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April 14, 1923-July 7, 2006 Ralph Ballard, 83, of Pelican Rapids, died on Friday, July 7, 2006, at the Lake Region Hospital in Fergus Falls. Ralph Henry Ballard, the son of Garrison Ray and Bessie Hilma (Larson) Ballard, was born April 14, 1923, in Plaza, N.D. Growing up, he attended country school near Plaza. In 1939 Ralph moved to Pelican Lake, near Pelican Rapids. He worked for an ice company, traveling out west by train to cut ice blocks. From January 1946 to March 1947, Ralph served in the U.S. Army, during World War II.
Oct. 24, 1919-July 6, 2006 Lake Park native H. Russell Larson, 86, died Thursday, July 6, 2006 at the Moorhead Health Care Center in Moorhead. Russ was born to Henry and Nellie (Lien) Larson on Oct. 24, 1919, on the family farm in Cuba Township, Becker County. He graduated from Lake Park High School in 1937, and chose to continue farming with his parents on the farm homesteaded by his grandparents in 1889. In 1942, Russell married Gladys L. Rue at Audubon Lutheran Church.
March 20, 1924-July 6, 2006 Willis R. Alder, 82, of Audubon, died Thursday, July 6, 2006 at Manor Care Nursing Home in Fargo. Willis was born to Alton and Mabel (Peterson) Alder on March 20, 1924 in rural Barnesville, Minn. He married Marjorie M. Weiland on July 27, 1945, and they later divorced. Willis married Jean Bjorhus on June 5, 1959 in Fargo. They lived in Fargo, rural Lake Park and Detroit Lakes before moving to Audubon in 1972. Jean died July 23, 1991.
April 1, 1935-July 9, 2006 Detroit Lakes native Kenneth L. Eidenschink, 71, of Long Prairie, Minn., died Sunday, July 9, 2006, at the Long Prairie Memorial Hospital. Kenneth was born to Leo and Agnes (Trahan) Eidenschink on April 1, 1935 in Detroit Lakes, where he grew up and graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1953. He worked for J.C. Penney's in Detroit Lakes and then moved to Minneapolis, where he attended Brown Institute. He moved back to Detroit Lakes and worked for KDLM Radio. Kenneth married Gayle McCarty in Detroit Lakes. He enlisted in the U.S.
April 7, 1922-July 8, 2006 Clement W. "Clem" Foltz, 84, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, July 8, 2006, at his residence, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley and surrounded by his family. Clement William Foltz was born to Stephen and Mary (Wemhoff) Foltz on April 7, 1922 in Humphrey, Neb. He attended St. Mary's Catholic School in rural Humphrey. Clem served in the U.S. Army during World War II, from 1942-45. He married Kathryn Dohmen on Feb. 14, 1946 in Leigh, Neb. In 1950, they moved to Callaway, where they farmed and became members of the Assumption Catholic Church Parish.
Dec. 14, 1918-July 6, 2006 Detroit Lakes native John J. Keyes, 87, of Bemidji, died Thursday, July 6, 2006 at Neilson Place in Bemidji. John Jerome Keyes was born to James and Margaret (Millane) Keyes on Dec. 14, 1918 in Detroit Lakes, where he grew up and attended school. After high school, he worked for Becker County before serving in the Army during World War II. During the war he served in the South Pacific. Returning home, he attended business school in Minneapolis. John married Katherine Lucille Jacoby on Sept. 13, 1947 in Detroit Lakes.
Sept. 12, 1958-July 9, 2006 Detroit Lakes native Randy K. Osten, 47, of Mankato, Minn., died Sunday, July 9, 2006 at his residence. Randy Kenneth Osten was born to Elmer N. and Dorothy H. (Carlson) Osten on Sept. 12, 1958 in Detroit Lakes. He was baptized and confirmed at Bakke Lutheran Church and attended Richwood Elementary School, Richwood, and Detroit Lakes High School, graduating in 1977. He subsequently attended the Moorhead Vocational Technical College in Moorhead. He worked at the Super Valu and Hornbacher's Super Markets in Fargo.
Aug. 25, 1920-July 10, 2006 Becker County native Archie Charles Torgerson, 85, of Park Rapids, died on Monday, July 10, 2006 at St. Mary's Regional Health Center in Detroit Lakes. Archie, the son of Charles and Pearl (Fraser) Torgerson, was born on Aug. 25, 1920 in Becker County. He grew up near Audubon and attended the local country school, District 21. In June 1942, Archie married Ruth Larson at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Audubon. They farmed in Hamden Township until Archie was called into the U.S. Army on Oct. 28, 1942, during World War II.
Jan. 5, 1930 - July 1, 2006 Park Rapids native Lawrence Bethel, 76, of Lake George, Minn., passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Saturday, July 1, 2006 after a valiant battle with cancer. Lawrence was born to Pearl and Laura (Armbruster) Bethel on Jan. 5, 1930 in Park Rapids. It was in this same area that he attended school, graduating from Park Rapids High School. In 1948, Lawrence enlisted in the U.S. Nav,y where he proudly served his country during the Korean and Vietnam wars, in a military career that spanned 20 years. He married Margaret Halter in Olympia, Wash.