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Don't grieve for me, for now I'm Free. - I'm following the path God laid for me.

I went to Him when I heard Him call. - I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day - To eat, to run, to work or play.

Tasks left undone must stay that way. - I simply had to go away.

If my parting has left a void, - Then fill it with remembered joy.

A friendship shared, a walk, a kiss. - Ah yes, these things I, too, will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow. - I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.

My life's been full, I savored much. - Good friends, good times, my master's touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief. - Don't lengthen it now with undo grief.

Lift up your heart and share with me.

God wanted me now. He set me Free!
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Eugene Robinson passed away on Saturday, March 15, 2014 after a 5 year battle with Alzheimer's. He is survived by his wife, Corinne, daughter, Liz (Jesse), grandson, Chance, oldest brother, Clarence (Dorothy), youngest brother, Richard (Martha) and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Virgil, mother, Carrie, brothers, Ira, Russell and Kenneth, sister Wanda, and 3 nephews, David, Charles, Jr. and Russell.

Gene served in the US Army during the Korean War and spent the last 7 months of his life under the care of the wonderful staff at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Minneapolis.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 4th at the Ft. Snelling Officers' Club, Highway 5 at Post Road at 5:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center or the Wounded Warrior Project. Interment will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.
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Dennis Edgar Miltz, 78, of Rogers, Minnesota, passed away at the Wellstead of Rogers on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014. Mass of Christian Burial MONDAY 4/28 11:00 AM Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Rogers, Minnesota.  Visitation one hour prior to Mass AT THE CHURCH. Dennis was born on March 15, 1936 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Wilfred and Dorothy (Hagel) Miltz. Dennis served the United States in the Marine Corp for 3 years. Dennis married Lois Raguse on May 19th, 1962 in Minneapolis. They were married for 34 years. He also served as a Minneapolis Police Officer from 1963-1988, when he retired as a Sergeant. Additionally, he served the city of Rogers, Minnesota as Chief of Police from 1971-2001. He then served Rogers as Mayor for one term. Dennis was proud to serve his country and communities as a Marine, Law Enforcement Officer and Mayor. He enjoyed fishing and boating, and time at the cabin with his family and friends. He demonstrated his pride in his German Heritage in his love for German music, teaching himself to speak German and travels to Austria and Germany. Dennis is survived by his and Lois's 4 children, Maren (Paul) Scherber, Greg (Shari) Miltz, Gretchen (John) Patnode, and Jason (Michelle) Miltz. In addition he is survived by 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren and his sister Michelle (Roy) Haflund. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Lois, and his sister, Roseanne. In lieu of flowers, it is preferred that memorial donations be made to either LEMA (Law Enforcement Memorial Association) or the St. Michael Foundation, in his name. Funeral arrangements with The Peterson Chapel; St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home 763-497-5362
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Reginald L. (Reggie) Commodore,  age 72, of Minneapolis, passed away June 6, 2014 in Tucson, AZ. Preceded in death by father, Howard; mother, Aletha; brother, William. Survived by twin brother, Ronald and life partner Charlene Crittenden; step children, nieces and nephews. Reggie was an Army Vet. He retired after 31 years as a Deputy Sheriff, with Hennepin County. A member of the American Legion, and life member of the National Buffalo Soldiers, member of the Greater Twin Cities Chapter Buffalo Soldiers, and member of the Southern Arizona Buffalo Soldiers as well. Memorial service Tuesday, June 17 at Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapel, 1600 Lowry Avenue North, Mpls., MN 55411 (612) 529-9691. Visitation at 10, service at 11. Interment Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.
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Marlys Joan Lindholm, 1929 - 2014 Lake Independence-Maple Plain, MN, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on June 26, 2014. Preceded in death by husband C. Paul Lindholm in January 2014. Born to Laurence W. Carlson and Anna Annette Carlson on February 16, 1929. Survived by children Paul F. Lindholm II of Sydney, Australia, Elizabeth (Doug) Lindholm-Pederson of Bryn Mawr, Minneapolis, and Peter F. (Stacey) Lindholm of Medina, Minnesota; brother-in-law Wallace (Irma) Lindholm of Glenwood City, Wisconsin; grandchildren Whitney Thornton Hall of Milwaukee, Oliver and Frederik Lindholm of Sydney, Conner, Jensen and Halle Lindholm of Medina; and special nieces Kristen (Mitch) Avery, Laurie (Donald) Deveau, and Judy (Craig) Kurtz. Graduate of Mound Consolidated High School in 1947. Her close friend at the time, Roger Erickson, who went on to many years of broadcast fame at WCCO Radio in Minneapolis, described Marlys as a smart, popular girl who played the drums in the high school band and treated everyone with respect. After graduation she embarked on a modeling career for a short time and had great potential, but chose to be with her fiance, Paul, when he came home from serving in the Phillipines in WWII. They were married on August 21, 1948. During their 66 years of marriage, they raised three children and formed a wide circle of cherished friends. Marlys worked hard at supporting her husband's banking career and, as a result, traveled extensively across the United States and Canada. Their travels also took them around the world, but their most cherished trips were the ones to Australia to visit their grandchildren, and to Scandinavia, where they searched for and found their family genealogy and stayed closely in touch with their Danish, Swedish and Norwegian relatives and friends. An American of Swedish and Norwegian heritage, Marlys was a member of Rebild National Park Society, a US-DK Friendship organization which has celebrated the 4th of July since 1912 in Denmark, the largest such celebration outside the USA. She was also a member of The Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum (Founding Council.) She was a great supporter of The Swedish Institute, The Norway House and The Annual Nordic Brunch. She was also involved in the Mound Historical Society and was instrumental in starting the Maple Plain Museum and the Maple Plain Beautification Committee. She was a member of Wayzata Country Club and Lafayette Country Club, Past member of The Minneapolis Club and Birnam Wood Country Club, Santa Barbara, California. She enjoyed her time shares in Cabo San Lucas, Marco Island and Kauai tremendously and generously shared them with family and friends. Marlys served in the American Legion Auxiliary and her husband Paul was Past Commander of Paul Stinson Post #514 in Maple Plain, they were true patriots, and passed that along to their children with their involvement in the annual Memorial Day Service at Lewis Cemetery followed by a celebration of extended family and close friends at their home on Lake Independence. Marlys was a proud lifetime member of Christ Lutheran Church in Maple Plain, where she was a member of the CLW, Coordinator of the Annual Garage Sale, chaired the Memorial Committee, Furnishings Committee, and the much anticipated annual Christmas Lucia Dinner. She made sure she had the traditional Scandinavian costumes for everyone, grandchildren included. Marlys was a true original, and was loved by everyone who was fortunate enough to cross paths with her. She loved and cared for her home and gardens on Lake Independence with hard work, immaculate taste, beauty and grace. She was the most extraordinary and gracious hostess, and entertained family, friends and business associates in the same manner that she presented herself to the world, with understated elegance and open arms. Memorial service Friday, July 11 at 11:00 AM, at Christ Lutheran Church, 5084 Main Street East, Maple Plain with a reception following at Wayzata Country Club. Visitation 1 hour prior to service. Memorials may be directed to Christ Lutheran Church. David Lee Funeral Home Wayzata 952-473-5577.  www.davidleefuneralhome.com
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James Garner (born James Scott Bumgarner;[1] April 7, 1928 – July 19, 2014) was an American actor. He starred in several television series over more than five decades, including such popular roles as Bret Maverick in the 1950s western comedy series Maverick and Jim Rockford in the 1970s detective drama series The Rockford Files.

Garner also starred in more than 50 films, including The Great Escape (1963), The Americanization of Emily (1964), Grand Prix (1966), Blake Edwards' Victor Victoria (1982), Murphy's Romance (1985), for which he received an Academy Award nomination, and The Notebook (2004).

In the 1970s, Roy Huggins had an idea to remake Maverick, but this time as a modern-day private detective. Huggins teamed with co-creator Stephen J. Cannell, and the pair tapped Garner to attempt to rekindle the success of Maverick, eventually recycling many of the plots from the original series. Starting with the 1974 season, Garner appeared as private investigator Jim Rockford in The Rockford Files. He appeared for six seasons, for which he received an Emmy Award for Best Actor[25] in 1977. Veteran character actor Noah Beery, Jr. (Wallace Beery's nephew) played Rockford's father, Joseph "Rocky" Rockford, while Gretchen Corbett portrayed Rockford's lawyer and sometime lover, Beth Davenport, until she left the series over a salary dispute with the studio. Garner also invited yet another familiar actor, Joe Santos, who played Rockford's friend in the Los Angeles Police Department, Detective Dennis Becker. Rounding out the cast was a character actor and friend of Garner's who had previously co-starred with him on Nichols, Stuart Margolin, playing Jim's ex-cell mate and treacherous "friend" Angel Martin. In the first episode of Season Six, Paradise Cove, Mariette Hartley guest-starred as Court Auditor Althea Morgan.
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Dr. Robert H. May, 6/8/1927 to 7/20/2014 Age 87, of Plymouth, MN passed away peacefully on Sunday morning. Dr. May is preceded in death by both parents, brother Alan, and daughter Carol. Bob is survived by wife Beverly of 64 years, daughters Jan and Cathy, Grandsons Zach (Amy) and Dylan, and great-grandson Jackson. Bob was a legend. He led the University of North Dakota Men's Hockey team to their first National Championship and was a dual inductee into the UND HOF. He coached the Minnesota Checker's Women's Hockey team to National and International Championships, later becoming the charter inductee into the Minnesota Girls Hockey HOF (MGHCA). Bob was a Dentist, who also served the Minnesota North Stars. He invented the custom-fit mouth guard and wrote 4 published books. Bob served as a Colonel in the Army. In addition to copious accolades, Bob was a mentor to thousands, a loving family patriarch, a story-teller, and an inspiration to everyone he met. Bob's loss will be felt around the world. Memorial service 11AM Monday, July 28, 2014 at Wayzata Community Church, 125 E. Wayzata Blvd., Wayzata. Visitation beginning at 9:30 AM at church prior to the service. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. David Lee Funeral Home Wayzata 952-473-5577
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Claire M. Claire M. age 82 of Maple Plain passed away peacefully August 3, 2014. Preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert; parents John and Marguerite Paumen; brother James Paumen; sisters Rita Paumen and Marilyn Hinkemeyer; grandson John Galvin; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Giese. Survived by sons, Clifford (Debra), LeRoy (Kim) and Leonard (Stacey). Daughters Janet (Mike) Galvin, Darlene (Dean) Determan, Mary (Jesse) Husby; 18 grandchildren and 17 Great-grandchildren; sister, Kathleen Langanki. Many loving relatives and friends. Funeral Service 11:00 AM Thursday Aug. 7 with visitation 1 hour prior to service at Christ Lutheran Church, 5084 Main St. Maple Plain. Interment Lewis Cemetery. Rettinger Funeral Home Long Lake~Orono 952-473-6954 Rettingerfuneralhome.com


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Louene Faye Bloedow, age 77 of Prior Lake passed away August 14, 2014. Survived by her husband, Lynus "Bob"; children: Heidi and Scott (Shannon; grandchildren: Austin, Alexa, Luke, and Payton; also by other loving relatives and friends. Funeral Service 11 AM Monday, August 25, 2014 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Burnsville, MN. Visitation one hour prior to the service at church. Interment: Ft Snelling. White Funeral Home Burnsville 952 894 5080
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Douglas Clifford Eidem,  age 84 of Brooklyn Center, passed away into God's hands on Sunday, October 5, 2014. He was retired from the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department and served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. Doug was a wonderfully generous, honest and dedicated man. He had a kind and thoughtful heart and was always helping those around him in any way he could.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Duffer; children, Douglas (Jean), Cheryl, Mark (Kay) and Jodi (Ron); 14 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents and 12 siblings.

Visitation Wednesday, 4-7 PM at Gearty-Delmore Robbinsdale Chapel, 3888 W. Broadway, with prayer service at 7 PM.

Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, 11 AM at the Church of St. Gerard, 9600 Regent Ave. N., Brooklyn Park. Interment Friday at 1:45 PM at Fort Snelling.

All memorials will be given to the Toys for Tots Foundation.

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Lorraine Catherine Leuer, age 95 of Loretto, passed away December 27, 2014. Survived by her children, LaVonne (Roy) Leroux, Loren (Doris) Leuer, Lenny (Alice) Leuer, Laura Leuer Tritch, Lois (John) Scheunemann and Larry (Connie) Leuer; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great- grandchildren; sister, Renee (Wallace) Barthel; sister-in-law, Bernice Schlosser; many loving relatives and friends. Lorraine was preceded in death by her loving husband Leo of 60 years; parents, Leonard and Marie Schlosser; brothers, Ralph (Gladys) Schlosser and Leonard Schlosser Jr. Lorraine was a lifelong resident of the Loretto area and loved to bake and cook. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Haven Homes for their tender care of our mother for seven years. Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 150 Railway St. E., Loretto. Visitation one hour prior to service at church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the church. Interment, Church Cemetery. Rettinger Funeral Home Long Lake-Orono 952 473-6954
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Mario Matthew Cuomo, June 15, 1932 – January 1, 2015, was an American politician and member of the Democratic Party. He served as the 52nd Governor of New York for three terms, from 1983 to 1994, Lieutenant Governor of New York from 1979 to 1982 and Secretary of State of New York from 1975 to 1978.

Cuomo was known for his liberal views and public speeches, particularly his keynote speech at the 1984 Democratic National Convention where he criticized Ronald Reagan's policies. The speech brought him to national attention, and he was widely considered a front-runner for the Democratic nomination for President in both 1988 and 1992, but he declined to seek the nomination in both instances. His legacy as a reluctant standard-bearer for the Democrats in presidential elections led to him being dubbed "Hamlet on the Hudson"

Cuomo was defeated for a fourth term as Governor by George Pataki in the Republican Revolution of 1994, and he subsequently retired from politics. He was the father of five, including Andrew Cuomo, the current Governor of New York, and journalist Chris Cuomo, currently at CNN.

He died of natural causes due to heart failure in Manhattan, New York City, on New Year's Day, 2015.

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Allen F. Storms, “Alley Cat,” age 63, of Cologne, passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at his home in Cologne.  Mass of Christian Burial Friday, March 13, 2015 at 5 p.m. at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Cologne with Father Gregory Abbott as Celebrant of the Mass; visitation from 3 p.m. until the time of the Mass at the church; interment St. Bernard’s Catholic Cemetery, Cologne.

Allen Francis Storms was born on March 7, 1952 in Waconia, Minn., the son of Alois and Rose (Louis) Storms. He was baptized and later confirmed in the Catholic Faith at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Cologne. He was a graduate of Central High School in Norwood Young America class of 1970. On June 13, 1987, Allen was united in marriage to Denise Parpart at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in New Germany.
In his lifetime, Al was involved in many things. He was a volunteer for the Carver County Safety Patrol and the Cologne Fire Department. He was also on the Cologne City Council. Al worked for many years as the custodian at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church and School. For 20 years he was the owner and operator of his own business, the Alley Cat Lawn and Snow Service.

He treasured his wife and loved her dearly. His family and friends were also very important to him. If anyone needed help, he would drop whatever he would be doing to help them. He enjoyed working with his hands and having coffee with the guys. He was also well known for his popcorn.

Al was preceded in death by his parents Alois and Rose Storms; brothers Charles Storms and George Storms; sister-in-law Susan Storms; father-in-law and mother-in-law Charles and Leona Parpart.

Allen is survived by his loving family: wife Denise Storms of Cologne; sisters and brothers-in-law JoAnn and Paul Wickenhauser of Cologne, Marie and Kenneth Kirsch of Waconia, Barbara and Mike Morrison of Belle Plaine; brothers and sisters-in-law Robert and Kathleen Storms of Cologne, James and Judy Storms of Cologne, Paul Storms of Chaska, Gerald and Georgia Storms of Waconia, Tony and Sharon Storms of Glencoe; sisters-in-law Marlene Storms of Norwood Young America, Diane Weege of Norwood Young America; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law David and Sandy Parpart of Delano, Daniel and Cheryl Parpart of Plato; Aunts Charleen Louis and Betty Louis; nieces, nephews other relatives and many close friends.

Serving as casket bearers are Brian Vos, David Tellers, Chris Cronin, Linda Salonek, Bryan Storms, Roger Roach.
Arrangements with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.A
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James R. Lewis, "Lewie" age 78 of Plymouth, died March 7, 2015. Preceded in death by sister, Doris Erlach-er. Survived by his wife, Connie Lewis; children, Lizbeth Lewis-Amundson (Jim), Ross Lewis (Dawn), Amy Lewis and Jeremy Lewis; granddaughters, Jourdan Lewis-Messer and Drew Amundson; sister, Pat Willging (Tom); as well as many other loving relatives and friends. Lewie grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and graduated from Luther College in Decorah where he received the Music Award. He taught history at Wayzata High School and also was the football coach for Wayzata and Providence Academy. Lewie once auditioned for the Metropolitan Opera. He received the Employee Excellence Award from the Wayzata Public Schools, was a nominee for the Minnesota Business Foundation for Excellence in Education Award, and also received the Trojan of the Year Award from the WHS Athletic Department. In addition, he received numerous commendations for the academic preparation he provided for his students. Visitation 5-8 PM Friday, March 13, 2015 with sharing of memories at 7 PM at David Lee Funeral Home, 1220 E. Wayzata Blvd., Wayzata. Memorials may be directed to Second Harvest Heartland West, 6325 Sandburg Road #1700, Golden Valley, Minnesota 55427. David Lee Funeral Home Wayzata 952-473-5577 www.davidleefuneralhome.com
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Chapman, Richard "Dick" Age 84, of St. Michael. Preceded in death by wife, Barbara and parents, Clara and Rudolph. Survived by children: Connie, Candace, Timothy (Tamera) & Michael (Julie); grandchildren: Rhea (Grant), Trevers (Laura), Jesse (Rebecca), Nicholas, Joshua (Tasha), Justin, Andrew (fianceé Jessica); 9 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; brother, Stan; nieces, nephews, other relatives & friends. Dick was a professional journalist, a writer of Cedric Adams newscasts, an outdoorsman, a commercial spokesman, all on WCCO Radio, for 36 years. When Dick turned off the microphone after his last newscast in 1993, he had been on the air for half the life of the station. Nominated to the Pavek Museum Hall of Fame. Creator, on the night of May 6, 1965, of the way to use radio to not report tornadoes after the fact, but warn listeners in the path of the storm to take cover. A Celebration of Dick's life will be held at KOZLAK-RADULOVICH MAPLE GROVE CHAPEL (13745 Reimer Dr.) Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 2-5 PM with a Time of Remembrance at 4 PM. Memorials preferred to North Metro Muskies, Inc (19005 Butternut St. NW, Oak Grove, MN 55011) or to the Barbara Beerhalter Chapman Scholarship Fund c/o UM Foundation Fund 20510 - PO Box 860266, Mpls, MN 55486. www.kozlakradulovich.com "A Celebration of Life" 763-416-0016
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Theodore 'Ted' Schullo, age 67, of Brooklyn Park, formerly of NE Mpls. Class of Edison 1965, U of M alumnus, retired 33 years Hen-nepin County Sheriff's Dept., Pastor at Spiritual Life Church. Preceded in death by parents, James & Dorothy and niece, Christina Frazer. Survived by son, Jason (Jennifer); daughter, Jana (Edwin) Ware; 7 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchild-ren; sister, Theresa (John) Frazer; many relatives and friends including his spiritual life family. Service Wednesday, 6 PM, with visitation starting at 4 PM at Spiritual Life Church, 6865 Shinglecreek Pkwy., Brooklyn Center. billmanhunt.com 612-789-3535
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Richard B. Tysk, age 77, Retired Hennepin County Sheriff's Office Sergeant. Survived by children, Lisa, Paula Bartholow (Jim), Andrea Cich (Paul), & Rick (Kari); former spouse, Carol Kyle; 12 grandchildren; 1 great grandson. Visitation Wednesday (March 18, 2015) from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM at SANDBERG FUNERAL HOME, 2593 E. 7th Ave., North St. Paul. Private family interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred. SANDBERG FAMILY FUNERAL HOME 651-777-2600 sandbergfuneralhome.com
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Jack Louis Garcia, age 68 died February 23, 2015 at his home in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was born May 12, 1947 to Lucille Red Hawk & Joseph Louis Garcia at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney NE. He attended Gibbon Public Schools in Gibbon, NE. Jack enlisted in the US Navy in July 1964 until 1968 with the rank of BMSN, E-3. Jack loved his home in Minneapolis and his many friends. He traveled and enjoyed life to the fullest. He was of the Catholic Faith. What a legacy he has left his family & friends, Jack worked at Mystic Lake Casino & Hotel in Prior Lake, MN for 16 years. He was Executive Casino Host, and loved his job and many friends he worked with and met in his job. He will be missed by many. Jack was a proud member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe from Pine Ridge, SD. He was a member of the VFW in Minneapolis. Jack was previously married to Gerry Garcia of SD, and is survived by his son, Nicky Garcia of Minneapolis; brothers, Ben of Eden Prairie, MN & Frank of North Platte, NE; sisters, Rose Schumacher, Kearney NE, and Mary Nave, Sikeston, MO. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and faithful friends, Cindy Medina & Elaine Sullivan. He is preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Theresa Garcia. Memorial contributions may be made to donor's choice. Graveside service with Military Honors will be Monday, March 16, 10:45AM, Assembly area #2 (Please arrive at 10:30) at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Visitation Sunday, March 15, 2-5PM at: www.Washburn-McReavy.com Davies Chapel 612-377-2203 2301 Dupont Avenue South.
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Robert John Herrmann, age 71, of Hamburg, passed away Friday, March 27, 2015. Survived by his loving family daughters Tracy (T.) Johnson, Robin (Greg) Schultz, Jody (Mark) Stender; 8 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren. Memorial service Wednesday 11:00 AM at Emanuel Lutheran Church (18155 CR50) Hamburg. Visitation Tuesday 4-7 PM and 1 hour prior to the service at the Emanuel Lutheran Church, Hamburg. Interment church cemetery. Johnson Funeral Home - Waconia (952) 442-2121
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Richard M. Kucera, age 72, of Minnetonka passed away peacefully on Monday, April 13, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Ruth. Born December 5, 1942 to Richard and Ida Kucera in Minneapolis, he was a life-long resident of Minne-tonka. Richard was a U.S. Navy veteran and career officer with the Minnetonka Police Department. He married Sandra Wilson in 1970, and together they raised four daughters. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His strength of character, generosity of spirit and depth of faith enriched the lives of everyone who knew him. He embraced life, and had no fear in death. Blessed by his memory are his devoted wife of nearly 45 years, Sandra; beloved daughters Marla Kucera, Reva (Jeff) Olson, Jana (James) Walbruch, and Emily (Dan) Allen; grandchildren Jacob, Chloe and Isaiah Olson, Sophia Walbruch, and Eva and Benson Allen; extended family, and countless friends. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 330 Vicksburg Lane N. in Plymouth. Friends may visit the family prior to the service from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at the church. Burial will follow at Grove-land Cemetery in Minnetonka; a light luncheon will be served at the church after the interment. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association or the Boy Scouts of America. www.Washburn-McReavy.com Strobeck Johnson 952-938-9020
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Thomas Frederick Jesse, 78, of Garrison, died at his home Monday, April 20, 2015. Services for Thomas will be held on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Holy Family Catholic Church in Hillman, MN. Thomas was born May 29, 1936, in Minneapolis, MN, the son of Helmuth & Hildegarde (Wambach) Jesse. He was proud to serve in the US Navy. He was proud to serve his country and remained active in the American Legion after his honorable discharge. Thomas dedicated his life to law enforcement and enjoyed the many years he served as Deputy Sheriff for Hennepin County. He will be missed by his wife, Karol; children, Teresa (Gary) Anderson, Thomas P. (Regina) Jesse, Jean (Tom) Brownell, and Debra Jesse; sister, Elaine Bohanon; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and sons, Martin and Thomas F., Jr. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel, Baxter, MN.
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Kyllo, Henry "Hank" age 92, of Champlin, MN, passed away on April 6, 2015 at J.A. Wedum Residential Hospice. Hank proudly served in the US Navy during WWII. As a 1950 graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, Hank worked as a full-time pharmacist until age 80. Preceded in death by wife, Peggy and parents, Henry and Clara Kyllo. Survived by children, Roxanne (Doug) Elliott, Gregg (Diane) Kyllo and Jan (Bill) Stevens; brother, Robert (Marian); sister, Miriam Hecht; 7 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchil-dren and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial service 1:00 PM Saturday, May 2 at St. Barnabas Lutheran Church, 15600 Old Rockford Rd., Plymouth 55446 (763) 553-1239. Visitation at 12:00 PM. Memorials preferred to Fairview Hospice or St. Barnabas Lutheran Church.
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Verne Clarence Gagne, age 89 of Excelsior, passed away April 27, 2015. Preceded in death by wife, Mary; brother, Will; sister, Ruby. Survived by children, Greg (Mary) Gagne, Kathleen Whistler, Elizabeth (Will) Ahern and Donna Gagne; grandchildren, J.P., Gail, Peter, Summer, John, and Robert; siblings, Tom, Adele, Joe, Nancy, Robert, Ed, Gene, John, Jackie, Chuck, Sharon, and Diane. Born in 1926, Verne grew up on a farm in Minnesota. Leaving home at age 14 after his mother passed away, he entered Robbinsdale High School participating in football, wrestling and baseball. It wasn't easy for Verne, working many hours before school sweeping and scrubbing a local tavern and beauty shop. Still managing to win district, regional and state championships in wrestling and was selected to play in the All-State-Football team. In 1943 Gagne was recruited to play.football at the University of Minnesota, becoming a member of the All-Conference Team that same year. Entering the Marines in I944, he was based at El Toro, California and played on the marine football team. Which at the time was ranked number one in America, Verne was such an outstanding star that he could have written his own ticket as to which college he would attend following his discharge from the service. He chose to return to the University of Minnesota where his dual interests in football and wrestling brought him recognition as a top athlete. In college he won Big Ten wrestling Championships four times (1944, 1947, 1948 and 1949); NCAA Championships In 1948 and 1949; he was a member of the U.S. Olympic team in 1948; and he also won the AAU Championship in 1949. In football he played end for the Gophers, winning Honorable Mention in the All-American voting. In 1949 he was asked to play in the college all-star football game in Chicago against the NFL Champions the Philadelphia Eagles. But wrestling was given the upper hand when it came to choosing a profession. Gagne entered the world of professional wrestling in the spring of 1949. In I960, Gagne returned to the Twin Cities with the newly formed American Wrestling Association becoming the World's Heavyweight Champion. But the success of Verne Gagne was not just the story of an athlete or promotor. It was not just his commitment to community or to helping those less fortunate. It was that he was a wonderful and loving family man. He cherished his time with his wife, children and grandchildren. Fishing, skiing, hiking in the woods, riding horses, eating a good meal or boating on Lake Minnetonka. He cherished those moments. He will be greatly missed by all. Visitation 4-7 PM Monday, May 4. Memorial Service 11 AM Tuesday, May 5 with visitation beginning at 10 AM BOTH HELD AT Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the University of Minnesota Wrestling Team. www.Washburn-McReavy.com Edina Chapel 952-920-3996.
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Lyle Howard Day, age 72, of St. Michael (formerly of Wayzata, Long Lake, and Plymouth), died peacefully at his home on May 4, 2015. Lyle was born on December 26, 1942. He is preceded in death by his parents, Earl & Janet Day; brothers, Bruce, Lowell, and John; and sister, Margaret Lessard. Lyle was on the Long Lake Fire Department for over 23 years and served part of the time as the Fire Chief. He was also a member of the Long Lake City Council and on the Orono Police Department and Reserves. Lyle is most remembered for serving the Orono/Wayzata communities for over 50 years in the plumbing and heating business. Lyle was a loving, compassionate, and fair person who could be counted on in any emergency, day or night. He enjoyed playing and coaching hockey and baseball. Lyle is survived by his best friend, Cathy Caryl; daughters, Becky Krueger, Pam Sueker, and Janet Brown (Brian); son, Howard Day; mother of his children, Kathy Day; 6 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild; brothers, sisters, and many nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation Thursday, May 7, 4:00-8:00 pm at Rettinger funeral Home, 425 Lake St. Long Lake. Memorial Service to be held on Friday, May 8, 11:00 am with visitation 1 hour prior at the Long Lake Fire Station, 340 Willow Dr. N. Long Lake. Private family burial. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the family. Rettinger Funeral Home Long Lake-Orono 952-473-6954.
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Walter P. Hendricks age 74 of Wayzata. Passed away peacefully on the morning of June 2. Preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Margaret and brother, Ron. Survived by loving sons, Frank (Janice) and Dean (Tabby); grandsons, Bowen, Alec and Logan; brother, Roger (Mary), former spouse, Jude Hughes-Williams. Wally was born and grew up in Wayzata on a farm, graduated from Wayzata High School, served in the National Guard, worked as a tile setter, a Police Officer for City of Mound, Bartender at the Wayzata Muni, Manager of Wayzata American Legion, a truck driver and farmer for most of his life. Wally spent the last six years living in the McGregor area where he enjoyed living in the country, hunting, playing cribbage at the VFW and playing with tractors until the end. He was a member of the Tamarack Sportsman Club, McGregor Chapter of MN Deer Hunters Association. Wally made many friends and found a second home in McGregor. Visitation at Rettinger Funeral Home, 425 Lake St., Long Lake, Wednesday, June 10th, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Rettinger Funeral Home Long Lake~Orono 952-473-6954.
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Bud Kraehling, whose affable delivery of the weather forecast was a WCCO-TV fixture for nearly 50 years, died of cancer Wednesday evening, June 3, 2015. He was 96.

In its obituary, WCCO said, "For a lifetime, Minnesotans depended on Kraehling for the weather and for happy talk with his longtime on-air partner, Dave Moore. It was that unscripted banter that provided a level of chemistry that to this day has not been matched."

Noted Tom Ziegler, a former WCCO managing editor and producer: "You could spend all day prepping a newscast but without fail, the best moments of that newscast were the 30 seconds you holed out around the weather to let Dave Moore and Bud do their thing. Bud was a true pro, such a gentleman. His laidback 'roll with the flow' persona that we saw on TV was exactly how he was off camera."

A 2001 charter inductee of the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame, Kraehling began his 50-year radio and television career in Carthage, Ill. According to his hall of fame biography, Kraehling helped out a high school friend who was working as an announcer at a short-staffed radio station. He got records ready to play and read market reports on the air.

He worked another radio job in Galesburg, Ill., before serving in the Army during World War II.

After the war, Kraehling in 1946 took a job with WTCN Radio in the Twin Cities. That led to a job with WTCN-TV (later WCCO-TV) in 1949.

In 1950, Kraehling started a five-minute 10 p.m. WCCO weather report for sponsor Taystee Bread.

"I just happened into it, weather on TV. I was subbed for a man on vacation, sponsored by Taystee Bread," Kraehling said, according to WCCO's obituary. "And I guess I did a better job than he did, so I stayed on."

Although he didn't have an academic background in meteorology, which was common for the time, Kraehling witnessed many changes in the science of weather forecasting. In 1958, he helped use the first weather radar in the Twin Cities, on top of the Foshay Tower in downtown Minneapolis.

After 47 years at WCCO, Kraehling retired in 1996. He volunteered as a greeter at the Minnesota History Center and also performed at nursing homes.

His first wife, Natalie, died in 1998. He is survived by his four daughters and second wife, Shirley Lockwood.
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David J. Lee, Age 66 of St. Louis Park, passed away peacefully on June 30, 2015 with his family by his side. Survived by wife Rosealee M. Lee; daughters Jessica A. Bartram and Jaymi M. Kennebeck; special uncle James Allen; brother-in-law Steven (Lecia) Tallman; sister-in-law Shari (Timothy) Little and grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, J. Russell Lee and Dolores M. Lee, special aunt, Susan Allen and grandson, Macalob Bartram. Funeral 4 PM, Sunday, July 5, at Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave S., Mpls. Visitation at church after 3 PM Sunday. Memorials preferred to the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, mplsheart.org Gearty-Delmore 952-926-1615.

Not Very Many People Knew It, But Dave and I Were Cousins, but we never told anybody that; we didn't think 'the world' was ready for that, yet !!
At Dave's Celebration of Life Service, I was truly impressed with the representation of Public Safety members that attended; not only from St. Louis Park (where he was the 'actual' Fire Department Commissioner), but also from other agencies from the surrounding area and suburbs as well.

During the service yesterday, numerous guests spoke about their personal experiences of having Dave as a friend and fellow professional; all very touching with just the right amount of 'humor' tossed in; just like Dave would do.

Dave's accomplishments and his commitment to those communities that he served, was well beyond what I ever knew. Or, imagined.

Even with his many medical issues, Dave lived his life to the fullest and is a shining example of what being a 'Public Servant' is all about. He represented the Edina Police Department, the St, Louis Park Police and Fire Departments and the Minnetonka Police Department extremely well. His legacy will remain with those persons whose lives he has touched and so profoundly, and so richly, affected. I'm proud to be one of those people.

I'm totally glad that my life 'crossed paths' with Dave's; I'm a better person for it. Even as well as we knew each other and even as much as I knew about him, I now wish that we had spent EVEN MORE time together. He was an absolutely WONDERFUL (and amazing) person

Multiply your best memories of Dave times a thousand; that's how Dave was remembered, and eulogized yesterday, at his Celebration of Life.

Rest In Peace My Good Friend !! (And my cousin; not many people knew that.)

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John W. "Bill" Campbell, age 90 of Green Valley, AZ, formerly of Wayzata. Originally, from Washington D.C., Bill began his Air Force career in WWII before graduating high school. His life as an aerial engineer brought him to the St. Cloud USO where he met the love of his life, Pat. Bill & Pat were married for 69 years. They shared careers in teaching and after a few years in Staples, MN and Washington D.C., found their home at Wayzata schools. After 35 years as a high school math teacher, Bill golfed his way through a glorious retirement at Voyager Village in Danbury, Wisconsin. Rich in integrity and generosity, Bill educated and inspired his students, his community, his family and his friends. He left a beautiful legacy of faith, love, family and kindness. His gifts of encouragement and love will live with us forever. GO BLUE! Bill is predeceased by his son, Rich Campbell. He is survived by his wife, Pat; daughter, Margie Campbell Charlebois (Jim) and daughter-in-law, Dee Dee Campbell Zappa (Steve); 6 grandchildren & 13 great-grandchildren. Memorial service Wed. 2 p.m. at Plymouth Covenant Church 4300 Vicksburg Lane N., Plymouth. Private interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Visitation Tue. 5-8 p.m. at Gearty-Delmore Funeral Chapel of Plymouth, 15800 37th Ave. N., Plymouth and at the church one hour prior to the service. Memorials are preferred to Lakeside Community Lutheran Church, Danbury, WI or Rescue a Golden of MN (RAGOM). Gearty-Delmore 763-553-1411 gearty-delmore.com.

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Richard (Dick) Streeter, age 82 of Plymouth, passed away on Nov. 13, 2015. Dick had a passion for fishing, reading and football - which he played semi-pro after graduating from Patrick Henry High School. He was retired from the Hennepin County Sheriff Department of 30 years and had served in the U.S. Army. Survived by his wife Joann of 57 years, daughter Lisa (Doug) Lewis, grandchildren Kyle and Dylan, sister Duffer, brother Larry (Sharon) and many relatives and friends that will miss him dearly. Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, Nov. 28th, 11 AM at the Church of St. Raphael, 7301 Bass Lake Road in Crystal. Visitation will be held 1 hour prior to service. Private Interment Gethsemane Cemetery. Memorials will be given to the Humane Society of MN in remembrance of Dick's love for animals. Gearty-Delmore 763-553-1411.
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Charlie Boone, the WCCO Radio host who was the voice of mornings in Minnesota for nearly 40 years, died on Sunday. He was 88.

“Boone and Erickson,” Boone’s 37-year collaboration with Roger Erickson, was one of the most popular shows on radio from the 1960s to the 1990s. The partnership ended in 1998 when Erickson retired, but Boone continued to host a Saturday morning show until 2010. “Charlie was one of the greatest talents in the history of radio broadcasting, and certainly in the Twin Cities he was unparalleled,” said Mick Anselmo, market manager for CBS Radio in Minneapolis.When Erickson retired, the Star Tribune editorial page wrote, “Boone and Erickson gave their listeners warm neighborliness, goofy humor and a gentle kind of wit that virtually defined mainstream Minnesota-ness.”

Born in Newfoundland, Boone grew up in Connecticut and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1945 to 1948. He came to WCCO from Fargo in 1959 and was the station’s first disc jockey, playing records on his show instead of introducing a live orchestra.

His show at WCCO, “Boone in the Afternoon,” followed Roger Erickson’s program each day, and the two struck up a friendship. “The station realized they had good chemistry,” said Steve Murphy, the retired former anchor and managing editor for WCCO.

The weekday morning show started in 1961 and would last 37 years. Boone was more of the straight man and Erickson got most of the gags. The two were famous for their skits and voices. Boone could impersonate a bellicose Southern senator or a New York cop. Erickson, a Minnesota native, handled the Scandinavian accents.

“They were a great combination,” said Sid Hartman, the Star Tribune sports columnist, who appeared on the show many times. “In the days before FM, it was by far the top-rated show in town.” Boone and Erickson poked fun at politicians, lampooned current events and parodied old radio shows. One of their most popular bits was “Minnesota Hospital,” billed as “the best place to get sick in.”

Celebrities who came through town would go on the show, and Boone and Erickson wrote them into their skits. Politicians were regular guests, because they knew the show’s reach. It was the most popular program on a station whose signal reached all of Minnesota, plus parts of Wisconsin and Iowa. “They also did excellent interviews. I don’t think they get enough credit for that,” Murphy said.

Boone liked to say that he and Erickson treated their relationship like a marriage. They had to keep working at it. They remained friends, getting breakfast together to reminisce in recent years. “Boone and Erickson” was serious when necessary, and Boone’s cultivated radio voice was a comfort to listeners when tornadoes or blizzards struck, said Don Shelby, the former WCCO-TV anchor. “If you could just hear Charlie talk, you knew the sun was going to rise tomorrow,” Shelby said.


Right before he came to Minneapolis, Boone was scheduled to emcee a show by Buddy Holly and Richie Valens in Moorhead, Minn., and was waiting at the airport when he learned the rock star had been killed in a plane crash. Needing a replacement act, he scrambled to enlist a local band called The Shadows, headed by 15-year-old Robert Velline, who later became known as Bobby Vee.

“He was a thoroughly articulate, well-studied, serious man, who could, thank God, be funny at the drop of a hat,” Shelby said. “But his internal workings were the workings of a serious broadcaster.” Boone acted at Old Log Theater and was friends for 50 years with its founder Don Stolz — who died this year. Boone hosted his Saturday show until he was 83, before fully retiring in 2010.

He lived in south Minneapolis. His mind was clear to the end, Murphy said, but he suffered from pulmonary fibrosis and his health deteriorated suddenly over the weekend. He died Sunday afternoon at Abbott Northwestern Hospital surrounded by family. He is survived by his wife Carol Heen, a son and daughter, four grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
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Glen M. Morrow, age 76, died suddenly of cardiac arrest at his home in Franklin Township, Delano, Minnesota on April 9, 2016. A memorial open house was held Sunday, May 22 from 1 to 5 PM at his daughter's home: 2639 Cardinal Way, Buffalo, MN 55313. Memorials preferred to EAA Young Eagles, American Cancer Society, NRA, Friends of The 99s, or Tree of Hope. Glen was a Mound Police officer and served over 30 years in the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, retiring as Lieutenant from the Radio Tower. Glen is survived by his wife Elaine; their daughter Carol (Steve) Schleif; grandchildren Kelsey (Joe) Puncochar, Kaiti Clark (friend Steven Bergwall), Matthew Clark (fiancée Lisa Matsuyama), Ashley (Shawn) Field; great-grandchildren Paisley and Presley (lovingly called P1 & P2) Field; many relatives; countless aviation community friends around the world. itenfuneralservices.com 763-972-2891-1615.
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Jerrold W. Leighton, Age 76, of Champlin, passed away May 12, 2016. Preceded in death by parents, William & Alice and brother James. Survived by Ellen, son Thomas, grandson Kyle; great-grandchildren, Karter & Keniddy; Ellen's children, Susan (Al), Richard, Catherine (Greg), Barbara (Russ), and other family & friends. He was an avid hunter, fisherman & golfer. He was honorable discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps, retired after 30 yrs. as a Hennepin County Deputy Sheriff and was a member of Champlin American Legion Post 0600. Service on Mon., May 23, 11 AM at Sunset Funeral Chapel, 2250 St. Anthony Blvd NE, Minneapolis, with visitation 1 hr. prior. Private interment at Sunset Cemetery SUNSET 612-789-3596.
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Benver, John "Jack" age 89, of Maple Grove, passed away June 14 in McAllen, TX. Retired Sergeant, Hennepin County Sheriff's Department. Preceded in death by wife, Patricia and son, Joseph. Survived by wife of 3 years, Silvia; children, Melanie McDonald (Mark); Melinda Benver, John Benver Jr. (Renee), Claudia Lehtonen (Skip) and Jamie Benver (Nancy); 11 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; other relatives and friends. Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM Monday at The Church of St. Raphael, 7301 Bass Lake Rd, Crystal with visitation beginning at 10 AM. Interment Glen Haven Cemetery. Gearty-Delmore 763-537-451.
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Einar L. Mattson, Age 94 of Garrison, MN, formerly of Mpls., MN passed away on February 21, 2016. Preceded in death by wife Dorothy; brothers Martin, Clarence and Richard. Survived by children Michael, Greg (Linda), Mark, Carol (Steve) Gilbert; grandchildren Joshua, Nick, Heather, John, Amy, Amanda and Allison; great grandchildren Soren and Greta. Einar was a WWII Navy Veteran. Retired from Mpls. Police Department and Hennepin Co. Sheriff's Office. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Funeral service 12:00 noon on Thursday, February 25 at Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel at Historic Fort Snelling, Hwy. 5 and 55, Mpls. with visitation one-half hour prior to service and also 5-8 PM Wednesday at: Washburn-McReavy.com Nokomis Park Chapel 612-721-1651 1838 E. Minnehaha Parkway.
Roger R. Smedberg of Brooklyn Park, passed away June 30, 2016 at age 78. Retired from Hennepin County Sheriff's Department after 27 years. Preceded in death by wife, Mary. Survived by son, Matthew and wife, Stephanie; daughter, Joanna; grandchildren, David, Brandon, Taylor, Logan, Greyson, Kora, Lara and Riley; great grandson, Jayden. Graveside service was at 1:00PM Thursday, July 7th at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, 7601 34th Ave. S., Please meet at assembly area # 2. Gearty-Delmore 763-553-1411.
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Francis "Frank" Raymond Grady, died August 21, 2016, one-day shy of his 98th birthday. Loyal servant to his family, faith, and country. Survived by four daughters, three sons, seventeen grandchildren, and sixteen great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his wife Phyllis B. Grady, a former F.B.I employee, and his fourth son Terrence. His daughters are Patricia LaPlace (Jean), Kathleen Lindquist (David), Sharon Ringham(Donald) and Teresa Berg. His sons are Martin Wilson-Grady (Chris), Daniel Ol-Grady and Michael Grady (Pat). Frank retired as an F.B.I Special Agent of the Minneapolis office on 6/30/1977 after 36 years of service. After his retirement Frank was appointed Chief Deputy Sheriff of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office by Don Omodt. The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Park Nicollet Hospice and the caregivers at The Glenn in Hopkins. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 AM on Friday August 26th at Nativity of Mary Catholic Church, 9900 Lyndale Avenue South, Bloomington, Minnesota. Visitation will be held one hour before mass. Private interment will be at Dawn Cemetery. Memorials preferred to the following, F.B.I. Agents Association College Education Fund, or Park Nicollet Hospice. www.GILLBROTHERS.com Bloomington,  Minnesota 952-888-7771.
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John V. Graff, formerly of Bloomington, MN, passed away on November 12, 2016 in Olathe, KS. He was born on January 17, 1930 to John Cyril Graff and Clara Shirkey Graff in Lima, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, JoAnna Ziegenbusch Graff on September 15th of this year. He is survived by five children: Kristine (Michael) Gruenebaum, John T. Graff, Margaret Gerdes, William Graff, and Mary Susan Baer; seven grandchildren: Benjamin (Morgan) Gruenebaum, Andrew (Lacey) Gruenebaum, Alex Gerdes, Connor Gerdes, Michael Baer, and Rachel and John "Nick" Graff; and great grandson Gibson Gruenebaum. An Air Force Veteran, he proudly served his country during the Korean Conflict. He graduated from St. Louis University-Parks College in 1959 with double majors in Meteorology and Aviation Business Administration. Mr. Graff had a 30 year career with the U.S. Weather Bureau/National Weather Service. He retired in 1988 from his position as Meteorologist-In-Charge for the Minneapolis/St. Paul Forecast Office. He received the Bronze Medal from the Department of Commerce for Meritorious Leadership, among many other awards. He later consulted with the Control Data Corp. and trained meteorologists in foreign countries including his last assignment with the Saudi Arabian Weather Service. His passion for aviation spanned his entire life. He held a pilot's license from the time he was sixteen and was a flight instructor from college through retirement. He mentored many new pilots and donated many hours to those aspiring to fly professionally. Mr. Graff was keenly intelligent, played a wicked game of chess, and passed his love of aviation to his children and grandchildren, many of whom work in Aviation and Aerospace Industries today. He leaves a legacy of love, humor, and above all, honor and duty. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Rose Catholic Church, Lima, Ohio and he will be interred next to his wife in Buckland, Ohio. Memorial gifts may be made to the John V. Graff Memorial Aviation Scholarship; c/o Lisa Masters; Parks College (SLU) 3450 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63103. Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO. 816-322-5278.
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It is with great shock and sadness that I share the obituary of our Polka Cousin Walt Procanyn. He was laid to rest on Saturday morning, November 18th in Brooklyn, New York.

Walt was born in Queens, New York on November 24, 2016 to the late Stephen and Helen Procanyn and passed away on November 14, 2016 just days short of his 82nd birthday.

Walt was a one time Grammy Nominated musician, Walter's Polka & Big Band talent was widely known. Having served our Country with the US Navy, they quickly put him to work with the official US Navy Band.

Walt leaves behind his three children, Walter, Donna and Tracie Procanyn. Grandchildren Sophia, Ashley, Felicia, Autumn, Alyssa and Andrew.

Here is a link to Walt's Website: www.polkamagic.net and to his funeral information:

http://marineparkfh.com/tribute/details/1923/Walter-Procanyn/obituary.html
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Donald J. Omodt, age 89, passed away March 17, 2017. A native of St. Paul who most recently lived in Minneapolis, served as sheriff of the state’s most populous county for seven consecutive terms, from 1967 to 1994, according to the Sheriff’s Office. At age 66, he considered running for an eighth term, but changed his mind at the last minute, citing a desire to spend more time with his family.

As the son of a St. Paul police detective, Omodt preached the importance of professionalism, and his rules sometimes earned him a reputation as a taskmaster among the rank and file. “I insist on excellence and expect excellence,” he said in 1993, shortly after announcing his retirement. The motto “A public office is a public trust” guided his time in that role, according to a tribute written by his family.

Before his career with the Sheriff’s Office, Omodt served as in the Airborne division of the U.S. Army during World War II and Korean War eras. He worked as a special agent with the FBI and as an assistant Hennepin County attorney for seven years before running for sheriff in 1966.

During his 28-year tenure as sheriff, Omodt was also elected president of the National Sheriff’s Association, the Minnesota State Sheriff’s Association, the Metropolitan Sheriff’s Association and even the Hennepin County Chiefs of Police Association.

Many current employees of the Sheriff’s Office joined under his leadership, according to the department.

At his retirement party at Minneapolis City Hall, Omodt was praised by staff members for aggressively adopting new technology to aid law enforcement, including computer-assisted dispatching and computerized photo-imaging of such records as mug shots.

“Sheriff Omodt took a Midwestern country sheriff’s office and developed it into one of the most respected law enforcement offices in the country,” inspector Michael Postle told the Star Tribune in 1994. “He developed in us a sense of pride, trust, history.”

As a local history buff who wrote extensively about the state and county, Omodt occupied the vacant basement office area of City Hall to do research. Upon retirement, he worked to sort through nearly 100 boxes of sheriff-related files, some of which he planned to donate to historical archives.

Raised a devout Catholic, Omodt graduated from St. Paul’s Cretin-Derham Hall in 1945 before attending the University of Minnesota. He earned his law degree at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul and completed training at the FBI National Academy.

Sheriff Omodt taught constitutional law and police tactics at Normandale Community College, and according to his family, also quietly volunteered his time at area charities, helping found the ARC Greater Twin Cities to support people with developmental disabilities.

He was also interested in family genealogy, serving proudly as a member of Torskeklubben, a club celebrating shared Norwegian heritage.

Sheriff Omodt and his wife, Helen Ann, were known for opening their south Minneapolis home to strangers, often welcoming foster children, foreign exchange students and travelers over the years, according to the obituary written by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, March 23rd, 10:30 AM, Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 5071 Eden Ave., Edina. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Visitation one hour prior to service at the church and Wednesday, March 22nd from 5-9 PM at: Washburn-McReavy.com Edina Chapel 952-920-3996 West 50th Sreet & Highway 100. 

Also, to visit my Website & Internet Show 'Tribute' to Sheriff Omodt, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
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Orlo 'Bud' Eisinger, May 24, 1923 to January 16, 2017 Preceded in death by his wife, Mary Frances (Becker), son John Michael, brother Harley, sister Harriet (Vensas). Survived by daughters, Maryanne Prouty (Phillip) and Suzanne Lenzen (Timothy) and many other family members. Bud was a farmer, cook, veteran, Medina police officer, Hennepin County Deputy Sheriff, school bus driver, friend, and family man who treated people with respect and understanding. Your life is truly blessed if it's as meaningful and rich as his was. If Bud was part of your life, you have a story to tell so please come and share it with us at his memorial service on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at The Court Hall inside Presbyterian Home, 4527 Shoreline Dr., Spring Park MN from 1 to 3 p.m.
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Gerald Getchell, age 93, of rural Aitkin passed away Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Essentia St. Joseph's in Brainerd. Gerald's memorial service will be Tuesday, February 21, at 2 PM, at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church in Baxter. Visitation will be at the church, during the hour prior to services. Interment will be at Minnesota State Veteran's Cemetery, in the spring. Gerald Joseph Getchell was born June 3, 1923 in Minneapolis, to Lewis and Lena Getchell. He grew up in Osseo, graduating from Osseo High School in 1941. He served his country in the US Navy from 1942-1945, serving in combat in the South Pacific, as a Higgins Landing Craft operator with the USS George Clymer troop carrier. Gerald was united in marriage to Leona Tonn on June 4, 1945, in Osseo. The couple made their home in Osseo, where Gerald farmed and drove Skelly bulk truck. He went to work for the Osseo Police Department in 1954, and served as Department Chief for 25 years. He also served with the Osseo Volunteer Fire Department during this time, and was active with the Lions Club. He was widowed when Leona passed away in January of 1969. On July 24, 1970, Gerald was married to Darlene Skalsky, in Aitkin. They lived in Osseo until Gerald's retirement from the police department at the end of 1979, when they moved to their home on Round Lake in Aitkin County, near Garrison. Gerald enjoyed attending auctions, and he loved old cars, going to car shows in Branson and Phoenix, and owned a 1929 Whippet Roadster. Gerald and Darlene loved living on the lake, and every Fourth of July Gerald went skiing around the lake, proudly waving an American flag. Gerald is survived by Darlene, his wife of 46 years; six children, Linda (Ray) Augustson, of Aitkin, Jerry (Vikki) Getchell, of Marine on St. Croix, Ronald (Barbara) Skalsky, of Ham Lake, Larry Getchell, of Aitkin, Cheryl (John) Flatt, of Detroit Lakes, and Joe (Kara Kristofferson) Getchell, of Baxter; thirteen grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis and Lena Getchell; his first wife, Leona; two children, James Getchell and Todd Skalsky; and a brother, Stanley Getchell. Services entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel.
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Laurie C. Auger, age 74, of Andover, formerly White Bear Lake, passed away on February 23, 2017 surrounded with the love of her family. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Mick, and four children; Suzanne (Dawn), Lisa (Dave), Mike (Stephanie), Chris (Linda), and ten grandchildren. Laurie was retired from Anoka County Crime Victim Services and Sun Country Airlines. She loved to travel and spend time with her family. At Laurie's request, her body will be donated to the University of Minnesota Anatomy Bequest Program. Her celebration of life to be held at Majestic Oaks Golf Club Monday, February 27, 5:30-8:30 with tributes at 6:30. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Minnesota MS Society at 200 12th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN, 55415.

Beverly Jean Vye age 90, of Eagan, passed away peacefully on July 2, 2016. She is preceded in death by her husband William (Bill). Beverly is survived by her sons Christopher (Rebecca Swan) and Michael (Kathy), her sisters Bonnie Wasilak and Nancy Fischer, her brother Rodney Anderson, her brother-in-law George Vye (Ward Stewart), her sister-in-law Gloria Vye, and beloved nieces, nephews, and their family, as well as good friends. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and raised in humble circumstances and without a high school diploma, Beverly became an accomplished apartment and property manager, eventually teaching management classes at a local community college. She was a loving mother who was dedicated to her family, and enjoyed socializing and entertaining people in her home. She is remembered for her tender heart and generosity, her wonderful sense of humor and love of laughter, her extraordinary work ethic, and her resilience. A private service will occur at a later date. Memorials preferred to LeadingAge Minnesota.
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Wilen, William R. "Bill" went to be with the Lord on September 2, 2016 at the age of 68. Bill is preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Helen (nee Kelly). Lovingly survived by wife, Michele (nee Eckert); children, Holly (Ben) and Michael and his girlfriend, Lindsay. Beloved grandchildren, Heidi and Bridget; brothers, Bruce (Deb) and Brent (Patti); nephews and nieces, Kelly, Kevin, Anna and Ben. Bill was very patriotic and loved his country. He served in the Vietnam War and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He gave so much of himself working for Hennepin County Sheriffs Department. He progressed from Senior Deputy, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain and Inspector and retired in 2003. Bill loved fishing, hunting and photography. He enjoyed coffee with his friends and he adored being "Paca" to his granddaughters Heidi and Bridget. He enjoyed worshipping at Hosanna Lutheran Church. Bill would leave you smiling with his unique sense of humor. Thank you Bill for your legacy of laughter and devotion. You will be deeply missed by all. Funeral 11 AM Thursday, September 8, 2016 at the THOMSON-DOUGHERTY MANSION, 2535 Park Ave., Mpls, MN. Visitation 4-7 PM Wednesday, September 7, 2016, also 1 hr prior to funeral. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials preferred.
Beno Leuer of Plymouth, passed away March 20, 2017 at age 74. Survived by wife Mary; children, Holly Leuer and Bart (Becky) Leuer; grandchildren, Austin, Benjamin, Jadzia and Chloe Leuer; stepchil-dren, Katie Critelli, Matt Critelli and Tony (fiance' Clarinda Haglin) Critelli; stepgrandchildren, Jayden and Hailey Critelli; sister, Benetia Peterson; brothers, Jerry (Joan) Leuer and Gary (Jan) Leuer. Preceded in death by first wife, Janet and sister, Ramona Brand. Benno served in the US Army 101st Airborne Division during Vietnam. He was a retired employee of Wayzata School District and Scoutmaster for Boy Scout troop 481. A Celebration of Benno's life will be held Friday, March 31 from 5-8 pm with 7:15 sharing of stories at Rush Creek Golf Club, 7801 County Rd 101, Maple Grove. Private Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Gearty-Delmore 763-553-1411 gearty-delmore.com.
Robert W. Hageman of Chanhassen left this world on March 3, 2017 after 72 years filled with passion and love of family and country. He was a dreamer, a humorist, an original thinker, a true believer, and a man who always strove to do the right thing. Born in Kearny, New Jersey on May 20, 1944, Bob moved to Minnesota with his family in 1954, settling in Wayzata. In the summer of 1963, he met Mary Levering, beginning a love affair that would last his entire life. Upon graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1965, he married Mary and was soon commissioned as a Navy officer. After three years in Honolulu heading FOCCPAC's meteorology department, he returned to Minnesota where he led the cryptanalysis division at Fort Snelling. In 1972, Bob purchased Aqua Bowl in Minnetonka and spent the next 27 years as a bowling proprietor before converting the business into a retail center which he named Sterling Center (a wink to his lifelong "stage name," Lance Sterling). Aqua Bowl was the only alcohol-free bowling center in the Twin Cities, which served as a point of pride for Bob and puzzlement to those who believed he should actually seek to maximize profits. Bob's inherent generosity was a hallmark of his years at the bowling alley; he sometimes "forgot" to charge people and was known to give away his used cars to employees in need. Civic-minded and defined by his patriotism, Bob coached, refereed, and umpired youth sports for many years, served on the board at Bennett Family Park in Minnetonka, and was a devoted member of the Lake Minnetonka Excelsior Rotary Club. A man of firmly-held convictions, Bob's many (some might say too many) letters to the editor attested to his strong beliefs. Never dispassionate, measured, or predictable, Bob was a man who wore his heart on his sleeve and always thought outside the box. Bob had a multitude of friends, but his family came first. Prone to the grand gesture and afflicted with hyperbolic tendencies, no Hageman gathering was complete without Bob making a teary-eyed speech. None of his children have actually walked on water, but his overflowing pride in them was so evident that people likely believed they could. Although he didn't manage a mention in one of Sid Hartman's columns, his athletic feats are also part of family lore, dating to his time as a member of Wayzata's 1959 state championship basketball team. Bob could lay claim to having pitched a no-hitter, bowled multiple 300 games, and twice hit a hole-in-one (most recently on his 71st birthday). As much a fan as he was an athlete, Bob was the ultimate "homer" for his beloved Minnesota teams. No matter the odds, every year Bob believed the Twins could win the World Series, placing a Vegas bet to prove it and proudly showing off his well-worn betting slip. After so many years of leading with his heart, it's not entirely surprising that it gave out before its time. He suffered a heart attack in Naples, Florida on February 27th and passed away four days later surrounded by his devoted family. Bob is survived by his wife and four children - Jennifer Graves (Mike), Eric (Jill Coyle), Allison Lang (Jaxon), and Ashley Schram (Aaron). He is also survived by his brother Glenn Hageman, fifteen grandchildren (Jackson, Hunter, Logan, Emma, Sawyer, and Wyatt Graves; Ra'Shede, Xavier, Joe, Lizzy, and Hank Hageman; Daisy and Mason Lang; and Axel and Bridget Schram), one great-grandson (Zion), and many cherished nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and friends. Bob was preceded in death by his parents Robert A. and Ethel Hageman and granddaughter Janey Graves. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on March 16 at Hazeltine National Golf Course, with time for visiting with the family beginning at 1:00. Memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors or Excelsior Rotary, although, if you asked him, Bob might also suggest placing a bet on this year's Twins to win it all. This could be the year.
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Judge Joseph Albert Wapner, age 97, passed away February 26, 2017. Judge Wapner was an American judge and television personality. He was the first star of the ongoing reality court show The People's Court. The court show's first run in syndication, with Wapner presiding as judge, lasted from 1981 to 1993, for 12 seasons and 2,484 episodes. While the show's second run has been presided over by multiple judges, Wapner was the sole judge to preside during the court show's first run. His tenure on the program made him the first jurist of arbitration-based reality court shows, which are now a most popular trend in the judicial genre.
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William (Bill) A.Cooper, William of Wayzata, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. He was 73 years old. Bill was born in 1943 in Detroit, Michigan where he began his career as a police officer while putting himself through night school. After earning an accounting degree at Wayne State University, he became a certified public accountant for Touche Ross, which led him to join Michigan National Corporation in 1969 and a career in banking that spanned more than 40 years. He eventually rose to the position of controller at Michigan National and later became the president of Huntington Bank in Columbus, Ohio. In 1985, he was named chairman and chief executive officer of what is now TCF Bank, a subsidiary of TCF Financial Corporation. He retired as chief executive officer of TCF in 2015 and remained as chairman until his death. Bill was a pioneer of many innovations in banking, including free checking and debit cards, seven day-a-week banking and supermarket branches many of which did not exist or were not widely used in the industry at the time. Bill had a passion for education and school choice. He was one of the founders of Providence Academy in Plymouth, a strong supporter of Ascension School in North Minneapolis and founder of Friends of Education, a charter school sponsor. Friends of Education supports more than 9,000 students and sponsors 15 schools, several of which have been recognized as among the best performing schools in the United States. Bill is survived by William Cooper, Jr. (Christy), Christine Scott (Chris), Robert Cooper (Michelle), Brian Cooper (Kristi), Kelly Young (Chris), Ashley Cooper and Lauren Cooper along with eight grandchildren and his companion Suzanne Clifford. Bill's family also would like to thank his dear friend and personal assistant Pam Gordley for her extraordinary and dedicated service to their father. A memorial service celebrating Bill's life will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at TCF Bank Stadium's DQ Room, 420 23rd Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455. In lieu of flowers, Bill's family requests that memorial contributions be made to Friends of Education, 200 Lake St. E, Wayzata, MN 55391, or improvek-12education.org.

Rodney Sanforde Wallace was born on December 4, 1924. Rod passed away peacefully on March 26, 2017 of natural causes. He was surrounded by his beloved wife, Julie Ann and her family. Rodney was preceded in death by his mother, Gladys M. Wallace, his father, Benjamin W. Wallace, and his beloved aunt, Jane Levin. Julie's sons and their families were a constant source of love and support. He said many times that he would not have lived so long without their help and friendship. Rodney also leaves behind his Persian cats, Miss BeBe and Benjamin. Rodney is survived by his wife, Julie Ann, her sons: John Dainty and his wife Nancy, Richard Dainty and his wife Angela, and Joseph Dainty and his wife Dina. Rodney is also survived by his son, Rodney S. Wallace, Jr. and his wife Patty, daughters Debra Riberdy and her husband Gil, Gretchen Wallace, and Bridget Harter and husband Scott, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Rodney also leaves behind his Persian cats, Miss BeBe and Benjamin. Rodney was a Purple Heart recipient who served with honor in the U.S. Army as an Army Ranger during WWII and as an aid to General Patton, whom fondly called him "Kid."

Rod also used to own the Thunderbird Motel in Bloomington and he also reportedly was 'the money' behind the starting of the Hennepin County Sheriff's Rescue Squad (later the name was changed to the Hennepin Countuy Sheriff's Emergency Squad). During my time with the Sheriff's Emergency Squad, I seem to recall him being the indiviidual responsible for the Emergency Squad procurring it's heavy duty 'light truck' once knows as '712'.

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Entombment at Lakewood Cemetery. If so desired, memorials may be directed to the University of Minnesota Football Program.

Ronald Leonard Dvorak, age 72 of  Hopkins, Minnesota died March 8, 2017. Preceded in death by parents, Leonard and Dorothy Dvorak. Survived by sisters Peggy (David) Simonson, Darlene Nelson, Evon Peterson, many nieces, nephews, and close friends. Private Memorial.
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Donald Jay "Don" Rickles (May 8, 1926 – April 6, 2017) was an American stand-up comedian and actor. Although he became well known as an insult comic, his pudgy, balding appearance and pugnacious style led to few leading roles in film or television; his prominent film roles included Run Silent, Run Deep (1958) and Kelly's Heroes (1970), and beginning in 1976 he enjoyed a two-year run starring in the sitcom C.P.O. Sharkey.

He received widespread exposure as a popular guest on numerous talk shows, including The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and Late Show with David Letterman, and later voiced Mr. Potato Head in the Toy Story films. He won a Primetime Emmy Award for the 2007 documentary Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project.

Charles Hirsch "Chuck" Barris died March 21, 2017; an American game show creator, producer, and host. He was best known for hosting The Gong Show, and creating The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game. He was also a songwriter, who wrote the hit "Palisades Park" for Freddy Cannon and the author of the autobiography Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, which was made into the film Confessions of a Dangerous Mind directed by George Clooney.

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