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Dorothy Mae Allen, 69, Grand Rapids, died Monday, Dec. 1, 1997, at Itasca Medical Center. She was born Dec. 12, 1927, in Remer, the daughter of Preston and Alice (Taylor) Maness, and grew up and attended school in Remer and Grand Rapids. She moved to Grand Rapids in 1941. She married John Allen on Sept. 4, 1956, in Coleraine. She was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagle Auxiliary in Grand Rapids. She is survived by a daughter, Alice Blade, Grand Rapids; two sons, John Allen and Preston Allen, both of Grand Rapids; a stepson, Dennis Allen, Eveleth; two sisters, Ruth Gildersleve and Delores Maness, both of Grand Rapids; a brother, Clarence "Bud" Maness, Babbitt; and 13 grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband, John, in 1994, her parents, a granddaughter, Heidi Miller, in 1997, and a brother, Harold Maness, in 1995. Funeral: Thursday, Dec. 4, at 1 p.m. at Grace Bible Chapel, Grand Rapids, with the Rev. Charles Nelson officiating. Visitation is Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Rowe Funeral Home. Burial: Itasca-Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

Victor F. Bjorkquist, 101, Jacobson, died Friday, Nov. 28, 1997, at Itasca Medical Center, Grand Rapids. He was born June 28, 1896, in Luvia, Finland, to Frank and Alexsandra (Groonman) Bjorkquist. He grew up in rural Finland and was inducted into the Finnish Army in 1917. Following his army service, he was married to Laimi Kayra in 1920 at Pori, Finland, where he served as a policeman until 1922 when they came to Jacobson. He worked in the underground mines on the Iron Range and in the logging camps in the Jacobson area prior to farming at Jacobson. He had a dairy farm and turkey farm until retiring in 1961. His wife Laimi died in 1966. He served as Aitkin County Weed and Seed Inspector until retiring in 1976 at the age of 80. He was very active in the community serving on the Board of Directors of the Wawina-Jacobson Co-Operative and the Floodwood Co-Op Creamery. He served on the Ball Bluff Township Board and the School Board of School District 109 as well as the Aitkin County Soil and Water Conservation Board. He was active in the Mississippi Farmers Education and Social Society in Jacobson, now known as the Jacobson Community Center. He was a member of Itasca Lodge No. 208 A.F. & A.M. in Grand Rapids. He married Selma Niemi on June 19, 1969, at Jacobson. He is survived by two daughters, Kathryn Peterson, and Elizabeth Suomala, both of Duluth; a son, Viljo "Mike" Bjorkquist, Jacobson; a stepdaughter, Hazel Ogilvie, Pengilly; a stepson, Ben Niemi, Goodland; nine grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his first wife, Laimi, his second wife, Selma, in 1991; his parents, a sister, Fanny Virta, a brother, Waino Bjorkquist, and a granddaughter, Sharon Suomala. Masonic funeral service: Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 1 p.m. at Jacobson Community Center, Jacobson. The officers of Itasca Lodge No. 208 A.F. & A.M. officiating. Burial: Ball Bluff Cemetery, Ball Bluff Township. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids. 

Theresa J. Carpenter, 19, Nashwauk, died Friday, Nov. 28, 1997, at Itasca Medical Center, Grand Rapids. She was born May 11, 1978, in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Arden Carpenter and Joyce (Johnson) Mackey. She was a 1997 graduate of Nashwauk High School and was currently a student at the Northwest Technical College in Bemidji. She had worked at the Blandin Paper Company in Grand Rapids and the Androy Hotel in Hibbing. She is survived by her mother, Joyce Mackey, Nashwauk; her father, Arden Carpenter, Grand Rapids; two sisters, Donna Kujala, Beldenville, Wis., and Brenda Hansen, Andover; two brothers, Arden Carpenter Jr., Keewatin, and Jason Carpenter, Duluth; her grandmother, Delia Johnson, Pengilly; and two stepbrothers, Ted Mackey, Nashwauk, and Kenny Mackey, Hibbing. Preceding her in death were her grandparents James Johnson and Leon "Buster" and Blanche Carpenter. Funeral: Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 11 a.m. at Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine. Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.

Alfred L. Forsman, Deer River, died Thursday, Nov. 27, 1997, at his home. He was born in Pipestone, the son of Mary and Lee Forsman. Later the family moved to Deer River where he graduated from high school. He attended Itasca Junior College in Coleraine and graduated from the University of Minnesota where he majored in mortuary science. He spent the next year in Eveleth and then went to Blue Earth where he later had his own funeral home, working there for 40 years. He was a vocal soloist, a member of the Second Wind Harmonica Band and had performed in the cast of the Grand Rapids area Showboat for several years. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving four years in the European Theater during World War II. He is survived by his wife, Grace, Deer River; a daughter, Cynthia Forsman, Minneapolis; a son, David Forsman, Deer River; a sister, Dolly Erola, Deer River; and special family friend, Suzi McCauley. Preceding him in death were his parents, two sisters, Violet Forsman and Stella Chapman, and two brothers, Bill and Levi. Funeral: Monday, Dec. 1, at 11 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, Deer River, with the Rev. Dwight Rudquist officiating. Burial: Pine Ridge Cemetery, Deer River, with military honors. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River.

Rose E. Holthus, 89, Grand Rapids, died Saturday, Nov. 29, 1997, at Itasca Nursing Home. She was born April 18, 1908, in Medford, Wis., the daughter of Otto and Elisa Widmer, attended schools in Medford and later attended nursing school. She was married to Henry A. "Heine" Holthus on Feb. 28, 1931, in Milaca. She had been a surgery assistant and had done private duty nursing. The couple owned and operated Scenic Pines Resort and Store for many years, retiring in 1972. She was a member of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, the Eastern Star and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. She is survived by a sister, Lillian Kops, Colby, Wis.; and special friends, Marilyn Erickson and Lois Young, both of Grand Rapids. Preceding her in death were her husband, Henry, on Oct. 15, 1995, three sisters and five brothers. Memorials are preferred to the St. Andrew's Good Samaritan Fund. Memorial services: Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 5 p.m. at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church with the Rev. George B. Gilbertson officiating. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine. 

Esther L. Lundberg, 100, Austin, died Friday, Nov. 28, 1997, at the Austin Medical Center. She was born Dec. 2, 1896, in Oakland, the daughter of Howard and Lucy Maye Dearmin, and grew up and attended school in Oakland. She married Lloyd Stevens in March of 1916 in Albert Lea. They resided in Austin in 1944 when they moved to the Grand Rapids area. He died in 1957. She married John Lundberg in June of 1959. They lived in Grand Rapids until his death in 1969. She moved to Austin and spent the next 24 years living at the twin towers. The last four years she resided at St. Mark's Nursing Home in Austin. She was a lifelong member of the Westminister Presbyterian Church were she was an active member of the Naomi Circle. She was also an active member of the Oakland Cemetery Auxiliary and a piano player for the Senior Citizen Center and Kitchen Band. She is survived by a sister, Lucy Maye Stevens, Austin; 10 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her two husbands, Lloyd and John, and three sons, Vaughn, Kenneth and Russell Stevens. Funeral: Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 1 p.m. at Westminister Presbyterian Church, Austin, with the Rev. Lou Nemeth. Burial: Fairview Cemetery, Oakland. Arrangements by Clasen-Jordan Funeral Home, Austin. 

Stevenson Moore III, 69, Treasure Island, Fla., died Nov. 18, 1997, at his home. He was born in Chicopee, Mass., and moved to Treasure Island from Urbana, Ill. He was a professor emeritus of entomology at the University of Illinois, where he was a faculty member for 32 years. He was a graduate of the American International College, Springfield, Mass., the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass., and Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. He was a member of the American Entomological Society and the Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Xi, Epsilon Sigma Phi and Gama Sigma Delta fraternities. He attended the Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ and was a member of Elks Lodge 1912, Madeira Beach, Moose Lodge 1145, St. Petersburg, and the Tides Golf Club, Seminole. He and his wife were summer residents on Wabana Lake and he was a member of the Pokegama Golf Club and Wabana Lake Homeowners Association, both of Grand Rapids. He received the Paul L. Funk Award and was in "Who's Who in America." He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Irma; two sons, W. Dwight, Minnetonka, and Stevenson IV, Rowlett, Texas; two daughters, Lynne Avery, San Diego, Calif., and Shelley M. Littlefield, Benton, Maine; and seven grandchildren. Memorials are requested to Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, 300 East Bay Drive, Largo, FL 33770 or the donor's choice. Memorial service: Nov. 25 at 3 p.m. at Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ, St. Petersburg, with the Rev. Jeff Wells officiating. Burial: Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ memorial garden. Arrangements by David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Central Avenue Chapel, St. Petersburg, Fla. 

David Pavich, 29, rural Calumet, died Thursday, Nov. 27, 1997. He was born Sept. 2, 1968, in Grand Rapids, the son of Robert and Ruth (Janssen) Pavich. He was a lifelong resident of the Calumet and Warba areas and a 1987 graduate of Greenway High School, Coleraine. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Marble, the Greenway Snowmobile Club and a former member of the South Range 4-H Club and the Marble Boy Scouts. He had worked for North Country Recycling of Grand Rapids and had been a truck driver for Evergreen Industries of Pengilly. He is survived by his parents, rural Calumet; a brother, Steven Pavich, Ceylon; a sister, Deborah Pavich, Powell Point, N.C.; his grandparents, Paul and Mary Groskreutz, Sherburn; and his former wife, Vicki Keske, Marble. Preceding him in death were his grandparents, Mike and Anna Pavich and Herman Janssen. Funeral: Monday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Marble, with the Rev. Paul J. Larson officiating. Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine. 

Alice Genevieve Rydrych, 94, Deer River, died Saturday, Nov. 29, 1997, at Homestead Nursing Home, Deer River. She was born May 11, 1903, in Mora where she attended school. She moved to Minneapolis where she attended beauty school and then worked as a beautician in Minneapolis and Minot, N.D. in 1926, she moved to Deer River where she owned and operated her own beauty shop. In 1927, she married Joe Rydrych. During World War II, she was employed in a defense plant in Minneapolis and then returned to Deer River where she opened and operated Gram's Kozy Korner for 17 years and operated a boarding house for many years, retiring in 1980 when she moved to Grand Rapids. She was a member of WBA Lodge, a charter member of Deer River Friendship Club and a past member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Deer River. She is survived by a daughter, Beverly Lyons, Grand Rapids; a son, William, Eagan; seven grandchildren, Detra Lyons, Robert Lyons Jr., Brad Lyons, Debora Lyons, Karla Rydrych, Christopher Rydrych and Diane Rydrych; seven great-grandchildren, Dana Hull, David Lyons, Jaime Lyons, Nathan Lyons, Daniel Lyons, Jessamy Lyons, and Teddy Gibson; and two great-great-grandchildren, Jacklyn Sobolik and Maranne Hull. Preceding her in death were her parents, Olaf and Caroline (Beystrom) Lindahl, and an infant daughter, Rosemary. Funeral: Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. at Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River, with the Rev. James Anthony officiating. Burial: Pine Ridge Cemetery, Deer River. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River. 

Genevieve Angeline Schaar, 79, Deer River, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 1997, in Deer River. She was born Aug. 26, 1918, in Minneapolis and attended school in Onamia. After school she married Andrew "Bill" Schaar on Oct. 3, 1935, in Onamia. The couple moved to the Deer River area. She was employed at the Deer River hospital for many years as a cook. She was a former member of the Avenue Pines Lions Club and was a member of the Faith Baptist Church, Grand Rapids. She is survived by three daughters, Delores Bunker, Deer River, Vondulay Hawkinson, Cohasset and Sharon Giles, Cohasset; a son, Dennis Schaar, Grand Rapids; a sister, Francis McGinnis, Stockton, Calif.; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband, her parents, Albert and Josephine (Rapski) Brozak, two sisters, Annie and Mary, and two brothers, Paul and Frank. Funeral: Friday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church, Grand Rapids, with the Rev. Rick Stapleton officiating. Visitation is Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River. Burial: Pine Ridge Cemetery, Deer River. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River.

Alvah H. Seeber, 71, Grand Rapids, died Saturday, Nov. 29, 1997, at his home. He was born Feb. 11, 1926, in Sauk Rapids, the son of Alvah and Anna (Mousky) Seeber and grew up and attended school in Grand Rapids. Following his graduation from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was a veteran of World War II. He attended the University of Minnesota earning a bachelor of civil engineering degree. In September of 1950, he married Joan Herreid at Deer River. He worked for PPG Industries Inc. for 38 years ending his career as East Coast area sales manager. He retired in 1991 and returned to the Grand Rapids area. He is survived by his wife, Joan; a daughter, Laurie Seeber, Champaign, Ill.; a son, Lee Seeber, Grand Rapids; three sisters, Barbara Wandschneider, Deer River, Miriam Metzger, Grand Rapids, and Frieda "Trudy" Pumputis, El Paso, Texas; and a brother, Leon Seeber, Bloomington. Preceding him in death were his parents. Memorials are preferred to First Evangelical Lutheran Church Memorial Fund. Funeral: Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church with the Rev. Michael L. Eckert officiating. Burial: Olivet Cemetery, Morse Township. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

Word has been received of the death of Helen Dimich, 81, Coleraine. She graduated from Eveleth High School and married Milan Dimich. They ran a grocery business in Bovey. She retired in 1972. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary 0660 in Grand Rapids, the Eastern Star-Jephthah Chapter 176, Grand Rapids, St. Basil Serbian Church, Chisholm, the Reach Out committee and the Serbian Sisters of Bovey. She is survived by a brother, Lubo Mitrovich, Eveleth; and two sisters, Violet Kovacovich, Eveleth, and Ann Davidovich, Hibbing. Funeral: Saturday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m. at Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine. Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.

Word has been received of the death of William S. Kamman, 97, Laguna Hills, Calif., formerly of Grand Rapids. He is survived by a daughter, Janet Bank, St. Louis Park; a son, James M. Kamman, Laguna Hills; grandchildren, Christina Kamman, Lee Bank, Stephanie and Ed Lefkow, and Deborah Bank, and two great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death was his wife, Marion. Memorials are preferred to the Adath Jeshurun Synagogue or J.F.C.S. Funeral: Sunday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. at Hodroff & Sons Chapel, 126 East Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. Shiva at 8931 N. Minnehaha Circle through Monday. Arrangements by Hodroff & Sons, Minneapolis.

Leonard M. Lindman Sr., 76, Rush City, died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 1997, at Cambridge Medical Center, Cambridge. He was born Sept. 11, 1921, in Jacobson, the son of Fred and Minnie (Wallin) Lindman. He completed eighth grade and began working in logging camps in northern Minnesota. He married Crystal Thompson on Dec. 26, 1941. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942. Following his discharge, the couple lived in Jacobson and he worked in the iron mines in Hibbing where he survived an ore truck accident. He also survived poliomyelitis spending time in an iron lung while hospitalized. He then worked as a road truck driver and in 1966 he was employed by the state of Minnesota and the couple moved to Rush City. He was a member of the American Legion Post in Pine City. He is survived by nine daughters, Karen Klennert, Swatara, Carmen Loberg, Jacobson, Linda Bosteder, Rogers, Ark., Lynn Marlene Schumacker, Rugby, N.D., Joanne Ostenson, Rugby, N.D., Diane Higgins, Rosemount, Carol Dordal, Grasston, Norma Brehm, North Branch, and Cindy Larson, Grand Forks, N.D.; five sons, Leonard Jr., Rush City, Richard Lindman, California, Roger Lindman, Rush City, Gene Lindman, Pine City, and Darold Lindman, Grantsburg, Wis.; a foster son, Butch Grant, VanWert, Ohio; two sisters, Mabel Thomason, Lisbon, N.D., and Luella Bordwell, Mountain Home, Ark.; a brother, Norman Lindman, Eagan; 44 grandchildren and 51 great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, daughters, Betty and Virginia, two granddaughters, one great-granddaughter, a sister, Bernice Paakkonen, a brother, Byron Lindman and a foster son, Gilbert. Services: Sunday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. at Olson Funeral Chapel, Rush City, and Monday, Dec. 8, at 1 p.m. at Carmel Lutheran Church, Jacobson, with the Revs. Clayton Rudolph and Loren Anderson-Bauer officiating. Burial: Ball Bluff Cemetery, Jacobson, with military honors by Warba American Legion Post. Arrangements by Olson Funeral Chapel, Rush City.

Einar C. Myhrer, 79, died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 1997 at Itasca Medical Center, Grand Rapids. He was born Jan. 18, 1918, in Thief River Falls, where he grew up and attended school. He joined the U.S. Army during World War II, being discharged in 1945. He married Lucille Riendeau on Oct. 14, 1945, in New Folden and was a longtime resident of the Grand Rapids area. He worked many different jobs in his younger years and spent 15 years working for Nelson Roofing in Grand Rapids, retiring in 1981. He was a member of the Ponti-Peterson Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Grand Rapids. He is survived by his wife, Lucille "Lucy"; two daughters, Gayle Myhrer and Renae Snow, both of Grand Rapids; two sons, Randy, Lino Lakes, and Bryon, Grand Rapids; a sister, Ruth Kuehn, Ely; a brother, Albert, Red Wing; and seven grandchildren, Donnie, Shawn, Todd and RaeLynn Snow and Aaron, Megan and Alyssa Myhrer. Preceding him in death were his parents, John and Borghild Myhrer, a son, Gary, in 1950, and six brothers, Olaf, Thorvald, John Jr., Fred, Otto and Lewi, and two sisters, Jennie and Signe. Funeral: Saturday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. at Rowe Funeral Home with the Rev. Michael Eckert officiating. Burial: Itasca-Calvary Cemetery, Grand Rapids. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

Richard M. Persons, 90, rural Grand Rapids, died Monday, Dec. 1, 1997, in Grand Rapids. He was born Aug. 4, 1907, in Lida Township, Ottertail County, the son of William and Geneva (Wright) Persons. He grew up and attended school in Vergas where he farmed and logged. He also was an auto mechanic in Vergas and Jacobson. He married Alice Walter on Sept. 29, 1936, in Vergas. In 1942, he was employed by Cleveland Cliffs Mining Company where he was a mechanic for several years. He later worked for Gildemeister Motors in Grand Rapids as a mechanic. In 1951, he began working for M.A. Hanna Mining, retiring in 1966. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Hill City. He is survived by his wife, Alice; three sons, Clarence Persons, Bovey, Richard R. Persons, Grand Rapids, and Eugene L. Persons Sr., Warba; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, four brothers and two sisters. Funeral: Saturday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m. at Rowe Funeral Home with the Rev. LeRoy Philaya officiating. Burial: Harris Cemetery, Harris Township. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

Leona Mae Anderson, 88, Deer River, died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 1997, in Itasca County. She was born April 10, 1909, in Tracy, Iowa, and married Edwin Anderson in 1932. She lived in the Deer River area for 21 years and was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She is survived by two sons, Gerald and Alfred Anderson, both of Deer River; three grandchildren, Edwin, Grand Rapids, Teressa Brookens, Eden Prairie, and Tina Makela, Grand Rapids, and six great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death was her husband, Edwin Anderson. Graveside services: Friday, Dec. 5, at Glendale Cemetery, Polk County, Des Moines, Iowa. Burial: Glendale Cemetery, Des Moines. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River.

Raymond "Randy" Beech, 51, Minneapolis, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 1997. He is survived by his companion, Bruce; two brothers, Bob and Tom; and a sister, Barbara Schmutzier. A Randy Beech Memorial Fund has been established. Contributions may be sent to Minocqua Museum, PO Box 1007, Minocqua, WI 54548. Private memorial services were held at the family home Thursday, Dec. 4. Arrangements by Twin Cities Cremation. 

Minnie M. Ehrhorn, 97, Grand Rapids, died Sunday, Dec. 7, 1997, at Itasca Nursing Home. She was born April 11, 1900, in Parkersburg, Iowa, and worked as a telephone operator in Parkersburg prior to moving to Grand Rapids with her husband in 1934. She was a charter member of Faith Baptist Church in Grand Rapids and a member of the Freestone Extension Club. She is survived by two sons, Herbert Jr., Marcell, and Gerald, Ryderwood, Wash.; three daughters, Barbara Owens, Grand Rapids, D. Marie Brown, Grants Pass, Ore., and Elaine Anwiler, Bovey; 22 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren, and 13 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral: Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church with the Rev. Rick Stapleton officiating. Burial: Itasca Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Libbey Funeral Home, Grand Rapids. 

Sarah Belle Griffith, 96, died Friday, Dec. 5, 1997, in Grand Rapids. She was born June 12, 1901, in Manchester, the daughter of William and Mary Powers. She married John W. Griffith in 1918 and moved to Hibbing. She moved to Taconite in 1930 and to Coleraine in 1937. She was a member of the First United Church of Coleraine, a charter member of Johnson Hodgins Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary No. 4016, Bovey, and a member of WW I Auxiliary No. 2504 of Grand Rapids and the Banner Rebekah No. 109 Lodge of Coleraine. She is survived by two sisters, Sella Reynolds, Chicago, Ill., and Violet Kotyk, Chisholm; two brothers, Donald Powers, Walnut Creek, Calif., and Robert Powers, Grass Valley, Calif. Preceding her in death was her husband, John, on May 19, 1977. Funeral: Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 11 a.m. at Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine. Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.

Floyd Paul Munson, 77, Grand Rapids, formerly of Jacobson, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 1997, at Itasca Medical Center. He was born Nov. 25, 1920, in Minneapolis where he grew up and attended schools. He served in the Merchant Marine during World War II. He married Avis L. Scott in 1947. He worked as an automobile salesman for many years in Wayzata and Grand Rapids, retiring from Swanson Motors in Grand Rapids in 1988. He lived in Wayzata until moving to Jacobson in 1969 and in 1988 to Grand Rapids. He is survived by two sons, Jay Munson, Onamia, and Joe Dody, Osseo; and five grandchildren, Travis and Haleigh Munson, Mike and Laura Dody and Eric Munson. Preceding him in death were his parents, Paul and Harriet Munson, his wife, Avis, in 1987, and a son, Jeff Munson, in 1979. Memorial service: Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 11 a.m. at Carmel Lutheran Church, Ball Bluff Township, with the Revs. Loren Anderson-Bauer and Burrell Bentz officiating. Burial: Ball Bluff Cemetery, Ball Bluff Township. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

Arthur Gilbert Wilson, 68, Bovey, died Monday, Dec. 1, 1997, at the American Mexican Hospital, Guadalajara, Mexico. He was born Sept. 20, 1929, in Grand Rapids, the son of Arthur Gilbert Wilson and Svea (Bertel) Wilson and grew up in Coleraine. He graduated from Greenway High School and Itasca Junior College. He worked for the U.S. government as a security guard at Los Alamos, N.M., and served in both the United States Air Force and the Navy. He worked in the U.S. Postal Office in Minneapolis and then became an import-export specialist for the U.S. Customs Service, working in the Duluth customs office and the Port Huron, Mich., U.S. customs office, retiring from the U.S. Customs Service in Duluth. He is survived by three sisters, Pearl Antonovich, Hoyt Lakes, Charlotte Milazzo, Oklahoma, and Caroline Eskeli, Washington. Preceding him in death were his parents and a brother, Eugene Wilson. Memorial service: Coleraine in the spring. The body was cremated. Arrangements by Pearl Antonovich and the Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.


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