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William Murphy, 80

Memorial services will be held for William Murphy, age 80 of Wadena, on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 1 p.m. at the Karvonen Funeral Home in Wadena. A gathering of family and friends will be held one hour prior to the memorial service.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to send William’s family a message of comfort and support.
Arrangements are provided by Karvonen Funeral and Cremation Services of Wadena.  read entire story. . . .

Ruth Gunderson, 91

Ruth Gunderson, age 91 of Henning, died Thursday, November 9, 2017 at Good Samaritan Society of Battle Lake.
Funeral services was Monday, November 13 at Folden Lutheran Church in Vining, at 11 a.m. with a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to service. Visitation was Sunday, November 12 from 5-7 p.m. at Folden Lutheran Church, with prayer service at 6:30 p.m.
Ruth Caroline Speten was born at her parent’s home on August 9, 1926, and spent her childhood years in Clitherall; during that time she was baptized at home and confirmed as an adult in 1947 by Pastor Owen Doley. She worked as a waitress in Henning, Battle Lake, Minneapolis, Minn. and Los Angeles, Calif. She enjoyed 39 years of employment at the Golden Living Center in Henning. Ruth was united in marriage to Truman Gunderson in 1947 and spent many years dairy farming in Folden Township. Their marriage was blessed with two children; Steven and Cheryl. As a member of the Folden Church, Ruth enjoyed helping in all capacities for 65 years; she was also a longtime member of the Henning Senior Center. During their years together, Ruth and Truman loved to travel. They took many memorable trips to Seattle, Wash., Los Angeles, Calif. and to the east coast. In 2006 Truman died, but Ruth remained on the farm for seven years. Ruth moved back to her home town of Henning in 2013 where she enjoyed her flower garden, visiting with friends, playing bingo and cards. Ruth doted on her two great-granddaughters; Avery Ruth and Annabel. Ruth also loved to babysit her granddaughters when they were young.
She will be lovingly remembered by her children: Steven (Marlene) Gunderson of Vining; Cheryl (Mike) Ranum of Henning; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Alice Haile; many other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by her special brother, Orris; sisters: Ethel Barker, Hazel Anderson and Myrtle Fletcher; sister-in-law, Crystal Anderson.
Arrangements by Belmont-Karvonen Funeral Home of Henning.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to send Ruth’s family a message of comfort and support.  read entire story. . . .

Jim Hermanson, 68

Funeral services were held for James “Jim” Hermanson on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Henning, with Pastor Keith Lankford officiating. The pallbearers were: Jake Hermanson, Beau Wohlwend, Dave Nelson, Brian Bond, Steven Fiskum, Brian Fiskum, Steve Misegades and Brian Brogard. Honorary Pallbearers were: Amy Wohlwend and Dane Bratlie. The hymns were sung by the congregation, accompanied by Wilma Morse. Special music was provided by Gail Guse.  Jim was laid to rest in Good Shepherd Lutheran Cemetery, Henning.
James LeRoy “Jim” Hermanson was born on August 10, 1949, in Wadena, to Betty Mae (Fiskum) and the late Roy Norman Hermanson. Jim was baptized at Folden Lutheran Church in Folden Township on September 18, 1949, and confirmed at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on May 17, 1964. Jim graduated from Henning High School with the class of 1967. In 1971, he graduated from Moorhead State University with a degree in Distributive Education. Jim honorably served in the Army National Guard from 1971 to 1977. On July 27, 1974, Jim was united in marriage with Diane Carol Bratlie at First Lutheran Church in Audubon, Minn. Their marriage was blessed with two sons: Jesse Scott Hermanson (in 1983) and Randy James Hermanson (in 1985). Jim and Diane made their home in Henning. Jim was briefly employed with his father at the local Ag Service until taking a job in the Starbuck/Glenwood, Minn. area for a couple of years. From 1974 to 2000, Jim was an Agronomy Sales Representative with Cenex-Land O’ Lakes. Later he worked as a media van driver with Lakes Country Service Co-op in Fergus Falls, Minn. beginning in 2001 and retiring in 2009. As a proud and active member of the community, Jim served on several boards and committees. He was a member of the Henning City Council since 1976, and served as the town’s mayor since 2007. He was active at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, a member of the local EDA council, had been a member of the Henning Lions club, and many other organizations that would benefit the City of Henning. He enjoyed attending local events and socializing with friends. Jim enjoyed his hobby farm, bowling, golfing, snowmobiling and going to parades. Jim was an avid sports fan as he enjoyed attending local high school events, watching college and professional sports, especially the Minnesota Vikings. He also enjoyed the camaraderie and competition of his local fantasy football league.
On November 3, 2017, Jim passed away unexpectedly at the Tri-County Hospital in Wadena, at 68 years of age. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Preceding Jim in death were his father, Roy Hermanson; his brother, Bob Hermanson; and his in-laws, Olaf and Dorothy Bratlie.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Diane Hermanson; sons: Jesse Hermanson and Randy (Margo Munsterman) Hermanson; mother, Betty Hermanson; special canine companion, Ziggy; sister-in-law, Cindy Hermanson; brother-in-law, Duane Bratlie and his wife, Alison; niece, Amy (Beau) Wohlwend and family; nephews: Jake (Sheila) Hermanson and family, and Dane Bratlie; many other relatives and a host of friends.
Arrangements are with the Belmont-Karvonen Funeral and Cremation Service of Henning.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to leave a message of comfort and support for Jim’s family.  read entire story. . . .

Robert Erickson, 81

Memorial services were held Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 11 a.m. for Robert Erickson of Nimrod, Minn. at Karvonen Funeral Home of Wadena. Visitation was one hour prior to service. Robert was laid to rest at Green Valley Cemetery, Osage, Minn.
Robert “Bob” Philip Erickson was born to Phillip and Gertrude (Haberle) Erickson on February 9, 1936 in Pennington, Minn. He was raised and attended school in Riverton, Minn. In 1958, Bob was married to Mavis Sellner and had four children: Gordon, Kenny, Debbie and Eric. After 32 years of engagement, he was united in marriage to Suzanne (Merrill) LeRud on December 30, 2014 in Park Rapids, Minn. In 1986, they moved to Audubon, Minn. and then settled in Nimrod, Minn. in 1990. Bob was employed as an over-the-road trucker for various companies, and the last 20 years for Can-Am Express. He loved camping, horses and his dogs.
He peacefully passed away on November 5, 2017 at the Frazee Care Center, surrounded by his family. Robert will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
Preceding him in death were his parents, three brothers: Alvin, Roger and Ralph; two sisters: Lucy and Mary Lou.
Survived by his wife, Suzanne; children: Gordon (Sandy) of Perham, Kenny of Perham, Debbie (Scott) Matson of Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Eric (Melanie) of Frazee, Minn.; David LeRud (Amber Stallman) of Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Trish Pickar of Perham; sister, Aunie Hockenberry; two brothers: Everett (Nancy) and Harold (Sally); 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; many other relatives and a host of friends.
Arrangements are with the Karvonen Funeral and Cremation Service of Wadena.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to leave a message of comfort and support for Robert’s family.  read entire story. . . .

Roger Farr, 95

Memorial services were held for Roger Farr, age 95 of Wadena, on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 3 p.m. at the Karvonen Funeral Home in Wadena.
Roger Burton Farr was born to Chandler and Myrtle (Cohrs) Farr on August 11, 1922 in Wadena. He grew up and attended Sebeka High School and entered the U.S. Army on November 19, 1942. Roger was honorably discharged on December 23, 1945. He was united in marriage to Iris Gaines on January 11, 1947. Roger was an auctioneer since 1955 and owned Roger Farr Trailer Sales. Iris and Roger built their homes in Little Falls, Minn.; Minneapolis, Minn. and Wadena. Roger and Iris enjoyed touring across the country with their travel trailer.  
Roger passed away peacefully Sunday, November 5, 2017 at Tri-County Hospital in Wadena at 95 years of age.  He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Preceding Roger in death were his parents, Chandler and Myrtle (Cohrs) Farr.
Survived by his wife, Iris of Wadena; many other nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and a host of friends.
Roger was laid to rest at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Camp Ripley, Little Falls, Minn.
Arrangements by Karvonen Funeral and Cremation Service, Wadena.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to send Roger’s family a message of comfort and support.  read entire story. . . .

Kenneth Dunker, 71

Funeral services will be held for Kenneth Dunker, age 7, of Henning, on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church of Amor in rural Battle Lake.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.
Please visit www.karvonenfuneralhome.com to send Kenneth’s family a message of comfort and support.
Arrangements are provided by Belmont-Karvonen Funeral Home in Henning.  read entire story. . . .

Duane Olson, 82

Duane Olson, 82, of Fergus Falls passed away November 4, 2017 at Lake Region Hospital, Fergus Falls, due to a sudden heart attack. He had been walking 3-5 miles per day, and was very fit for his age.
Duane Lowell Olson was born Feb 5, 1935, in Elmo Township near Parkers Prairie, and was the second son of Aldo and Lydia Olson.
His mother, Lydia passed away April 1945, from a brain aneurysm.
He grew up in the Henning/Parkers Prairie area and graduated from Parkers Prairie High school in 1954.
He left for the US Air Force the following week. He was stationed in Germany for 2 years.  Upon his return, he married Yvonne M. Koep, Sept 1, 1956. Duane attended the Mpls Business School while supporting his young family, graduated and started work at Northern States Power in 1959. He worked for NSP for 34 years in the Purchasing Dept and the Claims and Insurance Dept. He was involved in the Aqua Jesters, Junior Achievers, Speak Easy and the Wellness programs.
He coached his son Brian’s Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball teams. After 34 years at NSP, he retired January 1992 at the rule of 90, just before his 57th birthday. After retirement, they moved to a lake home on East Battle Lake in 1992. He became involved in the St Edwards Catholic Church Council and helped facilitate the building of their new church. A man who needed to stay active, he became the Girard Township Supervisor and worked as a Bailiff at the Otter Tail County Courthouse simultaneously for 17 years. He “re-retired” in 2012 at age 77, and they moved from East Battle Lake to Fergus Falls.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Yvonne, 2 children, daughter, Joyce (Malasko), son-in-law Mike, children Nicole Grover, her daughter Erin and (Mat O’ Leary), her son Andrew Grover, his wife Cassie, and newborn daughter Gwendolyn, 11/5/17. And their son, Brian D. Olson, Jodi, son, Sam and Jessica Kankelfitz, and husband Mike Kankelfitz.  Brother Ronald Olson, wife Vivian, sons, Terry Olson, and Kevin Olson, wife Rhonda, son Robby, and his wife, Tanassa.
Mass of Christian Burial: 11 a.m., Saturday, November 11, 2017, at St. Edwards Catholic Church in Henning.
Visitation: Friday from 5-8 p.m., with a 7:30 p.m. Prayer Service at
Clergy: Fr. LeRoy Schik
Military Honors: Minnesota National Guard
Interment: St. Edwards Catholic Cemetery
Funeral Home: Glende-Nilson of Fergus Falls
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