Duane Nelsen

August 26, 2020

obit Nelson DuaneJuly 18, 1932 – Aug. 21, 2020

Duane Nelsen, age 88 of rural Tyler, died peacefully on Friday, Aug. 21 at his home. A visitation will be held Wednesday, Aug. 26, 5-7 p.m. at First English Lutheran Church in Tyler, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Funeral service will be held Thursday, Aug. 27, 10:30 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in Memo­rial Hill Cemetery in Lake Benton. Arrangements are with the Hartquist Funeral Home – Tyler Chapel. To sign an online registry and view Duane’s life his­tory, please visit www. hartquistfuneral.com.
Duane Andrew Nelsen was born July 18, 1932 to M. Axel and Helen (Jor­dahl) Nelsen in Garretson, South Dakota. He attended school in Garretson until the eighth grade, when he began farming full time with his father. Prior to completing his education, Duane would often deliver milk and cream for the family’s dairy before go­ing to school. He worked hard his entire life, milk­ing cows for 50 years and always raised several hundreds of cattle for the sale barn. Duane was united in marriage to Irma Mohrman at First English Church in Marshall on Dec. 23, 1951. The couple was blessed with four chil­dren and nearly 70 years of marriage. Duane and his children continued to raise cattle and farm to support the animals until he officially retired at the age of 86, though he was still more than willing to lend a helping hand. He continued to live on his farm until his passing on Friday, Aug. 21 at the age of 88 years, one month, and three days.
He was a member of First English Lutheran Church in Tyler. Duane was a hardworking man of God and devoted himself to his Lord and Savior. During their youth, Duane and Irma enjoyed dancing, es­pecially at the Showboat in Lake Benton and the Hol­lyhock in Hatfield. Duane was a people person and also an animal lover, hav­ing a special bond with an­imals that would ride with him on the tractor and the four-wheeler. He loved his family fiercely and will be greatly missed.
Duane is survived by his beloved wife, Irma; their children— Bev (Don) Roll­er of Tyler, Kristi (Merlin) Thompson of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Paul Nelsen of Lake Benton; sev­en grandchildren— Rick Jordahl, Trudy Jordahl, Priscilla (Josh) Osland, Matt (Chandra) Prosch, Josh (Nikki) Prosch, Chris­topher Prosch and Mar­quette (Cole) Nordmeyer; nine great-grandchildren; one brother, Lowell Nelsen of Lake Benton; and many loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his son Mark Nelsen; his grandchildren Cassie Nelsen and Nick Nelsen; his parents; and his sisters Darlene Holt and Veryl Jean Eagan.

Connie Linnett

August 12, 2020

obit Linnett Connie currentJune 20, 1958 – Aug. 2, 2020

Connie A. Linnett, age 62, passed away Sunday, Aug. 2 at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville. Her funeral service was Saturday, Aug. 8, 2 p.m. at Alliance Church in Tyler. Visitation was one hour prior to the funeral service at church. Burial followed at Hope Cemetery in Tyler. Hartquist Funeral Home– Tyler Chapel was entrust­ed with arrangements. To view Connie’s life his­tory or sign an online registry please visit www. hartquistfuneral.com.
Connie Adair Linnett was born June 20, 1958 to Rob­ert and Marjorie (Cleave­land) Linnett in Tyler. She was raised and attended school in the Tyler area, graduating in 1975. She furthered her education at Southwest State Univer­sity in Marshall, where she earned her degree. Connie then began a dedicated ca­reer of over 40 years with the U.S. Postal Service in Marshall, and later Burns­ville. On Sunday, Aug. 2 Connie passed away at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville at the age of 62 years, one month and 13 days.
Connie was an avid fan of the Minnesota Twins and enjoyed attending their games. She especially loved watching outdoor baseball in the summer­time. She also loved to fish and travel by train. Her father, Robert, had gifted her some snowshoes a few years ago, which she loved going out and using. Con­nie was a kind, thoughtful, caring and selfless person. She had a gentle heart. Connie always wanted the best for others and worked to make other people feel special. She never missed a milestone in her loved one’s lives and was always there to build them up. Connie saw the good qual­ities in people. She loved her family deeply and truly adored her nieces, neph­ews, and cats. She will be greatly missed.
Connie is remembered by her father, Robert Lin­nett of Tyler; siblings Ra­nae (Dave) Humpal of Indi­anapolis, Indiana, Russell (Cheryl) Linnett of Good­hue, and Janelle (Larry) Propp of West Fargo, North Dakota; nephews Daniel Humpal, Kyle (Marrissa) Linnett, Jason (Jenny) Lin­nett, and Adam Linnett (Mallory); great-nephew Liam Robert Linnett; and great-niece Lorelei Lin­nett. She was preceded in death by her mother Mar­jorie, and her beloved cats Ariel, Number One and Number Two.

Connie Linnett

August 7, 2020

Connie A. Linnett, age 62, passed away Sunday, Aug. 2 at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, Aug. 8, 2 p.m. at Alliance Church in Tyler. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service at church. Burial will follow at Hope Cemetery in Tyler.
Hartquist Funeral Home – Tyler Chapel has been entrusted with arrange­ments. To view Connie’s life history or sign an on­line registry please visit www.hartquistfuneral. com.

David Stefansen

July 15, 2020

obit Skip StefansenMarch 27, 1945 – June 25, 2020

David “Skip” Frederick Stefansen was born March 27, 1945 in Tyler to Fred­erick Christian Stefansen and Ruth Myra Miller, and passed away June 25, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas, and is with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
A memorial service was held Friday, July 3, 2 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Boerne, Texas. To leave con­dolences for the family, vis­it www.ebensberger-fisher.com. Arrangements were with Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home of Boerne.
Skip graduated from Tyler High School in 1963 where he was very active in sports, student govern­ment, yearbook, band and theater arts. He enjoyed telling stories of his foot­ball, basketball and baseball days. He attended Gustavus Adolphus College for a year before moving to southern California to work. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and stationed in Germany from 1966-1967, working in chemical, biological and radiological warfare. He was Honorably Discharged as a Spec5 in 1972.
He met Linda while scuba diving and they married on Dec. 28, 1972. They lived in the San Fernando Val­ley where they raised their three daughters (Nikki and twin girls Kjersten and Adriane). Skip graduated from California State Uni­versity, Northridge in 1981 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration/Management.
Skip worked in the the­ater concessions/food dis­tribution industry from 1964 until he retired in 2010. He got his start at the R.J. Allen Company in Burbank, California, sell­ing candy from the trunk of his car, and earned the af­fectionate nickname “The Candy Man.” Throughout his career, Skip worked for Metropolitan Theaters in Los Angeles, California as Vice-President of Con­cessions, for Metropolitan Concessions in Whittier, California as President, for Ricos Products in San An­tonio, Texas as Executive Vice-President, and for Metropolitan Provisions in City of Industry, California as President. He was pas­sionate about the industry and providing excellent service for all customers.
He served as the Presi­dent of the National Asso­ciation of Concessionaires and was responsible for recruiting many new mem­bers, which resulted in re­ceiving the Triple Diamond Pin in 2006. He received NAC’s highest honor, the Bert Nathan Memorial Award, which recognized his leadership and signifi­cant accomplishments in the Theatre Concessions Industry. Described as an extreme volunteer, for over three decades Skip was a driving force behind the Al Lapidus Golf Scholarship Tournament and a staunch supporter of the Variety Boys and Girls Club in East Los Angeles, serving on the scholarship committee for many years.
Throughout his life, Skip was very active with his local church, serving as President of the Congrega­tion for both Emmanuel Lutheran in North Hol­lywood, California and St. John Lutheran in Boerne, Texas. He chaired the com­mittee that was respon­sible for building the new education wing at St. John and enjoyed spending time with the Grill Guys, prepar­ing food for special events such as the Wild Game Din­ner.
As an avid fan of college football, he rooted for his two favorite teams— UCLA and Texas A&M. He enjoyed watching movies, cook­ing, hunting and traveling. He and Linda took many cruises together and vis­ited all 50 states. They took a trip to Walt Disney World for his 70th birthday; one of his favorite sayings was, “I may get older, but I’ll never grow up.” Skip had a tremendous sense of hu­mor and was known for his jokes and stories. He loved spending time with his five grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Linda Chal­lain Stefansen of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas; daughters Nicole Denise Stefansen of Burbank, California, Kjer­sten Challain Flores and husband Robert James Flores of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, and Adriane Jean Gil-Stefansen and wife Jonalee Gil-Stefansen of Simi Valley, California; grandchildren Tyler David, Megan Chal­lain and Dylan Robert of Burbank, California, and Joseph Michael Flores and Aidan Challain Flores of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas; and his brother Robert Mi­chael Healy of North Hol­lywood, California. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Sandra Gail Halsne.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please send donations to: Variety Boys and Girls Club/Al Lapidus Scholar­ship at 2530 Cincinnati St., Los Angeles, CA 90033.

Gerald Sanderson

July 15, 2020

obit gerald sandersonSept. 27, 1964 – July 7, 2020

Gerald “Jerry” Sander­son, age 55 of Russell, died unexpectedly in his home on Tuesday, July 7. A private memorial service is sched­uled for Saturday, July 18 at Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall. Public visitation will be from 1-3 p.m.
Jerry Jens Sanderson was born Sept. 27, 1964 in Bala­ton to Wilfred and Norma (Mikkelson) Sanderson. He grew up and attended school in Balaton, where he played football and basket­ball. He was confirmed at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. After high school he entered the workforce for a couple of years, then proudly enlisted in the Na­tional Guard and took sev­eral classes at Southwest State University.
In 1996 Jerry married LeAnn (Johnson) Sand­erson, gaining a stepson, Spencer Kor. Together, Jerry and LeAnn had three daughters, Corbin in 1997, Jada in 2000, and Alayna in 2004. Jerry ran a suc­cessful drywall company in the Minneapolis metro area for several years. In 2014 he moved back to his hometown area and most recently resided in Russell.
Jerry had the brightest smile and the loudest laugh in the room. You could of­ten find him spending time with friends and family, grilling outside, watching Food Network, and talking about his children.
In addition to being a proud father, Jerry was a talented cook, famous for his barbequed ribs. He was an exceptional athlete who taught his stepson and nephews the fade-away jumper. Jerry played on several softball leagues throughout the years; he was fast as lightening. Ev­eryone who knew him knew he was a talented contractor and handyman and helped anyone who needed it. He loved classic rock music and played a mean air guitar to Mötley Crüe. Jerry loved telling stories, especially the ones that included people telling him he looked like Kenny Chesney.
Jerry Sanderson died on July 7 in Russell at the age of 55 years. Blessed be his memory.
He is survived by three daughters, Corbin, Jada and Alayna Sanderson of Yukon, Oklahoma; stepson Spencer and his wife Brooke (Wyf­fles) Kor of Lynd; grand­daughters Jayden Wyffels and Oaklynn Kor; brothers Mike and his wife Audie (Williams) Sanderson of Russell, Craig Sanderson of Balaton, Cal Sanderson of Madison, Wisconsin, and Wayne and his wife Janice (Kleinsasser) Sanderson of Glencoe; his father Wil­fred Sanderson of Balaton; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother Norma (Mikkelsen) Sanderson, his grandparents Louis and Alma Sanderson and Jens and Clara Mikkelsen, and several aunts and uncles.
Arrangements by the Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall, Minnesota. 507-532-2933. Guest book and tribute wall available on­line at www.hamiltonfh.com.

Loretta Norgaard

July 15, 2020

obit norgaard Scanned Doument_20200714_092445June 3, 1955 – June 9, 2020

Loretta “Loree” Kay Norgaard (née Stroble), loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully in her Somerset, California home on June 9, surrounded by her beloved family— husband Neil Norgaard; children Amber, Brandon, Erik and Zachary; son-in-law German; and grandchildren Mateo and Leila.
Loree was born June 3, 1955 to mother Agnes Stroble (née Hanratty) and father Leopold Stroble in McCloud, California. She spent a magical childhood in Dunsmuir, California with her three siblings, Karen, David and Patri­cia. She often spoke of this cherished time in her life. Loree was a dreamer and a true romantic.
One of Loree’s fondest memories as a young wom­an was her month-long trip to Ireland.
Shortly after meeting the love of her life, Neil and Loree married on Feb. 7, 1976 in Miles City, Mon­tana. Later that same year, the couple moved on to Neil’s hometown of Tyler, where they owned and op­erated a restaurant togeth­er and had their first child. They eventually settled their family in Somerset, California.
The family thanks her many friends and extended family members for their thoughts and prayers. Due to current restrictions, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date, as yet to be determined.

Cheryl Meulebroeck

July 10, 2020

obit meulebroeckJan. 1, 1961 – June 23, 2020

Cheryl Ann (Vierstra­ete) Meulebroeck, age 59 of Brandon, South Dakota, formerly of Balaton, died peacefully on Tuesday, June 23 at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. A private family graveside service will take place in July at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Mar­shall.
Cheryl Ann Vierstraete was born Jan. 1, 1961 in Marshall to Cameil “Butch” and Shirley (Burmeister) Vierstraete. She grew up in Marshall and Ghent and attended school in Min­neota. Cheryl was baptized, received her first commu­nion, and was confirmed at St. Clotilde Catholic Church. She then began work as a housekeeper in the area.
Cheryl was united in marriage to Douglas Meule­broeck on Nov. 18, 1978 in Clear Lake, South Dakota. The couple made their home in Balaton while raising their four children. Cheryl worked for the Bala­ton Nursing Home and Vi­shay Manufacturing before her retirement in 2010. She and Doug moved to Bran­don, South Dakota to be closer to family about six years ago. Cheryl spent all the time she could with her family and her grandson Kasen. She enjoyed crafts, sewing, and trying her luck with a scratch-off.
She died on June 23 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at the age of 59 years, six months and 22 days. Blessed and eternal be her memory.
She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Doug Meulebroeck of Brandon, South Dakota; children Pa­mela Meulebroeck (Ryan Sundal) of Brandon, South Dakota and Paul (Andee) Meulebroeck of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; grandson Kasen; mother Shirley Bur­meister; brothers Rick (De­nise) Vierstraete of Ghent and Mike Vierstraete of Tracy; nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
Cheryl was preceded in death by her father Cameil “Butch” (and Fran) Vier­straete; son Kyle Meule­broeck in 1984; daughter Autumn Meulebroeck in 2006; and an infant grand­son in 2017.
In lieu of flowers, me­morials are preferred to Dougherty Hospice House, 4509 Prince of Peace Place, Sioux Falls, SD 57117.
Arrangements by Hamil­ton Funeral Home in Mar­shall. Guest book and trib­ute wall available online at www.hamiltonfh.com.

Lila Musegades

July 2, 2020

obit lila musegades IMG_9179June 27, 1935 – June 24, 2020

Lila Marie Marion Schmidt Musegades was born June 27, 1935 in Cot­tonwood County, Minne­sota to Walter and Edna (Rand) Schmidt. She at­tended Rural School Dis­trict 44 in Cottonwood County and graduated with honors from Jeffers High School in 1953. After grad­uation, she moved to Win­dom and worked at Ma Bell Telephone Company as an operator for approximately five years. On Aug. 30, 1958 she married Gerald Mus­egades at Trinity Lutheran Church in Jeffers.
Lila and Gerald moved to Sioux Falls, South Da­kota after being married, where she began working as a clerk at S.S. Kresge while Gerald finished col­lege at Augustana Univer­sity. In their early years of marriage, they lived in Alpha and Willmar. After­ward, they would relocate to Tucson, Arizona, where Lila would focus on raising a family. The family relo­cated back to Sioux Falls, where she began her ca­reer at K-Mart. From there, they moved to New Mexico (Hobbs, Albuquerque and Rio Rancho). At the age of 60, she retired from K-Mart after 20 years of dedication to help raise grandchil­dren.
Throughout Lila’s life, she was active in her churches, from choir to teaching Sun­day School. Lila loved to travel. Through her travels she began her bell collec­tion. She also loved to knit and crochet. She made af­ghans, baby blankets and Barbie clothes for her chil­dren, grandchildren, family and friends. She loved play­ing video games, especially with her grandchildren.
Three days before her 85th birthday, Lila passed away in her home sur­rounded by her family. She was blessed to be married to the love of her life for nearly 62 years.
She is survived by her husband Gerald; their three children— Alan Mus­egades of Santa Fe, New Mexico; Kari (Curt) Dass of Tyler; and Kyle Musegades of Rio Rancho, New Mexi­co; their grandchildren— Justin (Kris), Tasia, Kenya, Kyle Jr., Kody, Kenny, Troy and Jerome. She is also sur­vived by many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers— Rudy, Wilbert, William and Otto; and two sisters, Lorain and Edna.
Lila will most be remem­bered for her bright smile, contagious laugh and heartwarming hugs.

Dallas Pinckney

June 24, 2020

Dallas obit PhotoOct. 14, 1919 – June 22, 2020

Visitation for D.C. “Dick” Pinckney, age 100 of Tyler, will take place Saturday, June 27, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at Rehkamp Horvath Funeral Home, 411 W. Lyon in Marshall. Committal ser­vice will take place with military honors at 1 p.m. at the Russell Cemetery.
Dallas Cecil “Dick” Pinck­ney was born Oct. 14, 1919 in Garvin to Leon and Emma (Wixon) Pinckney. The family moved to a farm near Russell and Dick grad­uated from Russell High School. He went to work for the H.W. Ross Lumber Com­pany in Russell in 1939. In 1941 he moved to the H.W. Ross Lumber Company in Cottonwood. Dick was drafted into the U.S. Army and began his service in June 1942. He was united in marriage to Doris Pochardt the same year. Dick served with an artillery unit in Europe during World War II and achieved the rank of Master Sergeant. After his honorable discharge, he re­turned to his employment with the H.W. Ross Lumber Company, first in Colton, South Dakota, and later Estelline, South Dakota. In December 1955 he was hired by the Tyler Lumber Company. He managed this location until retiring in 1981. Dick continued as a consultant for another four years.
Dick was very passion­ate about his family. He was also fond of golfing and vegetable gardening. He was meticulous with his garden and enjoyed can­ning and sharing vegeta­bles with his friends within the community. Dick was a lifelong member of the Ty­ler American Legion and VFW Post.
After a brief illness begin­ning with a heart attack on March 3, Dick died Monday, June 22, at Avera Morning­side Heights Care Center in Marshall.
He is survived by his sons Darris Pinckney of Tyler (and partner Susan) and La­ron (and Judy) Pinckney of Rosemount; grandchildren Derrik (and Jenna) Pinck­ney of Marshall, Danielle (and Jon) Brower of Cot­tonwood, and Logan (and Sarah) Pinckney of Lakev­ille; great-grandchildren Jakeb, Kallie, Lexy, Macey, Weston, Grace, Keaton, Kyah and Kezlyn; and niec­es, nephews, relatives and longtime friend Lyle Ro­chel. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Doris, brothers Myles and Warren, and sister Alta.
Memorials preferred to the Tyler Golf Club
Additional information and online condolences may be left at www.hor­vathfuneralservice.com or www.sunsetfuneralasso­ciation.com

Kelly Hartson

June 24, 2020

obit Hartson KellyOct. 3, 1956 – June 10, 2020

Kelly Hartson, age 63 of Tyler, formerly of Moor­head, died peacefully on Wednesday, June 10 at Sun­rise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler. A memorial visi­tation was held Monday, June 15, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home – Tyler Chapel. Following the visitation, funeral service and burial took place at the Woodstock Cemetery in Woodstock at 12:30 p.m. Military Honors were pre­sented by Woodrow Wil­son American Legion Post 506 of Ruthton.
Arrangements were en­trusted to the Hartquist Funeral Home – Tyler Chapel. Please visit www. hartquistfuneral.com to leave condolences and to read Kelly’s life history.
Kelly Mark Hartson was born in Tyler to Donald and Rosmary (Reese) Hartson on Oct. 3, 1956. He spent his childhood in Ruthton and attended Ruthton Public School through 10th grade. He joined the National Guard, where he served for a number of years before enlisting with the United States Navy. Af­ter four years of service he was honorably discharged. At that time, he worked for awhile in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, then moved to Moorhead, where he was doctoring for his dis­abilities with the VA Hos­pital. A few months ago he was diagnosed with can­cer and had been receiving treatment in Fargo, North Dakota. On Memorial Day weekend he moved to Ty­ler to be closer to relatives, then into Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler. He died there on Wednesday, June 10 at the age of 63 years, eight months and seven days.
Kelly was baptized on March 10, 1957 at Russell Lutheran Church in Rus­sell. He was confirmed in the Lutheran faith on May 14, 1972 at Peace Luther­an Church in Ruthton.
Kelly is lovingly remem­bered by his mother, Ros­mary Hartson of Balaton; five siblings— Virginia (Randy) Schulte of Tyler, Amber Hartson of Rus­sell, Rose (Dan) Roberts of Oakdale, Rodney (Clara) Hartson of Ruthton, and Ricky Hartson of Revere; and numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents Lester and Nona Hartson and John and Ethel Reese; his father, Donald Hartson; one brother, LeRoy; and an infant sister, Darles.