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Obituaries          

Paul Guddal

Paul Guddal
Memorial Service Tuesday, April 28 at 6:00 p.m. Abundant Life Church 2929 Pebble Lake Road, Fergus Falls, MN.

Gloria Votapka

Gloria F. Puckett Votapka, age 85, of Pelican Rapids, MN, passed away on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at Lakeview Ranch, Darwin, MN.
There will be a memorial service at a later date and time.
Funeral Home: Larson Funeral Home, Pelican Rapids, MN.
Online Guestbook:  www.larsonfuneralpelicanrapids.com.

Neil Haugerud

Neil Edward Haugerud, age 97, died peacefully on Friday, April 3, with his beloved Lois by his side, and surrounded by the love of his family, his faith, and a grateful nation.
 He was born May 26, 1917, in Balfour, North Dakota, to Emma and Edward Haugerud, and grew up in Pelican Rapids, Minnesota, attending one-room schoolhouses and ultimately the University of Minnesota, where he met the love of his life, Lois Ehlert, to whom he was married for nearly 72 years. Neil served in Army Intelligence during WWII, was stationed at St. Lo during the invasion of Normandy, and participated in the reconstruction efforts in Germany before returning home in 1946 to rejoin his bride and start their family in the Twin Cities. He enjoyed a long career as a life insurance agent and estate planner for New England Mutual Life Insurance Company, was active in his church, and was a skilled, self-taught cabinetmaker, leaving behind a legacy of hand-crafted furniture for his family’s continuing use and enjoyment.  read entire story. . . .

Georgia Pederson

Georgia Pederson, 99, of Bemidji, MN died Friday, April 3, 2015 at Tamarack Court Assisted Living, Bemidji.
  Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home, Bemidji with Pastor Kent Dudley officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, 2015  in Central Lutheran Church Cemetery, Pelican Rapids, MN with Rev. Phillip E. Tobin officiating. Arrangements were entrusted to the Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home, Bemidji.
Georgia Lenora Mortenson was born October 28, 1915 in Parshall, North Dakota to Henry and Annie Mortenson. When Georgia was a young woman, she worked as a housekeeper and maid. On October 22, 1945 she married Chester Ike. She also had a couple of different jobs at the State Hospital in Fergus Falls. She worked as a cook in a couple of places in Fergus. She was employed at a dimestore in Colorado Springs and Fergus. She married her second husband Victor in 1960  read entire story. . . .

Mike Haugrud

Mike Julian Haugrud, age 88, a resident of Pelican Rapids, Minnesota, died on Monday, March 30, 2015 at his home in Pelican Rapids, Minnesota.
 Mike Julian Haugrud was born January 20, 1927, at his parents’ home in Dunn Township near Pelican Rapids, the son of Martin M. and Josephine M. (Arntson) Haugrud. In 1948 he graduated from high school and helped on the family farm while his older brothers were in the service. In 1950 he bought a farm in Norwegian Grove Township near Pelican Rapids. On September 8, 1951 Mike was united in marriage to Patricia “Pat” Swanson. Mike raised chickens and pigs but later just milked cows and raised corn and grain.  read entire story. . . .

Harold Engebretson

Harold Engebretson was born March 4, 1932 in Pelican Rapids, MN, the son of Olavus and Inga (Stephenson) Engebretson. He grew up and attended school in Pelican Rapids.
Harold joined the United States Air Force in December 1951. Following his training Harold served at Finley Air Force Station near Finley, ND. He served there until his discharge in February 1955.
In 1953 Harold married Eunice Kamphaug. The couple was blessed with three children, Gary, Daniel and David.  Following his discharge from the Air Force Harold moved his family to Pelican Rapids. He began a career driving truck. Harold drove for Evenson’s Trucking, Farnum’s Trucking and Park Region Oil. He loved traveling the area and across America. Following his retirement in 1984 Harold continued his love of traveling. He was always ready to go for a ride and stop at his favorite truck stops.  read entire story. . . .

Emily Thompson

Emily Renae (Aaberg) Thompson, age 38, of Pelican Rapids, MN, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at her home.
  Emily Renae Aaberg was born May 21, 1976 in Pelican Rapids, the loving daughter of David Charles and Margret Anne (Siefken) Aaberg. She grew up on South Lake Lida and attended school in Pelican Rapids graduating in 1994.
  On August 31, 1997 Emily was united in marriage to Len Howard Thompson of Pelican Rapids. They made their home in the Pelican Rapids area and have two wonderful children, Nicholas Robert Thompson and Allie Margret Thompson. For the past 6 years Emily enjoyed her life with Daryl Leslie Pixley.  They made their home in Pelican Rapids in a house they completely rebuilt themselves. Emily was proud of what they had accomplished. She enjoyed traveling, fishing, camping, and all the good times spent on the lake.  Emily especially enjoyed attending school events for her children and was extremely proud of their success in music, dance, athletics and especially in academics.  read entire story. . . .

Julie Halbakken

Julie Ottillia Halbakken, age 98, of Rothsay, MN, died Thursday March 26 at Eventide on Eighth in Moorhead, MN.
 Julie O. (Christianson) Halbakken was born September 1, 1916 in Pelican Rapids, MN the daughter of Oscar and Jenny (Stephenson) Christianson. She grew up and attended school in Pelican Rapids, MN.
  On February 26, 1937 she married Sander C. Halbakken in Sisseton, SD. They were blessed with three daughters: Janice, Pam and Sandy. The couple began farming in Rothsay until they retired in 1980 and moved into town. During that time in her life she also cleaned houses in the Fargo/Moorhead area and later waitressed for many years at the Rothsay truck stop.  read entire story. . . .

List

Gerald Krekelberg - January 27, 1940 - December 1, 2014
Marcelle Nelson - February 16, 1919 - December 4, 2014
Theora (Teddi) Carlson - March 26, 1926 - December 6, 2014
Norman Dahl - February 9, 1932 - December 7, 2014
Agnes Johnson - December 12, 1927 - December 8, 2014
David Bengtson - May 27, 1930 - December 12. 2014
Peggy Wifall - October 10, 1942 - December 12, 2014
Doris Leaf - April 21, 1917 - December 13, 2014
LeRoy Glaesman - November 18, 1927 - December 15, 2014
Bernard Pladson - July 18, 1928 - December 16, 2014
Viola Krog - March 7, 1929 - December 17, 2014
Lois Gulleckson - July 5, 1923 - December 2014
Robert S. Johnson - May 20, 1916 - December 23, 2014
Manley Tollerud - April 13, 1921 - December 30, 2014
Ruth Honrud - December 17, 1918 - January 3, 2015
Lloyd Heroff - ? - January 3, 2015
Alice Hovland - May 10, 1918 - January 4, 2015
Wallace Anderson - November 21, 1940 - January 5, 2015
Joan McMillen - May 17, 1945 - January 13, 2015
Robert Babler - May 24, 1947 - January 20, 2015
Ilene Dickhoff - June 25, 1935 - January 22, 2015
James Lundquist - December 15, 1933 - January 30, 2015
Evelyn "Diddies" Jacobs - July 21, 1946 - February 1, 2015
Neil Hunter - August 4, 1945 - February 1, 2015
LaVerne Johnson - June 15, 1921 - February, 2015
Mae Moe - October 22, 1917 - February 11, 2015
Jane Solum - February 26, 1931 - February 12, 2015
Lorraine Erickson - March 7, 1922 - February 14, 2015
Cameron Haga - September 24, 1963 - February 16, 2015
Elizabeth Schmitz - September 17, 1930 - February 16, 2015
James Perrin - January 24, 1935 - February 17, 2015
Ardis Ottoson - November 14, 1931 - February 17, 2015
Mary Lou Maack - April 23, 1932 - February 18, 2015
Marilyn Peltoniemi - April 25, 1928 - February 26, 2015
Lillian Bergquist - December 27, 1929 - March 1, 2015
Helen Johnson - July 26, 1929 - March 5, 2015
Wilma Tabbut - June 25, 1918 - March 6, 2015
Earl Hallstrom - June 29, 1924 - March 13, 2015
Berton Hovland - April 9, 1931 - March 15, 2015
David Sumpter - April 18, 1942 - March 18, 2015
Vernalee Riewer - May 5, 1940 - March 18, 2015
Emily Thompson - May 21, 1976 - March 25, 2015
Julie Halbakken - September 1, 1916 - March 26, 2015
Harold Engebretson - March 4, 1932 - March 30, 2015
Mike Haugrud - January 20, 1927 - March 30, 2015
Georgia Pederson - October 28, 1915 - April 3, 2015
Neil Haugerud - May 26, 1917 - April 3, 2015