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Obituaries from the week of January 2, 2008

Evelyn Atkins, 83
Evelyn Atkins, 83 of Walnut Grove passed away Thursday, December 27, 2007 at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD following a brief illness.
Funeral services were held at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in rural Walnut Grove on Monday, December 31.
Evelyn Atkins was born March 12, 1924 in Lime Lake Township, Murray County, Minnesota to Nicholas and Marie (Ring) Weis.  She was baptized and later confirmed on May 1, 1949 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, and graduated from Westbrook High School in 1943.
Evelyn was united in marriage to Edward  H. Atkins on December 29, 1944.  They lived in Holly Township in Murray County, where they farmed until 1991. When they retired they moved to a small acreage near Walnut Grove, where they have resided since.  Evelyn was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church, serving in the women’s groups, such as WELCA, Circle and altar guild.  She had been a member of several card clubs over the years, enjoyed gardening, especially her flower bed, baking and cooking.  Her family was her greatest joy and she enjoyed spending time with them, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband Edward Atkins of 63 years; one daughter Linda and special son-in-law Roger Engler of rural Walnut Grove, one son Wayne Atkins of Redwood Falls; 3 grandchildren Sherri (Jay) Hupp of Mankato, Ricky (Lori) Atkins of Rapid City, and Jamie (Kim) Atkins of Cottage Grove; great grandchildren Cole and Claire Hupp, Ben and Chris Atkins, and Gabe, Dominic and Noah Atkins; sister-in-law Katherine Weis of Worthington and numerous other relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers Phil, Nick and Wally Weis and sister Lil Norstegard.
Burial was in the church cemetery. The Walnut Grove Funeral Home is handled the arrangements.

Herman Wilking, 75
Funeral services for Herman Wilking were held Friday, December 28, 2007 at Tracy Lutheran Church in Tracy, MN.
Herman Edward Wilking was born December 27, 1931 to Edmund C. and Bertha M. (Hatton) Wilking on his grandparents farm in Custer Township, Lyon County, MN. He was baptized in the Garvin Congregational Church on July 24, 1937. He attended Garvin Public School and later Tracy High School, graduating in 1950. In 1952 Herman joined the Tracy Lutheran Church and was confirmed that fall. As a young man he worked on many area farms and after graduation, for Hemmingsen’s Auto Sales.
In January of 1951 Herman entered the U. S. Navy, where he served during the Korean War on the aircraft carrier, the US Kula Gulf, until his discharge in September of 1953, when he returned to the Tracy and Garvin area and went to work for the Garvin Elevator for 18 years.
On June 17, 1953 Herman married Goldie Sorbel at the Tracy Lutheran Church and they made their home in Garvin, MN and raised four sons, Donald, David, Darrell and Duane. After his years with the Garvin Elevator, Herman went to work for the Tracy Elevator for the next 17 years. In 1990 they moved to Tracy. He also was employed by Schott Corporation in Marshall, MN and as a maintenance man at the Tracy Nursing Home. He retired in October of 1998.
His hobbies included raising horses, horse back riding with his boys, dancing, traveling, camping and in his later years golfing, horse shoe league and playing pool at the Senior Center in Tracy. He enjoyed watching his sons and grandchildren participate in their school activities and sports and took great pride in his family, and having his home and yard look nice.
For many years Herman was an active member of the Garvin American Legion, serving as Adjutant and as a Garvin City Council member. He served as fire chief on the Garvin Fire Department and also as a Garvin Police Officer. He was a member of the Tracy Lutheran Church and served as a deacon and as an usher. Herman also volunteered at the Tracy Area Food Shelf and Meals on Wheels. He also was a past member of the Tracy Lions Club.
In early November Herman was diagnosed with cancer and on Tuesday, December 25, 2007 he died at his home surrounded by his loving family at the age of 75.
Herman is survived by his wife, Goldie of Tracy, MN; four sons, Donald (Lanae) of Lakefield, MN, David (Kathy) of Tracy, MN, Darrell (Karen) of Sioux Falls, SD and Duane (Carol) of Ivanhoe, MN; eleven grandchildren, Dillon (Dee Dee), Dru (Kaycee), Dustin (Abby), Nicole (Al) Fredrickson, Darin (Emily), Rachel, Shenandoah (fiancé, Thomas Massman), Shelby, Chelsie, Alisha and Janelle; one sister, Wilma Berg of Tyler, MN; one brother, Lee (Rosalyn) Wilking of Long Point, IL; many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Interment was at the Hoiland Cemetery, rural Tracy. The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy handled the arrangements. Online condolences may be placed at

Betty Westphal, 62
Betty J. Westphal, age 62, of Amiret, died Sunday, December 30, 2007 at the Prairie Home Hospice House in Marshall.  Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 4, 2008 at Tracy Lutheran Church in Tracy. Burial will be in the Tracy City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held at the Hamilton Funeral Home on Thursday, January 3, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service on Friday, at the church.
Betty Jean Swan was born March 30, 1945 in Tracy, Minnesota to Hilding and Blanche (Kadolph) Swan.  She was baptized and confirmed at the Sillerud Lutheran Church.  She attended the Balaton schools and graduated from Balaton high School in 1963.  She then went on to the Nettleton Business College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  Betty then worked at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls.
On August 31, 1968, Betty was united in marriage to Don Westphal at Sillerud Lutheran Church and they lived in rural Amiret.  Betty was a home maker until 1994 when she started working at the Best Western hotel in Marshall.  She retired in 2006.
Betty enjoyed life, she taught Sunday School, was a member of the church circle, and a member of the extension club.  She also enjoyed gardening, cooking, watching TV and movies, shopping, her grandchildren, and spending time with family and friends.
Betty is survived by her husband Don of rural Amiret; children, Lynn (and Rick) Miller of rural Garvin, Todd Westphal of Brookings, SD, and Scott Westphal of Brookings, SD; grandchildren, Ryan and Jessica Miller of rural Garvin; mother, Blanche Swan of Tracy; and sister, Phyllis (and Gary) Hansen of Tracy.
She was preceded in death by her father, Hilding Swan.
Online condolences available at The Hamilton Funeral Home of Marshall is handling the arrangements.

Jerome Starken, 85
Jerome W. “Joe” Starken, 85, formerly of Oak Ridge, TN, passed away December 16, 2007 in Madison, TN.
Jerome graduated from Tracy High School in 1940 and joined the Army on Dec. 8, 1941. He served in Africa and was part of the invasion of Anzio Beach in Italy.
He retired in June 1992 after 37 years as an electrical engineer with the Martin Marietta Energy Department of Oak Ridge.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Jean Starken, both parents Matt and Cora Starken, one nephew Paul Ludeman and two sisters, Gloria Hamilton and Mary Lou Ludeman.
Survivors include daughter Diane and her husband, Dr. Michael Brannom of Madison, TN, brother George Starken, Chestertown, MD, two sisters Nancy Sanderson and Sandi Rettmer of Tracy; granddaughter Lorie and her husband Stephen and one great-granddaughter Stephanie Parris all of Bristal, VA.

Adolph Longstrom, 91
A Memorial Service was held Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at Huber Funeral Home Chapel in Mound, MN for Adolph Longstrom. Mr. Longstrom passed away on December 19, 2007.
Adolph Eugene Longstrom was born on April 13, 1916 in Garvin, Minnesota to Gustaf Adolph Longstrom and Emilia Anderson.
On April 18, 1937 Adolph married Lela Edith Hudson in Minneapolis.
Adolph was preceded in death by his wife, Lela; a son, Richard; his parents, Gustaf and Emilia; his brother, Clarence; and sisters, Agnes (Ed) Almjheld, Helen Shoemaker and Elizabeth (Don) Weidaurer.
He is survived by children, Alice Kelm of Hutchinson, Jerry (Colleen) of Arizona and Zak (Teri) of Becker; 13 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Interment Fairview Cemetery, Minnetrista. Huber Funeral & Cremation Services Mound Chapel handled the arrangements