Miscellaneous Winnebago County, Iowa Obituaries


Ralph B. Larson
Service held August 7 for former Rake Mayor, Ralph B. Larson Funeral service for former Mayor of Rake, Ralph B. Larson, was held Saturday morning, August 7, 1999, at Zion Lutheran Church, Rake. Dr. Jennifer
Edinger officiated.
Burial was in East Cemetery, Rake, with Winter Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Ralph Byron Larson, son of Gunner and Christine (Erdahl) Larson, was born November 9, 1916, in Monticello, Minn. He was baptized and confirmed at Silver Creek Lutheran Church in
Monticello. He attended country school and graduated from Monticello High School with the class of 1933.
On November 9, 1938, he was united in marriage to Josephine Hodson. They belonged to Zion Lutheran Church, Rake, where Ralph served as a deacon for 12 years, taught Sunday School, was president for two years and on the board of education for six
years. He was sexton for the cemeteries of Rake for 30 years.
He served on the Rake City Council for four years before becoming Mayor for 10 years. He also served as board member on the Iowa Council of Government
for six years. He was a farmer and also spent much time volunteering for various activities.
In 1990 he was nominated Outstanding Senior Citizens of Winnebago County.
Ralph Larson died Wednesday, August 4, 1999, at Timely Mission Nursing Home in Buffalo Center.  He is survived by his wife
Josephine of Rake; two sons, Gordon and his wife Jeanne Larson of Sturgeon Lake, Minn., and Paul Larson of Rake; two
daughters, Beverly and husband Loran Mathison of Fairmont, Minn., and Dorothy and her husband Peter Linn of Inver Grove Heights, Minn.; five grandsons;
five great-grandsons; a sister, Ardys Hubred; and three sisters-in-laws, Hazel Larson, Bernedine Larson and Adelaide Larson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers; six sisters; and a son-in-law, John Murray.

Melbourne Hagedorn
Service held for Melbourne Hagedorn Funeral service for Melbourne Hagedorn, 71, was held Saturday afternoon, August 7, 1999, at First Reformed Church, Buffalo Center. Dr. Jennifer
Edinger, pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Rake, officiated.
Marlene Krull served as organist with a ladies trio of Marilyn Balvance, Julie Beenken and Diana Kramersmeier singing “Mansion Over the Hill” and “Moment by
Moment.” The congregation sang “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow” and “Day by Day.”
Casket bearers were Terry Blome, Paul Engelbarts, Roy Hinz, Bill Lofstrom, Al Steenhard and Jake Winter, Jr.
Interment was in Highland Home Cemetery, Ledyard.  The son of Elmer and Anna (Ehrich) Hagedorn, Melbourne was born December 30, 1927,
near Elmore, Minn. He was baptized and confirmed at the Evangelical and Reformed Church in Ledyard. He received his education
in country school near Elmore.
On December 30, 1946, he was married to Luella Johnson. Together they farmed until retirement in 1989, then they built a house in Buffalo Center. After his
retirement, he worked part-time with Sapp and Associates and for Jim Shortenhaus.
Mr. Hagedorn was a member of the Evangelical and Reformed Church, Ledyard, serving as Consistory member when he moved to Buffalo Center. He
transferred membership to First Reformed Church and also served as a Consistory member.
He died Wednesday, August 4, 1999, at his home in Buffalo Center at the age of 71.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Luella, of Buffalo Center; his children: John and his wife Louise of Rake, Betty Pooley of
Mankato, Minn., Mark and his wife Beth of Detroit Lakes, Minn., Rick Hagedorn of Lakota, Larry and his wife Roberta of Lakota
and Jan Hagedorn of Fairmont, Minn.; his mother, Anna Hagedorn of Buffalo Center; and 13 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father and an infant son.

Melvin Tollagson
Service held Wednesday for Melvin Tollagson, 81
Funeral service for Melvin Gustav Tollagson, 81, was held Wednesday afternoon, August 25, 1999, at Bethany Lutheran Church, Thompson. Pastors Philip and Marilyn Peters officiated.
Cyndy Johnson served as organist.
Congregational hymns were “How Great Thou Art,” “What A Friend We Have In Jesus,” “Amazing Grace,” and “Old Rugged Cross.”
Casket bearers were Tim Vrieze, Jeff Vrieze, Travis Tollagson, Dave Tollagson, Troy Fleener and Jim Brackey.
Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Thompson. Winter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The son of Carl and Sena (Sabin) Tollagson, Melvin was born June 22, 1918, in Buffalo Center. He attended school in Eden Township School.
February 28, 1942, he was married to Agnes Stalheim in Thompson.
Mel loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, trapping and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Survivors include one son, Wayne and his wife Jeanne Tollagson of Crystal Lake; two daughters, Sharon Vrieze of Moore, S. Car., and Phyllis
Hauan of Thompson; nine grandchildren; four greatgrandchildren; one brother, Elmer and his wife Melva Tollagson of Thompson; two
sisters, Edna Lunning of Clarissa, Minn., and Pearl and her husband Elmer Smith of Woden.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife Agnes; four brothers, Clarence, Joseph, Clifford and Leonard Tollagson; and a son-in-law, Ken Vrieze.

Inga Engelby rites held Tuesday
Inga Sophia Engelby, 88, died August 21, 1999, at Timely Mission Nursing Home where she had been a resident since July 1, 1997.
Her funeral was held Tuesday at Zion Lutheran Church in Rake with Dr. Jennifer Edinger officiating. Comfort music was provided by Carol
Asmus, organist, and Lynnae Voortmann, her granddaughter,
soloist. Lynnae sang “Just A Closer Walk With Thee” and “Jesus Loves Me.” Congregational hymns were “For All The Saints” and “Lift High The
Honorary casket bearers were Ryan Mitthun, Jared Mitthun, Joe Olinger, Mike Kemming and Darren Corson.
Casket bearers included Maurice Pingel, Larry Pingel, Arlowe Haugen, Gary Haugen, Randy Matheson and Perlon Engelby.
Interment was in West Cemetery, Rake, with Winter Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Born March 15, 1911, Inga was the daughter of Nels and Johanna (Lein) Haugen. She moved with her family from Ottosen to the Rake community
when she was a child. 
On December 14, 1932, she married Albert Engelby. Together they farmed and had a corn-shelling business.
She was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church, Rake.
Survivors include two daughters, Julie Quamme and husband Bennett of Rake and Christie Olinger and husband Dave of Mankato, Minn.; one son, Warren Engelby of Sherburne, Minn.; six grandchildren, Amy Olinger and husband Joe, Kathy Kemming and
husband Mike, Marcia Corson and husband Darren, Lynnae Voortmann, Ryan Mitthun and Jared Mitthun; eight greatgrandchildren;
her twin sister, Ida Pingel of Blue Earth, Minn.; two other sisters, Gudren Matheson of Rake and Ethel Doty of Albert Lea, Minn., and
many other dear family members.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Albert in 1991; an infant son, Richard Lee; a grandson-in-law, Doug Voortmann; four brothers and one sister.

Helen P. Fletcher
Helen P. Fletcher rites set for Friday Funeral service for former Thompson resident Helen P. Fletcher of San Ramon, Calif., will be held Friday at St. Joan Catholic Church in San Romane. Burial will be in California.
Mrs. Fletcher was born March 15, 1912, and died September 6, 1999. She and her husband, Franklin E. Fletcher, resided in Thompson from 1933-1948 before oving their family to Lincoln, Neb.
Her husband preceded her in death.
Survivors include her children: Marcia Groves of Rapid City, S. Dak., Charles Fletcher of Lincoln, Neb., Mary Bozarth of San Ramon, Calif., Cynthia
Fletcher of San Ramon, Franklin P. Fletcher of Mesquite, Nev., and Steven Fletcher of Las Cruces, N. Mex.

Rites Tuesday for Hazel Kapka, 80
Funeral service for Hazel I. Kapka, 80, of Thompson was held Tuesday afternoon at St.Peter's Lutheran Church in Riceville. Burial was in the
Lutheran Cemetery in Riceville.
Mrs. Kapka died September 4, 1999, at North Iowa Hospice, Mason City.
She was born May 30, 1919, at Elma, the daughter of Pearl and Mary Olive (Wilden) Womack. She attended Howard County schools.
She is survived by three daughters: Cheryl and her husband Don Reicks of Thompson, Lois and her husband Darryl Engelhardt of Garrison and
Jeanine Enderson of Thompson; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one brother, Jim Womack of Riceville; and two sisters,
Gladys Grube of Charles City and Opal Polen of Montezuma.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband Kenneth of April 28, 1984; four sisters, Lillian Marvin, Edna Slagle, Erma Albert and Joyce
Weatherly; three brothers: Homer, George and Donald Womack; and one half brother, Mike Wilden.

Service held for Donald Hofbauer
Funeral service for Donald C. Hofbauer, 69, of Leland was held August 26 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Leland. Pastor Dan Christensen officiated with interment of cremains at Olena Mound Cemetery, Buffalo Center. The American Legion
and VFW Posts Color Guard of Buffalo Center performed military rites.
Born near Buffalo Center January 24, 1930, Donald was the son of Jacob and Jane (Janssen) Hofbauer. He attended the Buffalo Center School and later served in the military from 1946-48.
January 8, 1950, he was married to Darlene Geerdes in Lakota. The couple farmed near Buffalo Center and Don worked at Winnebago. He retired
in 1990. As a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church, he served on council.
Survivors include his wife Darlene of Leland; four children: Doug and his wife Nancy of Omaha, Neb., Darla and her husband Ted Thompson of Thompson,
Diane Estes of Olathe, Kans., and Darcy and her husband Curt Ringgenberg of Overland Park, Kans., six grandchildren; one greatgrandson; two brothers, Henry
Hofbauer of Buffalo Center and John Hofbauer of Lake Havasu, Ariz.; three sisters, Ruth Harris of Yuma, Ariz., Dorothy Weaver of Buffalo Center and Marge and her husband
Junior Roths of Garner; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers and four sisters.

Julius Herman Eastvold
Rites held for longtime resident Julius Herman Eastvold, 87, died September 10, 1999, at his home in rural Rake.
His funeral service was held the morning of Tuesday, September 14, at Zion Lutheran Church in Rake. Dr. Jennifer Edinger officiated.
Comfort music was provided by Carol Asmus, organist, and Marlys Andersen, soloist. Mrs. Andersen sang "One Day At A Time" and "Be Not Dismayed."
The congregation sang "Rock of Ages."
The casket was carried by Timothy Eastvold, Josh Eastvold, David Eastvold, Philip Eastvold, Darin Eastvold and Todd Eastvold.
Interment was in United Lutheran Church Cemetery, Frost, Minn. Winter Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Julius was born June 2, 1912, on a farm near Montrose, S. Dak., to Andrew and Serina (Soma) Eastvold.
He graduated from Montrose High School and in 1937 he moved with his family to a farm near Frost, Minn.
On June 4, 1941, he married Bessie Durby at Zion Lutheran Church in Rake. This union was blessed with five sons.
They made their home on farms near Frost, Wells, Leland and Thompson, and in 1955 they moved to a farm east of Rake.
He served on the Creamery Board in Thompson, Co-op Elevator Board in Rake, church deacon, trustee and Sunday School teacher at Zion Lutheran Church. He also served on the St. Luke's Lutheran Home board in Blue Earth, Minn.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Bessie, of Rake; sons: Allen and his wife Pat of Forest City, James and wife Fran of Des Moines, Paul and wife Karilyn of Springfield, Ill., and Darrell and wife Ginny of Mankato, Minn.; 12 grandchildren: Tim of Forest City, Darla Evenson and Matthew of Lake Mills, Jeffrey of Patterson,
Joshua and Janna of Des Moines, David and Philip of Springfield, Ill., Jonathan of Washington, DC, Renae Schenk, Darin and Todd Eastvold of Mankato; a stepgranddaughter, Pam Cooper of Des Moines; seven great-grandchildren: Scott, Drake, Amelia Jo, Storm, Haley, Reid and
Jacob; one sister, Ordella Furland of Frost; one brother, Jake and his wife Lillian of Blue Earth; two sisters-in-law, Marion Eastvold of Blue Earth and Elaine Eastvold of Litchfield, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Merlin Leroy; two brothers, Arnold and Barney; and two sisters, Corrine Frandle and Bertha Eastvold.

Cecilia L. (Gagnon) Simpson
Mrs. Raynold Lillebo and Viola Simmons of Lake Mills attended the funeral Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 15, of Cecilia L. (Gagnon) Simpson, 79, of Mason City. It was held at Hogan-Bremer Colonial Chapel. Mrs. Simpson was born January 17, 1920, and died September 12, 1999, at
Sunbridge Care Center, Mason City.
She is survived by four children; 10 grandchildren; one brother and a cousin. Her brother preceded her in death.
Mrs. Simpson was the niece of the late Leon and Clara (Stuart) Bryant of Thompson.

Genevieve Matheson
Genevieve Matheson rites held at Frost
Last rites for Genevieve L. Matheson, 90, of Frost, Minn., were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 16, at United Lutheran Church in Frost. Pastors Patricia Hinkle and Ed Nieman officiated.
Interment was in United Lutheran Cemetery, Frost.
Genevieve was born to Selmer I. Carl and Anna (Quam) Halvorson on September 6, 1909, in Kossuth County near Rake.
She married Selmer L. Matheson on June 29, 1927, in Elmore, Minn. The couple farmed near Rake until 1948 when they moved to Albany, Oregon, where they farmed until 1949. They returned to Minnesota and purchased the Frost Produce, which they operated until 1962. For 14 years she worked at Miller Fashions in Blue Earth. She and her husband maintained the South Blue Earth Lutheran Cemetery for 25 years. She was a member of United Lutheran Church in Frost and the Frost Community Club.
She is survived by two sons, Carlyle and his wife Dona Matheson of Albert Lea, Minn., and Stanley and wife Sonja Matheson of Alden, Minn.; six daughters, Mavis Dolan of Albany, Ore., Vivian Peterson of Minneapolis, Minn., Geraldine and husband Merrill Holmseth of Hastings, Minn., Charlene and husband Gary Zimmerman of Mankato, Minn., Elaine and husband Robert Weiner of Manhatten Beach, Calif., and Kathy and husband John Bang of Bloomington, Minn.; 23 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; four great-greatgrandchildren; eight stepgrandchildren; one brother, Jerome and his wife Lois Halvorson of Rake; four sisters, Irene Boettcher of Blue Earth, Minn., Cora Boettcher of Altoona, Vernice and husband Carl Matheson of Milaca, Minn., and Arlet and husband John Rokke of Belmond; two sisters-in-law, Mabel Wamsley of Buffalo Center and Goodrun Matheson of Rake; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Selmer on December 8, 1990; two sons-in-law, Henry Dolan and Paul Peterson; four sisters; and two brothers.

Harlan Steffensen
Service held for Harlan Steffensen, 52
Buffalo Center native Harlan Dean Steffensen, 52, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, died September 10, 1999, at a hospital in Coeur d'Alene.
A local memorial service was held Saturday afternoon at the First Reformed Church in Buffalo Center with Pastors Bill Peake and David Langer officiated.
Burial of cremains was at Olena Mound Cemetery, Buffalo Center.
The son of Cecil and Ruth (Edwards) Steffensen, Harlan was born December 29, 1946, in Buffalo Center. He graduated from Buffalo Center High School in 1965 and entered the U. S. Navy, serving for four years on the USS Coral Sea CVA-43, an aircraft carrier.
He worked at Winnebago Industries in Forest City for a few years and then moved to Loveland, Colo., where he managed a convenience store. He attended Fort Collins Community College, working on an accounting major.
He married his wife Judy on April 14, 1984, in Loveland.
Presently, he was working at Inland Woods in Post Falls, Idaho.
Survivors include his wife Judy of Post Falls; three sons, Larry and his wife Kari Steffensen of North Branch, Minn., Jerry Steffensen of Coon Rapids, Minn., and Chad Steffensen of Fridley, Minn.; one daughter, Robbieyn and
her husband Wayne Hunt of Post Falls, Idaho; his father and his wife Iola Steffensen of Buffalo Center; his mother, Ruth Steffensen of Buffalo Center; four brothers, Denny and his wife Beverly of Forest City, Wayne of Colorado Springs,
Colo., Neil and his wife Roxanne of Thompson and Darwin and wife Linda of Racine, Wis.; two sisters, Gail Minetto of East Chain, Minn., and Janet and her husband John Lyman of North St. Paul, Minn.; four grandchildren:
Brandon, Natali, Victoria and Kyrstabeth; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Art and Zilpha Steffensen and Bert and Etta Edwards.

Neoma L. Helgeson
Neoma L. Helgeson, 78, of Lake Mills, died Saturday (Sept. 18, 1999) at the Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa, Mason City.
Her funeral service was held Tuesday afternoon at the Salem Lutheran Church, Lake Mills, with the Rev. Roger Dykstra and the Rev. Sara Beth Akre officiating.
Burial was in the Oaklawn Cemetery, Emmons, Minn.
Neoma Helgeson, daughter of Clayton and Mable (Amunrud) Guthier, was born Aug. 28, 1921, in Emmons, Minn.
She married Stanley Helgeson on June 21, 1942.
She is survived by her children, Mary Ellis and her husband David Readinger of Des Moines, Tom Helgeson and his wife Janet of Arvada, Colo., Nancy Russler of Arlington Heights, Ill., and Scott Helgeson and his wife Elaine of Lake Mills;
six grandchildren; a stepgrandson; one sister; two brothers-in-law; and two sisters-in-law.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Stanley; and an infant son.

Florain J. Nelson
Last rites for Florain J. Nelson, 75, were held Tuesday morning at Bethany Lutheran Church, Thompson. Pastors Philip and Marilyn Peters officiated.
Scripture passages were read by Kristi Jacobson, a niece, and Rev. Clifford Nelson, a brother-in-law.
Mary Ann Olsen was the organist.  Special music was provided by the Bethany Senior Choir "There's Something About That Name," "What A Friend" and "It Is Well With My Soul" and by Elmer Olson.
Congregational hymns were "No One Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus" and "The Lord's Prayer."
Casket bearers were her nieces and nephews: Kelli Anderson, Bradley Bakken, Brian Bakken, Kristi Jacobson, Matthew Peterson, Nathan Peterson, Lisa Roosen and Sarah Wickum.
Interment was in St. Olaf Cemetery, Belmond, with Winter Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Born April 13, 1924, in Webster County to Harris and Josephine (Saboe) Peterson, Florain was baptized at Badger Lutheran Church and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Dexter, Minn. She graduated from Augustana Academy in Canton, S. Dak., and from the Lutheran Brethren Bible School in Fergus Falls, Minn.
On March 19, 1949, she was married to Norris P. Nelson at Badger. The couple farmed in the Scarville area after their marriage.
Mrs. Nelson was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, Thompson, where she taught Sunday School for many years, sang in the church choir and was an active member of WELCA.
Survivors include her husband Norris of rural Scarville; their children: Norrine and her husband James Heesch of Seymour, Gerald Nelson and his wife Cynthia Matson of Kiester, Minn., Timothy and his wife Linda Nelson of Chino Hills, Calif., Helen and her husband Aaron Rognehaugh of Loveland, Colo., and Arlyn and his wife Kris Nelson of Fergus Falls, Minn.; grandchildren: Codi and her husband David Florain Christianson of Joice, Clint and his wife Andrew Heesch of Seymour, Landon and Graham Nelson of Kiester, Minn., Wade and Sondra Rognehaugh of Loveland, Colo., and Jessica, Matthew and Jacob Haws of Fergus Falls, Minn.; greatgrandchildren: Tuff and Colt Christianson and Tell and Wyatt Heesch; two brothers, John and his wife Marilyn Peterson of Apple Valley, Minn., and Paul and his wife Shirley Peterson of Kenyon, Minn.; one sister, Lyla and her husband James Fugelberg of Shell Lake, Wis.; brothers and sisters-in-law: Rev. Clifford Nelson and his wife Elnor of St. Cloud, Minn., Mildred Meyer of Toledo, Ohio, Rev. Everett Nelson and his wife Clara of Dent, Minn., Esther Larson and her husband Roy of Pelican Rapids Minn.; and Rueben Nelson and his wife Elly of Belmond; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Gerald A. Peterson; her sister-in-law, Ruth Lonnevik; and her brothers-in-law, Russell Lonnevik and Alfred Meyer.

Clarine Olson Lund
Birney and Vivian Nelson accompanied their daughter, Barbara Reisinger of Red Oak to Tomah, Wis., for the weekend.
They went to attend the funeral for Clarine Olson Lund (Mrs. Harvey Lund) on Monday.
Burial was at Viroqua, Wis.
Clarine was a former Rake resident and a 1935 graduate of Rake High School. She died of cancer after a brief illness.
Marge Quam of Rake and her daughter, Marcia Folven, also attended the funeral.

Albin Anderson
Albin Anderson, age 91, formerly of Thompson, died October 7, 2000, at the Titonka Care Center in Titonka.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 10, at Grant Lutheran in rural Woden.
Burial was at Oakland Cemetery in Forest City.
Albin Anderson was born February 26, 1909, in rural Frost, Minn., to Boal and Helen Hove Anderson. He was the eldest of eight children and was baptized
into the Lutheran faith at the South Blue Earth Church, rural Bricelyn, Minn.
In 1913 the family moved to a farm southwest of Thompson.
Albin grew up to manhood on this farm. He attended the local Linden TWP school where he graduated from the eighth grade.
He was confirmed at the Linden Lutheran Church by the Rev. JJ Skarpness. As a young man he helped his father on the family
At age seventeen Albin’s father bought a Model T truck which he turned over to Albin to do general trucking. Albin followed
this line of work until 1930.
Albin married Eva Danger on June 7, 1930, at the Immanuel Lutheran parsonage. To this union two children were born, son Gary in 1935 and daughter Norma in 1943.
The couple settled in Forest City where Albin operated a Shell Service Station at the location of the present Dollar General Store. After a year at Forest City the couple moved northwest of Thompson. Eva helped her widowed father, John Danger, care for her three young siblings, Floyd, Ernie and Opal.
Albin learned the meat processing trade from his father-in-law, John Danger. The two men worked together in this trade during the winter months. Albin and Eva moved to an acreage in Grant Township where they raised livestock and Albin worked for Milton Holland.
In 1936, Gus Swingen rented 120 acres to the couple. It was here that they began a farming career that was to last 46 years.
In 1941 Albin and Eva purchased a farm south of Thompson where they spent their lives together, with the exception of 1958, when they owned and operated operated a grocery store in Thompson.
After Eva’s death Albin remained on the farm.
Albin married Helen Akkerman Anderson in October 1988 and they lived on the farm until 1993 when they moved to Thompson.
In January 1997, Albin and Helen moved to the Titonka Care Center, Titonka. Albin lost Helen to death on July 2, 1997.
Albin and both spouses were faithful members of the Grant Lutheran Church in their active years. Albin had a good sense of humor and a keen sense of business. He enjoyed visiting with people from all walks of life.
He was a good husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and lived to see a great-greatgrandson.
Survivors include a son, Gary Anderson and wife Lucy of Forest City; a daughter, Norma Rotterman and husband Francis of Elmore, Minn.; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; four sisters, Alicia Christian of Foley, Ala., Anna Branstad of Lake Mills, Thelma Leegaard of Hoffman, Minn., and Ora Hoffbauer of Dike; two step-sons, Robert and Donna Anderson of Titonka, and James and Linda Anderson of Crystal Lake; and a step-daughter, Delores Richter of Priest River, ID.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wives, Eva and Helen; a grandson, Bruce Anderson; a daughter-in-law, Sylvia Anderson; two brothers, Oliver and Ernest; and a sister, Hazel Larson.

Beverly Fern Knutson
Service held for Beverly Knutson
Beverly Fern Knutson died October 10, 2000, at United Hospital in Blue Earth, Minn., at the age of 60.
Her funeral service was held Saturday afternoon, October 14, at Zion Lutheran Church in Rake. Dr. Jennifer Edinger officiated with Jeff Cole.
Julie Davids was the organist and soloists were Marlys Andersen and Tiffany Cole.
Casket bearers were Perry Aalgaard, Bruce Matson, Tom Hagman, Dwight Aalgaard, Brent Matson and Jon Jacobson. Honorary bearers included Brian Rix, Scott Rix, Jeff Cole and Shawn Bajula.
Interment was in East Cemetery, Rake.
Born March 7, 1940, Beverly was the daughter of Henry and Irene (Gruis) Engelby. She graduated from Blue Earth High School in 1958 and from Brainerd Junior College in 1959 with a diploma of Practical Nursing.
She worked as a nurse in Brainerd for awhile after graduation, then moved to Blue Earth where she worked at the hospital.
On February 1, 1964, she married Mervin K. Knutson in Blue Earth. The couple then moved to Rake and Beverly quit working to raise her family. In 1982 she went back to work as a nurse at North Iowa Human Service, Forest City.
Survivors include her husband Mervin of Rake; their children: Michael Bajula and wife Colette and children Tiffany, Cole, Meghan and Shawn of North Mankato, Minn.; Mervin Charles and his wife Susan of Albert Lea, Minn., Beth Rix and husband Brian and children Jessica, Scott, Eric and Laura of Sioux Rapids; Kenneth of Albert Lea; and Janette of Sioux Rapids; one great-grandson, Ashton Blake Cole; a brother, Don Engelby and wife Molly of Texas; and a halfbrother, Richard of Minnesota.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a step-father and by a son, Donald Bajula.

Oudie Betels
Service held for Oudie Betels, 87
Funeral service for Oudie Betels, Buffalo Center, was held October 28 at the United Methodist Church in Buffalo Center.
Pastor Lois Abel officiated with burial at Olena Mound Cemetery, Buffalo Center.
Mrs. Betels died October 24, 2000, at Mercy Medical Health Center-North Iowa in Mason City.
She was 87.
The daughter of Allen and Anna (Heikens) Weaver, Oudie was born September 4, 1913, at Woden.
She attended country schools in Woden and Buffalo center.
She married William Betels on February 23, 1930. The couple farmed until their retirement in 1975 when they moved to Buffalo Center. Oudie worked at Timely Mission Nursing Home in Buffalo Center for 12 years. She was an active member of United Methodist Church and received a gold cross for 50 years of service to the women’s organization of her church.
Survivors include four daughters and their husbands: Kathleen and Larry Gray of Oakdale, Minn., Deanna and Duane Swanson of Duluth, Minn., Linda and Dean Meier of Ventura and Ellen and John Laage of Fenton; 14 grandchildren and their spouses; 18 great-grandchildren; one brother, Burt and his wife Betty Weaver; one brother-in-law, Ted and his wife Vivian Betels; and three sisters-in-law, Billie Weaver, Dorothy Weaver and Iva Weaver; along with many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, one granddaughter, Angelynn Gray; one sister and four brothers.

David Carroll Erdahl
Rites held for David Erdahl
Memorial services for David Carroll Erdahl, 55, of Denver, Colo., were held on Sunday, October 15, at Rocky Mountain Miracle Center in Denver and on
Saturday, October 21, at South Blue Earth Lutheran Church in Bricelyn, Minn. Pastors Patricia Hinkie and Edward Nieman officiated.
Delores Jacobson was organist.
An eulogy was offered by his brother, Burt Erdahl. Inurnment was held following the service.
Erdahl died Thursday, September 28, 2000, in Denver.
He was born June 27, 1945, to Selmer and Arvilla Erdahl, rural Frost, Minn. He graduated from Rake High School in 1963.
After graduating from a college in Ames with an aeronautical engineering degree, he lived in Connecticut, the Twin Cities and Denver.
He is survived by one daughter, Sonia; and a son, Nathan; three grandchildren; five sisters and one brother, Vi Geerdes and Burt Erdahl, both of Minneapolis, Minn., Charlotte Peterson of Leesburg, Fla., Gelaine Cody of Buffalo Center, Shirley Sorenson of Albert Lea, Minn., and Susan Faith of Boco Raton, Fla. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Stuart.

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