DL News Staff
April 12, 1921-Aug. 18, 2009 Dennis H. Tufte, 88, of St. Cloud, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, August 18, 2009, surrounded by family. Denny was born to Carl and Anna (Anderson) Tufte, along with his twin sister, on April 12, 1921 in Northwood, N.D. After graduating from Carleton College in 1943, he served in the United States Navy during World War II, until 1946. Denny married Mildred Cobb on April 3, 1948 in Faribault, Minn. Throughout his working years, Denny held various positions within the Northwestern Bell Telephone Company.
Feb. 23, 1926-Aug. 16, 2009 John W. "Jose" Larson Jr., 83, of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, August 16, 2009, at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes, of bone cancer. He had been fighting the disease for several months. Jose was born to John W. Sr. and Theodosia (Fitch) Larson on Feb. 23, 1926, in Bismarck, N.D., where he was raised and educated. Jose was an outstanding student, musician and athlete; he graduated in 1944. Immediately upon his graduation he enlisted in the United States Army, and was subsequently given an honorable discharge from the U.S.
July 9, 1920-Aug. 17, 2009 Former Detroit Lakes resident Kenneth A. Crowell, 89, of Fergus Falls, died Monday, August 17, 2009 at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Fergus Falls. Kenneth Arnold Crowell was born the son of Chester and Lucille (Chamberlain) Crowell on July 9, 1920, in Hanna, N.D. The family later moved to a farm in Shell Lake Township, near Ponsford, where Ken spent his formative years. He attended country school at the Spruce Dell School, graduating from the 8th grade in 1934.
Sept. 4, 1950-Aug. 15, 2009 Pamela J. Wagner, 58, of Frazee, died Saturday, August 15, 2009 at Merit Care Palliative Care in Fargo. Pamela Jean Zitzow was born to Alfred and Audrey (Knutson) Zitzow on Sept. 4, 1950, in Fargo. She was baptized at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Moorhead, and confirmed at Zion United Church of Christ in Perham. Pam was raised in Moorhead until 1967, when she moved to Dent, Minn., and attended high school in Perham. After high school, she went to cosmetology school in Fargo. On Sept. 7, 1969, Pam married Michael Wagner in Dent.
Sept. 14, 1912-Aug. 15, 2009 Elizabeth "Lee" Boelter, 96, of Detroit Lakes, passed away Saturday, August 15, 2009. Lee was born to Dan and Elizabeth (Gerhing) Mayer on Sept. 14, 1912 in McClusky, N.D., where she grew up and received her education. She later married Henry "Hank" Boelter and they moved from McClusky to Jamestown, N.D., and then to Florida. They later moved back to McClusky, where Lee worked for 30 years in the McClusky Bank. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in McClusky. After retiring, Lee wintered in Arizona.
April 9, 1925-Aug. 2, 2009 Donald L. Barker, 84, of Sunset, Texas, died suddenly on Sunday, August 2, 2009 at his home in Sunset, Texas. Donald Leroy Barker was born to Clare and Verna Barker on April 9, 1925 in Westport, Minn. He grew up and attended school in Glenwood, Minn., where he and his cousin James Randall were noted for winning many jumping competitions at the Glenwood Ski Jump Tower. It is generally believed that they, at age 13, were the youngest competitors to ever jump in the adult division competition at the Minnesota Winter Carnival. Donald enlisted with the U.S.
Oct. 30, 1906-Aug. 14, 2009 Delphine M. Mischke, 102, of Windom, Minn., passed away early Friday morning, August 14, 2009 at the Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom, where she had been a resident since April 2004. Delphine Mary Tibodeau was born to the late Joseph and Josephine (Gratton) Tibodeau on Oct. 30, 1906 in Blue Earth, Minn. She was baptized in Blue Earth on Dec. 10, 1906, and later confirmed in Blue Earth. Delphine received her education at country school in the Blue Earth area. On Sept. 29, 1929, Delphine married Harry R. Mischke in Moorhead.
April 2, 1923-Aug. 14, 2009 Doris M. Bellcourt, 66, of White Earth, died Friday, August 14, 2009 at her home, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Doris Marie Jackson was born to Franklin and Hazel (Bellanger) Jackson on April 2, 1923 in White Earth, where she was raised and educated. She moved to Minneapolis, where she raised her children and grandchildren. She also worked as a personal care attendant. Doris married LeRoy Bellcourt in Minneapolis in 1965.
Nov. 3, 1929-Aug. 15, 2009 Jean C. Meier, 79, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, August 15, 2009 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Jean Wetteland was born to Thurman and Hulda (Hanson) Wetteland on November 3, 1929 in Detroit Lakes. She attended school in Audubon, graduating in 1948. Following high school, Jean attended Concordia College in Moorhead, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and history. While attending Concordia, Jean met Herman Meier and they were married on Aug. 26, 1950. They resided in Felton, Minn., where Jean taught English for three years.
July 1, 1934-Aug. 10, 2009 Vernon C. Quiram, 75, of Frazee, died Monday, August 10, 2009, at St. Mary's Innovis Hospital in Detroit Lakes. Vernon Carl Quiram was the first son born to Carl and Hazel (Lillis) Quiram on July 1, 1934 in Dead Lake Township, Minn. He was raised on a farm in the Dent-Richville area. On July 21, 1934, Vern was baptized and then confirmed on May 16, 1948, both in Dent. He served in the U.S. Army from January 1955 to January 1958, doing a tour of duty in the Baffine Islands and Yuma, Ariz. Vernon married Diane Braith on June 2, 1962 at St.