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David L. Bradford ~ Kasson

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

David Lloyd Bradford, a former long time resident of Kasson, died at Season’s Hospice in Rochester on Friday, January, 11, 2013.

Dave was born January 27, 1933 in Berne, MN to Lloyd and Jessie Bradford. He grew up in the Kasson-Mantorville area and spent many a day peeling potatoes and washing dishes at “Brad’s Diner” which was a family owned business.

In October of 1953, Dave married his childhood sweetheart, Phyllis Johnston, of Wasioja, MN in Kasson. Soon after, Dave joined the Army and the newlyweds moved to Arizona. Dave learned to be a mechanic while in the service. He was stationed in Korea from 1954-56 and honorably discharged in 1961. Dave and his new family moved back home to Kasson. He worked at Folkstad’s Garage for a few years and then went to work for UPS in Rochester as a fleet mechanic. He retired after 21 years in 1986. He soon discovered that retirement was not for him (or for Phyllis). He went back to work for the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department and kept the cruisers running in tip top shape. He retired for keeps in 1998.

Dave is survived by his wife, Phyllis. They celebrated 59 years of marriage on October 10, 2012. Also surviving are three daughters; Vickie (Stephanie) Hallisy of Rochester, Cindra Nordstrom of Austin, and Jody (Randy) Liudahl of Rochester; and one sister, Nancy (Lyle) Gronvold of Kasson. He leaves behind 6 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Richard, Royce and Larry.

Dave lived a full and active life with his wife, daughters and friends. Many summers were spent on the lake near Faribault camping, boating, water skiing and, of course, fishing. Dave was a great fisherman, and he shared his passion with his kids, grandkids and friends. He was a long time member of the VFW, the American Legion and the Snowdrifter’s Club. Dave, though short in stature, was a big character. He wanted to make sure everyone was having a good time and would share a beer with friends; luckier ones might also get some fish! He enjoyed his grandkids and great-grandkids and they, in turn, will miss their “Grandpa Pete”.

There will be no funeral service at this time. The family will host a reception on January 27, 2013 at the VFW in Mantorville from 1:00-4:00 pm in Mantorville. All friends and family are welcome to come and share some “Dave” stories.

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Kenneth R. Vangness ~ Kasson

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Kenneth R. Vangness, 86, of Kasson, passed away Thursday, January 10, 2013, at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center, MN, where he had been a resident for four days.

Ken was born July 10, 1926, in Concord, MN to Jacob and Julia Vangness. He attended school in West Concord, served in the Army Air Corps during World War II from 1944 to 1947, and married June E. Keller of Dodge Center in June, 1946. They lived in the West Concord area until 1956 when they moved to Kasson. Their 66th wedding anniversary was celebrated in 2012.

He is survived by three sons (Roger (Karen), LuVerne (Cathy), and Steve), five daughters (Jeannie, Pat (Gary) Olevson, Bev (Dan) Harris, Sandi (Dean) Solberg, and Sheri (Chuck) Finger), 20 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, brother Harold (Alma), two sisters (Shirley Giesler and Florence Wangen), sister-in-law June Baldridge, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife June in September 2012, grandson J.J., parents, brothers (Obert, Jeff, Irving, Luther), and sisters (Alice, Harriet, Ruth).

Ken lived a full and active life. He managed the Mobil gas station in Kasson for many years before moving on to work on the pipeline. Eventually he started his own backhoe business, Vangness Construction, finally retiring in 2011. In his younger years, he served on the Kasson Fire Department and was a member of the Masonic Lodge and American Legion. He fully participated in bowling leagues, fishing, hunting, and finally gave up his golfing league at age 85. He loved to tell a good joke, tease his grandkids, and made many batches of peanut brittle each Christmas.

The family would like to express their gratitude for the wonderful care he received at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center and in the Memory Care Unit at Gunderson Suites in Kenyon during these last difficult months.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, January 15, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson. Visitation will be Monday, January 14, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church and one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Burial of cremation remains of Ken and June will take place in the spring.

The family prefers memorials to them to be distributed later at their wishes.

Dibble Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Kasson is in charge of the arrangements.

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Ervin D. Marti ~ Kasson

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Ervin D. Marti died peacefully in his sleep at Seasons Hospice in Rochester from complications of COPD. He was born October 8, 1917 to William and Hattie Marti on the family farm near Kasson. He attended and graduated from Kasson Schools in 1935. In 1936, he enrolled at the National Schools of Los Angeles in the diesel and gas engine programs. Due to the depression, he was unable to find work in California so he returned to Minnesota and enlisted in the Civilian Conservation Corps, Company 2709 at Plainview. He worked on trucks, dozers and rock crushing equipment until April 1938. He was employed at various shops and garages until December 30, 1941 when he married Verna Solberg.

Together they raised two daughers, Kay and Vicki, and one son, Don. They moved back to the family farm and farmed alongside his brother, Clinton, growing canning crops, corn, hogs and beef cattle. In 1952, he bought out his brother’s share and changed to cash crops of corn, beans, hay and oats. In the late 1950’s, he became the Pioneer Seed dealer for this area and remained farming and selling seed until his retirement in 1985. In February, 1971, he lost Verna to ALS.

On January 5, 1974, he married Ardis Graves and moved to Rochester to be with the new additions to his family; Sherry, Kanneth, Sheila and Sharon.

He loved dancing and fishing during his freetime, and spending summers at the cabin in Northern Minnesota. He enjoyed conversations with friends and family about a variety of topics.

He is survived by daughters, Vicki Kleeberger of Richfield, MN, Sherry Fields of Rochester, MN, Sheila Larson of Zumbrota, MN, Sharon (David) Furth of West St. Paul, MN; sons, Don (Linda) of Kasson, MN, Kenneth (Dana) Graves of Golden Valley, MN; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, oldest daughter, Kay, and a brother.

Memorial funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 11:00 am at the United Methodist Church, 801 5th Ave NW, Kasson, MN, with Pastor Karen Seavey officiating. Visitation will be held at the church on Friday, December 28, from 5:00-7:00 pm and one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Memorials are preferred to Seasons Hospice, Rochester, Minnesota.

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Barbara Anne Kimble ~ Mantorville

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

Barbara Anne Kimble, nee Pritchett, born November 19, 1932 to Harry Gilbert and Kathryn Omar Pritchett in Clay, Kentucky. Barbara attended and graduated from high school in Sturgis, Kentucky in 1950. Following graduation she worked as a bookkeeper at a bank. In 1953, she married Lt. Harold Kimble in Sturgis, Kentucky.

After living in West Virginia and Oklahoma, she and the now Dr Kimble moved to Kasson in 1959. Together they raised three children. They also established the Carriage House Animal Hospital.

Barbara was a faithful member of the Kasson United Methodist church for 50 years. She served as President of the Women’s Society for Christian Service (United Methodist Women). She was involved in serving luncheons to the exchange club and was instrumental in planning and implementing the cookie walk at the annual bazaar. Barbara was well known for her ham loaf with mustard sauce and pecan-chocolate ball candies. She served as a Girl Scout leader and cookie chairperson throughout the 70s. Barbara was also a den mother to her sons’ Cub Scout Troop. She was a member of the Kasson Eastern Star and accepted leadership roles in that organization.

Barbara passed away December 4, 2012 at Seasons Hospice in Rochester, MN.

Her family will remember Barb for her strong Christian faith, passionate love of cooking (especially her chocolate chip cookies), her interest in everything related to the Civil War, but especially her sense of humor and the joy she expressed when spending time with her grandchildren.

Barbara is survived by son Doug and Sandee Kimble of St. Anthony; grandsons Lee, Mark (Elizabeth), Adam, and Corey; son Lawrence and Julie Kimble of Roseville; grandchildren Ashley (Matthew Brown) and Andrew; and daughter Sharon Kimble (Kris Brodersen) of Minneapolis. She has a sister Carolyn Jean in Manning, South Carolina and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Harold Kimble, and her three brothers Donald, Harry, and James (Bill).

Memorial services will be held at the Kasson United Methodist Church, 801 5th Ave NW, Kasson, MN, on Thursday, December 13 at 11:00 am with visitation one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville and a reception will follow the service. Memorials to Kasson United Methodist Church or Seasons Hospice, Rochester.

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Dr. Richard F. Derby ~ Pine Island

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Dr. Richard (Doc) Franklin Derby, 90, died at Pine Haven Care Center in Pine Island, MN where he had resided since July, 2011. Richard was born February 24, 1922 in Milton Township, Dodge County, Minnesota to Walter and Esther (Alberts) Derby.

During World War II, Richard served in England and France (participated in the battle of Normandy) from 1942 through 1945 in the Signal Corp with a final rank of communications chief. He received the American Service medal, Good Conduct medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Service medal and World War II Victory medal.

Although Richard didn’t graduate from high school, it didn’t mean that he hadn’t had a thirst for knowledge. He had read the complete set of World Book Encyclopedias from cover to cover. After the military, Richard attended and graduated with an AA degree from Rochester Community College in 1948. He continued his studies to be an engineer, attending the University of Minnesota. Because engineers weren’t finding employment, he decided to study at Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis to be a tool and die maker. He was one of the first to be employed at the IBM plant in Rochester, MN, when it opened in 1956. Richard decided to change careers when he enrolled at Northwestern Chiropractic College in Minneapolis in 1960, where he was a member of the Nu Eta Chi Honor Society. After completing his studies there, he was a practicing chiropractor in Rochester, MN.

On November 18, 1966, Richard married Virginia Buxton at First Baptist Church, Stewartville, MN. Richard and Virginia lived in Rochester, MN, Stewartville, MN, Canton, SD, Sheldon, IA, George, IA, Marietta, GA and Ashton, IA where he practiced his profession over a period of 46 years. He was still working many hours daily as a chiropractor until he was 86 years old when he was forced to retire due to health reasons. Dr. Derby was always willing to take care of his patients whenever they needed help from his healing hands. He would work around his patients’ schedules, whether that would be 5:00 am or midnight, on any day of the week, including holidays.

After his marriage, Richard was very active in the Baptist Church. He was a Sunday School teacher and also frequently sang duets with his wife at church services. He was a member of the American Legion in Canton, SD and Ashton, IA for many years. He also belonged to the Minnesota Chiropractic Association, South Dakota Chiropractic Association, and the Iowa Chiropratic Association at various times.

Richard loved to travel with his wife and was an avid reader, especially books or articles of a scientific nature. Richard always thought “outside of the box”. He was constantly thinking of how something could be made better, always inventing. His talents ranged from putting in a water system on the family farm as a teenager; building a hay bale elevator; inventing a part for an airplane, a self-adjusting step ladder, and a better chiropractic adjusting table; as well as ideas as to how to extinguish oil well fires. He also had his own unique ideas about better ways to adjust his chiropractic patients. Richard was a man of small stature with giant ideas, always saying that nothing was impossible.

Survivors include two daughters, Sara (Peter Shane) Derby-Burras of Essex, VT and Laura Derby of Los Angeles, CA; and one grandchild, Breanna Derby-Burras. He is also survived by a sister, Shirley Lien of West Concord. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia; his parents; brothers, Charles of Yankton, SD, Lester of Byron, MN and Howard of rural West Concord, MN.

The funeral service for Dr. Richard Derby will be Monday, November 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm at Zwingli United Church of Christ located in Berne, MN (rural West Concord) with the Rev. Victor Jortack officiating. Visitation will be for one hour before the church service. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville, MN with military graveside services provided by the Kasson American Legion and the Mantorville VFW. A memorial service will be held at Tabernacle Baptist Church, George, IA on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm.

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Louise Bucher ~ 92

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Louise Sethone Bucher, 92, of Rochester died peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family on November 14, 2012. Louise was born to Sam and Claire Fjerstad on March 23, 1920 in Rural Kasson, MN. Louise graduated from Kasson High School and was a member of South Zumbro Lutheran Church.

In 1939, Louise married Charles Briese and started their family in Rochester. After his death, she moved to California. Upon return to Minnesota, she married Wayne Bucher. Following his death, she moved to California and Washington only to return to Rochester to be near her family.

Louise enjoyed working as a secretary, gardening and spending time with her family. She was also an avid fan of the Minnesota Twins.

Louise was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Claire Fjerstad; brother, Sam, Jr; sister, Shirley Stellmaker and son, Randall Briese. She is survived by her daugheter, Karen Clarke; son, Michael (Joyce) Briese; daughter-in-law, Kathy Briese; grandchildren, Kelly Krause, Kristin Dakin, Julie Clevenger, John Briese, Ryan Briese, Jill Tupa, Megan Soper, many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 1:00 pm at South Zumbro Lutheran Church, 4830 – 120th Ave SW, Kasson, MN, with Pastor Mark Schwartz officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials.

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Menton Grove ~ Kasson

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Menton Grove, 91, of rural Kasson passed away on Saturday, November 10, 2012,from natural causes at Pine Haven Care Center, Pine Island, MN, where he had been a resident the past two years.

He was born April 25, 1921 in Cherry Grove Township to Martin and Bertha Grove. He attended local schools through the eighth grade and then began farming with his father.

Menton married his wife, Marilyn (McCready) on June 15, 1952 at the United Methodist Church in Kasson. They resided in rural Kasson, where they had four children. He farmed there for 55 years.

Menton served as Canisteo Township supervisor for 21 years. He was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson having served on the pastoral call and building committees and also worked at the lutefisk dinners. Menton enjoyed farming, going to auctions, visiting with the neighbors, and most of all spending time with his family.

Menton is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marilyn, of Kasson; daughter, Marcia (Steve) Simonson of Rochester; son, Marvin Grove of Kasson; son-in-law, Steve Cloutier of Rochester; four grandchildren, Dan, Adam and Mike Simonson and Keith Cloutier; two great-grandchildren, Kyle and Austin; half-sister, Ruth (Richard) Lorentz of Plymouth and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Arla Swee, Berdella Swee, Burnette Beckstrom and Ruth Walker; two children, son, Mark and daughter, Marie Cloutier.

A special thanks is given to the dedicated workers at Pine Haven Care Center for the care he received there as a resident and also to nephew, Larry Swee, for his daily visits with Menton.

Visitation will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson, MN, on Friday, November 16 from 5:00-7:00 pm and also one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November, 17, 2012 at 11:00 am, at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Interment will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson.

Memorials are preferred to the charity or organization of the donor’s choice.

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Evelyn Musolf ~ Kasson

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Memorial services for Evelyn Ruth Musolf will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, November 9, 2012, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 301 – 8th Ave NW, with Pastor Randy Fett officiating. Visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville.

Evelyn, age 92, died Sunday, November 4, 2012, at Prairie Meadows in Kasson. Her body was cremated.

Evelyn was born on March 30, 1920, in Farmington Township, Wisconsin, to Andrew and Emily (Olson) Larson. She was raised near Mindoro, Wisconsin and graduated from Mindoro High School in 1937. She married Ivan A. Musolf on November 6, 1940, in Kasson. Ivan and Evelyn lived in the Kasson area for a short time, moved to LaCrosse for a few years, returned to Kasson and resided there since 1951. Evelyn was employed by Leuthold’s Shoes in Kasson for approximately 35 years prior to her retirement.

Evelyn is survived by her daughter, Jeannine (Bruce) Allen, of Mantorville; her grandson, Jason Andrist, of Mantorville; her great-grandchildren, Kassidy, Max and Megan Andrist of Rochester; one step-grandchild and five step great-grandchildren; her sister, Lyla Wilcox, of Waseca, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ivan, in 1989; her son-in-law, Mark Andrist, in 1985; two brothers, Ansel Larson and Earl Larson; and her sister, Verna Stevenson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. John’s Lutheran Church.

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LaVonne Arlene Erickson ~ Kasson

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

LaVonne Arlene Erickson passed away on October 28, 2012 at The Haven of Our Lady of Peace in Pensacola, Florida after a three month battle with cancer.
Arlene, as she chose to be called, was born on September 4, 1936 in Milton Township, Dodge County Minnesota to Markie and Isabelle Stafford. She graduated from Mantorville High School and then worked at Carlson’s Café in Mantorville.

On February 14, 1956, Arlene married Roger Erickson at The Little Brown Church in the Vale in Nashwa, Iowa. She worked as a dental assistant and bookkeeper for Dr. Severance and bookkeeper for Erickson Hardware. When they started their family, Arlene was a devoted stay at home mom for their two boys, Dr. Jay R. Erickson and James J. Erickson. Arlene’s calling was helping other people. She touched many lives.

Survivors include her husband, Roger, sons Jay and James, daughters in law Ann and Deborah, grandchildren Gregory, Jacqueline, Rachel, Reed, and Carmen, brothers and sisters Mavis Atkinson, Evelyn Dostal, Donald Stafford, and Claude Stafford.

A private family burial at Maple Grove Cemetery, Kasson, will be held at a later date with Pastor Brian Egelston of The First Congregational Church, Mantorville, MN, officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the church.

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Helen Tripp ~ Mantorville

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Helen Anna Tripp passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, October 6, 2012.

Helen was born August 11, 1925 in Claremont, MN to August and Ada Batzel. She married Luvern Tripp at The Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA on March 20, 1948 and celebrated many happy years of marriage.

Together, Helen and Luvern owned and operated Tripp Construction where Helen assisted with bookkeeping. She also worked for many years at the Hubbell House in Mantorville. In her spare time, Helen enjoyed painting ceramics, reading the bible, and daily visits from her son, Larry. She was a longtime member of St. John’s Lutheran church and attended services regularly.

Survivors include three children, Neil (Myrna) Tripp of Lakeland, FL, Larry Tripp of Mantorville, MN and Karen Tripp of Houston, TX; three grandchildren, Sandra, Dean and Nathan; five great-grandchildren, Steven, Dakota, Mason, Reese and Delaney; one brother, Kenneth Batzel; and one sister, Grace (Peter) Maier. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Arno (Jack) Batzel and two who died in infancy; sisters, Lucille Shifer, Lois Gerber, Jeanette Berg, Eva Mason, Dottie Weatherly, and Rena Giesler. Blessed be her memory.

There will be a visitation on Thursday, October 11, 2012 from 6:00-8:00 pm at Dibble Funeral Home, 213 W. Main St, Kasson, MN. A private service and burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville a later date. Mrs. Tripp’s body was donated to the Mayo Clinic for research according to her wishes.

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