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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.
David Anderson, 73, and Nancy Anderson, 66, of Bluffton, passed away July 12, 2009, at their home in Bluffton. David Anderson was born July 7, 1936, in Odessa, Minn., to Sam and Lona (Holliston) Anderson. He grew up in and attended school in Graceville, Minn. He operated a mink farm in Montevideo for a short time before moving to Portland, Ore., where he was employed in the shipyards. Nancy Ann Even was born April 22, 1943, in Minneapolis, to Clarence and Mildred (Eklund) Even. She graduated from Hopkins High School with the class of 1961.
Rosa L. Johnson, 100, of Staples, died Sunday, July 12, 2009, at Lakewood Health System. She was born July 27, 1908, in Bemidji, the daughter of Thomas and Rosetta (Beaumont) Wold. After graduating high school in 1926, she taught school for a number of years. She married Clifford Johnson in 1932. She loved her family. She always followed her children's sporting events. She enjoyed Bingo, fishing, reading, crossword puzzles and board games. She also liked to play cards, especially 500 and pinochle. Her fifth-generation grandbabies were very special to her. Services will be 11 a.m.