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Raymond Edward Anttila
April 2, 1942 - October 7, 2016

Raymond Edward Anttila age 74 of Deerwood died on October 7, 2016 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. He was born on April 2, 1942 in Minneapolis to Edward and Margaret (Tondo) Anttila. Ray married Judy Peterson on April 20, 1963 in Crosby. He was an employee for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad with 31 years of service. He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crosby. Ray was an avid Fisherman, Hunter and Outdoorsman.

Ray is survived by his wife of 52 years, Judy; one son, Edward (Jessica) Anttila of Crosby; three daughters, Rebecca (Randy) Schurmann of Cokato, Julie (David) Bayerl of Big Lake and Debra (John) Tibbetts of Monticello; one sister, Mary Alice Lutz of Golden Valley ; seven grandchildren, Charlie Schurmann, Joshua, Samantha and Ryan Bayerl, Matthew Tibbetts, Hailey and Jordan Anttila; one great grandchild, Presley Estes and his canine companion, Casino.

Preceding Ray in death are his parents.

Funeral services were held Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crosby. Burial was at the Lakewood Cemetery in Crosby. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

William "Bill" E. Rakow
July 29, 1951 - October 7, 2016

William "Bill" E. Rakow, 65, resident of Merrifield, passed away on Friday, October 7, 2016 at University of Minnesota Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis. Bill was born July 29, 1951 in Brainerd to Wayne and Shirley (Tomberlin) Rakow. He graduated from Brainerd High School class of 1969. On February 16, 1973 Bill married the love of his life Kathleen Franzen in Sisseton, South Dakota. During their marriage together, Bill and Kathy were blessed with 3 wonderful children, Joseph William, Amy Patricia and Katie Beth. Bill worked for Potlatch for 23 years.

Bill enjoyed family camping trips, swimming in the lake and fishing with his wife and kids. Bill loved airplanes  and had a hobby of collecting and building model planes. Later in his life, Bill and Kathy were blessed with grandchildren and so many fun and wonderful memories were made.

Bill will be sadly missed by his parents, Wayne (Marie) Rakow and Shirley Flicek (mother); his wife, Kathy  Rakow, children, Joseph Rakow, Amy Rakow and Katie (Jeremy) Turner; grandchildren, Chris, Paris, Shaely, Joe  Jr., Joshua, Mya, William, Emily, Thomas, Isaiah, Jack Edward, Kaitlyn, and Gemma; special fur baby, Smokey  the cat; brother, Bob (Alisa) Rakow; sister, Robin (Daryl) Kaikkonen; many nieces and nephews, and brothers and  sisters-in-law.

Preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Edward and Ella Tomberlin and step-dad, Fred Flicek; paternal  grandparents, William and Louise Rakow, and his father-in-law, Gust Franzen and brother-in-law, David Franzen.

Services were held on Friday, October 14, 2016 at Nelson-Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd with Pastor Chris Erickson officiating.

Neil Forrest Olson
May 5, 1949 - October 7, 2016

Neil Forrest Olson, 67, of Nisswa, died Friday, October 7, 2016 at Good Samaritan Village – Bethany Campus in Brainerd. A Celebration of Life for Neil will be held at 3 PM until close at the Nisswa American Legion on Saturday, November 12, 2016.

Neil was born May 5, 1949, in Zumbrota, the son of Forrest and Eunice (Anderson) Olson. Raised in Zumbrota, Neil attended school and following his high school graduation started driving truck for his dad. In 1976, he married Patricia Laqua and the couple made their home in St. Paul before moving to Pequot Lakes. While living in the Brainerd Lakes Area, Neil worked as a truck driver for Clow Stamping for 36 years. He also drove school and coach buses for Reichert. In 1996, Neil and Pat moved to Nisswa.

Neil loved to stay busy. He liked to drive, was always fixing things and enjoyed working on boats. Most of all,  Neil loved his family – especially his granddaughter, who he adored.

Neil will be missed by his wife, Pat, of Nisswa; son, Erich Olson, of Pequot Lakes; granddaughter, Taylor Olson –  Finley, of Pequot Lakes; sisters, Vicki Dayton, of Hastings and Val (Tom) Skluzacek, of Pequot Lakes; and his  brother, Tom (Cheri) Olson, of Claremont. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother-in-law, Ray  Dayton. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter, MN.

Tammy Lee Smiley
February 14, 1959 - October 9, 2016

Tammy Lee Smiley, 57, of Crosslake, died Sunday, October 9, 2016 at St. Cloud Hospital surrounded by her family. Private family services will be held at a later date.

Tammy was born February 14, 1959, in Brainerd, the daughter of Carl W. and Doris M. (Frederick) Coulter. After high school, Tammy moved to California. She returned to Minnesota for a few years until deciding to live in  Seattle in 1994. While in Seattle, Tammy painted the inside and outside of homes and hung wallpaper. She also  built birdhouses, decorated with agates, which she sold, and enjoyed fishing. In 2013 she returned to Minnesota. Tammy liked to garden and was a member of the Eagle’s Club. She loved her family, especially her nieces and nephews.

She is survived by her siblings, Carl (Kathy) Coulter, of Brainerd, Colleen (Lee) Turner, of Brainerd, Dorothy (Steve) Moon, of Oceanview, HI, and James (Jami) Coulter, of Seattle and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Doris Coulter.

A Service of Remembrance for Tammy will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 6:00-8:00PM at The  Old Waterfall in Brainerd, MN. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter, MN.

Dr. Harry E. Olson Jr.
July 24, 1932 - October 7, 2016

Dr. Harry E. Olson Jr., 84, of Apopka, Florida, passed away peacefully October 7, 2016 at his lake home in Pequot Lakes, Minnesota.

Harry was born on July 24, 1932, in Minneapolis, MN, to Harry and Minnie Olson. Harry received a B.A. from Augsburg College, graduated from Lutheran School of Theology (Chicago, IL.), received a Master’s degree from  North Dakota State University, a Ph.D from University of Sarasota, and is a graduate of the Interdenominational Interim Ministry Network Training.

Dr. Harry E. Olson’s professional career focused on serving as a Lutheran minister. In addition, he was an Executive Administrative Consultant to business organizations, a Human Resources manager, and a professional speaker. He is the Founder and Chairman of the “Executive Program Center.” Dr. Olson also published three books.

His first Senior Pastor role was with Messiah Lutheran Church in Fargo, ND, where he took a small congregation through a ministry that included the construction of a new campus with membership growth of over 2,000  parishioners. Dr. Olson was a Founder and the first Executive Director of the Messiah Foundation for Christian Communications, which supported the Hour of Worship television ministry with WDAY. For over 50 years, this ministry has provided weekly telecasts of a worship service throughout the Midwest and the southern provinces of Canada.

Dr. Olson served as interim Pastor at many congregations, as called upon by the Bishop. Most recently, he served at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Winter Park, FL, and also enjoyed a 50-year relationship with Our Savior’s  Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes. During his ministry, he led numerous outreach and stewardship programs along with administrative, operational, and financial initiatives. He often traveled many miles to perform weddings, baptisms, and funerals for families he met during his ministry.

He brought experiences from the church pulpit to the podium of the House of Representatives in the U.S. Congress, to a national business convention, and to the locker room of the Dallas Cowboys football team.

He would spend his summers at his lake home on Kimball Lake in Pequot Lakes. He was best known for driving his iconic blue jeep, whistling as he entered a room, and fireside conversations. He was always happiest by the water with friends and family.

Harry is survived by three children: Brent N. Olson, Cottage Grove, MN, Dana A. (Chrysa) Olson, Shakopee, MN, and Sarah J. (Patrick) Lyon, Medina, MN. His grandchildren Trevor Olson, Rachael (Jake) Bodensteiner, Amy (Eli) Miller, Andrea (Travis) Schilling, Megan Olson, Michelle (Jeff) McKenna, Micah Olson, Julia Lyon and Anders Lyon. Great-grandchildren Miles Schilling and Oliver McKenna. His beloved partner Charlotte Cipes of Apopka, FL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Minnie Olson, sister Mary A. Lee, son Gregg Olson, and great-grandson Parker Schilling.

Memorials are preferred to be sent to the “Dr. Harry E. Olson Jr. Scholarship Fund” at Messiah Lutheran Church, Fargo, ND, or Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Pequot Lakes, MN, or The Pequot Lakes Library “Friend of the Library Fund.”

The funeral service was held on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Pequot Lakes, MN. Burial was at Our Savior’s Lutheran Cemetery, Pequot Lakes, MN. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Brenny Funeral Chapel, Pequot Lakes, MN.

Paul Leroy Sahli
December 14, 1927 - October 4, 2016

On October 4th, 2016 we lost the strongest, most generous man we know. Paul Leroy Sahli, age 88, passed quietly in his sleep with loving wife and family at his side.

Paul was an honest, hardworking man beginning with a three year career in the United States Air Force (1948-1951), several years ranching in Montana, butchering for a local grocer in Montana (where he first got his start in the sausage making business, it was such a hit he couldn’t keep up with demand) then on to many road and commercial construction projects in Minnesota including the iconic IDS Center in Minneapolis.

Paul loved hunting and fishing and spent many years pursuing this passion with his children, relatives and friends. He was most passionate about his family. He is survived by beloved wife of 64 years of marriage, Irene Sahli; two children Bruce Sahli (Mary), and Howard Sahli (Kim), two grandchildren Brandon Sahli (Jodi) and Brooke Sahli (John). He lived a long full life and believed he was the most fortunate man in the world to have such wonderful family and friends. He will be remembered always for his selfless giving with no need for reward or recognition.

Visitation was held at Brenny Funeral Chapel, 13782 County Road 36, Crosslake, MN at 10:30am on October 15, 2016. A funeral service will follow at 11:30. Lunch will be served at Maucieri’s Restaurant in Crosslake immediately after the funeral service.

Stanley Andrew Clark
November 18, 1948 - October 1, 2016

Stanley Andrew Clark, 67, of Emily, MN, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on October 1, 2016.

He was born on November 18, 1948, in Oneonta, NY, to Rev. Douglas Alan Clark and Ruth Campbell Clark. His early childhood years were spent in Morris, NY, and Hoopeston, IL. Stanley graduated from high school in Plainview, TX (1965), and earned his BA degree in Sociology with honors from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL (1969). He married fellow Wheaton grad Susan Lou Carlton on June 3, 1969, the day after their graduation, and then honeymooned in Emily, MN, where they eventually retired.

Stanley was awarded a full scholarship for doctoral studies at the University of Florida, earning MA and PhD degrees in Sociology (1971 and 1973, respectively). He then began a long career in higher education both as a faculty member and administrator. Institutions served included the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada (1972- 1974); Gordon College in Wenham, MA (1974-1981); Tabor College in Hillsboro, KS (1981-1995); the Russian-American Christian University in Moscow, Russia (1995-1998); Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA (1998-2005); and Simpson University in Redding, CA (2006-2012). In each of these institutions  he served with distinction and was greatly respected and appreciated by the faculty, administration, and students. He was active for many years in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities in Washington, DC, and the Board of Directors of LCC International University in Lithuania.

Stanley’s hobbies included amateur radio, collecting license plates, golf, and world travel, but his main goal and calling in life was to serve the Lord Jesus Christ. He was active in church leadership and music in each of the many places he lived, including the last years of his life at Providence Community Church in Crosslake, MN. He especially loved singing and listening to Christian anthems and hymns.

Stanley is survived by his wife, Susan Carlton Clark, of Emily, MN; daughter Rachel (husband Jason) Mohn of North Easton, MA; son Drew (wife Claire) Clark of Federal Way, WA; six grandchildren (Kyra, Karsten, Amara and Kavan Mohn, and Adelaide and Miriam Clark); 99- year-old father Douglas Alan Clark, of Carol Stream, IL;  and by his identical twin brother, Stephen (wife Dawn) Clark of Wheaton, IL. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Campbell Clark (1987), and his older brother, Jonathan (wife Susan) Clark (2013).

A memorial service was held at Emily Wesleyan Church in Emily, MN, on Saturday, October 8, at 3 p.m. Interment was at Pine Ridge Cemetery, Emily, MN.

In lieu of flowers, Stanley requested donations to be directed to “The Clark Endowment for Student Research,” at Simpson University. Address to: Director of Development, Simpson University, 2211 College View Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Harold E. "Skip" Lundgren
December 5, 1928 - September 30, 2016

Harold E. “Skip” Lundgren age 87 of Ironton died at his home on September 30, 2016. He was born on December 5, 1928 in Crosby to Carl and Harriet (LaSart) Lundgren. Skip was a U.S. Navy veteran. He was a former miner with M.A. Hanna and Reserve Mining Companies. He was a janitor at the Crosby-Ironton School District and an employee of the City of Crosby Maintenance Department.

Skip is survived by two sons, Jim (Shelley) Lundgren of Ironton and Michael Lundgren of Cuyuna; one daughter, Carol (Randy) Bartell of Richmond; nine grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren; and close friend, Edythe Anderson.

Preceding Skip in death are his parents and one son, Robert Lundgren.

A Memorial Gathering was held on Friday, October 7, 2016 at the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby. Burial at the Lakewood Cemetery in Crosby with full military honors given by the Myrin-James American Legion Post #443 of Ironton.

Clayton Ronald Berg
September 15, 2016

Clayton Ronald Berg, 75, passed away peacefully in his sleep Thursday Sept. 15, 2016 after a courageous battle with Cancer. A Celebration of Life was held at the Crosslake American Legion on Wednesday September 21 with a Rifle Salute, Taps and presentation of the flag.

Steven Daniel Blomberg
July 15, 1943 - September 16, 2016

Steven Daniel Blomberg age 73 of Emily passed away on Friday, September 16, 2016 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Steve was born on July 15, 1943 in Deerwood to Ralph and Verna (Wilson) Blomberg. He attended school in Crosby.

Steve married ReNae Fortune in 1966 and they had five daughters together. He later married Alice Norris in 1980 in Vancouver, WA. Steve worked hard all of his life, farming as a boy, truck driving, logging, selling scrap iron and running his repair shop the Emily Fix-It Shop.

Steve is survived by is wife of 36 years, Alice; his daughters, Penni (Kevin) Dotzler of Deerwood, Sheli (Fred  Lambert) Schwegel of Backus, Kristi Cockman of Baxter; a brother, Roger (Margie) Blomberg of Nisswa; sisters, Joyce Shaw of Salem, OR, Carol (Norman) Habedank of Ashland, WI, Colleen (Eddie) Nelson of Belle Fourche,SD, and Deb (Buzz) Anderson of Ironton; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Preceding Steve in death are his parents; two daughters, Jodi Blomberg and Misti Blomberg and a great granddaughter, Molli.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the Wesleyan Church in Emily. Burial at the Pine Ridge Cemetery in Emily. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.

David I. Kimlicka
November 3, 1933 - September 20, 2016

David I. Kimlicka, age 82, resident of Merrifield, died on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at Essentia - St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 30, 2016 at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Crosslake with Father Ryan Moravitz officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Nisswa. Visitation will begin the hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

Wencell Robert Novak
September 30, 1927 - September 23, 2016

Wencell Robert Novak age 88 of Crosby formerly of Emily died at his daughter’s home in Deerwood on September 23, 2016. He was born on September 30, 1927 in Langford, South Dakota to Joseph and Ruth (Sanderson) Novak.

Wencell was a retired Crow Wing County Highway Department employee with 26 years of service. He was a retired charter member of the Emily Fire Department with 23 years of service. He was a former Mayor, City Council Member and part-time Police Officer for the city of Emily. Wencell was a member of the Cascade United Methodist Church in Deerwood.

Wencell is survived by one son, Bob (Scott Berg) Novak of Crosby; one daughter, Virginia “Ginny” (Tom) Ravnik of Deerwood; one brother, Wallace F. Novak of St. Louis Park; one sister, Joanne (Grant) Pickar of Verndale; five grandchildren, Becky (Dale) Pemberton of Big Lake, Brent (Loni) Ravnik of Alexandria, Nik Novak of Eau Claire, WI, Molly (Steve) Exsted of Big Lake and Natalie (Gary Nash) of Portland, OR and nine great grandchildren, Chloe, Zane, Ezra, Joe, Tom, Beau, Jake, Cole and Vivian.

Preceding Wencell in death by his parents; his wife, Vivian; and 1 brother, Ward Novak.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 am on Friday, September 30, 2016 at the Cascade United Methodist Church in Deerwood. Burial will be at the Pine Ridge Cemetery in Emily. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church on Friday. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Terrie B. Bormann
January 7, 1931 - September 18, 2016

Terrie B. Bormann died on Sunday, September 18, 2016. Terrie was born on January 7, 1931 in Battle Creek MI to James and Lylis Bovee. She grew up in Kalamazoo MI and graduated from Nazareth HS. She attended Western Michigan College and then worked at the Upjohn Pharmaceutical Company as a laboratory technician. Terrie married Robert Bormann in Kalamazoo 62 yrs ago. The couple lived in Bay City MI, Bronxville NY, Syracuse NY, Mpls MN and Freeport, IL. All these locations were due to transfers by Robert’s employer, Honeywell. They retired in 1987 and moved to Nisswa MN and were active members of St. Christopher’s Church. They winter in Tequesta FL where St. Jude’s became their home parish. Terrie was a Eucharistic Minister at both parishes. Her greatest joy was raising a loving family.

Terrie is survived by husband Robert, sister Sandra Mead (Robert) of Lakeland FL and children Paul (Yvonne), Peter (Lynn), Robert, Kathleen (Larry) McIntyre and grandchildren Justin, Kelly, Michael and Lisa Bormann, Madelyn and Mason McIntyre. Preceded in death by grandson Christopher Bormann and brother James Bovee.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at St Christopher’s Church in Nisswa on Friday, September 23, 2016 with Father George Zeck officiating. Burial to be at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery.

Eugene R. Nordby
December 15, 1927 - September 12, 2016

Eugene R. Nordby, 88, formerly of Mankato, died Monday, September 12, 2016 at Golden Horizons Assisted Living in Crosslake. Celebration of Life for Eugene will be held from 5-8 PM, Friday, October 14, 2016 at Northview – North Mankato Mortuary (2060 Commerce Drive, North Mankato, MN 56003).

Eugene was born December 15, 1927, in Rochester, MN, the son of Roy and Pearl (Batcher) Nordby. Following his graduation from Rochester High School, Eugene attended the University of Minnesota where he earned a degree in Electrical Engineering. In 1952, he was united in marriage to Maxine M. Remund. He worked for various companies in Cedar Rapids, IA and the Twin Cities Metro Area before the couple settling in Mankato in 1962 and raised their family. Once retired, Eugene and Maxine enjoyed spending their summers in the Brainerd Lakes Area and the cold winter months in Arizona.

Eugene had lots of interests; he liked fishing, hunting, and  woodworking. He liked to tinker with electronics and was always excited to travel. He was a member of the American Radio Relay League, call sign W0FQV. But above all, Eugene loved to spend time with his family, especially the grandchildren.

He will be missed by his wife, Maxine; children, Robert (Christi) Nordby, of Chanhassen and Ruth (Mike) Schwieters, of Crosslake; sister, Phyllis Kunz, of Rochester; and grandchildren, Tyler, Daniel, and Robert. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Ronald.

Charlotte Y. (Crowell) Christner
August 23, 1921 - September 15, 2016

Charlotte Y. (Crowell) Christner, 95, of Golden Horizon’s Assisted Living in Crosslake, formerly of North Saint Paul, died Thursday, September 15, 2016. She was 95.

Born in Minneapolis on August 23, 1921, Charlotte was the daughter of William and Mildred (Kavlie) Crowell. She married Lyle Christner in 1941. The couple made their home in North Saint Paul where they raised their family. Charlotte was a homemaker who also sold Avon and worked various jobs outside of the home.

She will be missed by her daughters. Gerri Hawkins (Bonnie), Cindy Saunders, Pamela (Ed) Moen; sons, Donald (Sandy), Jack (Pam), and Alec (Luanne); and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and daughter, Linda.

Interment will take place at Fort Snelling National Cemetery and a luncheon celebrating Charlotte’s life will be held at K & J Catering in North St. Paul on Monday, October 10, 2016 at 1:00 PM.

Lorin Dean Neuenfeldt
September 12, 1933 - September 14, 2016

Lorin Dean Neuenfeldt, 83, of Longville, MN formerly of Northrop, MN passed peacefully on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at his home. Services for Lorin will be held on Friday, September 30, 2016 at Salem Lutheran Church in Longville, MN at 11:00AM with a visitation one hour prior to services at the church with Pastor Trisha Jorgenson officiating.

Lorin was born on September 12, 1933 in Vernon Center, MN to Carl and Marie (Klein) Neuenfeldt. His family moved to Northrop and he graduated from Fairmont High School. He married Carol Kruger on June 6, 1954 in Sherburn, MN. Lorin worked for 3M for 34 years as a Quality Assurance Supervisor. He realized his dream of owning a lake home in northern MN in 1990, when he and Carol retired to Longville. Lorin enjoyed golf, hunting, and fishing. His greatest joy was the love of his family.

Lorin is survived by his wife of 62 years, Carol; son, Douglas (Jane) Neuenfeldt of Anoka, MN, and their children, Amy (Nick) Fuhry and Scott (Melinda) Neuenfeldt; daughter, Kathleen Abrahamson, and her children, JeanAnn (Scott) Livesay and Richard (Heather) Abrahamson; great-grandchildren, Brandon, Preston, Trenton Fuhry, Caroline, Caleb, Cleo, Adrianna Day and Cody Livesay; siblings, Leonard Neuenfeldt of Mankato, MN, Elaine Rishchmiller of Andover, MN, Karen Hultquist of Eagan, MN, Don (Cindy) Neuenfeldt of Granada, MN, and Eileen (Ron) Hough of Goodyear, AZ. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carland Marie. Arrangements  have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Pequot Lakes, MN.

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