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Harold Voss, 92, St. Cloud
Harold Voss, 92, of St. Cloud died on Thursday, June 28, at his home.

Funeral services were held on Monday, July 2, at 11 a.m., at Grace United Methodist Church in St. Cloud. Burial was in Zion Cemetery in rural Paynesville.

Harold was born on Feb. 18, 1920, to Fred and Mathilda (Schoenlaben) Voss in Eden Valley Township.

He married Winafred DeBlois on Oct. 4, 1941, in Paynesville. Their union lasted until Winafred's death on July 10, 2004.

They farmed near Paynesville until 1969, when they moved to St. Cloud.

He was employed as a laborer for Landwehr Construction and various other construction companies in Central Minnesota.

Harold is survived by his children, Dale (Marcy) Voss of Avon, Darlene (Dennis) Thorpe of Willmar, and Maxine (David) Heinrich of Rapid City, S.D.; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Winafred; and brothers and sisters, Roland, John, Fred, and Harvey Voss and Lucille Voss, Idella Bender, Marie Krupke, and Ruby Krupke.

Memorials are preferred.

Dale Smith, 62, Elk Grove, Calif.
The gentle soul of Dale Dwight Smith left this earth on Friday, June 8, 2012.

A memorial service will be held on July 23, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Grove City.

He will be greatly missed by his wife, Barbara Smith; his four children and their families, Sheila Luken, Justin Michael Smith, Trevor Smith, and Nicole Smith; his mother, Joyce Smith; his brothers, Bruce Smith, Dean Smith, Kent Smith, Wade Smith, Todd Smith, and Scott Smith; and countless others who were touched by his kindness, his ready smile, and his sparkly blue eyes. He is no doubt now rejoicing in a reunion with his father, Verrol Smith.

Dale was born in Willmar, Minn., on Sept. 15, 1949, and was raised on a farm near Paynesville.

He was a 1967 graduate of Paynesville High School.

Consistent with his remarkable drawing ability, he received a drafting degree from Willmar Area Vo-Tech, marrying Barbara Skogstad shortly thereafter. He launched a career in the telephone industry, working hard to support his growing family.

His family, though, remembers his quiet emotional support more than anything. His children all carry with them the knowledge of how much he loved them and seek to honor that legacy in their own lives. Dale also passed on to his children his love of rock and roll, chewy candy, and buttery popcorn.

Dale worked to make the community a better place, volunteering with the Boy Scouts, helping build a park, and competing in numerous golf fundraisers. (Of course, he loved any opportunity to play golf!)

When Dale was diagnosed with Alzheimer's six years ago, he came to a peace with his disease and made the most of the time he had left: traveling, spending time with family, and showing his grandchildren what love looks like. Dale hoped that his experience could be used to benefit others, so he graciously donated his body for research.

For those who would like to honor his hope, the family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association (http://act.alz.org).

Alvin Meyer, 75, Lake Henry
Alvin M. Meyer, 75, of Lake Henry died on Wednesday, June 20, at the St. Cloud Hospital surrounded by his entire family.

Funeral services were held on Monday, June 25, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry. Burial was in St. Margaret's Parish Cemetery at Lake Henry.

Alvin Meyer was born on April 20, 1937, to Leo and Estella (Hess) Meyer on a farm near Lake Henry.

He attended school at Lake Henry and began farming at the age of 13.

He married Mary Ann Lieser on July 10, 1961, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church at Lake Henry. Six children were born to this union. They shared 50 years of marriage.

He farmed his entire life on the same farm he was born and remained active, even to the end.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann of Lake Henry; six children, Bonnie (Jeff) Schmiesing of Rockville, Dennis (Sheri) Meyer of Richmond, Dan (Steve Forness) Meyer of Panama City, Fla., Doug (Jeana) Meyer of Clearwater, Minn., Brenda (Todd) Corrow of St. Joseph, and Dean Meyer of St. Joseph; 11 grandchildren; two sisters, Kathleen Burg of Lake Henry and Mary Bauer of Richmond; one brother-in-law; nieces and nephews; other relatives; and many friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Joanne Spanier and another in infancy.

Herbert Younkin, 89, Paynesville
Herbert Younkin, 89, of Paynesville died on Thursday, June 21, at his home with family by his side after a four-year battle with cancer.

Funeral services were held on Monday, June 25, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Private burial will be at a later date.

Herb was born on Jan. 30, 1923, to Clarence and Otilla (Hartmann) Younkin in Paynesville. He served in the U.S. Army 29th Infantry Division as a staff sergeant and was awarded a Bronze Star during WWII.

Herb returned home to Paynesville and met Alice C. Hess, whom he married on Feb. 9, 1948, at St. Louis Catholic Church. They shared 64 years of marriage.

He lived all his life in Paynesville and owned and operated his trucking business, Younkin Transfer.

After retiring in 1985, Herb had a hobby farm with beef cattle, hogs, chickens, and his German Shepherd dogs. He farmed until 2006.

He is survived by his wife, Alice of Paynesville; children, Sharon (Mike) Mackedanz, Bruce (Kathy), Jef, and Tim (Deb), all of Paynesville, and Leah (Chuck) Budde of Faribault; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son and daughter-in-law, Scott (Jeanne) in 1993; infant grandson; and many brothers and sisters.

Memorials are preferred.

Brent Lehnen, 19, Albany
Brent Henry Lehnen, 19, of Albany died on Monday, June 18, in a car accident in southern Minnesota.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 26, at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Brent was born on Oct. 30, 1992, to John and Rosanne (Feld) Lehnen in Albany.

He graduated from Albany High School in 2011 and had lived his life in St. Martin and Albany.

Brent worked for Klaphake Custom Harvesting for four years, Carstens Fiberglass, and most recently R-Way Pumping.

Brent is survived by his parents, John and Rosanne Lehnen of Albany; sister, Brenna Lehnen of Albany; grandparents, LeRoy Feld of St. Joseph, Eugene Lehnen of Paynesville, and Emma Lehnen of Paynesville; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends; and his beloved dog, Yukon.

He was preceded in death by his grandma, Beverly Feld; great-grandparents, Luella Lehnen, Clarence Feld, Margaret Feld, Lillian Garding, and Hank Goebel; a great-aunt; and a great-uncle.

Loretta Lieser, 93, Lake Henry
Loretta M. Lieser, 93, of Lake Henry, died on Friday, June 22, at the Assumption Home in Cold Spring.

A mass of christian burial will be held on Wednesday, June 27, at 11 a.m., at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Lake Henry. Burial will take place in St. MargaretÕs Parish Cemetery in Lake Henry.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 26, from 4-8:30 p.m. at St. MargaretÕs Catholic Church and will continue one hour prior to the services at the church on Wednesday.

Loretta was born on May 17, 1919, to Joseph and Katherine (Hemmesch) Bertram in Spring Hill.

She married Hugo M. Lieser on Sept. 6, 1938, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Spring Hill. They farmed near Lake Henry for many years until they retired to town. Their union lasted until Hugo's death on Jan. 26, 2004.

Loretta is survived by her daughters, Mary Ann Meyer of Lake Henry, Cyrilla (David) Michael of Freeport, and Patty (Tony) Stalboerger of Lake Henry; a son-in-law; 28 grandchildren; 62 great-grandchildren; brother, Clarence Bertram of Spring Hill; sisters, Ann Hinnenkamp of Sauk Centre, Aurelia Sundermann of Melrose, and Catherine Lieser of Cold Spring; and two sisters-in-law.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Hugo; daughter, Cecilia Brunner; a son-in-law; a great-grandson; her son-in-lawÕs second wife; brothers, Leo, Nick, and Al Bertram; sister, Mary Lieser; and infant sister, Theresa Bertram.

Robert Bahner, 66, Paynesville
Robert Bahner, 66, of Paynesville died on Saturday, June 9.

Robert was born on Jan. 21, 1946, to Theodore and Hazel (Driver) Bahner in Eden Valley.

He attended Paynesville area schools.

He married Darlene Rudy. They were together for 34 years and were blessed with two children and three grandchildren.

He retired from AMPI after 30 years. He also worked on a mink ranch.

He is survived by his wife, Darlene of Paynesville; children, Tayna and Jesse of Paynesville; three grandchildren; brothers and sisters, James Bahner of Paynesville, Margaret Nohner of Hutchinson, Onnah Deuhs of Cold Spring, Judy Moser of Eden Valley, and Barb Johnson of Paynesville; and two sisters-in-law.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Hazel; brothers, Richard and Roger; a brother-in-law; and father-in-law.

Donald Hoppe, 77, Laughlin, N.V.
Donald Hoppe, 77, of Laughlin, Nev., and formerly of Paynesville, died on Saturday, June 16, at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, Nev.

A funeral service and burial will be held at a military cemetery in Boulder City, Nev.

Don was born in Paynesville in 1934 to Rich and Alma Hoppe.

He graduated from Paynesville High School in 1952 and entered the U.S. Air Force in September 1952, where he served for 20 years.

After retiring from the service, he worked for NASA as a contractor for the shuttle recovery team for 12 years.

Don married Pat Yost in Lubbock, Texas, in 1957. They had three children.

In 1987, he met and married Lola Watson. They lived in California City, Calif., until retirement and then moved to Laughlin, Nev., in 2009.

Don is survived by his wife, Lola; daughter, Debbie (Richard) Boss of Marengo, Ill., sons, Steve (Tina) of Ventura, Calif., and Chuck (Kristin) of Beloit, Wis.; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; stepsons, Ernest and Donald; step-daughter, Ann; six step-grandchildren; brothers, Dick of Chatsworth, Calif., Bob of Coon Rapids, Minn., Dan of Merrifield, Minn., and Jack (Linda) of Maple Grove; sisters, Mary Jane of St. Louis Park, Lovey of Eden Valley, Evie of Yuma, Ariz., and Darlene of Lake Kabatogama, Minn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rich and Alma Hoppe of Paynesville; brother, Tom; sister, Judy; two sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; and a grandson.

Harry Driste, 101, Paynesville
Harry A. Driste, 101, of Paynesville died on Sunday, June 3, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

A funeral service was held on Thursday, June 7, at Paynesville Lut-heran Church. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Park in Minneapolis.

Harry Anton Driste was born on July 19, 1910, to Olaf and Ida (Newman) Driste in Harvey Township. He was baptized at the Swedish Lutheran Church in Grove City and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Litchfield.

Harry attended school in Litchfield, graduating from Litchfield High School with the Class of 1929.

After high school, Harry moved to Chicago with his brother for a short time. In 1936, he returned to Minneapolis and bought a restaurant, called the Red Front, from his brother.

Harry married Mabel Schroeder on Sept. 19, 1934, at the St. James Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. Harry built his own home in Bloomington, where they lived until 1975, when Harry retired.

Harry sold his restaurant and worked for Dayton Roger's machine shop for 15.5 years. After leaving Roger's, he had his own tool and die shop where he manufactured metal stampings. He also drove school bus. Later, he worked for the Bloomington School District as head custodian engineer for 15 years.

In 1975, they moved into the new house Harry built on Rice Lake, near Paynesville. Mabel and Harry enjoyed their retirement home until 1991, when Mabel passed away after 56 years of marriage.

On Feb. 17, 1996, Harry married Viola Beier Nelson, a widow.

Harry is survived by his wife, Viola; sons, Charles (Bonnie) of Golden Colo., and Bob (Karen) of Bloomington; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two stepchildren; four step-grandchildren; and sister, Ellein Flanders.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Mabel; and seven siblings.

Donald Kjar, 70, Paynesville
Donald Robert Kjar, 70, of Paynesville died on Monday, May 21, at the VA Medical Center in St. Cloud after a courageous battle with Lou Gehrig's Disease.

A funeral service was held on Friday, May 25, at Grace United Methodist Church in Paynesville. Burial was in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Donald Robert Kjar was born on April 18, 1942, in Steamboat Springs, Colo., to Robert and Gladys (Phelps) Kjar.

He attended and graduated from Loveland High School, the Goethe Institute in Berlin, and Colorado State College.

He served in the United States Army and was stationed in Berlin during the construction of the Berlin Wall.

Upon his return, he began his teaching career in Hot Springs, S.D., as a social studies teacher and wrestling coach.

On June 13, 1970, Donald married Nancy Krutsch in Hot Springs. To this union, two sons were born. They shared nearly 42 years of marriage.

In 1970, they moved to Paynesville, where he taught German and social studies for 34 years in the Eden Valley-Watkins School District. He was also active in a variety of school activities, including as assistant wrestling coach, football announcer, college in the schools teacher for German, and exchange student coordinator. He also took many groups of students and adults to Germany as a way to share his love of the country and its language.

Donald is survived by his wife, Nancy; two sons, Steven (Danielle) Kjar of London, England, and Scott Kjar of St. Paul; sister, Linda Behrens of Mankato; brother, Fred Kjar of Tucson, Ariz.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister, Marjorie.

Memorials may be given for research into ALS.

Charles Bungum, Alexandria
Charles "Chuck" Bungum of Alexandria and of Casa Grande, Ariz., passed away on June 8, after suffering a massive stroke.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 14, at 2 p.m., at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Alexandria. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 13, from 4-7 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.

Chuck was born in Hayfield, Minn., and graduated from Chatfield High School in 1954. After enlisting in the Navy for three years, he attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and graduated from the University of Minnesota Dental School in 1964. His family lived in Alexandria and Rochester, where he practiced dentistry. He continued his career, teaching at the University of Minnesota Dental School in Minneapolis, where he was hugely popular with his students.

Chuck is survived by wife, Marlys (Stueven) Bungum; children, Kirsten (Jack) Driscoll, Andrea Bungum, and Brett (Cheryl) Bungum of Paynesville; and six grandchildren.

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