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Obituaries


Henry A. Butler
August 18, 2016

Henry A. Butler 82 Years of Emily, Minnesota passed away August 18, 2016 after an 11-year battle with COPD.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry W. and Effie Butler; three brothers and one sister.

Survived by Anna Karen, his wife of almost 60 years; five children (Michael A., Timothy J., William W., Charles E. and Lynne M.); eight grandchildren (one deceased); one great grandchild and one sister. “Hank” enlisted in the Navy and served his country in the Korean War. He was a dedicated husband and father. He loved the outdoors  and favored golf, walleye fishing and hunting ducks. He was an executive in the insurance industry and served the farm insurance industry as a lobbyist. Hank was a Shriner in the Moolah Temple, a 32nd degree Mason and a 50-Year Pin-Holder affiliated with the Northstar Masonic Lodge #447 in Estherville, Iowa. He was very active in the Crosslake Presbyterian Church in Cross Lake. Hank was a truly great man that inspired others with his discipline, faith and love.

Services will be held 11:00 am on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at the Crosslake Presbyterian Church in Cross Lake, MN. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church on Saturday. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. The family will be distributing them to their favorite charities. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Carol Evelyn McChesney
July 25, 1929 - August 14, 2016

Carol Evelyn McChesney, age 87 of Crosslake, formerly of Robbinsdale, entered her new life on August 14, 2016. She was born in Ramsey County, MN on July 25, 1929, the only child of William B. and Cora Sparby. She attended Henry High School where she developed life long friendships and the U of MN. She was a loving and fun mother of her two children and worked at Dayton’s Brookdale, and retired from US West. An active member at Crosslake Lutheran Church; stamping, card club, Jul Fest (lefse maker extraordinaire) WELCA, Inreach, Bible Study, and Diner’s Club. She was also a member of the Nisswa Garden Club and a Gourmet Club with good  friends for many years. She was a creative seamstress and talented in most handiwork. Her summer weekends  were spent on Elk Lake with three generations of family for over forty years. She loved to fish, take walks, golf and spend time with her friends. She spent winters in Cape Coral and Palm Harbor where the golf continued. She was also active in the Robbinsdale Shrine Club where her husband, Jack served as President in 1981. She founded the Women’s Auxiliary to Shriners Children Hospitals. She and Jack loved traveling the USA and many parts of the world.

Carole married John (Jack) McChesney October 22, 1948 and has two children, Karen (Howe) and David.

Proceeded in death by her parents, William and Cora Sparby, several Aunts & Uncles, Cousins and many co-workers and friends.

Survived by John (Jack) R. McChesney, Children: Karen (Tom Howe), David (Lora) McChesney, Grandchildren: Jon Howe (Ena Chang), Elizabeth Sand, Andrew McChesney (Amy), Kelsey McChesney (Ian McPherson-Higdon); and seven great-grandchildren.

Celebration of Life service to be held at Crosslake Lutheran Church, 35960 Co Rd 66, Crosslake, MN 56442, Saturday, August 27, 2016. 10:30 am Visitation, 11:30 Service.

Special thanks to Pastor Kristin Oltman and the staff at Woodland Good Samaritan in Brainerd for their tender loving care. Memorials preferred to the Shriners Hospital for Children@ - Twin Cities, Breast Cancer Research Institute, Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter, MN.

Claudia Wohl
August 26, 1939 - August 12, 2016

Claudia Wohl, 76, Merrifield passed away unexpectedly in Nisswa on Friday, August 12, 2016.

Claudia was born August 26, 1939 in Chicago, IL, to Joseph and Evangeline (Ackland) Kaspar. She moved with her family to Nisswa in the early 1950’s. She graduated from Brainerd High School in 1957. Claudia was married to Curtis Wohl on December 5, 1964, in Brainerd. She and Curtis raised their four children on the shores of Lake Edward. Her true passion was fishing. She enjoyed spending time with her family, sewing, garage sales and attending meat raffles.

Claudia is survived by her husband, Curtis; four children, Steve (Joni), of Chaska, Todd (Ronda), of St. Cloud, Jeff (Tracy), of Merrifield, and Becky (Troy) Haukos, of Baxter; 15 grandchildren and step-grandchildren; and a brother, Douglas Kaspar, of Nisswa. Her parents and a sister- in-law, Jean Kaspar, preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 17 at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa. Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery in Nisswa. Services entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services.

Kenneth Milless
June 10, 1947 - August 9, 2016

Kenneth Milless, age 69, of Pine River, MN, passed away Tuesday, August 9, 2016, at Good Samaritan Society in  Pine River. He was born to Adrian and Delrose Milless on June 10, 1947, in Minneapolis, MN.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Nancy. He is survived by his children: Bradley, Kelly Bock (Dan), Shelley; stepdaughter, Angela Jones; grandchildren: James, Alexander, Julia, Evan and Dylan; siblings: Gerald (Diane), Laverne Christian, Marilyn Pretti; and mother-in-law, Josephine Gray.

Kenneth grew up in Rogers and graduated from St. Michael Catholic High School. He joined the US Navy and served during the Vietnam War. He worked for Minnesota Rubber for most of his career and also worked for the Pine Rive/Backus School District where he retired. He enjoyed fishing, watching the Minnesota Twins and reading mystery novels. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Services were held on Friday, August 19, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Pine River. Burial will be at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at a later date.

Georgia Ann Pikus
September 19, 1949 - August 15, 2016

Georgia Ann Pikus age 66 of Deerwood died on August 15, 2016 at the St. Cloud Hospital. She was born in Crosby on September 19, 1949 to George and Verna (Bolz) Pikus.

Georgia is survived by two sons, Brian (Therese) Norwood of Ironton and Dan (Heidi) Burgstaler of St. Paul; one daughter, Melissa (Andy) Domben of Crosby; one sister, Dorothy Biskey of Swatara; and six grandchildren, Rachel, Katelyn and Joshua Norwood and Olivia, Nathan Domben and Jacob Burgstaler.

Preceding Georgia in death are her parents, a son, Jacob Pikus and a brother, Jack Huston.

Funeral services will be 5:00 pm on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at St. Emily’s Catholic Church in Emily. Burial will be at the Pine Ridge Cemetery in Emily. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church on Wednesday. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Betty Ann “Tina” Pelzl,
March 4, 1931 - August 6, 2016

Betty Ann “Tina” Pelzl, age 85, of Pine River, passed peacefully into Heaven Saturday, August 6, 2016. She was born to Anders and Anna Pearson on March 4, 1931, in Grand Rapids, MN. Tina attended Gustavus Adolphus College for one year then the University of Minnesota where she studied Home Economics. She married Chuck Pelzl on December 29, 1951, in Minneapolis. They joined Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in 1956 when theymoved  to Pine River. Tina was employed as a secretary at the Pine River Clinic for many years. Her greatest calling and joy was being a wife, mother and grandmother.

Tina is survived by her husband, Chuck; children: Brock (Jodi Nelson), Barb Goochey (Darrel), Roger (Maria), Bob; sister-in-law, Vi Koral; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, George “Bob” Pearson; and sister, Marian Merwin.

Services were held on Thursday, August 11, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Pequot Lakes. Burial was in Norwood Cemetery, Rural Pine River. Visitation was Wednesday, August 10 at Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.

Frank John Skweres
December 4, 1931 - August 8, 2016

Frank John Skweres age 84 of Outing died on August 8, 2016 at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby. He was born on December 4, 1931 in St. Paul to Maximillian and Tillie (Wawrzyniak) Skweres.

Frank was a retired employee of the Minnesota Department of Transportation with 30 years of service. He was a US Army veteran serving in the Korean War. He was a former Beulah Township Board Supervisor. Frank was a member of St. Emily’s Catholic Church in Emily and the Crosslake Legion Post #500.

Frank is survived by one brother, Richard (Patricia) Skweres of Star Prairie, WI; two sisters, Maxine Haekenkamp of Winsted and Diane Olds of Outing; and nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at St. Emily’s Catholic Church in Emily with military honors presented by the Crosslake American Legion Post #500. Burial will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

James Phillip St. Marie
March 11, 1944 - August 3, 2016

James Phillip St. Marie, age 72, of Pine River, MN, went home to be with his Lord Jesus August 3, 2016.

He is survived by his wife, Gail St. Marie; his children, Todd St. Marie, Angie Martin; grandchildren, Dakota Martin, Autumn Martin; great granddaughter, Jazmen Rose; sister, Pat Carver; brother, Wade St. Marie; and many other loving family members.

James lived his life serving the Lord Jesus and loved sharing the love of Christ with everyone he met.

Visitation was held on Monday, August 8, at Kline Funeral Home, Pine River. His Graduation Service was held on Tuesday, August 9, at Pine River Baptist Church.

David Edward Tutch
November 24, 1938 - August 7, 2016

David Edward Tutch age 77 of Emily died on August 7, 2016 at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby. He was born on November 24, 1938 in Brainerd to Arthur and Lillian (Valley) Tutch. He is a retired owner of Dave Tutch Construction Company, Emily. He was a US Navy veteran and was a US Coast Guard Auxiliary member and US Merchant Marine Captain.

Dave is survived by his wife Karen; two sons, David Tutch and Jim Cummings; four daughter, Annette (Tom) Carr, Susan Gropel, Michelle Simonsen and Elly Cummings; two brothers, Bill (Mary) Tutch and Brad (Joanne) Tutch; four sisters, Rita Peterson, Pat (Ted) Brinkman, Barb (Jim) Buechler and Diane Tutch; eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Preceding David in death are his parents, one brother and one sister.

A memorial gathering has been held. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Jeanne Coffin
October 29, 1928 - July 29, 2016

Jeanne Coffin, age 87, of Fifty Lakes, MN, passed away Friday, July 29, 2016. She had lived her whole life in Fifty Lakes. She enjoyed everyone that she came in contact with and also adopted some of them into her family. Jeanne was known by many as “Cook” or “Cookie”. She has had the nickname ever since she was a little girl. She enjoyed baking and sewing and sewed and baked cakes for many people. For many years until she was no longer able, she made gingerbread boys for all the kids in Fifty Lakes.

Jeanne will be greatly missed by her children, Jeanne Riley of Fifty Lakes, Ted (Kathy) Murrer of Fifty Lakes, Mike “Loren” (Lori) Murrer of Pequot Lakes, Debbie (Jerry) Anderson of Pine River, Ben Murrer of Outing, Colleen (Ken) Cunningham of Pequot Lakes; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; and special friends, Robin Benzer and Julie Engle.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ted and Irene Clements; husband, Bill; sisters, Ruth and Lois; brother, Lloyd; and granddaughter, Kayla.

Services will be 11 AM on Friday, August 12, at Faith Lutheran Church, Swanburg. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Emily. Arrangements with Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.

William Thomas Flagg
June 5, 1920 - August 4, 2016

William Thomas Flagg age 96 of Emily died at his home on August 4, 2016. He was born in Charleston, West Virginia on June 5, 1920 to Conrad and Carrie (Gough) Flagg.

Bill was a US Navy veteran serving during WWII.

Bill was a member of St. Emily’s Catholic Church in Emily and the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. He was retired Chicago Police Officer and owner and operator of Flagg’s Resort on Mary Lake in Emily.

Survivors include his wife, Eva; one daughter, Patricia Owens of Chicago, IL; one step daughter, Sherrie Cooke of Pequot Lakes; two stepsons, Charles (Kathy) Cooke of Fridley, and Michael Cooke of Kyle, TX; two grandchildren, four step grandchildren and five step great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 11:00 am on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at St. Emily’s Catholic in Emily. Burial will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church on Wednesday. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Vivian (Satherlie) Tweedy
July 22, 1919 - July 29, 2016

Vivian (Satherlie) Tweedy age 97, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 29 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Brainerd. She was born Vivian Clarice Wannebo on July 22, 1919 in Clear Lake WI. To Otto and Myrle Wannebo. Her family moved around a lot but settled in Minneapolis where she graduated from High School at South High. She married her high school sweetheart, LeRoy Satherlie in 1943. Vivian installed radios in the nose of airplanes during World War II. She fit in the cockpit because she was so petite.

After the war they moved up North to the Manhattan Beach area where she lived the rest of her days. She was active in the community especially with the youth of the area with ice skating parties, roller skating, teaching band instruments, Vacation Bible School and Sunday school. Viv was active in the church circles and driving the ladies to sew at the State Hospital in Brainerd. She was a speed skater in her youth and was winning the 20 and older roller skating race when she fell and broke her wrist at age 60+. She also enjoyed horseback riding and snowmobiling. She was a Psychiatric Technician at the Brainerd State Hospital.

LeRoy passed away in 1983 and in 1986 she married Conway Tweedy, a master carver, who passed away in 2006. She is survived by her daughter, Janis (Paul) Allen, Son, David Satherlie, Grandchildren Shari (Larry) Curell, Scott Rubey, Susan (Chris) Gudim, Meggan Satherlie, and Graham (Christine) Satherlie. Great Grandchildren, Nichole Weber, Emily Weber, Darrian Droher, Denika Droher, Taylor Droher, Dakota Droher, Ty Gudim, Bailey Gudim. and Eliana Satherlie. Three Great-great-grandchildren Gauge Weber, Ariana Laske and Aliyah Laske. Brother Curt (Dorothy) Wannebo brother-in-law Lon Musolf, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, Sisters Lucy Thomson, Dona Musolf, Brother Guy Wannebo, infant brother Leslie Wannebo, brother-in-law George Thomson and sister-in-law MaryAnn Wannebo. In-laws Art & Eleanor Suneson, Cliff & Betty Franzen, Kenneth Satherlie, one niece Karen Davidson, and one Nephew Bruce Godfrey.

Services will be held at Faith Lutheran Church, Swanburg, 10973 County Road 1, Pine River, on August 20 at 1:00 p.m. Visitation at Kline Funeral Home in Pine River from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Kevin Yeats
March 3, 1954 - July 30, 2016

Kevin Yeats was born on March 3, 1954, and went to heaven on July 30, 2016. He lived in Pequot Lakes with his wife, Carmel, in a cozy house with two loyal dogs. Kevin was a humble man and artist of the great outdoors who highly adored his three children, Joshua, Aaron and Celeste. They will miss him dearly along with his wife, the Yeats family, other extended family, and his many friends, young and old.

The celebration of Kevin’s life took place on Wednesday, August 3, at Calvary Evangelical Free Church in Walker, MN. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the family.

Jeannie Lynn Eastling
May 28, 1952 - July 25, 2016

Jeannie Lynn Eastling age 64 of Emily formerly of Cokato died on July 25, 2016 at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. She was born on May 28, 1952 in Cokato to Lloyd and Norma (Lind) Olson. She married Lester Eastling on December 9, 1972 in Cokato.

Jeannie was a former pianist for the Stockholm Lutheran Church. She was a former CNA at the nursing homes in Cokato, Dassel and Hutchinson and was a former Wal- Mart greeter in Hutchinson.

Jeannie is survived by her husband, Lester; one son, Lloyd (Jessica) Eastling of Glencoe; two daughters, Nora  Eastling of Belle Plaine and Jessica (Tony) Schwarze of Cokato; one brother, Richard (Eleanor) Olson of Cokato; two sisters, Patricia (Russ) Christianson of Apple Valley and Sharon (Harvey) Nelson of St. Michael; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Preceding Jeannie in death are her parents and one brother, John Olson.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at the Evangelical Covenant Lutheran Church in Dassel. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church on Wednesday. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Nancy J. Milless
August 09, 1947 - July 23, 2016

Nancy J. Milless, 68, of Pine River, MN died at Essential Health/St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd, MN on Saturday, July 23, 2016. No Services are being planned at this time. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter, MN.

Richard Albert Popehn
August 14, 1924 - July 22, 2016

Richard Albert Popehn, Age 91, died peacefully July 22, 2016, near his beloved home on Crosslake, MN. Born in Minneapolis on August 14, 1924. Preceded in death by his wife Marilyn and brother Francis. Survived by brother Arthur and sister Mary and eight children Terry (Loralee), Sallie (David), Jan, Louann (Mike), Mary (Jeff), Liz (Bob), Robert (Karen), Richard (Lani), 23 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

He attended Roosevelt High School and, at the young age of 17, felt compelled to serve his country at the  beginning of WWII. He enlisted in the Navy and served honorably on the destroyer USS Warrington in the South Pacific. After a variety of post war employments, he joined Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. as a lineman,  switchman and, later, as a supervisor at the Mpls headquarters.

In 1951 he married the enduring love of his life, Marilyn, and embarked on the complex, demanding and  adventurous journey of raising eight children. He was one of the rare souls who was instantly liked by all. He was a member of the choir at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Richfield Post 435 American Legion, and a founder of  the Post's Sportsman Club. His most enduring legacy was his willingness to support his children's needs, and his unfailing devotion to his wife of 46 years.

Funeral mass at St. Joan of Arc, 4537 3rd Ave S, Mpls on August 2nd with visitation from 9:30-11:00, Funeral at  11:00 with lunch following service. Private interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials preferred to Project for Pride in Living, Doctors Without Borders and Amnesty International.

Ralph V. Lewis, Sr
December 21, 1922 - April 22, 2016

The world and the Kansas automotive industry has lost a great man. On April 22, 2016 Ralph V. Lewis, Sr. went to heaven at the age of 93 after battling a short illness in Minnesota.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Elizabeth Lewis, his brothers, Charles and Orville Lewis, and his son, John Lewis. We are certain John was there to greet him at the pearly gates and to assure he was actually allowed in!

Ralph was born in Silver Lake, Kansas on December 21, 1922. He served in the Marines during WWII. After the marines he sold used cars and founded Lewis Toyota in North Topeka in 1968. After retiring from the car business, Ralph started the North Topeka Golf Center in 2002.

He is survived by his amazing wife of 70 years, Fawna Mae, Crosslake, MN, along with sons, Ralph, Jr. aka. Louie (Linda) Merrifield, MN, Jim (Tonya)Dodge City, KS, Rod (Sheila) Burnsville, MN, daughter, Sandi Lindquist (John) Eden Prairie, MN, and daughter-in-law, Karen Lewis, Topeka, KS. He also left 13 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

In addition to his family, he left behind the legacy of Lewis Automotive, several antique cash registers, three half empty bottles of red wine, a tin of Skoal, and a tremendous accumulation of other ‘stuff’. Most importantly, he left behind more memories than anyone could count, as well as many important life lessons. These include but are not limited to, always wash behind your ears, learn to drive a stick shift, take good care of your customers and they will take good care of you, and while there is never an end to your wants, there is always an end to your needs. Ralph also taught many things to his family and friends through his actions. Such as drink a little red wine and stretch your body every morning, duct tape can fix anything, always chew with your mouth open, and most importantly give much to those that have little.

We hope in heaven he finally catches ‘a big one’ and gets a ‘hole in one’! Instead of a funeral, Ralph’s wishes were to be cremated and for a Celebration of Life in his honor. This celebration will be held Saturday, August 6th at 10:30am at the American Legion in Crosslake. Please join us in sharing stories about this wonderful man. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pelican Lake Conservation Club, PO Box 823, Nisswa, MN 56468.

John Franklin Stockard
November 13, 1932 - July 25, 2016

John Franklin Stockard age 83 of Fairfield Township died at his home on July 25, 2016. He was born in Fairfield Township on November 13, 1932 to Thomas and Elsie (Katzenberger) Stockard. John was a U.S. Korean War Army Veteran. He was a Corporal with 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles. John was co-founder/owner with Ken DeCent of K and J Builders. He was a member and a builder of St. Emily’s Catholic Church.

John is survived by five children, Bernadette (Greg) Finch of Nisswa, Lea (Kevin) Carlson of Brainerd, Thomas (Sheila) Stockard of Fort Ripley,

Alicia Stockard of Duluth, and Jake Stockard of Crosby; four siblings, Celeste Landowski of Emily, Beverly Tepley of Brainerd, Donna Novak of Union City, CA and Tony Stockard of Emily; and ten grandchildren.

Preceding John in death are his parents, and four siblings, Jean Kertzman, Shirley Forstner, Thomas Stockard and Bernadette Stockard.

Funeral services were held on Friday, July 29, 2016 at St. Emily’s Catholic Church in Emily. Burial was at the Pine Ridge Cemetery in Emily with full military honors provided by the Myrin-James American Legion Post #443 of Ironton. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

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