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Nels "Bud" Rustebakke passed away August  22, 2004 at the age of 75. Retired employee, FMC & Korean War Vet. Preceded in death by parents & 4 brothers. Survived by loving wife & best friend, Orpha, of 50 years; sisters, Elsie O'Donnell, Rolla, ND & Carol (Gerald) O'Donnell, Apple Valley; nieces, nephews, best buddy, Don Hanson and numerous friends & relatives. Service was held Friday at 10AM at Salem Lutheran Church, 28th St. & Lyndale Avenue South in Minneapolis.

Bud and his wonderful wife Orpha were neighbors of mine when I lived in South Minneapolis. We all saw each other ocassionally and kept in contact after my moving from South Minneapolis to Cologne.
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Richard B. "Dick" Schultz age 71 of Maple Plain died peacefully at home surrounded by his family Sept. 18, 2004 after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Dick was a graduate of Mound High School, served in the US Naval Submarine Service and retired from Thiele Engineering Co. after 40 years. He loved and was dedicated to his family and the Maple Community. He had been a 30 year member of the Volunteer Fire Department, chaired the Old Timers Reunion Committee and was a 48 year member of American Legion Post 514. He will be greatly missed by Marlene, his wife of 51 years; daughters, Susan Schultz, Lee Ann Schultz; son, Scot Schultz & Libby Heaps; grandchildren, Cory Schultz & fiance, Shannon Marquardt, Tia Schultz, Angie (Nicholls) Minarik & husband, Corey; great-granddaughter, Athena Schultz; sister, Deloris Cole and many other relatives and friends. Funeral Service 10:30 AM Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church of Maple Plain, 558 County Road 110, Minnetrista

Dick was a part time policeman when I began my law enforcement career with the Maple Plain Police Department. Dick had a great sense of humor and was a real joy to have known and worked with. I can't begin to recall all of the great times that we had together when we were both 'off duty' and he invited me to join his family at their lake cabin on Lake Independence. .

Duane D. Bittle, age 94 of Hopkins, passed away on Sept. 19, 2004. Born June 1, 1910 in Iowa Falls, IA. Brought up in Springfield, MN. Graduate of Hamline University. Taught for many years as a high school teacher and golf coach in the Wayzata school system. Preceded in death by first wife, Marguerite; parents; and sister. Survived by wife, Dora; daughter, Mary (Tom) Field; son, Thomas (Helen) Bittle; step daughter, Carol (Gary) Obermiller; step son, Richard (Sharon) Pryd; grandchildren, Amanda McCarthy, Brian Field, and Gordon Bittle; 7 step grandchildren; 5 great- grandchildren; and 5 step great-grandchildren. Duane enjoyed golf, travel, dancing, woodworking, gardening, and bridge. Memorials preferred to donor's choice or to Methodist Hospital Hospice.

Mr. Bittle was my high school biology teacher. He taught me that disecting frogs wasn't in my career's future. He also coached my high schools golf club. Little did he know at that time that same excuse is being used by teachers throughout the world so they can leave the books and acedemics behind and hit the links.
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Joe "Sticks" Simota, Sr. passed away March 5, 2005 at the age of 76. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 11, 2005 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Le Center. Burial wwas at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Le Center. Funeral arrangements with the Le Center Funeral Home.

Like George Steinhagen, Joe also attended every one of the 'DELTA DICK' Listener Appreciation Get Togethers and helped provide all of the Old Tyme Music that we all love. This is a photo of Joe at the 'DELTA DICK' Listener Appreciation Get Together held in January 2004.
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George J. Steinhagen, age 74, of Waconia. Survived by loving wife, Jean; children and spouses, Renee and Harold Justinen of Kelowna, B.C., David and Kelley Steinhagen of Hopkins, Paul and Kathleen Steinhagen of Waconia; grandchildren, Nancy, Blake, Dustin and Clint; sisters, Elaine, Toni and Rosemary.  Interment Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.

George attended every one of my 'DELTA DICK' Listener Appreciation Get Togethers and helped provide all of the Old Tyme Music that we all love. This is a photo of George at the 'DELTA DICK' Listener Appreciation Get Together held in January 2004.
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Albert C. Ringate,  "KOJCG" lifelong resident of Minneapolis, passed away March 23, 2005 at the age of 77. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Donna; children, Wayne (Bonnie), Laura Hanmer, Lynn Pointner (Troy), Warren (Barb), James, Lisa Sandin (Jeff), Becky; 12 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; sisters, Arline, Marilyn, Joyce, Jane; brother, Tom; stepmother, Lu. Preceded in death by parents, Gilbert & Francis. Al served in the Merchant Marines during WW II; worked for the Chicago Northwestern Railroad, and retired from the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department. Dearly missed by all his children. Interment was Friday, March 25, 2005 at 11:30 AM, Fort Snelling National Cemetery

I worked with Al as a radio dispatcher when I first began working for the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department on October 20, 1969. He taught me alot about life, was a great friend and co-worker and also was the liasion for the Mobile Amateur Radio Corps (MARC) of Hennepin County; a group of dedicated ham radio operators who volunteer their services..
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Scott County (Minnesota) Deputy Sheriff Jon F. Niemann, age 37, of Prior Lake died December 30th, 2003 of a vehicular accident. Survived by wife, Lorrie Niemann; sons, Matt Dunlap and Nick Niemann, all of Prior Lake; mother, Aileen Niemann of St Paul; father, Raymond (Judith) Niemann of Pequot Lakes; sister, Jennifer (Willard) Willette of Woodbury; nieces, Elizabeth Nie mann and Amber Blomster; step brothers, William Blomster and James Blomster; and many relatives and friends. Funeral service was Monday, January 3, 2004 at 11 AM at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Mpls. Memorials preferred to Jon F. Niemann Memorial Fund, c/o Wells Fargo Bank, 16817 Duluth Ave, Prior Lake, MN 55372.
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1920 - 2005

William M. Aagaard, age 74 of Minnetonka, passed away on November 4, 1998. Served as a Deputy for the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department for 20 years. Owned and operated two grocery stores, avid golfer and bowler, Vice Commander of VFW Post #5632 and the Ritual Team. Member Vestland Sons of Norway Lodge, Elks Lodge #44 and West Hennepin Golf League which he formed and ran. Survived by loving wife Oriette of twenty-three years, children  William Jr., Robert, Elizabeth & Mary Ann, step-children Rebecca Quaid and Michael Stenson. Also survived by several grandchildren and one great- grandchild as well as many friends. Services were held Monday November 9, 1998 at 11AM at the First Lutheran Church of St. Louis Park where Bill was actively involved.

Bill was my partner when we both worked for the Hennepin County (Minnesota) Sheriff's Department. In addition to my  many wonderful memories of working with Bill, I recall when he and I extradited, without incident, a prisioner from Witchita, Kansas back to Minneapolis who had been charged with murdering his wife and three small children.
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Robert Stevens Long, 66, of St. Louis Park and St. Augustine, FL died at his residence in Florida on March 21, 2005. Survived by wife Phyllis, son Alan and numerous extended family members. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a masters degree in microbiology. Upon graduation he moved to the east coast and did research at Yale. He returned to Illinois where he received his medical degree. He moved to Minnesota where in 1972 he became a staff doctor at Hennepin County Medical Center, where he helped to modernize care for emergency patients. He became director of prehospitalization emergency medical services at HCMC. He taught medical students, new doctors, ambulance drivers, police officers and firefighters. He helped form and served on the volunteer Metrodome first aid team. He retired from HCMC in 1998 and moved to St. Augustine, FL. He also completed a dream of being a certified aircraft mechanic. He also was heavily involved in Boy Scouts during the 80's. He enjoyed home remodeling, building and fixing computers. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on April 29 at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Av. S., Minneapolis. In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to the family for the Ernie and Bernice Ruiz Professorship in Emergency Medicine at the University of Minnesota.

I remember Dr. Long for his tireless efforts while he worked at HCMC. I met him while I was a dispatcher for the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department about the time that the 'paramedic concept' and Metro West EMS Communications System was being introduced to ambulance services throughout Hennepin County. I also attended many seminars that he conducted for Police, Fire and EMS personnel. I have very fond memories of both Dr. Long and Dr. G. Patrick Lilja (who is now the director of the E.R. at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.) Dr. Long touched many lives and he and Dr. Lilja are the reason why Hennepin County has an EMS system that is second to none. Both are dynamic, untiring individuals who Hennepin County can be very proud of and Hennepin County residents have them to thank for making the delivery of Emergency Medical Services streamlined and efficient. Thanks to both of them.
I remember working at radio station KCHK in New Prague (Minnesota) when Deputy Niwman was killed. Being a former law enforcement officer, I was very saddened.

Patricia A. Benver, age 70, of Maple Grove, formerly of Wayzata. Survived by husband, John (Jack); children, Melanie McDonald & husband Mark, John Benver Jr. & wife Renee, Melinda Benver & husband Mike Skogquist, Claudia Benver, Joseph Benver & wife Cindy, Jeremy Benver & wife Nancy; 11 grandchildren; brother, Donald Dosmann; sister-in-law, Georgia English & husband Earl; brother-in-law, Maurice LaStrange; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Pat was involved in charities such as Helping Hands at St. Raphael's and distributing food for the NEAR Food Shelf in Crystal. Mass of Christian Burial was at the Church of St Raphael, 7301 Bass Lake Rd. Crystal. Interment Glen Haven Cemetary.

Pat was the wife of Jack Benver, the Hennepin County Deputy Sheriff's that is responsible for my entering law enforcement. I knew Pat because of my association with Jack and she was a wonderful wife, mother and friend.
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Harold F. Nieman, age 85, of Mpls. passed to the Lord on April 28th. Born in Grey Eagle MN. US Army Veteran WWII First Armored Division. Owned and operated Nieman's Service Station in Ft. Snelling. Survived by his wife of 59 years, Ardyce; children Daniel (Kathy), Larry (Kate), Lynda (Larry Feder) Sorensen, Tom (Liz), Cindy Drummond, Mark; 9 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; many relatives and friends. Memorial Service Tuesday, May 3, 2005 at 10:30AM at Minnehaha United Methodist Church, 3701 East 50th Street Mpls. Gathering one hour before service. Interment Ft. Snelling.

I first met Harold back in the 1970's when I was living in south Minneapolis. Many of the deputies that also worked for the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department brought their cars to Harold's garage to be repaired. Because I only lived a short distance from Harold's shop at Fort Snelling, I always went to him and we became friends.
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Betty Joan (Rubert) Fortin, age 78 of Plymouth. Died peacefully May 1, 2005 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's. Preceded in death by beloved grandson, Robbie Raguet. Survived by her husband of 58 years, the love of her life, Philip, and their children and spouses, Pamela (Frank) Sanchez, Paula Raguet (Philip) Keintz, Philip (Lisa), Rob (Deb), Jana (Randy) Paschke, Tim (Beth); her cherished grandchildren, Mark Fortin-Reed, Christian (Jill), Danielle, Christopher, Cassandra and Nicole Fortin, Michael Raguet, Stephen, Erica and Joelle Paschke; and unborn great great grandchild; her aunt, Elizabeth Sharp; brother- in-law, Clifford Fortin. Betty was born in Ottumwa, IA on Jan. 30, 1927 to Roy and Rue Rubert. At age 2, her family moved to the Parkers Lake area, where she resided for the rest of her life. Her parents and sisters, Barb Nelson and Pat Lebo, preceded her in death. Betty loved art, rocks, animals, recipes, camping, playing cards and music. She was the first majorette at Wayzata H.S., a lifelong member of Messiah United Methodist Church, where her service was held at 11AM on Thursday, May 5, 2005.

Betty and her husband Phil were neighbors of my family when we moved to Plymouth (Minnesota) in the winter of 1953-1954. The whole area was basically farmland with just a few houses scattered here and there. Of the many fond memories of the Fortin's that I have, the one that stands out the most is their buiding an in-ground swimming pool in their backyard; it was the first one in the area. The other thing I remember is taking my dad's 8MM film projector up to my bedroom on the second floor of our house and showing my family's home movies out my bedroom window onto the side of the Fortin's house. My idea back in the early 1950's became what is now known as the outdoor movie theater.

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Archie Walter Sonenstahl, age 73, passed away peacefully May 9, 2005. Born in Hamel, Minnesota, resided in Plymouth and spent his summers up at the lake home in Motley, Minnesota on Lake Shamineau. Owner/ operator of several businesses including Wayzata Bait & Tackle and Outdoor Living snowmobile dealership, Hamel area milk truck driver and a Hamel and Plymouth Fire Dept. volunteer. He served with the Army as a military police officer, a West Point instructor and was stationed in East Africa. A member of the American Legion Post 394, VFW Post 5903 and the Knights of Columbus. A former member of St. Joseph's in Medicine Lake and St. Anne's in Hamel. An active member of St. Bartholomew's in Wayzata. He was a retired Detective of Hennepin County Sheriff's Office. He served 33 years for the Sheriff's Office in divisions of Jail, Radio, Traffic and Rescue Squad. Spokesman and videographer for IPRA Rodeos and some PRCA. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, Rodeo, trips south in the RV with family and friends and riding his tractor in the lake. Survived by loving and devoted wife of 51 years, Agnes (Toots); sons, Robert (Kathy), William (Lisa), Timothy (Lonna) and Thomas; daughter, Diane (Ben) Eby; grandchildren, Lisa, Tony, Andy, Tyler, Dalton, Josey, Parker and Logan Sonenstahl and Kiana and Kaleb Eby; sister, Marna (Duane) Smith; many nieces, nephews, family and friends. Preceded in death by parents Fritz and Gladys Sonenstahl; sister, Lila (Gayle) Hamel; brother, Darrell (Sandra) Sonenstahl. Memorials to donor's choice or a cancer center. Special thanks to Hillcrest Health Care Center. Mass of Christian Burial Friday, May 13, 2005 at 10 AM at the Church of St. Bartholomew, 630 E Wayzata Blvd, Wayzata. Interment Ft. Snelling.

I first met Archie while I was recuperating from being hit by a car in my senior year of high school. Eventually, I also became a deputy with the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department and was assigned to the Communications Division. Archie was subsequently promoted to Detective in the Criminal Division within the Sheriff's Department and we continued to have many memorable, professional encounters during our law enforcement careers.

Of his many traits that I especially enjoyed was the way that Archie could remember (and relate) all of the details of the many, many cases he investigated (and solved).  Archie was 'one of a kind'!
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Martin J. "Marty" Quinn, age 69, of Cologne on June 27, 2005. Survived by loving wife, Patricia; sister, Marion (Leon) Wellman; brothers, James (Linda) Quinn Jr., Eugene Quinn, Bernard (Diane) Quinn; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Leonard (Rose) Hoen Jr., Daniel Hoen, Constance (John) Foley Jr., Roger (Carol) Hoen, Janice (Dennis) Konerza, Richard (Kim) Hoen. Mass of Christian Burial  Thursday 10:30 AM, St. Bernards Catholic Church, Cologne. Visitation Wednesday 4-8 PM at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; 952-442-2121 and also 1 hour prior to the Mass at the church. Vigil Prayers at 7:30 PM Wednesday evening. Interment was in the Church Cemetery

I met Marty many years ago after moving to Cologne. He always was a pleasure to be around and talk with and will be missed by his many friends, his family and his loving wife Pat..


Robert McLane, age 82, born March 29, 1922, died in the presence of his family after a long illness on Nov. 17, 2004. He was survived by his wife of 62 years, Laura Virginia; his brother, Lawrence and wife Ione of Willmar; his children, Gerald (Trish) McLane, Patricia (David) Younkin, Lynae (Bob) Grossman and LaVonne Pingry; 8 grandchildren, Shawn, Deanna, Kathleen, Laura, Lisa, Brent, Jill and Jessica; and 5 great-grandchildren. Robert was raised on a farm near Renville, MN. His parents Rueben and Kate preceded him in death. At the young age of 29 he was appointed Chief of Police of Willmar, MN, a position he held for 10-1/2 years. He was a 1954 graduate of the FBI National Academy in Washington D.C. In 1961 he was appointed jail consultant for the State of MN inspected jails and penal institutions. He then took the position of Chief Jailer of the Hennepin County Jail and was instrumental in remodeling the 70-year-old facility. Robert and his wife Virginia were the last family to reside in the apartment on the 5th floor of the Hennepin County Courthouse. They were trendsetters in Mpls. downtown living. He ended his career as Undersheriff of Hennepin County under the term of Sheriff Donald Omodt. Mr. McLane, a veteran of World War II, was active in many civic organizations and community affairs. He served on several Governors' Advisory Councils including the Governor's Commission on Crime and the Governors' Commission on youth, president of Willmar PTA and chairman of the Minnesota State PTA Committee on Youth, member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scout Counselor, Kiwanis and an officer of several fraternal organizations including the Fraternal Order of Masons. He and Virginia retired to their beloved acreage on Sunset Lake near Deerwood, MN. There, together they tirelessly built a beautiful home of split rock and rustic cedar all done by their own hands. They planted raspberries, strawberries, concord grapes and a vegetable garden to feed a small town. They, with the help of family, planted 35,000 small pines, which now leave a towering, verdant memorial to a man who always thought big. Robert was a gregarious, generous, hard working man with no boundaries of love for his family and life. He lived life large and will be greatly missed, but his lessons of life will live long with his family. Go to your woods and lake dear father, and until we meet again we'll keep planting those pines for you. Interment at Fort Snelling Veterans Cemetery, Friday, December 3 at 10:45 AM with a memorial service following at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church at 12 Noon, 511 Groveland at Lyndale, Mpls, 612-871-5303. Memorials preferred to Nature Conservancy of Minnesota, 1101 West River Parkway, Suite 200, Minneapolis, 55415, 612-917-2240.

Johnny Carson
1925 - 2004
Peter Jennings 1938 - 2005
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Funeral services were held and a memorial fund established for Lino Lakes police officer Shawn Silvera, who was Tuesday night, September 6, 2005 during a high-speed chase on Interstate Hwy. 35W.

Visitation from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, September 11, 2005 at Epiphany Catholic Church, 11001 Hanson Blvd. in Coon Rapids. Funeral service September 12, 2005 at 3 p.m. at the church.

Donations may be sent to the Shawn Silvera Memorial Fund, Lino Lakes State Bank, 7449 Village Dr., Lino Lakes, MN 55014. For more information, call 651-785-9320.
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John K. "Jack" Dorfer, age 62 of Wayzata, passed away September 10, 2005. Preceded in death by his parents, John J. & Ella. Jack owned and operated the Wayzata Lawnmower Shop in Wayzata for over 30 years, and was a proud member of the Wayzata Volunteer Fire Dept. for 40 years. He was a loving father, grandfather and husband. The collection of stories, memories and artifacts of his life will remain in the hearts and minds of his family and friends forever. Survived by daughter, Kelly Heide & husband Craig, and grandsons, Keaton and Camden; and daughter, Michelle; Jack's wife, Marlys; sisters, Barbara Paetzel & husband Roger, Sharon Moe & husband Harold, and Marlys Ann; many nieces and nephews. Funeral service Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at 11 AM at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 115 Wayzata Blvd. W. in Wayzata, with visitation Tuesday, September 13, 2005 between 5-8 PM at David Lee Funeral Home in Wayzata, and also 1 hour prior to service at church. Private family interment Greenlawn Cemetery, Wayzata. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.

John was a friend of mine while we were attending Wayzata Elementary and High Schools. He was a tall blonde and somewhat skinny kid, like me (tho, I wasn't as tall.) For that reason, when our 6th grade (I think) class presented the play RIP VAN WINKLE, I played the 'young Rip' and John played the 'older Rip' after he woke up from his twenty year siesta. We both graduated and went our separate ways but when I moved back to Plymouth in 1985, we reestablished contact. The reason for that reestablished was because my lawn mower quit working and I needed someone I could trust to fix it. John was that person. A great guy who'll be surely missed.
U. S. Supreme Court Chief Justice
William Rehnquist
1924 - 2005
The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:

He leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul:

He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name' sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil: For thou art with me;

Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies;

Thou annointest my head with oil; My cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever.
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Gary B. Cheswick, age 59, of Minnetrista, passed away September 12, 2005. Preceded in death by twin brother, Terrance. Survived by daughters, Michelle Witte & husband Scott, Raquel Williamson & husband Tyler; son, Terry; grandson, Tyler Edworthy; brothers, Phillip Cheswick & wife Mara, Dan Jongeward & wife Karen; sister, Susan Hinmon & husband Jeff; special friend, Jan; and many other loving relatives and friends. Gary was born December 11, 1945 in Riverside, CA. Served in the Army from 1962-1965 during the Berlin Crisis. He began his 32 year career as a police officer in 1968 with the Minnetrista reserve force and in 1969 became one of six officers with the city of Orono. In 1995 became the Chief of Police for Orono and retired in 2001. Gary was a wonderful father, grandfather, and friend- he will be deeply missed. Funeral service Friday, September 16, 2005 at 11 AM at Minnetonka Lutheran Church, 16023 Minnetonka Blvd. Visitation Thursday, September 15, 2005 between 5-8 PM at David Lee Funeral Home, 1220 E. Wayzata Blvd, Wayzata and 1 hour before the service on Friday at church. Interment at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.

I have a lot of great memories about my good friend Gary. When I first met him, I was a Maple Plain Police Officer who was scheduled to go to work for Orono PD in 1969. At the 'last minute', I decided to remain with Maple Plain and Gary was hired to fill the position in Orono that I was going to take. When he learned that he was going to be hired by Orono, Gary forgot that his small son Terry was taking a nap and he raced raced out of their house in Robbinsdale en route to the Orono Village hall to meet with Chief Jerry Ross. When he returned home, Terry was still sleeping.

I had a lot of professional and social contact with Gary and thoroughly enjoyed his great company and sense of humor.
Jim Lange
1932 - 2014
Elmer ''Len'' Dresslar Jr. Booming Voice Of The Jolly Green Giant
1925 - 2005
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Lloyd W. "Britt" Brittain, age 81 of Buffalo, formerly of Bloomington, Minnesota passed away on September 25, 2005. Retired in 1980 from the Hennepin County Sheriff's Dept. after 34 years of service. He was the last surviving retired Deputy Sheriff hired by Earl Brown. Preceded in death by wife, Violet. Survived by wife, Clara; children, Lana Herida, Dean (Sheryl) and David (Kathy); 5 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and cousin, Gerald Cox. Funeral service Friday, September 30, 2005 at 3 PM at Washburn- McReavy Werness Brothers Chapel (2300 W. Old Shakopee Rd., Bloomington). Visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment Dawn Valley Memorial Park

I remember Britt from my days of working with the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office. When I first met him, I was a deputy assigned to the Communications Division and Britt worked in the Warrant Division. Britt was a great guy and everyone enjoyed his subtle sense of humor. My sympathies to Britt's family..
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Curtis Toge Hjertstrom, age 73, of Northeast Minneapolis. Preceded in death by wife, Virginia (nee Kelzenberg). Survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Member of Columbia Heights VFW Post #230 and Tri City American Legion Post #513. Visitation Wednesday, November 9, 2005 from 4-7 PM at Washburn-McReavy Northeast Chapel. Private interment Hillside Cemetery. Washburn-McReavy Northeast Chapel 2901 Johnson Street N.E.

Curt and I worked together in the Warrant/Fugitive Division of the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office back in the late '70's and early '80's. He was always a lot of fun to work with and when I retired from the Sheriff's Office, Curt was in charge of the Extradition Process. Interestingly enough, when Curt's dad died back in about the late 70's, I bought his house on a Contract for Deed from Curt. I don't remember Curt or his wife Virginia having any kids and  I visited both Curt and Virginia on occasion at their home in Northeast Minneapolis.
Vestal  Goodman
1929 - 2003
Howard Goodman
1921 - 2002
Ralph Edwards
1913 - 2005
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Ruth J. Clemensen, age 69, of Cologne. Survived by husband, Bob; children & spouses, Jody & Tom Luebke, Julie & Randy Sicheneder, Jeff & Julie Clemensen; 7 grandchildren. Services Wednesday, 12 noon, Faith Lutheran Church, Waconia. Visitation Tuesday, December 20, 2005 from 4-8 PM, Johnson Funeral Home, Waconia, 952-442-2121 and 1 hour prior to the service at church. Chapel Service 7:30 PM Tuesday evening. Interment Faith Rutz Lake Cemete

I first met Ruth when I was selling PRIMESTAR Satellite Television back in 1994-95. Her and her husband Bob lived out in the country just northwest of Cologne. When we decided to install our wood burning stove, it was Ruth's husband Bob, and his brother, that did the 'brickwork' for the hearth. The wood stove was replaced by a new corn burning stove in the fall of 2005 and now, as then, everytime we look at the hearth, we think of Bob and his wife Ruth.ry.
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Elaine L. Wolter, age 62 of Arlington on January 23, 2006 at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Born February 5, 1943 in Green Isle Township. Elaine graduated as valedictorian in 1961 from Arlington-Green Isle High School and served as Office Manager for many businesses after graduation.  Most recently, she worked at the Cenex C-Store in Cologne.

Elaine was a lover of science fiction and romance. She liked to ice fish, play sheep head and assemble puzzles. She enjoyed working with her mother with baking, gardening and candy making. Elaine was a member of the New Rome Night Owls Home Extension Group and a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Green Isle Township and was active in it's organizations.

Elaine is survived by her husband Randy of Arlington, son Joseph of Le Sueur, Daughter Rachel and husband Eric Wirtz of Cologne, three grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, January 28, 2006 at Zion Lutheran Church in Green Isle Township

Elaine was one of the nicest people that anyone could ever meet. I remember meeting her in one of my many daily trips into the Cenex Convenience Store in Cologne. Elaine was always a pleasure to talk to and had a never-ending smile and warm, pleasant greeting for everyone.

Elaine's unexpected death came as a totally unexpected shock to me. Never did I, or anyone else, have any inkling that Elaine would be suddenly taken away from all of her many relatives and friends.

With her passing, Elaine has reminded us all of just how fragile life really is. A wonderful woman with a cheery smile, a positive outlook on life, a pleasant person to have had the honor of knowing; that's how I'll always remember Elaine.

Although she will surely be missed, her warm personality will always be remembered by everyone whose lives she touched..
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Raymond P. (Buck) Warzeka, age 89, of St Bonifacius, formerly Geneseo, ND. Survived by wife, Olive; son, Jim, both of St Bonifacius. Mass of Christian Burial Friday, Sept 6, 2002 at 11 A.M., St Martin's Catholic Church, Geneseo, ND. Visitation Wednesday from 5-8 P.M., St Boniface Catholic Church Fellowship Hall, St Bonifacius with vigil prayers 7:30 P.M. Further visitation 1 hour prior to the Mass at church. Interment St Martin's Cemetery. Arrangements with Johnson Funeral Home, Waconia 952-442-2121.

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Olive L. Warzeka, age 87, of Waconia. Survived by loving son, Jim; sisters, Jenness Kragnes and Jean Underhill. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, February 18, 2005 at 11:00 AM, St. Martin's Catholic Church, Geneseo, North Dakota. Visitation Friday 5-7:30 PM, Johnson Funeral Home, Waconia, 952-442-2121 and 1 hour prior to the Mass at church. Interment Church Cemetary.

I first met Ollie and Buck back in the winter of 1994-1995 when they and their only child, Jim, lived in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota. I was to their home a few times but the 'shining jewel' of their lives was their cabin on Lake Waverly. Most of their summers were spent at 'the lake' in their cozy cabin that has just recently been renovated.

Most recently, Ollie worked with her son Jim at Custom Formulations in Cologne. Many times I recall walking into Custom Formulations and being greeted by Ollie. She always had a nice smile and a good work for everyone.

Ollie is now with back, once again, with her loving husband of many years, Buck, but her memory will live on forever.
Don Knotts
1924 - 2006
Dennis Weaver
1924 - 2006
Kirby Puckett
1960 - 2006
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Margaret Helen Fuchs, age 87, of Eden Valley, passed away March. 12, 2006. Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, 11 AM at Church of Our Lady in Manannah, 57382 CSAH 3, Grove City, MN 56243. Visitation 4-8 PM Wednesday and one hour prior to the services Thursday at the church.

I first met Margaret about fifteen years ago and visited her a few times since then. Last summer when I visited her, I dropped off some disks of my Old Tyme Music Internet Show for her to enjoy. Later, she called me and said how much she enjoyed my show and the music I played.

Sergeant James W. Anderson (J.W.) was shot and killed August 31, 1982 while answering a domestic disturbance call at an apartment complex on Rice Street. As he entered the apartment building lobby, the suspect shot him in the chest three times. The man then fled and took hostages in the local post office before committing suicide.

Sergeant Anderson had worked in law enforcement for thirteen years and worked for the six man Wayzata Police Department for only one year. Prior to joining the Wayzata Police Department, Sergeant Anderson worked for the Police Department in Minnetonka, a neighboring community to Wayzata. He was killed on his 36th birthday and is survived by his fiancee and three sons.

I first met J.W. when he worked for the Minnetonka Police Department and I was a dispatcher for the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department. Jim was a good cop who had many friends and was a credit to law enforcement.

When former Minnetonka Police Detective Dave Brehm was hired as the Police Chief in Wayzata, J.W. left the Minnetonka Police Department and became an officer for the Wayzata Police Department and rose to the rank of Sergeant.

I continue to remember him well.
Buck Owens
1929 - 2006
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Harold W. Sauter, age 76 of Cologne. Survived by loving family, wife, Bernette; children, Russell, Kristi (Craig) Pexa, Donna (Mark) Stacken; 5 GC; sisters, Ethel and Gladys. Services Saturday, April 22, 2006 at 11AM at Zion Lutheran Church, Benton Twp, Cologne. Visitation Johnson Funeral Home Waconia 952-442-2121 Friday 4-8 PM and at church 1 hour prior to the service. Chapel Service 7:30 PM Friday. Interment Methodist Cemetery Cologne.

I   first met Harold and his family in July of 1988 while looking to purchase land 'out in the country' on which to build our new home. Harold and his family had been farmers in this area for many years and had decided to sell some of their land. We were fortunate enough to learn about it and purchared our current property, just outside of Cologne, from the Sauter family.
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Erick (Rick) Engh, died Tuesday, April 4, 2006 at the age of 79 in Leesburg, Florida. Rick was a former resident of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Preceded in death by his parents; sisters Helen Haertzen and Irene Monahan/Cann. Survived by Patricia, his wife of 59 years; 7 sons; Rick (Kristi Synsteby), Jeff (Renee), Jim (Julie), Dave (Cheri), Steve (Karen), Tim (Rene), Terry (Shelly); 16 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Rick was especially proud of his sons and their commitment to family. He served his country in World War II and the Korean War. He was a Brooklyn Park police officer for 24 years before moving to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for 8 years. Rick also served on the Brooklyn Park City Council for 12 years. Visitation was Monday, April 17 from 9:30 to 10:00 am, service at 10:00 with lunch following at Glen Cary Lutheran Church, 15531 Central Avenue, Ham Lake, 763-434-5695. Interment was at 2:00 pm at Fort Snelling.

It was while I was pursuing my career in law enforcement with the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office that I first met Rick. I don't recall if I knew him or not when he was a Brooklyn Park policeman but I sure do remember attending his C.J.I.S. classes when he was an instructor for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. He was a great and cordial person who really 'knew his stuff'.
John Gallos
1929 - 2003
Lew Anderson as Clarabell The Clown
1922 - 2006
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Robert J. 'Bob' Blaha, age 70 of Blakeley. Born February 20, 1936, passed away July 5, 2006. Survived by wife Lois, daughters Mary (Tom) Fix, Susan (Lyle) Gerdes, Karen (Pete) Fix, Amy (Paul) Ruehling and Jody Blaha, sons Noah (Cathy) Blaha, Josh (Jen) Blaha and Mike Blaha. Also survived by 17 grandchildren, nephew Paul Diers, Sister-In-Law Marge Blaha and Aunt Kathleen Blaha. Mass of Christian Burial held at 10:30AM on Monday, July 10, 2006 at Our Lady of the Prairie Catholic Church with Father Clem Burke officiating. Casket bearers were Paul Diers, Tom Fix, Pete Fix, Lyle Gerdes, Paul Ruehling and Roger Malz. Interment Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Belle P

I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Blaha and only knew of him from the loving comments made about him from his daughter Mary Fix whom I have previously worked with. Eventually, I met his son-in-law Tom, and Mary and Tom's three daughters; Sarah, Emily and Holly.

I'm sure Mr. Blaha's many friends and relatives will deeply miss him and he will fondly be remembered by everyone whose lives he touched.laine.
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John D. Hartsfield, age 82 of Brooklyn Park, died Saturday, July 8, 2006. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Winifred; children, Winifred and Kimberly, and granddaughter Amelia Hartsfield. He retired from the U.S. Army and retired from the Hennepin County Sheriff's office as a detective after 20 years of service. He was an avid golfer, also. Visitation 5-7 pm Monday, July 17, 2006 at Estes Funeral Chapel, 2210 Plymouth Ave. N, Minneapolis. Funeral Services 11 am Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at Pilgrim Baptist Church, 732 W. Central Ave., St. Paul, MN. Visitation at the church beginning 10:30 am. Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Arrangements Estes Funeral Chape.

Here was a man that always, and I mean ALWAYS, was smiling and had an infectious laugh!!

I first met John when I was a Policeman in Maple Plain, Minnesota back in the late 1960's. At that time, John worked in the Patrol Division of the Sheriff's Office and he would frequently go through Maple Plain during his tour of duty. He was a giant of a man with an even bigger heart. And, he was a good cop, too.

I will always remember 'Big John' as many, including me, referred to him.l
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Roy G. 'Bud' Meuwissen, age 82, of Cologne. Preceeded in death by wife, Idella. Survived by children, Judy, Sue, Jim, Bruce, Joyce, Karen, John; 19 Grandchildren and 5 Great Grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, September 14, 2006 at 10:30 AM at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Cologne. Visitation at the Johnson Funeral Home, Waconia (952) 442-2121, Wednesday from 4-8 PM and at the church 1 hour prior to the Mass of Christian Burial. Vigil Prayers 7:30 PM Wednesday. Interment Church Cemetery.

I   first met Bud when we moved to Cologne back in 1989. He was the owner of the only car wash in town and a few years ago, installed one of the first 'Touch Free' car washes in the area. Bud always had a smile or a 'wave' for everyone and I enjoy knowing some of his children; particularly his daughter Joyce who works at the Cenex Convenience Store in Cologne (across the parking lot from Bud's car wash) and who must have inherited his pleasant personality.

Bud will be greatly missed by all of his family and many friends from the area that had the pleasure of knowing him.
Ann Richards
1933 - 2006
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David Lambert Mohrbacher, Age 60, of Norwood, MN, passed away Sweptember 26, 2006 after a very courageous battle with cancer. Preceded in death by parents, Bernard and LuVerne Mohrbacher. Survived by wife, Rosemary; daughter, Amy (Todd) Miller; and son, David (Pam) Rice; grandchildren, Kallie and Kourtney Miller, Brittany and Brianna Rice; brother, Jerry Mohrbacher; sisters, Judy (LeRoy) Glander, Patty (Randy) Martinson; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. David worked at Continental Machines for the last 18 years and enjoyed fishing, cooking, wildlife shows and hanging out with friends. Visitation Thursday, September 28, 2006 at the JOHNSON FUNERAL HOME, Waconia 952/442-2121, 4-8 PM and 1 hr. prior to the service at church. Service Friday, September 29, 2006 at 10:30 AM at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Cologne

Many of you who attended the 'DELTA DICK' Loyal Listener 'Get Togethers' no doubt met Dave at one of them and know of him. It was Dave who initiated 'passing the hat' to everyone who attended to collect money for the many musicians that donated their time.

Dave was a fun loving sort of person that you were always glad to see and I'm sure that Dave's memory and their good times together, will remain with his lovely wife, Rosemary, and their childrens hearts, forever..
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Michael A. Engler, age 46, of St. Louis Park, passed away Oct. 15, 2006. Preceded in death by mother, Elaine. Survived by father, Harold; sister, Vicki Antiel (Robert); brother, David (Gale Zucker); nephews, Cory Antiel, Gabe and Leo Engler-Zucker. Funeral service Wednesday at 11:00 AM at the MINNEAPOLIS JEWISH CEMETERY CHAPEL, 70 ½ and Penn Ave S., Richfield. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Jewish Family and Childrens Services, 13100 Wayzata Blvd., Wayzata, MN 55305 or Am. Diabetes Assoc. Mem., P.O. Box 1132, Fairfax, VA 22038. SHIVA: 3325 Flag Ave. S., St. Louis Park (Wed. & Thurs. 7PM).

I didn't know Mike for very long just having met him this past August. I found him to be a warm and pleasant person who was enjoyable to be around.

My sympathies go out to Mike's family and friends on their great loss.
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Harold E. Buelow, age 85, of Maple Plain. Longtime owner of Harold's Café in Maple Plain, MN. Survived by children, sons Dan (Marla), Mark, Bernie (Sue), daughters Sharon (Larry) Hafften, Bonnie (Jeff) Jacobs; 13 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren. Private family services were held at Fort Snelling National Cem

I first met Harold and Marie Buelow way back in 1967 when I began my Law Enforcement career with the Maple Plain Police Department.

'Harold's Cafe' was the only place in town to eat and I spent many a morning, afternoon and evening eating my meals there while I was on patrol in Maple Plain. At suppertime, Sherry, Harold's daughter, always had to watch the television program 'Laugh In' and I must admit that on those nights when the show was on, I may have taken a little longer to eat than normal.

I hadn't seen Harold (or Marie) in many, many years but will always remember the fun times and good food that I always enjoyed at 'Harold's Cafe' (now McGarry's) in Maple Plain.etery.
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Florence Leone (Noreen) Breen, Passed away on February 10 2007, age 91, of Maple Plain. She was born to Herman and Jennie (Peterson) Noreen on Jan. 14, 1916 in Minneapolis, MN. Florence was a lifetime member of Christ Lutheran Church, a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 514, and she worked for 45 years at the Bank of Maple Plain. Preceded in death by her parents, and sisters, Frances Larson and Helen DeVault. Survived by son, Dennis J. of Clyde, Texas; grandson, Victor J. of Santa Barbra, California; nieces, Diane Anderson of Roseville, Minnesota; Dana Olson of Appleton, Wisconsin; nephew Lt. Col. David Larson of Omaha, Nebraska, as well as many other nieces and nephews. Funeral Service Thursday 10 AM at Christ Lutheran Church, 5084 Main St. East, Maple Plain. Visitation Wed. 6-8 PM at David Lee Funeral Home, 1220 E. Wayzata Blvd., Wayzata and 1 hour prior to service at church. Memorials preferred to church.

I met Florence when I began my Law Enforcement career in Maple Plain (Minnesota) back in April of 1967. At that time, Florence was a teller, along with Frank James, at the State Banf of Maple Plain. C. Paul Williams was the bank's president.

Florence always had a smile for every bank customer she met and was an excellent representative of the bank that she worked for for so many years. I can't even begin to count the thousands of dollars that I handed to Florence for her to deposit into my account.

Florence was a true professional and personal and business acquaintance and I'm sure she will be missed by her family and all of the customers of the Bank of Maple Plain.
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William O. Manning, a former Wayzata educator, school board member and wrestling coach who led an effort to help students and adults with alcohol or drug problems, died at his Tucson, Arizona home on February 22, 2007. Bill coached Wayzata High School to state wrestling championships in 1951, 1952 and 1953. He began teaching in Wayzata in 1950. His subjects were English, social studies, health and physical education. Manning, who became principal of Wayzata High School in 1970, retired in the early 1980s. In 1985, he won election to the Wayzata school board, serving several years. Bill earned his doctorate in education at the University of South Dakota in 1970. He had been a college wrestler at Purdue University, Indiana, but his athletic career was cut short when he was injured as a freshman. In the 1960s, he was a Big 10 Conference wrestling official. In addition to his wife and son Patrick, he is survived by sons Steve, of Tucson, and Tom, of Hamel, Minnesota; daughter Linda Rebling, of Tucson, and six grandchildren.

A memorial and a celebration of his life was held at the Santa Catalina Catholic Church in Tucson, Arizona on Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 10:30 AM. An additional Celebration was held at Holy Name of Jesus Church in Wayzata, Minnesota on Friday April 13, 2007.

How well I remember 'Mr. Manning' during my junior and senior high school years. All of us high school kids used to refer to him as 'Wild Bill' when we knew he wasn't nearby or listening. I remember very distinctly Mr. Manning having his doctors degree in education and he was one of very few (if any) educators in the area that had a 'Dr,' before his name.

Not only was Mr. Manning the director of athletics at Wayzata High School, I also remember him as the instructor for the boys 'Health Class'.  He always had a nice comment when you met him in the hallway and always flashed a smile to us impressionable, young kids.

He also wasn't afraid to use the 'fanny paddle' on gym class students that needed their attention gained or their attitude adjusted.

There should be more 'Wild Bills' and fanny paddles in this country.
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Retired Wayzata Police Officer Glenn L. Dahl, 75, of Wayzata, died unexpectedly in his sleep on March 19, 2007 in Warrior, AL. He was born March 23, 1931 in Minneapolis to the late Marie E. Frohnauer and J. Glenn Dahl. At sixteen he enlisted into the Marine Corps. In 1950, he changed service branch and enlisted into the US Army where he became a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Div. He joined the Rangers, completed the Army's first Ranger School class, and fought in the Korean War with the 1st Ranger Company. He was wounded in action twice and received the Purple Heart. In 1960 he became a Wayzata Police Officer and retired after 21 yrs of service. He was active as a volunteer in the RICA Ranger and Special Forces Associations.

In 1996 he was nominated to the Ranger Hall of Fame. He is survived by his children, Kristin, Jarrett, Joel, and Eric and their families. His siblings; Betty DeVore, Robert Dahl, and Marge Fitzgerald. Service 1:30 PM Thurs April 5 at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Meet at Assembly Area 5 at 1:15 PM. Friends may gather at American Legion Post # 435, 6501 Portland Ave. S. immediately following interment. A ceremony at the Ranger Memorial in Ft. Benning, GA. is scheduled for Aug 8. Memorials may be sent to Arrangements with David Lee Funeral Home, Wayzata. 952-473-5577

Glenn Dahl was probably the first policeman that I really ever knew. I met Glenn when I was working at Wayzata Rexall Drug in the Colonial Square Shopping Center after I graduated from high school.

When I began my Law Enforcement career with the Maple Plain Police Department in 1967, Glenn was very instrumental in helping me set of a filing system and teaching me allot of what I found to be very useful during those initial days, weeks, months and years of my chosen career.

I also knew Glenn's former wife Mary and children and went to their home numerous times and talked about various topics of mutual interest.

The last contact I had with Glenn was about ten or twelve years ago. Glenn had just purchased a townhome in Hopkins and received a satellite television 'mailer' that I sent to all new homeowners when I was selling satellite TV systems. It was enjoyable to again talk with a good friend after so many years.
Herb Carneal
1923 - 2007
Boris Yeltsin
1931 - 2007
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Edward L. Paulsen, age 88, of Plymouth, passed away May 1, 2007. Preceded in death by his wife, Annette. Survived by son, Eric and his wife Janet. Growing up in Holstein, Iowa, Ed was a tremendous athlete and a crack shot with a 22. Following working as a Doctor's Aide & WWII, Ed was a member of Pipefitters 539; refrigerating & air conditioning a growing Minneapolis and much of the Midwest. He loved creating & building things up to his last day and sudden death. Special thanks to his wonderful friend Dr. Scott Fairbairn. Memorial service with Masonic Ritual was held Saturday, May 5, 2007 at 2 PM at the David Lee Funeral Home in Wayzata with visitation one hour prior to the service. Arrangemnts were with the David Lee Funeral Home Wayzata; 952-473-55

I vividly remember Ed and his wife Annette as well as their son Rick who was a schoolmate of mine.

When my family moved to Plymouth in 1954, Ed, along with Phil Halbert (see below) was a Constable for the then township of Plymouth. Ed and his family lived on what we referred to as the 'back road' then called Circle A Drive. It would later be renamed Lanewood Lane when civilization came to Plymouth Township.

I also remember Ed as working for a refrigeration company, the associated refrigeration service truck parked in their driveway and their house continually undergoing improvements.77.
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Madeline J. (Lindholm) Quast of Plymouth. Born 4/29/43, passed away 5/17/07. Preceded in death by parents, Ruth & Phil Halbert and Ralph Lindholm. Survived by loving husband, Ronald Numbers; sister, Ann L. Barnes & husband C. David; daughter, Christine Peterson (Rick); sons, Curt (Heather), Craig (Tonette); grandchildren, Tyler, Kelsie, Nicole, Cody, and many other loving relatives and friends. Madeline was a longtime member of the Wayzata Lioness; Wayzata Legion Post 118 Auxiliary and a long-standing member of the Vision of Glory Lutheran Church. Funeral service 11 AM Tuesday May 22, 2007 at Vision of Glory Lutheran Church, 13200 Hwy 55, Plymouth, Minnesota. Visitation 4-8 PM Monday May 21. 2007 at Rettinger Funeral Home, 425 Lake St., Long Lake, and 1 hour prior to service at church. Arrangements were with Rettinger Funeral Home Long Lake; 952-473-6954.

Madeline Lindholm was (probably) the first girl that I ever dated. It seems like only yesterday that my parents drove me over to her house to pick her up (because I was too young to have a drivers license) and we went to a movie at the old Wayzata Theater down on the main street along Lake Minnetonka. Almost as memorable is having to call my parents to come and pick us up after the movie was over to bring her home.  How embarrassing was that ??!!

Madeline's step-father, Phil Halbert, was a Constable when we first moved to Plymouth and later, worked at the Earl Plant Coast To Coast Hardware Store in the Colonial Square Shopping Center in Wayzata.
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Art E. Hilgers Age 68 of Cologne. Survived by his loving family: wife, Helen; children and spouses, Ron Hilgers, Bobby Hilgers and fiancee Laurie Hahn, Cindy and Larry Schmidt, Sandy and Jim Bengtson, Jeff and Amy Hilgers, Dave and Mary Hilgers, Kate and Jeff Degn; 14 Grandchildren; 1 great–grandson. Mother Germaine Hilgers. Mass of Christian Burial Monday, June 4, 2007 at 10:30 A.M. St. Bernard's Catholic Church, Cologne. Visitation Sunday 4-8 P.M. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia 952-442-2121 and 1 hour prior to the Mass at church. Vigil prayers 7:00 P.M. Sunday evening. Interment Church Cemetery.

Art was one of the very first people that we met when we moved to Cologne back in 1989. While we didn't know it at the time, Art would become a very good friend who we would have the pleasure of knowing for about eighteen years. The picture of Art and his wife Helen was taken at one of the 'DELTA DICK' Loyal Listener Appreciation 'Get Togethers'.;is

How we first met Art was as the person that painted (or shingled; I can't recall which) our new 'house in the woods'. Art was a very personable guy and later, we would come to know his wife and family. His son- in- law Jim, was our 'family mechanic' for many years at Cooling System Services in Cologne. I also vividly recall buying Art's old Oldsmobile 98 which served us faithfully for many, many years.

Rest in peace great friend !!
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Joe P. Benver age 40 passed away on Friday, June 1, 2007 at his home. He was preceded in death by his mother Patricia. He is survived by his wife, Cindy; daughters, Racquel and Olivia; father, John "Jack"; brothers, John Jr. (Renee), Jeremy (Nancy); sisters, Melanie (Mark) McDonald, Melinda Benver, Claudia Benver; nieces, nephews, family friend, Mike "Skody"; relatives and good friends. Memorial Service 11 am Friday, June 8 at Maple Grove Covenant, 9350 Upland Lane, Maple Grove (763-494-3233) with visitation 1 hour before service. In lieu of flowers, family will accept memorials for Joe's girls. Cremation Society of Minnesota Brooklyn Park 763-560-3100.

The first time I met Joe, he was running around the house in diapers. He was the son of a good friend and coworker at the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department, Sergeant Jack Benver. On those occasions that I would stop by their house, Joe and his brothers and sisters were none stop action with Jack (J.B. as we called him) adding to the excitement with his usual brand of humor and levity.

My personal sympathy goes out to Jack and his other children in this time of sadness and deep loss.
Ruth Graham
1920 - 2007
Tammy Faye Baker
1942 - 2007
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Howard W. Hladky, Age 86 of Minnetonka. A WWII Army Veteran, retired South Lake Minnetonka Public Safety Officer and retired charter member of the Minnetonka Fire Dept. Survived by wife, Elizabeth "Betty" Hladky; children, Ken Hladky of Bloomington, Larry (Jenifer) Hladky of Becker, Mary (Gary) Guildner of Farmington, Marcia Asp of Cromwell, Peg (Chuck) Becker of Chanhassen, and Monica (Mike) Manning of Rosemount; 10 grandchildren; sisters, Betty (Chet) Teich of Shakopee, Helen (Bob) Teply of Chanhassen; brother, Melvin (Donna) Hladky of Minnetonka; brother-in-law, John R. Deaton of Minnetonka; nieces and nephews. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial Monday, July 30, 2007 at 11 AM at St. Therese Catholic Church, 18323 Minnetonka Blvd., Deephaven (952-473-4422). A gathering of family and friends will take place for 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Private family interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials preferred to St. Therese Catholic Church or the charity of the donor's cho

As a Policeman, Howard was alwys polite, courteous and accepted the many police calls given him without hesitation and performed his duties, first as a Patrolman, then as the Excelsior Police Chief in an admirable.

My last contact with Howard was while I was still working as a deputy with the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department. I'm sure that my fellow retired Police Officers and deputies share my fond rememberences of
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Genevieve M. (Jennie) Fix died July 22, 2007 following a battle with cancer. Preceded in death by husband, Ralph, son, Paul and son-in-law, David Larsen. Survived by children Ralph (Eva), Sue Larsen, Patricia, Andrew (Becky), Stephen (Sandra), Peter (Karen), Tom (Mary); grandchildren, Jon, Meagan, Dan, Eric, Tony, Sara, Hayley, Taylor, Emily, Alex, Holly, and Nate; great grandson, Noah; cousins, Helen Ellingsworth, Dennis Koziol; other relatives and friends. Jennie Donaldson was born in 1925. She married Ralph June 28, 1947 and resided in Richfield. She is a charter member of St. Richard's Catholic Church in Richfield and was active in the church and VFW Post 5555. She was employed by Target and YMCA in Edina. Jennie loved life and was devoted to her family and friends, and was always able to see the best in everyone and everything. She will be sorely missed. Funeral service Thursday 11 AM at St. Richard's Catholic Church, 7540 Penn Ave. S. Visitation one hour prior. Family Interment 2 PM at Fort Snelling. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Patricia's Group Home, Lutheran Social Services/Murphy House, 9124 Oliver Ave. S. Bloomington, MN 55431.

Unfortunately, I never had the privilege of personally meeting Jenny. But I do remember her son Tom, his wife Mary and their children, Sara, Emily and Holly very well. The first 'mention' of Jenny in my life came while I was an announcer/disk jockey/engineer at KCHK radio in New Prague, Minnesota. Jenny was a loyal fan of my Old Time Music show and more than once she would have someone call me at the radio station and request a particular song. It even seems to me that she and I may have spoken a time or two while I was at work at the station.

I am saddened to hear of the loss to Tom & Mary and their children. But by all accounts, Jenny was a wonderful and devoted mother and grandmother. Most likely; a good wife, too, prior to her husbands passing.
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Luella "Lu" Morris, Age 86 of Excelsior passed away on July 30, 2007. Preceded in death by first husband, Francis O'Keefe, husband, William H. Morris, parents and three brothers. Survived by son, Phil (Mary Jo) Morris; grandchildren, Jennifer and Jeff Morris; sisters, Arleen Thiesen and Rosemary Caye; brothers, Stan and Edward Stewart, as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Lu was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend whose kindness will be greatly missed. Memorial service 11 AM Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at Huber Funeral Home, 520 2nd Excelsior, with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials preferred to the American Heart Association.

I first met Lu Morris in 1984 when she was living in Excelsior. Later, she moved to Litchfield, Minnesota and then finally back to Excelsior. For the past few years, she enjoyed he friends and family's visits to her at Presbyterian Home in Spring Park.

Lu especially enjoyed and was very proud of her grandchildren and truly appreciated all of the many trips to see her made by her younger brother Stan.

Lu was a great lady and beautifully affected the lives of everyone whom she knew and met.
Tom Snyder
1936 - 2007
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Phillip C. Schlumpberger, age 68, of Waconia, passed away Saturday August 11, 2007. He is survived by his daughter, Dawn Swiers; grandchildren, Dustin and Jesse Swiers, Oscar Davila. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial Thursday 10:30 AM at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 41 East 1st Street in Waconia. Visitation 1 hour prior to the Mass at church.

Schlumpy, as all of us called him, was a person of great talent and always fun to be around.

I remember when we installed our wood burning stove, we bought our first load of wood from Schlumpy and he was there when we had our very first fire. Schlumpy was one of the 'regulars' at Shep's Bar in Cologne before it closed and enjoyed his many friends and being on a dart team.

Schlumpy will be missed by everyone whose lives he touched.
Merv Griffin
1925 - 2007
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Ronald "Ron" Engel, age 86, of Wayzata, went to be with the Lord on August 12, 2007. Preceded in death by his wife, Lucille. Survived by daughter, Patricia Wright; son, Gordy and his wife Nancy; grandchildren, Nicole Chose (Adam), Keri Rouen (Noah), Christine Engel, Beth Dougherty (Joel), Kathryne Engel and Michael Engel; great-granddaughter, Josephine Chose; sisters, Doris Saul (Richard) and Gladys Reisinger and brother Raynard (Donna). Ron graduated from West Waterloo Iowa High School, served in the Navy on a landing craft from September 1942-1945 during WWII and was involved in seven invasions. He started his menswear clothing career in 1937 in Waterloo. Ron moved to Wayzata in 1955 to be the manager and partner of The Foursome Clothing and Shoes and later became the sole owner. He was a member of Wayzata Community Church, Wayzata Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Zuhrah Shrine, Northwest Buyers and Jobbers and American Legion Post #118, Wayzata. A Celebration of Ron's Life will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, August 19, 2007 at Wayzata Community Church. Gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service at church. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Redeemer Lutheran Church School or to Wayzata Community Church.

Ron Engel is a man that I first met back in my junior high school years. Every August, my mom would take me and my brother Dennis to the Foursome in the Colonial Square Shopping Center at the intersections of U.S. Highways 12 and 101 to pick out our new clothes for the start of the school year. Sure enough, there was Ron, each time, every time, with a smile on his face to greet us. His store was usually 'packed' with customers all of the time but the anticipation of the start of school made it even more so. But Ron somehow seem to be able to always get everybody 'waited on' either by his employees or doing it himself (which wasn't unusual).

Then after the first day of school, it was back to the Foursome to buy the necessary items that we need for gym class. Ron worked long and hard to make the Foursome what it was and had a staff of employees that give him their 'all'. (One of those employees was my high school English teacher, Phil Fraser, who worked part time at the Foursome.) In 1959 when the Wayzata High School Basketball team became the state champions, I remember Ron bought a bunch of 'Pom Poms' for the school's students so we could cheer the Wayzata Trojans on to victory.

After I graduated from high school, I worked for the next five years at the Wayzata Rexall Drug; across the parking lot from the Foursome. I continued to see Ron on an almost daily basis during the week when he'd come to the lunch counter for coffee in the morning, lunch at noontime and coffee in the afternoon.

What a wonderful person he was; I, and many others, will always have very fond memories of him.
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Timothy Rex Williams, age 62, of Pequot Lakes, Minnesota, formerly of the Minneapolis area, area passed away September 5, 2007 after a short illness. Survived by wife, Audrey; children, Christopher, Jennifer and Allison; step-children, Jason and Kathleen. Memorial was held at Grace United Methodist Church, Pequot Lakes on Saturday, September 8, 2007 at 1PM.

Tim was a fellow deputy for the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department where we both worked. I remember first meeting Tim when he was assigned to the Patrol Division; the division within the Sheriff's Department that responds to emergency 9-1-1 and non-emergency calls from persons living, learning or working in Hennepin County. In his capacity as a 'road deputy, Tim and our fellow deputies also ensured that our communities were safe and that our highways were safe through strict, but fair, enforcement of our state's traffic laws.

I'll always remember Tim as someone that would stop at 'radio' to say "Hi" or make a phone call and as someone who I admired for the manner in which he 'approached' his work, his friendly, courteous attitude and big smile.

My sympathies are with Tim's family over their  loss of a wonderful husband, loving father and great friend.
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Percell A. Jackson, age 82, of Apple Valley, on 10/25/07. 22-year veteran of the U.S. Army, 23-year member of the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office. Survived by wife, Milada; children, Ruth Cely, Charles Jackson & Gloria Torrence; 5 grandchildren. Funeral Service 11 AM Tuesday, White Funeral Home 14560 Pennock Ave. Visitation one hour prior to service. Interment, Fort Snelling National Cemetery. White Funeral Home Apple Valley 952-432-2001
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Oliver 'Bud' Warner, age 83, of Eden Prairie, died October 30, 2007. Preceded in death by parents, Frank & Esther Warner; brother, Rod; sister, Gervaise; grandchild, Thomas Jason Warner. Survived by wife of 61 years, Alyce; sons, Tim (Nancy), Tom (Lori); grandchildren, Tim, Emily, Crystal (James) Hensley, Tony (Ashley), and Trent; great-grandchild, Avery. Bud was a WWII veteran. He worked 34 years in pharmaceutical sales for Eli Lilly & Company. Private inurnment, Camp Ripley Cemetery. Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers. Memorial service 2 PM Saturday, November 3, followed by a reception, all at: Washburn-McReavy Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400 7625 Mitchell Road (1 block north of state highway 5.

When I was just out of high school, I met Bud while I was working at the Wayzata Rexall Drug in the Colonial Square Shopping Center in Wayzata. At that time, Bud was a salesman for Eli Lilly Pharmaceutical; a large drug company. I think it was at that time that he also was a member of the Hennepin County Sheriff's Emergency Squad; the organization where I began my law enforcement career.
Some years later, I remember going into the 'Rexall in Wayzata' and seeing Bud behind the pharmacy filling prescriptions. When we were living in Plymouth, I would stop in and see Bud from time to time and talk about 'The Good Old Days'.

It's been a long time since I've seen or talked to Bud but will always remember him as a true professional; both as a pharmacist as well as a member of the volunteer Sheriff's Emergency Squad.
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Ronald Dwight Bostrom, age 66, of Mound, passed unexpectedly at his home on Nov. 5, 2007. Born to Dwight and Helen (Humenansky) Bostrom on Feb. 19, 1941 in Minneapolis, MN. He was a Mound Police Officer from 1967-1992 and a longtime employee of Mound True Value. One of his greatest joys was traveling across the country with his wife Holly on their Harleys. Preceded in death by his father, Dwight Bostrom. Survived by his wife of 35 years, Holly; children, Sherree (Rodney) Kruize, Ronald II (Connie), Chantelle (Rob) Pendleton and Nathan (Debby); mother, Helen Bostrom; 7 grandchildren, Cody Kruize, Brittney, Amber, Kyle, and Brandon Bostrom, Robbie and Marina Pendelton and many great relatives and friends. Visitation 11 AM-12 PM followed by Funeral Services 12 Noon Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007 at the Huber Funeral Home, 1801 Commerce Blvd., Mound. Interment Fairview Cemetery, Mound. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the Gillespie Center in Mound.

I first met Ron Bostrom when I was working as a Police Office for the City of Maple Plain. Because the City (then a village) of Minnetrista had no full time Police Department and was between Maple Plain and Mound, both of our departments would respond to calls in that village when no other units were available.

I also remember attending various training seminars that Ron also attended. Ron was an excellent Police Officer and was well respected by fellow officers from his own and neighboring Police Departments and the Sheriff's Office as well as being well liked by the citizens of the City of Mound whom he helped protect.

My deepest, personal sympathies go out to the family and many friends of Officer Ron Bostrom of the Mound Police Department.
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Leonard A. Cziok, passed away November 7, 2007.  Preceded in death by parents, Michael & Minnie Cziok; wife, Dorothy Cziok; sister, Lillian Swanson. Survived by daughter, Carol Jane Brunette & family; sons, Joel Cziok & family, & Jerry Cziok & family; brother, Lester (Marion); brother-in-law Iner Swanson; companion, Marian Theriault. Retired Mpls. Police Officer, MN BCA Instructor. Recently of Elbow Lake & Henning. Visitation: Dec. 20, 12:00 p.m., Service 1 p.m. Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 4801 France Ave S., Mpls. Memorials preferred to American Heart Assoiation.

I first met Lenny while attending my Basic Police Science Course back in early 1970's. The course was presented by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Lenny was one of the instructors for the six week course. It was a pleasure and an honor to have had him as an instructor and he made the entire course, with some of his personal experiences as a Minneapolis Police Officer very interesting.

He was one of many people that are responsible for my very successful, and enjoyable, law enforcerment career.

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Marion L. Kinn, age 91, of Arlington, TX, formerly of Hopkins, passed away Nov. 18, 2007. Survived by loving husband of 67 years, Walter; sons, Donald (Dottie) Kinn and William Kinn; grandchildren, Peter, Melissa, Robert and Thomas; great-grandchildren, Harvest and Roan. Private interment. Funeral service Wed., Nov. 21, 2:00 PM with visitation one hour prior to service at: Washburn-McReavy Strobeck Johnson Chapel 1400 Mainstreet, Hopkins 952 938-9020.

Marion and her fun-loving husband Walt were truly one of a kind. I met both of them back in the early 1970's when Walt and I were working part time for Smith Ambulance based in Minneapolis.

I can't even begin to count the number of 'runs' Walt and I made together but because we both usually worked out of the ambulance station in Hopkins or St. Louis Park, Walt and I would usually stop of their house when we finished the 'run' and Marion would quickly  'rustle up' something for Walt and me to eat and we'd get ready for the next ambulance call.

Because the ambulance service isn't an eight-hour-a-day profession, neither was Walt and Marion's home in Hopkins. Marion was a great leady and I send out my sincere sympathies to Walt and their two sons, Don and Bill.

Rodney Norberg, age 28 on August 13, 1971. Rodney was a Hennepin County Deputy Sheriff and was on duty with 'Project HALO' (Helicopters Aiding Law Officers) at the time of his accidental death.

Deputy Rodney Norberg was killed in a helicopter accident while he and the civilian pilot were en route to a party near Lake Minnetonka.

Shortly after takeoff, the helicopter crashed in a cornfield near Highway 152 and Territorial Road in Maple Grove. The crash scene wasn't located until the next morning. The civilian pilot was also killed.

Rod was a Hennepin County Deputy Sheriff at the same time that I was; both of us serving under the leadership of Hennepin County's longest serving sheriff, Don Omodt. Project 'HALO' (Helicopters Aiding Law Officers) was a pilot project that Sheriff Omodt began and I had the very distinct pleasure of being a member of that project along with Deputy Norberg.

He was a sincere, dedicated fellow deputy sheriff.
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Helen Ann Omodt, Age 78, of Minneapolis passed away on November 19, 2007. Loving wife, mother and grandmother. Preceded in death by parents, Frank and Helen Kueffner Wilson; daughter, Debora. Survived by husband of 52 years, Don; children, Sue (Paul Haverberg), Chris, Steven (Jane), Tom, Paul (Betsy), Amy (special friend Molly Kelliher), Mark (Jane Ruliffson); 14 grandchildren, David and Karin; Rachel and Matt; Monica, Laura, Erin and Charlie; Nick, Jake and Natalie; Kevin, Josh and Lucas; sister, Carole Kenny and husband Bill; brother, Frank Wilson and wife Carol; sister-in-law, Nancy Krawczak and husband Bill; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Matriarch of the Omodt family, Helen Ann loved large family gatherings and surrounding herself with family, friends and good food. Helen Ann opened her heart and home to many over the years. She traveled the world by bringing people from around the world into her living room and making them family. She was fond of crosswords, cribbage, classical music, watching all kinds of sports (especially tennis, the Twins, and Golden Gophers), gardening, her home, good books and anything that her children and grandchildren did. Her children were her pride and joy and her grandchildren the icing on the cake. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the family, Arc Greater Twin Cities, Vail Place, or donor's choice. Private interment at Ft. Snelling. Mass of Christian Burial Mon., Nov. 26, 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Edina. Visitation one hour prior to service at church and also 4 to 8 p.m. Sun., Nov. 25 at: Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel 952-920-3996 West 50th St. and Hwy 100.

Helen Ann is the wife of Hennepin County's longest serving Sheriff; Don Omodt. I met Helen Ann several times during my career with the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department and always found her to be a charming and delightful person. During her husbands reelection campaigns for Hennepin County Sheriff, I visted their house several times and it was very obvious that Helen Ann took pride in truly making their house a home for her family.

While I've never met him personally, her son Paul is a St. Louis Park City Council Member and I watched those city council meetings on cable when I worked at a group home in St. Louis Park for developmentally disable adults. If Paul is any example, Helen Ann and her husband Don did a fine, fine job of raising their family.

My personal sympathy goes out to the many friends and family members of Helen Ann.
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Harold E. Doepke, age 92, of Wayzata, died November 18, 2007. Preceded in death by his wife, Harriet. Survived by his son, Paul; and his beloved nieces, nephews and friends. Memorial service 3PM Saturday, December 1, 2007 at Wayzata Community Church, 125 E. Wayzata Blvd., with visitation 5-8 Friday, November 30 at David Lee Funeral Home, 1220 E. Wayzata Blvd. David Lee Funeral Home Wayzata 952-473-5577.

I remember 'Mr. Doepke' who was a counselor while I was attending Wayzata High School. I recall him walking the hallways of our school on Barry Avenue and Highway 12 ensuring that if we were in the hallway, we had a reason to be there.

Seems to me that after Principal Roald Johnson retired, Mr. Doepke became the new school principal but that was a long time ago when I used to walk the hallways.

Mr. Doepke ALWAYS had the best interests of us students first and foremost in his thoughts.
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Kyle Craft, age 87, of Motley, passed away on December 15, 2007, at the Central Todd County Care Center in Clarissa. Mass of Christian Burial was be held on Wednesday, December 19, 2007, 10:30 am, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Motley with Father Peter Kirchner officiating. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment at Motley Public Cemetery. Kyle was born on March 2, 1920 in Amery, Wisconsin to Lester and Gertrude (Volbrecht) Craft. On April 18, 1944, Kyle married Leonedia Dobos at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Browerville. Kyle and Leonedia made there home in Maple Plain until 1996, when they moved to Lincoln and later to Motley. Kyle enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping. Kyle is a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Motley, a retired member of the Maple Plain Volunteer Fire Department, retired Lion's Club member, and for many years ran the Maple Plain Youth Association. Kyle is survived by his children, Michael (Laurie) Craft of Coon Rapids, Rosanne Andreoff of Bloomington, Paulette Brinkman of Savage, Karlene (Jack) Gabrelcik of Delano, and Darrel (Rosalyn) Craft of Tualatin, Oregon; 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Kyle is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Leonedia; son, Steven; sister, Carol; and brothers, Ken, Maynard, Thomas and Loyal. Arrangements by Iten Funeral Home in Browerville.

Kyle was one of the first people that I met in Maple Plain when I first started my Law Enforcement career there. Many, many times Kyle and I ran into each other because of his involvement with the Maple Plain Fire Department and the Maple Plain Lions Club, of which Kyle and I were both Charter Members. Of particular note is how hard Kyle worked to make the first annual 'Beef Bar B Q' , that was sponsored by the Lion's Club, a success. I also remember him as the driving force behind the Maple Plain Youth Association.

I knew Kyle and his family well and will always hold fond memories of a great man who served his community, and his family, proudly and admirably.
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Donald E. Des Lauriers, Age 70, of Hamel. Survived by beloved wife of 46 years, Dolly; children, Bill (Claire), Kim Des Lauriers and Dave Hartig, Dan (Vicky), Dino (Meredith) Des Lauriers; grandchildren, Paige, Maggie, Sami, Payton, Dylan, Shay and Jarrett; brother, Richard (Doreen); sister, Patricia (Jim) Gleason; sister-in-law, Ilse Des Lauriers and many other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by parents, David and Adeline and brother, Edwin. A 52-year member of the Hamel Fire Dept and member of the Hennepin Co. Rescue Squad. Co-founder of the Hamel Lions. Donny was active in numerous Hamel civic events. Fire Department procession 10:15 AM Friday, December 20, 2007 from Gearty-Delmore Plymouth Chapel, 37th Ave N. and Vicksburg Lane to The Church of St. Anne, Hamel for Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM. Visitation Thursday, December 19, 2007 from 4-8 PM at: Gearty-Delmore Plymouth 763-553-1411.

I met Don in 1966 when I became a member of the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department's Rescue Squad. Because he volunteered on a different day then I did, I never really got to know him like I would have liked to. But once I became a full time deputy within the Sheriff's Communications Division, I'd see him occasionally when he and his partner would stop by 'radio'. I heard his name mentioned frequently; usually associated with the Hamel Fire Department where he served for fifty-two years. The name Don Des Lauriers was synonymous with the Hamel Fire and other dedicated volunteers who donate their time to their communities to help us all feel a little bit better about ourselves.

The photo below is courtesy of Don Gjevre; another dedicated volunteer of the Sheriff's Rescue Squad and someone I've known for many years. When this picture was taken, apparently there was a report of a bobcat running wild in Golden Valley and some of the members of the Sheriff's Rescue Squad were called in to assist in locating it.
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Asao, Theodore "Ted" age 89 of Mound on January 8, 2008.
Preceded in death by his parents. Survived by his loving wife, Rose Asao, children, Kathleen (Maurice) Hamelin of France, David (Jeri) Asao of Excelsior, Rosie Iversen of Wayzata, Philip (Joy) Asao of Mound, Paul (Kathy) Asao of Chanhassen; grandchildren, Celine and Laurent Hamelin, Jennifer Asao- Lyons, Daniel, Emily and Andrew Iversen, Martin Asao, Torey, Cameron, Brandon Asao and Kelly Umland; brother, George Asao of Las Vegas, as well as other loving relatives and friends. Ted was blessed to share 90 years of his life as a successful pharmacist and businessman, active church leader, devoted husband, father, grandfather and dear friend. He will be missed by all. Funeral service was at 11:00 AM on Saturday January 12, 2008 at Life Church, 6900 West Fish Lake Road, Maple Grove, with visitation one hour prior to the service at CHURCH. Private family interment Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis. In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to donors choice. Huber Funeral & Cremation Services; The Mound Chapel, 952-472-1716, handled the funeral arrangements.

I'm not real sure when I first met Ted but I do think it was when I was going to high school in Wayzata. Ted was a local, well known pharmacist that owned and operated three drug stores; the original store in Long Lake, one in Wayzata and a third one in Maple Plain. Ted had an 'infectious' smile and I always will remember him greeting me and everyone else that would walk into his stores.

My personal sympathies are extended to Ted's family; he was a warm and wonderful person whom I'll never forget.

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Gregory T. Orth, Retired Woodbury Chief of Police and beloved dad, grandpa and brother passed away accidentially on January 12, 2008. Preceded in death by wife, Mary; mother, Lorraine; grandson, Julian. Survived by children, Melinda (Tom) House, Todd (Amy), Amy (Shane) Novotny; grandchildren, Brendan, Parker, Lily, Maxwell; father, Donald; siblings, Bill (Jean), Don, Mike (Cindy), Dan, Laura; aunts, Angie, Carol, Betty; many nieces; nephews; relatives and friends. Greg was a loving and caring person who touched the lives of many. He was very involved in the Woodbury community which he served for over 36 years. Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM Thurs. 1/17/08 at GUARDIAN ANGELS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 8260 4th St., Oakdale. Visitation Wed. 4-8 PM at WULFF WOODBURY FUNERAL HOME, 2195 Woodlane Dr. and 1 hour prior to the Mass at church. Interment Guardian Angels Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Woodbury Public Safety Board. WULFF WOODBURY 651-738-9615.

I met Chief Orth many years ago after beginning my first private business venture and when I was working for the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department. My first company was Delta Security Systems and one of my salesmen was Officer Duane Bradley of the Woodbury Police Department. I happened to be meeting with Officer Bradley one day and he introduced me to Chief Orth.

The Woodbury Public Safety Board has posted a tribute to Chief Orth on its Website. It says more about the retired chief than I ever could.

To see their tribute to Chief Orth, please CLICK HERE.
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Gordon W. Rabens, longtime Plymouth resident, died February 20, 2008 at age 78. Preceded in death by parents, Bill and Myrtle Rabens; sister, Lucille; brother, Merrill and son, Douglas. Survived by wife of 55 years, Harriet; son, Steve and wife Jean; daughter, Sue Strom and husband Dan; grandsons, Ross and Blake Rabens and Alex and Jake Strom; sisters, Bernice Huston, Marseilla Scheie, Norma Babatz and Carol Berg. Born in Montrose, MN Sept. 24, 1929. He and Harriet graduated from Buffalo H.S. Gordon served on the USS Arcadia 1950-54. Graduated from U of MN with a B.A. & M.A. He taught industrial arts and drivers education in Wayzata. Gordon was a Scout Master for 10 years. After retiring from teaching, Gordon became a real estate broker for 15 years. In addition, he was very active with the Plymouth Lions and dedicatedly managed various charitable fund raising activities. Gordon enjoyed many travels and meeting people along the way. He also enjoyed attending his grandson's sports events, the Twins games and politics: assisting his community as an election judge. Funeral service 11 a.m. Saturday, February 22, 2008 with visitation one hour prior at St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church, 17205 Cty Rd. 6, Plymouth, 55447. Interment Kreidler Cemetery in Montrose. Memorials preferred to St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church or Plymouth Library. David Lee Funeral Home Wayzata 952-473-5577 had charge of the arrangements.

'Mr. Rabens', as we school kids called him, was my Industrial Arts teacher when I attended Wayzata High School back in the 1950's. I don't exactly remember what grade I was in but I do remember being in his class that was held right after the noon lunch hour. Normally it would have been somewhat difficult trying to stay awake in any class right after lunch, but Mr. Rabens made our 'electricity class', as we called it, interesting and staying alert and awake weren't any problems.

Mr. Rabens is personally responsible for me knowing much about electrical wiring and how electricity works. I recall that when we moved to Cologne in 1989, I added allot of new electrical circuits to our new house. More than once, I though how proud Mr. Rabens would be of me if he only knew how much knowledge he gave me that I continually put into practice.

During my senior high school years, I spent many afternoons in the school's photography darkroom developing film and printing pictures (there were no such things as digital cameras). Because Mr. Rabens lived very near to my home in Plymouth, he often would give me a ride home instead of my taking the 'late bus'. That gave me the opportunity to know him even better.
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William 'Bill' Meyer Carlson, Beloved Newscaster for WCCO-TV Since 1952, overtaken after an 18 month struggle with prostate cancer at the age of 73. Survived by the family Bill loved so much, the love of his life and cherished soulmate, his wife of 38 1/2 years, Nancy Nelson; beloved daughter, Susan "Susie" Michaelson and son-in-law, Jason Michaelson; the pride of his heart, granddaughters, Sarah and Megan Lampe; Nancy's father, Bill's beloved friend, Willis "Willie" Nelson; his treasured sister, Judy Swanson, and her husband Jim and their children, James and John Swanson and their families, Beth, Vicki, Robert, Esther, Joseph, and Mathias; his dear sister-in-law, Donna Carlson, her children and grandchildren, Stephanie, Kelly, Emily, Erica, Cody, Zacharey, and Christopher; Nancy's loving family, Cheryl, Shirley, and James Norton; his friends and constant companions, Willie the great dane, Billy the chihuahua, Danny the dandie dinmont terrier, Daisy the little yauzer mix, Pepe his 35 year old parrot, and Baby Boy the cockatiel. Preceded in death by parents, John and Esther Carlson; brother, Richard "Dick" Carlson. The extraordinary friends who held Bill close with their love and care through the decades and illness, too numerous to name here, but all of whom knew how dearly Bill loved them. And finally to the thousands upon thousands who allowed Bill in their home through the television screen year after year. You wrote, you called, you sent cards. Bill received every single message and wanted you to know his heart felt gratitude and the real difference you made in his life and his struggle. He wanted to send his love back to you. Written for Bill by Don Shelby: Bill Carlson was a steady presence on WCCO-TV for more than fifty years. He was a veteran among veterans and his colleagues accorded him a status reserved for only the finest journalists. But, his colleagues would say, there was never a kinder, gentler man in the industry. Hundreds of young men and women who are working journalists today, found Bill to be a dedicated mentor. From him they learned the dedication required to play at the top of one's game, every game. They learned there is no substitute for preparation and knowledge of the facts. And, those rules were not simply those of an instructor to a student, but living attributes his co-workers saw practiced every day. Bill began his career in broadcasting at WCCO radio as a young page, still in high school. Those were the days when music was performed live by bands and orchestras. He learned from the masters, Cedric Adams, and then Dave Moore and Don Stolz. After serving his country in uniform, Bill moved to television and his hard work, coupled with his gentle nature, made him a perfect fit for this relatively new form of broadcasting. His youth, charm and good looks catapulted Bill into star status; a status he never let anyone see. This handsome young man, with great talent, was just what television was looking for. Even then, nearly fifty years ago, the business was thinking about the young audience and Bill, with matinee idol looks, was the must-see host of "This Must Be the Place," a program featuring local talent and national celebrities. Bill, it was discovered, could do anything, and willingly did. He performed in commercials, forecast the weather, did sports and game shows, and broadcast the news. But deep in Bill's heart was the love of show business, but that was always a distant second to the love of his life, a former WCCO-TV weather "girl" named Nancy Nelson, whom he would marry and who held him in her arms and told him how much she loved him, as he slipped away. Those who watched and loved Bill Carlson on television broadcasting the noon news and the business of show business, may have thought of him as a single star. But those who knew him understood that Bill was only part of the equation. The truth, as Bill would tell it, and his friends knew, was that it was always "Bill and Nancy." What his friends at WCCO-TV and all the colleagues with whom he worked would tell you is Bill Carlson spanned the real history of television in Minnesota, and brought with him from that distant past more than 50 years gone, the delight of a child who grew to become what he always wanted to be, doing the thing he wanted to do the most. And as the audience, his friends, his family at home, and his family at work will attest, he was a darling of a man. Visitation Wednesday, March 5, 4-7 PM, the Old Log Theater, 5185 Neadvill St., Excelsior. Memorial service Thursday 3 PM, State Theater, 910 Hennepin Ave., Mpls. Both are open to Bill's family, friends and fans. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Disabled American Veterans or Salvation Army or World Health Organization, American Red Cross, or Minnesota Humane Society. Cremation Society of Minnesota Edina Chapel 952-924-4100.

Though I had never met Bill Carlsom personally, I watch him on television and saw him in person at the Minnesota State Fair. The following WCCO-TV News Release tells us all allot about a truly gifted, and professional person who millions of Twin Citians allowed into their home quite frequently.


Bill Carlson, one of WCCO-TV's most versatile and beloved news anchors passed away at approximately 6 p.m., Friday, February 29, 2008 with his wife Nancy Nelson by his side.  Carlson had been fighting prostate cancer and in recent days, the cancer spread to his liver. Carlson was 73 years of age. 

"To say that he will be sorely missed by the entire staff, past and present, and the community seems a gross understatement," said Susan Adams Loyd, WCCO-TV Vice President and General Manager.  "He often spoke of his love and respect for his fellow employees and how proud he was to work at WCCO and how much he wished to return to work.  It may be fitting that many of us heard Bill's voice for the last time in his contributions to our coverage of the Academy Awards just this past week."

Carlson's career spanned nearly 50 years.  He started at WCCO Radio as a page while he was still in high school.  While there, he produced many popular WCCO Radio programs as well as established himself as an on-air talent.  At the same time he attended the University of Minnesota, where he received a degree in radio and television speech.

In 1959 he transferred to WCCO-TV, where he began his television career.  Carlson literally grew up in the broadcast business.  His career included nearly every phase of radio and television work including Assistant Promotion Director, Director of Operations, Associate Research Director and Chief Announcer.  He also hosted a phone-in talk show, a teen dance program and several game shows, as well as hosted WCCO-TV's "The Morning Show," "The Midday Scene,"  "This Must Be The Place," and of course most recently, "WCCO 4 News at Noon."

Most known for covering the Arts and Entertainment beat for WCCO-TV, Carlson interviewed hundreds of Hollywood stars over the years including John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Paul McCartney, Tom Cruise, Robert Redford, Barbara Steisand and Britney Spears.  His interviewing style earned him the respect and admiration from all he met.  His connections with the entertainment industry led him all over the world.   

A native Minnesotan, Carlson was born in Thief River Falls and raised in St. Paul.  He and his beloved wife Nancy Nelson Carlson have been actively involved with animal rights issues.  Carlson worked extensively with the Minnesota Humane Society and the Fund for Animals.  He and Nancy also worked with ex-offenders from the Minnesota prison system.

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Gilbert F. Wuetherich, age 87 of rural Norwood/Young America, Minnesota passed away March 3, 2008 as a result of head and neck injuries sustained in a car accident on February 29th. Gilbert was the dear half-brother of Gertrude Heuer, Mae Zehnder, Glen Trocke and wife LaVerne, step-brother of Alida Quinn, step-brother in law of Hillard Kroells, Marcella Jans Dorothy Trocke as well as other relatives and friends.

Funeral services Saturday, March 8, 2008 at 11AM at Church of Peace in Norwood/Young America. Visitation 2 hours prior to the service with interment in Forest Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Dennis Zehnder, Richard Dammann, Eugene Heuer, Roger Heuer, David Kroells and Ronald Kroells. Funeral arrangements with Paul McBride Funeral Chapel; Norwood/Young America.

For being eighty-seven years old, Gilbert always had a sharp mind and a quick wit. I first met him nearly twenty years ago and saw him frequently at Shep's Place in Cologne. He was a dedicated listener to my radio shows that wereon KCHK radio in New Prague beginning in 2002 and once I left the radio station in January 2004, Gilbert kept kidding me about if they had ever called me to go back to work there. (They never did!)

Gilbert lived alone for almost as long as I knew him but was always a joy to be around. He attended all of my three 'DELTA DICK' Loyal Listener Appreciation 'Get Together' held at Shep's Place in 2003 and 2004 and I am now happy that I snapped the attached picture of him to share with his many friends and relatives.
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Walter A. 'Bud" Zurn, age 78, of Belle Plaine, died Tuesday, April 08, 2008 at his home. Survived by wife, Connie; children, Daniel (Audrey) Zurn, Gregory (Pauline) Zurn and Timothy Zurn, all of Belle Plaine, Samantha Emelife of Mpls; step-children, Jody (Randy) Walter and Pam (Tom) Walter of Cologne; 14 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Arthur (Sherry) Zurn of Garner, Iowa and Greg (Mary) Zurn of Eden Prairie; sister, Faye Polan of Chicago. Mass of Christian Burial Friday, April 11 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of the Prairie Catholic Church. Interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Kolden Funeral Home in Belle Plaine.

Bud Zurn was a long time friend and the husband of one of the nicest persons that anyone could ever meet. An avid NASCAR Racing fan, Bud could be seen in Cologne frequently where is loving wife of many years was the Vice President of the local bank.

We all will deeply miss Bud and express our sincerest sympathy to Connie for her great, great loss.

Rest in peace, good friend.

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Dave Gegner, age 80. Husband, Father, Grandfather, resident of Ladysmith, Wisconsin, native of Springfield, Illinois. Born May 22, 1925, died May 1, 2006. David proudly served in the US Navy aboard the USS Jeffers during World War II. He had a successful career in the printing industry in the Twin Cities and was president of North Central Litho Service. Dave was an active volunteer at Rusk County Memorial Hospital and a member of the Lions Club. He was an Amateur Radio Operator (KOZYP) and enjoyed communicating with his friends. Dave is survived by his wife, Jeanette; sons Charles Curry of Milwaukee, WI, James Gegner of Eagan, MN, Don (Pat) Gegner of Lakeville, MN and Randy (Cheryl) Recore of Madison, WI. and 5 grandchildren. David was preceded in death by his wife, Christina M. Gegner (McKnight) and Infant son Bradley Gegner. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 5th , 11AM at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Ladysmith. Visitation Thursday evening after 5PM at the church. Burial with military honors will be held Monday, May 8th at 1PM at Fort Snelling Cemetery. Dave, we will forever hold you in our hearts. 

Back in 1961, I met Dave shortly after I received my citizen's band radio license while I was recuperating from having sustained two broken legs during my senior year in high school. Later, after I received my amateur radio license, I had the privilege of meeting Dave in person, along with his first wife Chris. Two of many things that stand out in my mind about Dave was his vast amount of knowledge in electronics and his unique laugh.

He was a really neat person and I'm sure he will be greatly missed.
IN MEMORY OF...............

Helen J. Dressel, age 78 of Maple Plain, Minnesota on Friday, April 18, 2008. Preceded in death by her husband, retired Orono Police Department Sergeant Emerson, her parents and 10 siblings. She is survived by her son, Robert; daughters, Nancy and her husband Nick Steffa, Kathryn and her husband Ralph Tomes, Julie and her husband Jeff Hansen and Shelle Dressel; 4 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Funeral service 11 am Friday, April 25, 2008 at Christ Lutheran Church, 5084 E. Main Street, Maple Plain. Visitation 5-8 pm Thursday at the church and one hour prior to the service at church. Interment Lewis Cemetery, Maple Plain. David Lee Funeral Home Wayzata 952-473-5577

I can't begin to tell you how many times I was invited into their home fo have lunch, breakfast or dinner at the Dressels. Nor can I tell you how many pots of coffee I drink while stopping by and visiting two of the nicest people you'd ever want to meet. Helen was the dear wife of the late Emerson Dressel; formerly a Sergeant with the Orono (Minnesota) Police Department. Because they lived in Maple Plain, (Emerson began his career with the Maple Plain Police Department; the same Police Department where I began my long Law Enforcement career) I stopped by their home frequently. Back then, Orono and Maple Plain were considered 'out in the boon docks' and on numerous occasions while we were both working, Emmy, as we called him, 'backed me up' and I 'backed him up' on various police calls that we responded to.
IN MEMORY OF...............

Stanford (Stan) Paul Anderson, born May 30, 1928; passed away May 6, 2008 at age 79. Preceded in death by parents; son, Mark; sister, Margaret. Survived by wife, Marion, of 59 years; son, Steven (Kristina Hoefer); grandson, Jason; granddaughter, Jessica and 5 brothers and sisters. Stan was a charter member of the Minnetonka Volunteer Fire Dept. and first Fire Marshall for the City of Minnetonka. Funeral will be held on Saturday, May 10 at Oak Knoll Lutheran Church, 600 County Rd 73, Minnetonka (952- 546-5433). Visitation one hour prior to Noon services. Memorials preferred to Oak Knoll Lutheran Church or American Cancer Society.

My very first remembrance of Stan Anderson was hearing him on the 'fire channel' when I was a dispatcher for the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office a long, long time ago.

As I recall, Stan was the only full time, paid person on Minnetonka's Volunteer Fire Department. Whenever we would send the Minnetonka Fire Department out on a fire call, Stan (6275) was usually the first to "check 'in service'". (And, he was usually the last to "check 'out of service'" long after the other firefighters had gone home to bed.

A true professional in his profession, Stan Anderson served the City of Minnetonka, and its residents, admirably for more years than I can remember.
"Morning Dick, You have done a GREAT job with those 'obits', Dick ! -  OUTSTANDING !"

"Wonderful memories of  wonderful people, many whom  I remember very well ... Thanks very much !!"
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Lois Mary Blaha, born March 1, 1937; passed away May 16, 2008 at age 71. Preceded in death by loving husband Robert, survived by children Sue (Lyle) Gerdes, Karen (Peter) Fix, Mary (Tom) Fix, Amy (Paul) Ruehling, Jody Blaha, Michael Blaha, Noah (Cathy) Blaha and Josh (Jen) Blaha as well as 17 grandchildren. Funeral service was Tuesday, May 20th at 11AM at Our Lady Of The Prairie Catholic Church in Belle Plaine with Father James Kim officiating. Visitation began at 8:30AM at the Kolden Funeral Home in Belle Plaine.

I only met Lois one time. She was a very gracious and personable lady who raised a wonderful family on their farm just outside of Belle Plaine, Minnesota. I was able to begin meeting some of her children and grandchildren through my working with her daughter, Mary Fix, at Community Living, Inc. in Victoria, Minnesota.

My sincere, personal sympathies go out to Lois' entire family.
George Jones
1931 - 2013
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Carl Anton Gronwall, age 88, of Farmington, formerly of Richfield. Passed on peacefully at home May 23, 2008. Retired Hennepin County Deputy Sheriff and after retirement, was a bus driver for special needs children. Member of Hennepin County Sheriff's Dept. Drum & Bugle Corp. WWII Navy veteran. Preceded in death by wife, Patricia Ann; daughter, Debbie Young; grandson, Tim Young; parents, Carl & Dagny; sisters, Rose Marie and Mugs. Survived by sons, Steven and David (Linda); stepchildren, Teri Nessler and Tami Jo (Rob) Hilton; grandchildren, Lisa Young, David Gronwall Jr., Laurissa Corrales, Kristen Leonard, Karl Gronwall and Willis Gronwall; step-grandchildren, Patrice, Cortney-Paige and Mitchell Hilton; 7 great-grandchildren and many friends. Memorial service Thursday, May 29, 3 PM at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Ave S., Minneapolis. Interment Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials preferred to the family.

Carl was a fellow deputy when we both worked for the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office. While I only met him personally while working together, I felt that I knew him well because of our daily routine 'conversations' over the police radio. Carl worked in the 'civil' division of the sheriff's office.

My sympathies to Carl's family and many friends.
Tim Russert
1950 – 2008
IN MEMORY OF...............

Weston (Wes) Werner, age 87, of Eagan, died Saturday, July 5, 2008 at the Fairview Southdale Hospital. He was a World War II veteran and served as Minnesota State Fire Marshall for many years. He was a charter member of the Minnesota Fire Chief's Association and a member of the Bloomington Association of Retired Firefighters and active in many other organizations. He is survived by wife, Becky; children, Sara (Rodney) Shoberg of Minnetonka, Rusty Lehto of Lake Kabetogama, MN, Debbie (Pete) Jagunich of Iron, MN and Rocky (Pat) Lehto of Lake Kabetogama, MN; grandchildren, Matthew Logelin, Nicholas (Molly) Logelin, Heather McKinley, Joshua (Jane) McKinley, Tina (Tom) Metz, Adam (Holly) Shoberg, Cheryl Jagunich, Mary Jagunich, Scott Jagunich, Parry (Debbie) Ketchmark, Keith (Lisa) Ketchmark; 13 great-grandchildren; sisters, Marian (Walter) Anderson and Lola Claire (Don) Driessen; many special friends and four-legged friends, Murphy and Molly. Preceded in death by his parents, Wilbur and Margaret Werner; wife, Eileen Werner; infant daughter; daughter, Susan; son-in-law, Bruce McKinley; and granddaughter-in-law, Elizabeth Logelin. Memorial services was held 11 AM Friday, July 11th at the Hopkins Fire Department at 101 17th Ave. So., Hopkins, MN. Friends may call beginning at 10 AM Friday at the fire hall. Private interment was held in the Acacia Park Cemetery in Mendota Heights. Arrangements with the Peterson Johnson Funeral Home in Milaca, MN, 320-983-3488.

Although I didn't know him real well, I met Wes several times; usually in the middle of the night when he'd stop by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Radio Station in Golden Valley on his way home from a fire scene that we had earlier asked him to respond to.

A true professional with allot of knowledge who was respected by many and will be missed by even more; that best describes Wes Werner.
Estelle Getty
1923 – 2008
IN MEMORY OF...............

Allen E. Farmes, Age 93, passed away on 8/5/2008. Preceded in death by wife, Arlene; parents, Emil & Lydia; brothers, Robert & James; sister-in-law, Jean; great-grandson, Justin Sweet. Survived by son, Allen (Linda); granddaughter, Jody (Tim) Sweet; great-granddaughters, Alyssa & Megan; nieces, Shelly (Steve) Poore, Barbara Schultz; nephew, Richard; sister-in-law, Adeline; cousin, Harry Ray. Allen was an avid conservationist and was a recipient of various awards including: 1978 Northwest Sport Show Outstanding Conservationist, 1978 MDNR Conservationist Of The Year, 1984 MDNR Meritorious Service Award, 1991 American Legion Conservationist Of The Year, 1999 John A. Rose MN Conservationist Of The Year, 2001 MDNR Meritorious Service Award and the 2002 Outdoor News Man of the Year. A Service of Remembrance was held at 11 AM on Saturday, August 9, 2008 at the Gearhart Coon Rapids Funeral Home, 11275 Foley Blvd. NW. Memorials preferred.

Al Farmes was the Captain of the Hennepin County Sheriff's Departments Radio Division when I continued my Law Enforcement career with that agency. Captain Farmes was one of a handful of people that one meets in life that makes you feel special that your paths crossed. A knowledgeable in every aspect of Public Safety Communications and electronics, I spent a lot of time with Captain Farmes asking a zillion questions about how the Sheriff's Radio system work, why it worked and what the future held. Captain Farmes was never too busy to answer the multitude of questions of a curious young Deputy Sheriff who would go one to eventually become a Sergeant in the Communications Division that he once commanded, in Minnesota's largest Sheriff's Office.

He was a good man who had a good life. I'm glad I met him and worked for him.

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