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The funeral for Vernon L. Dietz, of Siloam Springs, AK, formerly of Oakes, ND, will be Saturday, December 15, 2007, at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, Oakes, ND, with Pastor Mike Kraemer officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service starting at 7:00 p.m. at Dahlstrom Funeral Home, Oakes, ND. Burial will be at Old Sargent Cemetery, near Cogswell. Vernon Lee Dietz son of J.V. and Jewell (Robinson) Dietz was born August 2, 1947 at Britton, South Dakota.
Lloyd Wallace Podtburg, son of John and Louise (Buntje) Podtburg, was born on Aug. 15, 1928 in Scott Township in Stevens County. Lloyd grew up in Morris where he attended Morris Public Schools. He was confirmed at St. Paul's Evangelical Church in Morris, on May 23, 1943. From 1948 to 1952, Lloyd proudly served his country in the United States Army. While he was in the army, Lloyd achieved the rank of Sergeant First Class. Most of his service was performed in Germany. Lloyd then worked for Eames Distributing in Morris as a truck driver and salesman.
Robert Lee Heil of Georgetown, Texas formerly of Morris, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007, 4:45 p.m. at the Georgetown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after his courageous battle with Alzheimer's. Robert was born on Dec. 18, 1930 to Edward and Viola (Nohl) in Hancock. He was raised and went to school in Hancock. On March 14, 1953 he was married to Lucille Ann (Krupke) at her home in Hancock. Robert and Lucille raised 5 children. He was baptized at First Lutheran Church in Morris and after moving to Texas, attended Christ Lutheran Church in Georgetown.
Funeral services for Mary Jo Evink of Hancock will be held Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at 10:30 AM at the Hancock Christian Reformed Church in Hancock. Reverend Harrison Newhouse will be officiating. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 4 to 8 PM with a time of sharing at 7:30 PM at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and for one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. Burial will be at Lakeside Cemetery in Hancock. Mary Jo Schmidgall, daughter of Richard and Corrine (Moser) Schmidgall, was born July 8, 1960 in Morris, Minnesota.
Evelyn Lembcke, age 76, formerly of Ardmore, Okla., passed away in Albuqerque, N.M. on Dec. 8, 2007. Graveside services will be held at a later date.
Funeral services for Ira "Bud" Banister of Donnelly will be held Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at 11:00 AM at Kongsvinger Lutheran Church, rural Donnelly. Reverend Luther Johnson will be officiating. Visitation will be held Monday, December 10, 2007 from 4 to 8 PM at the Pedersen Funeral Home and one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Ira Donald Banister, son of Roy and Josie (Jenson) Banister, was born August 13, 1926 in Scott Township. He was baptized on December 3, 1926 and confirmed at the Bethany Lutheran Church.
Funeral services Melvin Becker of Morris will be held Friday, December 7, 2007 at 2:00 PM at St. John's Lutheran Church in Hancock. Reverend Gregg Bitter will be officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Burial will be at Summit Cemetery in Morris. Melvin J. C. Becker, son of Louis and Ella (Spieker) Becker, was born July 3, 1919 in Synnes Township in Stevens County, Minnesota, where he grew up. He was baptized on July 20, 1919 by Reverend F. W. Pasche and confirmed on July 22, 1934 by Reverend C. W.
Funeral services for Martha Jacobina Erdahl of Morris will be held Friday, December 7, 2007 at 11:00 AM at Kongsvinger Lutheran Church, rural Donnelly. Reverend Luther Johnson will be officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Martha Jacobina Lee, daughter of Theodore and Emma (Gusdal) Lee, was born January 25, 1915 in Erickson, Manitoba. She was baptized and confirmed at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Danvers, Manitoba.
Funeral services for Shirley Hagen of Cyrus will be held Friday, December 7, 2007 at 10:00 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cyrus. Reverend John R. Smith will be officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Burial will be at Scandia East Cemetery, rural Cyrus. Shirley Ann Hawkinson, daughter of Fred and Anna (Bruer) Hawkinson, was born June 3, 1931 in Morris, Minnesota. She grew up in Cyrus, where she was baptized in August, 1931 and confirmed March 25, 1945 at Scandia East Lutheran Church.
Robert D. Schow, age 80, of Willmar, died Saturday morning, Dec. 1, at his home following an extended illness. A memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the United Methodist Church in Willmar with Rev. Chad Gilbertson officiating. Interment will be at Lake Andrew Cemetery in rural New London. Military Honors will be provided by Austin F. Hanscom American Legion Post #167 of Willmar. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Arrangements are with Peterson Brothers Funeral Home. Robert "Bob" Douglas Schow was born Sept.