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Raymond Koehn, 95, Paynesville
Raymond C. Koehn, 95, of Paynesville and formerly of Mound, died on Sunday, July 26, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 30, at 2 p.m., at Bethel United Methodist Church in Mound. Private graveside services were held at the Mound Union Cemetery.

A visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.

Ray was born on July 25, 1914, to Charles and Ella (Wolpers) Koehn in Woonsocket, S.D. He grew up in Winona and graduated from St. Mary's College with a degree in chemistry.

Ray was employed as a quality control chemist by General Mills from 1938 until he retired as head of packaging research in 1975.

He married Florence A. Bailey on Aug. 30, 1940, at the Hennepin Avenue Methodist Church in Minneapolis. The couple lived in Minneapolis and Mound.

After retirement, Ray and Florence moved to Manhattan Beach on Trout Lake north of Brainerd and later to the Good Samaritan Apartments in Brainerd. They moved to Paynesville in October 2007.

Raymond is survived by his daughter, Judy Elftmann of Brooklyn Center; son, Reverend Ric (Barb) Koehn of Paynesville; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and sister, Lois White of Chanhassen.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Florence; a son-in-law; and a grandson.

Memorials are preferred.

Ilo Lepler, 90, Paynesville
Ilo Lepler, 90, of Paynesville and formerly of New London, died on Tuesday, July 7, at the Annandale Care Center.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 25, at Peace Lutheran Church in New London. Burial was in the Spicer City Cemetery.

Ilo Iris Lepler was born on Jan. 14, 1919, to Adolph and Ellen (Nelson) Madsein in Georgeville, Minn.

She grew up in New London and graduated from New London High School in 1937.

She married Christian Nepsund on Oct. 6, 1940. One daughter and one son were born to this union. The family made their home and farmed west of New London.

Ilo worked at the state hospital in Willmar. Together, Ilo and Christian were able to share in 28 years of marriage before his death on Feb. 12, 1968.

On Dec. 26, 1982, Ilo married John Lepler. They made their home in New London, where they enjoyed retirement and 23 years of marriage before John's death on Oct. 20, 2006.

Ilo is survived by her daughter, LuAnn (Leslie) Dengerud of Big Lake; son, Curtis (Janis) Nepsund of Maple Grove; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Christian Nepsund and John Lepler and brother, Winton Madsen.

Regina Riegert, 92, Rosemount
Regina Riegert, 92, of Rosemount and formerly of Paynesville, died on Monday, July 20, after a short illness.

Funeral services were held on Friday, July 24, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rosemount.

Regina lived most of her life in Farmington and Rosemount, where she owned Jean's Beauty Salons. Burial was in the Paynesville Cemetery.

She is survived by her daughter, Shirley Harr; son, Gerald Mayer; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Albert Mayer, Edward Rahn, and Joe Riegert; five brothers; one sister; and one granddaughter.

Nikki Hemmesch, 29, Colorado
Nikki Hemmesch, 29, of Woodland Park, Colo., and formerly of Paynesville, died unexpectedly on Friday, July 10, in Frankfurt, Germany.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 18, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Entombment was in the St. Louis Parish Mausoleum in Paynesville.

Nikki Hemmesch was born on Aug. 26, 1979, to Frank and Patricia (Pelzer) Hemmesch in Paynesville.

After graduating from Paynesville High School in 1998, she attended St. Benedict's College, graduating with a bachelor of science in geology. She continued her education at Boise State, where she received her master's degree in geology. She was nearing completion of her doctorate in geology at the School of Mines in Golden, Colo.

Nikki's passion for helping others was evident in her service as an Emergency Medical Technician in Woodland Park, Colo., and doing what she loved, which was teaching and sharing her excitement for geology with friends and students.

Nikki is survived by her parents, Frank and Patricia of Paynesville; sister, Tricia Suedbeck of Shakopee; brother, Adam of Paynesville; maternal grandmother Mildred Pelzer of St. Cloud; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Erwin and Aegidia Hemmesch and maternal grandfather, Sylvester Pelzer.

Memorials are preferred.

Melbourne Crowder, 88, Watkins
Melbourne "Sonny" Crowder, 88, of Watkins died on Thursday, July 16, at Hilltop Care Center in Watkins.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 25, at 11 a.m., at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Paynesville Cemetery.

Melbourne was the owner/operator of a shoe store in Paynesville for many years before moving to Buffalo and opening a print shop.

Melbourne is survived by five first cousins and many other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Anna Crowder and his uncle, Elmer Wendroth.

Charles Gustafson, 81, New London
Charles Gustafson, 81, of New London died on Wednesday, July 15, at his home.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 24, at 12 p.m., at Church of Our Lady of the Lakes in rural Spicer. A visitation will be held after 10 a.m. on Friday at the church. Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis with full military honors.

Charles Gustafson was born on April 24, 1928, to Frank and Golden (Boucher) Gustafson in Hibbing.

He graduated from Hibbing High School and entered the U.S. Navy in 1946. He served three years in the Navy and enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard 1949. He was honorably discharged due to a service-connected disability in 1952.

He attended the University of Minnesota in Duluth, majoring in art. He worked as a commercial artist and later for the Bechtel Corporation, which constructed the Keewatin Power Plant and the Monticello Power Plant.

He married LaVon Hemmesch on April 17, 1971. He then went to work for the U.S. Postal Service in St. Cloud.

Charles and LaVon moved to their home on Long Lake near Hawick in 1981. He worked part-time at the New London and Spicer post offices from 1983 to 1986.

Charles is survived by his wife, LaVon of New London; sister, Dolores Flynn of Hibbing; brother, Frank (Fran) Gustafson of Cloquet; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Merwin "Budd" Gustafson; and a nephew.

Memorials are preferred to Rice Hospice in Willmar.

George Kortan, 91, Paynesville
George Kortan, 91, of Paynesville and formerly of Sauk Centre, died on Friday, July 10, at his home.

Funeral services were held on Monday, July 13, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Sauk Centre.

George Kortan was born on Dec. 3, 1917, to Charles and Mary (Novak) Kortan in Sauk Centre.

He married Winnifred Olson on July 2, 1946, at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. Their union lasted until her death on Feb. 1, 1990.

He married Rose Eveslage on June 18, 1993, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville.

He worked for Kane Transport in Sauk Centre from 1954 until 1984, when he retired.

George is survived by his wife, Rose of Paynesville; children, Andrea (Dave) Smilonich of Detroit Lakes, Arletta Kortan of Brainerd, Darrell (Joyce) Kortan of Brooklyn Park, Anita Sharp of Rochester, and Annette (Gregg) Shane of St. Bonifacius; step children, Tom (Linda) Eveslage of Paynesville and Cindy (Tom) Blank of Foley; five grandchildren; four step grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Helen Norgarden of Sauk Centre; and brother, Richard Kortan of Sauk Centre.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Winnifred; brothers, James, Frank, Steve, William, and Charles; and sisters, Mathilda Dusek and Evelyn DuPree.

Memorials are preferred.

Eugene Neu, 75, Milbank, S.D.
Eugene Neu, 75, of Milbank, S.D., died on Saturday, July 4, at the Milbank Area Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 8, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Milbank. Burial was in the St. Lawrence Cemetery.

Eugene "Gene" Christ Neu was born on June 22, 1934, to Aloys and Loretta (Kron) Neu in Eden Valley.

Eugene served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict from Nov. 2, 1953, until his honorable discharge on Nov. 2, 1956.

Gene married Regina "Reggie" Mohs on Oct. 28, 1961, in Shooks, Minn. They were blessed with three children: Karen, Gregg, and Michael.

Gene was a construction worker and superintendent. He worked for several construction companies, including Barbarossa Construction, Moorhead Construction, Abbot Arnie & Schwindt Construction, Robert Lein Construction, and Dick Skoog Construction. He built water and sewage treatment plants, and his career took him to North Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota.

Gene is survived by his wife, Reggie of Milbank, S.D.; children, Karen (Mike) Saltis of North Branch, Minn., Gregg (Jennifer) Neu of Ortonville, Minn.; and Michael (Jen) Neu of East Bethel, Minn.; seven grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Donald Neu of Kalispell, Mont.; Corrine Wicker, Duane Neu, and Jerome Neu, all of St. Cloud; Kenneth Neu of Monticello; Elmer Neu, Laura Stanger, Alois Neu, and Sandra Deadrick, all of Paynesville; and Bernard Neu of Shakopee; and brothers and sisters in-law.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Aloys and Loretta; brothers, Richard, John "Jack," Ralph, and David; mother-in-law and father-in-law; three brothers-in-law; and one sister-in-law.

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