DL News Staff
Former Ulen-area resident Lowell J. Fuglie, 52, passed away Wednesday, April 21, 2010 in Quebec, Canada. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 4 in Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Ulen.
April 12, 1931-May 8, 2010 Willis Eken, 79, of Twin Valley, died Saturday, May 8, 2010 at the Twin Valley Living Center. Willis Ray Eken, the son of Bernhard and Hazel (Hoekstra), was born April 12, 1931 in Ada, Minn. He grew up on various farms in the Flom and Fossum, Minn., areas. As a young child he attended both Webster and Four Corners Country Schools near his home and later, Twin Valley High School. After graduating in 1949, Willis began farming with his father. On June 20, 1954, he was united in marriage to Betty Lou Skaurud at Zion Lutheran Church in Twin Valley.
Oct. 18, 1950-May 12, 2010 Ilene Olson, 59, of rural Lake Park, died on Wednesday, May 12, 2010, in the MeritCare Hospital Palliative Care Unit, Fargo. Ilene Cullen was born to Richard and Helene (DuPart) Cullen on October 18, 1950, in Detroit, Mich. She grew up and attended school in Shelby, Mont., graduating from Shelby High School in 1968. She attended Concordia College in Moorhead. Ilene married Jerry Olson on June 8, 1973 at Lake Park Lutheran Church and they made their home near Lake Park.
June 22, 1953-May 11, 2010 William M. "Bill" Haspel, 56, of rural Barnesville, died Tuesday, May 11, 2010 in his home. Bill, son of William F.K. and Dorothy (Totland) Haspel, was born June 22, 1953 in Detroit Lakes. He attended school and grew to manhood in that area, graduating from Detroit Lakes High School in 1971. He attended Northwest Technical College, where he was trained in welding. In March of 1972 he began working for Mid American Steel of Fargo. Bill married Roberta Olsen on September 8, 1973 in Dilworth.
Dec. 26, 1922-May 9, 2010 Thelma Maria Saarinen, 87, of Ponsford, passed away on Sunday, May 9, 2010 at 8 p.m. at the Heritage Living Center in Park Rapids. Thelma was born three minutes after midnight on Dec. 26, 1922 to Ole William and Lempi Maria (Longfors) Pihlaja in Shell Lake Township. She attended the Shell Lake Country School and in 1968, she received her GED. On Oct. 11, 1941, Thelma married Carlo A. Saarinen in Detroit Lakes. The couple lived in Butte, Mont., for two years before returning to the Snellman area.
A period of history for the Detroit Lakes National Guard ended with the death of Omer Ernest "Tony" Ball on Sunday, May 2, 2010 in Round Rock, Texas. Sergeant Ball started with the local National Guard unit in January 1947. He was the first full time administrator/supply technician and the first man enlisted in the unit. Tony was also the first sergeant prior to his becoming the Chief Warrant Officer. He was the Sergeant Major at retirement on October 30, 1973. The local unit was called to active duty in 1951. Tony served with them when it was stationed at Camp Rucker, Alabama.
Mildred Sagan, 95, of Twin Valley, died Monday, May 10, 2010 at the Twin Valley Living Center in Twin Valley. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 13 in Zion Lutheran Church, Twin Valley. Arrangements have been entrusted to Anderson Funeral Home, Twin Valley.
Lifelong Park Rapids resident Wallace "Wally" Timothy Johnson, 68, died Thursday, May 6, 2010 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Thursday, May 13 at Jones-Pearson Funeral Home in Park Rapids, with Reverend Fred Brown officiating. There will be visitation for one hour prior to services at the funeral home.
March 6, 1925-April 30, 2010 Dr. Richard N. deNiord Jr., 85, of Waubun, died on Friday, April 30, 2010 under the comforting care the Emmanuel Nursing Home staff in Detroit Lakes. Born March 6, 1925 in Buffalo, N.Y., he was the son of Richard N. deNiord and Hollis Hunt deNiord, also both physicians. He attended the School of Practice and then Nichols Preparatory School before completing his senior year of high school in 1943 at Andover Philips Academy in Andover, Mass.
April 30, 1937-May 7, 2010 Beverly L. Blackburn, 73, of Park Rapids, died Friday, May 7, 2010 at St. Joseph's Area Health Services in Park Rapids. Beverly Lou Rider was born to parents Bill and Alice (Brekke) Rider on April 30, 1937 at Sac City, Iowa. She grew up and attended school in Park Rapids, where she graduated in 1955. Following high school she worked at the Ringer factory in Park Rapids. From the late 1960s until the mid 1970s Beverly owned and operated the Dixie Drive Inn in Park Rapids.