William Carpenter

June 10, 2020

obit Carpenter William photoOct. 21, 1929 – June 5, 2020

Bill Carpenter, age 90, of Lake Benton, died peace­fully on Friday, June 5 at his residence at Benton Valley Manor in Lake Ben­ton. Public visitation was Monday, June 8, 5-8 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home – Tyler Chapel. In accordance with guidelines set in place by the Governor of Minne­sota, the visitation for Bill will be held to 25% of the funeral home’s capacity for the duration of the three hours. Our staff will be encouraging attendees to make their time within the building brief, and, if pos­sible, visit outdoors with Bill’s family and friends. Our funeral home and fam­ily thank you for your un­derstanding.
A private family Memori­al Mass of Christian Burial took place at St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Lake Benton, followed by burial in St. Genevieve Catholic Cemetery, Lake Benton.
Arrangements were en­trusted to Hartquist Fu­neral Home – Lake Benton. Please visit www.hartquist­funeral.com to sign an on­line registry and to read Bill’s life history.
William Henry Carpen­ter was born Oct. 21, 1929 to Paul O. and Josephine F. (Lamp) Carpenter in Ward, South Dakota. He was bap­tized at St. Leo Catholic Church, Pipestone, and confirmed at St. Gen­evieve’s Catholic Church, Lake Benton. At age two, he moved with his parents to Cazenovia, on a farm. In 1941, the family moved to a farm outside of Lake Benton, where they resid­ed until he graduated from Lake Benton High School in 1947. After his gradua­tion, he relocated to a farm near Lake Benton and went on to teach at Star School near Tyler.
He was married to Dar­lene Heidebrink on Aug. 30, 1949 at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Wood­stock. To this union, nine children were born— sev­en boys and two girls. He farmed for several years and went on to work for Lange’s Manufacturing, Winter Construction and Lincoln County, where he retired in 1994. In 2017, the couple moved into Ben­ton Valley Manor. Last year Darlene and Bill celebrated 70 years of marriage, with many family and friends. Bill passed away peace­fully on Friday, June 5 at his home at the age of 90 years, seven months and 15 days.
Bill was a member of St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Lake Benton. He served on the Cemetery Board and delivered meals for Senior Dining Mealsite for many years. He enjoyed golf, woodworking, weld­ing and especially time spent with family.
Bill is lovingly remem­bered by his wife Darlene; seven children— Mike (Lynn) Carpenter of Lake Benton, Gerry (Mary) Car­penter of Dawson, Kathy (Dave) Guida of Tyler, Joe (Annette) Carpenter of Pipestone, Lonny (Angie) Carpenter of New Ulm, Alan (Cindy) Carpenter of Marshall, and Jeff (Sandy) Carpenter of Lake Ben­ton; 20 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren; siblings, Lois Zimmer of Lake Benton, Ardith Lar­sen of Lake Benton, Con­rad (Connie) Carpenter of College Station, Texas, and Daniel (Judy) Carpenter of LeMars, Iowa. He was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents; two children, Sheila Ann and Dale Alvin Car­penter; two granddaugh­ters, Libby Rose Carpenter and Payton Nibbe; a grand­son, Ethan Carpenter; and four siblings, Verlon Carpenter, Pearl Bauman, Paul Carpenter and Alvin Carpenter.

Jeffrey Thomsen

June 3, 2020

obit Jeffrey ThomsenMay 1, 1959 – May 29, 2020

Jeffrey L. “Bodine” Thom­sen, age 61 of Tyler, passed away Friday, May 29 at his home. Arrangements are pending through the Hartquist Funeral Home –Tyler Chapel. A private family gathering will be held to honor Jeff’s life.
Jeff was born on May 1, 1959 to Lowell and Dar­lene (Nielsen) Thomsen at the Tyler Hospital. He was baptized and confirmed at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler and attended Tyler Public School. He worked at a wide variety of jobs through the years. He espe­cially enjoyed driving over-the-road semi. Jeff valued his friends and time spent with them.
Jeff is survived by his son Chad Thomsen and grand­daughters Avery and Arya of Sioux Falls, South Da­kota. He is also survived by his father Lowell (Do­ris) Thomsen of Tyler; four siblings— Kathy (Mark) Wilmes of Tyler, Joan (Rick) Jensen of New Ulm, brother Mike (Jennifer) Thomsen of Lynd, and Karen Toft of Mankato; and many nieces and nephews. He was pre­ceded in death by his moth­er Darlene.
A celebration of Jeff’s life will be planned in the fu­ture for Jeff’s friends and extended family to attend.

Alfred Jessen

June 3, 2020

obit Jessen Alfred SQUARESept. 9, 1929 – May 26, 2020

Alfred Jessen, age 90 of Tracy, died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, May 26. A small, private fam­ily graveside service will be held Thursday, May 28 at the Danebod Cemetery in Tyler. A celebration in honor of Alfred’s life will be held at a later date. Hartquist Funeral Home–Tyler Chapel has been entrusted with arrange­ments. To view Alfred’s life history or sign an online registry please visit www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Alfred Jessen was born Sept. 9, 1929 to Jens W. (he always said it stood for “Wahoo”) Jessen and Es­ther Bertha Miller in Tyler. After graduating from Tyler High School, Alfred went to Grand View College in Des Moines, Iowa for a semes­ter before deciding he re­ally wanted to be a farmer on Brookside Farm like his father and Bedstefar Niels before him.
After a chance double date with LeRoy Stens­gaard and two fun-loving girl cousins from Ruthton, Alfred married Marlys Mae Madsen on June 27, 1954. They had six chil­dren—Nancy, Linda, Neil, Phyllis, Jess and Phillip.
After a car accident took Marlys’s life on June 28, 1980, Alfred joined the BE support group. It was there that he met LaVerne Hans­en of Tracy. They were mar­ried on June 7, 2003, in La­Verne’s beautiful yard with Alfred’s children and fami­lies; LaVerne’s children—Gary, Peggy, Doug and Lar­ry and their families; plus a few close extended family and friends.
Alfred loved talking about politics, making gorgeous wooden bowls, and creat­ing unusual floats for the annual Æbleskiver parades. When the song “The Crys­tal Chandeliers” was play­ing, you could find Alfred and LaVerne on the dance floor. He was always ready to help a friend, neighbor, and fellow farmer in need. Like his neighbor Norman Mikkelsen, he usually had a toothpick in his mouth, plus a hat on his head.
In later years he was drawn to the power of so­lar energy, putting a solar array on one shed and two others near the hog barns. He dutifully checked the production of those pan­els daily. With the power­ful wind whipping through southwest Minnesota, he also harnessed that energy with a wind turbine. Loving the idea of electric cars, he had a Tesla car on order at the time of his death.
He had fun planning the Brookside Farm Cen­tennial in 1991 and was thrilled that many fam­ily and friends celebrated with him. He looked for­ward to the MOJOs (Major Official Jessen Occasion) when he could get together with his sister Valborg and her families, and his late brother Verner’s families – whether it was in Colo­rado or the one Alfred and LaVerne planned last year at Lake Shetek for his 90th birthday.
Alfred and LaVerne had a car accident on Jan. 4, 2020. Tests from that evening re­vealed he had a mass in his pancreas, and subse­quent tests showed that it was cancerous. After try­ing chemo, he decided that wasn’t for him. Even three weeks before his death, he was in the tractor discing a field, and he couldn’t be talked out of driving that tractor—he loved every minute of it! As he was get­ting weaker, Alfred gath­ered his family around him to communicate his final wishes. Alfred passed away on May 26.
Alfred is lovingly remem­bered by his wife, LaVerne Jessen of Tracy; his six chil­dren— Linda McMahon of Bellevue, Idaho, Neil (Erin) Jessen of Hailey, Idaho, Phyllis (Sherri) Jessen of Des Moines, Iowa, Nancy Jessen Otis of Reno, Nevada, Phillip Jessen of Tyler, and Jess “J.J.” Jessen of El Paso, Texas; LaVerne’s children Gary (Phyllis) Hansen of Rochester, Peggy (Denny) Isaacson of New Ulm, Doug (Judy) Hansen of Mount Vernon, Iowa, and Larry (Sharalyn) Hansen of Tracy; numerous grandchildren, step-grandchildren, and step-great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank Alfred’s Angels— Judy Hansen, Sharalyn Hansen and Carlos De Avila—three family nurses who took wonderful care of him in his final days.
Memorials may be di­rected to the RTR School Building Fund or the Mur­ray County Hospice Pro­gram.

LaVonne Fischer

June 3, 2020

obit Fischer LaVonne newspaperSept. 4, 1940 – May 24, 2020

LaVonne “Bonnie” Fis­cher, age 79 of Montevideo, formerly of Cottonwood, went to her Lord on Sun­day, May 24 at Brookside Memory Care Unit in Mon­tevideo. A service was held May 29 at the Wing-Bain Funeral Home in Granite Falls. A graveside service will be held June 5, 10 a.m. at the Wood Lake Cem­etery.
LaVonne Lois Fischer was born Sept. 4, 1940 at home to Lee and Amanda (Paap) Williams of Russell. She was baptized and con­firmed in the Presbyterian faith. LaVonne was raised on the family farm until she was high school age, when her family moved to Tyler. She attended school there and also worked as an aide in the Tyler Hospital. When her family returned to the farm, she remained in Ty­ler to continue working and graduated from Tyler High School. After gradu­ation, LaVonne moved to Marshall and worked at the hospital until she married Richard Fischer in 1960 and moved back to Rus­sell. Their marriage was blessed with six children. The couple moved to Hazel Run and then to Wood Lake, where she ran the café for a few years. Through her years of employment she had many jobs, including Ben Franklin in Granite Falls, Midwest Continent in Cottonwood, driving truck, security guard in Tampa, Florida, and Project Turn­about in Granite Falls, just to name a few.
LaVonne was an avid animal lover and had many pets throughout her life. LaVonne loved music and was the only one in her family to play a musical instrument. In later years, she played the guitar with a small group that played for residents of the nursing homes.
LaVonne was always out­going and made friends easily. She had a wonderful sense of humor and loved being outdoors. Some of the happiest times were family camping adventures.
LaVonne is survived by her children— Nicky Fis­cher of Aurora, South Da­kota, Dick (Danita) Fischer of Bushnell, South Dakota, Dawn (Jerry) Rupp of Granite Falls, David (Dawn) Fischer of Wood Lake, Tau­nya Geihl of Wood Lake, and Missy (Dan) Torgerson of Hanley Falls; grandchil­dren Molly, Tony, Shaun, Scott, Heather, Brent, Sarah, Lee, Wade, Brandi, Zachary, Brittany and Mi­kael; great-grandchildren; brothers Donald (Darlene) Williams of Lynd and Rob­ert Williams of Russell; sis­ter Ida (Dennis) Kesteloot of Cottonwood; as well as many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly, other relatives and friends.
LaVonne was preceded in death by her parents Lee and Amanda Williams; Richard Fischer; brother Joe Williams; and sister-in-law Barb.
Arrangements are with the Wing-Bain Funeral Home of Granite Falls. For online guestbook, please visit www.wingbain.com

Evelyn Trautman

June 3, 2020

Jan. 12, 1922 – May 25, 2020

Evelyn B. Trautman, age 98 of Lake Benton, died peacefully on Monday, May 25 at Central Minnesota Se­nior Care in Lake Benton.
Visitation was held from 9–11 a.m. Saturday, May 30 at St. John’s Evangeli­cal Lutheran Church in Lake Benton, followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. Interment was at Memo­rial Hill Cemetery in Lake Benton. Hartquist Funeral Home–Lake Benton Cha­pel was entrusted with arrangements. To view Ev­elyn’s life history or sign an online registry please visit www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Evelyn was born on Jan. 12, 1922 to Alfred and Katherine (Shriver) Cyri­acks on a farm in Lake Benton Township. On June 17, 1945, she was united in marriage to Elmer Traut­man at St. John’s Evan­gelical Lutheran Church in Lake Benton.
She is survived by her children, Terry Trautman of Neligh, Nebraska and Allan (Sue) Trautman of Darwin; grandchildren Taylor and Tim Trautman of Minnetonka; and sister Lorraine Brandt of Hen­dricks.
She was preceded in death by her husband El­mer; her parents; broth­ers Walter and Marvin Cyriacks; sisters Doreen Kinner, Madalyn Huska, Marie Bushman and Ber­nice Trautman; an infant brother; and grandchild Gregory Trautman.

Robert Bushman

June 3, 2020

June 23, 1927 – May 27, 2020

Robert L. Bushman, age 92 of Lake Benton, died Wednesday, May 27 at the Hendricks Community Hospital in Hendricks. Visi­tation was held Sunday, May 31, 2-4:30 p.m. at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Fu­neral service was Monday, June 1, 10 a.m. at church, followed by interment at Memorial Hill Cemetery in Lake Benton. Arrange­ments were entrusted to Hartquist Funeral Home – Lake Benton Chapel. To view Robert’s full life his­tory or sign an online reg­istry please visit www.hartquistfuneral.com.
Robert was born June 23, 1927 to Lee and Laura (Johannsen) Bushman in Drammen Township. On July 17, 1949, he married Marie Cyriacks at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lake Benton.
Bob is survived by his children, Robert R. (Kath­ie) of Monticello, Randall (Deb) of Lake Benton; Rosa­lyn (Terry) Burke of Cham­bersburg, Pennsylvania, Ryan of Hutchinson, and Russell (Pam) of Montrose; 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; broth­ers Norman and Jerry; sis­ter Donna Wirt; sister-in-law Lorraine Brandt; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Marie, his parents, and brothers Merle Bushman and Har­vey Johannsen.

Avis Bedow

May 27, 2020

obit Avis Bedow RadioOct. 19, 1929 – May 10, 2020

Avis Bedow, age 90 of Marshall, was called to Heaven on Sunday, May 10, at the Minneota Manor Care Center in Minneota. A drive-through visitation, open to the public, was held from 1–3 p.m. Tues­day, May 26 at Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall. Interment followed at Hope Cemetery in Tyler.
Avis Aileen Cronk was born Oct. 19, 1929 in Arm­strong, Iowa, to Charles and Amy (Fletcher) Cronk. She attended country school, then high school in Ring­sted, Iowa. Avis attended Free Methodist Church with her family and helped on the family farm in her youth.
On July 30, 1946 Avis was united in marriage to Virgil Bedow at Free Meth­odist Church in Armstrong, Iowa. The couple made their home and farmed first north, then east of Tyler for nearly 60 years. They moved to Marshall in 2006, then into Boulder Estates in 2015. The couple spent 70 years of marriage together and raised five children— Carol, Steve, Rolly, Connie and Carla.
Avis was a hard-working homemaker and farm wife. She was a long-time mem­ber of the Tyler Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, and later Marshall Evangelical Free Church. Avis was always busy gar­dening, canning and freez­ing the fruits of her labor, sewing, baking or cooking for her boys and Sunday guests, bookkeeping, and being a mom and grandma. She hosted many a holiday meal and enjoyed games like Rook, Peg & Jokers, or a good water fight. Virgil and Avis enjoyed six years of wintering in Mission, Texas. In later years, while at Boulder Estates, she en­joyed getting spruced up, fixing her hair and make­up, and wearing her nice clothes.
Avis Bedow died on May 10 in Minneota at the age of 90 years, six months, and 21 days. Blessed be her memory.
Avis is survived by her children— Carol Glidewell of Pipestone, Steve (Diane) Bedow of Lewisville, Texas, Rollin (Lois) Bedow of Ty­ler, Connie (Will) Weiss of Rochester, and Carla Spranger of Canon, Geor­gia; 13 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren; nephews, nieces, other rel­atives and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Vir­gil Bedow; parents Charles Willard and Amy Alice (Fletcher) Cronk; siblings Mildred Kirk, Joy Cronk, Kenneth Cronk, Phyllis Nimmo, Wesley Cronk and Paul Cronk; son-in-law Rodney Glidewell; and great-granddaughter Me­gan Bedow.
Arrangements by the Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall. Guest book and tribute wall available on­line at www.hamiltonfh.com.

Mervyn Peterson

April 29, 2020

obit Peterson MervynFeb. 15, 1940 – April 23, 2020

Mervyn Russell Peter­son was born Feb. 15, 1940 to Oliver and Marie (Jacobsen) Peterson in Ty­ler. The family lived near Russell until 1946, when they moved to a farm near Tyler. He graduated from Tyler High School in 1958, and attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota. On June 22, 1963 Merv married Lois Christianson at First English Lutheran Church in Tyler. They lived on the farm where Merv grew up, until they moved into Tyler in 1988. They moved to Marshall in 2019. Merv and Lois were blessed with three chil­dren and nearly 57 years of life together.
Merv enjoyed his retire­ment parties, so he worked in several careers. The couple started their life to­gether farming. Merv then worked as parts manager at Christianson Imple­ment, and he had an amaz­ing ability to remember numbers— he could recall many part numbers for decades later. He was in­terested in exploring new opportunities, and he and Lois founded and operated Viking Snacks in Tyler. He was a real estate agent, broker, and owner of Tyler Realty until 2018.
Throughout the 1970s, he sang and played guitar in three country western bands—The Drifters, Four Winds, and Tequilla Sun­rise. He wrote and record­ed two songs, “I Haven’t Got The Vaguest Idea” and “Everything Will Work Out Fine.” Merv was a member of First English Lutheran Church, where he served on the church council and as president of the congre­gation. He served on the Tyler City Council from 2011 to 2015, then served a term as Mayor of Tyler. He enjoyed following Min­nesota sports teams and visiting casinos. He espe­cially loved spending time with his grandkids, play­ing games such as pool, basketball, baseball, and board games.
On Thursday, April 23 Merv passed away at Sunrise Manor in Tyler at the age of 80 years, two months and eight days.
Merv is lovingly remem­bered by his wife Lois; his children— Brenda Peter­son of Maple Grove and her children, Nicole and husband Ulisses, Erik, and Isaac; David Peterson and wife Sheila of Shakopee and their children, Rachel and Morgan; and Brian Pe­terson and wife Jenny of Maple Grove and their chil­dren, Brecken and Jolea; in-laws Bonnie Brinkman, Carolyn and Marvin Brink­man, and Maurice and Mona Christianson; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Oliver and Marie Peterson; in-laws Clarence (Chris) and Flor­ence Christianson, and brother-in-law Dwayne Brinkman.
Blessed be his memory.
Due to the current guide­lines issued by the Minne­sota Department of Health and CDC, a memorial ser­vice in honor of Merv will be held at a later date. Please return as Merv’s service details will appear here as soon as they be­come available. Hartquist Funeral Home–Tyler Cha­pel has been entrusted with arrangements.

Vera Erks

April 29, 2020

Sept. 3, 1931 – April 21, 2020

Vera Erks, age 88 of Pip­estone, died peacefully on Tuesday, April 21 at Good Samaritan Communities of Pipestone.
In accordance with the CDC and Minnesota De­partment of Health guide­lines, a private family ser­vice will be held at this time. Burial will be in the Holland Cemetery in Hol­land.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hartquist Funeral Home – Pipestone Chapel. Please visit www. hartquistfuneral.com to sign an online registry, read Vera’s full life history, and to watch the video of her service after it has tak­en place.

Tim Stricklin

April 29, 2020

obit Tim StricklandApril 5, 1971 – March 24, 2020

Tim was a kind and lov­ing husband to his wife Amy, and father to his chil­dren Anna and Isaac. He went home to be with his Lord and Savior surround­ed by his loved ones on March 24.
Tim was born April 5, 1971 to Ed and Darla (Han­son) Stricklin. He grew up on the family farm in Lake Benton, and graduated from high school in 1989. He attended college at the University of Northwest­ern in Roseville, where he played football and earned a degree in education, graduating in 1995. Tim enlisted in the Air National Guard in 1993 and was still active as Chief Master Ser­geant of the 210th Squad­ron of the 133rd Airlift Wing of St. Paul.
Tim had a personal rela­tionship with Jesus Christ, accepting him as his Lord and Savior at the age of 15. His love of the Lord shined through to all who knew him. His inquisitive nature and insatiable desire to learn more of others made everyone feel loved. Tim was a friend to all.
On Nov. 4, 2000 Tim married the love of his life, Amy Elizabeth McLean, at the University of North­western Chapel. They have two wonderful children, Anna age 14 and Isaac age 12. They lived in the Rog­ers/St. Michael area for all their married life. Tim had a great love for Amy and his children; spending time with them was his priority. He was a coach for Isaac’s football team, cheered on many hockey games, and loved attending dance re­citals. Tim would always bring his family to the farm in Lake Benton, where he could enjoy his mom’s homecooked meals and his dad’s woodworking shop. While there, Tim would get in on a round of golf and spend time with his rela­tives by engaging in games and shooting clay pigeons. His love of football and sports found him watch­ing the Minnesota Vikings, Twins and the Wild.
Tim’s career led him to a position at US Bank as a Vice-President of Cyber Security. He appreciated his challenging work and comradery with his co-workers. Over the past year, US Bank has been ex­tremely gracious and sup­portive to the family. Tim devoted much time to the Air National Guard and had a great love for his country. He rose through the ranks to become an Engineer­ing and Installation Team Chief, Cable Antenna sec­tion Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge, and ul­timately Squadron Chief Enlisted Manager. He trav­eled the globe on several deployments in support of the Engineering Instal­lation mission. Tim was deployed in 2008 in sup­port of Operation Enduring Freedom as a Team Chief, and again in 2014-2015 in support of Operation In­herent Resolve/Resolute Support where he was a Chief Enlisted Manager for cyberspace infrastructure projects. He was such a positive person, great men­tor and coach of airmen and officers. He was the best of us all.
Tim was diagnosed with Bile Duct Cancer in Decem­ber 2018. He persevered during that time with a neverending positive atti­tude and a strong faith in God. Tim went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on March 24, surrounded by his loving family. He’s now walking on the streets of gold with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, singing in the heavenly choir. Tim fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith.
Tim is survived by his wife Amy and two children, Anna and Isaac Stricklin of St. Michael; his parents Ed and Darla Stricklin of Lake Benton; siblings— Lori Lampron and husband Richard of Tempe, Arizona, Sandy Brockhouse and husband Brad and children Cody, Connor and Caden of Hill City, South Dakota, and Chuck Stricklin and wife Beth and children Frances and Chase of Coral Springs, Florida; grandma Fran Han­son of Lake Benton; McLean nephews Liam, Evan, Len­non, Wyatt and Jamison; many aunts, uncles, cousins and his military family. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Charles C. and Grace Stricklin and grandpa Harry A. Hanson.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteous­ness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day – and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his ap­pearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8
The memorial service will be held at Northridge Fellowship, 12522 Main Street, Rogers, at a to-be-determined date when the restrictions on gatherings are lifted. The interment will be held at Fort Snel­ling National Cemetery, St. Paul.
Memorials will be used for Anna and Isaac’s col­lege education.