DL News Staff
Feb. 14, 1944-Nov. 15, 2012 Melvin "Sonny" L. Wilson Jr., 68, of Rochert, died Thursday, November 15, 2012 at Sanford Health in Fargo. Sonny was born the son of Melvin and Margaret (Quinlan) Wilson Sr. on February 14, 1944 in Detroit Lakes. He was raised and educated in Detroit Lakes. As a young man, Sonny enlisted in the United States Navy in 1961 and received an honorable discharge in 1965. Sonny had four children from a previous marriage. He worked with his dad at Wilson's Plumbing for many years.
June 6, 1943-Nov. 17, 2012 Steven J. Taves, 69, of Glyndon, passed away on Saturday, November 17, 2012, at home, surrounded by his family and Pastor Jeni. Steven was born to James and Marjorie (Schultz) Taves on June 6, 1943 in Fargo. At the age of five he moved with his family to Detroit Lakes, where he grew up, attended and graduated from high school. After high school, he started working for his uncle at Schultz & Lindsay Construction. On September 16, 1967, he married Shirley Ostlie in Perham. Together they lived in Dilworth for a short time before settling in Glyndon.
Aug. 22, 1963-Nov. 10, 2012 Denise Kay Vargason, 49, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, November 10, 2012 at her home, surrounded by her loving family and friends after a short but courageous battle with cancer. Denise was born to Merle Fairbanks on August 22, 1963 in Kenosha, Wis. As a young child, she moved with her family to Callaway. Denise graduated from Waubun High School in 1981. She later attended NCTC in Thief River Falls and studied Early Childhood Education.
James E. Anderson Sr., 79, of Loretto passed away peacefully on Monday, November 12, 2012 in the presence of his family. He was born in 1933 to John and Eleanore (Olson) Anderson in Detroit Lakes, and he was the oldest of nine children. Jim served in the U.S. Air Force for 10 years in the security forces and law enforcement profession, including a tour in Korea during the Korean War.
Nov. 18, 1923-Nov. 13, 2012 Gertrude Ann Glawe, 88, of Detroit Lakes, departed earthly life to her heavenly home on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes. Gertrude was born to Emil and Erna (Zitzow) Rosentreter on November 18, 1923 in Candor Township. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in rural Vergas. Gertrude attended Dora Township School and worked as a nanny in Bowling Green, Ohio. Upon returning home to Minnesota, she married Norman Glawe on July 15, 1945. Gertrude and her husband Norman lived their entire lives in Becker County.
Dec. 8, 1919-Nov. 11, 2012 Hazel M. Harvego, 92, of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, November 11, 2012 at her residence. Hazel Marion Harvego was born to Anton and Harda (Olson) Viken on December 8, 1919 at their farm near Litchville, N.D. She was baptized, confirmed, and married in North LaMoure Church. She attended a one room rural school for eight years before moving to town to work for an elderly couple so that she could attend high school.
Jan. 8, 1927-Nov. 12, 2012 Victoria V. Ellis, 85, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, November 12, 2012 at Sanford Health in Fargo. Victoria Veronica Ellis was born to Peter and Katherine (Kolman) Usselman on January 8, 1927 in Rosetown, Saskatchewan, Canada. She grew up and attended school there. In 1946 she was united in marriage to John Gertz in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. They made their home in Winnipeg until moving to Chicago, Ill., in 1953. In 1961 they moved to Grand Forks, N.D. In 1970 Vickie was united in marriage to Fred Ellis in Grand Forks.
April 19, 1931-Nov. 9, 2012 Dean W. Livingood, 81, of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, November 9, 2012, after several years of living with dementia. He passed away peacefully at the Ecumen-Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes with family by his side. Dean was born the son of Charles B. and Esther (Lee) Livingood on April 19, 1931 in Detroit Lakes. He was raised on the family farm and attended school in rural Detroit Lakes. Dean was married to Mae Hovelsrud on January 17, 1951 in Detroit Lakes. They moved to Alabama while Dean served in the military.
Oct. 28, 1957-Nov. 11, 2012 Daniel Wilhelm, 55, of Bismarck, died Sunday, November 11, 2012 at Sanford Hospital in Bismarck. There will be a private family funeral service. Daniel Patrick Wilhelm was born to Donald and Betty Wilhelm on October 28, 1957 in Bismarck. He grew up and attended schools in Bismarck and Jamestown, N.D., and attended college at Northwood Institute in Michigan and Texas. Dan began his career in the family's auto business at an early age, eventually owning and operating Wilhelm Inc.
Sept. 29, 1921-Nov. 9, 2012 Adella L. Mikulecky, 91, of Ulen, died Friday, November 9, 2012 in Viking Manor Nursing Home, Ulen. Adella Louise Anderson was born the daughter of Olai and Pernella (Selseth) Anderson on September 29, 1921 in rural Hitterdal. Growing up, she attended grade school in Lake Park and graduated from Hitterdal High School. Following high school, Adella furthered her education at American Business College in Minneapolis. She worked in Minneapolis as an accountant for a time before moving to Detroit, Mich., to work during World War II.