DL News Staff
June 26, 1929-Nov. 3, 2012 Richard A. Johnson, 83, of Reno, Nevada, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 after a brief illness. A mass of Christian burial will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 in Holy Rosary Church, Detroit Lakes, with visitation for one hour before the service. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Richard was born the son of Alfred and Esther (Bovy) Johnson on June 26, 1929 in Detroit Lakes. He graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1947 and attended St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn.
Sept. 18, 1911-Nov. 18, 2012 Arnold K. Abel, 101, of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, November 18, 2012 at Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes. Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, at David-Donehower Funeral Home, with Reverend Dale Robins, officiating. Friends may call for one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Interment will be in Lakeview Cemetery, rural Detroit Lakes. Arnold Karl Abel was born to Ernst and Mary (Borchers) Abel on September 18, 1911 near Streeter, N.D. He was united in marriage to Viola Roeder December 19, 1938 in Grand Forks, N.D.
Nov. 9, 1973-Nov. 15, 2012 Jodi L. Wimmer, 38, of Detroit Lakes, died Thursday, November 15, 2012 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20 at the United Methodist Church in Detroit Lakes, with Reverend Brenda North officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19 at the United Methodist Church. There will be a 6:30 p.m. prayer service. The visitation will continue for one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. Jodi Lynn Wimmer was born to Glen and Mary Jane (Weller) Mallow on November 9, 1973 in St. Paul.
April 12, 1929-Nov. 16, 2012 Allen Deane Gillespie Sr., 83, of Audubon, went to be with the Lord on Friday, November 16, 2012, surrounded by family under the care of Oak Crossing Therapy Unit, Detroit Lakes. The memorial service is set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21 at Community Alliance Church, Detroit Lakes. Allen was adopted by Alexander (Sandy) F. and Garnet Gillespie of Park River, N.D. He always expressed the joy and value growing up in a small community, especially his uncle's farm.
April 12, 1959-Nov. 15, 2012 Leo L. Rabideaux II, 53, of Detroit Lakes, passed away in the presence of his family on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at Essentia Health in Fargo. Leo was born to Leo and Frances (Peart) Rabideaux on April 12, 1959, in Fargo. He was raised in Fargo and graduated from Shanley High School in 1977. On June 16, 1979 he was united in marriage to Phyllis Stegman in Neche, N.D. They made their home in Fargo until 1990, when they moved to rural Detroit Lakes. Leo worked at Rabideaux Construction as a young man.
Judy Sell, 72, of Moorhead, died Thursday, November 15, 2012 at Sanford medical Center in Fargo. Visitation was held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at Wright Funeral Home in Moorhead. Funeral services took place at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20 in the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Moorhead, with interment in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Fargo.
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.