DL News Staff
June 12, 1948-Jan. 13, 2013 Clair W. Wenger, 64, of Detroit Lakes, passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at his residence. Clair Wilmer Wenger was born to J. Wilmer and Alice (Stutzman) Wenger on June 12, 1948 in Detroit Lakes. He attended rural school at Height of Land, and later attended Frazee schools, graduating from Frazee High School in 1967. He was very active in FFA in high school. He was drafted and served two years of service in a hospital in Evanston, Ill.
Jan. 8, 1925-Jan. 13, 2013 Former Lake Park resident Janice R. Haugen, 88, of Moorhead, died on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at Eventide Lutheran Home in Moorhead. Janice Reann Bergeson was born to Reno and Annie (Skei) Bergeson on January 8, 1925 at home in Lake Park. She was baptized and confirmed at Lake Park Lutheran Church and attended school in Lake Park, graduating from Lake Park High School in 1943. Janice worked her way through North Dakota State University and graduated with an education degree in Home Economics in 1947.
May 13, 1936-Jan. 12, 2013 Former Union, Maine, resident Ronald A. Barker, 76, of Detroit Lakes, died January 12, 2013 at Essentia Health-Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes. Ronald Abbott Barker was born to Edgar and Christine (Brown) Barker on May 13, 1936 in Rockland, Maine. He grew up and received his education in Union, Maine. He was united in marriage to Geraldine Tolman on July 17, 1955.
Nov. 11, 1937-Jan. 10, 2013 M. Leonard Bailey, 75, of Detroit Lakes, died Thursday, January 10, 2013 at Essentia Health-St. Mary's in Detroit Lakes. Funeral services took place at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14 in the Congregational Church, Detroit Lakes. Visitation was held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, with a 5 p.m. prayer service, also at the Congregational Church. Morris Leonard Bailey was born November 11, 1937 in Hillsboro, N.D. He graduated from the Crookston Ag School and enrolled at Mayville State College.
May 14, 1926-Jan. 13, 2013 Former Frazee resident Rome Villiard, 86, of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, January 13, 2013, at Essentia Health-St. Mary's. Rome was born May 14, 1926, in Flom, Minn., to John and Sarah Villiard. He grew up and went to school near Hitterdal. Rome married Mabel (Erb) Shipman on Nov. 20, 1949, at Ray Rassmussen's farm near Frazee. He farmed near Frazee for about 12 years and retired from Anderson Ready Mix after about 25 years. He moved to Lamplighter in Emmanuel Community 14 years ago, where he enjoyed maintaining the lawn for several years.
Sept. 6, 1934-Jan. 7, 2013 Alvin LeRoy Retz, 78, of Frazee, died Monday, January 7, 2013 at Ecumen-Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Alvin LeRoy Retz was born to Gaylord and Joy (Minor) Retz on September 6, 1934 in Watertown, South Dakota. Alvin was a young boy when his family moved to Ponsford. He grew up and attended country school in that area. He worked as a logger for Bud Wattenhoner and also at the Two Inlets Saw Mill. He was united in marriage to Viola Wohlsdorf on December 27, 1959 in Detroit Lakes.
June 18, 1930-Jan. 7, 2013 Paul R. Johnson 82, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, January 7, 2013 at Ecumen-Emmanuel Nursing Home of Detroit Lakes. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 in First Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes, with visitation for one hour prior to services. Paul Raymond Johnson was born to Ole N. and Christina (Momb) Johnson on June 18, 1930 in Detroit Lakes. He was raised and educated in Detroit Lakes, graduating from Detroit Lakes High School in 1948.
Sept. 29, 1963-Jan. 9, 2013 Brian M. Blauert, 49, of Detroit Lakes, died Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at his parents' home. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14 at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Detroit Lakes, with pastors Fred Crowell and Joel Kratzke officiating. Interment will be in the Seventh Day Adventist Cemetery, rural Detroit Lakes. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, with an 8 p.m.
Oct. 26, 1926-Jan. 8, 2013 Sheldon J. "Sam" Sumner, 86, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, January 8, 2013 in Fargo. Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 in First Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes, with Reverend Wade Dutton officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, with military rites provided by the Lake Region Veterans Honor Guard. Sheldon Jerome Sumner, known as Sam, was born to Samuel and Olga (Elstad) Sumner on October 26, 1926 in Dawson, Minn., and graduated from Dawson High School in 1945.
Dec. 9, 1941-Jan. 4, 2013 Clarence H. "Buddy" Gunderson, 71, of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, January 4, 2013 at the VA Medical Center in Fargo. A gathering of friends and family will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at the David-Donehower Funeral Home, with a memorial service to follow at 7 p.m. Interment will be held in the spring. Clarence Henry Gunderson was born to Clarence and Henrietta (Weets) Gunderson on December 9, 1941 in Detroit Lakes. Buddy was raised and educated in Detroit Lakes, and in 1959 he was part of the first graduating class at the new high school.