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Obituaries


MSGT. James R. Atwater, USAF Retired
August 7, 1942 - June 12, 2015

Jim began his earthly journey on August 7, 1942. He was the son of Kelly and Ruth (Hite) Atwater of Emily, MN. He grew up the second oldest of siblings. Jim attended schools in Emily, Crosby-Ironton, and Aurora-Hoyt Lakes, MN, graduating there in 1960. He joined the US Air Force in 1961 and trained in heavy ground radar. He served two tours of duty in Thailand and two tours of duty in Vietnam. He also served with radar sites in MT, WA, MN, and retired from Luke AFB, AZ in 1981. Jim then worked for sixteen years on oil tankers and at petroleum storage facilities in Ferndale, WA.

On December 11, 1971 Jim Married Sheila Naylor in Bertha, MN. The family moved to Custer, WA after he retired from the Air Force.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother, and his daughter Jeannette “Charlie” Aiken.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Sheila; daughter, Cheryl (Henry) Atwater-Miller; 4 grandchildren, Sylvia Miller of Bellingham, WA, Aarren, Kailynn and Zachary Aiken of Topeka, KS; sisters, Judy Zettervall of Brainerd, Polly (Randy) Balken of Erhard, MN, and Elaine Atwater of Emily, MN; brother, Don (Peggy) Chas (Andrea) , Ed, and Paul Atwater of Emily, MN; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends that were like family to him.

In August of 2000, Jim was very instrumental in bringing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall to Hovander Park in Ferndale, WA. Jim loved his country, loved a good joke, loved a party, and loved his family. He left us on June 12, 2015 to begin his next great journey and will be greatly missed by many.

Memorial services will be held 2:00 PM on Friday, July 3, 2015 at the Emily Wesleyan Church. Burial will be at the Pine Ridge Cemetery in Emily with military honors given by the Myrin-James American Legion Post #443, of Ironton. Reception will follow. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Robert Harold Doty
June 8, 1923 - June 22, 2015

Robert Harold Doty, age 92, of Pine River passed away at the Good Samaritan Society, Pine River, surrounded by family on June 22, 2015, at 10:45 AM. Robert was a lifelong resident of the Pine River area.

Robert is survived by three sons: Jeffrey Robert and his wife Stephanie of Little Falls, MN, Brian Douglas and his wife Judy of Caledonia, MN, Keven Eugene and his wife Karen of Becker, MN, daughter, Becky Jean and her husband Jim Powell of Sunrise Beach, MO; 10 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and a host of relatives and friends.

Robert was preceded in death by his wife Twyla Yvonne in 2003; his sister, Audrey Brown; his parents, Harold and Rose Doty; and grandparents, William and Alta Doty.

The funeral service was held Saturday, June 27, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes, MN. Graveside committal at the Pine Ridge Cemetery in Pine River. Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.

Thomas Walter Merfeld
June 2, 2015

Thomas Walter Merfeld ,age 62, resident of Key Largo, FL, former residence of Outing, MN died unexpectedly June 2, 2015 in Miami, FL. He graduated from St. Louis Park High School 1970.

Proceeded in death by Theodore (Father), Lillian Mother), Gary( Brother), Adrian (Great Nephew) Survived by James Jeske Life Partner of 42 years, Glenn, (Kathleen), Diane Merfeld, Lesley Morehouse (Jim) , Mark Merfeld (Kathy) John Merfeld (Stephanie), David Merfeld (Audrey), Joel Merfeld (Irma) and 8 Great Nieces and Nephews.

Celebration Memorial Service will be held on July 4th from noon-1pm with an open house following immediately after the service 1-5pm at 7060 Quentin Trail Outing , MN.

Erna Christina Munholand
December 15, 1927 - June 19, 2015

Erna Christina Munholand, 87, of Crosslake, MN passed away on Friday, June 19, 2015 peacefully surrounded by family and friends. Funeral Mass was held on Thursday, June 25 at Immaculate Hearth Catholic Church in Crosslake, MN. Interment will follow later at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Erna was born on December 15, 1927 in Millwood Township, Stearns County, Minnesota. She grew up and went to school in Melrose, MN. She married George Johnson in 1946 and they had one son, Calvin. She later married Henry Huard in 1953 and they resided first in Cloquet and later in Crosslake, MN. Henry died in 1981. Erna and Robert Munholand were married June 4, 1983 in Crosslake and Erna continued her career as a quality control inspector for Honeywell. Upon their respective retirements, they moved from the Twin Cities to Crosslake in  1989. For several years they enjoyed winters in Casa Grande, Arizona, and summers in Crosslake until Erna’s health required her and Bob to return to Crosslake permanently in 2013. Erna loved parties and “happy hour” where she always sported a stylish outfit and perfectly coiffed hair. She loved to hear a good story or joke and always seemed to come up with a better one to tell. Family and friends were important to Erna and she made a point of gathering with them often. Erna was loved and cherished by those who knew her.

Erna is survived by husband, Robert; son, Calvin (Teckla) Johnson; grandson, Cory; great-grandson, Cayden;  sister, Agnes (Charles) Talbott; brother, Raymond Klosner; sisters-in-law, Marie and Theresa; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Elizabeth (Martens); brothers, John (Jack), Lawrence, Francis, and Paul; sisters, Laura Terwey, Rose Korte, Marie Fox, Elizabeth (Libby) Terwey, and Alvera (Vera) Koch. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake, MN.

Edward James Engen
February 25, 1938 - June 24, 2015

Edward James Engen age 77 of Outing died on June 24, 2015 at Essentia St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd. He was born on February 25, 1938 in St. Paul to Hartwick and Greta (Weber) Engen. Ed married the love of his life, Judith Ann McCloskey on May 18, 1957. He was retired U.S. Postal Service employee with 30 years of  service to the St. Paul, Brainerd and Outing Areas. He was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Outing.

Ed is survived by his wife of 58 years, Judy; 2 sons, Scott Engen of Brainerd and Michael (Cindy) Engen of Merrifield; 2 daughters Lynn (Steve) Slettedahl of Elk River and Lorelie Huesmann of Baxter; 2 brothers, Gerald Engen of Stillwater and Robert (Diane) Engen of Fairview Township; 2 sisters, Diane (Steven) Newcomer of Apple Valley and Judyann Engen of Crosslake; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Preceding Ed in death are his parents and one sister, Mary Alexander.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Outing. If desired memorials are preferred to Our Saviors Lutheran Church in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Gayle Ileen Morford Polonus
June 3, 1921 - June 24, 2015

Gayle Ileen Morford Polonus, age 94, of Pequot Lakes, MN, and Pharr, TX, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, at Senior Class Care in Nisswa, MN. Gayle was born June 3, 1921 in Brainerd, MN, to Charles Avery and Lois Alberta (Dickenson) Cass. On January 23, 1942, she married Willis Morford of Pequot Lakes. They lived there until retirement when they traveled south in the winter. She worked for the Dick Parks Gas Company of Nisswa for 27 years and was a member of Grace E.U.B. church of Pequot Lakes.

She is survived by sons, W. Avery (Marsha) Morford and Larry (Kathy) Morford both of Pequot Lakes; grandchildren: Greg (Sheila) Morford, DeAnn (Tim) Gerdin, DeNae (Bryan) Malley, Katie Morford and Alex Morford; sister, Maxine Kobes of Oregon; brother, Coleman Cass of California; seven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Willis Morford, William Dickman and Theodore Polonus; brothers, Hubart Cass and Milan Cass; sister, Shirley Baldwin; and stepfather, Leo Dee. Private family services will be held at the Baxter Cemetery.

Marina Ann Schrupp
June 16, 1994 – June 18, 2015

Marina Ann Schrupp, age 21, of Pine River, passed away Thursday, June 18, 2015. She was born on June 16, 1994, in Brainerd. Marina was a little girl that just turned a woman. She had such a big heart. “Family first” was her motto and she loved movies with her dad, walks with her mom, getting picked on by her brothers, playing games with her family and spending time with both her nieces, who could always put a smile on her face. She also enjoyed spending time with friends, camping, deer hunting and four wheeling.

Marina is survived by her parents, Karl Schrupp and Missi Schrupp (Kevin Dumpprope); brothers, Aaron Schrupp (Amber), Cody Schrupp (Mariah); grandparents, Kenneth and Myrna Schrupp, Warren and Jewel Dailey; nieces, Emma Buchite, Alivia Schrupp; aunts and uncles: Doreen Volcke, Diane Sundquist, Ray Schrupp (Wendy), Carol Sechser (Mike), Ron Schrupp (Wanda), Nancy Richards (Rod), Sue Schrupp, Kim Schnoor (Tim), Warren Dailey, Jr. (Dawn), Stacy Dailey (Cindy); and many cousins.

She was preceded in death by her cousins: Stacy Schrupp, Stacy Sundquist, Cheryl Dailey; and uncle, Albert Volcke.

Services were held June 30th, 11am at First Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Norwood Cemetery, rural Pine River.

Trilby D. Witter
February 16, 1928 - June 25, 2015

Trilby D. Witter, 87, of Merrifield, died Thursday, June 25, 2015 at Good Samaritan Village – Woodland in Brainerd. A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held Wednesday, July 1, 2015 from 5-7 PM at the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake.

Trilby Dewarda Hawley was born February 16, 1928, in Emily, the daughter of Deward and Louise (Hughes) Hawley. She was raised in Little Pine and graduated from Crosby –Ironton High School in 1946. Trilby worked as a nanny in Minneapolis–St. Paul area as a young girl. She met and married Clarence Hamilton of Crosby in 1947  and they made their home in Crosby. Trilby lived on West Twin Lake and worked at the State Hospital for many years. Later, she married Clark Witter and they moved from West Twin Lake to Bonnie Lake and later to Serpent Lake. Trilby painted with oils and did pastels as well as making dioramas for taxidermists and paintings for a  filmmaker. She enjoyed flower gardening and carving. She was also an avid reader.

She will be missed by her children: Roger Hamilton, of Merrifield, Terry (Claudia) Hamilton, of Crystal, John Hamilton, of Merrifield; daughter-in-law: Vickie Peterson of Brainerd; stepchildren: Leon (Cathy) Witter, of Hutchinson, and Mark (Ronnie) Witter, of Dalbo; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; siblings: Maryetta Andrews, of Emily, Faye Traynor, of Tucson, AZ, Lynn (William) Glenn, of Emily, Retha “Billie” Hawley, of Merrifield, Kris (Norman) Olson, of Brainerd, Richard (JoAnne) Hawley, of Little Pine, and Norman “Rusty” (Nan) Hawley, of Little Pine; and many, many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents: Deward and Louise Hawley; husbands: Clark Witter and Clarence Hamilton; and other family members: Wanda Hawley, Elda Miltz, Irene Libby, Ione Huff, Milton “Bud” Strause, Bertha Hawley; and a granddaughter: Rikki Hamilton; and dozens of cousins. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake, MN.

Blanche Haggberg
July 31, 1916 – June 17, 2015

Blanche Haggberg, age 98, of Pine River, formerly McKinley Township, passed away Wednesday, June 17 at the Good Samaritan Society, Pine River. She was born July 31, 1916, in Park River, North Dakota.

Blanche worked at Badoura Nursery for many years and later at Cragun’s Resort. She loved living in the country, making lefse and baking bread. The coffee pot was always on at Blanche’s home. Blanche and her husband, Lloyd, looked forward to deer season and spending time with the hunters.

Blanche is survived by her children: Ila Sheppard (Bob), Carol Valentini (Ed), Gene Haggberg; grandchildren: Robin Lyon, Kevin Sheppard (Jennifer), Shari LaVigne (Gary), Nick Valentini (Lindsey), Tony Valentini (Michelle), Lane Haggberg, Erica Prigge; eleven great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by husband, Lloyd; daughter-in-law, Carol Ann; and several brothers and sisters.

Memorial services will be 1 PM on Tuesday, June 23, at Kline Funeral Home, Pine River. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Joseph Calvin Marcum
April 30, 1949 – June 16, 2015

Joseph Calvin Marcum, age 66, of Pine River, passed away Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at his home. He was born to George and Marcella Marcum on April 30, 1949, in Brainerd. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the U.S. Navy. Joe married Josephine Dashorst on March 23, 1968, at Christ Community Church, Nisswa. He was a member of the Celebration Community Beach Church and the American Legion in Naples, FL.

Joe is survived by his wife, Josephine; son, Jason Marcum (Midori); daughter, Andrea Hayes (Ryan); grandchildren, Misato and Kyosuke Marcum; and sisters: Cora Filius, Loretta Boileau (Hank) and Frances Peterson (Paul).

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 1 to 3 PM on Saturday, June 27, at Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.

Earlene Patton Mills
August 31, 1929 - June 13, 2015

Earlene Patton Mills, age 85, a lifetime resident of Pine River, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 13 at the St. Cloud Hospital, surrounded by her family, after suffering complications of a massive stroke. She was born August 31, 1929, in Sacramento, CA.

Earlene was preceded in death by her son, Gerald “Jerry” Mills; daughter, Sharon Manley; granddaughter, Sheila Rice; parents, Earl and Josephine Patton; brother, Steve Patton; sisters, Ellen Palmer and Elmay Tulenchik.

She is survived by her son, Tim Mills (Lori); daughters: Marlene Mills (Gary Carson), Rita Dabill (Jesse), Deb Oliver (Steve); Bonita Ciurleo, Bonnie Mills (Clint Glover); 17 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and the many other children that she took in and loved as her own.

A celebration of Earlene’s life will be held at 3 PM on Sunday, June 28, at Riverview Church, Pine River, followed by a time of sharing and lunch in the Riverview Fellowship Hall. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Richard G. Stoehr
April 15, 1929 – June 12, 2015

Richard G. Stoehr, Sr., 86, of Pine River, formerly of Breezy Point, died Friday, June 12, 2015 at Good Samaritan Village Whispering Pines, in Pine River. Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, June 20, 2015 at St. Alice Catholic Church in Pequot Lakes, MN. Interment at Pelican Woods Cemetery in Breezy Point.

Richard was born April 15, 1929, in St. Paul, MN, the son of George A. and Eva Marie (LaPorte) Stoehr. After graduating high school in St. Paul, Richard began working in the family business as a plumber. He retired in 1985 and moved to Breezy Point until he entered the nursing home in 2013. He served in the US Army and was a proud member of the Pequot Lakes American Legion. He also belonged to the Plumber’s Union, Local 34 and the Pequot Lakes Conservation Club. Richard liked to be busy – always working and enjoying his downtime fishing, hunting, and playing cards and shaking dice. Richard was a sports fan – especially baseball and football. Above all, he loved his family and their Sunday Dinners.

Richard will be missed by his children, Richard Stoehr, of Las Vegas, NV, Roxanne (Robert) Guerra, of Key Largo, FL, Suzanne (Arlin) Hitzemann, of Blaine, LeeAnne Olstad (David), of Minto, ND, Michelle Stoehr (Raymond), of Breezy Point, and Sean Stoehr, of Breezy Pioint; siblings, Sharon, George, Patsy and Lorraine; nine  grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Genevieve (Mickey); his parents; and his daughter, JoAnne.

Robert Nelson Thune
March 3, 1940 – June 9, 2015

Robert Nelson Thune, age 75, of Merrifield, passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2015. Bob was born March3, 1940, to Jerome and Mabel Thune in Minneapolis, and grew up with a brother, Jerry, and two sisters, Judy and Marjorie. After graduating from Barnum High School, he served in the Army and was stationed in Korea until 1961. He married Lonnie Knutson in November of 1962 and worked for Abbott Laboratories in Minneapolis until he retired in 1985. A son, Michael was born in June of 1963 and a daughter, Robin, was born in May of 1967. Bob enjoyed living on Middle Cullen Lake where he enjoyed fishing and especially loved watching the birds.

Bob is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jerry Thune; and sister Marjorie Diekman. He is survived by his children, Michael Thune and Robin Knutson; grandchildren, Taylor and Maura Halverson and Jasmine and Miranda Thune; sister, Judy (Karl) Bottemiller; brother-inlaw, Bud Diekman; many nieces and nephews; and his former wife,

Memorial services will be 11 AM on Friday, June 26, at Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will be held at a later date. Memorials are preferred to the family.

James R. Clement
March 10, 1929 – June 5, 2015

James R. Clement “Jim”, was 86 years old when he passed away on June 5, 2015 at the Heritage House in Pequot Lakes. Jim was born on March 10, 1929 in Wanke MN, to Theodore and Mae (St. Marie) Clement. He was a U.S Army veteran, having served in Korea. In 1955, Jim married Shirley (Steen), and they soon started a family in the Minneapolis area, where they raised their 3 sons: Scott, Peter, and Charlie. The Clement family eventually moved to Monticello, MN in 1972 where Jim built their home on Lake Ida. He was proud in his work, where he had a successful business selling high quality furniture to interior designers. In his time away from work, Jim enjoyed dancing, golfing, cooking, and spending winters in California with their son, Charlie. Jim and Shirley moved to Nisswa about 25 years ago, where they built another home together. Upon retiring, Jim loved to spend his summer days on the golf course as a ranger for The Preserve, and enjoyed relaxing with “Ole”, the families Cocker Spaniel.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley; three sons, Scott (Kathi Jo) of Onamia, Pete (Lynne) of Pequot Lakes and Charlie of La Quinta, CA; six grandchildren, Andrew, Alicia, Maggie, Sam, Dustin and Allison; four great-grandchildren; and brother, Daniel (Judy) of Crosslake.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Clair, Darlene, Shirley; and brother, Allen.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, June 12, at St. Christopher’s Catholic Church, Nisswa. Burial took place at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls. Memorials, may be sent to Shirley Clement, C/O Heritage House, Shiloh Bldg., 5348 Country Care Lane, Pequot Lakes, MN, 56472.

Theodore (Ted ) Olson
January 10, 1923 - June 4, 2015

Theodore (Ted ) Olson died peacefully at his beloved Duck Lake Farm on June 4, 2015. He had suffered many years with C.O.P.D. and benefited from the excellent care he received from his wife Mary Jane and Essentia Health — especially Dr. Dunphy and also many others.

Ted Olson was born January 10, 1923 in Pine River, Minnesota. The Family of 10 moved to Henry, South Dakota when Ted was two. He grew up on the farm and loved it. Sadly, when the "Great Dust Storm" came in the 30's; the family lost their cattle and eventually they lost the farm as well. The family left South Dakota and moved to Minnetonka, MN determined to start over and they did. Ted went on to Vocational School. He was very talented and worked many years at Honeywell in Tool and Die Design. He had built a number of homes, including his own in Minnetonka where they raised a family, his mother's home and his sister's home both on St Alban's Bay on Lake Minnetonka as well as his sister-in-law's home.

He had wanted to leave the city and in 1972 they decided to move north. That is when he bought his beloved 80 acres on Duck Lake and that was home.

During his lifetime, Ted invented and designed many things. He was a Craftsman and no job was too challenging.  You never dared to tell him that couldn't be done or even think about hiring someone to complete a task!

He joined the Marine Corps during World War II and fought in Guam. He was part of the Iwo Jima landing and watched the United States Flag raising on Mount Suribachi; while bombs were going off all around him and caused hearing problems for the rest of his life. He was proud to serve the country he loved.

He was a man of high integrity and valued honesty above all. He loved to hunt and did so for many years; with his  brothers, sons and nephews. Ted was an avid fisherman, loved golf and snowmobiling. He has a very large collection of bowling trophies as well. He also enjoyed a little Casino time, especially when he won!!

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Olson and Ola Sue Grinols; his wife of 46 years Doris Lobdell; his sisters Baby Mary Louise Olson; Frances Kingslien and Violette Kildahl; his brothers William Olson; Rodger Olson; Lee Olson; four brothers-in-law and one sister-in-law.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years Mary Jane; his sons Gerard (Pam) of Sherwood, Oregon; David and Stephan of Trinidad, Colorado; daughters, Michelle Olson of Rapid City, South Dakota; Wendy Lobdell of St Paul, Minnesota; his sisters Polly Lundeen of Breezy Point, Minnesota and Betty Olsen of Seattle, Washington; 8 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Ted will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a contribution to the charity of your choice.

Memorial services were held on Saturday, June 13, at Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes, MN. Burial will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN.

Dorothy M. Hill
November 1, 1930 – June 6, 2015

Dorothy M. Hill, age 84, of Backus, passed away Saturday, June 6, at her home. She was born to Herschel and Esther Courtier on November 1, 1930, in Neosho, Missouri.

Dorothy is survived by her children: Linda Turner of Mauston, WI, Mike Wolfe (Jane) of Blue Springs, MO, Maggie Johnson (Solomon) of Minneapolis, Steven Wolfe (Sue) of St. Louis Park, Kaye Van Beek (Ed) of Pine River, Ricky Hill (Tammy) of Gilian, MO, Walt Hill Jr. (Teri) of Pine River, Dorothea “Dee” Hill (Flash) of Backus, Matthew Hill (Julie) of Ironton, Betty Dailey of Jenkins; daughter-in-law, Donna Wolfe of Pine River; 23 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren; many extended family from Missouri and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Walter Hill Sr.; son, Scott Wolfe; and granddaughter, Heather Wolfe.

Services were held Saturday, June 13 at Kline Funeral Home in Pine River. Burial took place on Monday, June 15 at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Camp Ripley.

Edward W. Pierzinski, Jr
August 25, 1946 – June 7, 2015

Edward W. Pierzinski, Jr., 68, of Brainerd, died Sunday, June 7 at Carefree Living. Ed was born in Little Falls August 25, 1946 to Edward and Verna (Chmielewski) Pierzinski.

He served in the US Army in Vietnam and following his military service, worked in telephone line construction. He was a member of the Brainerd VFW. Ed enjoyed hunting and fishing and old time dances.

Surviving are his siblings, Ron (Dorothy) of Menahga, John (Connie) of Merrifield, Maryann (Tom) Kowalczyk of Pierz, Roseann (Marvin) Johnson of Brainerd, Richard of Brainerd, Nancy (Ben) Spillman of Motley, Bernard (Caren) of Brainerd, Gerald (friend Sherry) of Brainerd, Florian (Gwen) of Brainerd, Laura (Rocky) Ruff of Brainerd, brother-in-law Raymond Schaeffers of St. Michael, 13 nephews, 12 nieces and many great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Edward and Verna, sister Dorothy, sister-in-law Bernadine, and two nephews David Schaeffers and Derrick Pierzinski.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, June 11 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Harding with Father David Maciej officiating. Burial followed at Holy Cross Cemetery with military honors provided by the Brainerd VWF and American Legion Color Guard.

Lois Claire Weierke
February 8, 1924 – June 4, 2015

Lois Claire Weierke age 91 of Outing died on June 4, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society in Pine River. She was born on February 8, 1924 in St. Paul to Lloyd and Mae (Rhein) McHattie. She married Hartlin Weierke on September 21, 1946 in Newport, MN.

Lois is survived by 4 sons, Dennis Weierke of Outing, Richard (Marie) Weierke of So. St. Paul, Gary (Carol Steele) Weierke of Woodbury and Terry (Rebakka Sawacke) Weierke of St. Paul Park; eight grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

Preceding her in death are her parents, husband Hartlin in 2004, and two sisters, Ruth Koehler and Audrey Hayle.

Funeral services were held Friday, June 12, 2015 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Outing.

Albert Bernhardt
October 9, 1945 – May 29, 2015

Albert Bernhardt, age 69, of Pine River, MN, passed away Friday, May 29, 2015, at Essentia St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Brainerd, MN. He was born to Charles and Mary Bernhardt on October 9, 1945, in St. Paul. Albert graduated from St. Bernard’s High School in St. Paul.

Albert is survived by his brother, Bob, and aunt, Millie Hemple. He was preceded in death by his parents, and sisters, Frances and Mary Ann.

Services will be held at a later date.

Ray O. Billman Jr
February 1, 1953 – May 30, 2015

Ray O. Billman Jr., 62, passed away Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Fargo, N.D.

He was born Feb. 1, 1953, to Ray and LaVonne (Spencer) Billman in Brainerd. Ray was in the Air Force. He was a cook in Vietnam and was also a cook in Brainerd.

He is survived by his children, Joleen Billman and Mathew Billman, both of Fargo, N.D.; his father, Ray Billman, Brainerd; three brothers, Randy (Loni) Billman, Merrifield, Rusty (Laura) Billman, Merrifield, and Rick (Barb) Billman, Laclede, Idaho; and his former wife, Becky Linn, Fargo, N.D.

He was preceded in death by his son John Leavitt; and his mother, LaVonne Billman.

Ray was well loved by all who knew him. He was a good person and will be missed by his family and many, many friends.

Memorial Services were held Saturday, June 6, 2015 at Nelson-Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd with Pastor Dave Uhrich officiating. Burial took place at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls. Memorials are preferred.

Roland “Chuck” Meyer
October 23, 1932 – May 29, 2015

Roland “Chuck” Meyer, 82, of Pequot Lakes, MN, passed away Friday, May 29, 2015 at Essentia -St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd, MN. A Memorial service for Chuck will be held at 10am, Saturday, June 13, 2015 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes, MN with Pastor Donna Olsen officiating. Family and friends are invited to gather for visitation one hour prior to services at the church.

Chuck was born October 23, 1932 in Elysian, MN to Gustaf and Elizabeth (Neuendorf) Meyer. He grew up in Elysian and attended school in Waterville. Chuck served in the US Air Force and was stationed in Korea. Chuck was united in marriage to Barbara Mathers in November of 1959 in Sioux Falls, SD. After their marriage, they moved to Pipestone and in 1968 they moved to Pequot Lakes. Chuck ran the Oasis restaurant in Pequot Lakes, owned The Garden Market and Roland’s Clothing Store. He loved grocery shopping, cooking, his baking experiments, fishing, hunting, woodworking, telling jokes and stories and will be remembered for his great sense of humor. One of Chuck’s favorite sayings to his great granddaughter was, “Yoboseyo” (you be see ya) meaning, “see you later”. Chuck was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and the Pequot American Legion.

Chuck is survived by his wife, Barbara; children, Leigh Ann (Jeff) Roggenkamp of Pequot Lakes, MN, Kevin Meyer of Belgrade, MT, Darrin (Sue) Meyer of Pequot Lakes, MN, Lynette (Michael) Nolan of Nisswa, MN; six grandchildren, Mandie, Jordan, Justin, Taylor, Michael, Mitchell; two great grandchildren, Aubrie and Addy. He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Martha “Mickey” Shulti, Henrietta Meyer, George Meyer, Charlotte Lysdale and Raymond Meyer. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Pequot Lakes, MN.

Audrey Ann Ryan
March 5, 2031 – May 30, 2015

Audrey Ann Ryan, born March 5, 1931 to Francis and Rachel (Fruth) Fallon of St. Mathias Township. The third of four children, she spent her early years on the Fallon family farm. After the farm was sold in 1941 the family spent some time in Iowa. After her father returned from his stint as a cook in the Aleutian Islands during the WWII, they returned to Brainerd where he built their family home on Terrace Avenue. Audrey graduated from Washington High School in 1948. After one year at Brainerd Junior College (now Central Lakes College) Audrey headed west to Spokane, Washington for a grand adventure. After returning to Brainerd for her sister’s wedding, she took a job with O’Brien Mercantile. Audrey met the love of her life, Thomas Ryan, and they were married on July 5, 1958. The mother of five children, Donald (Marie) Ryan, Brainerd; Patrick (Sandy) Ryan, White Bear Lake; John (Jane) Ryan, Nisswa; Robert Ryan, Baxter; Rachel (Andy) Mann, Merrifield. After her first child was born, Audrey became a stay at home mom and raised her family.

A devoted and loving mother, she instilled a strong sense of right and wrong in her children as well as the  importance of family and community. When her sons were young, and Cub Scout Pack 45 needed a Den Mother,  Audrey agreed to fill the role without hesitation. She excelled as a Den Mother being named Minnesota Den Mother of the Year in 1973. When her daughter joined Brownies, Audrey again volunteered to be their leader.  Audrey was one of the original organizers and volunteers for the Vacationland Figure Skating Club. Audrey served on the Brainerd Park Board, was an avid card player, belonging to several Bridge groups, and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for many years.

After her husband passed in 1992 Audrey fulfilled one of their dreams by replacing the family cabin with a year  round lake home where she could watch the birds at her many feeders, keep an eye on her Pin Cherry trees, supervise the care of the many flowers handed down from her parents, watch the sun set over the lake and create new memories with her children and grandchildren. She was blessed to be able to enjoy the lake and her family until her final days.

Audrey passed on May 30, 2015 surrounded by her five children at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd, Minnesota. She is proceded in death by her parents, siblings (Patrick, Viola, Nona) and her husband. She is survived by her children and seven grandchildren (Jim, Darren, Fletcher, Del, Fallon, Raleigh and Alexandra).

Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, June 4, 2015 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd with Father Tony Wroblewski officiating. Burial took place at the Evergreen Cemetery in Brainerd. Memorials can be made to Essentia Health St. Joseph's Medical Foundation.

Ronald F. Hendricks
November 5, 1940 - June 1, 2015

Ronald F. Hendricks, 74, formerly of Watertown, MN died on Monday, June 1, 2015 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN. Services for Ronald were held on Friday, June 5, 2015 at Crosslake Lutheran Church in Crosslake, MN. Interment was at Pinewood Cemetery in Crosslake, MN.

Ron was born November 5, 1940, in Watertown, MN, the son of Orville and Elizabeth (Koehnen) Hendricks. In 1958, he graduated from Watertown High School and enlisted in the Army National Guard. He was united in marriage to Sharon Lemke. He worked construction his entire life and in 1982, he moved to the Brainerd Lakes Area. On April 28, 1982, he married Lois Lange. Ron liked his job, so he often spent his free time woodworking. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing. Most of all, Ron cherished the time he was able to spend with his children and grandchildren.

Ronald is survived by his wife, Lois; children, Cory (Rishona) Hendricks of Brainerd, MN, and Sara (Matthew) Bateman of San Diego, CA; stepchildren, Kim (Stephen) Wetzel of Chaska, MN, Jim (Teryl) Lange of Ulm, MT, and Tim (Joelle) Lange of Burnsville, MN; brothers, Jerry (Maxine) Hendricks of Watertown, MN, and Jim (Lois) Hendricks of Watertown, MN; sister, Margaret (Hiestand) of Florida; ten grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Orville and Elizabeth.

Ryan “Bub” William Johnson
March 16, 1974 – May 28, 2015

Ryan “Bub” William Johnson, age 41, of Pine River, passed away Thursday, May 28, at Methodist Hospital in Rochester after a yearlong battle with cancer.

Bub was born March 16, 1974, in Fridley to Diane Johnson/Perry and Ty Johnson. He grew up in the Pine-River-Backus area and graduated from Pine River-Backus High School in 1992. Bub was united in marriage to Kimberly Rubitschung on August 22, 2009, in Pine River. He was employed by Trussworthy in Pine River and was a paintball enthusiast, army fanatic, World War II history buff and enjoyed gun collecting. He loved his wife and  daughters very much and was a very generous man.

Bub is survived by his wife, Kimberly; children, Addeline Mitchell and Mackenzie Rubitschung both of Pine  River; mother, Diane Perry (Ralph) of Pine River; father, John Holmgren of Backus; brother, Travis Johnson (Wanita), nephew, Jacob Johnson and niece, Jessica Johnson, all of Backus; grandparents, David and Judy Anderson; grandmother, Lura Leibel; uncles, David Anderson (Jody), Michael Anderson (Arilla), Randy Anderson (Diana); mother-in-law, Jacqueline Ide; sister-in-law, Kelly Shay; niece, Lilly Shay-Duran and nephew, Jack Shay-Duran; numerous cousins; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Jessica Holmgren.

A celebration of his life was held Monday, June 1, at First Lutheran Church in Pine River with Pastor Tim Walker officiating.

Lois Claire Weierke
February 8, 1924 – June 4, 2015

Lois Claire Weierke, age 91, of Outing, died on June 4, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society in Pine River. She was born on February 8, 1924 in St. Paul to Lloyd and Mae (Rhein) McHattie. She married Hartlin Weierke on September 21, 1946 in Newport, MN.

Lois is survived by 4 sons, Dennis Weierke of Outing, Richard (Marie) Weierke of So. St. Paul, Gary (Carol Steele) Weierke of Woodbury and Terry (Rebakka Sawacke) Weierke of St. Paul Park; eight grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

Preceding her in death are her parents, husband Hartlin in 2004, and two sisters, Ruth Koehler and Audrey Hayle.

Funeral services will be 2:00 pm on Friday, June 12, 2015 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Outing. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church.

Thomas Taylor
October 27, 1971 – May 26, 2015

Thomas Taylor, age 43, of Breezy Point, passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2015. He was born to Thomas and Maryann Taylor on October 27, 1971, in Whitefish, MT. Tom met the love of his life, Kristi Wiederien, in 1991 in Bozeman, MT. They married on September 28, 1996, in Columbia Falls, MT.

Tom began working for Costco Wholesale in 1993 in Missoula, MT. During his 22 year career with Costco, he worked in many different capacities at six separate locations throughout MT, IL and MN. He was currently an Assistant Warehouse Manager at Costco in Baxter, MN. He loved his job and all of the coworkers and friends he met throughout the years. They meant a lot to him.

He enjoyed spending time in the outdoors with his wife and two amazing sons, Thomas and Lucas, camping, fishing and boating. He was an exceptional father and husband. Tom loved his immediate and extended family and his loss will be deeply felt.

Tom is survived by his wife, Kristi; sons, Thomas and Lucas; mother, Maryann Taylor-Rhine (William); brother, John Taylor (Suzette); sisters, Kimberly Stratton (Scott) and Elizabeth Willcut (Craig); and mother-in law, Rose Wiederien.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Memorial services were held Saturday, June 6, at Kline Funeral Home, 30208 Lilac Drive, Pequot Lakes, MN.

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