DL News Staff
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.
March 16, 1943-May 19, 2011 Dennis N. Siekas, 68, of Detroit Lakes, died Thursday, May 19, 2011 at Essentia Health in Fargo. Funeral services for Dennis are set for 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 24, in David Donehower Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, with visitation for one hour prior to services. Interment will be at Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes. Dennis Norman Siekas was born to Norman and Marian (Eggleston) Siekas on March 16, 1943 in Detroit, Mich. In 1950, they moved to Detroit Lakes. Dennis attended school and graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1961.
June 19, 1929-May 17, 2011 Hilda O. Nelson, 81, of Detroit Lakes died Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Hilda Otilda Nelson was born to Bernard and Lena (Noeske) Wendt on June 19, 1929 in Height of Land Township, rural Detroit Lakes. She attended country school near her home and helped on the family farm. On April 23, 1950 Hilda was united in marriage to Mervin O. Nelson in Detroit Lakes. They farmed in the Height of Land area until moving into Detroit Lakes in 1961.
Oct. 1, 1982-May 17, 2011 Billy Joe McDougall, 28, of Callaway, died Tuesday, May 17, 2011 near Richwood. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Thursday at David Donehower Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, and one hour prior to services, which are set for 2 p.m. Friday at Strawberry Lake Mennonite Church, rural Ogema, with Delmar Yoder officiating. Billy Joe McDougall was born to Steven McDougall and Terri Bellanger on October 1, 1982 in Detroit Lakes. He attended Callaway Elementary School and Detroit Lakes Junior and Senior High Schools.
May 31, 1943-May 16, 2011 Janice M. Graphenteen, 67, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, May 16, 2011 at her home. Janice was born the daughter of Albin and Martha (Lanoye) Remerowski on May 31, 1943 in Marshall, Minn. She was raised and educated in Marshall. She graduated from Marshall High School. Janice married Verlon Graphenteen on June 22, 1963 in Marshall. They resided in Eagan, Minn., until moving to Detroit Lakes. Janice worked as a noon duty supervisor at Lincoln Elementary and at Conagra Foods. Janice enjoyed crocheting and crafts.
June 12, 1923-May 13, 2011 Carl Leo Steen, 87, of Rochert, died Friday, May 13, 2011 at Essentia Health in Fargo. Leo was born the son of Walter and Anna (Anderson) Steen on June 12, 1923 in Davenport, N.D. He attended elementary school in Richwood and high school in Detroit Lakes. After high school he worked on numerous farms in the area and later entered the United States Army in 1949, receiving an honorable discharge in 1955. Leo was united in marriage to Gunda Bakken on December 16, 1956 at Egelund Lutheran Church.
July 19. 1947-May 14, 2011 Donald J. "Don" Gravelle, 63, lifelong resident of Detroit Lakes, passed away peacefully under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley on Saturday, May 14, 2011 in Detroit Lakes, surrounded by his family. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 18 at David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Thursday, May 19 at Zion Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, with Reverend Dan C. Abrahams officiating.
Aug. 5, 1927-May 12, 2011 Gloria M. Johnson, 83, of Bagley, Minn., passed away Thursday, May 12, 2011 at Eventide Lutheran Home in Moorhead. Gloria Mae Johnson was born on August 5, 1927 in Detroit Lakes. She grew up and attended school in Lake Park, graduating in 1944. She was confirmed at Lake Park Lutheran Church. She attended Moorhead State Teachers College in Moorhead. She also attended the University of Minnesota, University of Colorado, University of Wisconsin, and University of North Dakota. Gloria taught high school in Villard and Henning, Minn.