November 2001 Obituaries
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from The Paynesville Press
November 2001

Johnson Funeral Home

Marvin Vogelpohl
Marvin L. Vogelpohl, 68, of Dassel, died Saturday, Dc. 1, 2001, at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

The memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Grace United Metheodist Church, Paynesville. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be in the Eden Lake Cemetery, rural Eden Valley.

Arrangements are with Johnson Funeral Home, Paynesville. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Herbie Block
Herbie Block, 78, of Paynesville, died on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2001, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

Funeral services were on Monday, Nov. 26, at the Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville. Interment was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Herbie August Block was born on April 22, 1923, to Emil and Olga (Runke) Block in Cedar Mills, Minn. At a young age, he moved with his family to the Paynesville area. He worked as a laborer at turkey farms in the Paynesville area for several years.

Survivors include his brothers, Emil (Janet) Block Jr. of Paynesville, Kenneth (Kathy) Block of Paynesville; a sister Sylvia (Roger) Rein of Williston, N.D.; 14 nieces, nephews, and their children.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister; a sister, Viola Stenorson; a brother, Edward Block; a nephew and a great- nephew

Ronald Klehr
Ron Klehr Ronald S. Klehr, 54, of St. Martin, died on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2001, at his home.

Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 24, at St. Martin Catholic Church. Interment was in the parish cemetery.

Ronald was born April 5, 1947, to Roman and Theresa (Gruber) Klehr of Richmond. He married Carol Klaphake on Sept. 9, 1970, at St. Martin Catholic Church. He farmed on the family farm near St. Martin all his life.

He was a member of St. Martin Catholic Church and St. Josephıs Menıs Society. He was a well-known concertina player and began his career with the Jolly Bohemians and later had his own band, Ronıs Concertina Band. For the past 10 years he played with Stanıs Country Dutchmen.

Survivors include his wife, Carol; five sons, Scott (Jean) of Freeport, Corey and Patrick at home, Rick (Lisa) of Richmond, Steven of Ottertail. two grandchildren; his mother, Theresa; two brothers and five sisters.

He was preceded in death by his father Roman and a sister.

Gary Peterson
Gary M. Peterson, 52, of Atwater, died unexpectedly Tuesday morning, Nov. 20, 2001, at his home following an apparent heart attack.

Memorial services were held on Saturday, Nov. 24, at the Atwater Funeral Home with Rev. David Werner officiating.

Gary Peterson was born on May 14, 1949, to Albert and Alma (Iwen) Peterson in Breckenridge. He grew up in the Dassel and Atwater communities, was confirmed at the Immanuel Lutheran Church. In 1967, he graduated from the Atwater High School and later from Ridgewater College in the sales and marketing program.

On Dec. 5, 1970, he married Susan Bengtson. He founded and operated the G.P. Building Systems, Inc., of Atwater and was a member of the Eagles Lodge in Willmar.

Survivors include his wife, Susan; one son, Jeremy Peterson of Atwater; one daughter, Jennifer Peterson and fiance Chris Dahlke of St. Louis Park; two brothers, Merle Peterson of Cokato, Marlin (Lillian) Peterson of Wheaton; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Donald Peterson; and his father-in-law, Kenneth Bengtson.

Michael Reagan
Michael Reagan Services were at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001, at Church of Our Lady, Manannah, for Michael P. Reagan, 80, of Hilltop Good Samaritan Center, who died Monday, Nov. 19, at the nursing home in Watkins. Rev. Francis Garvey officiated and burial was in the parish cemetery.

Michael was born June 14, 1921, in Manannah Township (Meeker County) to Michael and Anna (Neidermeier) Reagan. He married Margaret Hanley on July 6, 1963, at Church of Our Lady, Manannah. He was a farmer and lived most of his life in Manannah Township. He was a member of Church of Our Lady, Manannah.

Survivors include his stepchildren, Gregory J. Hanley of Keaau, HI, Robert & Janet Hanley of Eden Valley, Mary & Michael Haag of Richmond, and Michael & Elouise Hanley of Watkins; brothers and sisters, Lucille Dillon, Phillip and John Reagan, all of Eden Valley, and Margaret Snyder of Mantua, OH; and ten stepgrandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Margaret on Jan. 5, 1998; and sister, Lucille Reagan.

Stanley Schmidt
Stanley Schmidt Stanley R. Schmidt, 66, of Paynesville, died on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001, at his home near Paynesville.

Funeral services will be on Friday, Nov. 16, at 1 p.m. at Paynesville Evangelical Free Church. Interment will be held in the East Irving Mission Cemetery, rural Paynesville.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville, and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Stanley Richard Schmidt was born Aug. 4, 1935, in South Haven, Minn. He was the son of William and Pearl (Rud) Schmidt. Stanley grew up and attended school near South Haven. On Aug. 17, 1957, he was married to Marjorie Thomsen in Paynesville. In 1964, they moved to South Haven where they farmed. In 1967, they moved to Paynesville where they have farmed since.

Stanley was a member of the Paynesville Evangelical Free Church, where he had once served as a trustee. He love fishing and was a handyman.

Stanley is survived by his wife, Marjorie of Paynesville; daughter, Linda (Curtis) Hanson of Spicer; sons, Robert (Abby) Schmidt of Kandiyohi, Allen (Lori) Schmidt of Paynesville, and Mark Schmidt of Paynesville; nine grandchildren; sister, Romana (Roy) Frank of Paynesville; brothers, David (Ardine) Schmidt of Paynesville, and Russell (Joan) Schmidt of Paynesville; and stepsister Donna (John) Maurer of St. Cloud

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson Philip Hanson.

Irene Weber
Irene Weber Irene Dorothy Weber, 86, of Paynesville, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001.

Memorial services were held on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Grace United Methodist Church with Pastor Ric Koehn officiating. Inurnment was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Irene was born on Oct. 8, 1915, in New London to Walter and Bessie (Berg) Dilley. She married James Weber on Sept. 16, 1940, at New London.

Irene was a waitress at Tuck's Cafe and after her husband returned from the service, she and James owned and operated the cafe until the early 1960s. She took care of her husband, who had multiple sclerosis, for 23 years. He died in 1985.

She was a board member of the Multiple Sclerosis Society both locally and nationally. She was a member of Paynesville American Legion Auxiliary for 50 years and a member of the Grace United Methodist Church. She enjoyed bowling and traveling.

She is survived by two granddaughters; brothers and sisters, Gladys (Ray) Ronning of Cook, Mattie Taylor (James) of New London, Virgil and (Amy) Dilley of New London, Marjorie Ranta of Rockledge, Fla., Dennis (Marie) Dilley of Minot, Mass., and Walter (Rosemary) Dilley of Paynesville; nieces and nephews, other relatives, and many friends.<>P Irene was preceded in death by her parents; her husband James; one son Douglas; and two brothers Floyd and Leonard.

Ben Olson
Ben Olson Ben Olson, 89, of Paynesville, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 12, at Crystal Hills Assembly near Paynesville with Rev. Lonnie Gleitz officiating. Interment was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Ben Henry Oliver Olson was born on Aug. 15, 1912, to Johan and Louise (Thorness) Olson, near Spicer. He grew up on the family farm between Spicer and Hawick. He attended country school.

Ben married Lydia Schaumann on Sept. 26, 1934, in Paynesville. They farmed in the Paynesville area. He raised cattle until 1968 and he was actively involved in the farm operation until 1999, when his health caused him to slow down.

The couple recently celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary. He was a member of Crystal Hills Assembly where he had served on the church board. He was also a member of the Paynesville Farmers Union. He enjoyed farming and fishing.

Survivors include his wife, Lydia of Paynesville; sons, Philip (Betty) Olson of Paynesville and Daniel (Juanita) Olson of Paynesville; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers, Kermit Olson of Atwater, Jennis (Darlene) Olson of Paynesville; sister, Luella Hartmark of Duluth; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Kenneth (May 13, 1968); a grandson, David Olson (Sept. 24, 1982); sisters, Magda Olson, Barbara Olson, Lil Olson, Mabel Roberg, and Alma Everson.

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