DL News Staff
July 7, 1950-July 23, 2008 Detroit Lakes native Gerald R. "Jerry" Sullivan, Jr., 58, of Faribault, Minn., died Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at home following a lengthy illness. Gerald Robert Sullivan, Jr., was born to Jerry and Dolores (Baker) Sullivan on July 7, 1950 in Detroit Lakes, where he grew up appreciating the outdoors, lakes and his love of animals, especially horses. He also learned some of his father's trade as a plumber; later he would expand that skill into commercial construction, when he moved to the Minneapolis area.
Jan. 25, 1919-July 22, 2008 Herbert A. "Herb" Flatt, 89, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at St. Mary's Nursing Center in Detroit Lakes. Herb was born the son of Joseph and Martha (Woitzel) Flatt on Jan. 25, 1919 in Grandin, N.D., where he was raised and educated. As a young adult, he served in the United States Army from 1942-45. He was stationed in Pearl Harbor and Saipan. Herb married Stella Paasch on June 2, 1946 in Fargo. They made their home in rural Grandin, where they farmed until 1955. They then moved to Detroit Lakes, where Herb farmed and worked in construction.
Oct. 18, 1922-July 11, 2008 Hitterdal native Earl S. Johnson, 85, of Santa Barbara, Calif., passed away on Friday, July 11, 2008 at his home. Earl was born to Arthur and Olga (Nelson) Johnson on Oct. 18, 1922 on the family farm northeast of Hitterdal. He was baptized at home, confirmed in the East Salem Church in Hitterdal in 1937, and graduated from Hitterdal School in 1940. When World War II broke out, Earl volunteered for the Navy Air Corps and served as a dirigible pilot, patrolling the Pacific Coast.
Aug. 30, 1934-July 20, 2008 Alice W. Racer, 73, of Osage, passed away on Sunday, July 20, 2008 at the Hennepin County Medical Center Burn Unit in Minneapolis, with her loved ones at her side. Alice was born to Gust and Minnie (Walholt) Lindbom on Aug. 30, 1934, at her parent's farm in Shell Lake Township, Becker County. She attended the District 82 Country School near her home. As a young woman, Alice ventured to Chicago, Ill., where she did production work at the Bethlehem Tool and Die Company.
Oct. 26, 1922-July 19, 2008 Elmer E. Lachowitzer, 85, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, July 25, 2008 at his residence. Elmer was born to Alex and Florence (Hoffman) Lachowitzer on Oct. 26, 1922 in rural Vergas. He grew up and worked on the family farm near Vergas. He moved to Detroit Lakes and became a resident at Lakes Homes in 1980. Elmer worked at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes through the Green Thumb Program, and also at the DAC in Detroit Lakes. Elmer loved to play the accordion and harmonica, collect Allis Chalmers tractors, and go out for coffee and pie at the 59er.
July 27, 1921-March 20, 2008 Duane Andrew (Dewey) Buck, 86, of Detroit Lakes, died Thursday March 20, 2008 at Emmanuel Nursing Center, Detroit Lakes. Dewey was born to Swedish immigrants Charles and Inga (Johnson) Buck on July 27, 1921 in Detroit Lakes. He grew up with twin sister Dorothy in a family of seven children at the family home in Detroit Lakes. He received his education in Detroit Lakes, graduating with the class of 1939. Following high school, he attended Gustavus Alolphus College in St. Peter, Minn.
Aug. 5, 1933-July 16, 2008 Elizabeth A. "Bobbie" Thayer, 74 of Park Rapids, passed away peacefully at her home, with her loved ones at her side, on Wednesday, July 16, 2008. Bobbie was born to John and Myrtle (Randal) Diekerman on Aug. 5, 1933 in Denver, Colo., where she attended public schools, graduating from North High School with the Class of 1951. She went on to attend the Denver General Nursing School, from which she graduated in 1953. In October of that same year, Bobbie married Gordon Manley Thayer.
Aug. 10, 1930-July 17, 2008 Ignatius "Iggy" Rick, 77, of Pelican Rapids, passed away on Thursday, July 17, 2008, in his home on Lake Ida, under the care of family and Hospice of the Red River Valley. Iggy was born the son of I.T. and Lillian Rick on Aug. 10, 1930 in Breckenridge, where he attended school and worked on his parent's farm near Brushvale, Minn. He served with the U.S. Army in Korea from 1951-53. On Jan. 16, 1955 he married Bertha Anna Hensch. They made their home on a small dairy farm near Everdell, Minn.
Sept. 6, 1952-June 21, 2008 Lake Park native Diane M. Plasschaert, 55, of Chase City, Va., died on Saturday, June 21, 2008 after a long battle with cancer (since 1992). Diane Marie Anderson was born on Sept. 6, 1952 in in Lake Park, where she attended elementary and high school. She attended North Dakota State University, graduating in 1974 earning a degree in food and nutrition. While in college she met Gary Plasschaert of Detroit Lakes, who was attending Moorhead State University.
March 22, 1938-July 15, 2008 Former Ponsford resident Norman F. Blakely, also known as O'Kitch-ah-Daa or "Warrior," 70, of Cass Lake, died Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at Neilson Place in Bemidji. Norman was born the son of Simon and Rachel (Sailor) Blakely on March 22, 1938 in Cass Lake. He was raised in Ponsford, and later worked in the ironwork industry. After his retirement he enjoyed going to the casinos. He returned to the Oak Point Community in rural Cass Lake in 1999, and lived there until his death.