Archive for March, 2013


Kenneth M. Phelps ~ Rochester

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Phelps, Kenneth Color

The services for Kenneth M. Phelps will be held at 10:30 am, Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 1114 – 3rd Street SE, Rochester, MN with Fr. Mark McNea officiating. Burial will be at the Grandview Memorial Gardens immediately following the service. Military graveside services will be conducted by the Kasson American Legion and the Mantorville VFW. Visitation will be Tuesday, March 26 from 5:00-7:00 pm at Dibble Funeral Home, (507)634-2331, 213 W. Main St., Kasson, Minnesota and one hour prior to the service at the church. There will be no reviewal.

Ken passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday morning, March 23, 2013 at St. Mary’s Hospital. He was born on March 6, 1936 to Maynard and Josephine Phelps. He graduated from Kasson High School in 1954, and attended Austin Community & Technical School. He served in the US Navy aboard Kearsarge Carrier, worked for IBM for 10 years and managed his own business, Rochester Tool & Cutter Grinding, for 46 years.

He enjoyed watching his grandson, Justin, play hockey and baseball, winters in Florida, summer weekends at their cabin in Wisconsin, going to stock car races and spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jane; three children, Janell Nelsen (Eric) of Chicago, Jack Phelps (Kris) of Kasson, and Cheryl Goldberg (Ken) of Chicago. He is also survived by seven beloved grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Charles (Chuck) Phelps, his parents and his brother, Wayne.

The family prefers memorials to Parkinson Research and Mayo Clinic Hospice Care in lieu of flowers.

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Elmer Skogen ~ Kasson

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Skogen, Oscar

Elmer Harold Skogen passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on March 17, 2013 at the age of 91 after a week in the hospital battling cancer. Elmer was the only child born to Oscar and Nora (Sanvick) Skogen in Canisteo Township, MN on September 7, 1921.

He attended country school through 8th grade and always lived as a true Norwegian, as he was very proud of his heritage. In his youth he liked to speak Norwegian with friends and family, along with going swimming, skiing, and ice-skating in his spare time. He always had an easy going personality and a sense of humor.

On January 8, 1955, he married the love of his life, Eleanor Crandall. They were active farmers and raised four children until 1979 when he and his wife retired to a quiet life in the country, continuing to raise gardens and always finding projects to work on around the house. He also raised a variety of farm animals in his retirement and enjoyed the company of most critters with the exception of deer and raccoons, who seemed determined to ruin the fruits of his labor. Darn deer!

He enjoyed visiting with company, gardening, planting trees, mowing lawn, doing woodwork, reading, and just plain keeping busy. He admired hard work, was always willing to lend a hand to those in need of help, and enjoyed the simple pleasures in life. He was also particularly fond of popcorn, Milky Way candy bars, malts, John Wayne movies, and telling lots of stories from his youth.

He is survived by four children: Oscar (Cathy) Skogen of Dodge Center, Marilyn Skogen of Mantorville, Russell (Vicky) Skogen of Kasson, and Debra (Dennis) Rodgers of La Luz, NM; eight grandchildren: Melinda, Jessica, Larissa, Nicholas, Tabitha, Amanda, Kayla, and Lindsey; and fourteen great-grandchildren with another one on the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, one grandson and one grandson-in-law.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the American Cancer Society. Any money received by the family will go to Bailey’s Hope, the family’s Relay for Life team that was originally created in his wife’s honor.

There will be no funeral or memorial services in honor of his wishes. A private family burial will take place in early summer.

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Dawn Byers ~ Kasson

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Byers, Dawn Color

Dawn Marie (Knudsen) Byers
Dawn Knudsen was born March 20th, 1963 to Judy and Gary Knudsen in Owatonna, Mn.
She passed away at her home in Kasson on March 9th, 2013.
She grew up in West Concord and after graduating High School, attended St.Olaf
College. She married Steve Byers in 1984.
Dawn loved music and is well remembered for her beautiful singing voice. She enjoyed
visiting with family and friends but most of all treasured reading books and discussing them
for hours with husband Steve.
She is survived by her mother Judy Leth ( Jeff) of Kasson, father Gary Knudsen (Edith) of West
Concord, brothers Jeff Knudsen (Vicki), Scott Knudsen (Linda) of Kasson.
Dawn was proceeded in death by her husband Steve Byers, grandparents Dave and Elvera
Knudsen and Paul and Celia Derby.
A private family burial will be held at a later date.

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Steven M. Byers ~ Kasson

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Steven M. Byers, 48, of Kasson, Minnesota, died of natural causes at his home on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. No services are planned at this time.

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