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Hayden Nelson

Hayden Thomas Nelson was born on a beautiful and warm August 19th morning in 1992. His first unsteady steps were spent on a farm west of Casselton, North Dakota. He moved to Pelican Rapids at a young age and ran with his brother and friends in the woods along South Lida Lake. He attended Pelican Rapids High School where he excelled in speech and enjoyed playing in the band and starring in some local plays, including Peter Pan. 
 Hayden lived life on his own terms. He enjoyed political discussions, as he cared deeply about the world, but even more than that, he loved stories. Whether the story was told in a movie, a song, in a book, in the news, or sitting with relatives or friends discussing a humorous anecdote, Hayden reveled in listening and finding humor in tales that were told well and retelling the events in conversation.  read entire story. . . .

Julie Langseth

Julie Beth Langseth, age 63, of rural Pelican Rapids, MN, died on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at her home with Lakeland Hospice and her family by her side.
 Julie Beth (Schon) Langseth was born on July 4, 1951. She was born the daughter of Leonard and Edna (Bakke) Schon in Crookston, MN and grew up on a farm near Fertile. Julie and her sisters helped drive tractor for her dad hauling grain and baling hay.
She graduated from Fertile High School in 1969. She went to Moorhead State College and in the summers she worked at Mount Carme Bible Camp near Alexandria.  Julie graduated from Moorhead State College in 1973 with a degree in education. She worked for Blue Cross of North Dakota and taught for 3 years in Pembina. She was united in marriage with Tom Langseth on June 5, 1976 in Fertile. Together they farmed and raised three children: Todd, Rayna, and Michael.  Julie was a substitute teacher and later worked at Productive Alternatives for 25 years working with disabled adults.  read entire story. . . .

Georgiana Hanson

The memorial service for Georgiana Hanson of Wadena was held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 18, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wadena, with Pastor Nate Loer presiding.  Following a valiant battle with cancer, Georgiana passed away May 13, 2015, her 68th birthday, at the Fair Oaks Lodge in Wadena, MN, and under the gentle care of Legacy Hospice.
Georgiana was born to Raymond and Flora (Bymers) Haugen in Detroit Lakes, MN, on May 13, 1947.  After graduation she continued her education achieving an Associates degree in Accounting. She will be remembered in the Wadena community as a longtime employee at Tri-County Hospital. Her hours away from work were filled with gardening, reading, shopping and counted-cross stitch. Georgiana especially treasured the time she spent traveling with her daughters.  read entire story. . . .

John "Jack" Dahl

John “Jack” M. Dahl, age 84 of Fosston, MN passed away on Wednesday, May 6 surrounded by his family at his home in Fosston, under the care of Hospice. Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, May 12 at 2:00 p.m. at Kingo Lutheran Church in Fosston with Rev. Aage Carlsen and Rev. Dan Cole officiating. Visitation will be on Monday, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at the Carlin-Hoialmen Funeral Home in Fosston and visitation will continue for one hour before the memorial service at the church on Tuesday afternoon. Interment of cremains will be in Ringsaker Cemetery at Pelican Rapids at a later date. The Carlin-Hoialmen Funeral Home of Fosston is in charge of the arrangements. Messages of condolence may be sent to carlinhoialmen.com.
John “Jack” Martin Dahl was born to parents John and Emma (Scheerer) Dahl in Westwood, California on March 22, 1931. Jack graduated from Fosston High School with the Class of 1950 in Fosston, Minnesota. He served in the United States Army from June 19, 1952 until receiving his Honorable Discharge on May 24, 1954.  read entire story. . . .

Margaret Mayfield

Margaret Mayfield, 90 of Detroit Lakes, MN, died Sunday, January 11, 2015 at Emmanuel-Ecumen Nursing Home.
 A graveside service will take place Saturday, May 16 at 1:30 p.m. at Central Lutheran Church Cemetery, Pelican Rapids, MN. A light lunch will follow.  
Margaret was born August 4, 1924 at Pelican Rapids, MN to Frank and Caroline (Herting) Ohman. She was confirmed and married at the Loon Lake parsonage in Vergas. She attended grade school at District 98. On November 21, 1943, Margaret was united in marriage to Raymond Olson of Pelican Rapids. To this union were born two children: JoAnn and Kenneth. Margaret worked at B&L Café in Pelican Rapids until they moved to Detroit Lakes in 1965. While living in Detroit Lakes she was employed at Swift’s Turkey Plant for 29 ½ years, retiring in 1985. Raymond passed away November 2, 1982. In 1984, Margaret was united in marriage to Clarence Mayfield. Clarence passed away in 2001. Margaret loved to cook and bake, and enjoyed having neighbors over for coffee and a visit. She always believed she had the best neighbors in town.  read entire story. . . .

Virgil Ishaug

Virgil D. Ishaug, age 81 of Fridley.  Preceded in death by parents, Melvin & Nora;  brothers, Harley & Percy. Survived by loving wife of almost 50 years, Joan; children, Patty (Rich) Pieper, Suzie (Pete) Riley, Brian (Adriana Guevara) Ishaug; grandchildren, Marcos, Nicolas, Katie, Allie, Jackson, Katie (Brian), Anna, David, Sarah & Meghan; great- grandchildren, Ursula & Isolde; sister, Shirley Irey; brothers, Ordean (Maureen), Bobby (Betty) & Doug (Jerry); also nieces, nephews, friends & relatives. Originally from Pelican Rapids, MN, Virgil served 4 years in the Airforce, graduated from NDSU & worked as an auditor 40+ years. He was a member of the American Legion and the Sons of Norway.
Funeral service Monday May, 11, 10:00 a.m. at St. Philips Lutheran Church, 6180 Hwy. 65 NE, Fridley. Visitation at the Miller Funeral Home, 6210 Hwy. 65 NE, Fridley, Sunday, 5:00 -8:00 p.m. and one hour prior to service at church. Interment at Ft. Snelling. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Philip’s Lutheran Church. Condolences:
www.millerfuneralfridley.com. Miller Fridley Chapel 763-571-1300.

Stanley Ronningen

Stanley Sherwood Ronningen, 1933-2015 passed away peacefully May 4, 2015 at the Veterans Hospital under the care of Hospice at the age of 82.
Survivors include his daughters, Sherri, Dilworth, Jayne (Roger), Moorhead; sons John, Fargo and Scott, Minot; as well as 15 grand-children and 16 great grand-children. He is also survived by his brother Robert, Pelican Rapids.
Stanley was preceded in death by Barbara, his wife of 55 years; his parents, James and Effie; sister Eleanor; brothers, Charles and Jewel; grandson, Matthew Stanley Cote and great-grandson, Evin Richard John Roley.
A graveside service and internment will be held at a later date at Pelican Valley Cemetery, Pelican Rapids, Minnesota.

Gloria Votapka

Gloria F. Puckett Votapka, age 85, of Pelican Rapids, MN, passed away on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at Lakeview Ranch, Darwin, Minnesota.
  Gloria F. Puckett Votapka was born on July 25, 1929 in Pelican Rapids, Minnesota.  She was the daughter of Lynnville and Minda (Anderson) Puckett. In 1947 she graduated for Pelican Rapids High School.
Gloria attended Concordia Collage for a year and a half and then transferred to Moorhead State University. While there she was a member of the choir, band, Gamma Nu Sorority and Kappa Delta Phi (a national honorary educational fraternity). In 1951 she graduated Cum Laude from Moorhead State University.  read entire story. . . .

Douglas Vaughn

Douglas Vaughn, age 72, a resident of Jacobs Beach, Pelican Rapids, MN, passed away Friday, May 1, 2015 at Sanford Palliative Care in Fargo, North Dakota.
 Douglas Merk Joseph Vaughn was born November 16, 1942 in Breckenridge, Minnesota the son of John “Jack” and Hazel (Worner) Vaughn. In 1960 Doug graduated from Breckenridge High School. Doug served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. On October 22, 1966, Doug was united in marriage with Linda Sherman and they had four daughters. Returning from the Air Force, Doug “Bruno” then worked for Burlington Northern Railroad as a switchman. Utilizing his Air Force training Doug went to work for Western  read entire story. . . .

Stanley McDougall

Stanley McDougall, age 64, a resident of Fargo, North Dakota died on Friday, April 24, 2015 at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, ND.  
Memorial Service:  2:00 p.m., Friday, May 1, 2015 at Larson Funeral Home in Pelican Rapids, MN.  
Funeral Home: Larson Funeral Home, Pelican Rapids, Minnesota.
Online Guestbook:  www.larsonfuneralpelicanrapids.com.

Judith Pederson

Judith Pederson, age 61, a resident of St. Michael, MN, and former resident of Pelican Rapids, MN died on Friday, April 24, 2015 at Guardian Angels Care Center in Elk River, MN.    
  Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 30, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Pelican Rapids, MN with Rev. Philip A. Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Ringsaker Cemetery, rural Pelican Rapids, MN.  
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m., Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at Larson Funeral Home in Pelican Rapids with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m.  Visitation will also continue for one hour prior to the service.  
Judith Marie Dennis was born on September 4, 1953 to Raymond Clarence and Joyce Helen (Strand) Dennis in Rolla, ND. She grew up in Thorne, North Dakota, Hendrum, MN, Perley, MN, and Buxton, ND, settling in Pelican Rapids in 1969. She graduated from high school in Pelican Rapids.  read entire story. . . .

Paul Guddal

Paul Guddal, 80, of Fergus Falls, MN, died on Monday, April 20, 2015, at Lake Region Healthcare in Fergus Falls.
  Paul LeRoy was born March 17, 1935, in Kelliher, Minnesota the son of Peter Salve and Ruth Effie (Sanders) Guddal.  Shortly after birth, Paul was placed with step parents, including Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Sullivan, Beatrice (Morris) Gilbertson and Florence (Max) May. When he was 14 he was baptized and confirmed at a Lutheran Church. Paul was blest to live with beautiful families and attended school District #57 at rural Nymore through the eighth grade. He also attended Oak Hills Bible School at Pinewood.
He worked for 12 years in farming near Solway, Minnesota and joined the U.S. Army National Guard for 6 years serving in Bemidji. At the age of 17 he accepted Jesus as his Savior and at 19 was filled with the Holy Spirit. He became a resident of the Fergus Falls State Hospital where he was blest and ministered to many people, and was instrumental in making sure that every ward had a bible. Paul faithfully worked at the West Central Turkey Plant for 35 years and was also the caretaker for Lakeview Cemetery in Pelican Rapids.  read entire story. . . .


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
Hayden Nelson - August 19, 1992 - May 12, 2015
Julie Langseth - July 4, 1951 - May 12, 2015
Georgiana Hanson - May 13, 1947 - May 13, 2015