Miscellaneous Itasca County, Minnesota Obituaries

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Gerald L. Kuck, 65, Deer River, died Sunday, May 10, 1998, at Deer River Community Hospital. He was born Aug. 31, 1932, in Deer River, the son of Ralph and Ella (Parks) Kuck, and moved to North Dakota as a teen-ager. There he worked on farms, drove a charter bus and semi, worked as a road maintainer and did construction work. He owned a cafe in Lakota, N.D. and a bar in Brocket, N.D., before ill health forced him to retire. He moved back to Minnesota in 1988. He married Norma Lang, March 3, 1990, and they made their home in Deer River. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2722 and American Legion Post 122 of Deer River. He is survived by his wife, Norma; a son, Jerry; four daughters, Jean, Sally, Joni and Janie; two stepchildren, Bryan Lang, Turtle Lake, N.D., and Brenda Vickerman, Deer River; three sisters, Norma Schjecken and Geneva Francisco, both of Deer River, and Marie Bertram, Bigfork; three half brothers, Tom Shannon, Deer River, and Pete and Dan Shannon, both of Florida; 15 grandchildren and four stepgrandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, Ralph Kuck and Ella Shannon, and a brother, Chet Kuck. Funeral: Friday, May 15, at 3 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, Deer River, with the Rev. Bob Romig officiating. Visitation is two hours prior to the service at the church. Burial: Pine Ridge Cemetery, Deer River Township. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River.

George F. Clark, 84, rural Bovey, died Monday, May 11, 1998, in the Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Chisholm. He was born Dec. 18, 1913, in Dent, the son of George and Arvilla (Phelps) Clark, and attended school in the Dent and Perham areas. He lived in Bemidji and the Nashwauk area prior to moving to the Balsam area in 1979. He married Helen Narum on Aug. 24, 1938, in Bemidji. He worked as a crusher operator for M.A. Hanna Mining Company and National Steel Pellet Company from 1950 until his retirement in 1978. He was a member of the United Steelworkers of America and a member of the Cloverdale Mennonite Church. He is survived by his daughters, Elizabeth Suomi, Mt. Iron; Carol McBride and Dorinne Peratalo, both of Nashwauk, Georgina Riendeau, Walton, Ind. and Laurel Luukkonen, Zim; two sisters, Gladys Rhodes and Augusta Henderson, both of Salem, Ore.; and two brothers, Raymond Clark, Bemidji, and Charles Clark, Mt. Gilead, N.C. Preceding him in death were his wife, Helen, in 1984 and his parents. Funeral: Wednesday, May 13, at 1 p.m. at Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine, with the Rev. Omar J. Helmuth officiating. Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.

Rita Ellen Champlin, 85, Marble, died Saturday, May 9, 1998, at the Itasca Medical Center in Grand Rapids. She was born in Lansing, Iowa, and grew up and attended school in Grand Rapids. She married George "Skinny" Champlin in 1930. She was a longtime resident of Marble and worked at Fraser Craft as an upholsterer and curtain maker. She also was a self employed cake maker and decorator. She was a member of the Women's Action Committee, a Girl Scout leader, a member of the Marble Senior Citizens, Marble Civic Club, a Civil Defense director and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Catholic Women's Council. She is survived by her daughter, Shirley Schmidt, Marble; a sister, Sally Pellersal, Redding, Calif.; a brother, William Sullivan, Grand Rapids; seven grandchildren, Debbie Asawa, Stubinville, Ohio, Darrol "Butch" Schmidt and Marina Whight, both of Grand Rapids, James Schmidt, Plymouth, Yvonne Schmidt, Minneapolis, Garrie Itzin, Marble, and Jon Schmidt, Hibbing; and 14 great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband in 1981, a son, James in 1933 and her parents, William and Sarah Sullivan. Funeral: Wednesday, May 13, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Marble, with the Rev. Paul Larson officiating. Burial: Harris Cemetery, Harris Township. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

Helen Marain Dewey, 83, Deer River, died Saturday, May 9, 1998, in Duluth. She was born June 19, 1914, in Ellsworth, Wis. She is survived by a daughter, Linda Jacobson, Bigfork; four sons, Everett Plata, Lockport, Ill., Richard Dewey and Robert Dewey, both of Deer River, and Donald Dewey Jr., Grand Rapids; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband, Donald Dewey, a brother, Dorrance Rasmussen, a son, John Dewey, and a grandson, James Dewey. Funeral: Wednesday, May 13, at 11 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, Deer River, with the Rev. Dwight Rudquist officiating. Burial: Pine Ridge Cemetery, Deer River. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River.

Robert Francis Serbus, 65, Deer River, died Monday, May 11, 1998, in Deer River. He was born April 19, 1933, in Bird Island and graduated from Kimball High School. Following school, he joined the U.S. Navy and served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Cabot during the Korean War. In 1957, he began employment with McCarry Construction Company of St. Cloud. In 1960, he married Patricia Loesch. In 1967, he began working for Fullerton Lumber Company of Kimball. In 1979, he moved to Deer River where he purchased Blueberry Hills Golf Course and owned and operated his own logging truck during the winter months. In 1988, he began employment with Brink Sand and Gravel where he remained until retirement in August of 1997. He is survived by his fiancee, Karen Prescher, Deer River; three daughters, Corie Serbus, Superior, Wis., Christine Bartick, Frankston, Texas, and Karen Marchessault, Pawtucket, R.I.; his father, Peter, Watkins; five brothers, Donald, Dennis, Richard and Gordon, all of Kimball, and Randy, New London; two sisters, Cathy Russell, Lake Mary, Fla., and Margaret Purcell, Annandale; and five grandsons. Preceding him in death were his wife, Patricia, son, Colin, and mother, Mable. Funeral: Friday, May 15, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Deer River, with the Rev. Anselm Thevarkunnel officiating. Visitation is Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. with a 6 p.m. prayer service at Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River. Burial: Olivet Cemetery, Morse Township. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River. 

Irven L. Poore, 89, Taconite, died Monday, May 11, 1998, at St. Mary's Medical Center, Duluth. He was born Dec. 17, 1908, in Menahga, the son of Lee and Ida (Anderson) Poore. He grew up and lived most of his life in the Taconite area and was a 1928 graduate of Greenway High School. He married Madeline M. Berardo on Nov. 17, 1944, in Marble. He was an electrical foreman for Cleveland Cliffs Mining Company for 40 years until his retirement in 1970. He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Taconite; a member of the St. Joseph's Parish council, a member of the Greenway Council Knights of Columbus and the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1061, Bovey. He is survived by his wife, Madeline; a son, Robert Poore, Mora; a daughter, Cathy Doyle, Taconite; and three grandchildren, James Doyle, Jennifer Poore and Rebecca Poore. Preceding him in death were his parents and four brothers, Arthur, John, A.C. Anderson and James Poore. Funeral: Friday, May 15, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Taconite, with the Rev. Paul Larson officiating. Visitation is Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. with a 7 p.m. K.C. rosary at Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine. Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.

Austin M. Bickford, 13 days, died Wednesday, May 13, 1998, at Merit Care Hospital, Fargo, N.D. He was born April 30, 1998, in Cavalier. He is survived by his parents, Tony and Michelle Bickford, Hallock; a sister, Megan, at home; paternal grandparents, Gordon and Agnes Bickford, Cohasset; maternal grandparents, Edwin and Maureen McNally, Grand Rapids; paternal great-grandmother, Jennie Bickford, Grand Rapids; and maternal great-grandmothers, Willow McNally, Grand Rapids, and Mabel Anderson, Maddock, N.D. Funeral: Friday, May 15, at Libbey Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. William Zeige officiating. Burial: Itasca-Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Libbey Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

Leona H. de'Bernardeaux, 88, Northome, died Monday, May 11, 1998, at the Northern Itasca Health Care Center, Bigfork. She was born July 30, 1909, in Marinette, Wis., the daughter of Henry and Clara (Ziegahn) Radtke. She attended schools in Mizpah until the eighth grade. She then left to work at Craig Hospital in International Falls. She eventually became a practical nurse and worked at the Craig Hospital and in the Northome/Mizpah area. She married Warren de'Bernardeaux Aug. 7, 1938, in Warroad. After her children were grown, she went to work at the Northome Nursing Home where she became charge nurse. She also helped her husband run a clothing store in Northome for many years, call the Hi-Hat Store and at the Scenic Hotel in Northome, where she was a cook and baker. She was a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Northome and its Ladies Aid. She is survived by her son, Ed de'Bernardeaux, Pine City; her daughter, Ethelle Hayden, Mt. Juliet, Tenn.; three brothers, Peters Reiners, Bemidji, Paul Reiners, Grand Rapids, and Pat Stillar, International Falls; two sisters, Pearl Teal, Cass Lake, and Claribel Nesseth, Northome; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband, Warren, in 1979, a son, John, in 1975, two sisters, Lilian Gagnon and Mabel Forsythe, and a brother, Charles Reiners. Funeral: Saturday, May 16, at 11 a.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, Northome, with the Rev. Tom Schierkolk officiating. Burial: Forest Hill Cemetery, Northome, following cremation. Arrangements by Cease Family Funeral Home, Blackduck.

Carl Martin Reinertson, 77, Vero Beach, Fla., died Tuesday, May 12, 1998, at Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando, Fla., following a brief illness. He was born March 29, 1921, in Duluth and had been a resident of Vero Beach for the past 19 years moving there from McGregor. He was employed as superintendent of schools in Duluth for 27 years prior to retirement. He was a veteran of World War II in the United States Army and a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Moose Lodge of Vero Beach. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; and a sister, Florence Price, Duluth. Memorials are suggested by the family to the American Heart Association, 401 W. Michigan St., Duluth, MN 55802. Services will be held at a later date in Duluth. Arrangements by Cox-Gifford Funeral Home, Vero Beach, Fla.

Dorothy Gertrude Sitz, 89, Bigfork, died Saturday, May 16, 1998, at Northern Itasca Nursing Home, Bigfork. She was born Feb. 8, 1909, in Nevis. At age seven she moved with her family to the Bigfork area where she attended school. She married Walter Martin Sitz Feb. 14, 1926, in Grand Rapids. The couple resided in the Bigfork area. She is survived by her children, Herman, Talmoon, Vera Holland, Chula Vista, Calif., June Southworth, Imperial Beach, Calif., Iris Patrick, Ericson, Neb., Russel, Chula Vista, Calif., Amber Kaczor, Bigfork, Dirk, Chula Vista, Calif., Hope Perkins, Bigfork, Fred, Schaumburg, Ill., Michael, McHenry, Ill., Bruce, Andover, Jon, St. Paul, and Penny Petersen, Talmoon; three brothers, Russell Vail, Bigfork, Riley Vail, Pengilly, and Vernon Vail, Walker; a sister, LaRue Hocking, Bigfork; 48 grandchildren, 78 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents, Fred and Frances Green Vail, her husband, Walter, children, Fern Wheeler, Rodney Sitz and Nancy Domeier, a sister, Ella Reed, a brother, Harry Vail and a granddaughter, Kathy Perkins. Funeral: Tuesday, May 19, at 2 p.m. at Carroll Funeral Home, Bigfork, with the Rev. Vicki Taylor officiating. Burial: Bigfork Cemetery. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Bigfork.

Richard "Rich" L. LaPlant, 44, Grand Rapids, died Sunday, May 17, 1998, at his home. He was born Oct. 8, 1953, and graduated from Grand Rapids High School in 1972. He worked at Miner's Market and Miners County Market since 1970, most recently as a meat cutter. He married Debra Funk on Sept. 8, 1973. He was a member of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association and St. Joseph's Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife, Debra; a son, Andrew, and four daughters, Betsy, Jill, Kimberly and Katie, all at home; his parents, Robert and Betty LaPlant, Grand Rapids; and a brother, Robert, Hill City. Preceding him in death were his grandparents, William LaPlant, Bessie LaPlant, Arthur Strom and Gertrude Averill. Funeral: Thursday, May 21, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with the Rev. Thomas Radaich officiating. Visitation is Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. with a wake prayer service at 6 p.m. at Rowe Funeral Home. Burial: Itasca-Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids. 

Wayne K. Mills, 84, Grand Rapids, died Monday, May 18, 1998, at his home. He was born, raised and attended school in Grand Rapids and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. When he returned to Grand Rapids, he worked in the lumber business. His father's lumber company, Mills Lumber Company, was passed to him. He married Ethel M. Carlson on June 16, 1935. He worked with the Salvation Army for the past 12 years, serving as service extension representative for the Minnesota North District. He was the past district governor for Rotary International. He was a member of the Grand Rapids Rotary Club, a member and past president of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, and a member and past president of the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce. He was instrumental in starting the Grand Rapids Civil Air Patrol and was active in the United Way. He is survived by three daughters, Karla Gengler, St. Cloud, Charlene Thul, Grand Rapids, and Mary Scott, Marine on St. Croix; a son, Alan Mills, Los Gatos, Calif.; adoptive children, Linda Miller, Duluth, and Donald Mills, Oregon City, Ore.; 14 grandchildren and four great-granddaughters. Preceding him in death were his parents, John and Ida (Heighstedt) Mills, his wife, Ethel, in 1993, a grandson, John Thul, in 1971, and two brothers, Lloyd and Lawrence. Funeral: Friday, May 22, at 11 a.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church with the Rev. Michael Eckert officiating. Visitation is Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church. Burial: Itasca-Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids. 

Oliver A. Toven, 86, Grand Rapids, died Sunday, May 17, 1998, at Itasca Nursing Home. He was born Jan. 20, 1912, in Hill City where he grew up and attended school, graduating in 1930. He married Carrie Phillips on Nov. 29, 1934, in Hill City. Following their marriage the couple moved to Grand Rapids where he worked for the University of Minnesota Experimental Station for many years as a maintenance engineer, retiring in 1977. He was a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church. He is survived by one daughter, Karen Keller, Greeley, Colo.; a son, David Toven, Westburg, N.Y.; one sister, Eleanor Benes, Cohasset; two brothers, Harold Toven, Grand Rapids, and Albert Toven, Hill City; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, Ole and Nellie (Riesness) Toven, his wife, Carrie, in 1992, and a brother, Bernard. Funeral: Saturday, May 23, at 11 a.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church with the Rev. Michael Eckert officiating. Visitation is Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Rowe Funeral Home. Burial: Itasca-Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

Michael Eugene Sherman Davis and Derrick Wayne Sherman Davis died in Duluth. Michael died May 17 and Derrick died on May 18, 1998. They were born May 17, 1998, in Deer River. They are survived by their parents, Cheryl Davis and Christopher Sherman, both of Deer River; grandparents, Robyn Davis, Deer River, Richard Warner, Deer River, David Smith and Wanda Sherman. Great-grandparents are Nancy Tubbs, Jim Heyer, Shirley Young and Mary Smith, all of Deer River, and Lyle Davis, Bigfork. Preceding them in death was their great-grandfather, Henry Tubbs. Funeral: Friday, May 22, at noon at Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River, with the Rev. Jim Spaid officiating. Visitation is one hour prior to the service. Burial: Max Cemetery, Max Township. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River.

Leonard L. Nimlos, Mt. Dora, Fla., died Jan. 21, 1998, at his home. He lived in Florida after his retirement from the Air Force. He was a Shriner, a Mason and retired plumber. He is survived by his wife, Doris; a son, Danel; two daughters, Lonna Neilsen, and Donna Tedder, both of Tacoma, Wash.; a sister, Patricia Clairmont, Grand Rapids; and six grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, Orin and Bernice Nimlos, a brother, John, and a sister, Ione. Memorial graveside services: Tuesday, May 26, at 11:30 a.m. at Wildwood Cemetery, Cohasset.

Sigrid E. Wedl, 94, Remer, formerly of Coleraine, died Thursday, May 14, 1998, at Leisure Hills Health Care Center, Grand Rapids. She was born Feb. 28, 1904, in Norway, the daughter of Hans and Hilda (Ronne) Martinsen. She grew up in Coleraine, was a 1922 graduate of Greenway High School and lived most of her life in Coleraine prior to moving to Remer in 1967. She married Lee Wedl in 1924 in St. Cloud. She was a homemaker and had worked in the Bovey Mercantile and the Patnaude Store in Coleraine. She was a member of the St. Paul's Catholic Church of Remer and its Ladies Guild and a former member of the Women of the Moose Lodge 1061 of Bovey, the Degree of Honor and the PTA. She is survived by a son, Lee F. Wedl Jr., St. George, Utah; two daughters, Darlene Hall, Remer, and Patricia Bailey, St. George, Utah; a sister, Valborg "Wally" Wilson, Coleraine; 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Lee, three brothers, Thor, Helmer and Leonard, and four sisters, Marie, Ann, Hanna and Helga. Funeral: Wednesday, May 20, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul's Catholic Church, Remer, with the Rev. Roland J. Antus officiating. Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.

Harold R. Cyrus, 85, Grand Rapids, died Monday, May 18, 1998, at the Itasca Medical Center. He was born in Blabon, N.D., on Sept. 10, 1912, and moved to the Grand Rapids area as a child. He attended LaPrairie Grade School, Greenway High School and Itasca Junior College graduating in 1932. He served as chief clerk for 34 months for the United States Forest Service, F-13 in Civilian Conservation Corps Company 702 in Bena. He married Agnes G. Holum on June 3, 1941, in Grand Rapids. He served in the South Pacific and was promoted to master sergeant in Headquarters, 24th Infantry Division earning a Bronze Star. After his discharge in 1945, he was employed by King Lumber Company where he was the credit and collection manager for 18 years. He then became the business manager for North Star Clinic for 20 years. He was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church where he served on the church board and was chairman for two years. He was a life member of the American Legion Post No. 60, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1720, Disabled American Veterans Post No. 13, all of Grand Rapids, and the 24th Infantry Division Association. He also was a member of the Itasca Historical Society and the Minnesota State Historical Society. He is survived by his wife, Agnes; a daughter, Mary Brennan, Missoula, Mont.; a son, David Cyrus, Chaska; a sister, Elaine Johnson, Grand Rapids; a brother, Gordon Cyrus, Casper, Wyo.; and four grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, John and Alma (Ellefson) Cyrus. Memorial services: Friday, May 22, at 3 p.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church with the Rev. Michael Eckert officiating. A time of refreshment and fellowship in the church social hall will follow the service. Burial: Itasca-Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.


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