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Obituaries from the week of June 20, 2001 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880

Francis Embree, 94

Services for Francis “Frank” Joseph Embree, 94, of Lamberton, MN will be 11 a.m. Thursday, June 21, 2001 at the Kluegel & Sturm Funeral Home in Lamberton. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the Kluegel & Sturm Funeral Home. Burial will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Granite Falls, MN.

Francis died Monday morning, June 18, 2001 at the Valley View Manor in Lamberton.

Francis Joseph Embree was born on November 17, 1906 in Yellow Medicine County, the son of Francis Amos and Mary Elizabeth (Brennan) Embree. He was baptized in the Catholic Church. After attending country school he began working, most of those years farming in Minnesota.

In 1928, he was united in marriage to Alice Brecke. Together they farmed and raised six children. Retirement provided Frank the opportunity to open a Sharpening Service in Lamberton, which he operated until he and Alice entered the Valley View Manor in 1998. Alice died on September 25, 1998.

He is survived by five children, Shirley Knakmuhs and her husband Richard of Walnut Grove, Archie Embree and his wife, Marlys of Lebanon, Oregon, Mervyn Embree and his wife, Mary Ann of Lamberton, Alan Embree and his wife, Mabel of Lamberton, Delores Menter and her husband Bernard of Lamberton; 27 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Larson of Granite Falls; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Alice; one son, Randy; two brothers and four sisters.

Darold Hansen, 85

Funeral services for Darold (Kid) Hansen of Walnut Grove will be held on Thursday, June 21 at the English Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove at 10:30 a.m. Visitation will be at the Jacobson Funeral Home in Walnut Grove on Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m.

Darold William (Kid) Hansen was born in Lucan, MN on April 30, 1916, the son of William and Minnie (Haag) Hansen. He received his formal education in Country School District 79 until the 8th grade. He worked as a farm hand until he entered the U.S. Army on Feb. 9, 1942 and was discharged in October of 1945. He then worked on the Redwood Co. Highway Dept. for several years and then worked for the Feedmill in Lucan until 1947.

He was united in marriage to Ella Hoffrogge at Revere Lutheran Church on March 30, 1947. The couple lived in Lucan for one year then moved to the Walnut Grove area in 1948 and farmed. He also worked for the Masterson Elevator and Botsford Lumber yard both in Walnut Grove. He worked for the A.S.C.S. and Federal Crop Insurance for 20 years. He was an Assessor for Redwood Co. He was a member of English Lutheran Church, Lions Club and American Legion Post.

He loved to watch his grandsons play baseball and loved to play cards and golf.

Mr. Hansen passed away on June 19, 2001 at the Tracy Hospital at the age of 85.

He is survived by his wife Ella; one son Greg (Signe) Hansen; one daughter Mrs. Ronald (Karla) Beens all of Walnut Grove; six grandchildren; two sisters Mrs. Kenneth (Verna) Ness, Redwood Falls, Mrs. Virgil (Donna) Munson, Walnut Grove; one brother Melvin Hansen, Kansas; one sister-in-law Faye Hansen, Walnut Grove; two stepsisters Delores Sammons, Walnut Grove and Caroline Danielowski, Revere; one stepbrother, DeVon Rue, California.

Burial will be at the City Cemetery with the Jacobson Funeral Service of Walnut Grove handling arrangements.

Bernice V. Jensen, 89

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2001 at 1 p.m. at the Almlie Funeral Home in Tracy for Bernice V. Jensen. Private graveside services will be held following the memorial.

Mrs. Jensen died on May 21, 2001 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Bernice Violet Jensen was born May 20, 1912 to Bert and Hannah VanDusen.

Survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Carol Jensen of North Oaks, MN; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Delores Heuer and her parents.

The Almlie Funeral Home in Tracy is handling arrangements.

Ruby Miller, 85

Funeral services for Ruby Miller were held on Friday, June 15, 2201 at Peace Lutheran Church in Ruthton. Rev. Rubin Owen officiated. Organist was Carolyn Holck with a duet by Joyce and Phillip Anderson.

Casket bearers were Mike Lushen, Glenn Kruse, John Habben, Dave Miller, Terry J. Miller and Al Barber.

Ruby L. Miller was born November 10, 1915, near Balaton, Minnesota, to Christian and Cora (Richard) Christiansen. She was baptized and confirmed at Ellsborough Lutheran Church. She attended country school.

On June 12, 1934 she was united in marriage to John Miller. They resided in Ruthton, Holland, Brandt, South Dakota and Hendricks, before settling on the home farm near Ruthton. The couple farmed the home place from 1952 through 1985. Her husband John died in 1983. Ruby continued to live on the farm until 1993 when she moved into Ruthton.

She enjoyed cooking, sewing and gardening. She especially enjoyed her grandchildren. She was a member of the Neighborly neighbors, Peace Lutheran Church and its ladies aid and the St. Luke's Circle.

On June 12, 2001, Ruby L. Miller died at McKennan hospital in Sioux Falls, SD at the age of 85 years, 7 months and 2 days.

She is survived by her six children and their spouses; Jack and wife Jean Miller of Tracy, Dennis and wife Shirley Miller of Maplewood, Marilyn & husband Clarence Lamp of Slayton, Curtis and wife Norma Miller of Ivanhoe, Terry and wife Joyce Miller of Lake Benton and Gary Miller of Ruthton. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 12 great- grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband John, one daughter, one infant and four brothers and four sisters.

Burial was in the Ruthton Cemetery with Tyler Area Funral Home, Kulow Funeral Service in charge of arrangements.

Joseph Verly, 58

Joseph “Joe” A. Verly, age 58, of Marshall, Minnesota, passed away suddenly at the Weiner Memorial Medical Center in Marshall on Friday, June 15, 2001. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 19 at the Marshall Evangelical Free Church.

Joseph “Joe” A. Verly was born to parents Albert C. and Anna (Doom) Verly on June 30, 1942 in Sodus Township, Lyon County, Minnesota. He was baptized, received first communion and confirmed at Holy Redeemer Church in Marshall, MN. He was a 1960 graduate of Central Catholic High School in Marshall.

On February 18, 1978 he was united in marriage to Carolyn (Carol) Marie Bonine. They farmed until 1980. Joe then became a real estate agent in Marshall. He also was employed as a long distance truck driver and was currently working for Kane Transport Company and a Realtor for Empire Realty at the time of his death.

Joe's enjoyments in life were camping, square-dancing (Slicks & Chicks), reading and his grandchildren.

He was a member of the Marshall Evangelical Free Church where he served as a deacon and head usher. He was also a member of the Gideons and the Marriage Encounter Group in Marshall.

Joe loved and related to people in all walks of life.

He is survived by his wife, Carol of Marshall; two sons Greg and his wife, Lynn of Marshall and David of Springfield, MN; his mother, Anna of Minneota; two grandchildren, Ashley and Brandon Verly; 11 siblings: Roger (Shirley) Verly of Marshall, Bernie (Nick) Reuter of St. Cloud, Shirley (Denny) Timmerman of Boyd, Char (Denny) Popowski of Gamer, IA, Fran (Sharon) Verly of Marshall, Rose (Lynn) Goltz of Tracy, Pat (Gary) Timmerman of Marshall, Teresa DeBaere of Ghent, Elaine (Doug) Sietseman of Watertown, SD, Lou (Gary) Wischer of Marshall, and Cathy Verly of Litchfield; and his mother and father-in-law Robert and Audrey Bonine of Beresford, SD.

He was preceded in death by is father and three brothers, Chuck, LeRoy and Denny.

Burial was in the Bonine Cemetery in Beresford, SD. Hamilton-Birk Funeral Home in Marshall handled arrangements.