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Verna Lester, 84

A Celebration of Life will be held for Verna Marie Lester, age 84 of Ottertail, on Saturday, August 30, 2014 beginning at 2 p.m. at her home on Buchanan Lake, Ottertail.
Verna passed away peacefully with the care of her husband, Ronald and Legacy Hospice.
Arrangements are with the Belmont Funeral Home of Henning.
Please visit www.belmontfuneral.com to leave a message of comfort and support for Verna’s family.

Richard Freeman, 85

Memorial services were held for Richard Freeman, age 85, of Perham, on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 1 p.m. at Perham Living in Perham, with Pastor Greg Leslie officiating.  
Richard was laid to rest in Sunset Cemetery in Fargo, N.D.
Richard Leigh Freeman was born on November 7, 1928 in Fargo, N.D.  His parents were the late Leigh and Mabel (Peterson) Freeman.
He graduated from the old Central High School in Fargo, N.D., with the Class of 1946.  He worked part time while attending school at the Oak Grove Grocery Store and Fargo Floral.  He began working for Northwestern Bell in 1947.  He started out with trimming trees, and as a cable splicing helper. He then attended the companies cable splicer school in Bismarck, N.D. He was then employed as the companies district cable splicer in Jamestown, N.D. On December 30, 1949 Richard was united in marriage to Patricia Bauer in Fargo, N.D.  They were transferred from Jamestown to Williston, N.D., then to Fargo where he held many positions with the company; including outside plant engineering, cable mtc. foreman and Fargo district construction supervisor.  Dick retired from Northwestern Bell in 1981 after working for the company for 34 ˝ years. Besides his work, he was a certified motor vehicle driver instructor, Multi-Media first aid instructor, CPR instructor, and putting on many sessions with the area contractors encouraging them to call for buried utility locations before they dig.  He was a past member of the Masonic Lodge, The Gideons and very active in the Cass County Safety Counsel.  He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Prairie Girl Scout Counsel.  He helped to start a Boy Scout Troop at the First Congregational Church and was a Scout Master for years.  After retiring he continued to stay active working for Moorhead Electric and the Red River Telephone Company on a contract basis. During the Minnesota winters, Pat and Dick enjoyed visiting with their daughter, Kristin and family in Yuma, Ariz. Their first summer home was on Lake Lida.  The purchase and rebuilding of their home on Dead Lake, near Richville, Minn. In 1990, they permanently moved into their home. Richard served as President of the Dead Lakes Association while they lived there.  In 1996 they purchased a condo in Perham, and in 2003 they moved to Briarwood in Perham.  They enjoyed volunteer activities. Richard and Pat enjoyed playing dominoes and after moving to Briarwood taught many to play. Richard enjoyed calling Bingo and leading the games. He assisted with Diabetic monthly meetings. On August 17, 2014 Richard passed away at Pine Harbor-Perham Living in Perham, at 85 years of age. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Preceding Richard in death were his parents; daughter, Katherine Carr; son-in-law, Rene Ozuna; sisters, Edna Robbins, Ethel Monson and Sister Marie Geraldine Freeman; brothers: Charles, Walter and twin brothers: Neil and Norman.
Richard is survived by his wife, Patricia Freeman of 64 years; daughters:  Rosemary (David) Hillerson of Fargo, N.D.; Peggy (Gary) Wright of Aurora, Colo.; Terri Holden of St. Cloud, Minn.; Kristin Ozuna of Yuma, Ariz.; 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; 2 step-granddaughters; 3 step-great-grandchildren; sisters: Marjorie (Edward) Schenatzki of Pelican Rapids, Minn.; Janet “Peggy” (Morris) Anderson of Hamilton, Mont.; many other relatives and a host of friends.

Ruth Froslee 103

Funeral Services will be held for Ruth Froslee age 103, of Battle Lake, Minnesota (formally of Vining, Minnesota) on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Vining Lutheran Church in Vining, Minnesota.
Visitation will be held on Friday, August 29, 2014 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at Belmont Funeral Home in Henning, Minnesota.  Visitation will resume one hour prior to the Funeral Service at church on Saturday.
Ruth passed away on August 27, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Society in Battle Lake, Minnesota.
Arrangements are provided by Belmont Funeral Home, Henning, Minnesota.
Please visit www.belmontfuneral.com to send Ruth’s family a message of comfort and support.

Jayne  Hendrickson, 96

Memorial services were held for Jayne Clement Hendrickson, age 96, formally of Los Angeles, Calif., and Fergus Falls, Minn., on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 1 p.m. visitation,  2 p.m. service at the Pioneer Care Chapel in Fergus Falls, with Pastor Harry Olson officiating.  Jayne will be laid to rest in Trinity Cemetery in Henning. After the service, dinner was served at the Kountry Korner Kafe in Henning.
Jayne Clement was born on January 25, 1918 in Fergus Falls. Her parents were the late Guy and Grace (Steuart) Clement.  Jayne grew up in Clitheral before moving to Wadena.  Jayne and her family then moved to Henning where she attended school. On December 5, 1936 Jayne was united in marriage to Mathew “Matt” Hendrickson in Sisseton, S.D.  Their marriage was blessed with 3 children.  Jayne and Matt traveled the United States where Matt played with the Allen Cassel Band, the Ray Noble Band, and the Pee Wee Hunt Band.  In 1941, Jayne and Matt made their home in Los Angeles, Calif., where Matt was employed with ABC making music and Jayne raised their family. Jayne and Matt were married for 30 years.  Matt passed away on April 14, 1979.  Jayne was a home maker for 30 years before starting her working career.  She ended up working for 17 years at Harris and Frank Clothing Stores before retiring in 1992.  Jayne then made her home in Fergus Falls in 1992.  She was employed with Green Thumb and Prairie Wetlands.  Jayne also volunteered at Broen Home and Pioneer Care where she enjoyed helping with the resident’s hair and nails.  She loved to play golf.  Jayne enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, particularly being a kid again with the grandkids, great-grandkids, and great-great-grandkids.
Jayne passed away on August 17, 2014 at the Barrett Care Center in Barrett, Minn., at 96 years of age.  She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Preceding Jayne in death were her parents; husband: Mathew Hendrickson; daughter: Joan Hendrickson; grandson: Timothy Held; great-grandson: Justin; sisters: Helen (Dr. Bill) Halme; Harriet (Gareld) Flom.
Jayne is survived by her daughter: Matti Jean Hendrickson Kline of Los Angeles, Calif.; son: Clement Hendrickson of Fergus Falls; 5 grandchildren: Joan, Danielle, Steven, Michelle, and Guy; 8 great-grandchildren:  Heather, Sami, Derek, Josh, Cody, Kali, Brady, and Brett; 5 great-great-grandchildren:Cadynce, Jullian, Reid, Ellory, and Alayah; niece: Mary Halme Reagan; nephews: Dan Halme and Bob Flom; many other relatives and a host of friends.
Arrangements are with the Belmont Funeral Home of Henning.
Please visit www.belmontfuneral.com to leave a message of comfort and support for Jayne’s family.

Donald Selvaag, 84

Donald Selvaag, 84, of Vining died Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at his residence.
Donald Selvaag was born October 12, 1929 at the family homestead just southwest of the Vining Cemetery to Albin and Olga (Johnson) Selvaag.
They later moved to Folden Township where he spent his youth on the family farm.  He attended rural school through the 8th grade. As was typical at the time, he then left school to work on the farm.
Don met and married his one true love, Deloris Anderson on September 16, 1951 at Nidaros Lutheran Church.  They settled in rural Vining and spent time briefly in Minnetonka and Battle Lake before settling in Vining.  Here they raised their family: sons, Allan and Gary and daughters, Kristine and KayAnn.
Through the years, Don worked at a number of jobs. He farmed in Folden Township, as a mechanic in Battle Lake and at the Rigid Ironing Board factory and Minneapolis Moline in the Twin Cities.  He drove milk truck for the Vining Co-op Creamery, before starting his own milk hauling business, Don’s Dairyline.  He successfully ran that business for many years.  Don later worked for Dieseth Construction, Froslee Blacktopping and Performance Paving.   He loved driving truck. Don and Deloris also spent a year operating Mallard Bay Resort on Stuart Lake.
Don was very involved in church and civic duties.  He spent many years serving on the church council, Vining city council and as Mayor of Vining for nearly 20 years.  Don was also active in Sons of Norway and Pairs and Squares square dancing club.  Don and Deloris were also instrumental in starting and organizing Vining Watermelon Day.
Don had a love for music and storytelling.  He spent hours playing music with his uncle, cousins and father.  Don still loved strumming a tune on his guitar and serenading grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He also loved telling a story or two from the “old days.”  Don and Deloris also loved Minnesota’s North Shore.  They spent hours exploring waterfalls and agate beaches or waiting for a ship to pass into Duluth Harbor.
Don’s favorite pastime was spending time with his family.  His absolute favorite thing to do was to sing a lullaby and rock a baby to sleep.  Don taught all of his children the importance of hard work, serving others and love of family.  He set a great example.
Don is survived by his children, Allan (Linda) Selvaag of Motley, Minn., Gary (Merle) Selvaag of Moorhead, Minn., Kristine (Cal) Olson of Fergus Falls, Minn., Kay Ann (Jeffrey) Lukken of Clitherall; ten grandchildren, Lisa (Blayne) Parkos, Donald (Jen) Selvaag, Erik Selvaag, Jay (Catherine) Selvaag, Benjamin (Kristy Stelzer) Olson, Melanie (Andrew Olker) Olson, Katie (Victor Hungerford) Lukken, Kjersten, Amanda and Annika Lukken and Julia Holtzhausen; eight great grandchildren, Coleman, Brody, Alexis, Maddison, Noah, Greta, Sophie and Nora; sister, Doris (David) Heard; brother, Doug (Marty) Selvaag as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Deloris; parents, Albin and Olga; and two great-grandsons, Grant and Wyatt Parkos.
Funeral service was held Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Vining Lutheran Church in Vining.
Visitation was held on Friday from 4-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the Glende-Nilson Funeral Home in Battle Lake and will resume for one hour prior to the service at the church.
Burial will be in the Vining Cemetery.
The Glende-Nilson Funeral Home of Battle Lake is in charge of the arrangements for Donald Selvaag.