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Jean Larson, 57, Long Prairie, died March 10, 2009 at Knute Nelson Nursing Home in Alexandria. Mass of Christian burial was held Saturday, March 14 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Long Prairie with Fr. Rich Walz officiating. Interment was at Christ the King Catholic Cemetery in Browerville. Jean was born July 9, 1951 in Long Prairie to George and Annabelle (Biermaier) Twardowski. She attended country school, St. Peter's Catholic School and Browerville High School. She was united in marriage to Kevin Larson on September 27, 1968 at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Browerville.
Richard "Dick" Dwight Larson, 81, passed away peacefully and surrounded by his family on March 16, 2009, at the Minnesota Veterans' Home in Fergus Falls. Dick was born June 23, 1927 in Leslie Township near Osakis to Louis and Magdelena (Ohland) Larson. He was the youngest of four children. At age 2, Dick lost his father in a mining accident in North Dakota. As a youth, Dick lived and attended school in Osakis, St. Cloud and Minneapolis. In 1944, at age 17, Dick enlisted in the Merchant Marines.
Ralph "Sam" Drum, 90, passed away peacefully at West Wind Village the morning of March 10, 2009. Ralph was born in Carlos Township on March 29, 1918 to Everett and Hattie (Kingston) Drum. Ralph led quite an enviable life as a "jack of all trades." He and his brothers used to mow hay on land that his family owned on what is now Carlos State Park.
Ruth JoAnne "Jo" Hammargren, 77, Alexandria, formerly of Coon Rapids, died March 8, 2009.
Wallace Edward Crumpton, 79, of 4547 Redwood St., Winter Haven, Florida, went to be with the Lord on March 7, 2009 at his home. Born on November 25, 1929 in Pelham, North Carolina, he was the son of Clarence Crumpton and Edna Arnold Crumpton. Wally served with distinction as a sergeant first class in the U.S. Army from 1948 to 1954. In 1970, he married Gloria Erickson and they lived in Colorado, where Wally had his own meat processing business. He retired in 2001 and then drove for Loomis-Fargo. Wally was an avid poker and card player. He also loved fishing.
Alfred Palmer Ellertson, 85, died March 15, 2009. Alfred was born April 8, 1923 in Langhei Township, south of Starbuck, to Otto and Alma (Nelson) Ellertson. He attended country school In Langhei though 5th grade. Following his schooling Alfred worked with his father. He and his parents moved to Alexandria, where he continued to work for his father. Following his mother's death, Alfred lived with and provided care for his father as long as he was able. Alfred was a self-taught auto mechanic. He worked at Andy's Interlachen Inn in Alexandria.
Marcella D. Undlin, 89, Alexandria, died March 13, 2009. Marcella was born September 25, 1919 in Alexandria to Theodore and Elaine (Kitzke) Grube. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in Alexandria. She graduated from Alexandria High School in 1937 and attended St Olaf College and the Minnesota School of Business. She had taken voice lessons in high school in Alexandria from teacher Gretchen Steiler, at St. Olaf College and McPhail School of Music in Minneapolis.
Kathryn Dorothy Anderson, 84, formerly of Fergus Falls, died March 15, 2009, at Diamond Willow Assisted Living Facility in Alexandria. Kathryn was born August 16, 1924 in Wegdahl to Nels Olson and Alvina K. (Remmen) Sletten. She was baptized and confirmed at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Montevideo. She graduated from Central High School in Montevideo in 1942. On October 26, 1952 she married Merril L. Anderson at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Montevideo. She began working for Kief and Kief Attorneys in 1942, working there until 1952.
Duane Kenneth Lounsbery, 61, Alexandria, died March 12, 2009 at his home. Duane was born June 3, 1947 in Sioux Falls, SD, to Maurice and Esther (Thomas) Lounsbery. He attended school at Cottage Grove country school near Beresford, SD and attended junior high at Centerville, SD. When the Lounsbery family moved north of Vermillion, SD, Duane attended and graduated from Meckling High School.
Edwin Lester Erickson, 89, died March 4, 2009 at Knute Nelson in Alexandria. Edwin was born January 20, 1920 on a farm near Nelson to Gust and Ellen (Swedberg) Erickson. He attended grade school in Nelson and helped out on the family farm. Ed's first job after leaving the farm homestead was operating a Skelly gas station on the corner of Third and Nokomis in Alexandria. During WWII he served in the U.S. Army in reconnaissance in Europe, Italy, Germany and Africa. After returning from the war he was a member of the Alexandria police force.