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James Alfred "Jim" Gram, 57, died Friday, Aug. 7, 2009, at his residence in Sebeka. He was born July 17, 1952, in Thief River Falls to Ray and MaDonna (Offerdahl) Gram. He graduated from Anoka Vocational School for auto mechanics. His love of cars led him to drag racing with his cousin, Bobby Jaranson. In the early 1970s, he was the first person to ever race a snowmobile more than 100 miles per hour. He drove for Jenkins Oil and proudly served as police chief of the city of Backus, Minn. He also owned the One Stop Convenience Store and Pawn Shop in Jenkins, Minn.
Ruth E. (Beltz) Brandt, 93, passed away Monday, Aug. 3, 2009, at the Elders Home in New York Mills. She was born on June 24, 1916, in Sleepy Eye, Minn., to Hugo and Mary (Krenz) Beltz. She married Raymond H. Brandt on Jan. 12, 1935, at Redwood Falls. She will be remembered as the friendly cashier, for 17 years, at the Ben Franklin Store in Wadena, after which she became a farm wife until 1986 when they retired from farming. She and her husband farmed at Norcross, where she was active in her church. While living in Wadena she enjoyed Bible study gatherings with her friends.
Delores Saari, 79, of Henning, passed away peacefully on Aug. 10, 2009, at her home in Willow Creek Senior Community in Henning. Funeral services are pending. Arrangements are with the Karvonen & Son Funeral Home of New York Mills ( www.karvonenfuneralhome.com ).
Roger Olson, 64, of Wadena, died Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Fergus Falls, from complications of frontotemporal dementia, a form of dementia attacking victims in the prime of their life. He was born Dec. 13, 1944, in Owatonna, Minn., to Clifton G. and Norma (Aaseng) Olson. He attended school in McIntosh, Minn., graduating in 1962. Following graduation, he attended North Dakota School of Business in Fargo, and later attended Bemidji State University earning a bachelor's degree in elementary education. While attending BSU, he met his future wife, Christine Johnson.
Arthur Duane Boehne, 76, of Park Rapids, passed away peacefully on Aug. 8, 2009, at his home in the company of his wife, Margaret "Punky" and other family members. He was born March 3, 1933, to Arthur E. Boehne and Delia Danielson on a farm about 5 miles southeast of Deer Creek. He was the second to the youngest of eight children. His siblings include: Elaine, Maurice, Edgar, Norma, Carol, Gordon, and Genevieve. Art attended grade school (grades one though eight) at District 94 in Compton Township, Otter Tail County and high school at Wadena High School.
Evelyn Doris Harne, 88, of Roseville, Minn., formerly of Verndale, passed away July 23, 2009, in St. Paul. She was born Dec. 22, 1920, in Verndale, and graduated from Wadena High School in 1938. She attended a normal training teaching preparation program in Staples. She taught in rural schools in Wadena County before enrolling in the University of Minnesota. She earned her bachelor's degree in home economics in 1946 and her master's degree in 1956 from the University of Wisconsin. She spent her career in the University Extension Service. She served West Polk, Crow Wing and south St.
William "Bill" Hunnicutt Jr., 82, of Wadena, passed away Thursday, July 30, 2009, at his home. He was born to William and Annabelle (Monteith) Hunnicutt on Nov. 2, 1926, in Akron, Ohio. He later moved to Sylva, N.C. After the untimely death of his parents, he joined the Navy in 1942 at age 16. He served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ranger and also a sub-chaser in the North Atlantic during World War II. He also served during the Korean War. His service took him to many parts of the world during his 20 years in the Navy. He retired from the Navy in 1962 as a chief petty officer.
Charlette Claire Hoemberg, 69, of Moorhead, formerly of Staples and Wadena areas, passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2009, at her home with family, hospice, and her best friend Maggie, her dog, by her side. She was born Oct. 15, 1939, in Elba Township, of Winona County, Minn. Her adoptive parents were Joseph and Clara Mettel. She attended and graduated from Wadena High School in 1958. She lived in California until 1975. She married Larry Hoemberg, having been together since spring 1977. They lived in the Staples and Wadena area for 19 years and have resided in Moorhead the last 15 years.
Gertrude Eva Muckala Johnson, 95, formerly of rural Bluegrass, died Friday, July 31, 2009, in Wadena. She began life on April 21, 1914, in New York Mills, the eldest child of Hugh and Rachel (Koljonen) Muckala. Born at home, she weighed less than two pounds. Her parents initially kept her in a shoebox. Her mother's wedding band would slide up Gertrude's arm to the shoulder. Amazingly, she lived without an incubator and specialized medical knowledge. She attended school in New York Mills. In 1933, she earned her high school diploma from New York Mills High School.
Lambert G. Renneberg, 88, a longtime Menahga area resident and businessman, passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2009, at the St. Joseph's Hospital in Park Rapids with his wife and sons at his side. He was born Sept. 12, 1920, to Gerhard and Catherine (Green) Renneberg at Cudworth, Saskatchewan, Canada, where he attended school. As a young man, Lambert joined the Canadian Army where he was part of the Signal Corps. He proudly served in the allied forces during World War II and was part of the heroic D-Day invasion.