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Willard D. “Bill” Anderson
May 9, 1936 - September 15, 2015

Willard D. “Bill” Anderson passed peacefully from this life on September 15, 2015, at Green Pine Acres Nursing Home in Menahga, Minnesota.

Bill was born to Willard and Stella (ne Ryan) Anderson on May 9, 1936 in Minneapolis. He graduated from Washburn High School in 1954 and went on to apprentice as a diemaker. He married Roxanne Niles in 1956 and they made their home in Bloomington, then Burnsville. They were blessed with five children and in 1963 they moved their young family to Fifty Lakes, Minnesota. Among the many jobs Bill took on in addition to die-making, were milkman and park ranger. He volunteered on the Fifty Lakes Fire Department and became chief. He enjoyed the challenge and adventure of working on the Alyeska Pipeline in Alaska.

In 1986 Bill married Karen Peterson and they made their home in Eden Prairie. In 2000 they retired to their home on Second Crow Wing Lake. Bill soon found the need to have a retirement job, and he loved the time he spent and people he met while working at the Park Rapids Airport.

Bill had many talents and interests, but he will be remembered for his love of family, people and nature. The love and memories shared within his family will be his legacy, and his children a tribute.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, wife Roxanne, son Thomas, nephews Michael Benson and James Benson.

He is survived by wife Karen; son Gerald (Patty)Anderson; daughters Cynthia (Wayne) Boettcher, Pamela (Scott Hoffman)Anderson, and Laurie (Troy) Atwater; stepsons Wayne (Fatuma) Peterson, Lance (Yvonne) Peterson, and Brett Peterson; sister Phyllis; niece Dawn; grandchildren - Alisha, Jesse, Michael, Angelina, Matthew, Travis, Nicole, Eliah, Daniel, Maxwell, Madelyn and Dalton, and many great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Bill’s life was held at the Hubbard United Methodist Church in Hubbard, Minnesota on Friday, September 25, 2015. Friends may leave online condolences at ceasefuneralhome.com. Cease Family Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Vern E. Johnson
July 31, 1929 - September 11, 2015

Vern E. Johnson, 86, of Crosslake, formerly of Remer and Outing, died Friday, September 11, 2015 at his new home.

Vern was born July 31, 1929, in Minneapolis, MN, the son of Vern and Gladys (Duford) Johnson. Following his graduation from Edison High School, Vern enlisted in the US Army where he served as a paratrooper and a cook. Benefitting from the GI Bill, Vern attended Dunwoody Institute and worked for a few years as a Journeyman Mold Maker before partnering with a friend to create and operate Roma Tools and Plastics in the Metro Area. In 1961, he married Adele Glor and became an instant family man to her and her two children, Michael and Scott. Vern retired and the couple headed North to enjoy the outdoors – especially fishing – in the Remer and Outing Areas before calling Crosslake home.

Vern was an inventor – he loved to tinker in the garage and create “helpful” products Adele wasn’t always too happy to make room for. He gardened and enjoyed socializing with his neighbors. When the cold weather hit, the couple traveled to Arizona where you could find Vern on the pickle ball court or playing bridge with friends. He was thoughtful, kind and very proud to be a small business owner. He will be missed.

He is survived by his wife, Adele; sons, Michael (Pam) Glor, of Champlain and Scott (Laurie) Glor, of Sarona, WI; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. Memorial Services were held Friday, September 18 at the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake. Interment took place at Pinewood Cemetery in Crosslake with Military Honors performed by the Crosslake American Legion, Post #500.

Barbara Ryba
August 12, 1961 - September 12, 2015

Barbara Ryba, age 54, of Pine River, passed away Saturday, September 12, 2015, at her home. She was born to Frank and Sandra Johnson on August 12, 1961, in Concord, New Hampshire. She loved bowling, golfing and being with friends and family.

Barbara is survived by her son, James Ryba, Jr.; mother, Sandra Johnson; sister, Debbie Heitmeier; and brother, Frank C. Johnson. She was preceded in death by her father, Frank.

Services were held Thursday, September 17, at Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.

Shawn D. Hyatt
May 13, 1970 - September 1, 2015

Shawn D. Hyatt, 45, passed away on September 1, 2015 in Washakee County at Elk Camp.

He graced us with his life on May 13, 1970 in Brainard, Minnesota to Nancy Clark and Alvin "Turk" Soderman. Shawn graduated from Brainerd High School in 1988.

He has one son, Jonathan Hyatt, from his first marriage, who he had the wonderful opportunity to have visitation to enjoy fishing, helping his dad on a job site and spending time with his new extended family. Shawn met the love of his life, he affectionately called "Bethy", and they dated and enjoyed life for 5 years and married on August 15, 2015 in Buffalo, Wyoming.

Shawn was also very honored to be called 'dad' by his step-daughters, Sarah and Hannah Bucher. He enjoyed taking the kids fishing, camping and hunting. The family enjoyed many amazing memories and adventures in the great outdoors, travels, and family gatherings of Wyoming, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Nebraska, Cozumel and the honeymoon destination of Cabo San Lucas.

Shawn was the proud owner of Hyatt's Construction and Handyman Services. One of his passions was to continue to provide to people in the community. He touched so many lives in so many ways. He knew no stranger.

Shawn enjoyed spending time with all of his friends and family. He would get into trouble after spending time with his father-in-law, Galen Lee, after going to auctions and coming up with projects and finding interesting trinkets. Shawn also made it a tradition to hit up garage/yard sales in the community with his wife and step-daughters on Saturday mornings to find anything related to tools, hunting, fishing or just a good "score". He also enjoyed the back yard campfires with family and friends.

Shawn loved all of his family and extended family and friends. He had several hobbies that always included some sort of adventure or mis-adventure, a memory, a story and always with his wife/daughters, friends, family and folks he would happen to meet and always end up calling a "friend". He helped at Demo Derby's, was on a pool league, enjoyed hunting elk, antelope, deer, grouse, geese, turkey's. He enjoyed his fishing trips with his buddies and step-daughters, or anyone who mentioned a last minute fishing exertions. He enjoyed snow mobiling, 4-wheeling, riding his cycle to Sturgis with his wife, and most of all sharing a good story.

His spirit remains around us all by his laughter he shared and the stories and his kindness to many.

He is survived by his wife, Beth Hyatt; step-daughters Sarah and Hannah Bucher of Gillette; son, Jonathan Hyatt of Minnesota; mother, Nancy Clark of Minnesota; brothers, Erin Clark and Pete Soderman of Minnesota; sister, Heidi Soderman-Landon of Minnesota, and many cherished family and friends. He also held a special place in his heart for his mother and father-in-law Galen and Sharon Lee of Gillette. So many people, family and friends to list - please know the value in his life.

He is preceded in death by his father Alvin Soderman, a nephew Brent Nichols, Uncle Mel Yager, Aunt Patty Hyatt, grandparents and friends.

Memorial Service for Shawn D. Hyatt was held on Wednesday September 9, 2015 at JC Point Shelter in Dalby Memorial Park with Pastor Ernie Bishop officiating.

A memorial has been established in Shawn’s name. Memorials and Condolences may be sent to the family in care of Walker Funeral Home 410 Medical Arts Court Gillette, WY 82716 or condolences may be sent via the web: www.walkerfuneralgillette.com

Lili Johnson
March 2, 2015

Lili Johnson passed away March 2, 2015. A celebration of her life service will be held September 12th at 10AM at the Crosslake Lutheran Church.

Thank you for all the prayers and cards, the family of Lili and Jack Johnson

Clement Victor Maust
August 30, 2015

Clement Victor Maust, 73, of Merrifield, MN passed from this world and on to the next in the small hours of Sunday morning, August 30th, 2015, while surrounded by his loving wife and children at St Cloud Hospital in St Cloud, MN.

Clem was a beloved son and brother, dedicated husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather whose love and loyalty to his family cannot be questioned. He had a great many friends from all chapters of his life and all of his many interests.

As a youth Clem became interested in sports, namely baseball and basketball, a lifelong passion he shared with his closest friend, cousin and confidant, Darlys Every. Clem's love of Baseball led him into coaching in the Bronco league, where he helped shape the character of many players with his calm demeanor and sense of sportsmanship. Later Clem and Darlys joined the Brainerd Sports Boosters and were a fixture on the sidelines of the Brainerd Warriors, and CLC Raiders basketball and football games for decades.

As a young man Clem proudly served in the Minnesota National Guard, honoring his country before meeting and marrying the love of his life, Mary Ellen Jensen, and starting a family.

Clem was a printer by trade, working for Bang Printing in Brainerd for 28 years before proudly setting off to form Lakes Printing with some of his closest friends. He was also a genealogist, researching, writing and self-publishing no less than 3 family histories. His other pursuits included travel and railroads which he often combined into "train chasing" trips across the country. While not exploring the real railways of America, Clem was a model railroader, another interest he shared with Darlys and one that consumed a good bit of his retirement as he became passionately involved with the Northern Trackers Railroad Club in Crosslake Minnesota until his passing.

Clem is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Mary Ellen Maust, of Merrifield, Sister Ardyce Stephan of Brainerd, Brother Wesley Maust of Pillager, Daughter Tyra Ann Palmer and husband Dan and Daughter Stephanie Jean Maust also of Merrifield, Clement Lee Maust and wife Debbie of Brainerd, Candace Marie Kunde and husband Mitch of Garrison. Grandchildren Katelyn Payne and husband Mycal, Britanie Winker, James Hoyt and wife Erin, Garrett Ducette, Mikaela and Damien Lindquist, Paige and Kolton Kunde and 8 plus Great-Grandchildren.

Preceding him in death are Clem's Parents Nevan and Marie Maust of Brainerd and brothers Darwin and Cornell Maust, also of Brainerd.

Services were held on Thursday, September 3rd at Nelson-Doran Funeral Home. Burial was at Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Dorothy Mae Miller
October 15, 1921 - August 31, 2015

Dorothy Mae Miller age 93 of Outing died on August 31, 2015 at the Essentia St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd. She was born on October 15, 1921 in Pleasant Lake, ND to Ashley and Emma (Lee) Cline. Dorothy moved to the Outing area in October of 2014 from Rugby, ND to be with her daughter.

Dorothy is survived by two daughters, Linda Modrow of Outing and Sandra Jacobson of Balta, ND; three grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.

Preceding her in death are her parents, her husband, Glenn, one grandson, Michael Modrow, three sisters, Eva Frydenlund, Frances Wappes, Alice Rogelstad and 1 brother, Raymond Cline.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, September 6, 2015 at the Wesleyan Church in Emily. Burial will be at the Persilla Watts Cemetery in Rugby, ND.

Fredrick Jerome Sweetman
January 10, 1943 - August 30, 2015

Fredrick Jerome Sweetman age 72 of Zephyrhills, FL and summer resident of Emily, MN died on August 30, 2015 at the St. Cloud Hosptial. He was born on January 10, 1943 in Davenport, IA to Francis and Doris (Hahn) Sweetman. He married Janice Stolmeier on November 24, 1962 in Davenport, IA. Fred and Janice have been summer residents in the Emily area since 2005.

Fred is survived by his wife Janice; 3 daughters, Catherine (Bobby) Eatcherton of Winnsboro, TX, Ja Sampson of Lutz, FL and Jennifer (Tommy) Reid of Sevierville, TN; 2 sisters, Barbara Williams of Bluffton, SC and Janice (Bill) Lane of Balsam Lake, WI and six grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held on Friday, September 4, 2015 at the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Martha Margaret Kellerman Sipper
March 11, 1924 - August 26, 2015

Martha Margaret Kellerman Sipper age 91 of Baxter died on August 26, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society in Pine River.Martha was born on March 11, 1924 to Paul C. and Barbara (Wedel) Kellerman. Martha’s grandmother Jennie Kellerman raised her after her mother died in September of 1924. She married Kenneth James Sipper on June 20, 1942. Martha worked at Baxter Laboratories in Morton Grove, IL, A.B. Dick Paper Company in Illinois, Fairfield High School in California, Emily Elementary School and the Emily Supermarket in Emily, MN.

During her husband Kenneth’s 24 year career in the US Army and Air Force they lived in Washington, Illinois, New Mexico, Montana, Minnesota, California and England. Currently, Martha lived at the Excelsior Place in Baxter. She was a member of St. Emily’s Catholic Church in Emily for 22 years and later a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Crosby.

Martha is survived by her a daughter, Cheri (John) Grater; two sons, Jeffrey Sipper and Timothy (Sue) Sipper; grandchildren, Jason, Kelly, Ryan and Paul; great grandchildren, Casey, Ryder and Isabella.

Preceding her in death are her parents; her husband, Kenneth; son, Randolph and her grandmother, Jennie Kellerman.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Crosby. Burial will be at the Pine Ridge Cemetery in Emily. Visitation bill be 1 hour prior to the services at the church on Saturday. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Theodore Ernest Starkka
May 28 1932 - August 16, 2015

Theodore Ernest Starkka better known as Ernie, 83 years old of Crosslake, MN passed away at CRMC in Crosby on August 16 th 2015. Born in Ludden, ND on May 28 1932, he was the son of Erick Apeil and Marie Starkka. Ernie was born the sixth of ten children. Ralph, Roy, Raymen, Carl, Lorraine Dunlop, Gloria Fitch, Ruth Helen Koski, Mildred and Violet. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, two sisters, Mildred Zupon and Violet Huro and his son Dennis Eric also known as Oly. Ernie married Ellen Regina Ahlberg in 1954 and is survived by his wife of 61 years and his children Starr Marie, Jean Elaine, Joan Ellen, Ronald Ernest, Daniel David; Grandchildren; Daniel David, Regina Beth, Leah Marie and Emma-Jo Nevin, Brandon Lee Berglund, Simone Jarvis and Rory Olaf Starkka; Great-Grand children, Dominic Calderone Hernandez and Jasper Theodore Jarvis. His little faithful friends; Oops, Sammie, Helga, Chee and his happy canaries.

Ernie enjoyed his training in a paratrooper unit in the US Army and was stationed at Fort Benning in Georgia. He was either on his Harley or in his sassy Ford ragtop. Ernie had an entrepreneurial spirt and followed his heart to establish one of the original family businesses in the Crosslake area. Ernie's Standard, Ernie's Amoco, The Store, The Marina and E and E Grocery. He provided care and safety to Crosslake visitors and those who toughed it out all year around and every long cold winter. His snow-plowing, wrecker calls, emergency jump starts-he was there for it all. If Ellen wasn’t at his side she was at home answering the phones or in the garage until he came back. He didn’t really slow down until he retired, then he enjoyed the sunsets, laughed with his grand and great-grand-children, snuggled with his lap dog and talked to and fed the deer and the birds.

Ernie started the grooming of snowmobile trails with the purchase of the first groomer in the Crosslake area and spent many enjoyable hours snowmobiling with friends Bill and Betty Jensen and others. He was a deer, goose and pheasant hunter and enjoyed trips back to ND to hunt. Ernie was a kind hearted man and would not hesitate to help someone in need. He was from a large family and felt very loved by all of his sisters and brothers.

Ernie was disappointed that his “Golden Years” were not more comfortable and exciting than they were. Ellen became and is still ill with a slowly progressive disease called Multiple System Atrophy starting in 2009. Ellen was promised that she would be able to stay home with her family thorough out her disease and he made sure of that by his caring dedication to her.

Optimism, dedication and hard work were Ernie’s strengths and he will be remembered by many.

Merle Lloyd Mathison
April 16, 1924 - August 19, 2015

Merle Lloyd Mathison, 91, of Pequot Lakes, MN died on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at The Heritage House in Pequot Lakes, MN. Funeral Services for Merle will be held on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 11:00AM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Alberta, MN with Pastor Dell Sanderson officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be at Frog Lake Cemetery in Alberta, MN. A luncheon will then follow at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Merle was born on April 16, 1924 in Alberta, MN to Thore and Emma (Erickson) Mathison. He graduated from Alberta High School. He was united into marriage to Ielene Flannigan. Merle owned and operated Alberta Truck Service from 1947-1957. The family then moved to rural Pequot Lakes, MN where he was a dairy farmer. Merle enjoyed snowmobiling, being on a pool league, and in his later years building rustic furniture for local craft shows.

Merle is survived by his children, Cindy (John) Terwilliger of Lake Shore, MN and Susan (Mark) Mathison-Young of Lake Shore, MN; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Evelyn Raasch; and brother, Delroy Mathison. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thore and Emma; infant son, Myron Lee Mathison, daughter, Sandra Kay Hamilton; and brothers, Harvey and Glen. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Pequot Lakes, MN.

Theodore “Ernie” E. Starkka
May 28, 1932 - August 16, 2015

Theodore “Ernie” E. Starkka age 83 of Crosslake died on August 16, 2015 at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center. Ernie was born on May 28, 1932 in Ludden, North Dakota to Erikki and Maria (Hovisto) Starkka. He married Ellen Ahlberg on January 23, 1954 in Sisseton, SD. He is a retired owner of Ernie’s in Crosslake, operating the station for 40 years.

Ernie is survived by his wife, Ellen; two sons, Ron Starkka of Aitkin, and Dan (Kathy) Starkka of Monticello; three daughters, Starr Jarvis of Pequot Lakes, Jean Starkka of Crosslake and Joan Nevin of Shawnee, OK; four brothers, Carl (Vicki) Starkka, Roy (Jerry) Starkka, Ralph (Cindy) Starkka and Raymond Starkka; three sisters, Ruth Helen (Ray) Koski, Gloria Fitch and Lorraine Dunlop; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Preceding him in death are his parents; 1 son, Dennis “Oly” Starkka; two sisters, Violet Huro and Irene “Millie” Zupon.

Graveside services were held on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at the Pinewood Cemetery in Crosslake with full military honors given by the Crosslake American Legion Post.

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