Susan Barber

May 9, 2019

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Sue Barber, age 62 of Ty­ler, passed away Wednes­day, May 1 at Sunrise Man­or Nursing Home in Tyler. Memorial service will be Monday, May 13, 5 p.m. at Tyler Alliance Church, 202 Linwood St., Tyler. Visita­tion will be one hour prior to services. Burial will be at a later date. Online con­dolences may be placed at www.forevermissed.com/susan-kay-barber/
Susan “Sue” Kay (Gor­don) Barber was born to Manley and Betty (Kerr) Gordon on Oct. 14, 1956 in San Jose, California. She was baptized in Morgan Hill, California. The family moved to Tyler in 1964. She was confirmed at St. Dionysius Church in Tyler in 1968.
She graduated from Tyler High School in Ty­ler in 1976, where she was homecoming queen and class president. She attended St. Cloud State College. On Jan. 14, 1984 Sue married Bill Barber, and their marriage was blessed with three chil­dren. Sue was a home­maker for many years while her children grew up near Arco. For the past several years she worked at Danebod Village and enjoyed her work and the people very much.
Sue enjoyed working outside on the farm. She raised many horses and dogs. She had a special connection with her ani­mals. She was creative and a talented artist. She was very proud of her children, and loved her grandchildren dearly. She always had baked goods, treats, and taco dip avail­able for guests.
Sue’s last residence was Morning Sun Apart­ments in Tyler. She was diagnosed with oral can­cer in October 2017. She passed away peacefully at Sunrise Manor Nurs­ing Home on May 1, with her children by her side after her long battle with cancer. Sue formed truly special relationships with her caretakers while in hospice and at the nurs­ing home. She donated her body to the University of Minnesota for the Anat­omy Bequest Program for research.
Sue will be lovingly re­membered by her chil­dren— Amber (Damon) Gomez of Perry, Kansas, Brittany (Marc) Veneka­mp of Elkton, South Da­kota, and Buck (Heidi) Barber of Aurora, South Dakota; her grandchil­dren—Ethan, Colton and Brayden Gomez, Hudson Venekamp, and Brynn Barber; her brothers— Gary (Pat), Alan (Diane), and James; her sisters—Kathi (Harvey) Dressen, Marlene Lazerenko, and Rita (Gary) Heldt; and many cousins and neph­ews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents, sister Pa­tricia and grandchild Ella Barber.
Blessed be her memory.
There will be a private burial at a later date.

Willie Oltmans

May 9, 2019

obit Oltmans WillieJune 29, 1926 – Feb. 1, 2019

Willie H. Oltmans, age 92 of Luverne, formerly of Lake Benton, passed away Feb. 1 at the Minne­sota Veterans Home in Lu­verne. A memorial service with military honors will be held Monday, May 13, 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at church. To view Willie’s full life history or sign an online registry please vis­it www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Willie Henry Oltmans was born to Fred and Min­nie (Ahliets) Oltmans on June 29, 1926 in Rush­more. He was raised and attended grade school there. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He had his training from May-August 1944, then spent time serving on three ships—USS Winged Arrow (AP-170), a troop carrier, from August 1944-March 1945; USS Mere­dosia (IX-193), a tanker, from March-July 1945; and lastly, aboard USS Point Cruz (CVE-119), an aircraft carrier, from July 1945-May 1946. He was injured during the Janu­ary 1945 invasion of Lin­gayen Gulf, Philippines, which eventually led to his honorable discharge in May 1946.
On Feb. 12, 1949 Willie was united in marriage to Elsie Ann Schmidt in Flandreau, South Dakota. The couple settled in Lu­verne. Willie worked at a service station before the couple moved to Tracy. In 1959, he started building the Tyler Motel in Tyler, and it opened in 1960. Willie and Elsie Ann ran the motel side by side for 15 years. He also worked at the nearby Amoco sta­tion. They then moved to Slayton and operated a bar and restaurant for a few years until ultimately moving to Lake Benton, and doing odd jobs until retirement.
Elsie preceded Willie in death on April 11, 2000. He was reunited with her on Feb. 1, when he died at the Minnesota Veter­ans Home in Luverne at the age of 92 years, seven months, and two days.
Willie was a dedicated member of the American Legion and earned his Certificate of Continuous Service for 73 years. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting, woodworking, card playing and making soup, including one of his specialties – turtle soup!
Willie is survived by his son, Steven Oltmans of Arvada, Colorado; grand­daughters Lori (Brad) Kautzer and Jessica (Matt) Lynch; grandson Anthony (Rebecca) Dressen; and great-grandchildren Cole, Lexi, Fletcher, Isabelle, Sophia and Wyatt. He was preceded in death by his wife Elsie Ann; his par­ents; three brothers; and his daughter Lou Ann.

Willie Oltmans

May 2, 2019

Willie H. Oltmans, age 92 of Luverne, formerly of Lake Benton, passed away on Feb. 1 at the Min­nesota Veterans Home in Luverne.
A memorial service with military honors will be held May 13, 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at church.
To view Willie’s full life history or sign an online registry please visit www.hartquistfuneral.com.

Robin Boomgaarden

May 2, 2019

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Robin James Boom­gaarden, age 54 of Chan­dler, Arizona, died April 14 after suffering a mas­sive heart attack. Services were held Tuesday, April 23 in Chandler, Arizona.
Robin was born to Ralph and Leona (Basche) Boomgaarden on Nov. 7, 1964. He was baptized and confirmed at Im­manuel Lutheran Church in Tyler. After graduating from Ruthton High School in 1983, he joined the U.S. Air Force. He proudly served his country as a tactical aircraft mainte­nance specialist, which included a tour in Korea.
On June 19, 1989 he married Deb Tupponce and in 1991 their mar­riage was blessed with one daughter, Paige. Robin was employed as a plumber for 28 years. His hobbies included camping with family and friends, dirt track racing and four-wheeling in the moun­tains or desert.
He is lovingly remem­bered by his wife Deb and daughter Paige Boom­gaarden of chandler, Arizona; mother Leona (Boomgaarden) Frank of Holland; father-in-law Stanley Tupponce of Glen­dale, Arizona; mother-in-law Gloria Tupponce of Lake Havasu City, Arizona; siblings LaDarla (Mark) Haws of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Joy (Monte) Owens of Ruthton, Barbara (Mike) Lux of Sleepy Eye, Rick (Lynne) Boomgaarden of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Brian (Stacy) Boom­gaarden of Pipestone, and Lori (Chris) Randell of St. Charles, Missouri; sisters-in-law Tammy and Amy of Bend, Oregon; brother-in-law Paul of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Ralph Boom­gaarden and step-father Calvin Frank.

Irene Petersen

May 2, 2019

Irene Petersen, age 86 of Minneota, passed away Thursday, April 25 at her home.
Memorial visitation will be held Sunday, April 28, 4-7 p.m. at Hartquist Fu­neral Home – Tyler Chapel. A memorial service will be held Monday, April 29, 10:30 a.m. at Zion Luther­an Church (1354 County Road 4, Russell, Minne­sota). Interment will be at Opdal Lutheran Cemetery in Florence.
To view Irene’s full life history, please visit www.hartquistfuneral.com.

Clara Persoon

May 2, 2019

obit Persoon ClaraAug. 21, 1923 – April 17, 2019

It is with sadness we announce the passing of Clara, our loving mother and friend to all whose lives she touched, on April 17.
Clara was born at home near Ivanhoe on Aug. 21, 1923 to Peter and Anna Lipinski Otto. She was one of 10 children in the Otto family.
Clara and Raymond Persoon were married the morning of Jan. 28, 1947 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno. True to Minnesota winter weather, there was a bliz­zard that afternoon. Clara and Ray were married 41 years before Ray’s pass­ing.
Upon moving into Tyler after Ray’s passing, Clara was employed at May­nard’s Grocery. Working at Maynard’s was one of the highlights in her life. Clara loved greeting ev­eryone who shopped at the store, giving out hugs, smiles, and words of wis­dom with a twinkle in her eye. Her work ethic was unmatched.
The number one love in Clara’s life was her fam­ily. She was always so proud of all of them. Her children are Gerald and wife Charlotte of Olym­pia, Washington; Kenneth and wife Phyllis of Cotton­wood; Richard and wife Joyce of Marshall; Ronald and wife Patricia of Tyler; and Julie and husband Curt (deceased) of Cen­tralia, Washington.
Clara’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her pride and joy. They are Amie and Brian Bartholomew and Sarah, Emily and Owen; Rebec­ca and Russell Olsen and Alex; Drew Persoon and Lindy McCarthy; Dawn and Ryan Arends and Bryce, Cole and Lane; Ryan and Kellee Persoon and Rayel and Kenden; Scott and Kim Persoon and Hanna, Benett and Gracelynn; Stacy and Jeff James and Landyn and Kylee; Carissa and Greg Redenius and Austin, Kayla, Brynlee and Everly; and Stephanie and Justin Habel and Foster, Willa and Bodie.
Quilting was Clara’s passion. She always had a quilting project going and loved to show visitors all her completed quilts. Clara gifted every one of her children, grandchil­dren and great-grand­children with many quilts over the years.
The funeral mass for Clara will be held Friday, May 3, 10:30 a.m. at St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler. Visitation will be Thursday, May 2, 4-7 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home Tyler Chapel with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.
The family requests that donations in Clara’s name may be given to the Amer­ican Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.
Clara lived a full life as a wonderful wife, moth­er, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She will be remembered for her smile, the twinkle in her eyes and the love in her heart.

Larry Kelley

April 26, 2019

obit Larry Kelley 7781246May 3, 1938 – April 10, 2019

Larry Charles Kelley passed away peacefully April 10 in Palm Desert, California.
He was born May 3, 1938 in Tyler to Cecil and Evangeline Kelley and studied music at St. John’s University in Minnesota, South Dakota State Uni­versity, University of Oregon, and continued post-masters music stud­ies at University Olden­burg, Germany. After his studies, Larry settled in the Iowa City, Iowa area and was Choral Director at Iowa City West High School from 1969 to 1997. Over the years, he direct­ed the West High Varsity Singers, Good Time Com­pany and Chamber Choir, earning much recogni­tion, as well as appearing on KGAN (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) for a television spe­cial. In the 1980s he also co-directed a Christmas album produced by Delta Records. There has been an outpouring of loving wishes from Larry’s stu­dents, whom he mentored over the years, reminding us how he touched the lives of many through his beloved music career.
In retirement, Larry settled in Palm Desert, California, where he and partner Ronald Wheat spent their remaining years. Larry loved to travel, cared for a beauti­ful rose garden, and kept active with a local swim club.
Larry is survived by his sisters Donna Hodges of Spring Valley, California and Nancy Wolfe of Ap­ple Valley; and brothers Richard Kelley of Golden Valley and John Kelley of Marion, Kansas. Larry was predeceased by his sister Georgi MacDougal of Pomona, California, and his partner Ronald Wheat, beloved partner in life.
The Fitz Henry Wiefels Funeral Home in Palm Desert, California was in charge of the arrange­ments.

Ray Lingen

April 26, 2019

Ray Lingen, age 83 of Aetna Township, passed away on Easter Sunday, April 21, at his home.
Visitation will be held Thursday, April 25, 4-8 p.m. at St. Leo Catholic Church in Pipestone, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, April 26, 10:30 a.m. at St. Leo Catholic Church. Burial will be in St. Martin Catholic Cemetery in Woodstock.
To view Ray’s full life history or sign an online registry, please visit www.hartquistfuneral.com.

Clara Persoon

April 26, 2019

Clara A. Persoon, age 95, passed away Wednesday, April 17 at Sunrise Manor in Tyler.
A memorial visitation will be held Thursday, May 2, 4-6:30 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home–Tyler Cha­pel. A prayer service will follow at 6:30 p.m. A Me­morial Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, May 3, 10:30 a.m. at St. Diony­sius Catholic Church in Tyler. Interment will be in St. Dionysius Catholic Cemetery.
To view Clara’s full life history, please visit www.hartquistfuneral.com.

Edna Davis

April 26, 2019

Edna Davis, age 95 of Ty­ler, formerly of Lake Ben­ton and Pipestone, died at her home on Easter Sun­day, April 21.
Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Thursday, April 25 at Hartquist Funeral Home-Pipestone Chapel. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Friday, April 26 at Christ the King Free Lutheran Church in Pipestone. Buri­al in New Woodlawn Cem­etery, Pipestone. Hartquist Funeral Home-Pipestone Chapel is in charge of ar­rangements.
To view obit or sign an online registry go to www.hartquistfuneral.com.