Miscellaneous Faribault County, Minnesota Obituaries - 2000


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Bob Steinke, 49

BLUE EARTH - Bob Steinke of Blue Earth died Monday, August 28, 2000, at his home, under the care of United Hands Hospice. He was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in 1998.

Following cremation, Memorial services were held on Saturday, September 2 at 1:30 p.m, at the Blue Earth Area High School Gymnasium, with Rev. Mary Willis Mayes of Immanuel United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial of cremated remains will be in Riverside Cemetery, Blue Earth at a later date. Visitation time was Friday from 3-8 p.m. at Patton Funeral Home of Blue Earth.

He was born August 28, 1951, at Minneapolis, the son of Richard H. and Mary E. (Sanstead) Steinke.

He was raised and educated in Bloomington where he was a 1969 graduate of JFK High School. In 1973, he received his bachelors degree in Chemistry from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter. Following his graduation Bob began teaching physical science at Le Center. He was married to Nancy Reko on June 28, 1974, in St. Peter. After teaching seven years in Le Center, he moved east of Blue Earth where he farmed for five years. He resumed teaching in Elmore for five years before spending the last 10 years teaching 8th grade earth science at Blue Earth Area Schools. He was active with the school Peer Helping Program and coached the junior high hnowledge bowl.

Bob was an active member of Immanuel United Methodist Church in Blue Earth, where he was a lay leader. He also performed as part of the community theater groups in Blue Earth, Winnebago and Elmore. Bob was also a member of the Harmony Junction Barbershop Chorus, was a former member of the Royal Chislers Wood Carving Club and was a well-known local videographer.

He is survived by his wife: Nancy Steinke of Blue Earth, daughter: Katie Steinke of Fargo, ND, son: Peter Steinke of Blue Earth, son: Kurt Steinke of Blue Earth, Parents: Richard and Mary Steinke of Bloomington, sister: Rebecca Malone of Carlsbad, CA, sister: Beth Steinke of Bloomington, many aunts, uncles, cousins and two nieces and two nephews.

Kent D. MacArthur, 34

Kent Dale MacArthur, age 34 of Minneapolis, died suddenly August 23 at his home in Minneapolis.

A loving son, brother and uncle, Kent is survived by his parents, Bruce and Joyce; brothers: David and his wife Paula, and Kyle; a sister, Karen and her husband David Rohr; his nephews: Jesse and Dale MacArthur; nieces: Megan Rohr and Emma MacArthur; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many, many friends.

A mass of Christian Burial was held last Monday at St. Bridget Catholic Church in North Minneapolis and his visitation was Sunday at the Crystal Lake Funeral Home.

Interment was at Crystal Lake Cemetery.

Elizabeth Halvorson, 79

BURNSVILLE - Elizabeth Halvorson of Burnsville died on Saturday, August 26 in Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park. She was born in Thompson, Iowa, on February 28, 1921, to Clinton W. and Elnora (Manning) Stowe.

Following graduation from Rake (Iowa) High School in 1938, she attended Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa, and graduated in 1940. She married Ervin C. Halvorson on April 16, 1941, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. She worked with Ervin in the family business Halvorson Well Drilling in Rake.

Surviving are her husband, Ervin Halvorson of Burnsville; two daughters, Carol and her husband Kermitt Brandt of Elmore, and Mary and her husband John Juhl of Burnsville; four grandsons, Steven Brandt and his wife Cindy of Camp Douglas, WI, Mark Juhl of Apple Valley, Terry Brandt and his wife Kristi of Clarkfield, and Christopher Juhl of Burnsville; Three great grandchildren, Lindsay and Kallie Brandt of Clarkfield, and Mason Brandt of Camp Douglas, WI; two sisters, Mrs. Harriet DeVries of Buffalo Center, IA, and Mrs. Carol Madetzke of Chandler, AZ; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held at 10 a.m. Thursday, August 31, at the White Funeral Home in Apple Valley with interment following at 4 p.m. at the West Cemetery in Rake.

Services were conducted by Rev.Terry Brandt and Rev. Duane Voas.

Edwin Steenhard, 80

LAKOTA - Edwin Steenhard passed away Aug. 31 at Timely Mission Nursing Home in Buffalo Center, Iowa. Services were held Sept. 5 at First Presbyterian Church in Lakota with Rev. Willis Nicholson officiating. Interment followed at Maple Hill Cemetery in Lakota.

He was born Oct. 22, 1919, to John and Lena (Geerdes) Steenhard in Lakota. Edwin attended country school in Kossuth County and graduated from Lakota High School with the class of 1938. After graduation, Edwin farmed until entering the service in Feb. 1942, during World War II. He served overseas in the South Pacific.

Edwin was very active in the American Legion at the Lakota Post 652. He was honored as a 50 years member in 1999. He also served the American Legion Post as the finance officer for a long time. He was active in the First Presbyterian Church serving as trustee and trustee secretary for many years.

He is survived by a sister Jane Nelson of Goldfield, Iowa; a brother, Henry Steenhard and his wife Margaret of Lakota; a brother-in-law, Irvin Koppen of Lakota; nieces: Linda Nydegger of Bolan, Iowa, and Ann Steenhard of St. Paul; nephews: Dale Koppen of Lakota; James Steenhard of Swea City; Brad Reed of Nashville, Tenn.;Gary Reed of Mingo, Iowa. He is also survived by many dear friends.

Edwin is preceded in death by his parents, a sister Elsie Koppen; and by a brother Leon Steenhard.

Dr. Jay D. Rush, 87

BUFFALO CENTER - Dr. Jay Donald Rush passed away Tuesday, Sept. 5 at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City, Iowa. Services were held Friday, Sept. 8 at the United Methodist Church in Buffalo Center with Pastor Lois Abel officiating. Visitation was held Thursday evening at Winter Funeral Home in Buffalo Center and one hour before services at the church. Interment followed at Graceland Cemetery in Buffalo Center.

Dr. Jay Rush was born on a farm south of Akron, Iowa, Nov. 5, 1922, to Roger and Marie (Ogden) Rush. He attended various country schools in the area, but moved to Sioux City, Iowa, in 1937, where he graduated from East High School in 1940. He enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve Pilot Training Program in 1942. He won his Naval Aviator Wings in 1944 and was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S.N.R. He was separated from active duty in the U.S.N.R. in Aug. 1946.

In 1947, he was married to Peggy F. Wigger in Independence, Kan., where they lived until he entered Kansas State University to attend veterinary school in 1951. He was baptized April 4, 1954, in St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Manhattan, Kan. He graduated from K.S.U. Vet School June 1957 and moved to Buffalo Center to enter veterinary practice. Three children were born to this marriage; Diana Louise, Steven Jay, and James Roger.

Jay enjoyed most sports, especially flying, fishing, and golf. He belonged to the American Legion, V.F.W, Masonic Lodge, and the Methodist Church, all of Buffalo Center, and the Experimental Aircraft Association.

He is survived by his three children: Diana and her husband Thomas Thiel of Eden Prairie; Steven and his wife Kim Rush, and their three children Stephen, Ethan, and Kaitlyn of Enterprise, Ala.; James and his wife Shelly Rush of Phoneix, Ariz.; sister Barbara and her husband Mike Skaff of Sioux City, Iowa; four brothers: Jack of Sioux City; Dean and his wife Jean of Weslaco, Texas; Tom of North Sioux City, S.D.; Kenneth and his wife Mylet of Sunrise Beach , Mo.; and twelve nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Erwin G. Richardson, 76

ELMORE - Erwin G. Richardson, age 76, of Elmore, died Sept. 4 at St. Luke's Lutheran Care Center. Funeral services were held Sept. 6 at St. Luke's with Pastor Wesley Johnson of Elmore United Methodist Church officiating. Burial was held at Riverview Cemetery in Elmore. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at Patton Funeral Homes of Blue Earth and Elmore.

Erwin was born Feb. 28, 1924, in rural Elmore to Alfred E. and Gurtrude A. (McArthur) Richardson.

He was a lifelong resident of rural Elmore, having attended the country schools. He married Mary Ann Smith Sept. 20, 1958, in Elmore. He farmed near Elmore for many years and raised horses. He raised Tennessee Walking Horses that he took to parades and horse shows.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann of Elmore and several nieces and nephews.

Erwin was preceded in death by his parents and one cousin.

Venzel "Pete" Peterson, 91

FAIRMONT - Services for Venzel "Pete" Peterson, age 91, were held Saturday, Sept. 9 in the chapel at the Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center in Fairmont. Private family interment will be at a later date. Mr. Peterson died Sept. 3. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the nursing home. Lakeview funeral home in Fairmont handled all the arrangements.

Venzel James "Pete" Peterson was born March 10, 1909 in Harris, Minn., the son of Ben and Malverna (Danielson) Peterson. He graduated from Minnehaha Academy and received his bachelor's degree from Macalester College in Minneapolis. Pete was united in marriage to Leone Eustice June 1938 in Le Sueur. He was a science teacher in Blue Earth and Fairmont for 44 years prior to his retirement June 1974. His wife died in 1982 and he married Helen (Houghtaling) Duncan May 1984 in Fairmont. Pete had been a resident of Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center since 1995. He was a member of St. Peter and Paul's Catholic Church in Blue Earth, Knights of Columbus, Retired Teachers of Minnesota, and was selected as "Teacher of the Year" in Faribault County.

Survivors include his wife, Helen, of Fairmont; step-son, Marty Duncan and his wife Carolynn of Coleraine, Minn.; three step-daughters: Louise Duncan of Minneapolis; Elizabeth Duncan of Fairmont; Margaret Barvinek and her husband Jim of Marion, Iowa, four step-grandchildren, and one step-great grandchild. In addition to his parents and his first wife, Pete was also preceded in death by four sisters.

Beatrice D. Murry, 95

BLUE EARTH - Beatrice D. Murry, age 95, of Blue Earth, died Sept. 3 at St. Luke's Lutheran Care Center. Following cremation, memorial services were held Thursday, Sept. 7 at St. Luke's with Father John Ozburn officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Delavan. Arrangements were handled by Patton Funeral Home.

Beatrice was born June 26, 1905 in Delavan, the daughter of Henry A. and Anna S. (Reider) Murry.

She was raised in the Delavan and Blue Earth areas where she graduated from Blue Earth High School in the mid 1920s. She was a homemaker and had worked at the Leuthold & Barnes Clothing Store for several years. She had also worked at various places in Blue Earth for a short time. She was a longtime and active member of SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Blue Earth, and was a member of the Catholic Daughters.

She is survived by a great niece and two great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents. sisters: Irene Murry and Marie Barnes, brother-in-law: Harry Barnes and nephew: John Barnes.

Marvin F. Gullikson, 86

BRICELYN - Marvin F. Gullikson of Bricelyn passed away Sept. 4 at his home from complications of heart disease. His funeral services were held Thursday, Sept. 7 at Bricelyn Lutheran Church in Bricelyn. Interment followed at North Blue Earth Lutheran Cemetery in Brush Creek Township. Rev. Patricia Hinkie and Rev. Ed Nieman officiated. Visitation was held at the Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Bricelyn Wednesday and one hour prior to the services.

Marvin was born Sept. 28, 1913, in Barber Township in Faribault County to Gilbert A. and Emma (Kienitz) Gullikson.

He was united in marriage Oct. 19, 1944, to his first wife Ruth Hovland at North Blue Earth Lutheran Church and to his second wife October 12, 1973, at Bricelyn Lutheran Church.

Marvin worked for the Bricelyn Canning Company for over 40 years as a factory foreman and later he worked with the boiler system. He was drafted into the Army in 1942, and served over seas for 3 years. After getting out of the service he returned to Bricelyn and worked for the canning company and farmed. He retired from farming in they early 1960s.. Marvin was a member of Bricelyn Lutheran Church, Bricelyn American Legion Post 165, and the Wells V.F.W. He loved helping his boys and watching the birds.

He is survived by his wife: Beth Gullikson of Bricelyn, sons: Glenn Gullikson and his fiance` Linda Klingbeil of Bricelyn; Lowell Gullikson of Bricelyn, grandson: Brian Gullikson of Kiester, former daughter-in-law: Mary Jane Gullikson of Minneapolis, sisters: Dorreen and her husband Arlie Sasse of Blue Earth; Norma Eischen of Blue Earth, sisters-in-law: Hazel Soma of Blue Earth; Ann Paske of Buffalo Center, brother-in-law: Howard Flentje of Blue Earth, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Ruth in 1973, sisters: Agnes Flentje and Felma Berenson.

Cecil R. Smith, 81

WINNEBAGO - Services for Cecil R. Smith, age 81, were held Sept. 11 at the First Presbyterian Church in Winnebago. Burial followed at Riverside Cemetery in Winnebago.

Mr. Smith died Sept. 7 at the United Hospital in Blue Earth. Visitation was held from 2-5 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Spencer-Owen Funeral Home in Winnebago and one hour prior to services at the church.

He was born Jan. 30, 1919, in Winnebago and attended country school in Verona Township. On Feb. 19, 1946, he married Beaulah (Rusty) McCreary at Blue Earth. He farmed, trucked and was a mechanic for Stokely Van Camp in Winnebago. He retired in 1960 for health reasons.

Cecil was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and Riverside Cemetery Board. His hobbies included hunting, fishing , and bowling.

Survivors include his wife, Beaulah (Rusty) of Winnebago; one son, Cecel Jr. and wife, Kacy of Columbus, OH; one grandchild; one brother, Esley Smith of Wanachie, WA; two sisters, Eileen Wehr of Kiester, Laura Blomgren of Winnebago; one half brother, Dale Kuhn and wife, Betty of Blue Earth; two half sisters, Lela Kuhn of Blue Earth, Lila Johnson and her husband, Ben of Mankato; one step brother, Jack Kuhn and wife, Lou of Texas; one step sister, Elsie Martin of Winnebago; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Harold W. Tolzman, 90

FORMERLY OF KIESTER - Services for Harold William Tolzman, age 90, were held Friday, Sept. 15 at Mansfield Lutheran Church. Mr. Tolzman passed away Tuesday, Sept. 12 at the Friendship Home in Wells.

His service was officiated by Rev. David Jarvis-Schroeder. Interment followed at the Mansfield Luther Cemetery.

Harold was born August 30, 1910, in Vivian Township, Waseca County to William F. and Marie (Beckmann) Tolzmann. He attended school in North Dakota until the 5th grade. His family moved back to the area in 1923. He was confirmed April 5, 1925 at the First Lutheran Church in Wells.

He was united in marriage June 20, 1934, to Linda Nebring in Walters, Minn. He farmed in Mansfield Township from 1939 until 1973. He was a member of Mansfield Lutheran Church. His favorite hobby was farming.

Harold is survived by one brother: Palmer Tolzman of Albert Lea, two daughters-in-law: Betty Tolzmann of Tucson, Ariz and Ruby and husband Ron Alphs of Lyle, Minn. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Julie Graham of Albert Lea; Shelley and husband Bill Yancey of Albert Lea; Lesa Thompson of Chisago City, Minn; Neil Tolzman of Tucson, Ariz.; Cassandra Tolzman of Oregon., four great-grandchildren: Susan and Christopher Graham; Holly and Christopher Thompson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Linda in 1971, three sons: LeRoy in 1977, Marlin in 1984, and Gary in 1995.

Lorraine V. Spencer, 70

BLUE EARTH - Lorraine V. Spencer, age 70, of Blue Earth died Sept. 19 at Parker Oaks Care Center, Winnebago. Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, Sept. 22 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Blue Earth with Father John Ozbun officiating. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery in Blue Earth. Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. Sept. 21 at Patton Funeral Home in Blue Earth.

Lorraine was born Sept. 22, 1929, in Blue Earth to Robert J. and Esther (Arbieter) Shea.

She was raised and educated in Winnebago where she was a 1947 graduate of Winnebago High School. She had worked seasonally for Stokely-Van Camp Co. for several years during and following her education. She was married to John F.Spencer on Oct. 30, 1950 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Winnebago. The couple moved to Blue Earth in 1951 and Lorraine started to work as a waitress at the Wellington Hotel, where she continued to work for several years. She was a member of the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and was a member of the Catholic Daughters. She was also a member of the Blue Earth VFW Auxilliary.

She is survived by her sons: Mike Spencer of Blue Earth; Robert and wife, Becky Spencer of Blue Earth; Dennis and wife, Bonnie Spencer of Blue Earth, Tim and wife, Janet Spencer of Blue Earth, brother: James R. Shea of Tonapah, Nev., sisters: Kathryn Allen of Albert Lea; Nada Grant of Winnebago, sister-in-law: Fern Shea of Albert Lea, 15 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents, husband in 1997, brothers: Edward, Joseph, Harlan and Tom Shea, sisters: Marge Burns and Susan Mosser.

Melvin F. Schwake, 81

LEWISVILLE - Funeral services for Melvin F. Schwake, age 81, of Lewisville were held Sept. 18 at the Church of Christ in Truman with Pastor Merrill Davis officiating. Flag presentation was performed by Lewisville American Legion Post 561. Burial is set for a later date in Ridgelawn Memorial Park in Truman.

Mr. Schwake died Sept. 15 at this home in rural Lewisville. Visitation was held at the Olson Funeral Home Sept. 17 and 18, also one hour prior to services at the church.

Melvin Frederick Schwake, the son of Edwin and Emma (Suess) Schwake, was born March 28, 1919, in Sauk Centre, Minn. He and his family moved to a farm in Wheeling Township, Rice County, Minn. in 1921. Melvin attended District 16 rural school and also Trinity Parochial School in Faribault, Minn. He attended Kenyon High School where he graduated in 1935. In 1940, he graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. and received his master's degree in cirriculum and instruction from Mankato State University in 1969. For a short time he worked for Farmer's Seed and Nursery and then at E.J. Brach & Sons Candy Company in Chicago. Ill.

Melvin volunteered for service in the U.S. Army and was inducted May 9, 1941. He completed basic training at Camp Davis, N.C. and anti-air-craft officer candidate school and was commissioned a 2nd Lt. on May 14, 1942, He served for a year at Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, guarding the locks and was them sent to a replacement depot and transported troops in the U.S. and oversees. He crossed the Atlantic Ocean on the Queen Elizabeth and the USS Argentine and flew back to the U.S. He was honorably discharged in the rank of Major on April 13, 1946, and he returned to Mankato where he was employed with Standard Oil Company.

Melvin married Gloria LaVonne Valentine Nov. 28, 1946, at the Church of Christ in Truman. After their marriage they farmed in Wheeling Township in Rice County for a year and then moved to Lewisville where he continued to farm for 21 years, retiring in 1980.

He was a member of the Church of Christ in Truman and sang in the church choir for 44 years. He was active in school affairs, was clerk of Fieldon Township for six years, was a member of the Watonwan County Farm Bureau and the Lewisville American Legion Post 561.

Survivors include: his wife, Gloria Schwake of Lewisville, three daughters: Diana Hadfield of San Diego, Calif; Darla Wassman and her husband, James of Ormsby; Denise Chambers and her husband, Leo of Lakeville, four grandchildren, a sister: Adele Braun and her husband, Pastor Harold Braun of White Bear Lake, two sisters-in-law: Virginia Dedrickson of Fairmont; Wanda Wilke of Lewisville, brother-in-law: Dewey Valentine and his wife, Sharon of Fairmont, nieces and nephews.

Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, a sister: Serena Scholl, and brother: Donald Schwake.

Tilmer L. Schiller, 77

ELMORE - Tilmer L. Schiller, age 77, of Elmore, died Sept. 17 at the United Hospital, Blue Earth. Funeral services were held Thursday, Sept. 21 at 2:30 p.m. at the Elmore United Methodist Church. Rev. Wes Johnson officiated and burial followed at the Riverview Cemetery in Elmore. Visitation time was from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20 at Patton Funeral Home in Blue Earth.

Tilmer was born June 3, 1923, in Butterfield, Minn. to Herman and Hannah (Hugget) Schiller.

He was raised and educated in Butterfield and the St. James areas, where he attended local schools. He served four years overseas in the U.S. Army during WW II and returned to the Minneapolis area. He farmed for a time before starting to work for Grayco Spray Painting & Machinery Co. He later owned his own lawn care business before moving to Elmore in 1970.

Tilmer married Francine (Ferch) Burrows on Jan. 6, 1978, in Watertown, S.D. He continued in lawn care until he was forced to retire due to ill health. He continued occasional lawn care work in Elmore following his retirement.

He is survived by his wife: Francine Schiller of Elmore, step-daughters: Donna and her husband, Richard Poppe of Elmore; Traci and husband, Dennis Hanson of Elmore,. step-son: Douglas Ferch of Fairmont, sons: Leroy and Leonard Schiller of Minneapolis, daughters: Rita and Deanna Schiller of Minneapolis, brother: Robert and wife, Audrey Schiller of St. James, brothers-in-law: Sylvester Rathman of St. James; Harold Holtz of Trimont, sister-in-law: Esther Schiller of St. James, and 12 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, 5 brothers, and one step-daughter.

Wayne "Colonel" Herme, 59

WINNEBAGO - Services for Wayne "Colonel" Herme, 59, of Winnebago were held Sept. 18 at Spencer-Owen Funeral Home. Burial with Military Honors followed at Riverside Cemetery in Winnebago.

Mr. Herme died Sept. 14 at his home in Winnebago. Visitation hours were held one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

He was born Sept.13, 1914, in Winnebago to Leonard and Evelyn (Morgan) Herme. He attended school at Winnebago and served in the U.S. Army. On Jan. 28, 1966, he married Carol Warner in Wells. They were later divorced. On Nov. 1980, he married Carol Petersen in Winnebago and they were later divorced. He worked for various farmers and Loveall Construction.

He was a member of American Legion Post #82 in Winnebago.

Survivors include: one son, Leonard Herme of Wells; two daughters, Cindy Flatness and her husband, Daniel of Albert Lea, and Kaylene Herme of Eagle Lake; two grandchildren; his mother, Evelyn Black of Winnebago; three brothers, Larry of Winnebago, Lloyd of Fairmont, Floyd and his wife, Barb of Janesville, two sisters, Ethel Anderson, Karen Hernandez and her husband, Sam Jr. all of Winnebago; three step brothers, Mike Black and his wife, Judy of Lake Crystal, Roger Black of Delavan, Rick Black of Winnebago.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Willard L. Espeland

WINNEBAGO - Willard L. Espeland, age 72, of Winnebago, died Sept. 17 at United Hospital in Blue Earth. Funeral services were held Thursday, Sept. 21 at 10:30 a.m. at Spencer-Owen Funeral Home in Winnebago. Rev. Rodney Yates of Berean Baptist Church of Winnebago officiated. Burial was held at Rosehill Cemetery, Winnebago. Patton Funeral Homes of Blue Earth and Spencer-Owen Funeral Home in Winnebago handled all arrangements.

Willard was born July 4, 1928, in Nevada, Iowa to Lawrence H. and Clara M. (Anthony) Espeland.

He was raised and educated in Winnebago, where he was a 1946 graduate of Winnebago High School. He attended Mankato State University before entering the U.S. Army, where he served as a surveyor during the Korean Conflict. He was married to Joyce C. Binford Nov. 21, 1951, in Port Townsend, Wash. He returned to rural Winnebago in 1954 where he farmed until the mid 1960s. He moved to Blue Earth and worked for Schwen Ice Cream Company for a short time before starting work in sales for the Elmore Nursery in 1967. He continued in sales until his retirement in 1991.

Willard is survived by his special family friend: Rosemary Keller of Winnebago, daughters: Cindy and husband, Gary Wells of Blue Earth; K. Amy and husband, Randy Anderson of Champlin, son: Lawrence "Larry" and wife, Debra Espeland of Maple Grove, sisters: Mary and husband, Donald Mohn of Enumclaw, Wash; Clarice and husband, Myrl Anderson of Blue Earth, brother: Benny and wife, Nancy Espeland of Winnebago, and nine grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife in 1985 and a son, Jason W. Espeland in 1991.

Terry R. Adams, 50

ANKENY, IOWA - Terry R. Adams, age 50, of Ankeny, Iowa, formerly of the Rochester and Minneapolis areas, died Sept. 14 at Mercy Hospital Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Following cremation, a memorial service was held Sept. 19 at the Elmore United Methodist Church, with Rev. Wes Johnson officiating. Burial of cremated remains followed at the Riverside Cemetery in Blue Earth. Visitation was held one hour prior to services at the church. Patton funeral homes of Blue Earth and Elmore handled all arrangements.

Terry was born Oct. 18, 1949, in Jackson to Carl J. and Myrtle T. (Mikkelson) Adams.

He was raised and educated in Rochester where he was a 1967 graduate of John Marshall High School. He attended Rochester Technical College before entering the U.S. Army in 1969. He served in Germany during the Vietnam War and returned to Rochester. He later moved to Worthington where he resided for five years before moving to the Minneapolis area. He worked in sales and marketing for 17 years in the Twin Cities area. In 1995, he moved to Des Moines, Iowa. Before his death he resided in Ankeny, Iowa and was working in the sales and marketing department for Interstate Detroit Diesel Co.

Terry is survived by his daughters: Heather and husband, Robert Rataj of Eagan; Nicole Adams of Burnsville, mother: Myrtle Adams of Elmore, brothers: Jon and wife, Mary Alice Adams of Bella Vista, Ark.; Alan and wife, Merlin Adams of Omaha, Neb.; Robert and wife, Renee Adams of Marshall, Wis.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and father in April 2000.

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