Maurice Van Houtte
Maurice O. (Mike) Van Houtte, a resident of Moorhead, MN, died August 28, 1997, at Dakota Heartland in Fargo, ND.
Funeral services were held August 31 in the Church of the Nativity in Fargo. Burial was at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Pierz, MN.
Mike was born October 20, 1921, in Detroit, MI. He lived there until the age of 12 when he moved to New Baltimore, MI. Mike Van Houtte and Diggy Faust of Genola, MN, were married on January 24, 1942, in New Baltimore. After their wedding, they lived in Mt. Clemens, MI, until Mike entered the U.S. Army in October of 1942. He served with the 113th Mechanized Cavalry in the European Theater during World War II. After his discharge in 1945 he returned to Mt. Clemens where he was employed by Wonderbread and Mills Bakery. In 1956 he and Diggy were transferred to Davison, MI, where he continued to work for Mills Bakery until he joined Prudential Life Insurance in 1960. They moved to Champaign, IL, in 1965 where Mike worked for United Life and Accident Insurance Company. In 1969 they came to Fargo and Mike began work with Pioneer Mutual of Fargo where he remained until his retirement in 1985. He was ordained with the first class of the Permanent Deaconate of the Catholic Diocese of Fargo in 1979 and had served the Church of the Nativity in Fargo since that time.
Survivors include his wife, Edigna (Diggy) Van Houtte of Moorhead; children, Maurice J. Van Houtte and wife Melodye of Park Rapids, MN, Pamela Lipe and husband Edward of Davison, MI, Kathy Van Houtte of Fayetteville, AR, and Mary Van Houtte-Moyemont and husband Terry of Bainbridge Island, WA; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and two sisters, Dorothy Crawford of Zephyr Hills, FL, and Janice Rosso and husband Pat of New Haven, MI.
Leo Donald Zimmermann, age 75, a resident of Little Falls, MN, died August 28, 1997, at St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held September 1 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Little Falls with the Rev. Nick Landsberger officiating. Burial in Oakland Cemetery in Little Falls.
Leo was born December 22, 1921, in Agram Township, Morrison County, MN, to the late Henry and Lillian (Schlag) Zimmermann. He grew up in Agram Township and attended Little Falls High School. After his father’s death in 1940 he helped his mother and sisters farm the family farm. He was united in marriage to Florence M. Kempenich on November 7, 1946, at St. James Catholic Church in Randall, MN. Following their marriage, he continued farming and he also worked at Larson Boats and Crestliner Boats in Little Falls, residing in Agram Township until his death. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Little Falls, Minnesota Farmers Union of which he served as chairman for several years, member of the National Farmers Organization, COACT, Democratic Farmer Labor Party, was instrumental in founding, establishing and was the moving force behind the Minnesota Dairy Producers Board which helped farmers to get better prices for their milk and always worked hard to help farmers establish and earn fair prices for their crops.
Survivors include his wife, Florence; sons, Henry of LaPorte, CO, Daniel and wife Carolyn of Sullivan, MO, David and wife Laure of Sobieski, MN, Dean of Little Falls, MN, Steven of Sullivan, MO, Gale and wife Gina of Little Falls, Gary of Sartell, MN, and Leo R. and wife Cheryl of St. Cloud, MN; daughter, Joanie Conway and husband Joe of Atwater, MN; sisters, Dorothy Hinrichs of Springdale, AR, Lorraine Stephenson of San Diego, CA, and Joan Mason of Grand Rapids, MN; 20 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, William “Billy” and infant son Thomas and a sister Hazel Haller.
Casketbearers were Myrl Fairbrother, Joe Griesch, Don Pylkkanen, DelRay Sweeney, Bob Young and Gene Young.
Gordon “Gordie” Olaf Lommen, age 69, a resident of Little Falls, MN, died September 2, 1997, at his home in Little Falls.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held September 5 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Little Falls with the Rev. Nick Landsberger and Rev. Harold J. Kost con-celebrating. Burial was in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery north of Little Falls. Military rites were conducted by Little Falls American Legion Post 46.
Gordon was born May 2, 1928, in Nelson, Douglas County, MN, to the late Olaf B. and Ella (Peterson) Lommen. He attended and graduated from Alexandria High School, Class of 1946. He joined the United States Marine Corps on September 26, 1946, and received an honorable discharge on September 17, 1948. His military years served him as a corporal and rifle expert. In 1948, following his military career, he wanted to be an architectural and mechanical draftsman. He attended Brown Institute in Minneapolis for Radio Engineering. His radio career was precipitated by a radio station that started in his hometown of Alexandria. Completing his training at Brown Institute he went to work for KOBK Radio in Owatonna, MN, which was, at that time, sister station of KLTF in Little Falls. Three months later Gordie was transferred to KLTF. It was May 5, 1951, when he took over the morning shift Chief Engineer on KLTF, and remained with KLTF, and was KLTF’s radio voice of Central Minnesota for 37 years, until his retirement in 1988. He was united in marriage to Lois A. Fleming on February 14, 1953, in Breckenridge, MN. Gordie was named with Harriet Turner as “Minnesota Broadcasters with Personality” by Governor Wendell Anderson’s Proclamation of December 23, 1976, of “Gordie Lommen and Harriet Turner Day in Minnesota.” He will be remembered for his professional broadcasting, his humor, the presentation of his Christmas corner program and for the partyline program. He was involved in many civic organizations, which included the Little Falls Jaycees, Exchange Club, Boy Scouts and the old Rec. “Center.” He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Little Falls and served as a lector, Little Falls American Legion Post 46, served on the Little Falls Loan Association, Teen Board, Minnesota Heart Association, United Fund, taught “55 and Alive” for several years, volunteered at St. Gabriel’s Hospital, served as M.C. for everything from creamery meetings to Queen Pageants. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed fishing and helped all of his children with carpentry projects from building dressers to work in their homes. Survivors include wife, Lois; son, Michael and wife Renee of Alexandria; daughters, Jon Marie Lommen and husband James Nordstrom of Wabasha, MN, Patti Harrison and husband Jim of Rice, MN, and Mary Fregin and husband Doug of Trempealeau, WI; sister, Dorothy Dyke of Alexandria; mother-in-law, Regina Fleming of Little Falls and six grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Honorary pallbearers were Gene Pappenfus, Jim Anderson, Dick Schultz, Harold Lutz, Tim Truman and Lenny Braun. Casketbearers were Jack Peck, Bob Davis, Sumner Sabean, Herbert Turner, Gary Block and Jack Lemme. Memorials are preferred to the Heart Association.
Cheryl Leann Hartman, age 43, a resident of Brainerd, MN, died September 7, 1997.
Funeral services were held September 10 at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd with Reverend Mark Anderson officiating. Burial was in Fort Ripley Cemetery.
Cheryl was born February 10, 1954, in Brainerd to Albert and Bernice (Sullivan) Hartman. She worked at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in the Human Resources Department. She was a member of First Lutheran Church.
Survivors include three children, Brandon, Deon and Amy Hartman; three grandchildren, Jordan, Jessie and Alexis Hartman; parents, Albert and Bernice Hartman of Fort Ripley, MN; brothers and sisters, Keith Hartman of Hudson, WI, Donna Jorgensen of Buffalo, MN, Duane Hartman of Fort Ripley, MN, Robert Hartman of Crosslake, MN, and Cindy Sayre of Washington.
She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Angela.
Estelle Conley, age 77, a resident of Alverna Apartments in Little Falls, MN formerly of St. Paul, MN died September 6, 1997, at the Lutheran Senior Citizens Home in Little Falls.
A memorial service was held on Sunday, September 14, 1997, at Alverna Apartments for immediate family and friends. Burial will be at the Fort Snelling Cemetery at a later date.
Estelle was born October 14, 1919, in St. Paul, MN to the late William and Grace (McLeod) Blackman.
Survivors include a brother, William J. Blackman; daughter, Sandy Sandstrom; sons, Dean Larsen and Lloyd Conley; grandchildren, Jim, Tom and Susan Schilling, Mike and Bob Larsen; four great-grandchildren and one on the way; several other relatives and friends.
Eugene Schmidt, age 66, a resident of Randall, MN, died September 5, 1997, at the Lutheran Senior Citizens Home in Little Falls, MN.
Funeral services were September 8 at St. James Church in Randall with Fr. Al Quade officiating. Burial was in the St. James Cemetery. Military rites were conducted by VFW Post #9073 of Randall.
Eugene Schmidt was born on November 18, 1930, in Randall, son of the late Joseph and Helen (Simons) Schmidt. He entered the Army Guard, then was activated during the Korean Conflict. He was united in marriage to Lucille Karpinski on November 26, 1951, in Little Falls. He worked at Crestliner and road construction then was custodian for the Dr. S.G. Knight Elementary School in Randall for 20 years. He was a member of St. James Church of Randall and VFW Post 9073 of Randall. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, automobiles and visiting with people.
Survivors include his wife, Lucille; six daughters, Diane (Jeff) Johnson of Park Rapids, MN, Barb (Terry) Fisher of Hibbing, MN, Judy Schmidt of Little Falls, Sue (Dale) Strack of Randall, Annette (Bruce) Crosby of Sauk Rapids, MN, Lisa (Rich) Shaw of St. Stephen, MN; six sons, Arthur Schmidt of Ogden, UT, Marvin Schmidt of Hibbing, Arnold (Patricia) Schmidt of Sauk Rapids, Lawrence (Gabrielle) Schmidt of Browerville, MN, Robert Schmidt of Randall, Eugene “Mark” (Mechelle) Schmidt of Chippewa Falls, WI; five sisters, Joann Wippler of Little Falls, Margaret Jorgensen of Minnetonka, MN, Helen “Babe” Andres of Pierz, MN, Mary Donnelly of Lakeville, MN, Bernadine Schmidt of Richfield, MN; one brother, William Schmidt of Motley; 19 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother, James; and, two granddaughters.
Casketbearers were his nephews, Jim Schmidt, Gerry Schmidt, Dennis Schmidt, Joe Schmidt, Willie Schmidt, Justin Schmidt and Chuck Schmidt.
Mr. Lawrence L. “Larry” Juenemann, age 55, of Staples, Mn, and formerly of St. Cloud, MN, died on September 5, 1997, at the Minneapolis Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN.
Funeral services were held September 9 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in St. Cloud, MN, with Rev. Virgil Helmin officiating. Burial was in the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls.
Lawrence, son of Herman and Margaret (Yaeger) Juenemann of St. Cloud, was born December 13, 1941, in Minneapolis. He lived in St. Cloud for over 30 years where he was employed as a printer for the St. Cloud Times. He has been a resident of the Motley-Staples area for the past 22 years. He served in the US Army from 1962-1965. He was a member of Motley American Legion Post 124.
Survivors include his parents; brothers and sisters, Doris Markfort, St. Cloud; Tom, St. Cloud; Nancy Sampsell, Garrison, ND; and Bill, Albany, NY.
Pallbearers were members of his family.
George H. Lahr
George H. Lahr, age 60, a resident of Rice, MN, died September 5, 1997, at his home.
Memorial services were held at Assembly of God Church in Little Falls with Rev. Keith Thompson officiating.
George was born July 3, 1937, in Le Sauk Township (Benton County) to Mike and Agnes (Witzman) Lahr. He married Jackie Wheece on April 18, 1958, in Milbank, S.D. He farmed and also owned and operated a concrete business, G.H. Lahr, Inc. He did missionary work in Mexico occasionally over a five-year period, he started the Food Shelf in the Rice area, and raised deer. He attended Assembly of God Church in Little Falls, was president of Anchored In Jesus Ministry in Rice, and was in the National Guard for seven years.
Survivors include his wife Jackie of Rice. He is father and father-in-law to, Joseph and Marla Lahr of St. Cloud, MN Patrick Lawrence and Debra Lahr of Rice, Bonnie and Pastor Bruce Winkelman of Evanston, WY, Terry and Ronald Harren of Luxemburg and Ashley and Joseph Roering of Opole.
He is also survived by his mother, Agnes Lahr of St. Cloud; sisters and brothers, Agnes Rothstein, Joanne Schefers, Lawrence Lahr, Eugene Lahr, Leo Lahr, and Doris Schefers of St. Cloud, Delphine Erkins of Greenville, SC, Michael Lahr of Sartell, Kenneth Lahr of Sauk Rapids, MN; nine grandchildren, Johnathon, Nathan, Daniel, and David Lahr, Brian, Becky, and Elizabeth Winkelman, Kaitlyn Harren, and Amanda Steckling.
He was preceded in death by his father, granddaughter, Kristie Rose Harren and sister, Evelyn Asmus.
Mattie M. Strauch
Mattie M. Strauch, age 95, a resident of Little Falls, MN, formerly of Hillman, MN, died September 7, 1997, at St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls.
Funeral services were held September 13 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hillman, MN, with the Rev. Lynn Brotten officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Brainerd, MN.
Mattie M. Strauch was born on November 1, 1901, in Boone, IA, to the late Fred and Mae (Walter) Orbin. She graduated from Sandstone High School in Sandstone, MN, and then attended normal training (teachers training) in St. Cloud for two years. Mattie taught school from 1922-1931 in Duequette, MN, and Hillman, MN. She was united in marriage to Otto Strauch on June 24, 1931, in Little Falls, MN. The couple made their home in Hillman where they owned the General Store for a number of years and where Mattie was Postmaster from 1942-1968 at which time she retired. Following retirement they spent the winters in Florida. Otto died on December 29, 1974. Mattie continued living in Hillman until 1979 when she moved to Little Falls. Mattie was active in the Senior Citizens Center in Little Falls. She entered the Lutheran Senior Citizens Home in Little Falls in May of 1993 where she resided until her death. Mattie enjoyed knitting, crocheting and crafts.
Survivors include her nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Otto Strauch; parents; brother, Alex Orbin and sisters, Lucille Gidley and LaVerne Orbin.
Pallbearers were Donald Strauch, Key Kiehr, Lawrence Sherwood, Ken Havlik, Darwin Dahlke and Peter DeZurik.
George Heathcock, age 86, a resident of Pillager, MN died September 5, 1997, at the Lutheran Senior Citizens Home in Little Falls.
Services were private.
George Thomas Heathcock was born May 19, 1911, in Iowa to the late Joseph H. and Anna Heathcock. He was united in marriage to Dorothy Brown. He lived at Lake Minnetonka where he owned and operated a plumbing and heating business. He and Dorothy moved to Gull Lake in 1966 where they owned and operated Channel View Restor until his retirement in 1977. Dorothydied in 1978. George married Flora Evans in 1980. Following his retirement they moved to Crosslake and then to Garrison for approximately 10 years. They wintered in Arizona, then recently lived with his son George at Pillager. Flora died in 1994. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Survivors include two sons, George Krushe of Pillager, Ed Krushe of Nisswa; a sister, Ethel Dahlgren of Woodland Hills, CA; three grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Dorothy and second wife Flora, two brothers and a sister.