Duane Lewis 10/27/2014

Duane L. Lewis age 90 of Hammond died on Monday, October 27, 2014 at his home.  Duane was born the son of Stanley and Elsie (Benoy) Lewis on December 30, 1923 in Roberts, WI.  He attended grade school and graduated from Roberts High School.  After graduation he served in the Army from October 1943 and was discharged in February 1946.  He served in the Philippines, New Guinea, and Japan.  While in Luzon Philippines, he was wounded and received the Purple Heart.  After his service he attended UW River Falls for a short time.  He bought his farm in 1947 by Hammond and farmed all his life.  On August 23, 1947, he was united in marriage to Lorna Henschen at Zion Lutheran Church in Cologne, MN.  They were married for 65 years.  He was a member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church and the  American Legion Post 432 of Hammond.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Elsie Lewis; wife, Lorna Lewis; and brother-in-law, Keck Frederick.  Duane is survived by his children, Christine (Jerry Strese) Hanson, Cynthia (Michael) Gleason, Evan (Rossina) Lewis; grandchildren, Erik (Lori) Hanson, Ryan (Sarah) Hanson, Pierce Hanson, Michaela (Josh) Knodle, Christian Gleason, Jeremy (Jessica) Lewis, Brock Lewis, Sean (Sarah) Lewis; 7 great-grandsons; brother, Bernard (Bernice) Lewis; sisters, Donna (David) Ray, Roene Frederick, Shirley (Pat) Casey, Sharon Hamilton; and many nieces, nephews relatives and friends.  A Funeral Service was held on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 11 am at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Baldwin.  Visitation was also Friday from 10-11 am at the church.  Interment was in the Baldwin Cemetery with Military Honors performed by the American Legion Post 432 of Hammond. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Baldwin.

Larry Bellinger 10/27/2014

Larry Bellinger age 73 of Roberts passed away on Monday, October 27, 2014 at United Hospital in St. Paul, MN.  He was born March 4, 1941 in Kirksville, MO.  He married Judy Williams and they had 6 children, who he was very proud of.  Larry worked for the Ford Motor Company in St. Paul for 32 years, he retired in 1996.  He is survived by his wife, Judy; children, Elizabeth (Glenn) Van Someren, Cheryl (Ron) Pittman, Ann (Don) Krupa, John (Mary Jo) Bellinger, Mike (Sheila) Bellinger, Laura (James) Wedl; grandchildren, Jacob, Josh, and John Van Someren, Abby and Lucas Pittman, Michael and Megan Krupa, Jack and Joseph Bellinger, Hayden Bellinger, Brianna Wedl; great-grandchild, Payton Van Someren; brother, Gale Bellinger; nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.  Larry was preceded in death by his mother, Lela Brown.  A memorial gathering was held Thursday, October 30, 2014 from 5-7 pm at Bakken-Young Funeral Home in River Falls.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.

Audrey Halverson 10/24/2014

HALVERSONAudrey A. Halverson, nee Pemble, age 83 of River Falls died Friday, October 24, 2014 at Comforts of Home in Hudson.  Audrey was born the daughter of Carl and Alice (Sturm)Pemble on September 4, 1931 in St. Paul, MN.  She grew up in the town of Troy on the St. Croix River.  Audrey was a graduate of River Falls High School with the class of 1949.  On January 14, 1950 she was married to DeLone "Bud" Halverson at the Pemble home on the St. Croix River.  Audrey worked with her father in his factory, Pemble Lab. which later became Pemble-Halverson, Inc.  The companies made OTABS, which were used to keep bait alive for fisherman.  Audrey also served as township clerk, treasurer and on the zoning-planning committee in the township of Clifton.  She enjoyed spending weeks up north at their cabin in Gordon, WI. with Bud, in the fall and especially "Halloween Weekend" with all the kids. She also enjoyed her garden, sewing and tole painting.  Audrey was passionate about leaving this earth a better place by working with the Sierra Club, and educating people about "Buck Thorn".  She was a strong, confident woman who did all the things mothers do. She is preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Alice Pemble; husband, DeLone "Bud" Halverson; and brother-in-law, Gene Wilson.  Audrey is survived by her sons, Harold (Chris) Halverson and Howard (Michele) Halverson; grandchildren, Eric Halverson, Alicia (Nick) Davis, Dan (Crystal) Halverson; great-grandchildren, Megan Halverson, Madelyn Halverson, Shakira Davis, Talan Davis, Corbin Halverson; sister, Rose Marjorie Wilson; and many other relatives and friends.  Memorials may be directed to Ezekiel Lutheran Church WELCA, The Sierra Club, or The Kinnickinnic Land Trust.  A Memorial Service was held on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 11 am at Ezekiel Lutheran Church in River Falls.  Memorial Visitation was also Thursday from 10-11 am at the church.  Interment was in Mann Valley Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.

Raymond Peterson 10/19/2014

ray peterson tuxRaymond "Ray" LaVon Peterson, of New Richmond, WI died on Sunday, Oct 19 surrounded in love by his family at The Gables.  Ray was born in Wanderoos to Oscar and Tilley (Martinson) Peterson. Ray graduated from New Richmond.  After High School he worked as a butter maker at Maple Island Dairy.  He owned and operated Peterson Dairy, delivering milk to New Richmond and the surrounding area for over 25 years. Ray was the head of a large family and lived a very active life!  You would see Ray at the ballpark, playing in his early years and later watching his kids, grandkids, and great grandkids.  Baseball and fishing were his passions.  Many fishing stories cover generations of Ray's family.  You would find him around town on his "normal rounds," playing cards with friends and family, or watching his family play baseball, hockey or any Tiger sports.  If not at those places, you would inevitably find Ray watching the MN Twins, Wild, or Vikings on TV.  Ray was preceded in death by his parents, wife Joretta (Nygaard) Peterson, Brothers Clarence, Lyle, Harlan, and Mervyn, Sisters Gladys Jensen, Loretta Peterson, grandchildren Corey Peterson, Chad Peterson and great grandchildren Tyson Rousar, Jack Ulrich.  He is survived by children Greg (Carol) Peterson, Rhonda Shilts, Terry (Debbie) Peterson, Julie Peterson, Kevin Peterson, Laurie (Jeff) Tarman, Brian (Debbie) Peterson, Cindy (Rick) Melby, and Mike "Minnow" (Kerri) Peterson, 23 Grandchildren, 31 Great Grandchildren, and sisters Lorraine Soderquist and Audrey Belisle.  A funeral service was held Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 11:00 am at First Lutheran Church (218 County Road K) in New Richmond.  Visitation was Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 4-8 pm at First Lutheran Church and also Wednesday from 10-11 am before the service.  Interment was in the New Richmond Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.

Marian Grotthus 10/17/2014

GrotthusMarian Mae (Schrader) Grotthus passed away October 17, 2014 surrounded by her loving family.  She was the daughter of Leonard and Alice (Kannel) Schrader.  Born on March 19, 1931.  She attended the Big Arkansaw School.  After attending school she worked as a waitress at Kezas Café and Clara Café in Durand.  She married Oliver John Grotthus on April 7, 1952 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.  Early in their married life they had a restaurant called the Highway Inn in St. Paul, MN.  Her customers loved her homemade pies and doughnuts which were made fresh daily.  They later moved to Stockholm where they raised their wonderful family.  Later she drove truck and delivered mail to local postal offices for the US postal department.  She enjoyed this and made many friends during her career.  Marian enjoyed and loved to be with family, grandchildren, and friends.  She loved being in the kitchen making favorite meals and goodies for all.  She was a member of the Calvary Covenant Church in Stockholm.  She belonged to Covenant Women and helped prepare many luncheons, pie and ice cream socials, special meals and treats.  She is survived by her husband Ollie of 62 years and family, Shari (Merlin) Samuel of Ellsworth, WI, Terry (Jackie) Grotthus of Chippewa Falls, WI, and Patricia (Kenneth) Jansky of Eau Claire, WI.  Grandchildren, Jacob Grotthus, Jenna (Matthew) Julson, Aaron Samuel, Tyler Samuel, Amelia Jansky and Breanna Jansky.  Great-grandchildren, Reed, Justin, and Ryan Julson.  She is also survived by two sisters, Irma Bauer of Illinois and Elaine Brunner of Arkansaw, WI; one brother, Bill (Ruth) Schrader, WI, sister-in-law, Esther Schrader of Eau Claire, WI, and cousin, Marian Keapproth of St. Paul, MN.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Alice Schrader, brother, Donald Schrader, in-laws, Olaf and Eva Grotthus, brother-in-law, Douglas Brunner, sister-in-law, Connie Jungers, and cousin Morris Keapproth.  A Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 11 am at Calvary Covenant Church in Stockholm, WI.  Visiation was on Monday, October 20, 2014 from 5-8 pm at the Bakken-Young Funeral Home in Maiden Rock and on Tuesday from 10-11 am at the church.  Interment was in the Oakland Cemetery in Stockholm.  The family would like to thank Mayo Clinic Wabasha Hospice for assisting in Marian’s care at home.   Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Maiden Rock.