Barry Wodtke

May 30, 2019

Barry Wodtke, age 76 of Lake Benton, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018 at Avera McKennan Hos­pital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
A memorial visitation will be held Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the chalet at Hole-in-the-Mountain Park in Lake Benton. Inurnment will be in Memorial Hill Cemetery in Lake Benton.
In lieu of flowers, memo­rials are preferred by the estate. To sign an online registry or view Barry’s life history please visit www.hartquistfuneral.com.

Ione Svendsen

May 30, 2019

Ione V. Svendsen, age 99, formerly of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Tyler, died May 26 in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, sur­rounded by family.
Ione was born in Tyler, graduated from Tyler High School, and lived in Tyler from 1946 to 2003.
Complete obituary and service time to follow.

Ronald Wartner

May 23, 2019

0bit Wartner Ronald PhotoNov. 24, 1940 – May. 15, 2019

Ronald V. Wartner, age 78 of Kansas City, Missouri, formerly of Lake Benton, passed away on Wednes­day, May 15 at his home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, May 22, 2 p.m. at St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Lake Benton. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in St. Genevieve Catholic Cemetery in Lake Benton. Hartquist Funeral Home – Lake Benton Chapel has been entrusted with ar­rangements. To sign an on­line registry or view Ron’s full life history, please visit www.hartquistfuneral. com.
Ronald Virgil Wartner was born Nov. 24, 1940 in Lake Benton to Virgil and Mildred (Gagnon) Wart­ner. Ron grew up north of Lake Benton on the family farm and attended country school. He graduated from Lake Benton High School in 1959. He continued to work on the family farm while working for the Pip­estone Tribune.
On Oct. 3, 1964 Ron married Karen Budnick in Tyler. They were blessed with three children and 55 years of marriage. In 1973 they moved to Will­mar, where Ron continued his printing career at the West Central Tribune as a foreman and supervisor. Ron and Karen moved to Kansas City, Missouri in 1997, following Ron’s re­tirement. On Wednesday, May 15, Ron passed away at the age of 78 years, five months and 21 days.
Ron was a member of St. Ann Parish in Excelsi­or Springs, Missouri. Ron loved dancing, playing cards and being with his grandchildren. He was a prankster, always playing tricks on his children and grandchildren, and laugh­ing so hard he would cry. He loved to give gifts and always hired a Santa Claus when his children were young, and then for his grandchildren.
Ron is lovingly remem­bered by his wife Karen; his three children—Kristi Pietig and her husband Mick of New London, Cory Wartner and his wife Sara of Excelsior Springs, Mis­souri, and Shawn Gast of Platte City, Missouri; eight grandchildren—Joshua, Mariah, Levi, Mason, Tyler, Brystol, Aaron and Kelsey; and one great-grandchild, Kamden; his brother Wayne and his wife Mar­lene Wartner of Arizona; his sister-in-law Diane Wartner of Marshall; and many other relatives and friends. Ron was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Valgene Wart­ner.

Melvin Hendriks

May 23, 2019

Melvin L. Hendricks, age 84 of Edgerton, died peace­fully on Sunday, May 19 at Avera Mckennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Da­kota.
Memorial visitation will be held Monday, May 27, 5-7 p.m. at Colonial Funeral Chapel in Edger­ton. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 28, 10:30 a.m. at First Re­formed Church in Edger­ton. Inurnment will be in the Hillside Cemetery in Edgerton.
Arrangements are with the Colonial Funeral Cha­pel. To read Melvin’s life history and sign an online registry, please visit www.edgertonburialassocia­tion.com.

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.