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Obituaries from the week of November 3, 2004

Francis "Jim" Miller, 78

Funeral services were held today, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2004 for Francis Miller at St. Francis Xavier Church in Windom.
Francis "Jim" Miller was born on November 7, 1925 in Windom, MN. He was the son of George and Amelia "Millie" (Bartosh) Miller. He was united in marriage to Phyllis Key on March 3, 1953 in Tracy, MN.
Jim grew up in Windom and graduated from the Windom Area High School in 1943. Jim was a part owner and manager of Tracy Shoe Store in Tracy, MN. In 1954, along with his brother Charles, opened and managed Miller’s Shoe Store in Windom. The store operated for thirty-five years until he retired. During his retirement, Jim opened "The Retired Shop" as an Antique store in Windom.
He was elected as a County Commissioner from the 3rd District of Cottonwood County. He served for five terms (twenty-years). He was a life long member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Windom and a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #1608.
Jim is lovingly survived by his wife of fifty-one years, Phyllis Miller of Windom; three children, Ann (Todd) Miller Holman of Madison, WI; Tom (Pam) Miller of Gilbert, AZ; Jenny Miller of Madison, WI; six grandchildren; two sister-in-laws; many nieces and nephews.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, George, Donald, Edward, Ben and Charles Miller; twin brothers who died in infancy; and one sister, Alice Miller.
Interment was in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cemtery, Windom, MN with the LaCanne Family Funeral services handlinge the arrangements.

Lily Parkhurst, 84

Lily Parkhurst, age 84, of DeSmet, and formerly of Huron, died Tuesday, October 26, 2004 at the DeSmet Good Samaritan Center at DeSmet. Funeral services were held on Friday, October 29, 2004 for Lily Parkhurst, age 84 of DeSmet, SD. Burial was in the Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery.
Lily Parkhurst was born Lily Irene Trout on October 13, 1920, to Joseph and Lula (Robinson) Trout at Tracy, MN. She attended country school near the family farm at Tracy, MN.
On June 24, 1939, Lily married Alexander Clifford Parkhurst at Milbank. SD. They farmed in the Huron, Amiret, MN, Cottonwood, MN, Iroquois and De Smet areas until 1970 and she worked at the Curve Cafe and Creamery in DeSmet. She also worked at the DeSmet Memorial Hospital and the Huron Regional Medical Center for many years. She provided care for people in their homes until her health forced her to retire.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Sunshine Squad. Her hobbies were crocheting, embroidery, sewing and her most precious time was spent with her family. Mom led a rich and full life. Her earthly presence will be missed, but we rejoice in the knowledge that she is now reunited with our father in heaven.
She is survived by two sons, Clifford (Sandy) Parkhurst of Huron, and Edward Parkhurst of Sioux Falls; two daughters, Irene (Vance) McPeek of Mitchell and Janelle (Glen) Martens of DeSmet; ten grandchildren, Cindy (Dan) Dean, Lisa (Mike) Bich, James Parkhurst, Pam (Mike) Bunn, Jodi Parkhurst, Trisha Parkhurst, Jessica Parkhurst, Mark (Diane) McPeek, Rob (Dez) Cleveland and David Cleveland; sixteen great grandchildren; five great great grandchildren; one brother, Donald Trout of Santa Rosa, CA; two sisters, Violet Loeck of Junction City, OR and Daisy Strom of Edgerton, MN.
She was preceded in death by her husband Alex on October 15, 1999, her parents, her grandson Shane McPeek on June 6, 1992; her daughter-in-law Sharon Parkhurst; two brothers, Joseph and David Trout, and one sister Rose.
The Welter Funeral home of Huron, SD handled the arrangements.

Norman J. Radermacher, 86

Former Tracy businessman, Norman J. Radermacher, died October 14, 2004. Interment was at the parish cemetery of Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre, MN.
Norman John Radermacher was born March 13, 1918 in West Union Township, Todd County, to John H. and Frances (Jaques) Radermacher.
He served from 1941 in the U.S. Army during W.W.II as a baker and cook in Panama until he was discharged from El Paso, TX in 1945. He married Marcella (Sally) Kemper on Nov. 15, 1944 in Melrose, MN.
Radermacher operated a creamery in New Munich and Grove Lake, MN for six years before moving his family to Rapid City, S.D. where he worked construction jobs and at a Red Owl store, where he learned to be a meat cutter. Relocating in Sauk Centre and beginning work at the Red Owl store there, he eventually bought the Red Owl store in Tracy in 1961, owning it for 10 years.
They moved back to Sauk Centre and he worked for Super Valu and Nash Finch until retirement. His pastimes included fishing, gardening and old-time dancing.
Survivors include his wife, Marcella Radermacher of Sauk Centre; children, Ronald (Dorothy) of Lake City, James (Lynne) of Redwood Falls, Marilyn (Andy) Girard of Grand Rapids, Norma Jean (Bryan) Imme of Willmar; 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; sisters, Loretta (Bernard) Gieske of Sauk Centre, and Virginia Balago of New York.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Sylvester, Raymond and John Radermacher.