Ruth Fischer

February 13, 2020

May 6, 1924 – Feb. 9, 2020

Ruth E. Fischer, age 95, formerly of Tyler, passed away Feb. 9 at Morning­side Heights Care Center in Marshall.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thurs­day, Feb. 20 at Tyler Alli­ance Church with Pastor Wade Kenneke officiating. Private burial will be at a later date.
Ruth was born May 6, 1924 in Tyler to Carl and Clara Jensen. She was unit­ed in marriage to Henry Fischer on Nov. 24, 1944.
She was preceded in death by her husband Henry, her parents, three sisters and one son-in-law. She is survived by her six children— Don (Marian), Carol, Lucille (Donald), Su­san (William), Roger (Kar­en) and Shirley (Dan); 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Luella Madsen

January 30, 2020

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Luella Madsen, age 93 of Lake Stay Township, Lin­coln County, died peace­fully on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the Tyler Healthcare Center in Tyler. Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 31, 4-6 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home in Tyler. Funeral service will be Saturday, Feb. 1, 10 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church in Arco. Interment will occur at a later date in the Arco City Cemetery. Hartquist Fu­neral Home – Tyler Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements. To view Lu­ella’s life history or sign an online registry, please visit
Luella Mae Madsen was born April 5, 1926, to Carl and Lillian (Sherman) An­dersen on a farm three miles northeast of Arco in Lake Stay Township, where she would be a lifelong resident. She was baptized and confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church in Arco. Luella attended school in Arco and completed her education at the University of Minnesota Agriculture School in May 1944. She was united in marriage to her childhood sweet­heart, Carsten Madsen, on Oct. 14, 1944, at Bethany Lutheran Church. Luella left her comfort zone in Lake Stay Township to follow Carsten during his time in training and at sea with the U.S. Navy during World War ll. She traveled to wherever he was sta­tioned, including Norfolk, Virginia; Houston, Texas; and finally, Hawthorne, California. While he was at sea, she spent her days working in an electroplat­ing factory. After the war, they returned to a farm lo­cated less than two miles from where she was born. There they farmed and began raising their family. Soon they purchased the farm next door with space to raise their three young boys. Luella and Carsten showed true perseverance when a severe tornado left their farm in pieces. They rebuilt it together, with Luella making the house into a home for her family, which was soon blessed by the birth of a daughter. Lu­ella actively farmed with her husband for the rest of her life, never truly re­tiring. Carsten and Luella celebrated 75 wonderful years of marriage in 2019. On Wednesday, Jan. 22, Lu­ella died peacefully at the Tyler Healthcare Center at the age of 93 years, nine months, and 17 days.
Luella was an active member of Bethany Lu­theran Church, serving on the women’s auxiliary and participating in Bible study. She was charter member of the VFW Post No. 6029 Auxiliary and was superintendent of the commercial building at the Lincoln County Fair. Luella served as a 4-H leader for 20 years, and was Lake Stay Township Clerk for nine years. Luella was a 20-year, courageous cancer survivor. During her free time, she enjoyed paint­ing, doing various crafts, and baking breads and pastries. Luella also loved to travel and play golf. She always found time to play with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was extremely proud of all their educational and professional accomplish­ments, attending all their high school and college graduation ceremonies. They will always remem­ber her beautiful smile, her fresh baked buns, and that she always greeted them by name. She will al­ways be remembered for her love of family, country, church, friends, and farm­ing.
Luella is survived by her husband Carsten of Lake Stay Township; children— Glenn (Sara) of Redwood Falls, Murray (Kathleen) of Coon Rapids, Ron (Lynette) of Arco, and Kay (Mike) Ponstein of Marshall; 15 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Earl Andersen, sister Florence Runge, and granddaughter Jennifer Gladis.

Terrance Sharp

January 30, 2020

obit sharp_terrance web picJan. 9, 1954 – Jan. 26, 2020

Terrance Ray “Fuzzy” Sharp, age 66 of Owatonna, died Sunday, Jan. 26 at his home. Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home in Owatonna on Wednes­day, Jan. 29, 4-7 p.m., and Thursday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Funeral service will be held Jan. 30, 10:30 a.m. at Michaelson Funeral Home in Owatonna. Interment will be in Forest Hill Cem­etery in Owatonna.
Terry was born Jan. 9, 1954, in Tyler, the son of Calvin and Margaret (Fez­zler) Sharp. He graduated from Lake Benton High School, Class of 1972. On Oct. 14, 1972, he mar­ried Cindy Knudsen in Tyler. The couple moved to Englewood, California, and eventually returned to Minnesota. Terry worked for Owatonna Tool Com­pany as a machinist and celebrated a 25th anniver­sary with the company. He retired from the workforce in June 2019.
Over his life, he enjoyed playing racquetball, golf, pool and cribbage, and fishing. He also enjoyed projects around the house, spending time with grand­children and watching their activities, and trav­eling and rooting for the Twins, Vikings and Wild.
He is survived by daugh­ter Brandi (and Shawn) Vieths of Owatonna and their children, Olivia, Tucker and Finn; daugh­ter Renae (and Jeremy) Kasper of Alexandria and their children, Devan and Nora; girlfriend Elizabeth Reineke of Owatonna; sib­lings Larry (and Jeanette) Sharp of Minneota, Gary (and Dolly) Sharp of Ord­way, Colorado, Cathy Gil­bertson of Queen Creek, Arizona, Deanna (and Jim) Dhaene of Queen Creek, Arizona, Perry Sharp of Iroquois, South Dakota, Shari Sharp of Ghent, and Barry (and Diane) Sharp of Fairmont.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Cynthia Sharp; parents, Calvin and Margaret Sharp; brother, Kevin Sharp; father and mother-in-law, Mervil and Lorraine Knudsen; and brother-in-law, Harvey Gilbertson.

Louvaine Johnson

January 23, 2020

obit sonny johnson IMG_1415May 23, 1939 – Jan. 14, 2020

Louvaine “Sonny” John­son, age 80 of Tyler, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 14 at Sunrise Manor in Tyler. Memorial visitation was held Sunday, Jan. 19, 3-6 p.m. with a prayer service at 5:30 p.m. at Danebod Lutheran Church in Ty­ler. Memorial service was Monday, Jan. 20, 11 a.m. at church. Hartquist Funeral Home-Tyler Chapel was entrusted with arrange­ments. To view Sonny’s life history or sign an online registry, please visit www.
Louvaine “Sonny” John­son was born May 23, 1939 to Edgar and Clara (Singsaas) Johnson in Hendricks. He was raised and attended school there. During his younger years, he enjoyed participating on the football and bas­ketball teams. Prior to his graduation from Hen­dricks Public High School in 1957, Sonny joined the National Guard. He spent time at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri for train­ing and was later stationed at Fort Ord, California and Camp Ripley.
Following his service, Sonny relocated to Rich­field, where he worked for four years laying sod, and met his future bride, Barbara Warwick. The two were united in marriage on Oct. 3, 1959 at Gary Methodist Church in Gary, South Dakota, and made their first home in Bloom­ington. Sonny and Barb re­located southwest to raise their family in Tyler for the next 16 years. Throughout this time, Sonny worked on a nearby farm, where he gained an appreciation for the land and wildlife. He went on to spend several years as a minnow trapper. After their children had left the home, Sonny and Barb relocated to Wayzata. Sonny began his 21-year career as a caretaker in Minnetonka.
On April 1, 2010, Sonny retired to his lake home on Lake Benton Lake. He remained active by assist­ing with maintenance at Danebod Village in Tyler. The couple later returned to live in town in Tyler. On Tuesday, Jan. 14, Sonny passed away at Sunrise Manor in Tyler at the age of 80 years, seven months, and 22 days.
Sonny was baptized on July 3, 1939, at Lake Hen­dricks Lutheran Church in Hendricks, and was cur­rently a member of Dane­bod Lutheran Church in Tyler. He served on the church council and cem­etery board. Sonny loved to enjoy the outdoors while hunting, fishing and swimming. He was a man of many skills and talents. Sonny and Barb enjoyed traveling, espe­cially to Arizona, Florida, Alaska and most recently in 2016, to Washington DC. Along with members of their family, Sonny and Barb visited Arlington Na­tional Cemetery to see the gravestone of his brother Ricky, who was in the U.S. Navy and was lost at sea in 1963. This was a very emotional and memorable event in his life. Sonny was always ready to return to his home and community, where he could be found having coffee at the bank, hardware store, Danebod Village or the gas sta­tion where his grandsons worked. He will be remem­bered by many for his huge heart and ability to carry on a conversation with ev­eryone he met. Above all, Sonny lived for his family and was a big supporter of both his grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s sporting events.
Sonny is survived by his wife Barbara of Tyler; chil­dren—Tim (Susie) Johnson of Granite Falls, La Donna (Brett) Ahrens of Elk River, and Scott (Rhonda) John­son of Tyler; 12 grandchil­dren—Corey and Aimee Johnson, Adam and Alissa Ahrens, Gretchen (Troy) Tommeraasen, Brett (Re­becca) Johnson, Sarah (Tim) Gavin, Bethanni (Matt) Jobe, Shawn (Katy) and Kris (Kayla) Vos, Rob­byn (Matt) Kerkaert, and Shelby Behnke; 18 great-grandchildren; his sisters, Corlene Nielsen of Tyler and Marlene Pederson of Farmington; sisters-in-law Shirley Wiese of Gary, South Dakota and Mari­lyn Stark of Grants Pass, Oregon; brother-in-law Larry Warwick of Alvord, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter LaRinda Behnke; his son Jason Johnson; his parents; his sisters Gladys Johnson and Delores Mar­ten; his brother Richard “Ricky” Johnson; sister-in-law Ruthie O’Donoghue; and brothers-in-law Ar­nie Johnson, Kiar Nielsen, Duane Marten, Blaine Ped­erson, Phil O’Donoghue and Lee Warwick.

James Jensen

January 9, 2020

obit Jim JensenFeb. 20, 1947 – Jan. 3, 2020

James Carl Jensen, age 72 of Tyler, passed away Friday, Jan. 3 at the Tyler Healthcare Cen­ter. Visitation was Tuesday, Jan. 7, 4-7 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home in Tyler. Funer­al service will be Wednesday, Jan. 8, 11 a.m. at Danebod Lu­theran Church in Tyler. Inter­ment will follow at Danebod Lutheran Cemetery. To view Jim’s life history or sign an on­line registry please visit
James Carl Jensen was born Feb. 20, 1947, to Raymond and Hazel (Hansen) Jensen.He was raised on the farm and attended school in Tyler, where he graduated from Ty­ler Public High School in 1965. During his childhood, he was a member of the 4-H club and enjoyed working with his fam­ily’s square-dancing horses. Throughout his high school career, he was very passion­ate about sports including football, basketball, and base­ball. He even went on to play collegiate football at Concor­dia College in Moorhead prior to returning to assist on the family farm. He was a great dancer, and was a member of the theater group during his college years, as well.
Jim was drafted into the U.S. Army on Sept. 24, 1969, and went on to serve in Vietnam. Jim was united in marriage to Joyce Drake on Sept. 5, 1970, in Tyler. He furthered his edu­cation by studying masonry construction at the Pipestone Vocational School and earned his degree in 1973. Jim start­ed his own business, Jensen Masonry Construction, which he operated for over 40 years prior to his retirement in 2012. In addition to his ca­reer, it brought Jim great joy to brick his daughters’ homes. Jim took great pride in his work and attention to detail. On Friday, Jan. 3, Jim passed away at the Tyler Healthcare Center at the age of 72 years, 10 months, and 14 days.
Jim and Joyce were look­ing forward to celebrating their 50th anniversary in nine months. His family was very important to him and he truly adored his grandchildren. Some of his favorite memo­ries were made on family va­cations and playing cribbage at family holidays. Jim also valued his family history and kept family memories alive by sharing stories. Jim’s love of sports continued into adult­hood, in addition to watching the Discovery Channel, he spent many hours watching and supporting all Minnesota sports teams. He appreciated the outdoors and could often be found gardening, maple sapping, fishing, or hunting. Jim was a talented card player and also enjoyed working on sudoku puzzles. His fam­ily will always remember his ability to teach those around him, his solid handshake, and his love of pistachios and ice cream.
Jim and Joyce were mem­bers of Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. Jim was proud to have been able to use his talents of bricklaying on the Danebod Church sign, Dane­bod Cemetery entrances, and several area community and church projects. Jim’s mission trip to New Orleans to help with hurricane relief was a very impactful event in his life. Jim was active on bowl­ing and golf leagues, as well as organizing, sponsoring, and playing on the Tyler Fast Pitch Team in the early 1980s. Jim was a member and past president of the Lions Club. He was also a member of the New Vista Housing Board since its origination in 1976. He served on the Tyler Lum­ber Board, Danebod Village Board, Danebod Folk School Board, and the Danebod Cem­etery Board.
He is survived by his wife Joyce of Tyler; daughters— Stephanie (Joel) Lorsung of Pine City, Karie (Steve) Rutz of Mankato, and Karissa (Matthew) Winter of Cleve­land; eight grandchildren—Hannah Marie Lorsung, Ali­son Cassandra Rutz, Katelyn Marie Lorsung, Leia Korine Rutz, Jocelyn Marie Lorsung, Emmett James Rutz, Gwen­dolyn Rae Winter and Kasyn Rae Winter; sister Susan (Mi­chael) Thompson of Bagley; siblings-in-law Clair (Deanna) Drake, Noreen (Ken) Grunig and Debbie (Gunnar) Tous­saint; nieces and nephews Darice (Jason) Nielsen, Chad (Renae) Drake, Daynica (Pat­rick) Brown, Cade (Amanda) Drake, Megan (Bill) Reyn­olds, Mitchell (Brittany) Grunig, Mackenze (Meredith) Grunig, Zachary Toussaint, Klae (Kristi) Thompson, Kole (Yumiko) Thompson, Kelsie Thompson, and Kase (Tonya) Thomspon; great-nieces and nephews Ashlyn and William Henry III Reynolds, Kamryn, Kiptyn and Kaliana Thomp­son, Jayce, Zachary, Shane and Kaley Thompson, Jaden and Nichole Chesley, and Lexi, Kira and Domanick Thompson. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister-in-law Betty Drake.
Memorials are preferred to Danebod Cemetery, where Jim was an active board mem­ber and the current ground­skeeper.

James Anderson

January 9, 2020

obit Jim Anderson IMG_6138April 21, 1933 – Dec. 28, 2019

Jim Anderson, age 86 of Lake Benton, died peace­fully while surrounded by family at his home on Dec. 28, 2019. Visitation was Friday, Jan. 3, 4-6 p.m. at St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Lake Benton. Funeral service was Saturday, Jan. 4, 10:30 a.m. at church. Private family interment will occur at a later date. Arrangements were en­trusted to Hartquist Fu­neral Home–Lake Benton Chapel. To view Jim’s full life history or sign an on­line registry, please visit
James Richard Anderson passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his loved ones on Dec. 28, 2019, at the age of 86 years, eight months, and nine days. He was born April 21, 1933, in Lake Benton, to Elmer and Margaret An­derson. Jim was the oldest of three children, followed by Donna and Charles. Jim grew up with a great appreciation for the out­doors and graduated from Lake Benton High School in 1951, before enlisting in the U.S. Army. Soon af­ter enlisting, he was sta­tioned in Europe, resulting in three years serving his country in Germany and England during the Korean War. Jim took advantage of any given leave during his service to travel Europe, with his only communica­tion back home during this time in the form of written letters to his family.
Upon returning home to Lake Benton in 1956, Jim met his lifelong sweet­heart, Margret Persoon. The two were joined in marriage in April 1957, and spent over 62 years loving each other. As Jim liked to say, “more than 60 years with the same woman, can you believe it?!”—but anyone who knew Jim knows that no one else could have kept up with him (or kept him in line!) as well as Margret did, and no one could have loved Margret as much as Jim did.
The two were blessed with four children—Cindy, Richard, Deborah and Su­san. Jim’s value of a strong work ethic showed in his years of service at Hick’s Oil in Pipestone from 1957 until his retirement in 1995. When he wasn’t working, Jim dedicated time to his passion for the outdoors and his family. He spent many seasons on Lake Benton fishing or in the woods trapping and hunting. If he wasn’t out on an adventure with his hunting partner, Rick, he was bringing home a new pet for Sue or Deb to play with.
In addition to his appre­ciation for the outdoors, Jim was always connected to his roots in Lake Ben­ton. He was an active par­ticipant in his community, whether it was serving smoked bullhead he pre­pared for Legion mem­bers following the Saddle Horse Holiday Parade or “adopting” grandkids in the neighborhood from his front porch. If something was going on in or around town, Jim would be one of the first to know—especially if it involved a good story or a decent fishing report. If the lis­tener stuck around, they might have heard Jim tell the story to a new audi­ence, but this time, the fish suddenly grew in size. If you listened close enough to a Jim story, you either learned a lesson about life or ended up laughing—his best stories had both.Jim’s knack for storytell­ing remains perhaps one of his grandchildren’s fa­vorite things about him. If he wasn’t entertaining the grandkids with a (usually “tall”) tale, he was talking about his grandchildren to anyone who would listen.
Jim cherished his time with his grandchildren; whether it was testing their “eagle eye” on a drive to look at nature, or taking them out on a “wienie roast” at Hole-in-the-Mountain Park, he took every opportunity to impart wisdom and never missed a chance to tease his grandkids.
In the end, the thing Jim was most proud of was his family and the love they shared. During large fam­ily gatherings, Jim would often look at Margret with a twinkle in his bright blue eyes, accompanied by a small smile, and quietly say, “Can you believe we started all this?”
He might have been too humble to admit it, but to his family, this 6’4” giant with a heart of gold and wit as sharp as a tack was our hero, and he will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife Margret; son Rick (Janis) of New Hope; daughter Sue (George) Robinson of Rob­binsdale; grandchildren Crystal, Justin, Alyssa, Jade (Josiah), Maddi, Sierra and George; and four great grandchildren—Chloe, Peyton, Ari and Aaron. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, sister Donna, his daughters Cindy and Deb, and granddaughter Shelby.

Joan Votava

January 9, 2020

obit Joan VotavaSept. 5, 1946 – Jan. 1, 2020

Joan Votava, age 73 of Marshall, died Wednesday, Jan. 1 at Avera Morning­side Heights Care Center in Marshall. Memorial ser­vices were 11 a.m. Mon­day, Jan. 6 at Living Word Lutheran Church in Mar­shall. Following a recep­tion, interment took place in the Hamlin Reformed Church Cemetery near Castlewood, South Da­kota. Visitation was 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall. A prayer service was scheduled for 7 p.m. Visitation continued one hour prior to the service on Monday, Jan. 6, 10-11 a.m. at the church.
Joan Beth Lee was born Sept. 5, 1946, in Water­town, South Dakota, to parents Robert and Ruth (Sikkink) Lee. She was baptized as an infant in the Reformed Church and grew up near Castlewood, South Dakota. Joan attend­ed country school, then graduated from Brookings High School with the Class of 1964 before continu­ing her education at South Dakota State University, graduating in 1968 with a home economics degree.
On March 29, 1975, Joan was united in marriage to Donald Votava in Brook­ings, South Dakota. The couple made their home in Owen, Wisconsin, be­fore moving to Marshall in 1976. They built their current house the follow­ing year and raised two daughters there, Jana and Alison. In addition to being a loving mother and wife, Joan taught preschool in the ECFE program for many years. She then be­gan to work in customer service for Schwan’s, retir­ing in 2013.
Joan was active in the Christian Women’s Fellow­ship and attended many Bible studies. She enjoyed scrapbooking, card-mak­ing, flower arranging, and made hundreds of bows for gifts, weddings and other events.
Joan Votava went to be with the Lord on Jan. 1 in Marshall, at the age of 73 years, four months, and 27 days. Blessed be her memory.
Joan is survived by her husband Don Votava of Marshall; daughters Jana Votava (Darwin Towne) of Marshall and Alison Vota­va of Forest Lake; grand­children Elise Meseck, Ab­igail Vogel, Brenna Vogel, Corbin Vogel and Delaynie Vogel; mother Ruth Lee of Balaton; sisters Cheryl (Curt) Friese of Balaton and Linda Ozkan of Solana Beach, California; sister-in-law Julie Lee of Scotts­bluff, Nebraska; nieces and nephews, other relatives, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her father Robert Lee, Sr., and two brothers, David Paul and Robert Lee, Jr.

George Dubbeldee

December 24, 2019

obit Dubbeldee PhotoFeb. 1, 1924 – Dec. 11, 2019

Mass of Christian Burial for George Dubbeldee, age 95 of Marshall, was 10:30 a.m. Mon­day, Dec. 16 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. Visitation was Sunday, Dec. 15, 4-6:30 p.m. with a CCW Rosary at 4 p.m. and a Parish Prayer Ser­vice at 6:30 p.m. at Rehkamp Horvath Funeral Home in Marshall. Visitation contin­ued Monday, 9-10 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment with military honors followed the service at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Marshall.
George Arnold Dubbeldee was born Feb. 1, 1924, on the family farm in Marshfield Township of Lincoln County to Richard “Dick” and Anna (Schreurs) Dubbeldee. He was a member of St. Diony­sius Catholic Church in Tyler until moving to Marshall in 1995, where he attended Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. George attended ru­ral country school and gradu­ated from Tyler High School in 1941. He farmed with his father and brother until he was called to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II. George served with the 27th Infantry Division on Okinawa and was among the early oc­cupation troops in Japan fol­lowing the war. In November 1945, he was transferred to General Headquarters in To­kyo, where he served as a Staff Sergeant in General Douglas MacArthur’s Honor Guard. He was a part of the security detail at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo until he returned home to the farm on Nov. 15, 1946.
On Aug. 30, 1949, he was united in marriage to Bea­trice Drietz at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno. To this union was born a son and three daughters—Rich­ard “Rick,” Debra, Jill and Joy. George was Post Commander and a continuous member of the American Legion in Ty­ler since 1946. He served on the Tyler Lumber Company Board of Directors and be­longed to the Tyler Knights of Columbus. He loved reading, old-time music, playing rolle bolle, horse shoes and watch­ing sports on TV. He especially enjoyed pro football and play­ing cards at the Senior Center.
George died Wednesday, Dec. 11 at Avera Marshall Re­gional Medical Center in Mar­shall. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Beatrice; children Rick (and Angela) Dubbeldee of Tyler, Debra (and Larry Nielsen) of Stewartville, Jill (and Tom Kuhn) of St. Joseph, and Joy (and Peter Hellie) of Hanley Falls; four grandsons, four granddaughters and two great-granddaughters; sister Gladys (and Ken) Stassen of Faribault; nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his par­ents and four brothers—Ed­ward, Lawrence, Melvin and Raymond.
Arrangements were with Rehkamp Horvath Funeral Directors of Marshall.

Ron Borchert

December 18, 2019

obit Borchert squareOct. 13, 1933 – Dec. 13, 2019

Ron Borchert, long-time area coach and teacher, passed away Friday, Dec. 13 at his home in Balaton in the care of his family and Prairie Home Hospice. Private fam­ily services will be held, with burial at Lakeside Cemetery in Balaton at a later date. On­line condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralser­ Stephens Funeral Service – Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the fam­ily with arrangements. The family requests no flowers, but memorials may be made in Ron’s name to the Balaton Historical Society, Tracy Area Animal Rescue, or Prairie Home Hospice.
Ron was born Oct. 13, 1933 in Jordan to Wallace and Rose (Wirth) Borchert, the third of eight children. He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith. The family lived in Jordan until 1949, when they moved to Mankato. Ron graduated from Mankato High School in 1951 and immediately joined the U.S. Navy. He served his coun­try honorably as a yeoman aboard the U.S.S. Worcester during the Korean Conflict. Following his discharge, he enrolled in Mankato State University where he met his future wife, JoAnn Tenhoff. They were married Aug. 17, 1957 at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Fairfax. After Ron’s college graduation in 1958, they were both offered teach­ing contracts in Balaton, the town they have called home for over 60 years. Ron spent his entire teaching/coaching career in Balaton and was well-liked and respected by all he came in contact with. Upon retirement, Ron contin­ued substitute teaching and for a 10-year period managed the Tracy Country Club. The Borcherts spent many win­ters in Arizona, where Ron could indulge in his favor­ite pastime, playing golf. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, reading, volunteer work, all sports activities and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ron is survived by his wife of 62 years, JoAnn; his children—Steve (Wendy), his best friend and favorite golf­ing buddy, and their children Karissa, Mark, Ashley, Jeremy and Lauren; Rebecca (Gregg) Bakker and their children Isaac (Kirsti), Eve (Mike Boa­heng), Jacob (Stephanie), and Caleb (Rachel); and Sarah (Rob) Sloan and their children Ben and Brady; great-grand­children Ellis Flies, Lilli and Kelsi Bakker, Isabelle, Abigail, and Christopher Boaheng, and Malakai Bakker. He also leaves siblings Mildred Egan, Alan, Clayton (Mary), Dale, and Pam Brooks. In addition, he leaves sisters-in-law JoAnn and Alice Borchert, brother-in-law Chuck Tenhoff, spe­cial grandson Brady Flies, nephews, nieces, former stu­dents, players, colleagues and friends.
Ron was preceded in death by brothers Wallace and Curtis; brothers-in-law Jerry Brooks, Gene Tenhoff, and Alan Tenhoff; sisters-in-law Joan and JoAnn Borchert; and great-granddaughter Anni Bakker.
Blessed be his memory.

Dick Johnson

December 18, 2019

Sept. 28, 1937 – Dec. 5, 2019

Dick A. Johnson, age 82, passed away Dec. 5 in Sur­prise, Arizona. A Memorial Service was held Monday, Dec. 9 at Yarnell Commu­nity Presbyterian Church in Yarnell, Arizona.
Dick was born Sept. 28, 1937 at home in Coon Creek Township. He mar­ried Marlys Bruns on July 16, 1960; they made their home in Shelburne Town­ship area. They came to Arizona in 1986.
Dick was preceded in death by his son Dean Johnson in 1988 and grandson Seth Johnson in 2019. He is survived by his wife Marlys of Congress, Arizona; son Jody (Lisa) Johnson of Lake Crystal; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.