DL News Staff
Sept. 3, 1923-July 19, 2012 Elsie "Ellie" E. Kohler, 88, passed away Thursday, July 19, 2012 in Detroit Lakes. Elsie Elizabeth Mattes was born September 3, 1923 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was one of six children born to Philipp and Elizabeth (Schmalenberg) Mattes and grew up on College Avenue in Winnipeg. On August 15, 1953 she was united in marriage to Arthur J. Kohler Sr. in Audubon, where they owned and operated Art Kohler Trucking Inc. Ellie and daughter Carole attended the women's U.S. citizenship class and took the exam in Fergus Falls to become U.S. citizens in 1971.
Oct. 20, 1949-July 20, 2012 Leroy J. Baumiller, 62, of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, July 20, 2012 with his loving family by his side at Sanford Health Palliative Care in Fargo. Leroy was born the son of Jacob and Phillipine (Grossman) Baumiller on October 20, 1949 in Bismarck, N.D. He lived in a group home in Bismarck and independent apartment setting through Pride Industries and worked various jobs throughout the community. In 1991, Leroy moved to Detroit Lakes to live with his sister and future brother-in-law.
Aug. 7, 1934-July 18, 2012 Delores "Dee" Downey, 77, of Detroit Lakes, passed away at the home of her daughter, Cheryl Downey, under the care of Allina Hospice in Eden Prairie, Minn., on Wednesday, July 18, 2012, from a rare, aggressive lymphoma of a short and intense duration. Funeral services are set for 3 p.m. Saturday, July 21 in the David-Donehower Funeral Home, 609 East Highway 10, in Detroit Lakes. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. and continue until the time of the service. Refreshments will be served at the funeral home following the service.
Nov. 15, 1941-July 14, 2012 Former Detroit Lakes resident Richard Charles Schooler, 70, of Hutchinson, Minn., passed away Saturday, July 14, 2012 at his home in Hutchinson. Richard Charles Schooler was born the son of Harley and Dorothy (Courtright) Schooler on November 15, 1941 in Detroit Lakes. He was baptized as an infant and later confirmed in his faith as a young man at First Methodist Church in Detroit Lakes. Richard was a member of United Methodist Church in Detroit Lakes through most of his adult life. Local services for Richard were held at 1 p.m.
Feb. 8, 1942-July 8, 2012 Marvel L. Nelson, 70, of Lexington, Texas, died Sunday, July 8, 2012, at St. Joseph's Regional Health Center in Bryan, Texas. Marvel LaVerne Nelson was born the daughter of Manley and Lorena (Williams) Nelson of Scambler Township, Pelican Rapids, on February 8, 1942 at St. Mary's Hospital in Detroit Lakes. She was baptized by Rev. M.S. Gjerde at his home in rural Pelican Rapids; sponsors were her Uncle Willie and Aunt Viola Heimark. She grew up in Scambler Township, rural Pelican Rapids, was con-firmed by Rev.
Oct. 8, 1938-May 28, 2012 Orlo Raymond Gilbert, 73, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, May 28, 2012 in his home, surrounded by family and dear friends after a 10-year battle with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). Orlo was born to Floyd Parker Gilbert and Alice Sorenson Gilbert on October 8, 1938 on a ranch in Belle Fourche, S.D. He was the conductor of the symphony orchestra and professor of music at Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tenn., for 31 years. He retired in 2000 after 39 years of teaching.
Ivy Ailport, 74, of Ogema, died Monday, July 9, 2012 at her home, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. A mass of Christian burial was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 13 in St. Benedict's Catholic Church, White Earth, with Father Walter Butor, OMI, officiating. An all night visitation was at the White Earth Community Center beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 12 with a service at 6:30 p.m. Interment was at Calvary Cemetery, White Earth. Services were entrusted to the Anderson-Mattson Funeral Home, Mahnomen.
Loren Smith, 43, of Detroit Lakes, died as the result of a massive heart attack on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at Essentia Health Hospital in Fargo. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday July 16, with a 6:30 p.m. prayer service, at the White Earth Community Center in White Earth. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 17 in St. Benedict's Catholic Church, White Earth, with interment to follow at Calvary Cemetery, White Earth. Arrangements were entrusted to Anderson-Mattson Funeral Home, Mahnomen.
Ronald "Ron" Strand, 77, of Mission, Texas, died Monday, December 8, 2011 in a McAllen, Texas hospital. A memorial service is set for 2 p.m. this Saturday, July 21 in Cormorant Lutheran Church, Lake Park.
Former Detroit Lakes resident Laura M. (Wiegand) Pederson, 86, of Delano, Minn., passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 10, 2012. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 21 in St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Audubon, with interment to follow in the church cemetery. Laura will be deeply missed by her children, Lynn (Donald) Flett, Rodney (Kathy) Lezer, Gail Marks, Colleen (Joel) St.