DL News Staff
May 17, 1941-Aug. 9, 2009 Harry "Smiley" Gress, 68, of Ulen, died on Sunday August 9, 2009 at Fairview University Medical Center in Minneapolis. Harry was born to Peter and Matilda Gress on May 17, 1941 in Mandan, N.D., where he was raised on a farm and educated. Harry joined the United States Army in 1959 and was honorably discharged in 1961. His tour of duty included Germany. Harry married Carol Knutson in 1965 in Glendive, Mont. He spent most of his life pursuing his passion of playing the guitar and singing.
Jan. 29, 1936-Aug. 12, 2009 Marlene R. Hedlund, 73, of rural Detroit Lakes, died Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo. Marlene was born the daughter of Arthur and Edna (Rindy) Nordgulen on Jan. 29, 1936, in Rochert. She grew up on the family sheep and dairy farm in rural Rochert. Marlene attended grade school at the Lone Pine School and graduated from Frazee High School in 1954. As a young adult, she became a secretary at Hawley High School. Marlene married James Hedlund on March 10, 1956 at Eglund Lutheran Church, rural Rochert.
Dec. 19, 1959-Aug. 12, 2009 Detroit Lakes area native Ronald "Fred" Hedlund, 49, of Perham, died Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at the Frazee Care Center, after a two and a half year battle with brain cancer. Fred was born the son of Wallace and Norma (Quinlan) Hedlund on Dec. 19, 1959 in Detroit Lakes. He was baptized and confirmed at Lund Church, and after graduating high school, attended technical college in Detroit Lakes, where he studied agricultural engineering and fashion merchandising. Fred then served in the U.S. Navy as a gunner's mate and guns third class, aboard the U.S.S.
R.M. "Mac" McManus, Jr., 85, of Bemidji died Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at Northridge Care Center (Masonic Home of Minnesota), in New Hope, Minn. Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24 at the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji, with Bemidji Masonic Lodge No. 233 officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be at the Greenwood Cemetery in Bemidji, with military honors provided by the American Legion Post 014 of Bemidji and the Patriotic Guard.
Oct. 29, 1947-Aug. 17, 2009 Robert J. "Bob" VanderPlaats, 61, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, August 17, 2009 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Fargo. Robert James "Bob" VanderPlaats was born to James and Stella (Stall) VanderPlaats on Oct. 29, 1947 in Mahnomen. He was raised and educated in Mahnomen, graduating from Mahnomen High School in 1966. Bob entered the United States Army on Aug. 24, 1967. He proudly served his country during the Vietnam War, where he earned four medals, including a Purple Heart. Bob was honorably discharged on July 7, 1969 and moved to Detroit Lakes.
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.