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Obituaries from the week of August 24, 2005


Douglas Kern, 72

Douglas L. Kern, age 72, died Friday, August 19, 2005 at the Renville County Hospital in Olivia, MN. Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 23, 2005 at Cross of Calvary Lutheran Church in Olivia with Rev. Matt Hausken officiating. Burial was in the Olivia Cemetery with military rites by the Olivia VFW and American Legion. Dirks-Blem Funeral Home of Olivia handled the arrangements.

Doug died suddenly Friday, August 19, 2005.

Douglas L. Kern was born January 8, 1933 at Olivia, MN to Lawrence and Florence (Sherman) Kern. He graduated from Olivia High School in 1950. Doug served in the US Air Force including time in Guam. He married Wanda Haugen on March 27, 1954 at Wang Lutheran Church, rural Maynard, MN. They made their home on a farm south of Olivia for many years and in 1987 retired to Danube. They enjoyed hosting the midwinter seminar for foreign exchange students for 26 years. Wanda preceded him in death on May 8, 2001. Doug married Louise E. Johnson on August 9, 2003 in a private garden ceremony in Beloit, WI. They made their home in Danube and enjoyed traveling together. Doug has been a member of Cross of Calvary and their Council, Olivia American Legion, Olivia and Danube Lions, Norfolk Township Board, Olivia School Board and was a State Star Farmer. His hobbies included gardening, hunting, mowing lawn and helping his neighbors. His family fondly remembers how he took great pride in his yard, enjoyed tinkering with things and “just staying busy”.

Doug is survived by his wife Louise E. Johnson of Danube, his two sons and their wives: Jeff and Janece Kern of Olivia and Danny and LuAnn Kern of Tracy; his four grandchildren: Michael, Joseph, Jacob and Anna Kern; his four sisters, Jan and Richard Timm of Appleton, Betty and Stub Scholtes of Granite Falls, Sally and Don Johnson of Park Rapids, and Shirley and Ted Visser of Olivia; his step-mother Lilly Kern of Olivia, Louise’s children: Craig and Lisa Johnson of Watertown, Curt and Maggie Johnson of Antigo, WI and Daniel and Amy Johnson of Andover and grandchildren: Nathan, Megan, Jenna, Brett, Alexander and Zachary Johnson.

Doug was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Wanda Kern.

Michael Peterson, 57

Committal Service for Michael Eugene Peterson, formerly of Redwood Falls and Marshall, will be at 11:30 on Friday, August 26, 2005 at Calvary Cemetery in Marshall. Military graveside rites will be conducted by American Legion Post #113.

He was born on October 4, 1947 in Tracy, MN to Lorraine (Roggeman) and Lester Peterson. He died on August 4, 2005 at his residence in Etna, Pennsylvania.

He is survived by his wife, Jean and preceded in death by his parents.

Shane Hage, 30

Memorial Service for Shane Hage will be Saturday, Aug. 27, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Dovray. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Private family burial at a later date. Westbrook Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Shane Herbert Hage was born April 17, 1975 in Duluth, Minnesota to James Milton and Carol Jean (Hanson) Peterson. He was baptized and confirmed in Cotton, Minnesota and attended school in Cotton and later Tracy, where he graduated. Following graduation Shane bought into Miller Roofing Company in Cotton where he worked for about 5 years. He then went to Guam with his brother Todd and worked with construction. He currently worked in Northfield as the foreman of Enebak Constuction. Shane was building a house in Northfield, which was completed August 1st.

He had many interests – enjoyed hunting, fishing, swimming, boating, and horseback riding. While in high school he built an oak four poster bed. The Harley Davison trips were his latest passion. Farming was also a great passion, leaving him with the nick name “Farm Boy”, which his sister Nickole gave him.

Shane Hage passed away August 19, 2005 at the Bethesda Rehabiliation Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota at the age of 30 years, 4 months and 2 days.

He is survived by his parents James and Carol Peterson of Currie; two brothers Todd Pagel of Duluth and Shawn Hage of Cotton; two sisters Nickole Schmidt of Las Vegas and Tammy Pagel of St. James; one niece Samantha Jean Hage and nephew Kyle Summers; great uncle and aunt Dick and Eileen Randall; aunts and uncles: Marilyn Peterson, Wendy and Bruce Fowler, Bruce and Carolyn Hage, Roger and Sue Hage, Peggy Hage, and Raymond and Pam Luoma; several cousins and many, many friends.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents Marion and Milton Peterson, Vivian Erickson and Gus Pappas.