Glyde Knudson, Jr.

August 23, 2017

Oct. 23, 1931 – Aug. 18, 2017

Glyde Knudson, Jr., age 85 of Lake Benton, died Friday, Aug. 18 at the Good Samaritan Communi­ties of Pipestone. Funeral service is Saturday, Aug. 26, 10:30 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Visitation will be held Friday, Aug. 25, 4-8 p.m. at the church, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Burial will take place in Memorial Hill Cemetery in Lake Benton following the service. Arrangements are with the Hartquist Funeral Home-Utoft Johansen Cha­pel in Lake Benton. Please visit www.hartquistfuner­ to sign an online registry and read the full obituary.
Glyde Knudson, Jr. was born Oct. 23, 1931 to Glyde Sr. and Gladys (Johnson) Knudson in Fountain Prai­rie Township, Pipestone. On June 3, 1951 Glyde was united in marriage to Vir­ginia Bain at the Method­ist Church in Elkton, South Dakota.
Glyde is survived by his wife Virginia of Lake Ben­ton; children Mike (Wanda) Knudson of Emily, Cheryl (Brian) Hanson of Coon Rapids, Scott (Brenda) Knudson of Lake Benton, and Kevin Knudson (Kirk Monpas) of Minnetonka; six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Dale, and granddaughter Angela Hanson Kicker.

Irene Fehl

August 11, 2017

obit Irene FehlJan. 28, 1928 – Aug. 4, 2017

Mass of Christian Buri­al for Irene Fehl, age 89 of Elkton, South Dakota, will be Thursday, Aug. 10, 10:30 a.m. at St. Gen­evieve Catholic Church in Lake Benton. Visitation is Wednesday, 4-7:30 p.m. with prayer service at 7 p.m. at St. Genevieve Cath­olic Church. Burial will be in St. Genevieve Catholic Cemetery in Lake Benton.
She died Friday, Aug. 4 at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Arrangements are pro­vided by Hartquist Funer­al Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Lake Benton. Send on-line condolences at www.hartquistfuneral. com.
Irene Cecelia (Wichern) Fehl was born Jan. 28, 1928 to John and Edna (Miller) Wichern on the family farm near Tyler and was baptized into the Catholic Church. She at­tended country school and Tyler High School, gradu­ating in 1946. On Feb. 3, 1951 Irene and Morris Fehl were united in mar­riage and moved onto the Fehl homestead near Lake Benton, where they had resided since. Their mar­riage was blessed with 10 children and 66 years of life together. Irene passed away suddenly after a brief illness on Friday, Aug. 4 at the age of 89 years, six months and seven days.
Irene grew up helping on the farm, milking dairy cows by hand. After high school she worked as a teller at the bank in Tyler. Much of her life was spent raising her family and in the barn caring for her “pet” Holstein herd, which she named and often spoiled with extra feed.
In the early years, Irene and Morris liked dancing at the Showboat Ballroom, especially polka and the jitterbug. Many hours were spent canning and tending to flowers and vegetables in her garden. She enjoyed watching her children’s and grandchildren’s sport­ing events, always sitting in the front with her pop­corn and Bobcat seat, and she loved (but at the same time hated) watching the Minnesota Vikings.
Irene was a member of St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Lake Benton where she was active in the CCW, serving as trea­surer for many years, and always looked forward to her time with the ladies in the Quilting Group. She served on the Lake Benton School Board for 17 years, the Dollars for Scholars committee and was a mem­ber of the Happy Day Club for, as Morris stated, what seemed like “forever.”
Irene loved to visit with people; there was no such thing as a “quick trip” into town for her. The conver­sations were straightfor­ward and unfiltered, which always produced a laugh or two. She loved and pro­tected her family—a true mother—and will be sadly missed.
Irene is lovingly remem­bered by her husband Morris; five sons—Steven (Billie) of Oviedo, Florida, Gary (Becky) of Greendale, Wisconsin, Randy (Lori) of Glenwood, Iowa, Tom (Robin) of Omaha, Ne­braska, and Jeffrey of Lake Benton; three daughters— Sherry Fehl of Lake Ben­ton, Teresa (Bill) Bunkers of Lake Benton, and Jea­nette (Jayson) Kirmeier of Chanhassen; 18 grandchil­dren— Greg (Shaun) Fehl, Matthew (Nelmari) Fehl, Sarah (Jeff) Ross, Joshua (Jessica) Fehl, Zachary Fehl, Paul (Stephanie) Fehl, Jim Fehl, Joe Fehl, John (Jing) Fehl, Megan (Nick) Jopson, Mike Fehl, Levi (Katie) Bunkers, Drew Bunkers, Dannica (Blake) Hoffman, Brittany Bunkers, Casey Fehl, Sydney Kirmeier and Jack Kirmeier; 21 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marge Taveirne of Tyler and Helen (Joe) Murphy of Bloomington; and many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Richard and Jerry; a grandson, Derek; a great-grandson, William; her brother, John Wichern; and two sisters, Dorothy (Glen) Hansen and Mary (Bob) Judge.
Blessed be her memory.

John Prairie

August 3, 2017

obit John Prairie1March 28, 1948 – July 27, 2017

John H. Prairie, age 69 of Willmar, died Thursday morning, July 27, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Will­mar.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2 at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar. Inter­ment with military honors will be at Fairview Ceme­tery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home. www.peterson­
John Hawley Prairie was born March 28, 1948 in Marshall, the son of Harry and Ruby (Green) Prairie. He grew up near Tyler and graduated from Tyler High School in 1966. In Septem­ber 1966 John enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam. Following his service in 1972, John moved to Willmar and was employed by Willmar Mu­nicipal Utilities for over 20 years. On Aug. 8, 1998 John was united in mar­riage to Bonnie Jean Lar­son and they made their home in Willmar. John was employed at several landscaping businesses throughout the Willmar and New London-Spicer areas such as: Mike’s Dock and Yard, Stacy’s Nursery, Green Lake Nursery and Frank’s Nursery, retiring in 2010. His hobbies included gardening vegetables and flowers, antiquing, fishing, dancing, bonfires with his family and friends and just being active outdoors.
He is survived by his wife Bonnie of Willmar; six children—Heather (Joe) Higgins of Coon Rapids, Seth Prairie of Willmar, Laura Gaarsland of Fargo, North Dakota, Hannah Prairie of Willmar, Kyle (Sarah) Baklund of Sauk Rapids and Dena Matrious of Sauk Rapids; 10 grand­children—Joey, Devin, Madison, Kaden, Payton, Christian, Samairah, Cart­er, Faith and Jameson. Also surviving is one brother, Mike Prairie of Willmar, and a sister-in-law, Ly­nette Prairie of Marshall, besides other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son Cass Prairie in 1996, brother Bruce Prairie and son-in-law Joe Gaarsland.

Dawn Sturn

August 3, 2017

obit Sturn folderphotosquareJuly 30, 1955 – July 28, 2017

Memorial services for Dawn Sturn, age 61 of Flor­ence, are Saturday, Aug. 5, 10:30 a.m. at Sillerud Lu­theran Church, rural Bala­ton. Memorial visitation is Friday, 5-7 p.m. with prayer service at 7 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Burial will be in Op­dal Lutheran Cemetery in Florence.
She died Friday, July 28 at Avera McKennan Hos­pital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Arrangements are pro­vided by Hartquist Funer­al Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Send on-line condolences at www.
Dawn Loree Sturn was born July 30, 1955 to Or­ville and Irene Erickson in Tyler and grew up on the farm in Florence. Dawn was baptized and con­firmed at Opdahl Lutheran Church in Florence. She at­tended Florence Elemen­tary School and graduated from Tyler High School in 1973. Following her edu­cation, she worked vari­ous jobs in the area and was self-employed in child daycare. In 1978 she was united in marriage to How­ard Barber and their union was blessed with two sons, Dustin and Tony. In June 1995 she married David Sturn in St. Cloud. The cou­ple lived in St. Cloud and in 2005 moved to Florence. In 2015, Dawn retired due to declining health. On July 27 she entered the care of Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Da­kota. She died there Fri­day, July 28 at the age of 61 years.
Dawn will be remem­bered as a kind person of generosity and hospitality. She enjoyed gardening, fishing, baking apple pies, canning, and especially time spent with her family and friends.
She will be lovingly re­membered by her hus­band Dave Sturn of Flor­ence; sons Dustin (Sandra) Barber of Larimore, North Dakota, and Tony (Reba) Barber of Marshall; grand­children Cadence, Jake, Ca­leb and Zane; siblings Allen (Mary) Erickson of Rus­sell, Bernie (Kathy) Erick­son) of Bemidji, and Brian (Jessie) Erickson of Mar­shall; and other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Orville and Irene, sister Gloria Wieme, brother-in-law Richard Wieme, and nephew Roman Wieme.
Blessed and eternal be the memory of Dawn Sturn.

Kory Salhus

July 27, 2017

Obit salhus photoAug. 17, 1986 – July 16, 2017

The memorial service for Kory Salhus, age 30 of Marshall, was 3 p.m. Thursday, July 20 at Re­hkamp Horvath Funeral Home in Marshall. Visita­tion was one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. A private family in­terment will take place at a later date.
Kory Kristopher Salhus was born Aug. 17, 1986 in Marshall to Kris and Marci (Julian) Salhus. He grew up in Marshall and Tyler. Kory worked various jobs including McLaughlin & Schultz, Awards Plus, B & H Electronics, Reinhart Food Service and other employ­ers. He was a creative and talented young man. Kory was athletic; he enjoyed the outdoors including fishing and four-wheeling. He was also very artistic and enjoyed reading and listening to music.
Kory struggled with mental illness and addic­tion for many years. He tried many times to seek wellness and improve his situation. He attended and completed many treat­ment programs.
Kory died Sunday, July 16 at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minne­apolis, due to complica­tions from heat exhaus­tion.
He is survived by his parents Marci (and Scott) Dressen of Tyler and Kris Salhus of Marshall; step-brother Ben (and Sam) Dressen of rural Russell; aunts and uncles Karin (and Kevin) Evenson of Spicer, Pam Moon of Tyler, Bryan (and Kellie) Julian of Watertown, South Da­kota, and Lana Norgaard of Rochester; cousins Brittany, Heidi, Courtney, Josh, Jordan, Lexi, Nykell, Chantel and Shelby; great-grandfather Jack McLaugh­lin of Marshall; great-aunt Ruth Ann Saad El-Dein;, and cousins Sara, Rana and Sami Saad El-Dein. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Karl and Janet Salhus and Ker­mit and Micki Julian, and great-grandmother Esther McLaughlin.
Arrangements with Re­hkamp Horvath Funeral Directors, Marshall,

Carole Larsen

July 27, 2017

obit Carole LarsenDec. 24, 1932 – July 20, 2017

Carole Larsen, age 84 of Lake Benton, died Thurs­day, July 20 at the Hen­dricks Nursing Home in Hendricks. Funeral ser­vice was Monday, July 24, 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. A visitation was held Sun­day, July 23, 5-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m., all at the church. Com­mittal services took place Tuesday, July 25, 1 p.m. at Memorial Hill Cemetery in Lake Benton. Arrange­ments were through the Hartquist Funeral Home – Utoft Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Please visit to sign an online registry.
Carole Joy (Blaine) Lar­sen was born Dec. 24, 1932 to Thomas and Lu­ella (Sears) Blaine in “Lake Benton Village.” She grew up and attended school in Lake Benton, graduat­ing from high school in 1950.On July 9, 1950 she was united in marriage to Darrell Larsen. Through­out the years she raised her children and also did the books for Darrell’s construction company. She worked as a hostess at the Country House and as the coordinator at the Lake Benton Senior Dining Center, which she did until May 2017, when her health began to deteriorate. After a few short hospital stays she was re-admitted into the Hendricks Hospital then entered into hospice care at Hendricks Nurs­ing Home on Wednesday, July 19. On Thursday, July 20, she passed away there at the age of 84 years, six months and 26 days.
Carole was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, where she enjoyed being a member of the ladies’ circles for many years. She loved watching the Twins, Vikings, Gophers, and any Minnesota sports team play. She could often be found nodding off in front of the TV at home. She liked the outdoors, espe­cially spending time in the flower garden and tend­ing to her indoor plants as well. She was a member of the Beta Federated Club in Lake Benton for many years. Her baking was al­ways delicious but she always “hoped it was al­right.” Her good style and good hair will be remem­bered, but nothing more so than her caring and lov­ing personality.
Carole is lovingly re­membered by her chil­dren— Deborah (Greg) Es­posito of Little River, South Carolina, Tamara (fiancé, Ken Tyrrell) Heidebrink of Spirit Lake, Iowa, Dana (Jane) Larsen of Marshall and Kara (Collin) Chris­tensen of Lake Benton; daughter-in-law Connie Larsen of Underwood; 10 grandchildren—Pamela Esposito, Tim (Beth) Es­posito, Erik Heidebrink, Jon Heidebrink, Amanda (Nate) Tykwinski, Andrew (Paige) Larsen, Brooke Larsen, Josh (Kelsey) Christensen, Emily Chris­tensen and Colton Lar­sen; great-grandchildren Carter Tykwinski and Des­tiny Esposito; sisters Irene Johnson of Hendricks and Mary Johnson of Vancou­ver, Washington. She was preceded in death by her parents; her son Dan Lars­en; grandson Craig Esposi­to; one infant sibling; two brothers, Floyd and Duane Blaine; and two sisters, Shirley Olsen and Lorraine Knudsen.

Derek Wellnitz

July 19, 2017

Aug. 6, 1973 – July 12, 2017

Derek Wellnitz, age 43 of Pipestone, died Wednes­day, July 12 at Avera McK­ennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Mass of Christian Burial was 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 17 at St. Leo Catholic Church in Pipestone. In­terment will take place at a later date. Visitation was Sunday, July 16, 5-9 p.m. at the church with a prayer service at 8:30 p.m.
Hartquist Funeral Home, Pipestone Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Herb Vinson

July 13, 2017

obit Vinson Herb newsphotoMarch 12, 1937 – July 3, 2017

Herb Vinson, age 80 of Tyler, died Monday, July 3 at the VA Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Funer­al service was 11 a.m. Sat­urday, July 8 at Peace Lu­theran Church in Ruthton. Visitation was Friday, 4-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home in Tyler. In­terment will be at a later date at Peace Lutheran Cemetery in Ruthton. Ar­rangements were provid­ed by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. On-line de­tails may be found at www.
Herbert Clyde Vin­son was born March 12, 1937 to Dewey and Cora (French) Vinson in Dante, South Dakota. He grew up there, attending school in Avon. Later the fam­ily moved to Minneapolis, where in 1955 Herb grad­uated from Minneapolis Central High School. In 1956, following his educa­tion, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Vietnam War. Herb was stationed first in Germany and worked as a military policeman. In 1959, he was deployed to Vietnam and served in the infantry and as a small firearms instructor to the South Vietnamese. While in Viet­nam, Herb was injured in combat. In 1965 he was honorably discharged and returned home to Minne­apolis.
Herb met Doretta Engler in Minneapolis and the couple was united in mar­riage Dec. 10, 1966 in Ca­manche, Iowa. Their union was blessed with three children and 50 years of marriage together. The couple moved to Clinton, Iowa for one year then made their home in Tracy, where Herb served in law enforcement. In 1975 they moved to Ruthton, where he served as deputy sher­iff in Pipestone County. In 1980 Herb retired, then worked in Tyler as a meat cutter at the Tyler Locker. Following the big storm in 2011, the couple moved from Ruthton to Danebod Village in Tyler.
On June 13 Herb en­dured a heart attack and entered Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dako­ta. Herb’s care continued at the VA Hospital in Sioux Falls, where on Monday, July 3 he died peacefully with his family at the age of 80 years.
Herb was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Ruthton and had served as a past council president. He was a member of the Ruthton Lion’s Club, and served as Post Command­er for 20 years with Wood­row Wilson American Le­gion Post 506. Herb loved working with children and mentored as Scout Master for Troop 28 in Ruthton for 40 years. Herb shared his knowledge of firearms and was a firearms safety instructor for many years. He enjoyed hunting, fish­ing, camping, and especial­ly enjoyed time spent with his family and friends.
Herb is lovingly remem­bered by his wife Doretta Vinson of Tyler; sons Arthur (Diane) Vinson of Brandon and George (Danielle) Vinson of Har­wood, North Dakota; two grandchildren, Elizabeth and Christopher; a sister, Alice (Verlyn) Betz of Leb­anon, Oregon; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Herb was preceded in death by his daughter Mar­ion; parents Dewey and Cora; eight sisters—Wilma Terpening, Vivian Koehn, Violet Grimme, Mary Petrick, Lucille Montgom­ery, Margaret Haas, Nancy Jenkins, and Della Vinson; and a brother, Baby Boy Vinson.
Blessed and eternal be the memory of Herbert Clyde Vinson.

Irma Dreckman

July 13, 2017

March 28, 1923 – July 2, 2017

Irma Pottebaum Dreck­man, age 94 of Pipestone, died Sunday, July 2 at the Good Samaritan Commu­nities of Pipestone. Visita­tion was Wednesday, July 5, 4:30-7:30 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at St. Leo Catholic Church in Pipestone. Mass of Chris­tian Burial was 1 p.m. Thursday at the church. Burial followed at St. Mar­tin Catholic Cemetery in Woodstock. To view obitu­ary or sign an online reg­istry, please visit www.
Irma Theresa Pottebaum Dreckman was born March 28, 1923 to John and Susan (Mousel) Pottebaum. and grew up in Alton, Iowa. On Feb. 5, 1945 she and Adrian Henry Dreckman were married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alton.
Irma is survived by her eight children—Mary Lynn (Lyle) Portz of Pipestone, Joyce (Lauren) Meyer of Lucan, Shirley (Loren) Fick of Luverne, John (Bo­nita) Dreckman of Balaton, Stanley (Donna) Dreck­man of West Fargo, North Dakota, Bonnie Dreckman of Post Falls, Idaho, Roger (Lisa) Dreckman of Post Falls, Idaho and Richard Dreckman (Arlene Hinsch) of Luverne; 18 grand­children and 34 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; four brothers and four sisters; and great-granddaughter Parker Dreckman.

Rollie Lund

July 5, 2017

obit lund 0238_001March 19, 1934-June 17, 2017

Funeral services for Ro­land Lund of Houston, Tex­as were Wednesday, June 21, 11 a.m. at Hosanna Lu­theran Church in Houston. He passed away Saturday, June 17.
Roland (Rollie) Clark Lund was born in Tyler on March 19, 1934 to Olive and Edward Lund. He met Marlene Johnson at Macal­ester College and married her on July 16, 1960. Over the last 57 years they lived in Minnesota, Nebraska, and Houston, Texas.
Rollie enjoyed a long and successful career in recruiting, having a positive impact on many companies in a variety of industries, from food pro­duction to oil and gas. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy.
He was a beloved hus­band, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Rollie is survived by his beloved wife Marlene Johnson Lund of Houston, Texas; son Mark of Hous­ton, Texas; daughter Amy, her husband Ken and their sons Grant and Alec of The Woodlands; brother Roger of Oakdale; sister Alice and her husband Duane of Tyler; sister Ruth and her husband Larry of Burns­ville; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, con­tributions can be made to Hosanna Lutheran Church or MD Anderson Cancer Center.