DL News Staff
Oct. 19, 1934-March 11, 2008 Gerald H. Meyer, 73, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at Pioneer Memorial Care Center in Erskine, Minn. Gerald was born to George and Martha (Lemke) Meyer on Oct. 19, 1934 in Alexander, Iowa. When Gerald was young, his family moved to Barnesville, where he was raised and educated. He graduated from Barnesville High School. Gerald married Janet Mikkelsen on June 17, 1955. He worked as an artificial breeder in the cattle industry.
May 8, 1938-March 9, 2008 Former Minneapolis resident Gerald E. "Bud" Engstrom, 69, of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, March 9, 2008 at his residence. Gerald E. Engstrom, known as "Bud," was born to Edwin and Alma (Kyllo) Engstrom on May 8, 1938. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1960 and married Lois Ratz in Detroit Lakes that same summer. Following his service in the U.S. Army, he returned to Minneapolis, where he taught at the University of Minnesota and several Twin Cities area vocational-technical colleges.
Former Detroit Lakes resident John W. Youngquist, 88, of Green Valley, Ariz., died on Saturday, March 1, 2008 after a brief illness. John was born in Grasston, Minn., and served in the U.S. Army in World War II. He retired in 1985 as district engineer, after a 44-year career with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. John was an accomplished woodworker and gardener and enjoyed fishing and spending time with his children and their families.
April 1, 1929-March 8, 2008 Waldo E. Kjos, 78, of Hitterdal, died Saturday, March 8, 2008 in Hitterdal. Waldo Eugene Kjos was born to Einar and Alpha (Krogen) Kjos on April 1, 1929 and lived with his family in Hawley. After his mother's death, he lived with an aunt in Hansboro, N.D., for several years before returning to Hawley. Waldo served his country in World War II, enlisting in the U.S. Navy when he was 17. While in the Navy, he served on three different ships. After his discharge, he returned to the Hawley community. Waldo married Darlene Erickson Schultz on Aug. 20, 1950 in Hawley.
Duane was born to Samuel and Florence (Iverson) Jones on Jan. 25, 1930 in St. Paul. He was raised in Lake Park, by his mother Florence and stepfather, Melvin Mikkelson. Duane married Judith Litzau on June 7, 1959 at First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes. They made their home in the Toad Lake area.
Oct. 7, 1912-March 6, 2008 Roma K. Volden, 95, died on Thursday, March 6, 2008 at the Golden Living Center in Moorhead. Roma Gilbertson was born to Dinah Klaboe and Alfred Gilbertson on Oct. 7, 1912, on the Gilbertson family farm west of Audubon. In 1931, Roma and Ole Volden were married. They had two children, Ronald and Diane. Ole passed away in 1966. Roma worked at various places during her lifetime, including Swanson's Grocery and the Co-op Store, Audubon Hatchery, Audubon Public Schools, and was the assistant postmaster in Audubon until she retired.
July 11, 1919-March 6, 2008 Lifelong Hawley resident Grace Riedberger passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 6, 2008 at 9:30 p.m. in Detroit Lakes at the Emmanuel Community, surrounded by her loving family. Grace Whaley was born to Ray and Etta (McDonald) Whaley on July 11, 1919 in Hawley. In 1938, she graduated from Hawley High School, where she participated in sports, drama and music. Her favorite memory of high school was playing Rosalie in the play "Polished Pebbles" as a senior. On Jan. 8, 1939 Grace married her high school sweetheart, Forrest (Dit) Riedberger.
Aug. 31, 1924-March 6, 2008 Leona V.Erickson, 83, of Detroit Lakes, MN, passed away on Thursday, March 6, 2008, at St. Mary's Regional Health Center in Detroit Lakes. Leona Vernette Erickson was born to John and Hilda (Olson) Erickson on Aug. 31, 1924, at their home south of Lake Park. She grew up near Lake Park, attending country school. Following high school she moved to California, where she lived and worked most of her life until more recently moving to Detroit Lakes. Leona was always very active and the church was very important to her.
Feb. 19, 1915-Feb. 28, 2008 Roberta McDougall, 93, of Detroit Lakes, died Thursday, February 28, 2008 at St. Mary's Regional Health Center in Detroit Lakes. Roberta Jones was born to Robert and Bernice (Case) Jones on Feb. 19, 1915 in Milbank, S.D. She was baptized Jan. 2, 1916 and confirmed Feb. 19, 1933 at Christ Episcopal Parish in Milbank. Roberta graduated from Milbank High School in 1933, after which she attended South Dakota State College in Brookings, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1938.
May 24, 1928-March 2, 2008 Billie L. Rosell, 79, of West Fargo, died Sunday, March 2 after a battle with breast cancer. She was under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Billie Lucille McChesney was born to Richard and Clara (Gaultier) McChesney on May 24, 1928 in Seattle, Wash. In 1944, Billie married Elmer Rosell in Seattle. They moved to a farm near Audubon and in 1996, they retired to West Fargo. Elmer passed away Sept. 23, 1998. Billie loved to do needlepoint and embroidery. She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, reading and playing computer games.