DL News Staff
July 23, 1933-March 8, 2008 Former lakes area resident Howard S. Tingesdahl, 74, of Bakersfield, Calif., passed away Saturday, March 8, 2008, surrounded by his family and close friends. Howard Stanton Tingesdahl was born on July 23, 1933 in Moorhead, and spent his childhood in West Fargo, before moving with his family to southern California in 1959. After raising his family in Ontario, Howard and his wife returned to Minnesota during his retirement years, until two years ago, when they moved back to California to be close to family.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 10, 1918-March 2, 2008 June Hagen-Sorter, 89, of Roseau, Minn., died Sunday, March 2, 2008. June Bernice Dunham was born to Edward and Cora Dunham on June 10, 1918 in Drayton, N.D. She was the youngest of six children. The Dunham family moved to a homestead by Wannaska, Minn., in September 1920. June attended Wannaska School for three years, then went to the Grimstead School for five years. Her brothers and father made a sled for the horse to pull them to school in winter. Sometimes they walked the two and a half miles.