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June 18, 1992-Dec. 27, 2008 Zachary Beyer, 16, of Detroit Lakes, died at his home on Saturday, December 27, 2008 after a short, courageous battle with brain cancer, surrounded by loved ones. Zach was born the son of Lisa (Helliksen) and Dale Beyer on June 18, 1992 in Detroit Lakes. He was baptized and confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Frazee. He was raised and educated in Frazee and Detroit Lakes.
Dec. 14, 1952-Dec. 24, 2008 Larry M. Nordquist, 56, of Perham, passed away at home, surrounded by his loving family, on Wednesday, December 24, 2008. Larry Michael Nordquist was born to Martin Fredrick and Louise Emma (Henry) Nordquist on Dec. 14, 1952 in Wadena. Larry grew up on the family farm in Sebeka, and was confirmed in May 1967. He graduated from Wadena High School with the class of 1971. Larry honorably served in the United States Army from June 24, 1971 to June 14, 1974.
July 6, 1924-Dec. 26, 2008 Donald G. Stallman, 84, of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, December 26, 2008 at Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes. Donald was born to Theodore and Nicoline (Haaland) Stallman on July 6, 1924 in Ada, Minn. His family moved to Callaway when he was three years old. He grew up and received his education there. On Nov. 24, 1945 Donald married Marlys Dalve in Detroit Lakes. They made their home in Detroit Lakes, and later in Fargo and Ogema. Over the years, Donald worked in home construction and also for American Crystal Sugar in Moorhead.
July 19, 1967-Dec. 27, 2008 Jon D. Engen, 41, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, December 27, 2008 at St. Mary's Innovis Health, Detroit Lakes. Jon was born the son of Don and Janet (White) Engen on July 19, 1967 in Mesa, Ariz. He was baptized and confirmed at Bethel Lutheran Church in Wahpeton, N.D., and attended school in Wahpeton, graduating from Wahpeton High School in 1986. Jon was active in sports and was selected most valuable athlete in track (1985) and basketball (1986).
Aug. 18, 1932-Dec. 27, 2008 Roy O. Lattie, 76, of White Earth, passed away on Saturday, December 27, 2008 at the Mahnomen Health Center in Mahnomen. Roy was born to Otto and Ida Lattie on Aug. 18, 1932 in Aberdeen, Wash. He married Harriet Warren on Nov. 9, 1957 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. He grew up and started his family in Washington until he moved to the White Earth area in 1963. He was a very hard worker, doing all types of construction, until he was no longer able to work. He had a wonderful sense of humor, and loved to tease and flirt.
Feb. 26, 1948-Dec. 24, 2008 Roger A. Pihlaja, 60, a lifetime Snellman-Ponsford area resident, passed away peacefully at his home near Snellman with his loved ones at his side. Roger died following a valiant battle against cancer on Wednesday, December 24, 2008. Roger Allan Pihlaja was born to Elmer and Rose (Jellum) Pihlaja on Feb. 26, 1948 in Detroit Lakes. As a boy, he attended the Shell Lake Country School near his home, through the sixth grade.
July 22, 1917-Dec. 23, 2008 Doris C. Reller, of 91, Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes. Doris Catherine Tieken was born to Henry and Anna (Jasken) Tieken on July 22, 1917 on a farm near Ogema. She married Greg J. Reller on Oct. 17, 1939 in Ogema. They bought a farm near Ogema, where they raised four children. In her early years, Doris volunteered at the White Earth Mission. She worked with Ogema Ladies, preparing meals for many special occasions. She was a great cook! One of her many specialties was homemade bread.
Aug. 27, 1941-Dec. 22, 2008 Orlin R. Pahl, 67, of Hawley, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, in MeritCare Hospital, Fargo, N.D. Orlin was born Aug. 27, 1941, in Morris, to Reuben and Amanda (Thielke) Pahl. He grew up and graduated from Morris High School. Orlin married Sharon Lachowitzer on July 13, 1968, in Vergas. He had been employed at the Morris Tribune, the Detroit Lakes Newspapers, and for the past 20 years at Davon Press in West Fargo, N.D. Orlin was in the Army National Guard for 23 years. He also was active in the Hawley Fire Department for 36 years and a member of the American Legion.
July 25, 1932-Dec. 17, 2008 Virgil Cummins, 76, of Pelican Rapids, died on Wednesday, December 17, 2008, at Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes. Virgil was born the son of Melvin and Leona (Foner) Cummins on July 25, 1932, in his grandparents' home near Glenwood, Minn. He attended school in Sedan, Minn., and worked on the family farm in his youth. On Jan. 20, 1951, Virgil married Elsie Bowen in Glenwood. They moved to Benson, Minn., where he delivered milk for a short time and worked in produce later becoming produce manager at C & H Merchantile (Custer & Hornbacher).
Nov. 17, 1936-Dec. 17, 2008 Russell Prady, 72, of Detroit Lakes, died Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at his residence. Russell Prady was born to Alex and Rose (Karol) Prady on Nov. 17, 1936 in Caribou Township, rural Lancaster, Minn. In 1944, the family moved to Crookston, where Russ grew up and attended school, graduating from Central High School in 1955. On Dec. 7, 1957 Russ married Marsha M. Hauglid in Webster, S.D. They made their home in Crookston until 1960, when they moved to Minneapolis.