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Robert Duscher, 69, Hawick
Robert J. "Bob" Duscher, 69, of Hawick died on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at the Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria.

His funeral was held on Monday, Nov. 2, at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery with Military Honors by American Legion Post #167.

Bob was born on Aug. 13, 1946, to Edward and Florence (Whealey) Duscher on the family farm near Hawick.

He graduated from New London High School in 1964.

On March 28, 1966, he enlisted in the United States Air Force.

While serving in the air force, Bob married Patsy Pickens. Two children, Brian and Lisa, were born to this union.

Following his discharge, Bob returned to Minnesota to be closer to his family. He worked as a civil servant for the air force in Minneapolis and continued his service to his country in the reserves.

Upon returning to the Hawick area, Bob worked for his father laying block before starting his career with the United States Postal Service in Willmar in 1978, later transferring to Paynesville.

He met Susan King on Jan. 1, 1977, and they were married four short months later, on May 6, 1977. Bob and Susan were proud of their marriage, saying, "We only dated for four months, but our marriage lasted 38 years." To this union, three sons were born: Paul, James, and Matthew.

Bob is survived by his wife, Susan, of Hawick; children, Paul Duscher (Olga Sirisavath) of St. Cloud; Jim Duscher of St. Cloud; Matthew Duscher of Minneapolis; Brian (Dana) Duscher of Hutchinson; Lisa (Chad) Borka of Atwater; and Tony Panzika of California; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brothers and sister: Norb Duscher of Pequot Lakes; Pete Duscher of Bryant, Ark.; Pat Duscher of Hawick; Tim Duscher of Spicer, and Maria Duscher of Atwater; four sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, John (in infancy), Ed, and Phil; a niece; and a nephew.

Walter Dilley, 88, Paynesville
After a lengthy illness, Walter L. "Junior" Dilley, 88, of Paynesville, died peacefully at the home of his oldest daughter, Jacquie, on Wednesday, Oct. 14. He was surrounded by his loving family.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 30, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Reverend Glenn Krystosek will officiate. A visitation will be held after 9:30 a.m. at the church. Burial will take place in the St. Louis Parish Cemetery.

Walter, affectionately called "Junior," was born in New London, Minn., to Walter and Bessie (Berg) Dilley, one of nine children.

Walter graduated from New London High School and attended Hamline and Augsburg College.

He married Rosemary Ann Thielen on Aug. 19, 1950. Walter and Rosemary had seven children - six girls and one boy - and shared a loving 61 years of marriage. Their union lasted until Rosemary's death in 2011.

Walter was always a great athlete, recently selected for the All Century Basketball Team at his alma mater, New London High School. Walter was a very gifted athlete, but always humble.

He was recruited to play professional basketball for $250 a month in 1949, but declined the offer to begin a life with his lovely wife, Rosemary. Walter loved every sport, and his kids would tell you that he would be watching sports on television, while listening to another game on the radio and reading the sports page of the Minneapolis Star and Tribune, all simultaneously!

When Walter came home from work as a manager with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Rosemary used to say the yard "looked like it rained bicycles!" Kids from all over would come to the Dilley house for a baseball game with every position filled by some neighbor kid.

Walter retired from the Department of Natural Resources at age 62. During retirement, he was able to golf as often as he wanted.

He wrote many columns - "Top of the Hill" - for the Paynesville Press. The Koronis Hills Golf Course was clearly the top of the hill in the second half of his life. He enjoyed his golf outings and visiting golf courses wherever he went, including Pebble Beach, Hawaii, California, and dozens of courses all around the state of Minnesota.

Walter is survived by his children, Jacqueline Richardson (Reginall) of Simi Valley, Calif., Deborah Dilley (Ken Rosenberg) of Santa Clarita, Calif., Pamela Mitchell (Tom) of Granada Hills, Calif., Jayne Ochs (Dave) of Hugo, David Dilley (Jan) of Alexandria, Theresa Gavinski (Tim) of St. Michael, and Melissa Dilley of Sartell; 13 beloved grandchildren; a great-grandchild; devoted brothers, Dennis Dilley and Virgil Dilley; four sisters-in-law; and his in-laws, Jim Taylor, Lawrence (Peewee), Harold, and Louie; and all of his nieces and nephews.

There are countless friends and family whom were blessed to know him as well. Walter loved his family and the family gatherings were very important and joyful to him.

Walter was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Rosemary; siblings, Floyd, Leonard, Mattie, Irene, Gladys, and Marjorie; and one granddaughter.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to the R.O.S.E. Center in Paynesville, Silverado Hospice, or to a donor's choice.

David Liestman, 78, Montana
David Allen Liestman, 78, of Eureka, Mont., died peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 30, with his wife of 43 years at his side.

A graveside service will be held for Dave at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Ebeneezer Cemetary in rural Paynesville.

The youngest of nine children born to Ben and Hattie Liestman, Dave was born on Feb. 25, 1937, in Paynesville.

He lived his early years in Paynesville, moving to Eureka, Calif., in his teens.

Always a hard worker, Dave often held down two jobs at a lumber mill, service station, and as a letter carrier for the USPS in Eureka and later in St Cloud.

He married Bonita Bratten, and they have two children, Patty and David. In 1972, Dave and Bonnie (Gates) were married, and they soon adopted their young son, Christopher.

In 1978, the family moved to Minnesota to be closer to Dave's large family. During their years in Cold Spring, Dave and Bonnie welcomed 17 foster children into their home.

After retirement from the post office, the lure of the west brought the family to Eureka, Mont., and shortly afterward, Dave began working at JB's and Steins grocery stores, always keeping himself busy.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; two sisters, Donna Warner and Joan Wicklund; brother, Art Liestman; a sister-in-law; three children, David and Patty (Culver), both of Windsor, Calif., and Christopher; two sisters-in-law; a brother-in-law; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; 50 nieces and nephews; and over 100 great-nieces and great-nephews.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Hattie, and siblings, Evangeline, Arnie, Virginia, Bernie, and Lila.

Joyce Smith, 88, Grove City
Joyce A. Smith, 88, of Grove City died on Sunday, Oct. 18, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 24, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Grove City. Burial was in the Burr Oak Cemetery, north of Grove City.

Joyce Adeline Smith, the daughter of Clarence and Mabel (Tonsager) Johnson, was born on Dec. 3, 1926, in Harrison Township, Kandiyohi County.

She attended country school at District #50 and graduated from Grove City High School in 1945.

On March 16, 1947, she married Verrol Smith at First Lutheran Church in Grove City. They farmed north of Grove City.

Verrol died in 2008, and Joyce moved into Grove City the following year.

She is survived by her sons, Bruce (Bev) Smith of Houston, Texas, Wade Smith of Orlando, Fla., Kent (Diane) Smith of Atwater, Dean Smith of Grove City, Todd Smith of Grove City, and Scott Smith (friend, Frank) of Chaska; 14 grandchildren; and eight great- grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Verrol; son, Dale; brother, Marlin Johnson; and sister, Evangeline Burbach.

Memorials to AlzheimerÕs research or to the Grove City Care Program are preferred.

Solvaye Bliven, 88, Paynesville
Solvaye J. Bliven, 88, of Paynesville died on Sunday, Oct. 11, at Assumption Home in Cold Spring.

Her funeral service was held on Thursday, Oct. 15, at Paynesville Lutheran Church. Burial was in Gausdal Lutheran Cemetery in rural Georgeville.

Solvaye Josephine Bliven was born on Oct. 28, 1926, to Carl and Olga (Pederson) Reistad in Paynesville.

She grew up in rural Georgeville, where she was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran Faith at Gausdal Lutheran Church. She attended Ringville Country School and graduated from Belgrade High School.

After high school, she worked in Paynesville at Van's Beach and at Haines Drug Store for many years.

On Feb. 26, 1951, Solvaye married Herbert Bliven in New London. They made their home in rural Paynesville, where they raised mink.

In August 1971, SolvayeÕs sister, Carol Clark, passed away. Solvaye and Herbert opened their hearts and home to her daughter, Karen, and raised her as their own.

On May 18, 1990, Herbert died. He and Solvae were able to share in 39 years of marriage before his death.

Solvaye is survived by her daughter, Karen (Tom) Fordyce of Paynesville; twin brother, Bernell Reistad of Hopkins; and many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.

Solvaye was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Olga; husband, Herbert; and two sisters, Carol Clark and Lillian Merfeld.

Leander Arceneau, 86, St. Martin
Leander G. Arceneau, 86, of St. Martin died on Sunday, Oct. 11, at the CentraCare Health Nursing Home in Melrose.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15, at St. Martin Catholic Church, with Rev. Edward Vebelun, O.S.B., officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery with military honors by the Lake Henry American Legion.

A visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14, and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday at the St. Martin Parish Hall. The Lake Henry American Legion and St. Joseph's Society will pray at 7 p.m., followed by parish prayers at 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the parish hall.

Leander George Arceneau was born on Nov. 25, 1928, in St. Martin Township, Stearns County, to Daniel and Catherine (Ehresmann) Arceneau.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Leander farmed on the same farm he was born on in St. Martin Township, northwest of St. Martin.

He is survived by his brother, Valentine "Val" Arceneau of Melrose; sisters, Sr. Ann Arceneau of St. Benedict's Monastery, Sr. Modesta Arceneau of St. BenedictÕs Monastery, Catherine Hartung of Upsala, Marcella Eibensteiner of Elrosa, and Elizabeth Osendorf of Roscoe; a sister-in-law; a brother-in-law; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Leander was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Marcellus "Lou" Arceneau; and two brothers-in-law.

Leona Cruze, 95, Paynesville
Leona M. Cruze, 95, of Paynesville died on Friday, Oct. 16, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 26, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, Oct. 25, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the church and again for one hour prior to the service on Monday.

Leona Martha Cruze (Rudnicki) was born on June 27, 1920, in Morris, Minn., to Susan Rudnicki (Czech) of Waverly, Minn., and Jacob Rudnicki of Galicia, Austria.

She graduated from St. Mary's High School in Morris in May 1938. She then entered St. Vincent's School of Nursing in Philadelphia and graduated with a degree in nursing.

Before leaving for St. VincentÕs, she became engaged to Carl P. Cruze of Morris, and the couple married on Sept. 9, 1942. The couple lived in Morris until 1974, when they moved to Paynesville.

She was a devoted wife and mother of 10 children. Leona is survived by her children, Roger (Gloria) of St. Louis Park, Michael (Jan) of Litchfield, Diane (Bob) Calaway of Atwater, Calif., Patrick (Kathy) of St. Cloud, Tony (Sharon) of Willmar, Art of Paynesville, Marie (Steve) Jennings of Richmond, Greg (Kari) of Cold Spring, and Richard of Sauk Rapids; 24 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Leona was preceded in death by her parents, Susan and Jacob; siblings, Leo, Joseph, Frank, Marie, Sylvester, Edward, Raymond, Josephine, Anselm, Genevieve, Angeline, Paul, and Charles; husband, Carl; and son, John.

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