DL News Staff
March 16, 1919-Feb. 13, 2008 Melvin H. Klotz, 88, of Detroit Lakes, died Wednesday, February 13, 2008 at Emmanuel Nursing Home, Detroit Lakes. Melvin H. Klotz was born to Albert and Ernestine (Kopischke) Klotz on March 16, 1919 in Morgan, Minn., where he grew up and received his education, graduating from Morgan High School. He worked at the Creamery in Morgan for a few years before entering the United States Army in 1943. He was stationed in California, where he attended the University of California-Davis, studying radio Ccmmunications.
Aug. 17, 1932-Feb. 11, 2008 Former Frazee area resident William "Bill" Derke, 75, of West Fargo, died on Monday, February 11, 2008 at his home. William Otto Derke was born the son of Albert and Ruth (Ogroske) Derke on Aug. 17, 1932 in Corliss Township, where he was raised and attended country school. Following school, he worked for Lemkuhl International Harvester in Perham. He entered the United States Army in 1954 and served during the Korean War, until receiving his honorable discharge in February 1956. Bill married Alice Palmer on Aug. 25, 1956 in St.
Feb. 8, 1939-Feb. 13, 2008 Helen I. Dow, 69, of Frazee, died Wednesday, February 13, 2008 at the Frazee Care Center. Helen Ione Klovstad was born to Henry and Ida (Bakken) Klovstad on Feb. 8, 1939 in Pelican Rapids. She attended country school in rural Pelican Rapids. Helen married Clifford Dow and together they lived around the area. Throughout the years, she worked for Audubon High School and Rural Minnesota CEP, while living in Frazee.
Oct. 21, 1941-Feb. 4, 2008 Marian P. Johnson, 66, of Park Rapids, died Monday, February 4, 2008. Marian Priscilla Kucera was born to Edward and Anita (Budreau) Kucera on Oct. 21, 1941, in International Falls, Minn., where she resided until the age of eight. She then moved with her family to Portland, Ore., and resided there until the age of 14, when the family moved to Minneapolis. Marian also lived in Los Angeles, Calif., Las Vegas, Nev., and Minneapolis during her married years. She was blessed with two children during this time, Russell Wayne Smith Jr.
Jan. 7, 1929-Feb. 9, 2008 Marlys E. Carter, 79, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, February 9, 2008 at St. Mary's Care Center, Detroit Lakes. Marlys Elaine (Olson) Carter was born January 7, 1929 in Litchville, N.D., to Johnnie and Irene (King) Olson. Marlys spent her childhood and the majority of her life as a resident of Jamestown, N.D. As a young adult, she worked at Danette Café while in high school. She was active in sorority and events at Jamestown High School. Marlys was in the class of 1947, which established the youth canteen at the Armory.
Sept. 26, 1949-Feb. 8, 2008 Ruth A. Howard, 58, of Mahnomen, died Friday, February 8, 2008 at the Mayo Medical Center in Rochester, Minn. Ruth Ann Williams was born the daughter of James and Florence (Riffel) Williams on Sept. 26, 1949 in St. Louis, Mo. She grew up in the St Louis area and graduated from Webster Grove High School in 1967. Ruth married Dale Howard and through this union she had two daughters, Michelle and Angela. Ruth was later blessed with three more daughters, Julie, Elizabeth, and Rachael. While raising her girls, Ruth worked various jobs in St. Louis.
June 23, 1920-Feb. 8, 2008 Arndt O. Baker, 87, of Vergas, died on Friday, February 8, 2008 in the Perham Memorial Home. Arndt Owen Baker was born the son of Harry and Emma (Hoffmann) Baker on June 23, 1920 in Candor Township, where he was raised and attended District 98 School. He worked on the family farm and when his parents moved to Barnesville, Arndt took over the farm and continued farming. Arndt married Alvina Dahring on Aug. 1, 1943 in Zion Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes. They lived on the farm until 1953, when they moved to Vergas.
May 27, 1919-Feb. 8, 2008 Harold A. Sanders, 88, of Frazee, died Friday, February 8, 2008 at the Frazee Care Center in Frazee. Harold Alexander Sanders was born to George and Elida (Pederson) Sanders on May 27, 1919 in Slayton, Minn. He was raised and educated in rural Frazee, attending country schools throughout the rural area. After school he joined the Conservation Corps and moved to the state of Washington.
July 10, 1936-Feb. 9, 2008 Jeanette M. LaGue, 71, of Naytahwaush, died peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on Saturday, February 9, 2008. Jeanette was born to Sidney and Gerda (Nordberg) LaVoy on July 10, 1936 in White Earth. She married Theodore LaGue of Waubun in April 1955, and began a life as a military wife. She was a devoted wife, mother, and daughter who spent most of her life helping others. While raising her five sons, she also worked various jobs and volunteered in her church and community.
Feb. 20, 1915-Jan. 9, 2008 Becker County native Nellie H. Cary, 92, of Middletown, Ohio, died Wednesday, January 9, 2008 in Ohio. Nellie was born to Nels and Hulda Westgard on February 20, 1915 in Becker County. She lived most of her life in the Ulen area, where she was an active member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church for nearly 50 years. In 2001 Nellie moved to Middletown to be near her son, Raymond, and she joined Zion Lutheran Church there.