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Richard (Dick) Kleespies was born in Morris on Feb. 29, 1940 to Lawrence and Dorothy (Roles) Kleespies. He attended St. Mary's School and the West Central School of Agriculture. For several years Dick farmed with his father on the family farm and worked as a mechanic in Morris. He moved to San Bernardino, Calif. in 1963 and was united in marriage to Janice Skille on Feb. 27, 1965. They have one son, John Richard Kleespies.
Roger Bernard Leuty, 64, of Steinauer, Nebraska passed away on Thursday, December 30, 2010 at his home in Steinauer, Nebraska surrounding by his family. He was born on May 15, 1946 to George and Wenona (Struck) Leuty Jr. in Morris, Minnesota. He attended Morris High School and enjoyed wrestling and went to state. He enlisted in the Army and served in Germany. He worked in the Ford Plant and worked construction in Minneapolis. On October 28, 1967 he Married Linda Mjaanes at the First Presbyterian Church in Edina, Minnesota.
Funeral services for Laura Beyer of Morris will be held Friday, January 7, 2011 at 11:00 AM at Faith Lutheran Church in Morris. Reverend Dell Sanderson will be officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Burial will be in Summit Cemetery in Morris. Laura Ida Louisa (Melchert) Beyer was born January 7, 1915 to Herman and Sophie (Wente) Melchert in Fairfield Township, Swift County, Minnesota. Laura was raised in Swift County and was baptized January 22, 1915 by the Reverend R. E. Pasche; she was confirmed March 26, 1929 by the Reverend C. W.
The funeral for Jonathan Thomas Burns, of Morris, Minnesota will be held on Monday, January 10, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at the Assumption Catholic Church at Morris. Celebrant for the service will be Father Tim Baltes. Visitation will be on Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m.
Funeral services for Grant Smith of Donnelly, Minnesota will be held Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 at 10 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Donnelly. Reverend Rochelle Anderson will be officiating. Visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and for one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Burial will be in Summit Cemetery in Morris. Grant Rodney Smith, son of Henry and Emily (Peterson) Smith, was born Aug. 4, 1919 on the family farm in Rendsville Township in Stevens County, Minnesota.
Arnie Kolden, age 56 of Alberta, died Friday, Dec. 31, 2010. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 7 at First Lutheran Church in Morris. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6 at Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Burial will be at a later date at Frog Lake Cemetery, rural Alberta.
The funeral for Frank Farwell, of Morris, Minnesota will be held on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the Faith Lutheran Church in Morris with Reverend Dell Sanderson officiating. Visitation will be on Monday from 5 to 7 at Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and one hour prior to services on Tuesday at the church. Burial will be at Frog Lake Cemetery, near Alberta, Minnesota. Military rites will be provided by the Morris American Legion, VFW and AmVets. Frank Mark Farwell, son of Mark and Agnes (Tomalla) Farwell was born on August 4, 1924 in Alberta, Minnesota.
Walter Van Eps, age 83, of East Grand Forks, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010 at his home, with his family at his bedside. Walter was born on May 2, 1927 in Holland, the son of Walter and Kate (Evink) Van Eps. He grew up in southern Minnesota. On Oct. 12, 1950, he was united in marriage to Clazina VerSteeg in Hancock. They lived in that area until 1956, when they moved to northern Minnesota, settling in East Grand Forks in 1961.
Katherine A. Holden, age 97, of Beardsley, died Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, at Grace Home in Graceville. Funeral mass will be Thursday, Dec. 30, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Beardsley, with Father David Breu officiating. Music will be provided by organist Nita Holker and vocalists Sue Sykora and Stacey Borgheiinck. Burial will be in the St. Mary's Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be all of her grandchildren. Active pallbearers will be Roger Hendricks, Kenny Hendricks, Shawn Gigrich, Scott Gigrich, Kevin Gigrich, and Joe Doperalowski.
Funeral services for Ben Mikkelson of Hancock will be held Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 10:30 AM at Assumption Catholic Church in Morris, MN with Father Tim Baltes officiating. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 5 to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7:00 at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and for one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. He will be buried in St. Malachy Cemetery in Clontarf, MN. Vincent John "Ben" Mikkelson, son of Hans and Rosilia (Daniel) Mikkelson, was the youngest of 10 children. He was born December 26, 1920 in Clontarf, Minnesota.