The Mille Lacs County Times » Announcements The Mille Lacs County Times cover community news, sports, current events and provides advertising and information for Milaca, Minnesota and it's surrounding areas. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 01:55:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 James D. Larsen Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:28:04 +0000 James D. Larsen, age 76, of Colorado Springs, CO, formerly of Milaca, passed away March 19, 2015. Arrangements by Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, (719)596-7990.

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Harold Willis Mon, 23 Mar 2015 18:29:56 +0000 Harold F. Willis, 84 years young, of Onamia, MN, a retired MN State Trooper and all around handyman, passed away March 17, 2015 .
Memorial service and luncheon will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Holy Cross Center in Onamia, MN. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred. Arrangements are with the Shelley Funeral Chapel of Onamia.

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Eileen Carlson Mon, 23 Mar 2015 18:27:41 +0000 Eileen   Carlson

Funeral service for Eileen Carlson, age 90, of Milaca, will be held on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home in Milaca with Rev. Stephen Blenkush officiating. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday at Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home in Milaca and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Friday. Arr. Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home
Eileen Dayle Carlson was born November 3, 1924 to Ted and Maude (Marsh) Birk in Milaca, MN. She grew up and attended school in Milaca. She was united in marriage to Victor Carlson on November 21, 1942 in Milaca by Rev. Harold Hansen. They lived on the home farm for two years before moving to a farm south of Foreston, where they raised their family and farmed for 34 years. Eileen worked for many years at the Milaca Mills Garment Factory. She enjoyed cooking, flower gardening, and sewing. She loved to play cards with her family and also her friends at the Milaca Senior Center. Eileen passed away on Friday, March 20, 2015 at Milaca Elim Home.
She is survived by her children, Judith Bergstrom of Hopkins, Kenneth (Vicky) of Buffalo, Sandra Lindseth of Elk River, Terry (Linda) of Braham, Laurie (Brad) Viney of Chetek, WI and Larry of Foreston; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; also by many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor in 1996; two grandsons, Brandon and Ryan Viney and sons-in-law, Don Bergstrom and Joe Lindseth.

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Harold F. Willis Mon, 23 Mar 2015 18:27:20 +0000 Harold F. Willis, 84- years-young, of Onamia, retired MN State Trooper and all around handyman, passed away March 17, 2015.
A Memorial Service and luncheon will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 18, at Holy Cross Center in Onamia. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred. Arrangements are with the Shelley Funeral Chapel of Onamia.

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Norval D. Backlund Thu, 19 Mar 2015 18:34:06 +0000 Norval    D.  Backlund

Norval Dean Backlund, age 69, of Princeton, passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at the farm. He was born on December 8, 1945 in Princeton, MN, the son of Normal and Bernice (Green) Backlund.
Norval was a lifelong Princeton resident, graduating from Princeton High School in 1963. He worked as a Commercial Carpenter for the union but also enjoyed farming after retirement. Norval enjoyed having his morning coffee with the group at Shooters. He loved the great outdoors and going ice fishing while enjoying a Schmidt beer, camping, and going to garage sales and auctions. Most of all Norval loved his grandchildren. Norval will always be remembered saying, “I’m not the boss; I just know what everyone’s supposed to be doing right now.” He will be dearly missed.
Norval (affectionately known as “Grumpy”) is survived by his wife Jan “Granny”; children, Tim (Dawn) Backlund, Jeff (Lynn) Backlund and Jill (Philip) Shrader; step-children, Jo (Michael) Arnold, Jackie (Curt) Bekius, Jenny (Jim) Santema, Karla (Aaron) Johnson and Kevin (Wendy) Berndt; grandchildren, Trista, Hunter, Luke, Antonio and Skyler Backlund, Shawn, Ken, Brad and Doug Bekius, Kayla, Corey and Craig Santema, Seth Johnson and Blake Berndt; siblings, Mary (Ben) Kunkel and Bob (Corki) Backlund; along with many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, March 22, 2015 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Princeton and will continue one hour prior to the service on Monday. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 23, 2015 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Princeton. Interment will be in Oak Knoll Cemetery in Princeton.
Arrangements are entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Princeton.

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Lloyd Christian Tue, 17 Mar 2015 11:30:56 +0000 Lloyd   Christian

Lloyd Emmett Christian died on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at Golden Living, Lake Ridge in Roseville. He was 86 years old.
Lloyd was born on January 9, 1929 in Velva, North Dakota to Arthur and Ida (Moline) Christian. Lloyd lived in Velva until 1940, then moved to Mora, MN where he lived until moving to Milaca in 1962. In 1994 he returned to Mora where he remained and would spend his winters in Phoenix thru 2006. He attended school in Velva and Mora, then in 1984 he received his GED from Milaca. He served in the United States Army in Korea from 1951-1952 and received the Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, Korean Service Medal, the UN Service Medal, Japanese Occupation Medal and the U.S. Presidential Citation Medal. In 2013 he went on an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. accompanied by his son. He was very proud to be given the opportunity. On October 11, 1958 he was united in marriage to Shelvie Jean Bowen at Calvary Lutheran Church in Mora. They made their home in Milaca until her death in 1987. On May 27, 1989 he was married to Julia D. Biggins in Rush City, MN. Throughout his life Lloyd worked as a carpenter, doing drywall, and farming. He was a dad, husband, grandpa, and a much loved uncle. He was a member of the Carpenters Union Local 851 for 56 years, the American Legion, a life member of the Disabled American Veterans and a life member of the VFW. He enjoyed carving, fishing, hunting, playing cards, playing Mexican train dominos after family gatherings, croquet and was a shuffleboard champion.
Lloyd is preceded in death by his parents; his first wife Shelvie Jean Christian; daughter-in-law Crystal Marie Pyle Christian; brothers Marvin, Edward, and Arthur Jr.; sister Anna Telander and infant sister Lucille.
He is survived by his wife Julia; his children, Lori Lynn Christian and fiance; Greg Goldman, Robin Kay Christian Janousek, David “Chris” Lloyd Christian and Stephanie Jean and Glen Keyser; step-daughters and families, Verlys and Donald Stoffel, Linda Cook, Nancy and Joe Mallery; nine grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law Lila and Harold Skramstad and sisters-in-law Dorothy Christian and Mary Perry.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Mora with Rev. Dean Oelfke officiating. Visitation will be on Monday, March 16, 2015 from 5-7 p.m. at Dresser-Methven Funeral Home in Mora as well as one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora. Military Honors are being provided by Mora American Legion Post 201.
Arrangements by Dresser-Methven Funeral Home.

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Viola Marx Mon, 16 Mar 2015 18:36:40 +0000 Viola   Marx

Viola Marx, 80, of Milaca, Minn. passed away March 4, 2015 at the Milaca Heritage Assisted Living home.
She was born May, 27, 1934 to Newt and Viola Warren of Princeton, Minn. Viola was united in marriage on Sept. 30, 1950 to Roydon Marx, Sr. Viola spent many years working and taking care of children. She loved to go fishing and working in garden’s.
Viola is survived by her sons, Patrick and Roydon Jr. (Tammy Thomas); daughters, Linda and Kathy; brothers, Everett (Julene) and Bob; sisters, Darleen and Helen; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren; as well as many relatives and friends.

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Gary Jepson Mon, 16 Mar 2015 18:35:15 +0000 Gary   Jepson

Memorial services for Gary Jepson, age 68, of Milaca, will be held on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 1 p.m. at Milaca Evangelical Free Church with Rev. Dan Clausen officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery in Milaca. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Arr. Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home – Milaca
Gary Wayne Jepson was born June 13, 1946 to Raynard and Sylvia (Nelson) Jepson in Albert Lea, MN. He grew up in Albert Lea and graduated from Albert Lea High School. He was united in marriage to Marcie Lafore on August 3, 1994 in Foley, MN. Since 2003, they made their home north of Milaca. Gary operated Jepson Siding Replacement Windows and Seamless Gutter Company. He loved tractors and he had a collection of scale models of all makes of tractors. He loved going to old tyme threshing shows and log sawing shows. Gary attended many shows before and after retirement. Gary was also an active member of the Milaca Evangelical Free Church. He passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at Fairview Northland Regional Hospital in Princeton.
He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Marcie; children, Jacalyn (Paul) Snell of Shakopee, Barry Jepson of Birchdale, Chad (Stacey) Lafore of Birchdale and Jennifer (Steve) Lafore of Foley; grandchildren, Tyler Snell of Shakopee and Sabrina, Justin and Bonnie Lafore of Foley; siblings, Raynold (Bunny) Jepson, Jeanene (Boyd) Reese, Alan (Pat) Jepson, Robin (Jan) Jepson and Julie (Jason) Eckert; also by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Marcha Ann, parents, Raynard and Sylvia and brother, Gordon Hanson.

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George Elmer Valo Mon, 09 Mar 2015 22:30:36 +0000 George   Elmer  Valo

George Elmer Valo was born on March 13, 1921, to Herman and Anna (Uski) Valo. The Lord called George home on March 6, 2015, at the age of 93.
George grew up on a farm in Lakota, North Dakota, and was the eldest of four children. George frequently rode a horse to school, and when he arrived at the schoolhouse, he’d tap the horse on the rump and tell it, “Go home. You have work to do.” The horse would go home on its own accord. Because George spoke only Finnish at home, he had to repeat first grade in order to learn English. George graduated from Lakota High School in 1941.
George was inducted into the United States Navy on December 20, 1943. His active duty stations were Camp Farragut, Idaho, U.S. Navy Yard, Pearl Harbor, and the U.S. Naval Operation Base, Midway Island. At the time of his honorable discharge, George was an Electrician Mate 2nd Class.
He met the love of his life, Viola Elvira Isaacson, daughter of William and Amalia (Gustafson) Isaacson, at the general store Vi’s parents owned and operated in Gowan, MN. George and Vi were married September 21, 1947, at Hope Lutheran Church in Floodwood, MN.
George graduated with a BS degree in Agriculture from the University of Minnesota in 1950. After graduation, he was employed by Land O’Lakes in Minneapolis and Faribault. In May of 1954, George, Vi, and their son Byron moved to Milaca, MN, where George owned and operated the Rum River Dairy. Daughters Jane and Becky were born in Milaca.
On September 12, 1959, the unimaginable happened to George. Just a few weeks after taking the oral polio vaccine, he woke up unable to get out of bed. George was only able to move his right arm and his head. He spent five months rehabilitating at the Sister Kenny Institute. After recovering, George no longer had the physical strength to operate the dairy and was fortunate to obtain a position with the federal government as Mille Lacs County office manager for the Agricultural Stabilization Conservation Service. He retired in 1983.
In 1964, George and Vi built a house in the country, on “Lovers’ Lane,” and true to his Finnish heritage George and Byron soon built a wood-burning sauna utilizing a dismantled wooden grain bin. The sauna was a Saturday tradition enjoyed for decades. George enjoyed being outside, tinkering with projects, mowing the yard, planting trees, transplanting trees, trimming trees, watering trees, cutting down trees, and exploring the woods behind their house. He was always happy to attend school programs of his grandchildren. Very proud of their Finnish heritage, George and Vi taught many of their grandchildren Finnish words and phrases, especially the important things like “min rakastan sinua -I love you.”
George and Vi traveled often, visiting family and friends, viewing historical sites, and attending Finn Fests across the U.S. Many of their grandchildren were fortunate to join them on a trip. In recent years, George tagged along on many trips with Byron, Jane, or Becky to mountains, deserts and both coasts and a Valo Finnish Road Trip was always great! It wasn’t uncommon for George to start asking about his next trip before he had even returned home from the current vacation.
In 2001, George and Vi moved to Woodbury, MN, where George began quilting! George met frequently with the “quilting ladies” at St. Peter Lutheran church in Afton. George and Vi also enjoyed attending Finnish American Cultural Association events with Jane and Keith. George delighted in planting trees on the bike path near his townhome – just don’t tell the city of Woodbury about it! If he wasn’t planting trees, he was cruising around the lakes on his scooter (scouting possible sites for planting trees).
George’s granddaughter Anna and her family have been wonderful caregivers to George over the past year and a half, living with him in Woodbury. The rest of the family truly appreciated knowing George had Anna nearby.
George is survived by his children, Byron (Mary) Valo of Milaca, MN, Jane (Keith) Olson of Stillwater, MN, Becky (Ken) Bergstrom of Foreston, MN; grandchildren, Erik (Jillian) Olson of Houlton, WI, Marta (Zechariah) McConnell of Zimmerman, MN, Amanda (Justin) Berndt of Ankeny, IA, Susan Valo of Moline, IL, Alicia (Joe) Adamack of Seattle, WA, Amy (Tim) Kastenbauer of Cass Lake, MN, Anna (Tony) Tangen of Woodbury, MN, Jordan (Joy) DeBoer of Lakewood, CO, Cayla Bergstrom of Boston, MA, Jessica Bergstrom of Duluth, MN; great-grandchildren, Anika, Jack and Ally Olson, Mikko and Ivy McConnell, Trenton and Weston Tangen, Cody and Jesse Kastenbauer; sister Ailie Hill; sister-in-law Dorothy Isaacson; brothers-in-law James Isaacson and Willard Maki, and many nieces, nephews and friends.
George is preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Viola, who passed away on December 8, 2010; his parents Herman and Anna; siblings Waino Valo and Bertha Hoppe, and many brothers-in-law, sisters-in law, cousins and friends.
Funeral services will be held at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 880 Neal Ave. S., Afton, MN 55001 on Saturday March 14th at 1 p.m., with visitation one hour prior to service. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Bradshaw Funeral and Cremation Services of Stillwater, MN.

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James O. Plath Mon, 09 Mar 2015 18:32:19 +0000 Loving husband, father and brother

James Plath, age 61, of Milaca, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on March 2, 2015.
He was an avid outdoorsman and auto enthusiast. He loved hunting and fishing with his family, and working on cars with his sons.
Preceded by his parents, Arlene and Orin Plath.
Survived by wife, Roxanne (Over-holser); sons, Lee and Levi; sister, Barb Beech; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial Service was held on March 7th at Christ our Light Church in Princeton, Minn.

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