Dolan Johnson

November 7, 2018

obit Johnson DolanDec. 1, 1935 – Oct. 28, 2018

Dolan Johnson, age 82 of Russell, passed away Sunday, Oct. 28 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Visitation was Wednesday, Oct. 31, 4:30-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Grace First Parish in Russell. A funeral service was held Thursday, Nov. 1, 10:30 a.m. at church. Burial followed at Russell City Cemetery. Hartquist Fu­neral Home was entrusted with arrangements. To read Dolan’s full life history or sign an online registry, please visit www.hartquist­funeral .com.
Dolan Rueben Johnson was born Dec. 1, 1935 to Carl Martin and Viola Jane (Cunningham) Johnson in Coon Creek Township, Minnesota. Dolan attended school in Russell and grad­uated in 1953. Four years after graduation, he mar­ried Eyvonne Johannsen on July 7, 1957 at Peace Evan­gelical Church in Elkton, South Dakota. The young couple continued to live in the Russell and Florence areas. Throughout their years of marriage, they were blessed with five chil­dren—Scott, Becky, Dar­ren, Joel and Kyle. Dolan spent his life working as a farmer and also ran his own trenching business. Dolan beat a cancer diag­nosis in 2002, and lived for 16 years, cancer free. Due to failing health, Dolan was brought to Avera Hos­pital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He died there on Sunday, Oct. 28 at the age of 82 years, 10 months, and 27 days.
Dolan was a member of Grace First Parish in Rus­sell and served as a mem­ber of the church council. In the community, Dolan was a member of the Rus­sell Roundup Riders, Slicks and Chicks, and a member of the Square Dancing Club. As a true outdoorsman, Dolan loved hunting, fish­ing, and four-wheeling in the great outdoors. He also had a great love of spend­ing time with his horses and spent his time watch­ing the Minnesota Twins. Above all else, Dolan truly cherished the time he was able to spend with his grandchildren and the times he was able to watch their activities.
He is lovingly remem­bered by his wife Eyvonne; his children— Scott (Bren­da) Johnson of Russell, Becky (Doug) Field of Craig, Colorado, Darren (Gloria) Johnson of Balaton, Joel (Colleen) Johnson of Mc­Cook Lakes, South Dakota, and Kyle (Kristie) Johnson of Florence; 16 grandchil­dren—Jackie (Terrin) Tor­vik, Angela (Reed) Andries, Melanie (Ray) Harris, An­drew (Joscelyn) Field, Jor­dan Field, Kelli (Alex) Het­tich, Danaca (Erik) Jensen, Taylor (Bell) Johnson, Nick Johnson, Nate (Stephanie) Johnson, Leigha (Todd Brockman) Huegerich, McKenzie (Amar Mal­donado) Cummings, An­dru Cummings, Lauren Johnson, Collin Johnson, and Dylan Johnson; nine great-grandchildren—Owen Torvik, Gavin Torvik, Anna Hettich, Kaden John­son, Ryder Johnson, Dylan Johnson, Michelle Mansker, Brooklyn Field, Savannah Field, Emily Brockman, and Hailey Brockman; siblings—Eleanor Kroetch of Philip, South Dakota, Dick (Marlys) Johnson of Congress, Arizona, and Darrel (Karen) Johnson of Balaton; many nieces and nephews; and many other loving friends and family members. Dolan was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents and his siblings— Jane Unger, Vivian Buchert, Ver­non Johnson, Fern Nelson, Dudley Johnson and Merlin Johnson.

Alda Olsen

November 7, 2018

obit Olsen Alda copySept. 23, 1924 – Oct. 29, 2018

Funeral services for Alda M. Olsen, age 94 of Tyler, were Saturday Nov. 3, 10 a.m. at Alliance Church in Tyler. Burial was in Ruthton City Cemetery. Hartquist Funeral Home in Tyler was entrusted with arrange­ments. To sign an online registry, please visit www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Alda Marjorie Olsen was born Sept. 23, 1924 to Earl and Avil (Abbott) Johnson while her parents were visiting her aunt Mina in St. Louis, Missouri. She grew up in the rural area around Chicago, Illinois and attended several coun­try schools. She attended Arlington Heights High School through 10th grade, then went to work for John Arthur and Hazel Ljung­gren in Park Ridge, Illinois. She was treated very well by them, remaining in con­tact with Mrs. Ljunggren for many years. Alda met Lawrence Olsen on a dou­ble date. They exchanged phone numbers at the end of the date, and exchanged letters while he was in ac­tive duty in the U.S. Navy during World War II. On Feb. 1, 1946 Alda and Law­rence were married at Aunt Molly and Uncle Ed’s home in Minneapolis. The cou­ple farmed in Shelburne Township in Lyon County, near Florence. Being a city girl, Alda had alot to learn about farm life, but she was a strong partner helping on the farm, doing chores, cleaning the milk tools and tank, and raising their four children. Since she was not able to graduate from high school, she was very proud to earn her GED at the age of 56.
Lawrence died in 2005 and in 2007, Alda moved to an apartment at Dane­bod Village. In 2016, af­ter breaking a hip, Alda took up residence in the Hendricks Nursing Home where, on Oct. 29, she died at the age of 94 surrounded by her family.
Alda was a member of Alliance Church in Tyler. She was a member of Shel­burne Birthday Club and Shelburne Farm Bureau, and was a 4-H leader. She enjoyed flower gardening, embroidering, entertaining family and friends, babysit­ting and attending grand­children’s functions.
Alda is lovingly remem­bered by her children—Robert Olsen of Hampton, Iowa, Richard (Annetta) Olsen of Tyler, Kathleen (Jeffrey) Weber of Elkton, South Dakota, and Karolyn (James) Barron of Lynd; 10 grandchildren—Tammy (Jason) Borman, Jeremy (Emily) Studemann, Jes­sica (Matthew) Boettcher, Robbie (Amber) Olsen, Jhett (Emmeline) Weber, Jack (Sara) Weber, Shawn (Chelsey) Olsen, Jennifer (Jeff) Rupp, Joy Barron, and William (Kristi) Barron; 20 great-grandchildren—Jasi­Anna Borman, Jaden Bor­man, Alexis Scharper, Saphi­ra Olsen, Alexander Olsen, Gage Studemann, Gavin Studemann, Grady Stude­mann, Raens Boettcher, Eden Weber, Kyle (Judith) Rupp, Jordan Rupp, Kelsey Boettcher, Cameron Calico, Damian Hoeft, Brandon Hoeft, Layla Olsen, Hunter Olsen, Emma Sparks, and Jakob Barron; and two great-great-grandchildren, Amelia and Henry Rupp. She was preceded in death by her husband Lawrence; her parents; brothers Clar­ence Hill, Marvin, Richard, and Lester Johnson, and infants Cecil and Junior; sisters Virginia Webb and Juanita Berett; and a grand­son, Larry Olsen.
Blessed be her memory.

Gordon Willts

November 7, 2018

obit Willts Gordy photoJuly 2, 1936 – Oct. 28, 2018

Gordon D. Willts, age 82 of Tyler, passed away Sunday, Oct. 28 at Avera Hospital in Tyler. A funeral service was held Saturday, Nov. 3, 2 p.m. at First Eng­lish Lutheran Church in Tyler with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will be held at a later date at Gilman Cemetery in Ashton, Iowa. Hartquist Funeral Home in Tyler was entrusted with arrange­ments. To sign an online registry or view Gordy’s full life history, please visit www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Gordon Dean Willts was born July 2, 1936 to Henry and Hattie (Pater) Willts in Ashton, Iowa. Gordy was raised and attended school in Bigelow, Minnesota. He graduated from high school in Worthington. On June 21, 1957 he married Jeanine Johnson in Wor­thington. This union was blessed with two children, Pamela and Lisa. Gordon served in the Army Nation­al Guard and later attended Sioux Falls Barber College. After moving his family to Watertown, South Dakota, he began his barbering ca­reer. In addition to barber­ing, Gordy also drove truck long-distance throughout the United States. Since 1968, Gordy and Jeanine had made their home in Ty­ler. Though he retired from barbering in 1998, he con­tinued to work part-time for several years at Tyler Lumber Company and CHS in Ruthton. After retire­ment, the couple enjoyed travelling to visit family and friends, and especially cherished trips to Arizona and Washington to visit their daughter. On Sunday, Oct. 28, Gordon passed away at Avera Hospital in Tyler at the age of 82 years, three months and 26 days.
Gordy appreciated many things in life. He was a con­firmed member of First English Lutheran Church in Tyler, and a member of the American Legion for 36 years. He always main­tained a large garden and enjoyed sharing the fruits of his labor with others. Always a cowboy at heart, Gordy loved everything that spoke of the Old West. He also enjoyed fishing, trips to the casino, and driving to the farm near Ashton, Iowa, that had been owned by his family for over 100 years, to see the crops. Gordon’s life was so richly blessed with his family and many friends. He rarely missed a day going into town to have coffee and visit with his buddies at the station. Gordy was so very proud of his three grandchildren and loved spending time with them. He especially cherished their weeklong visits during the summers.
Gordon is survived by his wife Jeanine of Tyler; daughters— Pamela and her husband Todd Juber of Sibley, Iowa, and Lisa Willts and her significant other, Don Gonser, of Vancouver, Washington; grandchil­dren— Gretchen, Matthew and his fiancé Josie Hyland, and Grant Juber; and his sister Elaine Reitsma of Tea, South Dakota. He was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Hattie, parents-in-law Anna and Myron Johnson, and many aunts, uncles and friends.

Gordon Willts

November 1, 2018

Gordon Dean Willts, age 82 of Tyler, passed away Sunday, Oct. 28 at the Ave­ra Hospital in Tyler.
Visitation is Saturday, Nov. 3, 1-2 p.m. at First English Lutheran Church in Tyler. Funeral service is Saturday, Nov. 3, 2 p.m., also at First English Lu­theran Church. Burial will be in Gilman Cemetery, Ashton, Iowa.
Hartquist Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. To read Gordon’s full life history or sign an online regis­try, please visit www.hartquistfuneral .com.

Dolan Johnson

November 1, 2018

Dolan Johnson, age 82 of Russell, passed away Sun­day, Oct. 28 at Avera McK­ennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Oct. 31, 4:30-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Grace First Parish in Russell. A funeral service will be held Thurs­day, Nov. 1, 10:30 a.m. at church. Burial will follow at Russell City Cemetery.
Hartquist Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. To read Dolan’s full life history or sign an online regis­try, please visit www.hartquistfuneral .com.

Leo Brandt

October 29, 2018

obit leoOct. 30, 1927 – Oct. 15, 2018

Leo P. Brandt, age 90 of Tyler, passed away Monday, Oct. 15 at Colonial Manor in Balaton. A funeral service was held Friday, Oct. 19, 2 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service. A private family committal service followed. Hartquist Funeral Home – Tyler Cha­pel was entrusted with ar­rangements. To view Leo’s full life history or sign an online registry, please visit www.hartquistfuneral. com.
Leo Peter Brandt was born Oct. 30, 1927 to Axel and Dagmar (Lund) Brandt in Arco. He was baptized and later confirmed at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. He attended a country school for eight years, then attended West Central School of Agricul­ture residential high school in Morris. After gradua­tion, Leo farmed until he entered the U.S. Army. He was stationed at Fort Lewis Army Base in Washington State. He was sent to Ko­rea as an army cook, and was discharged in 1953. After returning home he returned to farming.
On June 25, 1953 Leo married Lorraine Cyriacks at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Verdi Township. The couple was blessed with five children and 65 years of life together. They operated a dairy farm be­tween Tyler and Lake Ben­ton, and Leo served on the AMPI Dairy Board many years. After retirement he still farmed with sons Tom and Wayne, and enjoyed traveling with Lorraine, taking several trips to visit relatives in Denmark. Re­cently, Leo was a resident of Colonial Manor in Bala­ton, where on Monday, Oct. 15, he died 15 days before his 91st birthday.
Leo was a long-time member of St. John’s Evan­gelical Lutheran Church in Lake Benton, where he served on the church coun­cil and participated in the Men’s Club, later joining Im­manuel Lutheran Church in Tyler. He enjoyed dancing and playing cards, and for a number of years delivered Meals on Wheels.
Grateful for having shared his life is his wife Lorraine; his children— Jane (Les) Johnson of Ty­ler, Thomas (Marlene) Brandt of Tyler, Wayne (Kathy) Brandt of Tyler, and Reid Brandt of Fairfax; 11 grandchildren— Kay (Joe Metzen) Brandt, Car­riAnn (Todd) Caron, Dean (Danielle) Brandt, Lesley (Eric) Kaesermann, Hilary (Wade) Thooft, Julian and Allison Loescher, Lauren (William) Dunn, and Bri­anna, Mariah and Brandon Brandt; 15 great-grand­children; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Anker Brandt, and a daughter, Jean Loescher.

Lana Norgaard

October 29, 2018

Lana R. Norgaard, age 62 of Rochester, died Sat­urday, Oct. 20 at her home in Rochester.
A memorial service will be held Monday, Oct. 29, 2 p.m. at the Hartquist Fu­neral Chapel in Tyler. In­urnment will occur at Me­morial Hill Cemetery, Lake Benton, at a later date.
Hartquist Funeral Home – Tyler Chapel has been entrusted with arrange­ments. To sign an online registry please visit www. hartquistfuneral.com.

Roger Peters

October 18, 2018

Sept. 22, 1967 – Oct. 8, 2018

Roger Dean Peters, son of Dean and Karen (Bauer) Peters Hays, was born Sept. 22, 1967 in David City, Ne­braska. He went to heaven Oct. 8, 2018.
Roger was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tyler. He attended school in Tyler and graduated from South­west Minnesota Technical College in Granite Falls. Roger owned and operated Peters Auto Salvage. Roger was married to Sabrina Cardiel. After one and a half difficult years of illness, Roger passed away from kidney cancer that metas­tasized.
Roger had a vivid interest in history that began at a very young age. It spanned from King Tut’s time to modern day wars and in­cluded all history. He was in 4-H with pigs as his project, winning Grand Champion at the Lincoln County Fair. He also collected spiders to send to Harvard University. When he visited the desert he looked for insects and snakes. Roger loved clas­sic cars and collecting all sorts of antiques. He liked spending time with his children and grandchild. He had a great sense of humor, which he used even during his illness. Roger had an incredible work ethic and would often work day and night.
Roger was preceded in death by his father Dean Peters, his grandparents, his sister Jamie, four of his biological siblings, and one niece—all who passed away from cancer; and two siblings who died of other causes.
Roger is survived by his mother Karen Peters Hays; his brother Charles (Jill) and family; his nieces and nephew, Lacey, Zach and Molly; his children— Philip Cardiel (son Michael), Dil­lon Peters, Cody Peters and Scott Peters; and five bio­logical siblings.
Blessed be his memory.
In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to the American Cancer Society.

Debora Hoflock

October 18, 2018

obit debora hoflockFeb. 6, 1958 – Oct. 10, 2018

Debora Hoflock, age 60 of Lake Benton, died at home with family by her side on Wednesday, Oct. 10. Memorial services were 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall. Following a re­ception, interment was in the Canby City Cemetery. Visitation was one hour prior to the services, 1-2 p.m. Saturday at the Hamil­ton Funeral Home.
Debora Kay Haas was born Feb. 6, 1958 in Mar­shall. She was the only daughter of Carl and Jean­nette (Larson) Haas. She was baptized and con­firmed at First Lutheran Church in Marshall. She grew up in Marshall and graduated from Marshall High School, Class of 1976. She helped on the farm in addition to raising her chil­dren and being a devoted homemaker.
She lived in Colorado, and locally in Marshall, Ty­ler, Arco and Lake Benton. Deb earned her CNA and worked at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler for over 14 years before her cancer diagnosis. In Febru­ary 2016, Deb was engaged to be married to Greg Fri­ese.
Deb loved to be outside, camping, fishing, hunting for asparagus, watching for hummingbirds, and antiqu­ing or trolling the streets during junk days for many discarded treasures with Greg.
Debora died Wednes­day, Oct. 10 at her home in Lake Benton, at the age of 60 years, eight months and four days. Blessed be her memory.
She is survived by her fiancé Greg Friese of Ward, South Dakota; mother Jea­nette Haas of Marshall; three children— Chad Ho­flock (Shannon McCarthy) of Lake Benton, Chasidy Ho­flock (Quincy Poindexter) of Lake Benton, and Charlie (and Heather) Hoflock of Marshall; eight grandchil­dren—McKayla Poindexter of Watertown, South Dako­ta, Kaylee Hoflock of Will­mar, Kiah Hoflock of Mar­shall, Preston Hoflock of Marshall, Peyton Hoflock of Marshall, Quinten Poindex­ter of Lake Benton, Myles Poindexter of Lake Ben­ton, and Michael Hoflock of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; siblings Richard (Patty) Haas of Farmington and John (Laurie) Haas of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; her pet Green-Headed Yellow Ama­zon Parrot, Grumpy; nieces and nephews, other rela­tives, and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her father Carl Haas, and brothers Michael Haas and Robert Haas.
Arrangements were by the Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall. Guest book and tribute wall avail­able online at www.hamil­tonfh.com.

Leo Brandt

October 18, 2018

Leo P. Brandt, age 90 of Tyler, passed away on Monday, Oct. 15 at Colo­nial Manor in Balaton.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. A private family committal service will follow.
Hartquist Funeral Home – Tyler Chapel has been entrusted with arrange­ments. To view Leo’s full life history or sign an on­line registry, please visit www.hartquistfuneral. com.