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John "Butch" Wallace Jr., 65, passed away unexpectedly on July 4, 2009, at his summer home in Perham. He was born June 3, 1944, in Leavenworth, Kan., to John E. and Kathyrn Biltz Wallace. He graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1962 and entered the Navy after graduation. He served his country for 35 years and retired as a chief petty officer. During his service in Cyprus, he met and fell in love with Eleni Psaropoula and they were married Feb. 17, 1972. After his Navy service, he was employed by the Department of the Army, Ft. Leavenworth, Kan.
Joyce Delores Hoyhtya, 79, of Perham, passed away July 2, 2009, at West Central Community Services in Perham. She was born March 23, 1930, in New York Mills, to Aldrich and Ruth (Palo) Hoyhtya. She grew up on the family farm in rural New York Mills. She attended Prairie School District 160. She had resided Scandia Village with her mother, Ruth, for a number of years. She has also made her home at the Sheldon Residence in Richville, the Otter Tail Lake Residence Home on Otter Tail Lake and recently at West Central Community Services in Perham. She was always active and enjoyed keeping busy.
Scott Allen Krause, 41, passed away June 21, 2009, at St. Croix, Virgin Islands. He was born April 4, 1968, in Wadena, to Roger Allen and Sharon Constance (Baker) Krause. He grew up in Ottertail. He was baptized on May 12, 1968 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wadena. He was confirmed on May 16, 1982 at Trinity Lutheran Church in New York Mills. He attended St. John's Lutheran grade school in Ottertail. He attended school in Perham and Chaska, Minn., graduating in 1986.
Anna (Janke) Jokela, 85, of Perham, passed away July 5, 2009, at Perham Memorial Hospital and Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 10, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Perham. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on today (Thursday) with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Perham. Visitation will also resume one hour prior to the service at church. Arrangements are with the Karvonen & Son Funeral Home of New York Mills ( www.karvonenfuneralhome.com ).
Anna Mae Tigges, 83, passed away June 28, 2009. She was born May 5, 1926, in St. Kilian, Minn., the ninth of 11 children to George and Rosa Spahn, recent immigrants from the Volga German Republic. She married Navy CPO Walter J. Tigges of Wadena in 1946 and traveled widely in the United States and Japan while raising her children. Later she worked for 23 years as a medical technician in Sandstone, Minn. She retired with her husband to Sun City, Ariz., in 1984. Most recently she was a resident of Freedom Inn in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Pearl Lillian Gunn, 88, passed away July 4, 2009, at Fair Oaks Lodge in Wadena. She was born Oct. 30, 1920, to Mathias and Clara (Nicholson) Kallerman at their home in Bluffton Township. She married Loren H. Gunn on Oct. 22, 1943 in her parents' home. She worked for Douglas Aircraft during World War II. As a homemaker she enjoyed cooking and baking, and sharing hospitality in her home. Her hands were busy with knitting, crocheting, and all handwork. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m.
Marjorie Helen (Kraft) Hess, 85, of Clatskanie, Ore., formerly of Verndale, passed away May 30 in Oregon. She was born Dec. 16, 1923, in Verndale, and was the daughter of Clarence and Melvina Kraft. She graduated from Verndale High School. She married Richard Lynn Hess on Dec. 26, 1941. She was a homemaker and together they had nine children. She also worked as a cook for the YMCA in Salem, Ore. They moved from Verndale in 1965 to Portland, Ore., to Clatskanie, Ore. in 1971, to Salem, Ore., in 1979, then back to Clatskanie in 1999. She attended Hope Chapel and Verndale Alliance Church.
Delmer Alvin Bartels, 78, of Henning, died on Monday, June 29, 2009, at the Long Prairie Memorial Hospital. He was born in Clitherall on Feb. 8, 1931, the son of Arnold and Leona (Pieper) Bartels. He grew up in Leaf Mountain Township and attended school there. He then farmed with his father. He entered the Army on July 24, 1953, and was discharged on June 9, 1955. He returned to Minnesota and on July 14, 1956, was married to Kareen (Kay) Sarvela at St. Paul's Church in Henning. They made their home in the Henning area where he farmed and worked for Volden Construction.
Douglas Owen West, 65, of Wadena, passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at the St. Cloud Hospital. He was born Jan. 15, 1944, at the Wadena Hospital to Francis and Hazel (Stephens) West. After leaving Menahga, he lived in Cambridge, Minn., Brainerd, Minn., and Little Falls, Minn., before finally moving to Wadena in 1982 to the Trailwood Group Home. He lived there until passing away. He was always very interested in sports. He enjoyed the times when he was able to compete in the state Special Olympics. He also made sure you knew how good of a bowler he was.