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July 25, 1921-Aug. 11, 2009 Longtime Pelican Lake summer resident Doris R. Trepp, 88, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at Woodbury Health Care Center in the Twin Cities, after a life rich with family and friends. Doris Ruth Robison was born the daughter of Carl and Ruth (Wilkins) Robison, on July 25, 1921 in Marietta, Okla. -- less than 14 years after Oklahoma achieved statehood.
April 5, 1932-Aug. 21, 2009 Charles Wallace "Wally" Rawson, 77, of Detroit Lakes, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 21, 2009 at Innovis Health in Fargo. Wally was born to Claude and Sue (Maynard) Rawson on April 5, 1932 in Pettibone, N.D., where he was raised and educated, graduating high school in 1950. As a young man he served as a corporal in the United States Marine Corps in Korea, from October 1951 to Oct. 25, 1953. Wally married Luella Dalbol on March 10, 1952 in Moorhead. Together they raised five children.
Jan. 18, 1939-Aug. 18, 2009 Roger Parsons, 70, of New York Mills, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at his home in rural New York Mills. Roger Allen Parsons was born on Jan. 18, 1939 in Reedsburg, Wis. He grew up in Chicago, Ill., and was cared for by Donald and LaNore (Vanderlinde) Taylor. Roger attended Chicago Vocational School and served in the United States Navy from Jan. 31, 1956 to Sept. 19, 1957. After returning to Chicago, Roger was employed with Chromium Mining and Smelting. On July 23, 1960 Roger married Mary Ann Obarski at St. Bronislava Church in Chicago.
Oct. 3, 1921-Aug. 19, 2009 Ruth J. Odland, 87, of Detroit Lakes, died peacefully on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Ruth Jost was born to Peter and Maye (Holzer) Jost on Oct. 3, 1921 in Sioux Falls, S.D. She was a graduate and valedictorian of Sioux Falls Washington High School, and attended Sioux Falls College.
March 26, 1930-Aug. 10, 2009 Former Detroit Lakes resident Patricia J. Anhalt, 79, passed away on Monday, August 10, 2009. Patricia Joan Merrett was born to Dr. Paul and Violet Merrett on March 26, 1930 in Winnipeg, Canada. She was raised in Detroit Lakes and Valley City, N.D. Patricia met the love of her life, Walter Anhalt, while they were in high school. After they graduated, Walt joined the Army and Pat got her degree from the College of Medical Technology in Minneapolis. They were married in 1951, and began their 57-year adventure together.
May 17, 1941-Aug. 9, 2009 Harry "Smiley" Gress, 68, of Ulen, died on Sunday August 9, 2009 at Fairview University Medical Center in Minneapolis. Harry was born to Peter and Matilda Gress on May 17, 1941 in Mandan, N.D., where he was raised on a farm and educated. Harry joined the United States Army in 1959 and was honorably discharged in 1961. His tour of duty included Germany. Harry married Carol Knutson in 1965 in Glendive, Mont. He spent most of his life pursuing his passion of playing the guitar and singing.
Jan. 29, 1936-Aug. 12, 2009 Marlene R. Hedlund, 73, of rural Detroit Lakes, died Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo. Marlene was born the daughter of Arthur and Edna (Rindy) Nordgulen on Jan. 29, 1936, in Rochert. She grew up on the family sheep and dairy farm in rural Rochert. Marlene attended grade school at the Lone Pine School and graduated from Frazee High School in 1954. As a young adult, she became a secretary at Hawley High School. Marlene married James Hedlund on March 10, 1956 at Eglund Lutheran Church, rural Rochert.
Dec. 19, 1959-Aug. 12, 2009 Detroit Lakes area native Ronald "Fred" Hedlund, 49, of Perham, died Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at the Frazee Care Center, after a two and a half year battle with brain cancer. Fred was born the son of Wallace and Norma (Quinlan) Hedlund on Dec. 19, 1959 in Detroit Lakes. He was baptized and confirmed at Lund Church, and after graduating high school, attended technical college in Detroit Lakes, where he studied agricultural engineering and fashion merchandising. Fred then served in the U.S. Navy as a gunner's mate and guns third class, aboard the U.S.S.
R.M. "Mac" McManus, Jr., 85, of Bemidji died Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at Northridge Care Center (Masonic Home of Minnesota), in New Hope, Minn. Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24 at the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji, with Bemidji Masonic Lodge No. 233 officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be at the Greenwood Cemetery in Bemidji, with military honors provided by the American Legion Post 014 of Bemidji and the Patriotic Guard.
Oct. 29, 1947-Aug. 17, 2009 Robert J. "Bob" VanderPlaats, 61, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, August 17, 2009 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Fargo. Robert James "Bob" VanderPlaats was born to James and Stella (Stall) VanderPlaats on Oct. 29, 1947 in Mahnomen. He was raised and educated in Mahnomen, graduating from Mahnomen High School in 1966. Bob entered the United States Army on Aug. 24, 1967. He proudly served his country during the Vietnam War, where he earned four medals, including a Purple Heart. Bob was honorably discharged on July 7, 1969 and moved to Detroit Lakes.