eugene Brandt

September 5, 2019

obit brandt eugeneFeb. 3, 1943 – Aug. 23, 2019

Eugene “Gene” Brandt of Hutchinson, age 76, passed away Friday, Aug. 23 at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park. Funeral service was Saturday, Aug 31, 11 a.m. at Dobratz- Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson, with inter­ment in Rosehill Cemetery in Wells.
Eugene “Gene” Harold Brandt was born Feb. 3, 1943 in Albert Lea. He was the son of Harold A. Brandt and Velma F. Cal­lahan. Gene was baptized as an infant and later con­firmed in his faith at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Wells. He received his education in Minnesota Lake, and was a gradu­ate of the Minnesota Lake High School Class of 1961. He furthered his education at St. Olaf College in North­field for one year until he transferred to Minnesota State University, Mankato, where he received a Bach­elor of Science in Educa­tion. During college Gene achieved a black belt in karate and taught self-defense to women. He also entertained and per­formed over 110 skydiving jumps in front of crowds, which helped him pay for college. Later on, Gene went back to school while working and achieved his Master’s Degree in Curric­ulum and Instruction and also a third degree in Edu­cational Administration at Mankato.
On Aug. 20, 1966, Gene was united in marriage to Betty Pedersen at Peace Lutheran Church in Ruthton. This marriage was blessed with three children—Kathleen, Ann and Thomas. Gene and Betty resided and worked in several towns in Min­nesota including Gibbon, Ruthton, Alden, Canby, Grand Rapids, Henderson, Big Fork, Sleepy Eye, and in 2015 they made their home in Hutchinson. Gene and Betty shared 53 years of marriage together.
Gene started his teaching career as a chemistry, his­tory, geography and phys­ics teacher in Gibbon for 16 years. While in Gibbon he also coached football, ran the chess club, and helped found their first responder rescue squad with the fire department. He was then employed as a principal in Ruthton for three years and he helped found their first first responder rescue squad, too. Gene was the superintendent at Alden, then a curriculum coordi­nator in Canby. Next, Gene was a principal in Hender­son until the school closed. He then was the principal in Big Fork until finally being the Director of In­struction in Sleepy Eye. He retired from Sleepy Eye at the age of 55.
Gene loved to joke around and was a great storyteller. He enjoyed fishing, John Deere trac­tors, drinking coffee, and reading and writing. He especially enjoyed spend­ing time with his family, grandchildren and friends.
Gene passed away on Friday, Aug. 23 at Meth­odist Hospital in St. Louis Park at the age of 76 years. Blessed be his memory.
Gene is survived by his wife Betty Brandt of Hutchinson; his children— Kathleen Brandt-Rucker and her special friend Jo­hann Sonnenberg of Pine Island, Ann “Annie” Kosel and her husband Kirk of Hutchinson, and Thomas Brandt and his wife Rachel of Nashville, Tennessee; grandchildren Grace Ruck­er, Matthew Rucker, Olivia Kosel, Addison Kosel and Julia Kosel; his mother Velma Brandt of Hutchin­son; sisters Nadine Dzick of Madison, Wisconsin and Gloria Pearson and her husband Trent of New Ulm; brother Harlan Brandt and his wife Karen of Black River Falls; brother-in-law Harvey Pedersen and his wife Marlene of Lamber­ton; nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends.
Gene was preceded in death by his father Harold Brandt; father- and moth­er-in-law Harry and Jennie Pedersen; and brothers-in-law James Pedersen and Donald Pedersen.
Arrangements by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapels in Hutchinson. Online Obituaries and Guest Book available at www.hantge. com.

Eugene Brandt

August 29, 2019

Eugene “Gene” H. Brandt, age 76 of Hutchinson, passed away Friday, Aug. 23 at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 31, 11 a.m. at Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson, with interment in Rosehill Cemetery in Wells.
Visitation will be held Friday, Aug. 30, 4-8 p.m. at Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel, and will continue one hour prior to the service on Saturday.
Online Guest Book is available at

Norman Mikkelsen

August 22, 2019

obit Norm MikkelsenAug. 20, 1930 – Aug. 18, 2019

Norman Mikkelsen, age 88 of Tyler, passed away Sunday, Aug. 18 at Avera Tyler Hospital. Visitation will be held Wednesday, Aug. 21, 4:30-7 p.m. at First English Lutheran Church in Tyler. A funeral service will be held Thurs­day, Aug. 22, 10:30 a.m. at the church. Private inter­ment will follow at Dane­bod Cemetery in Tyler. To view Norman’s full life history or sign an online registry, please visit www.
Norman Mikkelsen, son of Jens and Clara (Peder­sen) Mikkelsen, passed away Sunday, Aug. 18, just two days shy of the 89th anniversary of his birth on Aug. 20, 1930. Nor­man was surrounded by family and was fortunate to have made his wishes known. Interestingly, Nor­man was born in the fam­ily farm chicken house while the main house was constructed. Norman at­tended country school and later graduated from Tyler High School. He was mar­ried to Leona M. Swanson on March 20, 1954, and to­gether, they continued to live and work on the family farm until his death. Nor­man was a member of First English Lutheran Church of Tyler, Hope Township Board, Lincoln County Co-op Board, part-time secu­rity officer, church choir member, and a volunteer on many projects.
Norman was a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a jokester. You never encountered Norman without expect­ing some sort of a wise­crack. Neither, would you ever see Norman in a dirty car. With a toothpick in his mouth, he was always ready to jump in and help a neighbor, a friend, or a stranger. Norman loved his family, his farm, his animals, dancing, and a well-done, fatty steak with ketchup. Norman epito­mized the Golden Rule. He returned everything better than he found it. He made sure to provide for his family and his community ten times over. He served 46 years for the people of Hope Township. Norman’s footprint will be stamped forever on this earth and in the heart of his precious wife, Leona.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Leona (Swanson) Mikkelsen of Tyler; three sons— Kent (Deborah) Mikkelsen of Tyler, Danny (Kimberly) Mikkelsen of Douglas, Wy­oming, and Timothy (cats, Mandu and Otto) Mik­kelsen of Charlotte, North Carolina; grandchildren— Kela (Jordan) Mikkelsen- Lemer of Golden, Colorado, Drew Mikkelsen of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Dani­ca (TJ) Daniels of Douglas, Wyoming, Danelle (Nate) Cartmill of Inwood, Iowa, and Nick (Leah) Vermeire of Dubois, Wyoming; eight great-grandchildren— Cora, Wyatt, Easton, Adley, Wylder, Emma, Kaycee and Gracelynn; and his pets, Kitty Cat of Tyler and four sweet, unnamed mousers.
Norman was preceded in death by his parents Jens and Clara, his stepmother Florence, his sister Esther Pedersen and his twin sis­ter Norma Sanderson.
Blessed be his memory. Thank you for loving him.
Memorials will be di­rected to local charities by the family.

Jeanine Willts

August 22, 2019

Nov. 17, 1935 – Aug. 13, 2019

Jeanine R. Willts, age 83 of Sibley, Iowa and previ­ously of Tyler, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 13 at Heart­wood Heights in Sibley. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Aug. 21, 11 a.m. at First English Lutheran Church in Tyler. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will occur at a later date at Gilman Cem­etery in Ashton, Iowa. Ar­rangements have been entrusted to Hartquist Fu­neral Home – Tyler Chapel. To view Jeanine’s full life history or sign an online registry, please visit www.
Jeanine Rae Willts was born Nov. 17, 1935 to My­ron and Anna (Hohensee) Johnson in Worthington. She spent her childhood years in Bigelow and graduated from Worthing­ton High School. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Worthington, where she was also unit­ed in marriage to Gordon Willts on June 21, 1957. The couple made their first home in Bigelow be­fore relocating to Water­town, South Dakota. For the majority of their mar­ried life, Jeanine and Gor­don made their home in Tyler. Shortly after moving to Tyler, Jeanine began her 40-year career as a nurse’s aide at A.L. Vadheim Me­morial Hospital. After working in the hospital for many years, she went on to care for patients in home health and hospice. Jeanine truly loved her work and the patients she cared for. Her nurturing spirit was also evident in her roles as wife, mother and homemaker. Jeanine’s full-time work never got in the way of her house­work and always having a homecooked meal ready for her family, complete with desert. She also took great pride in making sure her daughters were taught how to tend to a household, and impressed upon them the importance of completing the day’s chores before fun could be had.
On Oct. 28, 2018, Gordon preceded Jeanine in death. Soon thereafter, Jeanine relocated to Heartwood Heights in Sibley, Iowa, where she died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 83 years, eight months and 27 days.
Jeanine was an active member of First English Lutheran Church in Tyler. She served on many church committees, including the quilting club and WELCA. Jeanine had a lifelong love of baking and cooking. She put this passion to use by volunteering as an Æbelskiever cook during the annual celebration in Tyler, canning the produce that was grown with the assistance of her husband, and establishing a Christ­mas baking tradition with her daughter Pam. She en­joyed sharing trays of their Christmas goodies with friends, neighbors and rel­atives during the holiday season. Following retire­ment, Jeanine became an avid reader. If not reading a novel, she would enter­tain herself by reading her collection of cookbooks. Jeanine’s grandchildren were her pride and joy. She was their biggest fan and frequently traveled to Sibley for music concerts and sporting events. Dur­ing her work career, her vacation days were hap­pily spent babysitting her grandchildren or having them come stay in Tyler during the summer. She also enjoyed traveling and cherished the memories made while visiting her daughter Lisa in Arizona and Washington. Jeanine had a genuinely kind and caring nature, and her warm personality was adored by many who met her. She will be deeply missed.
She is remembered by her daughters, Pamela (Todd) Juber of Sibley, Iowa, and Lisa Willts (Don Gonser) of Vancouver, Washington; grandchil­dren Gretchen, Matthew (Josie), and Grant Juber; sister-in-law Elaine Reits­ma; several special cous­ins, and numerous friends in Tyler and Sibley. She was preceded in death by her husband Gordon and her parents Myron and Anna Johnson.

Dwight Boomgaarden

August 22, 2019

obit boomgaarden IMG9542531Nov. 6, 1952 – June 25, 2019

A Celebration of Life for Dwight Evan Boomgaarden will be held at Dwight and Mona’s family farm in Kenyon on Sept. 7 at 11 a.m.
Dwight was born Nov. 6, 1952 in Adrian to George Okke Boomgaarden and Evelyn Virginia Boomgaarden. He attended schools in Ellsworth, Lake Benton, and graduated from Tyler High School in 1970. Dwight then enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving 1970-1974.
Dwight married Mona R. (Tvedt) Boomgaarden in 1975. They were married for 44 years and had three daughters— Crystal, Autumn and Jessica. The family moved to Kenyon, where Dwight worked at Foldcraft as Chief Boiler Engineer, following in his father’s footsteps. He worked at Foldcraft until his health forced him to retire.
Dwight and Mona hosted many large old-fashioned threshing bees featuring the Boomgaarden family’s 150-horse Case steam engine. Above all else, his love for God, family and friends is the most important lesson Dwight shared with us all.
Dwight is survived by his wife Mona; children, Crystal (Jon) Port, Autumn Maring and Jessica (Josh) Walton; eight grandchildren— Logan Swanson, Mason Swanson, Owen Swanson, Logan Port, Connor Port, Paxton Maring, Lucas Walton and Layne Walton; his siblings— Gail, Rosalie, Allen, Randy, Kathy and Scott; countless nieces and nephews; in- laws that he lovingly referred to as out-laws, and family and friends that were so precious to him.
He was preceded in death by his parents George and Evie, brother Larry, sister Phyllis, and cousins Gary and Dennis.

Edna Haraldson

August 15, 2019

May 3, 1927 – Aug. 10, 2019

Edna Haraldson, age 92 of Pipestone, died peace­fully on Saturday, Aug. 10 at the Good Samari­tan Communities of Pip­estone.
A visitation was held Tuesday, Aug 13, 5-8 p.m. at the Hartquist Funeral Home in Pipestone. Fu­neral service will be held Wednesday, Aug. 14, 10:30 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Ruthton. Burial will be in the Peace Lu­theran Cemetery in rural Ruthton.
Arrangements are with the Hartquist Funeral Home – Pipestone Cha­pel. To view Edna’s life history or sign an online registry, please go to www.

Samuel Hedge

August 15, 2019

obit Sam HedgeSept. 18, 1937 – Aug. 4, 2019

Samuel R. Hedge, age 81, of Lake Benton and Tracy, passed away Sunday, Aug. 4 at Unity Point Hospi­tal in Sioux City, Iowa. A funeral service was held Friday, Aug. 9, 2 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Visitation was two hours prior to the service. Interment was in Diamond Lake Cemetery in Diamond Lake Town­ship of Lincoln County. Ar­rangements were entrust­ed to Hartquist Funeral Home – Lake Benton Cha­pel. To view Sam’s full life history or sign an online registry, please visit
Samuel Raymond Hedge was born Sept. 18, 1937 in Spirit Lake, Iowa. Sam was raised on the fam­ily farm south of Jackson, where he graduated from high school in 1955. He enjoyed many activities during his youth includ­ing FFA, 4-H, and football. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to the neighbors. He had a lifetime interest in horses and as a young man he successfully competed in many horse racing events. Sam was also a pi­lot, starting in high school and young adulthood. He went on to become a crop duster and regional pilot. Sam furthered his educa­tion at North Dakota State University where he con­tinued to put his love of football to use as an offen­sive lineman and middle linebacker. He transferred to Mankato State Univer­sity in Mankato, where he graduated with a degree in agriculture in 1959. College also led him to the love of his life, Annette Mangen, whom he mar­ried on Sept. 25, 1959 at St. Bartholomew‘s Church in Wayzata. The couple made their first home in Fairmont, and relocated several times before put­ting down roots on their family farm in Amiret in 1973. Sam and Annette enjoyed spending more and more of their time at the lake home they ac­quired on Lake Benton in 1986.
Sam’s career was fo­cused mainly around farming and trucking throughout his entire life. He had over 40 years of experience in the truck­ing industry and accom­plished over three mil­lion accident-free driving miles over his career. In 1994, Sam was awarded the title of Independent Contractor of the Year in the small fleet category by the Independent Truck­ers Association. This award and several other accolades, including a new semi-tractor, were awarded to Sam at the International Corpora­tion’s ceremony in Palm Desert, California. His business continues today under the ownership and guidance of his son, Matt. Sam was also honored by the trucking industry by being named as a cap­tain of America’s Road Team in 1995. His career taught him an unrivaled memory of the country’s roads and U.S. landmarks that were definitely more reliable than any GPS he could find. On Sunday, Aug. 4, Sam passed away at Unity Point Hospital in Sioux City, Iowa. He was 81 years, 10 months, and 17 days of age.
Sam was baptized and confirmed at the family church in Jackson County, and was a current mem­ber of Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. He volunteered his time with the Diamond Lake Cem­etery Association and was president of the Lake Ben­ton Lake Association and the Lake Benton Lake Im­provement District. Some of Sam’s favorite memo­ries were of the days spent traveling the country with his wife and beloved dog, Corky, by his side. He will be remembered for his ability to tell a great story, and his magnetic person­ality that made everyone who crossed his path feel comfortable enough to open up to him and be­come a friend.
Sam is lovingly remem­bered by his wife Annette Hedge; five children—Pa­tricia (Mark) Mundahl of Minnetrista, Peg (Doug) Becker of Hinton, Iowa, Jennifer (Doug) Carlson of Eden Prairie, Matthew (Eileen) Hedge of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Mark (Nancy) Hedge of Chanhassen; 11 grand­children— Erin and Mat­thew (Laura) Mundahl, David (Steph) and Alexis Becker, Sadie, Shelby and Tess Hedge, Jacob and Grace Carlson, and Tyler and Brittany Heim; and two great-grandchildren, Jackson and Levi Becker.

Samuel Hedge

August 7, 2019

Sept. 18, 1937 – Aug. 4, 2019

Samuel R. Hedge, age 81, of Lake Benton and Tracy, passed away Sunday, Aug. 5 at Unity Point Hospital in Sioux City, Iowa.
A funeral service will be held Friday, Aug. 9, 2 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service. Interment will be in Diamond Lake Cemetery in Diamond Lake Township of Lincoln County.
To view Sam’s full life history or sign an online registry, please visit