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Obituaries from the week of March 19, 2008

Joseph Haney, 96
Joseph Haney, age 96, of Marshall passed away on Monday, March 17, 2008 at the Morningside Heights Care Center in Marshall.  Funeral services are planned for 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 20, 2008 at the Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall.  Burial will be in the Custer Cemetery in Garvin.  Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m., at the Hamilton Funeral Home.
Joseph Albert Haney was born on April 7, 1911 to Daniel and Ella (Helms) Haney in Kossuth County, Iowa.  He attended country schools in the Worthington and Marshall areas before beginning work as a hired hand on farms near Fulda and Worthington. 
On February 4, 1940, Joe was united in marriage to Evelyn Harris in Worthington.  Joe and Evelyn farmed in the Balaton and Tracy areas until 1960. They then moved to Marshall where Joe worked as a foreman for Appleton Silo until 1980, followed by several years as a janitor for Olson and Johnson.  He lovingly cared for Evelyn during her extended illness until she passed away in September 2001.
He was a member of  Eagles Aerie #3405 for many years and was named Eagle of the Year in 1984-85.  His enjoyments included dancing, playing bingo and cards, attending softball games, watching David bowl, spending time at the lake with Darlys’ family and friends, and watching the Minnesota Twins.
Joe is survived by his children, Darlys (and Don) Brewers and David (and Lisa) Haney of Marshall; 6 grandchildren, Debbie (and DeWayne) Schaffran of Wood Lake, Stacy Brewers of Andover, Denise (and Joe) Birman of Tracy, Angela (and Courtney) Hughes of Marshall, Joe (and Sara) Haney of Marshall, and Ed Haney of Marshall; 10 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn; son, Richard; sisters, Edith Kruse and Ada Kruse; brothers, William, John, and Harry Haney.
Memorials preferred to Prairie Home Hospice. Online condolences available at

Milo Stevens, 69
Milo Richard Stevens passed away Wednesday, March 12, 2008, after a three year battle with colon cancer.
Milo was born in Lake Wilson, MN to Avis and Raymond Stevens on April 24, 1938.
He graduated from Tracy High School and received a degree in Business and Psychology from Mankato State College.
Milo proudly served in the Army and in later years ran his own small business in Redmond, WA.
Milo moved to Mount Vernon area after his retirement in 1994.
Milo is survived by his wife Joyce, his daughters Kathy and Andrea, his sons Tom and Paul, his grandson Zachary, three brothers, Sonny Stevens, Roger Stevens, Doug Stevens, and one sister Sandy Polzine.
He is preceded in death by his parents and one sister Sylvia Peterson.

Mary (Drake) Miller, 53
Memorial services will be held for Mary Miller on Friday, March 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the Clarkfield Lutheran Church. Visitation will be on Thursday, March 20 from 5-7 p.m. at the Lynner Funeral Home with a prayer service at 6 p.m. Pastor Mike Hanson will officiate the service. Organist will be Charlann Anspach.
Mary Francis (Drake) Miller was born on September 20, 1954 to parents Marvin and Ardys (Griffith) at Mankato, Minnesota.   Mary was raised in Tracy, Minnesota, where she graduated from Tracy High School.  Shortly after graduation she married Brent Miller.  Mary and Brent raised three children from their home in Clarkfield.
During Mary’s years as a loving mother, she was actively involved with her children’s and community activities.  Mary volunteered as a Sunday School teacher, Girl Scout leader, Wrestling mom and in any other way she could.  Visiting with the ladies over morning coffee, scrap booking her memories and playing cards with family were a few of the things she loved most.  She was a faithful employee of the Clarkfield Care Center for many years.
 Mary passed away on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at Avera-McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls following a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 53 years, 5 months and 24 days. 
Mary is survived by her husband of 34 years, Brent of Clarkfield, daughter and son-in law Colleen and Matthew, son and daughter-in-law Eric and Crystal,  son Kyle and grandson Ethan.  Mary is also survived by her mother Ardys Drake, father-in-law Orville Miller,  Mary’s five brothers and sisters, Brent’s two brothers, plus aunts, nieces, nephews and countless friends. 
She was preceded in death by her father, Marvin Drake.
Burial of Mary’s ashes will take place this summer at the Clarkfield City Cemetery, Clarkfield, MN after son Kyle returns from Iraq.