Archive for January, 2015


Lyla Wilcox ~ Former Mantorville Resident

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Wilcox, Lyla

Lyla E. Wilcox, 98, formerly of the Kasson-Mantorville area, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at Colony Court Memory Care and Care Suites under hospice care in Waseca.

She was born April 15, 1916, to Andrew and Emily Larson in La Crosse County, Wisconsin. She married Frank DeLos Wilcox on Nov. 27, 1937. The couple lived in California a short time. In 1944 they moved to rural Mantorville and farmed there. They retired from farming in 1980 and moved into Kasson. 

Lyla was active in the First Congregational Church in Mantorville most of her married life. She loved working in her church and motorcycling with her husband.

Survivors include a son, Wesley (Terry) Wilcox of Rochester; two daughters, Beverly Ranvek of Florida and Joy (Russell) Weir of Waseca; 10 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; five step-great-great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law; and one son-in-law. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Frank D. Wilcox; daughter, Betty C. Johnson; two brothers; two sisters; and several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church, 515 Walnut St. in Mantorville, with Pastor Brian Egelston officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery in Wasioja.

In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials to the church.

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Donald Denny ~ Rochester

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Denny, Donald

Donald “Don” G. Denny, 74, of Rochester, passed away Sunday, Jan, 25, 2015, of natural causes at Cottagewood Senior Living in Rochester.

Don was born and raised in Mantorville. He and Donna Horsman were married in January of 1960.

He is survived by his wife, Donna; son, Duane; grandson, Donavan (wife, Crystal) with four great-grandchildren, Jourdain, Cameron, Shaelyn and Kaedynce; and grandson, Benjamin with two great-grandchildren, Aubrey and Lillian.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Morris and Helen Denny; three brothers, Jim, LaVerne and David and one sister, LaVonne Wangerin.

Don liked old cars, camping, fishing, hunting, country music, and building things, especially bird houses.

He worked in underground construction, at the Dodge County Court House and had his own cleaning business. 

Don loved his family and church family very much.

Memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, at 11 a.m. at the Dexter United Methodist Church, 115 S. Main St, Dexter MN 55926, with Pastor Karen Ashton officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

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Christian T. Wilcox ~ Mantorville

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Wilcox, Christian

Christian Thomas Wilcox died on January 18, 2015 near Mantorville, MN.

Christian was born January 25, 1991, in Rochester and lived most of his life in Mantorville. He graduated from Kasson-Mantorville High School in 2009. Christian was active in Boy Scouts, and was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout in 2009, following a restoration project in Mantorville’s Riverside Park.
Christian was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, trapping, and fishing in all seasons, learning to goose call and hunt when he was very young. He mentored others in the sports as well. He enjoyed many snowmobile trips to Wyoming with friends, golfing –especially an annual family reunion tournament– and spending time with his friends and his Labrador retriever, Riva.

Christian is survived by his parents, Mark and Michelle Wilcox, and sister, Kathryn (Katie) Wilcox, all of Mantorville; grandparents, Ronald and Darlene (Krumwiede) Olson of Eagan and Thomas and Mary (Runde) Wilcox of Mantorville; aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A celebration of Christian’s life will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, January, 24, 2015, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Avenue NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, and one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

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Elmer Boyum ~ Kasson

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Boyum, Elmer

Elmer Boyum, 95, died Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at Prairie Meadows Senior Living in Kasson.

Elmer was born Nov. 7, 1919, in Canisteo Township, Dodge County, to Knute and Karina (Emerson) Boyum. He was baptized and confirmed at South Zumbro Lutheran Church. On Nov. 14, 1940, he married Norma Sorensen at East St. Olaf Church near Rock Dell. Norma died on June 29, 1946. He married Lucille Megrund on March 4, 1955, at the South Zumbro parsonage. 

The 10th of 11 children, he grew up on the family farm in rural Kasson and attended Flatta Country School. He worked as a farm hand and eventually purchased his parents’ farm. He later bought and operated two other farms south of Kasson, where he spent all of his working life. In addition to farming, he drove a fuel truck for Farmers Co-op of Hayfield and was a bus driver for Kasson-Mantorville Public Schools. Elmer retired from farming in 1974 and moved into Kasson in 1976. He moved into Prairie Meadows in 2012, but he never gave up on his goal of returning to his home. 

Elmer was a lifelong member of South Zumbro Lutheran Church. He was active in agricultural and political issues with the Farmers Union. He enjoyed his family, particularly playing board games with his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great granddaughter. 

Elmer is survived by his wife, Lucille; one daughter, Carol (Ron) Rick of Dixon, Ill.; four sons, Norlyn of Peoria, Ariz., Kendall (Julie) of Hayfield, Tom (Gail) of Bloomington, Minn.; and Dwight (Judy) of Rochester; grandchildren Jaymie Boyum, Christine Frankowski, Chuck Boyum, Robin Smith, Jodi Rick, Bill Rick, Jennifer Rick, Susan Powers, Patrick Boyum,  Karine Greene, Audrin Place, Tanya Gregg, Tasha Raymo, Seth Boyum, Grace Boyum and Faith Boyum; great-grandchildren Sadie Rabun, Zachary Rabun, Ann Marie Frankowski, Emily Smith, Erica Smith, Erin Smith, A.J. Murdock, Owen Rick, Olivia Rick, Ethan Rick, Marissa Boyum, Andra Morales Reyes, Kamiah Adams, Paige Greene, Kennedy Greene, Katie Powers, Nyah Gregg, Brayden Raymo and Kaylee Raymo; and one great-great granddaughter, Brielle Boyum-Henrichs.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Norma; granddaughter Heidi Rick;  great-granddaughter Natalie Gregg; brothers Selmer, Clarence, Clifford, Bennie and Walter, and sisters Ruby, Edna, Luella, Esther and Clara. 

The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at South Zumbro Lutheran Church, 4830 120th Ave. SW, in rural Kasson, with the Rev. Mark Schwartz officiating. 

Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at South Zumbro Lutheran Church and one hour prior to the church service on Monday. Burial will be in the church cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the United Way or to a charity of your choice.

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Douglas M. Hegna ~ Kasson

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Hegna, Doug

Douglas Monroe Hegna, 84, passed away on January 18, 2014, at Field Crest Care Center in Hayfield, MN. Douglas was born on June 12, 1930 in Sergeant, MN to Knute and Mabelle Hegna. Doug was united in marriage to Sally Thronson on June 23, 1956.

Douglas was in the US Army 1951-1953 and a member of the American Legion for 68 years. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for Quarve and Anderson Construction Company in Rochester, MN and retired in 1994. Douglas enjoyed camping, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.

Douglas is survived by his children Cindy (Robert) Quaale of Dodge Center, MN, Sheila Hegna of Rochester, MN, and son, Jody Knute (Marie) Hegna of Little Falls, MN; grandchildren Joshua Iverson, Stacey Iverson, Andrew Hegna, Eric Hegna, and Dylan Quaale and great-grandchildren Hayven Iverson, Colton Ness and Kale Hegna.

Douglas was preceded in death by his wife, Sally Hegna, three brothers, two sisters and one grandchild.

The funeral service will be 11:00 am on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson, MN with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

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Paul D. Brannan ~ Mantorville

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

Brannan, Paul

Paul David Brannan, 57, of Mantorville, MN passed away Thursday, January 15, 2015, at his home following an acute heart attack. He was born February 11, 1957, in Rochester, MN, the son of Glen and Pauline (Boyum) Brannan.

Paul attended Kasson-Mantorville Schools, class of 1976. He entered the U.S. Army following high school. Upon discharge, he was employed in the construction business for several years, building silos, pole buildings, and doing concrete work.

In recent years, he enjoyed helping out on the Tvedt farm, his brother Mark’s hog farm, and spent a lot of time helping his good friend Larry Hanson at his farm. Paul also enjoyed metal scrapping and recycling. He will always be remembered for his willingness to help others, his good-hearted nature, and hearty laugh.

He was united in marriage on June 10, 1978 to Jurine Peterson. They were later divorced.

Paul is survived by his children, Jodi (Kyle) Larson of Troy, ID and Matt (Nicole) Brannan of Kasson, MN; grandchildren Cole, Hannah and Julia Larson and Viola and Zoey Brannan; mother Pauline (Lowell Tvedt); brothers, Gary (Tracy Stephens), Mark Bruno (Jenny) all of Kasson and Dale (Andrea) of Mantorville; step-brother John (Jodie) Tvedt of rural Byron and step-sister Sarah (Eric) Poole of Byron. Paul leaves behind many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives.

Paul is also survived by his life partner of 24 years, Laurie Cotten; step-daughters Georgina Logan of Rochester and Jesse Logan of Mantorville, and step-grandchildren, Adrian and Jazmin Hollins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Glen Brannan; paternal grandparents, Miles and Frances Brannan; maternal grandparents, Selmer and Julia Boyum; infant brother and step-grandchild, Alexander Hollins.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 19, 2015, at 1:00 pm at South Zumbro Lutheran Church, 4830 – 120th Ave SW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Mark Schwartz officiating. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the funeral service. There will be no reviewal.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials.

Blessed be his memory.

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