Miscellaneous Itasca County, Minnesota Obituaries
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William "Will" Booth, 18, Deer River, died recently near Grand Rapids. He was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, and joined the Booth family at age seven while living in Texas. He had been an area resident for the past seven year. He was involved in school cross country running and previously in 4-H. He is survived by his parents, Nancy Johnson, and stepfather Millard Johnson, Deer River, and Norman Booth and stepmother Alane Booth, Zumbrota; four brothers, Garry, San Diego, Calif., and Ben, Wendell and Jack, all of Deer River; three sisters, Megan Booth, Bovey, and Molly Booth and Marie Booth, both of Deer River; six stepbrothers, Todd Johnson, Rochester, Jason Johnson, Kenyon, Nick Hall, Zumbrota, Brian Johnson, Bruce Johnson and Brad Johnson, all of Wanamingo; maternal grandmother, Marna Stillwell, Hayden Lake, Idaho; and paternal grandmother, Mary Louise Booth, Duluth. Funeral: Monday, Nov. 3, at 10:30 a.m. at West Cohasset Chapel with the Rev. Brian Anderson officiating. Burial: Wildwood Cemetery, Cohasset. Arrangements by Libbey Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.
Ida L. Covier, 79, Twin Lakes Drive, rural Marble, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 1997, in Leisure Hills Health Care Center, Hibbing. She was born May 4, 1918, at Spring Lake, the daughter of William and Ollie Mae (Morris) Colwell. She attended Nashwauk schools and lived in the Buck Lake area prior to moving to the Twin Lakes area in 1965. She married Floyd P. Covier on March 25, 1935. She was a homemaker. She is survived by a son, Patrick Floyd Covier, Nashwauk; two daughters, Gloria Jean Koivisto, Aurora, and Anna Mae Benolken, Nashwauk; a brother, John Colwell, Twin Lakes; eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Floyd, in 1994, three sisters and a brother. Funeral: Monday, Nov. 3, at 10 a.m. at Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine, with the Rev. Arlin Talley officiating. Visitation is from 9 a.m. until the service. Burial: Nashwauk Cemetery. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.
Donald S. James, 73, Sauk Rapids, died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 1997, at the St. Cloud Veterans Administration Medical Center. He was born Feb. 18, 1924, in Grand Rapids to Reuben and Queeto R. (Sackett) James. He was a radio operator in the Army Air Force during World War II and was in the Civilian Conservation Corps. He married Leona G. Stunkart on March 13, 1956, in Milbank, S.D. He was a self-employed electrician in Oregon, a former member of CCC Company 3709 of Walker, former president and longstanding member of IBEW Local 242 and a member of Sauk Rapids American Legion Post 254. He is survived by his wife, Leona, Sauk Rapids; children, Roger D. James, Holmen, Wis., Jefferey S. James, Sauk Rapids, Donna M. Olds, Grand Rapids, Geraldine L. Carlisle, Rockport, Texas, Patricia Silvis, Cohasset, and Lori L. Backes, Fairbanks, Alaska; brothers and sisters, Alvin James, Ely, Jesse James, Upper Lake, Calif., Ace James, Deer River, Jim James, Vancouver, Wash., Pat James and Betty Baird, Portland, Ore., Helen Maxwell, Hemet, Calif. and Mary Jo Blauvelt, Bend, Ore; 16 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, and brothers, Maitland, Jack and Roger. Funeral: Friday, Oct. 31, at 1 p.m. at St. Cloud VA Medical Center Chapel with Chaplain Gary Berg officiating. Burial: Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls. Arrangements by Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Lempi L. Trast, 90, rural Nashwauk, died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 1997, at Itasca Medical Center C&NC, Grand Rapids. She was born May 31, 1907, at Biwabik, the daughter of Thomas and Hilda (Taskila) Konu. She attended rural schools and lived most of her life in the Cloverdale area of rural Nashwauk. She married George L. Trast on Oct. 4, 1927, in Biwabik. She was a homemaker, had worked in the Nashwauk school laundry and had been the Nashwauk Township treasurer. She was a former member of the Itasca Finnish Club, the Nashwauk Senior Citizens and the Swan Lake Senior Citizens. She is survived by five daughters, Cecelia Voigt, Grand Rapids; Bertha Barmettler, Bloomington, Arliss Miller, Nashwauk, Sharon Nyhus, Keewatin, and Janet Liesenfeld, Post Falls, Idaho; two sons, Mervin Trast, Minneapolis, and Gerald Trast, Grand Rapids; 23 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents, Thomas and Hilda Konu; two sons, Eugene in 1930, and Leonard, in 1995, three sisters and two brothers. Funeral: Friday, Oct. 31, at 11 a.m. at Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine, with the Rev. Dan Lazicki officiating. Burial: Nashwauk Cemetery. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.
Clayton L. Andrews, 88, Max, died Nov. 2, 1997, at Northern Itasca Health Care Center, Bigfork. He was born Sept. 9, 1909, in West Concord where he grew up. He was a self-employed painter in the metro area and also worked as a farm hand in the Milwaukee, Wis., area and in office work in Chicago, Ill. He retired to the Max area in the early 1970s. He is survived by a daughter, Peggy Shanahan, Covina, Calif.; a sister, Thelma Pirkl, West Concord; a brother, Royce, California; and two grandchildren, Amy and Matthew. Preceding him in death was his wife, Alberta Bernice. Funeral: Saturday, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m. at Alliance Church, Sand Lake, with the Rev. Sam Muntean officiating. Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial: Sand Lake Cemetery. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River.
Marsha Ann Beveridge, 52, Hill City, died Sunday, Nov. 2, 1997, at her home. She was born April 26, 1945, in Muncie, Ind., the daughter of Earl and Ella (Pyle) Moore, and grew up and attended schools in Muncie. She was a homemaker and moved to Hill City in August of 1997. She is survived by her husband, Douglas; a daughter, Michele R. Beveridge, Lagrange; a son, Mark D. Beveridge, Hill City; three brothers, Ted Moore, Grand Rapids, Phillip Moore, Wolcottville, Ind., and Ensel Moore, Muncie, Ind.; and two grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents and a brother, Jim Moore. Funeral: Friday, Nov. 7, at 11 a.m. at Hill City Baptist Church with the Rev. Lonnie Lee officiating. Visitation is from 10 a.m. until the service at the church. Burial: Hill Lake Cemetery, Hill City. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.
Albert M. "Red" Johnson, 79, Nashwauk, died Sunday, Nov. 2, 1997, at Itasca Medical Center, Grand Rapids, after suffering a massive stroke. He was born Feb. 24, 1918, to Charles and Enger Johnson. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War 11 and had worked as a mechanic for National Steel Pellet company. He had lived north of Nashwauk for the past 20 years. He is survived by two sons, Karl and William, both of Grand Rapids; a daughter, Holly Beck, Lincoln, Neb.; three stepchildren, Margaret Myers, Pengilly, Grace Funk, Tulsa, Okla., and Leonard Peluso, Inver Grove Heights; two sisters, Golden Nordmark and Anna McDonald; 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, four brothers, Edward, Earl, Richard and Emil, and two sisters, Mabel and Hilma. Graveside services: Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 1 p.m. at Nashwauk Cemetery, with the Rev. Leslie Gingrich officiating. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, Hibbing.
Leo E. Lundstrom, 75, Floodwood, died Nov. 1, 1997, 1 at his home in rural Floodwood. He was horn Nov. 22, 1921, in Devils Lake, N.D. He grew up and attended school in Halden, Minn., and was a longtime resident of the Floodwood area. He married Helen Forystek on Sept. 25, 1943. He worked as a farmer and also worked for Boldt Construction. He was a member of local 1091 in Duluth. He is survived by three sons, Edward, Faribault, Gregory, Amelia, Ohio, and Patrick Floodwood and three grandsons, Michael, Christopher and Chase. Preceding him in death were his wife, Helen, in 1984, and his parents, Gust and Martha Lundstrom. Funeral: Thursday, Nov. 6, at 11 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church, Floodwood, with the Rev. John Doyle officiating. Visitation is from 10 a.m. until the service. Burial: Hope Lutheran Cemetery, Floodwood. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Floodwood.
Franklin Merrill Mellott, 47, Lecanto, Fla., died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 1997. He was born in Grand Rapids and moved to Lecanto 25 years ago. He was a service technician for National Propane Corporation, a Catholic and a Vietnam Army veteran. He is survived by his wife, Peggy Borrero Mellott, Lecanto; two daughters, Nancy Mellott and Melissa Mellott, both of Lecanto; two stepsons, Joshua Rutherford, Lecanto, and Chad Borrero, Inverness, Fla.; two sisters, Jean Axtell, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Lois Otto, Bovey. Arrangements by Inverness Chapel, Hooper Funeral Homes.
Ruby G. Stevens, 83, Grand Rapids, died Sunday, Nov. 2, 1997, at the Itasca Medical Center, Grand Rapids. She was born Oct. 27, 1914, in Frazee and was united in marriage to Charles A. Stevens in Frazee in 1937. She then moved to Cohasset in 1939 and had lived in Grand Rapids since 1942. She worked at the Blandin Paper Company from 1955 until her retirement in 1976. She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. She is survived by a son, Arthur, Bowie, Md.; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband in 1955, a son, David, died in 1941, her parents, Joseph and Gertrude (Iten) Brenk, and a sister. Funeral: Thursday, Nov. 6, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Grand Rapids, with the Rev. Jame Hauver officiating. Visitation is Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids. Burial: Itasca-Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.
Wallace A. Brock, 73, Grand Rapids, died Friday, Nov. 7, 1997, at Leisure Hills Health Care Center. He was born in Kingsdale, Minn., and graduated from high school at Spring Grove, Wis. He married Beverly Saari in Grand Rapids in 1948. He worked for U.S. Steel for 31 years retiring in 1959 and for Itasca Realty as a realtor, retiring in 1986. He was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is survived by his wife, Beverly, Grand Rapids; three sons, Tom, Invergrove Heights, Michael, Beaverton, Wash., and Patrick, Ashland, Ohio; two daughters, Rebecca Means, Lisle, Ill., and LuAnn Winans, Spring Valley; three sisters, Evelyn Aune, Grand Rapids, Alice Reeve, Spring Green, Wis., and Donna Backstrom, Duvall, Wash.; 16 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral: Monday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. at Grace Bible Chapel with the Rev. Charles Nelson officiating. Visitation is one hour prior to the funeral service. Burial: Itasca-Calvary Cemetery, Grand Rapids. Arrangements by Libbey Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.
Valoria M. Lotti, 80, Marble, died Wednesday, Nov. 5, 1997, at Itasca Medical Center, Grand Rapids. She was born Feb. 14, 1917, in Ogilvie, the daughter of William and Caroline (Bon gaarts) Johnson. She was a 1935 graduate of Greenway High School and graduated from nursing school at St. Cloud. She was a registered nurse having worked at the Virginia Regional Medical Center, the Itasca Medical Center, had done private duty nursing and worked in clinics in the Marble and Calumet areas and retired from the Itasca County Public Health Department in 1969. She married Albert A. Lotti in Marble on Jan. 6, 1940. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Marble. She is survived by three sons, Bruce Lotti, Duluth, David Lotti, Marble, and Peter Lotti, Albuquerque, N.M.; two sisters, Veronica Hall, Warba, and Luella Aimonetti, Marble; a granddaughter, Chelsea Burau, Fergus Falls, and a grandson, Anthony Lotti, Duluth. Preceding her in death were her parents and her husband, Albert. Funeral: Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Marble, with the Rev. Paul Larson officiating. Visitation is Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine. Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.
Truman Neseth, 82, Kasson, died Wednesday, Nov. 5, 1997, at Maple Manor Nursing Home, Rochester. He was born Dec. 17, 1914, in rural Kasson where he grew up. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Europe from 1941-1945. After his discharge he married Blanche F. Walbruch Sept. 14, 1946, in Rochester. The couple lived in Byron and moved to Kasson in 1956. He worked on bridge construction retiring in 1980. They moved to the Grand Rapids area in 1980 and returned to Kasson in 1995. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Kasson, and the Kasson American Legion. He is survived by his wife, Blanche; two sons, Richard Neseth, Osseo, and Gene Neseth, El Paso, Texas; and two sisters, Burnette Christenson, St. Charles, and Kaye Vagt, Rochester; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Preceding him in death were a brother and a sister. Memorials are preferred to the charity of donor's choice. Funeral: Monday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, Kasson, with the Revs. Charles Akre and Larry Johnson officiating. Visitation is Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Dibble Funeral Home, Kassan, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial: South Zumbro Lutheran Cemetery. Military graveside services by members of the Kasson American Legion and the Mantorville Veterans of Foreign Wars. Arrangements by Dibble Funeral Home, Kasson.
Dorothy H. Blaeser, 86, Grand Rapids, died Sunday, Nov. 9, 1997, at Itasca Medical Center. She was born June 10, 1911, at Mahnomen, the daughter of Walter and Clara (Estey) Neubert, and grew up and attended school in Mahnomen. In 1935, she married Matthew Blaeser at Mahnomen. Following their marriage, the couple lived in Orr, Virginia and Richfield before moving to Grand Rapids in 1970. She was a homemaker and did volunteer work at the hospital and the Catholic Church in Grand Rapids. She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, the National Catholic Society of Foresters and the Third Order of Lay Carmelites. She is survived by two daughters, Susan Bruns, Duluth, and Linda Adams, Hibbing; two sons, Floyd Blaeser and Michael Blaeser, both of Virginia; 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Matthew, in 1986, a son, LeRoy Blaeser, in 1954, two sisters, Evelyn Perra and Lorraine Neubert, and a brother, John Neubert. Funeral: Thursday, Nov. 13, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with the Rev. Thomas Radaich officiating. Visitation is Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Rowe Funeral Home. Rosary recitation will be at 4 p.m. by the Third Order of Lay Carmelites and the National Catholic Society of Foresters. There also will be a prayer service at 4:30 p.m. Burial: Itasca-Calvary Cemetery, Grand Rapids. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.
Betty Lou Cook, 65, Brooklyn Park, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 1997, at her home due to Leukemia. She was born Jan. 6, 1932, in Hill City, the daughter of John and Isabelle (Simons) and grew up and attended schools in Hill City and Grand Rapids graduating from Grand Rapids High School in 1950. She lived in Grand Rapids, Deer River and Hill City before moving to Brooklyn Park in 1995. She was a member of the Jacobson Community Church and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary of Grand Rapids. She is survived by three daughters, Diane Smith, Zimmerman, Faye Roche, Virginia, and Susan Erickson, Dickinson, N.D.; four sons, Roy Cook, Wolf Creek, Wis., Richard Kelly, Portsmouth, Va.; Jerry Kelly, Minneapolis, and Jay Kelly, Brooklyn Park; six sisters, Irene Crandall, Cohasset, Mary Lou McNeil, Hill City, Louise Starkey, Titusville, Fla., Darlene Hayes, Delano, Elene Houwman, Pengilly and Joan Webster, De Ridder, La.; three brothers, Andrew Roskos, Grand Rapids, Marvin Roskos, Lakeside, Calif., and John Roskos, Wenatchee, Wash.; 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband, Weston Cook, in 1979 and a son, Duane Cook, in 1983. Funeral: Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 11 a.m. at Jacobson Community Church, Jacobson, with the Rev. Leonard T. Palkki officiating. Burial: Warba-Feeley Cemetery, Feeley Township. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.
Merle L. Forss, 74, Max, died Nov. 6, 1997, at St. Mary's Hospital, Duluth. He was born July 2, 1923, in Stratford, Wis., where he grew up. He married Norma Limburg July 2, 1958, in Cannon Falls. In 1965, they moved to Max where he worked as a logger. They moved to Dayton, Ohio, in 1977 and he was employed by the street department of Riverside and in the computer lab at Wright Field. In 1985, they returned to Max and he was employed as a custodian at the Squaw Lake School. He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II. Prior to entering the Navy, he served with the Civilian Conservation Corps. He was a member of the Oriental Lodge No. 34 A.F. and A.M. of Cannon Falls. He is survived by his wife, Norma; seven brothers, Laverne, Georgia, Stanley, Cannon Falls, Maurice, California, Obert, Florida, Gordon, North Carolina, Allan, Wisconsin, and Ralph, Zumbrota; and three sisters, Gladys Berg, Lake City, Roberta Grouden, Illinois, and Mystie Olson, Duluth. Preceding him in death were his parents, two brothers, Dellard and Alfred, four sisters, Bernice Buffinton, Dorothy Thornhill, Judy Olson and Marian Forss. Funeral: Sunday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m. at Alliance Church, Sand Lake, with the Rev. Sam Muntean officiating. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River.
Regna I. Graham, 99, Grand Rapids, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 1997, at Itasca Nursing Home. She was born Sept. 23, 1898, in Brainerd, the daughter of Gus and Karen M. (Gjernes) Anderson. She was a 1917 graduate of Greenway High School, a graduate of Duluth Normal School and attended Puget Sound University. She taught school in Cloquet, Eveleth, South St. Paul, Ajo, Ariz., and for many years in Tacoma, Wash., prior to her retirement in 1963. She lived for many years in Tacoma prior to moving to Grand Rapids several years ago. She was a former member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Tacoma. She is survived by a sister, Grace Stephens, rural Bovey. Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Dewey Graham, in 1982, four sisters, Alma, Norma, Corinne and Gladys, and four brothers, George, Albert, Oscar and Carl. Memorial services: Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 1 p.m. at Itasca Nursing Home Chapel with the Rev. Steve B. Knudson officiating. Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.
Helen Harriet (Nelson) Lindgren, 85, Talmoon, died Nov. 10, 1997, at Deer River. She was born Dec. 21, 1911, in Deer River, the daughter of Fred and Rica Nelson, grew up in Jessie Lake, and attended schools in Deer River, graduating in 1929. She resided in Duluth where she worked as a housekeeper and cook and attended college. She returned to Jesse Lake and married Carl Lindgren in June of 1942. She was a lifelong member of Jesse Lake Lutheran Church, serving as a board member as well as P.T.O. and various other community organizations. She was a cook for School District 317 at North Elementary School for 17 years and owned and operated a resort with her husband. She is survived by three sons, Robert Nelson, Seattle, Wash., Dan Lindgren, Jesse Lake, and Tom Lindgren, Spring Lake; two daughters, Elayne Anderson, Coon Rapids, and Judy Lyytinen, Jesse Lake; 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband, Carl, a brother, Lionel, and an infant daughter. Funeral: Thursday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m. at Jesse Lake Lutheran Church with the Rev. Vicki Taylor officiating. Visitation is Wednesday, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River. Burial: Greenwood Cemetery, Jesse Lake. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River.
William James Makedonsky Mac, formerly of Grand Rapids, died in Valrico, Fla. He was born July 25, 1918, in Steele, N.D., the son of Dimitri Jake and Sophia Makedonsky. He moved to the Grand Rapids area in 1933 and attended Wendigo School. He entered the U.S. Navy in 1940 and was aboard a ship during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. After discharge from the Navy in 1945, he returned to Grand Rapids where he lived for many years. He then moved to Colorado Springs, Colo., and Hagerman, Idaho, where he had a commercial trout farm. He retired in Medford, Ore., and then moved recently to Valrico, Fla., with his son. He is survived by his son, William James Mac Jr. and two granddaughters, Valrico, Fla., a dear friend, Frieda Hall, Phoenix, Ore.; a brother, George, Illinois; three sisters, Annie, California and Martha and Minnie, both of Arizona. Preceding him in death were his parents, Sophia, in 1977 and Dimitri Jake in 1980, a sister, Mary, in April 1986, and a brother, Steve, in February of 1996. Cremation and services were held in Florida with the ashes scattered in the ocean.
Clifton "Clif" E. Nelson, 69, Grand Rapids, died Friday, Nov. 7, 1997, in his sleep. He was born Dec. 6, 1927, in Litchfield, to Evald and Bertha Nelson, the oldest of nine children. In 1941, the Nelsons moved to Outing in the Remer-Longville area where he attended school and helped his father on the farm. He purchased Arrowhead Wild Rice and Furs in 1961 and moved the family to Grand Rapids in November 1962. He was an inventor and pioneered methods of growing and processing wild rice that revolutionized the industry from 1960 to 1985. He also founded United Wild Rice Incorporated in 1970 and owned and operated the Rainbow Inn in Grand Rapids from 1980 to 1988, along with numerous other business ventures. He helped found and served as the first president of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Outing. He also was a former member of Zion Lutheran Church and the Rotary Club, both of Grand Rapids. He is survived by his wife, Lauretta; seven children, Tracy Nelson, Duluth, Lauri King, Darryl A. Nelson, Lynnea Dale, Mark D. Nelson and Shari Aultman, all of Grand Rapids, Kevin Nelson, Rancho Cordova, Calif., and an "adoptive" son, Carlos Zambello, Woodland, Calif.; four sisters, Lorraine Mix, Remer, Marian Woctzel, Dassel, Beverly Norgard, Brainerd, and Ruth Gustafson, St. Louis Park; three brothers, Donald Nelson, Cohasset, James Nelson, Moab, Utah, and Bruce Nelson, Colorado Springs, Colo.; 31 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral: Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 1 p.m. at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church with the Rev. George B. Gilbertson officiating. Burial: Itasca-Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.
Ralph K. Nelson, 82, Cloquet and Grand Rapids, died Nov. 10, 1997, in Duluth. He was born May 2, 1915, in Minneapolis to Gustav and Jennie (Erickson) Nelson. He attended and graduated from Washburn High School. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota and a master's degree from Yale University. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and formerly very active in the Cloquet Presbyterian Church. He married Lucile Maahs on Aug. 4, 1943, in Minneapolis. He served in the United States Army in the 101st Airborne Division. He enlisted in 1942 as a private and in January 1946, he was discharged as a captain. He received a Purple Heart, two Clusters, Bronze Star with a Cluster, Presidential Unit Citation and the Belgium Fourragere for distinguished service. He was a manufacturing executive for Conwed from 1946-1971 and he worked for Blandin Wood Products from 1971-1982. He was on the Cloquet School Board, the United Way Board of Directors, Perch Lake Township supervisor, Rotary Club, Golden K Kiwanis, Blandin Male Chorus, founding member of Minnesota Deer Hunters, Carlton Chapter, member of Ducks Unlimited, Cloquet Masonic Dalles Lodge, Royal Arch, Knights Templar and AAD Temple of the Shrine, life member of Hebert-Kennedy Post 3979 and a 50 year member of Carl Anderson American Legion Post 262. He was employed as a funeral assistant at Barr Brothers Funeral Home for 14 years. He is survived by his wife, Lucile; a son, Brad Nelson, Duluth; two daughters, Nancy Nelson, San Francisco, Calif., and Kathy Blais, Cloquet; a sister, Marian Olson, Bloomington; and grandchildren, Jill and Patrick Blais and Matt and Gus Nelson. Preceding him in death were a daughter, Candice Lee Nelson and a granddaughter, Natalie Nicole Nelson. Memorial service: Thursday, Nov. 13, at 1:30 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Cloquet, with the Rev. Todd Mattson officiating. Visitation is Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Barr Brothers Funeral Home, Cloquet. Burial: Maple Grove Cemetery, Cloquet. Arrangements by Barr Brothers Funeral Home, Cloquet.
Ralph W. Werner, 70, Grand Rapids, died Monday, Nov. 10, 1997, in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was born in Minneapolis and was a World War II Navy veteran and a retired construction contractor. He is survived by his wife, Delores; a daughter, Debra Weaver; a son, Bradley; two sisters, Ruth Laajala and Donna Hoel; a brother, John Werner; and four grandchildren. Memorials are requested to American Cancer Society, American Lung Association and Zion Lutheran Church. Memorial service: Saturday, Nov. 15, at 1 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Grand Rapids. Arrangements by Messinger Mortuary & Chapel, Scottsdale, Ariz.