Archive for May, 2011


Keith Morris ~ Hayfield

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Keith Morris, 88, former Kasson, MN resident passed away Thursday, May 19, 2011 at Fieldcrest Care Center in Hayfield, MN where he had been a resident for four months. Keith was born on November 25, 1922 in Canisteo Township, Dodge County, MN to Oscar and Amy (Beals) Morris. On December 2, 1943, he married Lucille Lee in Rock Dell, MN.

They lived and farmed in rural Kasson until 2006 when they moved into Kasson. Keith also worked in road construction and was employed by the Mayo Clinic. In 2010, they moved to Hayfield.

He is survived by his wife Lucille of Hayfield, MN; sons Richard (Sandy) of rural Kasson and William of Hager City, WI; daughter Linda (Evan) Schmeling of rural Hayfield, MN; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers and 1 grandchild.

The funeral service will be Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at 1:30 pm at The West St. Olaf Lutheran Church, 70640 – 260th Avenue, Hayfield, MN with Pastor Darby Lawrence officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Monday, May 23, from 5:00-7:00 pm and 1 hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

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H. B. Kimble, D.V.M. ~ Kasson

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Harold Brison Kimble, born October 27, 1930 to Brison Edwin and Dessie Protzman Kimble in Parsons, West Virginia; deceased May 18, 2011, Mantorville, Minnesota. Dr. Kimble attended Morgantown High School, graduating in 1947. He entered West Virginia University studying pre-medicine and zoology. In 1953, he married Barbara Pritchett in Sturgis, Kentucky. Following the wedding, he served in Korea with the US Army where he was a First Lieutenant with the 25th Infantry Division. He received the Combat Infantry Badge, given to all enlisted men who fought in active ground combat. Upon returning to the US, he attended Oklahoma State University and earned a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Minnesota Veterinary Association.

In 1959 the Kimble’s moved to Kasson and established what would become the Carriage House Animal Hospital. During his fifty years in Kasson, he was involved with the City Council, serving as Mayor (1967-1970); Festival in the Park, and the Dodge County Fair. He is a fifty year member of the Kasson United Methodist Church. He enjoyed refurbishing antique cars, refinishing furniture and fishing.

He was a member of the Kasson Masonic Lodge, the Rochester Scottish Rite and the Osman Temple Shrine. He attained the rank of 33rd Degree Mason and held various offices in that organization. In December, 2010, he received a certificate for 50 years of membership in the Masonic Lodge. He has participated in many parades across southeastern Minnesota with the Rochester Merry Medics as Arnie the Clown.

Dr. Kimble is survived by his wife, Barbara; son, Doug and Sandee Kimble of St. Anthony; grandsons Lee Brison, Mark, Adam and Corey; son, Lawrence and Julie Kimble of Roseville; grandchildren, Ashley and Andrew; and daughter Sharon Kimble and Kris Brodersen of Minneapolis.

Services will be held at the Kasson United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 11:00 am with fellowship following. Memorials are preferred to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Minneapolis or to Season’s Hospice of Rochester, MN.

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Merlyn H. Lenox ~ Byron

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Merlyn Henry Lenox, 87, of Byron, MN peacefully passed away Tuesday night, May 17, 2011 at the Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center, MN.

Merlyn was born July 29, 1923 in Estherville, IA, the son of James and Edna Lenox. He married LaVon Marie Trench on May 16, 1954. They lived in Rochester for the first 10 years, then moved to Byron.

Merlyn had lived at the Fairview Care Center for the last 5 weeks. He was at peace with God and repeatedly told us how very much he loved his family and friends.

He was an Army Tech Sargeant in WW II from 1943-1946. He worked at IBM from 1957-1992. He was a member of the Byron, then the Kasson-Mantorville Lions Clubs, the American Legion and volunteered for the Methodist Auxiliary for many years. Merlyn’s hobbies included watching high school sports, following his grandson Jason’s wrestling career, fishing, woodcarving, painting and he lovingly enjoyed watching and playing with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Spending time with his wife and family brought him the most joy in life.

We will always remember him for his positive attitude and wonderful sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife, LaVon; his children Debbie (Charlie) Rhoten, Keith (Julie) Lenox, and Cheryl (Phil) Nelson; his grandchildren Brandi (Roger) Peters, Jessica (Eric) Westphal, Brad (Nikki) Nelson, Jason (Brianna) Rhoten, Courtney Lenox and Tonya Lenox; and his great-grandchildren Jordin, Tyler, Danika, Danielle, Evan and Wil.

He was preceded in death by his father, mother, sister and infant son.

The funeral will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at Christ Lutheran Church, 201 Frontage Road NW, Byron, MN with Pastor Bob Kleinke, officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be 1 hour before the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the Multiple Sclerosis or Diabetes Foundations.

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Jennifer D. Fish ~ Kasson

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

Jennifer Dawn Fish, 58, of Kasson passed away on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at Season’s Hospice in Rochester, MN where she had been a resident for 1 week.

She is survived by brother, Lee (Ginny) of Barnesville, MN and sister, Marna of Rochester, MN. She was preceded in death by her mother and father.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at 11:00 am at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 101 First Street NE, Kasson, MN with the Rev. Phyllis Kunz, officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. There will be no reviewal. Memorials are preferred to Season’s Hospice, 5650 Weatherhill Rd. SW, Rochester, MN 55902.

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