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Obituaries


Gary G. Hite
June 30, 1947 - July 26, 2022

Gary G. Hite, age 75 of Little Pine died on July 26, 2022 at his home. He was born in Crosby on June 30, 1947 to Glen Jr. and Alice (Johnson) Hite. Gary married Patricia Weaver on September 9, 1967 in Emily. He was a retired Burlington Northern Railroad employee with 25 years of service.

Gary is survived by his wife, Pat; five sons, Brendon Hite of Emily, Heath (Deborah) Hite of Elk River, Shane (Jodi) Hite of Emily, Shawn Hite (Shannon Shelton) of Outing, and Wayne (Heather) Hite of Clearwater, FL; one daughter, Kim (Mace) Twigg of Plymouth; his mother, Alice Hite of Crosslake; two sisters, Doreen (Carl) Larson of Crosby and Jenny (Bill) Hitchcock of Corona, CA; six grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and his faithful dog, Rusty.

Preceding Gary in death are his father and step mother, Joan Hite.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Gary’s home on Saturday August 20, 2022 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.
Lorraine Sturdevant
August 18, 1924 - August 3, 2022

Lorraine Sturdevant, age 97 of Crosslake died on August 3, 2022 at Essentia St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd.

She was born on August 18, 1924 in Tipperary, IA to Augustine and Marie (LeVeque) Deshayes. Lorraine married Delmar “Bert” Sturdevant on October 11, 1945. She owned the  Emily Hardware with her husband from 1948 to 1987, selling to their daughter Denise. She was most proud of her welding job on the ships in Washington during WWII. This is where she met Bert. She loved flower gardening, being outside, bowling and scrap booking. But, most importantly, spending time with family, especially at the lake. The last 2 1/2 years she spent at Golden Horizon in Crosslake where she enjoyed exercise class, crafts and visiting with her many new friends and lifetime friend Alice.

Lorraine is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Greg Vukelich of Emily; her grandchildren, Trista and Josh Dennison of Baxter, Chelsea Sutton (Kirk) of Brainerd, Easton Hanson of Baxter, Kelly Sturdevant of Windsor Locks, CT, Bryant and Gia Sturdevant of Davenport, FL, Brooke Vukelich (Clint Hedlund) of Monticello, and Greg Vukelich Jr. (Aleasha) of Buffalo; great grandchildren, Matt Sturdevant, Abby Sturdevant,  Alexis and Grace Dennison, Blake and Gage Hedlund and Mya Flanagan.

Preceding Lorraine in death are her husband; son, Delmar “Bertie” Sturdevant Jr.; her parents; three sisters, Yvonne “Eva”, Mary and Simone; three brothers, Augustine, Eli, and Arthur.

A Memorial Gathering will be held on Thursday, August 18, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Greg and Denise’s home. Sharing of Memories will be at 4:00 p.m. If desired  memorials are preferred. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.
Connie J. Swan
August 8, 2022

Connie Swan passed from this life on August 8, 2022, at her home, comforted by family, in Pequot Lakes, Minnesota. She was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, married Dennis Swan in Las Vegas, Nevada (the only time they ever traveled there) and lived her 72 years in Nebraska and Minnesota, always near her beloved family and friends.

Connie is the daughter of John Reis and Dolores Carey, sister of Mike Reis, mother to Chris Knapp, Jayme Knapp, Ricky Knapp, and Matt Atkinson, stepmother to Dennis Swan, Jr., mother-in-law to Angie Knapp (Jayme,) Penny Atkinson (Matt,) and Sarah Christian (Dennis, Jr.,) Grandma or Nana to Christian Knapp, Kailen Knapp, Braeden Knapp, Chase Atkinson, Lauren Armstrong, Jack Armstrong, and Denni Swan.

Connie always sought a sunny place to relax: boat rides, lounger by the lake, lawn chair at a baseball field, or sunning on her own dock with a good book. Her best day was any of the above with the sound of family laughing and playing nearby. She found comfort and satisfaction in simple order: simple lists to complete daily goals, changing her home décor for the season, and everything in its place. She had a gift and ease assisting others and found her most rewarding work with Visiting Nurses in Nebraska and Lutheran Social Services in Minnesota.

Connie will be remembered for bringing family together, valuing long friendships, and prioritizing simple pleasures.

Services will be held August 16, 2022, at 11 AM, with visitation beginning t 10 AM, at Brenny Family Funeral Chapel, Crosslake Minnesota, and streamed through the Brenny web site. A private family burial service will follow at Pinewood Cemetery. All friends and family are invited to gather at 13098 Happy Cove Road, Crosslake, MN, to remember Connie and share memories.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to St. Patrick Catholic Community, Scottsdale, AZ, or the American Cancer Society.
Ronald Charles Neal
July 17, 2022

Ronald Charles Neal, age 77, died at home on Sunday, July 17th, 2022.

Ron grew up on the east side of St. Paul, graduating from Harding high school. He went on to serve in the Navy for four years as a boiler technician paving the way for his 33-year career at 3M as a stationary engineer at the incinerator.

He realized his life-long dream of retiring “up north” and living on a lake in the Crosslake area. If you knew Ron, you knew of his love for fishing and about his annual duck hunting trips to Fergus Falls. He was a self-taught handyman and will be remembered for never missing a day of work for illness, his silly humor, and fiercely positive attitude.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years Cheryl Neal, his children Timothy (Fanny) Neal, Todd (Brenda) Neal, Natalie Neal, Nicole (Mike) Miller and sisters Barb Anderson and Charlene Vizenor along with many loving grandchildren, great grandchildren, and nieces and  nephews.

A funeral service will be held at Crosslake Lutheran Church, Crosslake MN on Tuesday, August 16. Visitation at 12:30 pm, service at 1:30 pm.
Memorial Gathering for Gail Peterson

A gathering in memory of Gail Peterson will be held Sunday, August 7 at 1 p.m in the Friendship Hall of Crosslake Presbyterian Church. This will be a time of remembrance and story telling about our relationships with Gail.

Light refreshments will be served. Jerry, Gail's husband, suggested people attending wear pink as that was Gail's favorite color.

Instead of plants or flowers, it is preferred that memorials be given to Crosslake Presbyterian Church, 14444 Daggett Pine Road, Crosslake, MN 56442.
William Donald Doerfler
May 20, 1959 - July 20, 2022

William (Bill) Donald Doerfler passed away unexpectedly at his home on July 20, 2022, after battling continuous heart and cancer challenges. He loved his Lord Jesus and is now resting peacefully in his loving arms.

Bill was born and raised in Lakeville and was taught by his father to hunt with a bow at a  very young age. He was a skilled hunter, and it became one of the great passions in his life. Sitting in his hunting stand or looking out his window watching wildlife were one of his favorite pastimes. Family and friends always knew what was prowling around out there because Bill loved sharing what he saw. Unless, of course, it was a big buck during hunting season! When family or friends shot a deer, he was always there in a hurry to help, wanting to share in their excitement. His Dad and Uncle Phil will surely miss him this deer season.

Bill became a skilled carpenter and cabinet maker while living in Lakeville but had family connections to Crosslake and always dreamed of living up north. His dream came true in 2009 when he and the love of his life, Kerri Hedberg, made the move together. They both worked hard to make their home a place of simple comforts and rest nestled in the woods. Bill was a caretaker and grounds maintenance worker for a dear friend with rental property on the Whitefish Chain for several years. He also worked for a few area businesses doing repairs and remodels. He was known as a skilled “Jack of all trades.”

Bill is survived by his partner of 15 years Kerri Hedberg, father Butch Doerfler (Deb), sons Jeremy, Jesse (Shawna), Chris, Mike (Heather), Ben (Sally), sisters Sue Dirks (John Milan) and Patty Doerfler (Jeff Baardson), brother JJ Doerfler, 11 grandchildren and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He is preceded in death by his mother Gail and brother Tom.

Bill was a simple man with simple needs. He was also quite a jokester and loved to laugh and make others laugh along with him. Oh, how we will miss his quick wit, smart-ass comments, laugh and chuckles. Bill will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brenny Family Funeral Chapel, Crosslake.
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