DL News Staff
Aug. 25, 1912-June 26, 2009 Dorothy L. Schmidt, 96, of Detroit Lakes, died peacefully on Friday, June 26, 2009 at Emmanuel Nursing Home, Detroit Lakes. Dorothy Louise Donk was born to Henry and Ethel (Grampry) Donk on Aug. 25, 1912, on the family farm near Correll, Minn. She was raised and educated in Correll, graduating from Correll Public High School in 1930. Dorothy continued her education at Anchor Hospital, graduating in 1932 with a degree in nursing. She worked for Big Stone Hospital near Ortonville, and also for hospitals in Minneapolis and Chicago. On Aug.
Oct. 20, 1922-June 24, 2009 Margaret E. Backus, 86, of Ogema, died Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at St. Mary's Innovis Health in Detroit Lakes. Margaret E. Kraker was born to John and Mary Ann (Lorsung) Kraker on Oct. 20, 1922 in Ogema, where she was raised and attended grade school. She graduated from Waubun High School in 1940. Margaret furthered her education at the Detroit Lakes Business College. After her schooling, she moved to Berkeley, Calif., where she took a job for the state of California doing secretarial work. Margaret married Charles Erickson on Feb. 6, 1948 in Berkeley.
Sept. 24, 1930-June 22, 2009 William P. Arth, 78, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, June 22, 2009 at MeritCare Palliative Care in Fargo. William P. Arth was born to William and Elizabeth Arth on Sept. 24, 1930 in Breckenridge, Minn. He grew up near Lidgerwood, N.D., where he attended country school, and in 1948, he graduated from Lidgerwood High School. He then served in the United States Army during the Korean War. Following his discharge from the Army, Bill attended North Dakota State University. He later moved to Denver, Colo., where he would meet his future wife, Pat. On Feb.
Raymond P. Hannon, 72, of Minnetonka, Minn., died on Sunday, June 14, 2009 from renal failure. Raymond proudly served in the Navy and had a 35 year career with NSP. He loved his family above all. Duck hunting and golf were his passions. He courageously dealt with diabetes and alcoholism; enjoying 30 years of sobriety.
May 23, 1927-June 19, 2009 Gideon L. Weber, 82, of Callaway, died Friday, June 19, 2009 at his home, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Gideon Leonard Weber was born to Fred and Lydia (Essig) Weber on May 23, 1927 in Medina, N.D. He was raised and educated near Cleveland, N.D. Following his schooling, he worked in the family farm near Cleveland. Gideon served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Doris I. Specht, 96, of Detroit Lakes, died Thursday, June 18, 2009 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Doris I. Nelson was born to Clarence and Elfreda (Peterson) Nelson on March 10, 1913 in Viroqua, Wis. She received her early education in Westby, Wis. Doris moved with her family to La Crosse, Wis., when she was in fourth grade, and completed her education there.
March 24, 1934-June 17, 2009 Loren A. Thalmann, 75, of Henning, Minn., died on Wednesday June 17, 2009 at the Henning Golden Living Center. Loren Alvin Thalmann was born the son of Herman and Eleonora (Grefe) Thalmann on March 24, 1934 in Ottertail, Minn., where he grew up and was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church. He attended St. John's parochial school through the eighth grade, and graduated from Henning High School with the Class of 1953. He served in the U.S. Army, 1956-58.
Feb. 15, 1929-June 16, 2009 Gordon D. Sleen, 80, of Pelican Rapids, died suddenly on Tuesday, June 16, 2009, at Lake Region Hospital in Fergus Falls. Gordon Duane Sleen was born the son of Arnold and Gilma (Nettestad) Sleen on Feb. 15, 1929, at his family's homestead in Erhard's Grove Township. He grew up on the family farm and attended country school at District 146. While growing up, Gordy enjoyed hunting many kinds of animals, fishing and working on the farm. Gordy married Velma Jacobson on Aug. 26, 1949, in Webster, S.D.
April 18, 1923-June 18, 2009 Longtime Osage and Park Rapids area resident George H. McGrane, 86, passed away on Thursday, June 18, 2009 at Diamond Willow in Park Rapids. George Henry McGrane was born on April 18, 1923 in Carsonville Township, near Osage. He grew up on a farm between Osage and Ponsford and graduated from Park Rapids Area High School in 1941. George farmed with his dad, John "Jack" McGrane, and also drove a school bus for Linnell School for 10 years while farming. On June 14, 1945, George married Barbara Ella Johnson of Crookston.
Sarah E. Wanner, 93, Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, June 15, 2009, in her home. Sarah E. Wanner was born on April 19, 1916, in Wilton, N.D., to Andrew and Elizabeth Walker Heinle. She grew up and attended Country School near Wilton. She then moved to the state of Washington where she worked as a housekeeper for several families. On May 25, 1939, she was united in marriage to Alvin Wanner in Washburn, N.D. They made their home and farmed near Mercer, N.D., for many years. In 1960, they moved to Lake Park, where they farmed for seven years.