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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.
Richard William Helmeke, 74, of New York Mills, passed away July 19, 2009, at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo after a short battle with cancer. He was born Jan. 12, 1935, in Lakeville, Minn., the son of George and Harriet (Naylor) Helmeke. He graduated from Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis with the class of 1953. He moved to New York Mills as one of several baseball players invited by Russ Jacobson to play for the New York Mills Millers. He served in the Army from Jan. 25, 1955, to Dec. 4, 1957, stationed in Germany. On Aug.
Richard "Dick" Helmeke, 74, of New York Mills, passed away July 19, 2009, at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo. Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 22, at the Apostolic Lutheran Church in New York Mills. A complete obituary will appear in next week's edition. Arrangements are with the Karvonen & Son Funeral Home of New York Mills ( www.karvonenfuneralhome.com ).
Darlene Bucholtz, 78, passed away Feb. 6, 2009. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 25, at the Richville Community Cemetery in Richville, with the Rev. Rod Tornquist officiating.
George William Whaley, 79, of New York Mills, passed away July 12, 2009, at his home. He was born on May 12, 1930, in Dead Lake Township, rural Richville, to Roy E. and Ella Mae (Shaffer) Whaley. He grew up in Minneapolis for a short time and graduated with the class of 1948 from Hancock High School in Hancock. He attended Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis. He married Bonnie Jean Moe in November 1949. Their marriage was blessed with five children. George was a journeyman electrician for 12 years.
Robert Donald Dornbusch, 82, of Perham, passed away July 14, 2009, at the Elders' Home in New York Mills. He was born June 28, 1927, at home in Corliss Township, rural Perham, to Fred and Flora (Roberts) Dornbusch. He grew up on the family farm and attended District 225 in Corliss Township. From Oct. 25, 1950, to Oct. 6, 1952, he served in the Army. When he returned from the service he worked on various farms in Montana, Elbow Lake and neighboring farms in Corliss Township. In 1960, he joined his brother, Raymond, and continued farming in Corliss Township until retiring in 1989.
Charles Anthony Kneisl, 76, of Kerkhoven, Minn., formerly of Bluffton and Wadena, died Monday, July 13, 2009, at Bethesda Heritage Center in Willmar. He was born on May 14, 1933, in Bluffton, the son of John and Clara (Price) Kneisl. He grew up in the Bluffton and Wadena area where he attended country school. At a young age, he began working a milk route and later enlisted in the Army. He served his country from 1953 during the Korean Conflict, receiving an honorable discharge in 1955. He married Carolyn Drier on Oct. 5, 1957 in Plum City, Wis.
Wendell Jenson, 68, of Phoenix, Ariz., formerly of the Wadena area, passed away unexpectedly on June 27, 2009, on the Alaskan Highway in the Yukon of Canada. He was born March 16, 1941, to Kenneth and Edna (Sowers) Jenson in Oylen. He married Janice Altenbrun on Sept. 5, 1985 in Sisseton, S.D. He resided in Minnesota for 66 years, working as a truck driver and mechanic, and will be remembered as the owner of A-1 Service Center west of Wadena. His past two years were spent in Arizona.