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Obituaries from the week of August 22, 2001 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880

Richard Anderson, 73

Funeral services were held Friday, August 17, 2001 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove, MN for Richard (Dick) Anderson. Pastor Terri Skildum officiated.

Casket bearers were Brady Jo Hare, Erik Anderson, Leo Anderson, Brad Anderson, Hope Anderson, Alison Schmidt, Rhonda Meyer and Rebecca Brumfiel.

Dick was born in Ann Township, Cottonwood Co. on May 23, 1928 the son of Harry T. and Rowena M. (Knudson) Anderson on the family farm. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Olaf Lutheran Church rural Walnut Grove, MN. He attended country school through 8th grade at District 43, he continued his education and graduated from Walnut Grove High School in 1946.

Dick entered the U.S. Army in 1951, and after his discharge he worked on the family farm and also operated a portable feed mill for Dr. Grefe. After the death of his parents he moved to Walnut Grove and drove a school bus and also worked for several farmers. He retired in 1990.

He enjoyed watching the Vikings, Twins, Gopher basketball and Gopher football. Dick enjoyed the Vikings so much that the first years the Vikings came to Minnesota he bought 4 season tickets and was very generous in sharing them with friends and family and continued to do this for several years. He loved to garden all his life. He enjoyed cigars, fishing, bowling, playing softball, playing cards. Dick loved his nieces and nephews and they loved their uncle Dick. He was a life time member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church and served as a deacon. He was also a member of American Legion Post 267, in Walnut Grove and a member of the Westbrook VFW Post 5098.

Richard passed away on August 14, 2001 at the age of 73 at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD after a short illness.

He is survived by four brothers: Ted and wife Laura of Walnut Grove, Don and wife Helen of Spencer, IA, Ardell (Sam) and wife Janet of Tracy, Ron and wife Carol of Colorado Springs, CO; 22 nieces and nephews; many great nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one sister Rachel and two nieces.

Interment was at St. Olaf Cemetery with the Jacobson Funeral Home of Walnut Grove handling arrangements.

Raymond House, 89

Funeral services were held for Raymond House on Friday, August 17, 2001 at United Methodist Church in Slayton, MN. Rev. Dennis Itzen officiated. The organist was Janet Voges with soloist Hub Sandmann. Pallbearers were Mike Ingalls, Gary Johnson, Glenn Kluis, Donald Gass, Tony Taylor and Gene Johnson.

Ray House was born on April 23, 1912 at Reliance, SD to Charles and Mary Watson House. He grew on the family farm and attended country school near Reliance. Before his marriage Ray helped build grain elevators around the county.

Ray was united in marriage to Violet Skogsberg on February 24, 1936 in Elk Point, SD. They lived at Westfield, IA until 1937 when they moved to Murray County, MN. They farmed in Lowville Twp. in the Bear Lake area until 1944. They then moved to a farm in Lime Lake Twp. east of Slayton and farmed there until 1970 when they moved to Slayton.

Ray worked at Lyon Co. Coop and Midwest Supply.

In August 1997 they moved into the Sunrise Terrace Apartments. Vi passed away on April 30, 2001. Ray became a resident of the Slayton Manor in April of 2001 and passed away there on August 14, 2001 at the age of 89.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church. Ray also was a member of the Murray Lodge. Ray enjoyed yard work, shop projects, carpenter work, having coffee and visiting with his family and friends.

Survivors include a son, Jerry House of Vander, WA; daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Earl Johnson of Slayton; five grandchildren, Scott House, Shari Zieman, Tony Johnson, Allan Johnson and Chad Johnson; six great-grandchildren, Bradley and Jessica Zieman, T.J. Johnson, Tucker Johnson, Thomas Johnson and Davis Johnson; one brother, Donald House and his wife Esther of Phoenix, AZ; two sisters, Mae Walcott of Cedar Rapids, IA and Letha Morre of Phoenix, AZ and one half-brother, Alden House of Rapid City, SD.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Vi, grandson, Paul House, great-granddaughter, Olivia Johnson, brother, Kenneth House, two sisters, Ruth Ingalls and Onalee Larson and one half-brother, Daryl House.

Interment was at Slayton Memorial Gardens, Slayton, MN with the Totzke Funeral Home of Slayton handling arrangements.