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Obituaries from the week of December 20, 2000 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880

Jeanette Dorr, 88

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Santiago, for Jeanette Eleanor Dorr of Princeton.

She was born August 17, 1912, in Madison, WI, the daughter of Emma (Larsen) and John Reierson. They later lived in Iowa and then moved back to Madison. She was a graduate of Madison East High School, attended the University of Wisconsin and was a graduate of Dr. Martin Luther College, New Ulm. She then taught at a Christian Day School in Forest City, IA, for a year.

She married Rev. Stuart Door on July 6, 1941 in Madison and they lived in Forest City until 1942 when they moved to Tracy, MN. The family moved to rural Princeton in 1953 where her husband was pastor at Our Savior's Lutheran Church and Bethany Lutheran Church in Princeton.

She was preceded in death by her husband on Sept. 9, 1963 and she then became a full-time piano teacher. She was also organist at Our Savior's Lutheran Church for nearly 40 years.

Jeanette died Dec. 16, 2000, in Princeton at the age of 88.

She is survived by son Luther of Princeton; daughters Sonja Dorr Binder of Yorktown, Ind.; Carla Bremmer of Washburn, WI; Becky Anderson of Foreston; Susan Dorr of Plymouth; Mary McAlpine of Rochester and Carmen Dorr of Aliso Viegjo, CA; sisters Ardelle Steimel, Rose Blackmer and June Woods, all of Madison and Esther Sullivan of Antioch, CA; 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by sister Thelma Newby and one grandchild.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Arrangements were made by the Williams Hanson-Kaun Funeral Home of Princeton, MN.

Kenneth D. Howe, 80

Funeral services were held on Friday, December 15, 2000 at Tracy Lutheran Church for Kenneth D. Howe. Rev. Stephen Olson and Rev. Marlene Elmstrom officiated. Organist was Richard Stelter with Bill Elmstrom as soloist.

Honorary bearers were Gordon Hemish, Art Hoffrogge and Hilco Lamprecht.

Casket bearers were Michael Howe, David Howe, Lewellyn Johnson, Bernard Pecha, Jim Kerr and Steve Johnson.

Military honors were by the Tracy American Legion with bugler Chauncey Muedeking.

Kenneth Dale Howe was born October 12, 1920 in Clifton Township, Lyon County, Minnesota to Claude and Sarah (Simmons) Howe. He attended Milroy and Tracy public schools.

Ken and Adele Helgeson were married in Tracy on February 16, 1940. They lived in Tracy, Detroit, MI, Rochester, MN and Flint, MI before moving back to Tracy in 1962, where he sold farm implements until he retired in 1983. In 1997, Ken and Adele moved to Marshall and after Adele's death in December 1999, he continued to make his home in Marshall.

Ken was a member of Tracy Lutheran Church and often attended St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Marshall. He was baptized at Hoiland Lutheran Church.

Ken was a proud veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army 36th Infantry Division in Europe. Ken was a member of the Fighting Texas 36th Division Association and a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He enjoyed visiting with his family, having coffee with friends, fishing and maintaining his cars.

He died on Tuesday, December 12, 2000, at the Weiner Memorial Nursing Home in Marshall, at the age of 80 years.

Ken is survived by two sons and their wives, Kenneth Dean and Janet Howe of Maple Grove, MN and Dale and Carol Howe of Marshall; grandchildren, Mike and wife Sandy, David, Sarah and Jennifer; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Joshua and Nathaniel; two sisters, Helen Edgin of South Lake Tahoe, CA and Reba Wheatley of Box Elder, SD.

His parents, wife Adele, sister Wanda and brothers Harold, Gayle, Carroll and Claude, Jr. preceded him in death.

Interment was at Hoiland Cemetery with arrangements handled by Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy.

Jacob Johnson, 80

Funeral services were held on December 14, 2000 for Jacob “Jake' LeRoy Johnson age 80 of Revere, MN.

Honorary casket bearers were Rick Prins, Mark Johnson, Gary Pankonin, Jerry Martius, Andy Goldhammer.

Casket bearers were Thomas Martius, Richard Martius, Michael Johnson, Ron Thompson, Bryce Pack and David Bolluyt.

Jacob LeRoy (Jake) Johnson was born April 20, 1920 in Kingsley, IA to George and Anna (Raveling) Johnson. He attended country school near Remsen, IA, moving to Minnesota with his parents in the early 1930's, settling in Highwater Township. He farmed with his parents in Highwater Twp., moving to Lamberton Township in the late 1940's, where he farmed the rest of his life. Jake was a long time member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Lamberton.

He enjoyed farming, being with his family, playing pool, hunting, playing cards, reading farm magazines, traveling, especially as a young man and for many years, he and brother Ray did custom trucking and baling.

Jacob is survived by brothers Elmer Johnson of Lamberton, Raymond and wife Bonnie Johnson of Lamberton; sisters LaVonne and husband Clyde Prins of Tracy, Lorraine and husband Henry Martius of Revere, Juanita and husband LuVerne Pankonin of Brookings, SD.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother John.

Interment was at the Lamberton Cemetery, Lamberton, MN.

Sturm Funeral Home of Lamberton handled arrangements.

Leigh Schimming, 59

Funeral services were held on Friday, December 15, 2000 at Tracy Lutheran Church for Frederick “Leigh” Schimming. Ministers were Rev. Stephen Olson and Rev. Marlene Elmstrom. Organist was Carol Mattison.

Frederick Leigh Schimming was born September 7, 1941 to Albert and Ruth (Ingalls) Schimming at Sioux City, Iowa.

Leigh spent most of his growing up years in Fort Pierre, South Dakota, happily exploring “cowboy country” and attending elementary and Junior High schools there. He completed his high school years in Mitchell, SD, graduating in 1959, where he enjoyed participating in basketball, track and particularly in music department activities.

In 1963, Leigh received his B.A. degree in music education from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD, where he was a frequent soloist with the Augustana Concert Choir and member of the Blue Key Honorary Society.

On July 1, 1969, Leigh and Eileen Landman were married in Rock Rapids, Iowa. They made their home in Tracy, where they raised their two sons. Leigh's entire professional career was spent as an educator in the Tracy Public Schools and as choir director at Tracy Lutheran Church. He enjoyed working with young people both as a music teacher and as a devoted supporter of the Tracy Cross Country and Track teams.

Leigh also enjoyed the Sunday morning adult discussion group at Tracy Lutheran and the years spent singing with the Prairie Arts Chorale. He had also held various positions in the local education association.

Leigh died on Tuesday, December 12, 2000, at the Tracy Area Hospital, at the age of 59 years.

He is survived by his wife, Eileen; two sons, Andrew of Minneapolis, MN and Christopher and wife Rebecca of Minnetonka, MN; his mother, Ruth Schimming of Mitchell, SD, two sisters and their spouses, Maurine and Melvin Bietz of Gillette, WY and Marilyn and George Dorr of Elk Grove, CA; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Interment was at Tracy City Cemetery with Almlie Funeral Home handling arrangements.