DL News Staff
Aug. 23, 1918-May 24, 2011 Former Audubon resident Iona V. Larson, 92, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Iona was born the daughter of Swen and Liechen (Schlenner) Swenson on August 23, 1918 in Jamestown, N.D. She was raised and educated in Lake Park. Iona was united in marriage to Donald Larson on April 1, 1943 in Audubon. They made their home in Audubon. Iona worked as a cook for the Audubon Public Schools for many years. Iona enjoyed cooking, baking and shopping. Her baking ability was well known by her family and friends.
May 9, 1926-May 23, 2011 Ilo L. Bentley, 85, of Hawley, died Monday, May 23, 2011 at the Hawley Senior Living Center in Hawley. Visitation is set from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at David Donehower Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes. Funeral services for Ilo will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 27, in First Lutheran Church of Detroit Lakes, with interment at Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes. In celebration of Ilo's life, the family requests that guests wear "blue jeans" to the service on Friday. Ilo was born to Ingvald and Lydia (Schlenz) Bentley on May 9, 1926 in rural Twin Valley.
Oct. 6, 1927-May 22, 2011 Hugh A. Long, 83, of Detroit Lakes died Sunday, May 22, 2011 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Hugh Arlem Long was born to Hugh M. and Edna I. (Hanson) Long on October 6, 1927 in Detroit Lakes. He grew up and attended school in Detroit Lakes, graduating from Detroit Lakes High School in 1945. Hugh then attended the Dunwoody Industrial Institute in Minneapolis, where he graduated in 1947 with certification in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning.
Nov. 9, 1919-May 23, 2011 Ruthmarie Eid, 91, of Lake Park, passed away Monday, May 23, 2011, in Sunnyside Care Center, surrounded by family and under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Ruthmarie Lenora was born to August and Amalia (Romare) Holmgren on November 9, 1919 in Lake Park. She married Manfred Johnson on October 6, 1946 in Lake Park. Manfred died November 15, 1966. Ruthmarie married Stanley Eid on February 9, 1973. She was employed with the United States Postal Service for 30 years, serving as the Lake Park postmistress for the last five years.
Ronald G. Harjes, 63, of Detroit Lakes, passed away Monday, May 9, 2011. Ron retired from the Minnesota National Guard, where he was a mechanic for 22 years. He was also a member of the Detroit Lakes Eagles Club. Surviving Ron is his nephew, Dan (Melynda) Harjes. His parents, Ernest and Anne Harjes, and brother Larry Harjes preceded him in death. Interment took place at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
March 14, 1938-May 20, 2011 James L. Kvilvang, 73, of Detroit Lakes passed away Friday, May 20, 2011 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. James Kvilvang was born to Ida and Edwin Kvilvang on March 14, 1938 in Lake Park. Jim was one of seven children who grew up working the family farm. He graduated from Lake Park High School in 1956 and ran the farm for five years after graduation. He married Shirley LeTourneau on July 22, 1963.
Aug. 2, 1991-May 21, 2011 Nicholas R. Selck, 19, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, May 21, 2011 at Essentia Health in Detroit Lakes. Nicholas was born the son of Michael and Tracy (Witt) Selck on August 2, 1991 in Detroit Lakes. He was raised and educated in Detroit Lakes, graduating from Detroit Lakes High School in 2010. Nicholas began working at TJ Tile in 2006 and continued working there until the time of his death. Nicholas had a smile that you would never forget. He knew the importance of family and would do the little things to show them how he felt.
Aug. 9, 1951-May 21, 2011 Keith A. Illg, 59, of Silver Leaf Township, Becker County, passed away Saturday, May 21, 2011. A celebration of Keith's life will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 26, in Charlie's Bar at Height of Land Lakes. To leave online condolences, please visit www.fureyfh.com . Keith was born to Clarence and Eleanora (Ready) Illg on August 9, 1951 in Detroit Lakes. He was the fifth of eight children. He grew up and attended school in Frazee, graduating from Frazee High School with the class of 1969.
April 22, 1935-May 21, 2011 Eloise M. Leegard, 76, of Detroit Lakes died Saturday May 21, 2011 at the Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Eloise Marion Leegard was born to Louis and Marion (Paulson) Olson on April 22, 1935 in Detroit Lakes. She attended country school in Richwood Township and later high school in Detroit Lakes. On June 11, 1960 Eloise was united in marriage to Duane Leegard at Richwood Lutheran Church in rural Detroit Lakes. They farmed in Richwood Township, where Eloise worked side by side with her husband.
Dec. 9, 1927-May 19, 2011 George H. Wessels, 83, of Audubon died Thursday, May 19, 2011 at his residence. George Henry Wessels was born to Karl and Louise (Beitelspacher) Wessels on December 9, 1927 in Le Mars, Iowa. He grew up and attended school there. Following the death of his father, the family moved to Minnesota. On September 15, 1947 George was united in marriage to Alice Thom. They made their home in Edgeley and Fargo, N.D., until moving to Audubon in 1960.