Violet (Ley) Dyrstad, age eighty-nine, passed away on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at her home in Nelson Gables.
Vi was born July 3, 1928 to Rudy and Nora Ley. She spent eight years at country school #77, and later graduated from Alexandria High School in 1946. Vi was employed at Alexandria Lumber Company, where she met Donald Dyrstad. They were united in marriage in 1948 at the "old" First Lutheran Church on the corner of 13th and Fillmore. Vi was busy with her family of four children, working at H. Boyd Nelson's and also Douglas County Courthouse for many years. Don passed away in 1979, and Vi purchased Lakes Motel, (with not a penny in her pocket). She also owned Skyline Motel.
Vi was a good cook, she made everything, from lefse to krumkaka and caramel rolls, her son said she made the best chocolate chip cookies in Douglas County! She loved to sew, crochet, knit and make quilts. Her hands were always busy making gifts for her family. Her saying was "I never charge my family," and she never did. Vi volunteered her time for many years at Knute Nelson Memorial Home and Senior Center.
She is survived by her children, Ken Dyrstad, Curt (Diane) Dyrstad, Carol (Kevin) Larsen and Connie (Rick) Rosengren; three granddaughters, Amanda (Chris) Szczodroski, Jennie (Paul) VonderHaar and Katie Jo Rosengren; four grandsons, Josh (Sheila) Dyrstad, Ryan (Katherine) Rosengren, Riley (Nicole) Rosengren and Tony (Janie) Dyrstad; and twelve great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Donald; brother, Milton Ley; Diane Dyrstad - Ken's wife, nephew, Keith Ley; and grandson, Jeremiah Dyrstad.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Anderson Funeral Home. Vi's cremated remains were laid to rest in Evergreen Cemetery that day. Arrangements are with the Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria.
William Bradley Anderson son of William J. and Mary Anderson of Alexandria, MN passed away September 25, 2017 at his home in Carlton, MN; he was 68 years old.
Bill was a graduate of Jefferson High School and Alexandria Technical College. He served in the U.S. Army stationed in Alaska. Bill enjoyed fishing, gardening and growing beautiful flowers. He is survived by his 3 children: Billy Anderson and special friend Mindy Yanish, Jennifer (Cliff) Barber, Deanna Aamot. His 6 brothers: Douglas (Diane) Anderson, Jim Anderson and specialfriend Karen Karger, Marshall (Julee) Anderson, Randy (Patty) Anderson, Sheldon (Renee) Anderson and 2 sisters: Linda (Stan) Harrison and Loreena Anderson and special friend Teirney Dunnigan and 8 grandchildren. He will be missed by his family and friends.
Lorraine K. Porter, 91, Alexandria, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, in Grand Arbor.
Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m., followed by the funeral at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 23, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Alexandria. Interment will be in Kinkead Cemetery.
Arrangements by Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria.
Marlin (Bud) Darwin Affeldt died February 1, 2017 at the age of 90 years.
Marlin was born October 13, 1926 to Walter and Francis (Anderson) Affeldt near Miltona, MN in Douglas County. He was baptized on May 15, 1927 at Svea Lutheran Church in Miltona, MN and on 10-5-1941 was confirmed there. He was 1 of 7 children. He attended country school in Miltona until moving to Alexandria where he continued his education through 8th grade. From 1943 to 1945 he was employed as a carpenter apprentice for St Anthony and Dakota Elevator Co. In 1945 Marlin joined the Army at Fort Snelling, MN. He went on to complete paratrooper training at Fort Hood in Texas. While stationed there he injured his leg and knee during a jump. For rehab he was sent to Oregon and then returned to Texas to retrain for the Military Police Corp as a prison guard. In 1946 he went to Sheridan, Ill. where he received an honorable discharge as a result of demobilization.
On returning to Alexandria, MN he started training as a brick mason. It was at this time that he met and married his first wife, Verna Johnson also of Alexandria, MN, on Dec. 31, 1946. For the next 16 years his work as a brick mason would take him all around North Dakota and South Dakota building churches, schools and hospitals. During this time they had two sons, Gerold Dean and Brent Alan and two daughters, Sharon Kay and Debra Rae. On Oct. 15, 1962 their divorce was finalized. Marlin remained in North Dakota. It was there that he met Vivian Ostrem of Rugby, North Dakota. They were married June 8, 1965. They chose to settle in Fargo, ND and in 1967 they were blessed with a daughter, Denise Ann. She kept them extremely busy especially during her school years and they loved going to school activities together. Marlin worked for companies based in Fargo and Minneapolis, MN, often commuting to Minneapolis on a weekly basis. When he didn't feel like driving all the way back to Fargo he would drive down to Cannon Falls, MN and spend the weekend with his daughter and family and on some of those weekends Vivian would join him. Marlin was very proud of the work he did in the Fargo area such as the Bethlehem Lutheran Church monument, high-rise and Bethany Nursing Home. The nursing home was where he and Vivian had planned to retire when the time came but sadly for Marlin, Vivian left him too soon. Vivian remained the love of his life and he has now gone on to be with her in their new world. Marlin was active in Bethlehem Lutheran Church and Fraternal Order of Eagles. He was a very avid bowler and also loved duck and pheasant hunting along with fishing. He enjoyed pro football and high school basketball. He and Vivian loved company and always welcomed friends, family and neighbors with coffee and warm conversations. Later he enjoyed going to casinos with his coffee buddies, and if you called him on a Sunday morning he would tell you he was at church - he was watching his favorite church service on the TV which he called the idiot box. He lived a full life and will be greatly missed by all. The stories and memories of him will be kept in our hearts forever.
Survivors include son, Gerold Dean; daughters, Sharon (Dennis) Nack, Debra (Leon) Klinghagen, Denise (Jeff) Boudreaux; daughter-in-law, Debbie (Brent) Affeldt; 16 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren; sisters, DeLoyce (John) Novak and Ardys (Phil) Pantlin, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Frances Affeldt; first wife Verna; second wife Vivian; brother, Roger Affeldt; sisters, DeLette Patrick, Madeen Jobe, Wanda Braaten; son, Brent Affeldt; son-in-law, Leon Klinghagen; grandson, Brandon McGregor and numerous extended family members.
Francis Hartman was born April 13, 1923 in Wilmont, MN, the son of George and Balibina (Langenhorst) Hartman. Times were hard when Frank was young, his family moved often through southwest Minnesota. Frank was able to attend elementary school until age thirteen. At thirteen years he joined the Civilian Conservation Corp and found work in the camps.
In 1944 Frank joined the United States Navy. He served aboard the newly launched USS Matanikau, an escort aircraft carrier. Frank served in the South Pacific and San Diego, CA.
On February 2, 1945 Frank was united in marriage to Ruth Jensen at San Diego, CA while serving in the US Navy. They were blessed with five children. The couple returned to Iona, MN following Frank's discharge after the war. He ran the Blue Moon Bar in Iona. In 1951 the couple moved to Alexandria, MN to farm. While farming he also worked for many years at Hubbard Milling. Frank retired from farming and the mill in 1987. In 1992 Frank and Ruth moved to Hemet, CA where they gathered many new friends.
While in California he was a member of St. Anthony's Church in San Jacinto. In Alexandria Frank was a member of St. Mary's church. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Frank enjoyed doing carpentry and woodworking projects. He liked fishing in Minnesota and loved to go fishing on the ocean. Frank had an eye for garage sales and enjoyed visiting and bargaining for the best deals.
On Friday, September 15, 2017 Frank died at the age of ninety-four years at Sharon's Senior Services. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Hartman; his daughter, Lori Harstad; one great grandson, Zachary Salto; four brothers, John, Felix, Matthew and Joseph Hartman; and one sister, Florence McDonald. Frank is survived by his son, James Hartman and wife, JoAnne, of Alexandria, MN; daughters, Bonnie Salto and husband, Norman, of Alexandria, Carol Swanson and husband, Gary, of Hemet, CA, and Mona Lisa Hartman of Alexandria; five grandchildren, Theodore Salto, Timothy Salto and wife, Stephanie,, Thomas Salto, Teresa Harstad and husband, Mike, and Misha Harstad; and six great grandchildren, Blaine, Brittany, Hannah, Chelsey, Johnny, Elizabeth and Rebekah.
The family would like to give a special thanks to Sharon's Senior Services and the Douglas County Hospice for their wonderful care.
A funeral service was held Thursday, September 21, 2017 at Anderson Funeral Home. Reverend Father Steve Binsfeld officiated. Entombment was in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home.
Vernon Clair Morrison was born August 2, 1927 in Ortonville, MN, the son of Vernon and Grace (Adams) Morrison. At age 3 Clair and his family moved to Hutchinson, MN where he attended school through the third grade before moving to St. Cloud, MN. Clair graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School and began attending Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.
Clair's education was briefly interrupted while he served his country in the United States Army. Clair served as a pharmacist's assistant at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. He returned to Minnesota and graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in Education. Clair continued with his Master's Degree in Education which he received from North Dakota State University.
Clair met Beatrice Koshiol in 1949 while at St. Cloud State University and the two were married in St. Cloud on February 25, 1950. The couple moved to Alexandria, MN where Clair began teaching in high school. He taught consumer education and history for thirty-six years. During that time Clair mentored many young men through his love of sports; he helped coach Cardinal Football for over twenty-five years.
Clair enjoyed all kinds of sports; his television only had one channel - sports. Clair enjoyed coaching and also umpired for softball. The Twins and the Vikings were his teams, as were the Alexandria Cardinals. He enjoyed fishing in the summer and winter. Lake living was also special for Clair; he always made sure the boat was ready to go.
Clair and Bea have been members of the First Congregational United Church of Christ for over sixty-eight years. Clair volunteered his time to the Golden K's Kiwanis Club and the Runestone Museum. He supported higher education at several universities.
Clair spent thirty-two years of retirement with Bede and his family. He and Bede wintered in Fort Myers, FL for many years. Clair and Bede traveled extensively during their retirement. They visited all fifty states and enjoyed many cruises around the world. Their travels took them to many countries. Clair was a devoted family man beginning with the care he gave to his mother and father. He worked hard to provide successfully for his family. He served as a role model for his daughters and their husbands and for all of his students and athletes that he taught and coached.
On Monday, May 29, 2017 Clair died at the age of eighty-nine years. He was preceded in death by his parents. Clair is survived by his wife, Beatrice Morrison of Alexandria; daughters, Mary Hanson and husband, Alan, of Alexandria and Jeanne Monich and husband, Allan, of Ann Arbor, MI four grandchildren, Tom, Katie, Adam and Matthew; and one sister, Marilyn Vits and husband, Lou, of Bella Vista, AR.
A funeral service will be held 11 AM Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Alexandria. Pastor Kathy Hodges will officiate. Interment in Kinkead Cemetery in Alexandria will be private. Military honors will be provided by the Alexandria Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 AM Saturday at the church.