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Stanley Marlow Johnson
July 16, 1932 – August 12, 2019

Stanley Marlow Johnson, age 87 of Crosby formerly of Outing died on August 12, 2019 at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby. He was born on July 16, 1932 in Minneapolis to Jonas and Caroline (Grimsrud) Johnson. Stanley graduated from the Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis, class of 1950. He attended the University of Minnesota and served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1962. On September 5, 1958 Stanley married Shirley Isenberg. In January of 1960 they moved to Outing. They were blessed with three sons.

Stanley is survived by his wife, Shirley; two sons, Daniel of Duluth and Mark (Melissa) of Manhattan Beach; six  grandchildren, Ashley, Sara, Payten, Jonas, Aaron and Joshua and one nephew, Bradley Johnson. Preceding Stanley in death are his parents; one son, Paul; one brother, Jonas and a niece, Linda.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Outing.  Full military honors will be presented by the Crosslake-Fifty Lakes American Legion Post #500. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church on Saturday. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

James Dennis Little
February 10, 1935 – August 8, 2019

James D. Little, age 84 of Aitkin, formerly of Fifty Lakes, died on August 8, 2019 at his home. He was born on February 10, 1935 in Gray, PA to John and Helen (MacTavish) Little. Jim was a U.S. Air Force veteran erving in  the Korean Conflict and Vietnam with 12 years of service. He was a retired Ramsey County Deputy Sheriff with 21 years of service with the Canine Unit. He moved to the Fifty Lakes area after retirement.

Jim is survived by two sons, Robert (Sheryl) Little and Donald (Sandi) Little all of Blaine; three daughters, Beverly Little of Chino Valley, AZ, Margaret (Allen) Watson of Crosby and Cheryl Gunderson of Crosby; eight grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren.

Preceding Jim in death are his parents and two brothers, Thomas and John Little.

A Graveside service was held Sunday, August 18, 2019 at the Pine Ridge Cemetery in Emily with full military honors given by the Myrin-James American Legion Post #443, Ironton. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Donald Leroy Putz
August 10, 2019

Donald “Don” Leroy Putz, 81, passed away at his home in Pequot Lakes MN on August 10, 2019. Services will be held 1:00PM Saturday August 24, 2019 at Brenny Family Funeral Chapel in Crosslake MN, visitation will begin at 12:30PM. Interment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, with military honors.

Don was born in Eau Claire, WI to Lawrence and LaVera (Snyder) Putz. He graduated from Menomonie High School in 1955. Before retirement, he worked for Sperry Univac as an engineer for 31 years. Don had his pilot’s license and loved to fly; he also enjoyed painting, woodworking, and keeping active at the community center in Crosslake.

Don is survived by his children, Joanie, Michael, Lin, and Katie; grandchildren Angela, Joshua, Luke, Caleb, Abby, and Adam; siblings Jeanette, Marion, Jim, and Duane. He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Tammy; and brothers, Orville and Leo.

Gilroy Arvig
September 17, 1933 – August 3, 2019

Gilroy Gardner Arvig, age 85, of Crosslake, passed away on August 3, 2019 after suffering many years with Alzheimer’s disease. He was born in Pequot Lakes to Esther (Gardner) and Louis Arvig on September 17, 1933.

Gilroy started his telephone career by becoming president and general manager of Arvig Telephone Company at age 20 after his father passed away at a young age. Through his leadership and a team of family members he  expanded the company to include Bridgewater Telephone, Interlake Cable and US Link with over 200 employees serving 25,000 customers. He served in the Army Signal Corp for 2 years in Germany. Gil graduated from Pequot Lakes High School in 1951 and attended Dunwoody College of Technology where he received an electrical degree. The college awarded him the Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2008. He also served as the mayor of Pequot Lakes for 8 years and was a Pequot Lakes school board member for 12 years. He served as President of the MN Telephone Association, in addition to his involvement in state and national industry organizations. After his retirement in 1994 he served on various board of directors. Gil was a true pioneer and visionary in the telcom industry and touched so many lives with his intelligence, strength, and kindness. Gil enjoyed having the latest and greatest gadgets, traveling, politics, boating, antique boats, water skiing, model trains, church and community activities but was happiest when he was surrounded by his family.

Gilroy is survived by his wife of 59 years, Virginia (Gould); his 5 children: Greg (Becky) Arvig of Pequot Lakes, Mike Arvig of Pequot Lakes, Jill (Todd) Beyer of Pequot Lakes, Holli (Steve) Streff of Red Wing and Beth (Scott) Berg of Duluth; 13 grandchildren: Jamie, Aaron, Tyler, Megan, Adam, Brenna, Drake, Trenton, Alex, Emma, Helen, Daphne and Lars; and 9 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Esther Arvig; and his sisters, Doris Coulter, Allison Brunes and Jeanette Johnson.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that you donate to the Alzhiemers Association alz.org where we have a tribute page set up: https://act.alz.org/site/TR/Events/Tributes-AlzheimersChampions?pxfid=570648&fr_id=1060&pg=fund

Services were held Friday, August 9, at Grace United Methodist Church, Pequot Lakes. Burial is in Pinewood Cemetery, Crosslake. Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes.

Melvin R. Chapman
March 21, 1949 ~ August 6, 2019

Melvin R. Chapman age 70 of Emily died on August 6, 2019 at his home. He was born in Mount Vernon, IL to Harold and Jessie (Minor) Chapman. Melvin married Cheryl Stiner on April 4, 1967 in Emily.

Melvin is survived by his wife, Cheryl; one son, Melvin B. (Shannon) Chapman of Virginia; one daughter, Michelle (Frank) Martin of Emily; one brother, Bruce (Diana) Chapman of Moweaqua, IL; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Preceding Melvin in death are his parents; one great granddaughter, Mackinzie Gayhart and one sister, Brenda Huddlestun.

A Memorial service was held Monday, August 12, 2019 at the Narrows Community Church in Outing. Burial will be at the Pine Ridge Cemetery in Emily at a later date. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Judith Svendsen Griffin
April 8, 1946 - January 2, 2019

Judith (Jude) Svendsen Griffin, 72, of Crosslake, MN passed away on January 2. 2019 during a winter getaway in South Padre Island, TX. A Memorial service will be held 2:00PM, Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Brenny Family Funeral Chapel 13782 CR 36, Crosslake, MN 56442.

Jude was born in Annapolis, MD and was preceded in death by her father, Capt. Edward C. Svendsen (USNR), and her mother, Adelaine. She is survived by her husband, John Griffin, Crosslake; brother, E.C. (Chuck) Svendsen Jr, Seattle, WA, and sister, Barbara J. Faulls, Fredericksburg, VA.

In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to Camp Knutson, Crosslake, St. Jude’s Hospital or American Legion Post 500, Crosslake.

Donald R. “Don” Bloomquist
August 9, 2019

Donald R. “Don” Bloomquist, age 85 of Merrifield, MN passed away on August 9, 2019. Services for Don will be 2:00PM, Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Brenny Family Funeral Chapel in Baxter, MN. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Don was very family oriented, he loved his family and friends, he loved Sweet Pea, race car driving, snowmobiling, clearing trails, wildlife, wood crafts, NASCAR, Twins, and the Vikings. Don has been a self-sufficient man since he was a young boy. His first job was as a paper boy. From there, he worked through his high school years, then worked for Honeywell for 25 years; he then started his own business with his brother Jim and another partner, Roger. Don retired at 55 and moved to God’s country with his love, Dee.

Preceded in death by parents, Clarence and Genevieve Bloomquist and brother, Lawrence Bloomquist; mother and father in law; grandma Clos; Edward Clos; granddaughter Krista Marie Martin; great grandson Mitchell Dean Bloomquist; grandson Casey Bloomquist.

Survived by the love of his life, wife, Dorothy “Dee” Bloomquist; beloved dog, Bruno; daughters, Linda (Tom) Piper, Diane (Donnie) Flom, Cheryl (Keith) Nielsen, Joni Bloomquist; son, Donald Bloomquist; 12 grandchildren (Shawnski); nine great grandchildren; sister, Geraldine; brothers, Robert (Marge), James (Cindy), and many nieces and nephews.

John R. Farrell
August 9, 1942 - August 9, 2019

John R. Farrell, 77, of Crosslake died Friday, August 9, 2019 at his residence in Crosslake. Funeral services will be at 2PM on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at the Brenny Family Funeral Chapel in Crosslake. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services on Thursday at the funeral home in Crosslake. Interment will be in Pinewood Cemetery in Crosslake.

John was born August 9, 1942 to Russell and Violet (Sederberg) Farrell. He married Suzan Morrow on January 15, 1982 in Minneapolis. John worked as an accountant for Peavey Company (Con Agra) until moving to the Crosslake area in 1992. He was passionate about golf, loved animals and was a quiet man.

John is survived by his wife Suzan; four legged companions, Rupert, Gracie, Gennie “Muff-Tuff;” one brother; and one nephew. He is preceded in death by his parents.

Myron (Mike) Lee Landecker
May 19, 1933 ~ July 31, 2019

Myron (Mike) Lee Landecker, age 86, of Baxter, MN (originally of Breezy Point) died Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at Essentia-St. Joseph’s Medical Center, surrounded by his family now with his Savior and Lord. Visitation was on Monday, August 5, 2019 at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter. Memorial service followed. A private burial later at Pelican Woods Cemetery in Breezy Point.

Mike was born on a farm west of Lakefield, MN to Anthony and Leath (Mittelstad) Landecker. The family moved to a farm in Dawson, MN where he grew up. Mike served in the US Army during the Korean War. After returning home, he met Helen Ann (Hebrink) from Renville, MN, a nurse in Minneapolis, while he was attending  Dunwoody to become a land surveyor. They were married on September 19, 1953, and Mike became licensed with the State of Minnesota. Mike began his surveying work at Arleigh Smith in Wayzata and later was employed with Keith Caswell in Osseo, where he became a partner. Later Mike, Helen and their family moved to a lake home in Breezy Point where they started Landecker & Associates Inc., a Land Surveying and Engineering Co. Mike enjoyed church and Bible studies, farm activities, snowmobiling, camping, fishing, hunting, golfing, wood carving, taxidermy, float plane piloting and traveling. He was most happy when he was with his family and friends enjoying life.

Mike is loved and will be missed by Helen Ann, his wife of 65 years; sons, Donald Dean (Connie) of Staples and David Scott (Kim) of Breezy Point; daughters, Mary Beth Wroolie (Bill) of Brainerd and Kristi Ann Kraemer (Joe) of Crosslake; 15 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; sister Mary Ann McCabe and sister in law, Bev  Landecker both of New Hope. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Bob, Don and Norm. Memorials may be directed to Lakes Area Interfaith Caregivers.

Lora Armstrong
July 9, 1967 – July 25, 2019

Lora Armstrong, age 52, of Backus, passed away on Thursday, July 25, 2019, at her home. She was born to Marvin and Louise Armstrong on July 9, 1967, in Brainerd. She grew up in Pine River.

Lora is survived by her significant other, Shane Orth; siblings: Janice Hopkins (Jim), Brian Armstrong, Pat Armstrong; children: Kayla Doyle, Jennifer Krempges, Kirk Johnson; stepchildren: Loni Haag, Levi Orth, Wyatt Orth; and 9 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Services were held Saturday, August 3, at Kline Funeral Home, Pine River. A luncheon was held at Shane and Lora’s residence in Backus, following the service.

Angeline Turbes
April 21, 1931 - June 22, 2019

Angeline Turbes, 88, of New Ulm and formerly of Cross Lake died Saturday, June 22, 2019 at the Hillcrest Health Care Center in Mankato.

Mass of Christian Burial was held August 1 at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm. Burial in the Pinewood Cemetery in Crosslake. Visitation was July 30 & 31 at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home North Chapel in New Ulm.

Doris Beal
February 5, 1938 – July 20, 2019

Doris E. Beal, 81, long-time resident of Hackensack, MN, and then Pine River, MN, passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2019, in hospice care. A celebration of life will be held at 1 PM on Saturday, August 3, at Church of the Nazarene, Backus. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Doris was born in Rosemount MN to Albert and Hilda Pirk. She spent most of her youth on the family farm in Rosemount.

Doris married the love of her life on August 31, 1957. They raised two sons, Keith and Kevin.

Doris worked for a number of years at the Greenwood Elementary School cafeteria near Hamel, MN, while also working side by side with husband, Harlan, in the family owned construction business in Hamel and Hackensack, MN. In October 1976 the family and Beal Building Services Inc. moved to the family cabin in Hackensack where  they had many happy and productive years.

After retirement Doris and Harlan moved from Hackensack to the sun belt in Pine River, MN, where they enjoyed many years in retirement. Doris had many hobbies, was very social and had many friends. She was giving of her time for many good causes. Her yard and gardens could have been state parks. Many enjoyed her wonderful cooking, baked goods and canned goods. Doris and Harlan were true partners in every way and are now reunited in a better place.

Doris is survived by sons, Kevin (Kim) Beal of Hackensack and Keith Beal of Esko, MN. She is also survived by grandchildren, Madison, Kyler (Alisha), Kelsey (Jose); and great grandchildren, Gracelyn, Alessandro and Maverick. She was preceded in death by husband, Harlan; brothers, Jake Pirk and Chester Pirk; and parents, Albert and Hilda Pirk.

Hermann Edward “Ed” Kerr
September 26, 1923 – July 24, 2019

Hermann Edward “Ed” Kerr was born and lived most of his life in Pennsylvania until moving to Crosslake to live with his daughter and son-in-law in 2014. Proud veteran of WWII when he served as a crewman on a PT Boat in the South Pacific. After the war he trained as a “wood pattern maker” in which capacity he formed the molds for body parts for GM vehicles for most of his adult career.

Survived by Daughter, Charlene Kerr LaFon; Son-in-Law Mark LaFon, many nieces, nephews and other extended family members. Preceded in death by his first wife, Sally Irene Kerr; second wife, Eilene Oliver Kerr, and sister, Barbara Jane McCallum.

Celebration of life at a later date. Interment in Pennsylvania with his first wife, Sally.

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