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Eugene L. “Gene” Meyer ~ Kasson

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Meyer, Eugene BW

Eugene Lyle Meyer, 83, of Kasson, MN passed away Monday morning, June 27, 2016 at his home.
He was born March 31, 1933 in Madison, South Dakota to Bernard & Irene (Van Den Hemel) Meyer. He graduated from West Concord High School in 1952. He served in the United States Navy from 1952-1971. After retiring from the Navy as a Chief Petty Officer, he worked for 23 years for Wilson Trucking in Rochester, MN. He was a proud member of the Kasson American Legion and the Mantorville VFW.
Eugene is survived by his wife Barbara Meyer of Kasson, MN; his sisters Louise (Ezra) Erickson of Owatonna, MN, Carol Clough of Kasson, MN, Pat Kubat of Kasson, MN and Rosemary Smith of Mesa, AZ; his brothers Ed Meyer of Kasson, MN and John (Kathy) Meyer of Blooming Prairie, MN; his boys Paul Meyer of Gainesville, FL, Charles Meyer of Gainesville, FL and Michael (Wendy) Meyer of Deleon Springs, FL and his grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many other family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Earl, Raymond, Frank, Robert, Richard and Steven; his son Pat and a great-grandson.
The funeral service will be at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 – 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN on Friday, July 1, 2016 at 1:00 pm with Pastor Dana O’Brien officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Thursday, June 30, from 4:00-7:00 pm and one hour prior to the service on Friday. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery, Kasson, MN. Military graveside services will be conducted by the Kasson American Legion and the Mantorville VFW.
The family wishes to thank all who shared their lives with Gene; he was a great man.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials for them to distribute later according to their wishes.

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David H. Dobbs ~ Wasioja

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Dobbs, Dave

David Harold Dobbs (57) of Wasioja, MN. passed away at home on Father’s Day June 19, 2016 after a 17-1/2 month fight against a rare neuroendocrine cancer.
David was born on Feb. 22, 1959 in Prairie du Chien, WI, to Montana (Monte) and the late Harold Dobbs. He grew up along the Mississippi river in Prairie du Chien, WI, Brownsville, MN and New Albin, IA. He attended high school in Lansing, IA where he was better known as Freddy. He married his high school sweetheart, Jeanne Bulman, at an outdoor ceremony in rural New Albin, IA on July 22, 1978. Together they raised their children Luke, Matt and Jen in Wasioja, MN.
David worked at Meyer Sawmill, Dee Implement, The Moore Farm in New Albin, IA, and Northern Engraving in Lansing, IA, all while attending jr. high and high school. He later worked at Alberts Underground Cable in Owatonna, MN, Curt Robertson Block-laying in Owatonna, MN, and Brian and Craig Busch Concrete Const. in Claremont, MN. In 1983, he started his own concrete construction company-Dobbs Construction with business partner Ed Bronner in Dodge Center, MN. From 1987 until the time of his death, David and his wife Jeanne were owners of Dobbs Construction, Inc. in Dodge Center, MN. Both sons have proudly worked with their Dad since high school and continue to run the business. “We sure made a good team”
David’s greatest joy was his family. He loved and enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, family and friends which included attending and cheering on his children and grandchildren at sporting events, concerts and recitals. He was an avid fisherman and hunter; deer hunting, turtle trapping in WI, moose hunting in Canada, hunting trips out west, fishing trip to Alaska, ice fishing, and just fishing anywhere he thought the fish were biting. David shared his hunting and fishing skills with his children and grandchildren, passing on his love and respect for mother nature to them.
He celebrated life wherever he was and in whatever he was doing. The list of his favorites is long: Being on the water, a cold beer and good conversation, an honest day’s work pouring concrete with his sons, setting off fireworks, telling you Happy Easter any time of the year, butterfinger candy bars, giving flowers and jewelry to Jeanne, giving nicknames, teasing and joking around, loud music and a good party, saving “free drink” bar chips, bringing home go-carts, dirt bikes, snowmobiles, duck boats, 3 & 4 wheelers and golf carts for his kids and grandkids to learn to drive and then fix, taking training wheels off, throwing sock bombs, pontooning on the lake with Jeanne and telling the great muskie story, spending family and friend time Up North at his place by Mille Lacs Lake in Wahkon, MN, taking his kids and grandkids out on the lake fishing, water skiing, tubin’, knee boarding and stopping at Bare-Ass beach, living life to the fullest with lots of SUNSHINE…His motto always, “CELEBRATE LIFE” but finally remarking, “Remember, you gotta have a little rain to make a rainbow”.
David was a member of the First Congregational UCC Church in Dodge Center, MN, and Eagles Club member in Prairie du Chien, WI.
He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Dobbs; grandparents, Virgil & Marguerite Dobbs and Henry & Lydia LaMere; mother, Montana(Monte) Meyer; step-father, Audie Meyer; mother-in-law, Shirley Bulman; close aunt & uncle, Jeanette & Eldon Smethurst; close cousin, Jeff Smethurst; infant nephew, Michael Zwart Jr.; infant great-niece, Poppy Stevens.
He is survived by his wife of 37 yrs. Jeanne; son Lucas (Heidi) and their children Colby, Reece & Rainey of Berne, MN; son Matthew (Shyanne Pflaum) and Matt’s boys Kauri & Soren; Shyanne’s children Sereniti, Gavin & Aryanna of rural Mantorville, MN.; daughter Jennifer (Timothy Carver) and their baby due in Dec. of Mantorville, MN.; sisters, Susan (Jeff) Engen of Spring Grove, MN.; Pam (Wayne) Adamson of Claremont, MN.; Julie Dobbs of Pahala, Hawaii; Kathy Meyer of Rochester, MN.; brother Jeff (Jessica) Meyer of New Albin, IA.; father-in-law, Robert (Marilyn) Bulman of New Albin, IA.; sisters-in-law, Jody (Lee) Stoltman of Winona, MN and Lynne (John) Burke of Burnsville, MN.; brothers-in-law, Doug (Lee Ann)Bulman of Oelwein, IA, Dan (Barb) Bulman of LaCrescent, MN and John (Jodi) Bulman of Zumbro Falls, MN as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and many friends.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, June 24, 2016 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 – 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Charles Schaal of the First Congregational Church, Dodge Center, MN officiating. Visitation will be at the church Thursday, June 23 from 4:00-8:00 pm and one hour prior to the service on Friday. There will be no reviewal. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery, Wasioja, MN.

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Glenna M. Peterson ~ Former Kasson Resident

Friday, June 17th, 2016

Peterson, Glenna M

Glenna Marie (Hairsine) Peterson, age 98, died on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at the Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center, MN. Glenna nourished people around her with love, faith, and her ability to bake. Her grandchildren were often caught sneaking baked goods from the freezer. Glenna instilled her love for family and baking in to those close to her.
Glenna was born in Missouri Valley, Iowa to Glen and Ethel Hairsine and was the middle of five children. She graduated from Kasson High School in 1935 and started working for American Linen.
On May 17, 1941 Glenna married Richard Peterson. The couple spent many years traveling while Richard was in the service before returning to Kasson. Glenna spent the next 30 years working for the Kasson-Mantorville Schools in the cafeteria and as an elementary school classroom aide, where she was praised for her hard work and caring personality. The couple spent many years traveling and camping with their children.
Glenna is survived by her husband of 75 years, Richard; her children, Rebecca Christensen and Greg Peterson; grandchildren, Jaclyn Gunderson, Jeffery Donahoe, and James (Crystal) Donahoe; 4 great grandchildren; sisters, Mariam Krumwiede and Roberta Kilpatrick; and many nieces and nephews. Glenna was preceded in death by her parent’s, her sister Sarah Parkin and her brother Carl Hairsine.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 21 at 1pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Burial will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville. There will be no reviewal or visitation.
The Peterson family would like to extend gratitude to the Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center, MN for their attentiveness and loving care.

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Ruth Ann Johnson ~ Mantorville

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Johnson, Ruth

Ruth Johnson, 71, of Mantorville, MN, died of natural causes at her home on Monday, June 6, 2016.
Born January 8, 1945, in Austin, MN, Ruth Norman married Douglas Johnson on December 2, 1967. Together they raised two daughters and forged a good life. Ruth worked for 30 years as a Health Unit Coordinator at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN.
Ruth loved her friends and family, both natural and those she randomly adopted, of which she had many. She loved to laugh and play games, and she was always ready with a hug.
She is survived by her husband, Douglas Johnson; daughters, Sarah Johnson and Becky (Desi) Wren; granddaughter, Kaylee Wren; two sisters, Ethel (Dave) Chinander and Jean (Gary) Scrabeck, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents Everett and Inez Norman of Austin, MN.
The funeral will be Saturday, June 11, at 11 am at the Kasson Church of Christ, 901 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Dale DePeel officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Friday, June 10, from 5-7 pm and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. There will be no reviewal.

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