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Fred W. Babiracki, 81, Coleraine, died Saturday, Sept. 19, 1998, at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Minneapolis. He was born April 6, 1917, in Virginia, the son of John and Anna Babiracki. He grew up and attended schools in Virginia, was a graduate of Roosevelt High School in Virginia and the Virginia Junior College. Following graduation, he worked on the Air Force Base in Stephensville, Newfoundland. He was an Army veteran of World War II serving in the Pacific Theatre as a gunner in the 754 Tank Battalion. He married Joan Knudtson Feb. 15, 1946, in Duluth. He was employed by U.S. Steel for 40 years working in Virginia and Eveleth for six year and in the Research Department in Coleraine for 34 years, retiring in 1981. He was a lifetime member of the Virginia Elks, Ponti-Peterson Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1720 of Grand Rapids, a member and past commander of the Disabled American Veterans, a member of the Coleraine Senior Citizens and a member of Bethel-Trinity Lutheran Church of Bovey. He is survived by his wife, Joan; two sons, Richard and Charles, both of Huntington Beach, Calif.; a daughter, Nancy Piacentini, Andover; three brothers, Stephen, Minneapolis, Theodore, Huntington Beach, Calif., and Edward, Granada Hills, Calif.; and three grandchildren, Amy, Andrew and Tony, all of Andover. Preceding him in death were his parents, John and Anna Babiracki, five sisters, Gen Strahan, Alice Scott, Vicki Benckik, Lilian Canotta, and Mary Arterburn, and a brother, Raymond. The family prefers memorials to Bethel-Trinity Lutheran Church. Memorial service: Monday, Oct. 5, at 11 a.m. at Bethel-Trinity Lutheran Church, Bovey, with the Rev. Judy Anderson-Bauer officiating. Burial: Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.

Joseph "Onie" O. Crowe, 81, Grand Rapids, died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 1998, at Itasca Medical Center. He was born Oct. 19, 1916, in Bonner Springs, Kan., and grew up and attended school in Fargo, N.D. He later moved to Grand Rapids where he married Beulah Kent in 1938. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. Following his discharge, the couple returned to Grand Rapids. He worked for Northland Beverage Company for 15 years, later moving to Shakopee where he worked for Hichcock Industries in Bloomington. In 1979, he retired and returned to Grand Rapids. He was a member and past president of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie No. 2469 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1720. He is survived by his wife, Beulah; three daughters, Judith Riley, Cohasset, Cindi Theis, Grand Rapids, and Susan Kekkonen, Shanghai, China; two sons, Jerry Crowe and Duane Crowe, both of Grand Rapids; a sister, Margaret Larsen, Meadowlands; a brother, John Crowe, Irving, Texas; 19 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were an infant son, Leo Collins Crowe, his parents, Malachi F. and Ida (Caparon) Crowe, five sisters and two brothers. Funeral: Monday, Oct. 5, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with the Rev. Thomas Radaich officiating. Visitation is Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. with a wake prayer service at 5 p.m. at Rowe Funeral Home. Burial: Itasca-Calvary Cemetery with full military honors. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

David E. Bennett, 62, of Cohasset, died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 1998, while camping at Cottonwood Lake, north of Deer River. He was born Feb. 25, 1936 in Little Falls to Oliver and Lyda Bennett. He attended school in Grand Rapids and worked in the mines in Babbitt. He served in the Air Force from 1952 to 1955, in the Navy from 1956 to 1967, and was a police officer in Grand Rapids from 1967 to 1988. He married Betty Schoonmaker May 2, 1972. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, the Masonic Temple, AF&AM 208, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Disabled American Veterans and was a speaker for Veterans Day programs in the schools. He was a past member of the Minnesota and Arrowhead Police and Peace Officer associations. He was a member and past president of Grand Rapids Garden Club. He organized Grand Rapids Police Reserves. He worked with First Call for Help, the animal shelter, and was the animal abuse investigator. He is survived by five sons: Michael Wilson of Grand Rapids, Arthur Schoonmaker of Pengilly, William Schoonmaker of Marble, and Steven Mizar and Michael Mizar, both of North Fork, Calif.; three daughters: Joanne Miller of Grand Rapids, Sherrie Haidos of Taconite, and Debra Mizar of North Fork, Calif.; three brothers: Eugene Bennett of Minneapolis, Oliver Bennett of Babbitt, and Henry Bennett of Grand Rapids; one sister: Olive Walstrom of Duluth; 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death was his wife Betty in January. Funeral: Saturday, Oct. 3, at 10:30 a.m. in Grand Rapids United Methodist Church. Burial: Wildwood Cemetery, Cohasset, with full military honors. Arrangements by Libbey Funeral Home, Grand Rapids. 

Wallace H. "Wally" Overly, 44, Effie, died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 1998, at Northern Itasca Health Care Center, Bigfork. He was born March 19, 1954, in Fergus Falls, and moved to Dilworth as a youngster. He attended Dilworth schools graduating in 1972. He then attended Moorhead State University graduating in 1977 with a degree in criminal justice. He was employed at Thistledew Correctional Facility near Effie as a counselor and caseworker from 1977 to 1989. He then worked as a parole officer and probation officer for Becker and Ottertail counties from 1989 until 1994 when he returned to the Thistledew Correctional Facility as assistant superintendent. He married Monica Porkkonen Nov. 23, 1988, and the couple resided in Detroit Lakes and Pelican Rapids before settling in Effie. He was a member of Ottertail Lodge No. 284 of Pelican Rapids, Eagles Aerie No. 2342 of Detroit Lakes, past member of Carpenter Township Board and a member of Minnesota Corrections Association and Association of County Probation Officers. He is survived by his wife, Monica his daughter, Mia, and son, John, all of Effie; his parents, Harvey and Lois Engberg Overly, Bigfork; and a sister, Wanda Overly Lacmann, Moorhead. Preceding him in death were his grandparents, Nelson and Mary Heine Overly and John and Della Armstrong Engberg. Funeral: Saturday, Oct. 3, at 11 a.m. at Carpenter Township Hall with the Rev. John Sebentsfeldt officiating. Burial: Freidheim Lutheran Cemetery, Effie. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River.

Frank J. Weber, 80, Effie, died Sunday, Sept. 27, 1998, at Bigfork. He was born July 19, 1918, in St. Paul. Funeral: Friday, Oct. 2, at 2 p.m. at Carroll Funeral Home, Bigfork. Burial: Fort Snelling, Minneapolis. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River.

Elizabeth F. Cummings, 90, Owensboro, Ky., formerly of Grand Rapids, died Sunday, March 15, 1998, at Owensboro Mercy Health Systems, Owensboro. She was born Jan. 11, 1908, in Hankinson, N.D., the daughter of Frank and Catherine (Wolfe) Deffé, and grew up and attended school there graduating valedictorian from Hankinson High School in 1926. She attended Moorhead State Teachers College in Moorhead and the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth. She married Joseph M. Cummings on May 1, 1939, at Detroit Lakes and they moved to Grand Rapids in 1942. She taught third and fourth grade at St. Joseph's Catholic School in Grand Rapids. She was a telephone operator and worked in tandem with her husband who owned J&J Variety Stores in Grand Rapids and Bovey. She belonged to the Women's Catholic Order of Foresters and the Third Order of Lay Carmelites and various clubs within St. Joseph's Catholic Church, all of Grand Rapids. She was also a member of Precious Blood Catholic Church in Owensboro. She is survived by a daughter, Peggy Victor, Owensboro, Ky.; a son, the Rev. Charles Cummings, Holly Trinity Abbey, Huntsville, Utah; two sisters, Catherine Johnson, Morris, and Sister Winnifred Deffé, Crookston; two brothers, Edward Deffé, Spokane, Wash., and Gregory Deffé, Great Falls, Mont.; and two grandchildren, Jessica Linn Victor and Nathan Jon Victor, both of Owensboro. Preceding her in death were her husband, Joseph M. Cummings, in 1997. Funeral: Friday, March 20, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Grand Rapids, with the Rev. Charles Cummings officiating. Visitation is Thursday, from 4 to 7 p.m. with a wake prayer service at 6:30 p.m. at Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids. Burial: Friday at 3:30 p.m. at Holy Rosary Cemetery, Detroit Lakes. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids. 

Lillian May (Bumgarner) DeYoung, 88, Deer River, died Saturday, March 14, 1998, at Deer River. She was born Jan. 24, 1910, in Thayer, Ill., the daughter of George Chester and Cora (Noble) Bumgarner. She married John DeYoung in Peoria, Ill., in 1934, and lived in rural Minnesota for most of her life. She is survived by a brother, Ernie Bumgarner; a sister, Mable Koncor; three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband, John, a son, Eugene LeRoy DeYoung, and a great-grandchild, Amanda DeYoung. Funeral: Tuesday, March 17, at 3 p.m. at Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River, with the Rev. Ross Patton officiating. Burial: Pine Ridge Cemetery, Deer River. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River. 

Ethel L. Havens, 87, Warba, died Tuesday, March 17, 1998, at Golden Crest Nursing Home, Hibbing. She was born Sept. 26, 1910, in Marcellon, Wis., the daughter of Anthony and Katherine Lee. She moved with her family to Jamestown, N.D. at age five and then to Warba, shortly after where she farmed with her family. She married Paul Havens on June 14, 1928. She moved to Grand Rapids in 1986 and later to Golden Crest in Hibbing. She was a member of McGuire Lake Women's Club. She is survived by two sons, Russell Havens, Summersville, S.C., and Larry Havens, Taconite; six daughters, Ramona McGuire, Jacobson, Donna Carey, Warba, Ellen O'Brien, Warba, Patricia Woody, Grand Rapids, Peggy Roberts, Kelly Lake, and Linda Winkleblack, Grand Rapids; 29 grandchildren, 65 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband, Paul, in 1960, a brother and sister. Funeral: Thursday, March 19, at 11 a.m. at Libbey Funeral Home, Grand Rapids, with the Rev. Loren Anderson-Bauer officiating. Visitation is Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial: Itasca-Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Libbey Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

Melvin Lundin, 69, Grand Rapids, died Saturday, March 14, 1998, at Itasca Medical Center. He was born July 15, 1928, in Clearwater County, the son of Anton and Hannah (Hoie) Lundin. He grew up and was educated in Bagley attending school in District 9. He entered the U.S. Army on March 13, 1951, and served during the Korean War until 1953. He worked at various jobs throughout his life in several places. He married Donna Kral on Aug. 30, 1980. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Grand Rapids. He is survived by his wife, Donna, Grand Rapids; a son, Matt, Grand Rapids; two daughters, Melinda Lundin, Lino Lakes, and Brenda Christ, Circle Pines; a sister, Hazel Hanson, St. Paul; four brothers, Vernon Lundin, Bagley, Duane Lundin, Bagley, Palmer Lundin, Bagley, and Chester Lundin, Bagley; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Preceding him in death were his parents, four brothers and a sister. Funeral: Wednesday, March 18, at 3 p.m. at Cease Family Funeral Home Chapel, Bagley, with the Rev. Dennis Brovold officiating. Burial: Lundin Cemetery, rural Bagley. Arrangements by Cease Family Funeral Home, Bagley.

Isabel W. Private, 85, Grand Rapids, died Friday, March 13, 1998, at Itasca Nursing Home. She was born Aug. 10, 1913, in Barry and was a graduate of Graceville High School in Graceville. She married Joseph M. Private on March 28, 1932, in Barry. She worked at Janicke Bakery and was also employed as a clerk at Miner's Mega Mart in Grand Rapids for 25 years. She was a member of the Retail Clerk's Union and St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Grand Rapids. She is survived by three daughters, Josephine Offner, Christine, N.D., Bernice Ginn, Duluth, and Lois Skelly, Cohasset; a son, Richard Private, St. Paul; three sisters, Ann Lindskog, Seattle, Wash., Catherine Sundstrom, Cloquet, and Mary Margaret Rippy, Elk Grove, Calif.; 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband, Joseph M. Private, in 1997, an infant daughter, Mary Grace, and two sisters, Viola Williams, Cloquet, and Evelyn Shaffer, St. Paul. Funeral: Tuesday, March 17, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with the Rev. Thomas Radaich officiating. Burial: Itasca-Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

Louis J. Rasche, 84, Grand Rapids, formerly of Marble, died Friday, March 13, 1998, at the Itasca Nursing Home. He was born March 11, 1914, in Fulda, the son of John and Arcelia (Czepa) Rasche, and attended schools at Fulda. He had been a resident of the Marble area for over 40 years prior to moving to Grand Rapids in 1993. He married Elizabeth Schettler on Jan. 16, 1940, in Wilmont. He had been a plant operator for the Jones & Loughlin mining company prior to his retirement in 1976. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Marble, the 500 Card Club, the Marble and Calumet Senior Citizens and was a former member of the Loyal Order of Moose 1061, Bovey. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; two sons, John, Nashwauk, and Leon, St. Francis; nine daughters, Marie Girard, Brooklyn Park, Rose Melchert and Joyce Sjostrand, both of Grand Rapids, Bonnie Kohn, Waterloo, Iowa, Louann Graham, St. Paul, Norma Savaloja, Marble, Jane Giving, Pengilly, Jonell Hamm, Bovey, and Kim Anderson, Cohasset; a sister, Ann Karlesky, Morton Grove, Ill.; 30 grandchildren, four stepgrandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents. Funeral: Monday, March 16, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Marble, with the Rev. Paul Larson officiating. Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.

Lucille E. Cook, 88, Grand Rapids, died Monday, March 23, 1998, in her home. She was born March 8, 1910, at Lansing, Iowa, the daughter of William and Sarah (Manning) Sullivan. She moved to Sebeka, Minn., Wadena, Minn., and finally settled in Grand Rapids in 1924. She was married Oct. 18, 1929, to Harold B. Cook in Cloquet. She worked for Leisure Hills Health Care Center in Grand Rapids for many years. She was a member and past president of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary and a member of the American Association of Retired Persons, both in Grand Rapids. She also volunteered to help with income tax preparation at the YMCA and served as a senior citizen political activist. She received a certificate of commendation from Gov. Rudy Perpich. She is survived by daughters Mary L. Pederson, Nashwauk; and Patricia A. Barber, El Paso, Texas; sons H. William “Bill”, Gary, Ind.; Robert, Barrington, Ill.; and Daniel, Mora; sisters Rita Champlain, Marble; and Sally Pellersels, in California; brother William Sullivan, Grand Rapids; 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1965, and her parents. Funeral: Thursday, March 26, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Grand Rapids, with the Rev. James Hauver officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. with a wake prayer service at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, in Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids. Burial: Itasca-Calvary Cemetery, Grand Rapids. Arrangements are by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

David W. Foster, 27, Bovey, died Saturday, March 21, 1998, as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. He was born Sept. 22, 1970, in Grand Rapids, the son of Chester W. and Deborah L. (Pye) Foster. He lived most of his life in the Bovey area and attended Greenway schools. He was a self-employed carpenter and enjoyed fishing and auto repair. He is survived by his parents, Chester W. Foster, Marble; and Deborah L. Foster, Maggie Valley, N.C.; daughter Latisha Foster, Pengilly; brother Robert, Atlanta, Ga.; half sister Christy Foster, Pengilly; half brother Bobby Foster, Marble; and grandparents Lloyd and Muriel Ash, Grand Rapids; and Amber Pye, Wolcott, N.Y. He was preceded in death by grandfathers Chester Foster Sr. and Keith Pye. Memorial service: Wednesday, March 25, at 2 p.m. in Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine, with Pastor Mark J. Boone officiating. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.

Doris Northrup Harper, 94, Twin Falls, Idaho, died Wednesday, March 18, 1998, in Boise, Idaho. She was born Jan. 2, 1904, at Peshtigo, Wis., the daughter of Douglas C. and Clemintine Flye Northrup. She graduated from Peshtigo High School and attended college in Appleton, Wis. She worked as a reporter for the Peshtigo Times newspaper, office manager for Parlow Chevrolet and owned an office supply store prior to her marriage to Lawrence Harper on Feb. 26, 1936, in Waukegan, Ill. Together they started Harper’s Arrowhead Boat Works in Grand Rapids. In 1957, they purchased the El Rich Motel in Twin Falls. Later, they bought a farm in Jerome County. They built the first hydroponic greenhouse in Magic Valley, raising and selling organic tomatoes. She sold fund-raising projects to high school students throughout southern Idaho with her company, Doris’s Project Sales. She won a national sales award while representing the Almond Roca Candy Company. She was a sales representative with Dale Carnegie Courses in Magic Valley. She was a founding member of Isaac Walton League of Minnesota and active in Altrusa Club, Daughters of American Revolution, Eastern Star and Business and Professional Women, being named Outstanding Woman of the Year for the state of Idaho. She was a member of the Reformed Church of Twin Falls. She is survived by daughter Blanche Tate, Missoula, Mont.; sons Lawrence N., San Marcos, Calif.; and Douglas P., Boise; niece Patricia Box, Denver, Colo.; and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; sisters Mary, Elizabeth, Helen and Blanche; and nephew Douglas Reams. Funeral: Monday, March 21, at 10 a.m. at Reynolds Funeral Chapel, East Twin Falls, Idaho. Burial: Sunset Memorial Park. Arrangements by Reynolds Funeral Chapel, East Twin Falls, Idaho.

Iva "Ruth" Hill, 92, Canton, Ill., died Sunday, March 22, 1998, at her home. She was born Sept. 6, 1905, in Jerome, Iowa, the daughter of Isasca and Pearl (VanPelt) Fry. She married Lester M. Hill on May 4, 1934 in Unionville, Mo. She was an Avon representative in Canton and later worked as a representative for Stanley Home Products for 21 years. She attended Wesley United Methodist Church in Canton and was a member of the Rebekah Lodge No. 245 where she was a past noble grand and held several other offices and a member of the Royal Neighbors of American. She is survived by two sons, Bill Baugh, Canton, Ill., and Leron Hill, Bigfork; a daughter, JoAnn Ogburn, Canton; a sister, Grace Louise Just, North Pekin, Ill.; four grandchildren, Jane Ann Lewis, Canton, Greg Carrison, Cloverdale, Ind., Diana Robbins, Las Vega, Nev., and Brian Carrison, Cascade, Idaho; four stepgrandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Preceding her in death were her husband, Lester, on June 6, 1987, her parents, a son, Robert Baugh, four sisters, a brother and a great-grandchild. Memorials are requested to Spoon River Hospice at Graham Hospital or her church. Funeral: Thursday, March 26, at 11 a.m. at Oaks Hines Funeral Home, Canton, Ill., with the Revs. Delmar Smith and Paul Oedewalt officiating. Burial: White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton. Arrangements by Oaks-Hines Funeral Home, Canton, Ill.

Harold (Ade) Johnson, 72, International Falls, died Friday, March 20, 1998, at Falls Good Samaritan Center. He was born Sept. 25, 1925, in International Falls, the son of Andrew and Olga (Larson) Johnson, and grew up in Big Falls. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. In 1950, he moved to Oregon and worked as a meat cutter. He lived in California and worked for a building supplier and was a salesman for a lumber company. He retired and moved back to the Falls in 1993. He was a member of the American Legion in Big Falls. He is survived by his lifelong campanion, Fran Lagerstrom, International Falls; two daughters, Judy Thompson, Kenyon, and Barbara Sherman, Walker; two brothers, John Johnson, Paradise, Calif., and the Rev. Arden Johnson, Big Falls; three stepchildren, Dawn Odden, and Chris and Louis Lagerstrom, all of Grand Rapids; and four grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, seven sisters, and a granddaughter, Jennifer Hine. Funeral: Tuesday, March 24, at 1 p.m. at Faith United Church of Christ, International Falls. Visitation is one hour prior to the service. Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Big Falls. Arrangements by Green-Larsen Mortuary, Inc., International Falls. 

Jacob N. (Jake) Licke, 88, Park Rapids, formerly of Walker, died Friday, March 20, 1998, at the Heritage Living Center, Park Rapids. He was born Jan. 28, 1910, in Bluffton, the son of George and Katherine (Trisch) Licke, and moved with his parents to the Nevis area where he graduated from high school. He worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps before working as a patrolman for the Minnesota Division of Forestry, Park Rapids, from 1929 to 1933. He married Edna Watt on Dec. 24, 1931, in Park Rapids. He attended the University of Minnesota School of Forestry in St. Paul in 1935. He was an agriculturalist (district leader) for the USDA Agri Research Service and Forest Service in Walker from 1933 until his retirement in 1965. He was a member and past secretary of the Society of American Foresters, the Organized Professional Employees of USDA, past chairman of the committee of Historical Walker Businessmen's Association, honorary member of Walker civic and commerce, past chairman of Conservation Committee, past secretary, treasurer and president of Walker Wildlife and Industrial Arts and Crafts Museum Board, past committee chairman Cass County Chapter First Aid Division ARS, scoutmaster for Boy Scouts of America for six years, past district chairman, District Camping Committee member and council commissioner, Headwater Area Council Executive Board, District Safety Committee and neighborhood commissioner Boy Scouts of America. He received the Silver Beaver Award in 1948 from the BSA, past president of Cass County Historical Society, past secretary of Cass County Statehood Centennial Committee, past secretary, treasurer and president of Izaak Walton League, director State Division, treasurer of Walker Rifle and Pistol Club, instructor of gun safety from the Conservation Department, Shingobee Winter Playground Association, member of all branches of IOOF, held all elected offices in Subordinate Lodge and Encampment, past grand patriarch of Grand Encampment of Minn., past deputy grand master of Grand Lodge, past secretary of Joint Youth Committee Grand Lodge and Rebekah Assembly of Minnesota. Following his retirement, he was the clerk for the city of Walker for many years. He was also a lobbyist for the Conservation Department for the state of Minnesota. He served on the Minnesota State Land Commission Board during the transfer of the Voyagers State Park from federal to state property and the organization of the Boundary Waters area. He was a member and served on many boards of organizations in Walker and was a member of the Community Church of Walker for over 50 years. He is survived by one daughter, Elaine Brown, Garden Valley, Idaho; three granddaughters, Cynthia Rockwell, Berkley, Mich., Christine Swenson, Nevis, and Carol Green, Goodland, Fla.; and seven great-grandchildren, Heather Doughty and Mandy Hillberg, both of Walker, Dustin and Daniel Swenson, both of Nevis, Christinea Ogle, Karl and Rebecca Green, all of Goodland, Fla. Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, Edna, two brothers, George and Nick, and two sisters, Christina and Elizabeth. Funeral: Thursday, March 26, at 2 p.m. at Community Church of Walker. Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Thomas-Dennis Funeral Home, Walker, and one hour prior to the service. Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Walker. Arrangements by Thomas-Dennis Funeral Home, Walker.

Daniel M. Noland Jr., 25, Marble, died Saturday, March 21, 1998, as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. He was born Feb. 13, 1973, in Grand Rapids, the son of Daniel M. and Shirley A. (Shofner) Noland. He attended schools in Greenway and had lived in the Marble area most of his life. He had worked as a mechanic for M-Bar-D Railtech, Inc., and was active in the Golden Gloves boxing, Region 5, stock car racing, dirt biking, mud racing and fishing. He is survived by his parents; fiancee Heidi Novy, Marble; sons Donald and Daniel Noland III, at home; sisters Tammy Noland, rural Calumet; Wendy Smith, Union City, Ind.; and Tina Sutherland, Grantsburg, Wis.; grandmother Julie “Judy” Noland, Marble; and special grandmother Minnie Boznich, Lawrence Lake. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Donald and Lillian Shofner, and Eugene Noland, and nephew Christopher Ruuhela. Memorial service: Thursday, March 26, at 2 p.m. in Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine. Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.

Homer Clark Parson, 92, Deer River, died Thursday, March 19, 1998, at Deer River. He was born Nov. 13, 1905, in Fort Wayne, Ind., the son of Jacob and Nettie Parson. The family homesteaded just north of Craigville in the early 1900s. He attended Rossing School. He worked as a logger, fur trapper, grain seed farmer and gravel hauler. He is survived by his wife, Georgina, Deer River; two daughters, Nancy Gross, Talmoon, and Gladys Bixby, Deer River; two sons, Clark Parson, Marcell, and Troy Parson, Effie; stepdaughter, Bernice Lemieux, Atikokan, Ontario, Canada; four brothers, Victor, Patrick and Michael, all of Grand Rapids, and Clifford, Bemidji; a sister, Leona Wendt, Bigfork; 12 grandchildren, Susan Carlson, Cohasset, Archie Wass, Bigfork, James Tubbs, Brent Sweedman, Karla Sweedman, Toni Bixby, Tanya Newman, all of Deer River, Jeremy Parson, Fort Hood, Texas, Jacob Parson, Salem, Ore., Michelle Parson, Coleraine, Joshua Parson, Minneapolis; four stepgrandchildren, Austin Lemieux, British Columbia, Canada, and Patrick, Gallen, and Kitty Lemieux, all of Atikokan; 17 great-grandchildren and 10 stepgreat-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, two brothers, Virgil and Vernon, and a sister, Dorthy Hamilton. Funeral: Wednesday, March 25, at 1 p.m. at Carroll Funeral Home, Bigfork, with the Rev. Bob Romig officiating. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River. 

Vernon "Vern" Lemont Sebade, 78, Thief River Falls, died Saturday, March 21, 1998, at Grand Forks, N.D. He was born March 6, 1920, at Bloomfield, Neb., and moved with his family to Deer River in 1929 and attended school there. From 1936 to 1938, he worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps camp at Bigfork. He married Grace M. Bevins in Deer River. He then served with the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946. While in the Navy he attended and graduated third in his class at Iowa State College Diesel Schools in Ames, Iowa. In 1951, he began employment with Lakehead Pipeline Company where he worked as a diesel mechanic until his retirement in 1977. In 1994, the couple moved to Thief River Falls. He was a member of Chippewa Masonic Lodge No. 275 and a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2720 of Deer River. He is survived by his wife, Grace, Thief River Falls; two daughters, Jeanette Nygaard, and Carol Gagner, Thief River Falls; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, George and Lucy (Cornish) Sebade, and three sisters, Mary Jane Bevins, Verla Otremba and Neola Potocki. Funeral: Thursday, March 26, at 11 a.m. at Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River, with the Rev. Dwight Rudquist officiating. Visitation is Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. with Masonic Memorial Service at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial: Pine Ridge Cemetery, Deer River. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River.


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