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Obituaries


Linnea Marie Anderson
May 29, 1943 – November 2, 2019

Mrs. Linnea Marie Anderson, 76, resident of Naples, FL and Crosslake, MN died Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Naples Community Hospital in Naples, FL. Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Crosslake Lutheran Church. Friends and family will gather for visitation at Nelson-Doran Funeral  Home Friday, November 15, 2019 from 4-7 p.m. and also at the church for one hour prior to services on Saturday.

Linnea is survived by husband, James A. Anderson; daughter, Christine (John) Sesin; and their daughters, Ashley Davis, Hanna Davis, and Samantha Sesin; great granddaughter, Athena Rogers; son, Eric (Heather Nicole) James Anderson; and their daughter, Autumn Linnea Anderson; brothers, Alan (Kathy) Jensen and Ralph (Diana) Ledin; nieces, Jodi (Rick) Parmeter and Kim Thiery-Wickman, Jill (Paolo) Bellobouno; nephews, Andrew (Courtney) Jensen, Chassen Thiery, Jeff (Cindy) Ledin, Jamie (Kari) Ledin.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Sue Ann Thiery.

Memorials can be made out to BLACF – Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation and will be placed in the “Linnea’s Helping Hand Fund” for those in need throughout the Brainerd Lakes Area or Crosslake Lutheran Church, “God’s Helping Hand Fund”. Arrangements have been completed by Nelson – Doran Funeral Home, Brainerd.

Diane Ayd
April 13, 1940 – November 1, 2019

Diane Irene Ayd, 79, of Breezy Point, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her family.

Diane was born to Jack and Rosie Lynch in Waseca, MN, on April 13, 1940. She attended school in St. Peter, MN, then graduated in Shakopee, MN, in 1958. Here she met Robert Ayd. Diane married Bob Ayd on October 21, 1961. Together they had three children.

Diane worked 14 years as a nursing assistant at the Shakopee Hospital then later moved to the Brainerd Lakes Area where they made there home in Crosslake. Diane then worked at the Pine River nursing home and worked other various job in the area. Diane and Bob built their retirement home and made Breezy Point their residence.

Diane had many hobbies. She enjoyed sewing, making jewelry and rooting on the Gophers and the Vikings. After retirement she enjoyed spending winters in Florida. Most of all she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Diane is survived by her children: Julie Kreitz (Jeff), Breezy Point, David Ayd ( Luanne Schwartz), Breezy Point, Ben Ayd (Angie), Nisswa; grandchildren: Jessica Kreitz, Jack Kreitz, Ashley Paulouski (Ryan), Elizabeth Curb (Rylee); brother, John Lynch (Janice), St. Peter; and many nieces and nephews and aunts and uncles. Diane was preceded in death by her late husband, Robert Ayd (2016) and parents, Jack and Rosie Lynch.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 AM on Saturday, November 16 at Immaculate Heart Church in Crosslake. Visitation will be one hour prior to service. A luncheon will be provided immediately after the service. Burial will be at Pelican Woods Cemetery.

Ronald Houle
October 6, 1955 – November 2, 2019

Ronald “Ron” Lawrence Houle, 64, of Merrifield, passed away at home on Saturday, November 02, 2019. Ron was born in Little Falls on October 06, 1955. Ron was the second of seven children. He graduated from Little Falls High School and furthered his education with a master’s degree from College of Saint Scholastica.

Ron married Darlene Houle (Vogel) on September 03, 1994. They were happily married for 25 years.

Ron worked as a District Sales Manager with the Star Tribune for 17 years before becoming an IT Instructor at Central Lakes College for the next 25 years of his life. Ron was also actively involved in volunteering as a baseball coach and BMX track director in the Brainerd Lakes Area for many years.

Ron was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed spending his free time in the outdoors. He could be found hunting and fishing with his 7 children and 12 grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Darlene; seven children, Benjamin (Kassandra) Houle, Sarah (Joshua) Oehrlein, Zachary (Jolene) Houle, Brady (Kassandra) Houle, Tylor Bendson, Kyle (Brenda) Bendson, and Kayla (Chris) Bendson. Ron is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 6 siblings.

His father, Lawrence Houle, and mother, Dolores Houle (Colombe), precede Ron in death.

The Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, November 06, 2019 at St. Francis Catholic Church with Father Tony Wroblewski of St. Francis officiating. Burial followed the funeral at Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Michael Ledford
February 22, 1960 – November 3, 2019

Michael Paul Ledford was born February 22, 1960 and passed away in his home in Nisswa, MN, on Sunday, November 3, 2019. He was born and raised in Minneapolis.

Mike was known as a great friend to many and was a loving father and husband. He was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman. Mike was a well-known business entrepreneur and inventor with a hard-working attitude. Among other things he was the owner of Crosslake Aluminum and Dock for 12 years and Modern Marine Equipment for 8 years.

Mike is survived by his wife, Vanessa Ledford; daughter, Kylee Ledford; sons, Rory Starkka and Zohren Ledford; mother, Barbra Singelton; brother, Bob Ledford; and sister, Kathy Thomas. He was preceded in death by his father, Irvin Ledford and brother, Bill Ledford.

A visitation was held on Sunday, November 10, at Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes. A Celebration of Life party for all friends and family will be arranged at a later date. Once determined, date and time will be posted on Mike’s Facebook page and on the Kline Funeral Home website or you may contact Mike’s family.

Regina “Jean” Marie Rau
October 30, 1925 – November 5, 2019

Regina "Jean" Marie Rau, 94, of Crosslake, MN, died Tuesday, November 5, 2019. A memorial service was held Friday, November 8, 2019 at Immaculate Heart Church in Crosslake, Minnesota.

Robbie Lee Bjerkness
March 17, 1982 – October 11, 2019

Robbie Lee Bjerkness, age 37 of Ham Lake formerly of Crosby died on October 11, 2019.

He was born on March 17, 1982 in Crosby. Robbie worked as a handyman. He loved playing guitar, enjoyed helping other and was very proud of his children.

Robbie is survived by two daughters, Amanda Parks of Crosby and Natalie Swenson of Crosslake; his mother, Patsy Thomas of Ironton; his father, Jerry Bjerkness of; two sisters, Theresa (Stacy) Handshoe of Hazard, Kentucky and Connie Bjerkness of Brainerd.

Preceding Robbie in death are two brothers, Jonathon and Anthony Bjerkness; and his step father, Robert Thomas.

A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 8, 2019 at the Assembly of God Church in Crosby. Burial will be at the Lakewood Cemetery in Crosby. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.

Mary Ellen Carper
February 11, 1945 – October 11, 2019

Mary Ellen Carper, age 74, of Merrifield, passed away unexpectedly in Richfield, Utah on October 11, 2019. Mary was born the third of six children on February 11, 1945 in Worthington, MN to Hank & Viola (Wasmund) Meinders. She grew up in Worthington and graduated the class of 1963. She married Jimmie Carper on June 14, 1964, and together they have a son, Robert. Mary worked for Snow White Laundry, and Super One Grocery Store.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 55 years, Jimmie; son, Robert; siblings: Carol Pospisil, Rosalie (Bill) Eylens, Jerry (Carol) Meinders, Connie Ostrem and Pam (Douglas) Hartman.

Mary is preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral Service for Mary were held on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at Halvorson Taylor Life Events Center, Brainerd. Interment will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery.

Gregory Farmer
August 9, 1966 – October 25, 2019

Gregory Jon Farmer, age 53, of Pine River, passed away Friday, October 25, 2019, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN. He was born in Minneapolis on August 9, 1966.

Greg is survived by his wife, Janice (Stephan) Weaver; mother, Elaine (Jokela) Lapinoja; children: Chris
Endriss, Ryan Farmer, Jordon Farmer, Dylon Holtti; grandchildren; and extended step-family. He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence; stepfather, Erv Lapinoja; and grandparents, John and Alma Jokela.

Greg was a huge Vikings fan. All who attended his service were invited to wear their favorite Vikings apparel. Visitation and service were held Friday, November 1 at First Lutheran Church, Pine River.

Myrtle Ann Hall
May 12, 1938 – October 28, 2019

Myrtle Ann Hall, age 81, of Pine River, passed away on Monday, October 28, 2019, at Good Samaritan Society Bethany, Brainerd. She was born to Paul and Viola Eason on May 12, 1938, in Lawton, OK. Myrtle was a long-time member of Faith Assembly of God Church in Pine River.

Myrtle is survived by her husband, Gordon; son, Gordon W. Hall (Deanna); daughter, Deborah Cunningham (Dan); brothers, Jim Eason (Patricia), Kenneth Eason (Loretta); sister, Mildred Parker; sister-in-law, Charla Eason; 5 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Bryan Hall; brother, Dale Eason; sister, Louise Huston; and brother-in-law, Bob Parker.

Memorials are preferred to the Tiger Den Food Pantry and may be sent to: PRB Schools – Tiger Den, PO Box 610, Pine River, MN 56474. Services will be 11 AM on Saturday, Dec. 28, at Kline Funeral Home, Pine River. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Carol Kleineck
Nov. 24, 1940 – October 30, 2019

Carol Kleineck, 78, Crosslake, Minn., died Wednesday, Oct. 30, in Aicota Health Care Center. A private service will be held.

Arrangements by Koop Funeral Home in Crosby, MN.

Roger Lansing Merrill Williams
July 30, 1942 – October 26, 2019

Roger Lansing Merrill Williams, age 77, resident of Merrifield, passed away on Sunday, October 26, 2019 at his home.

Arrangements are pending.

Marlene Chamberlain
August 26, 1936 – October 21, 2019

Marlene Marie Chamberlain, age 83, of Pequot Lakes, passed away October 21, 2019. Services will be 1 PM on Saturday, November 2, at Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes, with luncheon to follow. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Marlene was born to Marion and Marie Walton on August 26, 1936, in Jenkins, MN. She was a First Responder and a school bus driver and was a member of the Lakers Car Club in Crosslake. She enjoyed reading, playing cards and jigsaw puzzles.

Marlene is survived by her daughter, Wanda Moos (Keith) of Anoka; 7 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and many other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Chamberlain; sons, Wayne and Scott; her parents; 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

Harold George Moritz
November 10, 1924 - October 25, 2019

Harold George Moritz, age 94 of Emily died on October 25, 2019 at the Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd. He was born on November 10, 1924 in Ross Lake Township to George and Ida (Bodle) Moritz. Harold was a retired Inland Steel Employee and a retired local logger. He was a member of the Wesleyan Church in Emily.

Harold is survived by one son, Randy (Nancy) Moritz of Emily; three daughters, Bonnie (Jerry) Wynn of Isle, Vickie (Pete) Peterson of Brainerd and Margaret Moritz of Emily; one brother, Walter (Eileen) Moritz of Embarrass; thirteen grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren.

Preceding Harold in death are his parents; his wife, Babe; one granddaughter, Rikki Hamilton; one brother, Herbert Moritz and two sisters, Frances Glidden and Bea Valentino.

Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at The Wesleyan Church in Emily. Burial will be at the Pine Ridge Cemetery in Emily will full military rites given by the Myrin-James American Legion Post #443, Ironton. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church on Saturday. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Sulo Leonard Juntunen
January 6, 1933 - October 17, 2019

Sulo Leonard Juntunen of Merrifield, MN, passed away on October 17, 2019. Leonard was born to Jacob and Hilma Juntunen on January 6, 1933. Leonard served in the Army, 5th Armored Division. He worked for the USPS until his retirement as Postmaster from Deerwood, MN.

Left to cherish his memory are his children Bill Juntunen of Breezy Point, Laura (Harold) DeChaine of Brainerd and Cathy (Mike) Juntunen of Golden Valley, MN. Also, Lois Juntunen of Brainerd and 5 step children and many grandchildren.

Leonard will be buried at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls. Services are private.

A special thank you to St. Otto’s Care Center in Little Falls for the wonderful care he received.

Delno Wayne Carlton
January 9, 1923 - October 14, 2019

Delno “Del” Wayne Carlton of Emily, Minnesota passed away on October 14, 2019. He was born to Cecil C. Carlton and Florence Vanstrom Carlton on January 9, 1923, in Lynd, Minnesota.

He grew up in the Emily and Crosby area. Del met his future bride, Ruth Russell, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, while stationed on a military base. He knew he had made the right choice when she agreed to go duck hunting on their honeymoon. Together they were gifted with 65 years of marriage, 4 children, 16 grandchildren and 42 great grandchildren.

Del is survived by his daughter Susan Clark of Emily; son Steven Carlton and wife Katherine of Emily; son John  Carlton and wife Janet of Emily; and daughter Jane Hall and husband Jack of Houston, TX. Survivors also include sister Marjorie Nortin of Houston, TX; Loretta Gohl of Nisswa, MN; Garnet Nekvinda of Fort Dodge, IA; and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife Ruth Russell Carlton of Emily; parents Cecil and Florence Carlton of Emily; brother Charles Vanstrom “Van” Carlton of Ball, LA; and son-in-law Stanley Clark of Emily.

Del graduated from Tower-Soudan High School in 1940, and attended Crosby-Ironton Junior College from 1941-1942. He often said that he was proud to have had three careers, the first being the military. He was one of the first five Navy pilots recruited by the U.S. Marine Corps to volunteer from the newly formed Night Fighter Squadron. This was the forerunner of the modern all-weather fighter squadrons of today.

First Lieutenant USMC Carlton served our country during World War II in the South Pacific off Okinawa with the VWF (N) 542 squadron starting the day after D-Day providing night attacks and cover for the Naval fleet at anchor. Years later, he wrote a collection of stories and lessons learned during the war published under the title Sent Forth As A Warrior. This little book is a treasure for the family, friends and military who served our country, including former President George H.W. Bushalso a Navy Aviator in WWII-who wrote Del in 2004 of his enjoyment reading it. Del continued his military career with 10 years in the Reserves.

Following the war, he earned a Bachelor of Mining Engineering degree from the University of Minnesota in 1948. The began his second career as a mining engineer with Pickands Mather & Company (PM) for several mines on the Iron Range and later in the company’s Duluth offices. In 1965 he was named Director of Personnel Relations with PM’s corporate office in Cleveland, Ohio, where he and Ruth resided until his retirement in 1980.

In 1965, both Ruth and Del had accepted Jesus as their personal savior and served the Lord as lay counselors and Christian mentors from their Cleveland home. Del’s third career continued as the couple returned to Emily and founded Cornerstone Christian School in 1982. For more than 20 years they were blessed to provide their own grandchildren and children from the surrounding communities with K-12 Christian schooling.

Del counted it another blessing to live on Ruth Lake-on the very beach he swam on as a child! His favorite hobbies included spear fishing and woodworking.

A celebration of Del’s life, service and Home-going was held at Cornerstone Christian Church in Emily on Saturday, October 19, 2019. His earthly body will rest at the Pine Ridge Cemetery beneath glorious pine trees which he planted in early childhood with grandfather, Charles Wesley Carlton, a mail carrier in Emily. Full military honors were presented. If desired memorials may be given to the Cornerstone Christian Church in Emily in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Gary H. Davis
July 31, 1941 - October 9, 2019

Gary H. Davis, 78, of Breezy Point, died Wednesday, October 9, 2019. A Celebration of Gary’s Life will be held from 1 PM - 4 PM, Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 4485 Ambassador Blvd. NW in St. Francis, MN 55070.

Gary was born July 31, 1941, in Minneapolis, MN, the son of Harlan and Ada (Redury) Davis. Gary graduated from high school and in 1962, he married Murial Haney. Gary was a skilled carpenter and worked many residential and commercial projects.

He will be missed by his wife, Muriel; sons, Troy (Ann) Davis and Bradley (Deanna) Davis; siblings, Maxine Hayes, Linda Kallestad, and Wayne Davis; and granddaughters, Paige and Erika Davis.

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