DL News Staff
Former Detroit Lakes area resident Dorothy M. Wise, 81, of Long Lake, Minn., died Sunday, December, 2, 2007. Dorothy began her nursing career in the Military Nursing Cadet Corps during World War II and then continued in the nursing profession for 30-plus years. She spent many years as a Cub Scout den mother and was an EMT for the Hickson, N.D., Fire Department.
March 24, 1959-Nov. 30, 2007 Robert J. Burt, 48, of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, November 30, 2007 in rural Detroit Lakes. Robert Joseph Burt was born to Robert and Vivian (Dodds) Burt on March 24, 1959 at Ainsworth, Neb. As a child, he moved to Detroit Lakes, where he grew up and attended school. After school, he moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, where he worked on offshore oil rigs and began working in construcction.
Doris M. Melby, 79, of Hawley, died peacefully Tuesday, December 4, 2007 at the Wyoming home of her son Royal. She is survived by her children, Dr. Lorrie (Stephen Bailey) Melby, Randy (Victoria Stickney) Melby, Royal (Terri Melby-Schaefer) Melby; four grandchildren; siblings, Lorraine Slininger, Glenn Benesh, Marvin Benesh, Clifford Benesh and Janice Miller; several nieces, nephews, family and friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, John and Clara (Durling) Benesh; husband Russell Melby; and siblings, Eleanor deVries, Arnold Benesh and Kenneth Benesh.
Jan. 16, 1914-Nov. 26, 2007 Verna E. Carlisle, 93, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, November 26, 2007 at Emmanuel Nursing Home, Detroit Lakes. Verna Estella Tommerdahl was born to Tillie (Dahl) and Oliver Tommerdahl on Jan. 16, 1914 in Erie, Minn. (Pennington County). She was the oldest daughter of 11 children. In 1929, during the depression, they moved to the Detroit Lakes area. Being the oldest, Verna was called upon to help her mother raise her younger siblings. Verna married Joseph Carlisle on Oct. 16, 1940 in Erie Township.
July 31, 1937-Nov. 26, 2007 Bill E. Archer, 70, of Story, Wyo., passed away on Monday, November 26, 2007 at the historical Fort Mackenzie VA Medical Center in Sheridan, Wyo. Bill was born to Lloyd and Elsie (Walker) Archer on July 31, 1937 in Sheridan. He attended school in Story and Sheridan, Wyo., and went on to graduate from the University of Minnesota. He served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Korean Conflict, and married Constance Schaefer in Sheridan on July 6, 1962. They raised four children together. Bill and Connie returned to live in his beloved Big Horn Mountains in 1995.
Feb. 8, 1918-Nov. 23, 2007 Ted Kiehl, 89, rural Detroit Lakes, died Friday, November 23, 2007 at St. Mary's Regional Health Center, Detroit Lakes. Ted was born to Gottlieb and Theophile (Wilde) Kiehl on Feb. 8, 1918 in Detroit Lakes. He grew up on the family farm in Becker County, and attended school in rural Detroit Lakes. As a young adult he was a mechanic and hired out for farm work. Ted married Alice Lundeen on June 5, 1939 in Sisseton, S.D. Ted and Alice made their home in rural Detroit Lakes, where they bought a farmstead to farm.
Dec. 9, 1918-Nov. 24, 2007 Former Detroit Lakes resident Ernest W. Muckala, 88, of New York Mills, passed away on November 24, 2007 at the Elders' Home in New York Mills. Ernest Wilbert Muckala was born to John and Minnie (Carey) Muckala on Dec. 9, 1918 in New York Mills. He grew up on the family farm in New York Mills, and graduated from New York Mills High School with the class of 1938. Ernest drove truck and also farmed in rural New York Mills. On May 19, 1940, Ernest married Elsie Hanninen. Ernest and Elsie made their home in New York Mills.
July 24, 1921-Nov. 26, 2007 Jane Johnston Sheryak Davey, 86, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, November 26, 2007 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Jane Johnston was born to George and Marjorie (Flory) Johnston on July 24, 1921 in Anderson, Ind. Jane started her career as a vocalist in dance bands around the country. In 1945 she moved to Fargo. While working for WDAY, she hosted Red Owl Theatre and was a spokeswoman for many commercial products. In 1960 she moved to the Twin Cities and started working in radio broadcasting on KSTP.
March 27, 1932-Nov. 26, 2007 Arland E. Baumgart, 75, of Perham, died suddenly and unexpectedly from cancer on Monday, November 26, 2007, at Tri County Hospital, Wadena. Arland Elder Baumgart was born the son of Otto and Hedwig (Bahls) Baumgart on March 27, 1932, in Perham. He was in the U.S. Army from 1952-54. On Sept. 19, 1955, Arland married Dorene Manning and together they had seven children. Dorene died in 1999. Arland was employed by Toledo Scales of Little Falls, Minn., Culligan and Dynamic Homes, both in Detroit Lakes, before venturing on his own as a farmer and carpenter.
Ernest C. Johnson, 67, of Frazee, died Monday, November 26, 2007 at the Frazee Care Center, Frazee. Arrangements are being handled by the West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes. Those wanting to share memories and condolences are invited to use the funeral home's online messages of sympathy section at www.westkjos.com . A full obituary will appear in Sunday's Detroit Lakes Tribune.