DL News Staff
Darlene D. Agrell, 82, former Detroit Lakes resident, died Dec. 9, 2009, in the Northwest Auburn Rehabilitation Center, Auburn, Wash. Darlene Delores Agrell was born on Dec. 3, 1927, in Fargo, N.D., to Marvin and Gaila Erickson Agrell. She grew up and received her education in Detroit Lakes, graduating from Detroit Lakes High School. She moved to St. Paul, where she worked at a medical clinic. She later moved back to Detroit Lakes to care for her father. Darlene was a long time member of the United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Eastern Star.
Wayne E. Conklin, 88, a lifelong Ponsford area resident, passed away unexpectedly at his home near Ponsford, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010. Wayne was born July 11, 1922, in Shell Lake Township, Becker County, to Pearl and Violet (Stewart) Conklin. As a boy he attended Shell Lake Country School near his home. Upon completing his schooling, Wayne gained employment in the logging industry for a time. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving his country during World War II with the Seabees in the South Pacific. He was honorably discharged in 1945.
Donald Axdahl, 81, Frazee, died Monday, Aug. 30, 2010, in Innovis Health, Fargo, N.D. Donald Roy Axdahl was born June 23, 1929, the son of Oscar and Tura (Hansen) Axdahl in Mora, Minn. Donnie grew up on a farm with his family and attended school in that community. As a young man, Donnie entered the United States Navy and served on the USS Block Island Aircraft carrier during the Korean War. After his discharge in 1955, he began a trucking carrier with Daggett Trucking of Frazee. On June 12, 1955, Donnie was united in marriage to Olive Stene at Wild Rice Lutheran Church near Twin Valley.
Arleigh Wayne John Vilas Sr., 48, Glyndon, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, in Innovis Health, Fargo, N.D. A private family ceremony was held Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010. Arleigh W.J. Vilas Sr. was born to Vienna Gordon (Vilas) and Louis F. Butcher Sr. on July 11, 1962, in Park Rapids. After attending high school in Detroit Lakes, Arleigh went on to graduate from electrician school in Waubun and completed four years of college at Bemidji State University. During his college years, Arleigh traveled across Europe attending Oxford University and became a fourth degree black belt in tae kwon do.
Former Detroit Lakes resident Dawn Leola Shockley, 35, of Cass Lake, Minn., died Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at Sanford Hospital in Fargo. Memorial services are set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5 at the Christ Lighthouse Ministries Church on Highway 2 West in Bemidji, with pastor Dave Cronemiller officiating, under the direction of the Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji.
Sept. 3, 1915-Sept. 1, 2010 Neil M. Handlos, 94, of Lake Park, died Wednesday, September 1, 2010 in Detroit Lakes. Neil Melton Handlos was born to Albert and Flora (Pentz) Handlos on September 3, 1915 in Sydney, Mont. He attended school in Montana and later joined the Civilian Conservation Corps. He then enlisted in the Navy, where he was an aircraft navigator and a flight engineer. After his time in the Navy, Neil returned to the Midwest, where he ranched and farmed before starting as a contractor. On February 1, 1941, he married Wilma Wheeler in Webeau, Mont.
Oct. 8, 1917-Aug. 28, 2010 Helen Mildred (Lundberg) Erickson, 92, of Detroit Lakes, died on Saturday, August 28, 2010 at her daughter's home in Pendleton, Ore. A Celebration of Mildred's Life will be held Saturday afternoon, September 25, 2010 at her home in Detroit Lakes. Contributions in memory of Mildred may be made to St. Anthony Hospice or to a Charity of the Donor's Choice, and may be sent in care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, PO Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801. Mildred was born on October 8, 1917 to Charlie and Alma Lundberg.
Albert M. "Red" Gray, 93, of Trimont, died on Monday morning, August 30, 2010 at Oak Crossing Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2 at the Kramer Family Funeral Home in Trimont, continuing for one hour prior to services Friday at the church. A celebration of life service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 3 in First Lutheran Church, Trimont, with full military honors provided by the Foster Bernhardt American Legion Post 373 of Trimont.
June 21, 1924-Aug. 29, 2010 June C. Erickson, 86, of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, died Sunday, August 29, 2010 at Sanford Health in Fargo. June was born the daughter and only child of Alfred and Alys (Johnston) Eide on June 21, 1924 in Minneapolis. Later with her parents, she moved to the Midway District of St. Paul, where she continued her education and graduated from Wilson High School in 1942. June was employed by Brown & Bigelow in St Paul during World War II. Years later, she was employed by Montgomery Ward Catalog Department. June married Lloyd Erickson on August 1, 1947 in St.
Sept. 9. 1958-Aug. 28, 2010 Former Frazee and Erskine resident Neil A. Berger, 51, of Grant Village, Wyo., died Saturday, August 28, 2010 in Yellowstone National Park near Grant Village. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3 at David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes; there will be a Rosary at 6:30 p.m. and Parish Vigil at 7 p.m. The visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to services on Saturday. A mass of Christian burial is set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 4 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Frazee, with Father Xavier Ilango officiating.