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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.
Virgel Osland, 67, of Ottertail, died July 20, 2009, at his home, surrounded by his family and under the care of Lakeland Hospice. Funeral services were held Thursday, July 23, at Zion Lutheran Church in Amor with the Rev. Dean Grier officiating. A second service was held Friday, July 24, in Walnut Grove, Minn. Interment is in Walnut Grove. Arrangements are with the Belmont Funeral Home of Henning.
Lyle George Mickelson, 73, of Frazee, passed away peacefully at his home with his family by his side under the special care of Red River Valley Hospice. He was born Nov. 16, 1935, to Julius "Jay" and Betty (Torkelson) Mickelson. He grew up on a farm in Spruce Grove Township near Wolf Lake and attended District 75 grade school and Frazee High School. He was an active member of the Boy Scouts, and after high school he joined the National Guard. On Aug. 28, 1955, he married Jeannette Wacker at Bethany Lutheran Church in rural Menahga. They had three children.
Sandra Jo Saltzman, 48, of Hewitt, passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at her home. She was born April 2, 1961, to Howard and Rosa Stevens at Charleston, Ill. She married Woodrow Christian Saltzman Jr. on April 22, 1982, at the First Baptist Church in Pontiac, Ill. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and a gypsy at heart. She enjoyed reading and traveling the world. She also collected Disney memorabilia, jewelry, and porcelain dolls. She had lived in Hewitt for the last 10 years. Funeral services were held Friday, July 24, at the Church of The Nazarene in Hewitt with the Rev.