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Feb. 7, 1916-March 13, 2009 Anna M. Melby, 93, of Detroit Lakes, died peacefully in her home on Friday, March 13, 2009, surrounded by her loved ones. Anna Mae Thorpe was born to Andrew and Patrina (Berg) Thorpe on Feb. 7, 1916 in Callaway. She was raised in the Callaway area and attended school at District 44 in Hamden Township. She married Reuben Melby on May 28, 1939. Reuben and Anna made their home in Richwood until moving to Detroit Lakes in 1948. Anna was a wonderful homemaker. She enjoyed baking cookies, doughnuts, and lefse.
May 13, 1929-March 14, 2009 Former Ulen resident Vernon M. Rasmussen, 79, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, March 14, 2009 in Emmanuel Nursing Home, Detroit Lakes. Vernon Monroe Rasmussen was born to Carl R. and Alice (Prestegord) Rasmussen on May 13, 1929 in Hunter, N.D. In 1936, he moved with his family to Ulen and attended District 68 country school. He later attended agriculture school in Crookston, Minn. Vern served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Following his discharge, he returned to Ulen, where he farmed the family farm until moving to Detroit Lakes in 1999.
July 31, 1926-Feb. 14, 2009 Callaway native LeRoy H. "Tiny" Norton, 82, of Auburn, Wash., died Saturday, February 14, 2009 in the Auburn Valley Hospital. LeRoy was born to Mr. and Mrs. William Norton on July 31, 1926 in Callaway, where he was raised and attended school. As a young man, he served his country by being in the U.S. Army. Returning home after his discharge, he worked in Detroit Lakes as well as helping his father on the farm. In 1953, he married Joyce Cogger from Strawberry Lake. After their three children were born the family moved to Kent, Wash.
Former Detroit Lakes resident Jerome T. "Jerry" Nord, 80, of Lisbon, N.D., passed away peacefully at Parkside Nursing Home in Lisbon on Sunday, March 15, 2009, with son Patrick Nord and special friend Emy Recker at his side. Jerry, the son of Alfred Sr. and Isabel Nord, was raised on a farm and attended high school in Enderlin, N.D. He was drafted into the Army infantry and served his country during World War II. Returning home, he trained in telegraphy and worked for the Burlington Northern Railroad in the Breckenridge-Wahpeton area for 15 years.
March 6, 1926-March 13, 2009 Ruby J. Schmidt, 83, of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, March 13, 2009 at Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes. Ruby was born the daughter of Lawrence and Jeannette (McCrillis) Burgeson on March 6, 1926 in Mineral Center, Minn. She was raised and educated in Remer and Anoka, Minn. Ruby graduated high school from Maplewood Academy in Hutchinson, Minn. As a young woman, she worked at a furniture plant in Anoka. Ruby married Lyle Schmidt on June 4, 1947 in Anoka. They made their home in Mound, Minn., until moving to Detroit Lakes in 1962.
Oct. 19, 1918-March 15, 2009 Arnold "Woody" Johnson, 90, of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, March 15, 2009 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Woody was born the son of John and Anna (Engberg) Johnson on Oct. 19, 1918 in Holmesville Township, Becker County. He attended country school in Holmesville Township and attended high school in Detroit Lakes. Woody enlisted in the United States Air Force and received an honorable discharge after four years of service. Woody married Charlene Livingood on July 20, 1944 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Aug. 29, 1950-March 15, 2009 Rosalie M. Gaffney, 58, of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, March 15, 2009 in St. Mary's Innovis Health, Detroit Lakes. Rosalie Mae Alm was born to Ralph and Pearl (Wateland) Alm on Aug. 29, 1950 in Moorhead. She grew up in Fargo and attended area schools. On Jan. 13, 1968, Rose married Patrick Gaffney in Fargo, where they lived for many years before moving to Detroit Lakes in 1983. Rose was a member of Augustana Lutheran Church, where she served as church secretary.
Aug. 25, 1960-March 10, 2009 Former Ponsford resident David L. Stone, 48, of Walla Walla, Wash., died Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at St. Mary's Medical Center in Walla Walla. David Lee Stone was born to Eleanor Stone on Aug. 25, 1960 in White Earth. He was raised in Detroit Lakes until 1965, when David and his family moved to St. Paul, where he attended school. He worked as a mechanic in various states before settling in Washington State to be near his kids. On Sept. 21, 2002 David married Dorothy Walkiewicz in Las Vegas, Nev.
June 15, 1950-March 12, 2009 Rhonda Jokela Annette, 58, of Park Rapids, died Thursday, March 12, 2009 at St. Joseph's Area Health Services in Park Rapids. Rhonda Rhea Jokela was born the second child of Eddie and Lorraine Jokela on their third wedding anniversary, June 15, 1950. Her rural childhood days working on the family farm portrayed Rhonda's enthusiasm and love for animals and the outdoors. She began riding horses as a toddler and participated at area youth downhill ski camps, and was an accomplished seamstress.
June 19, 1916-March 13, 2009 Della E. Olson, 92, of Hawley, died Friday, March 13, 2009, in Hawley Senior Living, Hawley. Della was born to Severt and Sophie (Omberg) Olson on June 19, 1916 in Hawley, where she grew up and attended school. She worked for 34 years at Peterson Brothers' Department Store in Hawley, for 15 years at Burns Motor of Hawley and occasionally at the Garrick Theatre in Hawley. Della enjoyed dancing, playing cards and was an avid reader. She was a member of Solem Lutheran Church.