Larry Otter

August 30, 2018

Larry Otter, age 73 of Pipestone, died Monday, Aug. 27 at his home sur­rounded by his family.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Aug. 29, 5-8 p.m. at Christ the King Free Lutheran Church in Pipestone. Funeral service will be Thursday, Aug. 30, 10:30 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in New Woodlawn Cemetery, Pip­estone.
Hartquist Funeral Home – Pipestone Chapel is in charge of arrangements. To view obituary or sign an online registry go to www.

Ruby Haken

August 23, 2018

Nov. 22, 1934 – Aug. 15, 2018

Memorial visitation for Ruby Haken, 83, was Fri­day, Aug. 17, 4-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home in Tyler. She passed away Wednesday, Aug. 15 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Da­kota. Arrangements were with Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Send on-line condolences at www.
Ruby Maxine Haken was born Nov. 22, 1934 to Hen­ry and Ellen (Reynolds) Lichtsinn in Arco. On Dec. 31, 1976 Ruby was united in marriage to Larry Hak­en in Watertown, South Dakota. The couple made their home in Tyler for the majority of their lives.
Ruby is survived by her husband Larry; children Lorraine Maleyko of Tyler, Allan Sik of Tyler, Cindy (Lyle) Page of Sherburn, and LeeAnn (Shawn) Teig of Lynd; siblings Fritz (Diane) Lichtsinn of Mar­shall, Herman (Lavonne) Lichtsinn of Lake Benton, George (Karen) Lichtsinn of Paynesville, and Tootie “Ellen” Christensen (Lyle Rochel) of Tyler; six grand­children and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, infant son Danny Sik, siblings Melvin, Clar­ence and Henry (Jr.) Lich­tsinn, and Lillian “Marj” Popowski.

Alice Campbell

August 15, 2018

obit Campbell, AliceFeb. 8, 1926 – Aug. 11, 2018

Alice Elin Campbell, age 92 of Gentry, Arkansas, passed away Aug. 11.
Services will be 11 a.m. Aug. 15 at Wasson Funeral Home Chapel in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. View­ing was Tuesday, Aug. 14 from 6-8 p.m. at Wasson Funeral Home. Interment will follow the service at the Gentry Cemetery in Gentry, Arkansas. To sign the online guestbook, visit www.wassonfuneral­
Born Feb. 8, 1926 in Tyler, she was the daugh­ter of Jorgan and Rigmor Christensen. Alice married Warren Campbell in 1948 and had four girls. Alice and Warren were active in their church youth minis­try, where she played the piano. She was a practic­ing Registered Nurse for over 50 years, of which 30 years were devoted to the Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital. In her years at the hospital she worked most areas, but loved ob­stretics the best. She was acting Director of Nursing until they found a replace­ment. As Coordinator of OB, she assisted in many deliveries.
She was an avid reader, loved scrapbooking, cro­cheting, listening to piano music, puzzle books, and studying her Bible. Her faith in Jesus was strong and even when she could not attend church, you could find her listening to Doug Bachelor’s radio pro­grams.
Alice was preceded in death by her husband War­ren Campbell, her sister Astrid Holmquist, and her parents. She is survived by her children—Alice Arlene Jardee of Omaha, Nebras­ka, Dolly Jane Miller and husband Bill of Springdale, Arkansas, Patricia Astrid Adams and husband Dale of Gentry, Arkansas, and Valerie Sophia Berry and husband Jerry of Bro­ken Arrow, Oklahoma; 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to the Total Life Community Center, 13710 AR-59, Si­loam Springs, AR 72761.

Valerie Petersen

August 8, 2018

obit Petersen Doris photoMarch 8, 1924 – Aug. 3, 2018

Doris Valerie Petersen, age 94 of Ruthton, died Aug. 3 at the Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center in Marshall. Funeral service will be Thursday, Aug. 9, at 1:30 p.m., with visitation beginning at 12:30 p.m., at Hartquist Chapel in Tyler. Burial will follow at the Ruthton City Cemetery in Ruthton. To sign an online registry, please visit www.
Doris Valerie Petersen was born March 8, 1924 in Wellington, Kansas to Pastor Eilert C. and Edna S. (Sandberg) Nielsen. She was baptized by her father in Wellington and confirmed at Augsburg Lu­theran Church in Chicago, Illinois on April 10, 1938. Valerie’s family moved of­ten in her younger years. She began school in Val­ley Falls, Kansas, then at­tended middle school at Yale School in Chicago, then Parker High School in Chicago, before graduating from Lincoln High School in Lincoln, Kansas. She furthered her education by attending Bethany Col­lege in Lindsborg, Kansas, graduating with a BA De­gree in English. Valerie worked four years at the Blue Earth Post and Farib­ault County Register as a reporter. Then she taught school in District 58 south­west of Ruthton for two years, 1948 to 1950.
On Dec. 28, 1950 Valerie was united in marriage to Norman J. Petersen at Hope Lutheran Church in Ruthton. The service was officiated by her father, Pastor Nielsen. To this union, four children were born. The couple made their home near Ruthton and Valerie raised their young family. In 1965, Val­erie received her teach­ing degree after attending Sioux Falls University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Then she taught English at Ruthton High School until 1971. She continued to serve as a substitute teacher for the district until retiring in 1982. On April 15, 1997 Norman preceded her in death. Val­erie continued to reside at her home on the farm and she spent her winters in Florida with her daughter until June 2018, when she became a resident at Heri­tage Pointe Senior Living in Marshall. On Friday, Aug. 3, while at the Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center, Valerie went to be with the Lord at the age of 94 years, four months and 26 days.Valerie was a member of Peace Luther­an Church in Ruthton. She was active in the church, serving as librarian from 1978 until 2010, a mem­ber of the Peace Lutheran Church Women, Circle, and serving as a Sunday School teacher and Bible School teacher. She enjoyed help­ing people and the com­munity and served on the committee which put on the 4th of July Celebration in Ruthton. She also vol­unteered at Senior Dining in Ruthton. Valerie was an avid reader and frequently referenced the encyclo­pedia to her children. She also spent time knitting and playing Scrabble. She enjoyed riding on a golf cart around her daughter’s neighborhood while in Florida.
Valerie is lovingly re­membered by her four children—Evelyn Ambler of Fort Myers, Florida, Eric (Gail) Petersen of Ruthton, Arne (Rachel) Petersen of Roswell, New Mexico, and Elsa (Larry) Voltz of Bemi­dji; eight grandchildren— Jennifer (Adam) Ambler, Christopher (Tennille) Madden Petersen, Heidi (Matthew) Schaefer, Cor­win (Jan) Petersen, Alison Petersen, Clinton Petersen, Lars (Joyce) Voltz and Leif Voltz; seven great-grand­children—Joshua, Alize, Trinity, Truman, Rose, Jameson and Vivian; and a sister, Beverly Nielsen of Hemet, California. She was preceded in death by her husband Norman, parents Pastor Eilert and Edna Nielsen, and a sister, Mu­riel Payson Crane.
In lieu of flowers, me­morials may be directed to Shetek Lutheran Bible Camp.

Clifford O’Toole

August 2, 2018

obit O'Toole Clifford photoSept. 23, 1926 – July 29, 2018

Mass of Christian Burial for Clifford O’Toole, age 91 of Tyler, is Wednes­day, Aug. 1, 10:30 a.m. at St.Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler. Visita­tion was Tuesday, 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home in Tyler. Burial will be in St. Dionysius Catholic Cemetery in Tyler.
He died Sunday, July 29 at Avera Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler.
Arrangements are pro­vided by Hartquist Funer­al Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Send on-line condolences at www.
John Clifford O’Toole was born Sept. 23, 1926 to Clyde and Alice (Kings­borough) O’Toole in their farm home in Drammen Township near Lake Ben­ton. He was baptized at St. Genevieve’s Catholic Church in Lake Benton. He moved with his family to the Russell area, and in 1940 moved to the farm­stead east of Tyler, which became his home for over 50 years. He attended Ty­ler High School.
On Nov. 10, 1953 Clifford married Betty Lou Ort­mann at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Remsen, Iowa. Their union was blessed with two children and 64 years of life together. The couple made their home on the O’Toole family farm, where they raised crops and livestock until retir­ing in 1992 and moving into Tyler. On Sunday, July 29, Clifford passed away peacefully at the Avera Sunrise Manor in Tyler at the age of 91 years, 10 months, and six days.
Clifford was a member of St. Dionysius Catho­lic Church in Tyler, and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He loved all things farm-related, and enjoyed polka music and playing cards.
Clifford is lovingly re­membered by his wife Betty; their children, Lin­da (Larry) Dolan of Sar­tell, and Patrick (Brenda) O’Toole of Tyler; four grandchildren, Sean (Lisa) Dolan, Sr. Maria Laudem Gloriae Dolan SOLT, Kyle O’Toole and Ryan (Lynd­say) O’Toole; three great-grandchildren, Patrick, An­nabelle and Jack Dolan; two sisters, Arlene Maertens of Marshall, and Loretta (Francis) Haper of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Doris Lewandows­ki, and brothers-in-law Donald Lewandowski and Donald Maertens.

Earl Klitzke

August 2, 2018

obit Klitzke photoDec. 26, 1937 – July 28, 2018

Earl J. Klitzke, age 80, formerly of Lake Benton, died peacefully on Satur­day, July 28 at the Min­nesota Veterans Home in Luverne. Visitation was Tuesday, July 31, 4-7 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Funeral service will be Wednesday, Aug. 1, 10:30 a.m. at the church. Burial with mili­tary honors will follow at Diamond Lake Cemetery near Lake Benton. To view a video tribute or sign an online registry, please visit www.hartquistfuneral. com.
Earl Joseph Klitzke was born Dec. 26, 1937 to Earl and Delilah (Hanson) Klitzke in Pipestone. He was raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and began his early education there. When he was a freshman in high school he moved to Lake Benton and lived on a farm with his foster parents, Gunnar and Delo­res Johansen. Earl was ac­tive in athletics, especially basketball and football. He graduated in 1957 and went on to attend a year at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota while continuing to work on the farm. On April 11, 1959 Earl was united in marriage to Joan Marlene Wodtke at Peace Church in Elkton, South Dakota. The couple made their first home seven miles north of Lake Benton. Earl farmed until Feb. 17, 1961 when he joined the U.S. Air Force. Earl served as a me­chanic and was stationed at Otis Air Force Base in Massachusetts until his honorable discharge on Oct. 16, 1964. Upon his return from the service, the family moved to a farm just north of Verdi. Earl resumed farming and con­tinued to do so until 1986, when he and Joan moved to Norwood, where he worked as a custodian for Norwood Young America School District. One year later Earl went to work for Petersen Gravel, driving truck while also helping a local farmer part-time. Earl then became employed by MN-DOT, where he worked until his retirement in 2008. He was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in April 2010. In April 2014, Earl became a resident at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne, where on Saturday, July 28, he died peacefully at the age of 80 years, seven months and two days.
Earl was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. He was also a member of the American Legion. Earl was a sports enthusiast and loved play­ing and following his fa­vorite teams, especially the Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Twins and the University of Minnesota Gophers, and attending his grandchildren’s events. He played fast-pitch softball for many years and en­joyed camping out at the lake in the summer.
Earl will be lovingly re­membered by his wife of 59 years, Joan; two chil­dren, Rick (Anita) Klitzke of White, South Dakota, and Karla (Timothy) An­derson of Elkton, South Dakota; five grandchildren, Justin (Jamie) Klitzke, Miranda (Benjamin) Deutz, Amber (Paul) Langner, Taylor(Lindsey) Anderson, and Abigail Anderson; five great-grandchildren, Halle and Emilee Duetz, Blakely and Gracyn Langner and Coen Anderson; his foster mother, Delores Johansen of Lake Benton; a brother, Leroy Klitzke of Greyball, Wyoming; two sisters, Carol and Cindy; foster sis­ters Diane (Donald) Evers, Gunvar (Randy) Dombeck, Lori Johansen and foster brother James (Linda) Jo­hansen. He was preceded in death by his parents Earl Klitzke and Delilah Struck; two brothers, Rob­ert and Dennis Klitzke; step-mother Vella Klitzke; and his foster father, Gun­nar Johansen.

Arlis Ploeger

August 2, 2018

obit arlisplogerJan. 16, 1948 – July 30, 2018

Arlis Sally (Johnson) Ploeger, age 70 of Wahpe­ton, North Dakota, passed away peacefully at her res­idence on Monday, July 30.
Visitation will be held 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., at Joseph Vertin and Sons Funeral Home in Breckenridge. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at Grace Lutheran Church in Breckenridge, with visi­tation one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery in Wahpeton.
Arlis Sally Johnson was born Jan. 16, 1948 in Tyler, one of two daughters born to Alvin and Hilda (Traut­man) Johnson. When Arlis was a child, she was bap­tized and confirmed at Im­manuel Lutheran Church and later graduated from Tyler High School in 1966. After receiving her diplo­ma, she attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Da­kota for a short time be­fore marrying her high school sweetheart, Randy Ploeger, at Immanuel Lu­theran Church on Nov. 26, 1966.
To establish their career, Arlis and Randy moved to Michigan and vari­ous other cities in South Dakota, and Minnesota, including Duluth, before making their home in Breckenridge, where they purchased Altstatt Snyder Drug in the 1980s. Arlis worked alongside her hus­band Randy at the drug store, but her true passion was her role as a devoted mother to her children, Lea, Jeffrey and Paula.
In 2003 Arlis and Randy moved across the river to Wahpeton, North Dakota and have since enjoyed their time traveling to Florida, southwest Arizo­na, Hawaii and numerous trips to Puerto Vallarta in Mexico. When they weren’t traveling, Arlis could be found playing her grand piano that was gifted to her from Randy on the 35th anniversary of their first date. She was talent­ed in many ways; she was a wonderful mother, wife, and friend. Arlis played organ for over 55 years at various churches, includ­ing Grace Lutheran Church where she was currently an active member. At Grace Lutheran Church, she was a member of the L.W.M.L. group and the church’s quilting group. She had a huge heart and cherished any time spent with fam­ily.
Arlis will be deeply missed by her husband of 51 years, Randy Ploeger; her children, Lea (Brian) Hoellein of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Jeffrey (Tonya) Ploeger of Breck­enridge, and Paula (Nicho­las) Owens of Rogers; her seven grandchildren, Jus­tin (Ashley) Hoellein, Amy Hoellein, Tanner Ploeger, Tristan Ploeger, Noah Owens, Elliot Owens and Olivia Owens; one great-grandchild, Logan Hoel­lein; and her sister, Lana Alderson of Holland.
Arlis was preceded in death by her parents Al­vin and Hilda (Trautman) Johnson.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Joseph Vertin and Sons Funeral Home in Brecken­ridge.

Emmett Sik

August 2, 2018

obit Sik Emmett BevelSept. 5, 1934 – July 24, 2018

Emmett E. Sik, age 83 of Pipestone, died peacefully on Tuesday, July 24, at the Pipestone County Hos­pice House in Pipestone. A visitation was held Fri­day, July 27, 5-7 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home in Pipestone. Funeral service was held 10 a.m. Saturday, July 28 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ivanhoe. Interment will be at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno. Arrange­ments were with Hartquist Funeral Home – Pipestone Chapel. To sign an online registry or view the full obituary, please visit www.
Emmett Emil Sik was born Sept. 5, 1934 to Leo and Christina (Sadergesti) Sik at the Ivanhoe Region­al Hospital. Emmett lived on the family farm with his brothers and attended Hansonville Township Country School in Lincoln County until eighth grade. Emmett then began help­ing his father on the farm. Once he was old enough, Emmett began renting various farms in Hope Township and worked the land. In 1976, Emmett moved to Lake Benton. Emmett met Delores De­Schepper in 1977. He lived around Lake Benton until 1978, when he moved to Pipestone. Emmett began working as a maintenance worker for the City of Pip­estone from 1978 until his retirement in 1999. After his retirement, Emmett continued to stay busy by collecting scrap iron and chopping wood for those who needed it.
Emmett was brought to the Avera Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on July 10, then was brought to the Pipestone County Hos­pice House on Wednesday, July 18. Emmett remained there until his death on Tuesday, July 24, at the age of 83 years, 10 months, and 19 days.
Emmett was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church in Pipestone, but frequent­ed the Catholic churches of Jasper and Woodstock until their closing. Em­mett was a hardworking man with a selfless heart. He never thought twice about helping an individu­al when they needed help. In his spare time Emmett enjoyed hunting deer and pheasant with his family members. The most im­portant thing to Emmett was the memories and times he was able to spend with his family and loved ones.
Emmett is survived by his three loving children, Lorraine Makyko of Tyler, Allan Sik of Tyler, and Cyn­thia (Lyle) Page of Sher­burn; four grandchildren, Russell Bauer, Eric Haken, Melissa Haken and Carissa Evens; six great-grandchil­dren, Mackenzie Bauer, Ethan Sik, Madison Hak­en, Morgan Haken, Isaac Evens and Emma Evens; and many other loving friends and family mem­bers. Emmett was preced­ed in death by his fiancée Delores DeSchepper; son Danny Sik; two brothers, Raymond and Eddie Sik; and his parents, Leo and Christina.

Michael Dahl

July 27, 2018

obit Dahl Michael photo EDGEJuly 19, 1954 – July 19, 2018

Memorial services for Michael Dahl, age 64 of Ty­ler, are Wednesday, July 25, 11 a.m. at Tyler Alliance Church in Tyler. Visitation with viewing was Tuesday, 4-8 p.m. at Tyler Alliance Church. Burial will be in Danebod Cemetery at a later date.
He died Thursday, July 19 at Avera Tyler Hospital in Tyler.
Arrangements are pro­vided by Hartquist Funer­al Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Send on-line condolences at www.
Michael Allen Dahl was born July 19, 1954 to Je­rome and Barb (Holmes) Dahl in Tyler. He attended school in Tyler, graduating from Tyler High School in 1972. In 1975 he worked for Chicago Northwestern Railroad, after which he began a 42-year career as a truck driver, most re­cently driving for Ander­son Trucking of Brandon, South Dakota.
On May 30, 2007 Mike married Diane Hagberg in San Francisco, California. On May 30 of this year, Mike and Diane celebrated their 11 years together with a renewal of their vows. Mike and Diane en­joyed many trucking trips across the country—Mike drove and Diane assisted with the navigating and bookkeeping. Mike was diagnosed with liver can­cer on Dec. 27, 2017. He passed away on his 64th birthday, July 19, at Avera Tyler Hospital in Tyler.
Mike was a member of Tyler Alliance Church. He enjoyed playing pool, demolition derbies, fish­ing, playing with his kids and grandkids, seeing the country, and watching people. He had great fun with his wife in San Fran­cisco, in the ocean and on the trolley cars.
Mike is lovingly remem­bered by his wife Diane; his children—Ashley Dahl of Little Falls, Brittany Dahl of Little Falls, Casey Dahl of Little Falls, and Mikey Dahl of Minneapolis; three grandchildren—Brayden Mead, Layla Dumler and Parker Dumler; his moth­er Barb Dahl of Tyler; a brother, Bruce (Barb) Dahl of Tyler; a sister, Susan Rutledge of Lewistown, Montana; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father Jerome Dahl, brother Jerry Dahl, grand­parents Grace and Chris Dahl and Art and Tiny Hol­mes, uncle Elsworth Holm­es; aunts Grace Dahlin and Marylon Robertson, sister-in-law Gail Marie Dahl, and his niece and godchild, Jes­sica Williams.
Blessed be his memory

Astrid Holmquist

July 12, 2018

obit Holmquist AstridJan. 31, 1922 – July 2, 2018

Astrid Marie Holmquist, age 96 of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, died July 2 at her home
Born Jan. 31, 1922 in Ty­ler, she was the daughter of Jorgen Christensen and Rigmor Therkildsen-Chris­tensen. Astrid married Ar­chie Holmquist on July 13, 1944. She was a registered nurse, wife of a U.S. Navy officer, and worked hard on the family farm in Tyler for many years. Astrid and Archie owned and oper­ated a motel in Cedar City, Utah and retired to Siloam Springs, Arkansas to be near her sister in 1979. She enjoyed her family, crocheting, embroidery, and gardening; she espe­cially loved her roses. As­trid loved to travel.
Astrid was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Survivors include her sister Alice Elin Camp­bell of Gentry, Arkansas, nieces Alice Arlene Jardee of Omaha, Nebraska, Dolly Jane Miller and husband Bill of Springdale, Arkan­sas, Patricia Astrid Adams and husband Dale of Gen­try, Arkansas and Valerie Sophia Berry and husband Jerry of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; Godson Brian Peterson of White, South Dakota; and a host of cous­ins, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held 2 p.m. Friday, July 6 at Wasson Memorial Chapel, Siloam Springs, Arkansas. To sign the online guest­book, visit www.wasson­