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Dan Battles
February 12, 2020

Dan Battles, age 59, of Crosslake, passed away suddenly, February 12, 2020.

Preceded in death by sister, Lisa Wanous. He will be deeply missed by his wife of 25 years, Colleen; step-daughters, Jamie and Kristin (Matt); grandchildren, Sam, Ashley, and Madison; parents, Bob and Sandy; siblings, Julie (Pete), Rick (Lorna), and Mark (Stacy); nieces, nephews, other relatives and good friends.

Dan loved life! He always had a smile on his face and could put one on yours. His laugh was infectious and he made sure everyone was having a good time. He enjoyed playing pool with his many friends. He was an outdoors man and exceptional craftsman.

A celebration of life was held Thursday, February 20th at the Cremation Society of MN, Brooklyn Park.

Larry Arthur Mongan
May 15,1943 - February 19, 2020

Larry Arthur Mongan, age 76, of Emily died peacefully on February 19, 2020, within the loving arms of his wife and comfort of his home. He was tired from the battle with an asbestos related disease and ready to move on to his heavenly home. He was born on May 15,1943, in Crosby, MN to Jim and Virla (Fletcher) Mongan. He married Marlys Libby on September 14, 1966, at the First Methodist Church in Emily, MN.

Larry spent his early childhood in Northern Minnesota and moved with his family to Sandpoint, ID in 1951. He proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1965. Following discharge, he settled in Libby, MT until moving back to his roots in Emily, MN in 1993 until his death. Larry worked 27 years for St. Regis lumber company then owned and operated a gunshop for 4 years.

Larry was an avid reader of non-fiction, enjoyed hunting, loved fishing, and spent many enjoyable months  traveling with his wife and dog in the motorhome. Larry and his wife shot competitively in practical shooting for 10 years with many trophies to attest to his skill. Larry enjoyed classical country music, played a harmonica, and loved motorcycles. He was a lifetime member of the United States Practical Shooting Association, member of the NRA since 1966, Life Member of 24th Infantry Division Association, Member of American Legion Post 1982, and Member of Military Historical Society of MN.

Larry is survived by wife Marlys, sister Joyce (Stan) Findlay Sagle, ID, brothers Derald (Cheryl) Mongan Athol,  ID, Mike (Sandy) Mongan Hayden Lake, ID, sisters-in-law Mary Fletcher (Keith Osvold), and Susie (Jesse) Nix. Larry and Marlys had no children of their own but Larry considered his nephew Roy and wife Darcy as well as his niece Alauna and husband Chris as his own kids and loved Tia and Anaka as grandchildren. Other survivors  include his nieces Cindy, Sherry, Natalie, Tammy, Tina, Heather, Kara, Landy, Teisha, Tara and Shawn and nephews Bart, John, Jim, Mike, Kirk, Seth and Caleb as well as uncles Gus Fletcher, Jerry Fletcher and Danny Fletcher of Emily plus aunt Linda Hilger of Iowa. Missing him in the family home is his constant four legged companion, Buddy.

Larry was proceeded in death by his parents, in-laws Irene and Russell Libby, sister-in-law Marty Evans, brother-in-law Ron Aamodt, his cousin and fishing partner Dean Fletcher and dear friends Ronnie Green, Alan Owens, Eddie Brown, Jim Racicot, Army buddy ‘Mouse’ Mountzoures and Jill and Harold Crill. Waiting for Larry at the Rainbow Bridge were Sloopy, Spike, Alia, Hennie, Sara and Eddie.

A Memorial Service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the Emily United Methodist in Emily. Military honors will be presented by the Myrin-James American Legion Post #443 of Ironton. A visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Warren Dailey
October 16, 1943 - February 19, 2020

Warren Dailey, age 76, of Pine River, passed away on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, at his home. He was born to Warren and Muriel Dailey on October 16, 1943, in Rochester, MN. Warren was an over the road long haul truck driver for over 20 years and then drove log truck in the Pine River area for over 20 years.

Warren is survived by his wife, Jewel (Finley) Dailey; sister, Doreen Bushman (Larry); children: Kim Schnoor (Tim), Warren Dailey, Jr. (Dawn), Missi Dailey-Schrupp (David), Stacy Dailey (Cindy); numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Guy Dailey; and granddaughters, Cheryl Dailey and Marina Schrupp.

Services were held Sunday, February 23, at Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.

Diane A. Gibbons
August 14, 1953 - January 12, 2020

Diane A. Gibbons, age 66, of Pequot Lakes died January 12, 2020 at Golden Horizons Assisted Living in Crosslake. A celebration of Diane’s life will be at 11AM on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Crosslake Evangelical Free Church. Rev. Mark Holmen will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the church in Crosslake.

Diane was born on August 14, 1953 in Richmond, WI to Warren Sr. and June (Rockstad) Wasson. She met her high school sweetheart, Jerry Gibbons, when she was 16 years old; the couple married on December 16, 1972 in Pequot Lakes. Diane worked as an LPN for Crow Wing County home healthcare most recently; providing care and comfort for patients at home. She was a member of Crosslake Evangelical Free Church, where she walked strongly in her faith and was a strong prayer warrior. Diane started her day with prayer and continued to pray for those that crossed her path throughout the day. She enjoyed shopping at thrift stores, fishing, and volunteering at church (especially in the kitchen because she liked to cook). Diane had a comforting personality that people were attracted to; she was giving, caring, compassionate and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Diane is survived by her husband of 47 years, Jerry of Pequot Lakes; children, Joe (Erin) of Delano, Angel (Deon) Hartman of Hoyt Lakes; mother, June Blodgett of FL; brother, Warren (Linda) Wasson of Otsego; grandchildren, Alexis, Sydney, and Jace. She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents; and father, Warren Wasson Sr.

Margaret Ann (Rossow) Mueller
November 17, 1942 - February 14, 2020

Margaret "Marge" Mueller, 77, Pequot Lakes, MN, died at her daughter's home on Friday, February 14, 2020. Visitation will be one hour prior to the Mass of Christian Burial to be held at 11 AM, Friday, 2-28-2020 at St. Francis Catholic Church, Brainerd. Burial will be at St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery in Osseo.

Marge was born on November 17, 1942 in Brainerd, MN, daughter of Lawrence and Anna (Thompson) Rossow. She grew up and was educated in Brainerd, going to Chicago to attend Beauty School. She returned to Brainerd, where she worked as a beautician at local salons. She was united in marriage with Curtis Mueller on 12-31-1960 in Nisswa. They made their home in Brainerd. Marge worked in Quality Control at Renal Systems for a time. She had a “green thumb” enjoying flower gardening. She was a good cook and baker, known for her pies. Her husband, Curt, died on June 4, 2013.

Marge is survived by her two daughters: Debbie Carlson of Pequot Lakes and Jackie (Brett) Thielhorn of Blaine; four grandchildren: Tristan, Tiana, Morgan and Violet. She was preceded in death by her parents: Lawrence and Anna Rossow; two brothers: Lawrence V. Rossow and William “Billy” Rossow; her husband: Curt in 2013; a daughter: Pat Mueller; and her son-in-law: Craig Carlson.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brenny Family Funeral Chapel of Baxter.

Ralph Kriesel
March 19, 1968 - February 15, 2020

Ralph Wallace Kriesel, age 51, of Motley, lost his battle to colon cancer on February 15, 2020. He became sick two years ago and fought hard. Ralph was born March 19, 1968, the son of Dale and Marlys Kriesel. He worked at many different jobs including firefighter, truck driver and mechanic. Ralph graduated from Cambridge High  School and Anoka Tech. He lived in Isanti, Minnesota most of his life and moved up north about 10 years ago.

Ralph is survived by his fiancé, Candace; children, Amanda, Andrew, Zeva, Mia; his fiance’s son, Brandon; his parents, Dale and Marlys; brothers and sister, Jeff, Kim and Gary; 9 nieces and nephews; 15 great nieces and nephews; aunts and uncles. He is preceded in death by grandparents, aunts, uncles and a nephew.

A celebration of Ralph’s life will be held from 1 to 3 PM on Saturday, February 29, at the Pillager Community Center. Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.

Gary Nehk
October 7, 1941 - February 13, 2020

Gary Wayne Nehk, age 78, of Pine River, MN passed away Thursday, February 13, 2020. He was born on October 7, 1941 to Louis and Esther Nehk of Elizabeth, MN. Gary served in the Navy from1959 to 1963. He moved to Pine River after retiring from Suburban Propane 22 years ago. Gary enjoyed fishing, RVing, traveling, playing penny slots at the casino and spending time with family and friends. Gary was a “jokester” and loved to banter with his family. He was a big John Wayne fan and enjoyed watching and re-watching any western movie. He was raised in the Fergus Falls area and enjoyed driving by his old family farms.

Gary is survived by his wife of 42 years, Nancy; children, Darin Nehk, Jodi (Bill) Carlton and Kevin Nehk as well as stepdaughter, Melanie (Jeff) Dawber. He has 9 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Gary was one of seven children; survived by one brother, Loudie (Mardell) Nehk of  Alexandria, MN.

A small memorial service was held Thursday, February 20, at Kline Funeral Home in Pine River, followed by a  family gathering.

Mary Lu Dietz
August 19, 1936 ~ February 10, 2020

Mary Lu died on February 10th as a result of a stroke. She died peacefully at her home, surrounded, cared for, and loved by her family.

Mary Lu was born to Jim and Audrey Stewart in Duluth on August 19, 1936. She lived in several Minnesota cities during her childhood as her father, a salesman for Phillip Morris, was transferred within the company. If you’re over 70 years old, you might appreciate that Mary Lu once met Johnny Roventini, the Phillip Morris bellhop who made famous the “Call for Philip Morris!” ad campaign.

When Mary Lu’s dad retired, the family moved to the stately brick home on Range street in Mankato where he grew up and where Mary Lu’s grandmother still lived. The home was built by her grandfather and is now listed on the Minnesota Historical Society’s list of historic homes.

In retirement, Mary Lu’s dad opened a hardware store in a downtown Mankato building also built by her  grandfather. Both the home and the hardware store were built with bricks made in her grandfather’s brickyard. Bricks from the brickyard found their way north to Crosslake, Minnesota, where Mary Lu’s dad used them in the foundation of a cabin he built on the shores of Big Trout Lake.

Every Friday at noon, the family drove from Mankato to Crosslake for weekends at a cabin and Mary Lu spent her summers there. She grew deep roots at Trout Lake.

Mary Lu graduated from Mankato High School in 1954 and entered the St. Barnabas School of Nursing, one of  three family members to attend that school. She graduated from St. Barnabas, receiving her nursing cap, in August, 1957. A month later she married her high school sweetheart, Richard “Dick” Dietz. Dick was attending Hamline University in St. Paul at the time. When he went on to graduate school at the University of Minnesota, Mary Lu worked as a nurse at St. Barnabas Hospital to support them. She was pregnant with their first son, Steve, at the time. On her 22nd birthday, she came home from the hospital with Steve and began her lifelong career of caring for the family.

After graduate school the family moved to Texas for work, where their second son, Mike, was born, and then for a short while to Orlando, Florida. When Dick joined General Mills, the family returned to Minnesota, where their third child, Jill, was born a short while later. During Dick’s many years with General Mills, the family mostly lived near the Twin Cities, but also spent a few years in England and Florida. Finally, in retirement they moved to the beloved Trout Lake home Mary Lu’s father had built so many years before.

Most of you will recognize that Mary Lu’s care-giving focus was not limited to her family. She spent her lifetime caring for people in need. Wherever Dick and Mary Lu lived, she was devoted to serving others. She found a key channel for her mission and a vibrant circle of love and support in return at her Crosslake church home. In addition to her church work, she was a hospice volunteer for 20 years. At 83 years old, she could still be found scrubbing bathrooms at Camp Knutson, serving campers with special needs, and helping with fundraisers.

After retirement in 1992, Mary Lu and Dick traveled extensively, often in the company of friends. They visited all 50 states and 81 countries, from the Arctic to Antarctica, from Australia to India. In between trips, Mary Lu  continued her mission to serve others. An example of her kind attention was her handling of greeting cards, which she bought by the dozen. Each week she sifted through her supplies to find just the right card for the right person for every occasion. She even knew which shops stocked the best cards for different purposes, from birthday to anniversary to sympathy. And it was not unheard of for her to send cards that were a little racy.

Mary Lu didn’t have a bad word to say about anyone. The harshest comment she might make was, he or she is “not my favorite person.” The one exception to this rule resulted from the 2016 presidential election. As for her politics, she sang in a church choir for over 20 years with Amy Klobuchar’s mother and they got along very well.

Mary Lu is survived by her husband, Dick, her children Steve, Mike, and Jill and their spouses, Janet, Dyan, and Ande. She has nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mary Lu and her family are grateful for the kindness and care provided by all of her friends over the weeks since her stroke and for the love shown to Mary Lu through a full and happy lifetime. It takes a village and you have been a wonderful village.

Memorials may be made to Crosslake Presbyterian Church, Camp Knutson on Trout Lake, or to a charity of the donor’s choosing.

Paul J. Nelson
January 7, 1944 ~ February 8, 2020

Nelson, Paul J. age 76, of Emily, Minn., passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on February 8, 2020.

Preceded in death by parents, Don and Lili Nelson, and brother, David Nelson.

Paul graduated from Benilde High School in 1962 and then attended St. John’s University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in 1966. His career started at Red Owl where he worked his way to Director of Grocery Operations. He continued his career in the grocery business while working as the President of Hancock Nelson and Hartz Foods.  After leaving Hartz Foods, he and his wife, Tracy, opened Rough Around the Edges, a home decor and unique  gifts store in Crosslake, which they ran for 15 years. Paul never fully retired but was able to enjoy time with family and friends, reading–a hobby he enjoyed his entire life, woodworking, fishing, boating and enjoying the view.

Paul was a generous, kind, loving man who lived by the philosophy “just be nice” and whose door was always open to anyone. He will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known him.

Survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Tracy; children, Angie (Brian) Tremblay, Stephanie (Brandon) Sassenberg, Jonathan Nelson; Jessica (Erik) Sebold; 10 grandchildren, Ashley, Caitlin, Nicholas, Olivia, Rylee, Austin, Lexie, Hudson, Foster and Graham; sister, Connie (Kevin) Hipe; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral service Tuesday, February 18, 2 pm at Brenny Family Funeral Chapel Baxter/Brainerd 7348 Excelsior Rd., Baxter, MN 56425 with a one-hour visitation preceding the service at 1 pm.

Contributions can be made to the Salvation Army in memory of Paul https://give.salvationarmyusa.org/PJNelson and/or flowers are welcome.

Barry Rickard
September 16, 1976 - February 6, 2020

Barry L. Rickard, age 43, of Pequot Lakes, went to be with his beloved grandmother, Jean Brown, on February 6, 2020, at Essentia St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Brainerd. He was surrounded by family and friends. He was born September 16, 1976, in Brainerd.

Barry’s smile and quick wit will truly be missed by those he leaves behind: his partner in life and shenanigans, Pam Morrison; mother, Linda Armstrong; children, Mackenzie Rickard and Dawson Rickard and their mother, Wendy; siblings: Bob Rickard, Bill Rickard, Brian Rickard, Michelle Rickard, Cindy Tulenchik, Mike Armstrong, Tracey Godfrey, Lindsey Wickam; stepmother, Kelly Tulenchik; many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by all his grandparents; father, Tex Rickard; stepfather, John Armstrong; dog, Maggie; and favorite country singer, George Jones.

There will be no funeral service. Sticking with Barry’s love of country music – as he would say – just prop me up against the jukebox when I die, and when I get where I’m going don’t cry for me down here. There will be a “last call” for Barry on Saturday, February 22 beginning at 1 PM at the Pub in Pequot Lakes.

Dennis Holmen
March 25, 1940 - February 7, 2020

Dennis Arnold Holmen (Denny), 79, long-time resident of Nisswa, MN, joined his heavenly home on Friday, February 7, 2020. A memorial and celebration was held at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa on Saturday, February 15.

Denny was born on March 25, 1940 in Storm Lake, Iowa, the second-born of three sons to David and Martha Holmen. He grew up on a farm in Comfrey, Minnesota, where he attended high school before the family moved to a new farm in Alexandria, Minnesota, in 1958. Denny attended Mankato State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and minors in Business Administration, Chemistry, and Geology. MSU is also where he met the love of his life, Karen, through the Christian-based Gamma Delta community.

Following college, Denny served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves for six years before starting his career in the early era of IT, working at Archer Daniels Midland, UNIVAC, and Control Data. Denny and Karen married on March 26, 1966, in Osseo, MN, and spent many wonderful years skiing, traveling with friends, and building and visiting their cabin on West Twin Lake near Nisswa, an area they had truly grown to love. Denny always wanted two girls, and welcomed first daughter Jodi into the world in 1974. In 1976, Jill joined the family, and together they moved into a home on Round Lake in Nisswa, where the couple has lived happily since. In Brainerd, Denny served as a computer programmer, programmer analyst — and finally — Director of Information Systems for Crow Wing County, a tenure that spanned 27 years, and one in which he made many wonderful and lasting friendships. Denny retired in 2003.

Denny was an active and dedicated member of Lutheran Church of the Cross and loved spending time with family and friends, whether downhill skiing, pontooning, fishing, traveling, working in the yard, or firing up his trusty John Deere B tractor. Denny will be remembered for his kind and gentle demeanor, selfless generosity, dedication to those he loved, and a dry and often groan-worthy sense of humor.

Last Wednesday, Denny experienced an unexpected heart attack and died two days later in CentraCare Hospital in St. Cloud, MN. Denny is survived by his wife, Karen, of Nisswa, MN; daughter Jodi (Nathan, son Riley) Lewis of Chaska, MN; daughter Jill (Joe Taatjes) Holmen of Duluth, MN; brother Don (Susanne) Holmen of Park Rapids, MN; Barb Holmen of East Bethel, MN; a large extended family, and many loving nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by parents David and Martha Holmen of Alexandria, MN; brother Arlen Holmen and sister-in-law Myrne Holmen of Crosslake, MN.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Patricia Billman
August 27, 1936 ~ February 4, 2020

Patricia Jean Billman, 83, of Brainerd, passed away Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at Essentia St. Joseph’s Medical Center. A funeral service for Patricia was held on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at Nelson- Doran Funeral Home with Pastor Jim Rogers officiating.

Patricia was born August 27, 1936 to Clyde and Edna (Wright) Niederer in Merrifield, MN. She was united in marriage to Clarence “Hank” Billman on June 5, 1955.

Patricia had a fondness for hummingbirds and enjoyed spending time in nature, especially gardening, camping and  fishing. She also enjoyedcanning, playing cards and scrabble. She was witty and sarcastic and loved dancing on tables. Patricia was a very loving and devoted mother and grandmother.

Patricia is survived by her adoring husband of 65 years, Hank; her four children, Linda (Joe) Topp, Jerry (Roxie) Billman, Shellie (Tim) Jensen, and Gene (Teri) Billman; 7 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and many other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother and two sisters.

Robert Burk
February 23, 1935 ~ January 29, 2020

Robert “Bob” Burk, age 84, of Pine River, passed away on January 29, 2020, at Brookside Comfort Care, Pine River. He was born to Harry and Hildur Burk on February 23, 1935, in Brainerd. Bob graduated from Bemidji State College in 1957, then went to work for Commercial Credit Corp in Hibbing. He was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1958, serving at Fort Hood, Texas, as well as in Germany. On June 28, 1958, while stationed at Fort Hood, Bob married Carol Cromett. After being discharged in 1960, Bob returned to work for Commercial Credit Corp in both Hibbing and Duluth. After his retirement he worked for Merchants and Miners Bank as Vice President, President and CEO. Bob also worked with the Minnesota Bankers Association and the American Bankers Association.

Bob and Carol moved to their lake property on Island Lake part time and spent winters in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Bob enjoyed spending time with his family, RVing, gardening, fishing and hunting. Bob particularly enjoyed flying and dreamed of owning his own plane. That childhood dream was fulfilled, and Bob became an excellent pilot.

Bob and Carol returned to Pine River permanently in 2018 and resided at Riverview Estates until Bob moved into Brookside Comfort Care. Bob is survived by his wife, Carol; children, Jonathan Burk (Renee) and Susan Luca (Robert); and grandchildren: Christian Burk, Burk Luca and Bronson Luca. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Barry.

Services were held on Friday, February 7, at Pine River United Methodist Church. Bob will be laid to rest in  Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls.

Marie Miller
August 8, 1933 - February 2, 2020

Marie Bernadette Miller transitioned peacefully on February 2, 2020, at St. Augustine in Moose Lake, MN. She was 86 years old. Marie was born August 8, 1933, to Alfred and Leona Bachand. She graduated in Oklee, MN, where she met and married Ambrose Miller. Ambrose was serving in the United States Navy. Upon his return they settled in Hopkins, MN, where they raised 4 children: Bob, Deb, Dan and Lisa. In 1971 they moved the family north to Bagley to live the country life. Marie worked at the local pharmacy. Later they moved to Crosslake, MN, to retire. Marie will be remembered for all the wonderful meals she prepared for all her family and friends.

Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Ambrose; her son, Robert; brother, Richard; along with both parents. Survivors include her 3 children: Deborah and husband, Ray Johnson of Florida, Daniel Miller of Pine River, Lisa and husband, Patrick Buckley of Nisswa; 8 grandchildren: Dana Stull, Rachel Martin, Danielle Fondeur, Carolyn Rusch, Kristen Miller, Shane, Cole and Blake Humphrey; 4 siblings: Jim Bachand and wife, Delores, Robert Bachand, Thomas Bachand and wife, Lynette, Carol Hittman and husband, Gilbert; along with many nieces and nephews.

Services were held Monday, February 10 at Kline Funeral Home, Pine River. Marie will be put to rest with her husband, Ambrose, in Oklee, MN, this spring. She will be missed by all.

Beverly Bisek
June 12, 1936 - February 3, 2020

Beverly J. (Musolf) Bisek, 83, of Brainerd, passed away Monday, February 3, 2020 at Good Samaritan Society – Woodland. A Celebration of Life for Beverly was held Friday, February 7, 2020 at Zion Lutheran Church in Brainerd. Interment will take place at Baxter City Cemetery.

Beverly was born June 12, 1936 in Pequot Lakes, MN, the daughter of Alvin and Hazel (Erickson) Musolf. After graduating high school, Bev met the love of her life, David Bisek. The two were married on June 29, 1957. In addition to being an amazing homemaker and the best mom you could hope for, Bev was an artist. Beverly was a  long-term Avon representative, she also belonged to Brainerd Art Club and painted windows at Zion Lutheran Church, area nursing homes, and Baxter Elementary School. She was proud to be an award winning fair  participant.

Bev’s sparkling personality shone bright and her thoughtful nature touched your heart. She was loving,  humorous, and a true people-person. She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her children, Sherri (Garry) Schwartz, Mike (Diane) Bisek, Dan (Jody) Bisek, Jamie Bisek, and Joe (Leesha) Bisek; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; brother, Richard (Susan) Musolf; and many other family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, David; son, Tom; and her parents.

Ronald Nelson
May 13, 1946 ~ January 30, 2020

Ronald Edward Nelson “Uncle Ron” of Pequot Lakes passed away on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Ron was born May 13, 1946 to Walter Edward Nelson and Beth Eda (Perkins) Nelson in Minneapolis, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Jacquelyn “Jackie” (Conard) Nelson; sister, Bonnie (Gene) Nelsen; and brother, Tom Nelson.

Ron proudly served 20 years in the U.S. Navy, stationed in Japan, deployed to Vietnam and stationed in San Francisco. After retiring from Naval service, Ron worked in sales, customer service and eventually had his own business repairing fishing reels and crafting fishing rods. His greatest accomplishment and proudest achievement was teaching his Godson, Eli Olsson, the craft of woodworking. Ron also loved to fish.

Ron is also survived by nieces, Sue (Gus) Pantelis and Cindy (Michael) Salyards; nephews, Chad and Ryan Nelson; sister-in-law, Joanne (Conard) Sawamura; grand-nephews: Terran (Amy) Pantelis, Steven (Alli) Pantelis, Roman Pantelis; grand-nieces: Victoria Pantelis, Lily Salyards, Ellison Salyards; great grand-nephews, Ian Rainier Pantelis and Elias Andrew Pantelis; Godchildren: Madison Galligan, Eli Olsson, Elias Pantelis; and best friend, Erik Olsson.

Private services will be held.

Marion Kukuk
August 31, 1939 - February 5, 2020

Marion Kukuk, age 80, of Pine River, passed away on February 5, 2020, at Essentia St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Brainerd. She was born to Mauritz and Florence Lindquist on August 31, 1939, in Chisago Lake Township, MN. Marion worked for Minnesota Power as a meter reader for over 20 years. She was an avid reader and enjoyed going to auctions and cooking for others.

Marion is survived by husband, Wayne; son, Greg Fiene; daughters: Lori Ladd, Roxlee Anderson (Dale), Lynn Kukuk; sisters, Karen Linder (Roger), Shirley Cromwell (Marv); 12 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Tim Fiene.

Services will be 11 AM on Thursday, February 13 at First Lutheran Church, Pine River. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery.

Patricia Ann Hauge
March 28, 1931 - January 25, 2020

Patricia Ann (Farrell) Hauge, 88, of Crosslake, passed away peacefully at the home of her caregiver Wendy Johnson. Services were held on February 1, 2020 at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Crosslake, MN.

Patricia was born March 28, 1931 in McKeesport, PA to Violet (Maurer) Farrell. She and her husband, Alvin Howard Hauge, were married for 58 years. They were married on May 4, 1957 in Gary, IN. Patricia graduated from Marquette University with her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, followed by continued coursework with her Master’s in Clinical Nursing. Pat then began her career as an RN. Of special interest was the time she spent as the commissioner for the Little League boys baseball during the family’s time stationed in Germany. She loved playing bridge and watching sports, especially the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Steelers. The most cherished parts of Patricia’s life were her Catholic faith and her family. She will be sincerely missed by those who loved her.

Patricia is survived by her son, Gerald; daughter Sue Hauge; grandson Matthew; nieces, nephews, and her angel lamb Andrea Bebel.

She is preceded in death by her husband Alvin; son James; sister Gaynell Waldmann.

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