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Obituaries          

Arnold Erickson

Arnold Raymond Erickson of Pelican Rapids passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 21, 2015 at the Pelican Valley Nursing Home where he was a resident for the past month. While there, Arnold was also under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.
 Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Pelican Rapids, MN with Pastors Tom Olson and Scott Block officiating. Burial of cremains will be at Northwest Cemetery, rural Pelican Rapids, MN.  
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at Larson Funeral Home in Pelican Rapids, MN with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m.
Arnold was born on March 15, 1929 to George and Olga (Teigen) Erickson and was a life long resident of the Pelican Rapids area. He attended District 79 Country School through the 8th grade.
Arnie’s father died when he was just two years old and Arnie helped his mom on the family farm for many years.  read entire story. . . .

Paul Casperson

Paul J. Casperson, age 81, a resident of Pelican Rapids, Minnesota, died on Monday, June 15, 2015 at the Pelican Valley Health Center in Pelican Rapids.
  Paul Joseph Casperson was born February 14, 1934 in Browerville, MN, to Henry and Pauline (Mudek) Casperson. He was the oldest of 7 children. When Paul was nine years old his family moved to Milwaukee, WI, where he graduated from Pulaski High School in 1952. After high school, Paul joined the Army and fought in the Korean War where he specialized in communications. After he returned from duty, he was stationed in several states including Texas and Hawaii. After 13 years in the Army, Paul worked several jobs while raising his family. In 1973 he moved his family back to Browerville, MN where he accomplished one of his dreams of building a home on Pine Island Lake. He worked for Harts Press in Long Prairie and joined the National Guard. He worked and served in the National Guard for 8 years until he had a stroke which forced him into early retirement. In 2001 he moved to Pelican Rapids, entering the Pelican Valley Health Center in 2012.  read entire story. . . .

Jerrilyn Baker

Jerrilyn Kaye Baker, 71, Vergas, MN, died Friday, June 12, 2015 at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s in Detroit Lakes surrounded by family and friends.
 Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, June 18 at 11 a.m. in Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Detroit Lakes. Officiating was Monsignor Timothy McGee. Visitation was held Wednesday, June 17 at David Donehower Funeral Home from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7 p.m. Visitation continued one hour prior to Mass on Thursday.
Jerrilyn Kaye Sundby, known to many as “Jerri” was born December 3, 1943 in Moorhead, MN to Howard and Lorraine (Forsgren) Sundby. Jerri was the oldest of seven children. She grew up near rural Pelican Rapids and attended school at Pelican Rapids until her sophomore year, when she moved to Moorhead and graduated from Moorhead High School in 1961.  read entire story. . . .

Rev. Reuben Birkholz

Reuben Emil Birkholz, 86, of Cottonwood, Arizona, passed away on May 8, 2015 at Verde View Hospice Care in Cottonwood, surrounded by family.
 Reuben was born June 11, 1928, to Edward and Martha (Haase) Birkholz, in Wilton, Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in January 1960 and received his Bachelor of Divinity from Theological Seminary, St. Paul Minnesota, on May 31, 1964.
Reuben married Mary Paulsen (1930-2005) from Cashton, Wisconsin, on June 9, 1951. Together, they had six children: Dr. Karla Birkholz of Phoenix, Arizona; Valerie Brandt (Dennis) of Sedona, Arizona; David Birkholz of Shoreview, Minnesota; Craig Birkholz (Linda) of Jefferson, Maryland; Marian Hargrove (Arthur) of Tucson, Arizona; and James Birkholz (Lisa) of Tucson, Arizona.  read entire story. . . .

Eileen Halvorson

Eileen B. Halvorson, age 81, of Cloquet, passed away Sunday, June 14, 2015 at Essentia Health Care in Duluth, surrounded by her family. She was born January 18, 1934 in Pelican Rapids, MN to Frank “Fritz” and Marie (Seidel) Lemke. Eileen grew up on a dairy farm south of Pelican Rapids and was united in marriage to LeRoy “Stub” Halvorson on May 16, 1955 in San Antonio, Texas where he was stationed in the U.S. Army. They returned home to Fergus Falls, MN for eight years and then moved to Cloquet where Stub found employment at Wood Conversion. Eileen spent her career at the Carlton Nursing Home where she retired at the age of 62 after 30 years.  She was a loyal, hardworking, devoted wife and mother and will be dearly missed by all.  read entire story. . . .

Paul Casperson

Paul J. Casperson, age 81, a resident of Pelican Rapids, MN, died on Monday, June 15, 2015 at the Pelican Valley Health Center in Pelican Rapids.
Funeral services are pending with Larson Funeral Home in Pelican Rapids, MN.
Online Guestbook: www.larsonfuneralpelicanrapids.com.

Jill Osman

Jill Ann Osman, age 59, a resident of Pelican Rapids, MN, died Sunday, June 7, 2015, at her home in Pelican Rapids.
  Jill Ann (Bredell) Osman was born July 15, 1955, in Fargo, ND to Donald and Doris (Headland) Bredell. Jill graduated from Pelican Rapids High School in 1973 and then attended Moorhead State University. She moved to San Diego, California later moving to Fargo working as the manager at McDonalds.
On November 28, 1981, Jill was united in marriage to Haven G. Osman at First Congregational Church of Christ in Pelican Rapids. After moving to Pelican Rapids, Jill owned and operated an in-home child daycare business for many years.  read entire story. . . .

Donald Bruce Restad

Donald Bruce Restad of Kennewick, WA died on June 4, 2015, near Spearfish, SD in an accident.
  Bruce, as he was known to his friends and family, was born on Nov. 4, 1945, in Pelican Rapids, MN. to Ernest and Marcella (Janke) Restad.
He graduated from Pelican Rapids High School in 1963, briefly attended NDSU and shortly thereafter made his way to the west coast. He settled in Kennewick, WA. in 1976. Bruce made his living in construction and at the time of his death was retired from his business, Restad Residential Repair.
He was married to Terri Andrews for 33 years. Together they raised 4 daughters: Victoria (John) Patterson, Marci (Robert) Ingalls, Michelle (Jason) Lang and Wendy Restad.
A celebration of Bruce's life will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Grove Lake Lutheran Church in rural Pelican Rapids.  read entire story. . . .

Alice Nelson

Alice Nelson, age 96, of rural Pelican Rapids, MN, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at Pelican Valley Nursing Center in Pelican Rapids, MN.  
 Alice Olive (Ruud) Nelson was born on April 9, 1919 to Oscar and Alma Mathilda (Orpen) Ruud in Pelican Rapids, MN. She grew up in Pelican Rapids, MN where she attended country school Dist. 276 through 8th grade and graduated from Pelican Rapids High School in 1937.  
On May 3, 1958, Alice was united in marriage to Arthur H. Nelson at Trinity Lutheran Church in Pelican Rapids. MN. In 1962 their daughter, Kathryn, was born. She passed away at age 11. As a young woman, she worked at Boysen Hospital in Pelican Rapids. During WWII she moved to Denver where she worked as an ammunition inspector and in a department store. Later in life she was a dental assistant and worked for Dr. Borg for 11 years. Alice moved to Riverfront Manor in 2009 and then to the Pelican Valley Nursing Home in June 2014.  read entire story. . . .

Todd Bunkowski

Todd D. Bunkowski, age 59, of Vergas, MN, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, June 4, 2015, at St. Mary’s Essentia Health Hospital in Detroit Lakes.
Funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Monday, June 8, 2015, at St. John’s Lutheran Church – Vergas, MN. Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m., Sunday, June 7, 2015, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Vergas, MN with a prayer service to be held at 7 p.m.  Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.  Furey Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  www.fureyfh.com.

Bonnie Lorz

Bonnie Gean Lorz, 82, Fargo, died Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at Sanford Medical Center.
Bonnie was born February 17, 1933, the daughter of Walter and Alma Presting, at Twin Valley, MN. She attended grade school in Fargo and graduated from Fargo’s Central High School in 1951.
Bonnie was employed at Woolworth in Fargo. She married Gerald (Jerry) Lorz September 14, 1952. A loving mother and homemaker, the pride of her life was her children and grandchildren.  Bonnie worked part-time at Tri-State Auto Auction, which later became Adesa Auto Auction, for nearly 40 years. Bonnie was an auxiliary member of the Fargo American Legion and Fargo VFW.  read entire story. . . .

Eunice Wyland

Eunice Wyland, 90, of Glyndon, MN, died Tuesday, June 2, 2015, in Elim Rehab and Care Center, Fargo. 
  Eunice Verdell Boe was born September 8, 1924, the daughter of Melvin and Agnes (Pederson) Boe, in rural Pelican Rapids, MN.  She was raised on a farm and graduated from Pelican Rapids High School in 1942. Eunice attended Moorhead State Teachers College in Moorhead, MN. She taught grades one through eight in country schools for several years.  
On December 26, 1951, Eunice was united in marriage to Rodney Wyland at her parents’ farm. They made their home near Glyndon where they farmed and raised five children. In the 1990s they moved and built a home on Lake Lizzie. For many years during the winters, Eunice and Rodney spent their time in Arizona where they enjoyed visiting and playing cards with family and friends.  read entire story. . . .

Jerry Varholdt

Jerry Varholdt, 61, of rural Pelican Rapids, died at his home.
 He was born June 18, 1953, in Fergus Falls, the son of Johan and Bernice (Lerbakken) Varholdt. He was baptized and confirmed at Hamar Lutheran Church, Rothsay. He attended country school, rural Pelican Rapids and graduated from Pelican Rapids High School in 1971.
Jerry was employed with BNSF in the Maintenance of Way Department (tri state area of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota) from 1971 until his retirement in 2013.
  He was a member of BNSF Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees and enjoyed hunting and fishing.  read entire story. . . .

Harlan Knutson

Harlan Knutson, age 87, of Pelican Rapids, MN, died Friday, May 29, 2015, at Pelican Valley Nursing Home in Pelican Rapids.
  Harlan Knutson was born May 1, 1928, in Erhards Grove Township, to Eddie and Esther (Rasmussen) Knutson. Harlan was baptized and confirmed at Central Lutheran Church in rural Pelican Rapids. After graduating from Pelican Rapids High School in 1945, he was a dairy farmer like his father Eddie and grandfather. He also worked for Park Region Co-op delivering fuel. He was a warehouseman at Lake Region Electric retiring in 1990.  read entire story. . . .

List

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
Margaret Mayfield - August 4, 1924 - January 11, 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
Gloria Votapka - July 25, 1929 - April 16, 2015
Douglas Vaughn - November 16, 1942 - May 1, 2015
Virgil Ishaug - 1934 - May 2015
Stanley Ronnigen - 1933 - May 4, 2015
John Dahl - March 22, 1931 - May 6, 2015
Rev Reuben Kirkholz - June 11, 1928 - May 8, 2015
Hayden Nelson - August 19, 1992 - May 12, 2015
Julie Langseth - July 4, 1951 - May 12, 2015
Georgiana Hanson - May 13, 1947 - May 13, 2015
Norma Richardson - July 14, 1932 - May 17, 2015
Morjorie Kubitz - January 4, 1931 - May 20, 2015
Cliton Hanson - May 19, 1932 - May 22, 2015
Harlan Knutson - May 1, 1928 - May 29, 2015
Jerry Varholdt - June 18, 1953 - May, 2015
Alice Nelson - April 9, 1919 - June 2, 2015
Eunice Wyland - September 8, 1924 - June 2, 2015
Bonnie Lorz - February 17, 1933 - June 3, 2015
Alice Nelson - April 9, 1919 - June 2, 2015
Todd Bunkowski - 1956 - June 4, 2015
Donald Bruce Restad - November 4, 1945 - June 4, 2015
Jill Osman - July 15, 1955 - June 7, 2015
Jerrilyn Baker - December 3, 1943 - June 12, 2015
Eileen Halvorson - January 18, 1934 - June 14, 2015
Paul Casperson - February 14, 1934 - June 15, 2015
Arnold Erickson - March 15, 1929 - June 21, 2015