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Obituaries from the week of November 11, 2006


Kenneth L. Weedman, 89

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Springfield for Kenneth L. Weedman, age 89 of Springfield, formerly of Walnut Grove, MN. Pastor Carl Seamon officiated. Military Honors by John Watson American Legion Post #357.

Kenneth Loren Weedman was born February 1, 1917, in Revere, MN, the son of Loran and Hattie (Schumacher) Weedman. He was united in marriage to Gertrude Rosenau on November 6, 1942, at the Zion Lutheran Parsonage in Sanborn. Kenneth was inducted into the U.S. Army-Air Force in May of 1942 and served with the 64th Fighter Squadron in the European, African, and Middle Eastern Theaters during World War II. Following his honorable discharge in 1945, the couple farmed southwest of Springfield for 5 years, then near Sanborn for 5 years before moving to Amiret where they farmed for 20 years. They then purchased an acreage west of Walnut Grove where Kenneth worked for the Tracy elevator until retirement. The couple moved to Springfield in December of 2005. He was a former member of the Tracy Lutheran Church and a current member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. Kenneth was a lifetime member of the American Legion and loved raising horses and fishing. He also enjoyed playing cards, wood-working, and spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Kenneth L. Weedman died Wednesday, November 8, 2006, at St. John’s Lutheran Home in Springfield at the age of 89 years.

Survivors include wife- Gertrude of Springfield; son, Duane and wife Bev of Marshall, MN; daughter. Diane and husband Grant Lade of Springfield; grandchildren, Troy (Leanne) Lade, Jason (Jennifer) Lade, Shannon (Jerome) Sammons, Michelle (Tom) Marotzke, Amber (Jason) Greeley, Heidi Weedman, Dustin Weedman, and Amanda Weedman; sister, Mary Ann (Percy) Hansen of Hutchinson; sisters-in-law, Noreen Weedman of Sanborn, and Lorna Weedman of Clements, Irene (Lisle) McKelvey of Seattle, Mary (Emil, deceased) Haas of Springfield, Deloris (Kenneth) Reinarts of Tracy; and several nieces and nephews, 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Clifford, Lowell and Lyle; sisters, Vivian (Marlin) Ewald and Marjorie (Einer) Johnson; and brothers-in-law- Marlin Ewald and Einer Johnson.

Interment was in Soldier’s Rest at the Springfield City Cemetery.

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Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield.


Luverne Johnson, 64

Funeral services were held today, Wed., Nov. 15, 2006 for Luverne M. Johnson, at Christ Lutheran Church, Slayton, MN with the Rev. Ted Kunze and the Rev. Arlen Foss officiating.

Luverne Marlowe Johnson was born September 7, 1942 in Slayton to Marlowe and Amy Ewen Johnson. He married Eilene Harnack on November 26, 1960 in Lamberton. They later divorced. He married Jill Thompson on December 10, 1981 in Fort Worth, TX. They later divorced. He married Lisa Julius on December 14, 1990, in Sioux Falls, SD. They later divorced.

He attended school in Westbrook and graduated from Westbrook High school in 1960. After his first marriage, they farmed southwest of Currie. He ran a boarding and training table near Currie with Roy Bjorklund. After his second marriage, he began working as an auctioneer while he continued to farm He and Dave Bosacker started Bosacker and Johnson Auctioneering in Slayton. After his third marriage, they lived in Slayton. He continued working as an auctioneer and later started Interstate Auction Center in rural Brandon, SD.

He was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Dovray and Christ Lutheran Church, Slayton. He was a member of the Murray County Racing Association and served as its president in 2004.

Luverne died Monday, Nov. 13, 2006 at Murray County Hospital, Slayton, MN.

Surviving are three daughters, Susan (Neil) Schmitt, Eagan, Darcy (Mike) Carlson, Tracy, and Sandra (Eric) Fultz, Tracy; three brothers, John (Elaine) Johnson, Currie, Steve (Sue) Johnson, Dovray, and Craig (Bernie) Johnson, Prior Lake; on sister, Sandra (Bob) Grams, Storden; six grandchildren; and special friend Sharon Staples, Slayton.

Burial will be in Our Savior’s Lutheran Cemetery, Dovray. The Totzke Funeral Home of Slayton handled the arrangements.