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Vernon E. Benson, 97, of Detroit Lakes, formerly of Waubun, died Wednesday, June 2, 2010, in The Cottage on Emmanuel Community Campus in Detroit Lakes. Vernon Emil Benson was born January 9, 1913, in Waubun to Ben and Hannah Benson. He grew up in the Waubun area and attended Adam's School and Waubun High School. Vernon met Edna Krueger in 1931, and they were married on Nov. 3, 1934. From there, they began building a life of over 75 years together. Vernon and Edna raised three children: Lloyd, Beatrice and Wayne, and assisted in "care and maintenance" of nine of their grandchildren.
Danny E. Ringstad, 75, died June 10, 2010, in Woodbury, Minn. He is formerly of Detroit Lakes. Funeral services will be Tuesday, June 15, at 4 p.m. in the Wulff Funeral Home, Woodbury. Burial is at Fort Snelling.
John Leo Robe, 83, died peacefully Saturday, June 12, 2010, in St. Luke's Hospital, surrounded by family after several months of loving care at Linn Manor Care nursing home. John was born June 28, 1926, in Lamoure, N.D., to Nicholas "Nick" and Selma (Schmidt) Robe. His father was a harness maker and owned a candy store. In 1932, they moved to Shoreham, Minn. John attended grade school and high school in Detroit Lakes.
Julie Rae Brandt, 36, Detroit Lakes, passed away Wednesday, June 9, 2010, in her home surrounded by her loved ones, following a courageous battle against cancer. Julie was born Nov. 14, 1973, to Darrell and Joyce (Holmer) DelMain at St. Mary's Hospital in Detroit Lakes. Julie grew up and attended school in Frazee, graduating with the class of 1992. Following high school graduation, Julie attended college in Fergus Falls for two years, then attended college in Bemidji for a year, followed by a year at Detroit Lakes Vocational School.
Alfred L. "Jing" Arthur, 71, Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, June 8, 2010, in Emmanuel Nursing Home, Detroit Lakes. Funeral services for Jing will be held Friday, June 11, 2010, at 2 p.m. in Emmanuel Nursing Home Chapel, Detroit Lakes. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services on Friday. A graveside service will be held Saturday, June 12, at 2 p.m. in Breck Memorial Cemetery, Ponsford. Memories of Jing may be shared online at www.daviddonehower.com . David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is assisting the family with arrangements.
Alice E. Heille, 72, of Detroit Lakes, died Thursday, June 3, 2010, at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo. Alice was born to Edward and Edna Jahnke Grindberg on October 2, 1937 in Frazee. The family moved to Mapleton, N.D., when Alice was a young girl. She grew up and attended school in Mapleton. On February 16, 1959 she was united in marriage to Clyde Heille in Fargo. They made their home in Mapleton and later moved to Fargo, where she worked at Elieses's Drapery Shop. In 1970, they moved to Detroit Lakes, where Alice owned and operated Alice's Draperies.
Longtime Vergas, Lake Minnetonka and Fountain Hills, Ariz., resident June A. Hubbard, 86, died Monday, April 5, 2010 in Scottsdale, Ariz. June Ann Westlake was born May 6, 1923 in Minneapolis, to parents Herman Lloyd and Josephine Melquist Westlake. In her 30-plus years split between Minnesota and Arizona, June continued her many Christian and social activities in her churches; in Christian Women's Club; and in other volunteer roles. June led and attended numerous Bible studies, and her gift of hospitality was always evident as she served friends and neighbors especially delicious food!
Jill Lewis passed away peacefully at home in Menomonie, Wis., on June 9, 2010, surrounded by family. I know it is rare for the person who has passed to write their own obituary, but then if you knew me, Jill Lewis, you would know it was to be expected. Eight years ago, I was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Even though this cancer slowly took my body, it never broke my spirit or the loves of my life.
Nov. 6, 1932-June 3, 2010 Fern A. Schellack, 77, died Thursday, June 3, 2010, at home in Moorhead. Fern Ardell Christensen was born November 6, 1932, in Osnabrock, N.D., to Albert and Alma (McGregor) Christensen. In 1942 the family moved to Moorhead, where Fern attended school. Fern married Loren Bjornson in Moorhead, in 1951. In 1962, she married Wallace Schellack at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sabin, and they made their home in Glyndon for the next 32 years. They moved to Moorhead in 1993.
Jan. 1, 1966-June 3, 2010 Gaylene C. Smith, 44, of Frazee, died Thursday, June 3, 2010 at her home, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 7, and 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Frazee. Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, with Rev. William Aufdenkamp officiating. Interment will be in Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery. Gaylene Cheryll Lewis was born to Donald and Janet (Jordahl) Lewis on January 1, 1966 in Fosston, Minn.