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Luverne Wendler ~ Kasson

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

Wendler, Luverne

Luverne Donald Wendler, 82, of Kasson, MN passed away peacefully on February 23, 2016, at Cottagewood Senior Communities in Rochester as a result of dementia related illness.
 
Born September 9, 1933 in Kenyon, MN to Carl and Elsie Wendler, Luverne grew up in rural West Concord where he attended country school through 8th grade. He then attended and graduated from West Concord High School in 1951. On his 20th birthday, he enlisted in the army alongside his twin brother Eugene and served overseas during the Korean conflict.
 
Upon return from the service, both Luverne and his twin worked briefly at Jostens in Owatonna and on the iron range in Northern Minnesota, with both eventually settling into long-time careers at IBM in Rochester.
 
Luverne met Nancy Sue Howard on her 21st birthday in 1961. They wed on her birthday one year later, February 24, 1962, at The Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. They made their home in West Concord and raised four children; Cindy (Scott) Bartholomew of Kasson, Don Wendler of Kasson, Lisa (Jeff) Cummins of Owatonna, and Jen Oberle of Byron. Later they moved to Kasson where they have resided since 2004.
 
Known to many as “LD”, he enjoyed bowling, fishing and golfing. He shared his love of spending time with family and enjoyed many memorable family vacations and camping trips with his kids and grandkids, whom he absolutely adored. He loved being outdoors, acting selling and making people smile. Luverne and Nancy spent several winters with his brother, Gene, and sister-in-law Millie in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
 
Survived by his wife of 54 years (Nancy), four children; eight grandchildren, Cassi (Brian) Garness, Jesica (Rick) French, Adam Bartholomew, Sam Bartholomew, Rebecca Cummins, Marissa Cummins, Jacob Oberle and Tyler Oberle; six great-grandchildren; twin brother Eugene (Millie) of Kasson; and several nieces and nephews.
 
He was preceded in death by four brothers; Darrell, Carlton, Curtis and Allen.
 
He was a member of the West Concord American Legion and former long-time member of the West Concord Lion’s Club and the United Methodist Church of West Concord. Most recently, Luverne attended the Community Celebration Church of Kasson along with his wife until he was no longer able.
 
Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at the Community Celebration Church, 27337 County Highway 34, Kasson, MN with Pastor Steve Larson officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 from 4:00-7:00 pm at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main Street, Kasson, 507/634-2331, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. There will be no reviewal.


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Roger H. Anderson ~ Kasson

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

Anderson, Roger

Roger Helmer Anderson, 78, of Kasson, died from pancreatic cancer on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at home surrounded by his loving family.
 
Roger was born November 15, 1937, in Springfield, MN to Helmer and Martha Anderson.
 
On September 1, 1962, he married Barbara Jacobsen of Morgan, MN. She survives, as do his three daughters, Terry (Tucker) Cawthorn of North Carolina, Jodi (Doug) Bonnerup of Albert Lea and Lori (special friend Eric Teed) Freeberg of Rochester.
 
Roger was blessed with six beautiful grandchildren who were the joy of his life; Katie & Kelsey Cawthorn of North Carolina and Spencer, Judd, Blair and Brandon Bonnerup of Albert Lea.
 
Additional surviving family members include two sisters, Norma Schultz and Sylvia Anderson; two sisters-in-law, Carol Otto and Marjorie Knapp; as well as several nieces and nephews.
 
Roger graduated from Springfield High School in 1955. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1955-1958. His plumbing career started with Schultz Plumbing & Heating in Lamberton. He also worked as a plumber with Scheible Plumbing and Osborne Plumbing & Heating of New Ulm. In 1976, he moved his family to Kasson, MN and started Anderson Plumbing & Heating, which he operated until his retirement in 2004.
 
Roger enjoyed outdoor activities with his family such as camping, boating, water skiing, fishing, snowmobiling, motorcycle riding and travelling. In later years, he took up the hobby of stained glass and enjoyed driving his little red convertible. His evenings were filled with watching “The Big Bang Theory” and its many reruns. He also enjoyed wintering in Arizona, playing shuffleboard and sharing coffee and apple fritters with friends.
 
Visitation will be Saturday, February 27, 2016, from 9:30-11:00 am at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN. The memorial service will follow the visitation at 11:00 am with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery, Kasson, MN at a later date.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the church or the charity of the donor’s choice.


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Gordon Cunningham ~ Mantorville

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

Cunningham, Gordy Crop Color

Gordon Paul Cunningham, age 74,died peacefully surrounded by his family on February 18, 2016, at the Tampa General Hospital in Florida.
 
Gordon was born March 11,1941, in Worthington, Minnesota to Fred and Rose Cunningham. He grew up on the family farm in West Concord, Minnesota where he attended country school. Gordon then went on to attend Kenyon High School where he graduated in 1959. Gordon was active in 4H and he also enjoyed playing the accordion.
 
On June 24, 1962, Gordon was united in marriage to Sharen Lee Kiefer at the United Methodist Church in Greene, Iowa. Gordon and Sharen were married for 53 years and had three children. They made their home in Mantorville Minnesota.
 
Gordon (Gordy) was an over-the-road truck driver for International Transport and Starbulk. When Gordon left Starbulk, he purchased his own fleet of trucks and started his own business called Cunningham Enterprise. After several years of owning his own business, he subcontracted his trucks to International Transport. Gordon and Sharen also owned their own food concession stand and carnival ride. They traveled with the carnival for one year. Gordon drove school bus for the Kasson-Mantorville School System for many years. Gordon also owned and operated Cunningham RV for several years. Gordon’s first passion was calling so he bought another tractor trailer and drove over the road with Sharen until he retired in 2011.
 
Gordon enjoyed coffee with his buddies and trusted friends at Otto’s Bakery in Byron, Minnesota. His pasttime was co-managing LC Trucking in Kasson, Minnesota. Gordon loved spending time with his wife, kids, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many friends.
 
For 23 years, Gordon and Sharen wintered in Frostproof, Florida. In Florida, Gordon had many friends; he enjoyed the company of Chuck and Pam and fishing with Jim. Gordon also enjoyed having his many friends over so he could entertain them around his Tiki Bar.
 
Gordon is survived by his wife (Sharen); two sons, Leon (Lois) Cunningham of Mantorville and Lane Cunningham of Gainesville, VA; one daughter, LoAnah (Tony) Ramer of Kasson; five grandchildren, Jackie Cunningham, Cassandra (Brant) Kruger, AJ Ramer, Amanda Ramer, and Alyssa Ramer; six great- grandchildren, Kendyl, Dylon, Ashlynn, Quynn, Henry and Lucy. Also surviving are two brothers, Merle (Doreen) Cunningham and Dennis (Ellie) Cunningham; three Sisters, Linda (Roger) Anderson, Karen (Jerry) Montonye and Glenda Cunningham and one brother-in-law, Jerry (Marge) Kiefer. He was preceded in death by his father and mother.
 
Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm on Friday, February 26, 2016, at The First Congregational Church, 515 Walnut Street, Mantorville, MN with Pastor Brian Egelston officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, February 25, 2016, at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main St, Kasson, MN from 5:00-7:00 pm and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. There will be no reviewal. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery, Mantorville, MN.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be directed to them for distribution later according to their wishes.


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Donald L. Harker ~ Dodge Center

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Harker, Donald

Donald Lee Harker, 89, of Dodge Center, MN passed away Saturday, February 6, 2016, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, MN.
 
He was born on December 14, 1926, in San Francisco, CA to Robert Dexter Harker and Mamie Hazel Ballard. Donald was educated in California. He later moved to Milwaukee, WI where he met his wife, Marjorie.
 
He became a Machinist Apprentice. He later moved to Rochester, MN and worked for IBM at several locations and retired after over 25 years. After retirement, he moved to Dodge Center, MN and volunteered with SEMCAC.
 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie, his brother and his parents. He is survived by his grandson Corey (Tami) Harker; great-granddaughter Mikayla and close friends Wayne and Nanci Tjosaas. He is also survived by one son, Bruce Harker.
 
He will be missed as a generous, kind and loving person.
 
There will be a memorial gathering at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main St., Kasson, MN on Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 1:00-3:00 pm. Inurnment will be at Fairview Cemetery, Hayfield, MN at a later date. Memorials are preferred to the family.
 


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